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SOTM Spotlight: Camden Misamore

Written By: Maria Cerrone

Yet another student of the month was chosen for March. Camden Misamore was chosen by Mrs. King. Mrs. King stated that Misamore “strives for excellence in both the classroom and on the tennis courts.  She is willing to help anyone in need.”

Misamore is involved in softball, tennis, and FFA for the school.

She stated during the interview that she has had a great year so far at Lee County 9th grade campus. Misamore also added that “it has gotten tough at times academically but other than that it has been very good” (Misamore).

We asked Misamore how it felt to be chosen as SOTM and she said great. She said she was not expecting this at all.

Misamore gave advice for her peers on how they can show school pride throughout there school day. She said for them to “do what they are supposed to do and they will be ok” (Misamore).

If you see Camden Misamore in the halls congratulate her showing such good Trojan pride.

Photo By: Maria Cerrone

SOTM Spotlight: Pranavi Gottapu

Written By Jordan Graham

Another month and another batch of Students of the Month. Pranavi Gottapu is one of the eight students chosen to be student of the month for February

Pranavis teacher, Mrs. McNease said that Pranavi is a “pleasure to have in class.  She is a dependable student who completes assignments consistently and is an active participant in class. She shows pride in her work and projects and is available to to help those around her when needed.

Gottapu states that her dream is to “become a Doctor and help people around the world. [She wants] to start charities and build clinics in rural areas so people there will have medical aid when needed. [Her] main goal is to make the world a better place.”

When asked how she felt about being named Student of the Month, Pranavi gave the following response: “It feels great, I really never expected it because there were so many other students who work just as hard. I am glad I got [Student of the Month] though, looking back, I actually deserved it. I guess hard work really does pay off.

Pranavi plays Tennis for the school team and play Badminton. She plays Soccer for fun. She also likes to be outside and with people, so if it involves that, she loves doing it.

Pranavi says that students should “be proud and do a good job [in school]. Even though you might not know it, you are setting an example for many students around the school.”

February has come to an end. Now we await March’s embrace

Picture taken by Jordan Graham

District Honor Band Through the Eyes of two Flutiful Ladies.

Written by Jordan Graham

On February 9th through 10th Lee County High school and Middle School students went to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College(ABAC) for the District Honor Band Clinic.

Two students that represented Ninth Grade are flutist, Ariana Ukaonu and Ashley James. The following is how District Honor Band was for the both of them.

When asked what her first impression of District was, Ashley said that she “thought it was great, because [her] friends who went there before said great things.” Ariana on the other hand said that she was “excited to perform with other great musicians.”

In order to qualify for District certain instruments must make a certain score. Ashley made a 79, while Ariana made an 88 and qualified to try out for Allstate.

District is for talented musicians across the state. That means that a lot of people of different varieties will be meeting in one place. The musicians were “cool and very talented, [although] some people were there to play around and not actually be serious” and “very outgoing and funny.”

The experience for the both of them was ‘great. The people there were good. It was kind of tiring to have nine hours of rehearsal, but I enjoyed most of it.” Ariana says that “overall [she] had a good time, but last year was better.”

A message from Ashley and Ariana for anyone wishing to go to District Honor Band.
Ashley says that “most people know how to play the Etude, but you should mostly focus on scales. Make sure to pay attention on the sit-reading.”
Ariana gives a simple answer by saying to just “know your scales and prepare well for the auditions like your director tells you to.”

Michael Smith takes home the gold!

Written by Donna DeReus

Last week Michael Smith participated in an agricultural pig show in Denver.

Award picture: Michael Smith takes home second place for a great performance in Denver!
Picture of Michael and pig: Michael and his spotted pig compete to win big!

When he competed he showed a pig referred to as a “Spot” which is a black and white mix breed. Smith says that while he was in the competition, it was tough, but in the end he tried his best. He said that the judges seemed to like his pig as soon as he walked out of the pen!

Smith makes sure to change up his routine for different judges so he can work on his technique. In this case he pulled off a routine that landed him in second place!

Smith says that his father and uncle give him lots of encouragement and always tell him to do his best. “They are like my coaches” Smith states when talking about them.

In the end Smith pulled off a wonderful presentation and he definitely represented Lee County with much pride with bringing home second!


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Doodle For Google

Written by Samantha Burrows

    The Google Doodle is a contest where people design a new logo for Google and it will be presented on the home page. This contest includes people from around the country going from grades K-12, so all Lee County students are eligible to enter. A few students in Lee County have made an attempt at it, but there is no limit onto how many people do it or how many times one person enters, so more students  should express their artistic talents.

Arwyn Kovach’s Google Doodle entry.

      There is still lots of time! The contest has just recently began on January 8th and is going out until March 2nd. There are two questions, though, how does someone enter the contest and how will they know how to come up with an idea? Well, first off, the way any student will enter is by looking up “Google 4 Doodle”. There should be a web page showing a few different doodles that will answer all of your questions. In the right corner are a few different answers to multiple questions, and the word “enter”. If you click enter a form to fill out will show up, and there will be a link to attach your google doodle.

     Where does someone even start? How will they know what to draw? There is a prompt for it called “What inspires you?”. Anyone drawing will base their drawing off of something they’re passionate about, and there will be a form to fill out. In this form there are questions about your school district, why you chose to do the contest, and why what you drew is your passion. The judges for the contest are Ibtihaj Muhammad, an olympic gold medalist ,and Sydney Chaffee, voted teacher of the year.

       There are also multiple prizes involved in the winner of the contest as well. There are three different winners, national winners, national finalists, and state and territory winners. The state and territory winners get google hardware, a special celebration, their doodles presented in the Google Doodle gallery, and Fun Googley Swag. The national finalists receive a 5,000 dollar scholarship to college, their doodle in the Google Doodle gallery, a trip to Google Headquarters, Google Hardware, and Fun Googley Swag. Finally, the national winner will get Fun Googley Swag, Google Hardware, a trip to Google Headquarters, a 50,000 dollar technology package for their school,  30,000 dollar college scholarship, and a behind the scenes trip with the Google Doodle team to see them transform your doodle into where it will be on the front page. To conclude, there are multiple reasons everyone should enter the Google 4 Doodle contest, and there are many options on what you want to do.


Photo taken by Samantha B.

SOTM Spotlight: Rebekah Cooper

Written by Peyton Hart

Rebekah Cooper, was one of the Students of the Month for December. She earned this title for many reasons. Mrs. McLean says she makes an effort to better herself academically and personally: “Rebekah works hard and is prepared everyday in my class.” She goes on to say, “she is a self-motivated student who is driven to do her best.”

Rebekah Cooper

Cooper gives upcoming 9th graders some advice about how to be a successful 9th grader, “Time management is a very big thing. You hear it a lot, but it’s very important.” Which is true, and she applies that rule to her daily school life.

Mrs. McLean says that she is very proud of Cooper’s “work ethic in and outside of the classroom.”

Speaking of outside the classroom, Rebekah is a very successful softball player. “Well, I play school ball and travel ball”, she says. Usually, students can’t handle sports and school all at once, but Rebekah Cooper is responsible, time managing, and all around a great student and friend.

Photo taken by Peyton H.

SOTM Spotlight: Sam Hoover

Sam Hoover was nominated as Student of the Month for December for his good and positive behavior. The teacher that nominated him was Mrs. Melcher and she said, “Sam is a delightful young man who brightens up my day just by being here.  He is a hard worker and a deep thinker.  Sam also has a wonderfully snarky sense of humor that just makes me smile.  He is a good model for how a student should behave and is well-deserving of being student of the month.”

“Does mother know you wear’th her drapes”-Samuel Hoover 2018/Avengers

Hoover is on the LCHS Swim Team. When asked why he enjoys swimming he responded simply with, “I enjoy the water. I’ve always been near water.”

His advice to other students regarding  school Pride, he said, “just stay out of trouble. It can’t be that difficult.”

When asked how you can be positive and help others everyday, Hoover said, “you can make them feel better. In order to do that, you can make them laugh, and that’s how you make anyone feel better.”  He also said that “you can give advice to others and help them make good decisions in life.”

Hoover’s favorite class is Biology because he would like to a marine biologist one day.

Hoover also said he feels rather proud of what Mrs. Melcher said when she nominated him for Student of the Month.  “It feels good knowing that I brighten up someone’s day just being in the same area with them.”

Photo Taken By Samuel H.

SOTM Spotlight: Simran Patel

Written by Willa Dyer

Simran Patel is a girl of many talents. She was one of our very special student of the months for December. Simran deserves to be recognized for her outstanding academic efforts in the month of December. Simran believes she got this award because, “[She] is a very hard-working and determined student. [She] always turns her work in on time and constantly strives to do her best everyday at school.” She is a very well-rounded student. Simran also manages to maintain a good academic standing, while playing travel soccer for UFA. She plans on trying out for JV school soccer this season at the high school.

Simran Patel

Simran Patel is an all around student and is not only admired by her peers and fellow classmates but she also stood out to her AP Human Geography teacher, Mr Trivette. Mr. Trivette says that, “Simran has dominated both civics and AP Human Geography.  She is soft spoken, but when she speaks, people listen. Simran is a joy to have in class.” As you can see she is well deserving of student of the month.

Simran Patel December’s “Student of the Month”! Simran receives a very prestigious award from her teacher Mr. Trivette. She has done extremely well in her classes this year.

Photo by: Willa Dyer


New Year, New Me…Or Is it?

                                                      Written by Jordan Graham                 


Step to Step process of what most people go through on New Years.


                                 a firm decision to do or not to do something. Continue reading New Year, New Me…Or Is it?

STOM Spotlight: Jada Jones

Written by Maria Cerrone

Mrs. Lowry chose Jada Jones for Student of the Month. She felt that “Jada always puts forth her best effort in class and works very hard to excel academically.”

Jones loves to swim and read on her free time. She said that she has been having a great time at the 9th grade. She thinks that the best part about the 9th grade campus is that it is just 9th graders. She said it helps that you aren’t mixed in with the upper campus so that you get the chance to get used to high school.

During Jones’s interview she stated that she shows Trojan Pride in her everyday school day by helping people whenever they need it and getting her work done. Jones feels that her peers can do the right thing by choosing pride everyday. She expressed that students “should actually understand what it means rather than just knowing it is the school’s slogan”.

Jones said that her favorite class is Mrs. Lowry’s. When we asked her why she thought that she was chosen as Student of the Month she said that it is because she always pays attention and when she doesn’t understand something she communicates with her.

The next time you see Jones you should follow her school pride.

Picture taken by Maria Cerrone