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					Boya Xiao traveled 7700                                                                                 Collegiate high school provides
miles to be a Greenie                                                                                   jumpstart for college
                                                                                                        by Jordan Brown
by Corinne Bowden                                                                                                                                         cons. Josh Thompson, a current FMHS student
                                                                                                           A fairly new idea is now being offered
                                                 here to the United States, while Boya stayed in                                                          enrolled in CHS finds that the schedule in CHS
                                                                                                        for all upcoming 11th and 12th graders,
                                                 China to live with her father. She had not seen                                                          is “more flexible.” His classes are done earlier
                                                                                                        and that idea is Collegiate High School at                                                                                                                    November 2, 2007                                                                                  Volume 62, Issue 5
                                                 her mother for about eight years, and it wasn’t                                                          or later than they would be at FMHS. Josh also
                                                                                                        Florida Gulf Coast University. This dual
                                                 until last October that her family decided
                                                 to let her move here to the United States.
                                                    Many people have asked her about the
                                                                                                        enrollment program is for all qualifying
                                                                                                        students who desire careers in mathematics,
                                                                                                        science, engineering, or education. Students
                                                                                                                                                          finds that he is less rushed in between classes,
                                                                                                                                                          and says “I have over an hour between some
                                                                                                                                                          of my classes. This gives me enough time to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Swim team finishing strong: heading to state
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              by Daniela Patino
                                                 school hours in China. Elementary students                                                               get something to eat, do some homework, talk
                                                                                                        are able to choose a degree program within
                                                 go to school from eight o’clock a.m. to five                                                             to people, or go to the store to pick something                                                        Although our swimming season is close       in Fort Lauderdale, States will be held in        beyond, proving their skills by blowing
                                                                                                        the College of Arts and Sciences, College
                                                 o’clock p.m., and middle school students                                                                 up between classes.” Another great thing is                                                         to its end, FMHS’ swim team is far from        Orlando, against many teams from all over         everyone else out of the water. Some of these
                                                                                                        of Education, U.A. Whitaker School of
                                                 attend school from seven o’clock a.m. to seven                                                           that the professors and students are not told                                                       finished. Now is when the competition          Florida. Last year our boy’s took sixth           swimmers from Fort Myers are Diego Patino,
                                                                                                        Engineering, College of Health Professions,
                                                 o’clock p.m. Finally, high school students                                                               that you are a CHS student, so therefore you                                                        starts to really heat up. Swimmers want to     overall in the state and our girl’s took ninth.   Jon Nunez, Robby Kennedy, Tyler Wilson,
                                                                                                        and College of Professional Studies. The                                                               Writing Contests
                                                 attend classes from six o’clock a.m. up until                                                            are treated equally. However, Josh also finds                                                       make their season an unforgettable one by        Swim coach, Mrs. Overman is expecting           Robert Swanbeck, Amy Modglin, Stephanie
                                                                                                        CHS program started in 2005 and all                                                                    Who: 9-10th grade
                                                 about nine o’clock p.m. So, if you think our                                                             the situation to be less social than it would                                                       doing their best and moving on to states.      for the team to finish their season strong        Martinez, Lyndsey Roka, and Kelly Overton.
                                                                                                        students that are interested can send in                                                               What: Ayn Rand Anthem Essay
                                                 school days are long, you’re wrong! Not                                                                  be at FMHS and there is a lot of going back                                                             As each swimmer dives into the water       and have each swimmer get their best              A few of these swimmers have had much
                                                                                                        an application and the required materials.                                                             Write a 600-1200 word essay on one of
                                                 only do they have longer hours, but they also                                                            and forth from the University and FMHS.                                                             on October 20 to compete in Districts, their   times in their events. So far, our FMHS           experience with these pressured meets while
                                                                                                           You are probably asking yourself what                                                               three topics after reading Anthem
                                                 go to school more days a week- up to 6 days!                                                                Last of all, for interested students, FGCU                                                       minds are concentrated on only one thing…      swim team has had an undefeated season            others are still novices. Several swimmers
                                                                                                        makes this program so special, especially                                                              Due: Must be postmarked by March 20th
photo by Corinne Bowden                             China and the United States seem so                                                                   will begin to accept CHS application on March                                                       to win. If a swimmer places within the top     with a record of 7-0. Finishing a delayed         such as Robby Kennedy and Diego Patino (two
                                                                                                        with other choices out there, such as AP, IB,                                                          Win: $2000.00 First Prize Cash Award!
   Moving here to the United States from         different, so the adjustment was, and still                                                              2, 2008. To enter into the program you will                                                         eight at Districts, they will move on to       meet against Bishop Verot on October 8,           of Fort Myers’ senior boys) have competed
                                                                                                        and dual-enrollment. But with this program                                                             There are five $500.00 cash awards and
China, halfway around the world seems like a     is hard. When I asked her what she missed                                                                need to present your SAT scores or the date                                                         compete in Regional’s. During Regional’s       FMHS struggled to keep their undefeated           in States all four years of high school.
                                                                                                        you can earn high school and college credit in                                                         ten $200.00 cash awards.
big deal, right? Well, Boya Xiao, a freshman     most from China, Boya answered, “I miss                                                                  you are to take the SAT before classes start,                                                       FMHS will compete with different schools       record but in the end took home the win!            Let’s go out and support our Greenwave
                                                                                                        the field of interest that you choose. Everyone                                                        Ayn Rand Fountainhead Essay Contest
here at Fort Myers High School has done just     my friends, family, and the food!” However,                                                              letters of recommendation from the principal                                                        from all over the region. The eight swimmers     Every swimmer has done extraordinary this       swim team in their final meets! We
                                                                                                        who enters the program also gets free tuition                                                          Who: Students in grades 11 and 12
that. She made the 7,700 mile move on October    she also said that her favorite part of living                                                           or principal designee, and a teacher in your                                                        with the fastest times will continue on to     year and has worked hard. There are always        wish all the swimmers the best of luck
                                                                                                        and books. There is also some good news for                                                            What: Write a 800-16000 word essay on
26, 2006 from the place she had known her        here are the freedom and independence                                                                    field of interest. Also, you will also be required                                                  States. Unlike last year where it was held     a few of those swimmers that go above and         and hope they finish the year strong!
                                                                                                        all upcoming seniors; some of the AP and                                                               one of three topics after reading
whole life to a place she knew little about.     each of us has, and takes for granted.                                                                   to attend and interview to determine if your
                                                                                                        IB classes that you are taking now and have                                                            Fountainhead
   Boya grew up in a large, highly populated        Despite the many differences, there                                                                   personality and working habits are well fitted
                                                                                                        taken can be used for the college credit in the                                                        Win: $10,000.00 First Place, five
city in China, called Tian Jin, not far          had to be at least a few places similar to                                                               to the college lifestyle. For more information
                                                                                                        program. With this program you take all of your                                                        $2000.00 cash awards, and ten
from the nation’s capital, Beijing. She          China here in the United States. Boya                                                                    you can contact the CHS coordinator Carol
                                                                                                        classes at the FGCU main campus. If you are                                                            $1000.00 awards
says, “there is a big difference between         said that New York City reminded her                                                                     Ann Popovich at cpopovic@fgcu.edu or to
                                                                                                        leaving the IB program you will need to take                                                           Due: Must by postmarked by April 25,
the population in Fort Myers and her             of home. “The large population and the                                                                   the CHS website at www.fgcu.edu/2197.
                                                                                                        Personal Fitness, Health, and P.E., the classes                                                        2008
hometown in China.” Boya explains that “the      busy people are a lot like China” she said.                                                              asp. There is an informational meeting
                                                                                                        you were exempted from having to take. All                                                             ** For complete application and guide-
population in Tian Jin is about the same as         But all in all, Boya said “I like it here so far.                                                     for all students interested in Collegiate
                                                                                                        students in the program can also attend FMHS                                                           lines: www.aynrand.org/contests
the population of the whole state of Florida!”   The people here are friendly.” So hopefully,                                                             High School on February 22, 2008 at 6:30
                                                                                                        activities such as, prom, clubs, and sports.
   You are probably wondering why she had to     we will continue to make that impression                                                                 p.m. in the FGCU Student Union #214.                 The Coalition for a Drug-Free South-
                                                                                                           Collegiate High School has its pros and
make such a big move. When she was about         on her and can look forward to our time                                                                                                                       west Florida is looking for volunteers
six or seven, her mother remarried and moved     here together at Fort Myers High School.                                                                                                                      The Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Florida is looking for volunteers, minimum

                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                               age 14, to answer telephones after school,
                                                                                                                                                                                                               assist our office staff, and help with spe-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               cial programs.


Dancing with the stars!
Aries: March 21- April 19-
                                                                                                                                                                    Tidal Wave Staff

                                                                                                                                                                       Eric Ambert
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Our office is located in Cape Coral, and we
                                                                                                                                                                                                               have special programs in various locations
                                                                                                                                                                                                               in Lee County.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Amy Modglin, Junior                                                     Lindsey Roka, Senior                         photos by Jean Bogaards




It’s time to earn your financial freedom and get a JOB! You can devote more time toward something productive and the money doesn’t hurt                                Kayly Balink
                                                                                                                                                                                                               This is perfect for students who need
either. Try to stay focused and complete the task at hand.                                                                                                        Laura Bisbee, Editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                               service hours, and an opportunity for you
Taurus: April20- May 20-                                                                                                                                            Corinne Bowden
                                                                                                                                                                                                               to help a non-profit that is really making a
Your personal affairs are on fire this week. You are going to have to change your schedule around to make time for others. Remember their                           Chauntel Brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                               difference in our community.
feelings and try to help them out with their problems. The Pilgrims didn’t get to Plymouth Rock on their own you know!                                                Jordan Brown
Gemini: May 21- June 20 –                                                                                                                                         Rhiannon Cappannelli
                                                                                                                                                                                                               For more information, please call
Maybe you are feeling a little ignored this week. You might not be first on everybody’s mind but don’t worry, you’re still in their thoughts.                          Noelia Cruz
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Deb Comella at 239.541.9003 or e-mail
Just try and cope with the little attention and soon everything will be back to the way it was.                                                                       Morgan Frink
                                                                                                                                                                                                               prdirector@drugfreeswfl.org
Cancer June 22 – July 22                                                                                                                                              Armando Grez
You value your relationship with someone, like the Pilgrims and Indians valued a successful harvest. Let them know that you are there for                             Alex Hillberry                           Top ten ways to save gas
them and that you appreciate everything they do for you. In doing this you will feel good and you will make them feel good also.                                     Melissa Hubble                            10. Use cruise control and avoid starting
Leo July 23 – August 22-                                                                                                                                             Lynanne Lowry                             and stopping a lot. This can improve your
Undiscovered talents will make an appearance this week. You may realize that you can accomplish more than you think. Stay motivated and                              Dakendo Michel                            gas mileage by about 5%.
put all your talents to good use.                                                                                                                                    Jessica Norris                            9. Consider car pooling. If you pass by a
Virgo August 23 – September 22                                                                                                                                       Daniela Patino                            friend’s house everyday see if they would
Achieving your goals is very important to you this week. You will need to stay focused, even though that might prove challenging. Don’t let                           Annisha Price                            like a ride.
all that leftover Halloween candy muddle your thoughts. Your world is moving at a fast pace right now; just try to relax and everything will                         Brittany Ratliff                          8. Don’t carry “dead” weight. If your trunk
be fine.                                                                                                                                                              Monika Simic                             is collecting garbage or unnecessary stuff,
Libra Sept 23- October 22-                                                                                                                                            Jay Valentine                            take it out!
Your social life is booming right now. Try and keep everybody happy, including yourself. If you’re not happy the people around you will                             Kiyanna Wingate                            7. Keep your tires inflated to the proper
also find it difficult to be happy. Your energy levels will be full this week, so don’t waste your time feeling sad. Look forward to exciting                         Austin Yorski                            size. It could increase your mileage by 3%.
events.                                                                                                                                                                                                        6. Those gas saving gizmos and gadgets
Scorpio October 23 – Nov 21                                                                                                                                     Tidal Wave Newspaper                           aren’t worth it. The EPA has tested them
Don’t let what other people think get in the way of your own feelings. Push forward and strive to succeed in school. Examine every                                   Published by                              and most of the time they make no differ-
situation in detail. Be “thankful” for the supportive friends and family members that are standing by your side right now. Anyone who puts a                   FMHS Journalism Classes.                        ence and can potentially ruin your engine.
damper on your day does not deserve the bigger slice of pie.                                                                                                                                                   5. Make sure your engine is tuned. It can
Sagittarius Nov 22- Dec 21                                                                                                                                    For more information about                       increase your gas mileage by about 4%.
This week you will find that your leadership skills are being put to use. Your peers will look to you for guidance and advice. Try to                               advertising in the                         4. Change your oil. Having clean oil can
encourage them in whatever they want to pursue. You will also need to learn to relax this week. You can do this by letting out kept secrets to                  Tidal Wave Newspaper,                          reduce friction.
the respective people.                                                                                                                                               please contact                            3. Replace your air filters. Replacing them

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Greenies glow green
                                                                                                                                                                  Mrs. Carmen Weigel,                                                                                                                                                                          photos by Chauntel Brown and Samantha Favorite
Capricorn Dec 22- Jan. 19                                                                                                                                                                                      regularly can increase your mileage by
                                                                                                                                                                   Newspaper Advisor                           about 10%.                                                                                    It was pretty sweet what Makis Williams and       class spirit contest at the pep rally; however,
A lot of changes will be happening this week. Deal with these changes by embracing them the best you can. Remember change isn’t always
                                                                                                                                                               at 239-334-2167, ext. 159.                      2. Plan your trips and errands. A couple                                                      Josh Brown did with the light up drum sticks”     the sophomores came in a close second.
a bad thing. These new opportunities may show to be an exciting new opportunity.                                                                                                                                                                              by Kayly Balink
                                                                                                                                                                                                               short trips with a cold engine uses twice                                                        The students showed up with school spirit,       Because of the dimmed lighting, students
Aquarius Jan 20 – Feb 18                                                                                                                                              Principal, David LaRosa
                                                                                                                                                                                                               the amount of gas compared to one trip           Students, athletes, and teachers showed      ready to glow. Lynanne Lowry, freshman            came to the pep rally with glow sticks,
Your mind is leaning toward negative thinking this week. Try to block this out by maintaining a positive attitude. Don’t let your mind                        Athletic/Activities Director, Joni Logan
                                                                                                                                                                                                               with a warm engine.                            up in the Wave Cave last Thursday for our      said “It was really awesome watching people       necklaces, and rings. Congratulations to
wander into a pessimistic state. Keep your head high, and “every little thing is gonna be all right.”
                                                                                                                                                                    2635 Cortez Blvd                           1. Walk, use public transportation, drive a    glowing pep rally. Marcy McGill, senior        you know having a ton of fun.” Even the           everyone who participated in the pep rally
Pisces Feb 19 – March 20
                                                                                                                                                                  Fort Myers, FL 33901                         golf cart, or ride your bike.                  said “The pep rally was pretty creative, and   football team and Coach Sammy showed              planning. The pep rally was a success and was
Just like the wishbone in a turkey, you will be pulled in different directions this week. Try to balance out time with friends, family, and
                                                                                                                                                                        Copyright 2007                                                                        something that has never been done before.     up full of school spirit. Seniors won the         definitely enjoyed by everyone who attended.
school work, and your true motivation will most definitely shine.
        Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. - Albert Einstein

Phi Delta Y, focusing on                                                                            Greenwave fans get involved                                                                                                                                                                                           FMHS welcomes Coach Guttery
state government                                                                                    in boys’ basketball
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          by Daniela Patino and Morgan Frink

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Most of you have probably noticed some new        and ESE. Before coming to Fort Myers High,
by Melissa Hubble                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         faces here at FMHS and not just the freshmen.       he taught physical education for two years at
  Phi Delta Y is a Florida YMCA Youth in          “Outstanding Law Firm”, and “Outstanding          by Morgan Frink and Daniela Patino                                                                                                                                                                                    This year Mr. LaRosa has hired many new             Ida Baker. Coach Guttery was born and raised
Government chapter at Fort Myers High. Youth      Civil and Criminal Attorneys.” One member                                                                                                                                                                                                                               teachers, and among the new teachers is             in Fort Myers and is excited to be back in the
in Government is a state wide program that has    was appointed Senior Justice on the Supreme          This year, Mr. Guttery, the new boys’ varsity      and there will be a pep rally. December 11, it’s                                                                                                                Coach         Scott                                                                 neighborhood.
been around for 50 years and at Fort Myers for    Court, 2006 – 2007 Lt. Governor, and past         basketball coach plans to make his first season       FMHS vs. Gulf Coast. The theme for this night                                                                                                                   Guttery. Coach                                                                         C o a c h
almost 40 years. Phi Delta Y was started by the   Governors. Fort Myers High Phi Delta Y            unforgettable! Although he is new, he has             is “Kids Night”. Two ideas for this theme were                                                                                                                  Guttery comes                                                                       Guttery is part
YMCA. There are 100 members in Phi Delta Y,       is well known throughout the state for its        had plenty of experience with coaching the            having the YBA (Youth Basketball Association)                                                                                                                   to Fort Myers                                                                       of the National
and the club is always looking for new members.   various programs, and is well respected.          game. Our varsity basketball team is in good          players get into the game free if they wear their                                                                                                               High with six                                                                       Association
  Phi Delta Y meets each Wednesday in                The club president is Kolve Byrd, the vice     hands; the team is expecting a great year!            YBA jersey, however their parents must pay.                                                                                                                     years of teaching                                                                   of Basketball
the auditorium from 6:15 to 7:30, focusing        president is Ashley Duncan, the treasurer            Coach Guttery believes we will have an             Or the Saturday prior to this game, they hold                                                                                                                   experience and                                                                      Coaches, and
on state government. You choose between           is Megan Patel, the secretary is Libby            excellent team this year. He says we have             a three hour mini-camp for kids ages to 12.                                                                                                                     also    coaching                                                                    the Southwest
State Legislators, Supreme Court Attorneys,       Hardy, the historians are Jessica Ayers and       strong senior leaders such as David Westberry,        The kids would receive a T-shirt at camp, and                                                                                                                   experience. Not                                                                     F l o r i d a
and press corp. members or lobbyists. Each        Nadine Singh, and the parliamentarians            a senior point guard, and Jean Louisme a              must wear that to get into the game for free.                                                                                                                   only is Coach                                                                       Basketball
week they debate bills in preparation for         are Randy Bush and Kevin Wu.                      senior guard. Both of these strong seniors are        “Kids Night” also encourages the students                                                                                                                       Guttery a new                                                                       C o a c h e s
state assembly. Attorneys research cases and         Phi Delta Y members have dues of $15           currently being recruited by several NCAA             to bring their younger siblings with them to                                                                                                                    business teacher                                                                    Association. In
write a brief case. They argue their case in      and an additional cost for the state assembly     schools. The team also has many young                 the game, so everyone can join in on the fun.                                                                                                                   at FMHS, he                                                                         his free time, he
the Florida Supreme Court, and Legislators        later in the year. You should join Phi Delta      members who are sure to be a big help. The               December 14 we play Ida Baker, and this                                                                                                                      is also the new                                                                     enjoys spending
use the state capitol and run for offices         Y if you like to debate, want to argue in front   varsity boys have been working hard all               will be “Green Out Night”. On this night, the                                                                                                                   varsity     boys’                                                                   time at home
in Florida, such as Governor and CFO.             of the Supreme Court or just looking for a        summer to get ready for the season. Bishop            team wants all the fans to come decked from                                                                                                                     basketball coach.                                                                   with his family.
    Phi Delta Y attends a state assembly in       great way to get involved in school activities.   Verot will be our school’s biggest rival this year,   head to toe in all their greenie gear. December                                                                                                                   Coach Guttery Coach Guttery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               photo by Kiyanna Wingate                                                           photo by Daniela Patino     After marrying
Tallahassee each January. For the 2006            The sponsor is Mrs. Patty Loverock in room        but they won’t be able to stop us. The tickets        20 we play Mariner. This is “Faculty Karaoke        Amanda Fleishman and Corinne McCabe are working with the Little Wave students.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          graduated from Bishop Verot in 1997 and from        his high school sweetheart, Becky, he went

                                                                                                                                                                                                              FMHS Little Wave eager
– 2007 year Fort Myers Phi Delta Y students       B213. Please feel free to contact her if you      for the Verot game will go on sale a month in         Night”. As a basketball fundraiser, the classes                                                                                                                 Centre College in Kentucky in 2001 where he         on to become a father of two boys, Reece two
won “Best Bill”, “Outstanding Statesman”,                                                           advance, and are sure to be fast sellers. The         will donate money to have their teachers                                                                                                                        played college basketball. After graduating
                                                  have any questions regarding the club.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      years old, and Trae 1 year old. He also enjoys
                                                                                                    game will be on February 1 in the wave cave.          sing karaoke at halftime. The two teachers

                                                                                                                                                                                                              to learn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          from college, Coach Guttery taught two years        fishing, boating, and snorkeling. Coach Guttery
                                                                                                       The team’s motto this year is “Character over      with the most money donated will sing.                                                                                                                          of Business and Technology at Dunbar High           also likes to stay in shape by weight lifting or
                                                                                                    Reputation.” “Be more concerned with your                The very next night on December 21 we play                                                                                                                   School. After teaching at Dunbar High School,       doing any kind of competitive activity. FMHS
                                                                                                    character than your reputation. Your character        Naples. This is going to be “Alumni Night”.                                                                                                                     Coach Guttery went back to teach for his Alma
                                                                                                                                                                                                              by Kiyanna Wingate                                                                                                                                              would like to welcome Coach Guttery and look
                                                                                                    is what you really are, while your reputation is      Any alumni that come to the game will receive                                                                                                                   Mater, Bishop Verot and worked in guidance          forward to a great upcoming basketball season!
                                                                                                    merely what others think you are.” -JohnWooden.       a free Fort Myers basketball t-shirt, and will        Fort Myers High School is not the only thing        The more experience you have, the better your
                                                                                                       Coach Guttery wants all the members
                                                                                                    of the team to show good character while
                                                                                                                                                          stand to be recognized before the game.
                                                                                                                                                          Coach Guttery is open to any other ideas
                                                                                                                                                                                                              back in session; Little Wave is back from their
                                                                                                                                                                                                              summer vacation and eager to learn! Going on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chances are of actually working hands-on with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the kids. Working with the little tots include,       Senior Blake Lehr devoted
                                                                                                    playing the game, as well as in life. When
                                                                                                    asked if there were any specific strategies
                                                                                                    that the team was using this year, Coach
                                                                                                                                                          or suggestions about this night. On January
                                                                                                                                                          11, it will be the Fort Myers vs. North Fort
                                                                                                                                                          Myers game. This night will be another “Fan
                                                                                                                                                                                                              her fourth year of working with Little Wave, Ms.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jami Browder enjoys everything about her job.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Little Wave has been a part of Fort Myers High
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    planning out all of their daily activities,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    setting them up, and demonstrating how to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    complete them. The high school pupils also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to racing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          by Laura Bisbee                                      the stock springs, all kinds of bars, gears …all
                                                                                                    Guttery said that they are putting offensive          Appreciation Night”, similar to the first home      since 1973. Little Wave is a pre-school program       take turns with preparing the snack of the day.          Blake Lehr, a Fort Myers High senior, loves that stuff comes into play…you have to adjust
                                                                                                    and defensive pressure on every team.                 game. Fort Myers vs. Cape Coral on January          that actually takes place here at FMHS in room           The children’s snacks consist of nutritional       to drive over the speed limit. As a matter of things for each race. Nutting and bolting a car
                                                                                                       Getting involved in the home games will be         22 will be “Senior and Parent Night”. For this      C131, during the hours of 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.        foods followed by the state guidelines and            fact,     he                                                             alone takes three hours”.
                                                                                                    even more enjoyable for the fans this year. The       night the freshman, JV, and varsity parents will      The ages of the kids range from age three to        the food pyramid for their age group. “The            is used to                                                               For Lehr, Saturday is
                                                                                                    team is genuinely trying to get the audience          be recognized before the game, as well as the       age five, and they must be potty-trained in order     students are basically the teachers”, says Ms.        driving, at                                                              devoted solely to the actual
                                                                                                    more caught up in the games. November 26              senior players and cheerleaders. The last home      to attend. Ms. Jami’s curriculum is based on          Jami, “This opportunity will give them a head         his fastest,                                                             racing and training. When it
                                                                                                    is the first home game of the season; we will         game is with our biggest rival, Bishop Verot.       the Pre-K lesson plan and the State of Florida        start if they ever decide to major in childcare       at about                                                                 comes to being on the track
                                                                                                    be playing Cypress Lake, and the first one            This night will be “White Out”. The plan for        child care laws. The children are taught several      in the future. It takes patience, a smile, and a      175 mph.                                                                 himself, training comes
                                                                                                    hundred students to walk through the door             this night might be to give out white T-shirts      different subjects including mathematics,             positive attitude in order to work with children      Though                                                                   down to testing the cars
                                                                                                    will receive a free Fort Myers basketball T-          that say “Fort Myers vs. Bishop Verot 2008…I        science, social studies, reading, art, etc.           everyday”. Ms. Jami also states, “It’s an honor       h e ’ s                                                                  out on the tracks, “working
                                                                                                    shirt. Also, during the first half, Ms. Booker        was there”. This however is a plan in the works.      Ever since Ms. Jami was a young child               to be able to look at their smiling faces everyday,   crashed a                                                                out there”, and “getting a
                                                                                                    will choose the five most spirited students              Any other information about the boy’s            herself, she always dreamed of working with           knowing that they love to learn. I’ve been            couple of                                                                feel for the car”. Lehr is
                                                                                                    to throw one half court shot. If they make            basketball team can be found at this website,       children. There are five child care classes here      given the opportunity to teach them all sorts         times here                                                               also no stranger to crashes,
                                                                                                    the shot, they will get $100! This game will          www.leeschools.net/schools/fmh/basketball/          at FMHS consisting of 112 students. High              of things.” Ms Jami says “That just watching          and there,                                                                     in fact; he says “it
                                                                                                    be known as “Fan Appreciation Night”.                 index.html. Make sure to come out and support       school students that are eligible to work with        them sometimes makes me think that even               he’s never                                                                     comes with racing”.
                                                                                                       On November 30, we play Palmetto Ridge,            your school, good luck Greenwave basketball!        the children, have to pass a state child care exam    though I’m an adult, I need to stop, sit-down,        b e e n                                                                        To protect himself he
                                                                                                                                                                                                              before moving on to higher levels of childcare.       think, and laugh in order to enjoy the day.”          ticketed.                                                                      has a custom made
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Actually,                                                                      seat with at least five
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Blake Lehr, Senior  photo by Laura Bisbee


                                                                                                                                                                                                              Early Economist Earns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          unlike                                                                         seatbelts, a fire suit,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          anyone       else,     Lehr’s    permitted      to                             shoes, and gloves,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          speed legally. After all, it’s part of his                                     “so when I hit the

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Economic Education
                                                                                                                                                                                                              by Jay Valentine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          normal routine as a racecar driver.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Lehr drives for FASCAR (Florida Association
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          for Stock Car Auto Racing) in its highest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         wall at 120mph, I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         don’t even move.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Though Lehr’s been racing for about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          division as a Sunbelt Superlate Model Racer. nine years now, he has no plans of stopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    school seniors throughout the country. The            Currently driving a Chevy Superlate Model,              anytime soon.      This October 26, Lehr’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    education provided students with a better             he is sponsored by the Orlando Predators.            participating in the 125 lap race at New
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    understanding of economic reasoning principles        Lehr began his racing career when he was Syrmna Beach Speedway. Yet this seems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and how to employ these concepts for successful       only eight, starting out driving a go-cart on like only practice to Lehr who’s racing in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and effective leadership. Therefore, Casey did        dirt tracks. He later finished 2nd in the nation the largest late-model race on November
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    not only gain new insight and knowledge,              in the WKA (World Karting Association) 1 in Nashville, Tennessee: the Adam Petty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    but many effective ways of applying the               Junior Annual Championship, going on to Memorial 400 [meaning 400 laps]. Lehr is also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    newly learned skills to the economic world.           win 4 out of 5 annual championships. Lehr’s currently competing for Rookie of the Year in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Casey’s dad teaches economics courses at            first car was given to him when he was 15, an Florida’s State Championship, and next year is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Florida Gulf Coast University, so inherently          “open-wheel model” with 150 horsepower, planning to move to Charlotte, NC, to compete
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    she became quite fluent with the subject matter.      which for him is a “training car”. In 2005, further. And yes, Lehr is most definitely
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “This program was a very rewarding experience         in his last season of Go-carts, Lehr remembers planning to one day race professionally, either
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Casey Hobbs, Senior         photo by Jay Valentine    and I made a lot of new friends,” said Casey.         traveling with his father from New York to with NASCAR or IRL (Indy Racing League).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      At the end of the course, Casey took a 40-          Orlando, racing in multiple tournaments. “My            Lehr himself holds no mere passing interest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Casey Hobbs, senior at Fort Myers High              question test which examined the students             worst finish out of 40 races was 7th place. It       towards racecar driving, almost having a
                                                                                                                                                                                                              School, took a trip to Bentley College over the       understanding of basic economic principles.           seemed like I finished in the top 5 every time.” philosophical reverence for it. “Every weekend
                                                                                                                                                                                                              summer to attend the Economics for Leaders            The results concluded that she placed at                 Four days out of Lehr’s week are devoted it beats you up physically and mentally…to
                                                                                                                                                                                                              education program. This program gives high            a high level of economic proficiency. The             to racing, involving much more than just battle against other drivers. There are just
                                                                                                            OPENING THIS FALL IN FORT MYERS                                                                   school students the opportunity to gain a             completion of this program showed that Casey          competing out on the track. Every Thursday, so many other guys fighting for the same
                                                                                                                                                                                                              deeper understanding of economic concepts.            reached a level of proficiency in the area of         Friday, and Sunday, Lehr is in the car shop, thing you are. In an arena marred by sweat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                This rigorous and challenging week long             economics and also had a great experience             tuning and adjusting his cars. “When you go and dust, when you get the victory, it is just
                                                                                                                                                                                                              program was attended by thirty rising high            that she can add to her college applications.         to the track, you have to change things all over, knowing you have won that’s worth it.”

				
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