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THE In This Issue... LEON Men’s varsity crew are in good shape. page 4 Hardest classes to pass page 6 The legand of Tommy Brown page 11 HIGH LIFE Leon High School 550 E. Tennessee St. Tallahassee, FL 32308 (850) 488-1971 Vol. LXXXVII No.3 Celebrating 86 years as the voice of Leon. November 2005 Issue May, 2004 Is Leon the best? By Meghan Meehan-Draper OASIS Online grading system arrives High Life Features Editor By Caroline Whitney Leon High School has a long - High Life News Writer standing tradition of excellence. It has consistently been ranked among the For most teachers, the maintenance top ten Florida high schools in the num- of students’ grades is a constant source of annoyance. Students are constantly ber of National Merit Scholarships pestering their teachers about what awarded each year, and Leon has the their grades are. All of their prying is highest average SAT scores out of all enough to drive a teacher insane. Not the high schools in its district. It was anymore. also named by Newsweek as one of With the invention of OASIS (Online the top AP schools in the country, rank- Academic Student Information System) ing higher than any other school in Leon students can now access their averages County. directly from home. All that students With achievements like these, it need to do is log their student numbers seems like Leon could quite possibly into the OASIS login page, type in their be considered the most accomplished six letter password, and presto: instant high school in the county. But not ev- grades. eryone views Leon this way. The “OASIS is a good service that stu- question is: what exactly do others Aerial shot of Leon High School dents and parents can use to easily ac- think of Leon High School? cess student’s grades,” said Billy Epting, Leon’s Assistant Principal of atten- and the guitar program has been thriv- Leon’s admirable athletics. Lara dance. “OASIS started at Leon this Academics ing for over 20 years. Schmertmann, a sophomore at Chiles, year. As of right now, having OASIS is Fred Varn, the District Four Vice Fellow Chiles student, junior Jen- said, “Leon has a tradition of good something teachers can voluntarily par- Chair for the Leon County School nifer Skene, disagrees. athletics.” ticipate in, but as of next year it will be Board, gives Leon the utmost praise. “From what I’ve seen, their arts are Rickards senior, Cathy Lambright, a mandatory requirement. Hopefully, “Leon has a great student body, not top notch,” Skene said. has a similar opinion. “Leon has bet- by next semester all of the teachers will great teachers and administrators, and Sheila Costigan, the District One ter sports [than us],” she said. be logged in.” is loaded with years and years of tra- Chair on the Leon County School However, Garrett Savage, a senior dition,” said Varn. “Academically, it is Board sums up Leon’s arts programs Continued on page 4 at Lincoln, begs to differ. “Sports one of the top schools in the nation.” shortly and sweetly. wise—Lincoln dominates,” he said. Rickards senior, Nick Wilde, “Leon High School is one of the agrees with Varn. most respected schools in our state for Teachers receive raise “The students show great intelli- performing arts,” Costigan said. Strengths gence. The greatest thing about Leon Leon is known for its strengths and Every teacher in Leon is the variety of classes you can take its ability to benefit all of its students. County is getting a five per- Sports Varn noticed that “[I] personally there,” Wilde said. Leon can brag about its athletics, cent raise of their previous Lauren Brautigam, a sophomore at [know] of many parents who have too. Though the recent football sea- salary. This decision was Chiles, concurs. moved to make sure their son or son has been less than impressive, both daughter could attend Leon.” Leon first approved by the Leon “Leon seems very advanced com- pared to most schools in the county,” boys’ and girls’ soccer teams are has many things that other high schools County School Board, then ranked top in the state, and both boys’ in Leon County do not. the teachers themselves. Brautigam said. and girls’ basketball teams led the dis- “Leon has a rich history,” Teachers have not received trict last year. In addition, Leon’s crew Brinkworth noted. Arts team always places well at every re- a raise in a few years and But what about Leon’s arts? Leon’s gatta they participate in and Leon’s vol- Skene added, “They also have this decision is being en- chorus department consistently per- leyball team always has exceptional more school spirit and pride.” “Leon has money, a variety of joyed by many. forms well in all festivals, as does seasons. Both boys and girls tennis Leon’s drama department. Leon’s teams are the reigning city champs. By Kany Aziz band just celebrated its 56th straight superior at district marching festival, Many non-Leon students recognize Continued on page 7 November Editorials Page 2 Leon’s dirty dilemma that, but then I realized that I find it much more convenient they probably don’t want to any other option. More trash probably shouldn’t be so to pitch their lunch remains go on a rigorous, sweaty run cans should be added, or the picky. NEXT to a bin instead of IN- because they have just been current trash cans should be Scattered around the senior SIDE it. cleaned. Likewise, if the se- emptied more often. bowl are ant-infested candy I’m not saying everyone at nior bowl is clean, people We really need to put out wrappers, greasy fast food Leon litters. Ian actually takes probably won’t feel the desire an extra effort to keep the area bags, smooshed french fries the initiative to pick up after to thoughtlessly dump their clear of eyesores. Leon is fa- and crushed coke cans. It is people, and I know others cherry limeade cup on the as- mous for its beauty. Let’s not By Julia Clarke disgusting. who are equally good phalt. If an area is already carelessly destroy it with our High Life Editorial Editor I have seen (more than Samaratins. I’m merely as- messy, people generally figure icky, empty lunch bags. once) garbage carelessly serting that a sizable number that one more piece of trash A few years ago, the envi- My good friend Ian tossed three feet away from a of students at Leon do litter. won’t make a big difference. ronmental club’s slogan here Copeland and I were stand- trash can. I want to know The first solution to this In fact, it does. at Leon was “Littering makes ing in the senior bowl recently, what makes it so difficult to trashy problem is obviously The second solution is add- you trashy.” It truly does. casually waiting for a mutual actually put it in the basket. making sure to deposit our ing more trash cans and emp- When we litter, we are hurting friend to offer us a ride up to The most concentrated area garbage into the receptacles. tying them more often. I’ve a tiny piece of the Earth. It’s the Nettles Building. She of litter at Leon is the senior I guarantee that if we tried to talked to some classmates downright cruel, and it must be didn’t, but that’s not the point. bowl and the junior bowl. This, be responsible for our trash by about picking up after them- stopped. As we sluggishly climbed of course, makes sense be- tossing it in the bin, fewer selves, and they repeatedly Our environment is slowly up the stairs, Ian picked up a cause these parking lots are people would litter. The rea- complain about the lack of dis- dying. We have to protect Gatorade bottle from the where many students walk son for this is because the posal space. Students often what we have left. Just re- ground and tossed it in the gar- through after returning from cleaner a place is, the less likely see that the trash cans are piled member to throw it in the trash, bage bin. lunch. people will want to trash it. high, so they throw it on the not on the grass. At first, I wanted to tell him For some reason, students After people take showers, ground because they don’t see that he should have recycled Letters to the Editor_____________ If a student earns an “A” in in the classroom, but the ma- are no doors, we do not have iors stinky meat, and the se- My cell phone still worked, a class for both nine weeks, jority of teachers do not. If any privacy, and the mirrors niors spoiled meat? but it had a scratch across the obviously she or he knows the Leon is to keep this rule, then are rusty. A few of the mirrors Camaura Scott front, and the battery dies out material well enough to exempt it should go for both students are bound to be broken by the more rapidly than usual. the exam. I think that by al- AND teachers. If teachers end of the school year. Both my hat and my cell These items were taken lowing the exam exemption think it’s unfair that they can’t The lockers are too small; phone have been confiscated away after the bus bell rang. I policy, students will work eat and drink in the class then one of my books fills almost by the administration think that students should be harder to get good grades in this rule should just be taken half of my locker. The PE The phone was returned, able to use hats and cell their classes and be able to ex- out of the rule book. lockers are even worse be- but the hat, which happened phones after school hours. empt their exams instead of Ashley Bynum cause they can’t fit both the to be my favorite, was “lost.” Larry Campbell relying on them to bring up books and the backpacks their semester averages. Leon High school is an old students have to bring to Kyle Johnson school, and it needs some re- class. modeling and updated tech- Terrance Riggins I’ve been going to Leon for nology. four years now, and there has The roofs in some of my I am a freshman, and I always been one rule that re- classrooms are missing tiles, don’t like being called ally bugged me: no eating and and the media center should freshmeat. At the pep ral- drinking allowed in the class- have more modern flat screen lies, all the other sopho- room. Yes, that rule puts a computers. The PE classroom mores, juniors and seniors slight stop to rats and ants, but has old desks and destroyed call the freshman class it is not fair that Leon teachers books. Some days it is too freshmeat. We can’t help and staff are allowed to eat hot, and other days it is really that we are new here. snacks and drink soda while cold. If we are freshmeat, then teaching a class. Granted, some teachers say The bathrooms are built very strangely. Because there why aren’t the sophomores freezer-burned meat, the jun- The High Life that students can eat and drink The High Life is the official student newspaper of Leon High School. The newspaper staff controls all aspects of content The Leon High Life Staff and design. Kevin Record, the journalism teacher and advisor, provides guidance, supervision and assistance. Editors: Staff: The High Life strives to serve as a forum of public opin- Alexandra Curran- Editor-in-Chief Jared Casey ion. In keeping with that goal, the publication abides by all edito- Julia Clarke- Editorial Editor Angelina Colao rial policies stated in the staff handbook and does not publish ma- Eden Joyner- News Editor Holly Johnson terial that is libelous, obscene, or that may cause a substantial and Meghan Meehan-Draper- Features Editor Brianna Kelly material disruption of school activities. Elizabeth Nelson The High Life has been published continuously since 1919. Sam Hollister- Sports Editor Chris Reber Tom Postma- Assistant Sports Editor Annalaura Rehwinkel This publication is distributed free of charge and is funded Kany Aziz- Assistant News Editor Kate Small solely through staff-organized advertising. Jessica Moody- Advertising Manager Megan Spille Questions and comments: firstname.lastname@example.org Caitlin Gillmore- Photography Editor Joy Weaver 550 E Tennessee St., Tallahassee, FL 32308 Kevin Record- Advisor Caroline Whitney Phone 488-1971 ext. 2630 Fax 922-5311 www.leon.leon.k12.fl.us November News Page 3 Rumors of rivalry proven false By Kany Aziz High Life News Writer Last year, cheerleaders were one of the high points of pep rallies with loud music and fast moves. On the other hand, the dance team was trying out slower beats and focused on the art of dancing. However, because of the slow songs the dance team chose, the pep in stu- dents paused as the dance team danced. This year, the tables have turned. “The dance team is causing mass excitement during pep rallies and ap- pealing to the student body. In con- trast, many believe the cheerleaders are doing routines that are not widely ap- pealing and not expertly done,” junior Amelia Woodworth. Has this sudden shift caused a con- troversy or rivalry between the two teams? The dance team and the cheerleaders performing at a pep rally According to dancers and cheer- leaders, there is no rivalry. towards the dancers. other…I like the dance team better,” Nan O’Kelly, the cheerleadering spon- Junior dancer Stephanie Dick de- Junior cheerleader Christine Kessler freshman Amanda Dwyer-Luse said. sor, said. nies any negative feelings toward the said “No” to any sort of competiton. “Both teams compete in skill and During Homecoming week, the cheerleaders and was mildly surprised “You can’t compare them,” senior coordination and in how well they per- cheerleaders and dancer had agreed that this was an issue. cheerleader Sarah Beneke said. form,” sophomore Avan Aziz said. to have dinner together before a game. “It’s different. Dancers are dancers “I’m straight with all of them,” jun- Although much of the student body But because of the busy schedules the and cheerleaders are cheerleaders,” ior cheerleader Kerri Ashby said. feels this way, there are some who dis- two teams had, they were not able to Dick said. “There are things that are said around agree. meet. Instead, they will meet some- “[The] dance team doesn’t have any school but if you think about it, most “I think they’re both good,” senior time during Basketball Homecoming. enmity towards the cheerleaders,” se- of us are really friends.” Tai Tran said. One of the reasons the dancers and nior dancer Lauren Waller. Yet, it is hard for the student body The sponsors also deny rivalry and cheerleaders were surprised about this “In the old days, the cool thing to to believe that there is not at least a even competition. issue is because many of the members be was a cheerleader,” junior dancer competition between the two teams to “I don’t think they feel that way,” on either team have friends on the other Betsy Rogers said, “but not anymore. prove themselves. Ms. PatWeaver, the dancers’ sponsor, team. The dance team is equally as good as “They try to outdo each other when said about the dance team. “We do a Whether there is a competition or the cheerleaders, and the school loves they dance,” junior Todd Barham said. different style dance. I don’t think it’s not, both teams bring pride to Leon watching us both perform.” “I think there is [a competition],” a competitive kind of thing.” and appeal to the students. Cheerleaders also rebut the matter freshman Donecia Hills said. “They like to support each other in declaring that there is no opposition “I think one team is better than the pep rallies and performances,” Ms. Dear Eden, him I like him without actually saying it? I have a big problem. I have a crush on one of Boyfriend Wanted my teachers. Well, actually on an intern. Everyday Dear Eden, when I come to class after lunch, I see her face be- Dear Boyfriend Wanted, I have had a crush on my friend since sixth hind the warm glow of the projector. I can’t focus Don’t let a one-year age difference bother grade. Although he goes to a different high school, on my work while she’s in the classroom. What you. It should mean absolutely nothing. I would I still find myself thinking of him daily. Just this year, should I do? suggest waiting a week or two, flirting your heart we have started to talk on the phone again. He Hoping for Detention out and then tell him that you “kinda have a thing has promised to come to my sporting events, but for him.” Not saying it directly gives you (or him) a he never comes. This makes me angry because I Dear Hoping for Detention, way out, in case things get awkward or he flat out always support him. How do I get rid of this crush? Usually, I would say that age doesn’t effect says no. Just don’t let the age difference get in the Stomped by Crush “true love,” but I’m going to just take a stab at your way and be sure to stay his friend even if it doesn’t age and say that that’s illegal. Very illegal. Sorry, but work out. That usually lasts longer anyway. Dear Stomped by Crush, even if you really like her, you can’t officially “pur- Eden You may enjoy spending time with your sue” her until you’re 18. If you truly love her, don’t crush, but if he’s not reliable, you may not want to date him at all. If he has made promises and doesn’t keep them, that is a sign of immaturity and lack of send her to jail. Eden Need Advice? respect. If these sporting events mean a lot to you, you should consider telling him that you’re disap- Dear Eden, I like this boy and we are friends but I want Ask Eden at: pointed when he doesn’t show up. If he doesn’t change, you should walk away. There are more more out of our friendship. He is a year older than me and I am intimidated about the age difference. eden_leonhighlife fish in the sea. Eden Plus I don’t even know if he likes me. How do I tell @earthlink.net November News Page 4 Another win for crew By Julia Clarke “The whole team works in boats. Books apparently Mix-It-Up day goes well High Life Editorial Editor hard every day. We have a appeal to them as well. The common goal of having the best men’s team, collectively, had an On Nov. 15 the Gay-Straight Alliance, Fellowship of The men’s varsity crew boats in the state. We train for approximate B average (un- Christian Athletes, Ladies of Distinction and the Human team at Leon is proving to be fitness, strength and technique weighted) at the end of last Relations club hosted Mix It Up at Lunch. one of the best in the state and every day, so [crew is] one of season. Mix-It-Up at Lunch is a day designed to work on bring- perhaps in the country. Re- the most demanding programs “The people on crew are ing down stereotypes and social barriers in school. cently, the men’s team was in- in the state,” Ash said. very hard workers on not only vited to a regatta in Boston, The boys trained on ergs, the team but also in school,” This was Leon’s first year participating in Mix-It-Up. Massachusetts, on the Charles which are athletic machines said junior Scottie Mitchell. GSA, FCA, LD and Human Relations teamed up to help River. that simulate a rowing experi- “Many [rowers] are leaders of break down stereotypes and segregation in their own groups According to the Leon crew ence. They also trained on their class.” and over the school. Students were encouraged to eat lunch website, there were 7,000 row- boats. They practice daily in Senior and captain of the in the cafeteria on Tuesday to participate with the four clubs. ers from all over the world par- the crew portable located on women’s crew team, Abie The focus of the day was to meet someone new and change ticipating in the Head of the Leon’s campus and at Lake Bigham agrees. people’s minds about how they viewed certain people or Charles regatta. Hall. “Many [Leon male rowers] cliques. Leon’s varsity eight boat “The men’s varsity eight are being asked to row at pres- The club sponsors are excited about this opportunity. participated in this regatta. On boat also recently placed first tigious schools such as “I’m pleased that these groups could work together,” the boat were rowers Ryan Ash, in the Head of the Hooch re- Princeton and Penn,” Bigham GSA sponsor Scott Brown said. “[Working together] is part Evan Anderson, Joe Bobroskie, gatta in Tennessee, with a time said. “We are all very proud of Justin DeVust, John Ingle, Mat- of 15.18.5. To finally finish our how well they’ve done.” of breaking down the stereotypes.” thew MacNamara, Nick [distance] season with a big Sprint season, which begins By Jessica Moody Rillstone, and Greg Stepina. victory was special for the after winter vacation, requires Valaree Fowler was the cox- whole team,” Ash said. rowers to compete in 1,500 to Car crash with Leon students swain. They finished 17th out Lauren Bryant, a senior and 2,000 meter races. Ash expects On Oct. 28 two Leon students, Handley Champion and of 61 collegiate and high school member of the girl’s crew team, more success. Jack Lane, collided with another car, resulting in a traumatic crew teams with a time of was very proud of these ath- “Our fall season was excel- accident. Both students had minor injuries, including cuts 17:48.375. They were 4 th letes. lent, so we are all anticipating among the high schools rowing “I thought the boys did very one of the best sprint seasons and bruises. Both students had to be cut out of the car by in this event, according to the well in Boston, and I think in the men’s varsity history,” the fire department, which reported that the students’ lives website. [they] will continue to do well,” Ash said. “Winning state were saved due to the fact that they were wearing seat belts. Ryan Ash, a senior and four- Bryant said. “They work hard, would be the ideal way of end- The car accident happened on the corner intersection of 7th year member of the Men’s and deserve success.” ing my rowing career at Leon.” Avenue and Mitchell Avenue. By Kany Aziz crew team, said the training for But these nationally recog- this event was quite intense. nized athletes are not only good Can the Principal Last year, more than six thousand cans were collected for the Second Harvest charity. These cans were given to needy families for the holidays. This year, Student Government Association (SGA) is repeating this procedure with the hope of helping more families. Can the Principal is from Oct. 31 to Nov. 21. SGA reported that they would like to receive the same amount of cans, if not more, from student body. Aziz Class meetings provide opportunity As of this year, the sophomore class has taken the initiative to have a class officers meeting every nine weeks that includes all students. This new system was implemented so that the unheard voices around Leon would be heard. The sophomore class officers hope that this will reduce complaints and embrace a wider range of opinions. Men’s varsity crew Aziz Custodian appreciation “Oasis” continued from page 1 The week of December 5th to 9th, Interact, French of the teachers will be logged it.” two academic years. Department, Anchor and National History Honor Society Some question the legitimacy of OASIS and “I don’t know why Mrs. Hall didn’t install are dedicating their time to show their appreciation for the whether it insures any privacy. OASIS last year,” said Rocky Hanna, Leon’s custodians. Donations and support are greatly appreciated. “There is no way students could tamper with newly inducted principal. “As soon as I came on Aziz their or other people’s grades. Everything is board, it was something I wanted to implement. password protected,” Epting said. When school started, I contacted OASIS.” Passwords not online anymore Most teachers are finding the installation of “Having OASIS is extremely helpful,” said OASIS extremely helpful to themselves and sophomore Christina Welch. “Normally you have Starting this year, the passwords for the search engines students. to wait until the end of the grading period to get on the Leon High School web page have been taken off “OASIS is good because it enables students your grades from teachers and you don’t know to access their grades from home,” said Pam if you’re missing work. This way you can moni- and have been put into pamphlets. Last year, students could Owen, an English teacher at Leon. “Lots of tor your grades and make sure that everything is go online to get the passwords. However, it also allowed students don’t know they have missing work in order.” people who were not students or faculty members to use until it’s too late to do something about it and In general, the use of OASIS has generated these search engines. Since Leon pays to have access to this way they can figure out what they’re miss- positive feedback. What is yet to be seen is how these search engines, only Leon students should have those ing and turn it in for credit.” teachers and students will use the program to privileges. To get these informational pamphlets please see Some wonder why OASIS was just imple- their advantage and how the program will hold the librarians in the Media Center. mented into Leon this year. Chiles and Lincoln under years of use. Aziz have been actively using OASIS for the past November Features Page 5 Greg Carter: money on his mind By AnnaLaura Rehwinkel sophomore, Carter says it school, Carter plans to attend High Life Features Writer took some getting used to, but either Tallahassee Community last year, his junior year, was College or Florida A&M Uni- Senior Greg Carter is a se- the best so far. versity. He is thinking about rious guy. Mature and fo- He is popular, but reserved. majoring in business so that one cused, for the most part, he has Carter knows a lot of people day he can open his own. a one-track mind: making but has a group of close Eventually, he wants to move money and securing his future. friends, including best friend out of Tallahassee so that he Carter enjoys the finer Mike Roett, who he hangs out can establish himself in a place things in life, like expensive with the most. On the week- with fresh ideas and experi- clothes and eating at nice res- ends, he enjoys going out and ence other cities. taurants. In order to do these having fun with older friends Whatever he decides to do things, he works hard. Em- in college. with his life, whether it be ployed at CiCi’s Pizza as a Although he likes to have opening his own business or cook, he works anywhere fun and party on the week- trying his hand at acting, it is from 25 to 30 hours a week. ends, most of the time people the general consensus of both Carter works because he find him to be serious and his teachers and friends that he genuinely likes what he does, mature and know that he will succeed. and working offers him feel- “doesn’t like to play a lot.” He Liberal Arts teacher Jason ings of financial security. He describes himself the same McCray predicts a very suc- sometimes finds it hard to bal- way, adding that he speaks his Greg Carter cessful future for Carter. ance work, school and home, mind and has great fashion “Greg is an awesome, but keeping busy helps him sense. Carter participates in hardworking student that fan ever since. stay out of trouble and on his In addition to hanging out school productions for Drama strives for excellence,” “I told Greg recently that I way to achieving his goals. with friends and working, and was recently cast in McCray said. “He is headed wasn’t sure what it was about Although he is an average Carter also enjoys acting. He “Autobahn,” a play comprised for greatness, and I am wait- him that made me know he’d student and says that “school’s is currently a student in Mr. of six scenes all taking place ing in anticipation to see the be a good actor, but something all right,” Carter likes Leon, es- Rod Durham’s Drama I class. in cars. man he turns out to be.” told me he would be,” Durham pecially his friends. Coming to Durham has been his biggest As for plans after high said. Leon from Rickards as a Dance etiquette: trash vs. class By Meghan Meehan-Draper High Life Features Editor “I don’t like it when “It’s really bad when “Boys should dress “ You don’t always girls get off beat boys just stand there nicely, be polite to have to shake After Homecoming, many when they’re swaying back and all the girls, and everything your students questioned the dance dancing. Seriously, forth.” - senior always be gentle- mama gave you.” behavior of their classmates. it’s painful.” - junior Justine Finley men.” - senior Ross -senior Wendy But what exactly is dance eti- Tim Hoover Holcombe Golden quette, and how do Leon stu- “Bumping and dents feel that they should be “Don’t try to grope grinding is dancing at school dances? girls when they’re something you do in dancing. That’s private, not at a “I hate the kid who “Grinding is the only The High Life asked students nasty.” - junior Tori school dance.” tries to break dance type of dancing, about their dancing do’s and Whitney -senior Jessica in the middle of the really.” - junior dont’s. Dickey crowd.” -sophomore Jovonte Lamar John Frank “I hate it when the girl I’m dancing with walks away when “Girls shouldn’t get “The worst is when “Boys – if you see a I’m trying to dance so loose that they boys put their hands girl standing by with her.” - senior bring a crowd.” on me and try to herself, go and Greg Williams - senior Travis restrict me. It’s best dance with her.” Wiliams to just have fun and -senior Kim Overton “Find the rhythm!” be crazy.” -senior Tommy -senior Caroline “Anything goes, as Nocera Floyd long as it’s legal!”- “Make sure you’re senior Elise not too skanky.” Worchel - sophomore Rose Miller “It’s so annoying “Dance at your “I hate dancing partner’s ability, not when people sing the song when they “I like dancing with alone.” your own.” are dancing!” my date AND with - senior David - sophomore Evan - senior Robert my girlfriends.” Gleber Huffman Smith - senior Carter Mallison 1909 Thomasville Rd. 224-7461 November Features Page 6 Tough teachers require more than hard work By Elizabeth Nelson High Life Features Writer Everything has an opposite: black and white, night and day, teachers you like and teachers you dislike. After surveying some of the student body at Leon, three teachers were the clear winners of the “hardest teacher” award. These teachers are Mrs. Kim Garcia, Mrs. Judy Miller, and Mr. Richard McHenry. Kim Garcia, an Algebra II Honors teacher, has often heard comments that her class is difficult. Garcia attributes this accusation to the majority of her students just coming out of middle school. In middle Algerbra I & 2 teacher Mrs. Judy Miller Chemistry teacher Mr.Richard McHenry school, students were allowed to use note cards and retake it’s a weekend, holiday or used to memorizing facts. tests that they did poorly on. whatever, [students should] Chemistry, McHenry says, Garcia believes that because expect to spend at least an isn’t based on memorizing she teaches an honors class hour on homework each things. It’s based on problem her students shouldn’t receive night,” Easton said. solving. the “middle school perks.” Garcia’s fellow math “Those people that are Garcia agrees that her class teacher, Judy Miller, had similar good problem solvers have an is hard. She teaches at a quick things said about her class. easy time with [Chemistry],” pace and assumes that all her Miller was unavailable for McHenry said. “It’s going to students have a strong comment, but students had be hard until people background in Algebra 1. She many things to say about both understand that they have to also assigns homework almost her Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 use problem solving skills.” every night. But although she classes. Junior Karis Needham McHenry also purposely agrees her class is hard, Garcia struggled in Miller’s Algebra 2 makes his tests challenging, but does not consider it hard to class because of the enormous not hard to pass. He doesn’t pass. weight placed on tests. want to have half of the class “If a student pays attention “I’m not a good test taker, make a 100 percent on his in class, does their homework especially in math,” Needham tests because he says those every night, and asks for help said. “It was hard to maintain students don’t get to show off when having difficulty, they a decent grade in a class that all that they know. He sets his should be able to pass my was predominantly test-based. tests up so that if the student class,” Garcia said. I got confused so easily, and I gets half of the questions right, Garcia doesn’t purposely Algerbra II Honors teacher Mrs. Kim Garcia often forgot what I was they pass the test. make her class difficult. The Mike Jones (46%) vs. supposed to do. I just blanked Some of the things material she has to teach is AP Chemistry student and students don’t know what the Kanye West (54%) out.” McHenry requires his students hard, but Garcia feels that if sophomore Jeremy Jarrett rules are,” McHenry said. Not every student that to do, help them prepare for Coldplay (63%) the material, her students learnvs. the thinks it all depends on what McHenry says by the passed through Miller’s class college. These things include Killers done she has(37%)her job. side of McHenry a student second semester, his had a hard time. Sophomore reading through and recopying Former Garcia student and sees. relationship with his students Fall Out Boy (56%) vs. Jenny Foltz believes having the day’s notes every night and Leon sophomore Danielle “Mr. McHenry is a really changes because his students All-American Rejects Miller for Algebra 1 helped her the large amount of math Spisso agrees with Garcia on funny guy, as long as you’re begin to understand and follow (44%) work ethic. practice done in class. the class’ difficulty level. on his good side,” Jarrett said. his rules. According to “I think Mrs. Miller was a McHenry believes this will “Saying Mrs. Garcia’s Students that aren’t in McHenry, his students think he Gwen Stefani (67%) vs. really good teacher for me significantly help his students Algebra 2 Honors class is McHenry’s class, however changes, but in reality, they just Mariah Carey (33%) because she actually expected when they get to college tough is an enormous have quite a different get used to following the rules. something of me,” Foltz said. science and math classes. understatement,” Spisso said. Abercrombie & Fitch impression. There will always be Combine a difficult teacher Sophomore Lydia LaSeur (40%) vs. Hollister a lot “Not only was it (60%) of “I can hear him yelling from teachers whose bark is worse with a close-to-impossible doesn’t consider McHenry’s homework, the tests were Coach Rice’s room,” than their bite. Although subject and a major problem Chemistry Honors class Hot Topic and I had her impossible(21%) vs. when sophomore Julia Guyton said. students may gripe and arises. Miller’s hardest class is difficult. Pacsun pregnant, so she was she was(79%) “He sounds colossal.” complain their way through Math Analysis which can be “I don’t think Mr. McHenry hormonal.” Banana Republic (28%) But McHenry isn’t as much class, these teachers are taken only after a student has is hard. You just have to think vs.Sophomore Naveed Gap (72%) completed Trigonometry. in his class. He’s the kind of a mean teacher as he is a strict among the most respected Easton thinks the amount of enforcer of the rules. people at Leon. Chemistry teacher Richard teacher who doesn’t just give Starbucks (76%) gives is work Garcia vs. “I don’t have a lot of rules. McHenry believes students you the answers. He makes unreasonable. (24%) Black Dog Café But if you start making struggle in his class at the you find them yourself,” “You’ll have loads of exceptions to your rules, beginning because they are LaSeur said. busywork every night. Even if November Features Page 7 Students seeing stars Celebrities are everywhere, Chesney at his tour bus on one I was at an FSU football game of his concerts. He was awe- selling drinks, and Burt including in the lives of the “I met Brad Pitt in Los Angeles some,” sophomore Amber Reynolds stepped out in front Lions. at a movie premier,” junior Pafford said. of me,” senior Julie Chen said. By Caitlin Gillmore McKenzie McHugh, a se- “Bo Bice used to live next High Life Photography Editor Rachel Trotman said. “He was nior, got her picture taken with door to my brother in Tallahassee may seem like really sweet. He had his arm actor Danny Glover when he Birmingham,AL. He’d come was at FSU for the Seven over all the time for dinner.” a small city, but many around me.” Days of Opening Nights. “He junior Melissa Larko said. Tallahasseeans have met was very friendly and big and Senior Amanda Gonzales people far beyond the bor- tall,” she said. spotted Nick Lachey and Jes- ders of their southern town. nilla Sky,” junior Katharine New York when he was film- “My mom’s boyfriend at sica Simpon at an airport. Many Leon students, in Dudley said. ing a movie. She bumped into the time was really good Gonzales also saw Britney fact, have met people from the “I met Deon Sanders when him while he was buying pizza friends with Ricky Carmichael, Spears driving next to her in exclusive world of Hollywood. I was seven. I was at my for the movie crew. so he came over and had din- traffic in Las Vegas. “I met Ryan Cabrerra at a godmother’s house for a Sophomore Imani Diop ner with us,” sophomore Waylen Roche, a junior, concert,” sophomore Amy barbeque,” senior Melissa said, “I’m related to Kanye Lindsey Harrison said. says that he has met so many Weaver said. “He was dating Scurry said. “He was married West, and I met T.I. in a club. “I met Brad Pitt in Los An- celebrities “it would take Ashlee Simpson at the time, so to my god sister.” I also rode around on Trick geles at a movie premier,” jun- years” to list all of them, in- it was her concert that I met Senior Kaylin Seckel didn’t Daddy’s tour bus when he ior Rachel Trotman said. “He cluding actresses Meryl him at.” have such a close encounter. came to town.” was really sweet. He had his Streep and Maya Rudolph. Senior Lauren Bryant met “I touched Keith Urban’s Senior Caitlin Meehan- arm around me.” Director , Jonathan Demme is Steven Tyler, the lead singer boot,” she said. Draper said that she is related Senior Tommy Nocera met also a good family friend. of Aerosmith. “I got his auto- “I met Michael Jordan in a to Paris Hilton. “Her great actor Jared Leto in a club in Whether a student coinci- graph and took a picture with fancy restaurant in Puerto Rico grandfather is my great uncle,” London. “My friend and I dentally ran into a celeb on the him,” she said. “He’s really over the summer,” sophomore she said. Meehan-Draper has hung out with him in his hotel street or canoodled with a nice.” Alex Matteo said. also met Bernadette Peters room afterwards,” Nocera star in L.A., Leon has the “I met Tom Cruise in New French teacher, Pascale and Natalie Portman. said. hook-up in Hollywood. York when he was filming Va- Shaftel met John Travolta in “I hung out with Kenny “During my freshmen year Continued from “Is Leon the best?” on page 1 ...classes, and indoor forms. perience. The boys are long hallways,” said Wilde. Lambright and Wilde both haired, preppy, and wear “Rickards lacks all.” said that Leon lacks diversity. Hollister andAmerican Eagle. Savage sees the positives Students The girls wearAbercrombie.” about Leon in a completely In terms of the student body, Savage notes that “the stu- different way. “I heard that Leon has quite the eclectic dents seem kind of ‘I’m bet- Leon has a lot of hot girls,” he population, which is why ter than you.’” said. “It’s supposedly the hot Costigan insists that “Leon has Costigan, a former Leon spot for hot chicks. And to work harder than other teacher and a parent of three Leon’s building is the coolest, schools to ensure that all stu- Leon graduates, has a soft a nice campus.” dents find a way to succeed.” spot for Leon, but she also Weaknesses Other high school students gives the school wise advice. Leon also has its weak- view Leon in a similar way. “Leon cannot rely on its nesses and its enemies. Some “Leon is the type of school that long history of academic ex- Lincoln students (Leon’s most you see in the movies,” Wilde cellence. The school needs to infamous rivals) “hate” Leon, said. “It has jocks, preps, create and sustain new pro- according to Savage. “It’s stoners, thugs, nerds, and band grams that will afford students only generated by four years kids.” a chance to excel in career of people telling me that Leon “Leon students are the ma- and vocational training,” she [stinks.] It’s like, ‘if you don’t jor partiers,” Wilde added. said. “I know this: Leon can have anything mean to say, Ann Dietrich, a sophomore no longer claim to be number don’t say anything at all.’” at Chiles, affirms Wilde’s as- one in academics, athletics, Brinkworth thinks that sumption. “I have heard [that] and performing arts like it did Leon trails behind Lincoln and Leon has a lot of druggies.” ten years ago. All one has to Chiles academically. Skene Lambright sees Leon in an- do is read the Tallahassee Hand Tossed Traditional Alabama comments that Chiles “has other way. “Leon is the typi- Democrat to see other high Style Pizza, Calzones, and Salads more money and better facili- calAmerican high school ex- schools leaping ahead.” ties.” Schmertmann argued that Chiles surpasses Leon in tech- nology, saying “we have a lot of really nice technology like SMART boards and wireless internet.” Brautigam said that a popular phrase at Chiles is “the devil wears red,” in ref- Look for Jenny’s Lunchbox II at 337 Dewy St. erence to Leon’s athletic uni- November Features Page 8 Leon students talk tattoos By Megan Spille “I wanted one, a pretty High Life Features Writer one,” senior Ivy Selters said. “So I had a friend design Despite how common tat- something with my name in it. toos have become in this gen- I love the way it came out.” eration, many people still have Selters has her name tattooed some reservations. in script on her back, sur- When most people imagine rounded by angelic wings and a person with tattoos, a ste- a halo. reotypical “rebellious,” “anti- Between the cost, the fact social” and even “biker” man that tattoos are very much per- comes to mind. This is not the manent and parents’ uneasi- case as far as Leon High ness with the idea,, a lot of School students are con- people who want tattoos can’t cerned. For one thing, the get them. majority of Leon students that “Tons of kids say their par- have tattoos are girls. ents just don’t want to see it, “Believe it or not, I hear a or they just simply don’t have lot of men pass out in the enough money to afford one,” chair,” said senior Caitlin Painter said. “One day, I will Painter. Caitlin Painter’s tattoo of a kitten on the moon. have more tattoos. There’s no “I guess because women doubt about it.” have a higher pain tolerance. “The initials I have on my “Oh, it definitely hurts; it’s Egyptian culture,” Gibbs ex- Tattoos are beginning to be Plus, they say men try and hold ankle are pretty big. A bunch just a matter of how much it plained. She has an ankh on accepted as a form of expres- everything in,” she said. of people notice it. I was ner- hurts,” Gibbs explains. “It re- her lower abdomen, and the sion rather than body art. Parents often set strict vous when I got it done, but it ally depends where you have “Eye of Horus” on her lower “This is a new generation, guidelines for their children re- ended up being worth it,” your tattoo done on your back. An ankh is the Egyptian and the reasons have changed. garding tattoos. Gibbs said. body. My ‘Eye of Horus’ tat- symbol for immortality. “I’ve People need to understand “If I was 18, I’d have it by There was a time when too is right on top of my spine. always had a huge interest in that teenagers are more ca- now,” senior Laura Stafford people who wanted a tattoo The closer the tattoo is to the Egypt, and the symbols also pable of making decisions than said. “My mom just won’t go would merely choose a design bone, the more it hurts. I was mean something to me as a they used to be,” Gibbs said. for it. My brother’s already 18 they liked and rush into things. kind of scared about it since person.” “It’s time for them to get over and she won’t let him get one Students of this generation the guy who did it warned me However, not all tattoos it. I’m proud of myself and I’m either since he still lives with have stopped doing that. Af- about it hurting. But I got have to have a sentimental not afraid to express it. This is us.” ter all, tattoos are permanent. through it okay.” background to be meaningful. who I am.” A lot of girls who want tat- “They last forever, and The fact that tattoos are so toos or who already have them that’s why I think if you really expensive and the fact that the don’t want them on a very vis- want a tattoo, you can wait customer wants to be certain ible part of their body. until you’re 18. I had to wait that the artist they choose is “It’s common advice that until I was of age,” Painter safe and qualified discourages tattoos on boys should be said. “I’ve never thought that many people from going seen, and tattoos on girls getting your boyfriend’s name through with it. should be discovered,” or a little heart or something “It’s all about reputation,” Stafford said. like that was a good idea. You Painter explained. “If the par- “Most people have no idea should put as much thought into lor has been shut down a I have a tattoo. Even my it as possible. It should really couple of times, then it’s not a friends were shocked,” mean something. My tattoo is good idea to get your tatt’ Painter said. “I guess because for my pet cat, Pearl. I raised done there. It’s already a lot of the way I dress. My mom her all by myself, so it means a of work to keep them clean is a psychologist and she has lot to me.” and take care of your skin af- three tattoos. I grew up think- Painter’s tattoo is a draw- ter you get one done, you Ivy Salters tattoo of her name. ing it wasn’t such a big deal.” ing of her cat laying on a cres- don’t want to worry about “I get weird looks all the cent moon with a starry sky in getting sick on top of that.” time,” senior Britney Gibbs the background. If the needles used on a said. She has her initials in- Some people claim that get- person’s skin aren’t cleaned scribed in old english on her ting tattoos is virtually painless, thoroughly, there could be a lower leg. but many people maintain that high risk of blood poisoning. it’s very painful. The same needle should never be used twice unless it’s ster- ilized. The most important thing to these students, whether they have their tattoo yet or not, is to be sure that they won’t re- gret it. Some of the most com- mon tattoos people have got- ten are memorials to loved ones, something to honor their heritage, or something to sym- bolize their deep appreciation for a specific interest. “Two of my tattoos are hi- Britney Gibbs’ tattoo of the Eye of Horus. eroglyphics from ancient November Sports Page 9 Fall sports go out with a bang By Tom Postma School, a game in which senior Scott Dunlap High Life Assistant Sports Editor connected on a 42 yard field goal and all four of his extra point attempts. Dunlap was the only After months of grueling competition, player on the team to be named to the All-Dis- Leon wants to prove it belongs in the top five trict first team (he was named to the team as a athletic programs in the state as one team went punter). deep into district action, three into regional The Lions compiled a 4-6 record overall, finals, and one team to the state finals. winning three out of their last four games. Overall, it was an up and down season for Boys Golf the Lions, as they had win and loss streaks of Leon boy’s golf team, headed by second year two games or more. head coach Mark Feely, had yet another out- standing season. The Lions were able to ad- Swimming vance to the regional finals, something they The Leon swim team finished their season failed to do last year. with an overall record of 6-0 for the guys and Throughout the season, the Lions were con- 5-1 for the girls. Both teams ended up with a stantly battling cross-town rival Chiles, and successful season, as the boys and girls ad- districts were no different. Chiles ended up vanced to regionals. taking first place by one shot, but only after Seniors Phillip Ashley and Brandon Parks. Senior Whitney Shiveler had a great year as the Lions were able to send it to a playoff. her only year as a diver; she took up diving The Lions, along with Chiles, advanced to “Ending my senior year with a hole-in-one shortly before the season began. Shiveler went regional play. A total of nine teams competed was great,” May said. “I might not be very good, the entire season without losing a meet until at Killearn Country Club. However, the Lions but it’s something I enjoy and plan on doing regionals. did not advance to states, again losing by one for the rest of my life.” On the boy’s side, the 200 medley relay stroke, after holding a five stroke lead with team, led by senior Chris Emanuel is seeded one hole left. The Lions finished 42 -4 for Volleyball second in the state. the season. The girl’s volleyball team’s season ended “We’ve got a lot of great talent this year,” “It was a great season,” Junior Ben Smith shorter than expected, as they were swept in Emanuel said. “ We’re going to give it all we’ve said. “We made a good run at the end of the the district semi-finals by Lincoln High got.” season, but unfortunately we couldn’t pull it School. out in the end. After a monumental season finale, a Cross Country five-game loss to Chiles High School, hopes The Leon Cross Country team has finished Girls Golf were high to advance to regionals, yet Lincolnamong the top teams throughout the season, The Lady Lions finished the season with a ended the Lady Lion’s run. and their hard work ethic paid off as girls’ team sixth place finish at regionals. Paced by fresh- The Lady Lions finished the season withadvances to the state finals. man April Lee and junior Janet Gavalas, the a 17-9 record. The girls’ team, led by senior Leila Lady Lions compiled a 14-4 record. “We had a good season,” senior Kim Mattimore, who placed 10th overall at the re- Head coach Betsy Fisher enjoyed the sea- Overton said. “Unfortunately things just didn’t gional meet, finished third at regionals, while son as her girls were able to produce strong go our way, but I was satisfied with the way the boys’ team, led by freshman David play when they needed too. our team played, we gave it our best.” Twitchell , finished 8th Senior Susan May had a hole-in-one as she The top 15 individual runners and the top ended her last season as a Lion with a strong Football six teams advanced on to state. finish. Although the season is over, this is not The Leon Lions football team ended its sea- The girls finished 16th in the state. the end of golf for her. son with a 31-20 win over Rickards High Leons alternate golf team: frisbee golf Frisbee golf is a yearly club here at of 10-15 people showing up but that Leon High School. number is expected to rise once some of the main Leon sports seasons come By Jared Casey to an end. High Life Sports Writer Usually meeting on Fridays after school, the students that participate go Some of you might think, golf with to Tom Brown Park where there is a a Frisbee? Yes, Leon does have a full 18-hole course set up. Frisbee golf team. It is similar to regu- The object of the game is very simi- lar golf, but with a Frisbee. lar to golf. Players attempt to throw Matt Guyton, who is head of the the Frisbee and make it into the “hole,” Frisbee golf club, has been satisfied which is basically a pole that sticks a with the turn out of how many people few feet in the air and has a basket on joined. He had hopes to possibly play top of it. it like a seasonal sport like other big After the players have paid their sports against the nearby high schools, dues, Guyton is hoping to be able to but as of now it is just a school activ- let the players customize there own ity. Frisbee to a design of their choice. Recently there have been averages Jacob Bonnell November Sports Page 10 Yannic Maiwald: thriving in America The culture may be new, women,” Yannic said. “Also, ev- but his passion for soccer eryone has their own cars. We has remained the same. did not have that back in Ger- many. If you wanted to go By Chris Reber somewhere, you walked, took High Life Sports Writer your scooter, or rode the bus,” Maiwald said. First days of school are al- He plans on finishing out this ways uneasy for new students. year of high school, then return- But for Yannic Maiwald, first day ing to Germany to finish up his of school nervousness was up- schooling, because in Germany graded to a whole new level. they have up to 14 years of Maiwald had only two days school, not 12 years like here in to adjust to a new country be- America. Maiwald hopes to be fore coming to Leon High able to return to America for col- knowing anybody. He was in a lege. whole new environment, living “I hope to be able to pull away a whole new life, but there was a good amount of American cul- still one thing he could confide ture before returning to Ger- in here in America, and soccer. many,” Maiwald said. “Master- Maiwald grew up in Bochum, ing the English language would Western Germany. He attended be nice, too.” Maria Sybilla Merian Yannic Maiwald Head soccer coach Allan Rice Gesantschule (a.k.a. MSM High says that Maiwald has great dent because their daughter said. “I was like, ‘What is going play here in America, but they School) in Germany before work ethic on the soccer field went to France as a foreign ex- on?’ Just getting to 7th period are basically the same,” Maiwald coming to Tallahassee, Florida. and has the potential to be a qual- change student, and they felt like soccer class was just such a said. He said that high schools in ity player. giving something back. Their great stress reliever for me.” Maiwald greatly misses his America usually only consist of “He is always hustling and a son, Joseph Walthall, is a senior He is currently 17 years old, German food, playing soccer six to seven subjects, but in great team player,” Rice said. at Leon. and a junior forward for the Leon back on the streets in Germany, Germany, a person could have “Yannic is one cool cus- “Living with Yannic is cool,” boys’ soccer team. Maiwald listening to his German rap (fa- up to 12 subjects on their sched- tomer,” senior goalkeeper Tho- Joseph Walthall said. “He is re- loves the professionalism of the vorite rapper: Bushido), and his ule consisting of history, eco- mas Guthrie said. “You won’t ally laid back and very polite and Leon soccer team, the great family. Maiwald left behind his nomics, religion, English, see him lose his composure if nice. He loves listening to his coaching, and the great team- brothers, aged fifteen and five, French, German, computer he messes up on a soccer play. music and hanging out with his mates he has. his six year old sister, and his class, music, and so on. He keeps his cool like a ther- friends. He really eats a lot. “Back in Germany, we play father. He wanted to come to mos.” We’ve kicked the soccer ball soccer in the streets or on the “I don’t really get home sick. America as a foreign exchange Maiwald has high expecta- around a couple times, and it’s dirt. If you fell it hurt bad. Here I’m having such a good time student because he wanted to tions for this year’s soccer team. been fun.” in America, everything is so pro- here in America I never think experience American culture “I’m hoping we can win a Maiwald went to Leon on the fessional. The jerseys, the about home. [However] I miss firsthand for a year. The Step state championship,” Maiwald first day of school with very coaches, the grass fields, every- my family, but I’m very lucky I In and Pax companies are fund- said. “Soccer has been such a little English cultural back- thing is so nice,” Maiwald said. have a great American family, ing his stay in the U.S. great release. Life has been ground. He could speak English, Soccer is a really big deal in which makes me feel better.,” Maiwald is currently room- stressful at times, but I have but did not know much about Europe, according to Maiwald. Maiwald said. ing with Jody Walthall and been able to find solace through- American culture or customs. “It is the biggest sport on the He enjoys many aspects of Donna Legare. They chose to out it all by playing soccer.” “[The first day of school] continent. I thought there would his new American life. accept a foreign exchange stu- was very awkward,” Maiwald be major changes in the style of “America has very good Boys finish eighth, girls sixth in regionals By Jared Casey the next day. by 40 seconds to a minute from their High Life Sports Writer The boys this year placed fifth in the usual times. district races and 8th in the regional It made the times for Leon’s girls The Leon Cross Country team had races. Unfortunately, only the top six seem a bit longer than usual leading to a successful season lead by Head teams advanced to the state races. the conclusion that the running course Coach Allison Eagen. Both the boys’ Leon High Boys team is ranked sec- might have been marked wrong and a and girls’ teams advanced from dis- ond among the other schools, right be- little bit different from a 5k race. tricts to regionals, although only the girls hind Chiles High School. At the dis- Even though this affected all the run- went to state. trict races, which were held at the ners, this was still an unusual task that Coach Eagen was a great coach Miccosukee Greenway, Leon placed the runners were not ready for. “I felt who set high goals for the team this 5th, which took them to the regional that the Leon girls did well at the state season and accomplished a great deal level. At the regional races, Leon Boys meet. It was a great experience to be of them by working on the teams’ came in 8th place. there and to have qualified since we weak points, according to team mem- “We didn’t run to our expectations,” had not qualified since 1998. In order bers. said the captain of boys’ varsity team to qualify we had to beat many good Practices started in the summer, junior Jared Black. Black had ex- teams. We placed 16th out of 24 giving the team plenty of time to prac- pected the team to come in around 5th Junior Jared Black. teams at the state meet, but we also tice and prepare for the coming sea- place before the races started. out of 24 teams. Leila Mattimore was beat all of the teams that did not even son. Meeting at either the Miccosukee “We have a strong team, but we can the top runner for the girl’s team fin- qualify,” Coach Eagen said. Greenway or Winthrop Park, the team be better next year,” Black stated. ishing in 34th place. Over all, the coach was proud of practiced every day during the week. The Girls Varsity this year went all However, there was one flaw at the the cross country team this year. They On Fridays, they would take it easy the way to State which was held in state meet. Coach Eagen realized that obtained many goals by working hard and focus on the race they would have Dade City, Florida, and finished 16th the times for all the runners were off and staying focused. November Sports Page 11 Tommy Brown: the legend continues The last year to shine By Joy Weaver tober for the Interact Calen- High Life Sports Writer dar Girls, she is president of the National Honor Society People look at Ashley and vice-president of the se- Williams and quickly nior class. Her GPA stands at guess that she’s a cheer- 3.88 unweighted and she is leader. Her looks, style ranked no. 11 academically and standing at only 5- for the 2006 senior class. By Sam Hollister foot-4 may be deceiving, High Life Sports Editor Being a senior, Will- but Williams is the iams have plans for after Leon has had its share of shooting guard and point graduation. She says thats stellar athletes, but you guard fot the Lady Lions she’s applying for Florida would have to look back in Basketball team. State University, but really the history books to find the Wearing no. 20, Will- wants to venture out. Duke, best one. iams is a senior and has Washington, Princeton and Tommy Brown Sr, 76, re- made big plans for the ceived 15 varsity letters in five Brown are other schools 2005-06 season. She’s Ashley Williams passes the ball during practice. different sports while at Leon she’s interested in. She wants focused on helping the in the late 1940s. to major in International Re- underclassmen and being In addition to being able to lations and hopefully one day season would be very dif- enjoy doing.” a leader. throw a football with both stand as Ambassador for Italy. ficult but having Coach The Lady Lions have “I’m very surprised arms, Brown could allegedly When asked about playing Adolph Hicks as their been district champs two jump flat-footed over the about the freshmen that basketball, Williams answers, coach and great freshmen, years straight and are hop- hood of a car. have been coming out to “It’s fun and I enjoy playing.” Williams is looking for- ing for a third. On Dec. 16, “It was a small car,” the warm-ups. They have She also adds that it’s re- ward to her last year. the Lady Lions will host the Brown said in a recent inter- a lot of potential and I laxing and such a big thrill to “My biggest fans are my Atlantic High game at view at his Tallahassee home. want to make sure that I be on the court. mother and father,” Will- 8:30p.m. On Dec. 17, they He explained that he leave my ability for them Losing the five seniors iams said. “They’re both will play Fort Walton taught himself to throw with to go far,” Williams said. his left hand after injuring his from the 2004-05 season was there for me and are great Beach High at 6:00p.m. Williams is very well- right shoulder while making a surprising to Williams. Her with helping in anything Both games are being known around campus. tackle. first thought was that the new when it comes to what I played in the Lions’ den. She was elected Ms. Oc- Brown played varsity football, baseball, track, bas- ketball and started the first golf team at Leon, a two-man team that he began in his jun- Chelsea Parmer: sophomore sensation ior year. After graduating from Parmer has been a Leon in 1947, Brown went on to the Air Force. regular on several After a year he moved to varsity rosters since her the U.S. Military Academy, freshmen year. where he was “not invited out for football; he was instructed By Kate Small to report,” according to a High Life Sports Writer 1978 story by Bill McGrotha If it’s a sport, Chelsea that appeared in the Tallahas- Parmer, 15, has probably see Democrat. played it. Earl Blaik, who was the “I grew up playing sports. National Coach of the Year It’s just something I feel like in 1946, coached Army at the I have to do,” Parmer said. time. The infamous Vince This sophomore is now in Lombardi was an assistant her second year as a varsity coach at the time, a man who soccer player. Brown did not have a very Parmer has received an high opinion of. Honorable Mention and the Coincidentally, Lombardi Most Determined Award. would later be entered into She has played varsity flag Chelsea Parmer on the soccor field. the NFL Hall of Fame after football for two years and winning three consecutive made the All Big Bend First in sports started at a young age. Wallace. Florida. She has always loved NFL championships. team last year. “I am a very competitive per- “(Parmer) is an amazing the dentists and figured it would During his freshman year, “I thank God that I was son,” Parmer said. person and athlete,” Brittany be right for her. blessed with the athletic abil- Parmer has played soccer Folsom, a friend, said. She will continue playing soc- Brown alternated at quarter- ity I have,” Parmer said. since she was eight years old. She Parmer enjoys spending cer throughout high school but back with the coach’s son, Parmer has played softball has been involved in travel soc- time with friends, loves the is unsure about college. In Bobby Blaik, on a team that all her life. While attending cer and softball for four years. beach, and is a Florida State sports, Parmer enjoys meeting went 6-2. middle school at Florida State Her positions include midfield University fan. Parmer is de- new people most. Brown switched to defen- University School, she played and forward in soccer. In soft- scribed as outgoing, friendly, Her goals for this year in- sive safety for his sophomore varsity softball. However, ball, they include shortstop second funny and very competitive. clude the Honor Roll all year year at Army. she has decided not to con- and third base. This athlete wants to attend long, making the First All Big tinue playing that sport. As a huge fan Parmer has a Division I school for college. Bend team and going to state please see “Tommy Parmer is influenced watched NASCAR since her Parmer hopes to go to dental for flag football and soccer. Brown” on pg. 12 strongly by her father who youth. She holds no. 2 in favor school at the University of played sports. This interest of NASCAR driver Rusty November Sports Page 12 Horton tackles Leon football ery red eyeliner. I opened ever pole-vault, and yes, I their masculinity. There- “hi” to me and cheering me the door to my car and hold the record. I now play fore, I didn’t take any of the on. They did this through- walked to the smelly, soccer and flag-football. jokes personally. out the entire game. I grimy coach’s office. So why am I embarrassed? The girl’s always had didn’t even play that night, “Alright Coach, I need to Throughout the day I re- positive responses. All of but they still supported me. get that jersey.” He went to peatedly received the same them supported me; they I started off that day with the locker room and came surprised reaction. First would inform me that they anxiety and ended it with a back with the number 85. they would stare. Then were coming to the game celebration. That morning By Mallory Horton “Thanks Coach.” I jumped they would ask me why I just to see me in uniform. I was embarrassed because High Life Guest Writer in my car and drove to my was wearing the jersey. I A few girls expressed to I was the only girl on a Editor’s note: Horton wrote assigned parking spot. I would tell them I was on me that I was their hero. guy’s football team. I this story for TCC English grabbed the jersey and the football team; they Some girl even shouted thought most people and The Leon High Life is tugged it over my head. It would then proceed to look out, “Girl Power” as I would disapprove of my reprinting it with her was HUGE; it went below bewildered and rephrase passed by in the hall. decision to be on a guy’s permission. the bottom of my shorts, the question by adding, Did I really impact girls team. Boy, was I wrong. I awoke with anxiety. but my make-up matched it “The GUY’S football that much? Did they re- The reactions I received Today was the day. Would very well. I stepped out of team?” To make sure they ally think of me as their were surprising but noth- I sink, or would I swim? I my car, and encountered understood the second hero? Did I really posses ing short of supportive. I took my shower; blow my first witness. time I would give them a this “Girl Power”? also came to understand dried my straight, shiny, “Mallory! Are you on the gigantic nod, yes. That afternoon I was ex- that I did possess this “Girl brown hair; brushed my Varsity Football team?” I Why was it so hard for tremely nervous, but the Power.” I didn’t have to be sparkly, white teeth; poked was still; a deer caught in them to believe? In 1999, other Varsity players were the star of the football in my long, starry earrings; the headlights. The blood New Mexico’s Kicker, very supportive. They con- team; I didn’t even have to and sprayed on my Lilu rushed to my face as I re- Hinda, was the first girl to stantly told me that I would play in the game. All I had perfume. I sped to school plied, ever score in Division I-A do fine. I remember, be- to do was be on the guy’s and parked in the softball “I am the kicker.” football. She is one of fore going on the field, I team, go to practice, and parking lot. I put on my Why was I so embar- many girls who have played couldn’t click on my dress out for the games. make-up (I can’t look ugly rassed? Everyone knew I tackle football. So, why chinstrap, and one of the Girls understood it wasn’t on my big day). Then I loved football. I did gym- can’t they believe me? guys came over and an easy task. Next game I brushed my M.A.C. foun- nastics for 11 years, and Most guys were gener- snapped it on for me. will wear my jersey to dation onto my face, throughout elementary and ally supportive. My guy Were they being nice school, and hold my head smoothed on my creamy, middle school I was stron- friends supported me because I was new or was high. I am not only repre- rose-colored blush, pow- ger than all the boys. I am 100%, but even they made it because I was a girl? senting myself; I am rep- dered my eyelids with gold a former track and cross- jokes. I’ve noticed guy’s During warm ups, I had resenting all girls in a guy’s shadow and drew on my fi- country runner. I am the tend to put each other to kick right next to the world. only girl in my school to down in order to showcase stands; I heard girls saying Tommy Brown Continued from page 11 show up. “I never played at more than 155 He also punted in every game. pounds,” Brown said. “I was too small One of Brown’s best games while to play professionally.” at Army was against an undefeated While you probably wouldn’t find Michigan team that had won 25 straight him on the football field anymore, games. Brown still plays golf every Tuesday. Playing on the road in Ann Arbor, He once shot a 64 at Capital City Brown punted out of bounds on the Country Club, although he admits that Michigan 16, 15, 11 and 3-yard lines. he is now much more inconsistent with He also intercepted a pass in the end his scores. zone late in the fourth quarter to seal It has now been more than 50 years the victory. since Brown played collegiate football. Army went undefeated that season, “It was basically the same game as which would be Brown’s last one at it is now,” Brown said. “We had dif- West Point. ferent helmets.” Despite Earl Blaik’s determined ef- Brown, who will be 77 in Decem- forts, Brown returned to Tallahassee. Left: Brown playing for Leon High football in the late 40’s. Right: Brown in his Tallahassee home. ber, still lives in Tallahassee with his Although he originally signed a grant wife, Lillie Brown, and their highly ex- Brown also held the record for in- to play at the University of Florida, eight games during that 1950 season. citable dog, Jay Jay. tercepting three passes in a single game Brown was ultimately convinced to It was during his last game as a jun- before that record was broken by Although he doesn’t attend any of play football at Florida State Univer- ior that Brown entered the Florida the games, Brown still keeps up with Mario Edwards in 1998. sity. State record books. “All records are made to be bro- Florida State as well as Leon football. “I was offered a hundred dollars a While playing against Tampa, Brown ken,” Brown said. “That punt is going “FSU has been decent this year,” month to go to Florida,” Brown said. kicked an 84-yard punt, a record that Brown said. “I don’t think Leon did to be a hard one.” “I had already made up my mind.” still stands to this day. Brown’s football career ended af- too well though.” Brown began his junior year play- “My foot hit it when I was on our ter three seasons at FSU. He received ing safety. He also punted for Florida 5-yard line,” Brown said. “It must have Editors note: Jared Casey as- an invitation to a professional football State, which went undefeated in its gone at least 75 yards in the air.” combine, but didn’t even bother to sisted in interviewing for this story.
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