The Brantley Banner The student news site of Lake Brantley High School Wed, 31 Mar 2021 11:06:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 From CVS to Police Explorers Wed, 31 Mar 2021 11:05:49 +0000 When Sophomore Rose Gardner strolled into a CVS with her dad late at night to buy medicine for her mom, little did she know that she would be introduced to the Police Explorers Program.

There was a female officer standing in line, checking out in front of Gardner. As Gardner moved up to purchase the medicine, she expressed to her dad how she wanted to be like the female officer when she grows up. Then, the eavesdropping cashier shouted, “That is so cool!” The next moment, the officer turned around and said, “Oh, you’re interested in law enforcement?” Gardner replied, “Yeah, I think so.” The female officer then suggested joining the Explorer’s Program, and Gardner’s journey began.

“The Police Explorers Program is an opportunity to really dive deep into the idea of law enforcement, and learn their goals and things that they strive for and the good things that they do for our community,” Gardner said. “You really just learn so so much in the program. Not just about law enforcement, but the world in general.”

In order to be eligible for this program, an applicant must be at least fourteen years old, enrolled at a college after their high school graduation, and obtain a GPA of 2.5 or above. Once accepted into the program, a new member will begin as a Youth Deputy and work his or her way to through strong work ethic, dedication, responsibility, and leadership qualities.

“She is the most determined person that I’ve ever met,” Chief Isabella Rivera said. “She always has all of her stuff in on time, and she’s always there for all of the people around her.”

Gardner recently got promoted, and is currently in the top three chain of command as Captain of her post. Gardner’s responsibilities include taking charge, running a squad, which is a group of six Explorers that are below her position, and serving as a communicator between the lower and upper chain of command. 

Rose has high intellect and makes good choices when it comes to her job,” Senior Advisor Keith Betham said. “Rose is approachable. Any of the Explorers that have problems and need to talk can go to Rose. She is a go-getter and does her job thoroughly and on time.”

Gardner devotes many hours to the Explorer Program. She serves her community by working in the parking lot for holiday events, operating a Christmas drive for families in need, serving food at sheriff events, and she even presented the flag at the governor’s dinner once!

“Public service is something that I’ve always aspired to get into and do well in,” Gardner said. “Being able to meet all these fresh minds and hearing their stories has been super cool. I really just wanna serve my community and do good for the world.” 

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Narcolepsy on the soccer field Tue, 30 Mar 2021 14:02:17 +0000 A soccer ball is coming down the field at full speed. Behind the ball, a running JV soccer player. She brings her leg up to make a shot. Players hear someone yell, “Keep!” and they see junior Lindsey Follesse catch the ball. But they never worry about her, they just worry about the shots she will stop. 

“My condition is Narcolepsy,” Follesse said. “I was completely devastated when I found out because not only was it in the middle of my soccer season, but it was when I first started driving. I lost my permit and the ability to be left alone.” 

Anywhere from 135,000 to 200,000 people in the US suffer from narcolepsy, but only around 25% of people get treated according to Narcolepsy Network.

“It might be known more as a sleeping disorder but when I fall asleep, it isn’t peaceful,” Follesse said. “I am fully aware of who is around me and who is talking.” 

Symptoms of narcolepsy include, but are not limited to excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep attacks, cataplexy (weakening of muscles without warning), sleep paralysis, hallucinations, and disrupted nighttime sleep according to Narcolepsy Network.

“Good days for me are rare but they feel really good because I can get more done when I’m not passed out on the floor somewhere,” Follesse said. “Having an attack before a soccer practice or game is very draining because the disorder is not a controllable thing and it happens at any given time.” 

Katherine Jucker, the coach of the girls’ JV soccer team stated that Follesse did an amazing job this season and communicated her needs to Jucker. 

“I was concerned for her well-being and those around her,” Jucker said. “I didn’t change anything. I just wanted to make sure she felt comfortable and as long as she told me when she wasn’t feeling well, everything was good.” 

Over the years, students with disorders, mental health, disabilities, have a decrease in how they see themselves positively, how others view them. 

“I believe people do treat me differently, only once they personally see what happens and the effects of not knowing if I’m still alive or what to do when it happens,” Follesse said. “One must walk in someone else’s shoes before knowing how to act and treat me.”

Kevin Szewczyk, a business teacher and offense football coach, had a son who had epilepsy.  He explained that it was difficult for him as a parent and coach to allow his son to play football. 

“That was a scary time when we found out it was epilepsy,” Szewczyk said. “We thought he was clumsy. He was around six or seven when he was diagnosed. He didn’t want to play [football] at first because his aunt and grandma scared him, saying he was going to get hurt. He fell in love with the game and when he was taken off his meds, he grew to 6’4 and weighed 265 pounds. [He] started his senior year at nose guard and got recruited by a division II school in Tennessee. 

It is estimated that over 90 percent of children with epilepsy will grow out of it by age 12 according to the Epilepsy Society.

“He is now 23 and working on his graduate degree in Sports Management.” Szewczyk said. He has been seizure free since he was 16 and [he is] very active. He earned a graduate assistant job at his university in the sports communication department. There is always the thought that they may return. The doctors said that with juvenile epilepsy, there is a 99% chance that it won’t return so we don’t really think about it returning.”

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Unique circumstances Tue, 30 Mar 2021 13:54:04 +0000 While the absence of President Trump was anticipated after his announcement on Jan. 8, 2021, it did not follow tradition of previous outgoing U.S. presidents. The last time that an outgoing president did not attend the inauguration of their successor was President Andrew Johnson, as he refused to attend the inauguration of President Ulysses S. Grant and held his final cabinet meeting while the event occurred. 

“I feel that Trump not attending was a message that he was trying to send to, not just Biden, but to other politicians in Washington D.C.,” senior Isaac Abdelmessih said. “I don’t totally agree with his absence, since almost every U.S. President has attended the inauguration if they had lost or not. However, it just shows that Trump didn’t take the results lightly and that he believes that he was cheated.”

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Biology has a physical change Mon, 29 Mar 2021 15:45:22 +0000 There have been a lot of changes this school year, but biology classes specifically have had to go through a lot of changes due to COVID-19. In the past the class had been known for getting students engaged and interactive with their learning but it has had to be modified. 

Unfortunately, we do not do any station rotations anymore,” biology teacher Katherine Seger said. “That was always a favorite activity of mine for them to do. We still do labs, however, there have been fewer regular labs and more virtual labs to be fair and equitable to the Seminole Connect students. I have also done more demo labs than pre COVID-19.” 

 Biology class last year was one where  students were able to do interactive labs and work with each other often. 

“For labs we would often work at our tables of four, and for assignments we were usually able to work with at least one partner to get it done,” sophomore Avery Ranum said. 

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Students in biology this year are not getting the same experience as past years and it is overall just a lot more structured especially when it comes to labs.

“Well we are not able to do labs very often but when we do the teacher usually has everything ready for us when we get in the classroom so everyone is not touching everything and then once we finish, we all clean or throw away our own materials,”  freshman Aaliyah Rodriguez said. 

The class has gone from being one that was very interactive where  students were always moving, to one where work is now done alone in their seats and on the computer.  

The biggest change has been the amount of interaction allowed between students,” . Seger said. “They are still encouraged to work together, but with the people next to, behind, or in front of them. They are not seated in collaborative groups anymore so there is less collaborative work and more independent work. We also submit everything online through eCampus now.”

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Celestial Escape Mon, 29 Mar 2021 14:12:53 +0000 During this first episode we introduce ourselves and tell a little bit of our own interest in these topics and try to explain why we’re making the podcast and why we’d like to share it to other people. The basics and the description of spirituality are gone over during this introduction. We try to show it’s something everyone can indulge in and everyone can benefit from. A range of topics were brought up like the power within each person and thing in the world, zodiacs, meditation, crystals, and auras/energies.

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I Love, You Hate Mon, 29 Mar 2021 14:06:31 +0000 Welcome to “You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello”. Today’s discussion centers around the Beatles. Not to spoil or anything, but this episode features Grace Stoker on the love side, and Faith Shimick on the hate. Today’s guest is Julia Moon, who’s never heard of Beatle-Mania, much less been a part of it. Grace and Faith establish sides, and introduce Julia to the Beatles. We regroup for an evaluation, and find out who’s convinced Julia.

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Sams squared Fri, 26 Mar 2021 12:24:35 +0000 Morgan Sams is the newest addition to the teaching staff, starting off her first year as a math teacher. This former college basketball player, travel lover and chocolate ice cream enjoyer can be found in building 8, either in her own classroom or helping out fellow math teacher Michelle Bettger. 

Sams is a Lake Brantley High School alumna, graduating as a part of the class of 2015. She attended the University of West Alabama, where she received a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in Sport Management and Communications. Although she did not go to college for teaching, she still found her way back into the classroom. 

“It feels different being back because I am on the other side of things being a teacher instead of a student,” Sams said. “While I was here, I was a four year varsity basketball player and also on the track team. I was a part of Sunshine Club, Peer Counseling and the Institute of Finance.”

However, Sams is not the only Sams on campus. Her mother, Mary Sams, is the Peer Counseling teacher and sponsor of the Sunshine Club. 

“Having my mom as a fellow teacher has honestly been such a big help,” Sams said. “She’s been there when I have questions and is always willing to help me. We also have gotten to spend a lot more time together which I am thankful for.”

With support and guidance from administration, Sams has had a successful start teaching  on campus. The right teacher can have a big impact on their students, and Sams has made that her intent. 

“My goals as a teacher are to help my students succeed,” Sams said. “If they struggle with math, I want to encourage and motivate them to work hard and never give up. Also inspiring them to get 1% better everyday in life. I want to prepare them for their next steps and encourage them that they can do anything they set their mind to.”

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GSA Rebrand Wed, 24 Mar 2021 12:21:56 +0000 Every Tuesday, the Gay-Straight Alliance club meets in Dr. Melissa Roy’s room, 5-011. Most students see the club as a place only for members of the LGBTQ+ community on campus, and might tend to stay away from it. However, a recent rebranding effort is attempting to change that. Their major goal is to make the club feel more open to those who are not LGBTQ+.

“We want to make everyone more comfortable,” junior and chairman of the club Matthew Ortega said. “Gay-Straight Alliance is going to be too strong for some people, so we’re going to slowly get more comfortable and make it more approachable so more people can come and the audience looks at that and it’s not too strong, and it’s not overwhelming them so they decide to join the club because it seems comfortable enough.”

Part of the rebranding has to do with the club’s presence on social media. They have specific people dedicated to putting their image more out there, which should help greatly, as social media is a big part of any club on campus. 

What we did last time is that we played Jackbox. That was really fun… Sometimes we’ll have serious days. We’ll just stop, sit, and talk about whatever’s in our mind, spread awareness and whatnot.”

— Matthew Ortega

“The social media people, they promote, so we can get more clout, you might say, and just to get more people to recognize us,” Ortega said. “They’re kind of like flowers that are blooming, so people can look at them and say ‘Oh that’s a really nice flower, I want to go see that flower.’”

The rebranding activities mainly feature contests, be it a new name or logo. Certain activities during the meetings like playing Jackbox or discussing underrepresented members of the LGBTQ+ community will stay the same, but another goal is to expand them, like creating a Discord. Even if the activities or topics discussed seem daunting, that is not the goal of GSA. As members will tell you, it is a safe space to relax and find friends. 

“If you’re having a hard time and you’re having just a really bad day, you should go to GSA so you can calm down and chill there,” Ortega said. “There’s people that’s going to get to know you, and no matter what their sexuality is, no matter what kind their views is, they’re still people too. They’re going to be over here, they’re going to be providing comfort. We’re a support club and also going to be an activist club. It’s mainly just a chill corner.”

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Marvel’s new “vision”: Wandavision Sat, 20 Mar 2021 12:27:20 +0000 Premiering on Jan. 15, Wandavision, the newest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), has captivated viewers. The sit-com-esque style makes the series an exciting and fascinating installation to the already popular Marvel franchise. The series shows a reality that Elizabeth Olsen’s “Wanda Maximoff” created using her unique abilities. Her life with Paul Bettany’s “Vision” takes place in a different decade every episode, taking on the style, sound, and visual effects of sit-coms from the time. Episode one, “Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience,” set in the 1950s, mirrors The Dick Van Dyke Show. Set in the early 2000s, episode seven, “Breaking the Fourth wall,” had cuts of various characters speaking directly to the camera, resembling the show Modern Family.

With the last movie in “Phase Three” being Spider-Man: Far From Home, many Marvel fans were excited for the start of “Phase Four” of the MCU. Wandavision is the first Marvel series to be in the form of episodes, which premiere weekly. This prepares viewers for two other series premiering this month: Loki and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The show provides a new spin on superhero storytelling with roughly four and a half hours of content, rather than a two and a half hour Marvel film.

“I really liked the idea of a show for Marvel because it was something that they haven’t done before and I wanted to see how they would incorporate the new format,” sophomore Cassidy Howard said.

The show quickly became recognized for its “commercials,” which consisted of fake advertisements for various items such as a toaster or Strucker watch. Originally, many fans were confused as to why they were included in the episodes. But upon closer inspection, viewers began to notice the Hydra logos, or Stark Industries products. Many began to speculate that they tied into the plot of Wanda’s character in prior MCU movies.

“I think the commercials represent the different events related to Wanda’s trauma,” sophomore Justin Moore said. “For example, the Lagos paper towels commercial was a reference to the place where Wanda accidentally sent an explosion into a building on a mission.”

Fans are still unsure exactly how this series will tie into what has already happened and will happen in the MCU, but many are theorising the multiple ways Wanda and her reality could segway into a new era for Marvel.

“I think Wanda’s actions throughout the show will affect the rest of Phase Four going forward,” Moore said. “Wanda’s kids are related to the young avengers, who could introduce the new main villain: Kang the Conqueror.”

Many fans were excited by the return of Darcy Lewis, Jimmy Woo and Monica Rambeau, and intrigued by the introduction of new characters.

“Tommy and Billy are my favorite characters because they are just beginning their journey with their superpowers,” junior Catherine Winter said. “And the way they go from 5 years old to 10 years old to take care of Sparky was so adorable. I can’t wait to see who they become in future Marvel Movies.”

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Review: SK8 the Infinity Wed, 17 Mar 2021 12:27:43 +0000 “SK8 the Infinity” was recently released on Jan. 9, and had several anime fans anxious for its arrival. This anime was created by BONES Studios, Hiroko Utsumi, Ichiro Ohkouchi, and Michinori Chiba. What made this anime gain a lot of attention was the director Hiroko Utsumi, who worked with popular animes like “Banana Fish” and “Free!” This anime only has 12 episodes and releases a new episode every week, with episode nine being the latest.

“I decided to watch it in the first place because I saw it on social media and it looked interesting,” sophomore Linsay Sheridan said.

This anime is about Reki, a high school sophomore, and Langa, a transfer student, who became friends through skateboarding. Over time, Reki teaches Langa how to skate, and along the way, they are faced with challenging pro-skaters to “beefs” at “S,” which is a highly secret and dangerous racing course. However, as Langa gets better at skating in just a matter of months, his relationship with Reki starts to take a toll. 

“Overall, I really like this anime because the animation is gorgeous and they keep throwing plot twists in, so you don’t know what will happen next,” Sheridan said.

 The animation and the graphics of this anime are truly remarkable. There is no detail left behind, no matter what angle or perspective it is being shown from there is work put into each scene. The design of this anime matches the aesthetic of the underground city in Japan and its community. 

“My favorite thing about this anime is its animation because they pay great attention to detail,” Sheridan said.

With a limited amount of episodes, the plot moves fairly quickly but it does not leave anything out. What is even better is that background to characters and present conflicts are given in a very brief and understandable way. On a side-note, a very interesting concept of some of the characters is that they have another persona when they are skating at “S,” they separate skating and their everyday life by isolating each other. 

“The show keeps you on your toes while you watch and most of the characters are around our age so you can get a better connection to the story,” Sheridan said.

This show was also very refreshing because there are not many skateboarding animes, which makes this anime very unique and popular. The show has very good usage of skating terminologies and what the “skating world” is like. However, some parts of it were not as realistic, for example, Langa became a “pro-skater” after a couple of months of skating when it takes more time and practice than that to be good at skating. Besides that, the racing and some of the tricks are not very accurate, racing is not very common in the skateboarding community and besides the street tricks, several tricks are not even possible to do. 

“I would definitely recommend it because the show keeps you on your toes while you watch and most of the characters are around our age so you can get a better connection to the story,” Sheridan said.

Overall, the anime has amazing graphics and design, as well as having a great plot. SK8 the Infinity is enjoyable to watch, even though it has some problems with technicalities. This anime is honestly for everyone, skater or not. 

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