Okemos and Haslett High School football players put a lot of work in the off-season to try to be stronger than their opponents. There are many ways to achieve that goal: summer camps, good dieting, weight lifting and taking supplements. However, there are many supplements in the industry, promising many different results. “I stay away from fast foods, tend to eat balanced meals and eat enough food throughout the day,” Okemos High School senior football player Domonique Clerkley said. “Throughout the day I eat Gatorade bars and fruit.
After months of deliberation and a slew of meetings trademarked with passionate arguments, the Williamston Community Schools Board of Education passed a pair of policies in November 2017 in relation to transgender youth and their definition, among other guidelines. And despite passing months ago, the debate surrounding the policies have yet to go away. Currently, there’s a pending federal lawsuit that names six of seven Williamston Board of Education members as defendants: Greg Talberg, Christopher Lewis, Sarah Belanger, Nancy Deal, Kathy Hayes and Joel Gerring. The seventh member of the board at the time, Jeffrey West, was the lone vote against the policies, which the school board passed 6-1. He is not named in the lawsuit.
Chris Henderson is in his 20th year as head coach of the wrestling team and third year as Sexton’s athletic director. Henderson was a part of Sexton’s golden days winning three individual championships as a student in 1987-1989. He has been trying to get his team to the winning ways they once had ever since assuming the coaching role.
Declining enrollment compounded by school of choice play a big role in the declining participation of the program, Henderson said. A smaller school and community leads to a smaller student population which means fewer opportunities and less money. He said that kids also transfer to the bigger and better facilities and resources at other schools.
“The more we can offer families, the more choice they have, the better chances they’re going to find something that works well for them,” said Weihl. Anna Montgomery said the library program s is an opportunity to spend time with her children that she usually doesn’t have because of school.
Puzzle pieces clicking together and dice clattering on tables were drowned out by the sound of children’s chatter. East Lansing Public Library created an alternative to vacationing this spring break for kids in the area. Youth services librarian Eva Weihl has been with the library for three years. She said this weeklong spring break program has existed for as long as she has worked there. “All of these events are self-directed and drop-in,” said Weihl.
The ACC is the Asian Culture Club at Okemos High School. The organization brings all races together and volunteered in the Chinese New Year celebration at Meridian Mall. Although the organization’s members are just high schoolers, they bring positive energy to their high school and to the community by welcoming everyone together for equality, and learning about one another. Gaelin Zhao is the president of the Asian Culture Club and is currently a junior at Okemos High School. Since joining ACC his freshman year, he’s enjoying being a part of the organization.
In the Lansing school district, 75 percent of the student body is made up of minorities, according to the 2017-2018 Racial Census Report from the Michigan Department of Education. On the outside, this diversity has allegedly been the reason for low test scores and low graduation rates. Those who look deeper, however, see the importance of immersing children in a diverse, communal environment at a young age.