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.
Living up to the standard is typically the way of the world but for some it came harder and started earlier. Dwayne “Wayne” Daniels grew up in Detroit and attended Detroit Public Schools. As the only child, Daniels grew up feeling like he was the odd child out with no friends. Not knowing what beauty was at a young age, Daniels assumed it was being skinny, because most people were. Known as “Fat Kid” by his classmates, Wayne was often bullied and teased for being overweight.
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.
Mason schools had similar numbers of students move into and out of the district. Three families’ decisions show the wide range of dynamics beneath what occur in a district that, on the surface, appears to be pretty stable.
Erin Schrode founded her first nonprofit, Turning Green, when she was 13. Since then, she has done many things to make the world greener. Including, running for Congress at the age of 24, implementing lunch programs in schools around her hometown, and opening kitchens in Puerto Rico.