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History of Valentine’s Day

February has long been a month of romance. It is the month associated with Valentine’s Day celebrations. We have, time and again, heard the name St. Valentine being uttered before us in this season of love. But just who is this St. Valentine? Why is this month associated with love and romance? Learn about St. Valentine, how Valentines day came into practice as it is today. The origin of this lovers day goes back as early as 270 A.D and started with the clash between a kindly priest and a mighty ruler. Valentine’s Day is believed to derive from the Roman Empire. It is believed to honor Juno, queen of Roman gods and goddesses. An interesting custom was followed in the Feast of Lupercalia to bring together young boys and girls who otherwise were strictly separated. On the eve of the festival names of young Roman girls were written on a slip of paper and placed into jars. Each young man drew out a girl’s name from the jar and was paired with the girl for the duration of Lupercalia. Sometime pairing lasted for a year until next year’s celebration. Quite often, the couple would fall in love with each other and later marry. The custom lasted for a long time until people felt that the custom was un-Christian and that mates should be chosen by sight, not luck.

News, Opinions, Student Activities

Student Spotlight: Lydia Rouse

Lydia Rouse is a senior along with being the President of the senior student council. There are many reason she decided to accept the position and she has mentioned a few of them to me. One such reason was that it would look good on her college resume, and because of her interest in government things. Lydia has only been on the junior and senior council. Originally she was excited to just be the Vice President but was excited, and a little scared, to now be the President. Her job is to design the games that students play during the spirit weeks in the cafeteria, set up the decorations and pay for them, and take the attendance. She is in the middle of planning principal challenge. This challenge would be completed over some months, where the school would raise money and at each goal of money that is raised means that the students will be able to make the principal do something. Lydia encourages others to join student council as they will be able to make a change, it will look good on your resume, and you can have a say in senior day and week. One thing she would like to tell the everyone is to take charge, make this year your own, join student council, and to meet many people in order to be more connected with students and teachers.

News, Student Activities

Our Principal: Mr. Johnson

Mr. Johnson has been apart of an administrative team for 18 years but has been an educator for 27 years. He started out teaching 7th and 8th grade science for 8 years before he became principle at the middle school for 9 years and 5 years here at Evans. His motivation for becoming principle was because he loves helping people (both the students and the teachers), performing a service, and because he enjoys what he is doing and the rewarding experience.

Mr. Johnson’s favorite memories from his own experiences in high school are the pep rallies and the dances ( then known as “hops”). He liked to go from the football games to the Ho[s and watch all the dance moves that everyone has prepared, he even prepared a few of his own. It was these social aspects that he loved the most. When we asked if he preferred public or private school since he enjoys a social atmosphere, he said that he spent up to 7th grade in private school and 8th-12th in public as he begged to be allowed to (his main reason being that he didn’t like to wear the uniform. Our principle did comment that public schools are bigger and offer more for the students.

One thing Mr. Johnson would like to tell everyone is to pick your friends wisely and be careful of the things you do at a young age as this is when you start to form your personality. In this day, it is easier to get in trouble than it was before we had access to phones and people were quicker to trust others and neighborhoods took care of each other like when he was a kid. Now, you have to watch who your trust and be careful about what they may say or do.

Mr. Johnson expressed that the diversity of Evans is his favorite thing about our school. He likes that everyone of all backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, and ethnicity come together to study. Each person has a different walk of life that comes with a different point of view than you and there is a diverse number of electives, opportunities, and pathways (for example Cyber, Pre-Ap, Capstone) to better aid the diverse interests from those students.

One topic that has captivated the school this year are the use of badges that everyone, both faculty and staff and students) must wear. Our principle has expressed his view on the badges as he also wears one. He, himself, does not necessarily like the idea of wearing them, but he does understand why they are important. The badges are to help those who are familiar with others in the school to know each other as not everyone knows everyone else, even among the teachers that are still people who have not talked to other teachers.

Many may be curious about Mr. Johnson’s fashion choice of sweater vests, and we have the answer to that curiosity. Our principle has been a sharp dresser, he believes, since he was young. He particularly liked sweater vests because he didn’t feel like they were jackets, which he disliked wearing. So when he put on a sweater vest, they felt like a jacket without being a jacket that he did not want to wear. There was the added bonus that it could be both a dressy but over the top dressy apparel, so he could wear it to church and then go out for a casual activity like golfing without having to change his vest.

There are many changes that happen everyday and our school is no different. Mr. Johnson has seen both the negative and positive changes that have occurred in our school. Some of the positives he listed were that we grew to be more academically stable and strong based on curriculum and pathways, our test scores and graduation have increased each year (with the teachers and staff playing a role in the increase), and our spirits have increased, with student council doing well in continuing to grow school spirit with in the students. The other side to these positives is the increase in kids taking risks with things that they shouldn’t that must be removed.

Mr. Johnson believes that clubs and out of school activities help with studying as long as they are the right clubs, people, message that keeps students motivated and growing.

Mr. Johnson believes that is it good for students to look to the future, like the entrepreneurship class is doing third year, to see where they want to be and what they want to do. He once met a student that was from Columbia County who was working as a doctor that inspired him. Because of this he loves to see the Entrepreneurship students fail as it provides a way for them to grow and gives them a chance to keep tinkering with business, and it can help them deal with real life situations.

When he was in school, he did not have one favorite elective but he did take engineering, welding, automotive, and construction, which he enjoyed taking. However if he could go back, he could take healthcare as he used to want to be a veterinarian but decided not to as he did not want to go to school for a long time. Now, as a principal, he enjoys all of the electives as he sees how they are important for someone.

Poetry and Stories

5 Second Messages

It passed by in less than a second. I could barely even see it before it was gone, drowned in the joy and care of those who love me. But it was too late, I already saw it, it already hurts. When I go back to try and find it, it is already gone. But I still saw it, I still know what it says, what it means. I know I should ignore it, that it’s not true. So many thoughts but this one will not let me go. Just those 5 seconds they took to hurt me, I keep thinking on it for 5 minutes, 5 days, even 5 years. Yet, not one meant to help me and to say what they mean can silence that one second when someone took those 5 seconds to tear me apart.

News, Opinions

Mrs. Kelly


Ms. Kelly is a wonderful lady who has been apart of our EHS staff since March of 2018. She is a kind women who is lead by her faith. One of her catchphrases is “some people are just born to serve.” She likes talking to people and believes that respect comes from all ages. Her biggest pet peeve is cleaning the bathroom but she does say that cleaning the lunchroom is not hard to clean as there are certain tasks for each person. Along with those jobs, there are rotations to clean around the school. She worked at MCG for 10 years before coming to Evans. The reason she moved was because she wanted to be closer to her children. She has 4 kids and 8 grand kids, with the youngest being around a month and the oldest is 17. When she arrived to Evans, she was very thankful for the welcoming atmosphere and said that her faith was what drove her to do and accomplish everything that she has.

Poetry and Stories

Where Have We Gone?

Note: This is a poem that reflects the world in some people’s eyes. It is not intended to be factual or represent everyone. It is meant to showcase my thoughts and feelings and hope some can relate.



Where Have We Gone?


It’s that time to live and let live

go and let go 

search dont be searched

find urself


love and let others love 

know the unknown 

give who needs to be given 

trust urself


its a wild world

we’re stuck in our own worlds

so much despair

wanna find the love


some people want me dead

say im crazy, out of my head

can the light be what we share 

rise above


madness, insanity

bitter integrity 

cant seem to depend on others

its eating me inside


silent and broken

the light is being stolen

can we stand together 

at least shine on the outside


French or Spanish?

High schools all over the U.S. offer a wide variety of electives that students can take in order to get credits for graduation. Among those electives are foreign language classes. The most common foreign languages found in high schools are French and Spanish. Up coming freshman may not know which language fits them best, so naturally most people pick Spanish thinking it will be the easiest of the two. The real question is how difficult or easy is each of these languages to teach, and/or learn and why?

Mrs. Levi is a Spanish teacher, and has been teaching for five years now. Evans High is truly blessed to have her with us. If she did not pursue her dream to become a teacher, she would have become an accountant. She was encouraged to become a Spanish teacher because she feels that it is very important to know a variety of languages. According to Mrs. Levi, more people in the south speak Spanish, so more people take the class. Mrs. Levi also claimed that more people worldwide speak Spanish than they do French. She says the most important thing to remember when learning Spanish is to open up your mind and allow the language to speak to you. Mrs. Levi has made goals for her students and she really wants to see them grow through the years in her class.

Zach Kendrick, a sophomore, claimed he took Spanish because, ” It sounded easier than French would be”. He sometimes has a hard time with the language, but it can be agreed that some standards are harder to understand than others. The main struggle Zach has faced so far this year is understanding his teacher, Mrs. Levi, because of her accent.

Mrs. Hopkins, a French teacher who studied at Harlem High, has been teaching for twenty three years. She was encouraged to teach by her college professor and her mother who always thought she had a love for learning languages. If Mrs. Hopkins did not become a teacher, she would be a news anchor right now, but luckily for us she fell madly in love with the language. She believes that most people take French because of the zoning. She claims that since we are near Mexico more people will speak Spanish, but she also said that if we were up north people would most likely take French over Spanish. An advantage of taking French is it helps you better understand where English gets most of its words. Mrs. Hopkins says that French and Spanish are fairly equal in some ways, but to the students who re signing up for French make sure to study and participate during class. ” It is a skill and takes time to learn”.

Savannah Hood, who is also a sophomore, is taking French. Her reasoning for taking French is, ” French is a cool culture, and our language originated from it”. She believes French is pretty easy to learn, but she also claims that Mrs. Hopkins pushes her to do her best. One major struggle she has with the language is learning French words that have more than one meaning.

The choice is yours. French and Spanish are very similar in some ways, but there will be obstacles no matter which way you go.



Blood Drive a Huge Success

You may know know that each donation during the drive can save three local lives, but you may not know that the EHS family will save 411 lives!  Donors gave one whole pint of blood to the cause.  The whole process takes about one  hour from start to finish, including refueling afterward to avoid becoming faint.  Needles, blood, and donating can be very scary, but according to the nurses, a paper cut or splinter is more painful than donating!  You also get a free t-shirt and biscuit to sweeten the deal.  If you missed out this time, you can join in on the fun on March 27.  Just remember to avoid caffeine and eat lots of protein the morning before!

Opinions, Sports

Chance Taylor – Student Athlete Spotlight

Watching the clock counting down the time may not be heart pounding for the audience, but for the players it’s all or nothing. Chance Taylor, a freshman at Evans, is a running back on both JV and Varsity football teams. Chance has been playing football since he was eight years old. His job as a running back is to block for pass plays, distract the other team members, and get yards for the team. So far this season he has played twice. One of his fears as a football player is letting the team down as well as the fans.

The varsity team had a bit of a set back this season, and nobody has a clue why the Knights could not win. Some blamed the coaches, some blamed the players, but when asked the question, “What is the issue with the team?” Chance said that there are less seniors, the starters get hurt, and there is an abundance of injuries throughout the team. There are twenty- two starters on the varsity team, and the team practices from 3 to 6 Monday through Wednesday.  They do a walk through on Thursday and of course on Friday they have the big game. Many people say that the team should practice more than they already do, but Chance says, “There is only so much you can do”.

Poetry and Stories

Listening to Rhythm of Life

Waited when the flowers sung

Sang when the harp was strung

Melody and the major key

You make me sing happily


The piano is on the high

My voice can be heard in the sky

Soprano singing with the bees

Lullaby of the wind and me


When I hear the bird’s song

I can’t help but whistle along

It’s a stream of music in the sea

My true colors shine when I sing


Through the day and through the night

Through the dark and through the light

My song heard through your body

You make me sing happily