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The student news site of Lake Brantley High School

The Brantley Banner

The student news site of Lake Brantley High School

The Brantley Banner

Faith Shimick

Faith Shimick, News and Copy Editor

Faith Shimick is going into her second year on staff, this time as a senior and the News and Copy Editor. She is also working with fellow staff member Julia Moon on Perspectives, which is the Brantley Banner’s literary magazine. Around the journalism room, she is known for her out-of-season gingerbread cookies and more vibrant personality. Additionally, she holds a leadership position in the Patriot Band as Drill Sergeant, working with new members and dancers. She hopes to major in English at a college in the northeast, and is confident this year will be full of opportunities to prepare her for it.

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The boys water polo team beats Gainesville in their Mar. 30 District Final. It’s awesome, boys captain and senior Will Parnell said. It just, you feel like you’re on top of the world, that you can’t really be beat.

Water polo wins at Districts

April 6, 2022
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Disappearing Frogs pt. 1

January 31, 2022
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The walk around the lake at Cranes Roost is a must do for many people during the holiday season. Lights are put up around the lake and can be seen from every point around it, as well as decorations in the apartments around it. The main attraction, however, are the live events that the city of Altamonte Springs puts on. “I like the decorations on the lofts, and the live music,” senior Nil Aydinoz said. “The music [is my favorite part], because a lot of people just feel very happy when they’re listening to holiday music, and it makes everybody in a good mood and it’s just really nice to be around.”

Best places for holiday lights: 2021

December 17, 2021
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Out of all of the small subdivisions this year, Beechwoods is the best one to walk. The neighborhood’s illuminated sidewalks are relatively easy to navigate, and there is a wide range of house decorations. A handful have lights along the eaves, but there are many that take it as far as garage projections and front yard inflatables, like this one.

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Across the street from the Beechwoods subdivision are plenty of decorated houses. There are enough houses lit up that make the lack of sidewalks worth it, and the rectangular layout of the streets mean that it’s easy to walk.

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Forest Edge is another great place to walk and see lights. There are street lamps in the neighborhood, lighting up the relatively easy to navigate sidewalks. While about half of the houses have lights on them, the ones that do make it well worth the trip to see the entire layout. “The decorations [are my favorite part of the holiday season],” senior Tabitha Warren said. “It brings a lot of spirit and a lot of joy to people, while putting them up and seeing them.”

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This house on Lake Asher Circle is representative of most of the street. Nearly all houses have lights on them, if not displays in the front yard. While the circle may not have great walking accommodations, it is a must-see due to the stunning displays on most of the houses.

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Wekiva Cove is another neighborhood that’s better suited for driving. There are many houses done to the nines, like this one near the front of the neighborhood. While the subdivision is large enough that the amount of houses outfitted does not make sense enough to walk it, it is safe enough to walk, with street lamps lighting up areas not made bright enough by the lights.

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Many people this year are using their natural landscaping to elevate their lights, like this scene in The Trails subdivision of Country Creek. Although it’s a great way to use an unconventional lawn, some houses here still stick with classics like inflatables or light structures.

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While Country Creek may have a lot of lights up this year, most neighborhoods are better to drive through. Not all of them have street lamps, and the layouts can be confusing in the dark. However, houses like this in The Glen have stand out decor that are almost impossible to miss, so a slow drive through with good company or even by one’s self makes for a good night.

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The holiday lights at Cranes Roost, which are sponsored by Duke Energy, feature many animated structures, like an elf petting a reindeer, or the highly enjoyable dragon. “Cranes Roost [is my favorite place to see holiday lights], because there’s always some interactive moments or just lights everywhere around the lake,” freshman Reid Intro said. “It’s very interesting. The dragon [is my favorite], because its actually animated and the tail goes up and down, up and down like a little snake. It slithers, you know what I’m saying?”

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Senior Queens and Junior Jokers set up for one of the first plays of the Powderpuff game on Nov. 3. The first and only points of the game were scored by senior Maddie Jones 12 minutes and 46 seconds into the first half.

Queens rule the Jokers in powderpuff

November 11, 2021
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Disappearing Frogs pt .66

October 19, 2021
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Travelers!: Thoughts on Frequent Flyers

Travelers! Thoughts on Frequent Flyers

October 19, 2021
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Students play La Lotería at the Hispanic Heritage Festival on Friday, Oct 15. La Lotería is a game similar to bingo, but uses images instead of numbers, and is originally from Mexico.

Hispanic Heritage Festival

October 19, 2021
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Girl with a Pearl Earring tribute

‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ tribute

October 16, 2021
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Disappearing Frogs pt .33

October 7, 2021
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Principal Brian Blasewitz subjects himself to an ice cream bath during the Rivalry Week lunch pepe rally on Sept. 10.Our victory over Lake Mary is going to be sweet tonight, Blasewitz said.

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September 15, 2021
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Review on Free Guy

Review on “Free Guy”

September 14, 2021
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Kiera Moore sits in front of her collection of dice as she participates in an adventure at Friday, Sep. 2’s Dungeons & Dragons club meeting. “I’ve been playing D&D for about 4 years,” Moore said. “A friend of mine invited me to play because I bought her a D&D starter kit from Barnes and Noble.”

Dungeons & Dragons: an adventure from home

September 14, 2021
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I Love, You Hate

March 29, 2021
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On the Dec. 1 meeting, members chat with each other and Dr. Roy while enjoying activities. “We usually do activities that are either physical or little icebreakers,” Ortega said. “Sometimes, actually, we started this, Dr. Roy has been doing a little short on ‘did you know about this’, but it’s for underlooked gay people, LGBT people that get underlooked and shrouded by history, so we’re doing that to inform other people as well. Sometimes we’ll have serious days. We’ll just stop, sit, and talk about whatever’s in our mind, spread awareness and whatnot.”

GSA Rebrand

March 24, 2021
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I want to look weird,” Llorens said. “I want people judging me. I want the attention. I want them to see me like ‘look at me’. Does it look like I care what you think about? Nah, cause I look amazing.”
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Jeremy Llorens: costume master

January 17, 2021
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Former President Donald Trump gives a speech to workers at a manufacturing plant in Mich. after signing the United States- Mexico- Canada Agreement, a replacement for NAFTA. Although most of his speeches do not result in violence, Trump draws people in with his words, and taking advantage of that could lead to violence, like on Jan. 6.
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The danger of powerful speech

January 15, 2021
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Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden celebrate with staffers and family after a victory speech in Delaware. After a long contention by Republicans, Biden finally got confirmed on Nov. 7.

Election chaos

November 10, 2020
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Band members celebrate a first down for Lake Brantley while displaying the newly implemented safety precautions. They stand spaced out in a row with eight feet in between them, and two steps between each line of them.

Limited in size, but not in spirit

October 1, 2020
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Junior Elijah Huyck prepares to launch a marble into a cup during Stephen McGovern’s fourth period AP Physics class. “Basically, this lab was a real world application of the formulas we were learning in this class,” Huyck said. “The goal was to use the formulas we had learned to predict the outcome of a real world scenario.”

Launching into physics

September 28, 2020
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Students like senior Maddie Watts enjoy B lunch, the new middle lunch created to space students out during COVID-19, at the back of the cafeteria. I was really content with having B lunch since thats when I would normally eat lunch at home, Watts said. I also have lunch with a few of my friends, which is definitely an added bonus.

New lunch, new opinions

October 1, 2020
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Sophomores Laura Howell and Ashley Welch play with the sound- and light boards on a set building work day. Definitely the people helping me with the lights got me interested, Welch said. You learn teamwork better- how to work with your peers that you dont really know much.

Chicago: Behind the stage

March 10, 2020
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Troupe members cool off with a fun game of limbo while waiting for something to do. Work days can often be slow, but the end product of the set is very rewarding.

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Senior Connor Albrechtsen looks on as sophomore Ella-Rose Smith tries out a staple gun for the first time. Ive used like a drill or, yeah, just a drill, Smith said. But that was the first gun experience.

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Troupe 2888 members wait around for the major work to start at Chicagos first work day. Sometimes people will be waiting for a job, but then the power tools are brought out and it becomes a fun time for all involved.

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Although power tools scare her a little bit, its important that every one pitches in to build the set. I am using a staple gun to staple wood to other wood on the proscenium, sophomore Jolie Hartley said. Its my first time doing it, so its pretty fun! I like it.

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Junior Angelina Jonkaitis and sophomore Brooke Holland finish up moving a light. The lights were arranged five to a line in order to get the zones correct on the lightboard.

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