Shout-outs: Giving Back, Being a Good Role Model and Lots of Championships

Shout-Outs: Giving Back, Being a Good Role Model and Lots of Championships
Posted on 11/07/2017
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East Football Player Honors Student Battling Cancer

This football season, Lakota East sophomore kicker Gavin Myers declared himself a “Kick-It Champion,” using the points he put on the board to raise more than $6,500 for families with children fighting cancer. The final amount far surpassed his original fundraising goal of $1,000.

But Gavin’s commitment went far deeper than a monetary contribution. Understanding the importance of a fun family night out, Gavin invited a young Lakota student who is battling cancer, along with his family, to join him on the sideline at the Oct. 13 game. Beyond participating in the on-field check presentation, the student was greeted with a tunnel of high fives by East students and departed to an eruption of applause from the East student cheering section.

Congratulations Gavin on the monumental impact of this special effort!​​​​​​​

Both Lakota East Golf Teams Go to State

The Lakota East High School boys and girls golf teams for qualifying for the state championship! One of only three high schools in the state to have members of both teams qualify, each placed in the top 10, with the girls finishing in seventh place and the boys in sixth. Drew Mahon had an impressive tournament, finishing 23rd in the state. Kyle Schmidt, the GMC Player of the Year, finished 10th in the state. Congratulations to all of the players for a great tournament!

Girls: Sydney Bode, Liz Springer, Natalie Hamilton, Taylor Reynolds, Bree Wilson, Camryn Eddy and Grace Honigford

Boys: Drew Mahon, Alex Dunaway, Shane Murphy, Brock Aten, Peyton Houston and Kyle Schmidt

Adena Bus Driver Models the Way

An Adena Elementary parent recently commended her daughter’s bus driver, Jim Smith, for going above and beyond the normal call of duty. After seeing one of his riders in a difficult situation, Jim wrote and delivered a very personal and uplifting message to the student. In his letter, he praised her for courage and strength and encouraged her to always believe in herself when faced with adversity.

Jim, your positive attitude and dedication to your students will surely change countless lives for the better. Thank you for modeling the way!


East Cross Country Girls, Horter State-bound

Both the Thunderhawks girls cross country team and an individual qualifier from the boys team are state-bound!

Lakota East senior Dustin Horter broke the Regional and course boys cross country record by nine seconds in Troy last weekend, and is on his way to the State Championships. Dustin covered the 5K (3.1 mile) course in 15:02.54, more than 25 seconds ahead of the next finisher! Dustin has now won three straight Regional titles, and will attempt to win back-to-back State Championships this weekend at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, OH.

The girls cross country Thunderhawks placed fifth in the 18-team regional field to qualify for this weekend's state meet. The East girls were led by sophomore Danielle Horter, who ran the 5K (3.1 mile) course in 19:01 to place 17th overall. Her qualifying teammates include Kelsi Harris, Lindsay Isom, Ali Neumeier, Kaitlyn Smith, Carly Spletzer and Holly Thompson

Best of luck to all our Thunderhawk cross country competitors - Lakota is rooting for you!

Update: Dustin Horter won his second straight State Championship. Congratulations!

Lakota West Marching Band Makes History with Invite to Bands of America National Championships

The Lakota community is invited to attend a special send-off for the Lakota West Marching Band on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the high school football stadium.

​​​​​​​The Firebirds are making history as the first Lakota marching band to ever attend the Bands of America Grand National Championships (taking place Nov. 9-12 in Indianapolis, IN at Lucas Oil Stadium). This championship is known as the "Olympics of Marching Band Competitions" and over 100 bands from across the nation will be competing. 

The Lakota West Marching Firebirds will rehearse from 6 until 9 p.m. that evening, including a final run of their 2017 competition show ‘Swan Song’ at 8:30 p.m. 

Let's show our support for these talented musicians!