Students protest local circus

Leon is home to many animal lovers. And four Leon sophomores recently turned that love into a protest against animal cruelty.
McClain Houston, Megan Milla, Willow Parsons and Lucas Dwinell joined forces to take a stand against the Barnum & Bailey Ringling Circus, which was held at the Leon County Civic Center in early January.
The sophomores dressed up in costumes, including fake chains, and stood outside the civic center during the circus. Their faces marked with fake cuts, they held up signs expressing their concerns.

The four sophomores had one goal: “To inform people about what goes on [at the circus],” McClain said

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Lions celebrate Inauguration

On Jan. 20, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States,and some Lions were lucky enough to witness the event in person.

Surrounded by presidents past, Obama repeated the oath of office with his hand on the same bible used in President Abraham Lincoln’s 1861 inauguration.

During his speech, Obama acknowledged the challenges facing the country.

“Know this, America — they will be met,” Obama told the millions gathered.

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Budget, Editorials, Sports

Budget cuts strain sports

With the Legislature cutting funds to every part of public education, everyone is worried about the lack of resources at Leon High School. One of the areas that already has limited funding is the athletic department.

Every year, the Leon County school district issues $17,500 to Leon High, earmarked for the athletic department. That is divided by the number of student activities sponsored by the school. Every sport, including cheerleading, sports training and dance, gets a cut of the money.

Some sports are excluded from the funds that Leon High distributes. For example, football does not get a share because it generates its own revenue.

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Features, Sports

Morales shares passion for sports medicine

The end of the school day signifies the beginning of work for Leon head athletic trainer Alan Morales and his team of student trainers.

They hurry around the training portable, frantically taping, icing and stretching the sore joints and muscles of athletes who are about to take the field.

In 10 minutes, close to 15 people cycle through the room. The rush usually does not stop until about 5 p.m. Until then, the trainers barely get a minute to breathe.

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Baseball, Features, Sports

Read keeps dreaming big

Varsity assistant baseball coach Robby Read once dreamed of having a career like Major League pitcher Nolan Ryan’s.

Now he dreams of a shot at a state title for Leon High baseball.
“Nothing is impossible,” Read said.

He learned that firsthand, having gone from what he called an ordinary Tallahassee childhood to a selection in the seventh round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft.

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