On Thursday, May 10, beginning at 6 p.m. there will be a charity luau held at Howell High School’s Highlander Restaurant. The event will support the Howell Youth Rotary Interact Club. Leadership Livingston, a county organization that is sponsoring the event, selected the HHS Interact Club to be the beneficiaries of any funds raised during this evening. The Interact Club will be able to use the money towards leadership training for student leaders.
At the event there will be dinner provided by the HHS culinary arts students under the supervision of Chef Brian LeBoeuf. The meal includes smoked roasted pig, chicken luau, coconut shrimp, Hawaiian desserts, and much more. For entertainment there will be live music and a silent auction. One ticket is 30 dollars, couples ticket will be 60 dollars, and a table of eight will be 200 dollars. You can purchase tickets from Ms. Karen Lessnau, Chef Brian LeBoeuf, and at HHS main office. Seating is limited.
On Wednesday, April 4, Howell High School will be hosting an Easter egg hunt during all three lunches to raise money for the American Red Cross and the Dexter tornado victims. Mr. Tom Diab and Ms. Amanda Malo, both teachers at HHS, had extreme damage done to their homes.
Mr. Aaron Metz’s fifth hour leadership class is running the Easter egg hunt. “A lot of people wanted to help and we wanted to do something that we haven’t already done,” Mr. Metz says.
The eggs will be hidden in the high school courtyard and it cost one dollar per egg to participate. There are more than 200 eggs with 80 of them filled with prizes. The prizes were all donated, totaling around 300 dollars; therefore all proceeds will go directly to the Red Cross.
Prizes include candy, t-shirts, 20 dollar gas cards, a lunch at the Highlander Restaurant, and gift cards to the kilt shack. Each egg will have a number in it. Upon opening, that number may or may not correspond to a prize.
For the victims, this tornado was tragic. Mr. Diab was at teacher conferences when his wife called in a panic. “I didn’t know it was a tornado. There was only a 30 minute warning for the city of Dexter but because our house is so far out we couldn’t hear it,” Mr. Diab says.
When he was at home, a large play set in his back yard suddenly ejected into the air. He and his family rushed to the basement. His trailer weighing around 1,000 pounds flew 20 feet into his house. The estimated damage is 40,000 dollars from the roof, structure and water damage.
“As I drove in just after the tornado left it was calm, quiet and the entire scenery was different because all, I repeat, all of the trees in our richly treed neighborhood were broken or gone. My home at first appeared pretty torn up. My mouth dropped in amazement,” Mr. Daib says.
As of now there are many construction people working on his house but it is a slow process.
“I knew it was a storm but I had no idea it was a tornado,” says Ms. Malo. She was also at teacher conferences that night. She went to her classroom, picked up her phone, and saw that there were seven texts and ten voicemails. Her father was the one that told her the news that the tornado hit her home.
“The neighborhood felt like a war zone. There were helicopters, police, and emergency vehicles everywhere. I had to show my I.D. to get in my sub,” Ms. Malo said.
As she walked through her house for the first time, she was in tremendous shock. Almost all the windows in her house blew out and there was glass over everything. When she walked up stairs her roof was lying on her bed. The total damage to her house and property was extensive. She lost five trees in her yard, some were nowhere in sight. There was extreme water damage; basically just a structure was left of her house. Luckily Ms. Malo lost none of her possessions.
“We got the best of the worse,” says Ms. Malo.
As of right now, she is coping with it very well. Construction has started and will take around two months to complete, during which, her and her family will be staying in a hotel.
“This experience has taught me how important community is. People that I didn’t even know were picking up trash in my front yard. Also, my teaching community has rallied around in support and for that I am so grateful,” Ms. Malo.
On March 17 there will be an open mic night fundraiser at Barnes and Noble located in the Green Oak Village Mall in Brighton. The fundraiser is to benefit the 2012 Howell High School senior class.
The St. Patrick’s Day themed event starts at noon and goes until 9 p.m. with many activities included. The Howell High School men of Calamity will be performing as well as reading their favorite Dr. Suess books. The girls of Classicality will be performing back-to–back with the School of Rock band from the high school.
Starting at 7 p.m. going till 9 p.m. there will be an open mic open to the public in the café that may include music, songs, poetry, skits, or comedy.
When purchasing any items, (café menu included) mention “Howell High School” and a portion of the proceeds will go towards the fundraiser. For every purchase over $50 at the store, two raffle tickets will be awarded and at 9 p.m. there will be a drawing for a Nook provided by the store.
Make sure to wear your green and bring your love of books, music, and treats.
The HHS Interact Club raised more than $5,500 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Along with the club selling t-shirts, several HPS staff members and HHS students volunteered to have their heads shaved as part of the fundraiser. Superintendent Ron Wilson, school board vice president, Michael Witt, and assistant principal Morrison Borders sat before hundreds of students at the Winterfest pep rally with their new crew-cuts. The following students also participated:
12th grade representatives: Edana Kelly, Shannon Schultz, and Nicholas Monak
11th grade representative: Brandon Benson
10th grade representative: Richard Davies
9th grade representative: Damian Menoch
The Interact Club partnered with the Brighton Fire Department to raise money for the foundation.
“People really feel connected to this cause because so many people know someone who has cancer. The response is phenomenal and it shows that the high school and community really care,” said math teacher and the club adviser, Karen Lessnau, in an earlier interview.
Howell High School’s very own Interact Club is partnering with the Brighton Fire Department to fundraise for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The Interact Club is selling T-shirts at all HHS lunches and they are also accepting donations.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer based charity that is devoted to fund the best research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long healthy lives. According to the St. Baldrick’s website, they raised over twenty-eight million dollars in 2011. One thing that makes this foundation stand out is that they have shaves, which are people who shave their heads to show support.HHS is trying to incorporate this into their fundraiser.
There are four students, one representing each class who will be shaving their heads at the Winterfest Pep Assembly on Friday, February 17. Along with them, HHS Assistant Principal Morrison Borders and Superintendent Ron Wilson will also be shaving their heads.
The Interact Club has already raised over 1,000 dollars on their own, but they encourage and invite people to help with this great cause.
“People really feel connected to this cause because so many people know someone who has cancer. I am overwhelmed by the support in just one day. The response is phenomenal and it shows that the high school and community really care,” says math teacher Karen Lessnau, who is also the adviser to the Interact Club.
Jack Dewitt was your typical youngster. He enjoyed reading, playing video games, being outside, and playing with Legos. He enjoyed playing at recess just as much as any other child his age. His favorite of all outside activities was playing baseball.
Unfortunately, this all changed for 11-year-old Jack. When he was just ten, he and his family received news that he had been diagnosed with a rare neuromuscular disease, Friedreich’s Ataxia.
Friedreich’s Ataxia is an inherited disease that damages your nervous system. This damage also affects your spinal cord and nerves that control your legs and arms. This has essentially left Jack using a scooter and a walker to make his way around due to the decrease in his balance.
Although already unable to participate in everyday activities that most of his peers do, his attitude has been nothing but optimistic.
Jack is currently hoping to attend the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s camp this summer for kids with similar disabilities. To help him with expenses, Howell High School’s Marketing II class has helped put together a fundraiser with an ideal goal of $800.
With this money, the Marketing II class as well as the community would be able to jointly send Jack to this camp during the summer. Here, Jack will be able to be around other kids his age with similar disabilities. This camp provides helpers, usually teenagers, who volunteer for a week to interact with these children and help them partake in act ivies that they may not be able to in the future.
“It’s nice to know that something I’m doing will later benefit for a kid having a great summer,” says Dallas Michels, a Howell senior who’s currently in Marketing II.
Up until March 2, Howell’s Marketing II class will be accepting donations as well as selling green shamrocks for $1.00, yellow shamrocks for $5.00, and green beads for $0.50 at the school’s Kilt Shack. In addition to this, the class will also be helping to set up another fundraiser titled “Jump for Jack” where Highlander Way Middle School students will be able to pay a dollar to jump rope. There will be a prize for whichever student can jump the longest. All proceeds from both fundraisers will be sent directly the Jack’s camp fund.
“I really enjoy doing fundraisers for children in need,” says Kayleigh Dowling, a senior who is also in the Marketing II class. “Since we got lucky and found a family in Howell, I feel as if more people in the community are willing to help out. I just hope we can meet the goal of $800 to send Jack to camp this summer.”
The Howell hockey team hit the ice again on Tuesday, January 31. Unlike most games, however, they were playing for something much bigger than themselves.
The Highlanders held a fundraiser supporting the military at Grand Oaks Arena.
They ended up raising $235 for the military charity, Operational Gratitude.
The money was raised through donations by individuals that attended the game and through a 50/50 raffle. The Howell hockey program donated half of the money earned and the winner of the 50/50 also donated a portion back to the charity.
The cash donation to the charity is used to purchase items for care packages that are sent out to troops, active or injured.
A few parents from the team researched military charities online and decided on Operation Gratitude for several reasons.
“The first reason was because the charity lends support to active military personnel in addition to wounded personnel. The second reason was because Operation Gratitude responded to our inquiry so quickly. The third reason we picked Operation Gratitude was because we could involve ourselves by sending letters to the service men and women in addition to our monetary donation,” Howell team manager Carrie Mitter said.
Many people that attended the game wrote letters to troops at a table the Highlanders had set up.
A younger sister of a Howell player even took the idea to her elementary classroom and her entire
class wrote letters to send to the troops.
The players donned camouflaged uniforms as they faced Farmington in a tough matchup.
Howell senior forward P.J. Krystyniak scored in the first period. Senior Travis Wever knocked in the Highlander’s final goal on an empty net late in the third period. These were the only two
scores of the night as Howell escaped with 2-0 victory.
Senior goalie Andrew Brownlee stepped up for Howell, recording 25 saves in a solid shutout win.
“Our great d-zone lead to excellent scoring opportunities,” Brownlee said.
There was a very good turnout at the game, with many fans showing off their camo for the United States troops.
Coming in March, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Livingston County is hosting their annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake Fundraiser. Their goal is to raise over 100,000 dollars for their budget in order to keep the Big Brothers Big Sisters program running for present and future kids.
The first day of the fundraiser is Saturday, March 10 and is from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The high school challenge will be held Sunday, March 11 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Striking Lanes in Hartland will be the bowling alley for the event.
Each individual person has to have a minimum pledge of thirty dollars. With the pledge money everyone will get one game of bowling, a T-shirt, shoe rental, and pizza.
“Bowl for Kids is a great way for high school kids to get involved and have some fun along the way,” Kimberly Roberts says. She is a social worker and case manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Livingston County.
The Howell High School football teams lend their hand every year and will continue this proud tradition again this year. The team is split up into groups of five and each group tries to raise as much money as possible. Each team of five has to pledge at least 150 dollars.
Jason Wisby, a junior on the HHS football team, is going on his fourth year participating in the Bowl for Kids. “I like going every year because it’s fun, the whole team is there, and we always compete against each other,” Wisby says. Not only does Wisby help Big Brothers Big Sisters through the Bowl for Kids, but his family has been involved with the program for years. “I’m happy to support a good cause. It’s rewarding to help little kids that are having a hard time,” Wisby says.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has over 100 years in history starting in 1904. This organization help kids to change their perspective and help them reach their full potential by bringing caring role models into their lives every day. Through Big Brothers Big Sisters, kids are less likely to act out, partake in illegal activity, and are more likely to do better in school.
Holly Lawson, a senior at HHS is a big sister of Livingston County. “It’s my first year and I didn’t know what to expect. I found that the kids are excellent and I love that I’m helping the community,” Lawson says.
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps vulnerable children beat the odds. “Bowl for Kids is our largest fundraising campaign of the year. We hope to raise 65 percent of our budget at this event,” Sheri Davis-Schoech says. She is the Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Livingston County.
“The organization depends on donations to help recruit volunteers and reach more children,” Davis-Schoech says.
On Wednesday, December 21, Howell High School staff and students are facing off in attempt to raise money. This dodge ball game has been a tradition for over five years to help the community.
For students who wish to watch the game, each person has to contribute either three canned food items that will be donated to Gleaners Food Bank or one dollar that will go to the American Red Cross.
Recently, a family in the community lost their house to a fire. The family asked HHS if they could make a donation to the American Red Cross because they gave so much support to the family. HHS plans to honor that request, and all money that is collected from the game will be donated on the family’s behalf.
HHS Leadership class, taught by Mr. Aaron Metz, is organizing the event. Abby Mitchell, a senior and a leadership class supervisor, is one of the key people in the organization and promotion of the Dodge ball game. “I think it is awesome that we have the chance to do something fun and entertaining to help my community,” Mitchell says.
Payton Reilly, a senior at HHS, has been playing in the annual game since she was a sophomore. “I think that it is a great way for students to come together and have fun with each other. I look like an idiot out there but I am usually laughing the whole time,” Reilly says.
The first game will be played during sixth hour class time, and it will be between the two senior teams. The winning senior team will then advance to play the freshman team in the beginning of seventh hour. After the senior-freshman game, sophomore and junior teams will face each other. The winner from each game will then play one another. Then, after that game is completed, the last game of the day will be between the winning student team and the staff team.
HHS is encouraging attendance to the dodge ball game because that means more support for Gleaners and the American Red Cross.
“Howell High School is a part of the community. It is our goal to contribute as much as possible. Anytime we hear of a family in need we help,” Mr. Metz says.
On Monday, October 10, from 5:00-8:00 PM a fundraiser for a local family will be held at the Howell Opera House. The evening will include a dinner, beverages, and dessert, with proceeds to benefit the Don Barnowski family.
Tickets for adults are $25 and for children, $10. There will also be a silent auction with items such as tickets to Lions, Tigers, and Red Wings games, a fly-fishing trip, and signed Red Wings hockey sticks and photos. Also, there will be a meet and greet with some Detroit Red Wings: Justin Abdelkader, Valtteri Filppula, Darren Helm, Niklas Kronwall, and team doctor Dr. Tony Colucci.
A year and a half ago, Don Barnowski was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the spinal cord and the brain. The raised funds will help pay for medical expenses. Also, the family hopes to purchase a patient lift to help transfer Mr. Barnowski from his bed to his wheelchair and vice versa. The family also hopes to purchase a handicap van.
Mr. Barnowski’s children, Nick and Emily, attend Howell High School. Nick, a senior, is the editor-in-chief of the Main Four publication, and a member of the varsity tennis team. Emily is a sophomore and on the girl’s golf team.