Sideline style

Audrey Smiles, Staff Writer

This month, Pittsburg Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger was fined $5,000 by the NFL for wearing an apple watch on the sideline of the Steelers vs Bengals game. Roethlisberger was fined because of the rule that prohibits wearing or using any sort of electronic device that is able to transmit any kind of messaging, which even applies to injured players such as himself. Compared to Troy Polamalu’s fine of $100,000 for using his phone on the sideline, and Ray Farmer’s four game suspension, Roethlisberger has the easiest punishment by far. Roethlisberger plans to appeal the fine ,but the odds are not in his favor seeing as he is photographed numerous times wearing the device. On the other hand, Roethlisberger could win his appeal by simply arguing, “I can’t text anyone because have you seen my left arm?”, which is currently broken. Only time will tell what will happen with Roethlisberger and his fine, but let us hope he has learned his lesson.

Lassiter’s Win

Audrey Renaud

Comedy Editor


    This past Friday, Lassiter High School had its Homecoming football game. The Homecoming game is always a fun night, but this one was especially good because Lassiter won the game. After a slow start to the season, this win means a lot to the whole Lassiter community. It happened in the first quarter when the opposing team, Kennesaw Mountain High School, fumbled the ball and then a senior at Lassiter, Jack Ferguson, recovered the ball and ran for the end zone. Everyone in the crowd was on their feet cheering as the entire football team ran down to the end zone in celebration. From that point on, we kept our lead against Kennesaw and ended up winning 7-3. This was a great night for Lassiter fans and it was a great Homecoming game. Let’s keep looking forward to this Friday’s game and hope for another win. Go Trojans!

Juul death & vaping awareness

By Samantha Flores, Sports & Health Editor

High school is the time in a teenager’s life where they are getting ready for college, but is also a time where they are trying to fit in. This generation’s idea of “fitting in” is taking on the activity of vaping. Vaping, now a term featured in the dictionary, is the action of inhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette, and the vapor can contain nicotine or THC (marijuana).  What was supposed to be a healthier alternative to those addicted to smoking cigarettes, turned into the main teenage trend. Since the invention is so new, scientists do not even know the effects it can have on its users. Recently, however, over 215 severe lung disease cases have arisen across hospitals in 22 U.S. states with patients complaining of chest pains, which were determined to be caused by vaping. Shockingly, some of the cases have resulted in patients in the ICU using ventilators, and already six cases resulting in death.

The rise in vaping has been ongoing since 2011, and the numbers have steadily increased. Teens began to heavily use the product around 2016, so much so it began to disrupt the learning environment. The Juul came to the market in 2017. This discreet black stick looks harmless, but it has put hundreds in the hospital. Kevin Burns, the CEO of Juul, said to CBS last week, “Don’t vape. Don’t use Juul.” The young adults and teens who have spoken out about their addiction after they landed in the hospital described their Juul usage as about going through a pod a day, equivalent to an entire pack of cigarettes. One teen named Simah Herman who was hospitalized because of vaping posted on Instagram saying, “No one thinks this will happen to them and neither did I which is why I kept vaping. It took less than 48 hours for me to be out in a drug induced coma with a tube down my throat because I could no longer breathe on my own. The dangers of vaping are real, and this can happen to you.” Teens that have been affected have been speaking out just like Simah, to the point where some are suing the Juul company, but it wasn’t until the recent death last week that people really started to worry.

Thursday of last week, a young adult from Illinois contracted a mysterious lung disease after vaping and died. Doctors ruled out his disease as infectious, as it is not caused by an infection like pneumonia, and discovered the disease was from inhalation of a caustic substance, which is believed to be vape chemicals. Doctors are shocked by this case and other severe ones and Dr. Ngozi Ezike said, “The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming and we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be very dangerous.” It is almost becoming an epidemic, and more cases will likely arise in the new few months with the continuation of vaping.

These reported cases need to be enough to encourage teens to quit vaping. This can happen to anyone who is using, and no one is immune to it. Doctors, news companies, and even teens themselves are urging those participating to stop and save themselves. Those addicted need to seek help so they don’t get sick, even though the damage might already be done. Stop vaping and raise awareness!

Falling into the new sports season

By June Jordet, Co-Editor-in-Chief

After only a month into the school year, many of Lassiter’s athletes have been working hard towards a successful fall season. Through dedication and positive mindsets, each and every Trojan builds himself to become a better player on and off the field, court, or track. Head varsity football Coach Sean Thom explains, “The biggest thing I look forward to about the fall football season is seeing these young men compete on a daily basis as well as continuing to fortify relationships throughout our football program, so that we can see them grow as football players and productive citizens off the field as well!” The next football game will take place at Wheeler High School on September 20th where the players will be able to exhibit the progress discussed by Coach Thom.

Coach Wilson of the varsity competition cheer team also sees great potential in her team: “I am most looking forward to seeing these ladies continue to improve and gain new skills. We’ve already made so much progress over the summer, I can’t wait to see what the season has in store for us as we continue to work harder and get stronger.” Similarly, Coach Campbell of the varsity fastpitch softball team sees that “progression will be key to [their] success” during this season. Support the fastpitch team at their double-header against Woodstock on September 12th starting at 5pm at home.

Cross country lead by Coach Freed and varsity volleyball lead by Coach Hodge also commence their new season this fall. The top athletes of the cross country team will be competing on September 14th in Pensacola, Florida at the Gulf Coast Stampede. The varsity volleyball team will be competing at Alpharetta High School on September 12th. Each team is putting in its maximum effort and hoping for a triumphant season. They
hope to see each Trojan at every game!

Five tips to stay healthy during flu season

Nyra Pasha, News editor

As school starts and the weather begins to change, cold and flu viruses begin to attack. While everyone else is sniffling and coughing, here are five tips and habits to implement in order to stay healthy and well during cold and flu season.

  1. Wash your hands frequently and properly. This is the most obvious action to take, but it is also the most important action for staying healthy. Doctors recommend to make sure you always scrub the
    back of your hands and under your fingernails to ensure proper cleanliness.
  2. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Proper nutrition and a well balanced diet is also vital to good health. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as the nutrients will help nourish your body and improve your immune system. It is recommended to eat a healthy diet rich in vitamin E, which is contained in foods like sunflower seeds and nuts,
    and vitamin C rich foods, such as oranges and broccoli. Try to reduce your intake of fatty junk food and concentrated sugar as it impairs the immune system’s response to infection.
  3. Live a healthy lifestyle. This is key to fighting germs and sickness. By getting enough sleep and exercising frequently, your body’s immune system will strengthen which will lessen your risk of infection. It is recommended to get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week and at least six to seven hours of sleep every night.
  4. Stay Hydrated. Drinking enough water will help keep your body healthy and strong. Dehydration can contribute to an easier chance of catching a cold and leads to symptoms such as cough and congestion.
  5. Avoid touching your face. Areas on your face like the nose, eyes, and mouth are easy targets for germs to enter your body and attack the immune system. As a general rule, try not to touch these areas of your face as your hands typically have germs on them that can lead to sickness. If it is necessary to touch these areas, make sure to properly clean your hands first.

How Lassiter stays safe in the heat

By Audrey Renaud, Comedy editor

Living in Georgia means we have to deal with extremely hot and humid summers. This kind of weather can present many different problems, including sun burns, dehydration, and in extreme cases, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Sports, and other activities that require outdoor practice, must address these problems during summer break and the early months of school.

Those who participate in marching band have to deal with this issue during practices in July and August. One tool they use is a Wet Bulb Globe Temperature device to measure the heat and humidity. If the WBGT gets above 92 degrees, students must go inside. However, even at lower temperatures, the band still has frequent water breaks and members are encouraged to wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and to seek shade during breaks.

Sports teams and other organizations that practice outside during the summer also use a WBGT device; the tool is closely monitored by an adult and, by state law, coaches must send kids inside if the reading gets above 92. There are many ways you can help yourself, too. Drink plenty of water before, during and after practices and take frequent breaks. Learn to recognize signs of heat exhaustion in yourself and others so that everyone can have safe practices.

Varsity Lacrosse

Lassiter Lacrosse, both boys and girls, have been doing great this year with both being ranked number 2 in the state of Georgia. Last Saturday was senior night, where all the grades and levels of the lacrosse program came to pay homage to their idols. Currently the girls team is 19-3 who are rated number 2 behind Milton who is number 1. While the boys team is 15-1 and rated number 2 in the state behind Lambert. However, currently the girls lacrosse team is ranked 18th nation wide and the boys ranked at 23rd. Our teams seem to be thriving this year with being current region champions and hopefully with the championships coming up we will see both Lassiter teams getting gold. Good luck to both teams as they head to the championships and go trojans!


Emily Swindell- Staff Writer

This season girls golf has only had three matches, as ten were canceled; however, Head Coach Day is getting the team ready for three matches this week. The four best will be heading to Area Tournament based on the results. Boys golf, coached by Coach Burden, will be sending six of their best players to Area at the end of the month.When asked about the team’s accomplishments, Junior Cameran Rollen says, “It’s been a good season and we’ve all improved so much since the start of the season. We are looking to do well at area.”  As the season comes to a close, we wish the golf teams luck at Area Tournament.

Track and Field

Emily Swindell- Staff Writer

Lassiters Track and Field Coach Freed has been training his team very hard all year. They will be competing in Regions this week and hoping they will have as many players as possible qualify for Sectionals in May. Miles Marshall (hurdles), Alex Zimmer (3200), and Amelia Schugar (800) are the teams top athletes and most promising for the competition ahead. When asked how the team is doing this year, assistant Coach Kirby said, “ All of our runners work very hard to set their own records and reach them at every meet.” Best of luck to our team at Regionals and Sectionals this year!