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John C. Lyons, Jr., Principal

October 27, 2011 Volume 1, Issue 2 Homecoming

Q &A W it h C oac h Fo rd make mistakes against a good team.” Coach Ford goes on to say, “Huffman has very Interviewed by: Angel Hill Edited by: Malehia Pruitt talented players and in order for us to win we need to Article written by: Se’Nia Robinson see them step up. As far as improvement goes, all areas “Lets go—Let’s go Vikings!– can be better on the field.” We went on to discuss with Coach Ford how he Lets Go, Let’s Go!” This manages to keep the team motivated. He stated, “Our chant permeates through football team is very well motivated. I tell them that, any football game, and most of the time, winners are made up of players who pumps through the hearts fail, but don't quit. For the most part, I just let them and minds of the Mighty Viking Football team. In an know that I love them, ” All in all, in the end, Coach “Winners are made up of players who fail, but don't quit. “ ~Coach Ford~ interview with Coach Ford Ford confidently states that he loves them and he is behind them no matter what. he tells us his thoughts on Fun Facts About Coach Ford: the football team and the current football season. We asked Coach Ford how he felt about the  He attended A.H. Parker High School and later Alabama A&M University football team. He stated, “We make lots of  Favorite football team A&M Bulldogs mistakes. When you play a good team, you can’t  Favorite colors are black and gold make too many mistakes and expect to win.”  Loves to watch College football and “Sanford and Coach Ford commented on the Gadsden vs. Son” Huffman match up. “Overall, we had a lot of  He is a people person mistakes that were made which we are trying to correct. We had some personal changes that affected the outcome of the game; however, I felt like we played a good football team, and they played a good game. Having said that, the overall outcome is that we made too many mistakes. You can’t

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Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11 at 1:00p.m. Downtown Birmingham.

You better be there!

Quote: “Haters don’t really hate you, they hate themselves because you are a reflection of what they wish to be” ~Chris Clark~

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DEAR Vicki: I am extremely shaken by a recent experience, and I want to share this with other parents who may one day find themselves in a similar situation. My daughter, "Mary," is almost 18 and in the 12th grade. We have always had a close relationship. She has always come to me to talk about what's going on in her life -- friends, crushes, school, just about everything. A few months ago, Mary told me about a terrible situation concerning one of her classmates. "Jill" had just learned that she was pregnant and was frantic. She told Mary that she couldn't tell her parents because she was afraid of a violent reaction. Mary was so worried about Jill that she came to me for help. After hearing the story, I encouraged my daughter to tell Jill to talk to her parents. I never imagined what would happen next. I knew from things Mary had said that Jill's parents were hard on her, but I didn't know the extent of her problems at home. When Jill took my advice and told her parents she was pregnant, her father beat her so badly she ended up in the hospital and lost the baby. Vicki you can't imagine how terrible I feel about this. Jill will never be the same, and I feel I am to blame. I wish I had known how to protect her from a dangerous and violent situation at home. hope you will share this letter with other concerned parents and give your thoughts on this heart-wrenching problem. SHOCKED AND SADDENED

DEAR Shocked: Please stop being so hard on yourself. You advised your daughter's friend to do what most other parents would have. What you failed to take into consideration was the fact that many teens live in homes where there is violence, abuse, drug problems and incest. A year ago here in California, there was an attempt to legislate "parental notification"into law. Fortunately, it was voted down. It's teens like your daughter's friend who would have been harmed by this kind of law. They certainly cannot go to their parents -- and I have never believed that the law can successfully force this kind of communication with the home. Of course parents want their children -- regardless of age -- to come to them if there is a crisis. And I am told that seven out of 10 teens who find themselves pregnant do exactly that. However, those who don't usually have a good reason for not doing so. Teens like the girl in your letter need counseling and care, not laws forcing them to face abusive parents. I'm glad you wrote to me. Your sad story is a lesson for other well-meaning adults. Vicki of the Viking Voice Advice/Gossip/Word on the Street Cynthia Obodoechina Tashana Hall

Monday Tacky Day Tuesday College Day Wednesday Career Day Thursday Character Day Friday Spirit Day

Concerts/Comedy Shows

Haunted House’s

Young Jeezy – Oct. 27

Atrox Factory—

Albany Civic Center- Albany, Georgia

1-20 Exit 140 Leeds

George Wallace – Oct. 28-29

Sloss Furnace

Stardome Comedy Club

2 trails – Twice the Terror Trail 1- Slag’s Revenge- The Furnace Trail 2- Descent into Darkness- The Woods

Steve Harvey – Oct. 29 BJCC Disney on Ice: Mickey and Minnie’s Magical journey Nov. 2-6 BJCC Mike Epps and Friends – Nov. 25 Von Braun Center Concert Hall- Tuscaloosa, Al.

Movies The Big Year - Oct.14 Footloose - Oct.14 The Thing - Oct.14 The Ideas of March - Oct.15 Texas Killing Fields - Oct.14

Nightmare on 29th StreetOct. 28-29 A local street festival- live music- Halloween contest The Rocky Horror Masquerade BallOct.28 Alabama Theatre Doors Open @ 6:00, Costume contest starts @ 8:00 General Admission Advanced $18 @ The Door $23

Cd’s Melanie Fiona – The Mf Life – Oct.25


Boyz 2 Men – Twenty – Oct.25

The Skin I Live In – Oct.14

Wale – Ambition – Nov.1

Paranormal Activity 3 – Oct.21

Soulja Boy – Skate Boy –Nov.1

Anonymous – Oct.28

Tyrese – Open Invitation – Nov.1

Puss in Boots – Oct.28

Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark. When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God… and to their children? Filled with action-packed police drama, COURAGEOUS is the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. Riveted moviegoers will once again find themselves laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a Godhonoring way? That’s courageous.

By: Jocelyn Fowler Jocelyn: Where was the movie filmed, and how long did it take? Ms. E. Brown: Courageous was filmed in Albany, Georgia. It took 68 days to film. Jocelyn: How did you feel about your cast members? Ms. E. Brown: I loved working with such professionals; they made the time go by quickly. I Love them! Jocelyn: Did this movie give you any motivation? Ms. E. Brown: It made me see my dad in a different way and appreciate him more.

Jocelyn: Did your character relate to your personality?

Jocelyn: What did you loved about the movie?

Ms. E. Brown: Each character you play is taken from some part of yourself. So “yes”, I think Kayla is a part of my personality.

Ms. E. Brown: I loved that each scene was covered by prayer. I loved that it can be a life changing film.

Jocelyn: How do you balance being a teacher and an actress?

Jocelyn: What made you want to star in the movie Courageous?

Ms. E. Brown: I spend time in the evenings or weekends auditioning when I can. Most stage work/rehearsals are done in the evenings while commercial film work is done during the day.

Ms. E. Brown: I have always dreamed of being on stage and in a film. This particular movie has a great message.

Jocelyn: How long have you been acting?

Jocelyn: Did the movie have an influence on your life?


Ms. E. Brown: Yes! It allowed me to see how challenging fatherhood can be. It taught me it’s not for the weak at heart and spirit. Its takes courage and resolve to raise children.

Ms. E. Brown: I have been acting since my senior year in high



The true meaning of Greek life is exemplified here at Huffman High School on a daily basis through the professionalism of the faculty and staff.


The Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc strive for excellence in education, leadership, and community service. Our commitment to Family and Brotherhood are a primary focus. Our motto is‌

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek- lettered organization by African-American college -educated women.

Delta Sigma Theta

On behalf of the lovely divas of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. We would like to say congratulations to the class of 2012! One Mission, One Sisterhood OO-OOp !

ZETA PHI BETA SIGMA Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity , Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority , Inc. were both founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1914 and 1920 respectively. Zeta became the first national sorority to be organized as a sister organization to a fraternity, and today the two remain the ONLY constitutionally bound "sister-brother" affiliation.







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Antonio Dallas





Good Morning

Ohayou gozaimasu

Good Evening


How are you?

Ogenki desuka

I’m fine, thanks

Yoshi, arigato

And you?


You’re welcome

Dou itashi mashita

What’s new?

Saikin dou desuka

Nothing much

Kawari nai desu

Good night

Oyasumi nasai

Just a little

Sukoshi dake

Nice to meet you


Good luck

Ganbatte ne

Congratulations Sorry I love you

Omedetou Gomenasai Daisuki desu

Give up


Shut up


Beyond the Quote…. “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” I believe it means that when people meet it starts to be something new. And over time if they continue to get along they start to have more of a connection with each other. The people are willing to support each other no matter what. This reminds me about a relationship or a marriage.

~Antonio Dallas~

Personality Quiz: Are you a Hater? Answer yes or no to the following questions.          

Do you find yourself with very few friends? Do have a lot of people you dislike? Do you tend to harshly criticize other peoples work? Are you someone who finds flaws in almost everything? When a friend does something great, are you secretly jealous? Do you enjoy downplaying the accomplishments of others? Are you one who gets upset when you see that others are successful? Do you find yourself in lots of drama? Do you get mad when others receive something that you want? Did you hate this quiz?

If you answered yes to 0 of these questions, you rock! You’re not a hater! If you answered yes to 5 of these questions, you are a beginning hater. Check yourself Boo! If you answered yes to more than 5 of these questions, you are the number one hater. You been sipping, eating, and snacking on hater-aide and eating hater sausage! Go on a diet! No more hater foods for you! Hater!

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Beauty Beauty is just a word not to be taken with regret beauty is in the heart not on the surface of the skin. If you rely only on your looks you’re the most ugly person on the planet nothing more. I am one person that doesn’t live on looks alone I may not be the most pretty or have a mind and a heart that means more than anything. If people can just understand that maybe people lives would be better.

Have a smile on your face for today is here and tomorrow will be branded.

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FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS The signs are obvious, they’re everywhere. All that we hear about, the gloom and despair. Too many would be prophets, saying’ it’s the end of it all Cause Mother Earth can’t take much more, that Heaven’s going for Some nature has its needs, that’s a lesson learned But if appears to me, there are greater concerns Cause we can save the planet, thinking we will somehow survive But Farther Time is calling us, to save somebody’s life So I won’t bend and I won’t break, and I won’t water down my faith I won’t compromise, in a world of desperation What has been I cannot change, for tomorrow and today I’m a speed of light, for future generations If we could find a way, to preserve our faith So those who follow us, see the price that was paid Than Maybe when they question, what its going to take to survive They’ll find the strength to carry on, in what we leave behind So I won’t bend and I wont break, and I wont water down my faith I wont compromise, in a world of desperation What has been I cannot change, for tomorrow and today I’m a speed of light, for future generations Looking’ in the eyes of the children, known in’ that tomorrow is at stake When the choice is up to them, will they have the strength to stand We won’t bend and we won’t break, we wont water down our faith We won’t compromise in a world of desperation What has been we cannot change, for tomorrow and today We’re a speed of light, for future generations (repeat chorus) We’re a speed of light for future generations Yes, we’re a speed of light for future generations We’re a speed of light for future generations For Future generations

~a song~

“How It Came To Be” As I sit and wonder How it came to be My world without you No one but me I take chances everyday To see all I can see Live for tomorrow and be all I can be As I wake up each morning And think of you and me I’ll always wonder How it came to be Sins in my soul Chasing me behind Always wondering how it came to be Sittin’ here thinking As the words come to me Not knowing How it came to be Always dreamed And always believed Finally looked, listened, and learned How it came to be By: Cresma Brsudmax

“Life” Things happen in life for a reason,

They try to be courageous for who will make decisions,

but all will pass away in due season

But only to have sealed their fate.

We fall in a state of confusion and disarray,

We sit up high with power and pride.

Trying to conquer the powers of the modern day.

The question is raised, does Jesus live inside?

They pledge in gangs to the heart,

We wear sealed symbols on our jackets

Though some will die in the very start.

That will only be put in our black caskets.

Some fight for honor and truth to complete a task,

People kill, steal, and do wrong manner.

but some are shameful and dark, so they wear a mask.

But still hold up the blood stained banner. Amen By: Patrick Blankenship

Creative Writing Desiaree Crawford-Chair Alycia Brown-Co Chair Creonna Broadnax-Back-up Maladrian Compton- Co-Backup

Principals’ Corner: Hello students, faculty, and staff! I am very proud that we have reached the mid-point of the first semester with a renewed spirit of learning. The commitment to teaching and learning at Huffman High School can be seen throughout every academic and athletic department. I would like to personally thank all stakeholders involved in educational advancement of Huffman High School students. If we can continue moving forward in our new direction, our achievement levels will become limitless. Thanks again for all the support. John C. Lyons Jr., Ed. S. Coordinators :

Creative Editors:

Sponsored by:

Hope English Terelan Smith

Pre’Knechia Carter-Stokes Se’Nia Robinson

HHS English Department

Jeffery Wynn

Huffman High School John C. Lyons, Jr. 950 Old Springville Rd Birmingham, Alabama 35215 205.231.5000

By Angelica Seltzer

Col. McGinnis– The Greek pictures turned out great!

Mr. Wynn-Thank you for helping (with a capital “H”)!

Viking Voice Newsletter Staff—You Rock!

The best he says is Ramsey High school Who’s the strongest team player?

How many years have you been coaching?

He says,” Together everyone can achieve more”.

He says,” He been coaching for 3 years.

Who has star potential to go professional?

How do you feel about the season so far?

He says,’ There are a few girls in the position who are academically qualified their names are: Maya Dukes, Katlin Nelson, Kartara Watford.

He says, “ He is positive even though they had a late start the team is coming together”. What’s the difference between coaching girls than boys? He says,” Girls are more mature to handle ,they also have positive feedback.” Who’s the toughest competitor?

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