The Trojan Express
Maynard Evans High School Community Brief
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Evans Community Member,

Parents, Students and Community Members, we as an Evans High School staff do sincerely hope that you are safe from Hurricane Ian. Please know that if you are in need of resources, please contact The HUB. Evans High School weathered the storm very well and we are thankful that we are able to be back at school. 

As we begin this 2nd quarter of the 2022-23 school year, our Trojans will have their first report card issued in two weeks. Please take this opportunity to view your student’s Skyward account for their Quarter 1 grades. I would like to remind all students and parents that we offer tutoring every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Locations are posted in each hallway as well as on Canvas. Attending tutoring can improve your student's grades as well as help them gain knowledge and prepare for future testing. Test scores are vital for graduation and post-secondary plans (both college admissions and scholarship opportunities). We hope that any Evans student needing a little extra help will take advantage of our tutoring opportunities sooner vs. later as we want everyone of our Trojans to perform at their at their very best this year.

This Friday, October 14th we will have our 2022 Fall Sports Senior Night before the Friday night football game against Lake Mary. During halftime, we will present the 2022 Homecoming Court and announce the 2022 Homecoming King and Queen. Due to Hurricane Ian, homecoming events had to be rescheduled: this week is Spirt Week and next Tuesday, October 18th, is our Homecoming Parade. The Homecoming Dance was also rescheduled to Saturday, October 22, here at Evans High School.

As always, thank you for your active involvement in your child's education and your continued support of Evans High School!

In Trojan Pride,

Mrs. Nelson-Warren

Pictured very top: SGA students with Ms. Benefiel at this year's Scholarship Pledge Night during the Evans vs. Winter Park football game. Left to right: Dehlice Ruggio, Viana Caldeyant, Ms. Benefiel, Breana Fulmore, Erika Portillo, Hellena Kyama. (Please see story below.)
Dates to Watch For
Key Dates in this Issue
Oct. 10: - Mondays with Maria (Dr. Maria Vazquez, OCPS Superintendent)
Oct. 13: Homecoming Spirit - Twin Day
Oct. 13: Tutoring, 2:30pm-3:30pm
Oct. 14: Homecoming Spirit - Green With The Bling
Oct. 14: Fall Sports Senior Night before the Football game
Oct. 14: Homecoming King and Queen announced at Football halftime
Oct. 15: Last day of National Hispanic Heritage Month
Oct. 17: Manicure Monday, 2:30-3:30pm
Oct. 18: Final ACT Prep Session, Virtual event, 6pm-8pm (below)
Oct. 18: Tutoring, 2:30pm-3:30pm
Oct. 18: Fall Chorus Concert
The Evans High School Performing Arts Department presents the Fall Concert for the Choral Department on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00pm. The doors to the Performing Arts Center will open at 6:30pm and admission is free and open to the public.
Oct. 19: Unity Day
We will celebrate Unity Day at Evans High School during lunch on Wednesday, Oct. 19 Look for further information from SAFE on Canvas.
Oct. 19: Fall Scholarship & College Readiness Workshop (Jones HS, below)
Oct. 20: Tutoring, 2:30pm-3:30pm
Oct. 20: FAFSA Extravaganza for Seniors (college financial aid), 6pm-8pm
Oct. 22: Nemours Mobile Health Clinic #2 (below)
Oct. 23-31: Red Ribbon Week
Oct. 28: Full Day of School for Students (Hurricane Ian make-up day)
Oct. 31: Manicure Monday, 2:30pm-3:30pm
Nov. 3: Registration deadline for the Dec. 3 SAT
Nov. 4: Registration deadline for the Dec. 10 ACT
Nov. 6: End of Daylight Savings Time (set clocks back 1 hour)
Nov. 8: PTSA & SAC meetings beginning at 6pm, media center
Homecoming Spirit Week continues through Friday
Each day this week has its own theme!
For those in our community that may not yet know, due to Hurricane Ian the events for Homecoming were rescheduled. Homecoming Spirit Week is this week, October 10th - 14th. The Homecoming Parade is on October 18th and the announcement of the 2022 Homecoming Court as well as the King and Queen will be during halftime during the Friday Night Football game this Friday, October 14, 2022.  
Trojan Community Scholarship Pledge Night
The Evans High School Community Partners pledged over $750,000 to the Class of 2023.
We are extremely thankful for the financial support as well as mentoring opportunities that have been pledged to our Seniors. Thank you again to the Earn To Learn Florida, FSU Partner Promise Scholarship, Elevate Orlando, The Crew Scholarship, United Foundation of Central Florida, Evans High School Alumni - Giving Back Scholarship, Valencia Horizon Scholars, Coach Pennington Foundation Scholarship, Peter R. Marsh Foundation, Evans Employees Touch A Life Scholarship, Target Performance Systems, Inc., Pine Hills Community Council - Tulie Phillips Scholarship and the Evans High School Advisory Council. As part of the larger Evans Community, we made a pledge for our belief in the Class of 2023!
Manicure Mondays
Next date: Monday, October 17
Join us for Manicure Mondays from 2:30pm to 3:30pm to help keep our school clean. The Mondays are October 17, October 31, November 14, November 28 and December 5. You will be able to get community service (volunteer) hours. Please see Ms. Verzi if you have any questions.
UCF Writing Workshop
In September, Senior Trojans were able to attend a Writing Workshop by Dr. Pinkert from the UCF Writing Across the Curriculum Department. During this Writing Workshop, our Trojans were able to receive valuable insight in preparing for and writing College Admissions Application Essays and Scholarship Essays. We are very thankful for the partnership with Dr. Pinkert and the UCF Writing Across the Curriculum Department.
ACT Testing Prep
Student Spotlight
Congratulations Djahnel Reid - $75,000 in Scholarships
The applause was thunderous in the Advent Health Arena at Disney’s HBCU Tour and her tears were of joy on Friday, October 7th. Djahnel Reid was shocked when she received a $50,000 Scholarship from Disney and a $25,000 scholarship and acceptance from Bethune Cookman University. Way to Go Trojan!
Disney - HBCU College Tour
Friday, October 7
On Friday, October 7, when students were out of school for a teacher workday, Evans High School participated in the Disney HBCU College Tour. Ten teachers and administrators from Evans took 98 Seniors to the Disney HBCU College Tour at the ESPN Complex. There our students were exposed to over 40 HBCU’s with many receiving college acceptances and scholarships. The dedication from these Trojans on what could have been an off day is evident by their presence at the college tour. Thank you to Disney for an amazing day!
Meeting Dates & Times:
Meet our new Teachers!
Mr. Sewell:
Ms. Elmani:
Ms. Wickham:
Trojan Athletics
Girls Volleyball
The Lady Trojans swept Jones High School in 3 sets and had notable performances by #4 Junior Jenny Cheriscar and #8 Sophomore Tanaysha Michel. The Lady Trojans were offensively led by #3 Senior Nakiyah Jones and #15 Junior Sierra Thomas. Awesome job Lady Trojans!
Varsity Football
On Thursday, October 6, the Mighty Trojans traveled to Oak Ridge to play the Pioneers. Our varsity team put on a spectacular show offensive strength and the Defense was equally strong. The Trojans were victorious over the Pioneers. Great effort Trojans and congratulations!
Athletics Department Information:
Elevation Scholars
Middlebury College Presentation
On October 4, Elevation Scholars hosted a presentation from Ms. Michell Nelson, the Associate Director of Admissions of Middlebury College. During this presentation, our students learned about Middlebury College in Vermont, the admissions process, available scholarships, and resources on campus.
The Hub
Earn to Learn Scholars
Seniors - You have an opportunity to apply for the Earn to Learn Florida Scholarship Program. The program offers college coaching and assistance with applying to college. Once a student completes the program the student is eligible for up to a 4-year full tuition paid scholarship to a Florida Public College or University. Please see Ms. Benefiel in the CCRC or Ms. Maxime in the HUB. 
Free Online Live Tutoring
"BRAINFUSE" is offered by the Orange County Library System:
Evans High School Student Services
ACT / SAT Dates:
Freshman - Class of 2026 - Opportunity to join Valencia Horizons Scholars
Valencia Horizons Scholars Program is open for Freshman Trojans (Class of 2026). This program offers support and resources from your Freshman year and beyond including a 2 Year Pre-Paid Scholarship to a Florida Public College or University. Please see Ms. Benefiel in the CCRC if you are interested or email at
FAFSA Extravaganza - 10/20/22 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Seniors, please SAVE THE DATE for our Trojan FAFSA Extravaganza on 10/20/22. We will have Financial Aid Experts to assist you and your parents with completing the FAFSA, Food, Prizes / Chance Drawings (Laptops, Mountain Bikes, Disney Tickets), Special Disney Guests, Career Opportunities. You will need to REGISTER at Please see Ms. Benefiel in the CCRC or email at
Fall Scholarship & College Readiness Workshop:
Class of 2023 FAFSA INFO SHEET:
Class of 2023 FAFSA Checklist:
College Visits and Scholarships:
Trojan Health & Safety
Nemours Mobile Clinic (Oct. 22):
Florida flag
Enjoy the rest of Homecoming Spirit Week!
Mrs. Nelson-Warren, Principal
Evans High School
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Leadership Team
Pride - Determination - Perseverance
Principal: Ms. Kenya Nelson-Warren
Assistant Principal: Dr. LaTonya Brown
Assistant Principal: Karen Diaz -
Assistant Principal: Mr. Bradley Shreffler
Assistant Principal: Mr. Clarence Truitt
Senior Administrator: Ms. Casey Waugh
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