The Trojan Express
Maynard Evans High School Community Brief
Monday, June 6, 2022
Evans Community Member,

Welcome to Evans High School, "A Place of High Achievement" where our focus is on literacy, rigor and relationships. Our school's pillars of pride, determination and perseverance continue to be on display daily by our students, staff and community. 

I would like to thank everyone for a great school year. I am grateful for the support and involvement of our families and community this year. I wish you and your families all of the best for a restful and relaxing summer vacation.

The Class of 2022 has left an indelible mark on Evans High School, including accumulating over $6 million in scholarships! I am very proud to be associated with this group of students. They have a unique identity in the hearts of our faculty and staff. I was heartened to hear, during the course of our student speakers, how many referenced their teachers in their speeches. Everyone knows great teachers do not work for the check nor do they work for the recognition. They work for the satisfaction of graduation day, when the fruits of their labor cross the stage and receive their diplomas. I am immensely proud of our teachers and the work they accomplished with the Class of 2022.

The best advice I can give students and parents is to trust the process, allow our teachers to do the work, and reinforce the need for student self-advocacy and hard work. Nothing less than the relentless pursuit of excellence should be our expectation as we achieve results through our ability to exhibit Pride, Determination and Perseverance. 

In closing, as we look to 2022-2023 school year, I encourage you to visit our website and social media platforms throughout the summer for the latest EHS news. We also plan to run several special summer editions of The Trojan Express over the summer.
Enjoy the summer break and I look forward to seeing everyone back on campus Wednesday, August 10 for an on-time start to the 2022-2023 school year!

Mr. Bailey

Pictured very top: The Class of 2022 Graduation was on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at Additions Financial Arena. Our Seniors participated in the commencement ceremonies that officially transitioned our Senior Students from Seniors to Graduates. Best of Luck Class of 2022! #OnceATrojanAlwaysATrojan 
2022-2023 School Calendar
2022 Band Ball
The Green Machine!
The Green Machine, our Prized Trojan Band held the 2022 Band Ball. This event culminated the hard work and accomplishments of our Green Machine members. The night was filled with celebration and accolades!
2022 United States Congressional Art Competition
1st Place Winner — Congressional 10th District — Irmanie Pompilus “We Are All People”
Irmanie Pompilus, Evans graduate (Senior) submitted a piece of artwork in the 2022 Congressional Art Competition for the US House of Representatives Congressional 10th District. Representative Demings' office stated over 110 pieces of artwork were submitted and each piece of artwork exhibited beautiful and thought-provoking work. Irmanie submitted through the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida and has received 1st Place to represent the 10th Congressional District. Congratulations Irmanie!
Trojan Experience
Incoming Freshmen
Middle School students who are transiting to Evans High School were invited to participate in the Trojan Experience. The courtyard was buzzing with excited new Trojans learning about everything Evans High School has to offer. During the evening, students were exposed to the various curriculum opportunities, clubs, activities and athletic teams at Evans High School.
Trojan Awards
Celebrating our Seniors!
The Trojan Awards were held on May 12th and our Trojan Seniors were celebrated. Department Awards, Athletic Scholar Awards, Academic Achievement Awards, Scholarship Awards and Special Recognition Awards were presented to outstanding Trojan Seniors. This year the coveted Trojan of the Year recipients were Sheldeen Saint Filus and Derek Edwards. Congratulations Senior Trojan Award recipients!
SGA Banquet
Student Government Association
In May, the Trojan Student Government Association held a banquet to celebrate the work of the SGA on campus and in our community. The evening was a night of celebration and transition. The ceremony traditionally allows for a transfer of the outgoing SGA President to the incoming SGA President. Great job this year SGA! Thank you!
Student of the Month
Students of the Month for May 2022 were Senior Jerry Rollison and Sophomore Emanuel Chery. Congratulations Trojans!
Teacher of the Month
May 2022 Teacher of the Month - Mr. Clayton
Coach Pennington Scholarship
2022 Pennington Scholarship recipients: Jimmie Brown (Boys Basketball), Henry Calixte (Boys Basketball) , Jaden Gholston-Mitchell (Cheerleading), Daejza Jones (Girls Basketball), Yasmine Octelus (Cheerleading) 
On May 23rd Mr. Russ Salerno, representative of the Pennington Scholarship, and the 2022 Pennington Scholarship recipients were able to have lunch in the Evans College and Career Resource Center. During this time, Mr. Salerno shared memories of Coach Pennington and his time as a Trojan. The student-athletes were very inquisitive regarding Coach Pennington and his tenure at Evans as well as the experiences of Mr. Salerno as a basketball player and student. We are very grateful for the support of the Pennington Scholarship.

About the Coach Pennington Scholarship
Mr. Fred Pennington coached basketball from 1960 - 1976 at Evans High School. He grew from being a basketball and football coach to Evan’s athletic director and then went on to serve as the school’s assistant principal. Before retiring in 1990, Coach Pennington impacted thousands of lives, instilling values and teaching life lessons that helped shape generations of students who are now giving back to today’s students through this scholarship in Coach’s honor.
Pictured above: Henry Calixte, Jimmie Brown, Principal Bailey, Mr. Russ Salerno, Yasmine Octelus, Jaden Gholston-Mitchell. Not pictured: Daejza Jones
ECG Event
New student-athletes, Band members, Dance team members and NJROTC cadets at Evans High School are required to complete a sports physical and an ECG.  
The FHSAA sports physical forms and OCPS cardiology forms can be found at Testing will be held at Evans High School gymnasium on the following dates and times:

Tuesdays - 3pm to 6pm
June 14, 2022
June 21, 2022
June 28, 2022
July 19, 2022
July 26, 2022

Please utilize the QR Code on the flyer below to register.
Questions: Email
Student Spotlight
Fernandez brings GOLD Medal back to Evans!
Orange Technical College - Ibuild Invitational Electrical Wiring Competition
Senior (2022 Graduate, OTC Dual Enrollment Student) Carlos Fernandez brings the Gold Medal for the Ibuild Invitational Electrical Wiring Competition back to Evans. The Ibuild Invitation Competition purpose is to shine a light on skilled trade position in the construction industry. This event comprised of categories for both Central Florida high school students and apprentice-level adults. First, Second, & Third place winners all from Orange Technical College Dual Enrollment. Carlos Fernandez (Evans High School) took home and the First Place Gold Medal. A comment from the judges regarding Fernandez was that lab station would have won gold over the adult apprenticeship level competition as well! Bravo Trojan!  
Above left image: Orange Technical College Dual Enrollment - 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place. Trojan Senior Carlos Fernandez (with hat and red case)
Student Services Summer Newsletter
Student Services Newsletter links:
* Online classes -
* Community service (proposal form for students) -
* Research colleges and universities -
* Research the armed forces:
* Research careers -
* Information about technical college and training -
* Khan Academy for SAT prep (11th and 12th graders - students access through OCPS LaunchPad
Did you know???
Making sense of the chart for our Trojans: This statistic shows how many people graduate from four-year institutions within six years of enrolling — whether they take time off in that period or are a student the entire time. The years in the chart reflect the deadline for graduation to meet this criteria, not the actual year of graduation. For example, 63% of people who enrolled in 2013 had graduated by 2019.
Source: USA Facts
Trojan Athletics
2022-2023 Sports
Are you interested in participating in sports at Evans High School? Please contact our Athletic Director, Mr. Greg Thompson at or our Assistant Athletic Director at for information regarding try outs and summer conditioning.
Trojans bring back Championships!
The Trojan Track & Field teams bring back two State Championships and other top finishing medals. The Lady Trojans are Back to Back Champions in the 4x400 Relay and the 4x800 Relay. Please see below for the Trojans that placed in the 2022 4A Track & Field Championships. Great job Trojans!
Superintendent's Summer Community Update:
Released May 24th, just ahead of summer break:
Topics include:
* Summer school
* Compensation
* Primary election ballot
* Superintendent’s retirement & scholarship fund

Summer Break Reminders
Summer meals:
Evans High School - 4949 Silver Star Rd., Orlando, FL 32808
Serving Dates: 6/1 - 7/29
Serving Times: Breakfast: 7:00 am - 9:00 am; Lunch: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Valencia Summer Math Academy (Free, but sign up by June 12):
FREE career & job support for both Evans students and parents:
The Orange County Library System has a number of resources available for FREE to help with job searches and resume building beneficial to both OCPS students and parents. One example is their "Brainfuse" resume review service which assists with "writing a winning resume" at no cost and is available 24 hours. You can also use their "Book a Pro" service to get help from a librarian for 30 minutes at a time, also at no cost. All that is needed is a library card number or school ID (no charge for Orange County residents).
Screenshot of available career services (click here for more information):
Two books of possible help to Evans students and parents currently available from the Orange County Library System.
Monday's Motivational Moment!
Blueprint for Success
The 2022 NBA Finals are now underway between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors of San Francisco. To this day, former Celtic Bill Russell remains one of the top players in NBA history and when he was not on the court, he was a major champion for civil rights. 
Bill Russell won an NCAA championship, Olympic Gold Medal, and NBA title, all in one year. He went on to win eleven NBA titles in thirteen seasons, the last two as a player coach with no assistants. All told, in the twenty-one years Russell played organized basketball he won championships eighteen times.

Bill Russell faced a number of challenges growing up. For example, when he was eight years old, his father moved the family out of Louisiana and settled in Oakland, California. While there, they fell into poverty and Russell spent his childhood living in a series of public housing projects. And he did not start out as a very good basketball player. Although Russell was a good runner and jumper and had large hands, at first he did not understand the game and was cut from the team at Herbert Hoover Junior High School. As a freshman at McClymonds High School in Oakland, Russell was almost cut again. However, he stayed with it and was later part of the California All Stars. One of his great secrets to learning the game was reading. He would constantly read sports publications looking for clues as to how defend against opponents' moves on the court. 

In the NBA, Russell made defense his calling card, blocking shots, not into the stands as we see so many players doing today. Russell would block the ball to a teammate or snatch it cleanly out of the air. There are no stats on this. The NBA didn’t measure blocks. Russell invented them. Before him, centers were encouraged to stay flat footed as a defensive practice. Russell went against this methodology, using instinct to create his own. Above all, he was a team player.

Whether you are basketball fan or not, here are some of Bill Russell's inspirational quotes on success in life:

Russell On Commitment
“Commitment separates those who live their dreams from those who live their lives regretting the opportunities they have squandered.”

Russell On Respect for Parents
“Philosophically all I've ever done was to try to never shame my father and mother.”

Russell On Mentoring Kids
“There are no other people’s children in the United States. There are only next-generation Americans.” 

Russell On Relationships
"Friendship is a full-time job."

Russell On Reading
"My most prized possession was my library card from the Oakland Public Library.”

Russell On Integrity
“If you really have integrity, there are very few people who can insult you, or honor you.”
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Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week!
Mr. Bailey, Principal
Evans High School
Sunday, June 5, 2022
Leadership Team
Pride - Determination - Perseverance
Principal: Rolando Bailey
Assistant Principal: Esther Hodge
Assistant Principal: Dr. Latonya Brown
Assistant Principal: Bradley Shreffler
Assistant Principal: Clarence Truitt
Assistant Principal: Janeika Sweet
Senior Administrator: Casey Waugh
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