The Trojan Express
Maynard Evans High School Community Brief
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Evans Community Member,

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of the administration, faculty, and staff here at Evans High School, I want to wish everyone a joyful holiday season that is filled with love, laughter, and fun!

As we conclude 2020, and break for the winter holiday, I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to all who help make Evans High an amazing place to be. We are a community with many gifts and talents, which we share daily with one another and most important, our students.

As a reminder, Winter Break runs from Monday, December 21 - Monday, January 4, 2021. Students return on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Our main office will open on January 4.

In Trojan Pride,

Mr. Bailey
Proud Principal 
Evans High School

Pictured very top: Trojan Basketball heading into the 2020 Winter Break.
The Boys Basketball Team has just started their season with a 7 - 3 reason. The Mighty Trojans will take part of the Rock Holiday Classic at Windermere Prep during the Christmas Break. Coach Morgan remains excited about the young team's early success. The Trojans will return home with a triple hitter against Edgewater High School on January 8, 2021, with the first game starting at 4:30 PM.

The Lady Trojan Basketball is also doing great. The team boasts a record of 4 - 4 and will be participating in the Annual Florida Prospects Christmas Tournament over the Christmas Break. 
Dates to Watch For
Dec. 21 - Jan. 4: Winter Break
Jan. 5: Classes resume, start of Semester 2
Jan. 26: PSAT/NMSQT Test (10th & 11th)
Jan. 27: Annual OCPS Stellar Awards
Mr. Johnson
Congratulations to Mr. Johnson (below on the right with Principal Bailey), who retired on Friday after 30 years of service to Orange County Public Schools, serving a majority of his time at Evans High School. We wish him the best in his new adventures!
Trojans in Service to the Community
Holiday Food Giveaway this past Saturday
This year, the Holiday Food Giveaway took place on December 19, 2020 and took on a more intimate feel with our faculty and staff supporting as volunteers to maintain safety procedures. We still had music, dancing and fun while we worked to send out food for 500 families. Even though this year looked a little different, we were still able to serve approximately 1,400 individuals in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank. Here are some great snapshots of the event.
Trojan Student Spotlight
2020 Superintendent's Holiday Concert Final
So proud to see the Evans Performing Arts Department included in this year's program! Check out the team starting @ 10:42
Amber Powell, Class of 2021
Special thanks to Pepsi and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for their gift of a laptop to one of our Trojans who exemplifies our three pillars of pride, determination, and perseverance. Congratulations to Senior Amber Powell!
One on one lessons with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra!
Please join us in congratulating the following students on being selected for the Arts 1:1 Virtual project sponsored by OCPS and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (OPO). For the next 30 weeks these students will receive 1 on 1 virtual private lessons with top musicians from the OPO. This is a very exciting opportunity as we continue to groom our younger students, as well as prepare our seniors for their college auditions. Please be sure to congratulate them when you see them.

  • Nevaeh-Devas Seymore (9) Clarinet
  • Ashley Voltaire   (10) Clarinet
  • Derek Edwards (11) Clarinet
  • Erika Nunez (9) Flute
  • Juanetta Winston (10) Flute
  • Francesse Pierre (10) Flute
  • Gardyson Etienne (12) Flute
  • Chris Lopez (12) Horn
  • Natalie Santisteban (11) Oboe
  • Keshunn McNeil (9) Percussion
  • Jordan James (12) Saxophone
  • Mike Polynice (12) Trombone
  • Woodly Simon (12) Trombone
  • Kairah Prioleau   (9) Trumpet
  • Devon Thompson (11) Trumpet
  • Micah Rushing (10) Trumpet
  • Kevin Oriol (12) Tuba
  • Jaheim Simon (12) Tuba

As always, thank you for your continued support of the Trojan Band program, the fine arts, and most of all, our students!
Testing Updates
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
College Board will allow all tenth and eleventh grade students the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT on January 26, 2021. This will take the place of the PSAT/NMSQT that had to be canceled in October. If you are a junior, this test will also potentially make you eligible for the National Merit Scholarship. This test is given on paper and students must be on campus to take this test. 

Students that have taken Algebra 1, but have not yet passed the Algebra 1 EOC are strongly encouraged to take the PSAT/NMSQT. A Math score of 430 on the PSAT/NMSQT can be used as a concordant score for the Algebra 1 EOC. If you want them to take this test, please indicate your interest before January 20, 2021 by signing up for a room using this link:
Winter Break Message from Superintendent Jenkins
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Barbara Jenkins prepared a short message for students and families just prior to the winter break tied to health & safety. Please click here to listen to Dr. Jenkins' remarks.
Trojan Athletics
Meet New Head Football Coach Lang
The Trojans welcome newly appointed Head Coach, Kenard Lang. Evans High School is proud to welcome home 1993 Evans graduate, Kenard Lang. Coach Lang has been named our Head Football Coach. Along with being a 1991 Evans High state football champion, Kenard went on the star at the University of Miami on a football and baseball scholarship. As a graduate from the University of Miami with a Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts, Kenard was drafted by the NFL, 1ST Round as the Washington Redskins 17th pick in 1997.

Coach Lang has led numerous schools in Orange County to winning records and has supported students with scholarships dollars through the Kenard Lang foundation. We are excited about what Coach Lang will provide to our football team but more important the contributions he will make in their lives beyond the field.
Boys Soccer
The Boys Soccer Team under the leadership of Coach Gerald Tozin and Coach Larousse Charlot continue to experience some early success this season. The team finished the pre-break with a victory over Jones High School with the score of 8 - 0. The game was preceded by recognizing the seniors on the team as part of the Senior Night celebration. The team returns to play on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Oak Ridge High School, with a 6:00 PM start time.
Soccer Senior Nights
Both Girls and Boys Soccer celebrated Senior Nights during the week of December 14th. Congratulations to our Seniors for your leadership on and off the field.
Girls Weightlifting
The Girls Weightlifting Team continues to push their way around the weight room, finishing the regular season with an undefeated record of 4 - 0. They are also continuing to prepare for the Metro-West Championship which is scheduled for January 8, 2021 at Ocoee High School.
Reminder about Orange County Library System (OCLS) Tutoring
OCLS offers virtual tutoring every day from 2-11 pm in English and Spanish. All an OCPS student needs to access this free service is their 480-student number and password.  
College and Career Readiness Corner
Stay Connected with the CCRC
Follow Evans College & Career on Instagram - @EvansCollegeCareer and @EvansStudentServices  

Evans CCRC webpage

Ms. Benefiel - Email:

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Open Labs are available after school for assistance in completing the FAFSA. Parents, please make sure you have created or verified your FSA ID as well as gathered your 2019 Tax Form - 1040 and any other income documents (W-2’s if parents filed as “Married Filing Jointly”). 

FAFSA Information Google Slide Presentation -  (Note - your student must access this Google Slide Presentation from their OCPS STUDENT Google Account)

FAFSA - Step by Step Instructions - (Note - your student must access this Google Slide Presentation for their OCPS Student Google Account)
Reminder: FAFSA Resource
Meet Wyatt, an easy to use chatbot that answers your questions about the FAFSA by text message. Visit to learn more and sign up. 
In order to access the documents below, please be sure to utilize your OCPS Google Drive.

ACT & SAT Testing Dates & Deadlines - 

Evans High School - Scholarships -

Evans High School - Virtual College Visits -
Community Resources at the Holidays
Food Assistance - The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army offers food assistance for families, individuals, and those experiencing homelessness.

Assistance for the Homeless | Daily Community Dinner
This service is available to anyone in need of a hot meal and conversation. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, we have switched from traditional dinners to bagged dinners. The daily service is at our Men’s Shelter located at 624 Lexington Ave. Orlando, FL 32801 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Assistance for Families & Individuals | Food Pantry
We offer food bags for families and individuals in need. This service is available at our Women’s & Children’s Shelter located at 400 West Colonial Dr. Orlando, FL 32804, every weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The documents listed below are required to obtain this service:

  • Photo I.D.
  • Social Security cards for all household members
  • Proof of Orange County residency (utility bill, lease, voter’s registration card, etc.)
Catholic Charities - Central Florida - 1819 North Semoran Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32807. Call the organization at (407) 658-1818 for information. There are many churches that are part of this agency. They help the poor, seniors, single mothers, and others at the holidays and year round. Programs include free Christmas clothes, gifts, toys for children and meals. Some applicants can also get a free box of groceries and ingredients passed out for preparing a Christmas or Thanksgiving meal.

Family Assistance Office of Catholic Charities Of Central Florida - 1771 North Semoran Boulevard Suite B, Orlando, FL 32807 | (407) 658-1818. Numerous holiday services such as Christmas Gifts or Thanksgiving meals for families are coordinated and made available.
Closing Image at the Winter Break . . .
Please remember our troops away from their families at Christmas.
Leadership Team
Pride - Determination - Perseverance
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