2017-01-01 / Insight

‘Positive’ LHS stories went viral in 2016

The Lapeer Lightning opened the football season at the Big House in Ann Arbor. The Lapeer Lightning opened the football season at the Big House in Ann Arbor. LAPEER — A couple stories about Lapeer High School students went viral this year, showing people all over that a lot of good can come out of little old Lapeer.

On Aug. 31, the Lightning freshman football team gained national attention when they opted to sing the National Anthem after learning it would not be played before their game at Carman-Ainsworth High School. The moment captured the hearts of the spectators assembled, and a posting on social media quickly went viral. The story was reported all over the country, as people recognized the simple act as a display of great patriotism, and 19 veterans representing American Legion Post 16 attended an assembly at the school to give their thanks to the young men.

In November, the yearbook class at Lapeer High proved once again that positivity rules at their school, when they covered a wall in sticky notes bearing positive messages, which students were encouraged to take for themselves or share with someone else. That simple project came on the heels of the contentious presidential election, when the air was thick with negativity, and something good was needed by all — proven by the many times the story was shared on social media.

Way to go, Lapeer High. Keep making us all proud in 2017 and beyond.

— Krystal Moralee

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