BY JULIA SAFRIN
Two weeks before school officially began, one of CCHS’s beloved English teachers, Nicole Hobin, passed away. Students and staff have been remembering her throughout the year and dedicating certain activities to her name, such as the unicorn mural in the Zen garden and a unicorn spirit day during Peace Week. The members of Future Florida Educators of America (FFEA) and their sponsor, Deborah Covard, are also remembering Ms. Hobin by creating unicorn lanyards in her memory.
“We looked at the needs, knowing that we [staff and students] all have to wear lanyards and all have to wear an ID, and we thought that providing a lanyard that was from Cooper, the kids would like that,” Covard said.
The lanyards have not gone on sale yet but are expected to be available for purchase the week of October 22. They will be sold for $6 each and may be purchased in the cafeteria or under the red awning after school.
The lanyards have not gone on sale yet but are expected to be available for purchase the week of October 22.
FFEA is selling two lanyard designs, one with standard Cooper colors and the other featuring unicorns in tribute to Ms. Hobin. The unicorn lanyards are going to be limited edition and will only be sold for one week; all of the proceeds will go to the Ms. Hobin scholarship fund.
“The scholarship was an idea that came up at a meeting with all of the clubs at the beginning of the year. The clubs felt that it was necessary to do something special in order to honor Ms. Hobin,” FFEA member Lexi Blige said. “At the end of the year, one senior will receive the scholarship, which contains money from all the clubs that fundraised money in Ms. Hobin’s remembrance. The scholarship will go to paying [some of] the student’s college tuition.”
The lanyards feature an ombre of pink, purple and blue and a unicorn design. The ones with school colors also feature a gradient effect and will have “CCHS” written on them. FFEA collectively decided on elements they wanted to incorporate into the lanyards. The club has created a unique product that students can wear every day in honor of Ms. Hobin.
“I personally think that Ms. Hobin would’ve loved the lanyards. I’m glad to be involved in a club that is doing something in her honor that also benefits the school,” Blige said.
“We felt like it was a great idea to honor Ms. Hobin and a way to help contribute towards her scholarship.”
FFEA officers seem appreciative of the opportunity to remember Ms. Hobin.
“As president of FFEA, we felt like it was a great idea to honor Ms. Hobin and a way to help contribute towards her scholarship,” FFEA President Kelly Buker said.
With the unicorn lanyards, FFEA has joined the long list of CCHS clubs contributing to Ms. Hobin’s remembrance. By selling the lanyards, FFEA is giving students who are not involved in clubs honoring Ms. Hobin the chance to remember an adored CCHS staffer. The amount of things that have been done in her memory is just a piece of the lasting impact Ms. Hobin had on CCHS.
Photo by Kayla Florenco