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Westlake Lady Lions Receive Back-to-Back Championship Rings
Schools, Sports

Westlake Lady Lions Receive Back-to-Back Championship Rings

Westlake High School’s Lady Lions received their back-to-back state basketball championship rings in a recent ceremony.“We’ve had some great athletes and some great students who’ve come through our program,” Coach Hilda Hankerson said. “You don’t repeat state championships without having a strong core, a nucleus you can depend on to win that championship again.”   Westlake won their first-ever state championship in Georgia’s 7A division in 2018. The team compiled a record of 29-1. “This was our first championship,” Coach Hankerson said. “It was for everyone who ever played Westlake basketball.” With laser-like focus, the team had its eye on a perfect season in 2019. Lady Lions from the 2018 championship team added a second ring to their fingers at the ceremony and had th...
Westlake Alumna Makes History in West Point’s Largest Class of Black Women
Community, Profiles

Westlake Alumna Makes History in West Point’s Largest Class of Black Women

On May 25, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point graduated its largest ever group of black women. The 34 history-makers recently posed for an internet-breaking photo. Among them was 2nd Lieutenant Imani Simmons, a graduate of Westlake High School in South Fulton. She recently posted on her Instagram, "For every one who thought I couldn't, there were 10 more who knew I would." Major Wade Johnson and Sergeant Major Yolanda Johnson, Westlake's JROTC instructor were two of the 10. "I chose to attend West Point because of my mentors Major Wade Johnson and Sergeant Major Yolanda Johnson," said 2nd Lieutenant Simmons. "I was originally going to enlist in the army or do ROTC at a traditional four-year university. They pushed me to apply to West Point, something I wouldn’t have done...

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