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PREVIEW: Get Loud with the Crowd

The annual Break the Silence game will happen this Friday, Jan. 19
Photo Juno Le
Image of students celebrating the ninth point of the basketball game, breaking the silence.

Silence envelops the crowd; not a word is uttered. The only sound is the squeak of basketball shoes. When the ninth point is scored, the silence shatters and cheers ripple through the stands in the Robinson gymnasium.

Every year, Robinson hosts its annual Break the Silence basketball game. The boys’ basketball team will play against the Wharton Wildcats this year on Friday, Jan. 19. The game will start at 8 p.m. Free shirts will be distributed starting at 7:30 p.m., while supplies last.

The tradition started at Robinson in 2015; this year, Robinson will be hosting its seventh annual Break the Silence game.

“Coach Saunders and the Knightmare Club started it, and they reached out to the Crisis Center. They saw it online that other schools had done it and that it was a very cool event. So, they organized it and got it started and it has been a great tradition at Robinson and the student body does a great job [at organizing it],” IB Math Teacher and Basketball Coach Steven Smith said.

Break the Silence is an organization that focuses on creating a world without domestic violence. It aims to create a safe space where anyone can speak out and feel safe and protected.

“Every nine seconds, a woman in the U.S. is domestically abused and this is not something most high schoolers know of. Showing up to this event is important since a group of students come together to support a cause and spread awareness,” Knightmare President Mina Kuklen (’24), who is in charge of planning this event, said.

Although the game only lasts for two hours, organizing Break the Silence has been a longitudinal process. Kuklen emphasized how she has been planning this since October of this school year.

“I started planning in October and began finding contacts for the crisis center and people we have been in contact with in the past. I’ve been emailing the crisis center, the RHS foundation and Junior Civitan and have worked with them to raise money for this event. I’ve been spending months trying to find more sponsors and reach out to people so they could donate more money to make this event as special as possible,” Kuklen said.

The Break the Silence game is always one to remember. Tickets will be available online through the Hillsborough County website.

“The game stands for a huge problem for women in our world’s society. There is a very strong meaning behind the game and there’s no better place to be in South Tampa on a Friday than the Robinson gym,” Basketball player Donavan Kelly (’24) said. “I love it when people come out to the games. Me and the team play better with more people because we wanna put on a show for everyone.”

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Cecilia Cheng, Print Managing Editor
Cecilia Cheng is a senior at Robinson and the Print Managing Editor of Knight Writers. This is her third year on staff and her third year as an editor. A self-proclaimed "Swiftie," Cheng is constantly listening to some form of pop music, but her current favorites include Taylor Swift, Clairo and Pheobe Bridgers. When she's not listening to music, Cheng can be found taking photos, hanging out with friends, thrifting or catching up on her favorite TV shows. As of right now, her absolute favorite show is "Heartstopper," but it fluctuates frequently. This love of TV and movies is reflected in her large discography of reviews on the Knight Writers website and former position as the A&E editor for two years. Cheng makes it clear that A&E is her favorite section. Although she is a big fan of A&E, Cheng enjoys writing articles regardless of their section. "My favorite thing about journalism is the storytelling aspect of it," Cheng said. "I love how I’m able to express my opinion and give people that are underrepresented a voice as well." Outside of journalism, Cheng is involved in many other aspects of the Robinson community, holding positions as the Secretary of Women in STEM and the Social Media Manager of Mu Alpha Theta. Despite her connections to the school, Cheng is excited to graduate and see what awaits her. She hopes to head to her top college, Northeastern, where she plans to major in Biology. However, she isn't prepared to forget her time as a Knight Writer and plans to pursue her journalistic interests as well. "Right now, I’m looking to go to college and major in Biology, to go the pre-med track. I haven’t decided where I want to go yet, but I really hope I get into Northeastern. Also, if it’s possible, I want to double major in Journalism or I would join my college’s newspaper." (Profile by Charlotte Stone)
Juno Le, Editor-in-Chief
Juno Le is a senior at Robinson and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Knight Writers. This is their fourth year on staff. Chronic Mitski listener and sleep-deprived photographer, he finds his love in art. They do it all, drawing, photography and writing. They tend to sketch on digital mediums, but when given the chance, paint with acrylic. With this passion, they've developed characters for a children's book since his freshmen year, touching into nostalgic and childlike styles of "Winnie the Pooh" and other comfort books. Le is also the most popular photographer on campus, renown @hhuecaptures. Any important school event, he is there with his camera taking pictures and soon a full DM inbox asking for said pictures. His writing for the newspaper varies from section to section, though they covered their first-ever opinion story just last year. He takes the lead on plenty of stories involving anything around the school, typically fixating on sports photography. This lent a hand in Le receiving the best award one can get for a sports story for Knight Writers Vol. 62 Issue 3: "Historic Soccer Season for RHS Ends in Desoto County." "I was completely shocked to be awarded the Best of the Best Sports [Game Coverage] at FSPA last year, but I am proud of myself considering how I'd never been comfortable in writing sports in years prior," Le said. Le remains no stranger on campus with his photography and presence on the sidelines but also their club work. He is co-president of the Photography Club and founder/president of Asian Multicultural Association. A With this being his fourth and final year on staff, a veteran's work is far from over. Learning from his junior year experience, they wants to focus this year on perfecting everything for awards. He hopes to grow the staff bond and develop skills for returning staffers and new staffers. They pride the publication on its best feature, variety, and believes it can continue into this year. (Profile by Zoe Thaxton)
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