Wiedmer: Lookout Mountain Conservancy offering hope, opportunity to Howard students

Red Bank Kicker Braulio gets his punt blocked by Howard's Umar Muhammad during the game on Sept. 2, 2016. (Photo by Mark Gilliland)

As the final seconds ticked off in Howard's 28-13 high school victory victory over Red Bank last Friday night, its first since last Oct. 9, Robyn Carlton stood up in the Reggie White Stadium stands and shouted, "I'm so happy for these kids. I've finally seen them win a game."

The Tigers, their parents and Howard administrators and coaches will tell you Carlton has been helping them win far more important victories than football triumphs for the past five years.

That's how long it's been since the CEO of the Lookout Mountain Conservancy started the foundation's Intern and Leadership Program at the school in hopes of, according to its website: "Using Lookout Mountain as a classroom to teach critical leadership, academic, social and conservation skills."

That's how long it's been since, in the words of Hustlin' Tigers senior Umar Muhammad, "I quit going down the wrong path.