Spartan Spotlight: Tierea Cotten & Aaron Bennett


School spirit is important and luckily for Spartan fans, seniors Tierea Cotten and Aaron Bennett have it.

The two are helping to spread that Spartan pride with the LSH Student Section Twitter page.

“High school is so much better with school pride,” Tierea said. “And I want to leave school with as many memories as I can.”

Tierea and Aaron found themselves among the loudest in the student section at Spartan basketball games last year. They were the ones calling out chants and Tierea was already on Twitter. And so it began.

“When we started getting followers and getting retweeted, I thought wow,” Tierea said. “I really did not think people were going to care about it.”

They definitely have and the page now nears 200 followers. This year, the two started adding photos and deciding on student section themes to post on the page.

“It is nice to be able to get the themes out and get students really prepared for the game,” Aaron said, adding that he thinks students are paying more attention to games now.

For Aaron it is just one more way to get involved.

“I think if you are not involved then you are not going to get the full experience out of high school,” he said.

The Twitter page can be found at

Tierea, the daughter of Alyson Cotten, is in DECA and its Big Spartans Little Spartans program, which has LSH students mentoring students at Lima North Middle School. She also runs track and indoor track for Lima Senior.

Aaron is the son of Anna Mustaine and Brett Bennett. He is also in DECA and in the Big Spartans Little Spartans program. He is on the Spartan bowling team, in Youth In Government and one of the anchors of the Around the Spartan student news broadcast. Je’Nautica Luster and Jelisa Austin are the other anchors.

For the past three years and again this year, Aaron has run marketing for Lima Senior’s Rover Challenge Team that competes in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Both students know exactly what they want to do in the future. Tierea has her sights on becoming a narcotics detective, something she decided several years ago.

“When I was younger I liked to watch ‘Bad Boys’ and ‘Law and Order’ and ever since I have wanted to be a detective,” She said.

Aaron is headed to Bowling Green State University to study marketing and become a marketing teacher.

“Marketing has changed my life and I really want to do that for other kids,” he said, adding that he’s had great marketing teachers at Lima Senior.

Aaron came to the Lima City Schools as a freshman and is glad he did.

“The education is fantastic,” he said. “I have learned more than I thought I would ever learn. Lima Senior has literally changed by life for the better.”

Tierea agrees, saying there isn’t another high school around with more resources and options.

“I have had a great experience here,” she said. “Once you are a Spartan you are always a Spartan. I love it here. We want people to know just how great of a school we are.”



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