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Teenager Leads Debate Team

Teenager Leads Debate Team

Nate Carr, Staff Writer
March 7, 2017
Filed under Feature, Top Stories

Not a sound in the room, everyone inside with hands hovering over their laptops’ keyboard and track pad. All the competitors take in deep breaths, then exhale, and then... beep. The madness ensues, as junior Lindsey Peña reads the documents she meticulously spent allsummer researching and wri...

Holiday Consumerism

Holiday Consumerism

Faith Myers, Photography Editor/ Staff Writer
February 10, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Every holiday is intended to celebrate something significant in history. Easter is intended to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Christmas his birth, and Thanksgiving to express gratefulness for the fulfillment of needs- like food- for the commonwealth. Despite this truth, many Americans h...

Pokémon Go Sweeps the World with Mixed Reaction

Pokémon Go Sweeps the World with Mixed Reaction

Nate Carr, Staff Writer
October 19, 2016
Filed under Editorial, Top Stories

On July 1 of this year, the Pokémon Company in collaboration with Niantic released their long awaited mobile game, Pokémon Go. It was met with a reaction even the developers didn’t anticipate. It surpassed Candy Crush as the number one downloaded app within the first week. However, even with ...

New Club at DHS

New Club at DHS

Alejandra Ruiz, Staff Writer
October 18, 2016
Filed under Feature, Top Stories

  Lauren Smith, the AVID advisor, is leading more and more students to the path of success. Last year, Smith introduced Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, to Decatur ISD with the help of Principal Jeff Russell. Throughout the past year, this program has proven to be helpful to many students...

Small Traditions for Small Town Living

Small Traditions for Small Town Living

Carson Read, Editor-in-Chief
October 18, 2016
Filed under Feature, Top Stories

  The woodpile is stacked, firefighters and policemen are in position, hot dogs are fresh off the grill, cheerleaders, Eagle Dolls and football players stand ready to begin one of the most anticipated nights of the year. The Battle of Big Sandy bonfire. It’s a tradition, and it’s a big one.   ...

Community Comes Together

Community Comes Together

Taylor Durham, Assistant Editor-in-Chief
October 4, 2016
Filed under Feature, Top Stories

Blue Ribbons tied around mailboxes, car antennas, light posts, and even strips of masking tape forming a blue line across a rear window flood the visions of those running around town with their family and friends.  Some citizens never notice those blue strips of cloth, while others, aware of them, never...

Long Time Cheer Sponsor Retires from Position

Long Time Cheer Sponsor Retires from Position

Madison Scroggins, Staff Writer
October 3, 2016
Filed under Feature, Top Stories

Cheers and sounds of beans clanking against tin cans fill the air, and each class fights to be the loudest. The band plays the school and fight songs while the Eagle Dolls dance. The cheerleaders chant on the gym floor, but someone is missing. Kanetha Hicks, Decatur cheer coach of 7 years, recently...

College 101

College 101

Nancy Torres, Previous Editor-in-Chief
April 28, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Hello, seniors! I hope you are all enjoying your last few months of high school before moving onto the next chapter of your life! Take advantage of these last few months in high school. Don’t stress out too much about college right now- enjoy your time with your friends and cherish your high school...

Playing It Smooth

Playing It Smooth

Rachael Ussery, Editor-in-Chief
April 19, 2016
Filed under News, Top Stories

After many months of practicing, making sure every note, rhythm and dynamics are on beat and correct, ten students will advance to the State Solo and Ensemble contest in Austin next month, May 28. The soloists who advanced are seniors Hayes Waterman on bass clarinet, Everett Noel on string...

A Budding Success

A Budding Success

Carson Read, Staff Writer
April 18, 2016
Filed under Feature, Top Stories

A person may never know where they will find inspiration. They might find it in a book, in a favorite song or in a classical movie. Or, they just might find it in nature. Junior Caraline Cowdrey has diligently worked on a project inspired by her horticulture class for the better part of two m...