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School Security Updates

School Security Updates

Magen McMillian, Staff Writer

September 18, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Top Stories

As of this school year, many things around DHS continue to change. Along with the cafeteria makeover, the doors remain locked at all times and students must ring a bell to enter the school. These changes, made mostly for safety purposes, make up the ones most obvious to students. Many students find...

The Great Spring Break Debate

Harper Lowery, Staff Writer/Social Media Guru

May 2, 2018


Filed under Editorial

The second most anticipated break of the spring semester, after summer, keeps students pushing through their tests, working hard in off season and turning in the last of their assignments. The spring break buzz fills the hallways and consumes students’ minds as the countdown gets smaller and smaller. Ther...

Deciphering the Wacky Weather

Deciphering the Wacky Weather

Nathan Martin, Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Although Texas’ weather goes all over the place, recently it seems more abnormal than usual. The month of February typically contains characteristics of spring, with blooms all around. This season became an exception, with crazy ice and very deep fog. Many speculate this perplexing weather ...

Time for a change

Time for a change

Harper Lowery, Staff Writer/Social Media Guru

March 7, 2018


Filed under Editorial

In all the years of its history, DHS always chose to host a “closed prom.” The school’s closed prom policy means that strictly juniors and seniors that attend this school may attend, and no one else. The majority of other high schools allow juniors and seniors to go too, however these students...

The Importance of Academic Integrity

The Importance of Academic Integrity

Nathan Martin, Staff Writer

March 7, 2018


Filed under Editorial

Around 1,000 students at DHS go to school five days a week with the purpose of learning. A growing amount of these students try to find the easy way out when faced with difficult tasks in challenging classes. When people cheat, they put their grade on the line, along with their educational credibility....

STAAR Stressers

STAAR Stressers

Lauren Dusek, Staff Writer

March 7, 2018


Filed under Editorial

The STAAR a series of state mandated standardized tests used in Texas public schools. Texas requires high school students to take 4 of theses assessments: Biology, English 1, English 2, and US History. Teachers and parents work hard all year preparing students. Some students risk failing the test be...

Taking Advantage of Social Media

Taking Advantage of Social Media

Taylor Jayo, Staff Writer

February 5, 2018


Filed under Editorial

On December 31, YouTube sensation, Logan Paul, uploaded a video on his channel that contained footage of a suicide victim hung from a tree in the middle of a forest. Both Paul and a group of friends visited Japan’s Aokigahara Forest, a notorious spot for suicides. Logan pulled out a camera and...

Glory Days Gone By

Glory Days Gone By

Taryn Holmes, Staff Writer

January 30, 2018


Filed under Editorial

Flying cars, robots and holograms. Items frequently associated with the fast approaching future. Even though these futuristic icons evade appearances in the modern day world, human technology still shows evidence of many advancements from the stone tools and crude fires of cavemen. However, all...

Secrets of the Apparel Industry

Secrets of the Apparel Industry

Nathan Martin, Staff Writer

October 24, 2017


Filed under Editorial

Many people in Decatur stay blind to what goes on in the factories that make their clothing. Mass production fails to consistently follow ethical standards, causing people in other countries work to make a living in horrific situations. Companies need to stop their ways of exploiting people’s rights....

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

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 ...

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