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When in Doubt, Restart

When in Doubt, Restart

Nate Carr, Editor-in-Chief

January 28, 2019


Filed under Feature, Top Stories

She starts the day like any other staffer at this school. She wakes up, gets ready for work, clocks in and checks into her office. Only instead of managing a few hundred kids or grading gratuitous amounts of papers throughout her day, her responsibilities include managing the network for every single u...

Scoliosis Struggles

Scoliosis Struggles

Magen McMillian, Staff Writer

January 23, 2019


Filed under Feature, Top Stories

Scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, affects a substantial sum of people around the world. Although the severity of the condition depends on the individual, generally it causes back pain and sometimes muscle spasms. Students with scoliosis face struggles such as moving around, carrying their bags an...

Living With a Heavy Heart

Living With a Heavy Heart

Nathan Martin, Staff Writer

January 11, 2019


Filed under Feature, Top Stories

When junior Kylie Raymond first entered the world, she came out blue. Not caused by a skin condition, but by a heart problem called Tetralogy of Fallot. In 2001, Raymond’s mother gave birth to her in Germantown, Tennessee. After delivery, doctors sent her on an emergency helicopter to Vanderbilt Unive...

Senior Ranked Superior

Senior Ranked Superior

Nate Carr, Editor-in-Chief

December 3, 2018


Filed under Feature, Top Stories

He sat dressed in black from bottom to top: a collared dress shirt, slacks and dress shoes that reflect the ceiling lights above. He stands up from his chair, runs his hands down his torso, down his legs and walks in front of his three judges. Senior Aidan Cottrell performs his music piece, “Bright Sid...

Lions, Tigers, Lemurs…Oh My!

Lions, Tigers, Lemurs…Oh My!

Taryn Holmes, Assistant Editor-in-Chief

October 9, 2018


Filed under Feature, Top Stories

The Center for Animal Research and Education, better known as C.A.R.E, resides in Bridgeport, Tex. From tantalizing tigers to lovable lions and learned lemurs to beautiful bobcats, C.A.R.E provides safety for a wide variety of animals. Their mission: ​to provide a safe, permanent and loving h...

Guiding Students in the Right Direction

Guiding Students in the Right Direction

Nate Carr, Editor-in-Chief

September 26, 2018


Filed under Feature, News, Top Stories

At the end of the last school year, former high school counselors, Lauren Smith and Diane Russell left their positions as DHS counselors. During this past summer, administration hired Kristy Phipps and Catherine Kelly to fill the positions. While this school year marks the beginning of Kelly’s career...

Steeler to Teacher

Steeler to Teacher

Nate Carr, Staff Writer, Webmaster

October 24, 2017


Filed under Feature, Sports, Sports Feature

He sits at his desk with two blue and white colored Decatur baseball jerseys hanging to his left, and today, in the drawer to the right sits a gold and black ring, with clear white diamonds made into the band. “From an early age, I’ve always felt like and wanted to be a professional athlete, and...

Changing Traditions

Changing Traditions

Harper Lowery, Staff Writer, Social Media Guru

October 24, 2017


Filed under Feature

Homecoming, often abbreviated as “hoco,” has existed since the 18th century. To celebrate homecoming, most high schools elect a homecoming court, organize a parade, and host a dance. Additionally, students ask someone to accompany them to the game and/or dance via a “promposal” and gift them...

Student Shares Spy Story

Madison Scroggins, Staff Writer

May 23, 2017


Filed under Feature

Many kids never even dream of writing a book, much less publishing it. However, earlier this year Taryn Holmes wrote and published her own book, accomplishing what most adults never get the chance to do.   “In 6th grade I formed the idea of wanting to write a book, and then in 8th grade it wa...

Teenager Leads Debate Team

Teenager Leads Debate Team

Nate Carr, Staff Writer

March 7, 2017


Filed under Feature

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...

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