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Student Shares Spy Story

Madison Scroggins, Staff Writer

May 23, 2017


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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


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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...

New Club at DHS

New Club at DHS

Alejandra Ruiz, Staff Writer

October 18, 2016


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  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


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  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


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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


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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...

A Budding Success

A Budding Success

Carson Read, Staff Writer

April 18, 2016


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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...

AVID Opens Opportunities

AVID Opens Opportunities

Taylor Durham, Staff Writer

April 14, 2016


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Scholarship applications fill many seniors’ plates, and trying to hunt scholarships down is time consuming. Seniors spend most of their time preparing for graduation and the stress of finding scholarships is another item on their list of things to worry about. AVID, a college readiness pr...

Heart of a Champion

Heart of a Champion

Carson Read, Staff Writer

April 4, 2016


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In 2007, seven and eight year old Lauryn and Lyndi Luttrull attended their first 4-H meeting in a church basement. Now, the sisters are inspiring many all over Wise County. Third generation 4-H members Lyndi and Lauryn Luttrull follow in their ancestor’s footsteps through eight years of work ...

Partners for Life

Partners for Life

Mickey Drewry, Staff Writer

February 29, 2016


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Long hours, brutal practices, and worn out pointe shoes consume the lives of these inseparable dance partners. That’s Hannah and Cara Solis- dancers by heart and sisters by blood. “She’s my best friend and we do everything together,” junior Cara Solis said. The Solis sisters, who...

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