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Hugs Heal Hurtful Minds

Hugs Heal Hurtful Minds

Eden Jones, Staff Writer

January 16, 2019


Filed under Entertainment, Top Stories

Hugs reduce fear, stress, depression, loneliness, sickness and, in addition, provide self confidence, love and protection. Students at C​arnegie Mellon University conducted a study in which they took healthy adults and gave half of them hugs while the other half continued to live day by day ...

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...

Perking Up Plant Personalities

Perking Up Plant Personalities

Eden Jones, Staff Writer

January 9, 2019


Filed under Entertainment, Top Stories

Studies prove that loving words help plants thrive. An experiment conducted by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) found that plants not subjected to loving words grew slower than the plants subjected to loving words. The plants given loving words grew faster, taller and produced better ...

A Christmas Colon Climax

A Christmas Colon Climax

Nate Carr, Editor-in-Chief

January 7, 2019


Filed under Entertainment, Top Stories

The door’s heavy. Even after a firm push from my hand grasping the stainless-steel door knob, I still have to push. Have to use my shoulder to the get the thing to even budge forward. Then I fall forward 3 feet into the doorway, almost lose my footing, almost bust my chin into the plain tile flooring. The ligh...

Practically Perfect Performance

Practically Perfect Performance

Lindsay Gogniat, Staff Writer

December 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Beginning in early October, the theatre department started working on producing a new musical, Mary Poppins Jr. The show took place this past week and provided many people with the opportunity to see the hard work this department put into the musical. Based around the Disney movie, Mary Poppins, the m...

Yards and Yards of Football…

Yards and Yards of Football…

Haleigh Hurst, Staff Writer

December 13, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports News, Top Stories

On Dec.6, the Eagles soared through the game against the Whitefaces with an ending score of 38-28. The players, band, Eagle Dolls and cheerleaders welcomed the victory due to four and a half hours spent in buses on the way to Jones Stadium at Texas Tech University. The football team proved not to let...

Another One Bites The Dust

Another One Bites The Dust

Haleigh Hurst, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports News, Top Stories

On Nov. 30, the Eagles made history by making it to round 4 for the third time in Decatur’s history. Not only that, they also proved to everyone that their first victory against Hirschi happened for a reason. The football players continue to push themselves to new limits and play every game like it’...

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...

Lady Eagles Take State

Lady Eagles Take State

Jada Boner, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports News, Top Stories

Players, coaches and supporters all watched in awe as the ball landed on Needvillle’s inline sending all of the Eagle fans into complete shock. The Lady Eagles won the 4A UIL Volleyball State Championship in Garland on November 17.   After a rollercoaster ride of a season, the Lady Eagles volleyball team...

Heaps of Help for Health

Heaps of Help for Health

Alejandra Ruiz, Staff Writer

November 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Sicknesses surround everyone as the fall months arrive. Attendance problems continue for students, and with the inevitable spread of the flu, the faculty expect attendance problems to worsen.  When students take appropriate action, the spread of the flu becomes more preventable. Before the sea...

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