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Deciphering the Wacky Weather

Deciphering the Wacky Weather

Nathan Martin, Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion, Top Stories

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 ...

2018 Baseball and Softball Seasons

Cate Young, Staff Writer

March 7, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Decatur softball and baseball players tried out for varsity and junior varsity teams on January 19, and January 26, respectively.  Coaches chose players based upon their performances during tryouts. The seasons officially began, and both teams practice every day.  “We do a lot of different dr...

Time for a change

Time for a change

Harper Lowery, Staff Writer/Social Media Guru

March 7, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Top Stories

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, Top Stories

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, Top Stories

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...

Regal Stakes Claim at State

Regal Stakes Claim at State

Nate Carr, Staff Writer/Webmaster

February 16, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

On January 21, Aidan Cottrell placed 2nd Place at the State of Texas Mascot Competition, with a score of 257, just three points shy of first place. Most mascots that compete in statewide competitions must audition before they get the ability to compete. However, a U.C.A. (Universal Cheer Associati...

Taking Advantage of Social Media

Taking Advantage of Social Media

Taylor Jayo, Staff Writer

February 5, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Top Stories

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, Top Stories

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...

Steeler to Teacher

Steeler to Teacher

Nathaniel Carr, Staff Writer, Webmaster

October 24, 2017


Filed under Feature, Sports, Sports Feature, Top Stories

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, Top Stories

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...

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