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Second Semester Slump

Second Semester Slump

Students battle burn out, stress in last stretch of year
Allie Tribe, Staff Writer February 26, 2021

  In the last days of summer, students line up outside of the DHS campus, eager to pick up their new schedules and see their friends. After three months of relaxation and lazing around the...

The Next Step

The Next Step

Seniors feel the absence of creating schedules for the upcoming school year
Magen McMillian, Staff Writer February 26, 2021

At the beginning of the second semester, underclassmen create their class schedules for their next year. They pick classes, decide on AP or Dual and choose electives. It becomes a ritual for the four...

Sally Rodgers

Keeping Everyone in the Know

Alumna returns to fill important role in district communications
Garrett Rodgers, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

    Certain roles in the district that work behind the scenes, including the Director of Communications, often go unnoticed and end up forgotten. In Decatur, many people filled the...

Madam Vice President

2020 brought the U.S. another first
Allie Tribe, Staff Writer February 22, 2021

  Every four years, a presidential election takes place with the winner’s inauguration set for Jan. 20. After years and years of the same schedule, the practice feels commonplace to most...

Escaping the Screen  

Escaping the Screen  

Technology use tripled amidst pandemic, leaves negative impact on users 
Kayla Gonzalez, Staff Writer February 22, 2021

  As technology keeps improving and becoming a central part for the majority of everyone’s lives, screen time keeps increasing as well. This means kids and adults become wrapped up in the...

Each of the newly crowned Youth Fair Queens with their runners up pose with former Miss USA after the ceremony.

Crowning a Queen

Pageant kicks off Wise County Youth Fair
Allie Tribe, Staff Writer February 12, 2021

  In the first week of March, kids of all ages flock to the Wise County fairgrounds. Fighting the last of the winter chill, teenagers and children alike participate in the Wise County Youth...

Remembering the 'Mamba Mentality'

Remembering the ‘Mamba Mentality’

One year after Kobe Bryant's fatal crash his impact is as strong as ever
Garrett Rodgers, Staff Writer February 11, 2021

Ever since I started paying attention to sports, the one sport that stood out most to me was basketball. I’ve wanted to be as good as possible since I picked up a basketball at the age of 8. Anyone...

Decatur Alumna publishes second book

Decatur Alumna publishes second book

After first novel freshman year, 2020 graduate writes second story
Magen McMillian, Staff Writer February 9, 2021

Decatur High School alumna Taryn Holmes wrote her second book this year in her freshman year at A&M called “The Blue Jacket.” The story follows an FFA jacket through the journey of being...

Rejection Spurs Success

Rejection Spurs Success

Alumna follows lifelong passion publishing thriller novels
Allie Tribe, Staff Writer February 8, 2021

  In any library, books line shelf after shelf. Author’s names pop off of the various covers, but each seems like nothing more than a faceless name. To most, the names hold little importance....

Singing Their Way to the Top

Singing Their Way to the Top

Choir students make state through difficulties 
Kayla Gonzalez, Staff Writer February 5, 2021

  On the upside of a pandemic and the struggles schools faced with figuring out a safe way to open without the virus spreading further, they implemented precautions for UIL. That meant that...

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