Panther Prints Friday September 26, 2008 >> Duncanville High School >> 900 W. Camp Wisdom >> Duncanville, TX 75116 >> Volume 42, Issue 1
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Students swept up in effort to deter tardies Vanessa Jenkins Editor-In-Chief
he bell rang and doors slammed shut. Students pulled on the handles to find they wouldn’t budge. Students knocked. No reaction. After that 135 students stood there and waited as one by one, security officers and school administration roamed the halls and sent them to the cafeteria. Sept. 19 was the first of several tardy sweeps at the high school. For the students who were tardy, it was one down, nine to go before they pay a hefty fine of $700 plus another $700 to their parents. “I’m tired of seeing too many students in the halls,” Assistant Principal Herman Jackson said. “After our first tardy sweep the chatter started and the tardies decreased. We are now making an impact on the tardy problem.” Mr. Jackson is the one responsible for implementing the tardy sweep. He did so after learning that there is an average of 350 students tardy to each class throughout the day. According to Mr. Jackson the first sweep caught students by surprise and they had many excuses. “The students were arguing with us and asking us if we were really going to do a sweep and giving us excuses about where they were going,” Mr. Jackson said. “ We just responded with ‘I do not care.” The students who were sent to the cafeteria were given a slip to go to class after their name and I.D. number was recorded. “I am going to write every one of these students names down myself because they could write Donald Duck on the sheet,” Assistant Principal Kathy Terry said, referring to students trying to avoid consequences. For those students who think that the tardy sweeps will stop, the assistant principals advised
Assistant Principal Herman Jackson brought the concept of tardy sweeps to the high school after seeing the success of the sweeps at other schools. Mr. Jackson was in the cafeteria the first day giving class admit passes to students. (Photo by C.J. Woods)
them otherwise. “Every day, every block,” Mrs. Terry warned. “You guys need to learn how to get to class.” Although students caught in the tardy sweep complained, many of those in charge of it took this time to teach students to be on time. “The tardy sweeps are cleaning up at its finest,” Assistant
Principal Yolanda Green said. According to Mr. Jackson the focus of the sweeps is more than just writing tardy slips. “If you’re not in class, you’re not learning,” Jackson said. “You’re not holding your end of the bargain as a responsible member of the community.”
A Look Inside Opinions
- Volleyball - Cross Country - Football enters district
- New swim coach
- Tax Ratification - Student visits Uganda - Pledging to the flag
- Dealing with change - Thumbs Up - Thumbs Down
- 90210 Review - The Princess - Righteous Kill
September 26, 2008
Thumbs UP Football win at DeSoto
E D I T O R I A L
h-ch-ch-changes. Now there’s a song for the “Hear the Year” CD. It’s not just a year of change for the national elections but for us as well. Between budget cuts, new teachers, administrators, school clubs, bell schedule, dress code and the new three tier bus system, there is a lot to adjust to. These changes will be the basis of growing resentment within the student body but we have to realize that these new policies are just practice, or tests, for what comes after high school. Change is apart of life. There are a lot of decisions that will be made that will affect us in life and we’ll have no say, but we’ll have to conform. The only thing we can do to get through this year, to get through life with ease is to let these small things go. Sure we eat lunch in the morning. Sure we only have two shirt colors, and have to get up earlier. But let’s focus on the good stuff. Getting up earlier means getting out of school earlier. New clubs mean new opportunities to get involved and an earlier lunch 7 a.m. bus run gives some of us an excuse 10 am lunch now to pig out once we get 3p.m. out home. And let’s not forget that we are
Volleyball team 3-0 Hooded Jackets
Thumbs DOWN starting to have more fun activities this year and can continue to have these if we cooperate with the rules set in place. Remember that with most decisions of change within the school district, a good reason lies behind them. Even if those reasons don’t seem to make sense to some, the people in charge of making decisions, who have more experience than we do are trying to do what they feel is best. So let’s just try to make the most of this school year.
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STAFF OF ‘08 - ‘09
Early start time Tardy Sweeps Dress code colors Early lunch time
Supporting D’Ville’s Endeavor for “Excellence in Education”
“A lunch starts at like 9, its like eating breakfast. It makes me really hungry after school” -Senior Brandon Wigfall
September 26, 2008
What do you think about the new school times ?
“I have to get on the bus at 5:30, but my cousin doesn’t have to go to school until 8:30, but it works out because I can take a nap before work”
“Tutoring is more convenient after school because it’s earlier in the day, but lunch sucks because it’s way too early” -Junior Brittany Johnson
“It’s not really a problem for me to wake up, but when I get home I sleep the rest of my day away” -Sophomore David Castaneda
-Freshman Pedro Sanchez
“I think.....” You complete the opinion on: www. dhspantherprint.org
OPPOSING THE PLEDGE POLICY
SUPPORTING THE PLEDGE POLICY Jasmine Bussey Managing Editor
Vanessa Jenkins Editor-In-Chief
tudents in the twenty-first century have many freedoms and opportunities available to them, no matter their race, sex, background, etc. It’s easy however to forget where those freedoms come from in the first place. It’s easy to forget that people actually died so that students today can be free. Sometimes it seems hard to fully grasp what people had to do to achieve and secure the rights and liberties we have today as students and Americans. So it’s fully understandable that Texas recently adopted a new pledge policy declaring that we must stand and recite the pledge of allegiance to the U.S. and state flag. Twelve years of history has taught us how the colonists and our founders were mistreated and taken for granted. They were seen as pieces of property, but rose up against such a powerful country like England, declared their freedom and fought in a long grueling war so we can call ourselves free. A war in which the suffering and hardships were plentiful, men were dropping like flies and the remaining men were driven solely on hope and faith for a victorious end. Since then this country has worked to ensure the freedom of all individuals. So why not pledge our allegiance, our devotion and loyalty to America on a daily basis? I don’t doubt that a lot of people will be resistant to cooperate with the new policy, especially in this year of changes. But change is apart of life. It’s expected and as always we must adapt. We are not being wronged or punished but simply being asked to respect our country.
here are a lot of choices we don’t get a say in at school. Dress code. Time changes. Bell schedules. One choice we’ve held on to over the years, is the choice to not say the Pledge of Allegiance. Now, as of this year, we’re losing that right as well. New policy states students must not only stand during the Pledge, but recite it. I’m not going to argue over whether refusing to say the Pledge is unpatriotic or un-American. But I will argue that forcing students to say it is unpatriotic and un-American. Our country is based on freedoms. One being freedom of speech; a freedom some other countries do not have. Forcing students to pledge to anything when they would normally choose not to goes against all the things our country was formed around. This feeling has been deemed true before. The case of West Virginia State Board of Education vs. Barnette, held it unconstitutional to require students to recite the Pledge of the United States of America. We’re at a time in our lives when a lot of our choices are being made for us. We’re told what to wear and where to be. We begrudgingly accept these decisions as something that has to happen. But now, we’re being stripped of our constitutional rights by pledging to a country that is supposed to protect them.
September 26, 2008
New head swim coach Jay Chagnon is looking to take this years swim team to the top. He found his inspiration for teaching swimmers from former coach Gammon.(photo by Ian Velarde)
Chagnon makes a splash as new swim coach Chris Davila Sports Editor
ay Chagnon is what you would call a very dedicated guy. Working long hours and coaching multiple swim teams can’t keep him away from showing up at 5:45 a.m. every day because coaching swimmers is what he has known for much of his life. Since the age of 11 he has been swimming and feels that he can pass along some lifelong lessons to swimmers in the program at Duncanville. “I just want the athletes to understand what they did in the pool and how it applies to the real world,” Chagnon said. “Then they can use these skills in their life.” Coach Chagnon sets high goals he would like all of his swimmers to accomplish. He also understands that each swimmer is different and some will take more time than others. “Goals are like a ladder, you can’t skip a rung in order to get to the top,” Chagnon said. “You have to learn to set goals before you can attain them.” Although this is his first year as the head coach at DHS, he isn’t a stranger to the area or community as he swam here during his high school days for coach Frank “Flip” Gammon. Becoming the head coach was
just something that was bound to happen. “This is where I started swimming so I knew this is where I wanted to start my career, Chagnon said. Coach Chagnon will be assisted by English teacher Margaret Thomas, who is in her first year as a swim coach at DHS. Not only that but her daughter Taylor is a member of the swim team and as a parent can attest to coach Chagnon’s wisdom and knowledge of the sport. “He is a great young man with a wonderful passion,” Thomas said. “His ideas for the swimmers are going to make them better human beings.” Coach Chagnon’s influence on his swimmers is apparent and there is no doubt that by the time they are finished swimming at Duncanville they will have a greater outlook on life. “Coach Jay definitely motivates me everyday. He inspires us as swimmers to do our best,” junior Elsa Nunez said. “It’s the small things he says that make me want to push farther, he makes me feel like a true athlete.” Although his competitive
swimming days are over, coach Chagnon still gets that swimming high when he sees one of his swimmers accomplish a goal. “I can’t explain it in words how it makes me feel. If I did I wouldn’t give it justice,” Chagnon said. “Coaching someone and watching them achieve a goal puts you on top of the world.”
Chagnon Quick Facts >> Began swimming at Age 11 >> Inspired by Coach Gammon >> Won district high poing in 1998 swim meet >> Plays the drums >> Teaches welding >> Coaches SWAT team >> Enjoys making swimming fun for athletes
“He is a great young man,” says assistant swim coach Margaret Thomas. “His ideas for the swimmers are going to make them BETTER HUMAN BEINGS.”
September 26, 2008
THE LAKE “I do hope the catch all the fish they can get. We need at least 200 for the fund raiser”
Senior Kelsey Gebaur experienced life first hand in Uganda this summer. She took a trip there with Global Expeditions and says the state of poverty there was eye opening. (Submitted Photo)
Gebauer experiences life first hand in Uganda Vanessa Jenkins Editor-in-Chief
You can’t forget the images of half naked little kids walking around with bloated bellies and sores all over their bodies. Every night I looked forward to just getting to hold them and show them love. They really stole my heart.” senior Kelsey Gebauer
he walked around each day hugging the bodies of starving children. As senior Kelsey Gebauer looked in the eyes of the children in Uganda this summer, her mind immmediately went back to the scenes she saw on an “Invisible Children” documentary shown last year at a school assembly. “I’ll never forget the state of poverty I saw there,” Gebauer said. “So many of the kids over there were just on the street because their parents died of AIDS.” Gebuer took the trip to Uganda as a missions trip where she stayed there with Global Expeditions. During her stay there she experienced the true poverty and contamination in the country. “These bathrooms were infested with cockroaches and spiders,” Gebauer said. “These were holes that would back up and the stench was unbearable.” Gebauer’s mother Roxanne Gebauer said that Kelsey was born oversees and missions have been part of their family ministry. However she admitted it was great to see her interested in giving up her summer to go to Uganda. “I was excited for her, and pleased that she was interested in doing something like this,” Mrs. Gebauer, said. “It was neat to see her develop-
ing her own interests in following God’s leading.” While in Uganda, she spent time in Gulu, where at night she got to visit with the local people. There she observed them performing dances and skits as well as singing for her. “It was amazing to see that aspect of the culture there,” Gebauer said. Gebauer also was amazed by the importance of sports in Uganda. She felt that by playing soccer with the kids she was able to communicate with them better. “I loved getting to play soccer and volleyball with the kids,” Gebauer said. “It’s amazing how sports is a global communicator.” While in Uganda she was reminded that as an American students take too many things for granted during their every day lives. “Seeing how these people lacked the basic things showed me how ridiculously selfish and materialistic I can be,” Gebauer said. Gebauer says memories of this trip still linger in her mind today and she continually thinks about those we met in Uganda over the summer. “You can’t forget the images of half naked little kids walking around, with bloated bellies and sores all over their bodies,” Gebauer said. “Every night I looked forward to just getting to hold them and show them love. They really did steal my heart.”
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September 26, 2008
No tax increase means Extra-C
he tax ratification election has been called for Tuesday, October 7, 2008. The School Board has proposed an increase maintenance and operations tax rate from 1.04 to 1.17. Duncanville ISD taxpayers must now decide whether or not to approve this tax rate.
he tax ratification will provide funding to continue support of current programs and resources to plan for the future.
ith the passage of a tax ratification, Duncanville ISD taxes will remain 32 cents lower than taxpayers paid in 2005 when the state legislature restructured the public schools state funding formula, which froze Duncanvilleâ€™s funding at $4,678 per student.
he tax ratification election will ask voters to consider approving the necessary revenue to maintain the current level of services, provide competitive salaries, and cover increases in operational costs for items such as utilities and fuel
With the decrease in funding for the district this year, students at the high school were left getting up earlier to ride the bus. The districe implemented a three tier bus system in which high schoolers had to catch the bus prior to 6:30 a.m. in order to get to school by the new 7:30a.m. start time at the high school.(photo by Ian Velarde)
September 26, 2008
Curricular Fee, Seven Period Day
Close up view Yes Vote
The district hosted several tax ratification Town Hall meetings at various campuses in the district. Duncanville ISD Superintendent compared the tax increase to a package of M&Ms as he made his speeches to parents and community members at the last meeting held at Kennemer Middle School.(Photo by April Schmigel)
Education cuts put in hands of voters Vanessa Jenkins Editor-In-Chief
ith their arms pinched to their sides, students felt a little cramped. One girl shifted around her 37 classmates to reach in her pocket to find the check for $200 she was going to give the school today to be in band. The bell rang, and it was time to go to seventh block, the last class of the day. Although students at the high school do not currently pay a fee to be in extracurricular activities and enjoy a block schedule, this will not be the case if the Oct. 7 tax ratification plan doesn’t pass with voters. Student would have to pay a fee to be involved in activities, the block schedule would be over and classes will be cramped for space. “I think the election is necessary,” chemistry teacher David Womack said. “Programs will be adversely affected if money is not available.” Before 2006, Texas public schools received funding based on property value growth. After the passage of HB 1, funding is now based on student enrollment. Districts can only generate new funding by an increase in student enrollment, or by holding a tax rate election. This allows the citizens to show their support for quality education in their district. “More than anything, the tax election represents the community’s belief in its schools,” geography teacher David Williams said. “It’s more than money. Teachers want to work in a place with competitive salaries, faculty and student camaraderie and overwhelming support from the community.” The election would mean a 13 cent tax rate increase to voters in the district. Even though it is a small increase some residents do not support the raise. “It’s a huge waste of our money,” Duncanville resident Dixon LeRosen said. “There has to be a better way to raise the money since we already pay extremely high property taxes.”
Although some have trouble imagining life with a tax increase, others can’t imagine life without one. According to the information given at the town hall meetings, without the tax increase, class sizes will increase, the high school and all middle schools will move to a seven period schedule, CATE classes will be reduced, the Ag farm will be sold, and students will have to pay a fee to be involved in extracurricular activities. “I think it would be a major setback for kids’ futures if they had to pay for extracurricular activities because a lot of them wouldn’t be able to afford it,” junior Sarah Brack said. Another concern about the tax rate election is that if it doesn’t pass, teachers won’t receive their salary steps. According to information provided by the district, teachers on contract in 2007-08 school year, who were employed by the district or three years received a salary of $42,889, a teacher employed by the district for four years received $43,420 and a teacher employed for fives years earned $43,950 as part of the step program. Without funding from a tax increase, this system has been eliminated. “We have lost teachers to higher paying school districts and I believe more teachers will leave next year,” academic counselor Diane Dilworth said. “Not because other school districts are better, but due to economic necessity.” According to a statement released by the district they have reduced total expenditures by $3 million over the last two years. Two years ago 51.5 positions were eliminated and departmental budgets were reduced by 30%. The transportation department also moved to a three-tier bus system this year to reduce cost. Even with all of these budget cuts, the district is still not able to give teachers and other staff pay raises and continue to provide the current amount of funding to various programs. “I think teachers will continue to do the outstanding job they do,” Womack said. “However, the reality is that teachers want to be paid for their time and effort, so I think a number of staff members will look for work in districts that pay more.”
>> Generate $6.7 million annually. >> Quality teachers and competitive teacher salaries >> Math and science initiatives >> Continue an 8-period high school schedule >> Greater opportunities for students in fine arts, career and technical fields, as well as athletics >> Minimize future reductions on the classroom
No Vote >> Up to $200 fee for ExtraCurricular Activities >> NO more block schedule >> Larger Classrooms at the High School >> Continued Early start times at the High School >> Less teachers for more students >> Reduction in extracurricular programs
September 26, 2008
Put up a note? Hello! Did anybody lose their secret CIA stuff? I don’t think so!
Burn After Reading When a couple of gym trainers discover a top secret CIA disc, they blackmail the agent, and a series of mishaps arrive soon afterward. Starring Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, George Clooney, and Francis McDormand. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Rated R.
Ryan Eggold, left, as Ryan Matthews and Jennie Garth as Kelly are pictured in a scene of the CW’s “Beverly Hills 90210,” which premiered on September 2. (Jordin Althaus/The CW/MCT)
Two New York City detectives investigate a series of vigilante happenings, and the things that unfold from them. Starring Robert Deniro and Al Pacino. Rated R.
The Duchess The story of the Duchess of Devonshare, ancestor of princess Diana. Starring Kiera Knightly and Ralph Fiennes. Rated PG-13.
Betinna Mayberry Staff Writer
Eagle Eye When two complete strangers are contacted by a mysterious woman they have never met, they are thrown into a whirlwind of dangerous and seemingly pointless situations. The rules are simple: follow the directions and you live; disobey and you die. Starring Shia Labeouf, Michelle Monhagen and Billy Bob Thorton. Rated PG-13.
September 26 , 2008
Pantherettes spike competition, extend district record to 3-0 Breanna Luna
verwhelming, was the first word that came to sophomore Chinedu Echebelem’s mind when she stepped foot into varsity territory for the Pantherettes volleyball team this summer. This is not an unusual scene this year as the team is made up of a large number of sophomores and juniors. “At first, I didn’t think I belonged here, but my team mates made me feel different once they knew my situation,” Echebelum said. Having three starting sophomores on the varsity volleyball team may sound as if the team could be lacking in certain areas, but that doesn’t stop the Pantherettes from defeating any of their opponents. At press time they have posted a record of 3-0. The Pantherettes main focus for the season is to execute the game plan, so that they can win district. “We started off really rough,” Echebelem said. “We had a lot of arguments, but now we’re like sisters.” According to head coach Lyn Evans, focusing on developing the young players and realizing the team has very little experience are a couple of things they’ve had to make adjustments on. “ I have to be more patient as a coach. Younger players have to step up to become a varsity starter without the adjustment time we usually have,” Evans said. Autumn Ellison, Tiara Iwegbu, and Echebelem may be too young to know what college they want to attend, what they’d like to major in, or what degree they want, but even at a young age, they know how mature they have to be in order to play at the varsity level. “It’s a big accomplishment to be playing on varsity,” middle blocker Tiara Iwegbu said. “A lot of people don’t make varsity until their junior or senior year, and to be a starter at that.” A young varsity team can have its pros, and its cons. In the future, for instance, the younger athletes will have varsity experience for two more years. However, Coach Evans says that the challenge with any young team is to bring them along fast enough to win district. “One thing I would change about the team is to have more leadership,” Ewegbu said.
The volleyball team is carrying a 3-0 record into tonight’s match with Cedar Hill. Lauren Sutten(14) sets the ball for a spike in the team’ s district win against Irving MacArthur. (Photo by April Schmigel)
“We only have four seniors and a lot of us are inexperienced because of our age.” On a more positive note, Tiara also says that a juvenile team can fix its mistakes versus one who inherits bad habits as an upperclassmen. After winning a few district games, the Pantherettes are far from perfection. But according to coach Evans they know what to work on. “We need to improve as a team and as individuals - to execute,” Evans said. Like the football team, the Pantherettes have had to make some sacrifices to get where they’re at today. Players will argue with coaches, throw fits when nothing is going right, and disagree with their team mates at times, but overcoming these obstacles are the many ways that can bring your companions closer like a family. “We’re different than other teams, but we don’t let how young our team is reflect our game,” Chenadu said. “And we will still beat our opponents.”
The Panthers began early in the season preparing for district play. They began with their own Tournament of Champions against the Mansfield Legacy Broncos where sophomore Autumn Ellison(13) spiked the ball. (Photo by April Schmigel)
September 26, 2008
Dicus’ confidence in young QB pays off with win over DeSoto Chris Davila Sports Editor
tarting a sophomore quarterback in high school football today isn’t too uncommon or unordinary. Football programs do it year-in and year-out and have relatively good seasons. But when the sophomore is replacing a senior that has started for the past two seasons and has made significant strides in becoming a better QB in new Panthers’ head coach Jeff Dicus’ spread offense, it is. This is what former junior varsity QB Divan Ealy was faced with when he was awarded the job by head coach Jeff Dicus after starting quarterback Larry Miller went down with a season ending ankle injury. Although he wasn’t even on the varsity roster until Thursday afternoon prior to his start in the Friday night game against North Mesquite, he would take the field wearing number 35 for the start of the second home game of the season. After the injury to Miller, the expectations of the team still remained high. The team was defeated in his first start against North Mesquite in a tough 30-24 loss. Despite the loss, Ealy proved to himself and his teammates he could handle himself and
remain poised even when some plays and calls didn’t go his way. He didn’t let that tough loss phase him and he bounced back with a 27-20 win against longtime rival, Desoto. Not to mention the game winning touchdown run of 25 yards to put the Panthers ahead for good after they let their lead slip away. “Everyone was just excited to beat DeSoto and get the win,” Ealy said. “It felt great. I can’t really explain it.” Ealy has shown at times that there will be some growing pains as he goes through the process of becoming the starting quarterback. But as long as he keeps his team in the game by limiting his mistakes, this team should be in every ball game late and have a chance to win. With the early heart-breaking losses and the 0-3 start, it was hard for the fans and student body to believe that this team is becoming a championship team. They took their first step in the right direction by earning a well deserved win against DeSoto and now they are going into district play on a high note that they hope they can ride for a long time. “The season will get tougher. The challenge now is knowing how to handle success,”
coach Dicus said. “We can only worry about what we can control and that is preparing.” Winning their first game should allow this team to play with less pressure because no longer will they have to go through the week of preparation wondering if they’ll be able to just get one win. That goal has been accomplished. The next goal is to beat Irving MacArthur tonight and continuing a winning streak that we haven’t seen at Duncanville High School for a while. Coach Dicus will have his team prepared and ready to go. He’s too good a coach not to. The only thing that may linger on his mind will be his team’s effort throughout the game if they jump to an early lead like in the past two games. “ We just need to keep our focus for 48 minutes,” coach Dicus said. “It’s not about what Irving MacArthur does, it’s about what we do.” Coach Jeff Dicus gave sophomore QB Divan Ealy the call after Senior Larry Miller was injured.(Photo by April Schmigel)
Cross country sprints into season with big wins in invitationals Chris Davila Sports Editor
hen the Panthers cross country teams head into this weekend’s Molina Jaguar Invitational at Mountain Creek Park, they will do so with several wins under their belt. “Our goal is to qualify both boy and girl runners for regionals,” coach Beale Tolbert said. “ But right now we are just working on confidence and sense of pace.” Last Saturday the Panthers’ varsity cross-country team had a successful showing by finishing 12th out of 31 teams at the Lake Highlands invitational meet. Sophomore Daniel Smith led the boys team
as he improved his time by 20 seconds. According to coach Tolbert, the boys team was faced with a hilly 3.2-mile course at Norbuck Park and showed great competitiveness by having four other runners finish under 20 minutes. “This team showed great improvements in their times in this meet,” coach Tolbert said. Although Coach Tolbert knows that the team was successful at last Saturday’s meet, she would agree that it was just a stepping-stone to where they really want to be when district begins. “These early meets are good practice for the team on a great course,” coach Tolbert said. “I can not wait to get to the district meet so we can see that all the hard work paid off.”
The girls cross country team was happy when they took home the third place trophy at their first meet of the season. The team has been improving each week. (Photo by Hannah Greer)
Tennis team swings into Fall action undefeated Matt Bruner Staff Writer
W The tennis team has gone without a loss during the start of their Fall season. They remain undefeated in district play as of press time. (Photo by Anna Muniz)
hen rain began to fall on the first tennis match of the season, the bleak weather forecast threatened to end the match before it even began. However, the sun came out and the Duncanville tennis team began to shine as they are now in their third week of district play with a clean sweep of the first place spot. “Our team is different,” senior Chance Bryant said. “We have different team colors, different atmosphere, and
a lot more fun than the other teams.” Different team colors aren’t the only thing special about the tennis team this year. Coach Trent Sellers says the difference is he gets to coach from middle school up as he builds the program. “There are less than 15 other schools in the state of Texas that use this system,” Sellers said. “And it’s one of the reasons I stay at Duncanville.” Diversity also plays a big role in this years varsity team. According to Coach Sellers, the team is usually unbalanced with either a large number of upperclassmen or underclassmen represent-
ed however he is happy to have a mix this year. “I’ve never coached such a diverse age group,” Coach Sellers said. “But this year’s team is unique.” Senior captain RJ Williams believes teamwork is more important than winning. He admits that this team has the drive to win but when it comes to teamwork they have much more than a winning attitude. “It is the social bonding of our team that makes tennis enjoyable,” Williams said. “I don’t feel that our overall goal is winning, as much as doing a good job.”
September 26, 2008
Panthers defeat DeSoto, open district tonight
roupies hovering over one another against the rails, feeling sweat from supporters whose adrenaline was rushing faster than brainiacs in an LSAT testing room, and having your voice muted by the chanting and squealing of cheerleaders, High Hats, and the band all sum up the atmosphere of a Friday Panthers center Michael Rivera kisses the trophy presented after the Suburban night football game in September. However, the Bowl against DeSoto. The team won the bowl for the first time since 2004 with a question that lingered amongst the packed out score of 27 -20.(Ian Velarde) crowd for the DeSoto game was: When is the time going to come for a win? “It was a huge accomplishment for the team,” Ealy said, “I The Panthers needed to finish the game. That’s what they feel as if the team is climbing up the ladder. It is like the team did when they captured their first Suburban Bowl trophy has taken it to the next level.” since 2004 with a 27-20 win over DeSoto Friday Night. Things that coach Dicus says he saw in the Desoto game, “I knew the game wasn’t over until there was no time left that he hasn’t seen in the previous three losses, were more on the clock,” Dicus said. “What we have to do next is work energy, more effort and more passion. on staying calm, and keeping our minds in the game. We “I saw players who stepped up and started making plays,” have to finish the game.” coach Dicus said. Sophomore Divan Ealy who was called up from the juAfter starting the season with three close losses to Odessa nior varsity team to replace injured quarterback Larry Mill- Permiam, Garland and North Mesquite, the Panthers were er for the rest of the season was in his second outing under relieved to get a win behind them prior to district play. center against DeSoto. His 25 yard run to the end zone gave “It’s a great feeling inside to win over DeSoto because the Panthers what they needed to finish the game off with you’re so excited for your players when they see what it feels the big win. According to Ealy, this gave the team more like to win,” coach Dicus said. “It’s like a huge weight has confidence and a higher energy level going into tonight’s been lifted off our shoulders. The team now realizes they district opener. can win.”
>> New man under center
Passing 254 yards >> Rushing 110 yards Completions 50 % << Record 1-1
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Cardinals Irving MacArthur has several new faces at the skill positions, but its experienced line should buy the time needed for the offense to develop. Basil is a defense-first coach, and MacArthur has the personnel to implement his philosophy. Who to watch for: Senior LB Tariq Allen. Com-
mitted to Texas and has had 121 tackles and 6 sacks in 2007. Look out Divan Ealy!
Coming in for the injury Larry Miller who broke his ankle against Garland, Divan stepped up and led the Panthers to there first win of the season against DeSoto. He was responsible for the winning touchdown in which he ran for 25 yards to secure the lead for the Panthers. Divan is looking to increase the Panthers winning streak to two as they face Irving MacArthur tonight at Panther Stadium. Divan will continue as the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season.
Grand Prairie players adapted well in the spring to changing schemes. GP goes to a Run-and-Shoot offense and a 4-3 defense. Caleb Queen, a transfer from Irving Nimitz, could see action at WR, RB and QB. There should be more team speed this season. Who to watch for: Senior QB Eric Davis. Converted free safety won the quarterback job in the spring.
Irving Nimitz could have its best backfield in years with Loften and TB Deante Myrick. Although it has a thin senior class, Nimitz will rely on the seniors’ leadership, plus the hungry talent in the sophomore and junior classes, to reverse a losing trend.Who to watch for: Junior TB/SS Eddrick Loften. The defensive sophomore of the year had 116 tackles in 2007.
Tennis Greer Young Greer players the number one singles position and the number one doubles position with Kylie Rutherford. She is currently 4-2 in singles and 5-2 in doubles. Coach Trent Sellers says Greer hustles like no other on the court.
Volleyball Jennifer Gosko Jennifer plays the libero defensive specialist for the volleyball team. She has 66.7% passing 48.3% digging and has served an average 1.1 aces a game. Coach Lynn Evans says Jennifer is a go getter and has a passion for the game and you can see it when she plays.
Cross Country Isaac Ogunlade Isaac runs for the boys cross country team and has posted several wins as of press time. His biggest win came at the Samuell Invitational cross country meet. Coach Beale Tolbert says Isaac has shown great leadership this season and has a desire to accomplish tremendous things.
September 26, 2008
Class of 2009
Senior Jacob Ramos gets a lift from his fellow classmate during the senior car wash. The seniors raised $800 at the event.
Seniors host first carnival, raise $800 during event Chloe Knowling Staff Writer
C Senior cheerleader Shanai Biggins breaks out in a dance during the varsity cheerleaders time to entertain the crowd at the first ever senior Community Carnival and car wash.
Seniors R.J. Williams and Rosemary Pedroza wave signs encouraging people to visit the various booths a the senior carnival.
The master mind behind the senior carnival was 2009 President Vernon King. Throughout the day he encouraged people to get their car washed.
The Fish club sponsered a pie in the face booth. Various students placed their head in the line of fire for the pies all day from carnival goers.
Sonia Serrato and Marcela Tejada pass out free sunscreen for HOSA.
Photos by Ian Velarde, April Schmigel, Anna Muniz, Patrick Flannagin
ars lined the old Albertsons parking lot the entire day. Inside the circle of cars was a crowd participating in fun filled events such as dancing, palm reading, pie in the face and much more in support of the senior class of 2009 at their first ever carnival car wash. “I would say this event was very successful with this being the first of its kind,” senior class president Vernon King said. “I almost started crying, seeing all the people there. I was so excited I could of just licked the cars clean that day.” Not only did a large crowd of community members show up, but there were enough seniors together to keep cars quickly rolling through the car wash and even clean up at the end. “I had a great time seeing all my fellow seniors come together that day for the great event,” senior Cheroy Waters said. The event featured several booths intended to raise money for the seniors. There was also room for a few public service booths. In the hopes of preventing skin cancer, HOSA donated sun screen to anyone who wanted some and gave community service to any student who brought sun screen to the event. “It is important to inform the community about the importance of skin cancer,” Sonja Serrato said. “We gave away sun screen to a large number of students and some came back for more.” In the end, the senior class goal of $500 was exceeded when they raised a total of $800. “With no break from washing cars, I was exhausted, but it was worth it,” senior class sponsor Paula Cartmell said. “This year’s senior class officers will be active and profitable.”
I almost started crying seeing all the people there that day. I was so excited I could have licked the cars clean that day.” senior Vernon KIng