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APRIL 2012 VOLUME 10, ISSUE 5
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Dear Reader, If you are looking for the perfect April Fool’s Joke, look no further than the kitchen sink. This trick is simple, only takes a rubber band, and is sure to catch Mom off-guard. Just position the water sprayer towards you when you stand in front of the sink, then tie a rubber band around the handle. So, whenever someone comes by to wash their hands, the water will unexpectedly shoot at them instead. While this can be a fun April Fool’s Joke, The Buzz Newspaper Staff is not responsible for any student getting in trouble for this trick!
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Hungry? Try Snacking on “The Buzz” Jessie Johnson Staff Writer
If you are one who tried to eat this paper, April Fool’s! Maybe a lesson on the history of April Fool’s Day would be beneficial... The celebration called April Fool’s Day, also known as All Fool’s Day, isn’t a national holiday, but is celebrated in multiple countries all over the world. In
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the United States, hoaxes tend to last all day whereas in other countries, such as New Zealand, United Kingdom, or Canada, the jokes are said to end at noon, leaving the people playing jokes after that time to be called fools themselves for the rest of the day. Families, children, students, teachers, co-workers, supervisors, and many others join in on the spunk of April Fools. In the past years, major companies such as Google have even gotten involved in the madness by creating surprises upon which their users will stumble upon. Ranging from askew take with the copying, readers ketchup bottles, or waking up to ice cubes, the pranks for this interpreted it to mean “March amusing holiday are endless, as 32” thus meaning April 1. In are the theories of how the trick- this tale a Chanticleer is tricked ing on this particular day came by a fox which led to the CONTINUED ON P4 to be! The first suggestion of tricks occurring on the literal day April 1st was in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1392). In the “Nun’s Priest’s Tale” there was a Students and faculty taking a misunderchomp out of the newspaper. stood date when Clockwise from top left: Assistant ‘Syn march bigan Principal KevinWarren, senior Chris thritty dayes and McClenny, two’ was found freshman David Mast, and teacher in the writing. Stephanie Daniel. Although it was Photos by Elwen Jörns said to be a mis-
AP Test Prices Go Up? Kayla Robinson Managing Editor
Rumors of a 150% price increase for AP exams this year sent classes of DHS AP students into a panic late this January. Students received tentative information claiming that they would have to pay $50 per AP exam instead of the usual student price of $20. These claims are, as of March 2012, untrue. Students will pay the normal price of $20 per AP exam.
“Great news! We had a meeting with Dr. Scott yesterday afternoon. We will find the funds so that the students will pay the same amount as last year,” Assistant Director of Instruction Shonda Cannon said early morning February 8th. The nation-wide recession has hit many programs, one of which is the TEA, or Texas Education Agency. The state is not able to pay a part of the AP test fee for all students this year, as they usually have. An AP exam costs, in full,
$79 (as of 2012). Thirty dollars of which is usually paid by the TEA and the school district must only pay $29 so that their students’ price is a $20 test fee. This year, TEA is not paying $30 of every test fee, but only that of those students with free and reduced lunches. The school district now has to pay $59 for each normally priced test in order to avoid a price increase for the students. Students on the free and reduced CONTINUED ON P3
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EVENTS Good Friday April 6 Easter April 8 Last Registration Day for AP Tests April 10 Earth Day April 22 TAKS April 23-27 Administrative Professionals Day April 25
2 Family Feuds Jessie Johnson Staff Writer
COMMENTARY More often than not, by the age of 15 teenagers are constantly on edge with their parents. It’s not every single topic that ends up in a disagreement, but when it comes to freedom or what the teenager sees best fit for them at that time it’s easier for a tussle to arise and the parents primarily think they’re correct. Not so surprisingly enough, the teenagers think they’re just as right, if not more. Many families don’t comprehend why the adolescents and the parents are constantly at “war.” What gives? Although many youths could disagree, in every parent there’s probably at least of fraction of them wanting what’s best for their children and wanting to be the best parents they know how to be. The difficult part is that they have no idea how to put this into action. Varied circumstances can make an effective relationship harder to be had with some teenagers and their parents, however, the problem with being detached and uncommunicative goes a lot deeper than just plain stubbornness. Families don’t know how to function with each
other anymore. There’s already so much going on in their lives that working on being family tends to be one of the last ‘to-do’ on the priority list. There’s no real relationship, therefore, effective advice is harder to give… and receive. “When a kid has a good relationship with their parents it’s easier for that parent to give constructive criticism, compared to when the relationship is a failure and the parent tries to give criticism. The child often sees it as the parent just over stepping into their life unwantedly,” Senior Sierra Gilliam said. It’s safe to say the closer a person is to someone, the easier positive criticism is to accept. Also, the more true the connection between the two family members, the more politely the criticism is bound to be presented. When correcting children on a reasonable improvement needed, the approach is the hardest part. The timing of discussing the issue is easily rushed, sometimes ends up sounding abrupt, can be entirely too abrasive and the motif behind bringing it up at the appointed time is occasionally a little askew and turned into selfish gain of looking like “a good parent.” After that, the parents are
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lucky to get any response at all. Teenagers learn the art of shutting down very quickly. So what’s the real solution? Some parents have a hard time grasping onto the personalities of their children. With the growing world as fast paced as it is, teenagers’ moods are changing almost as fast as technology itself and that can confuse parents. They don’t understand how to go about a sincere relationship with their children, because they feel as if their primary focus is to be disciplining and keeping their teenagers “on the right track,” but it could be possible that having a genuine relationship with their son or daughter might be the key to all the problems they hold as concerned guardians. “An honest open relationship with your parents is good to have in your life. If you don’t have an open relationship with your parents who else are you going to talk to get help?” Sophomore Katelyn Montgomery said. The real solution could possibly be practicing an honest relationship between the parents and teenagers. The more effort put forth in a relationship the more authentic the relationship comes to be. If people change nothing, nothing will change.
Cell Phones in School Mandi Elrod Staff Writer
Every day, there’s always a student who gets their phone taken up for texting in class. They know the rules, and they know the consequences, yet they continue to do it. Perhaps it’s for the thrill. Or it may be lack of care on their part. Either way, it happens, and someone always ends up getting caught. Phones these days can be used in extraordinary ways. Books and CD’s are available for download on this little device. Many students say it would be smart to allow
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for schoolwork. The school rules have been the same for years. Many of the students, though, do find the rules against cell phones appropriate. “I think they’re good to have in school sometimes, but most of the time they’re distractions and people could use them for an [unfair] advantage. It’s good we don’t use them in school,” junior Ashlie Parish said. In all, cell phones could be good or bad for school. Studies show it would help, but the students think they wouldn’t. To be sure, would be hard to know.
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phones in school, because they can look up and find things easily “I wish they would let us have them, but as a studying tool, other than that, they’re a distraction,” junior Kelly Hughes said. According to The New York times in April of 2010, 8090% of students bring their cell phones to school. 78% of those people they said have them on and 60% of those people use them for texting. Few teachers like to tolerate phones, because of their distracting qualities but some see no problem with students having them to use
Callie Keese Staff Writer
COMMENTARY Stress. It’s a part of everyday life and there is no way to avoid it, but it seems that recently it keeps adding up. Homework, study sessions, meetings, deadlines, UIL, and AP tests that are quickly approaching are sending my head spinning at a thousand miles an hour. Add that to a schedule in which your last completely free weekend was the last weekend of January, and you will achieve the feeling of wanting your head to explode. This year, I am involved in two extracurricular activities, newspaper staff and theatre, along with two UIL events, Journalism Writing and One Act Play. Both of these UIL events involve clinics and meets that happen either during the day or on Saturdays, which basically means that my February, excluding Sundays, was completely dedicated to UIL except for three days: my birthday which was the day after a one act event, Presidents’ Day, which was taken for a youth leadership program, and the
tenth, which is when I took my first ACT. March isn’t any relief, either. I have clinics scattered here and there, an SAT, mock tests, studying for upcoming AP tests, district for Academic UIL, and somehow, I’m supposed to be able to relax during Spring Break when life only gets more hectic from there. April may or may not be promising, depending on how far One Act advances. I never really understood the term “senioritis” until this year, especially second semester. Now that I get home every day at 6 and am expected to read, do whatever homework was assigned that day, eat dinner, get ready for bed, and get some sleep, I fully comprehend the idea of working yourself out. It feels like I have no time to do everything that needs to be finished. My room needs to be cleaned, papers need to be organized, and I need to actually find a college I would like to go to, not to mention the mountain of homework I have to catch up on once I start missing for one act, but that’s not for a while. So, exactly why do I feel like there will be no end to this madness?
My 18th Birthday Melody Jarvis Staff Writer
COMMENTARY I’d like to open this with an explanation. I have done some things I am not proud of and I would like to have a reputation for being myself. A reputation for my work being mine. A recent story under my name was accidentally printed, under whatever pretences in was mistake. As you all [readers, anyone who may care, and the professor who wrote the story] have my word, one that won’t happen again. On to another matter of which I am rather more proud. This April 10th, I turn eighteen. To some this is “just year older and another dollar deeper in debt,” while this may be true, it’s a little more than that to me. To me it’s my coming of age, the turning point of childhood to adulthood. Of course I understand I’ll always be under rule, but I’ll be my own person. My whole life I’d seek and
dominate any opportunity to be ‘adult’, even when it meant sacrificing everything. The last two years I have experienced something: I am not quite sure how to feel about, childhood. Most of my childhood, as in younger years of my life, is a bit of a blur but I remember the constant up brings, and let downs. I have come to realize something though; it wasn’t just I that had to deal with the bad aspects of life. Being a “kid” isn’t so bad, if you’re capable of staying out of trouble. But it’s also something that once you’ve gotten past not being one, you can’t just –poof- and be a kid again. Though it is nice to be a kid, I am looking forward to being an adult. Crazy right? Well, remember who is writing this. I am expecting to go a little insane when it’s appropriate, and when it is time to be mature, I am looking forward to that, too. I am looking forward to working for my living. To getting my paycheck and CONTINUED ON P4
Editorial Policy The Buzz newspaper is a student-generated publication that is produced, edited, and maintained by the DHS journalism staff of room 105. The Buzz encourages student expression and is designed to be a forum for open discussion. As part of its mission to serve as a medium for debate, The Buzz supports and accepts letters to the editor. All submissions must be signed by the author and delivered to Room 105. The staff reserves the right to edit any material. Editorials appearing in The Buzz represent the sole views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the administration or those of the DHS Journalism Department.
Preparing for the AP Tests Study Tips and Helpful Hints to Ready Yourself for the AP Exams in May Callie Keese Staff Writer
With the beginning of the fifth six weeks, thoughts of summer are beginning to slip into the thoughts of most, if not all of DHS students. For a portion of the sophomore, junior, and senior classes, only one thing is standing between them and a three month break of letting their brains turn to mush: AP testing. “[I’m not really nervous this year.] Last year I was nervous because it was the first time I had taken [AP exams], but now I kind of know how they go,” junior Karina Kinghorn said. Although the exams fall on the weeks of May 7th through May 18th, students are already beginning to prepare. “I’ve kind looked over my Cliffs Notes that Mr. Terry has given us and looked over the Princeton Review I got for Schneider’s class, but I haven’t hardcore studied yet,” sophomore Caley McCraw said.
Students have a variety of ways to study from purchasing their own review books if one was not provided for them, to even reading in their text book. “[I look at] all the worksheets
[Mrs. Davidson] gives us. I reread them over and over again, and at night I try to read my text book,” junior Caitlin Cato said. Of course, getting a head start on studying will take a bit of scheduling to balance studying for the AP tests, and class work that is assigned. “I’m going to have to manage my time and plan out that ‘This is going to be AP World study time, and this is going to be Biology study time,’ and I’m just going to have to know that I have to equally study for both,” McCraw said. For those who have never taken an AP test before, don’t worry, teachers are confidant in the success of the student body. “You are smart, prepared, and hungry for success. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, concentrate, and know you can do your best,” AP World History teacher Staci Schneider said.
“Close your eyes, take a deep breath, concentrate, and know you can do your best.” -AP teacher Staci Schneider
Got Change? Have any spare change you don’t want? Well we’ll take it off your hands!
Help donate to get Josh Brown a new set of wheels for the 2012 Touch of Gold marching season *Donations can be made in the office, counselor’s office and the cafeteria during B lunches
Also, on April 3rd from 5-10 p.m., you can go to El Chico and tell your host that you are there for the Josh Brown Fundraiser, so that 10% of your bill will go to helping Josh Brown receive his new chair.
Dependant Teens Mikayla Ross Staff Writer
This is the 21st century. Technology has become the most convenient, accountable, and helpful source of communication and many other commodities, hands down. It allows access to basically anything a person could want from socializing, researching, messaging, etc. For this generation, technology has drawn a major part. It’s become so common that people think it unnatural to not have some form of electronic. Phones, computers, television, and iPods, are all used daily with billions of people all around the world. But what doesn’t meet the eye to a few is how much they use their electronic. Take away a person’s connection to technology for a week, even a day, and it’s possible that they would go completely crazy because they didn’t have the luxury to get on the internet, play music, text, call; they wouldn’t be able to do anything except maybe read a book, sleep, or the unspeakable…do homework. Or maybe even what they were doing before they were even introduced to phones and computers, if they can remember it. “If you’re dependent on your phone then you like to socialize with friends, and also keep up with all the funny Facebook drama,” senior Taylor Bogan joked. This world is so dependent on their phones or any other
form of technology that people don’t even realize it. It’s more of a necessity than a luxury. No one could stay in touch with their friends and family, watch funny cat videos, or play addicting games that run batteries down. They would just have to go back to writing heartfelt letters to each other, but let’s face it, stamps are becoming too expensive now a days (although the price of a phone bill costs more in a month than a stamp will in a year) and not a single person would want to waste money on a stamp. However, it would take a while to send a hand written letter to someone that you needed a quick response too. Letters are nice of course, but a phone is more efficient time-wise. “I think for our generation it is natural to be dependent on our phone but I think that in the long run it doesn’t benefit our communication skills,” sophomore Kelsey Boyd said. Communication is a significant branch for this planet and phones can hinder that personal connection with people in general. Socializing via cellular devise can be extremely addicting, and it’s not something of which someone should be proud of or embarrassed. Learning how to communicate should be more than just a text however, putting the phone down and looking up at the person’s face in conversations is just the first step to being a better communicator both online and off.
AP Test Pricing CONTINUED FROM P1 lunch program will still only pay $5 for each AP exam this year. TEA’s $30 fee waiver, which will still be provided despite budget cuts on regularly priced exams, combined with the College Board’s usual $22 waiver for low income students, will result in the district having to pay a $22 difference, ultimately discounting the price of the AP exam to $5. The FY12 Appropriations bill, passed by Congress in December, budgeted $26.95 million for the AP Program in 2012, intended to fund AP test fee waivers and the AP Incentive Program with an emphasis on the former. The College Board suggests that the budget, although almost half of what has been allotted for the AP Program in recent years, is good considering the current budget climate and an earlier proposal to
eliminate funding altogether. “We feel it is a fairly positive outcome that will help thousands of low-income students to achieve their AP goals,” the College Board said. Carrie Boettger, head DHS counselor, says that this district is able to come up with the difference for the AP test funds because of its past conservative nature. Many schools across the state have laid off teachers in an effort to reduce spending, but DHS is short only two teachers, whose retirement left a foreign language and an art position open this year. This caused some students to be turned away from the art program, and the theatre department is feeling the brunt of the addition of many students needing an art credit. The main effect of budget cuts in DHS is the creation of larger classes.
The Way of the
DHS Word Melody Jarvis Staff Writer
How does information really get around? There are posters, newsletters, e-mail, endless ways of communication. For the DHS students, how does word get around? “I find out information from Mrs. Daniel,” junior Tara Wood said. “She’s the reason I know when to come to school.” Announcements are a popular form of information. “Most of the time I am able to pick out information that I need from the announcements,” junior Emily Schaffer said. “If I don’t hear it from there I am able to find out from teachers or friends.” While the announcements are a form of information, sometimes the intercom isn’t easy for some students to hear. “I try my best to listen to the announcements; however, it is very difficult to hear them because of the noise level in the classroom,” junior Lauren Joie said. Counselors play a role in communication with students, too. “I usually ask Mrs. Phillips or Mrs. Boettger when I need to know something about upcoming events,
college, scholarships, or special tests,(AP, CLEP, SAT, ACT, etc.),” junior Amanda Dumitru said. “I also get the counselors’ emails.” Teachers are around students 5 days a week, at least 8 hours a day, and conversation is bound to happen. “I usually get all of my school information from the announcements.” Junior Joseph Elliott said. “My teachers also usually tell us when something important is coming up.” Also word from junior Farron Whitfield. “I normally find out information from the announcements. If I don’t find out what I need to know there, I usually ask friends, or Mrs. Ivers.” Whitefield said. The efforts of making and hanging posters and flyers pay off when students are informed. “I get mine[information] mostly from my friends, teachers or from posters around the school,” junior Jennifer Fiero-Smith said. When ever there’s a need for information concerning your DHS school, there is always a form of finding it, one just have to look.
Fixed in Commons In Issue 2, Managing Editor Kayla Robinson wrote a commentary in complaint of the lack of water available in the commons and cafeteria during lunches (“No More Water at Lunch”). Recently, students have noticed a water cooler at the back of the commons, sitting below a sign that reads “FREE WATER FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF. WE HEARD THE BUZZZZZZ.” The newspaper staff would like to issue a formal THANK YOU to all of the cafeteria staff for going above and beyond in response to a student’s concern.
Photos by Emilee Bizzle
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connection between April 1 and shenanigans. For the longest time, this was the assumed source of the launch of April Fool’s Day. However, during Medieval Times, New Year’s Day was celebrated on March 25th. In some parts of France, the New Year’s celebration was supposed to have lasted an entire week, leaving it ending on April 1. There are a lot of writers who reckon the nonofficial holiday began due to the mocking that people who celebrated New Years on the 1st of January gave to those celebrating it at the end of March. Either way, it’s safe to say that people will be enjoying the humor and pranks this April Fool’s Day, regardless of its history!
My 18th Birthday CONTINUED FROM P2 being ticked because I deserve more. I’ll expect the worst so I won’t be let down, and so that when something good does come along, it’ll be great. Some people worry for me. They worry that no matter how much freedom I have I’ll always want more. That I’ll run away as soon as I have the opportunity. Maybe a little bit, but I believe that I have played
that role enough. I believe there is only so much freedom one can have before they long for rules. I see my future as diary entries few may know of, but here are the basics. Obviously I plan to graduate high school. I plan to be working by that point, even if it’s just a part-time job. I plan to go out and live on my own at some point, more or less around the time I graduate. I plan to
be going to Grayson County College for my core classes, my idea is to get my core classes out of the way, and then I can start working on a career. I hope to still be with my lovingly found other half, Jaleb Case. Believe it or not he means a lot to me. And of course I feel confident I’ll have family and friends backing me up on my journey. From there it is an open book waiting to be written.
School Rules and How They’ve Evolved Over the Years Mandi Elrod Staff Writer
COMMENTARY Every year is seems that the teachers and administration here at DHS add more rules to our already long list of them. Some rules make sense, any school has them. But there is no need for many of them. I don’t understand how a tiny hole in someone’s pants or a small piercing is supposed to disrupt the entirety of the school. We’re all different in some
way. As students, in a school with as many students as we have, we like to express our individuality through the way we dress or act. Not allowing short shorts and tube tops is understandable, but jeans that are made with holes in them that don’t show much should be allowed. This applies especially to the rules that don’t allow any unnatural color to be in our hair. It makes no sense that feathers and fancy extensions are allowed in one’s hair when hav-
ing hair that is colored orange, or red or even green is not permitted. I have personally never heard one person complain that a color is disrupting their sense of well-being or concentration. The same goes for piercings. A tiny stud in someone’s nose or lip is not going to hurt someone. It just shows that they want to be different. I’m sure that most of the principals, teachers, and staff here at the school were at some point in their life, a little rebellious as to how they
dressed. The rules that we have now probably didn’t even exist when they were in high school. I know for a fact that students were allowed to leave campus to eat lunch back in the 1930’s and 40’s, so what’s changed? The problem is trust. Nobody trusts teens anymore. We’re blamed so much for drugs, violence, and teen pregnancy. Unfortunately those things have been a problem here in this day and age, and so have they always been a problem. Parents have
stopped talking to their children about the essentials, so their children have rebelled. Allowing these things would only help the situation. We’re humans, and as humans we want things we can’t have. If we are allowed to have those things then we’re no longer going to want them as bad. So a few people will have them, and a few won’t. Eventually we’ll all come to some realization that everyone is different, and nobody can really define themselves unless free reign is given.
Fashion and Fun The In-Style Fashion Scene the ever changing style trends in the hungry world of fashion Mikayla Ross Staff Writer
Every year, or every few months, a new “it” style is recreated into the hungry world of fashion. Whether something new and fresh is created out of the ready, idiosyncratic, unique minds of designers or a remake on an old trend. All of the high end fashion trends usually start in Europe, travel overseas to the fashion capital New York, and then disperse from there. Since New York is the fashion capital of North America, it is first to experience and test the different style artwork and trend. While New York is up and running with all the latest apparel, other states
slowly begin to pick up on the contagious new infatuation that has spread. “I’m not really up to date on the whole fashion spurs. I wear sweatpants, or jeans and a shirt and I’m perfectly content,”
senior Rainee Reynolds said. In bigger cities, fashion is like food. People need to have it, people want to have it. They spend more money on clothes than they do necessities. But in smaller towns, fashion isn’t as important. That could be because when the trends hit the southern states, the northern states have already gone through them, and exchanged
that trend for something new months before the southerners even find out about the first trend. It’s a never ending cycle of “monomania”, or a simpler word, “fad”. “I like the fashion styles but I personally don’t follow them. I like what I wear now,” senior M e l i s s a Colson said. The start of a new year won’t mean that 2012 fashion is all completely new. Actually it’s anything but. There’ll be those distinctly new elements and those distinctly new themes, but a lot of the clothing and accessories worn in 2012 will be influenced by the most recent seasons of 2011. Recycling old clothes and DIY seem to be the trend of the seasons.
The addicting, image sharing website is quickly pinning up interest Callie Keese Staff Writer
Recently, the Internet has been plagued with a new website that has infested the minds of females everywhere, Pinterest. From crafts to cooking, this website hosts new ideas that young and old alike are all wanting to re-create no matter how tedious or simple. “I like looking at the photography section because it gives me ideas for photo shoots I can do, and the wedding section because my sister is getting married soon. Plus, I love weddings,” senior Emilee Bizzle said. Although the website is fairly new, there have not been many huge problems with the site reported. Even copyright has not been a very big problem. Although the website is very simple to use, the problems to arise are often annoying and out of the websites control. “I don’t know if it’s really Pinterest, but my app takes forever to load. It’s always lagging,” junior Sydney Muldrew said. The site was developed in 2009, then proceeded to a
closed-beta version in March of 2010. It is now an open site, once you have requested an invitation, either from the site itself or from a friend who has an account. “It sounds really lame, but my mother invited me because none of my friends would. [It took] like
two months [to get accepted,” senior Heather O’Roark said. Users have the option to log into Pinterest using their Facebook or Twitter account. Because of that, every time a user likes or repins a picture it will be sent to their Facebook or Twitter for their friends to see. “[I found out from] all of my friends and Facebook. It seems like every day there was something new like, ‘Oh my god! There’s
something new about Pinterest! It’s amazing! You should really try it’”, O’Roark said. The website is very smart about logging in with different website accounts. Because the activity on Pinterest is directly reported back to Facebook or Twitter, more than just Pinterest users are seeing the items on it. “I heard people talking about it and it sounded really cool and I wanted to see what it was like, and now I’m addicted to it. I get on it more than I get on Facebook,” Muldrew said. In December of 2011, the site entered into the Top Ten Social Networks with eleven million visits per week, and a month later, it caused more traffic to retailers than Liked In, YouTube, and Google +. Despite the fact that the current set up seems to be a big hit, some are hoping for a few improvements. “They should make a “post to your Pinterest” icon that you can download to your web browser that would be on your tool bar, that way if you saw something on a website you were on, you would just click it and it would go to your Pinterest,” Bizzle said.
5 Does Dressing Down Dig You Deeper into the Dumps? A commentary on dressing well despite feeling terrible was featured on Sparklife.com this February. Do you think what you wear determines your mood? Kayla Robinson Managing Editor
COMMENTARY We’ve all had those days: days that we’d much rather spend scarfing down vanilla frosting, watching bad reruns of Parental Control on MTV, and crying our eyes out over something just so terribly awful that no one would understand, ever. This is usually not an option, however, because according to some fantastically impeccable cosmic law, all “bad days” must occur right before at least three major AP class tests, a Spanish-to-Klingon club practice, and, indubitably, picture day. Most of us would love to continue to wallow in sorrow and unpreparedness by yanking on some sweatpants four sizes too big and trudging down the hallways, but maybe dressing down on ‘bad days’ perpetuates feelings
of worthlessness. To dress up on a day that you’d rather shrink into your desk is almost physically impossible. Or so says the alarm clock set for 6 AM. On “bad days,” that cute summer dress that requires the fastening of 30 buttons to put on looks more like a poison trap that would cause actual attentiveness and consideration for the world than a fun way to amp up your outlook on life. However, “bad days” don’t mean you have to throw your wardrobe out the window while screaming, “Why are you so upsetting?!” Dressing relatively well is a fast and easy way to cheer up. Compliments and appreciative nods are two things that will ultimately turn a “bad day” into a possibly rewarding experience.
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Being “Called To Compete” Means Long Hours of Practice and Competitions on Days Away From School, But The Thrill of Victory Is Worth It All Mandi Elrod Staff Writer
For many of the students here at Denison High School, UIL is one of the most important things to them. Nothing feels better than winning an award for doing what you love to do, and being known for it. The subjects include: -Duo -Persuasive speaking -informative speaking -Humorous -Dramatic -Original Oratory -Number Sense
-Current Events and Issues -Ready Writing -Calculator Applications -Computer Applications -Spelling -Accounting -Science -Literary Criticism -Feature Writing -Computer Science -Editorial Writing -Social Studies -Headline Writing -Math -News Writing These competitions, each
in their own, are challenged by some very unique and talented people. Students who walk among us, that dedicate their time to learning those things that some find useless. UIl is not only a competition, it brings people together to learn and compete side by side. Friends are gained, as well as enemies, but no matter what, inside the hearts of every student a fire burns a healthy flame of wisdom, knowlege, and confidence. It has been said that some
people say that it’s a waste of time, because spending a day during the weekend doing work is useless. But the students who devote their time, have a bigger picture in their head, and they follow it. Without the dedication of these people we wouldn’t have UIL. Without dedication we wouldn’t have sports, or clubs, or extra things that keep high school more than just school. It’s these extra things that make people happy to be a part of something.
Trouble in Iran: The Bigger Picture Delaina Kirby Staff Writer
The U.S. Treasury Department disrupted a Dubai-based banking operation that Washington believes had become Tehran’s primary conduit for evading international sanctions and processing its oil sales. The effort was particularly sensitive because the targeted institution in the United Arab Emirates is partly owned by the local government of Dubai, a close U.S. ally. In mid-December, Noor Islamic Bank agreed to close off
Delaina Kirby Staff Writer
This February 26th the 84th Oscar Awards aired at 7 pm CT time on ABC. The nominations were presented by Jennifer Lawrence at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills and hosted by Billy Crystal. Listed below are the winners:
what the people briefed on the operation characterized as Iran’s single-largest channel for repatriating foreign-currency oil receipts- facilitating as much as 60 percent of Iran’s foreign oil sales by late last year. Last year, Iran is estimated to have earned more than $80 billion from oil exports - transactions that came under increasing pressure over the course of 2011 as U.S. sanctions also closed Tehran’s banking channels in India, East Asia and Europe. The move comes as US and European Union sanctions
against Iran have made it difficult for buyers to make dollar payments to Iranian banks. Mahmoud Bahmani, the governor of Iran’s central bank, is reported to have said that the country would accept payment in gold “without any reservation.” As part of the sanctions, the EU has passed a ban on buying Iranian oil. The EU’s move will prohibit any company, in any member state, from buying oil from Iran after the first of July. At the present, the EU accounts for 20% of Iran’s exports.
However China, the biggest purchaser of Iranian oil, has said it will continue imports, as will India. The US already has a ban on Iranian oil in place. Iran has the world’s thirdlargest oil reserves. Crude oil is predominantly traded in US dollars, but Iran already accepts payment in other currencies. Separately, Dubai’s Noor Islamic Bank said on Wednesday that it had ended any dealings with Iranian financial institutions back in December, as a result of US sanctions against working with Iranian banks.
Best Supporting Actress:
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Robert Richardson, Hugo
Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Original Screenplay: Best Documentary Feature: Woody Allen, Midnight In Paris
Issue 5 Credit Correction:
The “Republican Presidential Bid” article that appeared in Issue 4 of “The Buzz” was written by Stormy Anderson, not Jessie Johnson. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Best Animated Film: Rango Best Animated Short: The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore
Best Adapted Screenplay: Best Documentary Short: Best Foreign Language Film: Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne, and Jim Rash, The Descendants
Iran, Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
Best Picture: The Artist
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Rachel’s Challenge Kicks Back Up Melody Jarvis Staff Writer
Rachel was the first victim of The Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999. It was the mark of the turn of the century and to this day Rachel leaves her legacy behind. Rachel was known to be kind hearted and easy to like. She generally made the right decisions and wanted to help others. Today schools around the world are keeping her alive by organizing opportunities for Rachel’s Challenge. DHS has chains all-around the school, made from links with the kind things students, teachers, or maybe visitors have done. The mere thought that one good action can cause a chain reaction is an important one to DHS. “Right now I’d like to see, or hear about when students are taking up for other students whether intervening in school or cyber space,” Counselor Yolanda Ivers said. “Something my dad used to tell my sister and I, ‘If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” My dad was a cop; he knew all the dirt on everybody and never said anything ugly about others.” “Remember that kindness is a choice we make every day.” Mrs. Ivers said. “We can choose to build people up, or to take
people down. I strive to build people up. Another thing is to not neglect Rachel’s brother Kreg’s story. To me his is a story of redemption as well. He lost
he didn’t. He worked hard to fight his anger and bitterness. Now he is a better man for it and strives to help others. We can’t control out circumstances, but
From left to right: junior Shanay Davis, junior Kristina Moore, and sophomore Kanika Cox Photo by: Katelyn Montgomery
so much that fateful day- his sister, his friends, his innocence as he watched friends brutally murdered. No one would blame him if he had just given up. But
we can control our reactions.” Rachel’s story affects students everywhere. Here is just one person. “During the previous Rachel’s
Challenge assembly, I was going through a difficult time due to the loss of someone dear to me.” Junior James Wright explains. “During that week I was so lost on what I wanted to do in life and after the assembly it came to my attention that I want to be a public announcer and share that story of Rachel. Opening the eyes of others to see the kindness and beauty in life is very valuable to me, and best part is, I am not stopping there. I am involved with a Men’s Journey Organization that will allow me to travel across the world to help educate, provide homes, clothes, and personal faith to those who need it. And if I can just change one life, I believe my goals and journey will be complete. I will continue to work at it, until the day I die.” Choices are a part of life, but what you choose is what counts. “Choices- All of us have the capacity to enjoy our personal decisions when they favor us. The true measure of our maturity comes when we make a decision that creates adversity and even grieving. Decide well so that your outcome is pleasant and peaceful no matter the situation. Either way it’s your decision and you’ll have to live with it forever.” DHS Science Teacher Mr. Hunt said.
Standing Up Against Bullies One DHS Sophomore Believes Bullying Has No Place In School Bri Crabtree
Bullies, What people really don’t realize is when people say stop, they mean it. So why is this? Can we not keep our mouths shut and just leave others alone? Do our lives suck that bad? What I want to know is why we do this. Well? Anyone? Well here’s why, because we are pathetic, sick, disgusting beings. That’s right. I said it. I TOLD THE TRUTH. Here’s to you Morons who pick on my friends: Leave them alone. They don’t do anything to you so just shut up, and go away. Just because we ain’t “normal” don’t mean we are sideshow freaks. Understand?
The Help Book Review Mikayla Ross Staff Writer
COMMENTARY I can figure what you’re going to say; why am I doing a book review over a book that’s been out since 2009 and has a movie out that’s already on DVD? The answer is simple: because I want to. Plus, I just recently finished the book, The Help, a few months ago and I loved it so much I thought it just couldn’t go ignored. Kathryn Stockett, the author, really brought the hardships of the 1960s to life. She truly knew the meaning of pushing the limit; there was no beating around the bush with The Help. It was all truth spoken through the words on the paper. It’s both a heart-warming and heartwrenching compelling novel. I felt happiness and sadness. I laughed, I sympathized. I felt
what they felt. Now, those who have read the book might agree with me on how captivating and sophisticated The Help is. I would find myself lost in the story, as if I was watching my whole imagination of the book unfold right before my eyes. It was just like a movie inside my mind. The whole plot line is interesting, not to mention the three main characters we follow. Two black maids, Aibileen and Minnie, join together with a white socialite, Skeeter, to create more than just a book about the black domestic maids of Jackson, Mississippi; it’s a story
of the struggles these southern women have to face daily with their jobs, family, friends, and race in the fabricated town of ‘Niceville, Mississippi’ although, it’s far from being anything nice. What really made me love The Help was how realistic it was and how much it made me think about the past and how different today’s world is. We have definitely changed with the seasons with acceptance, even though we could still use more work, race isn’t as much of a huge problem in this society as it once was.
It’s amazing to think about how a little over 50 years ago, there was separations for the Black and White and also for the Indians, Asians, and Hispanics. We have grown immensely as a nation and that is what I loved about The Help. It is written history, not just fiction about maids. The characters may be fabricated, however, the situation is completely true. So, all in all, I conclude that The Help is a definite must on the list of books to read. Although the ending, for me, was my least favorite part (I thought it could have ended another way), it is extremely enjoyable. Sometimes you just need a break from the fantasy novels and paranormal romances and just read something inspirational, humorous and loving.
Varsity and JV Cheerleading: What’s the Difference?
might begin to wonder how the jobs and responsibilities are split up between squads and how the squads are different from one another. “They differ because at the JV games we have a little group of people that come out to support so we have to be extra loud to make up for the supporters that aren’t there,” Junior Varsity cheerleader Miranda Poe said. When at the games, it’s the cheerleaders’ number one priority to make the players feel encouraged to d o their best and give their all, but the determination that is used in making the team to begin with is an entirely different story. “Even though we are Junior Varsity, we work just as hard as Varsity so we can be known. Since we’re going to be on Varsity next year we are working hard to secure a spot for Nationals, but we can’t achieve that unless we work hard,” Junior Varsity cheerleader Makensie
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JV Cheerleaders MakenzieThompson and Katie Campbell. Photo by: Emilee Bizzle
next year’s Varsity squad. They’re pushing just as hard as the older girls, but some differ-
leader Taylor Lester said. The cheerleaders are here to Staff Writer support the teams – all of them. On the court or on the field, Students see them all their spirit goes beyond imaround the school durpressive. However, their ing pep rallies, games, obligations to be there in halls, and classfor the teams go fures… but what really ther than cheering at sets the cheerleaders games. of Denison High “We plan School apart from all of the pep being generic rallies, as well supporters? The as a perforkids of DHS mance of our have gotten used own. Of course to their cheeryou see us on the leaders’ faces, but field and court, many haven’t givbut we also decorate en them the recogthe locker rooms and nition of what their provide the teams job, as being reprewith good luck snack sentatives of the High bags,” Varsity cheerSchool, really is. leader Brit“As a cheerleader my re- Varsity Cheerleader Krystalyn Bruckman tany Corwin said. Photo by: Emilee Bizzle sponsibilities As the are to encourage squad memand represent Denison High School. It is the bers put extra effort into supcheerleader’s responsibility to porting the sports teams, many stand behind the Yellow Jackets might notice how there is more through the wins and through than one squad working to make the losses,” Junior Varsity cheer- school spirit a priority. One
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A Word Not in These DHS Students’ Vocabularies Jamie Branscum Editor-in-Chief
Football season ends, and some of DHS forgets the Touch of Gold Band, Color Guard, and even the Stingerettes.
Sophomore Bryan Batts performs in the Jazz Band
However, the end of the football games is only the beginning of a new season for these three DHS groups. “We continue to practice in a concert orientated fashion. Once the ‘Friday Night Lights’ go out, we become a stage band. Our Symphonic, Concert, and Jazz bands go to contests, and the Jazz Ensemble plays gigs in the community. Individuals and small groups compete at UIL Solo and Ensemble for the chance to go to state. Needless to say, we are not a ‘dead’ organization at the end of football season, we simply switch gears,” Head Drum Major Chris McClenny said. Band practices continue
before and after school each day, and the next event is the Colorado Winter Park Festival from April 4th -8th. Contests for some band members are in the middle of April. Regionals for Color Guard was the weekend of February 18th and Nationals March 31st. “After football season Color Guard starts preparation for spring season. We practice every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 4 to 6,” sophomore Color Guard member Carson Avery said. The Stingerettes practice every morning at 7:45 and on Tuesdays and Thursdays they practice at the Golden Rule gym after school. “After football season is when we start gearing up for competition, which is [the
ences do remain. “Responsibilities of a Varsity member are a big step up from Freshmen and JV’s. Our coaches expect Varsity to set an example for the younger girls, and our outside commitments are usually Varsity only. By making activities a Varsity job, the JV and Freshmen admire a Varsity member’s role,” Varsity cheerleader Brittany Corwin said. Never having an off-season and constantly working hard to get to the next step, makes for a difficult job. The cheerleaders of Denison High School are determined to work hard to be the best squads they can be each year. Being the faces of DHS has a huge responsibility attached to it, and there’s no way it comes to be without hard work. “It is a huge responsibility,” Varsity cheerleader, Tara Wood said.
Stingerette Captain Karyssa Lott Photos by: Taylor Reedy
weekend of February 18th] in Quinlan, TX. We are taking two team routines, an advanced jazz, 3 officer routines, and 7 solos,” Stingerette Rachael Carney said. Tryouts for the Stingerettes begin in April. After the competition in Quinlan, they started preparing for the spring show. Students will be able to see all three of these DHS groups perform during football season next school year, but their seasons don’t end as soon as the football lights go out.
Tori Fryar Andy Hooker Bailey Meek Lora Lee Butler Rainy Norris Martha Hayes These incredible athletes swim 4,000 to 5,000 meters a day at practice, propelling their team to victory in a great season.
DHS Word Search Puzzle What Are You So Afraid Of? KHHRWA P R I L FOO L S K P R N E T E X A S A X P F Y S P B R OK R S DN E I R F R B E C O U OWM OM B D S S O E W S H Z C Z M E HMN R Q L V S S S X S S N Z OMKO F J S G H L A G OW C V A J O J HT P TMO L N K P KHN C ZH E P KOA O C I C O I T OWP K TWO A N H Q R A G O H V O C I S MM S N C D P L OWZ D A L S VF DO F S O S B L S I J WE P OL S O R H AW C D D I L N SMR I V F P G P Y X J UN I OR T N I V Z R I T Y CW F O K OQE XT DX O H YM B X R R T EDR GT R E D Y M F April Fools Black Buzz Classes Denison Freshman
Friends Gold High School Homework Jackets Junior
Prom School Pride Senior Sophomore Spring Texas
Fear of Washing or Bathing
Bibliophobia Fear of Books
Chrometophobia Fear of Money
Fear of objects right of the body.
Ephebiphobia -Fear of teenagers
Fear of France or French Culture
Geumaphobia Fear of Taste
Gyelophobia Fear of glass
Linonophobia Fear of string
Novercaphobia Fear of your step-mother
Fear of the number 8
Porphyrophobia Fear of the color purple
Symmetrophobia Fear of symmetry
Fear of the color/word yellow.
Did you know? In France, April Fool’s is celebrated by taping a paper fish to someone’s back and saying “Poisson d’Avril”, meaning April Fish, when he/she discovers the fish on his/her back. Monica Eslick, Tyler Earley, and Brandon Clark
Coach White Announces Transfer
After eight seasons of coaching at DHS, Coach White has announced his plans to move to Tennessee Jamie Branscum Editor-in-Chief Denison High School’s own Coach Cody White will be moving to Brentwood, Tennessee to be the Athletic Director/ Head Football Coach at Brentwood Academy. In his career at DHS, Coach White has influenced football players to work hard in everything they do. “Outside of immediate family he has influenced me more than any other man… I could always look towards him for advice, and I know he trusted me to be a leader on the field and in the locker-room just as I trusted him to always do what is right for us. He not only developed successful football teams, but successful young men,” senior Varsity football player Connor Counce said. Coach White is like a second father to Counce, who even says that he is a “better person” now than before meeting Coach White. Coach White and his eldest daughter will be finish-
ing the year at Brentwood and returning home to Denison on the weekends, while his wife, DHS Librarian Lori White, and two other daughters will be finishing the current school year in Denison. “While this is not ideal, I’m excited to be able to finish the year at DHS. I will definitely miss my husband and oldest daughter during the week, but I’m excited they get to go ahead and start the new adventure at Brentwood,” Mrs. White said. Some students will also miss Mrs. White, some of whom are seniors who have worked as her library aids. “She is a very busy person and has a wonderful personality and I enjoyed working with her,” senior Mikel Knapp said. Mrs. White, as well, has enjoyed DHS students and faculty. “Wow, what will I miss about DHS… everything… The students and faculty are absolutely wonderful. I will miss their smiles and positive attitudes. The excitement on a student’s face when a book or-
der comes in or new bookmarks are put out to take will be hard to replace,” Mrs. White said. Coach White will also miss the students, players, and faculty at DHS. “It will be tough to leave this community. We felt it was an incredible opportunity to allow our girls the chance to be a part of Brentwood Academy,” Coach White said. Coach White is not leaving DHS because the football teams have won fewer games than normal the past two seasons. Rather, coaching at Brentwood, he said, is an opportunity as a family that they “could not pass up.” “As far as him leaving, I feel as if people may think he is ‘running’ from the last two ‘down’ seasons. I know Coach White well, and this is false. My personal opinion is that he is doing what he feels is best for him and his family. I’m sad he is leaving, because Denison has lost a great man, but I’m glad for getting the chance to know him,” Counce said.
Photos by DHS Journalism Staff