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Overcoming cancer

Millions are affected by cancer in the world, and it is no surprise that it invades the lives of some at Dorman High. PAGE 10

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The Cavalier welcomes and encourages any and all letters to the editor. All letters are subject to editing for libel, grammar, content, and space. Letters should be signed and brought to Mrs. Gallman in room B105. Some material is courtesy of American Society of Newspaper editors/MCT Campus High School Newspaper Service. Discriminations of all persons is prohibited with regard to the provision of educational opportunities and benefits on the basis of race, color national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability in Spartanburg County School District Six as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendment Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding discrimination policies: Mr. Gregory Cantrell, Title VI, VII, and IX Coordinator, and Dr. Allan Eggert, Director of Special Services, 1390 Cavalier Way, Roebuck, S.C. 29376.

BIGGER AND BETTER Zach Wingo Staff Writer


ere at Dorman, the students have a lot of luxuries that other schools do not get to enjoy. The newest edition to the Cavalier Nation is the new and improved Jumbo-tron on the football field, which adds to Dorman’s upgraded stadium. “It’s a very neat and great addition to the Cavalier Nation; I can’t wait to see it in action at the football games,” senior Alex Brown said. The Jumbo-Tron is a massive scoreboard that exceeds all other high schools’ scoreboards in the state; it’s a staggering 27ft x 32ft.

“We are very excited to have this state of the art video board in Cavalier stadium. I believe it will enhance our fan gameday experience with Dorman athletics. I hope our students will enjoy it, and we look forward to showing many great crowd shots during our games,” Flynn Harrell the athletic director said. The football players love the new Jumbo-tron. “Honestly, it’s a great and cool feeling to look up from the field after making a play and seeing it again in slow motion,” senior and defensive end Daquan Mickens said. Dorman athletes and fans can take pride in the new Jumbo-Tron.

photo courtesy of Ed Overstreet Senior and Defensive End Daquan Mickens was featured on the Jumo-Tron at the Dorman @ Greenwood game.

Dorman unveils new Jumbo-Tron

Sports attracting non-athletes

the second year for intramurals at Dorman

Sydney Jarrett Staff Writer


lot of students here at Dorman are involved in sports; they practice extremely hard day after day to be the best. It takes time, time some students just do not have. Dorman introduced the Intramural Program to students last fall with flag football and continued in the Spring with ultimate frisbee. Intramurals has already had a great impact on the students at Dorman in just a year. Students being able to create their own rosters allow them to reach out to other students they might not have prevously known and include them on their team. “The building of these friendships I believe will go way beyond the flag football team, but for a lifetime,” Mr. Ryan Switzer said. Last year approximately 20 percent of Dorman’s nonathletic student body signed up to participate. “I signed up for intramurals because I wasn’t doing anything at Dorman,” Junior Terence Enn said. “It was a great way for me and my friends to do some bonding.” Not only did non-athletes enjoy the intramural experience, but off-season athletes also enjoyed the more relaxed friendly competition.

“It’s nice to get out there with friends and play with no real pressure to win,” Junior Tyler Johnson said. “We’re just having fun.” Intramurals is still growing. Now, one year down, students are excited and eager to sign up again.

photo by Coach Switzer Junior Destyn Lee throws a pass to one of his intramural teammates.


Hope is on the Way Dorman High School “Dorman High School is working to prevent bullying and program working to to provide a fun and safe place to be” - Mr. Kiser eradicate bullying among student body Edder Sanchez Staff Writer


magine that on the way to class one day, you see someone who is being bullied. You observe the situation and do nothing about it. Now imagine how the student who was being bullied feels. You could have made an impact on that kid’s life if you would have told someone, but you decided you did not want to get into his/ her business. According to, about 47 kids get bullied every five minutes in the United States of America. Students who are bullied often feel worthless or that people do not like him/ her because he/she got bullied and because no one reached out to help. Bullying can leave scars in people’s lives. It can lead to depression and even suicide. “People who bully have low self esteem; their intentions are to make themselves feel better,” Principal Ken Kiser said. According to The OLWEUS student survey that Dorman students took last year, 90 percent of the students who attend Dorman High School say that they don’t receive any type of bullying. The other 10 percent experience some type of bullying, The types of bullying include: physical bullying, verbal bullying, indirect bullying, social bullying/relational aggression and cyber bullying. Physical bullying is when you hurt someone: hitting, shoving, and pushing. Verbal bullying is all done by speaking. For example, calling someone derogatory names, spreading rumors,

threatening somebody, or making fun of someone is considered verbal bullying. Verbal bullying is the most common bullying among teenagers. Social bullying/relational aggression is done with the intent to ruin someone’s reputation or social standing. This can include spreading rumors about others around school or encouraging others to ignore one person. This type of bullying is common among teenage girls. Cyber bullying happens especially through emails, text messages, and social networking sites. Cyberbullying is the most common bullying in the United States. “The school is concerned with solving the problem,” Assistant Principle Mr. Roberson said. Dorman High School has strong consequences, and bullying can lead to expulsion. “Dorman High School is working to prevent bullying and to provide a fun and safe place to be,” Mr. Kiser said. “Anything we can do for our students to make them feel safe at school is important.” We interviewed students about their thoughts about bullying. “It’s an outlet for people who have no self confidence and who want to feel superior by making others feel inferior,” junior Madi Crocker said. Bullying is a weapon to hurt feelings. Students need to come together to battle bullying and help each other this school year. Together, we can make a big difference. There will always be help at Dorman High School.

photo by Sydney Jarrett From left to right: Brian Ward (10), Courtney Burgess (10), Rebekah Roberson (11), Shelby Anderson (11), Deidra Hunter (10), and Coree Williams (10) join hands to show their support for Dorman’s advancement in the fight to eliminate bullying.


A school society for philosophy


has started, but for any person who still wants to join, it is always open to new members. If a person is interested, the only thing he/she has to do is talk to Mr. Smith. Then the individual would be reviewed and added to the club depending on if they meet the standards.

The club is designed

-Victoria Ledford

to promote open-minded and

is the single best

Questioning our own beliefs and habits

way to strengthen them

rom the signs in the cafeteria to idle chat in the halls, Philosophy Club is all over Dorman. Students across the school are talking about Philosophy, wondering what it is. According to a senior philosophy club member Jennifer Marlow, Philosophy Club is a place to debate and consider different aspects of various topics. “Philosophy (Club) touches all aspects of life. Discussions can be scientific, ethical, introspective, political, or another relevant topic,” member and Senior Victoria Ledford, said. The current practices are clear, but one would wonder about the origins of this club. The two founders of the Philosophy club are seniors Victoria Ledford and Sana Alimohamed. “I wanted to initiate a society that would allow for coherent, intelligent discussion of thought systems and philosophies,” Ledford said when asked why she wanted to make philosophy club. “High Schoolers somehow are completely self-absorbed without actually doing

any self-examination. An introduction to higher levels of thinking and living would benefit all of us.” Ledford and Alimohamed both feel strongly about the education of their fellow students. That’s the reason why they have been campaigning so strongly for the news of their club to get out. “With the signs we wish to show how Philosophy club can be interesting and related to in a fun way,” Alimohamed, said. As of September 5, 2012, 26 students signed up for Philosophy Club only a week after campaigning started. The posters and morning announcements have opened the eyes of the students. “I want to find out more about philosophy and what I believe,” Junior Ben Coomes said when asked why he signed up for Philosophy club. There are other students like Ben who are interested. “I would join (Philosophy),” Junior, Sheila Tan said. Tan says that she once sat in on a Philosophy club meeting but was not in the club at the time. She says from what she saw, she would join. Students have signed up, and the club

versatile thinking

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STEM class: Project Lead the Way Rachel Dean Staff Writer


orman has been offering STEM classes (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). It helps students develop critical reasoning and problem solving skills that will help them in the future. Dorman, starting this year, is now offering Project Lead the Way courses. The curriculum includes Biomedical Sciences (Bioengineering and Human Body Systems) and Pathway to Engineering. If you have any interest in one of those professions, or if you are a project-based learner, then trying the class would be a great way to find out if that career path is right for you. In the class, students create, design, build, discover, collaborate, and solve problems. But also, other math and science skills will be applied. “There are no textbooks; it is discovery-based learning and a teamwork driven curriculum,” said Science teacher and

photo by Sydney Jarrett

golf coach, Lewis Terry. Coach Terry had two weeks of vigorous training in Columbia this past summer for the biomedical branch. “I am VERY excited about these courses starting. The class is exciting and offers students many challenging and enjoyable labs while learning about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases” expressed Coach Terry. PLTW is a non-profit organization and will not cost you a dime, so it’s just like taking a regular science or math course here at Dorman. In the future, college credit will be available for PLTW classes, and in the Spring a human anatomy class will be offered. If any students would like to take any of these classes, see guidance to talk about joining one or make sure you sign up for next year’s courses if this is of interest to you!


Find out how to “score” with the SAT

Sarah Bradley Staff Writer


s juniors and seniors are entering their final years of high school, the SAT is beginning to enter the minds of many students. The standardized test is broken up in to three portions: math, reading, and writing, and can be taken multiple times. This exam is very important for students to kick off their college careers because colphoto by Sarah Bradley leges view these scores when Junior Marissa Adkins explains freshmen begin to apply. It is that she will be taking the exam crucial for students to get a re- for the first time and is nervous, spectable score to be accepted but has been studying. into their school of choice. While your peers begin to study for the college entrance exam, it is clear to see that it is very important to be prepared. Clearly it is never too early to begin prepping. Junior Marissa Adkins, who is taking the exam for the first time is “nervous about it, but is very ready to the score back so [she] can improve and retry again to get the best score possible.” More often than not, when students were asked if they were taking the exam, the majorities of answers were “I do not know, maybe” or just flat out “no.” The goal to get into a good college should never be forgotten through all the stressful times that the SAT can cause. Possessing a higher-than-average score will ensure you will attract more schools rather than those who did not do as well. The SAT is the first step to further education, which is why a lot of students can become nervous and do not test to their full ability. Testing more than once actually encourages students to earn the best score possible.

Back to School Survival Angel Fodor Staff Writer


different place, more people, and unknown expectations: a new school. Imagine your first day of high school at an entirely new place. School can be very hectic for students, and a big school and thousands of people on the first day has the potential to be extremely intimidating. Students feel stress from trying to decide what to wear, not knowing what lunch they have, and wondering who all is in their classes. They also feel excitement to unite with old friends and meet new ones. All of these emotions felt on the first day clash and cause problems. There is chaos from busses running late and people getting lost, to the cafeteria being so crowded that students are sitting on the floor and sharing seats. Even with this chaos, students are excited to move to the high school. “I was very excited to come up to the main campus and meet new people,” Sophomore Nicholas Hughes said. Sophomores could not wait to finally be at the main campus. Many juniors and seniors dreaded the sophomores coming up to the main campus. “I don’t want the sophomores to come to the main campus,” junior Alexsis Davis said, “Those sophomores act like they are better than us.” No junior or senior wants to feel less than someone younger than them, and many were intimidated by the amount of sophomores this year. “It’s like all you see are sophomores in the halls,” Junior Purity Hamilton said. Most sophomores were worried about this situation. “I thought the first day would be really scary because I was scared that I would do something wrong,” Sophomore Coree Williams said. Despite their differences, the students have manageged to survive.

photo by Sydney Jarrett On the first day of school, teachers advise their students to come to class prepared every day if they expect to make a good grade.


Going above and beyond Not the average teacher Sydney Jarrett Staff Writer


hat makes a great teacher? Is it the teacher who does not assign homework or the teacher who lets you have a phone in class? While all that may be good, students forget the most important quality, a teacher who cares. Mrs. Murphy is a prime example of a teacher who cares and loves her students. Mrs. Murphy has been teaching Friench and creating fun teaching environments for twenty-three years, six of those at Dorman. Mrs. Murphy has a unique and very special teaching strategy. She believes “trust, love and respect” are important parts of forming a healthy teacherstudent relationship. “If students love and respect a teacher, they will learn,” Mrs. Murphy explained. Junior Rebekah Roberson has been taking French from Mrs. Murphy for two years and loves the language because of her teaching methods. “She’s like a second mom to me,” Roberson said. She’s amazing and really cares about all of her students. She is definitely one of my favorite teachers!” One student in particular has a one of a kind relationship with Mrs. Murphy: Junior Luke Murphy. Murphy is the middle child of big brother Josh Murphy, a sophomore at Clemson, and little sister Anna Kate Murphy. Murphy has the unusual privilege of calling his teacher “mom.” While some students would consider that punishment, Murphy has a different opinion. “She is harder on me, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I couldn’t have greater teacher or mom,” Luke Murphy explained. Mrs. Murphy does more than just teach. She loves finding ways for students to get involved with Dorman. Pep Club is on the rise again thanks to Mrs. Murphy. Dorman has a great tradition of school spirit, but it has waned in the past several years. With Pep Club, Mrs. Murphy hopes to rekindle that spirit and show that it can be cool to have spirit. Aside from school, she loves to garden and take care of her family. Mrs. Murphy believes in growing from hard times and not giving up. In October 2010, her father was murdered. After experiencing such a traumatic event, Mrs. Murphy was able to overcome thet tragedy and grow from it. “It taught me a lot about making sure the people around you know you love them,” Mrs. Murphy said. “I am still learning some hard lessons about forgiveness and acceptance.”

photo by Sydney Jarrett Mrs. Murphy enjoys the company of her son, junior Luke Murphy.

photo by Sydney Jarrett Long time friends Mrs. Gossett (left) and Mrs. Murphy (right) have fun during class change after a busy school day.

Mrs. Murphy plays many different roles. To some she is a mother. To others, she is teacher or friend. Mrs. Gossett and Mrs. Murphy have been close friends since 7th grade. Mrs. Gossett describes her as being the same wonderful person at school as she is outside of school. “What you see is what you get,” Mrs. Gossett said. “She is light-hearted, creative, and fun all the time.”


Which College Is Right For You?

Marissa Fleming Staff Writer 1) What area of South Carolina would you like to study in? a. Columbia b. Clemson, Upstate c. Charleston, Coastal Region

2) What major is the most appealing to you? a. Health Education and Fitness b. Science and Engineering c. Business and Commerce

3) How many students would you like to attend school with? a. Around 30,000 b. Around 20,000 c. Between 10-12,000

4)What is your tuition range? a. $10-15,000 b. $13-21,000 c. $21-22,000

Amber Lowe Staff Writer


5)What colors sound best to you? a. Garnet and Black b. Purple and Orange c. Maroon and Black

6) What would you want your average class size to be? a. 20- 30 Students b. 20-50 Students c. 25 Students

7) What is the best mascot to you? a. Gamecocks b. Tigers c. Cougars

8)What sport do you want your school to represent? a. Baseball b. Football c. Volleyball

Mostly As University of South Carolina, in Columbia Mostly Bs Clemson University, in Clemson

Mostly Cs College of Charleston, in Charleston

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A student’s courageous battle with cancer Kathleen Roberson Senior Editor of 2011 estimates about 1,638,910 new cases of cancer to be diagnosed in the year 2012. That is almost 110 times more than the Dorman High School football stadium maximum capacity. About 577,190 Americans will die from cancer this year, more than 1,500 people a day. These statistics are the scary truths of cancer and how prominent it is in the lives of everyone, whether it is a friend, a family member, a teacher, or a church leader. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Globally, about 7,6 million people die from the disease each year. On December 4, 2011, junior Sandra Aboulhosn was diagnose with Hodgkins Lymphoma Stage 2B, and became one of those new cases. Not only did that day change her life,


but it gave her a 16th birthday that is impossible to forget. “Of course when you’re pretty much being told that your life could come to an end shortly, you panic,” junior Sandra Aboulhosn said. “it was definitely shocking and totally unexpected, but I just focused on one thing, remission, I stayed very positive.” From diagnosis, the next step was treatment. Aboulhosn underwent three rounds of chemotherapy until she was pronounced cancer free on Jan. 31. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to experience,” Aboulhosn said. “I wanted to give up so many times, but I always knew that God would never put me through something I couldn’t handle. It’s made me such a strong person, and it’s opened my eyes to a whole new aspect of life.” At the age of sixteen, Aboulhosn was forced to face a life-altering illness, but she shares that her family and friends who surrounded her during that time helped her get through the scary experience. The entire experience taught her to be more appreciative of what she has.

“Cancer is a curse and a blessing. It’s a curse because it’s frightening, and can lead to death. It’s a blessing because it lets you appreciate everything you have,” Aboulhosn said. “Before being diagnosed, I was only worried about the materialistic things. Now, I appreciate everything so much more. It really opens your eyes. I feel like it’s made me a whole new person.” Aboulhosn explains that after diagnosis, she was confined to being homeschooled, had to give up sports, and was isolated for her friends. Imagine being in the middle of sophomore year and suddenly being homebound and being forced to give up regular activities such as practice after school or seeing a movie with friends. On a Tuesday afternoon, she was given the news that she was cancer free, and although the results and outcomes are still present in her life, she is able to move on as a survivor who has defeated cancer as a teenager. “I was so relieved. I knew that God wouldn’t let me down. Although, I still stay worried,” Aboulhosn said. “Even though it’s gone now, I have to live with

the fear of it coming back for the rest of my life, which is scary, but at least I know what to expect if it does return, and I can take it down even harder this time.” Cancer has touched the lives of many people at Dorman, and every person has a unique story as to how they have been affected by the illness. Science teacher Mrs. Lesa Banks has had several family members affected by the illness, including her dad who had lung cancer, her mom who had colon cancer, a sister who had cervical cancer, and another sister with breast cancer. “Perhaps the one that has affected me the most was my sister Susan who had breast cancer. We are only four years apart and are very close. I was with her in ‘the family consultation room’ when she was told the news and walked closely with her through the surgery (lumpectomy), chemotherapy, and radiation,” Mrs. Lesa Banks said. Having the support of family and friends helps relieve the pain and emotional suffering of someone dealing with the disease. Mrs. Banks explained that every Tuesday, she would spend hours with her sister after her chemotherapy treatment and would watch television with her. “The best part of her journey, however, was the fact that she came to trust Jesus as her Savior during this time. She had to face the fact that even if she did everything the doctor told her, she might still die. She suddenly became aware of the fact that she couldn’t handle this on her own,” Mrs. Banks said. Each person’s encounter with cancer is different, but the support and care of family and friends help make each journey bearable. Cancer is not some rare disease that affects 1 in every 3,049,693 people; it affects 1 in 2 of males and 1in 2 of males and 1 in 3 of females, according to cancer. org. Those are scary statistics to face alone, but with support and treatment, those numbers are a lot easier to handle.

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Relay for Life is personal for Mrs. Bailey, sibling of a cancer survivor Student council advisor Mrs. Kelly Bailey has a passion for the annual event, Relay for Life. At the age of two, Mrs. Bailey’s twin brother, Shane Garrett, was diagnosed with Acute Mylogenous Leukemia on December 15, 1983. “My mother was in complete shock because she thought he had a sore throat. She questioned whether or not he had measles because of the petechiae spots on his head, stomach, and legs. Because he was bruising so easily, she was suspicious but would have never expected it to be true,” Mrs. Bailey explained. Both Bailey and Garrett were flown to Columbia, where Mrs. Bailey was tested and found as a perfect match for bone marrow. On February 14, they were both flown to Seattle, Washington for a scheduled bone marrow transplant surgery. Donating bone marrow is an extremely painful procedure, according to Mrs. Bailey. The doctors took a needle to her lower back to extract the bone marrow and continuously stuck Bailey over 70 times, she described. “Being away from family was the hardest part for my mom. We lived in Spartanburg, and she was in Seattle with my brother and me. She was lonely and hand no one to talk to,” Mrs. Bailey said. “She said it was the worst feeling to see your children in pain and to remain helpless. She hated to see Shane hurt and become sick from chemotherapy and radiation, as well as to see me in pain as his bone marrow donor.” The road to recovery is always hard for those battling cancer; it is crucial for the family and individual to be surrounded with support.

“The community of Spartanburg was very supportive and definitely helped my mom through it all. Being a single mom at the time, she was on prayer lists and given donations to help medical expenses, gas money, etc.,” Mrs. Bailey said. “She even had teachers from various District Six Schools send letters and cards to our rooms to brighten our day.” For those battling cancer, the day doctors are able to pronounce someone cancer-free is a memorable moment in their journey. “My mom screamed. The hospital staff and my mom were shocked because Shane began making his own bone marrow after 14 days of the transplant, which is extremely rare. He even came home from the hospital a month early.” Cancer touches the lives of so many people each and every day, and while doctors are coming closer to finding a cure for all cancers, there still is not one. There is treatment for some cancers, and doctors try everything to cure those suffering from the disease, but there is no prevention. Relay for Life is an event hosted annually across the country, including at Dorman High School; it is an event that brings people together to walk the track in honor and memory of those affected by cancer. Businesses, schools, companies, and so many more organizations spend months fundraising and making donations to the American Cancer Society in hopes of making more birthdays for cancer victims. Relay for Life events are important contributions to the American Cancer Society’s hope of eliminating cancer and celebrating more birthdays.


Q & A with Brandon Garrett Rachel Dean Staff Writer 1. What do you think about Dorman High School?

I really like the school. My favorite subject is English because, for me, it’s easy, and I really like to read.

2. What do you do in your free time?

I like to walk around my neighborhood; it gives me time to think. I also love sleeping.

3. Do you attend church?

Yes, I go to Evangel Cathedral. I’ve been going for almost a year now. The people are really awesome there, and I like the worship. Also, the majority of my friends go there.

4. Do you play any sports?

No, but I was thinking about Intramurals.

5. Did you take any trips this summer?

Yes, I went on a mission trip called Beach Invasion.

6. What did you do on your mission trip?

We went to Myrtle Beach for one weeked. For one of the days I worked at a homeless shelter in the kitchen.

7. What was the experience like?

It made me sad that a lot of people are homeless and have nowhere to go.

8. Do you have any hobbies?

I would like to get into acting. I have been trying to get into classes, but nothing has happened yet. I would like to start with a local play.

9. What is your ideal acting job?

I would like to do commericals and anything to help people. Oh! A horror film would be awesome.

10. What are your plans for the future?


If acting doesn’t work out, then after I graduate, I was thinking about helping the homeless.

photo by Rachel Dean Brandon Garrett stands proudly to show his support for Dorman.

D H S in the know PSAT, ACT, ASSET, ASVAB & HSAP

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER Oct. 8 2012 Junior Ring Ceremony in Arena

The SAT, ACT, and PSAT are administered in the fall and spring semesters. Juniors typically take the ACT and or SAT during their second semester and the PSAT in the fall. Based on your Oct. 17 PSAT score from sophomore year, you could be a contestant in a prestigious scholarship competition called the National Merit competition.

Oct. 15

Senior Meeting with Jostens in Arena PSAT,

Oct. 17

ASSET, & testing


Oct. 22 NHS Induction in Cafeteria 7:00 pm

Oct. 23-25 HSAP testing

Oct. 31 College Application Day

Nov. 6 Election Day/ NO SCHOOL

Nov. 19 Interims Issued


Dorman Dates SAT

Oct. 6 Dec. 1 Jan. 26 May 4 June 1


Oct. 27 Dec. 8 Feb. 9 April 13 June 8

Soup kitchen

new location, endless motivation

Marissa Fleming Staff Writer


ach day at 11:30 a.m, almost 200 hungry people line up daily to receive free meals from the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen which contributes to a lot of different parts of society. A free meal can be served to someone in need. The soup kitchen has been working since 1982 to supply meals for those who come to them. For 365 days a year, hot meals are prepared and given to the people that come to the bread line. People volunteer to serve and prepare food for the members of the community who come to the meal center. People can also fill other jobs at the soup kitchen if the serving positions are taken. Anyone who feels like making a difference can volunteer to help out at the soup kitchen and give their time to their community. “It shows that people care about other people in need in society, and that they should not give up on themselves,” Senior Caroline Smith said. It can also be used as a community service method. People say that serving at the soup kitchen in order to get community service hours not only gets them the time they need, but also serves as a reality check. “A lot of people think that it’s just ragged people, but there are people who come in there with suits and ties that are just having a hard time,” Spanish teacher Ms. Yordy said. “It’s just good to know that I can help.” An employee of the soup kitchen, Lou Landrum answered some questions regarding her work. Landrum

has worked for the kitchen for eleven years. She works to assist the people that come to her for help. The kitchen has recently hired people who once had to come through the line as guests. “What I like best is at the end of the day, I know that we had fed all that have entered through the doors hungry, and that each child has a meal to take home with them for supper,” Landrum said. “It is an honor to be an advocate for people who at times feel hopeless.” The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen recently changed its location to 130 South Forest Street located in downtown Spartanburg. Landrum said the new location is more productive to their mission. On Sundays, the soup kitchen will give even more back to the community than on other days. Through donations from local supermarkets, bags are filled with food and supplies, and they are sent home with the people who need them most. The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen runs on donations of supplies, foods, and clothing that are all distributed back to the community. A service such as the one we have here makes a great impact in our society, and makes situations better for those who are less fortunate.

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baked beans canned meats instant potatoes condiments salt and pepper macaroni sliced cheese vinegar sugar

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all mixed vegtables gravy mixes fruit cups Capri Suns hand sanitizer paper products cleaning supplies dish towels

The Hobbit: an Unexpected Article Michael Winks Staff Writer


ilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of nowhere by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. The Hobbit movies are finally here. The Hobbit is a sort of a prequel to the Trilogy, The Lord of The Rings. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is often referred to as The Hobbit to save time. The Hobbit and the three Lord of the Rings novels are all works of the author, and professor J.R.R Tolkien. Collectively the Lord of the Rings books are an epic, but The Hobbit is different. The Hobbit may not be a part of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, but it is

Photo by Sydney Jarrett J.R.R. Tolkien is the author of the Hobbit.

very much relevant. Many of the key characters in the Lord of the Rings come from The Hobbit. The Hobbit is the first book that the Ring (whom the Lord of the Rings lords over) makes its appearance. The Ring is found in a cave with the monstrous creature, Golem, a key character who sets off the beginning of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The name of the movies that are coming out are based on The Hobbit’s

title are The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Much like with the final Harry Potter movie, The Hobbit has been confirmed to split into two parts. “I think that splitting such a long book into two movies will make it better and more action packed,” said Junior Fred Logan This will mean much more detail for the children’s novel-based movie. There were even rumors of a third part, and the rumors are now confirmed. “Even though they’re splitting into three parts I still want to watch it,” said Pathravuong Vorn. “It will be even longer and even better.” The Lord of the Rings will go on for a lot longer than we thought it would. “I’m not good at making short movies unfortunately,” Peter Jackson, Director of The Hobbit joked at Comic-Con. “It’s a skill I’ve never mastered.”

Unknown musical to teens, Les Misérables: An now hitting the big screens

Maddie Monroe Staff Writer


es Misérables, originally a French novel written by Victor Hugo in 1862 and later performed on Broadway, is the captivating story of love, sacrifice, and unachieved dreams. Hugo’s timeless story hits the big screens this Christmas. Set in France during the 1800’s, Jean Valjean, an ex-prisoner being hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert, decides to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cossette. Their lives are changed forever. Award winning actors and actresses play the characters of Les Misérables, but teens today only know the faces of the people acting in the film. Information on shows that the cast consists of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried. Many teens will see these well-known names and choose to see the movie. Junior Cassidy Culbreth is familiar with the musical, but claims that they actors in the film grab her attention.

“They make me want to see the movie because I have seen them in other movies and they have been very good, so it will be exciting to see them in another movie,” Culbreth said. On the other hand, sophomore Edwin Santana has never heard the name Les Misérables, but believes the familiar faces in the film will help it be a more successful film. Each of the actors and actresses in the film has the ability to sing. Originally a novel transformed into a musical, the movie will be recorded as a musical. The world known tracks, such as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One More Day,” and “On My Own” featured in the musical will also be in the film. Fans and people in the movie industry argue whether the choice of filming Les Misérables as a musical will cause the movie to struggle, or bring it fame. Culbreth and Santana believe the fact that the movie is filmed as a musical will cause Les Misérables to struggle in the box office. “I think it would be better as a regular

movie because I never really had an interest in musicals,” Culbreth explained. “I feel like it would be more of an on the edge, exciting movie if it was not a musical.” Despite Culbreth’s and Santana’s opinions, Newsweek claims that Les Misérables is and will be “The show of shows.” Viewers will agree or disagree when the movie airs this Christmas.

illustration by Emile Bayard photo by Maddie Monroe An illustration of Cossette from the original novel, Les Misérables.


Zach Cooper a rising star

Allen McBride Staff Writer


unior Zach Cooper is a new student-athlete at Dorman High School. He moved from Weddington High School in North Carolina. He played lacrosse and football at his old school and will bring those abilities he gained there to Dorman this year. So far, he has a starting position on the offensive line at Dorman and is expected to start as a defenseman in lacrosse. He helped Dorman win its first game against Rock Hill. He is not only expected to stand out in football, but the lacrosse team is more than excited to have him play this year. “Zach is a beast. He will complete the defense we need to have

another run at state this year,” Sophomore Mitchell Paddock said. Cooper will play a critical part of filling a spot left by an alumni. Cooper has made impacts on both already, and he is excited to play this year. “Zach brings size to our team this year, and we are excited to have him complete our defense this year,” Coach Noe said.

profile Height: 6’ 1”

photo by Allen McBride

Weight: 255 Pounds Sports: Lacrosse and Football Number: 77

What do you like about playing football at Dorman? “My favorite part of playing here is being able to walk down the hill before games” -Zach Cooper

photo courtesy Ed Overstreet Junior Zach Cooper (77) attempts to tackle Greenwood player at the first game this year.


Concussions: the big hit Allen McBride Staff Writer


oncussions should be taken seriously. They could potentially ruin or even end your life. This summer, I suffered from a concussion in a lacrosse game. I dropped my head into another player’s helmet trying to knock him down and run through unharmed. However, when I made contact, I blacked out, and when I woke up, I was still running. I shot the ball and walked off the field. These kind of things happen in many sports but most often occur in contact sports like football and lacrosse. Most players who hit improperly were never taught how to hit so they lead with their head for the “big hit.” A blow to the head is not the only way a player can acquire a concussion. He/ she can get one from a blow to the

photo from Stock Exchange

“A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to thehead.”

chest, neck, side, or any place that will send shock to the brain. Signs of a concussion are fuzziness, dizziness, loss of memory, and vomiting. Oakland Raiders tight end Tony Stewart said "I've had times where I walked up to the line, where I know the play, but don't know what to do." The most destructive factor of a concussion is “second hit syndrome.” Second hit syndrome is when a player acquires a minor concussion then gets hit again, and the concussion worsens. Most of the time, second hit syndrome results in death or serious injury. As you can see, concussions are serious. “Every season I get a concussion it’s something I can’t avoid” Zach Cooper said. So if you know someone who may have a concussion, tell a coach because it could result in injury.

Good Gone

Bad Illustration by Angel Fodor


Dorman shows great heart in season opener Traditional powerhouse football schools squared off in a well-known defensive battle. Zack Pender Staff Writer


n a humid night at Cavalier Stadium, Greenwood played the Dorman Cavaliers at an eight o’clock kickoff on August 31. Greenwood came into the game ranked eighth in the state and the Cavaliers were ranked fifth. Coming into the game, it was predicted it to be a defensive struggle and it lived up to the expectations. Early in the game, Senior Quarterback Trey Robinson connected with Sophomore J.J Arcega-Whiteside for a twenty-two yard touchdown in the corner of the endzone. Arcega-Whiteside went up over the defender to pull down the catch while keeping one foot in bounds. Dorman led 7 to 0 after Senior Hunter Lee added the PAT (point after touchdown). Dorman then led throughout the first quarter and into the second until Greenwood’s running back punched it in from the two yard line to tie the game at seven. On the following drive, Senior Quarterback Trey Robinson threw another Touchdown pass to Senior DE/FB Curtis Meadows to put them ahead 14 to 7 right before halftime. The thirteen yard pass was a great run after the catch by Meadows. On the ensuing drive Greenwood’s running back broke a fifty yard run to tie the game before the half and take a big momentum shift into halftime. At halftime the score was Greenwood 14 and Dorman 14. After halftime Starter Trey Robinson experienced severe muscle cramps in his lower extremities and could not return to the game as planned. Robinson had


photo courtesy of Ed Overstreet Dorman’s senior Curtis Meadows (5), junior Daeshon Ross (23), and senior Caleb Batchelor (96) fire off the ball in the first quarter action against Greenwood.

277 yards from scrimmage in just one half. Replacing him was Junior Quarterback Grayland Fowler. On Fowler’s first drive, he scrambled outside the pocket and delivered a strike to J.J Arcega-Whiteside who the proceeded to shed two tacklers and outrun everyone to the endzone. During the play a questionable flag was thrown for an illegal pass down field (throwing the ball forwards while

in front of the line of scrimmage). The play was called back, and the Cavaliers did not score again throughout the game. Greenwood, with 7 minutes to go in the third quarter, ran a Quarterback keeper from the one yard line to take the lead, and that was too much to overcome by your Dorman Cavaliers. The final score was Greenwood Eagles 21, Dorman Cavaliers 14.

photo courtsey of Ed Overstreet Dorman senior Brandon Pickney (3) breaks up a long pass in the game against Greenwood.

A Sophomore’s First Day At Drawings and Photographs by: Maddie Monroe Staff Writer Time to start school...

Now where’s my first class?

Um, can someone help me find my class?

Which seat should I take?

Who am I going to eat with today?

Yay! I survived my first day!

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