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Annual pageant reveals Miss DHS 2013

F photos by Edder Sanchez Winner of the 2012 Miss Dorman pageant, Alex Ballou, crowns Miss Dorman 2013, senior Mackenzie Horton.

Stories Kinslee Hobbs staff writer

ive lucky girls were crowned at the Miss DHS pageant on February 2, 2013 at Twitchell Auditorium at Converse College. Alexa Hudson received the crown of Miss Freshman, Caroline Cavendish won Miss Sophomore, Camille Staphenson was crowned Miss Junior, and Cidney Foster earned the title of Miss Senior. The title of Miss Dorman was given to senior Makenzie Horton. The girls were scored on their poise, stage presence, public speaking, and interviewing skills, according to Mrs. Cato. The girls needed a big personality to outshine the competition with the highest score. “We had 34 girls competing, and each girl decorated a jar this year to be displayed in the lobby the night of the pageant, and you put change in the jar you think is best decorated,” Mrs. Cato said. “The contestant with the highest amount of money in her jar by the end of the pageant will be awarded the People’s Choice award.” It was a good way for the girls that have decorating skills to get money and to show what they can do. Congratulations to Makenzie!

JROTC students

showcase etiquette at the Military Ball

The Military Ball is an annual JROTC event at Dorman. There, seniors are recognized for their achievements, and a King and Queen of the Ball are announced. JROTC members attend the event to recognize their peers for their participation in the JROTC program. The Military Ball is “conducted as a formal event for JROTC organizations to teach social courtesies and participate in a formal, social activity.” Held in the Dorman Cafeteria, the ball was scheduled for Saturday, February 16. Col. Palmer instructed that only members of JROTC were invited to attend, but they were allowed to invite a guest. The dress code for the Military Ball was formal. Col. Palmer stated that “male cadets wear their JROTC uniform; female cadets wear a formal, semi-formal, or nice dress; guest wear appropriate clothes that correspond to those guidelines; males are asked to wear coat and tie, as a minimum.” Also, other representatives in JROTC from other high schools were invited. Sophomore Ashley Middleton attended the Military Ball, and she wore a long, formal dress. Middleton feels that “the Military Ball is a time where all cadets and their dates come together and unite as one. It’s one day when we all can be together and celebrate.” Junior Kenneth Lundberg also attended the Military Ball, and

he wore his uniform because he is in JROTC this semester. “The Military Ball brings all of the JROTC together by setting up something fun for us to do,” stated Lundberg. Junior Dakota Easter said, “The Military Ball is like a Mini-Prom and photo courtesy of Sgt. Ames it’s a time to hang out JROTC students dance the night away at with friends who are in the 2012 Military Ball. JROTC.” The Ball is not only about a fun gathering. It is “built around recognizing our senior cadets, teaching all cadets how to participate in formal events and to enjoy an evening of dressup and dancing,” said Col. Palmer. It honors seniors for their participation and hard work. For sophomores and juniors, the ball is a time for them to see how they should model the seniors’ accomplishments. The Military Ball is an evening for recognition and accomplishments for students, especially who earn achievements throughout their JROTC career at Dorman.



African-American Entertainers

the foundation & motivation


Story Lucy McElroy senior editor

hether we are celebrating the pioneers of African-American entertainment or focusing on the motivational figures of present day, it is obvious that we would have never gotten where we are today in music, comedy, or film without the influences of famous artists like musician Louis Armstrong or actress Dorothy Dandridge. It is impossible to celebrate the advances in entertainment made by African-Americans without the acknowledgment of the dynamic changes of the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age of the 1920s. While slavery had long been abolished, racism still existed in society. The South was notoriously harsher with discrimination, and as a result, African-Americans began to move north, especially into Harlem, New York. Thus, the Harlem Renaissance was born. Around the time African-Americans were investing more time into art and culture, the Prohibition Act was put into place. This criminalized the purchase of alcohol and therefore triggered the formation of illegal, liquor-serving nightclubs called “speakeasies.” Possibly the best speakeasy in Harlem was the Cotton Club, a club that looked a lot like a luxurious Southern plantation, and only the most talented African-American entertainers at the time performed there in front of allwhite audiences. As jazz boomed in 1920s culture, it began to be associated with the rebellious behavior of the young people and the racy new fashion and dance styles. “As far as music goes, if it wasn’t for many of the African-American entertainers, we wouldn’t have such a large variety of genres of music that all races enjoy like blues, jazz, hip hop, and R&B,” junior Quan Ellison said. Jazz fundamentalist, film star, and

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comedian Louis Armstrong was an African-American entertainer that starred at the Cotton Club. Armstrong grew up in a tough environment which caused him to leave school to work when he was only in fifth grade. At the Colored Waif’s Home for Boys, Armstrong had taken up the cornet and learned the basics. He was released from the home two years later, and he began his pursuit for a career as a musician. He moved to Chicago with King Oliver and made his first recordings. Later, Armstrong introduced swing music to Fletcher Henderson’s group, the top African-American dance band in New York City at the time, and transformed it into the first big jazz band. Armstrong later moved back to Chicago where he put out the first records under his own name: Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five. More than 60 records were released over the course of the following three years and is music that is regarded as the most important and the most influential recordings in jazz history. Armstrong’s sound was different; he popularized “scat singing,” had daring vocals with insane high notes, and used risky rhythmic patterns. While musicians loved him, the critics did not. The media found Armstrong too wild and gave him some of the most racist criticisms of the era. Instead of letting discrimination affect him negatively, Armstrong came out of the situation as an even bigger star than before. He became the first AfricanAmerican jazz musician to write an autobiography, the first to host a radio show, and the first to get a featured billing in a major Hollywood movie. “African-Americans have shaped our culture tremendously,” Ellison stated. “If someone doesn’t understand that, they just won’t understand America.”

morgan freeman

Respected actor Morgan Freeman originally dreamed of being a fighter pilot. After joining the US Air Force, he recognized his true passion for acting. His big break came in the ‘60s when he landed a part in an African-American Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! In ‘89, he received a Golden Globe Award for Driving Miss Daisy, then an Oscar for his role in Million Dollar Baby. Best known for his voice, specifically his narration, he is also popular because of his role as Lucius Fox in the Batman trilogy.


At a young age, she escaped abuse and is now considered by Life as the most influential woman of our generation. Winfrey is a TV host, actress, philanthropist, and producer who hosted a chat show in 1976 called People Are Talking. A decade later, she launched the Oprah Winfrey Show which grossed $125 million in its first year. Winfrey gained respect from her fans by not following the trashy topic trend of the ‘90s. According to Forbes magazine, she was the only African-American billionaire for three years running.

tyra banks

The first African-American woman on the covers of GQ, Sports Illustrated, and the Victoria’s Secret catalog was once teased for her gawky figure. She landed a contract with Elite Modeling, Cover Girl, and Victoria’s Secret. High fashion companies told her she was too curvy, yet she sold the most undergarments. Banks hosted The Tyra Show for five years before ending it to pursue her personal goal of helping young women deal with self-esteem issues.


Growing up in a mostly white suburb created issues with racial discrimination for Berry at a young age. She let the hate fuel her passion and claimed titles in the ‘80s like Miss Teen America and Miss Teen Ohio. Her first big screen performance was her role in Jungle Fever. She broke Hollywood’s race barriers when she was cast as the Queen of Sheeba. She won Golden Globe and Emmy Awards for her TV acting. She became the first African-American woman to win an Oscar for her role in Monster’s Ball.

beyonce knowles

Knowles has been impressing judges with her vocals and dancing since an early age. She formed Destiny’s Child with her cousin Kelly Rowland and two classmates. They became one of the most famous R&B acts. In ‘03, Knowles released her first solo album and sold millions of copies and received five Grammy awards. At President Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Ball, she sang Etta James’s “At Last” for President Obama and the First Lady.

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Unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement Story & Photos Hanna Alexander staff writer


very February, Black History Month is observed to commemorate the achievements of African Americans and the impact that can occur when people look past race, age, and creed to fight for a common good. It is also a celebration of an independent group of individuals who have impacted the destiny of the United States through their stand for freedom, not only during the Civil Rights Movement, but today. Initially lasting only a week, and formerly named “Negro History Week,” this particular week was chosen because it marked the birthday of two influential leaders in the African American community, Abraham Lincoln who majorly impacted the future of the United States by revoking slavery during his presidency, and Fredrick Douglas, an important abolitionist leader. After the positive response and popularity of “Negro History Week,” many clubs and organizations were initiated to celebrate African American culture and history. These clubs “make students more aware of issues facing [the] African American community,” senior Thomas Martin, a member of the African American Awareness club at Dorman, said. Six years after the first celebration, Negro History Week was further expanded to Black History Month. The expansion to Black History Month also better commemorated “how far African Americas have come, and where we’re going” junior Nina Scott, said. The impact of Black History month can be seen nationally, but nowhere is it more noticeable than on ESPN, a cable network channel that focuses on sports programming. Every February, African American sports legends ranging from tennis star Serena Williams to iconic basketball player Michael Jordan are honored for their achievements. Today, while many people continue to believe in the importance of Black History Month, others criticize it by saying African American history is American history and should be treated as such, not set aside and treated differently. Junior, Alvina Green disagrees. She believes Black History Month is an opportunity for younger generations to “embrace and acknowledge African American history and the sacrifices of our ancestors.” Not only that, many educators find this to be an ideal time to teach about broader concepts such as charity and peace. Ms. Mayes, an English teacher at Dorman High school, fittingly believes it’s a time “to give back to the community.” Initially when speaking of Black History Month, one immediately thinks of Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcolm

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X while forgetting the thousands of other individuals who gave everything to further the battle against prejudice and injustice towards African Americans. Few have heard the name of David Walker, a man who is believed to have heavily impacted Martin Luther King Jr. He is known for his unrepentant writings that pushed people to understand the social and political ramifications of slavery in America. Through his writing “Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World,” written sarcastically in the same format as the U.S. constitution, he brought to light the hypocrisy of slavery in an allegedly god-fearing nation. While men played a dominant role in the Civil Rights Movement, women also assisted in starting the fire of revolution; few have received the acknowledgement they deserve. In almost any picture you see from the many protest marches held during that era, one can see women standing alongside men, defiantly standing up against injustice. They, too, faced police brutality and unkindness; they, too, struggled. One of these essential women history has overlooked is Fannie Lou Hamer. She is not only an influential leader but also an inspiration. Although she was nearly beaten to death for holding a literacy campaign, she did not allow that to stop her. She continued without a beat, traveling throughout the South singing hymns and expressing her views. The Civil Rights Movement made its impact because it was brought to the forefront by people from all backgrounds. One of these unlikely individuals was Virginia Foster Durr, the wife of a prominent lawyer. She opened her home to the many people coming from the North for the Freedom Rides, and was also one of the individuals who bailed Rosa Parks out of jail after famously being arrested for refusing to give up her seat. She continued to be politically active well into her nineties. Every year, Black History Month celebrates the triumphs of African-Americans and the many individuals

“Race doesn’t define a person, their character does.” -Sheron Malone, senior

What does Black History Month mean to you?

“Black History Month is a coming together of the community.” JT Norris, junior

“Black History Month is a time when I can celebrate my ethnicity.” Keyonna Drummond, senior

who assisted in gaining their deserved place in the United States. This time also allows us “to look at things in a different way,” stated Thomas Martin while also “celebrat[ing] the people who helped get us to where we are now,” continues junior Aurianus Garrett. More importantly, Black History Month highlights the good that can occur when the entire community comes together, regardless of race. With that said, the fight for justice is far from finished. Around the country, undercurrents of racism still occur. While the African American community has flourished and has taken roles of power, 50% of the homeless population continues to be African American according to the policy almanac, and substance abuse remains an everyday issue that plagues an astounding amount of black households. Junior Tyonna Means believes this statistic would change drastically if “the crime rate and the high school dropout rate were addressed.” A myriad social and economical issues still exist in the United States today, but looking back, it becomes obvious that when we join together in the realization that “race doesn’t define a person, their character does,” according to senior Sheron Malone, a much more fair and prosperous America comes forth. As seen during the Civil Rights Movement and beyond, America is unstoppable when it comes to achieving equality and justice when the entire nation comes together. So, America must not only acknowledge Black History Month as a celebration of the past and current achievements of AfricanAmericans and those who have helped the struggle, but also a call to action. It is a challenge to not only hold oneself, but one’s neighboors to a higher standard; it is a challenge to feel morally obligated to speak out against blatant injustice occurring in one’s communities. When the entire nation comes together in this belief and becomes intolerant of injustice and unapologetically fights for equal opportunities they give the “united” in United States justice.

“Black History Month is about recognizing figures who helped us get our rights.” Quinton Ferguson, junior



African-American Awareness Society giving back to the community Story Hanna Alexander staff writer


he African-American Awareness Society is one of the many clubs that provides Dorman students an opportunity to give back to the community. This club’s main platform is outreach to those less fortunate, currently through “working with the soup kitchen and giving dolls to the homeless shelter,” sophomore Jonica Armstrong recounts. One of the African-American Awareness Society‘s main goals is to integrate philanthropy into the celebration of African-American culture. “It is a club by which we give student’s Black History facts and talk about interesting things that happen in black families, organizations, and churches,” Ms. Mayes, a sponsor of the African-American Awareness Club said. Mrs. Sims, and Ms. Littlejohn are also dedicated sponsors. This club allows its members to see how gratifying it is to help someone less fortunate; because of that, one of the core beliefs of the club “is that there always room for more people,” according to math teacher Mr. Nesbit. Not only will this club look great on your college transcript, but it will give an opportunity to “build your character and mold into a better, more aware individual” sophomore Mondia Smith said. The African-American Awareness Society strives to encourage members to show benevolence to those in need, while shepherding them towards fulfilling, educated lives. photos courtesy of the Dorman AfricanAmerican Awareness Society Students at Dorman who have joined the African-American Awareness Society have benefitted many people in Spartanburg. Not only do they work in the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen, but they also give dolls to the homeless shelter. The African-American Awareness Society is beneficial for the community and is also beneficial for the members of the club, providing students with motivation to be well-rounded people.

Design Maddie Monroe design editor

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“Learn one or more new things every day.”

Ms. Mayes a spark at Dorman

s. Mayes is a staple of the Dorman High School experience. She has managed to impact the lives of many. Nowhere is this more evident than when you hear others speak of having her as a teacher, whether that be this year or in years past at the old campus, now fittingly named The Dorman Centre. She is deeply rooted in Dorman High School, with both of her sons having graduated from Dorman. She is currently a sponsor for the African American Awareness Club and has been head of the prom committee for the past 31 years. She first began teaching at Chapman High School, being “the first female black teacher” ever to have taught there, Ms Mayes said. By facing oppression herself, the message of not allowing anyone to discourage you from achieving your dreams has become a major mantra in her class. It is apparent when speaking to her that she is truly passionate about what she does. She noted, “while I may be a difficult teacher, I am fair,” but in being so she is better preparing her students for a bright future. She achieves a rigorous but loving environment in her class, which allows her to become comfortable enough with her students to become a mother figure for many when they walk the halls of Dorman High School. Nothing shows the adoration people have for her more than when she is lovingly called “Mama Mayes.” The name is truly fitting, since her expectations of her students are not less than that of any mother. She keeps her students attentive and accountable, never fearing to set them straight or help them during a trying time in their lives. She teaches more than simply the ins-and-outs of literature and public speaking; she teaches her students life lessons such as the importance of gaining knowledge from mistakes and “learn[ing] one or more new things every day.” “There has been much change since I started teaching,” she noted. “When I first began teaching we were still allowed to

paddle students for misbehaving.” While reminiscing, it is apparent from not only her words but her demeanor that paddling students affected her more than them. Her teaching style, the truest definition of tough love, was cultivated by a teacher she had in high school who later became her mentor when she started teaching. She recounts that in her youth “textbooks were inferior in the all black schools.” Because of that she is notably fair to all of her students. She continues to value education, but aside that she cherishes character growth. Stephen Alexander, sophomore, recounts “Ms. Mayes is always the first person to tell you that you’ve improved or what you need to get better at.” Ms. Mayes is an important member of the Dorman High School family; she not only has become a mother figure, but inarguably the biggest supporter of her students. Her wisdom and the genuine interest she shows in the lives and future of her students makes her not only a crucial part of Dorman High School; it makes her an essential key in the growth of many of her students from adolescence to productive members of society. photo by Hanna Alexander Ms. Mayes continues to positively impact her students’ learning experience in the classroom.


Story Hanna Alexander staff writer

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High School Sweethearts


Story Maddie Monroe design editor

hroughout high school, students make many life-changing decisions. Choosing which classes to take, where to go to college, or what to have for lunch are difficult choices. As students keep their eye out for which career they want to choose, some students’ attentions focuses on another girl or boy. The reference to a high school couple is “high school sweethearts,” but is it worth a student’s time to get involved with someone at such a young age? In the past, people were expected to stay with their high school sweetheart forever, but today it has become rare. Of the people who do stay together, only 19% make it to college together. From that 19%, only 2% stay together through college, according to

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Although many teenagers dream of their futures together with someone, their parents are often worried about young relationships. The age of marriage is much higher than it has been, but surprisingly the divorce rate has almost doubled. As the divorce rate rises, young couples still hope to achieve the title of high school sweethearts forever. There are many couples walking the halls of Dorman High School. Maya Williams and Trey Robinson and Tevin Barnes and Kadejha Kimble have been together for more than two years, and are still as happy as they were when they first started dating. Many couples like Maya, Trey, Kadejha, and Tevin have set the bar for high school sweethearts as every couple hopes to endure a long and happy relationship together.

Tevin Barnes & Kadejha Kimble

photos of Tevin Barnes and Kadejha Kimble by Jennifer Gallman

Together Since: January 10, 2010 Favorite qualities in each other: Funny and fun to be around First Date: Bowling

Kadejha’s favorite gift from Tevin: A big bag of candy for Valentine’s Day 2012 Tevin’s favorite gift from Kadejha: Her love and personality

Maya Williams & Trey Robinson Together Since: February11, 2011 First Date: Dinner at O’Charley’s Favorite qualities in each other: Their Christian faith & their personalities Maya’s favorite gift from Trey: A diamond shaped necklace for Christmas Trey’s favorite gift from Maya: A pair of shoes for Christmas photos of Maya Williams and Trey Robinson by Maddie Monroe

Design Amber Gilstrap managing editor & Maddie Monroe design editor



- Bold and Unique

Students with Style Jacob Burnett How would you describe your style? “#Swag #J.Crew #Sweaters”

Who inspires you the most in your life?

“I like to model every aspect of my life after Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord and Savior.”

Which female trends do you hate to see?

Is looking nice a big priority for you?

“My only actual standard is excellence.”

How do you choose your outfits?

“It just depends. Sometimes, I just stare at myself in the mirror for awhile and realize how good I look in these clothes.”

“Lilly Pulitzer is just annoying, and rainboots are obnoxious.”

Ludovic Nkoth How would you describe your style?

“I’m an artist, so my style is very abstract.”

What are your favorite stores or brands?

“Express and Steve Madden boots are my favorite.”

Who inspires you most?

““Myself, through my artwork.”

Is looking nice a big priority for you?

How do you choose your outfits?

“I have blacklights all over my room instead of normal lights, so when I get dressed I can’t really see. When I walk out of my room, I’m surprised by what I’m wearing. I’m not too picky.”

What trends do you hate?

“I hate Sperry’s and Tom’s because everybody has them, and I like to be unique.”

“I like to impress the girls.”

Compiled and designed by Lucy McElroy senior editor

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Kelly Corn “Everyone is different with different personalities, so why strive to be someone or something you’re not when you can just be yourself?”

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Choose the dark side or the light side with


Beautiful Creatures

n the entertainment world, magic and mystical creatures have dominated the interests of many young teens. Whether it is dealing with magic or vampires, movies and novels today grab the attention of youth. Starting with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, the stories of immortal love have altered books and movies today. Next on the list of eternal affection is Beautiful Creatures. Originally the novel, now being debuted on the big screens in local theaters, was written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. “It is romantic and has witches and mystical creatures,” junior Sabrina Bennett said. Every night, Ethan Wale (played by Alden Ehreneich) is haunted by dreams of a mysterious girl he has never met. When the girl in his dreams, Lena Duchannes, played by Alice Englert, moves into his town of Gatlin, South Carolina, he is inexplicably drawn to her. Curious of their strange connection, he is determined to discover the one secret that haunts Lena. Just as Bella and Edward of Twilight could not remain to-

gether due to who they are, Beautiful Creatures tells the story of Ethan and Lena’s struggle for love. Lena is not only struggling with her love for Ethan, but she is also counting down the days until she must pick a side for her dark secret. With many people manipulating her to choose one side, her sixteenth birthday is chaos. Her mother, Sarafine, played by Emma Thompson, wants her to choose the dark side like herself, but Lena’s uncle, who is like a father to her, wants her to choose the light side. Her uncle, Macon Ravenwood, is played by Jeremy Irons. Unlike Twilight, Beautiful Creatures focuses on Lena’s struggle with her descision, not her relationship with Ethan, even though it is a major factor in her choice. It adds a sense of mystery amongst the romance. “I like stories about mystery,” Bennet said. “[Lena] only has seventy-five days to choose to be a dark one.” The movie began filming in May 2012, with many of the scenes filmed in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was released on February 13, 2013.

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James Franco is somewhere over the rainbow... Story Lucy McElroy senior editor

Michelle Williams as Glinda the Good Witch

Rachel Weisz as the

Wicked Witch of the East

Mila Kunis as the

Wicked Witch of the West


ho would have thought that one day there would be an in-depth background story to the original 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz? Multiple trailers for the movie have been released, and fans are beginning to wonder just what angle director Sam Raimi has decided to take for his prequel. From the information that has been publicized thus far, the conclusion can be drawn that Raimi is taking a somewhat traditional approach to the famous story while obviously featuring a twist in the plot. One interesting similarity that has been confirmed is that the characters in Kansas will also be characters seen in the Land of Oz. Oscar Diggs or Oz (played by James Franco) is the sketchy wizard in the Land of Oz who no one really knows. Rather than Dorothy, Oz is thrown from the lackluster place that is Kansas and lands in the colorful Land of Oz. He is instantly famous among the bubbly munchkins and thinks that this is his big break—his shot at success. However, all the fame and fortune may be too good to be true as hinted by the trailer that aired during the Superbowl this year. It seems as though the three witches in the Land of Oz have a problem with Oscar Diggs. They notice that the “wizard” is not actually as remarkable as the inhabitants of the land make him out to be. The witches doubt that Diggs has any real wizardry at all. The witches in the movie are Theodora, Evanora, and Glinda.

Theodora (played by Mila Kunis) is the Wicked Witch of The West. Kunis is often shown wearing a red hat while playing the role of Theodora. While in some appearances, her skin is normal, she also has green skin in some images. The green-colored witch was the ruler of the Winkie Country or the Western quadrant of the Land of Oz. She proved to be evil in the original story, but Raimi’s intentions for the characters are unpredictable. Evanora (played by Rachel Weisz) is the Wicked Witch of the East. In the original film, the Wicked Witch of the East only appeared as the witch who was crushed by Dorothy’s house. The munchkins praised Dorothy for her “help,” suggesting the true hatred felt by the citizens. Perhaps Raimi will have a different take on this character since she was only a pair of shoes in the original movie. As opposed to the two other witches in the Land of Oz, Glinda the Good Witch (played by Michelle Williams) is a role model for young girls. In an interview with Pop Sugar, Williams told Becky Kirsch that director Sam Raimi did not want to keep the original personality of Glinda in play. Oz the Great and Powerful is supposed to have taken place before the original movie, so Raimi wants the characters to be at a starting-off point as opposed to what they developed into. Oscar Diggs grows in the movie from being the money-hungry phony to actually having to pinpoint and destroy the forces of evil in the Land of Oz.

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Star Athletes JJ Arcega & Mykell Sims

Story Edder Sanchez staff writer sure I do the right training.”

photos by Edder Sanchez “When the games were on the line, [Mykell] had the traits of a champion,” Coach Whiteside said.

Even though both teams are under stress to claim the state championship this season, Sims and Arcega remain motivated.

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ver the past few years, Dorman has been fortunate to have dedicated athletes. In each Dorman sport, there have been athletes who have changed games or seasons. JJ Arcega and Mykell Sims are two Dorman basketbal standouts this year. The girl’s basketball team goal for this season is to win state. Star point guard and shooting guard Mykell Sims will be a key part in the team’s success. “Mykell is a team leader; she has made some big baskets that have led the team to wins,” head coach Whiteside said. “When the games were on the line, she had the traits of a champion, which are the will to prepare, the guts, the risk, and the desire to be the best.” Junior Mykell Sims is a hardworking athlete that will do anything to accomplish the team goal. She says her personal goal is to stay happy and positive. “I chose basketball because I like how intense it is, and I have always been good at it,” Sims said. Anyone that has been on a team that is aiming for state knows the amount of pressure and stress that accompanies the season. “My mom is my motivation,” Sims explained. “She stays on me and makes

Last year, the boys’ varsity basketball team lost to Gaffney. Many people doubted that the boys were going to be as good as they were last year, but this year, Dorman is a strong contender. Among the players on boys’ team, there is one particular athlete that shines. Sophomore JJ Arcega is young and he is known for his talent. In football or in basketball, the coaches say that they are happy to have someone like him on the team. “JJ does a fantastic job for us,” Coach Ryan said. “He plays hard every time down the floor and has a great attitude.” Arcega is only a sophomore, but he is a star in the making. “JJ has a chance to be an outstanding player for us over the next couple of years,” Ryan said. “I chose basketball because I grew up watching my parents play, and my inspiration is my mom,” commented Arcega. Everyone on the Dorman basketball teams want to play in the Bi-Lo Center for the state championship this year. “The goal is to win state,” Arcega said. With star player Mykell Sims draining shots and with young star JJ Arcega making outstanding performances against tough opponents, these athletes are sure to be making noise this year and in the future.

Springing into a new season Stories Edder Sanchez staff writer With the second semester just beginning, students are starting off with a clean slate: new goals, new students, and new teachers. The same goes for our student athletes; students start off with news goals, new teammates, and new coaches. All Dorman teams want to make it to the “Promise Land” and this year, they know that goals are to be met and that new champions are to be crowned.



It has been over 40 years since Dorman baseball has won state, but it is time to look forward to this season. There is talent on the baseball team, but the leadership on the team may be affected by the team getting a new coach. “By taking over the team, I think we will be a little looser when we play,” head baseball coach Matthew West said. “We are going to continue to work hard to achieve success.” He is also enforcing the idea that no matter what happens, it is always important to do the best that they can. “Our expectations are to accomplish all the goals we have set this year,” junior Ike Thalassinos said. Follow the boys’ baseball team this season as they try to win state for the second time in Dorman history.

As both girls’ and boys’ lacrosse teams get adjusted with their new teammates and new coaches, both teams have one common goal: to make it to state this year. “We have a lot of expectations this year,” junior and star player Landon Cathcart said. “After losing state, we’re going to make sure we work twice as hard to get that ring.” The girls’ lacrosse team is also trying hard to make it to state this year. Both teams will bring back multiple starters from last year. “We want to finish our season with a state ring,” junior Julianne Cooper said.

SOFTBALL The Lady Cavaliers are ready to get on the field this year and pick up were they left off. Talent will be showcased this season. “I’d say everyone on our team is leaders. If one person gets down or is in a slump, the entire team picks them up,” senior Carissa Snyder said. “We win together and lose together.” Snyder also said that the team is going to try to make it further in the playoffs this season and aim for the state title.

SOCCER The last state championship that girls’ soccer won was in 2006. Seven years later, Coach Josef Lorenz is back to guide the girls’ soccer back to the championship. Not only do the girls want to earn the title as a powerhouse team, but the boys’ soccer team will also want to establish themselves as an elite program. Dorman girls’ and boys’ soccer will have a bunch of new, young talent this season. “We will encourage each other this season by giving each other competition within the team,” senior Charlie Walker said. With the combination of new young talent and experience on the team, the Dorman boys’ and girls’ soccer teams will be striving to play under the lights in Columbia for the state championship.

2013 Intramurals As spring settles down, students are ready for intramurals to kick off, and each player wants to win the championship. This year some new additions will be added to intramurals. Mr. Kiser noted, “We’re looking at some mini tournaments and also trying to engage student interest. To see what else we need to add, we talked about corn hole toss, volleyball, basketball, bowling, and badminton.” Dorman will also try to gain interest from students at the Freshman Campus as ninth graders will be allowed to join in any team this year. Any student at Dorman High School will be allowed to join this year; even athletes will be allowed to join if their coach allows it. “If a student is a member of a varsity sport, that student needs to go to that coach and let that coach know that they’re interested in playing a particular intramural,” Mr. Kiser said. “Let the coach know what may or may not be impacted by their sport, and let the coach and the student make that decision.” Students enjoy making their intramural teams, and they like to hang out with them during games. “It’s another way for me and my friends to bond as a team and come together and do something that we all have a interest in,” senior Nick Glance said. “I’m ready to get the team back together; hopefully we will get a couple of new guys and go for the championship because we were runner-ups last year.” Students enjoy intramurals at Dorman because of the fun and excitement they bring. “I think the best thing is to let students that are already participating to come and talk to them and invite them to the games,” Mr. Kiser said. Many students at Dorman High School are ready and excited for Ultimate Frisbee and all the new additions to the upcoming season.





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“The greatest hero of the Civil Rights Movement was Rosa Parks. She set the bar for resisiting the unjust discrimination of African-Americans.” -Lucy McElroy (12) “I believe Rosa Parks was one of the greatest heroes of the Civil Rights Movement because she stood up for what she believed in, and her actions inspired everyone around her to do the same.” -Amber Gilstrap (11)

Martin Luther King Jr:

“He fought for the rights of African Americans.” -Kinslee Hobbs (10) “I believe Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most influential heroes of the Civil Rights Movement because his passion continues to be contagious, and his words are still relevant in today’s battles against injustice.” -Hanna Alexander (11)

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“Although he was alive during slavery, not the Civil Rights Movement, Abraham Lincoln was the first leader to initiate African Americans to stand up for themselves.” -Maddie Monroe (11)


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