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TABLE OF CONTENTS ONTENTS

Trojan Editors-in-Chief Andrew Ford William Lay Kaitlyn Turney Mandy Yates Assistant/Production Editors Anna Claire Bradshaw Will Bumpas Kristen Kerr Katie Taylor

NEWS 3 Stock Market Club 4 ACORNcrisis 5 Upcoming play,

Business Editor Hannah Chapman Business Staff Allyson Agee Amber Donaldson Elizabeth Finley

TV changes to digital

Circulation Manager Jaylin Gardner

EDITORIALS

Circulation Staff Patrick Heckethorn Savannah Johnson

7 The economy 8 Academic scale 9 Hoods in school,

Design and Technology Editor David Grueser

Celebrities

Electronic Columnist James Northcutt

FEATURES

Exchange Manager McCord Pagan

11 ACT prep,

Opinion Page Manager Matt Coker

Siblings in school

Photography Managers Alex Jacobi Madison Johnson

12 Being eco friendly 13 Nicaragua, Harvest celebrations

14 Fun fall festivities 15 Effect of media, Twilight

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Jack Johnson bio

22 Football, 17 Affordable laptops 18 How to take pictures Records 19 How to overcome 23 World Series

26 High School Musical 3, Taylor Swift

27 Max Payne

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Letters to the editor can be on any topic of any length. They may be edited for length or libelous content. Letters to the editor are accepted in room 220.

Dont forget to give thanks on November 27th!

Sports Manager Emma Caylor Staff Cartoonist Will Bumpas Video Yearbook Editors James Guttery Erin Naifeh Video Yearbook Staff Anna Claire Bradshaw Emma Caylor Matt Coker Jeffrey Dycus Savannah Johnson Victoria Kirgis Andrew Legan McCord Pagan Ginny Roper Hunter Todd Advisors Suzanne Edwards Nancy Speck Trojan Torch Dyersburg High School 125 Hwy. 51 By-Pass Dyersburg, TN 38024


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ith corruption on Wall Street, fraudulent stock investors the stocks fluctuates the same, although, in the stock market game, and billion dollar bailouts: why would anyone begin to in- certain stocks are limited and some corporation are off limits to invest vest in the stock market? Knowledge. Students, with the in like Apple. The Commercial Appeal sponsors the stock market help of principal Jon Frye and two dedicated students, David Grueser and James Northcutt, now game. The team that earns the most money will rehave a club for learning about the stock market. ceive a prize. “We compete against different schools in Tennessee,” Northcutt said. Grueser and Northcutt came up with the idea last year when they went to Java Café after graduation. “We’re doing it to learn more about the stock “We decided that we should invest in stocks market because we do not know anything about it,” Grueser said. through the school,” senior David Grueser said. “I think it will be very informative, and it will They were going to allow members to join and help high school students to learn more about the pay money to put into a stock. However they deeconomy,” junior Avy Stansbury said. cided, “For the greater good, it should be a school activity,” senior James Northcutt said. The first meeting was October 29. At the meetThe two stock investors went to Frye to discuss ing, Northcutt and Grueser talked about how the game works. the posibility of this new club, the Dyersburg Stock “It’s a good idea to allow students to participate Exchange. “Frye called the Jackson Sun and helped in the real world business,” junior Billy Lloyd said. us form a club,” Northcutt said. They found an onThe club has already made $1,535 in stock out of line game called the stock market game that is used to help teachers teach about the stock market. the three sectors Auto Zone, First Horizon National Bank and GMX. In this game, student teams are given 100,000 “fake” dollars, and they invest in certain compaThere is still time to sign up to be a member of Photos courtesy of www.wikipedia.org Dyersburg Stock Exchange Club. Contact David nies. “I first thought it was real money, and I Grueser or James Northcutt for further information. wanted to play,” senior Joycelyn Hill said. The stock market game is set up just like the stock market is in the erin naifeh real world. They all have the same corporations and the margin of

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he Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now caused major controversy in this year’s election. The group, commonly known as ACORN, is an organization whose primary goal is to register minorities in poverty-stricken areas in most states across the country. Lately the group has been in the media spotlight over possible voter registration fraud. The group is accused of registering fraudulent voters in many key electorate states including Virginia, Ohio, Florida and Nevada. On October 24, the Supreme Court overruled a case brought to the court by the Republican party of Ohio. The Republican party argued that the group registered voters who either did not meet the requirements to vote or did not exist. Thousands of registration forms have been deemed fraudulent, and the number climbs every day. According to the Associated Press, the complete roster of the Dallas Cowboys football team was registered in Nevada. The AP has also reported that in other states, ACORN has registered voters by the names of Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse . This year alone ACORN has registered 1.3 million poor and minority voters from ACORN’s 87 offices in nearly 30 states. The accusations of voter fraud are based on the fact that ACORN takes advantage of poor, low-income and even homeless Ameri

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cans to register voters for pay. ACORN workers in multiple states have been convicted of numerous crimes related to fraudulent voter registration, including one worker who was sentenced to serve 23 months in prison. One former ACORN worker in Pennsylvania plans to testify against the organization in one of many court cases against ACORN. Newly elected president Barack Obama has received harsh criticism because of his ties to ACORN. According to CNN, Obama’s campaign fund payed an affiliate of ACORN over $800,000. Obama himself has even taught workshops to potential ACORN workers, according to the Wall Street Journal. The most obvious connection between Obama and ACORN is that group’s political action committee endorsed Obama’s candidacy for president. Although ACORN does not have a heavy presence in Tennessee, the election commission was prepared to combat voter fraud. “If any voting fraud was to occur in Dyer County, we would send a report to the state election commissioner, who would then send a report to the State Attorney General for investigation,” Dyer County election commissioner Jane Heathcott said. Numerous court cases are pending on ACORN fraud, but the chances of any changes in the vote count of any state due to fraud is extremely unlikely.

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n February 17, all full-power television stations will no longer broadcast in analog but only in digital. Up until now, all stations have been broadcasting in both digital and analog, but Congress has now mandated that after the 17th there can be no more analog broadcasts. For those with cable or satellite television service, the switch will have no impact. The transition is only taking place in free over-the-air-programming such as local news. Cable and satellite already broadcast in digital. “The only ones that will be affected will be ones with TV antennas,” Scott Davis of Cable One said. “Our cable customers will see no change and all of our channels are broadcast in digital.” People with analog televisions will still be able to use them, however. To do so they must buy a digital-to-analog converter box, which picks up digital signal and converts it to analog. There is a government program that

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is giving $40 coupons to be used at select stores such as Wal-Mart and Radio Shack that can go towards a digital converter. For more information and to apply for a coupon go to www.dtv2009.gov. The government is requiring the switch because it will free up needed space of the broadcasting spectrum to allow more frequencies to be available for important emergency services like police and fire department radios. The switch to digital will also improve picture and sound quality. It is also important to know that there is a difference between digital TV broadcasts and high definition broadcasts. TVs do not have to be high definition-compatible to pick up digital TV broadcasts. Despite some misconception, TVs also do not have to be flat screen, LCD screen or plasma screen.

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he first Trojan Drama production of the year is underway, starting off the year with a big bang in the theater department. Hard Luck is the title of the upcoming play, and it is based on a case of mistaken identity out west in the 1920’s. Norman Crankfield, played by Eric McClain, is a theatrical supplies salesman trying to get away from some nasty bootleggers. He ends up disguising himself as a famous actor and falls in love with a young woman named Jenny, played by Lindsay Pleasant. “It is fun and has great characters,” drama teacher Chris Solmon said. “It has a great appeal to our audience, it is fun for the actors and is very entertaining for all ages.” Many students have been involved in drama productions their whole high school career. “It is a great way to make new friends and get involved,” senior Maurilauren Anderson said. “I talk and hang out with people I never knew before I got involved in drama. It is a blast!” Admission is $5 for students and $6 for adults. The showings are December 4th, 5th and 8th at 7:00PM and December 7th at 2:00 PM. “Hard Luck is going to be a great production! Come out and enjoy the show!” Anderson said. Full of mystery, scandal and lots of goofy characters, Hard Luck is likely to be a big hit.

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uch focus has been on politics and government lately, and many people are worried about the economy so much that they have no peace and are constantly fearful about what is happening to the country and the world. However, there are plenty of other people who are uneducated and do not know what is going on in the United States or the world. Well, no one can know what is going on in our country exactly, but fearing for your life and getting people to join in with you in your fear is no way to go about helping the economy. Although being afraid will not solve the ongoing problems of the world, you can become educated and figure out things that you can do to help your community, which affects the world in a small way. One area you can focus on is gas prices. Gas prices will fluctuate, and you cannot control them. However, if your car can handle it, choose low-grade gas. Another thing you can do is get a group of your friends together and carpool. Carpool to school, to sports games, special events and to El Patio and the movie. Carpooling is the best option you can pick since Dyersburg does not have public transportation. Also, you can figure out your route at the beginning of the day. Planning out a route can help you think of all the places you will have to go throughout the day: pick the places that are located close to each other so you do not have to go across town several times in one day. If you are a little bit of a spender, focus on watching your

money. The thing to do is not stop spending because that is not good for our economic system. While you can make good investments, do not spend what you cannot pay. Many people use credit cards but cannot repay them and become covered in debts. Instead, use cash and save spare change. Find ways to watch your money. When hanging out with your friends, figure out ways to be together without spending money. You can eat out less and cook more. Get together with your friends and each of you bring a dish and have a potluck. Learn to be realistic when spending your money because there are some things you just do not need to spend your money on such as getting the most expensive clothing or going out to eat and a movie every weekend. You can also do things to help the environment. Start by planting a tree or recycling. You and your friends can always pick up any trash you create. Participate in any of the the projects Key Club has. For instance, you can give old cell phones to recycle. That is just one of the many projects Key Club provides for others to help out with. You could also volunteer at the local animal shelter or help build houses for Habitat for Humanity or any other organization. Help your community. Do something to benefit your community and economy.

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Are Dyersburg schools keeping up?

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lthough Dyersburg has recently made significant improvements in the school curriculum and technology, are they too few too late? Are they enough? Are students being prepared for the competitive world awaiting them? Well, it may all depend on the angle from which these questions are approached. Yes, it is true there are schools out there that would make McCallie look like the Little Red Schoolhouse, but where does Dyersburg rank in overall comparison with other schools throughout the nation? When it comes to schools such as High Tech High in San Diego, Dyersburg is clearly on a different level. HTH is supported by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is equipped with laboratories and the latest technology. It offers a rigorous curriculum, and as a result, 100% of its graduates have been admitted to college. This being said, what is the foundation of this remarkable success, and how can Dyersburg mirror that success in ways it has not already? It is not a question that technology makes school, learning and life itself simpler, and although Dyersburg has technology, it is obviously not in the forefront in regard to schools such as HTH, which has an almost unachievable level of technology. Dyersburg could try to achieve features of more realistic schools, though. For instance, Lauderdale County received a grant to provide laptops for every student. If they can get grants such as that, why could not we? Dyersburg does have, however, notably strong programs regardless of where the facilities are and what they are like. DHS has stood its ground as an academically commendable center for education. ACT recognized DHS in 2006 as one of three hundred high schools in the United States that prepare their students with “high levels of rigor and relevance in the core subject areas.” Dyersburg was additionally acknowledged by U.S. News and World Report as a "Best High School" and named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1991 and 2005 by the United States De-

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partment of Education. In order for DHS to maintain strong academic status, constant attention must be given to advancing with the ever-changing world, which requires updating the curriculum, extracurricular activities and teaching styles when necessary. For students to be successful in the future, they must be challenged constantly early on. School should be a place where they learn outside of the text book. More assignments could be given for students to seek and find answers themselves so the knowledge they gain will be more memorable. The challenges given to students should be presented in a positive manner so students can see the fruits of their labor. If school catered to the interests of the students and the paths in life they wish to pursue, the results could be phenomenal. A few simple changes could prepare Dyersburg’s students greatly for years to come. Create new clubs such as a model UN. Provide more AP and vocational classes. Ask students what they want to see in their school and in their future, and never cease to challenge them and push them beyond what they thought possible. The reason successful schools like HTH are productive is their students have options and are able to make connections with and learn from the real world in real world environments. We could provide job shadowing opportunities to students or provide services for students to research careers they are interested in and show them what they need to do to reach their goals, which would mean helping every student strive for a goal attainable to him or her, even if it is out of the norm. Dyersburg has done a commendable job creating the environment it has with the resources available, and the awards and successes of its graduates proves it. Obviously, HTH’s high standards are a bit out of our reach because of their obvious economic advantages, but if Dyersburg will continue to “strive for excellence,” its environment would be further qualified to produce individuals able to live up to their potential in this competitive world.

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Now Turn to the Left: Paris Hilton poses for a glamour-style mugshot.

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ollars? Tolerable. Lanyards? Annoying, but fine. No hoods? Excessive. The school has gone through many changes this year, not limited to the new dress code. As a whole, the student body has cooperated. The overall “look” of the high school has changed from one of sloppy adolescents to respectable young adults, but respectable adults should be allowed to wear a jacket or sweatshirt that has a hood. In the winter months, extra care is needed to keep warm, and the most common and fashionable way to do that is wear a jacket or a coat. What do almost all outerwear in the stores and in our closets have in common? A hood. In fact, it is almost impossible to find a decent jacket that does not have a hood. What is the reason that we cannot wear a good old-fashTrojan

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ioned hoodie? Well, the temptation to put that hood on might prove too much for the average student. If the rules simply stated that hoods could not be worn inside the school building, that rule would most likely be followed. Have we not adequately followed the rules thus far? If a student should break this rule, he or she will be sent to the office for a dress code violation, which is the current punishment for even possessing the “illegal” hooded jacket. If students were allowed to wear hooded jackets, they could be responsible enough to restrain from putting on the hood and be able to go along their merry ways in warmth. The administration should consider giving the students a chance to prove themselves.

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ncorruptible, unbiased, fair: That’s the way the American judicial system was meant to be, correct? Yet, the willingness of the law to make allowances for celebrities obscures this meaning. Celebrities are human and will make mistakes, but they should be punished for their mistakes in the same way that every other citizen is. Paris Hilton’s short term in jail is one of the finest examples of a celebrity’s ability to use a “get out of jail free card.” In 2007, Hilton was sentenced to 45 days in jail for violating her probation from a previous reckless driving charge. Of course, after just two days of life in the slammer, she was somehow released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca because of an “unspecified medical condition.” Strangely enough, this condition did not require hospital treatment. The judge who had sentenced Hilton was furious, for he had written, “no work furlough, no work release, and no electronic monitoring” on Hilton’s sentencing statement to prevent this very thing from happening. He ordered for Hilton to be returned to jail. Despite her screams of “it’s not right,” Hilton was taken back to jail. She remained in jail until

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she was released. In total, Hilton served 22 days of a 45-day sentence. Hilton, however, should have been jailed long before this. She was given many second chances for other violations, such as reckless driving, that she should have been punished for. Little breaks like these give celebrities an air of invincibility. They believe they are too good for the law because the prosecutors and judges of the world do not demand that they respect the law. The judge who sentenced Hilton was the first in a long line of judges finally to do what was fair and send Hilton back to jail where she belonged. Paris is not alone, however; dozens of other celebrities, such as Lindsay Lohan, O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson have arguably received preferential treatment because of their status. No matter the circumstances, it's time for these celebrities to be held accountable. If the criminal justice system in America does not begin to enforce its laws among ALL of its citizens, then the Paris Hiltons in the world will continue to be considered above the law and will receive unfair treatment.

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the class is spent on taking and reviewing practice tests, while the rest is to teach students the fundamentals of the test. "I picked out skills that are on standardized tests that would help students with the test,” calculus teacher Trish Gam said. "It helps when teachers explain how to get questions right rather than just testing and checking," senior Kirsten Farrer said. Many students revert to ACT prep books. Lay recommends The Real ACT and The Princeton ACT Review books as supplemental preparation. An ACT prep class is offered at Dyer County High School on Saturdays the weekend before every ACT. The class costs $75 the first time and $5 for any additional times. “This prep class is all day which is really tiring; however, it helps because you’re learning from a different teacher instead of someone you see everyday,” senior Ryan Wood said. Some say there is no way to study for the ACT. However, participants in ACT prep classes continue to receive increased scores. “It helped me with the timing,” senior Alli Purvis said.

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rom the minute students set foot into Dyersburg High School, they are preparing unknowingly for the ACT. The ACT is based on what students should have learned in high school. Any student who has taken four or more years of English, plus three or more years of mathematics, science, and social studies should be well prepared for the test. Since all of these classes are required and taught with high expectations at DHS, students often score higher than average. This year DHS has 10 seniors with composite scores of 30 or higher. DHS classes offer outstanding preparation for the ACT, but some supplemental work can be beneficial. ACT prep classes are offered every intersession for fifteen dollars, but take a week-long commitment. The classes practice each section of the test in various ways. These ACT prep classes have been successful in improving students’ scores. “My composite score was improved by three points,” senior Andrew Lay said. “The math and science with Mrs. Gam helped a lot,” senior Whitney VanSant said. Much of

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s the economy continues to fall into a recession, more people are worrying about conserving and being eco-friendly. Consumers are acknowledging that an energy crisis is at hand with limited petroleum resources and understanding the social and environmental degradation that this petroleum problem is causing. From switching light bulbs to reusing and recycling products, “going green” has become the latest trend. Around the United States, businesses pride themselves on saving energy and cutting down on pollution. Helping the environment is something that everyone can do. How can you get involved? It is simple. Here are a few easy-todo steps that you can follow to promote energy conservation. Trendy Shopping Bags—Why continue to let plastic grocery bags pile up in your cabinets or be thrown away? Personal shopping bags are becoming more common each day. Join in by buying your own personal shopping bag to carry with you to Wal-Mart or Kroger. By doing so, you will be doing the environment a favor by cutting down on plastic waste. Incandescent vs. Fluorescent Lighting—How

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will switching light bulbs from incandescent to fluorescent help the environment? Fluorescent light bulbs last up to thirteen times longer than incandescent light bulbs. Also, most of the heat generated by incandescent light bulbs is unnecessary for lighting purposes. Fluorescent light bulbs simply use less energy. Switching bulbs in your home will not only save you money, but it will waste less energy. Organic Foods—Organic foods are grown using no chemical pesticides and only natural additives. Conventional farming harms the environment through topsoil erosion, toxic run-off, decreased biodiversity and health risks. Because organic is “all natural,” these effects are avoided. Buying organic is easy: just look for the label stating “USDA Organic” or look in the designated organic aisle. Earth-Friendly Clothing—Instead of throwing out that old pair of jeans, why not create a stylish accessory, such as a purse or scarf? When clothes are thrown out, many end up in landfills, which harm the environment. For new clothes opt for clothing with organic and natural fibers such as silk, hemp and cotton. You can look great and feel good about what you are wearing!

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at, drink and be merry. While Americans are consumed with scrumptious thoughts of turkey, dressing, pumpkin pie and other wonderful delights around Thanksgiving, people around the world are enjoying their own harvest celebrations. From China to Israel, people are coming together to celebrate this time of abundance through food, festivals and family gatherings. The Chinese celebrate the August Moon Festival, which is a festive feast that marks the end of the harvest season, in mid to late September. According to familyculture.com, Chinese legends say the moon is its brightest and roundest on this day and that these circumstances make and renew friendships. Instead of eating pumpkin pie, the Chinese eat mooncakes, a Chinese pastry usually filled with lotus seed paste, and send them to loved ones as an act of thanks. Dating back to Biblical times, Succoth is a Jewish holiday during which the people remember their Hebrew ancestors and thank God for the harvest over a period of seven days. Usually Succoth is held in either September or October, depending on when the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Tishri falls. According to chabad.org, this celebration is

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named after the sukkah, a type of hut that the Israelites lived in for forty years while they wandered the desert after being delivered out of Egypt. During this holiday, Jews gather in make-shift sukkahs to worship and feast together. This historical holiday continues to have both religious and agricultural significance. Africans thank the spirits for the rainy season and a hopeful harvest with the Yam Festival, also known as Homowo. This festival, most prevalent in Ghana and Nigeria, is held in August or September, depending on when the rainy season ends. The yams are one of the most abundant and important food sources in Africa. The people feast, sing and dance their way through this holiday, joyful for the harvest season. Thanksgiving, the August Moon Festival, Succoth and the Yam Festival are in no way close to all the different kinds of harvest celebrations that occur. Most cultures, not just Americans, have their own unique version where they observe the harvest season and express thanks. This Thanksgiving, others across the globe will be experiencing celebrations precious to their own culture.

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n October 4th a team of seventeen from First United Methodist Church left their comfortable lives in Dyersburg and Jackson and landed in the povertystricken country of Nicaragua. Among the team were four DHS students: Patrick Heckethorn, Jeffrey Dycus, Andrew Legan and Hunter Todd. The mission team offered assistance to the Nicaraguan people in Leon by providing a medical team, an education team and a construction team. Four volcanoes surround the city of Leon which means most of the roads and surfaces are volcanic ash. Children roam the streets playing, laughing and kicking partially deflated balls used for soccer. Even with the conditions they live in, they are still a happy people. “The poverty is overwhelming, but the people are so incredibly nice and grateful. They offer lots of smiles and hugs,” group member Melanie Todd said. The construction team, consisting of the four DHS boys and others, worked to repair playgrounds and community soccer fields. This work provided fun free time with Nicaraguan children. “I enjoyed watching the kids have fun, enjoy life and take less for granted than what we do,” senior Jeffrey Dycus said. The education team traveled to different schools to teach and supply the teachers with materials so that the children in the nearby communities would get a better education. The doctors, dentists and pharma-

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cists who made up the medical team visited different areas around Leon. The medical team went into the poor communities and gave medical assistance to people who had never been in a dentist’s chair or been given medication. A typical teenager here in the US gets up, takes a shower and goes to school. Throughout the day, he or she is surrounded by electronics like computers, iPods and cellphones. On the other hand, in Nicaragua, children take baths in overturned refrigerators that are also used for cleaning laundry and cooking. For many kids, school lasts only half a day. The young attend in the mornings, and the older children attend in the afternoon. This is because there are so few schools, and the ones they do have are small. In the poor communities around Leon, there are few to no computers, and a family is lucky to have a TV or even electricity. Even without these luxuries, Nicaraguan kids find ways to have fun and enjoy life. Here are some facts: Nicaragua is the third poorest country in the Western Hemisphere; 80% of the population live on less than $2 a day; only 13 out of 10,000 people have internet; and 72 out of 1,000 people have TVs. The Dyersburg mission team went into the poor communities of Nicaragua and touched the lives of the people who live there.

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free candy. Too bad trick-or-treating is allowed only once a year. 6. Carving pumpkins- Will it be a scary or smiley jack-olantern that brightens up your front door this Halloween? Pulling Photo by Anna Claire Bradshaw out the seeds and carving out the face is what makes carving pumpkins so fun. Make it an even more exciting activity by having a pumpkin guts fight. Cover all clothing with garbage bags and throw away when done. Pumpkin carving does not necessarily have to be a Halloween activity; carve a pumpkin like a turkey or cornucopia for Thanksgiving. 5. Going rolling--A large pack of toilet paper can really brighten up an evening with friends. Stringing the toilet paper from trees and bushes also gives the person’s yard a haunted look. Stick to just toilet paper: eggs, fruit loops and forks are crossing the line. 4. Shopping--It is that time of year to bring the sweaters, coats and other winter clothing out of the back of the closet. Going shopping for winter clothing is fun for both girls and boys. Even if you do not buy any new clothing, sip some hot chocolate in the food court with your friends or family. 3. Haunted trails/houses--Who or what will you find hiding behind that tree? Is it Michael Myers or the Boogeyman? There are many haunted trails in Dyer County and other surrounding counties. 2. Bonfires--Have a bonfire party complete with lots of hot dogs and marshmallows to roast and scary stories to tell. Bonfires are a great way to be outside on those cold nights and still be warm. 1. Going to football games--Whether you are a NFL or even high school football fan, watching the games with friends and/or family is a great activity to do indoors and outdoors. Come watch our very own Trojan football in the state playoffs. If the game is not at J.C. Sawyers Stadium, plan a roadtrip.

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t is Friday night. A teenage girl anxiously awaits the arrival of her date to pick her up for dinner and a movie. Several thoughts race through her mind. “Do I look too fat in this shirt?” “Is my skirt short enough?” “I hope he asks me to come over afterwards.” This is an example of one of the thousands of innocent girls who have fallen victim to the influence of the media. The self-image and behavior of teen girls are constantly being shaped by what they see every day. According to www.hollywoodtoday.net, “Ugly Betty” star America Ferrara questioned the effect of “Gossip Girl,” “The Hills” and “90210” on teen girls. “If you’re watching (these shows), all the backstabbing shapes the way we act. You go to school, and you think your job is to find a sworn enemy and be jealous of each other,” said Ferrara. She also criticized “Gossip Girl” and its knack for conditioning female viewers to treat others badly. However, “Gossip Girl” is not the only TV show responsible for this epidemic. Actresses on “90210” appear alarmingly thin, with arms and legs that look like twigs. Are these skinny starlets setting a bad example? According to www.popwatch.ew.com, a Hollywood insider who works with young actresses on the popular series was questioned on the matter. “Everyone says television adds five or ten pounds, so if you’re watching and someone looks like they haven’t eaten in forever, what must they look like in person? Why doesn’t someone Trojan

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on set or a producer or a studio head say ‘This is not okay’?” According to a source close to “90210,” the network has. Calls went out to representatives of the show’s stars suggesting they address the weight issue. One report estimates that none of the stars on the show weigh more than 110 pounds. Senior Becca Guthrie said that popular teen shows are giving teenage girls the idea that they have to have a good figure and be pretty to be well liked. “(It makes girls feel like) they can’t be who they are,” Guthrie said. In addition, magazines and websites targeting young girls present them with messages that they should lose weight, wear more make-up and consider plastic surgery, all of which is damaging to mental health. According to www.time.com, teen girls are more sexually liberal because they are imitating the behavior they see on TV. Jane Brown, a journalism professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, performed studies that found that adolescents who watched a lot of media with sexual content were more than twice as likely as others to have had sex by the time they were sixteen. “Most girls on TV shows give their boyfriend whatever he wants whenever he wants it,” sophomore Bria Taylor said. “It makes girls feel like they have to give guys what they want to be loved.”

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hat is a girl to do when her high school crush turns out to be a vampire? Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart, The Messengers), takes a dangerous shot at love with Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), who is not your ordinary vampire. Twilight is based on the #1 New York Times best-selling series that has revived the interest in vampires. Twilight has been chosen as the New York Times Editor’s Choice and a Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year among other awards. Edward’s family does not drink human blood, but he has an irresistible thirst for Bella’s. At first he does not believe he can control this forbidden desire and tries avoiding her. He finds that he cannot live without her. Their binding love and attraction to each other overcomes the obstacles of a human-vampire relationship. Not all vampires are like the Cullens, and this puts Bella in a deadly situation when James (Cam Gigandet, The O.C.) becomes obsessed with a chase for Bella’s blood. Edward will stop at nothing to keep Bella safe and alive. By doing so, he pushes his immortal powers to the limit. The Twilight soundtrack was released on November 4th, and it is a hit. The soundtrack features songs by Muse, Paramore, Linkin Park and eight other bands who add to the teen appeal of this upcoming film. On November 21, the age-old tale of vampires will be brought back to life with a new twist. This movie will be an upbeat, action-packed love story between two unlikely lovers. “When you can live forever, what do you live for?” Is it love?

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How to take a decent picture I n a world of many digital cameras and complexities in photography, how does an everyday non-expert take a good picture? There are different definitions of a “good” picture, and every photographer has a variety of ways to make his pictures his own. For the everyday person though, there are some guidelines to follow that can make a picture better. The more that a person learns, the better and better his pictures get. First off, think about lighting. Pick a spot to take a picture that is preferably naturally lit. If you cannot get good natural lighting outside, then pick a well-lit room or turn on the flash. Lighting is the number one priority in a picture. Next, pick an angle. This can be tricky because different subjects with different lighting take different angles. It all depends on how you want to see the scene. There are three basic angles: eye-level, high and low shots. With a basic picture of people posing, eye-level will probably be best. With more artistic shots, high and low shots are an option. Angles are about knowledge and opinion. Never use angles that are so extreme that you miss the focus of the shot. This only confuses the viewer. Last, focus the picture. Most “point and shoot” digital cameras focus by pushing the shutter halfway and then all of the way when you are ready to take the picture. If a picture is not focused, then it is not worth anything. A picture tells a story, and the focus of it tells the viewer what it is all about. Having no focus is like having a sentence with no subject; it is necessary. Photography takes time and knowledge and practice. Practice will teach a photographer new things every time the shutter clicks. Pictures are artwork and take effort to make them worthwhile. Make sure to take many shots of a subject, so if a picture does not turn out the way it should, then there is another shot. Never settle for less in pictures; always strive for the best that can be captured.

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“I’m excited about getting to imigh hopes have been set for the 2008-2009 Trojan and prove my playing time,” junior Lady Trojan basketball sea- Di’Yana Fisher said. The Lady Trojans have been workson. While the fans wait until the season officially opens, both teams have ing hard on agility work, weight been getting fired up and ready for training and skill development. All the season-opening game against the energy surrounding this group of individuals is bound to get them far. Munford on November 24th. “I just want to win a district chamStepping up as the Golden Trojans’ head coach, Kim Decker plans to give pionship and be a great asset to the the guys plenty of useful playing time team,” senior Kendra Taylor said. Coffman feels this year’s team has at the beginning of the season. “Twelve seniors have graduated, much room for growth, both as a team and as individand the others did uals. “They are not get much playyoung, inexperiing time last year. enced with lots of So this is their upside. This group chance, their should show major time,” Decker improvement said. through the season,” She feels that the Coffman said. Golden Trojans The competition have strong deterseems tougher than mination and ever this year. Even teamwork that with four statewill take them far Photo by Ginny Roper ranked teams from this season. last season’s district “Our offensive Firm Coaching: Randy Coffset so far is very man leads his players in a posi- and a state runner up, for the Lady good,” said soph- tive direction during practice. Trojans, the sky’s omore Corey the limit. Smith. “We want competitive practices “We may be young because we lost all the starters to graduation last year, every day and a steady improvement but we are still going to be able to sur- through the season, a district tournaprise some people,” sophomore Winn ment championship, a region final and sub-state birth,” Coffman said. Decker said. With preseason practices coming to The Trojans hope that with each game they will improve so they will an end and more intense ones apbecome the team to beat this year. proaching, the Golden Trojans and “It is a privilege to coach at DHS Lady Trojans are willing and ready to alongside so many great coaches who make it as far as they can. The Trojans have a high standard of excellence, and Lady Trojans tip off with a Hall of and also it is an honor to work with Fame game November 20th at Humthis awesome group of young ath- boldt. The first regular season game is November 24th at Munford, at 6:00 letes,” Decker said. Randy Coffman is also preparing his p.m. team for the upcoming season. They ginny roper are looking forward to the start of season play. Trojan

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Youmans added that he ecords were meant to be bro- “couldn’t have done it ken. Two of Dy- without the help of the ersburg’s own, Kyle line, the snapper, and Youmans and Loren holder. It all starts with Newsom, recently did them.” The other record just that. Youmans broke the field goal record and breaker, Newsom, has a Newsom broke the 5k special case. Up until the last four years, time. cross-country ran Youmans only 3 miles. kicked a 49Now they run a yard field goal 5k, which is 3.1 against Westmiles. Newsom wood High ran the 5k in School on Sep16:30, beating the tember 26th, 3-mile time of his beating Shane p r e d e c e s s o r, Normandin’s Justin Hunsucker, 42-yard record class of 1999. set in 2003. Hunsucker’s time After the ball for the 3-mile run went through was 16:42. the uprights, all Newsom’s Youmans could dream is to attend think was, “I the University of just broke it Oregon, where [record], and I his idol, Steve hope that flag Sprinting Fast: P r e f o n t a i n e , isn’t on us.” Youmans Loren Newsom went. Both Youmans plans to con- finishes out the and Newsom tinue his career day with a run. plan to beat on into college. He has already had inter- their own records and to est or scholarship offers keep improving. They from the Universities of hope to set the bar high Tennessee, Arkansas and and remain in the record Missouri, and Valdosta books for years to come. State. david grueser

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or the past 11 years, the Dyersburg Trojan football team has gone to the playoffs. This year is no exception. The main reason for this is the Counce family. Since they arrived at Dyersburg in 1995, the team has reached the playoffs almost every single year. All of the players on the team know that the Counces have made Dyersburg into a winning team.“The reason for our success is good coaching,” senior Marko Jones said. This is the twelfth year in a row that the team has gotten to the playoffs. The Dyersburg Trojans are always gifted with a strong team and good coaches. This year the team has a strong defense and exceptional players. “I now always expect us to get to the playoffs,” Jones said. “We expect to get to the playoffs, but we still work hard enough to make it,” senior Hamp Hickman said. No one can deny that the players work hard. It is part of what makes the team great. Coach James Counce makes sure that his players always do their best in whatever they do. The players respect him because his strategies work, and he has earned that rePhoto by McCord Pagan spect. Another part of what makes Stretching for Practice: Players lisDyersburg a good team is that ten as Randy Newsome encourages the players always do what them to perform well in Fridays game. the coaches say. The players and coaches work well together, and some of the younger players look up to the seniors to help them out. Another reason is the team’s hard work. “We do things no one else does. That is why we are the best,” junior Michael Pagan said. During the summer, most of a football player’s time will be spent practicing.“Our success is because of our hard work in the off season,” senior Will Lomas said. “The players and coaches work hard and have a strong work ethic,” head coach James Counce said. “The team is always prepared for each game.” “If we continue to work hard and get better, we can go to state,” senior Hamp Hickman said. This year there is confidence that the team will do well in the playoffs. The only question is how far the team will go. “It all depends on how well we play,” Counce said. Last year expectations were high for the team, although they did not get to state. The team could change that this year and go to Murfreesboro. The people of Dyersburg have been waiting for the Trojans to win state ever since they saw the success of Coach Counce and his teams. Last year Coach Counce led his Montgomery Bell Academy team to win the state championship. Fans hope he can do the same here.

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he Phillies have done it! They have won their first World Series since 1980. The 2008 World Series featured the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays. This matchup was one that nobody expected or wanted. The series drew record-low television ratings. This was partly because the series featured two smallmarket teams and because it was a short series, lasting only five games. Regardless of poor ratings, the World Series featured two great teams. The Rays were the feel- good story of the year, finding themselves in the fall classic after finishing dead last in their division just a year ago. The Rays were one of the youngest teams ever to make it to the World Series. The Phillies, on the other hand, were stacked with experience and power hitters. The stories of the series were the runners left on base by the Phillies and the poor performance by the Rays’ bullpen. In the first two games of the series, the Phillies stranded twenty-two runners on base. Yet, they somehow managed to take one of the two games from the Rays. The series then shifted to Philadelphia. The Phillies won game three on a wild walk-off infield single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. In game four, the Phillies tore out of their hitting slump, shelling the Rays ten to two. The series was all but over. During game five, something that has never happened in the history of the postseason took place. The game was postponed in the middle of the sixth inning because rain poured down in Philadelphia and showed no signs of letting up. The game still could not be played the following day because of the seemingly never-ending rain. Finally, the game resumed on Wednesday, October 29. The Phillies came out and won the game, capping off what they set out to do, winning the 2008 World Series. Despite losing the World Series, the Rays are loaded with young talent, and a bright future lies ahead. As for the Phillies, they hoisted their first World Series trophy in twenty-eight years.

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eing born on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, to a famous surfer, artist Jack Johnson began shredding the waves early. Johnson started surfing at age 5 and was already on the pipeline at age 10. He made Pipe Finals at age 17 but ended up suffering a neardeath injury in the process. This injury caused him to branch out to different interests, such as music and film-making. Johnson had been playing guitar since age 14 and began writing music in college. Some of his influences were Nick Drake, Ben Harper, the Beatles, Bob Marley and Neil Young. “The kind of music I make I think is best at barbecues and road trips. It's kind of good soundtrack music,” Johnson said. Also while in college, he teamed up with friends Chris Malloy and Emmett Malloy to make a surf documentary called Thicker Than Water. This film showed off the talents of Johnson through his filming skills and music skills. The documentary was such a success that he produced a follow-up, The September Sessions. Although Johnson has many talents, he eventually let music become his main interest. “If it seems like you are playing around and not

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practicing, that's when you know you really love it,” Johnson said. One day artist G. Love and Johnson teamed up to surf and ended up recording a song, “Rodeo Clowns.” This song had Johnson helping with guitar and vocals and ended up being the first single on G. Love's album Philadelphonic. Eventually, Johnson made a four-track demo that caught the ears of J.P. Plunier. As a result, Plunier helped produce his album Brushfire Fairytales in 2001. After this album has come others, such as On and On in 2003, In Between Dreams in 2005, Curious George in 2006, and his most recent Sleep Through the Static. Through the musical experience, Johnson has gained new knowledge. “Jackson Browne told me, ‘Some of these people think that they actually love you, but what they love is the projection of you.’ That really helped,” Johnson said.

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ll for one (senior year) has just begun.” High School Mu- like most high school couples after graduation. Throughout the movie, Troy is questioning what to do with his life sical 3, rated G, is the third in the series of High School Musical movies. High School Musical 3 is far above the after high school: whether to play basketball or to work with theater. He is also questioning being away from Gabriella. first two. It takes place in the cast’s senior year of high school. Senior year is a whirlwind for the stars of High School MusiThe movie starts out right before half time of the state basketball tournament, and the Wildcats are down. For cal 3 just like it is for all seniors. They are planning most of the team, it is their last game playing at East prom, deciding on colleges and trying to make the High. The song “Now or Never” gets the team year great. Most seniors can relate and should pumped for the second half of the game. The see the movie. The visual effects throughout the movie are Wildcats win the state championship with the breath-taking. During graduation, the senlast shot of the game. After the game, there is a party at Troy’s (Zac Efron) house. Troy iors are leaving with excitement, but they suddenly stop. The next thing you see is and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) escape that they have formed the Wildcat symbol. the crowd and sing “Right Here, Right Now.” The song is about how they both Another example is the song “The Boys want the last months of high school to last, are Back” which takes place in a junk yard. so they can be together. The visuals in this song are outstanding Later at school, Mrs. Darbis plans a school with many acrobatics. When making High School Musical 3, the cast musical, but when few people sign up, Kelsi Photo courtesy of imdb.com and directors went above and beyond expectasigns up all of her friends to be in it. The musical tions. I give High School Musical 3 five stars. High called Senior Year contains all the highlights of the seniors in the play such as basketball, prom and graduaSchool Musical 3 is not just for little kids; it is for everytion. one, especially high schoolers. As the year progresses, Gabriella finds out that she will have to end her senior year early and start Honors College at Stanford University. Troy and Gabriella are having to deal with not being together, just

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i, I’m Taylor.” Not quite the way you would think a multi-platinum artist would be introduced at her own concert, but it was nonetheless the first thing that Taylor Swift said after coming on stage at her recent concert in Knoxville, Tennessee. As soon as Taylor came on stage, the crowd in Thompson Bowling Arena, made up of everyone from screaming 6-year-old girls to jammin’ grandmothers, went berserk in a way that rivaled the attention given to Pat Summit and her Lady Vols when they step out onto the floor. For a solid two minutes after she came on stage, it was hard to understand what was coming through the speakers, let alone the person standing next to you.

Taylor started out by playing a song called “Change” from her new album. It is an uplifting song about overcoming and breaking down walls. It was a very appropriate way to begin the performance. She also played her new single, “Love Story,” which was received by unanimous crowd approval that leads one to believe her next album has the possibility of living up to her outstanding freshman album. During her hit, “Should’ve Said No,” she added a long break in the middle of the song where she and her violin player took over on drums and began beating on trash cans with drumsticks. At one point in the concert, the Nashville native actually took a break in her music because she became so overwhelmed by the response that she was receiving from the Knoxville crowd. “I love Knoxville,” Swift said. “You always make me feel so at home. Thank you so much!” The overall quality of the concert was outstanding. Taylor sounded immaculate in all of her songs and kept the crowd involved. In between songs she kept the audience entertained by giving them the history of the next song or by telling them about herself. Taylor is currently on the Bob That Head Tour with the Rascal Flatts and can occasionally be caught doing a solo show.

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ax Payne is a vengeful cop on a quest to find the murderers of his wife and infant child. In the New York setting of the recent blockbuster that bears his name, it's always snowing-- except when it's raining. And the entire movie is shown through a dark bluish filter, apparently intended to heighten the mood, but the effect is only to make it seem dull and black. The movie tries hard to be dark, brooding, tragic, mysterious, edgy and frightening. It succeeds only in being dark, and that has more to do with the lighting than the subject matter. The movie was made from a 2001 video game of the same name, a game generally well-received by audiences and critics alike, but the transition from gaming systems to the silver screen misfired. It's a complicated tale of a secret government project, an addictive and hallucinogenic drug, a pharmaceutical company that isn't quite what it seems and greed and corruption on every level of New York City—from the the streets to the skyscrapers. Furthermore, supernatural elements haunt the story in the form of winged demons from Norse mythology (called valkyries) who may or may not be hallucinations caused by the drug appropriately named Valkyr. The story is confusing enough, but to make matters worse, several scenes are drawn-out and unnecessary: excessive screen time is devoted to things like a box of empty folders in a storage facility and a guard shivering outside a door. Some characters have no point at all, wasting time by drawing the audience’s attention away

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Comm unity Spot light Christi Jacobi is a pharmacist at City Drug. Here is a quick Q and A to become familiar with this leader of our community and how she impacts our lives.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job? A: The opportunity to help people feel better and understand their medicine. Q: Favorite ice cream? A: Chocolate Q: If you could have any super power what would it be? A: To be able to run like the wind! Q: Favorite day of the week? A: Sunday Q: When you woke up this morning what was your first thought? A: Its raining- I wish I could stay in bed all day.

Q: Do you love yourself? A: At this point I am very comfortable in my skin- so yes! Q: If you were stranded on an island, what three things what you take? A: Bible, coffee and picture of family Q: Worst injury? A: Broken elbow Q:If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? A: Allow everyone to have more empathy for others. Q: Most exciting time? A: Believe it or not...high school!

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