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AP Scholar Awards given to students
t Dyersburg High School, students are allowed to take challenging college-level courses to receive college credit. Before anyone can get those credits, students must have successful performance on the AP Exams. Students can take the AP Exams whether or not they are in an Advanced Placement class. The AP classes at Dyersburg High School include AP English, Literature and Composition, AP Human Geography, AP U.S. Government and AP U.S. History. “We are one of the few schools in West Tennessee that allow many college credit classes. The depth of learning is deeper than an ordinary class, and the teachers have higher expectations from the students,” guidance counselor Jan Holder said. Even though a high score on the AP exams could mean a college credit , itdoes not mean that every school accepts the credits. “I attend Southern Methodist University, and they did not accept the four I made on an AP Exam. Even though I was in the honors program, they still did not give me credit. Out of all the advanced classes I took, I received credit for only one of them,” Nick Commella said. Commella graduated this past year with the class of 2007. Those who score 3 or higher on four
or more AP exams, will receive the AP Scholar with Honor Award. Last year, three students were given this honor: Nick Commella, Kaley Pennington and Caitlin Rogers. It just so happens that those three students were also the top three in their graduating class. “I was shocked when I found out that I had gotten the Honor Award because I didn’t know the award even existed. It was definitely a lot of hard work because we had to take seven o’clock in the morning classes, so getting up was hard, and I studied really hard for my AP exams so I could make high scores. We got pins and certificates for winning the honor award,” Kaley Pennington said. Pennington also graduated last year and now attends Sewanee: The University of the South. “The AP Scholar Award is a recognition that college boards give to students who take more than three AP courses,” Holder said. Students qualify for the AP Scholar Award by completing 3 or more AP exams with scores of 3 or higher. Receiving this award last year were Kris Newsom, Matt Pagan, Amber Owens and Ben Chapman.
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Checking it twice: Alissa Plewa double checks her notes in AP Geography.
Getting ready: Sophomore AP students Sarah Norville, Avy Stansbury, DiYana Fisher and Courtney Countess work on a group project for AP Human Geography. Trojan
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Students earn coveted leadership awards ecently local students were selected for the DAR
and Hugh O’Brian awards.
DAR focuses on raising funds for local scholarships, preserving historical artifacts and encouraging patriotism within the community. This fall, senior John Schultz was selected for this honor. Schultz and other students submitted resumes which were received by a committee of staff members. “Leadership, citizenship, and school and community involvement are the qualifications to receive this award,” Schultz said. Receiving this award qualifies Schultz to apply for state and national awards through an essay in January. Schultz’s leadership experiences in FFA and being an Eagle Scout made him stand out over the other candidates. However, recognition for leadership also exists within another area of awards. Hugh O’Brian, or HOBY, is a nationwide award presented to one sophomore from every high school across the country. This achievement provides leadership opportunities that allow individuals to achieve their highest potential. Last year’s award winner was junior Adam Ford, and this year’s award winner is sophomore Todd Baker. “Someone that exhibits strong leadership and is very active at school and in the community are the basic qualifications for this award,” Ford said. Baker’s extra-curricular activities and involvement in FFA are what made him stand out. The HOBY recipients were also presented with many opportunities. “By receiving this award, I got a plaque with my name on it; I also was recognized at the end of the year during the award ceremony and was able to attend a leadership conference in May at Lipscomb University,” Ford said. While at the Hugh O’Brian Leadership Conference, the young leaders break up into small groups of about twelve people and discuss serious issues. They also talk to leaders of Tennessee and the Nashville community in panels. While having an opportunity to build life-long leadership skills, the students also get to play games and have fun. “Getting to meet mature people and really developing better leadership skills was the most valuable part of the HOBY conference,” Ford said. “I would like to go back as a junior counselor if I can,” Ford said. In addition to these opportunities, both Ford and Baker were offered access to leadership scholarships.
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Staph menace generates concern
illions of Americans are on edge about staph. Residents of Dyersburg are no exception. “Staph is prevalent in the community, but those who are especially at risk are individuals with decreased immune systems,” said nurse Kim Dew. “I think that it (staph) is bad and no one needs to get it,” junior John Henderson said. Officially known as Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, this destructive microbe was discovered in 1880. According to Wikipedia.com, staph was relegated basically to post-surgical victims; however, the bacteria has run rampant recently and infects around 500,000 Americans every year. It has been a main topic in the news recently and has attracted needed publicity. “I heard about staph on the news when they were closing schools to clean them,” senior Ryan Sawyers said. The Pennsylvania Department of Health website reported that around 25 to 30 percent of Staphylococcus au-
reus bacteria is present in the nose but not infectious. Staph usually causes only minor skin infections, but it also is capable of causing serious diseases. Staph is the leading cause of skin infections in the United States. One more potent type of staph is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This is often referred to as MRSA and only one percent of the strain is not infectious. This strain of the bacteria is causing concern for both officials and citizens of the United States. Many people are taking precautions. “I wash my hands and keep GermX in my purse,” sophomore Megan Ferguson said. “People should not panic, but at the same time they should be prepared. One way is by coughing into your sleeve instead of your hands,” said nurse Dew. MRSA is resistant to most antibiotics and can only be fought with a few lone medicines. If it is able to adapt to these medicines, there is a potential for a nation-wide epidemic.
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Fighting infection: Genaro Martinez and Ashlea Joshaway combat MRSA by using Germ-X during class. Frequent hand cleansing is an effective way to prevent both kinds of staff.
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Doing lunch: Rachel Carter and Rachael Anderson enjoy lunch at the new round tables in the commons.
Round tables in commons more inviting
hat do Dyersburg High School and Alcatraz Prison have in common? According to Principal Mickey Mahon, our long tables were very similar to dining facilities in the famous prison in the San Francisco Bay. “When you walk into a prison, there is a long row of tables like the ones that were in the commons,” Mahon said. This and the fact that the long tables had been decorating our commons for at least 30 years were the two major factors that contributed to the decision by our school system to purchase circular tables. “The old, long tables were chipped and breaking, so it was mandatory that new tables be purchased,” Mahon said. The administration also
believes that the round tables offer more of an opportunity for students to visit with each other. According to Mahon, although there are many individuals who believe that the new, round tables do not offer this opportunity to visit, most are convinced that the change is good. Still, some are completely indifferent to the subject. “I don’t care as long as I have a place to sit,” sophomore Anne Taylor Davis said. The administration has apparently been pleased with the response the tables have received. Prior to the start of the 2008-2009 school year, DHS plans to purchase more round tables, as well as a few new long tables to complete the acquisition of fresh, new dining equipment in the commons.
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he new skating rink and bowling alley will be opened to the public around November 2008. It will be located on Community Road near the fairgrounds. The owner of Thelma’s Skateland, Charles Hendrix Jr., will be the owner of the new skating rink and bowling alley. “It’s new and it’s going to be big,” Hendrix said. The design layout for this new entertainment venue will feature two separate buildings, one for skating and one for bowling. One of the goals that Hendrix expects to fulfill is to stop obesity by getting more people to skate. “There are all
kinds of roller skating ads to try and stop obesity,” Hendrix said. The new skating rink will have a variety of new entertainment as well as equipment. Brunswick will be sponsoring the new equipment for the skating rink and bowling alley. “We got a lot of new ideas in Las Vegas,” Hendrix said. Some of these ideas include jam skating and roller derby. “McDonald's is now starting to feature the roller derby toys in their Happy Meals,” Hendrix said. “Skating is the new fad in Texas, California and Vegas,” Hendrix said, “and teenagers are getting back into it.”
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Ready for a change:Thelmas Skateland is preparing to move to a new location on Community Road near the fairgrounds. The new location will feature all new equipment. The fall honors party was held at Skatelands current site near Country Mart. Trojan
Holiday spirit shines with can drive
New skating rink, bowling alley planned for 2008
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Helping out: Students show the spirit of giving help by providing canned goods for Mu Alpha Thetas canned food drive. Donations are accepted outside the ag room..
ith Christmas right around the corner, the canned food drive is taking place and helping the less fortunate enjoy their holidays. The canned food drive takes place each year and has many donations made by students. Not only does it help others, but it also gives students the opportunity to earn extra credit. In the past there have been approximately 3,000 cans given, and these are all donated to refill the pantry at the Dyersburg Mission. While doing for others, the volunteers enjoy their helping experience. "It’s fun to help and to donate because you get to talk to everyone in the morning when they are bringing their cans in," Sarah Houston said. "The canned food drive is very simple and realistic. It is
a simple way to bring joy to other people’s hearts," FFA president John Shultz said. Experiencing the can drive is not only an exciting feeling, but also a heartwarming one. "Helping others gives everybody a good feeling," math teacher Ms. Robertson said. "It makes me feel like I am helping our community," Houston said. "I enjoy the project in knowing that I will be making a difference in a lot of people’s lives for the holidays," Shultz said. “(I enjoy) getting to see our young people involved in helping others,” executive director of the Union Mission Jerry Edmundson said. Knowing the impact that is made makes the can drive a gift for many, the giver and the receiver.
New drug slows aging process by reducing stress Photo courtesy of Protandim.com
rotandim is a new anti-aging pill that has recently made waves in the ocean of science. Although the drug is fairly new and not widely known, clinical studies have shown that it is effective. Protandim slows many aging processes. "I would take it if I was old to look younger and healthier," said senior Steven Frey. This new phenomenon was invented and introduced by Dr. Joe McCord. According to McCord, people who take the pill are reduced to the level of stress that one would find in a newborn or very young child. This, in turn, decreases oxidative stress. “Oxidative stress is not a disease, just like aging is not, in itself, a disease. But it’s something that accompanies many disease processes,” said McCord. "I wouldn't take an anti-aging pill because it's not how people are supposed to be," said sophomore Elizabeth Fransen.
According to Protandim’s official website, Protandim helps slow the aging process at the cellular level. It contains antioxidant enzymes (proteins) that repair cells of major organs and are millions of times more effective than those found in everyday foods. The body’s cells are more protected from damage which results in healthy cells. This provides for a healthier immune system and, therefore, a healthier life. Protandim also helps bones and joints, lungs, muscles, the brain and the heart stay healthy and strong. "I would take it to stay young and not be old," said junior Dontravius Williams. If one is already taking daily vitamins, they are still beneficial, but antioxidants would no longer be necessary because Protandim is much more effective. However, there is a downfall to the positive effects of Protandim. Possible side-effects include intolerance and digestive, upset or al-
lergic responses to the body. "I would not take it because aging is part of the beauty of life," said freshman Savannah Johnson. No one will feel a noticeable difference while taking Protandim. Yet it does improve the health and decrease the stress of most people, so whoever takes it will most likely have a happier lifestyle. Some people may be suspicious about taking a drug that seems so sketchy. Fortunately, clinical studies have shown that Protandim decreases oxidative stress by 40%, slowing processes that lead to aging. "We make no claims about curing any disease, or preventing any disease. We hope that when enough studies are done, such claims might be made in the future," said McCord.
Miss DHS Maids: Maids representing their classes are junior Whitney Van Sant, junior Kristen Kerr, sophomore Finley White, sophomore Avy Stansbury, freshman Copper Harris and freshman Emma Caylor. The maids were chosen by the members of their class. All of the court are involved in sports and other extra curricular activities. The theme for this year was “In a New York Minute.”
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cases is unsuccessful in ameliorating the situaost students can relate to that maddention. ing impression left upon them by a Every student is an individual with unique teacher who just simply fails to do his or her job. What is even more frustrating is when characteristics and ways of learning. Some stuthe teacher attempts to compensate for this short- dents are visual learners. Other students learn in an auditory manner, while additional students coming by overloading students with a senseless require kinesthetic and tactile teaching methods. workload of packets and worksheets, wasting It is the teacherâ€™s job to recognize this and do his both time and paper. best to relate the knowledge in a manner that What student honestly wants to sit in a classcaters to more than just one learning style. When room with a teacher who has an obvious lack of students find lessons unclear or fail to grasp conenthusiasm for what he or she does and neglects cepts, they become stressed. his or her responsibilities as an educator? Not Students are not the only ones these practices many. Teachers should be interested in helping take a toll on. It is widely known that the state of students acquire new knowledge. Educating is the environment is tenuous. Is it not our duty to in the job description, but some teachers do not do something about this? If the answer is yes, teach; it is unjust for the salaries of a devoted edthen some drastic ucator and an educachanges need to be tor who just simply made when it scrapes by to be comes to use of equal. paper at DyersThe work these burg High School. teachers assign many It is completely times comes in the understandable form of pointless that a teacher must packets and workuse paper and give sheets. Students are worksheets, but intelligent enough to simple solutions, recognize this as busy such as using work, and if this is the power point precase, the knowledge sentations or progained is often minijectors, printing on mal. Photo by Amber Donaldson the front and back If teachers do not Teaching out loud: Freshman English teacher of pages, fitting take pride and put Cathy Pence chooses to teach in a lecture and more information time into preparing hands-on format instead of handing out packets. on a single sheet, their lessons, then or asking students to take their own notes, which why should students, when completing their means they often write less by summarizing in work. Sadly, this may result in the copying of their work or slapping answers down if it is to be their own words and even learn better in the process, are steps in the right direction of keeptaken for a grade. For some students, persistent ing this under control. Furthermore, teachers encouragement and inspiration must be prowho are effective often spend time preparing lesvided for them to have the desire to strive to sons and can adequately cover their information reach their highest potential, and having a mile in a lecture with only minimal amounts of paper high packet given to them can be discouraging used. and overwhelming. Overall, it can be said that for some educators it Not only does this environment frustrate stuwould not hurt to make an evaluation of some of dents and hamper their desire to learn, but for their teaching practices. Many teachers do conthose students who do strive to achieve all they vey a positive image to their students through can, learning can become a difficult task. If the carefully thought-out lessons and a passion for educator does not know how to teach, how can what they do, and this is greatly appreciated, but the student be expected to learn the information in some cases, it would not hurt for a few adjustshe presents? Some teachers expect their stuments to be made, and in doing so, educators dents to ace tests with poorly taught information might discover that making a constructive imor information they have not even covered. In pact on the environment as well as improving certain classes, the studentâ€™s common sense cannot be expected to carry him through because the their instruction involves only a few simple alterinformation presented may be completely foreign ations. to him, and reading a complex textbook in many
oughing, sneezing and headaches are all symptoms that local students are familiar with. Are students getting sick strictly from germs or is school stress aiding in students' sickness? School is a great factor in students' sickness. School causes great stress and pressure, often taking a toll on students' immune systems. As weeks of school go by, students’ immune systems wear down, and they are unable to fight the sicknesses as their bodies should be able to. What aspects of school break down immune systems? Teachers often assign an unbelievable amount of homework for one thing. Students work hard all day long, especially those involved in honors courses, yet it seems as if a myriad of homework is often assigned. Those who take honors classes not only have harder classes, but more work outside of school. As school slowly wears on the immune systems of hundreds of students, they become sick with colds, viruses or the flu. When one student gets the sickness, he/she often does not want to miss school. In other words, students cannot afford to miss school because all the learning and work they miss which is seemingly impossible to catch back up on. If students cannot afford to miss a day of school when they are sick, then how on earth is it possible for students to regain full health? When the germs are brought to school, then they spread to others who possibly could have avoided the sickness if the ill student felt it possible to take a day off to get better. School is taking a toll on many students' health, and the stress level of some classes should be looked into and lessened in order to provide the healthy learning environment students need.
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Catching colds: The stress and anxiety of the school environment weighs heavily on Lindsay Kiefer. Trojan
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Round table dilemma: New round lunch tables create a new setting and mixed feelings among Dyersburg High School students.
o matter what race, ethnicity or classes they take, all students sit in the lunchroom. Most of the students sit in a certain place in the cafeteria. The way tables were set up at the beginning of the year everyone knew where to sit. Some sat certain places for domination, making known this was where they sat. Other students sat at certain places to, in a sense, give themselves protection. Then there were the students who threw their backpacks down in the same spot and darted to the line. So when the round tables were brought in, some said it threw off the order of where everyone sat. It messed up the the pattern of whom students sat with because they had “less room.” It was change and some people are against change. Students were upset, angry, causing commotion and making a problem that was not a problem to begin with. There are bigger problems in life than the round tables messing up a group of friends or the pattern that was followed for a whole nine weeks or so. If you cannot handle change, then now might be a good time to start. Students need to understand that what is going on is more than just a change in the shape of tables. It is actually causing us to wake up and realize it is not “all about” the same old way our lives are lived. If the round tables had not happened, I never would have sat where I sit in the lunchroom today. I sit with a group of people who are really neat; my same old daily pattern would have deprived me from meeting them. Grow up--it is just round tables.
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re you a victim of parking lot madness? At DHS there is a continuous problem of coming and going from the school’s parking lot in a rush. Before school starts the rush begins. Students trickle into the parking lot around 7 a.m. but do not really begin to hurry. The real madness starts at 7:55 a.m. Students become frantic when they realize they are going to be late to their first hour. Instead of realizing they should have come earlier, they take out their anger on the other drivers. Speeds begin to increase and angers flare. Road rage comes into factor as the time clicks away. Students are guilty along with the parents who are driving. There are always a few show-offs who are squealing their tires and making noise with their loud exhaust. People are walking from car to car visiting, while crossing the road slowing the traffic. The car riders’ parents are dropping their children off causing long lines. All of these factors play into the madness of the school’s parking lot, not to mention the 3:00 rush coming out of the school. It seems like students cannot wait to get as far away from the school’s property as fast possible. Students run out to their cars in a hurry to leave before the rush. The
problem is that more than a couple decide to leave simultaneously. All at the same time there are over a hundred teenagers trying to get out of three small exits. These exits clog up as students are rushing to get in front of their friends or get to their job after school. Lines form throughout the parking lot, blocking cars that are parked and slowing movement in and out of the school. This mayhem causes dents and dings along with harsh feelings between drivers. While this problem cannot be totally fixed without dismissing a few students at a time, it could be better. More authority is needed in the parking lot to control the flow of traffic. A minimum of four teachers would be helpful to determine who can go and who needs to wait. This approach was tried last year by Principal Cole at the junction by the baseball field and sportsplex parking lots. He was able to slow vehicles and direct the traffic safely enough to allow all cars to travel where they wanted and in a timely fashion. The parking lot madness is not the most important issue at DHS, but it is a cause of many confrontations. Addressing this dilemma will ensure that students are able to come and go from the school safely.
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Christmas makes life better for even longer each year
hristmas is a time of the year that everyone loves, and recently, it has been getting even more time out of the year. When previously many shoppers were forced to do all that buying in a single short month, now they have all the way from Halloween, as the Christmas season grows and grows and keeps growing. If only they started marketing towards Christmas gifts in August, we would never have to worry about doing last-minute shopping again. But even more than the extra shopping time we have, the American public also gets to spend more
of their money, which can be so hard to get rid of, especially in those holiday-free stretches during the spring and summer. Plus, when everyone spends more, it boosts the economy, making the world a better place. Since the U.S. is so entertainmentoriented, all the great movies that come out during the holidays (including Fred Claus, a wonderfully original comedy about Santa’s underachieving older brother, released in November) give us the relief we need from all the trashy summer flicks. And Christmas music, as everyone will agree, is the best kind of music there is. What could be better than hearing hundreds of talented artists sing the same twenty songs from November to January? We get to hear music we know and love from new people, a much safer way than venturing blindly into the huge world of the professional
recording industry. There are many more ways Christmas makes life better. We receive thousands of greeting cards from people whom we’ve seen once or twice (or, in some rare cases, three times) which make excellent kindling for those cold winter nights. We get to spend hours and even days in a blissful decoration spree, making everything look so beautiful and shiny. Clothes that can only be worn in the holidays, like red and green sweaters, can now be worn from Halloween onward, instead of just from Thanksgiving. Speaking of which, who needs Thanksgiving anyway? It is such a boring holiday, and besides, we don’t get to spend nearly as much money as during Christmas or Halloween. But by far the best thing about Christmas is the large number of presents everyone gets. The multitude of lowpriced toys break easily, so as not to spoil the children, and then we get to spend even more money to buy new ones. And relatives also give us lots of interesting clothes that splendidly decorate the bottom drawer or the back of the closet. If only Christmas could be extended into the rest of the year, not only would we have more shopping time than we could ever need, the global economy would experience a huge boom. We would hear much higher-quality music as well as seeing much better movies all year round. If the weather could be persuaded to join in as well, we’d never have droughts or sunburns ever again. We would get more presents! Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, so if it lasted all year long, the whole year would just be wonderful.
t is that time of year again. young couple named Mary and From November onwards, Joseph. Many were in awe of it is inevitable that Christ- the birth of Jesus, realizing that mas is almost here. Flashing he was no ordinary baby. Sheplights, holiday sales, the faint herds, wise men and angels all chiming of bells, the aroma of shared in the excitement of pine and spice and vibrant dec- knowing about this great event. orations create an aura of the Prophets had told of the birth of holiday season. For many, the Jesus for hundreds of years behigh point of the year is the celebration of Christmas on December 25th. But why? Is it the presents, Santa Claus, the loving cards sent by mail, or the excitement of family and friends? For some people, Christmas is a time of great sorrow. They do Photo by Madison Johnson not have the extra money to spend on gifts Christ is born: Christians celebrate for their loved ones. the birth of Jesus Christ during the Many think of their Christmas season. family and friends whom they fore he arrived. will not be able to see for variJesus would grow up to beous reasons. Elegant dinners come an important part of hisare only a wish. Yet, Christmas tory. He was sent here to save should be a time of great joy. people from their sins. His The outer forms we see every story (history) is one of truth, year like gift giving and peace love and hope. It brought salvaand goodwill are material re- tion to all of us. Without Jesus, flections of the spiritual reality. we would all die in our sins. Old and young alike tend to get Jesus came to pay the price for so caught up in shopping and all that we have done wrong. gifts that they do not take the The Bible says that we are all time to stop and think of what sinful, but Jesus brought forChristmas is about. giveness, strength, and healing Some cultures view Christmas to us. as a pagan holiday and a time We can be truly happy at of mere festivities, but Christ- Christmas because we know mas in this country and society what the genuine meaning of is the celebration of the birth of Christmas is. Have an actual Jesus Christ. Although the true “Merry Christmas” this year by date of Jesus’s birth is uncer- viewing Christmas in a new tain, it is a custom in many way and inviting Jesus into countries for Christmas to be your heart. The joy and peace celebrated on December 25th. you receive will last all year We celebrate Christmas by re- long! membering the nativity story. Jesus is the reason for the seaThe Bible tells us that Jesus was son! Rejoice! sent to Earth as a gift from God. kristen kerr He was born in a manger to a
Modern Christmas recipes make holiday kitchens festive
hile visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads...” This famous Night Before Christmas quotations depicts traditional holiday goodies, but in 2007, more modern foods should grace the holiday tables.
Reindeer Feed 1 12 oz. bag chocolate chips 1/2 cup peanut butter 1 box rice or corn chex cereal pretzels, optional peanuts, optional chocolate candy pieces, optional 1 lb. powdered sugar Melt chocolate chips with peanut butter. Pour box of cereal and optional items into large bowl; pour melted chocolatepeanut butter over cereal and mix well until coated. In large, clean, brown paper bag add approximately half of the powdered sugar. Add coated cereal to bag. Top with remaining powdered sugar. Close and shake bag well until all cereal is coated. Number of servings: 10-12
White Hot Chocolate 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk 1/2 cup white chocolate pieces
1 tsp. vanilla 1/3 cup whipping cream 2 cups water Whipped cream, if desired Grated chocolate, optional Heat sweetened condensed milk and white chocolate pieces over medium heat. Stir in vanilla, cream and water while stirring constantly. Heat through. Pour into individual cups. Serve with whipped cream and grated chocolate on top, if desired. Number of servings: 8
Crispy Peanut Butter Balls 1 cup chopped peanuts 4 cups toasted rice cereal 1/2 cup butter or margarine 2 lbs. powdered sugar, sifted Melt peanut butter and butter or margarine together in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Pour in peanuts, 1 pound of the powdered sugar, then toasted rice cereal. Blend well and chill. Roll into desired size balls. When done, roll in the rest of sugar. Number of servings: about 28 Recipes by www.dessert.betterrecipes.com.
Inexpensive, easy crafts for Christmas season
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Window/Door/Wall Topper (Great for your “girl” friends) What you will need: 1 pack of wooden stars (or you can these find in your local craft store) 1 wooden slim rod--about 2 feet long 1 spool of your favorite colored ribbon 1 spool of thin ribbon to hang the stars from cut into 6-inch segments Acrylic paint in your favorite colors Step one: Paint each star front and back with fun colors and different sayings Step two: Paint the wooden rod Step three: Tie the thin pieces of ribbon on the rod. Make the tie at the top look like a bow Step four: Hot glue the stars onto the ribbon pieces in the order of your choice Step five: Tie one end of your favorite ribbon to the far left side into a bow. Do the same to the left side. Now cut off the excess Price:$7
Personalized Bulletin Board (Good for your best girl
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Delicious treats for all to eat: Holiday snacks and beverages warm the heart and soul at Christmas time. Trojan
friends--can be made for guys too) What you will need: 1 plain bulletin board 1 spool of your favorite colored ribbon
DIY: Making crafts is a great way for friends and family to get into the Christmas spirit.
1 bag of rhinestones Acrylic paint in your favorite colors Step one: Paint the edges of your bulletin board one solid color-you may need to sand the edges before painting Step two: Paint the inside of the board in a solid color or a fun pattern. Wait 30 minutes for it to dry Step three: Hot glue rhinestone on the edges Step four: Hot glue a bow made out of the ribbon to the top Price $14
Picture Frame for All (Good for boyfriends, girlfriends, friends and family) What you will need: 1 solid-colored picture frame 1 package of scrap-booking stickers of any genre Step one: Stick the stickers on the frame in any order you would like Step two: Put a picture in the frame Price $5.75
Wall Words (Good for older women or feminine guys.) What you will need: Wooden letters to spell out a word Acrylic Paint Step one: Paint the wooden letters solid black. Let dry. Then paint designs on the black letters. Step two: Hang on the wall Price $8
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erson said. If your guy is into sports, buy him a hat from his favorite team, and if he is into music, buy him a new CD. “I want new cleats,” freshman Andrew Legan said. More expensive gifts are cologne and sweatshirts. Best friends are usually easy to give presents to. You know what they like, so it makes the whole process a lot better. Girls’ gift ideas for friends could be jewelry, a CD, or lotion. Some girls may not like girly stuff, so get them tickets to a game or a concert. “I want gift Photo by Mandy Yates cards for Christmas,” sophwith the giving experience. omore Amber Moody said. There are many options when Gifts for guy friends could be a giving gifts. They can be home- gift card so they could pick out what they want. A picture and made or bought. Homemade gifts are the best picture frame is another idea. kind. They show that the per- Movies are great gift ideas; they son actually took time to think are something that both of you about what to make for the gift. could watch together. Gift cards are easy gift ideas Set a price range; gifts do not have to be expensive. The price that can be given to anyone. range will be different for different people. Most high school students do not have a lot of money to spend on Christmas presents. When getting presents for parents, get something with meaning, for instance, buying a Photo by Mandy Yates photo album and putting some family pictures in it. Parents There are gift cards for everylove that kind of stuff. Make a thing such as restaurants, CD of their favorite music, or iTunes, and stores. My rule of thumb for getting make a calendar that has picgifts for other people is “would tures in it. Thinking of ideas for girl- I like it if I were them.” If the friends or boyfriends may be- answer is “yes,” I usually give come tricky. You do not want to the present to them. Make sure spend too much, but you also that you both have similar perwant to show that you care. sonalities, or this will not work. “I want money for Christmas Hint to guys, girls usually like jewelry, but jewelry does not because I am graduating soon,” senior Cedric Robertson said. have to be expensive. Guys are harder to buy for. Other students want actual Girls really have to know their presents. “I would like a new cell guys to get them a gift. “I want stuff from Finishline like hats or phone,” junior Sara Beth Byars said. shoes,” sophomore Shaw Dick veryone wants something for Christmas whether it is clothes, a game or some electronic. We all have people we have to get presents for. Some people are really hard to shop for, so here are some tips that might help
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Make your house festive this Christmas season
his holiday, make it a festive one. Dyersburg High School’s guidance counselor, Jan Holder, has nine trees in her house, all themed differently. She has a kitchen, elegant/traditional, Santa, two snowmen, a bear, bathroom,
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angel, and bubble light tree. Holder started her tradition in the eighth grade and has only added on since. Today, she has over sixty tubs of Christmas decorations. Here are other ideas from local residents. • Keep things organized in tubs--Jan Holder • Use random household objects for decorations--Jan Holder • Buy inexpensive greenery at Wal-Mart and add greenery from your yard to give the effect of having all real greenery--interior decorator Jane Bradshaw • Use lime green with red this year instead of forest green-- Jane Bradshaw. • Find-the-Pickle game. This game is played by one
person hiding a pickle ornament somewhere in the tree. Whoever finds the pickle gets a prize--Jane Bradshaw • Wrap empty boxes and place around the tree--Jan Holder • Take big, stuffed animals and place them in the trees-Jan Holder • Plants to use: hydrangeas, possum haw (type of holly), similax, boxwood, magnolia, roses, pineapple (symbol of hospitality)--decorator Polly White •Take plants and soak in water for two to three days to make crisp--Polly White
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• Spray paint pine cones or flowers --gold-garden club member Becky Hamilton • In an egg yolk solution, dip the tip of the rose in the solution and then dip in sugar. This gives the rose an icy look--Becky Hamilton • In a vase, crinkle up clear, iridescent wrapping--Becky Hamilton • Start a tradition; the key to great decorating is to keep on adding--Jan Holder
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Celebrate holiday traditions with family
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Warm up with winter fashions
aby, it’s cold outside. So, warm experiment with prints and colors up with winter fashion. The that you would not normally wear. drop in temperature calls for a Shoes are your most important acceswhole new wardrobe. Bring out the sory piece. Looking for the perfect party dress? scarves and turtleneck sweaters! Here are some ways to stay warm Jewel-tone dresses will make you and look stylish for all those holiday stand out from the rest. If bright colors are not your thing, the parties and family gathtimeless little black dress erings. would be the perfect Outerwear is the most choice for you. According important winter fashion to the Perfect Fit, gold is must-have. Look for this year’s most popular something that keeps color for party dresses. you warm without sacriAlso, prints are popular ficing all of your style. this year. So, do not be A classic pea coat is a afraid to wear that zebra great investment. You can dress it up or down, Photo by Brooke Stegeman print dress. If the hemline of your dress is short, and it goes with almost anything. Need something a little more casual? pair it with flats to keep things classy. North Face jackets are a popular Opt for a small jeweled clutch rather trend at DHS and will definitely than that big purse you bring to school every day. Finally, add glam keep you nice and toasty. A girl can never have too many accessories with a simple dress to shoes. And this season, anything pull together the perfect holiday goes. Ballerina flats, patent leather party outfit. pumps and Ugg boots will help you brooke stegeman to put your most fashionable foot forward. Shoes are the best way to
ow do individuals celebrate Christmas? To some, Christmas is a time for family to come together at least once during the year. To others, it is a time to enjoy themselves and be thankful for what they have. During this holiday season, many families have their own traditions and activities that they participate in. “My family always buys a new ornament for each person every year,” junior Jake Gulledge said. Some families hold sentimental memories of their holiday season. It is what holds the family together and keeps them looking forward to the following year. “I love coming together with my family and spending time with my family because next year they might not be here,” Gulledge said. “I like to see my daddy.” sophomore Sandy Greene said. Food is also a major connection during this Christmas holiday. Just like Thanksgiving, families cook roast, turkey and ham, and have their own special home-made foods. “I really like when my mom makes puppy chow
with white chocolate, and my dad makes apple cider,” senior Whitney Carter said. “On Christmas Day my mom cooks a big breakfast, and my whole family comes to our house and
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eats. After breakfast we all just hang out for a few hours,” junior Jessica Putman. But the meaning of this holiday holds the most value. Some people celebrate it with religious views while others celebrate it as a time of giving and thanks. “I celebrate Christmas for the birth of Jesus Christ!” freshman Micah Wright said. This holiday season offers the opportunity to try to learn some new ideas to incorporate into celebrating Christmas. These new ideas could possibly turn into new traditions to use for years to come.
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Best Christmas movies spread holiday cheer
here is nothing like getting cozy in front of a blazing fire and sparkling Christmas tree and watching a Yuletide flick. The following is my list of the top ten Christmas movies that are sure to bring in the holiday season the right way. 10 Will Ferrel stars as Buddy the elf in the original
new flick, Elf (2003). Buddy is an orphan who ends up at the North Pole as a baby. He is raised by an elf, but when he grows up it becomes apparent that he does not fit into the elf community. Buddy soon travels to New York City to discover his roots and find his father. This movie is brilliantly funny, and it is perfect for those who want a new spin on old Christmas stories. 9 The 1954 classic, White Christmas, is perfect for those who love singing and dancing. With a loaded cast including Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, this movie is sure to keep you entertained. 8 The religious side of Christmas is given a different spin in The Bishop’s Wife (1947), starring Cary Grant, and also in the 1996 spin-off The Preacher’s Wife, starring Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington. For those seeking a feel-good ending, either movie is a perfect choice. 7 The 1942 Oscar-winning musical Holiday Inn, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, is an excellent choice for those who love music and romance. Much superior to its successor, White Christmas, it has a more complex plot and more musical acts. 6 Keep your inner-child alive with Polar Express (2004). With dazzling animation and the voice of Tom Hanks, this movie is sure to leave viewers feeling good. Watching this movie will take one back to remember childhood Christmas excitement. 5 Young Macaulay Culkin won the hearts of many
3 “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” These words were made famous by the 1983 comedy A Christmas Story. This movie is a story of Ralphie and his Christmas wish for an “Official Red Ryder CarbineAction Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.” With the narration of Ralphie’s older self, this movie is sure to have you laughing endlessly. Be sure to watch the 24-hour marathon of this movie beginning at 8 p.m. on TNT on Christmas Eve. 2 Many great film critics say that the 1946 film, It’s
a Wonderful Life, is the best film of its time. James Stewart played the monumental role of George Bailey. This heart-warming tale reminds all viewers to cherish every day spent with their loved ones. This movie is strongly recommended to anyone who has never seen it. 1 The best Christmas movie is The Nativity Story (2006). This movie portrays the real meaning of Christmas that the emphasis of the American culture often leaves out. This humbling movie is great to make everyone thankful for their freedom and their parents. Those movies that deserve honorable mention include Miracle on 34th Street, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Holiday, The Santa Clause and any of the movies that are stop-motion animation Christmas movies. Many of these movies can be watched on ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas.
in Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). These comedies are also excellent for those who grew up in the 90s; these movies might just bring back many fond holiday memories. 4 For a whimsical escape from cliche Christmas movies, Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a must-see. Whether viewers prefer the book, cartoon, or the 2001 film starring Jim Carrey, this movie simply must be watched every year.
Fred Claus brings meaning to season he then calls Nicholas to bail him out. Even though Mrs. Claus (Miranda Richardson) objects, Nicholas agrees to help his brother on the condition that Fred come to the North Pole to earn the money. The North Pole finds itself in a jam when effeciency expert Clyde Northcutt (Kevin Spacey) shows up to stop Christmas permanently because of the ineffehttp://www.imbd.com ciency of the North Pole. his is a story about When Fred causes many things a boy named to go terribly wrong around the Fred,” as the open- toy shop, with the “help” of ing line says. The narrator Northcutt, Santa is in a great makes a point repeatedly to flurry and ends up unable to say this statement so as not to make his usual Christmas distract the viewer from the preparations. focus of Fred Claus. Will Fred be able to come to Fred Claus was not the typical terms with his resentment of feel-good movie I expected, but his brother and save Christmas rather a serious yet comedic with the help of the elf, Willie story with a message. It deals (John Michael Higgins)? Or with the difficulties of being will he fail and Christmas as overshadowed by a “perfect” we know it be gone forever? sibling and learning to over- Watch Fred Claus and find out. come the resentment that Also watch for some minor comes with being left in the but equally impactful characdark. ters. These include the North This movie is about the other Pole DJ, DJ Donnie (Ludacris), Claus, Fred (Vince Vaughn). who always plays the same Fred Claus starts with the birth song over and over; and Slam of an iconic saint, Nicholas (Bobb'e J. Thompson), a kid “Santa” Claus (Paul Giamatti). Fred takes under his wing. Nicholas’ older brother Fred, Slam finds himself facing his soon feels he will always be in own obstacles such as winding Nicholas’ shadow and starts to up in an orphanage and doubtresent him and everything he ing Santa Claus. stands for. Be prepared to be impressed Fred distances himself from with the originality of this seahis family and rebels, becoming sonal film. It will become an inin everything the polar oppo- stant classic comedy with a site of his brother. While living dash of seriousness that will in Chicago, he gets into a bit of please the whole family. trouble and finds himself in jail; kaitlyn turney
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Fresh talent brings holiday cheer with release of new album
eenage country music star Taylor Swift has released yet another soulful album, but this one is filled with thoughts and feelings of the Christmas season. Sounds of the Season brings holiday cheer, Christian roots and comfort of lost love to listeners’ ears. On the first track on the album, “Last Christmas,” Swift reminisces about her Christmas from the year before, which brings back memories of an exboyfriend. Despite the upbeat tempo and sounds of the song, its lyrics are gloomy. However, Swift does reveal the optimism of making this Christmas better than the last by saying, “A face on a lover with a fire in his heart/ A girl undercover but you tore her apart/ Maybe this year, maybe this year/ I’ll give it to someone special.” In “Christmases When You Were Mine,” Swift talks about experiencing a sad Christmas because she is no longer with the guy she loves, and she misses him deeply. The lyrics obviously show that Swift hopes he is thinking about her as well when she says, “You were putting up the lights this year/ Did you notice one less pair of hands?” It sheds light on the fact that Christmas is not a happy time of year for everyone. “Silent Night” brings some Biblical Christmas music to the
album with all of the traditional lyrics. Swift adds her own twist to the song by incorporating the southern twang of her guitar and the pure innocence of her vocals. The true meaning of the words is conveyed by the emotion that Swift adds. “Santa Baby” is about anxiously awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. It tells how Swift hopes she has been good over the past year so that Santa will bring her the presents on her wish list. This song brings back memories of being a child and the thrill and mystery of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. In “Christmas Must Be Something More,” Swift reveals what she thinks Christmas is really. Swift says people should not be caught up in the superficial, materialistic aspects of Christmas, but they should appreciate the time they spend with those they care about. It also conveys the importance of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, because he saved our lives and should be praised. Taylor Swift’s Christmas album brings not only the classic, lighthearted feeling of Christmas to the table, but also elements of the holiday that people tend to forget. I highly recommend Sounds of the Season to anyone who agrees with the traditional and deeper meanings of Christmas.
CHUCK HUGHES BRIGHTENS SMILES
ave you ever thought about being the person in charge of brightening a smile and improving teeth? Local dentist Dr. Charles Hughes is one of those people. He works on a daily basis to ensure the health of children's teeth. "I love the medical field and kids; I love doing things with my hands," Hughes said. Hughes typically sees about 40 to 50 children a day. They come in for cleanings, toothaches, damaged teeth and orthodontics. "It's a very variable schedule," Hughes said. Hughes has to face the obstacle of scared children and parents. "Communication is the best answer. It's important that people, including small children, understand what they are doing and why," Hughes said. "My personal goal is to treat every child like my own and make them happy and proud that they got through their dental work," Hughes said. Hughes had to attend four years of college, four years of dental school and two years of pediatric dentistry. "I just seem to fit in this profession. Maybe I do well with kids because I never grew up myself!" Hughes said. Sometimes it is not always easy being the dentist. "(The most difficult part is) educating people so they will take care of their dental health. Some people will just not do what needs to be done, and they create a lot of work and trouble," Hughes said. Hughes loves his job and loves working with children. "Dentistry is a great profession. It is tough at times, but you can make great impacts in people's lives. A great smile is worth a lot!" Hughes said.
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Making way for a better smile: Chuck Hughes works diligently at improving the bright smile of his patient.
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Boger aids Trojan athletes
his year, the Trojan athletic de- ministers first aid. partment has made many new Many students have received help additions to its program. One of from Boger. Monitoring all sports at the most vital additions has proved to school has allowed Boger to help athbe new athletic trainer Erin Boger. letes with various needs. Athletic training is the prevention, “At the start of this year I had a bad recognition, evaluation and rehabilita- sprained ankle. It was the first day tion of athletic injuries. These injuries Erin got here, and she knew exactly are Boger’s specialty. what to do about it. I think she is a Boger is from Athens, Ohio. In high vital part to our football team,” sophschool she played volleyball, basket- omore football player Luke Wilcox ball, softball and was on the swim said. team. During her junior year, she took “Hopping off the field is embarrassa trainer’s class to ing!” freshman socget out of taking an cer player Emma English class. She Caylor said. Acattended Ohio Unicording to Caylor, versity where she Boger fixed her leg was on the Dean’s “eight times.” list and the athletic “She helped me training club presias best she could dent. She also got when I injured my to stretch Dave thumb and has Zastidil, an NFL helped me with Photo by Shelley Lemon whatever I have kicker for the Ravens and One of the team: Erin Boger is a needed since then,” Browns. football familiar sight on the football field, senior Boger began where she provides her services. player and quarterlooking for jobs on back Logan Parker the N.A.T.A. website this summer. She said. “She works very hard at her job went to an interview in Brentwood, and is always there to help anyone but while she was there, they filled the that gets hurt. She is very easy to talk job. She heard about the job in Dyers- to about anything. She is a very good burg, so she came for an interview. She PT and a very good friend,” Parker then took a tour of the town and said. moved down three weeks later in July. “Erin is a good trainer. She helped “The hardest part of moving was not me at times when I had bumps and knowing anyone here and starting bruises,” junior football player with football camp,” Boger said. Cameron Thomas said. Working at STAR Physical Therapy “I think she does a great job. She is where Boger’s morning job starts. brings a sense of motherhood to the There she works with all types of pa- team. She is everyone’s mom,” football tients, administering physical therapy. coach Eric Boatright said. She helps to progress patients through Boger enjoys shopping in Jackson therapy. Boger also helps local athletes and competing in the World Series of from Dyersburg, Dyer County, Halls volleyball. and other schools in the region. “Although I have only been here for In the afternoon, Boger travels to six months, Dyersburg already feels school to help out with Trojan athlet- like my second home. Thanks to the ics. She assists with all sports at the faculty at DHS and my second family high school and with football at the at STAR, I have been able to enjoy my middle school. For football, she pre- job and have fun at the same time,” pares the practice or game field. She Boger said. tapes feet, does therapy at school and shelley lemon monitors practice. If needed, she ad-
LPN Joan Rose strives to take care of others
any people devote their lives to helping others, whether it is a teacher who helps a student, a doctor who helps a patient or a preacher who helps his congregation. Local resident Joan Rose is an LPN. She works to take care of others on a daily basis. Rose is currently doing private duty with a child at his home. “My day consists of assisting with his bath, getting him up out of bed to his wheelchair, giving his medicines as ordered, repositioning him as needed, watching for any signs of infection, taking vital signs and assisting my patient or his family in any way I can to ease their pain,” Rose said. The job is filled with many “ups” and “downs.” “The best part about my job is helping others and feeling like I am doing something to aid ill or injured people to make them more comfortable,” Rose said. “The worst part about my job is that I can’t make
everyone better or ease their discomfort, and I can’t make everyone well,” Rose said. She has many personal goals while doing her job to the best of her ability. “I try to provide the kind of care I would want for my loved ones, and I try to make the person I am caring for feel comfortable and assist in their improvement,” Rose said. Rose also faces obstacles in her career. “ I try to explain to some people why things must be done when they are tired and many times in pain, and I might feel like I am being mean by requesting things that need to be done for their health and benefit,” Rose said. Rose loves her job, and she is happy with the route she has taken. “I feel nursing is a very rewarding job by knowing I have helped to make someone more comfortable, and I love seeing them smile when I enter the room,” Rose said.
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Washing away the fright: Students Allison Palmer and Shelby Wright do not take any chances of catching staph by washing their hands.
BEWARE OF STAPH! Prevent staph by staying healthy
taph is going around and is causing a big scare. So what is staph? Where did it come from? How do I know if I have it? How do I prevent it? Staphylococcus aureus, or staph for short, is a bacterial infection that most commonly occurs on the skin. In extreme cases, the infection will go deeper in the skin into the bloodstream, urinary tract, lungs and heart. Staph infection usually presents as a sore on the skin, like a spider bite. It is a boil that is surrounded by warm skin and is extremely painful. It is contracted by direct contact with the drainage from the infected area through a wound in the skin. A scrape, hangnail or any opening in the skin is the only way to transmit the bacteria. The most deadly strand is called MRSA, or methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus. It is resistant to most antibiotics because people do not complete their medication, causing the bacteria to become immune. “We are teaching germs to live with antibiotics, to alter their DNA,” nurse Susan Tillman said. The number one way to stay healthy is by washing your hands frequently, but many people do not know how to wash their hands effectively. When washing your hands, use warm water and soap, and wash your hands with
liquid soap, (not bar soap!), for 20 to 30 seconds before rinsing them off. Another way to stay healthy is by covering up any openings in your skin--scrapes, hangnails or scratches. Whenever you go to Walmart, church, school or out to eat, put on a band-aid. Also, avoid touching your face--nose, eyes, or mouth, because that is the easiest way to become infected with any type of bacteria. “I’ve been a nurse for a number of years, worked in many places, and treated many patients with resistant staph, and I have never contracted it. So do what you’re supposed to,” Tillman said. But not to worry, we should be safe here at school. “Our school is cleaned the way it’s supposed to be. The teachers know what to do if a problem ever arises. We have covered our bases and are ahead of the game. We also continue to meet periodically to review,” Tillman said. So, stay healthy by washing your hands and using band-aids, and go to the doctor if you suspect anything wrong. Know that Dyersburg High School is doing everything it can to help students stay healthy. “We just want everyone safe, healthy and happy,” Tillman said.
The daily routine: Joan Rose carries out a regular part of her job by helping her patient. Trojan
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A personal account
Choir sings in Carnegie Hall
uring this Thanksgiving break, Cooper Patterson took a group of choir students to experience the opportunity of a lifetime. Earlier in the year, Patterson received an invitation from world renowned composer John Rutter to participate in singing his Magnificat in Carnegie Hall along with several other groups from around the country. Patterson quickly accepted and started informing students; he soon found the ones who would commit: Brianna Clark, Marci Coleman, Tom Cross, Aaron Elam, Blake Funderburk, Joanna Henderson, Evan Jones, Courtney Mason, Alissa Plewa, McKenzie Shankle, John and Avy Stansbury and I, Jeffrey Dycus. The trip began on Wednesday, November 21, in Nashville. We left the airport early in the morning and arrived in the New York around noon. The bus to our hotel was waiting on us upon arrival. We headed straight there, unpacked and made ourselves comfortable. We had a great spot to stay while we were in New York. We were a block over from Times Square and two blocks down from Carnegie Hall. Later that day, we went out for dinner in Times Square. There were so many places to choose from that the possibilities were endless. After eating at The ESPN Zone in Times Square, we all headed to Central Park to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons be inflated. These are even bigger up close than on television. Concluding the amusement at Central Park, we all headed back to the hotel and called it a night, knowing that the trip would only get better. The following morning we got up around seven to get a good spot to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Everyone headed toward the location of the parade to pick their spot and get comfortable. The parade was absolutely amazing; every balloon was larger than life; however, my favorite attraction in the parade was the NYPD marching band. Their ability to play instruments was absolutely wonderful. After the parade, everyone went his way to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. While some ate at fast-food places, others ate nice sit-down meals. I, on the other hand, rode an hour and a half on a train to eat a great meal with my aunt and uncle outside of New York. Feeling exhausted, we all returned knowing that the next day rehearsals would begin.
Practice began early the next day. We gathered our music and headed to one of the conference rooms in our hotel to begin rehearsing. We practiced for four hours straight only to be a step closer to perfection. Everyone left to go enjoy a good time in the Big Apple. That evening, it was time to go see Broadway. Several of the kids saw “Mary Poppins,” while others, including myself, enjoyed the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. We all needed to get some rest because the next day would be the hardest on us, so we headed in fairly early. The following morning practice was really hectic. It was time to get everything right for the show. Rutter came in and critiqued everything the way he liked it. After the three-and-a-half hour practice we got to go see more Broadway shows. Because of the stagehand strike, the array of the Broadway shows was limited because some of them shut down. My grandmother decided to surprise me and my granddad by getting us tickets to see “A Prairie Home Companion.” Dinner was really enjoyable, because we knew that Sunday was judgment time. Sunday morning we went to rehearse in Carnegie Hall. We got on stage, went through our music and went for a quick lunch knowing that the show would be perfect. Once the concert time came, we lined up on the stage row by row. As I walked in, the greatest feeling came over me. I could not help but to be amazed knowing that I stood where many of the world’s greatest musicians have stood before. When Rutter entered and raised his baton to begin, everyone there was filled with joy and anticipation. We sang our piece as if we had been singing it for years. When the concert came to an end, we were overcome with excitement knowing it was wonderful. Afterwards we were treated to a harbor cruise around New York and the Statue of Liberty. There was food, dancing and tons of fun to be had on the ship. Monday it was time to head back home and join the real world and start the same old routines again, but everyone who participated in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity knows we have something to talk about for years.
Students, teachers advise helpful exam preparation
eviews, stressful study nights, Patricia Gam said. “Study a little every day, so at the last and extended classes: it is time for exams. Most students real- minute, you won’t have to cram,” sciize the content such exams entail, but ence teacher Kim Decker said. Sleep habits can influence concentrahow does one prepare for such an imtion and overall performance on portant test? Study skills are a must in getting exams. “Getting at least six hours of sleep ready for exams. Since they are the strong basis of students’ preparation, each night helps students think more it is vital that one develop the study clearly during exams,” Spanish teacher Cathy McCanless said. skills necessary for success. The kinds of foods one consumes can “Take good notes, and when you get home, rewrite your notes. It also helps affect students’ focus. According to to get in groups and exchange and http://www.ucd.ie/stuhealth/smart_foods. compare your notes. Flash cards are pdf, a person’s brain uses up to twenty also great in studying,” guidance percent of the day’s energy; it requires a steady supply counselor Nick of glucose as its Parker said. energy source to “I study the provide suffistudy guides cient concentrathat teachers tion during give me,” junior exam and study Mary Curren times. Breakfast Viar said. foods that stuIn addition to dents eat should study skills, it is contain high important that fiber and an effione know how cient glucose, or to correctly imsugar, supply. plement them Photo by Katie Taylor Such foods inin his/her study Testing hard: Sophomore Michael clude wholesession by use of Dial concentrates while taking a test. grain cereals organizational and milk or orange juice, oatmeal, skills. “Divide your work in segments, so wholemeal toasted bread, bananas, you learn a little bit at a time; then take and smoothies. Skipping breakfast is a break in between,” English teacher not a good habit as it results in loss of concentration and recall. Suzanne Edwards said. Healthy snacks are best for eating “I don’t look over things I already know. That way I cut down on my when one is studying for exams. “I eat graham crackers, pasta, fish, study time,” senior Whitney Carter and pretzels when I study; they help said. “I highlight important information in me to better concentrate on my task,” my notes, so I know the essential freshman Brooke Hubbard said. Studies also prove that some form of points I need to study,” Viar said. For many students, stress comes daily exercise, such as a brisk walk, hand-in-hand with exams. It hinders helps one to better relax and concentheir ability to demonstrate the objec- trate. tives they have mastered. katie taylor “If you stress for exams, take a deep breath and be prepared,” math teacher
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Walking sideways: Senior Matt Chandler walks the line impaired by drunk driving goggles. The Tennessee Highway Patrol sponsors the activity.
Students experiment with drunk driving goggles in driver’s ed
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Driving drunk: Senior Adam Davis attempts to drive while wearing drunk driving goggles. The class activity was to teach the safety guidelines involved with railroad crossings and to show the effects of consuming alcohol and driving.
Dance team uses UDA dance routines
ootball season might be over, but now it is time for the basketball video. The members watch each other dance and tell each other what games. With these basketball games comes the dance team. The to they can do to improve. “We go over the routines over and over. We dance team performs at the football and basketball pep rallies also discuss what we are going to do for upcoming events,” Leonard and half time at the home basketball games. On occasion the team per- said. Most of the dances used are dances the team learned at UDA camp. forms outside of school. “Performing is what I like best about dance team! I absolutely love to dance. There is really nothing I do not like Other dances are created by whoever else on the team wants to make one, but the whole team contributes ideas. “I’m actually really surabout dance team,” senior Brooke Stegeman said. Before the performances the team has rituals. They hold hands and prised with how well the team gets along. It’s like we have become one big family,” Leonard said. say a prayer. “We get along very well. There has not been any noThe team consists of four freshmen, ticeable conflict this year,” junior Kaitlyn Turney said. two sophomores, four juniors and three seniors. “We all get along great. I look forward to practice Being a member of the dance team because we always have something to talk about. I requires time and talent. Tryouts are love all the girls on the team,” senior Brooke Stegeheld in the spring. The ones trying out man said. have to learn a dance in two or three “At first I felt a little awkward, because it was new days, and then they perform it in front people, but after a while I realized that they are funny of the judges. and sweet girls,” Harris said. “The sponsor has a judge who scores The songs used for the dances are popular songs the person’s points out of certain Photo by Catherine Hamilton that students would like and then a few are combined areas,” freshman Kopper Harris said. Shake it: The dance team practices their to create a well-liked mix. They also choose songs the “To be a member of the team it takes routine to entertain fans during halftime of parents would approve listening to during the basdetermination, passion, skills, team Trojan basketball games. ketball games. work and willingness to put time into The team has fundraisers to raise money. They have car washes and practices,” junior Brittany Leonard said. sell butter braids. Some of the parents chip in too. Marcia Van Sant is the team’s sponsor. “Mrs. Marcia...she’s the best!” The dance team hopes to have a wonderful year. freshman Mallory Brunson said. “What I like best about the dance team is all the memories and lifeTo prepare for the performances, the dance team practices a lot. They time friends that I have made,” Leonard said. usually practice three days a week and sometimes more when it is “I have been dancing since I was three, and I plan on trying out for needed or for special games or events. Every once in a while they prac- a college dance team,” Stegeman said. tice on weekends. “I love being on the dance team; it’s a great experience and has really The practices take place at the gymnasium of Hillcrest Baptist Church helped me in my life,” Leonard said. from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. During these practices they go over routines and catherine hamilton clean them up. They stretch, do crunches, and watch performances on
Money poisons professional athletes
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In modern athletics, individual athletes are beginning to be less loyal to their teams and more loyal to their bank accounts. Back in the old days, a player would join a team and typically stay on the team until his contract ran out, or the player retired. One would know who would be on the team from year to year. You would see individual players whose names almost became synonymous with their team, like Babe Ruth and the Yankees. Team pride, not cash, was their motivation to succeed.
Athletes are making more money then ever. Joe Torre turned down a 5-million-dollar offer for a one-year contract with the Yankees, while David Beckham signed a 5-year contract worth $250 million! This shows the willingness of athletes to leave their teams and follow money. As long as athletes follow money and leave team values and pride on the sideline, then professional sports will become just another way to get rich fast, instead of providing the image of teamwork, friendly competition, and team pride, as sports are meant to do. Trojan
ments as the season progresses. “We want consistent improvement and to be playing our best basketball in February,” Coffman said. In practice, the Lady Trojans are working on communication skills and encouraging words on the court. As the season moves forward, the Lady Trojans are looking to defend their district championship. The team is also aiming towards the state tournament. “Murfreesboro is always a goal,” Coffman said. The Trojan boy’s basketball season is also off to a quick start. The Trojans record is 3-4 so far. “Our depth is a big strength. We are able to play ten or eleven guys. Also, I think our size will benefit us,” Coach Deon Real said. “We try to stress being fundamentally sound every day during practice,” Real said. “I think this season is going to be a good season. We started off slow but we’re starting to kick it into gear,” sophomore Sam Crocker said. Victor McLin, Thaddius Glynn, and Sherrdrick Nicholson are some of the leading point scorers for this season. Some of the boys’ Photo by Sydnee Stafford harder teams to play this season Floor leader: Marci Coleman will be Dyer County, Westview, sets up a play to get her team a Obion County, Milan and Crockbetter look at the hoop. ett County. “I am very proud of the boys at several players who are carrying the scoring load. Victoria McLin is this point. They have been workthe Lady Trojans leading scorer ing hard although we want them averaging 16 points per game. working harder and they have Along with McLin, Jessica Light is been a pleasure to be around. averaging 11 points per game, Also, I would like to encourage and Tacara Thompson is averag- everyone to come out and support our teams,” Real said. ing 7 points per game. Coach Coffman is looking for sydnee stafford the team to make several adjustcreaming fans, the final seconds on the scoreboard, and the sound of the buzzer. Yes, you’ve got it! Trojan basketball is now underway. With a record of 5-1, the Lady Trojans are starting out strong this season. “Speed and quickness are some of our strengths this year,” Coach Randy Coffman said. There are
Talented athletes tackle multiple sports
Basketball teams strong after losing 07 seniors
yersburg High School has many gifted athletes roaming its halls. However, some of these athletes go above and beyond the average athlete by competing in not one sport, but sometimes two or three! These student-athletes have to show a great amount of determination to get through practice, schoolwork and other extracurricular activities. Many of these students never have an off-season, so they are always having physical demands put on them. “You have to make sure you get a lot of rest and eat the right foods,” senior Victor McLin said. McLin plays football and basketball. “Playing two sports is really hard,” sophomore Marco Brown said. Brown competes in cross-country and soccer.” These athletes also have an enormous amount of pressure on them to succeed and have to adjust quickly to the physical demands of playing a second sport according to soccer Coach Lance Roy. "Dual sport athletes are very special because they go above and beyond in more than one sport. The dual sport athletes that we had would go practice early in the morning, then go to school and then come to soccer practice. “In doing this they performed at the same level as the other girls who only play one sport. It is an enormous accomplishment and I believe that it helps both sports out in keeping them conditioned and working other parts of their bodies
that might not get as much work in the other sport. “For example basketball works on the fast-twitch muscles because of the sprinting, and soccer works on the slow-twitch muscles because of the endurance running,” said Roy. Without multiple sport athletes, teams would not be as good as they currently are. For example, quarterback Logan Parker, slotback Rashad Taylor and wide-receiver Victor McLin led the Trojan football team to the second round of the State football playoffs, and upon the Trojans’ elimination from the tournament immediately returned to action as vital members of the Trojan basketball team. If they could only play one sport, then the football and basketball teams would suffer. Playing two sports can also be a distraction, and athletes must concentrate on their goals to succeed. “ I just concentrate on one sport at a time and that gets me through,” said junior Kyle Youmans. Youmans plays soccer and football. To compete at this level the athletes must have support from their parents and their classmates. “My parents want me to do it and are glad that I do it,” said senior Logan Parker. “I get more support (after playing football),” said McLin. “The worst part about playing two sports is having time for friends and family,” said junior Katie Clark. Clark plays soccer and basketball.
Tennessee men’s basketball team aims high
n the past, when the Tennessee Volunteers' football season came to a close, Vols fans were not left with much to cheer about. At least not when it came to men's basketball. This year is different, though, as Vols fans everywhere are hyping up the talented team that Coach Bruce Pearl has put together for the 200708 season. In just three seasons as the Volunteers’ men's basketball head coach, Coach Pearl has worked wonders with the UT men's basketball program. Last year, the Vols made it to the Sweet Sixteen, tying their best finish in school history. Entering the 2007-08 season, the team has higher expectations than ever before. With four returning starters and great depth off the bench, the Vols are poised to make a deep run in March. Coach Pearl can comfortably go twelve deep in the rotation, an option that has been non-existent in his two previous years as head coach. With this much depth, Tennessee should be able to wear down their opponents in the second half of games with all the fresh legs they will have available. Tennessee has one of the most experienced and arguably the most talented backcourt in the nation. The backcourt is led by senior guards JaJuan Smith and Chris Lofton. Last year, Lofton and Smith combined for 195 three-pointers out of the team record of 327. Lofton, a National Player of the Year candidate, is the Vols’ major perimeter threat and their main scoring option. Lofton averaged 20.8 points per game last season. JaJuan Smith is the team's second scoring option and is one of the best defenders on the team. Smith led the team with 73 steals last season. Sophomore point guard Ramar Smith is poised to emerge as one of the best young point guards in the nation this season. Smith is a strong, physical point guard. Senior Jordan Howell will come off the bench to play either guard position. Howell is a smart player and a solid ballhandler who does not turn the ball over. Sophomore guard Josh Tabb is the Vols’ best defender and is often assigned to shut down the opponent’s best shooter. Newcomers Cameron Tatum and J.P. Prince will add even more depth to an already outstanding backcourt. Tatum, a freshman, is a pure shooter inside and out, and should see quality playing time off the bench. J.P. Prince, cousin of Detroit Pistons star Tayshaun Prince, is a transfer from Arizona who is eligible to play after Christmas.
Prince, a Memphis, Tennessee, native, was a five-star point guard coming out of high school. At 6'7", Prince is exceptionally tall for a point guard and can play anywhere from point guard to power forward. Prince will see a lot of playing time after he is declared eligible for play. In the frontcourt, the Volunteers make up for their lack of experience with exceptional talent. Sophomore power forward Wayne Chism is the lone returning starter in the frontcourt. Chism is an athletic power forward who can post up inside or step out to knock home a three. Also, Chism is the team's best defender inside the paint. Returning sophomore Duke Crews, even though undersized for his position, is a physical player and can find his way to the rim. Crews led the team with 41 dunks last season. He should see ample playing time. Junior Ryan Childress should see minutes on the court as a power forward because of his shooting range and rebounding skills. Freshman center Brian Williams is the Vols’ biggest player at 6'10", 267 pounds. Williams will definitely help the Vols in the size category when they need to go with a bigger line-up. Newcoming sophomore Tyler Smith is a transfer from Iowa and was on the All Big Ten Freshman Team last season. Smith will immediately step into a starting role to take the place of Dane Bradshaw, the only player whom the team lost to graduation. Smith can post up with his size and strength and can also step out and hit the jumper. Tyler also has great passing touch and natural ball-handling skills. Smith transferred to Tennessee to be closer to his father who was sufCourtesy of ESPN fering from lung cancer. In June, the NCAA granted him a waiver to become immediately eligible because of his father's medical problems. Sadly, his father Billy died in September. Coach Pearl likes to use an up-tempo style of play and is known for his trademark full-court press. With Tennessee's fast-paced offense, the Vols look to score a lot of points. Tennessee's only obvious flaw is freethrow shooting. The Vols shot just over sixty-five percent from the line in 2006-07. With a team full of experience and talent and the help of two key transfers, the Volunteers look to make a real impact in college hoops this season. The 2007-08 Tennessee Volunteers men's basketball team is one that shows a lot of promise and could very well be the best men's basketball team ever to come through the University of Tennessee.
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The lyrics also confront those who are not up front about being a Christian, those who are afraid of what others will think and who conform to what the world wants them to be. “Jesus, Jesus, how your name offends us. Why are we so scared to tell this world you’ve saved us when all of the hope of the world is in your name.” Not all of the songs are as serious. Each song has its different mood. This CD is a good choice to play whether you are on your way to WalMart or in your room hitting rock bottom. Christianity is not a crutch for the insecure: it is doing the right things with a purpose, not because you have doubt. It is easier to make up excuses to doubt than to believe. Do not blame others’ mistakes for your disbelief. Barlow Girl makes these messages clear in their CD. “This is your day; don’t let them take it away. This is your day; don’t let them get in your way. This is your day, so come on take it, take your day.”
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Radioheads revoutionary idea changes music as it is known
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adiohead has done it again—they have revolutionized the music industry. The group recently came out with a new album entitled In Rainbows. Instead of selling it in the format of CDs, however, the group decided to have it on their website to be downloaded for any price imaginable, even nothing. They did this so that it could be distributed to the public more directly, and so they could get the money directly without going through the record company for distribution. This way they did not have to pay the record company a percentage of the profits and the public had practically instant access to the music. The real reason the group did what they did the way they did it is for promotion. The album that can be purchased at any price online is just a part of a bigger album that is expected to go on sale early next year. In Rainbows, as all Radiohead albums, is phenomenal. Although this album in itself is not that different from the group’s preceding works, it is unique in the way it is distributed and, of course, from all of the other music out there right now. The masterwork begins with “15 Step,” a song that initially contains raw-beats, which later on transform into rhythmic guitar licks. It is followed by “Bodysnatchers,” which also begins with a raw sound, this time that of guitar strumming. The fourth song, “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi,” begins with a fast beat, that although rhythmically unsettling, is very soothing because of the sound of the guitars and vocals surrounding it. The third song, on the other hand, starts out mellow, with
a slow beat and Thom Yorke’s beautiful voice that could cause even the most manic person to fall into a deep slumber. One interesting component of the album is the sixth song, “Faust Arp,” which works as somewhat of an interlude, being only two minutes and nine seconds long. It contains the sounds of a violin and reminds listeners of interludes often used by the Beatles decades ago. The album in itself is tranquil to the point of sedation. Its great vocals, rhythmic guitar chords and odd beats make it worthwhile to listen to. The music is the kind that, if you are doing nothing but listening, eventually causes you to think about the wildest things or sets you in an ambience of deep thought, which, although you might disagree, is actually something positive. There is something about Radiohead’s music that brings about a great feeling of relaxation, regardless of the fast beats, raw sounds, and high tones. Maybe it is the fact that they often blend smooth rhythms with rough tunes or the chill voice of lead singer Thom Yorke. Sometimes, I catch myself turning on the repeat feature on my iPod when I listen to In Rainbows, because it is just the kind of music you can listen to over and over again. At other times, I listen to this album, and when it comes to an end, I do not even realize it and catch myself thinking twenty minutes later, “Wow, when did it end?” In Rainbows is an amazing work of music that everyone should give a try, especially since it is basically free.
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On December 8th StuCo sponsored the formal Mr. and Miss DHS Dance. Starting at 7 p.m. a reception was available for friends, family and students. It was a time for the guests to take pictures, mingle and eat delicious foods, which ranged from shrimp to brownies. At the crowning, which started at 8 p.m., Shelley Lemon and Cole Dickerson were announced Miss and Mr. DHS. Immediately after the crowning, the dance began with the announcement that there would be a 100 dollar reward for clean dancing. The first dance was the traditional father-daughter dance, and students then danced the night away to their favorite songs. Senior court members were KaLeigh McDowell, Beau Liljenquist, Catherine Hamilton and Michael Berardi.