The Trojan Torch

Dyersburg High School's online newspaper

DHS Cross Country Hits the Ground Running

Ben Gregson – Reporter 

As of September 12, the Dyersburg High School boys cross country team is halfway through the 2018 season. The team gained six new runners this year for a total of 14 competitors. Everytime they have competed in a race, DHS has placed in the top three teams.

  The team placed second overall in the season opener in Dresden, with Luke Schroeder, Nik Rockstead and Angel Futch medalling. The following week, the Trojans placed first overall at the West Carroll Invitational while Schroeder, Gunner Hopkins and Wilkes Kirby collected medals. The next meet, the Westview Invitational, entailed 103 degree heat, but the team picked up a second place finish and Schroeder receive a medal for his eighth place finish. Dyersburg’s Hopkins and Schroeder picked up medals again the preceding week with another second place finish for the team at Parker’s Crossroads.

Most recently, on September 11, the Trojans collected their third-straight second place finish and Schroeder his fifth straight medal. The team races every Tuesday through October 23, finishing the season with the regional race at Crockett County. Next week, The Trojans will travel to Hardin County for the sixth race of the season.



A bit more to Homecoming

Alveena Nadeem Reporter

Homecoming is not homecoming without the many activities leading up to the game, and students being able to decorate their parking spots is yet another addition to the list.

  Every year, students participate in games, pep rallies, dress-up days and decorating their hallways the week before homecoming. At the end of the week, a winning class is declared based on each class’ performance.

  This football homecoming, each class has a new way of proving they have the most school spirit; students with assigned parking lots were given the opportunity to decorate their spots according to their class theme. The guidelines were that the parking spots had to show school spirit, designate a student’s class and be appropriate. The students were also encouraged to depict their class theme in their drawings: the theme for freshmen was Alaska, sophomores was Hawaii, juniors was Texas and seniors was New York.

  “I’m in student council, so I already love decorating the hallways and helping organize all the homecoming dress up days and games. I think the parking lot [decoration] was a great idea, and it was a great opportunity for me to show my student involvement,” sophomore Mattie Gregson said.

  Homecoming activities are a way for the students to channel their school spirit, and them filling the parking area with their art depicts their anticipation for the homecoming game.


Students prepare for Homecoming

Lauren Brasfieldreporter

Homecoming is right around the corner, which means it is time for a week full of
activities, dress up days and decorated hallways. This year, the homecoming game will
take place on Friday, September 21.
The most highly anticipated part of homecoming week to most students is the dress
up days. Throughout the week, students will have the opportunity to dress according
to the theme for each day. However, dress code bottoms must be worn on all days
except Thursday, and hats may be worn if part of an entire outfit. The dress-up days for
homecoming week are as follows:
Monday – Tacky Tourist Day
Tuesday – Hawaiian/Beach Attire
Wednesday – Class color tops with dress code bottoms: (Freshmen are green,
sophomores are blue, juniors are red, and seniors are black and gold.)
Thursday – Western Day (Jeans may be worn if part of a western outfit; students are
not allowed to wear jeans that are inappropriate or that have holes in them.)
Friday – Spirit Day
In addition to dress up days, each class will have the opportunity to decorate their
hallways in accord with the theme “Trojan’s Road Trip.” The themes for the hallways
are as follows:
Freshmen – Alaska
Sophomores – Hawaii
Juniors – Texas
Seniors – New York


Nike’s New Face

Emily Escue Reporter

Colin Kaepernick is a former NFL football player who has recently been chosen to become the face of Nike’s new marketing campaign.

  According to the New York Times, this is not the first time Nike has used controversial marketing strategies to help gain business. Nike has used Charles Barkley, Tiger Woods and Andre Agassi as a part of their marketing campaign in the past.

  Colin Kaepernick is the person who started kneeling during the national anthem. He chose to do this in order to protest racism and police brutality.

  According to Eddison Trends, Nike’s online sales increased by 31% after announcing Kaepernick as the face of their brand.

Despite the increase in sales, some people have chosen to burn their Nike brand items to show their disapproval.

  The increase in sales indicates that not everyone is against Nike having Colin Kaepernick as the face of their marketing campaign.

    Traditionally, United States citizens stand for the National Anthem to show their respect for fallen soldiers. Those who have taken to burning their Nike products have done so out of their belief that Nike is disrespecting the United States by choosing Kaepernick as the face of their company.

  Colin Kaepernick is expressing his opinions on the American government. These people say that by supporting Kaepernick, Nike is sending out the message that is disrespectful to the United States.


ACT Assembly

Blakely MacArthurReporter

The ACT is a very important test for high school students. The test helps determine the scholarships students can receive for college. At Dyersburg High School, the administrators, teachers and students take the ACT very seriously. On Tuesday September 4, DHS held an assembly to recognize students who met all four benchmarks.

  At the assembly, Principal Worley highlighted the importance of the ACT and how well students did on the test. She recognized certain seniors, juniors, and sophomores for their accomplishments on the test. In order to be recognized, students had to receive an 18 composite in English, a 21 composite in reading, a 22 composite in math, and a 24 composite in science.

  “I felt proud when I was recognized for my achievements because I was one of the only eight people in my grade who was recognized.” sophomore Rylee Baker said.

  The ACT is very important and DHS pushes for students to do their very best on the test, as it can help students receive scholarships for colleges. The ACT is more than just a test.  It helps prepare students for college and life.

  “The ACT will prepare me for college by showing me some of the material that will be covered,” Baker said.  “The ACT will prepare me for life by helping me to get scholarships that will help me to attend college which will help me in my career.”

Senior ACT Benchmark recipients.


Junior ACT Benchmark recipients.


Sophomore ACT Benchmark recipients.

Fairest of the Fair

Abby Bailey Reporter


Caleigh Jo Erwin was crowned Miss Dyer County Fair on Monday night at the Senior Fairest of the Fair Pageant. Her court consists of First Maid Taylor Maldonado and Second Maid Annie Porter. Other contestants from Dyersburg High School include Hannah McDaniel and Lynnley Burton.

Super Pep Rally

Anna Staggs – Reporter 

Dyersburg High School held its first pep rally of the year on August 31. The high school has multiple pep rallies every year. Pep rallies are always something to look forward to, and it is great to see the whole student body come together to get ready for a game.

 The theme for this pep rally was “Super Hero,” in which every grade was represented by a different hero, and students were allowed to dress as these heroes for the pep rally: seniors were Superman; juniors were Batman; sophomores were Hulk; freshmen were Aquaman. Every section was decorated by their class’ decorating committee.

  Many games were played including Super hero dash and Pass the Kryptonite. Super hero dash was a version of four corners in which every corner held a superhero. After ten seconds, a hero was selected, and those students standing in that corner were out. In Pass the Kryptonite, three students from each grade threw tennis balls into a hoop which a fourth student was holding.

  “The pep rally was so much fun, and it was really cool-especially coming from the middle school where we did not have any pep rallies,” freshman dancer Kate Thompson said.

  “As a football player, running out was so much fun. All the students yelling, it was so cool,” freshman football player Meshach Jones said.

  The dance team performed their competition routine, and the cheer team led many sideline cheers, chants and performed a routine as well. Also, several students performed a skit showing Tommy the Trojan taking down the villain, Obion County.


The Dance Team wore capes and masks to go along with the pep rallies theme.


Driving Safe in Dyersburg

Brylee Williams – Reporter

According to the CDC, about six teenagers die every day because of distracted driving. One fourth of fatal teen accidents are caused by drinking and driving. Teen driving accidents are on the rise, and DHS students must be aware.

  Safety behind the wheel is important for all drivers, especially teenagers. Because teens do not have as much experience driving, they are less likely to recognize dangerous situations on the road.

  “Things are always happening in front of you and you’ve got to react and have the answer.” DHS Driver’s ED teacher Mr. Bart Stowe said.

  Driving safely not only involves following safety and traffic laws, but watching other drivers as well. Accidents can be prevented if drivers can follow the necessary steps to drive cautiously, such as wearing seatbelts and paying attention to turn signals.

   “I always drive super cautiously and try to look at everybody around me.” senior Ammiah Grow said.

  Teenagers are nearly three times more likely than adults to be involved in a fatal car crash. These accidents can be prevented if students learn to take proper precautions on the road and drive cautiously.

  “Teenagers don’t take driving seriously, and are too casual about it and need to be more defensive about it,” Grow said.

  Many techniques taught in driving classes can be used to drive cautiously. These strategies save not only time and gas money, but lives as well. Learning about driving safety in driver’s ED classes can give students the necessary skills to prevent car accidents.

“We’re all out there sharing the road, all of us drivers, and we all want to drive in a safe environment, and the more practice we have, the better we’ll do.” Stowe said.

  In order to make Dyersburg a safer place for young drivers, teens need to educate themselves and be aware of driving safety. With the help of drivers education classes and safety techniques, the roads can become much safer.


Drama Hangout

Erin BaileyReporter

On August 30 the DHS Trojan Drama Club hosted the Hangout. This event consisted of students interested in joining the club gathering  in the drama room for a night of hanging out. They ate chips and cookies, had sing-alongs and danced to their heart’s content in the theater. Many freshmen made new friends and old friends got to hang out. This was an opportunity for many people to decide whether or not they want to join the club. Drama club crew applications are available Tuesday September 4th and due on the 10th. Members of the play crew help with everything from makeup and costumes to lights and sound. The next play will be November 8th, 9th, 11th and 12th. There will be another Hangout from 6-8 o’clock on September 13.


Drama students posed for a picture after a night of fun and snacks. They bonded with one another through singing along and dancing to popular songs.

Photo courtesy of Chris Solmon

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