The Trojan Torch

Dyersburg High School's online newspaper

Dyersburg Students Experience D.C.

MaryBeth Gentry reporter

Over spring break, 19 Dyersburg students traveled to Washington, D.C. and Williamsburg, Virginia, on a trip led by DHS teacher TJ VanDyke. During the week, students visited memorials, monuments and museums in the nation’s capital and Colonial Virginia.  


Fortnite: Building a Review

Dakota TurnboReporter

Fortnite is the newest gaming trend to absolutely dominate the industry for months on end.

  It is a full price game, but the free aspect of it has been what players have been attracted to. Its Battle Royale mode is the reason players return to the game. The mode, like the movie, is all about survival of the fittest. The last player alive achieves victory royale, which can be obtained numerous ways.

  People can hide in a bush and then eliminate the last player, or they can try to eliminate as many players as possible. Players can just build a fort and play defensively the whole match, forcing players to attack them.

  The storm forces players to the center so the tower strategy does not work unless the player keeps moving from circle to circle. The storm damages the player that stays in it so it forces everyone into a smaller playing field every couple of minutes. It is an uninspired but effective way to keep players active in the game.

  Various items allow for many different play styles. Wearable bushes are an item for solo players trying to sneak around on the map. Traps help a more building-orientated player to be even more defensive. Launch pads do as the name says, and launch the player into the air, which allows for them to be aggressive or run from a bad situation.

  The countless scenarios and lack of repetitiveness are what make this game so great. No two games are exactly the same, and that appeals to all individuals. Variety is rare in an industry engulfed in over-hyping games for the sake of selling copies.

  “The thing that separates it is the building. Other battle royale games don’t have this kind of feature. It allows for both aggressive and passive playing styles” senior Jerry McGuire said.

  Fortnite’s battle royale mode is the best in the genre and should be experienced by all gamers alike. It has great art style, quirky humor and innovative building, and it allows for hilarious moments with friends. If Fortnite is not downloaded, it should be, because it is free fun that is better than most full-price games.


Boy’s Soccer Jamboree

Sarah McLaughlin – Online Editor

The boy’s soccer team played three games for the jamboree Saturday. They played Westview, Obion and St. Augustine. Out of all three games, Trojans defeated Obion and St. Augustine.


“I Like Me Better” : Do You?


Emmalynn VanDyke-Section Editor

Ari Leff, better known as LAUV, picked up a guitar and started playing when he was in his early teens. He was born in 1994 and knew he wanted to pursue music.

  Leff wrote love songs and breakup songs. His new release, “I Like Me Better,” released in 2017, is a more upbeat song about happiness.

  LAUV stopped making music for a period of time, and “I Like Me Better” was his first song released since 2015. Leff said he lost who he was for a while, but an interview encouraged him to begin writing and making music again. LAUV is honest in his songs, which is why a lot of people can connect with him.

  “It seems like a lot of people lose touch with that forever and end up living a life that’s not really true to who they are. By being so honest in my songs, I want to encourage people to be okay with who they are and what they feel. More than anything else, that’s what encourages me to create music in a massive way,” LAUV said in a biography.

  I enjoyed the song when I listened to it. It gave off positive vibes and put me in a good mood. The song is very upbeat and empowering.

  If you are in a mood where you want to feel encouraged and reminded of how people make you feel, this song is fantastic. I am downloading it to playlist.


Major businesses raise age to purchase firearms

Mariah Webb  – Design Editor

Dick’s Sporting Goods has taken assault-style rifles from its shelves. The company did this as a  response to the Parkland shooting which happened on February 14 –  just two weeks ago. Most of its stores stopped selling them after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, but 35 smaller stores still sold them. Dick’s Sporting Goods also raised the age to purchase a firearm at their stores.

  The company also stopped selling high capacity magazines which allow a person to fire more shots without reloading.

“When we saw what happened in Parkland, we were so disturbed and upset. We love these kids and their rallying cry, ‘Enough is enough.’ It got to us,” Edward Stack, the chief executive of Dick’s Sporting Goods said.

  Later that day Walmart also released that it would raise the age to be able to purchase a gun and ammunition. The company stopped selling semi-automatic weapons in 2015.

  Both of these announcements came on the day that the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School returned to school for the first time since the shooting.

  “We’re going to take a stand and step up and tell people our view and, hopefully, bring people along into the conversation,” Stack said.

  Since Walmart and Dick’s have made these announcements, Kroger, which sells firearms in its Fred Meyer stores, and L.L. Bean have said they will also raise the age to purchase a firearm at their stores.

Tennis team takes off

Sara Clifft – Reporter

Lead by Coach Mark Schneider, the DHS tennis team hopes to have a successful season.

February 20th marked the official beginning of the Dyersburg High School tennis season.

  Led by Coach Mark Schneider, the 2018 tennis team features a diverse crowd of experienced players like Junior Sara White and Sophomore Nolan Burch as well as newcomers such as Freshmen Parker Millner, Laython Holder, Madelyn Stowe and Mattie Gregson. Many consider the team to be a major contender in the region.

  Players eagerly anticipate the new season. Many players have worked hard to improve their skill outside of the season, hoping to rise through the ranks of the team.

  “I’m looking forward to showing how hard I’ve worked to improve my skills as a player outside of the regular tennis season,” freshman Laython Holder said.

  With nearly a month of preparation before their first match, the team hopes to perform well this season.

  “We are doing drills to improve our hand-eye coordination, speed, cardio and strokes. Coach Schneider stresses top spin on all our hits as well. He is playing us with different people to get a good idea of who is good together and how to rank us,” Holder said.

  The first game of the season is Tuesday, March 20th at the Dyersburg Activity Center against Brighton.

Lady Trojan basketball heads to sub-state

Sydney Bevis – Reporter

Lady Trojans prepare for tonight’s championship game against Westview.  Tipoff is set for 7pm at McNairy Central High School.

With a season that started out with a bang, the Lady Trojans basketball team is continuing on with that opening-season tradition. This team is headed to sub-state.

  After starting their season with an impressive win streak, the Lady Trojans had what one would call a little bit of a dry spell. However that did not discourage them; rather it encouraged them to work that much harder to attain a winning streak once again.

  Finishing second in the district right behind the Westview Chargers, the Lady Trojans are set to face them again tonight in the region championship game. The game is set to tip off at 7 pm at McNairy Central High School.

  “It has been a great, successful season so far. We have faced many hardships and obstacles this season and tonight is just like any other. We will seek this opportunity to our full potential and know that no matter what the outcome is we left it all out there. At this point in the season it is who wants it more. As a whole, we know Westview puts on their underwear in the morning just like we do,” sophomore Mari Hanna Newsom said.

  No matter the outcome of tonight’s game, the team is guaranteed to play Saturday night because of their win over the McNairy Bobcats on Monday night.

  The Lady Trojans hope to see a large fan section at both tonight’s regional championship and Saturday’s sub-state game.

NaCl in the H2O?

Olivia Hayes – Reporter

It is a new year and along with that title comes the resolutions. The most common new year’s resolution is to be healthier, whether that be eating salads for every meal or going to work out at the gym more often than going through the McDonald’s drive thru.

  Another way people, such as myself, strive to reach their goals of becoming healthier is by drinking more water.

  “Drink more water; it’s good for you,” my mom always said.

  I hate to admit it, but she was right.

  One late night I was scrolling through Twitter, and a particular tweet caught my eye.

  “Dasani Water, a Coca-Cola product, uses salt in its water to make you constantly thirsty which increases product sale,” it said.

  It striked my interest enough to where the next time I had a bottle of Dasani water, I checked the ingredients, and sure enough–salt.

  This discovery led to further research on the brand and if there were any more deceptions that Dasani hides from the public.

  According to Dasani… Should You Drink It?, Dasani had to reveal all the ingredients in its product against allegations that said Dasani used purified tap water. The results concluded that the allegations were correct.

  The same website also confronted Dasani’s use of magnesium sulfate in its water. Dasani claims to have the ingredient for taste. However, magnesium sulfate is known as a “drying agent” and if left on your tongue, it can be difficult to become fully quenched.

  As I was reading this shocking information, I was in the middle of drinking a bottle of Dasani water and took a long, hard look at it before I took another swig. It may have been a placebo effect, but I could have sworn my tongue felt drier after I took a drink.

  It is not just Dasani water that contains these strange ingredients. Nestle Pure Life water also contains magnesium sulfate as well as sodium bicarbonate and calcium chloride. SmartWater contains calcium chloride, magnesium chloride and potassium bicarbonate.

  Not to worry–none of these minerals are loaded heavily enough to have any harmful side effects. Why Your Bottled Water Contains Four Different Ingredients quoted Bob Mahler, a Soil Science and Water Quality professor at the University of Idaho, on what these minerals are used for.

  “If you had pure water by itself, it doesn’t have any taste. So companies that sell bottled water will put in calcium, magnesium or maybe a little bit of salt.” Mahler said.

  The next time you reach for a bottle of water, pay attention the ingredients to see if it is completely pure water. Though the minerals may leave you thirsty for more, it is never a bad thing to have more water. It is good for you.


There is more than just water in our water bottles. Check the ingredients list and you will likely see salt in bottled water.

Finding joy in boxing and exercising

Sara White – Section Editor

Gill has recently started boxing at Team Reed. Gill thoroughly enjoys it and plans to continue.

With Spring Break just around the corner, many people are looking for ways to get their spring break bodies. Whether it be through working out, eating better or drinking more water, the best way to get in shape is to enjoy it.

  Recently, senior Jacob Gill has been exercising by boxing. He goes to boxing everyday except for Sunday at Team Reed in Dyersburg. He thoroughly enjoys the workouts and even spends time at the gym to watch matches.

“Nothing is ever the same; it’s not repetitive,” senior Jacob Gill said when asked what his favorite aspect of boxing is.

  “It’s very high intensity and a good workout,” sophomore Betsy Newbill said.

  Gill enjoys the variety of workouts, the challenge and the adrenaline that boxing classes give him. Gill is a great example of how enjoying exercise will payoff.

  Exercising becomes fun when you start to enjoy it. Truly finding joy in movement is a long-term and effective motivator as opposed to dropping numbers on the scale. To find what you enjoy, try out different things. You can walk or jog at the local park, go to one of the gyms or even try out boxing classes in Dyersburg.

  Boxing classes in Dyersburg are offered at Team Reed for men and USA Boxing training women from 5-6:30 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Classes for women are offered from 7-8:15 PM on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Each of these classes cost $5 per class with a $10 annual fee.

  There are also morning classes from 5-6 AM on Wednesdays and Fridays. If you are under 18, you must have parental consent.

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