The Trojan Torch

Dyersburg High School's online newspaper

Choir pops into spring with annual Spring Pop Concert

– Emmalynn VanDyke / Reporter –

On Friday, April 28, the Dyersburg Middle School and High School choirs hosted their annual Spring Concert. The middle school sang four songs and the high school sang eight. Each choir had a number of students accepted into the All Northwest Honor choir.

  The middle school choir sang “Budapest” by George Ezra, “Stay” by Rihanna, “All of Me” by John Legend and “Oceans” by Matt Crocker. This was the first year that Mr. Davis, the choir teacher at both the high school and middle school, allowed sixth grade students to join the choir, and he expressed how much he enjoyed it. Different levels of stage platforms decorated the stage as choir members stood at various heights on the stage.

  The high school freshman choir and the high school honor choir had not prepared together before the night of the concert; they had always practiced separately up until that point. The  groups came together and sang “Writings on the Wall” by Sam Smith, “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri, “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson, “House of Gold” by 21 Pilots, “Renegades” by The Ambassadors, “Water Under the Bridge” by Adele and “Tonight” by Hot Chelle Rae.

  The concert was the final concert for DHS seniors in the choir. Seniors Kacey Baker, Levi Holbrook, Billy Bona, Madison Funderburk, Sarah Owens, Tyler Lloyd, Alex Diaz, Kaaliyah Moses and Melinda Roddey were recognized for their involvement with the choir throughout the years.


Trojans win in closing minutes

– Cameron Buss / Sports Section Editor –

On Thursday, May 4, the Trojan soccer team played the Munford High School Cougars. It was a cold night for a game, with harsh winds and pouring rain. Both teams struggled to adjust to these conditions.

  In a game that consisted of three lead changes, the Trojans scored the winning goal with six minutes remaining. Munford scored first with a goal in the first 15 minutes of play. Toward the end of the first half, the Trojans scored to tie the game 1-1 at halftime. Junior Logan Byars scored the goal, with the assist from senior Coleman Self.

  Soon after the first half began, the Trojans scored again to take a 2-1 lead. Freshman Cole Bevis crossed the ball from the right side of the field in front of the goal; the ball deflected off a Munford defender backwards into the goal for an own goal. With 20 minutes left in the game, Munford scored to tie the game at 2-2.

  With six minutes remaining, the Trojans scored the game winning goal. After several deflections in front of the goal, the ball bounced to freshman Luke Medlin, who shot the ball and scored. The Trojans broke the tie and secured the win.

  “The team rallied together in the final minutes to get the game winning goal. Each player had a desire to win, and that pushed everyone to leave all they had on the field,” Byars said.

Dyersburg wins against Jackson Christian

– Jackson Millner / Reporter –

On Monday, April 24, the Lady Trojan softball team faced the Jackson Christian Eagles. Dyersburg entered the game with a record of 19-8, and Jackson Christian entered with a record of 13-11. This was the first time these two teams had met this season. This was not a district game, but it was senior night for the Lady Trojan softball players. The senior players introduced Monday night were Taylor Hopper, Savannah McCraw, Hannah Armstrong and Anna Brooke Coker.

  The game  began in the top of the first inning, with Jackson Christian getting one run on the board early. Dyersburg countered in the bottom of the first inning, scoring three runs to make the score at the end of the first inning 3-1. Junior Hannah Jackson and sophomore Shelby Hopper got three runs batted in (RBI) combined in the first inning, with Jackson getting two and Hopper getting one. The second inning ended with no runs from either team, keeping the score 3-1. The third inning started with no runs from Jackson Christian, but Dyersburg scored one run to increase their lead to 4-1. The Lady Trojans went on to win the game, for neither team scored  after the third inning.

Summer assignments AKA procrastination

– Rebecca Reed / Features Section Editor –

With only four weeks left in school, each returning student’s schedule has been made for the 2017-18 school year. Along with these daunting classes comes the load of summer work, and each student does unto them the worst mistake―procrastinating.

  Summer is a detox for everyone, but it is crucial to balance fun and work throughout the summer so you are not left with an impossible workload the week before school.

  “Do not wait until the last minute, meaning the last two weeks of summer. Speaking from a personal experience, it is possible to read three books and do a cumulative of nine essays within the two weeks, but you will be running on zero sleep, and then you will also have the stress of going back to school. We all procrastinate, it is just part of all of us, but we have the power to choose what we procrastinate on and summer work should not be one of them,” sophomore Sydney Bevis said.

  Students can use their peers for advice when it comes to managing their time over the summer: including fellow classmates and teachers. Every student has a wide variety of information to tap into.

  “Summer should be a time for relaxing. We all must take some time to relax and let the stress go away or else we will get burned out and/or physically sick. I have never given any summer work (other than perhaps ordering text, etc.) because I want students fresh and ready when August comes. However, if you have assignments, estimate how long they will take, add 20% extra time, then set that time aside and guard it religiously. Have fun the rest of the time,” science teacher Guy Maxwell said.

  Any assignment can seem like too much considering everyone went through eight grades without any summer work. The shock of high school is scary for most, but with tips from friends, family and teachers the transition can be made seamlessly.

  “If you believe an assignment will take about 15-18 hours to complete, then plan out about 26-30 hours and set them aside to do it,” Maxwell said.

  Students should take the advice and personal experiences from their peers to heart. Everyone has procrastinated one time or another, but with the right time management from the beginning of summer, every student is guaranteed a fun, relaxing break.

Changes at the East Entrance

– Mariah Webb / Reporter –

7:54 AM and 7:58 AM. There is only a four minute difference between these two points in time, but for a high school student, those minutes are crucial. Those four minutes are the difference between getting to class on time and a dead sprint up the stairs praying that you get there in time. Those four minutes are just enough time to swing by a locker before first period.

  Most students know that the doors to the East Entrance now open four minutes later than they did just a few weeks ago. One may wonder why this is. It has been said that students would loiter near the East Entrance before school began to avoid being seen by administration. Many have not noticed this problem, and usually would only see a group of people gathering at around 7:52 waiting for the doors to open a few minutes later.

  This change has angered many students. For some, in the time it takes to leave their car, walk to the gym entrance, and make it to the East Entrance the extra time has already passed, and it is now 7:58. So why make the trek to the gym entrance when you can just wait for the door to open?

  Could there be an alternative solution to this problem? There are already teachers stationed at the gym entrance every morning; why can’t we station teachers at the East Entrance before school starts? This is another example of how the few can ruin things for the masses.

Students enjoy a starry night at Prom

– Madelyn Saye / Editor –

Senior year includes many lasts for high school students including a last school dance: Prom. Last Saturday on April 22, the school held the senior prom. Seniors and their dates enjoyed a “starry night” in the library. While at the dance “Life of the Party”, “Cutest Couple”, “Most Uniquely Dressed” and “Prom Queen and King” were awarded.

  “Life of the Party” was awarded to Sarah Owens and Dennis Fowlkes, “Cutest Couple” was awarded to Taylor Hopper and Hayden Smith, “Most Uniquely Dressed” was awarded to Denisha Emerson and Semaj Brown and “Prom Queen and King” were awarded to Gracie Liljenquist and Tristan Burton.

  “Prom was fun. I really enjoyed the photobooth and the overall atmosphere,” senior Claire Richards said.

Lady Trojans defeat Bulldogs

– Cameron Buss / Reporter –

On Thursday, April 20, the Lady Trojan softball team played at home versus the Milan Bulldogs. The Lady Trojans went on to win this district game 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning.

  Throughout the first three innings of play, no runs were scored by either team. Finally, in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Lady Trojans scored their first run; Taylor Hopper hit a solo homerun over the left center field fence.

  In the top of the next inning, the Bulldogs fought back. They scored two runs to take a 2-1 lead over the Lady Trojans. The Lady Trojans did not score in the bottom of the fifth, and neither team scored a run in the sixth inning.

  In the top of the seventh, and final, inning, the Lady Trojans did not allow the Bulldogs to score any runs. However, in the bottom of the seventh, they scored two runs to win the game 3-2.

  Junior Katlyn Canada started the hitting in the seventh inning with a base-hit single. Next, senior Savannah McCraw hit a single, advancing Canada to second base. The next player to get on base was freshman Mari-Hanna Newsom, who also got a single to load the bases. Junior Mackenzie Caldwell came up to bat next and hit an outfield shot to score a run and tie the game. Following Caldwell, junior Sarah Putman came up to bat and hit in the third run to win the ballgame for the Lady Trojans.

  “Even though we were losing at the bottom of the seventh, we were able to rally back. The dugout was full of energy, and every player was confident that we would win this game,” senior Hannah Armstrong said.

Trojans defeat Chargers in Tuesday night’s game

– Taylor Welch / Reporter –

On Tuesday night, the Trojan Soccer Team played against the Westview Chargers in their last regular season district match. The Trojans defeated the Chargers in overtime with a final score of 2-1.

  However, freshman Cole Bevis put the Trojans on the scoreboard 20 minutes into the first half of the game. The Chargers earned another goal 10 minutes into the second half.

  The tied score resulted in the teams’ going into overtime play. Sophomore Matt Staggs scored the game winning goal for the Trojans.

  The Trojans ended district play with a 6-0 record and will move on to the district tournament May 8 as the first seed in the district. The Trojans next match is Friday night at 6 against Covington at DHS.

  “Good teams find a way to win and we found a way to win this time,” senior captain Jacob Stewart said.

Students take on stress in following weeks

– Jackson Millner / Reporter –

Throughout the next couple weeks, the high school will be conducting state testing for some of its classes. Those classes may be AP, Dual, accelerated or regular level classes. The first week of testing was the week of April 17-April 21. April 19 of that week, the ACT was given to juniors and a practice ACT was given to the sophomores and freshmen. Other tests given throughout that week were the chemistry and biology tests on April 21. Students prepared all year for the tests in their chemistry and biology classes.

  The next week of testing will be April 24-April 28. That week will mostly consist of the English and math tests. The English consists of four subtests, which require a substantial amount of work from the students. Some students are opposed to taking all these tests around the same time.

  “I get that we have to take the tests, but I think better planning could help,” junior Tyrece Howard said.

  Throughout the month of May, AP exams will be given. These include the AP U.S. History, AP Calculus, AP Human Geography, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Literature and AP English Language. Dual enrollment course tests will also be given. The dual enrollment courses are Dual Chemistry and Dual College Algebra. Towards the end of May, underclassmen final exams will given, and those will be based on the students’ trimester 3 schedule and deadlines.

  While all the testing is going on, students will be on altered schedules. Some days students will not report to certain classes because of all the testing. For example, on April 25 some students will be in their 2nd hour class for three hours. The purpose for this is to ensure that the amount of time for each class during testing weeks can be as close to equal as possible.


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