The Trojan Torch

Dyersburg High School's online newspaper

Fantasy football abuzz at DHS


Seniors Miller Edgin, Austin Russell, Chance Stepp, Logan Lutrell, Connor Greer, Cameron Buss and Jayvin Brasfield study the draft picks for their fantasy football teams. Photo courtesy Donna Buss

Dakota Turnbo – Reporter

The NFL season is in the very near future, and it has fantasy players scrambling to see who they should draft for their fantasy teams.

  Most fantasy football fans know the obvious beginning picks such as David Johnson, the 100 all-purpose yards machine, or the patient do-it-all back in Le’Veon Bell. There are some questionable draft picks to take, whether it be because of a suspension like Ezekiel Elliott’s or a questionable move to a system that does not fit the player such as Adrian Peterson’s move to the New Orleans Saints, a team that heavily caters to Drew Brees.

  Later picks in a fantasy draft are just as important as the early picks because injuries can occur and players do not play every single week. There are such things as bye weeks where teams get to rest for a week so players don’t accrue any stats.

   There are some trendy picks such as Carson Wentz since he has recently been loaded with offensive weapons, or Dalvin Cook who, as a rookie, will be the main back and drastically help the Minnesota Viking’s rushing offense. These sleeper picks probably should not be near top picks because they are a risk in some capacity, but a pick for them could pay off drastically.

  Many people at DHS play fantasy football and some even had their own opinion on sleepers and busts of this fantasy season.

  Jay Ajayi could be a bust “because he lost his quarterback, so everything will be on him” senior Logan Lutrell said.

   This is a fair point due to Ryan Tannehill’s recent injury and the questionable hiring of Jay Cutler.

   Senior Jayvin Brasfield believes that Marshawn Lynch is “too old”.

   The age that most running backs start declining in production is 30 and Marshawn is 31, so his decline could come true.

  All this preseason action has people already picking who could or should do well this fantasy season.

Bee population decreasing in America

Jackson Millner  – Reporter

The bee population has been decreasing for the past few years, and people are starting to take notice. Beekeepers from around the area have noticed the sudden decrease when studying their farms. The honey decline is a major reason why beekeepers are noticing this decrease. Why the sudden decrease?

A possible contributing factor to the changes are pesticides surrounding the bees. Environmental groups have expressed deep concern about the 90 percent decline during the past two decades in the population of pollinators, including wild bees and monarch butterflies. Pesticide manufacturers argue that their products contribute in a minor way to the population trend. Even though pesticide is said to have little effect, the population is decreasing because of some unknown factor and pesticides could be a major reason.

To save the bee population, people have begun new practices in their daily lives such as planting bee-friendly plants, not using chemicals on plants and not removing all weeds. The reason people are trying to save bees is because they are a major pollinator. They help grow speciality crops like almonds, berries, fruits and vegetables all of which are important foods in the daily lives of humans.

Annual football jamboree draws large crowd to JC Sawyers Stadium

Sara Clifft – Reporter

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The DHS cheerleaders encouraged a Trojan win.
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The DHS student section showed their support for the Trojans.
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The DHS Trojans storm the field to kickoff the season with the annual football jamboree.


August 11 marked the beginning of the 2017 DHS football season. The night kicked off with Crockett County beating Munford 14-0. In the second game of the night, Brighton squeezed in a win against Obion County Central with a score of 7-6. Game three was a close one with Haywood winning against Union City 15-14. The final and most anticipated game of the night, the Trojans versus the Covington Chargers, ended with the Trojans defeating Covington 14-7, with Junior running back Daniel Gates scoring the winning touchdown in the last two seconds.

  “It was fun and it worked out the way we planned – everybody got to play,” Dyersburg head coach Bart Stowe said in an interview with the State Gazette.

  “I was really proud of the boys and it’s been a long time since we’ve won a jamboree game here. I believe we’re on track.” Stowe said. With the jamboree over, the Trojans now turn to the new season.

  “We know we’ve got to keep getting better and we’re a young team,” Stowe said.

  The official DHS football season begins on August 18 with the Trojans taking on MLK-Prep in J.C. Sawyers Stadium.

Small ones solve big problems

Alveena Nadeem – Reporter


Every Tuesday at 3:15 in Dyersburg High School, students participate in Model UN and take the role of delegates, acting to resolve global problems. This club is led by English teacher TJ VanDyke and AP Government teacher Mark Stenberg, who help the students gain skills in public speaking, researching and being creative.

  Model United Nations Club is an international opportunity for high school, middle school, and college students to address global issues. Students select a country they want to improve and propose a solution directed at the core of its problems.

  After the students have formed a strong resolution to benefit their assigned country, they participate in a convention with realistic conferences. There, they debate, negotiate and discuss their resolutions with other students from a variety of places.

  These conferences are not limited to imitations of Model UN meetings, but are also simulations of the General Assembly and Security Council. Model UN Club helps students gain knowledge about many countries and explore the social and political events taking place globally.

  Although only students participate in this activity, the skills they gain remain with them throughout the rest of their lives. They learn how to delegate effectively, support a claim with facts and develop many other skills which can help them through their future careers or goals.

  VanDyke said, “I think that students are able to work more independently as well as in a group to academically accomplish things that benefit them without those things being tied to grades.”

Homework affects students

Studies show that homework causes stress in students. 

Trey Johnson – Reporter

Homework is a big part of any student’s life. Homework is assigned everyday to students across the nation. The intention is to help students with what they are studying and to help them practice study skills in general. But what does homework actually do for students?

  The largest and most conclusive study of homework and academic achievement to date is a 2006 study by psychology professor Harris Cooper. The study analyzed data collected from 1987 to 2003. Cooper correlated academic success to doing homework in middle school and high school but found no strong correlation in elementary school.

  Cooper’s study also found that homework can cause negative effects on both mental and physical health. These include emotional fatigue and  negative attitudes towards school. In addition, a survey conducted by the Stanford Graduate School of Education found 56% of students identified homework as the primary or secondary source of their stress. The study also found that students may develop health problems and lose time on social interaction.

  These results are not concrete. Cooper and many other scientists have recommended that more research be conducted to gain more solid information on this subject.

Lady Trojans kick off fall season

Olivia Hayes –Reporter

The Lady Trojan soccer season is approaching quickly. The team is adapting to changes occurring within the team. They must become accustomed to the new freshmen players and anyone who may not have played on the team before, and recover from the recent losses of the seniors that graduated back in May. To push past these obstacles, the soccer team has been conditioning all summer for the upcoming season.

  “I feel like all of our work is going to pay off and we’re going to do great this season,” Junior Right Defender Lanie McAlister said.

 The team expresses their feelings concerning the new team members. Many of the soccer team’s veterans have positive things to say about the new players, including their helpfulness, skills and encouragement.

  “Their attitudes and hard work really contribute to the success of our team,” Junior forward Meredith Kerber said.

  “The team definitely is accustomed to the new players. We are all one big family,” Senior center back Carlee Jones said.

  When bringing up the recent loss of the 2017 graduating seniors, the players expressed their sorrow. However, instead of dwelling on their losses, the members seized the moment to motivate themselves to work harder at being the team they want to be.

  “The loss of the seniors greatly affected our team, almost as if we all lost a part of ourselves. But the freshmen and new players came in and quickly filled the roles needed to help the team out,” Jones said.

  The team as a whole expects a great season ahead of them. The Lady Trojans have already proven themselves of their hard work with their first win over Milan on Tuesday, August 15 and continue to work hard at practices.

Lanie McAlister dribbles the ball during soccer practice on August 14. The Lady Trojans played their first game on Tuesday, August 15 against Milan, winning 8-0.

Ross United Methodist hosts annual football kickoff dinner

Mary Beth Gentry – Reporter

Ross United Methodist Church hosted the annual football kickoff dinner on Tuesday, August 15.  This is the fourth year that the church has hosted the event for the football coaches, players, dancers and cheerleaders of Dyersburg High School.

  Rev. James Luvene of Ross United Methodist Church began the dinner by welcoming everyone who attended, and Rev. Gary Meade gave the invocation. Mayor John Holden gave words of encouragement to the football team, dance team and cheer team.

   The main speaker of the night was Brandon Shields, who is the sports editor and lead high school writer for The Jackson Sun. Football coach Bart Stowe then briefly spoke about his expectations for the upcoming season and thanked everyone who made the dinner possible. Rev. Bill Revell then blessed the food.

  After the speaking ended, guests were served dinner. Dancers and cheerleaders served food and drink to coaches, speakers and football players. The dinner consisted of fried catfish, spaghetti, beans, hushpuppies, coleslaw, a roll and dessert. The members of Ross United Methodist provided all the food served.

   “I think that the kickoff dinner is a great start to the football season. Ross United Methodist Church has opened their doors to the football players, cheerleaders and dancers for the past four years. It’s great motivation for the first game,” junior dancer Whitby Holden said.

Disney’s live-action remakes bring nostalgia to box office


Tre Ruff – Reporter

Throughout many generations, people have watched and experienced several classic Disney movies. The first full-length Disney feature film was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This film helped Disney obtain fame worldwide. Currently, several Disney movies have been remade in live-action, using real human people, to bring nostalgia to fans for the classical versions. Movies such as The Jungle Book, Pete’s Dragon, Beauty and the Beast and many more have already been adapted. As of August 2017, Disney has released more upcoming live-action Disney movies.

According to’s article “Top 10 Most Popular Disney Movies Ever,” the following, in order, are the most popular: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Fantasia, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Lady and the Tramp, Frozen, The Lion King and Peter Pan. According to the article “Every Disney live-action remake in the works” from writers Anjelica Oswald and Kirsten Acuna of, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is receiving a live-action adaptation and an additional film about Snow White’s sister, Rose Red.

“Disney also greenlit a movie for one of its darkest characters- Chernabog- the demon from Fantasia,” Oswald and Acuna said.

“Disney is set to release its own Little Mermaid remake- Universal is already working on one- with new music from Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken.” Oswald and Acuna continued.

An additional live-action Disney movie is The Lion King.

“It looks like Alfre Woodard will be voicing Simba’s momma and John Kani will be playing our favorite primate Rafiki…Billy Eichner will be joining the cast as Timon and Seth Rogen will be voicing his warthog sidekick, Pumbaa. Additionally, Donald Glover will play Simba and John Oliver will voice Zazu. All of this on top of the fact that James Earl Jones will be reprising his role as Mufasa…Really the only major character we have left is Nala, who many have suggested Beyoncé.” said by Billy Lorusso in his article “The Lion King Live Action Cast Now Includes 2 New Actors”.

Other upcoming live-action Disney movies will be Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh, the Genie from Aladdin’s own movie titled Genies that will explain his origin, and Mulan. Overall, much is to be expected in the next one to three years with the childhoods of many to be brought to life in live-action movies.

Americans await the eclipse

The migration route the total solar eclipse will take in the United States ranges from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean.The middle line represents the view for totality, while the outer lines represent a partial eclipse.

Parker Millner – Reporter

This year the United States will play host to the upcoming solar eclipse, and people from around the world will come to the states to see this event. On August 21, 2017 the first total solar eclipse since February 26, 1979 will occur in the United States.

  A solar eclipse occurs every 18 months and this is the first time that it will be in the states since June 8,1918.  This eclipse will pass through the U.S. entering through Lincoln Beach, Oregon and span across the entire contiguous U.S., ending at Charlestown, South Carolina.

  Although the eclipse is a sight to see, do not look at the solar eclipse without certified solar eclipse glasses. The only time it is not harmful to look at the eclipse is when the moon is totally covering the sun, which is called totality. Looking at the eclipse without proper solar eclipse glasses will cause damage to the naked eye.

  The eclipse first covers Tennessee in Clarksville, and then migrates to Springfield, Portland, Westmoreland and Nashville. Residents in Dyersburg will only be seeing a partial eclipse, which can only be viewed with the glasses. For the upcoming years in the United States more eclipses will occur within a 35 year period, but no other will be from sea to sea.

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