The Trojan Torch

Dyersburg High School's online newspaper

Soccer team celebrates Senior Night

Mariah Webb Design Editor

Photos: Sarah McLaughlin 

The Dyersburg High School Trojan soccer team recognized the seniors at the district game on Tuesday night. They took on Obion County and won the game 7-1. The seniors recognized were Cameron Buss, Chance Stepp, Zane Morgan, Logan Byars, Daniel Gutierrez and Jayvin Brasfield. All six of their achievements from throughout high school as well as their plans after high school were shared with those in attendance. The Trojans then went on to beat the Crockett County Cavaliers on Thursday 2-0 for the district championship.


We are the Champions

Sydney Bevis reporter

On Tuesday, May 9, the Lady Trojan softball team beat the Crockett County Cavaliers 8-7 in the district championship. This win allows the Lady Trojans to play at home in the region opener on Monday, May 14.


Appreciate teachers

Sara Clifft Reporter

The week of May 7 through 11 marks the beginning of National Teacher Appreciation Week.

  “Our teachers are really important because they open us up to our possibilities and our future,” freshman Desiree Smith said.

  Within the week is National Teacher Appreciation Day, which falls on May 8.

  In many states, businesses are offering teachers discounts on their products. For example, Chipotle is offering teachers, faculty and other staff with a valid school ID a buy-one-get-one free offer from 3 PM to close Tuesday on burritos, salads and tacos.

  National Teacher Appreciation Week came into existence when the National Education Association (NEA) adopted it formally during its 1985 Representative Assembly. They also voted that the Tuesday of that week would be National Teacher Appreciation Day.

  This year, the NEA is launching a campaign titled ThankATeacher, which is designed to show educators student appreciation and boost their confidence.
  Additionally, this year, National Teacher Appreciation Week is taking place after a flurry of protests by teachers about low wages and budget cuts. So, in addition to the ThankATeacher campaign, many NEA members are promoting the REDforED campaign, the name given to the protesting teachers’ movement.

  So, take a little time out of your day to thank a teacher, and appreciate all their hard work.

May the fourth be with you

Alveena Nadeem – Reporter


“May the fourth be with you”; what started as a joke grew into a full-fledged holiday. A play on words from the quote “May the force be with you” by Star Wars character Han Solo, May the 4th has been named “Star Wars Day” and is celebrated by fans everywhere.

  Although this may sound recent, the origin of this day might be older than thought. One of the earliest known records of “May the 4th” used in pop culture was in 1979, when Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate her victory, the London Evening News bore the words “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.”

  As time went on, this holiday grew to hold numerous traditions and events. According to the Star Wars official website, different conventions, marathons of the show and discounts on merchandise all surround the day. However, many celebrate in their personal ways by dressing up, going to parties, rewatching the shows and movies or trying the different Star Wars-based food recipes listed on the website.

  “I celebrate Star Wars day with a cup of blue milk in the morning and a force dance at night,” freshman Guide Dowling said.

  Star Wars day has evolved from an inside joke within its fan-base to a well known holiday, and will always remind us to keep the force with us.

DHS DECA competes at nationals

Mary Beth Gentry – Reporter


Dyersburg students traveled to Atlanta to compete at the DECA International competition. The students visited Mercedes-Benz stadium during their stay in Atlanta.


On April 21-24, 10 Dyersburg High School DECA members competed at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. These 10 students qualified to attend the competition in Atlanta by placing at the Tennessee State DECA Competition in Chattanooga earlier in the spring.

  There were 20,000 student competitors at the international competition. Students traveled to Atlanta from around the world. Countries represented at the competition include the United States, Guam, China, Canada, Scotland and India.

  “DECA Internationals was an unforgettable experience. From participating in the international competition, I gained new business, communication, and speaking skills. Meeting fellow DECA members from all over the world showed me the impact that DECA has on students everywhere, and the great environment it produces. I’m thankful to have been a competitor in the 2018 DECA International Competition,” sophomore Addison Burchfiel said.

  Dyersburg High School competed in five separate events in Atlanta. Addison Burchfiel, Mackenzie Moody and Alyssa Newman competed in the event of Business Services Operations Research. Emma Newbill competed in the event of Financial Professional Selling. Emma-Anne Boatright competed in Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research. Mary Beth Gentry and Ammiah Grow competed in the event of Independent Business Plan. Rylee Hopgood, Marlee Mooney and Betsy Newbill competed in the Franchise Business Plan category.

  In order to win at internationals, competitors must make it through two rounds of crowded competition. No DHS student made it to the final round of competition in Atlanta, but the experience of competing on a global scale was a beneficial experience.

2018 Thespian Banquet

Emmalynn VanDyke section editor

On April 28, Dyersburg drama students were honored as International Thespians. Students are awarded this title if they put in a certain number of hours within the drama program. The awards given after induction were one star, two star, three star, four star, honor bar, ovation one and ovation two.

  The banquet was held as an honor to the students for participating in drama productions. There was a formal dinner prepared and served by the staff cafeteria. After dinner, memories from the productions of the 17-18 school year were shared.  

  The following students were inducted into the International Thespian Society this year: Erin Bailey, Mary Grace Conner, Julianna Haynes, Laython Holder, Nancy Morales, Alveena Nadeem, Jennifer Polk, Jocelyn Stevens, Breuklyn Stone, Jaylah Taylor and Trenady Williams.

  In the following years, these students have the ability to continue to gain more hours and progress into higher levels of the International Thespian Society.

  At the end of the ceremony, the seniors in the drama club were given cheesy gifts that this year’s juniors created for them. Each gift was hand crafted out of wood and painted. The gifts were thought of by the junior class, depending on his or her personalities and given to the seniors.

  The Thespian Banquet is an annual event held at DHS and will continue to gain members throughout the years.


Jerry McGuire welcomed everyone to the banquet. He said Grace for dinner.


Tanya Larraga pinned Alveena Nadeem, welcoming her into the International Thespian Society.


Eli Moore pinned Jocelyn Stevens. She was one of the sophomores inducted this year.


Jaylah Taylor signed her name to the Dyersburg Membership Roll. She was inducted this year.

Former First Lady dies in TX

Logan Miller  Reporter

Barbara Bush, First Lady of the United States, wife to the 41st President of the United States and mother of the 43rd, died on April 17 surrounded by her family. She was previously seeking medical treatment before prioritizing comfort care the Sunday before her death.

  Mrs. Bush was a notable and well-liked woman who set a record with her husband for longest marriage in US presidential history with 73 years of companionship. She was a valued ally to both her husband and son on their campaign trails, and she even helped Jeb Bush in New Hampshire during the 2016 Republican primaries.

  She established the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy because of her life- long goal of promoting literacy during her time as Second and First Lady of the United States. She started campaigning for literacy because of her son Neil’s problems with dyslexia.

  She was known for being outspoken and honest at times, even if it meant she made gaffes. Yet, she still enjoyed a 65% approval rating six years after she left the White House.

  “Mrs. Bush was regarded as unpretentious, a woman who could wear fake pearls, enjoy takeout tacos, walk the dog in her bathrobe and make fun of herself. Perhaps adding to her appeal, she conformed to the popular view of an old-fashioned grandmother, with her white hair and matronly figure,” Enid Nemy of the New York Times said.

  “She was a great lady who stood her ground and had strong beliefs,” senior Emma Burns said.

  Her funeral was held in Houston on April 21 and was attended by 2,500 people including four former presidents, their wives and First Lady Melania Trump. President Donald Trump was absent, following the example of previous sitting presidents.


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Barbara Bush was the wife of the 41st President of the United States and mother of the 43rd President. She has been described as the Matriarch of the Bush Family.


Politically active students drive change

Sara Clifft – reporter

Many high school students find themselves becoming more politically aware as they grow older and begin to develop their own ideals. This newfound awareness and interest raise many questions for curious teens. They start to wonder how they can get involved and how they can impact their community.

  Political involvement can be very beneficial to students. Being politically active in your community often leads to increased civic engagement, as well as development of communication and leadership skills.

  “It’s important to be politically active because, even though we are students, there are several ways to raise awareness for certain issues that are overlooked by adults. If at least one person stands up, it will cause a chain reaction so that others begin to step out of their comfort zone and be proactive for their beliefs,” freshman Kathy Tran said.

  However, as high schoolers, students can often face many challenges. Sometimes these challenges are the age limit on voting, but other times the challenges you face may be from adults who refuse to take you seriously.

  With that being said, there are many ways that students can immerse themselves in politics. Many schools already have existing political groups or extracurriculars relating to politics. For example, a DHS club, The Advocates, are a political activist group who raise awareness for issues they deem important. Another easy option is to look for positions in your local government, for example, being an intern for the mayor’s office.

  As a high school student, it is easiest to start out by tackling issues that are relevant to you. You can contact your school board, ask questions, and investigate. Formulate plans to improve your school or raise awareness of issues your school is facing.

  Being politically active has many challenges, but the result is worth it.

  Just look at what the Parkland students have been able to accomplish. They have successfully created a platform from which they can raise their voices and stand up for their beliefs.

  By taking part in politics, students have the opportunity to become involved in their community and create long lasting impacts.

  “Being politically aware does not mean you have to go to extremes,” Tran said, “you just need to raise awareness.”

Living for Everyday Instead

Sydney Bevis reporter

What is it about Friday, Saturday and Sunday that is so much greater than Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday? Why are our lives apparently so much better on the weekends than they are during the week? Is it the school work and extracurriculars that dominate our weekdays, or is it that we actually have a constant schedule during the week versus on the weekends we get to do whatever we chose?

  Even still how do those things determine why wewait to have all of our fun on weekends? We are go-go-go all the time as a generation; but according to us, we do not get to have any fun because we are so tied down with things during the week.

  But in all actuality we have just as much time during the week, honestly more, as on the weekends – except you might stay out later on the weekends.

  “I feel like I live everyday to the same caliber, and I don’t just live for the weekends,” junior Gunner Hopkins said.

  If we continue to live our lives with this mentality, eventually we are going to be 80 years old wishing that we could turn back time, and instead of living for the weekend, we would live for every day.



Juniors Annie Porter and Whitby Holden on a Friday night after a successful home football game.


Freshmen Madelyn Stowe and Maclyn Boals at the 2nd round playoff dinner the Thursday night before the game.

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