The Trojan Torch

Dyersburg High School's online newspaper


March 2016

FFA chapter attends FFA State Competition


The FFA Marketing team placed first and will be advancing to the national competition. From left to right: Allie King, Olivia Jones and Sarah Price.


2The DHS FFA Chapter won a plethora of awards at the FFA State Convention.

The FFA Agricultural Sales team placed first and will be advancing to the national competition. From left to right: Taylor Welch, Rebecca Reed, Kayla French and Tauseef Nadeem.


The FFA Parliamentary Procedures team placed third. From left to right: Aaron Stapleton, Taylor Welch, Trip Johnson, Rebecca Reed, Tauseef Nadeem and Abby Adams.

4Tauseef Nadeem

Section Editor

Some members of the Dyersburg FFA chapter attended the Tennessee FFA State Convention in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, from March 21 to March 23.

Most students left in a school bus on the morning of March 18 and reached Gatlinburg that evening. The first of the seven FFA State Convention sessions was on the morning of March 21. The students had to attend the mandatory sessions and an FFA workshop. Some students also competed in state competitions.

On March 19, the Parliamentary Procedures team competed against five other teams from across the state. The team consisted of Abby Adams, Trip Johnson, Tauseef Nadeem, Rebecca Reed, Aaron Stapleton and Taylor Welch. The team received third place.

On March 20, the Agricultural Sales team competed against five other teams as well. The team consisted of Kayla French, Nadeem, Reed and Welch. The team placed first and is advancing to the National FFA competition for Agricultural Sales.

The Marketing team also won state for a second year in a row. The team includes Olivia Jones, Allie King and Sarah Price. This means they advance to the National FFA competition for Marketing.

The Cooperative Development Challenge team placed first in West Tennessee and fifth in the state.

Jimmy Bernard, Daniel Butler and Jones placed first in their individual proficiency areas and have advanced to Nationals.

The students returned to Dyersburg on March 23.


Lunch “shifts” after break

Chloe Crihfield


When students of Dyersburg High School return from their spring break, there will be a shift from having four lunch shifts to only having three. The purpose of this is to begin working towards having six classes next year instead of five. Classes will be shorter, and lunches will be five minutes longer.

   First lunch shift will be 10:34-11:04, second lunch shift will be 11:10-11:40 and third lunch shift will be 11:56- 12:26.

  “I think three lunch shifts will be better. Fewer lunches means more chances for you to have lunch with your friends,” Ally Hawkins said.

   Lunch shifts will be as follows:

   First: K. Carr, Coleman, Craig, Escue, Gam, R. Houston, Jones, Manneh, T. Maxwell, G. Maxwell, Pickens, Solomon, Sutherland.

  Second: S. Carr, Golson, Hamilton, Hanna, Inman, Z. Mathis, Nichols, Peckenpaugh, Reynolds, Rivera, Sellars, Shearon, Stenburg, T. VanDyke.

   Third: Andrews, A. Ayers, J. Ayers, Bringle, C. Davis, Horner, C. Jackson, Messer, Newman, Nobles, M. Rogers, N. VanDyke, Yeiter.

   “The feedback regarding the three lunch shifts has been very positive, actually all positive. After our leadership team meeting, we made the decision to change to three lunch shifts for the remainder of the year,” Principal Kim Worley said.


Revive-All to bring Christ to community

AK Hamilton


Dyersburg’s first annual Revive-All event will be held at J.C. Sawyers Stadium on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

  The Revive-All’s slogan is, “God will give you strength for every battle, wisdom for every decision, peace that surpasses understanding.”

  Revive All was coordinated by football coach and school custodian Lance Estes and his wife Darla Estes. This gathering is to provide a secure environment to explore and further establish our community’s relationship with God and each other.

  There will be four speakers, each presenting a message stemmed from themes based on community and faith. Speakers will include Hirchie Schaffner, James Luvene, Boogie Butler and Paul Decker.

  Revive-All will also encompass musical guests Jamey Sanders, Marci and Kyle Pruzina, James Mosley and the Mosley Sisters, Randall Butler and The Gathering Place’s band with Tiffany Chandler and Mariska Malamatos leading sign language.


Students ready for spring break

Colin Isaacs


After the weekend of March 19, students and faculty will not see the Dyersburg High School halls for another week. Spring break marks the calendar from March 21 to March 25, along with the following weekend.

Many students are looking forward to the break. During this part of the year, students are busy with sports, clubs and organizations, competitions and more. Along with extracurriculars, some students are also stressing over upcoming AP exams. This time off will give these students a break from their course loads or an extra opportunity to study.

Two students ready for spring break are junior Kalie Blakley and freshman Emma Newbill. Blakley plans on spending the week with her dad and relaxing. “School becomes too much; sometimes you just need a break.” Blakley’s favorite things about spring are, “The weather, honeysuckle smells, warmth and flowers.”

Newbill plans on catching up on schoolwork. “I’m going to a Mock Trial competition in Nashville and am going to visit some friends that live out of town,” she said about her plans for spring break. Newbill’s favorite thing about spring is that, “It’s warm and you don’t have to wear a jacket. Also, it means summer is coming.”

After spring break, there will be around eight weeks left of the 2015-2016 school year.

Colin spring break online

Trojans defeat Northside Indians 4-0

Aaron Stapleton

Design Editor

On Thursday, March 17, the Dyersburg Trojan soccer team took on the Northside Indians in the Trojans second game of the regular season. The Indians are located in the region that the Trojans could compete against for a bid to the state tournament.

  “It went really awesome, and I could tell everyone really worked hard in winning the ball first and giving 100%. The boys had all positive attitudes on and off the field,” senior soccer manager Marielle Echavez said.

   The Trojans kept a clean sheet by shutting out the Indians 4-0. The Trojans started the game off strong with two goals within the first 20 minutes, both within five minutes of each other. The goals were scored by junior Noah Watson and senior captain Bryce Gilmore with assists by Gilmore and Junior Edgar Gonzalez respectively. The first half ended with the majority of possession on the ball held by the Indians.

  However, the second half saw more Trojan possession. Gilmore doubled his season scoring record by scoring the third goal off of an assist by junior Coleman Self. The final goal was scored off of a free kick by Gonzalez with the assist going to junior Aaron Stapleton.

  “Tonight came down to our fitness. Northside was pushing us around and full of energy at the start but fatigued quickly causing us to get two first half goals which put us in a good position for the rest of the game.” Gilmore said.

Photos by Danny Walden

New model UN club opens at DHS

M. Tauseef Nadeem 

Section Editor 

On March 16, the first Model United Nations Club meeting was held at the high school. It was held in the project room at 3:15 pm. The new club is sponsored by English teacher TJ VanDyke and AP US Government and Politics teacher Mark Stenberg.

   Model United Nations Clubs are present in many middle schools, high schools and colleges around the globe. Members of Model United Nations particpate in conferences which are imitations of real conferences held by the United Nations.

   Students are assigned countries to represent at the conferences. The students then conduct extensive research on their assigned countries before attending a conference. Then, like delegates at the United Nations conferences, student delegates to the Model United Nations conferences prepare bills and debate on global issues. 

   Students involved in Model United Nations gain knowledge about various countries and global issues. They also improve their writing skills through preparing these bills and polish their speaking skills by debating.

   Model United Nations gives students interested in international issues and speech opportunity to shine. The school’s Model United Nations Club is planning to attend its first conference in the fall of 2016.

   “I think our group of students is a strong one that will work hard to make Model UN a successful club,” VanDyke said.



DHS student wins Forked Deer Electric Membership Cooperative’s writing contest

Madelyn Saye


On March 14, 2016 it was announced that junior Jenna Porter was the winner of the Forked Deer Electric Membership Cooperative’s Washington Youth Tour contest.

“I was so excited [when I found out I won] because it has opened up opportunities, as well as experiences,” Porter said.

The Forked Deer Electric Membership Cooperative’s Washington Youth contest is a writing competition in which students write a short story describing how local electric co-ops “power everyday life.” All juniors had an opportunity to submit a short story, but only one could be chosen.

The winner of the contest is awarded an expense paid, week-long trip to Washington D.C. in June. On the trip students from all over Tennessee tour Washington D.C., seeing all the famous monuments, memorials, and museums. Students also have the opportunity to meet Representatives at the U.S. Capitol building. If a story is judged one of the top three in the state, that student is awarded a scholarship of $3,000, $2,000, or $1,000 by the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association.

“I am excited about the trip because Washington is full of learning experiences, and it will be an opportunity to compete for a scholarship,” Porter said.

Porter’s story was about technology changes that occurred within a farming community from the early 1900’s to the 1970’s and how electricity helped it progress. She is in the AP Language and Composition class and her story was picked from many submissions. She will be attending the Washington D.C. tour this summer along with the other winners across the state.

Jenna picture
Junior Jenna Porter was the winner of the Forked Deer Electric Membership Cooperative’s Washington Youth contest. She was awarded an expense paid trip to Washington D.C. She is pictured with AP Language and Composition teacher Nikki VanDyke.

Photo courtesy of Connie Wright

Clubs and organizations host Club Preview night for class of 2020

Amanda Dunn

Section Editor

“I’m interested in Dance Team, Soccer and Track,” eighth-grader Claire Youmans said. She, along with many of her peers, expressed uncertainty when asked about which clubs she was interested in joining.

High school can be intimidating. “Be involved” is something that students and alumni constantly stress to upcoming high school students, and that is why DHS works so hard on exposing eighth-graders to all of the opportunities available to them to be involved at the high school.

On the evening of March 15, the high school held the 2020 Club Preview. The class of 2020 was invited to the Terry Glover Gymnasium to learn about various clubs and organizations offered to students at the school.

Upcoming students and their parents could walk around the gym to booths that represented the clubs at the high school, where they would learn about the club, including the purpose, responsibilities, competitions, past success, how to join and other details.

Club booths decorated with candy, posters, fliers, pictures, projects and trophies lined the perimeter of the gym. Current high school students resembled recruiters, advertising how much fun or success, or both, that their club accomplished.

When asked if she was scared about high school, “No… Well, not really,” Mallory Edgin said. She would like to be a cheerleader and run cross country at the high school, as well as join various clubs, of which she was not sure.

Both Tatsuya Kojima and Caleb Byars are interested in soccer, DECA, FBLA, Beta Club and Student Council. One of the great ways to get involved is by joining a club or sport with a friend that shares the same interest.

Byars also plans on running cross country. When asked what he was looking forward to about high school, “I’m just ready to be out of middle school,” Byars said.

Science teacher Molly Escue has a daughter, Emily, in the class of 2020, and they attended the preview night. Later, Mrs. Escue posted on facebook, “ ‘Can you do FFA and also be in DECA?’ ‘I would like to write a book so maybe I should be on the Trojan Torch.’ ‘What did you think about the Key Club?’ ‘When did they say the STEM club met?’ ‘Mom, what do you think I should do?’ I am so glad she has until August to sort all of this out! Class of 2020 Club Preview Night was a great idea and big success!”

Principal Kim Worley and Assistant Principal Joy Norman were happy with the turnout of students and parents and hope that it was useful for the students and parents that attended. Norman already began planning booths for Freshman Orientation, which will be in late July. “We are excited for the class of 2020 and their involvement at DHS,” Worley said.

Organizations represented at the 2020 Preview were Art Club, Band, Beta Club, Cheer, Choir, Dance, Distributive Education Clubs of America, Drama Club, Ducks Unlimited, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America, Health and Occupational Services of America, Leaders Emerging Through Service, Science Technology Engineering and Math, Student Council, Step Team, Tech Team, Trojan Torch, Welding and Youth in Action.

Photos by Amanda Dunn

Mock trial prepares for state competition

Trip Johnson

Section Editor

On February 23, the school’s mock trial team competed in its district competition. After two rounds of competing, they defeated the Jackson Home School team and earned a spot at the state competition on March 18 and 19. After the district competition, the team has continued its weekly practices to improve every aspect of the team’s performance.
One thing the team had to evaluate was the personality and character of witnesses. The witnesses had prepared for the district competition, but after competing, the team saw a different perspective from the Jackson Home School team. This made the team look for different ways to bring out the witnesses’ strengths.
In addition to helping the witnesses, the team reevaluated the direct and cross examinations from the lawyers. After seeing what went well and what did not, the team of lawyers removed and added different questions to make their line of questioning more effective.
“I believe that practice after the district competition has strengthened the team’s case and has increased our chances to place better at the state competition,” freshman Emma Newbill said.

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