The Trojan Torch

Dyersburg High School's online newspaper


September 2018

DHS Band Participates in Marching Festival

Kamil Yousuf – Reporter

On September 22, 2018, the Dyersburg High School Band participated in the WTSBOA (West Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association) marching festival to compete for a high individual rating with other schools in the West Tennessee area.

  14 schools participated in the competition, including Bartlett, Huntingdon, Dyer County, Chester County, Milan, Peabody, Covington, West Carroll, Scott’s Hill, Southside, Henry County, South Gibson and Munford.

  The WTSBOA marching festival competition scores range from one to five. The Dyersburg High School Marching Band percussion section scored a one (Superior), and the Band’s composite score was a two (Excellent).

  There was a competition between the schools planned for the afternoon; however, this competition was cancelled because of rain.

   The marching festival was a unique experience for all of the students in the band as they were able to meet with other schools and students from across West Tennessee. The band was also able to socialize with each other more during the competition.

  “My favorite aspect [of the competition] was getting to see all of my friends and to see them rewarded for all of their work,” sophomore Will Webb said.

  While Dyersburg did not make the highest rating compared to other schools, the experience gave the band an understanding of how these competitions work and an incentive to improve for future competitions.

From the pages to the screen

Shateriuna Briggs Reporter

This year, the cinematic universe has featured many films that contain a diverse cast and main characters who do not fit typical social standards.

  From movies like Love, Simon which feature a gay main character and many persons of color to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before which includes an Asian main character who defies the stereotypes of what mainstream media tells us. What these two movies also have in common that they are based on young adult fictional novels.

  Authors have pushed for the normalization of minorities as protagonists of books for a while now, and it seems as if filmmakers are following by casting more diverse actors.

  Seeing people of different races, sexual orientations and genders is refreshing. People are able to see those who have similar experiences and upbringings portrayed as heroes. Their stories are finally getting told.

  Other film adaptations that are opening doors for similar portrayals are The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Boy Erased both of which have the theme of conversion therapy; The Hate U Give is about black teen fighting against racial profiling and police brutality.

  Whether it be about someone coming of age or striving toward justice, these stories deserve to be heard. The characters we see on the movie screen should reflect the people we see on a daily basis.

Dyersburg Attractions

Emmalynn VanDyke – Section Editor 

When “top things to do in Dyersburg, TN” is searched on Google results come up that many of us who live in town do not even think about. There is a list of nine monuments and activities that appear for those who are traveling through to explore while in town.

  The number one location people are encouraged to visit is the Confederate monument in the town square. The monument is a Confederate soldier and was placed in order to honor all the men from Dyersburg who fought. It also describes each battle fought by members of the town.

  The second location is also an activity- the Bikini Bottoms Off Road Park. Completely different from the monument, this pack offers activities for ATV enthusiasts. At the park, you can ride ATVs and other offroad vehicles.

  Located just east of downtown Dyersburg is the third site shown to tourists: the monument of General Otho French. French lived in town at the start of the civil war and recruited soldiers to fight. General French died in battle in Franklin, Tenn in the winter of 1864.

 Also located on Dyersburg’s town square is the fourth suggestion of visiting options: the Dyer County Veterans Walk of Fame. This is a brick walk with the names of men who fought in wars.  This monument is said to be moving to those who visit because it embodies what the community lost.

  There are other things for people to visit in Dyersburg, such as the AMC Movie Theater and JC Bel Air Lanes. Many boutiques are also listed as destination stops for visitors. Places like this are things people who live in town do not even think about, but next time you have someone in town visiting, know there actually are things to do in small town Dyersburg, TN.


This is an image of the Confederate monument located at the court house in Dyersburg.



DHS Cross Country Hits the Ground Running

Ben Gregson – Reporter 

As of September 12, the Dyersburg High School boys cross country team is halfway through the 2018 season. The team gained six new runners this year for a total of 14 competitors. Everytime they have competed in a race, DHS has placed in the top three teams.

  The team placed second overall in the season opener in Dresden, with Luke Schroeder, Nik Rockstead and Angel Futch medalling. The following week, the Trojans placed first overall at the West Carroll Invitational while Schroeder, Gunner Hopkins and Wilkes Kirby collected medals. The next meet, the Westview Invitational, entailed 103 degree heat, but the team picked up a second place finish and Schroeder receive a medal for his eighth place finish. Dyersburg’s Hopkins and Schroeder picked up medals again the preceding week with another second place finish for the team at Parker’s Crossroads.

Most recently, on September 11, the Trojans collected their third-straight second place finish and Schroeder his fifth straight medal. The team races every Tuesday through October 23, finishing the season with the regional race at Crockett County. Next week, The Trojans will travel to Hardin County for the sixth race of the season.


A bit more to Homecoming

Alveena Nadeem Reporter

Homecoming is not homecoming without the many activities leading up to the game, and students being able to decorate their parking spots is yet another addition to the list.

  Every year, students participate in games, pep rallies, dress-up days and decorating their hallways the week before homecoming. At the end of the week, a winning class is declared based on each class’ performance.

  This football homecoming, each class has a new way of proving they have the most school spirit; students with assigned parking lots were given the opportunity to decorate their spots according to their class theme. The guidelines were that the parking spots had to show school spirit, designate a student’s class and be appropriate. The students were also encouraged to depict their class theme in their drawings: the theme for freshmen was Alaska, sophomores was Hawaii, juniors was Texas and seniors was New York.

  “I’m in student council, so I already love decorating the hallways and helping organize all the homecoming dress up days and games. I think the parking lot [decoration] was a great idea, and it was a great opportunity for me to show my student involvement,” sophomore Mattie Gregson said.

  Homecoming activities are a way for the students to channel their school spirit, and them filling the parking area with their art depicts their anticipation for the homecoming game.


Students prepare for Homecoming

Lauren Brasfieldreporter

Homecoming is right around the corner, which means it is time for a week full of
activities, dress up days and decorated hallways. This year, the homecoming game will
take place on Friday, September 21.
The most highly anticipated part of homecoming week to most students is the dress
up days. Throughout the week, students will have the opportunity to dress according
to the theme for each day. However, dress code bottoms must be worn on all days
except Thursday, and hats may be worn if part of an entire outfit. The dress-up days for
homecoming week are as follows:
Monday – Tacky Tourist Day
Tuesday – Hawaiian/Beach Attire
Wednesday – Class color tops with dress code bottoms: (Freshmen are green,
sophomores are blue, juniors are red, and seniors are black and gold.)
Thursday – Western Day (Jeans may be worn if part of a western outfit; students are
not allowed to wear jeans that are inappropriate or that have holes in them.)
Friday – Spirit Day
In addition to dress up days, each class will have the opportunity to decorate their
hallways in accord with the theme “Trojan’s Road Trip.” The themes for the hallways
are as follows:
Freshmen – Alaska
Sophomores – Hawaii
Juniors – Texas
Seniors – New York


Nike’s New Face

Emily Escue Reporter

Colin Kaepernick is a former NFL football player who has recently been chosen to become the face of Nike’s new marketing campaign.

  According to the New York Times, this is not the first time Nike has used controversial marketing strategies to help gain business. Nike has used Charles Barkley, Tiger Woods and Andre Agassi as a part of their marketing campaign in the past.

  Colin Kaepernick is the person who started kneeling during the national anthem. He chose to do this in order to protest racism and police brutality.

  According to Eddison Trends, Nike’s online sales increased by 31% after announcing Kaepernick as the face of their brand.

Despite the increase in sales, some people have chosen to burn their Nike brand items to show their disapproval.

  The increase in sales indicates that not everyone is against Nike having Colin Kaepernick as the face of their marketing campaign.

    Traditionally, United States citizens stand for the National Anthem to show their respect for fallen soldiers. Those who have taken to burning their Nike products have done so out of their belief that Nike is disrespecting the United States by choosing Kaepernick as the face of their company.

  Colin Kaepernick is expressing his opinions on the American government. These people say that by supporting Kaepernick, Nike is sending out the message that is disrespectful to the United States.


ACT Assembly

Blakely MacArthurReporter

The ACT is a very important test for high school students. The test helps determine the scholarships students can receive for college. At Dyersburg High School, the administrators, teachers and students take the ACT very seriously. On Tuesday September 4, DHS held an assembly to recognize students who met all four benchmarks.

  At the assembly, Principal Worley highlighted the importance of the ACT and how well students did on the test. She recognized certain seniors, juniors, and sophomores for their accomplishments on the test. In order to be recognized, students had to receive an 18 composite in English, a 21 composite in reading, a 22 composite in math, and a 24 composite in science.

  “I felt proud when I was recognized for my achievements because I was one of the only eight people in my grade who was recognized.” sophomore Rylee Baker said.

  The ACT is very important and DHS pushes for students to do their very best on the test, as it can help students receive scholarships for colleges. The ACT is more than just a test.  It helps prepare students for college and life.

  “The ACT will prepare me for college by showing me some of the material that will be covered,” Baker said.  “The ACT will prepare me for life by helping me to get scholarships that will help me to attend college which will help me in my career.”

Senior ACT Benchmark recipients.


Junior ACT Benchmark recipients.


Sophomore ACT Benchmark recipients.

Fairest of the Fair

Abby Bailey Reporter


Caleigh Jo Erwin was crowned Miss Dyer County Fair on Monday night at the Senior Fairest of the Fair Pageant. Her court consists of First Maid Taylor Maldonado and Second Maid Annie Porter. Other contestants from Dyersburg High School include Hannah McDaniel and Lynnley Burton.

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