The Trojan Torch

Dyersburg High School's online newspaper



Dyersburg High School Trojan Torch's online paper.

“Hellfire” at Notre Dame

Trey Johnson – Reporter

On April 15, Notre Dame in Paris, France blazed for several hours. Firefighters worked over 24 hours battling the blaze and hot spots.         wikimedia commons

The hunchback has lost his home. On April 15, the Notre-Dame de Paris in France caught on fire. Notre-Dame de Paris (French for “Our Lady in Paris”) was finished in 1260 after 100 years of construction. Many renovations to the building have occurred since then. One of the largest occurred from 1844 to 1864 after the publication of the famous novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo. He wrote the book to remind people of the importance of gothic architecture and because of this, he included extensive, vivid details of the cathedral in his book.

  “The fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral was a great tragedy. said senior Reed Bona. This Cathedral held years of history and was one of the most notable monuments in Paris,” said senior Reed Bona.

  It took approximately 500 firefighters 15 hours to put out the flames. The firefighters also managed to save the relics and artifacts as the fire was spreading throughout the building. The statues also survived because they were being cleaned at the time. The cathedral did not collapse but it did sustain great damage including the spire which did collapse. President Emmanuel Macron of France announced a contest for architects to redesign and rebuild the spire.

  Macron also plans for the entire cathedral to be reconstructed within five years and that it would be improved. Some have found this plan to be too optimistic. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe expressed doubt and renovation expert Pierluigi Pericolo estimated it would take up to 15 years. Over one billion dollars have already been donated to the church’s reconstruction. The cause of the fire is currently unknown and is still being investigated extensively but the prevailing theory by investigators is that renovation work being done at the time had some connection to the blaze.

Dwyane Wade retires

Ben Gregson – Reporter


On April 10, long-time National Basketball Association star Dwyane Wade retired from the league. Wade has been a part of the NBA for 16 years. Wade’s last game was against the Brooklyn Nets in which he finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his fifth triple-double of his career.

  Wade started his tenure in professional basketball at the 2003 NBA Draft, where he was the fifth overall pick by the Miami Heat, where he spent the majority of his career. There he won three NBA championships and was an NBA All-Star for 12 straight years starting in 2005. He was a part of the “Big 3” at the Heat, along with LeBron James and Chris Bosh from 2010 to 2014.

  In 2016, Wade joined the Chicago Bulls, ending his 12 years with the Heat. After an average season, Wade transferred to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017, jumping at the opportunity to play with James again.

  In February 2018, Wade rejoined the Heat for the second half of the 2017-2018 season. In July, Wade announced that  2018-2019 would be his final season. He was a special roster addition for the 2019 NBA All-Star game.

  With Wade’s time now ended, it’s safe to say that number three will always hold a special place in the hearts and minds of Heat fans, NBA viewers and basketball as a whole.

First direct image of black hole out of this world

Cole Hamilton – Reporter


On April 10, 2019, the first direct image of a black hole was taken by the Event Horizon Telescope.

  The black hole is 55 million light years away from Earth and resides in the Messier 87 galaxy, which happens to be the center of the Virgo galaxy.

  “We are giving humanity its first view of a black hole — a one-way door out of our universe,” head astronomer of the observatory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Shepard Doelemen said.

  The bright glow that emits around the edges of the black hole is caused by gases trapped in the disc shape that are present. The burning gases reach temperatures exceeding one billion degrees.

  Black holes in general possess remarkable qualities. Their immense gravity is so powerful that matter, energy and even light itself cannot escape. Other properties of black holes include the ability to bend space and time within its proximity.

  Using precise calculations, the researchers were able to obtain the size of the black hole. Its mass was found to be 6.5 billion times more than that of our sun. The size of this black hole makes it a prime study source for scientists and others in the field of astronomy.

Crippling disease hits Dyersburg

Emily Escue – Reporter


The month of April has begun and with it comes a bad case of senioritis for the majority of the senior class. Everyone is ready to be out of school, but the seniors are excitedly anticipating the next step in their lives.

  However, in order to get to this “next step,” the seniors at Dyersburg High School must make it to the end of the school year. They must overcome their senioritis and make it to May 17- graduation.

  Senioritis is the supposed drop in motivation and performance in the final year of school. This “disease” starts to set in around the middle of the year, but it really kicks in the final months of the school year.

  “It [senioritis] started at the beginning of the school year, but it really started to kick in bad this last trimester,” senior Meridith Kerber said.

  This decline in focus and drive can negatively affect the students. Bombing their last few high school classes will drop their GPA. The lazy, don’t care attitudes can hurt reputations with teachers and administration at school.

  Is there a cure for this awful disease? Sadly there is no way prevent or cure senioritis other than graduation itself. However, there are ways to weaken its effects. Doing small things such as pacing oneself, studying smarter, setting priorities and setting time aside for oneself can all help defeat senioritis.

Star’s concealer stolen

Sara Clifft – Reporter

At 1 P.M. on March 16, 2019, $2.5 million in makeup products was stolen from one of Star’s stock and shipping warehouses. 

Jeffree Star had 2.5 million dollars in makeup stolen from a stock and shipping warehouse on March 15, 2019.

   The thieves stole thousands of Northern Lights Highlighter Palettes, Platinum Ice Liquid Frost Highlighters, Velour Lip Liner and most notably, thousands of the shade C5 from Star’s unreleased concealer.

   In a video titled “My Concealer Line Was Stolen & Leaked ($2.5 Million of Makeup Hijacked)” Star addressed the situation.

“I am so horrified that someone knew [that particular warehouse] wasn’t secure enough yet, and they hit us really hard. They came in through the roof. It was a very professional job — it was a team of people. When you watch footage of this stuff, it’s so gut-wrenching to see people just take your [stuff] and put it in a truck and steal something that I have been working on for so long,” Star said in the video.

   Revealing that he only has a few hundred of shade C5 left, Star explained that he and his team were waiting for the concealer to pop up online after the theft. Pictures of the stolen concealer surfaced on a Facebook Marketplace page.

  Referencing a similar robbery from Anastasia Beverly Hills’s warehouse a year ago in which $4.5 million worth of makeup was stolen, Star explained that the burglary was carried out by black market dealers, who then sell the makeup via third parties. The person who posted the concealer to sell on Facebook is currently in jail while police investigate how they got access to the stolen goods.

   Despite the situation, Star reassured viewers that the concealer launch would still happen later in April, as originally planned.

After the break-in, Star revealed it was only a matter of time before his unreleased concealers were leaked online. 

Remembering Dr. King

Erin BaileyReporter

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered dozens of speeches all over the south to promote desegregation and to end racism. Many very fondly remember King for his bravery.

April 4, 1968 was 51 years ago. It has been 51 years since Martin Luther King Jr. was shot dead on the balcony of his hotel room. King was only 39 when he was fatally shot. In his death, he left behind four children: Martin Luther King III, Yolanda King, Bernice King and Dexter King. He also left behind his wife Coretta Scott King. King not only left a brilliant family, but also an inspiring legacy. The King Center in Atlanta, Georgia works to educate young people on the impact and influence King had on his community and his country.

  “Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.” King said.


No one reads the online articles

Trey JohnsonReporter

No one reads the online articles. I am not putting down the online articles. I have mathematical proof. The highest viewed article on the Trojan Torch WordPress is currently “I got 36 problems, but the ACT ain’t one,” written by Madelyn Saye. It has accumulated 430 views since January 10, 2017 when it was published. The world currently has approximately 7.53 billion people currently on it. 430 people is a tiny percentage of the world’s population. That is six hundred millionths of the population of Earth (when rounded up).

  Maybe that is not fair to include every person on Earth. There are 1.5 billion English speakers. 430 views is 29 hundred millionths of that. Is it still too broad? 430 is 132 hundred millionths of the population of the United States. These numbers are even making the assumption the article was read and that every view was a different person. The highest percentage was 0.000132%, practically zero.

  Again, I am not trying to put down or discourage the online Torch articles. I think there are many great articles on the site, and I think it is a good thing to allow the Trojan Torch staff members to flex their writing muscles in-between papers which take weeks, if not not months, to assemble. Plus, it gives us an extra grade in case of a missed deadline, of which there are many. None of us on staff thinks that we will become famous from article written for our small-town high school newspaper. We all have different reasons for being on staff. I do not think fame and recognition is one of them for anyone on staff. People get enjoyment out of these articles, whether they are included in the articles, are entertained, in a good or bad way, by the content or are family of the writer and just enjoy seeing his or her writing. Besides, even if none of that is true, at least one person gets something out of it being posted. That person is the writer, getting a sense of pride from seeing their work published for others to see or, more likely, relief at being done with the thing.

Volunteer opportunities available at Dyer County Day Shelter

Sara White – Reporter

In a rural community, the homeless are often hidden which can make it difficult for the community to know how to help. However, there is a great way to help the community at a convenient location!

  The Dyer Co Day Shelter is located downtown, close to Todd’s Cafe, at 213 W Cedar St, Dyersburg, TN 38024. The day shelter helps people find proper housing, fill out job applications, and it provides hygiene care. There is also a thrift store on site selling items for $1 each, and the money goes to costs not federally covered such as paying for identifications as well as other various expenses like coffee at the day shelter.

  The shelter would be more than happy to have volunteers. They are looking for office angels to file, shred and answer the phone. Application allies are needed to help people with their resumes and fill out job applications which is a great way to form a personal and beneficial connection. A thrift store volunteer is needed to work the cash register and process items in the store. If there is a group looking to volunteer, the day shelter would appreciate groups having cleaning parties to help organize and deep clean the shelter.

  “Volunteering locally is a great opportunity to form new relationships, and it helps make the community closer and better,” senior Whitby Holden said.

  The day shelter is welcoming donations as well. The shelter goes through about 2.5 gallons of coffee per day and would be appreciative of all coffee-related items like ground coffee, sugar, powder creamer and cups. Hygiene items are needed and do not have to be travel size. To help with getting people into proper homes, new sheets of all sizes, clean comforters and blankets will help provide comfort to many people. To help keep the day shelter a proper working environment, cleaning supplies like buckets, mops and detergent are needed.

  To find out more information or how to help, contact the Day Shelter Coordinator Christina Creel via office (731)478-6444 or via email

International Women’s Day recognizes notable women


Olivia Hayes – Reporter

“My mother told me to be a lady, and for her, that meant be your own person, be independent,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg said.

  March 8 is International Women’s Day. This day is meant to honor and celebrate all people who identify as women.

  International Women’s Day first started as International Women’s Year in 1975, but it changed to March 8 so women could be honored every year.

  According to, the day is meant for celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

  Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to go to space.

  Rosalind Franklin discovered the basic structures of DNA strands and helical structures.

  Jane Adams is notable for founding Hull House, a settlement house in the nineteenth century for immigrants to live and learn while having their children taken care of.

  Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the second woman to be confirmed to the Supreme Court and has made numerous contributions to women’s equality.

  Though these women have all grown famous because of their striving, all women are cherished and celebrated on March 8. All women are important and deserve recognition for their many gifts to society.

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