The Trojan Torch

Dyersburg High School's online newspaper



Lil Uzi Vert releases Eternal Atake

Ben Gregson- Online Editor

After three years since its first mention, hip-hop artist Lil Uzi Vert’s latest studio album hit the airwaves: Eternal Atake

   On March 6, Uzi released the album along with a short film promoting the release. A week later, on March 13, he dropped Eternal Atake (Deluxe), also known as LUV vs. The World 2, featuring 14 more songs than the original album. The name is a reference to his earlier mixtape, Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World, which released in 2016 and catapulted his career as an A-lister. 

   Eternal Atake is Uzi’s second studio album, following Luv is Rage 2, his critically acclaimed debut studio album and sequel to his 2015 debut mixtape, Luv Is Rage. The standard album features 18 songs and includes a follow up to his 2017 smash hit, XO Tour Lif3, which has gained over one billion plays on Spotify. Eternal Atake has no features or collaborative songs. 

   The deluxe edition adds 14 more songs and features other artists such as Young Thug, Gunna and Future, among others for a total of 32 songs. 

   Both albums are streaming now on Spotify, Apple Music and SoundCloud.

Love Lauv

 Emmalynn Vandyke- Managing Editor

  Lauv, a pop visionary, has become one of the quickest rising pop sensations. The release of his new song, “Modern Loneliness” encaptures the technology driven generation we live in.

   “This is my favorite song on the album and the most important song I feel I’ve ever made. There is a lot of loneliness out there. We all feel it. But there is also a lot of love waiting for us and I hope this song can be a catalyst for that.” Lauv said. 

   Lauv has yet to release an album, but he has sold out many shows all over the world as a headliner. He has written many songs for popular artists and independently released his own music. 

   In his new song, “Modern Loneliness”, Lauv uses his calming voice to portray the serious topic of a generation who is completely engulfed in technology. I really enjoyed the vibe of the song and I almost forgot about how serious the message was because he made the song so enjoyable. 

   I would like to listen to more songs by Lauv because I have not heard of his music before, but I thoroughly enjoyed the song I heard. I would say I am a new fan of Lauv and his music.

Star wars: the clone wars season 7

Cole Hamilton- Section Editor

   Star Wars the Clone Wars is one of the most critically acclaimed installments in the Star Wars franchise and will be returning after its hiatus for an epic conclusion.

    Friday February 21, the seventh and final season of Star Wars the Clone Wars will stream on Disney +. There will be a total of 12 episodes which will follow Anakin Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, Darth Maul, Captain Rex and Ahsoka Tano who are all staple characters of the series.

   Hearing the news of this up and coming season has elated fans who were dissatisfied with the abrupt and unresolved ending of season 6 back in 2014. Most importantly, this season plans to resolve the siege of Mandalore that took place as far back as season 5 and fans have long been waiting to see how it will end. 

   It is unclear what story arcs will be present in this seventh season, however, many fans have speculated that the first four episodes will follow “The Bad Batch” story arc. This story arc was about Captain Rex, Commander Cody and Clone Force 99, an elite squadron of special forces clones, who must infiltrate a Separtist base for reconnaissance purposes.

   The concept and animation for these episodes initially began in 2015 but were left unfinished due to the shows cancellation in 2013. 

   The remainder of the story arcs for episodes 5-12 are still left to speculation but fans are hopeful and excited for this season.

Performance for the century

Emmalynn VandykeManaging Editor 

At the 2020 Super Bowl, there were a number of performances that prompted many different responses from those watching. Prior to the game, Yolanda Adams belted “America the Beautiful” with the Children’s Choir of Miami. Yolanda Yvette Adams is an American gospel singer, record producer, actress and radio host of her own nationally syndicated morning gospel show. She stood on a football shaped stage while the children’s choir stood in lines behind her.

   After Adams sang, Demi Lovato sang the National Anthem. Demi Lovato is an American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality. Lovato is well-known by those of all ages because she was in children’s television shows and she has been a pop singer since 2002. People have given multiple positive responses to her performance. 

   “No idea how it sounded on tv, but here in the stadium Demi Lovato  just brought the house down with the national anthem,” producer of the Ellen Show, Andy Lassner said. 

   At halftime, the score was 10-10, but what people were looking for was the halftime performances by Shakira and J-Lo. Shakira started the performance by singing snippets of some of her hit songs and dancing with a number of backup dancers. Jennifer Lopez followed her and performed some of her classics. They then sang together, joined by J-Lo’s daughter and the children’s choir that performed with Yolanda Adams. 

   Despite the number of negative comments of the halftime show, there were many positive responses as well. Their halftime show quickly became the most liked halftime show ever on Youtube at nearly 1 million likes. 

   There were a number of performances at the 2020 Super Bowl, and each prompted a different response from the public.

Dyersburg FFA Trivia Night

Emily EscueSection Editor

Trivia games are something that can be enjoyed by many people. It is fun and is great for some friendly competition.

   The Dyersburg FFA Alumni Booster Club plan to host their annual Trivia Night on Saturday, February 1st. For the second year in a row, the Trivia Night will be Family Feud themed.

   The event will take place in the commons of Dyersburg High School from 5pm to 8pm. Trivia questions will not be based on FFA knowledge; the questions will be from an assortment of categories.

   The cost of a table that seats six people will be $100. There will be a student discount for the event; it will cost $5 per person for all students wishing to attend. In addition to the student discount, there will be a DHS faculty discount table that will cost $60 per table of six.

   Dinner will be provided to all attending the Trivia Night. Prior to the trivia, there will be silent auction with items donated from local businesses in Dyersburg.

   All proceeds from the Trivia Night event will go to fund Dyersburg FFA senior scholarships. For additional information contact (731) 225-2490 or (731) 377-1345. 

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Cambry HollingsworthReporter

Aired on September 9, 2018, “You” took the world by storm. It was quickly labeled as “addictive” for its suspense filled scenes. Joe Goldberg, played by Penn Badgley, is portrayed as a creepy boyfriend, willing to do anything to keep his love interest, Beck, played by Elizabeth Lail, with him. He stalks her social media and daily activities to find potential threats to their relationship and will even go as far as murder to eliminate them. As you can see, this thriller can be addicting as you’re on the edge of your seat to see what happens next. 

   The first season did so well that the show was cleared for a second season; this aired on December 26, 2019. Not surprisingly, the show once again took off. “You” trended on twitter, snapchat, and Instagram; millions of viewers binge watched the short season of 10 episodes in as little as two days. This season featured Love, played by Victoria Pedretti. For the first few episodes, the events and themes seemed similar to those of the first season. However, closer to the middle of the season the show took an unexpected turn with Love being unveiled as similar to Joe: willing to do anything for the people she loves, including murder. At the end of the season, the two are having a child and living together, happily-ever-after it seems. However, in the last minutes of episode 10, the audience is left with a cliffhanger, as Joe finds a new target. 

   Season three has already been cleared and is scheduled to premiere April 9, 2021. Fans can hardly wait another year to watch the psychological thriller.


Heartbreak is heartbreaking

Allexys Roberts Reporter

In high school, it is common to walk the halls and see people holding hands, hugging or just walking each other to class. There are usually many happy couples at Dyersburg High School, but lately, many of them have been splitting up. 

   Once a student reaches high school, it is very common that at some point they have experienced heartbreak. Even if you have not had your own heart broken, you most likely know or are friends with someone who has. Heartbreak is a very difficult thing to handle, especially on your own. 

   When a couple is together for so long, they become a part of each other’s lives. It becomes normal to talk to each other every day, to see each other every day and walk each other to class. Not only do they become used to each other, but others begin to get used to them being together.

   Additionally, this is why you should try not to make it dramatic. When people begin to involve others in their breakups, it becomes more of a deal than it should be. Involving others only forces them to pick sides and causes a large divide between friends.  

   Personally, I have dealt with heartbreak in a few different ways. In my experience, it is best to surround yourself with your friends, people that you know love you. Nobody should really be alone when going through such a hard time. 

Basketball Homecoming 2020

Emily EscueSection Editor

Homecoming season is upon DHS again. Students anticipate the fun homecoming events, pep rallies and dress-up days. This year’s basketball homecoming theme is Trojan Madness. However, this homecoming will be a little different than normal.

   “Instead of decorating the hallways [students will] decorate sections of the gym,” senior Rachel Finley said.

   Each class’s student section will be decorated to match the theme of Trojan Madness rather than using the hallways. There will be pep rallies on Thursday and Friday.

   Students will still be able to dress-up. The dress-up days will be the following:

  • Monday- No School
  • Tuesday- Put me in, Coach! Gameday attire for coaches/players. Dress code bottoms are not required as long as they follow the theme and must be Mrs. Worley approved. 
  • Wednesday- National signing day! College sweatshirts, hoodies, or t-shirts with dress code bottoms.
  • Thursday- Shoot for your goals! Dress for your future career.
  • Friday- In it to win it! Spirit wear with dress code bottoms.

Star wars the rise of skywalker

Cole Hamilton- Reporter

The long awaited finale to the sequel trilogy and the entirety of the Skywalker Saga will premiere in cinemas across the nation December 20. Star Wars fans will flock to theatres in order to witness the conclusion to their beloved film series.

   The cast will consist of many familiar faces introduced in the sequel trilogy like Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyea (Finn) and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameran), as well as those from the original trilogy like Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Mark Hamil (Luke Skywalker), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissean) and Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine).

   The final trailer for the film was released on October 21 the anniversary of Carrie Fisher’s birthday. The trailer is a montage of the saga so far and incorporates new shots from The Rise of Skywalker. Many fans have already picked apart the trailer piece by piece for clues and easter eggs in order to obtain a grasp of what the film has in store. The Rise of Skywalker will be directed by J.J. Abrams, who will be returning after many fans were immensely disappointed that he did not direct the 8th film, Star Wars: the Last Jedi. The Last Jedi had a very mixed reception that split the fanbase and because of this, many fans are skeptical of how episode 9 will turn out.

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