By Georgia Turner
Congratulations to the 2019 Prom Court!
For the juniors, the male representatives are Koltyn Harbin, Landen Harbin, Kevin Ko, Justin Stubblefield and Ben Sutton. The female representatives are Anna Card, Mikaila Scott, Lisa Viscardi, Rita Viviani and Caleigh Walker. A male and female representative from the junior class will be crowned Prince and Princess.
The prom court for the seniors includes Riley Adair, Will Bailey, Dylan Baker, Brayden Lewis and Braden Nickell for the guys. The girls are Kennedy Allen, Bailee Chandler, Kristin Chandler, Peyton Lankford and Maggie Mance. A male and female senior were voted on in school last week, and they will be crowned Prom King and Queen during the senior lead out at the prom this weekend, which starts at 7 p.m. and should end around 8 p.m.
Prom is April 6th at 7 p.m. at Burritt on the Mountain and ends at 11 p.m. The theme for this year’s prom is a Night in Paris!
By Erin Martin
Something that not many people know about cheerleading is that it is a year-round commitment with only a few weeks’ break between the end of basketball season and tryouts.
For cheerleaders, the season never seems to end. They go from tryout season to camp season, camp season to football season, football to basketball, and basketball back to tryouts with practices and competitions throughout.
After a great season in Patriots basketball, the DAR cheerleading squad began preparing for tryouts a couple weeks in advance, stretching and committing the material to heart before the big day. Clinic took place for three days, and a total of 32 girls showed up in hopes of being a 2019-2020 cheerleader. During clinic, the girls learned motions, a dance, a cheer, a sideline, and jumps. At the end of the week, the tryout date was set, but was unfortunately changed due to severe weather.
The actual tryout took place after spring break, and the 2019-2020 team will have both a varsity and a JV team after a year of going without junior varsity cheerleaders.
The varsity team is as follows: Lauryn Caldwell, Morgan Gore, Alexis Smith, Erin Martin, Zoe Epperson, Baylee Saint, Caleigh Walker, Mackenzie Pitt, Emily McBee, Breanna Laski, Talyn Franks, Katelyn Fultz, Mackenzie Littrell, Elysa Pierce, Marissa Stewart, Callie Ann Ledbetter, Nicole Filmore, Jaylynn Stewart, Mikiah Muñoz, and Maliya Trevino.
On the JV team: Madison Black, Madison Bennefield, Haylee Harshaw, Cyleena Chambers, Abigail Naugher, Angelita Heilman, Maggie Whitaker, Ashley Reyes, and Kimberly Davis.
After tryouts, the girls went to eat at the local restaurant Porky’s before the results were sent out. With an awesome lineup for both JV and varsity, we can all expect great things out of this next year’s group of DAR cheerleaders.
Spanish Fashion Show
By Erin Martin
As this year begins to come to a close, the Spanish II students showed off their language skills during a fashion show. The students were required to come up with a theme for their fashion show and a script describing the outfits of the models.
Baylee Saint, Alex Satterfield, Bailee Chandler, and Brayden Lewis sported cowboy attire from the wild, wild west, with tumbleweed music playing in the background. They described their outfits and even made jokes about Brayden’s legs in Spanish.
Another group, made up of Erin Martin, Georgia Turner, Lilly Jackson, Michael Dossett, and Matthew Reeves did a holiday theme featuring a pilgrim, the Easter bunny, and a Christmas enthusiast.
Spencer Plep, Randy Fuller, Haley Jolly, and Emily Jolly did a decades theme with “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen playing to spice up the performance.
Overall, the students did a great job bringing a little bit of fun to the fashion show assignment, the goal being to learn how to describe various articles of clothing with price, size, fit, color, and more, which they most definitely accomplished.
By Michael Burton
Senior Spotlight Hunter Darling lives with his parents and his brothers. His favorite class is Anatomy & Physiology, because he enjoys the labs they do. His favorite teacher is Coach Holland because Hunter enjoys the way Coach Holland involves the class. Hunter’s least favorite class is English, because he hates to write essays.
He would love to travel to the Bahamas, Jamaica, or a secluded island where he can be a beach bum.
Hunter spends most of his weekends as a tour guide at Cathedral Caverns or hanging out with his friends. Some of his hobbies are drawing, riding ATVs, and hunting. He is part of Historical Society, FCA, and Honor Society. He was a member of the varsity football team and the varsity track team. His advice to underclassmen is, “If there is no flashlight on your phone, take a picture of the sun and use it in the dark.”
By Olivia Pool
Justin Manion, Senior Spotlight, lives with his mom, Andi Manion, his dad, Darren Manion, and his sister, Kylee Manion. Justin previously attended Central High School in Park Hills, Missouri. He says that DAR is much more involved than Central was. DAR also has many more kind, dedicated students than Central does.
AP literature is his favorite class, because he reads very interesting books. Matthew Keller is his favorite teacher, because he and Justin share several interests when it comes to movies, TV and stories. History is his favorite subject because he is very interested in the past.
He has always wanted to attend a Denver Broncos football game, because he is a huge fan, but he says it’s far away. If Justin were stranded on a deserted island, he would bring a working boat and a lot of gas, even though he says “it’s cheating the system.” If he could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, he would choose Ryan Reynolds, because he is the “funniest actor currently alive and who wouldn’t want to have dinner with Deadpool?”
Justin said his perfect first date would be just a trip to Jefferson’s and then to the movies.
In ten years, he hopes to be working with a collegiate sports team as a physical therapist/trainer. If Justin could improve anything about DAR, he would upgrade the sports facilities, especially the football field. He is involved in the football team and the fishing team. He is also a member of the Mu Alpha Theta and in the National Honor Society. Justin was finalist for 2018 Continental Congress and he was also the usher at Dedication Day in 2018.
He generally spends his weekends hanging with his girlfriend and family and/or watching a movie or playing video games. Justin’s hobbies include spending time with his dogs, playing video games, and fishing. Justin’s mom is his hero, because somehow she has put up with him for eighteen years.
He says that not a lot worries him about high school anymore. “I have made it through 90 percent of it already, how much worse can it get?”
His friends would describe him as outgoing, funny, and dedicated. He would describe his friends as fun, sometimes crazy, and strange. His teachers describe him as hardworking, because he always gets his work done on time. He describes himself as outgoing, hardworking, sleepy, hungry and fun. Justin’s main regret in high school is not applying himself like he should have when he was a freshman and sophomore.
Before he leaves this earth, Justin wants to graduate college, be successful at a job, pay off all debts he has collected, and just live life, because there’s not much of it. His advice to underclassmen is to please stay in school, even if it’s not convenient or fun, it will pay off in the long run.
By Georgia Turner
In Myra Sutton’s sociology class, the students are playing an interesting game to teach them life skills. Mrs. Sutton does this game every year, and the students learn a lot and like to play.
To start the game, the students are grouped randomly into families that have a certain amount of family members and an income. Then they have to make their budgets, paying for their housing and utilities, insurance, food, clothing and other expenses.
The families are anywhere from three to five members, and the incomes range from poverty levels to comfortable families. Each week that the “families” make a new budget, they have to draw a Life Happens card, that can have a positive or negative effect, such as winning some money or having to fix your car and having health problems. Some of the lower “families” have to pick up second jobs to make it each month.
The students have also learned about W-4 forms and are soon going to be filling the tax forms for their families. The “families” also have to pay attention to their emotional health and write reports about how happy they are.
The students are excited to see what comes next for their “families” each week, and the poorer families are hoping to win the lottery! Mrs. Sutton is also going to be letting the families make T-shirts together soon.
Alabama State DAR Conference
By Georgia Turner
The Alabama State DAR Conference was held on March 7-9 in Auburn, Alabama. The Continental Congress representatives, Georgia Turner and Ben Sutton, attended and spoke at the KDS Breakfast.
Cameron Cooper, Maggie Mance and Nicole Filmore also attended and paged at the conference. The students from KDS got to see some of Auburn University and visit Toomer’s Corner and buy souvenirs.
Ben and Georgia worked the KDS booth for most of the conference and sold shirts, bags, and other merchandise to DAR ladies. The special guest for this conference was Mary Tedesco, who is a DAR Daughter and has a show about genealogy on PBS.
At the KDS Breakfast, the Continental Congress representatives spoke and the school administrator, Heather Green, gave a presentation on the history of KDS. The pages were recognized for their help at the dinner that night.
Overall, all of the KDS students had a great time at the conference, even though they were very tired when they got home. They also said that they loved the University and thought it was very pretty.
Fueling the Future
By Georgia Turner
Beta Club State Convention is something that the whole club looks forward to every year, but unfortunately this year’s convention fell on DAR’s spring break, so fewer students than usual were able to go.
Only 13 students were able to go, but they did bring home 6 awards! The Beta Convention is hosted at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama, and this year’s national convention will be in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The national Beta theme for 2019 is “Beta: Fueling the Future.”
DAR’s Beta Club had students compete in many of the visual arts and academic competitions. Mikaila Scott got second in drawing and third in sculpture, and Harmony Brewer, the DAR Beta president, got first place in digital art. Kyle Saylor, DAR Beta Treasurer, won third in the science academic quiz, Erin Martin got second in the language arts academic competition, and Alayna Rice placed second in poetry.
When the club arrived in Birmingham, they were able to tour the Birmingham Museum of Art and eat dinner at the Galleria. The first day of the convention, the students attended the opening session and participated in their competitions. They also had a great time at the Beta dance after the general session, where new state officers were elected and the finalists for special talent performed.
On the last day of the three day convention, club members watched the group talent finalists perform and awards were handed out. Then, the club came home and unpacked from another fun and exciting Beta State Convention!
1. Seniors can now start paying their graduation fee. Total is $85. See Mrs. Finley for more information.
2. Students who plan to dual enroll this summer or fall - Mark the following meeting dates: Northeast will be here on April 30 and Snead will be here on April 9.
3. LEO meeting is April 3 during 8th period.
4. Yearbooks are now on sale. Cost is $75. Only a limited number are ordered, so don’t miss out. Deadline to order is April 18th.
5. Spanish Honor Society Induction will be Monday, April 29, at 8 a.m. Inductees will receive an invitation to join.
6. The Art Club Lowe Mill trip is scheduled for April 25. The cost is $10. You can pay Mrs. Edmonds now through April 19.
7. NACC is presenting “Beauty and the Beast” free to all seniors and juniors on Tuesday, April 23. Activities begin at 5:30.
8. LOST & FOUND - Students you can check the lost and found in the high school office if you have lost any items.
9. You may pick up a Prom Senior Leadout Form in the office or in Ms. Quick’s room. Forms must be returned to Ms. Quick no later than Wednesday, April 3rd.
10.FCCLA meeting on Wednesday, April 3, during enrichment period in Mrs. Clark’s room. We will be discussing the competition on April 25. Please attend if you are planning to compete.
11. Color Guard tryout packets are in the front office. There will be an interest meeting in the choir room Thursday during enrichment. See Ms. Gluck if you have any questions.
12. SGA and class officer elections for the 2020 school year will be April 29. Candidate packets are available in the high school office. Packets are due back to Mrs. Weems by April 10.
13. Just a reminder that there is a Patriot Pantry in the library. A student can see Mrs. T. Sutton any time to get a bag of food to take home if there is a need. There are also products such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, etc. Please use this service if you have a need.
These students celebrated their birthdays last week:
March 29 – Jacob Wilson, Christopher Hau-Matus
April 2- Elizabeth Rice
These students will be celebrating their birthdays during the coming week.
April 3 – Ashton Driver, James Parnell, Elijah Manley
April 4 – Will Bailey, Eva Haggenmaker
April 5 – Evan Gill
April 8 – Riley Adair
April 9 – Matthew Beard, Ally O’Neal, Eli Spray, Alexandra Walker