New face at DAR:

Mrs. Mitchell

By Kaitlyn Holland

Mrs. Marsha Mitchell is the new principal at DAR High School. She comes to DAR from Asbury High School. She has been in education for 16 years.

She is happily married with two kids, Tyler and Cameron. Tyler is currently attending college and Cameron is a senior at Douglas High School.

Mrs. Mitchell and her family love the outdoors and watching Auburn football. Some of Mrs. Mitchell's hobbies are golf, archery, and playing the piano. Mrs. Mitchell is currently working on her doctorate at Samford University. She has a degree in business marketing education, an associate’s degree in Spanish, and a masters and Ed.s in instructional leadership.

Mrs. Mitchell isn’t planning to make any big changes at DAR right now.

She plans to keep all rules and regulations the same, but she wants to focus on changing minor things to bring us closer.

She also wants to encourage students to join extracurricular activities to make their high school experience better.

She emphasized that DAR is a very different and special school with its own traditions, community, and beauty. Mrs. Mitchell is very excited for this school year and can't wait to see what it brings.

New Face at DAR:

Mrs. Smith

By Kaitlyn Holland & Savannah Brown

Mrs. Cilia Smith is DAR High School’s newest vice principal. She has worked as the DAR middle school’s vice principal since January but moved to the high school over the summer.

She started her teaching as a band director and gradually moved up to the position she is in now. She has taught at a few schools including Susan Moore and Oneonta.

Mrs. Smith has known that teaching was her calling ever since her sophomore year of high school. She says one of her favorite things about working in education is helping seniors and working with them on their scholarships. She enjoys seeing her students grow and blossom over the course of their high school experience.

Mrs. Smith loves Auburn football and playing the piano. She is married and has a 4 year old daughter. Her husband teaches at Snead State. Mrs. Smith absolutely adores her family.

She received her first degree at the University of North Alabama and continued with her education and got a master’s from Alabama and West Alabama. Then, she received her last degree, which was her Ed.s, from West Alabama. We can't wait to see what she brings to DAR this school year!

Senior Spotlight:

Nate Brown

By Savannah Brown

Nate Brown is a senior at DAR High School. He lives with his mom and dad.. He looks at his father as a hero because he has always been there for Nate when he needs him or needs advice.

Nate’s favorite class is Ag with Mr. Gamble. He says that the class is very interesting and fun. He has no worries for the rest of his high school year because knows he is going to do well and graduate. His favorite memory of high school has been the pep rallies. He says they’re fun and get people in a good mood.

Nate usually spends his weekends working. He has his own business, CNC Lawncare. He hopes to go to Wallace State Trade School for mechanics once he graduates. His hobbies are hunting and fishing; he finds both fun and he really enjoys them.

Nate would like to visit Japan one day because he has a friend from there. He is in FFA club. His advice to underclassmen is to try your best because it matters. He regrets not trying his best in Dr. Baker's class. He wishes he could do that class over and do better.

If Nate could change anything about the school, it would be the food.

He dislikes the lunchroom food and wishes that they would have better food. Nate has been a caring student and we wish him the best!

Senior Spotlight:

Trevor Cornelius

By Kaitlyn Holland

Senior spotlight student Trevor Cornelious is very excited to graduate this year! For the past two years, Trevor has been in Lakeside, which is DAR’s virtual academy. Trevor is the cameraman for AV club. Outside of school, he enjoys hanging out with friends, working with his father, and most importantly, gaming. In 10 years, Trevor hopes to own his own construction business and have a family. One thing Trevor regrets about high school is not studying for the ACT more.

Senior Traditions

By Kaitlyn Holland

DAR is very big on senior traditions, and two of the class favorites are senior sunrise and senior parking lot.

Every year on the first day of school, seniors gather at the lookout in front of the school at 4:30 in the morning to watch the sunrise together. The other senior tradition is senior parking spaces. On the day before school starts, seniors come to the school to decorate their parking spot with chalk. These senior traditions are prized and bring the senior class together as family.


  1. Yearbooks have been delivered. If you ordered a yearbook, you can pick it up from Mrs. Clark during school hours. Some extras are available to purchase – the cost is $75.
  2. The school club fair will be Friday, August 23, from 2:00 until 2:45 in the Burkey Center. Information about all the extracurricular activities and clubs at DAR High will be shared and membership applications will be available.
  3. Football season tickets are available from Mrs. Finley in the school office. The cost is $75.
  4. Forms for the Blue Crew are in the office. The fee is $25 to join.
  5. There will be an SGA meeting next Wednesday, August 21, right after school in Mrs. Weems’ room. All officers and class officers should make plans to attend.
  6. Beta Club - Do you have an A-B average in all your classes? Then you are eligible to join the Beta Club. Applications are available from Mrs. Clark in the Burkey Center FCS classroom.
  7. There is a Job Fair on September 12 at the Tech School. Any senior who is interested in applying for a job or talking to companies about future jobs, see Mrs. T. Sutton or Mr. Perkins for a field trip form.
  8. If you are finished with your summer reading book, please go ahead and return those ASAP.
  9. If you are interested in being a member of the fishing team for this year there will be a meeting on Wednesday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the library. Any questions please see Coach Edwards.


Happy Birthday to the following students who will be celebrating their birthdays during the coming week:

August 14 – Bailey Johnson

August 17 – Talea Lee, Tyler Coffman

August 18 – Kylee Hutchins

August 20 - Kiona Pope

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