New Year’s Resolutions
By Erin Martin
However hard to keep, New Year’s resolutions are an important part of our culture. They motivate us to do better, to keep us extending ourselves toward the next goal. As 2018 comes to a close, the students at DAR are thinking about how they can make the coming year better than the last.
Of course, many students are striving for likely the most popular New Year’s resolution to work out and eat better.
Senior Brayden Lewis’s New Year’s resolution is to go to the gym more and eat right. Sophomore Emily McBee’s resolution is the same. Baylee Saint, a junior, is hoping to work toward the same resolution, but knows the motivation will probably fizzle out in less than a week. Her other New Year’s resolution is to be kinder to those around her and reach out to people she doesn’t know and to make more friends.
On the other hand, a lot of students are trying to see the New Year from a different perspective. Nicole Filmore, a junior, has resolved to let go of the little things that have been weighing her down and to live her life to the fullest.
Talyn Franks, a freshman, hopes to grow closer with God and to be a better person. Carson Dennis, a junior, is also hoping to make 2019 count by being a better person to those around him.
Another resolution popular among students is to do better in school. Freshman Sy Stanfield is planning to break his habit of procrastination and do his assignments as early as possible, instead of waiting until the last minute.
Mikiah Muñoz and Austin Dabbs, both sophomores, also plan to do better in school and strive for better grades.
As recognized by the students, New Year’s is a time best used to reflect on the past year. Recognizing our pitfalls and high points is vital to progress, and when we allow ourselves to truly recognize the merits of our actions in the past year, we often find ourselves a better person on New Year’s Day.
By James Elrod
Well, well, well, it’s Christmas time and everyone is excited to go home to their families and celebrate.
When asking Mrs. Shannon Franks about her Christmas plans, she said that her family was going to get together and have dinner, while the little kids exchanged gifts and played games. The adults in her family don’t do presents.
Mrs. Amanda Burton’s family will be going to church to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. After church, they will be exchanging gifts and later making a birthday cake to celebrate Jesus's birthday.
Anna Card is having dinner with her loving family, hanging out with her brother Tyler Huffman, and exchanging gifts. Mrs. Carrie Ann Meyers will be spending time with her children and her animals, as long as it doesn’t involve cooking.
Elizabeth Mitchell will be doing a lot of traveling over the holiday and hanging out with all of her family on her dad and her mom’s sides. Christmas day will be crazy because Elizabeth has five different families to visit on that day.
Jesse Brown will open presents on Christmas and then maybe go visit his grandmother. Other than that, he has nothing else planned for his break.
Mrs. Clark will be going to Florida to work on her dad’s house and get it ready to sell. She already did the big “Christmas,” because her son and grandkids were in town last week. The extended Clark family is so big, with 67 people, that they celebrate early when everyone has fewer places to be.
Whatever your plans are for Christmas, enjoy your break from school. See everyone on January 7th!
By James Elrod
The Family Consumer Science class is learning some new skills these month. They have been learning how to do hand sewing and embroidery. Mrs. Clark taught the students how to do the following stitches: straight, running, back, stem, chain, satin, French knots, and blanket stitch.
After the students learned all of the stitches, they were assigned a project using the different stitches. Each student had to make two different felt and hand embroidered Christmas ornaments. One of the ornaments was for the class tree, and one ornament was for the students to keep.
The ornament choices were a set of Christmas bells, a large Santa, a snowman, Christmas star, a manger scene, and a mini-Santa. The students had to cut out all the ornament pieces from felt, sew the different pieces together, and add details with embroidery, beads and buttons.
Some of the students said making these ornaments was definitely a challenge. When talking to Devin Jones, she said that she was very proud to be able to do these ornaments herself.
Hailey Powell was really frustrated with her ornament at first because she had to do a lot of French knots that she had a hard time doing. She was ready to give up, but was really proud when she finally got it and made a beautiful ornament. Erin Bolton was also ready to quit, but she said she wanted to get done and make it look good.
When their ornaments were finished, most of the students were surprised at how good they looked. These ornaments were definitely a challenge, but it was a challenge that was well worth it.
Senior Julia Rice had several different scholarship offers as a volleyball and track star at DAR High School. After visiting several different schools, Julia decided to sign with Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. She received a four-year scholarship to play volleyball at the NAIA school, which has a very successful volleyball program.
Julia interviewed with the coach at Faulkner, practiced with the team, and spent time at the university meeting the other players and coaches. She decided to sign with Faulkner because she really liked the coach and the girls who would be her teammates.
She will be joining a team that won their conference this year and also got an at-large bid to the NAIA championships. Julia’s DAR team had a celebration for her when she signed her scholarship and everyone wishes her well in her future athletic career.
The following students will be celebrating their birthdays during the coming week:
Jan. 3 – Raven Biddix, Mackenzie Pitt, Willa Castle, CJ Sims, Mackenzie Littrell
Jan. 4 – Cheyanne Greene
Jan. 6 – Maliya Trevino, Morgan Jones
Jan. 7 – Tony Dunn, Briar McIntire
Jan. 8 – James Elrod
Jan. 9 – Coleman Towery, Sy Stanfield
Jan. 10 – Issac Brantley, Drew Dargewich, Miranda Goin