Haunted Cave 

By Kaitlyn Holland

DAR High School’s Marching Band will be putting on a haunted cave event at Cathedral Caverns State Park in Kennamer’s Cove. They will put on this event from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. every Saturday evening in October, starting on October 12th. Tours of the cave will be every half hour. Tickets are $10 each, and light concessions will be available for purchase to help support the band. Make sure to come out and support the Patriots!

DAR Craft Show

By Matthew Reeves

DAR’s annual Dedication Day is fast approaching, and along with this comes the annual craft show as well. The craft show will be here for three days, October 17 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., October 18 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and October 19 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Usually the show is only two days, but this year Saturday has been added for people who can’t come during the work week.

The craft show, hosted by DAR’s Art department, will have over 35 local crafters with their handmade goods on display. They will be showcasing things like jewelry, art, sewn creations, canned and baked goods, holiday decor, and many other items. The craft show will be located in the Doris Pike White gym on DAR’s campus. Be sure to come check out the many things available and also support our school as a percentage of all proceeds will go directly to DAR’s Art department.

The Mile Long Yardsale

By Preston Huckaba

The Mile Long Yard Sale is the of the most anticipated events of fall in Grant, Alabama. The citizens of Grant gather on the side of the streets to present their wares for people passing by. There are a wide variety of things sold at the yard sale. Whether it be food, animals, cosmetics, etc the Mile Long Yard Sale has it all.

Clubs also sell items for fundraising. This year, FFA and FCCLA set up booths. FCCLA brought their coffee shop and FFA brought woodwork and plants to show off and sell. Both clubs were raising money to go to their career tech competitions. The Mile Long Yardsale is a fantastic, annual event for everyone to enjoy. All that's required is a pair of shoes and your wallet, of course.

FCCLA at Harvest Festival

By Savannah Brown

The annual elementary school PTO Harvest Festival was on Thursday, October 3. FCCLA hosted two booths. The first booth was a game booth with Monster Mash and Tic-Tac-Toe. Kids had to throw bean bags and attempt to knock down the tower of monsters, then throw bean bags to get a Tic-Tac-Toe. The next booth was fishing and crafts. Children had to try to hook a fish with a cane pole, then they got to make a spooky Halloween craft. Each booth was just a dollar each for the two activities.

Every FCCLA member that worked the booths really enjoyed it. Leila Latham and Savannah Childers say this event was so much fun and the little kids were adorable. I worked the Monster Mash game, and I really enjoyed it. When the little kids could play and win, their faces would light up. The Harvest Festival also had other games, pony rides, and bouncy houses. It was a great turnout and we hope it will turn out just as great next year!

Senior Spotlight:

Isaac Cave

Isaac Cave is our senior spotlight for this week. He lives with his mom, step-dad, and his younger brother. His favorite subject at DAR is lunchtime because he enjoys eating.

If he could go anywhere in the world, he would choose Australia because he says it's a cool place with lots of beaches. If Isaac was stranded on a deserted island, he would choose to bring a map, food, and a stick. His hero is Roger Federer because Isaac wants to play tennis like him.

In 10 years, Isaac sees himself playing tennis professionally . If he could have dinner with anyone, he would choose Labron James because of taco Tuesday.

Isaac doesn't have any worries about high school. He is pretty confident about everything. Isaac regrets not trying hard enough in high school. On his bucket list before he leaves this earth, he wants to win at state in tennis. After graduation, he wishes to go to college for tennis. His advice to underclassmen is “just relax.”

Senior Spotlight:

Hannah Benton

By Matthew Reeves

This week ́s senior spotlight shines on Hannah Benton. 

Her favorite class was Mrs. Sanderson ́s math class. She liked how Mrs. Sanderson taught, saying she made math fun.

She said her favorite teachers here at DAR were Ms. Gluck and Mrs. Sanderson, describing them as great teachers who tried to make class fun and enjoyable.

Her one regret about high school was that she worried too much about what others thought of her. She is excited about finally graduating high school, saying she is ready for the next chapter in her life and all that is to come.

Shifting more into her personal life, Hannah said that some of her hobbies include going to the gym and hanging out with her friends. Her ideal weekend would either be going shopping or taking a weekend vacation. Hannah plans on attending the University of Alabama to obtain a pre-med degree, and then moving onto a medical school to start working towards becoming a pediatric oncologist.

Senior Spotlight:

Matthew Colon 

By Elizabeth Mitchell

Matthew is involved in the choir, which is also his favorite class. He likes choir because he likes how he is able to sing loudly and express who he is. Mr. McDonald is Matthew’s favorite teacher because he jokes around and always makes Matthew laugh and knows how to make everyone smile.

Matthew’s hero is Frankie Valli. He said that Valli is very inspiring because everything he did was for him and his band. He never second guessed his band and always did what was best for his band.

Matthew plans on going to college and hopes that he can join the police force. He wants to join the police to see where it will take him in life. One place he would like to visit is Boston. He wants to explore a new element and to see how different it is from here.

His favorite high school memory was his freshman year in choir singing an acapella song with the boy chorus. One thing he would change about the school is the musical program - make it bigger to explore more and to try more things and change things up. He would like to tell the underclassmen to join the choir because they need for people to join the choir. Do not to be afraid to show who you really are.

Senior Spotlight:

Cadence Dooley

By Olivia Pool

Cadence Dooley is our senior spotlight for this week. She lives with her siblings and parents.

Her favorite teachers were both Mr. Kellers, because they were funny and would always lighten the mood. She considers art her favorite class because it was easy-going and laid back. If Cadence could change anything about this school, she would want no school on Monday and would make the days shorter.

Her hobbies include driving around, going to Target, sleeping, drawing, and playing games with her brother. Cadence’s bucket list consists of traveling and attending live concerts and performances. She plans to go to UAB for a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and hopefully attend law school after. Her advice to underclassmen is “Start studying for your ACT early.”

Announcements

1. Tennis tryouts will be held on October 16 at 2:30. A sign-up sheet is in the office. A physical must be on file to tryout.

2. PSAT testing will be October 16. Please see Mr. Barnes to sign up. The cost is $17. This is for juniors and sophomores only.

3. Student volunteers are needed to work at the Dan Robinson Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Color Run on Saturday, October 12, at Grant Town Park. This is an opportunity for you to get required community service hours for your student organization. Please come by the high school office to sign up to volunteer for this event before Wednesday, October 9th.

4. Students - Please see Mrs. Finley to pay your school fees.

5. LifeSouth blood drive is Tuesday, October 15. Sign-up sheet is in the office or see Mrs. Clark. Community members are also invited to come and give blood.

6. Beta Club is introducing a new service project, Socktober, throughout this month. Beta will be accepting new and lightly used socks to donate to local shelters. Patriot Points will be given to the winning class that donates the most socks.

7. The ASVAB will be given here on campus at 8:00 on Friday, October 25. Any juniors or seniors that wish to take the test need to sign up with Mr. Barnes.

8. Art Club members, Mrs. Edmonds needs a few volunteers to stay after school on Wednesday, October 16, to help set up the craft show. Service hours will be given. If you are interested see Mrs. Edmonds ASAP.

9. The flu vaccine will be given on October 16 at the school. Forms were sent home with students before Fall Break.

10. FCA & Friends - There will be a special guest speaker in the library on Friday, November 1, at 2 p.m.

11. If you are in need of food items or hygiene items to take home, please see Mrs. T. Sutton at the end of the day and she can give you access to the Patriot Pantry.

Birthdays

The following students will be celebrating their birthdays during the coming week:

October 9 – Rabekka Lennon

October 11 – Trinity McLemore, Taylor Chamness

October 13 – Hunter Santusuosso

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