Student Plans for Halloween

By Kayleigh Lee

As the leaves swirling in the air begin to change colors, and the temperatures start to drop, it gets closer to Halloween.

There are pumpkins to be carved, haunted houses to attend, pumpkin patches to go to, and pumpkin spice lattes to be drunk.

At KDS DAR High School, many students were asked, ”At what age do you think people should stop trick-or-treating?”

Some students suggested that people should stop trick or treating as early as the age of 12, while some students think that you’re never too old to trick-or-treat.

Coach Edwards, the physical education teacher was asked the same question about the age for trick-or-treating. He suggested that kids should stop trick-or-treating in middle school.

Some students are actually trick-or-treating this year and said they were dressing up. Chase Smith, a sophomore, said that this Halloween he was dressing up as a hunter, while his girlfriend would be dressing up as a bunny.

Another sophomore, James Parnell, suggested that he was just going to be himself. Some other students’ costumes consist of things like Michael Myers, dragons, and more fun costume ideas. These students were also asked what some of their favorite Halloween candies were, and this list consisted of: Smarties, Reeses, Snickers, Milky Ways, and different types of sour candy.

Some students, who suggested that they were too old for trick-or-treating, are still doing some pretty cool things for Halloween.

For example, one kid said he was attending a Halloween party and another kid said he was going to attend a haunted house. Some people suggested that they were just going to do stuff as simple as hanging out with their friends and watching scary movies.

This Halloween at my job, we are allowed to dress up as Disney characters. However, if I don’t work, I’ll probably do something simple like binge watch scary movies. Even for the people who aren’t trick-or-treating this year, there are still fun things to do for everyone!

Stock Market Game

By Nehamiah Zacharias

Coach Holland’s Mock Stock Market Game originally started when he found the website

It’s a semester long virtual reality simulation of the stock market and how it works. Coach Holland said that he wanted an activity that simulated the real life actions of investing in stocks. He’s been doing this game with his senior economics classes for about 10 years now.

From his experience of watching his students doing this game, he says that they seem to be enjoying it and learning from their experience with the game. The main stocks that students tend to invest in are Apple, Netflix and Walmart. It is a great real life experience for his students as they are moving on with their lives after high school graduation.

Student Lucas Collier says it’s a great experience for people. He says he invested in Apple and Walmart mostly. He says that investing in a lower rated stock could bump up your money earnings. He says that the stock market game is a great way to learn how to handle and manage money, and if you’re looking to invest in stocks in the future, it’s a great way to learn how the stock market actually works. He says it’s as realistic as a teen can get to a real stock market.

Michael Burton says it was fun in the beginning, but he lost interest, probably because his stocks lost money. He said that he invested in technology such as 2k Gaming, Apple, Sony, and Microsoft. He said he thinks it’s an okay experience because it’s fun, but you have to watch it like a hawk.

Dalton Wallace says it’s one of the better ways to show how the market works. He bought Raytheon, and FedEx. He invested in the more unknown stocks. He said that it’s pretty neat and an educational experience. It’s pretty solid, otherwise you would just get thrown out into the world and not know anything about how money works.

Senior Spotlight:

Shyanna Anderton

By Dixie Devor

Senior spotlight Shyanna Anderton lives with her grandparents. Her favorite class is math just because she enjoys working with numbers. Her favorite teacher this year is Mrs. Sanderson, because she is Shyanna's math teacher and has a sense of humor.

Shyanna would love to visit Venice, Italy, one day, because it is incredibly beautiful.

If she went to a deserted island, she would take her phone, a portable charger and water.

Shyanna's hero is her brother, because he is her best friend and is off for the army right now.

The famous person she would have dinner with is Barack Obama just because she thinks she could learn a few things from him. Shyanna's idea of the best first date would be a picnic on the beach.

If Shyanna could change anything about our school it would be the no phone policy, because she says she needs her phone. Shyanna's least favorite subject is English, because she says she is not great at writing essays and does not enjoy reading.

She spends her weekends working usually and when she is not working she is definitely sleeping.

Senioritis scares her the most because when it hits, it hits hard. She co-ops, but only because she says that she likes leaving school early. She thinks her friends would describe her as crazy, funny and loving. She hopes her teachers describe her as hardworking, smart and nice maybe.

Her regret about high school is that she wishes she would have tried harder throughout high school She envisions herself hopefully as a teacher or a computer engineer in 10 years. Someday she wants to have a backyard full of dogs while living near the beach.

Shyanna's advice for underclassmen is, “Always try your best even during the bad times. Choose your friends wisely and try not to think about the moment too much, you probably won't remember half of it.”

Senior Spotlight:

Tyler Burton

By Michael Burton

Since he moved back to Alabama from Pennsylvania, senior spotlight Tyler Burton lives with his friend, Joseph Stewart. Tyler was in the National Guard in Pennsylvania but suffered an injury and was discharged.

He now wishes that he never moved to Pennsylvania during his junior year of high school. He works and hangs out with his friends on the weekends. His hobbies are playing video games and working out.

Tyler loves all of Coach Rice’s classes, because he teaches you about real life and things that you will use after school. His least favorite class is English, because it’s boring for him.

He would love to visit Hawaii, because it’s beautiful and peaceful there. Tyler would love to have dinner with his grandfather, because he taught Tyler everything he knows. Tyler would love to see him once again.

His hero is Eminem, because he tells people to stand up for themselves. He also showed that you can start from the bottom and make something of yourself.

Tyler wants to leave this advice to the underclassmen, “Don’t mess around and get your work done.”

Senior Spotlight:

Jeffrey Clark

By Michael Burton

Jeffrey Clark is a senior in high school and lives with his mother and father. He does dual enrollment classes at Snead State College and Calhoun Community College, besides his classes at DAR.

Jeffrey’s favorite class is Environmental Science with Coach Rice, because the scope of what he teaches is beyond just environmental science. Jeffrey’s least favorite class is English, because he thinks it’s boring and has no fun in that class.

Jeffrey participates in Beta Club and track. He spends his weekends working at Chick-fil-a and watching TV. His hobbies are playing PlayStation games and playing the guitar.

Three adjectives his friends would use to describe him are mean, funny and quiet. He would describe his friends as mean, funny and loud. If he was stuck on a deserted island, he would bring a flashlight, a water bottle and a knife.

He would love to visit Italy, so he can see the country and visit some of his relatives who live there. On his bucket list is understanding life.

If he could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, Jeffrey would love to have dinner with his sister, Isabella, because he doesn’t see her much anymore since she lives in Madison. His idea of a best first date is dinner and a movie.

Jeffrey wishes he could change the time that school starts, because sleep is precious. Jeffrey worries about the drama in high school. His regret about high school is that he wishes he had made more friends in high school.

His advice to the underclassmen is, “Appreciate your time in high school.”


1. With winter just around the corner, you or someone you know may be in need of a coat. If you would like a new coat you may talk to Mrs. T. Sutton.

2. Remember to give Lassiter a break. Bring your money to hang on the ceiling in Dr. Baker’s


3. The Patriot Pantry is stocked with deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes and other hygiene products. There are also foods that the students can pick up at the end of the day to take home -things like mac and cheese and ramien noodles are in the pantry.

4. Dual enrollment paperwork is due to Snead by November 1st . See Mrs. Stanfield if you have questions.

5. The DAR High School prom committee is selling Nothing Bundt Cakes. The last day to order is Monday, Nov. 5, and the cakes will be delivered Friday, Nov. 16. The flavors, sizes, and prices are listed below. Please see a member of the prom committee or contact Marti Quick if you would like to order. Flavors: Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Red Velvet, White Chocolate Raspberry, Lemon, Pumpkin Spice, Sizes and Prices: Bundtlets, $5; 8-inch Bundt Cake, $25; 10-inch Bundt Cake, $35. 


These students will be celebrating their birthdays during the coming week:

Nov. 1 – Olivia Pool

Nov. 2 – Jared Preston, Brandon Hubbard

Nov. 3 – RJ Myers

Nov. 4 – Ashley Prater, Mikiah Munoz, Jordan Franks

Nov. 5 – Justin Story

Nov. 6 – Lillian Parker, Jared Waugh

Nov.  7 – Lauren Evett

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