DHS Students Plan Walkout for School Safety

Protests will occur in schools around the United States as part of the #NeverAgain movement

by Isabella Franklin and Alisha Birchmeier

Throughout the country, students are protesting gun violence by walking out of school as part of a movement called “#NeverAgain.” American high schools have come up with a way to deal with these walkout protests, and Dexter High School is no exception to this. Several students at DHS are planning to participate in the scheduled national walkout protest on March 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:17 a.m. The protest lasts 17 minutes in order to honor the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. A later protest will also be occurring on April 20 at 10:00 a.m. in which students will leave school and not return until the end of the day.

Some Dexter students are participating in the protest because they believe that it will be an effective way to express their views and enact the change that they want to see, as opposed to just discussing the issue without action.

“I am participating because I feel that, to affect change, one needs to act instead of just talking about it and never getting anything done,” sophomore Kieran Grossman said.

For other students, there’s also an important moral and emotional aspect to these school protests.

“Gun laws need to change and people need to take action if they want that to happen,” senior Bri Walker said. “I think it’s also a form of respect for those who have died due to the shootings in the past.”

However, a massive protest that disrupts the school day can’t work without any regulation from the school. The Dexter Community School district administration has had several meetings amongst themselves and with students to form a defined set of rules around how teachers and students should behave during the protest on March 14.

“Mr. Koenig and Ms. Walls and I met with student leaders after school Wednesday to kinda talk about what they were intending to do,” principal Kit Moran said. “Our preference for students is going to be students that are planning to participate in the walkout will walkout over the catwalk and out the main door that way, out towards the parking lot.

“Nobody’s gonna tackle a kid and say ‘don’t go in this direction,’ but we’re gonna encourage kids to do that.”

Several high schools have discouraged students from participating in these protests, both by suspending students who attempt to participate in spontaneous walkouts and by banning these walkouts completely. These schools have received backlash for not letting students protest.

“Student protests are important,” Grossman said. “They’ve proven to be important when studying history, so I don’t see why they wouldn’t be important now.”

Fortunately, Dexter students will be able to protest and express their political stances without any disciplinary action.

“We’re in the business of education, and I think for us there are what we call ‘teachable moments,’” Moran said. “I think the administration and teachers, generally speaking, think that this is a teachable moment for kids.”

According to an email from Principal Moran, students will not be penalized for walking out as long as they are back in class before 10 a.m. Teachers will be expected to partner with another teacher, so that there is one adult to monitor the students who stay in class and the students who decide to protest.

Some teachers are offering alternative options to walking out for their students who want to acknowledge the protest without leaving school.

“I would like to try and offer my students 17 minutes of silence in class during third hour around 10 a.m.,” art teacher Krickett Luckhardt said. “I just think that is a peaceful way to give the students closure while still, you know, letting them have their voice be heard in a way that they think might be safe enough. I just feel like the students want to stay behind but still want to participate should have an option to do something.”

To ensure student safety, no one but students and staff will be allowed on DHS’s campus from 9:45-11:00 a.m.

“The reason we’re gonna encourage them to stay in this spot is that we also are planning to basically block the entrances to the high school before that happens, about 9:45,” Moran said. “We’re gonna block the teacher lot and block the two entrances on Parker so that nobody can come or go. So, nobody’s coming onto the premises, if the kids go outside they should be safe.

“The other part of that is you can’t leave the premises, so if we’re blocking it, we’re blocking it … If you have a dentist’s appointment at 10:30 or 11 o’clock, you might wanna pick your child up ahead of time, because we’re not gonna want to be having people traipse back and forth, in and out.”

While some students have concerns about walking out of school harming their chances of getting into college, many colleges and universities have issued statements saying that peacefully protesting in this manner will not affect admissions chances or current enrollment. Among local universities, this includes Western Michigan University, Alma College, Albion College, Kalamazoo College, and the University of Michigan. Students throughout history have been great agents of social change, and this generation doesn’t seem to be any different.

Dexter bounced from playoffs by Huron

By Kellen Porter

The Dexter men’s basketball team season ended yesterday, falling to the Huron River Rats 43-28. It was a tough loss for the Dreads, as hard as they tried to get stops on defense they were not able to make a shot.

“I feel bad for the seniors,” sophomore guard Marco Lucchesi said. “It was a tough loss, but we will be back next year.” 

Dexter advances to the second round

The Dexter men’s basketball team beat Pinckney yesterday 72-53. This win put Dexter into the second round of districts to face Huron on Wednesday night at Skyline high school. Dexter came out of the gate fast with relentless scoring and lockdown defense. The Pinckney Pirates never stood a chance; the Dreads controlled every single quarter. On the win, sophomore guard Marco Lucchesi said, “It’s one step closer to our goal . I’m glad we were able to get the win.” Dexter will look to win against Huron to advance to the district championship.

Oscar Recap

This year’s Academy Awards ceremony provided a fun yet predictable night of film appreciation

By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak

The 90th annual Academy Awards occured last night crowing the best Hollywood had to offer in 2017.

The Shape of Water became the night’s champion after winning four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design, and Best Original Score. Dunkirk should also be noted as it came in second with three Oscar wins: Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and  Editing. Tied for third with two Oscar wins were Blade Runner 2049, Coco, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Darkest Hour.


The most notable winners were Roger Deakins’ win for Best Cinematography after 13 previous unsuccessful nominations, Kobe Bryant winning the Oscar for his short film Dear Basketball, and Jordan Peele winning Best Original Screenplay for Get Out. Frances McDormand and Gary Oldman were both hailed as the best actors in a leading role, while Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney won Best Actors in a supporting role. While there weren’t any major surprises or upsets this year, Lady Bird didn’t receive a single award from its five nominations, shocking many.

Jimmy Kimmel gave an average job as the ceremonies host, a disappointment to his hilarious performance last year. The Moonlight fiasco from last year was an enjoyable running gag, as well as bribing winners with a Jetski to try and make acceptance speeches shorter.

The MeToo Movement and racial inclusion were focal points of the night, with moving speeches from Jordan Peele and Frances McDormand respectively.

“Get Ready,” Peele said. “You’re about to see a lot more Get Out’s, and a lot more Black Panther’s.”

Overall, it was an enjoyable ceremony, but not anything groundbreaking as expected of award show’s 90th anniversary.

VIDEO: Brady Rosen hits 3/4-court game-winning shot for Dreads


The boys’ basketball defeated Pioneer on Thursday thanks to some last-second heroics from senior Brady Rosen.

The Dread’s went up early with some quick 3-pointers from point guard Drew Bishop, but the Pioneers’ Drew Lauder led his team back to take the lead late in the fourth.

With time running out  Brady Rosen grabbed the rebound and chucked up a three-quarter court shot at the end of the fourth for the win giving the Dread’s a much-needed boost heading into districts.

“Before I was thinking how we need to get a defensive stop and worst-case scenario put it in overtime,” Rosen said. “[After the heave], I was like, ‘wow, this shout could actually go in… like it’s got a good path.

“After [it went in], I was just in shock that I actually made that shot and we won off of that.”

What’s next:  Dexter will look to get a win in the first round of districts against the Pinckney Pirates at 7 p.m. Monday at Skyline High School.

Dexter Wins it at the Buzzer

The Dexter men’s basketball team beat the Ann Arbor pioneers 56-53 yesterday after a miraculous half court buzzer beater by Brady Rosen. This game was special for the Dreads, as it was senior night, making it important to get a victory in their last game at home for the seniors. The Dreads went up early with some quick three pointers from point guard Drew Bishop, but Pioneer’s Drew Lauder led the Pioneers back to take the lead late in the fourth. With time running out,  Rosen grabbed the rebound and chucked up the half court shot at the end of the fourth for the win giving the Dreads a much needed boost heading into districts. On the win, sophomore guard Marco Lucchesi said “I’m glad we were able to pull it out. It’s a good chemistry builder before districts.” Dexter will look to get a win in the first round of districts against the Pinckney Pirates on Monday at 7:00 pm at Skyline high school.

Dexter Advances to District Title

By Kellen Porter

The Dexter women’s basketball team beat the Skyline Eagles 41-25 yesterday, which will advance them to the district finals. Dexter was lead to an incredible underdog victory by Kylie Cabana with 17 points and Kylie Nicewonger with 11 points. This victory was unexpected, but it landed the Lady Dreads a surprising placement in the district championship.

What’s next: The Lady Dreads will play 7 p.m. Friday against Pioneer for the district title. 

Dexter overcomes deficit to beat Lenawee in overtime

By Kellen Porter

The Dexter men’s basketball team beat the Lenawee Christian Cougars last night. Dexter’s record improves to 14-5, and Lenawee’s drops to 14-3. Even though Dexter won the game, they were down most of it, as Lenawee was very consistent from behind the arch. However, thanks to DHS senior Brady Rosen’s 36 point 11 rebound performance, the Dreads were able to pull out the victory in overtime. When asked about the game, Brady Rosen said, “I’m glad we were able to pull out the victory and put or team back in the right direction.” Dexter will look to finish the season strong against Pioneer at home on senior night.  

Dexter falls to Adrian 44-42

The Dexter men’s basketball team came out weak against Adrian on Monday. The Dreads scored just three points in the first quarter en route to a 44-42 loss to the Maples.

Dexter was able to fight back, however, to a two-point deficit by halftime. Dexter took its first lead in the third quarter with scrappy defense and constant inside scoring. But with an ankle injury to senior point guard Drew Bishop late in the game, Dexter was not able to create a comfortable lead.

Adrian closed the game with a bank-in three in the waning seconds for the win.

“We let them hang around,” sophomore guard Marco Lucchesi said. “We were the better team and we let them win the game.”

What’s next: Dexter will look to get a win in the final home game of the regular season at 7 p.m. Thursday against Ann Arbor Pioneer.