Meet the Debate and Forensics Clubs

Shining a light on two under-appreciated teams

by Isabella Franklin

When someone says the word forensics, it usually brings images of dead bodies, crimes, and investigations to mind. When someone says the word debate, people picture polished politicians calmly debating the state of American policy. But for kids in the speech activities club, they most likely picture their friends, a script, pages of research, and tired-looking, middle-aged judges staring at them from across a desk.

Speech activities is an entirely different world from many other activities, even other clubs, so it’s not surprising that it’s so widely misunderstood. After all, public speaking is consistently found to be the most common fear amongst Americans, so this begs the questions: why do these students choose to speak publicly, and what exactly is it that they do in these clubs?

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DHS Students weigh in on the pledge, anthem

BY Kira Perry

The Squall decided to give this survey in response to the recent political tension about the NFL and standing for the National Anthem.  Here are some of the responses we received for questions about both the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.  All are anonymous.

Do you think that professional athletes and celebrities should stand for the national anthem?

“I don’t think they should or shouldn’t, it is their choice and nobody should tell them if they can or can’t.”

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Dexter Drama Presents…Disney’s Lion King Junior

By Evelyn Maxey

Dexter High School Drama presents… Disney’s Lion King Junior! Showcasing the quirky characters we grew to love as children and beautiful renditions of our favorite songs, such as Hakuna Matata and Grasslands Chant, this musical has it all. With love, laughter, vengeance, melancholy, and so much more, this musical guarantees your emotions a seat on the theatrical roller coaster.

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A School Divided

A look inside Dexter High School’s policies and opinions surrounding the Confederate flag

By Joe Ramey

“It doesn’t mean anything bad to me. It’s just a flag. A flag that represents the South and the U.S.’s history,” DHS junior Cam Revill said. “I’m not afraid to wear it.”

Students like Revill are allowed to display the Confederate flag however they want. You can see it on t-shirts, backpacks, and the back of cars. Why can they do this? Dexter Community Schools does not have an explicit policy surrounding the advocation for or the displaying of the Confederate flag.

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Supremacy Reigns

After years of following a traditional Homecoming court structure, DHS jumps ship to a court of royalty rather than King and Queen

By Jacoby Haley and Tess Alekseev

And now, announcing your Homecoming Supreme Royalty…

Wait, what? Homecoming court has always been known as a high school staple, but for Dexter it just became a little different.  Faculty members and the student council recently decided to change the traditional Homecoming court: The titles of “King” and “Queen” will now be “Supreme Royalty,” and “Prince” and “Princess” will be “Royalty.”

This change is to be the first of many changes to add inclusivity, a principle some feel has been historically missing  in our high school. Staff members told the Squall said they understand there will be push back about this change.

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An Expensive Reality

The Chicago Rail, one of the most complex in the US.  Daniel Schwen
                                  By Tate Evans
Through seedy backroom deals at Congress and public speeches by the president, tax reform is slowly forming into the next Category 5 hurricane to hit the American mainland this year. Fueled by an urge to provide something, anything, to a desperate base and whirled by democrat winds whispering something about the top one percent, it’s looking less a bipartisan issue.

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Dexter 2.0: New Bond Prompts Dramatic School Upgrades

Nearly 70% of voters approve a bond that will generate $71.7 million for the school district over the next 10 years

By Tessa Kipke and Heather Brouwer

In the coming years, Dexter High School students can expect many changes, both big and small, in and around our school.

Because of the bond passed on August 8th that will bring $71.7 million to the school district to use over the next 10 years, the Dexter school district is embarking on a series of much-needed projects to improve our schools, all the way from Bates to the high school. The bond will pay for repairs and maintenance as well as district-wide renovations, the construction of a new elementary school and athletic fields, new buses, and the periodic replacement of technology.

Designed by Heather Brouwer / Informational Source: 2017 Bond Proposal Information

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Expedition Baja

A new culture experience makes the author think twice about what Americans could be like

By Bailey Welshans

 

Flying over Californian mountains on our way to San Diego. The picture doesn’t do the justice.

On July 30, 2017, I embarked on a week-long adventure to the poorest part of Baja California, Mexico. After a 4 a.m. wakeup call, six hours of flying, two hours of waiting in the airport, and more than four hours of driving, my team and I arrived in Vicente Guerrero – the place where we would stay that week.

Our host then proceeded to tell us that we couldn’t drink the water, and we could only take two-minute showers. Although we were surprised, we were troopers and followed that two-minute shower rule. That night, we tried the best, and most authentic, tacos I’ve ever had. Our hosts helped us translate, and the locals were giggling. I have no doubt it was probably because a group of 30 foreigners were terrible at speaking Spanish. Continue reading “Expedition Baja”

Dreads Joining the Military

These seniors are doing more than going to college classes next year; they’ll be representing Dexter in the armed forces

By Alex Strang

 

The majority of students at DHS upon graduation will attend a four-year college and then either go get further education or enter the civilian workforce. A few seniors from the class of 2017 feel a greater calling. Whether they want free college, a more exciting job, or to serve their country, these three seniors felt a calling to join the military. Continue reading “Dreads Joining the Military”

Rated R

The Dexter community makes an effort to eliminate a harmful word through the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign

By Joe Ramey

 

“I used to use it – the word retard. It was just normal,” explains a Dexter High School student. “It was just a social saying. Older kids said it, so I had some influences.”

When this student used the term retard, he was not only using someone’s disability as a comparative adjective to something else, he was desensitizing the word, allowing for it to become popularized and a working facet of people’s vocabulary.

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