National Sports Briefs

Top headlines from the sports world in the past month

2018 NFL Draft

The 2018 NFL draft has come and gone and now it’s time to take a look at teams that are sitting the best after 256 picks. One of the teams that performed the best in the draft was the New York Giants. GM Dave Gettleman picked up Penn State RB Saquon Barkley who will have a major impact on the team along with G Will Hernandez and an OLB Lorenzo Carter, combined will make for an impressive offensive line. The Atlanta Falcons were looking to double down on an already impressive roster with GM Thomas Dimitroff picking up WR Calvin Ridley and CB Isaiah Oliver will both have significant impacts on the team’s future. The Chicago Bears picked up some very talented players which includes possibly one of the draft’s best linebackers, Georgia’s Roquan Smith. Also nabbing a great center, Iowa’s James Daniels. All three of these teams are going to have great seasons next year and compete for a chance to play in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

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Town Hall for Our Lives

In April, current and former DHS students organized a Town Hall over the hotly debated topic of gun control

By Finn Bell

For many, it may seem as though the March for Our Lives movement is dead, but this couldn’t be any further from the truth. While there hasn’t been any million-person marches lately, all across the country, the movement is alive and well in the form of town halls. These small, local events serve as platforms for members of communities to speak to their representatives. And as the 2018 midterm elections grow nearer,  Town Halls are excellent opportunities for people to find out where candidates stand on issues such as gun control. One such town hall event took place here, in Dexter.

The Dexter Town Hall for Our Lives was hosted in the Dexter Public Library on April 8. The event — which was organized by DHS alumni Julia Bell and Gianna Eisele — had four planned speakers: 7th Congressional District Candidate Steven Friday, 7th Congressional District Candidate Gretchen Driskell, State Representative Donna Lasinski, and 7th District Congressman Tim Walberg. However, of those four Walberg did not attend, and Driskell only had time to make opening remarks before having to leave. This was unfortunate, as Walberg was the only anti-gun-regulation planned to be there, leaving the even very one-sided.

The event started with short speeches from Bell and Eisele, focusing on the importance of students in the blossoming movement.

“The heart of the most powerful movement in the country are students no older than ourselves,” said Bell. “But while our generation is the soul of this movement, we can’t accomplish any of our goals alone. We need our parents, we need our teachers, we need our neighbors”

“For too long students have been kept out of political discussion” said Eisele, “We have been told that we are too young, that we don’t understand, but really that’s not true.”

The majority of the event consisted of a traditional town hall format, with Friday and Lasinski answering questions. Lasinski focused on the importance of gun safety.

“Responsible gun owners want other gun owners to be responsible as well,” Lasinski said. 

Friday, meanwhile, devoted a large portion of his time to speaking against gun-lobbyist groups such as the NRA and lobbyist groups in general. The town hall also included speeches from DHS students, including Seniors Georgia Frost, Evelyn Hawley, and Sabina Carty. One of the most powerful moments of the event happened during Carty’s speech.

“Who remembers being shocked, saddened, surprised or horrified of the Columbine shooting,” Carty asked and was met with almost every hand raised. “And who remembers being saddened or horrified by the Parkland shooting?” Almost no one raised their hand.

The town hall concluded with audience questions, and a plea to attendees to get out and vote this November.

Senior Survivor 4/26

Senior Survivor competitors push through the last competitions of the week.

Thursday night, the competitions included hide & seek, putting a puzzle together blindfolded, and baking a cake with no recipe. The seniors were competitive and they had a lot of fun during the games.

The most popular game of the night was a simplified version of Food Network’s CHOPPED. The task: baking a cake with no recipe and presenting it in front of a panel of four judges. The categories that were judged included presentation, taste, and texture. Each cake was judged hard, and the judges ( Mr. Heuser, Mrs. Dunn, Nicole Tuzinowski, and Elisabeth Johanson) seemed to enjoy them.

This week of competitions has worn out the teams, and they are all ready to go home.

Video & Picture credit: Bailey Welshans

Sunday Night Senior Survivor

Senior Survivor: 4-22-18

BY MITCHELL STERLITZ AND KELLEN PORTER

Senior Survivor started Sunday night as all of the participants moved into for the whole week. Teams entered promptly into the school at 7 pm, and the first event of the night was poster making that would be hung up in the auditorium later that week. The teams then migrated outside for a series of tasks that would test their team chemistry and perseverance. The first challenge of the evening involved throwing cheese puffs on the head of their partner. The Orange Team successfully threw the most cheese puffs on each others heads to take the first challenge. The second and final challenge of the night involved the teams escaping a knot and then each member had to drink either a mixed up happy meal or a vegetable surprise. The Green Team was able to down the concoction the fastest to take the second challenge. To end the night the group participated in a Kahoot and the orange team won yet again. After this action-packed day the boys and girls went to their respective dorms, preparing for the next day of challenges.

Women’s Lacrosse Whips Tecumseh

The Dexter Women’s Lacrosse team remained undefeated by beating beat Tecumseh 15-4 on Wednesday. The deciding factor of the game was speed, and the Dreads controlled the pace of the game all 60 minutes.

They were in Tecumseh’s defensive end practically the entire game, meaning they were on offense for a majority of the game and had a lot of scoring opportunities.

Up Next: Dexter (2-0) plays the Huron River Rats at 7 p.m. Friday at Al Ritt Field.

Madden Mobile God

How this high school sophomore became a micro-transaction mogul 

By ryan lotz

 When Madden Mobile, the most publicized football application was released in the App store last August, sophomore Simon Kim saw a big opportunity, an opportunity that changed virtual in-store coins into real stacks of cash. Kim tediously studied the infrastructure of the game and developed a masterful plan to exploit its system. 

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The Rivalry – Dexter vs. Chelsea

Dexter hockey derails Chelsea 2-1 in an emotional regular season matchup

By Ryan Lotz

When the clock ran out and the buzzer rang, my body electrified. A burst of emotion flushed throughout my veins as I looked over and saw Coach Wink’s eyes start to water. To see a man who constantly chirps you, whos underwent three heart attacks, and who’s tougher than a box of nails shed a tear was truly remarkable. To be honest, I never knew this man could show any signs of emotion, let alone cry. At this moment, I knew it was real; however, it felt incomplete due to a recent Chelsea tragedy. 

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Our View: Handing teachers guns creates a scenario where nobody wins

By the squall staff
How quickly the tables can turn… illustrated by Elaina Dunn

It is a sad reality that what was once shocking and nauseating has now, after multiple occurrences, become accepted as the new normal.  Eliciting thoughts and prayers to the point where the very words have become cliché and treated cynically by the public, mass shootings are as frequent and readily forgotten as Nicolas Cage B-movies. After years of inaction, it appears gun manufacturers and groups like the NRA have become the true boogeymen of Washington, with congressmen sweating in their ill-fitting suits whenever hearsay of gun control is uttered in close enough proximity. Continue reading “Our View: Handing teachers guns creates a scenario where nobody wins”

4-H Happens

How animals, leadership, discipline, and fun, come together to build DHS students into the next generation of 4-Her’s.

By Bailey Welshans

While DHS isn’t widely known for having a lot of students involved in agriculture anymore, its roots continue to run deep. If there is a student who is very interested in animals or crops, they are most likely involved in a program called 4-H. Many believe that 4-H is just for showing animals, but that isn’t true at all.

Youth involved in 4-H do activities such as sewing, painting, photography, archery, woodworking, gardening, leadership activities, and so much more. If you have an interest in it, 4-H has a category for it. That is the great thing about 4-H — kids from different backgrounds and with different interests, come together to do what they love. Continue reading “4-H Happens”