Inside Dexter Football’s Turnaround

BY: COLIN STRANG

For the past decade, the Dexter community and the surrounding area has seen the Dreadnaught football team as one that cannot perform. From losing every game from 2014 through 2017, they were a football team that could not win, let alone compete.
Now, in 2018, the Dreads are 4-2 (through September) and have no plans to let up on the incredible new performance against any team. How does a team that endured a 42-game losing streak win four games (and counting?) with a one-year turnaround.

Coach Jacobs focuses on the offense performing

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The Academic Battle Royale

How a fierce college admissions process is destroying us as students (and what those in charge should do about it)

Hop on the Common Application bus where stress, anxiety, and competition are all just a part of everyday college admissions. Some will land with a parachute and others go up in flames. (Drawn by Paige Turner)
By Tate Evans

        To  any up-and-coming high schooler cursed with the dreams of attending a select college when they graduate high school, the statistics are truly gruesome. Roughly speaking, selective   institutions—schools which only accept half of all their total applicants—regularly accept 1/5 of the nations incoming freshmen, but are the end destination for 1/3 of our collective applications. Top schools such as Harvard and Stanford regularly report admission rates hovering around 5%, or numerically, just a measly 2,040 incoming students out of a hefty 47,450 applicant pool (2018) in the case of the latter.

In what is essentially an academic battle royale with an ever-increasing pool of competitors, it is easy to see the inherent flaws in the system. There are hundreds of thousands of students, from the quaint DHS to top-tier prep schools 7,233 miles over the pacific in China, who all yearn for the exact same prize. Stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation, and depression are all logical conclusions of this system, where emotionally inexperienced teens are thrust wholeheartedly into an international arms race of extracurriculars, GPAs, and SAT scores. To people who have barely scratched the surface of what life really means, this slog for prestige represents their only means of true validation, the ultimate path toward true social acceptance in our society.

Arms races usually revolve around overreactions, and in college application terms, that is represented by the ever rising amount of applications the average student sends out each year. According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, 36 percent of first-time freshmen applied to seven or more colleges in the fall of 2015, roughly 19 points higher than in 2005. Within that same timeframe, most selective colleges saw their acceptance rates decrease. It seems as competition increases, students feel incentivized to apply to as many colleges as possible, as to widen their chances of getting into an agreeable school. Ironically, this over applying is what has caused the plummeting acceptance rates, with school inboxes becoming flooded with letters that only years before would never have been sent. Continue reading “The Academic Battle Royale”

OUR VIEW: WE NEED AFFORDABLE EDUCATION

Ending the student debt crisis begins with free four-year college for all students despite socioeconomic backgrounds.

By Bruna Meister

For most high school seniors, college means independence and the beginning of adulthood. Those of influence in our lives cement the idea that those college years spent in a tiny dorm and eating cafeteria food 24/7 will be the best of our lives (which is absolutely terrifying), as well as determine the paths that we will take later in life. Many like to think that the college that you go to won’t matter in the end, but really, the school we choose has a much more substantial effect than we are comfortable with. College is where people find their lifelong friends, future employers, possible spouses, themselves, and ultimately crippling debt.

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A Diamond in the Rough

An inside look into one of The Squall staff members’ favorite restaurants off the beaten path

BY: JORDAN MAISCH

Next to a liquor store and a gas station in a small shopping complex, Juicy Kitchen is the definition of a diamond in the rough. Their focus is health food using all locally-sourced ingredients.

This charming breakfast and lunch cafe first started as a home delivery service in 2010 by Susan and George Todoroff. After two years, they purchased the cafe.

“I feel like a lot of people think healthy food is just raw vegetables,” Susan Todoroff said.  “I wanted to show people that healthy food can be both filling and delicious.”

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Athletes in the Crowd

By Mitchell Sterlitz and Dylan lorincz

Tristan Lorincz | Freshman | Water Polo

Tristan Lorincz is an up-and-coming water polo athlete, and coaches have noted his savviness for his age. Lorincz racked up five goals at the Dexter JV Tournament, where the team ended up winning the tournament in a dominant fashion, going undefeated through their four games. Lorincz also had a four-goal game against Huron. He usually plays the wing position and scores a majority of his goals from this area.  “I’m proud of myself for being able to put up those numbers, but I’m really just trying to get better and play a varsity game this year,” he said, noting the varsity team is currently on a 22-game winning streak.

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Just For Kicks

A look into shoes that are trending this season

The classic silhouette of the Chuck Taylor “All-Star” sneaker continues to be timeless. This fall, try out the Converse Chuck 70. The upper of the Chuck is constructed with a thicker, more durable cotton material that will help keep your chucks looking pristine throughout the season. The outsole has an extra layer of rubber while keeping a tapered look, also with an off-white finish that tones down the sole. Since Converse in owned by Nike, it was only right to add comfort into their redesigned Chuck. Comfort is something Chuck Taylors tend to be lacking. Nike brought a new insole to the table with the Chuck Taylor 70 by adding a comfortable padded insole that helps with arch support for a much more secure fit. Investing into this shoe is a great way to have vintage style with a high quality performance, compared to the original Chuck Taylor “All Star”.

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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.