The biggest local, national, and international news stories from the past month
DHS Blood Drive
By Finnegan Bell
On Valentine’s Day, February 14, the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at Dexter High School. Every three seconds in the US, a patient needs a pint of blood. Due to issues such as winter weather conditions and flu season, blood supplies across the nation are getting dangerously low. The Red Cross urges all students to donate blood to help with this problem. Optionally, students can download the Red Cross Blood Donor app to receive rewards for blood donations.
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The cilantro divide explained
By jillian chesney
There was a wide range of responses The Squall received from a survey on cilantro that was passed out to DHS students. Of 100 students, 61 percent of students said that they liked the taste of cilantro, while the other 39 percent said that they didn’t like cilantro.
Continue reading “Cilantrophobia”
A youth group that is open to all high school students and introduces them to the Christian faith
By Jillian Chesney
Everyone loves a good donut on a Friday morning. Luckily, the leaders of Dexter Young Life hand out free donuts to make Friday morning’s a little better.
The mission of Young Life is to “introduce adolescents to God and help them grow in their faith,” according to Young Life’s website. They do this through their club, campaigners, camp, and by building relationships.
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Social media has brought attention to sexual assault, but the community has to address the issue locally
by Isabella Franklin
With movements such as #MeToo, celebrities and the media are doing very important work by bringing attention to sexual assault, letting victims know that they aren’t alone, and empowering people to come forward. The important thing that many people are missing about the movement, though, is that victims and perpetrators aren’t only celebrities who come out about their experiences or get exposed for their mistakes: they’re people all around us that we see everyday. Dexter isn’t exempt from this issue—we can’t ignore the issue within our own community, especially not within the high school.
The Squall conducted a study about sexual assault and harassment within Dexter High School. The results showed that almost half of the students at DHS think the school doesn’t take sexual assault seriously enough.
“I have close friends and generally know about other people who find it okay to joke about sexual assault and harassment,” freshman Oliver Walton said. “They feel it’s an okay thing to joke about among other friends who have not experienced it in any way.” Continue reading “Dexter, Too”
Getting the perfect grade has become a priority over learning new information among DHS students
By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak
What do you want get out of high school? is a common question DHS students receive on their first day of their freshman year. Many will have different answers to this question such as an athletic scholarship, great memories with friends, finishing with academic honors, etc. While these are all important, very few actually care about learning the information taught in class.
A recent survey discovered that more than 60 percent of DHS students care more about the grade they receive in class than learning the new information being taught. While this news may be puzzling, being that the point of going to school is to make us smarter, there are some factors that have led students to think this way.
Continue reading “Grades Vs. Learning”
Tank, Mill Creek’s service dog, helps a variety of students with things such as anxiety and depression
By Bailey Welshans
If you’ve ever owned a pet, you know the amount of love and affection they can bring to you and your family. However, dogs also have some powerful mental health benefits, according to HelpGuide.org.
Dogs can help reduce anxiety and depression, encourage exercise, and ease stress for their owners. Any dog is capable of being trained as a full-time service dog for more therapy-focused purposes.
Continue reading “The Bark Behind Mental Health”
A quick snapshot into the forecast of teams
By Ryan Lotz, Michael Waltz, Jillian Chesney, Mitchell Sterlitz
The Dexter Women’s Basketball team has won 7 games this season and lost 6 as of Thursday, February 1. In a very close, low-scoring game against Tecumseh, the Women’s Basketball team won 26-22.
“We had to shoot a lot and they played a zone the whole game,” junior Kendall Rosevelt said.
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Are they a sham, or do they rock?
By mitchell Sterlitz
Shamrock Shakes are a seasonal beverage offered at McDonald’s, and, like any other subject on the planet, have more than one side to their story. According to an employee, the Zeeb Road McDonald’s will start selling Shamrock Shakes at the end of this month and they are available until St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, the holiday that inspired them. Continue reading “Shamrock Shakes”
Top headlines from the sports world in the past month
By Michael Waltz
Eagles Defeat Patriots in Thrilling Super Bowl LII
The New England Patriots faced off against Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. The game got off to an even start with both teams scoring a field goal on their first possession. The offense was the main story of the game with both teams racking up points early. In the end, the Eagles defense was the one that stood tall at the end of the game by stepping up and getting a huge stop with two minutes left in the game. Tom Brady and the seemingly unstoppable Patriots were finally taken down with Eagles coming out on top 41-33. This is the Eagles’ first Super Bowl win in franchise history and, unsurprisingly, Nick Foles was named MVP after throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns while also becoming the first quarterback to catch a touchdown pass in Super Bowl history. History was made by Philadelphia the night of February 4, 2018, and it will go down as one of the exhilarating Super Bowls ever.
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What you need to know about e-cigs in student life
By Mitchell sterlitz
“I vape whenever I feel like it, because it’s fun to do. I do it both socially and alone, it doesn’t really matter to me, but I prefer doing it when I’m with other people. Sometimes, depending on my mood, I’ll use some juice with higher nicotine content to give me a little buzz.”
These are the words from a junior who provided an insight into the Dexter High School subculture of vaping.
The use of e-cigarettes, commonly known as vaping, is a trend that has become part of the culture at DHS. Continue reading “Vape Life”