Shamrock Shakes

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”

National Sports Briefs

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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Vape Life

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”

Our Lives Over Fear

Governor Snyder must repeal legislation that would
prioritize misplaced fear over the lives of Michiganders

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By tate evans

As 2017 draws to an end, Michigan’s Republican legislators in Lansing have once again dug up the shallow grave of 2012’s politics, bringing concealed carry reform back to the table. In the name of self defense, Senate Bill 584-586 would allow those with eight extra hours of additional training to carry concealed firearms into gun-free zones, which includes sporting arenas, hospitals, schools, and even day cares. Unfortunately, for the hundreds of thousands of us who spend time at these places every day, this does not equate to self defense, but to potential for tragedy.

For those who have forgotten, this is not the first battle for the expansion of concealed carry in Michigan. Back in 2012, a similar bill (on partisan lines) passed the Senate and the House on the same premise of allowing guns in gun free zones. Ultimately, it was vetoed by Governor Snyder, who was apprehensive due to inclusions that could have allowed domestic abusers easier access to firearms. Now, no such inclusions exist, and if the bill passes in the Republican-controlled house, as it’s likely to, pistols in preschools is a likely reality for Michigan. Continue reading “Our Lives Over Fear”

The Students of Dexter High School

An inside look into the lives of students who do the unordinary

By Bailey Welshans


Emily O’Keefe (Senior)

Most people know Emily O’Keefe as one of the varsity sideline cheer captains, but what many don’t know is that Emily competes in beauty pageants nationally. When Emily was 13 years old, she started participating in these pageants, and her love for them has increased over the years.

“A lot of people say [the pageants] are all about beauty and looks, but the ones that I do are about building character, confidence, and relationships,” O’Keefe said. 

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Desk Job to Road Patrol

After break, Officer Visel and his K-9, Karn, will be taking Officer Hilobuk’s place as Dexter’s resource officer

By Evelyn Maxey and Alisha Birchmeier


After five years of working in Dexter schools, an officer typically gets reassigned. The past two officers at Dexter High School have been here for longer with Officer Jeremy Hilobuk being here for eight years, and before him, Officer Paul Mobbs was here for 10.               

“Things were going well in the district, and my kids were going through the schools,” Officer Hilobuk said.

When he was in high school, Officer Hilobuk took interest in becoming a police officer. Hilobuk took business classes in college, and realized that wasn’t what he wanted to do. He then changed his field of study to criminal justice.

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Cheating Gone Wild

The Squall talked with a variety of students about cheating, some of whom have been caught in the act and others who have been able to escape persecution. We have decided to leave these students anonymous to protect their identity and reputation amongst their teachers and their peers.


It was Wednesday, the night before my nine-week IB Biology exam. I had gotten little sleep the night before because I had been working all night on my AP government outline. This week was the worst possible week to have this biology exam. All my classes are extremely busy. My AP government test was today, my English commentary was this past Monday, and my Pre-Calc test was this last Tuesday.

I had worked so hard to do well on all of these, but, for some reason, I pushed studying for biology until the night before the exam. My heart is racing. It is worth such a big part of my grade and I could not imagine what my parents would do if they found out I bombed it. If Michigan sees that I got a D in IB Biology, there is no way they would ever accept me.

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Winter Sports Briefs

With high expectations for many teams, the Dreadnaughts
have sights set on various titles

By Jacoby Haley & Jillian Chesney
Photographer – Brooklyn Brown
Drake Doyle blocks a shot as teammates Drew Bishop (10), Brady Rosen (3) and Nick Filecia prepare to get the rebound in a game against Brighton on Friday, December 15. Brighton won 44-42.

The 2017-18 winter sports season is going to be something to watch for Dexter, with young star athletes in the sports, talented coaching staff looking to make improvements, and a men’s swim program poised to make a consecutive state title run. All in all, the Dreads are something to be excited about in the coming months.


Following last year when they ended their season early by losing in the first rounds of playoffs. This was disappointing for the boys, but this motivates them to move even further this year. Starting off this season 6-2, with their only losses were against Skyline and Chelsea, the Dreads are looking more solid now than ever. Their success starts with their freshman goalie, Kris Eberly. Eberly is strong and able to bring a new level of confidence to the team because of his previous experience on high-level teams. Continue reading “Winter Sports Briefs”

Green vs. Green

What is there to be done about the excessive lunch waste in Dexter schools?

Styrofoam lasts for thousands of years, and only breaks down at the physical level in nature.
By tate Evans

For the past few years, the Dexter school district has stuck to a lunch policy of using styrofoam trays as the primary means of plating in the cafeteria. If conservative estimates are to be believed, it can be said that Dexter Community Schools has used tens of thousands of those trays in the district’s history.

Due to a number of reasons, these trays can be difficult to recycle and are sent to landfills where the chemical compounds of styrofoam have almost no chance of biodegrading like a natural substance. However, the alternatives to these trays are costly in the face of a school budget already pushed to the limits by increasing transportation and athletic needs.

At DHS, the styrofoam lunch trays themselves are only a few cents apiece, but added all together, they mean considerable savings for the school. Continue reading “Green vs. Green”

Stories Behind the Ribbon

The accounts of a DHS graduate, current students and staff

By Jacoby Haley, Tessa Kipke, Evelyn Maxey & Heather Brouwer

For Nathaniel Burrell, the signs that led to the diagnoses of the cancer were nothing particularly out of the order at first.

“It all started with some trouble going to the bathroom,” Burrell said.

As this trouble progressed, he started to become more worried.

“It came to a point where – it sounds weird to say – nothing was coming out,” Burrell said.

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