An Unforgettable Summer

One year after an African experience the author traveled to India to help out another a less-developed country By Julia Bell After 39 hours, four airports, 7,000 miles, and zero sleep, I have arrived in India! I am immediately struck by the people.  There are so many of them. They are speaking so fast in a language I have never heard.  I notice them staring as I pass by, and I find myself staring back.  My eyes are drawn to their clothing. The colors are as warm and welcoming as…

The Social Hierarchy of DHS

By Caden Koenig, Joe Ramey & Claire Ward As new seniors feel entitled to the crown of the school, views on the average day changes every year. This change is meant to fit the mold on how the seniors imagined their final year of high school. So, with this comes the basic rules of Dexter High School’s social hierarchy. Freshmen: Wow, congrats! You guys survived your tween years and lives as middle schoolers. You have finally made it to high school. The next four years are going to be some…

High School Hiatus: The Gap Year

By Michael Bradshaw & Blake Leonard As the May 1st college decision deadline approached, many students were stressing over their final decision, while others were showing off which school would be their home for the next four years. Yet, there was a small group that didn’t have to answer the annual “Where are you going next fall?” question. A gap year is defined as a one-year hiatus from academic studies to allow for non-academic activities. There are many options to fill this “one-year hiatus.” One of those options is a…

Hometown Girl Feels the Love From Our Senior Survivors

By Mika Brust & Lexi Heath Come spring every year, Senior Survivor begins. At the end of the week, the proceeds raised by each team are combined and given to the charity of the winning team. However, this year was different because all teams agreed to raise money for the same charity – Reilly Trammel and her family – before the Senior Survivor competition began. Meet Reilly, a 13-year-old girl who loves science, excels at math, and one day plans to be a Senior Survivor, too. She is surrounded by…

Vaping: Blowin’ Clouds at DHS

[corner-ad id=1]By Lucas Bell We are all familiar with walking into the bathroom and being greeted with the faint aroma of French vanilla, bubble gum, or even a  field of strawberries.  At first one might think the administration has decided to furnish the  restrooms with Yankee Candles to enhance the experience. Unfortunately, this is not the case. What we are dealing with is vaping. “I vape because it is a way to get nicotine that’s definitely safer than smoking,” The Squall’s anonymous vape insider said. The popularity of vaping has…

Saad Selim: More than a Sub

By Riley Gore & Blake Leonard Although Saad Selim may seem like like just another substitute, there is more to him than meets the eye.  Selim was born and raised in Mosul, Iraq, a city controlled by ISIS as of June 2014, and lived in Baghdad most of his life.   In Iraq, Selim attended The University of Technology of Baghdad and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and Avionics.  He owned his own HVAC Heating and Cooling company in Baghdad and spent his time travelling Iraq working as a…

Robotics: 3656

Students engineer success for Dreadbots By Conor Van Dusen The idea of a robot is likely to conjure images of clanky human shaped machines built by old scientists.  However, the term robot applies to more than just that, and here at Dexter High School, a group of trailblazing students are receiving accolades for building their own for use in competitions.  The Dexter Dreadbots is a robotics club established at DHS in 2013.  In its first year the young team understandably struggled and finished the season ranked 110th out of the 171…

Q&A with Mr. Heuser

By Mika Brust & Caroline Darr How long have you been teaching at Dexter High School? “This is my sixth year here, so I came here after almost 15 years at the Ann Arbor News.” Why did you want to become a teacher? “Teaching is in my family’s history: my mom was a teacher, my sister was a teacher, I have aunts, uncles, cousins who have been teachers. For me it’s something that I’ve always thought about and I’m happy I did it.”

Spring Breakdown

As underage drinking levels rise at Spring Break destinations, the consequences are seen as less and less severe to high schoolers By Michael Bradshaw & Claire Ward Two anonymous Dexter High School Students were interviewed for the article. They will be referred to as John and Susan throughout the text. Panama City Beach. Mexico. Siesta Key. Daytona. These places all have many things in common. They have beaches, are warm, are common Spring Break destinations, and have a major underage drinking presence. As a teen grows up they drift from…

Autumn’s Fight Against Cancer

How keeping a strong mind and loving heart has helped her along the journey to surviving cancer By Mika Brust & Lexi Heath Autumn Campbell, beloved art teacher and staff member of DHS, has never touched a tanning bed in her life, nor has she been one of those people who laid out in the sun wearing baby oil. However, in her mid-20’s, Autumn was first diagnosed with skin cancer on her face. On November 5, 2015, she received a call as she was walking into DHS that her cancer…