Flint Water Crisis

By Lucas Bell & Gigi Saadeldin

When the average American opens their tap, the water which comes out can be described as clean, refreshing, or clear; ever since April of 2014, the water in Flint has been anything but.

The first thing citizens of Flint noticed was the color, ranging from blues to brown. The second thing they noticed was the pungent odor.

In the mid 1980s, Flint fell into a deep economic depression after the closing of a General Motors plant, still affecting the city’s population today. In an attempt for the city to save money, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder changed Flint’s water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage (sourced from Lake Huron as well as the Detroit River) to the Flint River in order to save money. The corrosive river water caused lead from aging pipes to seep into the water supply – inducing extremely elevated levels of lead.

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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 had come back, and this time it was far more aggressive.

“Melanoma is like other cancers, it can get into your lymph nodes and it can be invasive into your organs and so you would need treatment for melanoma like any other cancer with chemotherapy, radiation, surgery,” she said.

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S.P.A.C.E. Club

Student musicians put on stellar February show, look forward to May extravaganza
By Kurtis Hansen

From covers of Panic! at the Disco and the Beastie Boys to originals by Matt Owen, Molly Wing and Colfox, the February 19th S.P.A.C.E concert was a dazzling portrayal of the diverse musical talents in Dexter High School. After attending a S.P.A.C.E show, one might have a difficult time believing the stereotype that describes the club as predominantly metal and country.

To those who have never heard of the club, much less the stereotypes: S.P.A.C.E has absolutely nothing to do astronomy, NASA, or Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. S.P.A.C.E (Student Produced Artistic Collaborative Events) is an opportunity for students and teachers to play whatever music they’d like to alongside their friends and other musicians.

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3-Sport Athlete: A Rapid Decline

By Nick LeBlanc

The years of not caring about grades are over. In turn, the years of three sport athletes are over.

Being accepted into college has become so competitive that sports have began taking a back seat. Due to the rigor of many student’s schedules, and the commitment required from playing a sport, students are forced to give up playing sports they love to make sure they get the best grades possible to stay competitive in the hunt for college.

Junior Rylee Kim, who used to play three sports but had to quit basketball to manage the workload of academics, is a prime example on how heavy the era of competitiveness has hit Dexter High School.

“Sometimes I had multiple sports going on at one time, so I had to drop a sport to spend more time on academics so I wouldn’t feel as overwhelmed,” Kim said.

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Stress, Sophomores, and AP Classes

If the American Dream includes taking extremely advanced classes in 10th grade, I’ll be happy with the choice to live my ‘lazy’ dream
By Kyle Doyle

The class of 2018 has an opportunity that we, the classes of ‘16 and ‘17, never had: The opportunity to bog down three years of their high school career with hours of homework, nervous breakdowns, and expensive tests.

Starting this year, sophomores have been allowed to take AP/IB classes that are offered at Dexter High School. AP/ IB classes that before required pre-requisites earned through freshman- and sophomore-year classes.

But why?

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A Helping Hand

A new link class where students assist other students will arrive a DHS next fall
By Joe Ramey

An all-in-one class is hard to find nowadays. A class that provides help for both sets of students, help for others, training, performing and of course counts as a class credit.

This class was created with the intent to provide a possible moral boost and a morale builder, and has the possibility to provide multiple advantages reasons to join for all parties.

The class is Peer to Peer, a class where a student follows around another Dexter High School student with special needs for one class period. They will help them with all of their needs including physical, social and mental. The students taking the class are their mentor for the hour and guide them on the right path with whatever they’re doing. They would be their “link.” Link refers to the connection between the special education student and the class by the students of the class. It sounds similar to SNAP club that already exists at DHS, but it has many differences along with academic advantages.

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Julia Bell Makes a Difference One Country at a Time

By Caroline Darr

It’s a dream for many students to be able to travel the world. Some, like Junior Julia Bell, have aspirations to not
only travel, but to also leave an impact.

Bell received inspiration to go on service trips from members of
her family. One of her cousins lived in Haiti for several years and shared her stories and pictures from the country with Bell. After hearing of her cousins exciting experiences abroad, Bell decided
that she wanted to give back to the world in a similar way. Last summer, Bell went on a trip with an organization called Global Leadership Adventures (GLA) to Ghana, Africa. The trip consisted of three weeks in the West African country with other students from across the United States.

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‘WE ARE’ Dreadnaught Basketball

Women’s varsity basketball team looks to relive 2013 run to the Breslin Center
By Caden Koenig & Lizzy Merriman

In 2013, the women’s varsity basketball team fought their way to the Breslin Center in East Lansing to compete in the state’s Final Four.

It has been three years since this accomplishment and the Dreads have continued to be a formidable squad. This season, Dexter has an impressive 18-1 record, turning the typical far-fetched goal of state championship into a realistic possibility.

Since freshman year, current seniors have made it a personal goal to go back to the Breslin Center. Being on that final four team, senior guard Taylor Olson knows what it takes to get back.

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