The Bark Behind Mental Health

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.

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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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The Hidden Gems Review

Casey’s Tavern: Ann Arbor’s local favorite since 1986

By Alisha Birchmeier, Bailey Welshans

Tucked away between townhouses and old buildings in Ann Arbor stands Casey’s Tavern, an easy-to-miss  restaurant, since the sign is raised so high on the building. Casey’s is known for its authentic, home-style food and, more specifically, their reuben. When we visited the restaurant we were greeted by a manager who told us there was a booth in the back we could sit in. Having to scoot through people, we felt very uncomfortable and claustrophobic. We didn’t like that we could easily hear the conversation of the people not even two feet away from us.

Above, the shrimp & Chicken Caesar Salad and to the left is the Cheeseburger. Both were good!

We decided to order onion rings, even though neither of us are quite big fans of them, just to try them out. After about fifteen minutes, we received our drinks and our appetizer. The onion rings were by far the best either of us has ever had!

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Athletes in the Crowd: Freshmen Edition

From the best of the best, these freshmen have excelled on varsity teams

By Bailey Welshans

Rachel Dunklee – Dance

Since Rachel Dunklee was two years old, she’s had a passion for dancing. Other than making it onto the Varsity Dance team, one of Dunklee’s biggest accomplishments is going to National’s with her dance studio, Dancer’s edge, last year. She is an excellent student, keeping her grades up, and turning assignments in on time. Being one of two freshmen on the varsity dance team, Dunklee has a lot to live up to. However, it doesn’t seem to faze her.

“She does a very good job of learning routines quickly, and hitting all of the steps correctly,” senior dancer Evelyn Hawley said.

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Irma’s ‘Perfect Storm’

Hurricane Irma, described as the “perfect storm,” tore through Southern Florida and surrounding islands, devastating families and destroying homes

By Evelyn Maxey & BAILEY WELSHANS

 

Here is the destructive path of Hurricane Irma. Irma formed on Aug. 30 in the Atlantic Ocean and hit the Florida Keys on Sept. 10. Source: weather.com

Hurricane Irma wasted no time after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey to start her own path of destruction. On August 30, 2017, the monumental storm struck parts of Cuba, the Virgin Islands, and southwestern Florida. Victims of the storm in the United States stretch from Naples, Florida, all the way to Albany, Georgia. Irma hit Florida as a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 115 MPH.

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