A Generation Immortalized

An inside look at the new banner, featuring sports, clubs and other activities, that now spans the length of the commons

By Truman Stovall

The DHS commons got a makeover recently: a new banner that spans its longest wall. It features a collage of action shots from sports, clubs, and other types of events.
“It was a project that originated with [Principal Kit] Moran this summer. He came up to me and asked, ‘Can you help make it come to life?’” Assistant Principal Karen Walls said.
Featured photos were taken by Robert Bowden, members of the Squall, the yearbook, or compiled by Hope Vestergaard. A photo of last year’s graduation day was taken by Walls herself. The company hired to print and install the banner is called Steve’s Custom Signs, Inc., located in Saline.
The goal, Walls explained, was to display something “representative of Dexter as a whole. We tried not to have too many faces [on the banner], but that’s very hard to do. We wanted to keep it timeless.”
For those whose faces do appear on the banner, the general reaction is positive.
Seniors Caroline Shoopman and Nick Palson can both be seen in a photo of a past Homecoming dance. Shoopman thought being visible was “exciting,” and Palson said it feels “amazing,” believing he had been immortalized in the school.
“When I saw the final product, it was cool,” Palson said. “I didn’t realize I was on it until a few days later… I get to be up there forever now.”
Both would be in favor of the school adding more signs like the one in the commons in the future. Palson cited the possibility representing more sports since only a few made the cut for a spot on the banner.
Currently there are no plans to add more signs, but the idea is being considered. Walls said it will “depend on funding. If we [have] the opportunity, we would do it.”