Too Old To Trick-Or-Treat?

Tyler draws the line between acceptable and unacceptable ages to trick-or-treat on Halloween

By Tyler Valentine

It’s getting to be that time again. The leaves are starting to fall, football season is in full swing, and the age-old question arises: what do we as high schoolers do for Halloween? There are two types of people when it comes to Halloween; those that dress up to trick-or-treat, and those that attend social gatherings. But who is to say which is more age appropriate? Is it frowned upon for us high schoolers to go door to door asking people for candy?

Sorry to crush your dreams, but there is such a thing as being too old for trick-or-treating.

To prevent any accusations of pedophelia, I think you should know you can’t trick-or-treat if you’re 6-foot and have a beard. That being said, this point comes at different times for different people.

It is acceptable to trick-or-treat as long as you look young enough to do so. If you were that kid that had a beard when he was in middle school, I’m sorry, but you got unlucky and your Halloween adventures should’ve been cut short.

But if you are in high school and still look like you should be trick-or-treating *cough* Nick LeBlanc *cough*, then you are in the clear.

Personally, I haven’t gone trick-or-treating since about the 7th grade, and that’s the way I like things. It’s not that I’m too cool to trick-or-treat or anything, I’m honestly just too lazy to walk around for hours, even for free candy. I’m more of a sit-at-home, eat-all-the-candy-that-is-meant-to-be-handed-out kind of person.

I respect the perseverance of those that still dress up and go door to door every Halloween for candy despite the weather we’ve had the past few years.

I remember when I was a kid, I didn’t have to dress up as an Eskimo for Halloween due to the weather. Recently the weather has not been too nice to those who wear “adult” costumes.

This year, Halloween unfortunately falls on a Monday. With the combination of a Monday night Halloween and more than likely terrible weather, I assure you I will be in my bed sipping some warm cider, snacking on donuts, and watching the Disney Halloween specials.

I promise you, Halloween is still fun without trick-or-treating. Be cautious of possible outcomes if you trick-or-treat around kids looking like a full grown man.

Wait… We’re Seniors?

After 12 years of schooling, this will be our final hurrah. Let’s make Year 13 one to remember

By Tyler Valentine

Alright guys, this is it. It’s the last time most of us will see each other for the rest of our lives.

We’ve been going to school together for 13 years and it all comes to an end here. Quite honestly, I’m not ready yet. I think back to our freshman year and how the seniors seemed so mature. I look at us as seniors now, thinking about how we still look like freshmen.

The past 13 years have been quite a rollercoaster of ups and downs. There have been many firsts since we started going to school together. While we were in fourth grade, Barack Obama became the first African American to become president. In seventh grade, a tornado hit the whole town. In 10th grade, Dexter officially became a city. The summer before our junior year, gay marriage was legalized. American hero, Bruce Jenner, has transitioned and now goes by the name Caitlyn.

In less than a year we will be dropped off at a new school, and we’ll have to learn how to live on our own. I’m almost 17, and I have yet to figure out the right cereal to milk ratio. That aside, it’s now time for us to step up and take on the responsibilities of the senior class.

We lead the student section. We are the ones underclassmen go to for advice. The choice is ours to make it a great year or not. Though I am stressed beyond measure, this year is going to be the best year of school in Dexter.

We are front row for every football game, we have the opportunity to take a reduced schedule, and most importantly, we have senior skip days.

I probably just lost any confidence people had in our senior class, but I promise, follow our lead this year; it’s going to be L17 (get it? It’s like lit, but we’re class of ‘17, so it’s L17).

The Life of Pablo – The Album That Could Save Kanye

By Tyler Valentine

Kanye West. Very influential. Very controversial character in the media, is back at it again. After going under the radar in the music world since his album Yeezus, West has released what may be the best album of the year. He has named the album “The Life Of Pablo”, Pablo being Pablo Picasso, the most famous artist of the 20th century. Kanye got the inspiration to name it after one of the greatest artist of all times because he views himself to be similar to Picasso. A song in the album “No more Parties in L.A.” West says “I feel like Pablo when I’m making these shoes”, meaning he feels like he is creating great art when he designs shoes, which he is.

Before The Life Of Pablo, or TLOP, West was known for his harsh lyrics, and strong beats to go along with them. With TLOP, Kanye raps his same Kanye lyrics, but rather than overwhelming beat in the background, West decided to go with a more gospel feel, to reflect on his faith in God.

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