Advising worried seniors and giving underclassmen the how to’s of surviving high school
By Eliza Brown & Evelyn Maxey
Dear Eliza & Evelyn,
“I’ve been working on college applications and I’m feeling overwhelmed! After going on countless campus tours and looking into colleges, I’ve selected my top schools. I want to go to these schools so bad and if I don’t get into them, I don’t know what I’ll do. How do I handle waitlist and rejection letters?”
A scared senior
Dexter softball starts the 2018 season with only a varsity team, making the program’s future a bit murky
By Evelyn Maxey and Bailey Welshans
More than two months after tryouts and as the season is winding down, people are still talking about the controversy surrounding the softball team.
Based on a variety of factors, softball Head Coach Tim Kimball’s decision to eliminate the junior varsity team for the 2018 season created quite the storm.
Having one softball team was not on the initial agenda, but as tryouts played out, it seemed that would end up being the result. Despite Athletic Director Mike Bavineau and Kimball’s efforts to recruit new players — even going as far as to ask students that play other spring sports to fill in if there was a player shortage — they did not end up with the results they wished for.
By Evelyn Maxey
The Social Justice Club hosts an annual wheelchair basketball game that raises money for veterans
In a world of negativity and animosity, light can be found in many things. Dexter High School has a new extracurricular addition which aims to provide support and acceptance to everyone in the community: The Social Justice Club.
“We aim to make our school and community a more equitable place by learning about, educating on, and acting on social issues,” said Ms. Hansen, a teacher coordinator for the club, “especially those affecting the most disadvantaged groups.”
With aims to make our school more open-minded, the Social Justice Club educates people on social issues, especially those involving disadvantaged groups. To raise awareness for one particular group, the they hosted a wheelchair basketball game between Army veterans and Navy veterans.
This event, that wouldn’t have been possible without the leadership of the game’s founder Gerald Hoff, was all about creating a more inclusive environment for veterans.
“This is an event all about veterans,” Hoff said, “It raises awareness about disability issues while emphasizing ability.”
Many veterans are wounded from service, which can isolate them from the rest of the world. These wounds can cause both a physical and emotional divide for veterans; to lessen that divide, we can find ways to support them and their wounds. Wheelchair basketball is a fun twist on regular basketball in that the players go back and forth on the court via wheelchairs to cater to the disabilities.
This passion has spread from Hoff to many Michigan football players. Former Michigan Quarterback and Placeholder Garrett Moores, who is heavily involved in the games, won the NCAA Holder of the Year award during his fifth and final year. His involvement in the games prompted his decision to continue supporting the charity the former winner chose to support, and continue to support veterans.
Additionally, all profits from the game went to the Ann Arbor Veterans Hospital.
“We basically looked up a ton of veteran charities, local and national, and the club decided they wanted to do a local charity,” Hansen said.
On Saturday March 3rd, both Army and Navy veterans suited up for wheelchair basketball.
Although the Army won with a final score of 59-44, the game raised $1,051 which made this game was a slam dunk for both teams.