Sip or slurp?

She lay twitching in her bed.  Her eyes wide open and no amount of counting sheep could reverse the damage done by the several cups of coffee she had downed earlier. Last week senior Laura Stanton drank so much coffee she wasn’t able to sleep. In the past few years more and more teens are buying and drinking coffee. Some believe this is due to teens wanting to look older, more mature, and “cooler.”  While others, like senior Louis Kurcz, claim it just tastes good. Kurcz has fallen into a…

Dreadstrong campaign hopes to provide community identity

The Purpose of “Dread Strong” New Superintendent Chris Timmis said he didn’t want to wait to settle in. He didn’t want to take a year or two to figure out the system to see if he liked where he had ended up. Instead he decided it was time to take charge and make a change by kicking off a district-wide marketing campaign using one central theme: “Dread Strong.” He said the goal of the campaign is to get the community involved with the schools and give them an opportunity to…

Scheduling problems lead to angry students

Senior Margaret Bussineau wanted to take Humanities. And she wanted to take IB French as well. But because Humanities is only offered during a first and second hour block and because IB French is only offered first hour, Bussineau had to settle with a Upper Class Seminar, or UCS, an English class for juniors and seniors. Like many students, Bussineau is the victim of a master schedule that leaves teachers, students, counselors and administrators stressed and often hampers students who want to take multiple, academically-challenging courses. “I really don’t enjoy…

Sophomore with Down syndrome named class homecoming queen

Meet sophomore homecoming queen Alana Schwartz.  She is 17 years old and a sophomore.  She has Down syndrome, a mild case, which means that while she has a learning disability, she doesn’t have any of the heart problems associated with the condition. One day Alana was sitting in front of sophomore Sam Bremmer on the bus.  Alana was singing and having fun as usual. “I wondered how she would react if she were homecoming queen,” Bremmer said. This is why Bremmer decided to do something special for Alana. Bremmer emailed…

Students wish they could go elsewhere for lunch

He would escape if he could, but he’s stuck there like he is every other day. Just dreaming of what it would be like if he were allowed to leave. Chicken sandwich, some fries and a milk all make it onto the tray. Same options as every other day of the week. Still thinking of all the other foods out there that he could have, junior Scott VandenHeuvel carries his food out to his table where he can sit and talk to his friends. “There’s more stuff out in town…

District works to update security

After the shooting in Newtown, Conn. schools across the country have dealt with ways to make buildings safer for students. Dexter is no exception. According to Principal Kit Moran Dexter not only focuses on shooting security but also fire and tornado safety. If there’s a fire, doors can auto-lock to stop the fire from spreading. And if there’s a shooter trying to come into the building he said the secretaries in the office looking for people who enter the building unauthorized are the first line of defense. Moran said, “The…

An open gate with an open heart

In his typical purple and yellow Lions Club polo and hat, Louie Ceriani pumps up players, parents and fans of Dexter sports on a regular basis. In his 85th year of living in Dexter, Ceriani has continually supported Dexter in everything he does. About 30 years ago the Dexter Lions Club started to raise money to offer scholarships to students and volunteer in the Dexter community, especially in athletics. The Lion’s Club was asked by the late Al Ritt to help volunteer at football games. Ceriani, a member from the…