Brainstorming while seeing the whole cookie

Published Wednesday, May 29, 2013
By Madeline Pena

It seems like only moments ago when I curled up in bed with my mom and dad as they read me "If you Give a Mouse a Cookie." That crazy mouse never knew what he wanted.

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Learning curve: Senior reflects on life lessons

Published Wednesday, May 29, 2013
By Paris Walther

He wasn't much to look at in the first place. The small frame didn't promise much growth, and his chest was pretty narrow. What muscle potential he might have had was lost in the matted hair stuck up in little tufts all over his body.

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Life’s experiences have shaped who I am

Published Wednesday, May 29, 2013
By Cristin Morgan

I am unique. I can be a journalism nerd, an academic geek, a dancer, a wannabe actress, a jokester, a hard worker - the list keeps going. You name it, and I am not afraid to try it.

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Music with a Message: Local teen to perform at House of Blues

Published Saturday, April 27, 2013
By Cristin Morgan

Eko. It's three letters, one word and the next big thing.

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Don’t forget my Farm Bill! Agriculture legislation off to a slow start

Published Saturday, April 13, 2013
By Paris Walter

All I want for graduation is an updated Farm Bill. Seriously.

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DHS grad playing key role in bat conservation

Published Saturday, April 6, 2013
By Cristin Morgan

Latin America is an extremely important region for bat conservation. It is home to at least 345 known species of bats (compared to just 47 in the U.S.), and 40 of those are considered vulnerable or critically endangered.

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Flamenco team shows the soul of Spanish culture

Flamenco team shows the soul of Spanish culture

Published Wednesday, April 3, 2013
By Madeline Pena

The best way to understand culture is to experience it. The Decatur High School flamenco team lives up to this motto.

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No limits: Ag teacher overcomes physical disability

Published Wednesday, March 20, 2013
By Paris Walther

Arriving at the ag barn before most of his students wake up, agriculture education teacher and FFA adviser Jim Allsup prepares for another day.

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In the Market: Students engage in virtual stock exchange

Published Saturday, March 2, 2013
By Paris Walther

Busy conversations bounce off classroom walls as Decatur High School honors economics students partake in a 10-week computer-simulated stock market activity titled "The Stock Market Game."

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Going Green: Ag teacher presents horticulture division for county fair

Published Saturday, January 19, 2013
By Paris Walther

Alongside the cattle, goats, hogs and sheep this year, plants will be a new sale item at the Wise County Youth Fair.

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Morse to direct last play at DHS

Published Wednesday, January 16, 2013
By Cristin Morgan

This Saturday, the curtain will rise one last time under the direction of Decatur High School theatre director Lance Morse.

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Ready to share 2013′s news online

Published Wednesday, January 2, 2013
By Madeline Pena

Congratulations! We've survived the 2012 Apocalypse. Admit it. In the weeks prior to "the end of the world," we found ourselves Google-searching "Mayan legends," "What time will the world end?" or "Top 10 things you should have when natural disaster strikes."

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A year of courage

Published Wednesday, January 2, 2013
By Paris Walther

At 16 years old, Gabby Douglas and her gymnastics team won the team all-around gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Here I come, 2013

Published Wednesday, January 2, 2013
By Cristin Morgan

The past year comes to a close with memories I will never forget: going to New York City with the high school journalism department and my mom, riding in a helicopter for the first time, getting a new car for graduation a year early, three high school bomb threats.

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Students participate in holiday outreach

Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012
By Madeline Pena

This holiday season, Decatur High School found ways to help kids from 1 to 92.

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Skateboard club in progress

Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012
By Cristin Morgan

PJ Shredderz, owner of Shredderz Skate Shop and Indoor Park and a 2005 graduate of Decatur High School, wants to give back to the community.

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Sign of Love: Youth reach across language barrier

Published Saturday, October 27, 2012
By Paris Walter

Music fills the air, vibrating against the warmly-lit walls in the sanctuary. Dozens of enraptured teenagers occupy the stage, singing and praising God.

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Another step in life

Published Wednesday, October 17, 2012
By Cristin Morgan

Around 8 p.m. she is driving home from Christmas shopping in Southlake when she receives a phone call from Dr. Jill Farmar.

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Living to serve; Church group teaches English in Czech Republic

Published Wednesday, September 26, 2012
By Paris Walther

Clicking through photo after photo on her computer, First United Methodist church youth pastor Laura Hammack recalls different memories from her trip to the Straznice church in the Czech Republic.

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I will never forget

Published Wednesday, September 19, 2012
By Cristin Morgan

I will never forget the summer of 2012. In June, I met a guy who I consider a great friend.

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