Payton O’Brien: Military life is tough, wonderful

Payton O'Brien

September 26, 2018

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The military is a big part of America. We are always doing things to support our troops who risk their lives for us, but no one ever actually pays attention to the struggles of military life. The Air Force has been a big par...

Caitlyn Dunn: Retrospective on Homecoming

Caitlyn Dunn

September 26, 2018

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When I think of Homecoming, I think of the crowded mall, the smell of hairspray, high heels that nobody can walk in but still buy them for pictures, and music we have listened to since our first sixth grade dance. Homecomin...

Move to Chromebooks truly a … joy

Leah Khanu, Online editor

September 7, 2018

Filed under Columns, News

They’re small. They’re lightweight. They’re the brand new Chromebooks and they’re available for our usage. They allow you to connect to the internet. Sure, it’s not as fast as a Mac, but now you have plenty of time to ...

Mullen: Is PDA really that big of a deal?

Audrey Mullen

May 16, 2018

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  Schools have students who kiss, hug, or hold hands in the hallways and have people who are in relationships. Some are more serious than others, but all are attending Derby High School. Some teachers and students have taken it upo...

Message to mom: Without you, I would break

Karina Salinas

May 11, 2018

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Happy Mother’s Day! Mom, I’ll be honest. I’m not the best daughter anyone could have. In fact, I worry you, stress you out and am often impolite. Behind every eye roll and sarcastic bark, there is an ‘I lov...

Sentimental goodbye to the class of 2018 from a junior

Promise Asher

May 9, 2018

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It’s not typical for me to become too sentimental about things. I am usually someone who is able to close doors and await new ones to open. But watching the seniors go, that’s a different story. Over the past year I h...

Asher: Junior year’s the toughest

Promise Asher, Yearbook copy editor

May 4, 2018

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I still remember the months leading up to junior year, everyone told me it would be the hardest year yet. And I can’t help but say that they were right. Junior year is the hardest because your classes increase in difficulty, there is mo...

Hale: Reaching out makes all the difference to teens in pain

EllieAna Hale, Special to

May 3, 2018

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Have you ever heard the question, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around, will it make a sound?” I’m starting to believe that this philosophy applies to teens as well, and I don’t understand why we aren't chang...

Hilton: Spring break’s not really a break

Kaytlin Hilton, Panther's Tale designer

March 26, 2018

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The words “spring break” are often followed with a sigh of relief or even an excited smile and a heel click. For many, this is a time of relaxation, sunscreen and plane tickets. However, for the average high school ...

Drees: Humor only way to handle getting hit by car

Cydney Drees

March 16, 2018

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Let me take you back to a night that hit me like a ton of bricks -- or a car. St. Patrick’s day 2017 or the best day of my life. Tomayto, tomahto. It was the beginning of spring break, I was hanging with friends. Me, being a car...

Newbury: Stop glorifying mass shooters

Tyler Newbury, Yearbook staff designer

March 10, 2018

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There has been a quickly rising trend of violence in society lately, it seems every week there is a new story about an active shooter of some sort. However, what's truly frightening is the fact that shootings are becoming more ...

Promise Asher: Top 10 song recommendations

Promise Asher

January 18, 2018

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  Borderline Vanic Remix-  Tove Styrke No Money - Galantis September - Earth, Wind, & Fire Stolen - Milky Chance Heartache on the Dance Floor - Jon Pardi River - Bishop Briggs I Fall Apart - Po...