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Daily stories and shows at McDowell High School.

“Now girls, let’s talk about the dress code.”

I know I’m not alone when statements like this infuriate me.

The Student Services office at McDowell High has been really proactive this year in informing students about summer learning, volunteering, and working options.

The year is drawing to a close and several students are getting tired of school, but seniors can take heart that the end of year activities for them are about to begin, and their final day of high school is right around the corner.

Since construction began last year, much drama has taken place in the student parking lot. Students have become frustrated with newly enforced rules and are confused as to why they are suddenly being put in place.

Times are changing, and as technology progresses, so does the relevance of social media. Almost everyone has some sort of technological means of communication with the public, and while this is a huge advancement for networking and making connections, it also signifies a new subject of censorship by the government.

Things are almost never what they appear on the first glance especially when you are dealing with people. Someone can look so sweet and then be the complete opposite or someone can seem so weak or fragile and then they have an amazing amount of strength.

For the past eight years, McDowell High has participated in the International Partnership: sending a group of McDowell students to Germany for nine days and bringing the German students to McDowell for six days. This is arranged through the Center for International Understanding of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For the third year in a row, Democrats in the Senate failed to pass a bill that would help close the wage gap between men and women. Republicans have so far not given a good reason why they will not help close the gap. And women? Women are angry. Very angry.

At McDowell High School, the journalism program and the creative writing class is a very important thing. The students that work in it help produce Titan TV and the school’s newspaper. This is a show that helps let the student body and faculty about the events that are going on in the school.

Don’t worry, teachers; its not you, its me.

Your lectures are as fascinating as ever, your homework is reasonable, your lessons are understandable, and your projects are interesting and inspiring. I can see how much effort you put into keeping your students on the right path. Seriously, keep up that good work.

Julius Carson, a student from New York, wowed students and teachers at McDowell High last year when he performed a poem at the Veterans Day program. This year, he had the opportunity to do it again when he participated in and won the Creative Writing class’ poetry slam.

Last week, two of McDowell High’s bands earned superior ratings at the Musical Performance Adjudication contest at Brevard College.

Senior year of high school is hard, not just by my standards, but practically every senior having to endure the stress of the their last year of high school. We have colleges to apply for, competing for scholarships, keeping up our grades, studying for exams, not to mention anything we do outside of school, like part-time jobs.

Thursday night, March 20th, was the Winter Sports Banquet at McDowell High. All the sports teams had their own awards to give, and many coaches made speeches, but the cheerleading awards were by far the most in depth.

Friends, loved ones, co workers, and admirers of fallen Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp gathered at McDowell High School on Monday, March 17, to celebrate and remember his life. School was dismissed at noon so the service could be held at 2 p.m. in the gymnasium, and more than 3,000 people were in attendance.

Tuesday, March 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., American Red Cross is having a blood drive at McDowell High School.

Thursday night, March 20th, was the Winter Sports Banquet at McDowell High. All the sports teams had their own awards to give, and many coaches made speeches, but the cheerleading awards were by far the most in depth.

McDowell Lady Titans Varsity basketball player Markia Stacey received the MAC Player of the year award for the 2013-2014 basketball season. Stacey is a junior this year, and will be a senior on the team next year.

Early this February, Mcdowell Titan Senior Abbey Taylor, found out she had been accepted into the Naval Academy. Upon opening her acceptance letter, she was “in complete shock because [she] honestly didn’t think [she] would get in.”

Students in the graphic communications class have recently completed a project that allowed them to contribute to a popular community event.

Lurking in the shadows of crop planting and food processing, a new potential threat has arisen; The GMFs. GMF stands for genetically modified food, the process of genetically altering the DNA in everyday food to create new and better crops and taste quality in food. This method has made a big splash in the news lately.

Yearbook sales are now in full swing, and several opportunities involving the yearbook have become available for students. The yearbook staff has just finished work on this year’s annual. This means that Yearbook Distribution Day is drawing nearer, and books are selling out quickly.

McDowell High has many extracurricular activities to choose from, Environmental club being one of them. This club, run by Mrs. Rebecca Rideout, is an extra credit opportunity for students in AP Environmental and an adventure waiting to happen.

Last Thursday, seniors took a test new to McDowell High this year. The WorkKeys test, given by ACT, assesses the skills students would need to use in a job and tests how ready they are to join the workforce. Several employers require potential employees to take this test, and now current seniors are one step ahead of the game.

In today’s society, the fine arts of reading and writing have fallen into shadows, while the concepts of math and science have been raised up on a pedestal. Schools encourage a class focus on advanced topics of math and science, claiming they will make you more appealing to colleges and will bring you closer to a successful career, even though some students might be more interested in an english concentration.

Walking down the hallway of McDowell High School, the first thing a person will see is a ocean of bobbing heads trying to maneuver their way to the next block. Under the sea of book bags hanging from the students are these blue recycling bins. The recycling bins are McDowell High School’s way of going green.

At McDowell High, there are several faculty members that serve as mentors or surrogate mothers and fathers to some of the students who go here. Regardless of whether these faculty members are actually mothers and fathers themselves they are still able to fill these roles for some students.

America’s society puts an extremely large emphasis on education. This is not such a bad thing, but sometimes such an emphasis can be a little stressful for the students.

According to the Assistant Principal at McDowell High School, Rodney Wheeler, the new traffic pattern will help in more ways than one.

Students haven’t always fully understood the rule concerning hats in the classroom because of many miscommunications that occur surrounding them at McDowell High School.

When a person first walks into Crooked Door on a Saturday night, they are greeted by the old wooden staircase that cricks with every step leading to the lobby and coffee shop. The aroma in the air is filled with the sweet scent of freshly brewed house coffee, and there is a quiet chatter coming from the array of people about to participate in the Open Mic Night.

I am one of those teens that stay constantly busy; what with being involved in several extracurriculars, working nearly every evening, and looking after my siblings, I barely have a moment to breathe.

Advance placement classes, more commonly known as AP classes, have been a method of college preparation and GPA boosting for several years now. These classes are taught on a higher level of learning to high school students with the hopes of passing the subject’s standardized test and receiving college credit that will transfer once they graduate.


If you’re reading this, I guess I’m gone… or dead… hopefully the previous, but I’m just going to cover my bases and include the worst. Now comes the time to address my final document to McDowell High.

Last week, Supreme Court halted same – sex marriage in Utah after a federal district court has ruled that banning marriage for gay or lesbian couples violates their rights. It is known that peoples’ opinions about this issue vary in a wide range. Especially in a very conservative state like Utah, it is hard to look at the facts and find a reasonable opinion.

Lately, there has been a new battle that everyone has been talking about. This challenge  between Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the show Duck Dynasty, and the producers of his hit reality show on A&E. This all got started when Phil gave his opinions about homosexuals.

This world is so vast; so much of it has been left untouched. Countless states, countries, and islands fill the world with population and attention. Humans have a passion for seeing things more than what they can see where they are, from the great plains to star-struck Los Angles to the swamps of Louisiana to the bustling metropolis of New York City.

Exams are coming up this following week at McDowell High school, and all students are studying and preparing for these tests to finally end the first semester of 2013-2014.

Long has been the feud between men and women, and long has been the idea of gender inequality. The thing is, through all the sexist remarks and thick headed people on BOTH sides (and any in the middle), there is truth to the idea that women are indeed still not equal to their male counterparts.

Some people are not sure what they want to do after high school. Okay, a lot of people don’t. But last Friday, the career fair was here.

Violence is a consistent thing in life. It moves like a plague throughout the world. And it never changes. Recently, an uproar has begun in schools. And a question of immense controversy has arisen. Should we arm teachers in school? 

The kids in the Wee Titan class have been learning Spanish thanks to Mrs. Van der Sluijs’ Spanish for Native Speakers class, which was started around the beginning of the school year. Mrs. Van der Sluijs said that she started it because she wanted a way for hispanic kids to be proud of their heritage and to teach others about it.

In our society today there are many different variations of things, especially things in the media. One thing that is constantly changing and made better is dance. This has changed many times throughout the years and will continue to change in the years to come.