The Denton school district has made a controversial (or, as the school board called it: courageous and brave) move regarding grading policies to take effect next year. The new policy throws deadlines out the window by allowing students to turn in late work at any time and retake tests over and over. It also does away with the six-week grading periods, replacing them with nine-week periods.
Whenever a mass shooting occurs, and lately they have occurred in what seems like rapid succession, one of the first questions asked is, “Why?” From the first cries by witnesses and survivors, captured by television cameras, to roundtable discussions on CNN, the question, “Why?” is first and foremost.
Throughout your childhood you are always asked what you want to be when you grow up, and the answers vary from firefighter to ballerina. But as you grow older, you start to consider all of your options and the path you must take to become a firefighter or ballerina. When you get into high school, you are not only asked what you want to be in life, but what you plan to do in life to get there. And you will find yourself wondering the same thing. It’s easy to know what you want to be, especially if you have a true passion for something. But it’s not always as easy to figure out how you are going to get there.
“When I think of Eric Dearmin, two things instantly come to mind — his love for his friends and his passion for music.” Ponder High School junior Justin Rippentrop couldn’t be more right. Dearmin seems like your average high school student — he hangs out with his friends, has a part-time job and still manages to get excellent grades. His musical career, however, is his biggest success yet, as he’s made it all the way to the state competition.
Denton High School junior Miles O’Keefe is an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate. His father is a professor at Texas Woman’s University, and his mother is the director of the services department at TWU.
Jeff Winkler’s goal is 162.5 pounds.
After spending hours racing around the track at 100 mph, Denton High School freshman Hannah Williams is disappointed when her father has to drive her home from practice. Being only 15 years old, she isn’t allowed to have a license, but she can still call herself a race car driver.
One-year-old Jace Gabriel loves to run around and is very energetic, just like every other baby.
Standing at the podium with a beautiful, gold Olympic medal around his neck is a major goal for Denton High School senior D.J. Lang. He is going to begin pursuing his goal at the University of Alabama.
Candlelit explosions illuminate the happy faces of young kids in a dark room. All of them have a desire to learn about science at Bailey Cage’s Science Adventure. Cage, a senior, held the workshop to complete the Girl Scouts Gold Award and to educate children about science.
Every summer since 2008, Guyer High School Spanish teacher Oscar Salas has traveled to Peru for a week of mission work around the city of Port Callao. The trip is sponsored by various churches around Denton, but teachers and students who are 18 years old or older are invited to go each year.
Students in the Media Tech Club at Guyer High School begin their quest once again this year. Consoles and TVs lighting up, shooting blasters from a television screen, cards shuffling on a tables and the “finish him!” from the speakers bring gamers together.
America is based on the idea of equality. We as a country have fought for integration, women’s suffrage, income equality and more. But what exactly is equality? It seems that the general definition for equality, at least in America, is giving the exact same rights, opportunities and benefits to every single person. While this is true to an extent, couldn’t it also be argued that equality is not giving the same things to everyone, but giving to everyone the things that each person needs and deserves?
Ponder has seen senior Jessica Orozco as a valuable asset to its softball team since she stepped onto the diamond as a freshman. However, catching the eye of scouts from Southwest Christian University in Bethany, Okla., has opened a new door for the talented senior.
After last year’s District 5-4A championship, the Wildcat cross country team is back in action again. Led by Coach John Ponsonby, the wildcats looking to improve in any way they can to do even better this year, and that includes getting better individually.
Honor guard is known for running the flags down the football field after every touchdown. They also make a lot of noise, perform pushups in the end zones and hype the crowd. This year, the squad has a new addition, and for the first time in Guyer history, it’s a girl.
The clock struck triple zeros. Parents were crying. Players and coaches were sharing warm embraces. The Blue Crew was going crazy, and school spirit was at an all-time high. On December 19, 2012, the football team brought home the school’s first ever state championship.
On Sept. 13, 1966, a child named James Lee was born in Lansing, Mich. He was immediately placed in an orphanage and was later adopted by Charles and Rosemary Ford. That boy would grow up to be the current principal of Denton High School, Dan Ford.
Marinna Eckel can do more with one hand than most people could do with five.
On March 28, her 69th birthday, Dottie McEuin died after suffering complications from a heart attack, which sent her into a coma. She had been a Bronco for nearly all of her life.
The lively sound of tapping shoes echoes through the ears of adoring fans as the Saginaw, Mich., High Steppers dance across the stage. The combination of jazz and tap drives the audience mad. The adorable faces of children dancing and singing on stage are too cute to ignore.
For 25 years, they lived in a pleasant home on Linden Street with a beautiful agave tree growing in the front yard. Their unique home, built in the 1960s, could not have better suited Fritz Schwalm and his wife, Reneta, even though it was placed only feet from Denton High School. On the morning of Feb. 10, 2008, the Schwalms woke up to a notice informing them that the high school was going to expand.
Both boys and girls soccer teams want to keep the recent success in athletics. With breakout, record-setting seasons in boys and girls basketball, and the school’s first ever state championship in football, the soccer program wants to keep the recent trend of dominance going. “We want to go to state this year,” said Kevin Leon, a senior defender on the boys’ soccer team. “That’s the expectation.”
Track is off to a sprint as practices and preparations for meets have begun. Both boys and girls teams have similar goals. “We expect to win district, and our goal for this year is to win regionals as a team,” Lady Wildcat track coach Megan Hardesty said.
The sound blares, and Kevin Van Horn wakes up to the 7 a.m. alarm he set the night before. He takes a shower and eats his cereal. He grabs his things and starts his day.
He jumps out of bed bright and early. He needs to beat the sweltering heat before the sun rises. Young entrepreneur Caleb Shafer does this for a living.