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SOTM Spotlight: Joan Barber

Written by Haley Wells.

Mrs. Dexter chose Joan Barber as her Student of the Month and stated that “It [was her] pleasure to nominate Joan Barber as student of the month. Joan is an excellent student who is hard-working and serious about her education. With confidence, she asks questions to get more understanding in class. Her work ethic and focus on doing well in school is an inspiration to her classmates. Joan is always willing to help her peers without being asked.  These attributes make Joan a wonderful example to all. Great job, Joan!”

Barber doesn’t join in on many school activities, but said she likes to go outside and play with her puppy.

When asked what advice she had for her classmates regarding Trojan Pride, she replied with “do your work and be nice to others.”

Barber said that Mrs. Dexter was her favorite teacher because Mrs.Dexter inspires her to learn this year and not to play around.

SOTM Spotlight: Jordan Davis

Written By Donna Dereus

Jordan Davis was recently chosen as Student of the Month by Mrs. King because “Jordan is always upbeat and goes out of his way to say positive things to others.”

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When I asked him how he would describe himself, he responded with answer of how he shows great leadership in his community including his school and church.

I decided to expand more on this question but substituted the adjectives for colors. Davis says he would describe himself as red, white, and blue because he’s “very patriotic and loves america”.

Davis also told me that his mom, youth pastor, and Mr. Trivette help him be his better self on a daily basis. He especially likes Mr. Trivette because he helps him to be encouraged on a daily basis.

To tap into his more creative side I asked Davis to describe his dream reality. His reply wasn’t shocking when he said he would want American flags, mountains, and lots of food!

His final advice for his peers to help them maintain a Trojan pride attitude is to “work together and be positive”.

Davis definitely has what it takes to be student of the month and is truly a roll model we should all strive to act like.

Stranger Things 2 Review

Written by Alexis Wells

The top question surrounding the Stranger Things fandom is:”Was season 1 better than season 2?”  Season 2 expanded far beyond the content of season 1. In season 2 we are introduced to new characters and although not all of our questions were answered,some of them were.
On one storyline the season follows Eleven and we get to see her development as well as her personality change.El escaped from the Upside Down.Since her escape she was determined to see Mike again but Hopper would not let her his reason being: “Risks are stupid and we aren’t stupid.” El was also searching for her home which leads to an entire episode of her finding her long lost “sister.” Her path to home is definitely not what I expected.
Throughout season 2 it is quite obvious that most of the boys are continuing on with their lives and have seem to forgotten about the Upside Down by distracting themselves with video games and the new girl “Mad Max.” Will,however is still haunted by his memories of being stuck in the Upside Down. He begins to have treatment as a person with PTSD.
As the fans requested,there was finally justice for Barb.Well…sort of.  The writers did not forget about her.Nancy feels partly responsible for Barb’s death which leads her on a guilt investigative path.
One person I wish I could have seen more of in season 2 is Mike. When we saw him most,he was attached to Will’s side being a great friend.He is far from playing the central role he had in season 1. There were definitely some memorable moments for him as well as emotional which could be clearly seen in the scenes where he was missing Eleven and reminiscing on the times they had.

    I really loved Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) in this new season. He did not get much screen time last season seeing as he was in the Upside Down for 98% of the time. Noah makes up for his lack of screen time with agonizing,believable performances.All the actors on this show are amazing but Noah’s really stood out to me this season.

    Overall I really liked this season, but not as much as season 1.

    Season 1 left us with questions. Season 2 answered some. Season 2 ended. Now we have even more questions piled on.

  •  Are Hopper and Dustin “Infected”?  When Hopper went into the tunnels under the pumpkin fields, he got sprayed by that nasty looking stuff which he breathed in. After he inhaled it Hopper was taken to the lab where he coughed up that goo. Dustin also inhaled it in the last episode if season 2.                                                          
  • Will we see “Eight” again?When we first saw Kali(eight) no one had any idea who she was or why she was there. Her power(the ability to cast illusions) was pretty cool. It’s uncertain whether or not we will see her again. I hope to see her return along with the other 9 lab test children.
  • Is the shadow monster still around? After eleven banished the shadow monster to the upside down and closed the gate while doing so,it seemed like the monster was out of everyone in Hawkins lives forever. But in the final scene of the season the shadow monster is very clearly lurking above the upside down version of Hawkins Middle School.
  • Is Dr.Brenner still alive? Aka “Papa” was attacked by the Demogorgon in the last episode of season 1 and he hasn’t been seen since. If he is alive-what is he planning?


Written By Alexis Wells

Colleen Coleman was recognized as one of LCHS 9th grade campus’ students of the month. Colleen was specifically chosen by her teacher for bettering herself personally and academically. Mr.Ledford commented that she “does well in math all the time.  She also serves as a peer tutor during PRIDE time and is willing to lend a helping hand.” Continue reading SOTM SPOTLIGHT: COLLEEN COLEMAN

Veterans’ Day: A Thanks To Our Heros

Written By Jordan Graham.

“This nation will remain the land of the free, only so long as it is the home of the brave.”-Elmer Davis

On November 11th, a national holiday of great importance will come. Veterans’ Day is a day to always remember and to always be thankful for. Although easily confused for Memorial day, Veterans’ Day is when we celebrate our American soldiers deceased and alive. On Memorial day, however, we are meant to celebrate the soldiers who are dearly departed.

You could say that “Veterans’ Day” started on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice* Day was commemorated.

However, In June of 1954, President Eisenhower issued a proclamation in October acknowledging that the United States had been engaged in two wars since Armistice Day. Because of this, Armistice Day was substituted and called Veterans’ Day.

Ever Since 1938 Veterans Day has been celebrated widely throughout the United States of America as a National Holiday.

We as a nation take this time to thank our Veterans that serve and served.


*an agreement made by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting for a certain time; a truce.

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Written by Riley Alewine

Marlee Brown was recently recognized as student of the month by Mrs. Emerson because “she is a sweet, easy-going, and friendly student. Marlee is always kind and respectful to others and is a joy to have in class.”

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Marlee’s classmates say that her sweet and funny personality is why she was chosen as student of the month . Some of their favorite things about Marlee are that “she has great boots and a great style” and she likes to give high fived.

Overall Marlee is a very easy-going, kind, student. She truly represents PRIDE everyday in the classroom.


Written By Samantha Burrows

“Haley is simply a joy to teach. She comes to class daily with a bright and cheery attitude and she is always ready to work. She is eager to participate in class and gives 110% daily.” These are the words Mrs. Edwards used to describe Haley Wells, our recent student of the month. When walking into school, Haley always seems to have a positive attitude and ready to work. She is always nice to others. That is, if they have to same attitude towards her. Continue reading SOTM SPOTLIGHT: Haley Wells