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Weezer releases New Single “Can’t Knock The Hustle” for highly anticipated “The Black Album”

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Back in late May, the quirky alternative rock band, Weezer, released a massive hit cover of Toto’s “Africa” after a campaign of fans who wanted to see their favorite rock band perform their favorite song. The campaign, led by Twitter user, “@weezerafrica,” reached it’s milestone success after Weezer finally released the hit song “Africa” following a cover of Toto’“Rosanna.”

Weezer’s frontman, Rivers Cuomo, discussed in many past interviews of a future project titled The Black Album. The Black Album was planned on being a successor to 2016’s hit The White Album, while contrasting itself from White’s beachy rock themes for a darker urban theme.

Cuomo stated, “The next album is going to feel like an urban environment, night-time and gritty and hopefully a lot more modern sounds, synthesized sounds, samples maybe. I like to break away from the distorted power-chord thing but it’s hard ‘cos it works so well.”

Due to 2017’s Pacific Daydream and “Africa” creating a delay for  The Black Album, many fans were left anxious for Weezer to unveil it’s new material centering it’s mysterious twelfth studio album.

This past Thursday, however, Weezer finally gave it’s fans a taste of what is to come for the upcoming LP. The single, “Can’t Stop The Hustle,” takes listeners into the dark and funky groove of Rivers Cuomo’s mind.

If you want to support Weezer and their upcoming The Black Album, download or stream the new single here.

Using the YouTube link below, you can watch the “Can’t Stop The Hustle” music video featuring Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz.

*Note that the following content present in each link may not be suitable for younger viewers and may require parental advisory. Source material includes explicit language and reference to other adult material.

“Hasta luego adios!”

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Preston Jones, Business Manager

Preston Jones is a senior at Durant High School and is the Business Manager for PawPrint newspaper. He loves to play, write and review all things video games. When he is not maintaining the newspaper’s budget or writing about video games, Preston slays the bass guitar in an alternative rock band called, “The Easy Button.” Follow Preston for stories on video games, music, and local events.

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Quick Gossip: Keeping Up with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

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Keeping up with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitts relationship is a tough one to follow. Back and forth with agreements about the divorce. A divorce they filed about two years ago and still haven’t finished the split. Custody battles being fought over their six kids with  Jolie believing she should have full custody, however of course their father Brad  Pitt disagrees. So far with Pitt winning they each have partial custody over their kids. With the custody battle continuing it doesn’t make the split any easier although they both have interest in resolving things quickly. Angelina also plans to keep helping Brad and the kids relationship heal.

Brad Pitt is also giving his ex Angelina Jolie credit for his new look on set with Diet tips for a healthier lifestyle on and off set.  While filming the new movie Once upon a time in Hollywood his new look pays off. With lots of yoga, Pilates and strict dieting tips from Jolie he cuts out alcohol, sugars and processed foods and replaces them with meat, fish and vegetables.

However Jolie has accused Pitt of being a deadbeat dad and he now doesn’t want any reconciliation and just wants to win the custody trial to get his kids. With Jolie talking bad about Pitt he has seem to accepted that his life won’t go back to how it was. With his main focus being to get his kids back and move on. Only he hasn’t been paying child support for about a year now, which gives Jolie the benefit in the case. She has become frustrated with him not paying his dues and plans to use that against him in court.

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Marina Hawkins, Photo Team & Staff Writer

Marina Hawkins is a sophomore at Durant and is a Photo Team member and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. She is also part of the Varsity Cheer team at Durant. Marina loves to write and take photos on stories about animals, cheer, local and national news, and pop culture.

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In Focus: Durant Cheer Program

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Plant City, Fla.–Along with football season comes the cheerleaders. Making it on the cheer team can be difficult and most definitely nerve wrecking.

Although everyone may think high school cheerleading is just cheering on the football players, it can be so much more. Mya Hubbard, a freshman on the varsity cheer team, says “cheer takes a lot of practice and effort, we have to be able to flip in the air and do stunts ,which is harder then people think.”

Durant’s varsity cheer team practices three to four times a as well as games on Friday nights. At their practices, they prepare new stunts and cheers for the upcoming competition season. The 2017-2018 cheer team won their regional competition as this years team is planning to repeating the win as well as win many more competitions to come. Making it to every practice and doing their best to girls work hard to plan their routine and execute it correctly. Putting the team first each individual must do their job on the team.

Learning the routine step-by-step, takes time. Coaches are under a lot of stress planning it and then being able to reveal it to the team. For competitions, the coaches of Durant must create a sequence of stunts and tumbling that generates enough points and difficulty to win. A performance that pleases the judges expectations.

On top of creating the routine cheerleaders must perform their routine. Competing in front of a crowd is scary there’s a lot going on around them. The girls must stay calm and do the routine they had learn inside and out in front of the judges.

“The goal is to hit everything perfectly and have a lot of energy during it so we can hopefully win in the end,” Avery Surrency, a sophomore on the varsity cheer team explains.

“The thrill of winning in working with everyone is the best feeling even if we don’t come in first we had tons of fun,” Katie Rentz, a sophomore, adds.

Being on a team comes experiences and new social opportunities that the girls seem to love.

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Marina Hawkins, Photo Team & Staff Writer

Marina Hawkins is a sophomore at Durant and is a Photo Team member and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. She is also part of the Varsity Cheer team at Durant. Marina loves to write and take photos on stories about animals, cheer, local and national news, and pop culture.

PawPrint Reviews Howl-O-Scream

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Tampa, Fla.–October has arrived meaning Halloween has too. This month is all about fright and several places offer various levels of fright. Howl-O-Scream is Bush Garden’s annual fright fest. It is held only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night’s from 7:30pm-1:00am.  The event features six haunted houses and six scare zones.

The scare zones include dozens of scarers dressed in frightening costumes that correlate to the theme of the zone. For examples, one of the scare zones is Deadly Toys, one of the scarers in the zone dressed as a deranged toy rabbit as he wielded a chainsaw. Others dressed as dolls gone mad and vengeful teddy bears.

Another zone that was not as intense was the Día de los Muertos zone. The scarers in that zone were dressed in traditional Mexican garments and had skeletons painted on their faces as they just snuck up and stared at people. This was the least intense scare zone at the park for the event.

The most intense scare zone is the Hell on Wheels. This scare zone consisted of terrifying creatures as though a zombie apocalypse had arrived, the scarers acted passive-aggressive, slowly creeping up, acting as though they won’t scare you, giving people false senses of security before they finally strike. This zone had the most psychological scaring of thee scare zones.

The other three scare zones were also very intense. The Meat Market had a recommended age limit of 17 or older. This scare zone was all about cannibalism and butchers trying cut your body up to sell. Another was Maniac Midway, a zone of crazy circus people who want to terrify you enough to make you want to join their circus. There were lots of clowns which generally scared lots of people. The sixth scare zone was Camp DOA, which means camp death on arrival. There were several creepy swamp creatures lurking, seeking to terrify people.

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The entrance to the haunted house had a very long wait due to popularity.

The haunted houses took about five minutes to get through. The scarier the house was, the longer it felt like it took. There was much variance in how scary each house was.

One of the new and more intense haunted houses was Insomnia. This was an adventure through an insane asylum where patients are experimented on and are not allowed to go to sleep. The house preyed on common fears about insane asylums, psychiatric wards and doctors in general. The house combined jump scares with psychological fears to create this very intense environment that made hearts race, stomachs drop and shoulders tense.

A moderately scary house was the Death Water Bayou. This house was about a Voodoo Queen who wanted lure people into being subjects for her spells. The only thing that made the heart race was a bright pink and purple tunnel that makes it feel like you’re turning. The dizziness takes effect no matter how hard the body fights. This weakens alertness thus jump scares got people more often than usual.

The least scary house was Unearthed. This was an archaeology adventure, examining this recently dug up house that had been haunted. This one is only scary if the sight of blood, dismembered body parts and organs sickens you. One woman casually told her party that, “This would be a great anatomy demonstration. Maybe we should come back with the students.” While this house was not very scary, the fog became slightly overbearing making it difficult to breathe. This house also felt very short.

The other haunted houses include the new, Simon’s Slaughterhouse that was about Simon and how he likes to play twisted and disturbed games, which is said to be very intense as it is the only haunted house with a suggested age limit, which is 17 or older. This was made even more intense because to get in and out of Simon’s Slaughterhouse, you must travel through the Meat Market. Another was The Black Spot, which was about a pirate who wanted you dead. Lastly Motel Hell, where nightmares become realities.

Even if being scared is not an ideal way to celebrate Halloween there are other things available to do. They offer a show several times during the night, the show is called Fiends. The show is a musical featuring many classic creatures such as Frankenstein and werewolves. The six major thrill rides Bush Gardens has to offer are also open during Halloween. These rides are Cobra’s Curse, Falcon’s Fury, Cheetah Hunt, Montu, SheiKra & Kumba. Close to Sheikra, there is a DJ who plays music throughout the night, creating a massive dance circle. The music ranged from the 90’s until now, with various genres like Latin pop and hip-hop because they are easy to dance to even if they are unfamiliar.

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Angelique Robinson, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Angelique Robinson is a junior at Durant and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. She loves writing creative pieces, as well as more serious articles focused on news or politics. Follow Angelique for creative stories, pop culture pieces, politics and news articles. She is also the “voice” of the PawPrint on our Instagram account, Insta: @DHS_pawprint.

Boy Band Releases Catchy New Song

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Tampa Bay, Fla.–The boy band PRETTYMUCH, one of Simon Cowell’s boy bands released a new song on Friday. The title of the song is Solita, which means alone or lonely in Spanish. The song also featured rapper Rich the Kid.

The song has a nice tempo, making it easy to dance to. The song fits their style of including hip-hop and Latin pop into their music. The tempo also fits the message of dancing solving some of the hardships a person may be facing.

The drawback of the song is that one of the member’s goals is underused. Austin typically does raps and deeper parts of their songs. On this song he only sings in the intro and outro in the background of Rich the Kid. His deep voice would have been much use to the chorus, as it slows slightly and gets deeper.

I recommend the song to anyone who likes music that uplift their soul or that they can dance and sing along to. The song would bring a smile to the face and take the burden off any rough day. The band has other songs that capture a similar essence

 

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Angelique Robinson, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Angelique Robinson is a junior at Durant and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. She loves writing creative pieces, as well as more serious articles focused on news or politics. Follow Angelique for creative stories, pop culture pieces, politics and news articles. She is also the “voice” of the PawPrint on our Instagram account, Insta: @DHS_pawprint.

Teens in Politics Deserve Love Too

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Tampa Bay, Fla–Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted is a teen romance novel about two teens whose parents are the Democratic and Republican candidates for President and the two teens get close as they complete interviews for their parents’ campaign.

A good thing about this story I that there is a frame story[1], this way the romance is not coming out of nowhere. Without this element the romance feels forced because of the way their romance begins in the novel.

Alongside the beautiful romantic progression, the plot is very consistent by staying focused on the romance of the two central characters while leaving the political race in the background, coming into focus when adding to the romantic plot.

However, the story’s weakness is the character’s romantic conflict because it does not occur until the near end. The cliché is that something happens, one gets angry, then the other one gets upset and they give their relationship up only to get back together shortly after. This feels like lazy writing as both the main characters are determined fighters, so they never would let a small problem tear them completely apart.

This book is meant for people who like romance but do not want to become deeply emotionally invested. This also for people who may be experimenting with what genres they like, this is a calm romance novel, as opposed to something like John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. The book takes the time for developing romances and characters, therefore the book has 289 pages.

 

[1] Frame story: Context from a time before or a time after the story has taken place. Some others provide both.

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Angelique Robinson, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Angelique Robinson is a junior at Durant and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. She loves writing creative pieces, as well as more serious articles focused on news or politics. Follow Angelique for creative stories, pop culture pieces, politics and news articles. She is also the “voice” of the PawPrint on our Instagram account, Insta: @DHS_pawprint.

What is K-pop?

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K-pop is a music genre that is abbreviated for Korean pop.

K-pop originally started in South Korea in the 1990s, but because of one K-pop group named “Seo Taiji & Boys” they made a revolutionary moment in the history of K-pop in 1992. Their experimentation with different styles and genres of music and integration of foreign musical elements helped reshape and modernized South Korea’s contemporary scene.

Even though “Seo Taiji & Boys” made a revolutionary moment in K-pop, the music still wasn’t recognized all around the world until recently. In 2016, BTS became famous in America and started to have more international fans all because of their song “Fire.” BTS first became a band in 2013, but they were not famous back then which shows how hard they worked to become famous and well-known in different countries other than Korea.

In America, you can find about four to five people in one boy or girl music group. In K-pop you can find up to eighteen members or more in one group. To become a K-pop idol, they had to audition in a company and the company graded them based on how well they dance, sing and rap. The company will choose people if they are really good at singing or dancing or rapping.

When a company chooses someone that is capable, they become a trainee and train for about six months or more. After they train and the company thinks they are ready, the company chooses the leader based on their personality, everyone in the group roles and how many people are in one group. The youngest member is always called the “Maknae.”

Being a K-pop idol is hard because their schedule is always packed and they don’t get to rest as much as we do. Sometimes they have to practice up to fifteen hours a day to make sure their performance is always perfect. K-pop idols cannot do certain things like for example choosing their clothing for when they perform, dating, and most of the time they have to be a certain weight as well.

Even though K-pop started in the 1990’s and got fully recognized in America in 2016 because of BTS, it’s hard to start off with nothing and to work your way up to become an idol to an audience that previously was unfamiliar with this kind of music.

Some upcoming events that involve K-pop music include: EXO performing as the opening performing act for the 2018 festival in Busan, South Korea, and BTS performing on the City Field in New York City in October.

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Rodnasha Williams, Photo Editor & Staff Writer

Rodnasha Williams is a sophomore at Durant High School and is Photo Editor and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. When she is not taking pictures for the paper or writing in-depth articles on news, culture or politics, Rodnasha can be found playing sports or playing music. Follow Rodnasha for detailed analysis on local and national news, culture, and opinion pieces.

“Small Foot” Movie Offers Big Appeal to Kids

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Plant City, Fla.–The movie “Small Foot” gives an inspiring message to kids that it is okay to be curious because it leads you to new things.

The main character, a yeti named Migo, comically shows kids to believe in themselves even though everyone else might not believe them. Migo’s belief that humans do exist, led to his whole village throwing him out because they thought he was lying. However, that didn’t stop Migo from showing everyone the truth. Migo went on an adventure to prove that humans are real and because of this he showed that believing in yourself can inspire you to do what you believe is right even if someone doesn’t believe in you.

The movie also has some catchy songs that make the audience want to sing-a-long and learn the lyrics. This is a good feature in the movie because the music will resonate with the ages.

The movie shows different perspectives between yetis and humans. From each perspective, it shows how the humans are scared of the yetis; but, through the yeti’s eyes, it shows how the yetis love humans and want to be friends. This message will hit home with viewers of all ages–that we should not be afraid of people who are different than us.

I recommend this movie to for kids under 12, as well as adults. This age group may likely have to face conflict for the first time, and this movie can help them become more confident in themselves and to also help them to learn that being curious is a way of learning new things.

Rating: 8/10

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Rodnasha Williams, Photo Editor & Staff Writer

Rodnasha Williams is a sophomore at Durant High School and is Photo Editor and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. When she is not taking pictures for the paper or writing in-depth articles on news, culture or politics, Rodnasha can be found playing sports or playing music. Follow Rodnasha for detailed analysis on local and national news, culture, and opinion pieces.

Controversy Over Kaepernick’s Nike Ad is Unnecessary

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Tampa Bay, Fla.–After the release of the controversial Nike ad featuring ex-NFL star Colin Kaepernick, the brand has been experiencing mixed reviews.

Kaepernick was the face of the National Anthem protest movement back in 2016. He kneeled during the singing of the National Anthem for what he deemed as the wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.

However, the negativity towards Nike after their release of the recent ad featuring Kaepernick is not widespread. It is mostly coming from more politically conservative people, who also protested against Kaepernick’s cause back in 2016. President Trump also spoke about the topic.

“Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts,” Trump tweeted shortly after the announcement of the deal. This statement is, however, very false, as Nike’s value actually skyrocketed to six million after the release of the ad which is the highest their value has ever been.

The ad reads: Believe in something even if it means sacrificing everything. This speaks to Kaepernick’s role in the protests back in 2016. Kaepernick sacrificed his career as a NFL quarterback because he believed so strongly in equality for all races in America.

Negative feedback targeted towards Nike as a result of the ad’s release have included actions such as several universities removing all Nike branded sports uniforms and products from their campuses as a form of boycotting the company. Also, many people began to upload pictures and videos of themselves defacing Nike products such as socks and shoes. A large number of the postings included people stating they would switch their allegiance to companies such as Adidas, Brooks or Converse–despite Converse also being a Nike owned company.

The negative response to the ad is unnecessary, due to the fact that it simply is that–an ad. Not only is it simply an ad, but it is an ad promoting a positive message about persuading a dream regardless of the criticism of others.

Even the president, who did not agree with the Anthem protests, stated: “As much as I disagree with the Colin Kaepernick endorsement, in another way . . . it is what this country is all about, that you have certain freedoms to do things that other people think you shouldn’t do, but I personally am on a different side of it.”

This quote further proves how this whole ordeal over a simple ad is unnecessary, even by someone who doesn’t agree with the circumstances of the face of the ad. We, as Americans, need to learn to accept others regardless of what we believe because it will make America what it was meant to be–a democracy.

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Alli Couture, Jr. Business Manager, Jr. Design Editor & Staff Writer

Alli Couture is a junior at Durant High School and is Junior Business Manager, Junior Design Editor and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. She loves anything to do with animals – especially dogs! When she is not writing or designing for PawPrint, Alli can be found listening to music or reading. Follow Alli for stories on animals, local events, Durant news, pop culture stories, and news pieces.

Mega Man 11 Review: The Long-Awaited Return

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Title: Mega Man 11

Platform: Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One

Release Date: October 2, 2018

Arguably Capcom’s biggest mascot, Mega Man, has made a huge return into the gaming industry. The hit 2D action platformer officially marked it’s first installment after an eight-year hiatus. After the retro aesthetic and feel of  2010’s Mega Man 10,  Mega Man 11 launched with everything a new or old fan of the series could have hoped for. The newest installment takes many leaps in the right direction while staying true to core roots.

With the whole game in crisp HD graphics and a bright “cartoon-y” art style, the Blue Bomber looks better than ever before. The disastrous animated-style video sequences of Mega Man 8 luckily make no appearance in the new installment. Contrasting from and 10‘s 8-bit approach to appeal to fans of the first six installments, Mega Man 11’s visual direction feels fresh and new to the series. Thanks to the graphics department, the new art style of Mega Man 11 is a welcome addition to the series.

Gameplay-wise, 11 performs exactly how you would expect from any of Capcom’s past Mega Man titles. Old-school fans will feel right at home when they play through the game’s steep difficulty curve using the tight control mechanics that they’ve grown accustomed to.

The most notable addition to the experience is the “Double Gear System.” The Double Gear system allows Mega Man to switch between two different modes. The “Speed Gear” slows down time around Mega Man, allowing him to maneuver around obstacles a little bit easier. The gear becomes very useful in intimidating situations.

The “Power Gear” increases Mega Man’s weapon strength. Using the Power Gear will give players an advantage over difficult enemies and bosses that Mega Man may encounter. In order to balance these abilities with the gameplay, the Double Gear System will overheat after a player uses the abilities too much at one time. This cool-down system allows for the game to maintain it’s ever-increasing difficulty.

New and younger fans of the series are given the option to tone down the intensity of the game since the options are more suitable for beginners. Towards the start of creating a new game file, players are prompted with the option to play the game on. The difficult settings, Newcomer, Casual, Normal, and Superhero, are all the options available to different players who would either like to take the game in a light-hearted approach or players who are willing to take on a serious challenge.

Each level’s structure is patterned similarly to previous titles in the series. Once a player reaches the end of any stage of their choosing, they are prompted to battle the boss of that stage. The bosses, called “Robot Masters,” will challenge Mega Man to a fight that the player must succeed in to complete the stage. Reaching each stage’s Robot Master remains a challenge others would expect from a Mega Man game.

Upon defeating a stage’s Robot Master, Mega Man is prompted to a new weapon for use in his arsenal. Players controlling Mega Man have the free will to switch between the available weapons at any given time. Each weapon takes advantage of a special ability that is unique to the Robot Master that Mega Man obtained the weapon from. Each weapon’s ability can either be used strategically against bosses and enemies who have a specific weakness towards the ability of a certain weapon or used to find secrets such as an extra life or an Energy Tank in each stage.

Overall, Mega Man 11 is a breath of fresh air for the franchise. The beautiful HD graphics shine brightly with the presented new art style and the added mechanics give Mega Man fans a new depth of gameplay to dive smoothly into. Mega Man is back with the action-packed adventure that the fans have been longing for.

Reviewer score: 9/10

View the video below to watch  Mega Man 11‘s launch trailer.

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Preston Jones, Business Manager

Preston Jones is a senior at Durant High School and is the Business Manager for PawPrint newspaper. He loves to play, write and review all things video games. When he is not maintaining the newspaper’s budget or writing about video games, Preston slays the bass guitar in an alternative rock band called, “The Easy Button.” Follow Preston for stories on video games, music, and local events.

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Durant Hockey Team Pushing for Playoff Spot

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Plant City, Fla.–The Durant Cougars hockey team is aiming high for a playoff spot in the Lightning High School Hockey League, starting this season strong with high goal scoring, great defense, and solid goal tending. Durant has a current record of five wins and two losses.

The team is led by Captain, Dylan Southern, a senior who goes to Brandon High School. The Durant team can choose players from different schools that are in their boundary zones to play on their team. Students from Brandon High School, Tampa Catholic High School, Strawberry Crest High School, Grace Christian Academy, Plant City High School, Pivot Academy, and Durant High School all make up the Durant High School hockey team. The team’s home rink is Brandon Ice Sports Forum in Brandon, Fla.

Goaltender Dillon Garasz started game one of the season for Durant with a 4-0 shutout against Plant High School. Garasz was selected as the number one goalie in the South Eastern United States select 15 division. He attended the USA Hockey South East Regional Development Camp for elite players last May, and then attended the USA Hockey National Development Camp for top-tier players in July. Durant is hoping Garasz will help the team get to a playoff spot this season.

Game two of Durant’s season was a hard-fought game for Durant as they took a loss against Freedom High School, 6-4. Later that day, Durant played their third game of the season against Bloomingdale High School in which Durant won 5-2.

Game four was a heated division rivalry game with Durant facing defending state champions, Manatee High School. The game was played well by Durant, but the team suffered major penalties that led to the suspension of a player on the team. Durant lost the game, 7-4.

Durant struck right back the next week as they defeated Berkley High School with another shutout, winning 3-0. As Durant headed into their next game with confidence, they defeated Jenkins High School 10-0 in a huge shutout. Despite the setbacks of additional player penalties and suspensions, Durant didn’t hesitate to win their next game against West Manatee, 5-4.

Durant has had a brilliant start to its 2018-19 season. Playoffs are in the spring, and Durant is hoping to be a threat to secure a spot in the playoffs this season.

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Jordan Dabbour, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Jordan Dabbour is a sophomore at Durant High School and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to write articles on local and national sports events – especially about the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays. He is also a sports autograph collector, and has over 700 lifetime autographs in his collection! When he is not writing for the PawPrint, Jordan can be found at the rink, as he is the Videographer for the Durant High School Ice Hockey team. Follow Jordan for stories on sports, pop culture stories, and Durant events and high school games. Jordan is also the “voice” of PawPrint on Twitter: @thepawprint_dhs.

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DHS Encouraged to Donate Blood

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Blood drive buses in the DHS parking lot.

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Plant City, Fla.–Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells, nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed in the U.S. every day. However, none of these can be artificially manufactured. This means all of these blood components come from the help of people like Janie Peticca, a Donor Recruiter from the charity, One Blood. Her job is to find willing and able candidates for blood donation.

Peticca and the One Blood organization visited Durant High School in September to encourage students, faculty and staff to donate blood.

Regardless of your blood type, donating blood can always benefit someone. Peticca explained to me the importance of donating blood saying, “That people need to understand the importance of becoming a lifelong donor because of how many people it can benefit.”

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A student gives blood at the recent DHS blood drive.

A single car accident victim can require 100 pints of blood, and at least one of every three people will need a blood transfusion in their lifetime. These statistics further show the necessity of blood donations, without these donations many people would be harmed.

For those who are nervous to donate their blood, One Drive assures that everything is regulated and safe. On average, it only takes about 10-12 minutes to donate one pint, which is the standard amount donated. Peticca recommended staying very hydrated, and eating a good meal before and after donating, to ease any side effects.

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Students register to donate blood at the recent blood drive at DHS.

If you feel like donating blood is something you want to do more often, you are able to donate every 56 days or every 8 weeks. Many go the extra mile to become gallon donors by staying committed and donating a gallon of blood within about a year.

Peticca said that regardless of who you are it is important to donate blood because it is a decision that can save many lives.

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