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Netflix’s “Anne with an E” is a heartwarming watch

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Many people’s first thought when they hear an old classic story is being rebooted is “why?” A lot of people possess the belief that classic shows and movies should not be remade, as they fear that the old stories they once fell in love with will be ruined. But sometimes, bringing an old story back to life can have unexpectedly good results.

Netflix’s Anne with an E is a slightly modernized retelling of the wildly famous Anne of Green Gables books. The show aired on Netflix in early 2017, and the second season came out in early July of this year.

As someone who did not read the Anne of Green Gables books prior to watching the show, I cannot say whether or not the show did the books and original movies justice or not. But what I can say is that I was very touched by the show and I genuinely enjoyed watching it.

The story takes place in the 19th century, and is centered around Anne Shirley, a young orphan living in a small village called Avonlea. Siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to take in a young boy to help them with their farm, but when Matthew goes to get the child, he finds that there was a mix-up, and he was given a girl instead.

Anne Shirley is the vibrant young orphan who was sent in place of the young boy. Anne is taken home with Matthew to Green Gables, where she falls in love with the farm and begs the Cuthberts not to take her back to the train station after Marilla insists that she must return. After an incident occurs involving a lost brooch, Anne is returned to the station, but eventually gets to come home and the three are reunited.

The show focuses on many important themes such as feminism, inclusivity, and equality, and touches on important issues such as bullying, self-doubt, and racism. It highlights the idea that we are all individuals, asserting that “different isn’t bad, it’s just not the same.”

Overall, the show gives off a powerful message of positivity and reminds viewers of the beauty of singularity. I absolutely adore the show and am anxiously awaiting the third season.

‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ is an explosive ending to a spectacular series

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Epic, riveting, compelling, adventurous; these are all words that can be used to describe the third and final Maze Runner film that hit theaters in late January.

Wes Ball’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure is the fast-paced, action-packed conclusion to the popular series, The Maze Runner. Based off of the book The Death Cure by James Dashner, the long-awaited finale to the franchise ties all of the loose ends that arose in the first two films.

Like other young adult movies before it, such as The Hunger Games and Divergent, Maze Runner: The Death Cure takes place in a dystopian society years in the future. The movie is centered around a group led by Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) who desperately try to free their friend, Minho (Ki Hong Lee), from WCKD, a government corporation created to eradicate a virus that has proved to be the end of the world. The corporation, though trying to find a cure for the deadly virus that has wiped out more than half of the world’s population, conducts tests on children and teenagers that are less than humane, and with the help of some newfound allies, the group works to steal back their friend and take down WCKD.

The film takes place six months after the end of the previous movie, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and the audience sees the characters in the same barren land that they left off in.

From the opening sequence, the film leaves its audience on the edge of their seats with nerves and excitement as the characters are engaged in a high-speed chase with a train that is transporting Minho and hundreds of other kids to the WCKD facility.

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As a long-time fan of both the books and movies, I had high expectations going in, but I did not expect to be as utterly moved by the movie as I was. I was blown away by the emotions that I felt while watching the film. The complex characters and themes combined with the remarkable acting and cinematography easily made Maze Runner: The Death Cure my favorite movie of all time. Though it changes some elements from the books, the movie, for the most part, stays true to the original storyline, and satisfies all of the die-hard Maze Runner fans like myself.

The film is categorized as a sci-fi action film, but it is not all fight sequences and explosions. Many action movies nowadays tend to focus too much on the action and leave little time for viewers to get to know the characters and their personalities, but this is not the case with Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Throughout the film, the audience sees plenty of action and chaos, but also get to see many raw and heartfelt moments shared between their favorite characters from the previous movies. The emotional scenes in the movie capture the intensity of the despair that the group feels after their friend is taken from them.

The group is abruptly submerged in a highly dangerous mission to rescue their friend and essentially save the world from WCKD; a mission that could easily cause them to lose their lives. This is made even more heartbreaking by the fact that the majority of the main characters are only teenagers. These are things that would affect any real person going through them, and I was glad that the film chose a more realistic approach to the common ‘end of the world’ trope.

An angsty film such as this one requires a talented cast in order to have the targeted effect on its audience. Maze Runner: The Death Cure did an incredible job casting its main role, as Dylan O’Brien’s deep passion and impressive emotional range made Thomas the courageous and memorable character that he is. The entire cast was wonderfully chosen, and incredible actors such as Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito and Love Actually’s Thomas Brodie-Sangster brought real emotion and depth into the characters.

Though it takes place at the end of the world, Maze Runner: The Death Cure finds a way to paint stunning images across the screen. The film displays some truly breathtaking shots that perfectly encapsulate the tragically beautiful remains of a broken world.

Overall, the film is a stunning outro to the beloved series that has topped box office charts time and time again. It highlights many powerful themes such as teamwork, family, and the idea that you should always fight for what you believe in. If you’re looking for a movie to watch with action, heart, and well-developed characters, this is most definitely the movie for you.

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Aneesa Anderson, Photo Team & Staff Writer

Aneesa Anderson is a senior at Durant High School and a PawPrint Newspaper staffer. She is on the Photo Team for the PawPrint, and is also a Staff Writer. She loves to read and write stories, and her favorite movie is The Maze Runner. Follow Aneesa Anderson for stories on pop culture, politics, news, and current trends.

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.

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.

Dabbour Recommends Tampa’s Best Golf Courses

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Tampa, Fla.–A golfer has many courses to choose from in Tampa Bay. Golfers can go to courses such as Bay Palms Golf Complex, Heritage Isles Golf and Country Club, Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, Westchase Golf Club, and Rocky Point Golf Club.

Bay Palms Golf Complex has two 18 hole, par 72 courses and the complex calls it a “golfers paradise.” They also have a variety of foods and they have a golf shop. The Bay Palms Golf Complex has two courses, the north and the south. The complex says the south course is the hardest one to play on and is very challenging. You can also get private lessons at this complex in Tampa.

The Heritage Isles Golf and Country Club offers a golf league and “has a rich landscape.” The Heritage Isles Golf Club considers their course to be “beautiful.” They also offer lessons on the driving range and they also have a pro shop to get your golf gear or equipment from.

The Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club offers an 18-hole Arthur Hills golf course. This country club also offers a heated pool and tennis courts to play on. You can even host different activities and you can even host a wedding there if you’re getting married.

The Westchase Golf Club has a variety of things to do at their club. You can set up a wedding and other bookings. You can also play golf and set you own tee off time when it is available. This golf course and club is known as Tampa’s “friendliest golf course.”

Lastly, the Rocky Point Golf Club opened in 1911. It was used for prisoners during World War Two, at which time the federal government closed the course to golfers. In 1953, the course was reopened and the property was sold over to the City of Tampa for $1. The City of Tampa still owns this course today. You can buy a membership to this course and there is also a grill there to eat at. You can also book a tee time at the course.

If you are looking to golf in Tampa Bay, I highly recommend that you go to one of these courses.

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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.

Tampa Bay Rays Finish a Great Season

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Tampa Bay, Fla.–The Tampa Bay Rays are finishing their twentieth anniversary season this fall with a great record, despite having to trade all their star players at the start of the season.

The Tampa Bay Rays traded most of their star players during the 2017 off-season. They traded star player and face of the franchise, Evan Longoria. Longoria played for the Rays for 10 seasons. With Longoria gone, the Rays then traded team All-Star, Corey Dickerson, who’s batting average was over 300. They also traded slugger, Logan Morrison. With most of the team gone, the Rays called up key players Willy Adames, Jake Bauers, and traded for a bunch of prospects to call up from their minor league affiliate, the Durham Bulls.

The team was desperate for good players for offense and defense. People were saying the Rays were going to be a horrible team. Some people even said they wouldn’t win 60 games. The Rays shocked the whole world by ending their season this fall with over 85 wins. They had an unbelievable season despite the team having mostly rookies.

The team could have even gone on to play in the playoffs if they were in the National League but they are in the American League East with some of the toughest teams in the MLB such as the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles. The Rays ended this season in third place but they were so close to getting the second wild card spot. However, the Oakland Athletics team clinched the spot and they will face the New York Yankees to see who will play in the American League Division Series.

The Rays were led by star pitcher, Blake Snell, who set a franchise record for most wins in a single season for a Rays pitcher passing David Price’s twenty wins in 2012 when he won the Cy Young award. Snell will be talked about in the Cy Young candidate race for the American League this year.

With such a surprise ending to this amazing Rays season, this sports fan wonders what is in store for next season. Here’s hoping to a playoff spot!

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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.

African Fashion Comes to Tampa Bay

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Tampa, Fla.–On Saturday, Sept. 22, at the AC Marriott Hotel, an African Fashions pop-up show was held. There were also clothes, jewelry and handbags for sale before and after the fashion show.

There were eight models in total, seven women and one man. The women varied in height, shades and sizes. Each had multiple outfits all suited to their body shapes and skin tones.

The best piece in the line was one of the early pieces in the show. This was a one shoulder top made of carnation pink chiffon fabric. The bottom was a long, vibrant, yellow skirt that flowed instead of being skin tight. On the skirt were large pink and orange carnations. The way all the warm colors work together to make the eyes wander the outfit is what makes the outfit so brilliant.

While this piece was more sophisticated, another great piece was designed for a much more casual outing. The eye-catching part of the outfit was the cloak-like jacket, similar to what little red riding hood wore. The hooded cloak had wavy stripes in various shades of blue and aqua, orange and white. Underneath was a black hater top and a pair of black leggings, to make the cloak the center of the show.

There were some pieces that were not as strong. One of them was a knee length dress that had dark and light blue stripes contrasting each other with a shape resembling an over easy egg in two shades of pink scattered across the dress. The shades did not complement each other, and the pattern shape did not make the dress easy to look at.

I thought that the complete line looked beautiful. African fashions utilize colors and patterns which gives variety to an otherwise bland fashion world. The African fashion designers do things that many European and American designers are too afraid to; they use at least three different colors in every piece.

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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.

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Underclassmen Also Experiencing “Senioritis”

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Everyone, especially seniors, have heard of senioritis. Senioritis is when seniors in high school reach that point in the year where they start slacking off and feeling unmotivated to do their work, as the impending pressures of graduation and future plans weigh upon their shoulders. However, this does not only happen to seniors; many underclassmen also grow disinterested in doing their work toward the end of the year as exhaustion sets in.

It’s understandable to start slacking off toward the end of the year because you’re tired and you are anticipating summer break. But this is also the worst time of the year to receive this feeling; exams are creeping closer, studying has become a nightly ritual and all other responsibilities have become a blur.

Durant High School junior, Mikayla Morales, understands the struggle that many other underclassmen are going through to finish this year.

“I’m just so ready for the summer that I become tired of school and start to slack off on my school work. I definitely think that underclassmen can get senioritis,” said.

Although students may be sluggish towards the end of the school year, they always seem to get their work done because they know it’s important if they want to do well in the future. Good luck taking your exams Durant High School students!

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Celeste Mott, Editor-in-Chief of Communications & Operations

Celeste Mott is a senior at Durant High School and is Editor-in-Chief of Communications and Operations for the PawPrint newspaper. Celeste loves being a leader for the group and helping others grow on staff. When not making business calls, following up on leads, managing a staff of 11 students, or working on public relations for the newspaper, Celeste can be found listening to her favorite band, “Panic! At the Disco.” Follow Celeste Mott for stories about Durant, local and national news pieces, and opinion articles.

The Problem of Over-Development

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Over the years an increasing amount of land is being used for development because of population expansion; however, when the amount of people in one area has stopped increasing why don’t developers stop building homes?

Developers all over the U.S. are constantly building homes and chain businesses. Because of this overdeveloping, too many people are moving into already crowded areas and wildlife is being disturbed.

In many new neighborhoods, developers cut every single tree down trying to use up all the space they have. Not only do trees help use breathe by giving off oxygen, they are useful because they give shade, especially in Florida. For example, if an individual has many trees covering their home they will have a much cooler environment. In addition, their electricity wouldn’t be as costly because they wouldn’t have to use the air conditioner as often.

Most of the houses being built look identical and have nothing unique about them. Almost every newly developed neighborhood is “slapped” together within a few weeks and then sold off as fast as possible. The care that goes into building homes is minimal and they deteriorate faster than an older home.

Also, these homes are placed right next to one another, which does not allow for privacy. Because of how close these homes are, and of how the developers want to squish as many homes in one neighborhood as possible, there is barely a front and backyard for someone to enjoy.

Wildlife is impacted in a huge way because of over-development. When developers go in to tear down trees and rip out anything alive, animals are left with no habitat and nowhere to go. New developments make it impossible for animals to live anywhere and it’s unfair that they are forced out of their homes.

Overdeveloping causes a multitude of issues not only for us but for animals. At the rate developers are going, there is not going to be any land left for them to build on or for animals to live on.

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Celeste Mott, Editor-in-Chief of Communications & Operations

Celeste Mott is a senior at Durant High School and is Editor-in-Chief of Communications and Operations for the PawPrint newspaper. Celeste loves being a leader for the group and helping others grow on staff. When not making business calls, following up on leads, managing a staff of 11 students, or working on public relations for the newspaper, Celeste can be found listening to her favorite band, “Panic! At the Disco.” Follow Celeste Mott for stories about Durant, local and national news pieces, and opinion articles.

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Huge corporations are helping high school students fight for stricter gun laws

A commentary on how business are impacting the NRA and assisting high school students fight to gain stricter gun laws.

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Since the beginning of 2018, 18 school shootings have occurred. There has been huge backlash against the National Rifle Association (NRA). Thousands of high school students and parents have been rallying for gun control in United States. The NRA has since seen numerous businesses pulling out of sponsoring them.

The list of companies that have pulled out of sponsoring the NRA is continuously growing. This list includes: airlines, hotels, insurance firms, car rental companies and other industries.

For example, Dick’s Sporting Goods has stopped selling assault rifles, similar to the one used in the Parkland, Florida shooting. Businesses like Dick’s Sporting Goods have listened to the demands of high school students and parents, despite a slow response from organizations like the NRA and even congress.

“These kids talk about enough is enough. We concluded if these kids are brave enough to organize and do what they’re doing, we should be brave enough to take this stand,” Edward Stack, Dick’s Sporting Goods’ CEO, said.

Another industry that’s ended sponsoring for the NRA is Delta Airlines. Huge corporations, like Delta Airlines, are helping high school students share their voice and demands.

On Feb. 24, 2018, Delta Airlines sent out a tweet saying, “Delta is reaching out to the NRA to let them know we will be ending their contract for discounted rates through our group travel program. We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from their website.”

The impact high school students are having in the business world is remarkable. Industries are listening to the students and answering their demands. At first these students were a joke to most people, but now they have accomplished something amazing.

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Celeste Mott, Editor-in-Chief of Communications & Operations

Celeste Mott is a senior at Durant High School and is Editor-in-Chief of Communications and Operations for the PawPrint newspaper. Celeste loves being a leader for the group and helping others grow on staff. When not making business calls, following up on leads, managing a staff of 11 students, or working on public relations for the newspaper, Celeste can be found listening to her favorite band, “Panic! At the Disco.” Follow Celeste Mott for stories about Durant, local and national news pieces, and opinion articles.

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Should students celebrate Black History Month by dressing in a dashiki?

An opinion article about the ways in which Black History Month is celebrated in high school.

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According to many students, this year’s Black History Month celebration at Durant High School was the first year in recent years that the school has celebrated the experience in a big way. Starting February 1, students and faculty alike have been celebrating by representing black culture. Last Friday, administration sent out an email to teachers asking them to share with students an incentive encouraging students to dress in a dashiki one day and in traditional African clothes the next.

To some this recognition of African culture through clothing choice may seem harmless; however, after analyzing the opportunity deeper, I realized that this may encourage cultural appropriation among students.

The majority of students at Durant are Caucasian. Additionally, not every black person at Durant is of African descent.

I felt that this seemingly harmless way to recognize Black History Month could be a repeat of Durant’s pre-homecoming week earlier in the school year, during which students were asked to dress in “Caribbean style.” Many students, not being adequately educated on Caribbean culture, came dressed as hurtful stereotypes.

This lack of education regarding cultural appropriation and the differences between culture and race is a direct result of our southern history–a history tainted with discrimination and stereotypes towards people of color. I do not believe that Durant encourages racism; however, there are individual students at the school that create an uncomfortable and unwelcoming environment for people of color. These students may take an opportunity to “dress in traditional African clothing” and use it to put down their minority classmates.

Not only is the student body generally uneducated on racial history, culture, and appropriation, but some students also speak in racist ways. I spoke to many black students who shared their experiences of feeling “less than” in the community, speaking in particular about the common use of the “n-word” by non-black students. Some said that it should not be used at all, and some students explained how they forgive those who use it, believing the word is used for joking purposes. No matter in what context the “n-word” is used, it has the great potential to devastate those who hear it and I beg all to omit it from their vocabulary.

Many of the black students I spoke with at Durant told me that they built a “thick skin” to deal with constant insensitivity. This may explain why many were just excited to be acknowledged through the opportunity to dress in a dahiki. Many agreed that they would not mind if people of non-African descent wore dashikis.

Durant has many other events planned to honor Black History Month: namely, several performances by the school’s Step Team, music by black singers sung in the halls between classes, and a performance by the school’s gospel choir.

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Hailey Reyes, Editor-in-Chief of Writing & Design

Hailey Reyes is a senior at Durant High School and is the Editor-in-Chief of Writing and Design for the PawPrint Newspaper. She has been active in many sports and clubs while at Durant, but she is most passionate about her involvement with the PawPrint. Throughout her time on PawPrint staff, she has most enjoyed writing political opinion articles and serious news pieces. When she isn’t writing for the PawPrint, Hailey can be found running, creative writing, playing with her cat, or reading war satire. Follow Hailey Reyes for PawPrint stories on current events, politics, opinion pieces, and news.

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“Public Milk”

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Public Milk

by: TJB

 

How is it that one thing can have two opposite uses?

One is worshipped but the other shamed.

Like art on a canvas is admired in museums

while art on a body is unpopular and hidden.

So, tell me how breasts are only accepted in public when sexualized.

When the purpose defined by Mother Nature herself,

is to feed and nurture their young.

What is the difference?

Where is the invisible line between proper and indecent

when it comes to breasts in public?

It’s not only men who have a problem with public breast feeding

there are some women who agree that breasts are for sex.

Strangers will impose their opinions on breast feeding mothers

trying to shame them to stop and cover up.

How is breast feeding public nudity

but a thong bikini is perfectly fine?

If men can look at them, I can use them. Fair and square.

In a perfect world, breast feeding would be accepted and normal.

Where breasts are seen as a beautiful way for a mother to nourish her child

rather than a sexual object.

We should work to get there, make the dream come true.

Support mothers and their choice to breast feed or not.

Keep rude comments to yourself and mind your own business.

Breast are capable of so much more than sex,

they are meant to provide food for a mother’s child.

It’s a beautiful thing to watch, if you disagree, look away

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