Durant High School Journalism

DHS Senior, Denim Hughes, Encourages Underclassmen to Make the Most of Their Durant Years


Retrieved from Plant City Observer

Denim Hughes

Throughout Denim Hughes’ high school career, she has worked exceptionally hard to set herself up for success, as well as make a difference in our school and community.

Since the first time she set foot on Durant, she was determined to make the most of her time in high school. To her, Freshmen Council was the perfect opportunity to get involved and make her classmates just as excited as she was for the years to come. As a freshman Hughes joined Student Council, she was Historian freshman and sophomore year, which prepared her for presidency her junior year. Her love for being involved quickly grew as she found herself participating in several other clubs, including President Elect Club, TV Club, and National Honor Society, and serving as president of Rotary Interact Club.

“One piece of advice is to go out of your comfort zone and adventure beyond your bubble. It’s worth it,” Hughes says.”

— Denim Hughes

Hughes also found a love for expressing herself through pageants, her first one ever being the annual Calendar Girl Pageant that she participated in her junior year. From here, she knew that pageants were the perfect way for her to express her messages of confidence and self-expression. Growing up as a Plant City native, the obvious next step for her was to participate in the 2020 Strawberry Festival Pageant. Hughes felt that participating in these pageants was a perfect way for her to meet many new supportive people

“One piece of advice is to go out of your comfort zone and adventure beyond your bubble. It’s worth it,” Hughes says.

After Durant, she plans to double major in Statistics and Marketing, and minor in Psychology at Florida State University. Durant has shaped her into being a person that is hungry for learning and craves an education. “There are so many people at Durant that have made an impact in molding me into who I am today. Mr. Sawyer sticks out in particular because not only did he reinforce the ‘heart over height’ moral into my head, but he also taught me the importance in having genuine love, care, and interest in others,” she says.

As a senior leaving Durant and entering the real world, the idea of being a small fish in the big pond becomes very real again. Hughes leaves off with reminding the incoming freshmen of Durant with a few words of advice: “You are now at your final stages of adolescence. Enjoy the moment and try everything. Just go for it; you never knew you liked McDonald’s until you tried it. Enjoy your last years of freedom before you start paying the bills.”

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Jennifer Dages, Editor-in-Chief of Writing

Jennifer Dages is a senior at Durant High School and is the Editor-in-Chief of Writing for PawPrint newspaper. In her free time, she practices Brazilian...

Disney expands Disney World Parks

The global phenomenon,

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The global phenomenon, "Star Wars" is one of several beloved Disney films recieving an attraction.

Walt Disney world has been making dreams come true since 1971, and continues to do that to this day. This beloved theme park is constantly expanding their horizons, and trying to outdo itself by creating new attractions to their park.

One of the most recent attractions that has been added to Walt Disney World has been the addition of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios. Galaxy’s Edge is based on the Star Wars films, and has much to offer its travelers that visit the land.

There are two new rides within this land: one is called Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, and the other is called Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

On Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, guests get to participate in the storyline of the ride, almost like they are actually in the movie. Visitors have the choices of being an engineer, gunner, or pilot in this ride, and each role has a certain job that interacts with the ride.

On Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, there is more to the attraction than just the ride itself. Gusts get to experience the attraction in the line with cast members participating in a storyline to make visitors feel as if they are apart of the Star Wars saga.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge not only has thrilling rides, but also some mind blowing experiences. Galaxy’s Edge has workshops where guests are able to create their own custom light saber and can build a specially made droid. Guests can also visit Oga’s Cantina to have a little taste of what it is like to be apart of Star Wars. With all of the experience Galaxy’s Edge has to offer, no one will ever want to leave. When guests visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, they are in their own Star Wars story.

  Galaxy’s Edge is not the only thing that Walt Disney World has up their sleeve. On March 4, 2020, the newest ride at Walt Disney World opened and people are lining up for this anticipated attraction. The latest attraction is called Mickey and Minnie‘s Runaway Railway, and like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the ride is also located in Hollywood Studios.

This attraction is the first ride to be based off of Disney’s main characters; it will feature The Fab Five: Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Minnie Mouse, and, of course the man himself, Mickey Mouse. In this ride, guests will be able to go on an adventure with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse filled with twists and turns around every corner.

Mickey and Minnie‘s Runaway Railway replace The Great Movie Ride in Hollywood Studios’ Chinese Theater, which is bittersweet because while Disney lost such an iconic attraction they have created this brand new ride that will live up to the guests’ expectations.

  These are not the only things that Disney is doing to expand their theme park. In Disney’s Epcot, there is a whole lot more to expect in the upcoming years. Currently, Epcot is building their latest attraction, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, in their World Showcase.

The ride will open the summer of 2020, and will be located in the France area of the World Showcase. Epcot is expanding far and wide to include a full lineup of new attractions, including, but not limited to, a Mary Poppins attraction, a Moana experience, a Guardians of the Galaxy ride, and so much more.

Universal Hollywood updates the Jurassic Park section of the park


The Jurassic World World ride replaced the old Jurassic Park that had been in place since 1997.

At Universal Studios Hollywood a new, fun, interactive ride was built for the enjoyment of welcoming visitors, Jurassic World the Ride. This ride includes many aspects that make it unique, such as a Raptor encounter where visitors can meet Blue the Raptor and other friendly new dinosaurs.

Another new feature to Universal Studios Hollywood is a display, which is an interactive play area for younger guests. If parents need a break from their kids, this would be the spot to send them. Another new addition is the new shop Isla Nu-Bar. If guests are thirsty from a long walk to the ride, they can stop by Isla Nu-Bar and get a refreshing tropical drink, they offer a large selection to please picky customers. To add, if guests’ appetites grow and want something to eat, well they can stop by the Jurassic Café and get a delicious meal for lunch and feast like a T-rex.

According to the official Universal Studios Hollywood website, the minimum height is 42 inches or 107cm, passengers 42 inches to 48 inches are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, the Universal website can provide more details.

To start off, the boat consists of four rows, each seating five people. The ride is like a flume ride therefore it floats on water with safety pads to prevent damages to passengers. The ride starts by going over a bump that may shake passengers up. Afterwards, the boat heads into a viewing of the mosasaurs tank with a speaker that will explain the mosasaurs background and their appetite, it is likely that guests will get wet on the ride.

Next guests head through a tunnel to herbivores section and get to see them in action feeding. Then the boat will enter the predator code section, and lucky enough, guests will get to enter the T-rex kingdom and guests get to see the king. After that, guests will travel through a tunnel seeing their favorite Raptors and the T-rex and the new Indominus Rex all in full conflict with each other fighting. Then guests head down a drop having water splashed all over guests, ending the ride. If guests enjoyed the ride, afterwards they can stop by the little store to grab a collectable or shirt or even jewelry

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Nick Travis, Staff Writer

Nick Travis is a sophomore at Durant High School and one of the Staff Writers for the PawPrint. He has an outgoing and creative personality. When isn't...

Caraval sounds just as fun as Carnival

A book review by Angelique Robinson.

Garber provides a map to the “arena” where Caraval is played. All important places are labeled.

Angelique Robinson

Garber provides a map to the “arena” where Caraval is played. All important places are labeled.

Caraval is a novel by Stephanie Garber, it is the first novel in the trilogy. The book is a combination of romance, fantasy and mystery fiction. The story follows Scarlett as she journeys through the game of Caraval to unravel the year’s mystery, so she can find her sister.

Garber does an amazing job of describing events and details of the setting. The details of the mystery are so detailed and the reader gets an idea of what the characters involved are seeing. By describing everything vividly, this makes it harder for the reader to figure out what is important to solving the mystery, which makes it more exciting to read.

Garber’s choice for the structure of the story helped it flow much easier. Each part is a time stamp of how far into the game Scarlet is. The first part gives the reader context, the audience is clued in on the details going on behind the scenes of the game.

Much of the story takes place within the game itself. Each part has an equal amount of action, there is no one part that is more boring than the one before or after it. the part of the story after the game wraps up some of the problems as well as introduces the conflict of the next book, leaving the reader with a small cliffhanger.

The one thing that I wish Garber had gone into more detail about was the lore behind the game and the person running it. There is a small part about how the game started but a chapter or even an entire prequel novel based on the beginning of the game.

It is possible for the reader to stop at the end of the first book given that the last pages do not cause them to be overly curious. Based on my experience reading it I would not stop. The book best suits those who like puzzles, even though all the other genres are prevalent, puzzles and mysteries are the overarching focuses of the novel. The book is a great read if you have down time, the book is 407 pages.

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Angelique Robinson is a senior at Durant and is Web Editor for the PawPrint newspaper. She loves writing creative pieces, as well as more serious articles...

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