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The Durant wrestling team prepares for 2019-2020 season

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The Durant wrestling team prepares for 2019-2020 season

The wrestling team gathers to celebrate their camaraderie in amticipation for the upcoming season.

The wrestling team gathers to celebrate their camaraderie in amticipation for the upcoming season.

The wrestling team gathers to celebrate their camaraderie in amticipation for the upcoming season.

The wrestling team gathers to celebrate their camaraderie in amticipation for the upcoming season.

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As the Durant wrestling season rolls around the corner, wrestlers are beginning to prepare themselves for a successful season.

Last year, wrestler Hendon Haley placed second in districts, won regionals which then took him to placing fourth in the state tournament. It was a great accomplishment for the team and Haley being the last out of his five brothers with a history and experience in wrestling, made his family and coaches proud and brought motivation to his fellow wrestlers. He is the team captain for the Durant Wrestling team and is a role model to others.

 This year three of the events will be home matches which is a great opportunity for people to come support the team.

 There are two kinds of tournaments in wrestling; dual and individual bracket tournaments (IBT). Dual tournaments are team against team matches where the team with the most points earned wins. IBT is more of a one on one competition where each wrestler enters a competition with everyone in their weight class to determine best of the best. Preparing for tournaments can be challenging for most wrestlers as they must maintain a certain weight to be able to compete in one of the fourteen weight classes.

“Don’t eat junk food and drink lots of water. Just maintain your diet and stay active,“ said Christapher Perez [10].

 Although wrestling practice may be difficult, it motivates and brings out the best from the wrestlers. Perez was one of the first freshman to make it to regionals in thirteen years. He won an underclassmen of the year award for his outstanding performance and is looked up to by many of his team members.

 “It’s fun to do and it gives you motivation for other things too because if it’s not as hard as wrestling then it’s obviously not that hard,” said Austin Bovee [10].

Bovee joined wrestling as a freshman. Being a first-year wrestler, he did an extraordinary job and it made a huge impact on him.

 “It brings out another part of you that you never knew was there, “said Jorge Palacios [11].

 Palacios enjoys wrestling and has found an inner potential in himself that ties him to wrestling.

Most of the wrestlers are looking forward to the state tournaments and are trying their best to reach their goals.

 The coaches for this year are Coach Kauderman, Haley, and Beaty and they are helping their wrestlers reach their goals but they also have a goal as they prepare these young men for success.

 “It’s not just about wrestling, wrestling is fun and builds confidence. Some guys don’t wrestle because they are afraid of the one on one competition but those who do, get beyond that and once they begin to experience success they are locked in, “said Beaty.

The coaches try to encourage wrestling to others as it builds character, integrity and honesty. “Being able to overcome obstacles even though there are disadvantages I think is very important and what I try to teach as a coach, “said Kauderman.

 The wrestlers, coaches and families are full of anticipation for this year wrestling season and what it has to offer.

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Adamari Jaimez, Staff Writer

Adamari Jaimez is a junior at Durant High School. She was a staffer for the Durant yearbook and then became a Staff Writer for the Pawprint newspaper to...

Homecoming Queen and King Photos

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Homecoming Queen and King Photos

2018 Homecoming Queen Kimberly Romero returned to crown 2019 Homecoming Queen Meghan White.

2018 Homecoming Queen Kimberly Romero returned to crown 2019 Homecoming Queen Meghan White.

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2018 Homecoming Queen Kimberly Romero returned to crown 2019 Homecoming Queen Meghan White.

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2018 Homecoming Queen Kimberly Romero returned to crown 2019 Homecoming Queen Meghan White.

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Meghan White is crowned the 2019 Homecoming Queen. Meghan says that “Being crowned was shocking, overwhelming, exciting and left me in slight disbelief. Durant has helped me grow and change for the better.”

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The crowd’s energy surges as Meghan White is announced as Queen.

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Meghan White poses with her proud father after numerous congratualtions.

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Homecoming King Ahmad Fitts poses with the Queen after his crowning. Fitts says “Being crowned is about more than winning, it’s also about all the memories I have made over the past four years.”

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Marina Hawkins, Social Media Coordinator, Photo Editor

Marina Hawkins is a junior at Durant and is the Photo Editor and the Social Media Coordinator for the PawPrint newspaper. She is also part of the Varsity...

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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...

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Adamari Jaimez is a junior at Durant High School. She was a staffer for the Durant yearbook and then became a Staff Writer for the Pawprint newspaper to...

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DHS Encouraged to Donate Blood

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DHS Encouraged to Donate Blood

Blood drive buses in the DHS parking lot.

Blood drive buses in the DHS parking lot.

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Blood drive buses in the DHS parking lot.

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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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