Welcome 2016-2017

“You, the people have the power- the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then -in the name of democracy- let us use that power, let us all unite!”

-Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator, 1940

Welcome to the Daphne Oracle! Thousands of years ago, messages were etched into bones and burned to receive prophecies, but to save you all that trouble, we have a website instead. Check back regularly for news, events, Daphne sports, shoutouts, and much, much more as we move forward into this 2016-2017 school year.


The excerpt above is from a speech in Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator, an American film from 1940. Yet its message, which is now more than 75 years old, still rings true in each of our lives. A burden is placed on each of us to free the world from greed, hate, and intolerance. The youth of the United States is especially responsible for the politics and society of tomorrow. It’s an incredible burden, but we are certainly capable of it.

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Ask The Oracle: Balancing Work and School

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein

Having a job in high school can make it very difficult to keep your grades up or to make you want to go to work after a long day. Here are some steps to make sure you are able to keep a job and stay successful in school. First, make sure you have a time during the day to do work, and then talk to your managers about the best schedule for yourself.  Next, allow yourself enough time to sleep, and make sure you are eating good meals to stay healthy and fueled for your busy schedule. You want to make sure your job isn’t going to jeopardize your mental and emotional health. High school jobs aren’t meant to exhaust you or stress you out. Being overwhelmed by a school job and trying to keep up in school can be very challenging.

It will also be beneficial to make sure you take home as little out of class work as possible. That means that you are going to want to make sure that you do most of your work in school. Finishing all the work you can in school allows you more time to work and lessens your overall stress. Depending on the teacher and the class, it may be hard to finish your work, but if you do as much as you can it will make life easier later.

The key to keeping a job when you are in school is effective communication with your bosses. You need to be able to talk to your managers and let them know when you can work and if juggling school and work is too difficult. You can’t spread yourself too thin. School should be the main priority, and work should follow after. If work becomes too much, you have to take a step back and reassess your priorities.

You want to make sure you are getting a good amount of sleep at night or else you are just going to be irritable later in the day. Work can sometimes run late, and it can be hard to get a good amount of sleep. Sleep is key to being a good student and a good worker. Eating healthy is also very important in maintaining a good school life as well as work life. Food goes towards your energy and allows you to feel better throughout the day.

School can be draining, and you need to be able to manage your time so it isn’t overwhelming. To be successful in both school and work, you need to take care of yourself first. You also need to know how to balance your time and allow yourself free time to unwind.


Daphne High School’s Red Ribbon Week

Today kicks off Red Ribbon week at Daphne High School. Students are wearing red today, and remember, “Stop Drugs- Show Your Red!” In first block, pens donated by the Baldwin County Community Alliance will be handed out by teachers. The pens say “Alcohol Free Is The Way To Be”. This Red Ribbon Week is sponsored by the Youth Task Force, sponsored by Ms. Lee and Ms. Head, in coalition with The Lighthouse.

Tuesday, students can dress up as the career they would like to pursue in the future for “We Can Be Anything We Imagine!” On Wednesday, the slogan is “Dreaming Drug Free!” and students can wear pajamas to school. Thursday is “Teaming Up Against Drugs!”, allowing students to wear their favorite team shirts. Listen in for what to wear on Friday; it is yet to be decided.

Daphne vs Blount

Since the dawn of days, Daphne High School has had pep rallies.  Friday, October 14, marked the last pep rally of the 2016-2017 football season. The theme of the pep rally was pink out because October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The event started off with the DHS Band playing “Gladiators” while the football players walked in. Then, as every pep rally goes,a game was played; each class had a boy and a girl representative for a push-up competition. The girls’ push-up competition winner was junior Aspyn Godwin. The boys’ push-up winner was senior Amari Soloman.   Following this, the DHS JV and Varsity Cheer Team performed a hip hop dance. Then the senior band, football, and cheer moms performed a very entertaining hip hop dance.  After the performance, the DHS Band played “300 Violins”. The last thing to happen was the Battle of the Classes for the spirit stick. Each class was very rowdy and rambunctious, but the seniors ultimately won the spirit stick.  At the conclusion of the pep rally, the DHS Alma Mater was played.   


That Friday night the football team played against Blount, previously the number one football team in their division. Daphne ended up winning with a score of 28 to 18. Daphne, Spanish Fort, and Blount are now tied for number one in the 6A division. This football game was also senior night. At the beginning of the game, all of the football, band, cheerleader and dance team seniors were announced as they were walked across the field by loved ones. It was also middle school night. Approximately 200 kids from Daphne Middle School, WJ Carroll, and Daphne East came to the DHS stadium on Friday to play stand tunes with the high school band. screenshot_2016-10-18-07-50-54

Youth Task Force and the Lighthouse Collaborate for Community

Youth Task Force(YTF) is a Daphne High School service group paired with sponsors from the Lighthouse. This DHS program is currently the largest in the county and is sponsored by Ms. Lee, the social worker at Daphne. Currently, YTF is working on many projects, one of which is a “Daphne De-stress Day.” The De-stress Day could become anything from a yoga class to a coffee get together. Other projects the club is working on will be themed for each awareness month: October- Domestic Violence, February-Teen Dating Violence, and April-Sexual Assault and Child Abuse awareness. For holidays, YTF plans on volunteering at the Christmas Sharing and Eggstravaganza, Lighthouse events.

The students involved in YTF are currently being trained by a Lighthouse representative, Ms.Stalhood. She is working with students to ensure they can communicate well with the child victims they may come in contact with. Her training highlights confidentiality, behavior rules for both the volunteers and children, and behavioral signs of a victim. Ms. Stalhood also teaches the YTF members about teen dating violence, safe dating, safe zones away from bullies/abuse, domestic violence, and the three types of assault/abuse. YTF and Lighthouse shelter volunteers are expected to be genuine, dependable, and trustworthy. They are also expected to promote nonviolence in the community and campus and participate in on campus projects.

What is the Lighthouse? The Lighthouse is a shelter where victims of domestic violence can get help. They have many services including a crisis line, shelter, individual crisis counseling, support groups, a children’s program, court advocacy, in-service training, prevention education, and a sexual assault program. The program was initiated years after the first shelter for battered women was opened in California in 1964. As domestic violence became a growing issue, more shelters were opened as safehouses for the victims. In 1979 the Penelope House of Mobile was the first domestic violence shelter in Alabama, and in 1980 the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence was created. It is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to working towards a violence free society. Then in 1944 the current Lighthouse Shelter was opened in Robertsdale, Al.

The month of October is domestic violence, to find more information on the matter visit: https://www.domesticshelters.org/domestic-violence-articles-information/faq/domestic-violence-statistics#.WAdvoeMrLnA for statistics and valid information on domestic violence.


Pink Out!

This past Friday, October 14, there was a DHS pep rally and football game. The pep rally was held at school during 2nd block. The theme of the pep rally was a pink out in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this was the last pep rally for this school year. The football game on Friday night was the last home game for this football season, and it was also Senior Night, where seniors from our school were recognized.  They were escorted on to the field by members of their families.  During the football game, members of the Girls Service Club collected donations for Jon Mason Lim, a third grader from Daphne Elementary who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Over $1500 was collected during the game!


Welcoming Ms. Ansley Head to Daphne High School

This is Ms. Ansley Head’s second year at Daphne High School. Last year she taught a business essentials class, and this year she teaches government classes for seniors.

Ms. Head was born in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to the Eastern Shore of Alabama when she was ten. She later attended Duke University and Southern Methodist University School of Law. She has one brother who is a real estate agent. Ms. Head has two children, a 13-year-old named Julia who attends Fairhope Middle School, and a 9-year-old named Anna Camille who attends Fairhope Intermediate School.  

Before Ms. Head started working at Daphne, she worked at the Alabama School of Math and Science as the director of residential life and an instructor of government and economics. She originally started teaching, because her children grew older, and she felt it was “time to get back to work!”

Ms.Head loves working here at Daphne; she said, “Working with the seniors is the best!” When asked about what class she likes teaching better, her business class last year or her government class this year, she indicated that she likes both classes, but her fourth block government class can be a bit tricky. Ms. Head’s goal for teaching at Daphne is to “create classes in which students learn and enjoy the experience. End goals would be for seniors to want to come to government and economics!”

Because there are so many new faces here at Daphne this year, it has been a challenging time.  When asked who her teacher gal pal is, Ms. Head replied, “All of the teachers bent over backwards to help the new teachers. In particular Helms and Casolaro are my mentor-teachers. Few is my next door neighbor, Dunn is across the hall. Fawcett pops in often. All of these folks and other teachers have been amazingly supportive.” She said she is gradually getting used to the way things work around DHS.

When it is time to retire, she wants to keep enjoying life. When Ms. Head has free time from her crazy schedule, she likes to spend time with her friends and daughters, visiting the beach, running, reading, and cooking. A fun fact about Ms. Head is, “I keep having a 39th Birthday over and over and over again!”

When asked about what her best advice is for the seniors about to enter the real world, she had a lot of suggestions.  She shared the following: “Keep a positive attitude and get into problem-solving mode when facing challenges. Avoid drama. Short term sacrifice brings long term gain. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Hard work pays off. Keep things in perspective. Figure out what your passions are and pursue them. Don’t make money for your end-all goal in life. Find a balance and cherish all your blessings. Look at the glass half full. Find gratitude not complaints. Love is always better than hate. Forgive because hanging on to anger is toxic. Surround yourself with positive people and let go of the negative ones.”

Welcome to Daphne High School,  Ms. Head!  We are happy to have you!


Ask the Oracle: What to do after High School?

“What am I supposed to do after high school?”

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” – Dr. Seuss

Anything. I guess that isn’t an answer you were looking for, but it is the only answer I can give you. There isn’t a set of guidelines you must follow once you finish your high school career. This may make things slightly more terrifying, but that is a good thing. You can’t know everything and it is healthy to be unsure every once and awhile. You have your whole life to decide on a career or life path that will give you the most joy.

If there is one thing that I can tell you to do after high school is to be happy. Your main focus should be on what you want and how to achieve it. This is your life and obviously you will need to have your basic needs met, but if you want to pack everything up and move across the country with no plan, I say do it. You have time to make mistakes and screw up, while you are young. The end of high school may be an end to something, but it is the beginning to being independent and making your own decisions.

Now, if you were actually searching for a viable answer this next part is the closest you are going to get. There are many routes you can take after high school such as joining the workforce, military, travel, technical school, two or four year college,  internships, etc., and that is just what there is to start. Now, this isn’t the part where I say college is the best way to get a decent life, because that isn’t necessarily true. Some of us enjoy school and are good at is whereas others would rather have open heart surgery awake than stay in school. Finding where you want to start after high school takes finding out what you would enjoy.

I guess this mainly wraps up to finding who you are and what you want to do. After high school, you need to find out who you are and what will make you feel the most fulfilled. This is your journey and only you can decide the answer. At this point I am beating a dead horse, but do what makes you happy, and if it doesn’t make you happy… five years from now find something else. Your options are unlimited; embrace that and make the most of it.


NHS Book Drive

Recently, Daphne’s very own National Honor Society held a book drive, which was hosted by Liam Ayres, the NHS Parliamentarian and chairman of the NHS Literacy Committee . According to Liam, there were 220 books collected this year, from a variety of children and young adult books. The Daphne High School NHS has approximately 100 members, and almost all of the members participated in the drive. The books Liam brought in himself were the preferred genres, but any genre of book was acceptable. Liam personally brought in twelve books for the drive.

NHS’s mission this year is to sponsor childhood literacy. NHS partnered with the United Way to collect books. The books NHS collected will be placed in a “Little Free Library”. Liam himself constructed one of these libraries this past summer. He said these libraries look “much like a bird house, except it has shelves to hold the books”. The “Little Free Library” NHS constructed is going to be placed at Daphne North Elementary School in the coming weeks.

Half of the books collected will go to the United Way, because of NHS’s partnership with them. The other half of the books is for NHS. The United Way books are being placed in a similar “ Little Free Library” at the Ruff Wilson Youth Center in Daphne. Therefore, all of the books NHS collected will be within our city. About his work with the NHS book drive project, Liam stated, “My favorite part was being a part of our community and actually seeing the results of our work. Just this Friday, (October 7th), I went to drop off the United Way books at The Ruff Wilson Youth Center in Daphne. Here the United Way has placed their own Little Library, and I had the opportunity to see the appreciation and support we’re seeing from the children.”

This project impacted many future readers, and NHS hopes to continue their impact on others’ lives. Their next project will be selling Christmas Candy Grams. They will be selling these shortly after Thanksgiving break. Be sure to purchase one when they go on sale!



Dothan Band Competition

Written by Valerie Luther and Cody Brookins

On Saturday, October 8, the Daphne High School band competed in the “Southern Showcase Marching Band Invitational” in Dothan, Alabama. They went up against 22 other bands from Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. The band earned superior ratings in every caption (or category) and best in class 3A for Color Guard, Percussion, and Band.


The DHS band scored second highest drum major, as well as best overall color guard, percussion, and band. The band won the challenge cup for having the highest overall average score in all captions. In the words of Mr. Dumas, the band director, “Congratulations to the band on their 15th straight best in class and 7th grand champion award since 2011.”


Fall Activities

Happy fall, ya’ll!  It’s October, which means that we are a few weeks into the season of fall.  Fall always provides us with a wide variety of festivities due to the all the holidays incorporated in the season.

During the month of October, there are loads of activities going on due to it being the Halloween season and the nice weather that is usually experienced during the fall months.  On October 13, there will be a Wine Festival in the Mobile Botanical Gardens that benefits the Catholic Social Services; tickets are $75.  Also on October 13-15, the annual Greek Festival will be held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Mobile, Alabama.  General admission is $2, but advanced tickets are $24 (includes admission, dessert, and meal).  On the other side of the bay in Gulf Shores, the National Shrimp Festival will be held on October 13-16, and tickets are free. Not only are these festivals going on, but who can forget about Halloween and all the things it brings.  Haunted houses around the area include the House of Horrors in Mobile and Nightmare of Chambers in Fairhope.

In November with the Thanksgiving Holiday coming up, there are different activities going on in the area.  On November 3-13, the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival will be held in various locations along the Gulf Coast; admission is free.  The Fairhope Film Festival will be held  on November 10-13 in Downtown Fairhope and it will feature a myriad of films.  Prices include $40 for a four-pack movie and $75 for an eight-pack movie.  On November 19, the Mobile International Festival will be held at the Mobile Civic Center; tickets are free for children under 12 and adults are $12.  All in all, there are a countless number of activities to take part in during the fall season.