“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
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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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On Friday, February 17th, the varsity boys basketball team traveled to Dothan to compete in the state regional tournament. The Trojans took on Carver, a team that has put Daphne out of the regional tournament the last two years in a row. The DHS boys went into that game completely focused and dead set on winning. The Trojans led almost the entire game; there was only a brief moment when Carver pulled ahead in the score. The DHS boys stayed strong until the end with the final score 63-51. This Daphne victory knocked Carver out of the regional tournament. Next, the DHS boys traveled back up to Dothan on Tuesday, February 21st, to play Spanish Fort for the 5th time this season; a win in this game would enable Daphne to play in the Final 4.
Sadly, the Trojans didn’t pull through for a win, and Spanish Fort won the match up with a score of 52-47. Spanish Fort will advance to play in the Final 4 in Birmingham. Daphne wishes the best of luck to the Spanish Fort Toros. The Daphne Trojans should not be ashamed of how their season ended; they had a terrific season. Their final overall record was 30 wins and 4 losses. This team made history this year by taking Coach Cedric Yelding farther than he’s been in his whole coaching career. This team set the bar high for years to come.
Daphne High School will hold it’s annual golf tournament on March 4th at 8:30 A.M. at the Lake Forest Golf Course. The cost to participate is $60 per individual player or $200 for a four person team. Sponsors and donations are needed in order to give out door prizes and gifts for the winners. Prizes are contingent on all available donations. Any sponsors or participants are highly appreciated as this helps raise money for the upcoming DHS golf season. If any person would like to participate, please call coach Bryan Hunter at (251) 583-2038 or Coach Robert Guthrie at (251) 978-0400.
On February 14th and 15th, the eighth graders from Daphne Middle School came to Daphne High School for their tours; the goal of these tours is to help rising 9th graders get ready for high school next year. On each of the two days, the eighth graders were welcomed to our school by the DHS band and choir. The choir sang the national anthem to kick things off.
The tours of the school were lead by the Peer Helpers and our student government from each grade. Upon arriving at DHS, the students were welcomed with a pep rally in the gym. At this event, Dr. Smith shared a few words and then directed the students to Mrs. Mixon and the Daphne Women’s ensemble who performed. Coach King ended the pep rally by saying a few words of welcome, and the band played the fight song.
Next, students were directed to the cafeteria where the administration spoke to the upcoming freshman. The administration broke down the rules and the best ways to get through high school. Students also traveled around the school to visit various classrooms and teachers.
On the second day of this two day event, the middle school band students came and were brought to the band room for performances by the choir, the wind ensemble, and the percussion. The choir sang “Johnny Said No”, a song that they are preparing for their State Assessment. The Wind Ensemble play their MPA pieces, “Easter Monday on the White House Lawn” and “7 Inch Frame.” Following the performance, Will Wildebrant, Darina Gerard, Jackson Carmichael, Sarah Wilson, and Michael Dugger spoke to the students about being in the DHS band and their personal experiences.The percussion then played their competition music and concluded the tour.
With Mardi Gras break right around the corner, it’s not hard to find a parade going on somewhere in the bay area. This past weekend, February 17-19th, there were two Mardi Gras parades on the Eastern Shore.
The first was on Friday the 17th in Daphne. Apollo’s Mystic Ladies rode down Main Street at 6:45 p.m. with many other groups, including our very own Daphne High School Band. Even though some rain got in the way of the festivities, no one let it ruin their fun.
On Saturday, February the 18th, there was another parade in downtown Fairhope at 6:45 p.m. The Knights of Ecor Rouge rode on stunning floats, and bands from along the Eastern Shore marched. The theme was movies and featured floats such as “Back to the Future”, “Scooby Doo”, “A Team”, “Ghostbusters”, and “Batman”.
Next weekend’s parades include Shadow Barons, Maids of Jubilee, Krewe of Mullet Mates, Loyal Order of the Fire Truck, and Order of Mystic Magnolias. See the full schedule below for more details.
In the U.S., a variety of cultures are celebrated all over the country throughout the year. Black History month is currently being celebrated this month in February. Asian Pacific American Heritage, Older Americans, and Jewish American Month are all honored in May. September marks National-Hispanic Latino Heritage Month. National Italian American Heritage Month is in October. November is National Native American Month.
February is Black History Month, which it has been designated since 1976. This month spotlights the achievements of black Americans in America. Significant Americans like Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, Emmett Till, Malcolm X, Coretta Scott-King, and countless others are honored during this time.
The holiday was initiated and adapted by Dr. Carter G. Woodson; he was born to enslaved parents and worked in coal mines growing up. Then, he went on to go to high school, graduated in two years, went to Harvard, and earned his PhD. Dr. Woodson was very surprised when he noticed that most history books didn’t mention the contributions of African Americans to history. He went on to choose February as Black History Month, because it marks the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
Black History Month is celebrated in a variety of ways. In Africatown in Mobile, which was the last place slaves were brought in to the U.S., people gathered to celebrate the contributions of Kossola (Cudjoe Lewis). Different cities in America host various events to celebrate the event. Other countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom also celebrate this holiday.
Though most people associate Mardi Gras with New Orleans, Louisiana, Mobile, Alabama, began holding the festival in 1703, 15 years before it started in Louisiana. Mardi Gras is a celebration that marks the beginning of Lent, which is the 40 day time of penance between Ash Wednesday and Easter. The Mardi Gras holiday is a celebration of excess, celebrated around the time of ‘Fat Tuesday’, which is the day before Ash Wednesday.
The celebration of Mardi Gras is based on a French Catholic tradition. Mobile had been the original capital city of the French Louisiana territory, which is where Mardi Gras began as a tradition. Its location made locals wary of destruction by hurricane, so the capital was then moved to New Orleans in 1718, and the celebration of Mardi Gras followed.
In 1866, the Mardi Gras parade came back to where it began in Mobile, AL. Those taking part in the parades were usually parts of secret societies, and each of these societies would create magnificent floats and costumes. The tradition still continues on today, but is now celebrated as a city-wide holiday in the South, with an even more cheerful spirit for friends and family of all origins. Naser-Hall, Emily. “A Brief History of Mardi Gras.” AXS. N.p., 18 Feb. 2015. Web. 15 Feb. 2017.
On this day in 1923, archaeologists opened up King Tutankhamen’s tomb. English archaeologists Howard Carter first went to Egypt, the burial site of King Tut, in 1891. He was convinced that there was at least one more un-opened tomb of the young king that had yet to be discovered. He convinced the rich Brit, Lord Carnarvon, to pay for five years of searching in Egypt. In 1922, the wait paid off when Carter and his team found steps hidden in the debris near the entrance of another tomb. On November 26, 1992, the team found out that the steps led to an ancient sealed doorway bearing the name Tutankhamen and, under further inspection, found that the interior was still intact. The team explored the different rooms of the tomb and on February 16, 1993, Carter opened the last door of the chamber. Inside they found a solid gold coffin with a mummified King Tut that was surrounded by shrines, jewelry, statues, a chariot, weapons, and clothing. This was so important, because it was the first perfectly preserved mummy be discovered.
We apologize for the missed article last week; the author responsible for the Career of the Week column was not feeling well. We will be returning to a weekly schedule.
This week’s Career of the Week is none other than that of a machinist. Machinists use precise cutting, grinding, beveling, and other tools with pinpoint accuracy to create specialized parts for use in machinery and other applications.
In addition to hand-working metal with hand tools and cutting tools, machinists often use CNC (computer numerical controlled) machines. CNC machines machine a large variety of shapes and materials autonomously.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, machinists have a mean annual wage of $42,120 with a mean hourly wage of $20.25/hr.
On February 18th, the city of Daphne will be giving away free trees to promote a healthier environment and the beautification efforts of the city. At the Daphne Civic Center, 2,100 of many different variety of trees will be given away starting at 8 a.m. The event will continue until all of the trees are gone; this is expected to last until 12 p.m.
The species of trees available will be Crepe Myrtles (red, white, pink, purple), Eastern Redbud, Magnolia (Southern, Sweetbay), Yoshino Cherry, River Birch, Red Maple, Bald Cypress, Ginkgo, Yellow Poplar, and Hornbeam. There will also be some fruit varieties, which include Pear (Ayer, Keifer), Peach (Elberta, Red Haven), Persimmon (Fuyu), Plum (Santa Rosa), Apricot (Moorpark), and Fig (Celeste).
This event is sponsored by the City of Daphne, the Daphne Beautification Committee, and the Daphne Public Works Department. Also, a special thanks to Daphne Utilities, Riviera Utilities, and our very own Daphne High School Future Farmers of America for supporting this event.