“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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Hey Daphne, it’s time to show what our community can do. Jon Mason Lim, a third grader at Daphne Elementary, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor which requires extensive surgery. Let’s support Jon Mason and his family and spread awareness with the #TeamMason and #PrayforMason. The family’s GoFundMe account is https://www.gofundme.com/2rekisk Please donate and support your local Trojans.
This year’s 2016 homecoming parade is on Thursday, September 29th at 6 p.m. The parade will start at Trojan Hall and end at Trojan Field where the homecoming maids will be introduced. The parade will include our JV and Varsity football teams, the cheerleaders, the Daphne Twirlers, the DHS band, and a float from each high school class. At the conclusion of the parade, the pep rally will begin. At the pep rally, the maids will be announced, the floats will be judged, and the student body will get pumped up for the Homecoming Game!
Last Friday night Robertsdale hosted their annual county fair on Friday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. They had “Midnight Madness”; tickets were $7 for admission and $20 for a wristband to ride any and all rides, such as “The Zipper” to the “Freak Out.” The fair also had games, like the “Fish Bowl Toss” or the “Balloon and Dart.” The event was very crowded with people from all over Baldwin County. Everywhere people turned they saw or bumped into someone new. The lines to each ride were really long, so the people who got there early in the evening made the best choice. Occasionally, the sounds of someone not being able to control their stomach would fill the air. When attending a fair, consider how much funnel cake to consume prior to riding a ride!
Last week on Thursday, September 9th, all grades voted for our 2016 Homecoming Court. In the freshman class, the winners are: Aleah Thomas and Tyndal Godwin. For the sophomore class, the winners are: Alyssa Ducote and Trinity Johnson. For the junior class, the winners are: Meesha Terral, Mary-Katherine Stewart, Madelyn Wiggins, and Mallory Casey. Finally, for the senior homecoming court, the winners are: Morgan Davis, Courtney Sledge, Morgan Stopa, Haileigh Houser, and Madison Miles. Your DHS 2016 Homecoming Queen will be announced Friday, September 30th, during halftime at the Homecoming Game.
On Saturday, October 8, the DHS Cheerleaders will hold a cheer clinic for elementary school girls in Daphne schools. Applications have gone out to the Daphne schools. It will be a fun activity for all interested girls to participate in and learn new skills.
Hit a high note for some cash! Except this time, it’s not The Voice or American Idol. It’s the Shrimp Festival! On Saturday, October 15th, a student each from seven schools in Baldwin County will compete for scholarship money at the Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores. The competition begins at 10:00 AM. Singers will have prepared three different songs, each three minutes or less. The winners of the first round will proceed to sing their second song, and only the finalists will sing their third. The prize for first place is $1000.00, both in scholarship money for the winner and money for their respective school. Second place wins $500.00, and third place wins $250.00.
Unfortunately for our prospective vocalists, the deadline to sign up has already passed. Support our singer if you end up at the Shrimp Festival this October!
The Baldwin County Fair started this week on Tuesday, September 20th and will be open until Saturday the 24th. Admission rates for the fair are dependent on the time and day you go. September 20th-24th the admission rate is $12 and includes unlimited rides starting at 5 p.m. Friday admission is $7 from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. After 10 p.m. on Friday, Midnight Madness starts and arm bands will be sold for $20. The arm bands enable riders unlimited rides. Saturday admission is $7 starting at 1 p.m.-5 p.m., and unlimited ride arm bands are $15. On Saturday, 5 p.m.-closing starts “LAST BLAST!” Unlimited arm bands will be sold for $20.
This past summer Daphne High School’s interior underwent some modern renovations. We had a few questions about these new renovations, so we went to our school’s Vice Principal, Mr. Comer, to find out some information about this sudden upgrade. We asked Mr. Comer what his favorite part of the new renovations at Daphne High School was, and he replied that the renovated bathrooms were his favorite part. He believes that the bathrooms needed to be redone over anything else, and he also added, “…the main office as well, it looks beautiful, almost like we have a new school”.
Next, we asked Mr. Comer when mirrors would be installed into the girls’ newly renovated bathrooms, and as humorous as Mr. Comer is, he replied with, “When the boys’ bathrooms get them.” Of the many renovations DHS had this summer, Mr. Comer’s office was one of the rooms renovated as well, so we asked him if he enjoyed his new office. Mr. Comer seemed so thrilled when we asked this question. He indicated that yes, he really enjoys his new office, because he can now have meetings with more than two people in his office. He can meet with up to 8-10 if he wants to now!
Lastly, we also asked Mr. Comer if the renovations were completed on time, and he indicated that they were. The DHS office staff was able to move back into the main building from Trojan Hall before school resumed in August. Mr. Comer also said that he is super excited about these new renovations and hopes the students and staff are as well.
This school year we welcome five exchange students into Daphne High School. This experience is beneficial for both sets of students. The interaction helps the exchange students learn more about what living in America is really like. Malin Fahrwinkel is from Frankfurt, Germany, and she was very excited about coming to small town Daphne. She has one sibling, a 13-year-old brother who attends Woehlerschule back in Frankfurt. Malin loves it here; she said, “It’s so close to the sea, like in Germany…we would have to drive twelve hours to the sea.” In America, she looks forward to “…finding friends for life, being more confident and gaining self-esteem, getting to know the culture, and make Daphne a second home.” We welcome you to DHS, Malin!
During the summer of 2016, Daphne High School got a wave of new teachers. Among these new teachers was Mrs. Nichole Reynolds. Reynolds hails from Arizona and has been teaching for twenty-four years; she currently teaches 10th Grade Health. Not only does she teach at DHS, but her husband, Coach Lane Reynolds, also teaches and coaches the Varsity Trojan Football Team and has been coaching for twenty seven years. Along with both parents teaching in Daphne, their sons also attend Daphne High and Daphne Middle.
Moving to a whole different region can be difficult, but according to Mrs. Reynolds her and her family love it here. When asked what she loves about Daphne, she stated, “I love how green it is…[and] how welcoming and friendly everyone is.” When asked about what she misses about Arizona she said that “I miss the ‘dry heat’ and the friends that I have had forever.” Since all of her family still lives in Arizona she also states that she “misses her family”.
Not only does she love it here in the South, but her sons also love it in Daphne. When asked in what ways her boys love it here, she said, “they are outside boys (hunting and fishing), so they are in heaven”. Mrs. Reynolds also mentioned how welcoming kids have been to them. She also vocalized that her husband also loves Daphne and enjoys coaching football along with all the other coaches. Mrs. Reynolds also declared that, “I really enjoy teaching and getting to know my kids. I can’t see myself do anything else”. In conclusion, DHS welcomes the Reynolds family and all of the other new teachers and their families to Daphne High School.