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President Of The National Honor Society Is Not Enough E-mail
Written by Kelsey Bowden   
Being the captain of his crew team and president of the National Honor Society is not enough for driven senior Shawn Rogers. Eventually, he wants to be an Olympian and even a future U.S. president.
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Interview With Head Cafeteria Manager Jennifer Meeks E-mail
Written by Connor Devine   

In the April edition of The PawPrint an article titled “ Federal, Local Efforts Increase to Better School Food” was published. In the process of writing this article students were interviewed about their opinion on school nutrition; however, we did not give head cafeteria manager Jennifer Meeks a chance to chime in on the debate. Meeks has worked in student nutrition in elementary and high schools for over 23 years. Here is her side.

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Absent Parents E-mail
Written by Jasmyn Caro   
Imagine watching a parent leave, knowing he or she won’t be back for a month to a year. Freshmen Kylie Nelson and Kimberly Mangual have become immune to watching their parents go on numerous business trips for long periods of time. Sophomore Bianca Johnson can relate to Nelson and Mangual, as she rarely sees her mother at all.
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Girls Who Do Boy Sports E-mail
Written by Brooke Lime   
When people think of archery and hunting, they usually think of strong, macho guys carrying heavy bows and guns. These activities are stereotypically ‘a guy thing’  but nowadays girls do them just as often.
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Cancer E-mail
Written by Alexis Quinn   
As if high school isn't already a struggle, numerous students and faculty at Durant face an even more difficult challenge- that ominous six-letter word that doctors despise saying: cancer.  Cancer is defined as any disease characterized by growths or expanding the normal limits, but in many cancer survivors' eyes, it's much more than that.
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A Letter To Seniors E-mail
Written by Ryan Haczynski   

Dear Seniors,

It won’t be long before the fourth of June arrives and you walk across that stage, accept your diploma, and truly begin the rest of your lives. The journey upon which you are about to embark is a fantastic one that we adults often refer to as “life.” This shouldn’t come as a surprise to any of you, because it is something that you’ve undoubtedly given much contemplation over the course of your final year at Durant. The decisions you have made with regard to the university you attend, the branch of the military you join, or the trade you employ are only the beginning of the choices that you will face during your formative years as an independent adult. To truly be happy, though, you must pursue your passion.

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Kelsey Martin Column E-mail
Written by Kelsey Martin   
As my time in these halls comes to an end there are still so many things I don’t understand in life. The “what if’s” cascade down and land upon my already burdened shoulders creating a giant load of things to carry every step I take. I leave a town I’ve known all my life in just two short months, like many others, and seek my place out there in the unknown.
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Biking For Multiple Sclerosis (MS). E-mail
Written by Stacie Volinski   

Freshman Austin Parker enjoys helping people by biking for multiple sclerosis (MS). Although he does not know anyone with MS, Parker is more than happy to support the cause. MS is a disease of the central nervous system marked by numbness, weakness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech and bladder control.

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Health Care Reform in a Nutshell E-mail
Written by Stacie Volinski   

Health care reform has been an immense part of President Barack Obama’s plans for change, and the bill was passed on April 4. These new health insurance changes will be put into effect in 2014. Listed below are facts about the new plan that will affect teenagers now or in the near future.

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How to Score Employment E-mail
Written by Stacie Volinski   

The number of people who are unemployed is massive, and filling out an endless amount of applications seems to be getting people, especially teenagers, absolutely nowhere. These quick
tips will help separate you from the Average Joe in means of trying to snag that job.

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To Write Love on Her Arms, (An Interview With Sabrina Eldridge) E-mail
Written by Stacie Volinski   
Freshman Sabrina Eldridge supports a very special cause with good motives. To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. Their vision is to let people know that their life matters, which also became Eldridge’s vision as well when the cause began to hit close to home.
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Members Of The Admirable Top 10 Graduates E-mail
Written by Samantha Crandall   
Many students strive to be the best of the best, or, as many Durant administrators like to say, “the cream of the crop.” The PawPrint would like to extend warm congratulations to the students who followed in the footsteps of 2010’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian, making them members of the admirable Top 10 graduates.
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Checklist for Current Juniors E-mail
Written by Samantha Crandall   
The PawPrint realizes that senior year is a stressful time for students. For this reason, we’ve devised a fool-proof checklist to keep rising seniors on the right track to having a successful and stress-free (or as stress-less as possible) senior year. So, class of 2011, break out your pens and highlighters because it’s time to get down to business.
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How-to: Decorate a Dorm Room E-mail
Written by Raven Leverett   
A problem faced by many college freshmen is the unexpected crisis of trying to figure out the necessities and desires for their dorm. The dorm room itself will be pretty bland, but there are some cheap items you can bring to help spice it up.
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How To Survive Freshman Year Of College E-mail
Written by Lindsay Marshall   
Of course, none have us have experienced the dreaded first few days of college, but there are some basic tips that every college freshman should know upon entering campus. That’s why The PawPrint is here to help.
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ROTC E-mail
Written by Lindsay Marshall   
While many seniors have only a vague idea of what they intend to do with their lives during or after college, some have bigger plans already in place. Three Durant JROTC seniors have been accepted into prestigious military academies across the nation, and two underclassmen are also taking opportunities to explore their future options.
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Community Service Information E-mail
Written by Andrea Kidder   

Mrs. Wilder’s third and fourth period English II Honors students have completed a project that is a “two-in-one” for achieving the goals of college awareness and further training for the future.

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Exergaming - Exercise Of The Future E-mail
Written by Andrea Kidder   
Sneakers laced, hair pulled back, water bottle ready -- the students in Coach Valdes’ second period Recreational Activities class prepare to work up a sweat in an untraditional manner: playing video games.
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Interview With Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Mary Ellen Elia E-mail
Written by Andrea Kidder   

On April 9, The PawPrint Editor-in-Chief Andrea Kidder and Staff Writer Stacie Volinski had the opportunity to attend the annual superintendent press conference at Leto High School. Representatives from newspapers and student governments from high schools across the county arrived ready with questions about the most pressing educational issues for the chief decision maker for Hillsborough County schools. 18 students were able to ask their questions. Here’s a sample of the most popular inquiries.

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NSB & NOSB National Competitions E-mail
Written by Andrea Kidder   

Forget Bill Nye the Science Guy; the real science enthusiasts are right here at Durant. Two very similar clubs, National Science Bowl (NSB) and National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB), recently competed at national competitions.

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Ridiculous Scholarships E-mail
Written by Kelly Price   

Desperate for College Money?
These Real Opportunities are Desperate for Worthy Applicants


Higher education is expensive. But that’s something most college-bound teens already know. What they don’t yet know -- and should know -- is that scholarships exist out there for literally everything imaginable. The PawPrint did some investigating into this potential goldmine of cash for college, and here are some obscure favorites we’d like to share.

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Durant Students Attend Out of State Colleges E-mail
Written by Josh Evans   
Although the transition into college is a daunting prospect to many high school seniors, it can be even more intimidating for those who plan to attend school out of the state of Florida.

Next year, Durant senior Taylor Short intends to study biochemistry at Brigham Youn University in Utah. His faith was a major factor in his decision to seek higher education at a school that is so far from home.
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Mu Alpha Theta E-mail
Written by Kelly Price   

Eight members of Mu Alpha Theta, Durant’s math honor society, achieved unprecedented success at the Mu Alpha Theta Convention April 16-18. With the least amount of members present, seniors Cameron Kim, Craig Bearison, Cara Bearison, Corrine Szczesny, Lindsay Marshall, and Steven Penaranda, and juniors Amy Bearison and Claire Bergman competed and had the highest trophy count.

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Stefanie Grewe: Salutatorian E-mail
Written by Hannah Van Ryswyk   
While the vast majority of top-of-the-class students spend their entire high school career bulking up their GPA and making first-rate grades with visions of standing behind the illustrious podium on graduation day, salutatorian Stefanie Grewe didn’t decide to follow the path to becoming one of the top students in her class until the summer before her junior year.
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Beauty, Brains, and Involvement: Class of 2010’s Valedictorian Has it All E-mail
Written by Andrea Kidder   
Senior Somer Harvey has more to do in one day than most students have in a single week; a rather unsurprising fact when one considers her 7.8276 grade point average - achieved by taking 13 Advanced Placement courses, seven Florida Virtual School courses, and 12 Dual Enrollment courses at Hillsborough Community College.
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Full-Circle Field Trip E-mail
Written by Kelly Price   
On March 10, students of the Read180 program participated in a field trip funded by the Manci Foundation Grant. The students, all freshmen, visited the Tampa Courthouse, the historic Columbia Restaurant, original Cuban cigar-makers’ homes, and Ferlita Bakery in Ybor City.
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TyLynn Eben: Durant's Artist of the Month. E-mail
Written by Andrea Inman   
Durant senior TyLynn Eben has been a dancer since she was four, a singer since she was five and an actress since freshman year. She is what Hollywood calls a triple threat performer. Eben will be attending the University of South Florida and is hoping to minor in USF’s dance program.
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Durant Students Attend Plant City Car Show E-mail
Written by Josh Evans   
For more than a decade, the Strawberry Classic Car Show has been a staple of Plant City’s culture. The event, held on the third Saturday of each month, celebrated its thirteenth anniversary last month.

The show, now currently organized by the Plant City Chamber of Commerce, is a popular source of entertainment for Plant City residents, including many Durant students.
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Durant Idol E-mail
Written by Hannah Van Ryswyk   
The final round of Durant Idol debuted on April 27 with a broad spectrum of talent.  Contestants Gabe McIver, Noelle Bertossi, Lanissa Reale, Brynne Piesco, and Sydney Harber grappled for the coveted title, singing everything from Broadway pieces and well-known pop hits to soulful songs and compositions with a religious undertone.  After all was said and done and the votes were cast, however, Lanissa Reale and her rendition of “If I Wrote a Note to God” triumphed in the competition and took home the title of Durant Idol 2010.