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Members of the crew gather for the official program photo for The Lightning Thief. Crew members work with various off stage elements such as lights, sound, and moving props. Student directors are also pictured.

What Happens Behind the Curtain?

Kendyl McPherson, Reporter May 1, 2024

As the stage lights dim and the curtains are drawn, audiences see plays and musicals come to life on stage. But what truly goes into the work backstage? This year's musical, "The Lightning Thief"...

The Video Production Club Members Visit the STN Convention

Camera, Lights, Action!

Austin Miller, Reporter April 30, 2024

On Tuesday March 12, the Video Production Club went on a trip to participate in the Student Television Network (STN) convention that took place in Long Beach, California.  In addition to competing...

The 3rd annual silent disco was held at Dallastown. 5 neighboring school districts participated with the same goal of promoting autism awareness.

April is for Awareness

Chesley Ellis, Reporter April 19, 2024

For over 50 years, the month of April has been recognized as Autism Awareness Month. Autism spectrum disorders are developmental disorders that often affect communication skills, social interaction,...

Senior Jillian Stefko poses with a shirt of the university she has committed to - Florida Gulf Coast.

The Application for Your Future

Larissa Swisher, Reporter April 19, 2024

In March, senior Jillian Stefko opened her computer anxious to find out if she had gotten into her dream school: Florida Gulf Coast. Her college application process, however, started months before. College...

Cottrell, sporting her York College t-shirt, after placing 7th in the district for the 200m. This was her first and last districts during her senior year at Dallastown in 2023.

Determination, Persistence, and Some Record Breaking

Emily Smith, Features Editor April 18, 2024

One might fear the fire that is life’s challenges, and some modestly prevail to bring out their inner fire. For Dallastown graduate Natalie Cottrell, her inner fire forced her to prove herself right...

Sophomore Larissa Swisher poses with her purple Stanley Cup. Larissa first bought her Stanley for the aesthetic, but feels that any other cheaper cup would also do just fine.

Hydration Hype: Stanley Cup Craze Sweeps Dallastown Halls

Lily Medich, Reporter April 18, 2024

Looking around the classes of Dallastown High, it is apparent that almost every student carries a water bottle.  Some are just vessels for staying hydrated, however others have become somewhat of a modern...

Logan and Nick Ungerland (left to right) posing for a picture before their junior lacrosse season. The pair are leaders on and off the field for the team, both being starters, with Nick being a captain. (Photo Submitted)

Dallastown’s Two Sport Twins

Evan Atwood, Assistant Sports Editor April 17, 2024

Anyone who has grown up with brothers or sisters knows there is an inherent connection between siblings. Even more so with twins. And even more so when you spend as much time together as Nick and Logan...

Casual Fridays pose for a picture after their Welcome to Winter Day performance in December of 2018. The band spent 9 years together with some rotating members in their lineup.

End of an Era: Casual Fridays Calls it Quits

Kirsten Raab, Reporter April 17, 2024

There aren’t many ways to get students excited. While everyone is very different, there is one thing many students have in common. Music.  Whether it’s a love for singing, playing, or listening...

Spanish teacher Señora Garrett has a true passion for helping students to see the benefits to speaking another language.

From Learners to Leaders

Anaiyah Azad and Alejandro Bautista March 20, 2024

Culture, traditions, places, people, food, and music are just some of the things you get to know about a country while learning a language. Dallastown language teachers share their experiences of going...

FBLA takes their annual trip to the intermediate school to teach students about cyber safety. Photo via FBLA Twitter

FBLA Teaches Cyber Safety

Larissa Swisher, Reporter March 20, 2024

On Feb. 23 business teacher Mr. Donatelli and 20 students in Dallastown's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club went to the intermediate school to teach fifth graders about cyber safety.  FBLA...

Members of the Mini-THON committees showing the final total during closing ceremony. Students finally sat down after 12 hours of standing.

Dancing (202)4 a Cure

Emily Smith, Features Editor March 18, 2024

It’s been a decade since the first ever Mini-THON, and with a record number of over 500  participants this year, the event continues to grow.  Dallastown students stood and danced for 12 hours overnight...

Dribbling down the court, junior Alonna Dowell takes command of the basketball. It has been a long journey for her to return after tearing her ACL.

From Setbacks to Success

Cole Terry, Freelance Writer February 29, 2024

In the dimly lit gymnasium, the sound of squeaking sneakers and the rhythmic bounce of a basketball filled the air. Among the players on the court, one stood out for her skill, resilience, and determination...

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