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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...

This aerial shot was taken of Wildcat Stadium prior to construction that began in November. Finally, after two years, the Wildcats are able to hold home games and meets again

Back on Track

Olivia Brenneman, Editor-In-Chief April 17, 2024

For 64 years, the stadium at Dallastown, which hosted Wildcats sporting events, remained mostly the same as it had been since it was first built in 1958. That finally changed in the 2022-2023 school...

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...

The doubleheader game was Youth Night where younger players were able to support the high school teams for free if wearing their team jerseys. Photo Submitted.

Lax Shows Love

April 11, 2024

In May of 2010, University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love lost her life at the hands of her abusive ex-boyfriend. To cope with the tragedy, her friends and family started the One Love Foundation...

Dune: Part Two has already amassed a global box office of  626.1 million dollars; making this a smashing hit for Warner Bros and Legendary. Photo from Warner Bros

Dune Part Two: Sandworms, Spice, and Timothée Chalamet

Bryce Keller, Layout Editor April 9, 2024

Many film studios declared that the “Dune” book series was unadaptable and could never happen due to its zany world and convoluted narrative.  That was until director Denis Villeneuve decided to...

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...

Lady Wildcats pose with York County President Commissioner, Julie Wheeler. (Photo courtesy of DASD Instagram)

Girls Basketball Recognized For Success

Chesley Ellis, Reporter March 19, 2024

March 6 was declared “Lady Wildcats Basketball Team YAIAA Champions Day”by York County President Commissioner, Julie Wheeler. She recognized the team for their successes in the 2023-2024 season.  Wheeler...

Middle School Music Teacher, Miss Trauger, is posing with some of her choir students after a performance. Trauger has recently won the Outstanding Young Music Educator Award from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. - Submitted By Trauger

Trauger Named Outstanding Young Music Educator

Lily Medich, Reporter March 19, 2024

Middle School Music Teacher, Miss Trauger, is the recipient of the 2024 Outstanding Young Music Educator Award given by the Pennsylvania Music Educators' Association. Secretly nominated by a fellow...

Avery Baldwin, Kenna Hoffman, Shelly Gipson-McDonald, and Tessa Henise (left to right) posing with their medals after representing Dallastown at sectionals. Baldwin and Hoffman went on to qualify for the PIAA tournament.  Photo via Dallastown Girls Wrestling Instagram.

Baldwin and Hoffman Compete at States

Evan Atwood, Assistant Sports Editor March 19, 2024

In the first ever PIAA State Girls Wrestling Championships from March 7- 9, Dallastown was represented by two athletes, Avery Baldwin (155 lb.) and McKenna Hoffman (130 lb.). The two traveled to the...

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