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By Emily Hickman Danville, Ill. - We take many things for granted, like the toys and clothes we have. But, most importantly, many Americans take our education for granted. We don’t have to have every supply on our list in order to go to school. We can borrow what we can’t get. However, in some countries in the Middle East, children cannot go to school unless the have all the supplies on their list, and that's not easy in a country where most people are poor. Everyone should find a way to help those less fortunate and Operation Christmas Child is an easy way to do just that. This year marked Danville High School Key Club’s first year participating in Operation Christmas Child. The club hopes that they will be participating in this project for many more years to come. Key Club collected school supplies Nov. 13 to Nov. 17 to send in for this project. When Key Club president Eavie Foreman was asked why she suggested the supply drive, she said,  “ It was an idea I found in the newspaper, and I thought it was something Key Club could be involved with. ” While there were a lot of school supplies collected, there were many teachers whose box for donations were empty. Key Club is hoping to garner better participation in the future. Operation Christmas Child is a foundation started by Bob Pierce in 1970. Pierce was inspired to start this foundation after visiting children who were suffering on Koje-do, an island in Korea. When Pierce died in 1978, Franklin Graham continued Pierce’s work with the foundation. The goal of this foundation is to send a shoe box filled with things to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S. Since 1993, Operation Christmas have delivered more than 135 million shoe boxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. In one third-world country, a seven year-old boy received a shoebox that changed his life. This boy was well-known as a difficult child, both at home and church. This boy was often hyper and misbehaving; he made Sunday School a challenge for his teachers. Still, his teachers invited him to the outreach event for children. The little boy was even disruptive at the event, and thought that because of his behavior, he would not receive a gift. When he received a box, it made a huge difference in his life. After receiving the box, he started collecting money to give to others and this surprised his mom. Key Club collected school supplies, from DHS staff and students . This included the basic stuff like, glue stick; folders; loose leaf paper; pencils; and pens. If you didn’t get a chance to donate supplies this year and are interested in doing this next time, keep this in mind for next year. You can always make a shoebox of your own. To get more information, visit the  website: Operation Christmas Child - Quick Facts Shoebox gifts are collected in the U.S.,Australia, Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Spain, and the U.K. More than 500,000 volunteers worldwide and more than 100,000 of them in the U.S. The foundation is faith based Founded in 1970 Founders are Robert Pierce (Bob Pierce) and Franklin Graham  
Posted by BartlettJ  On Dec 19, 2017 at 9:52 AM
By Rachel Hallett  Danville, Ill. - Are you a senior or about to be one? Are you stressed out about senior year? Well, you’re in luck; I am here to help. Let’s get started talking about the stresses of senior year and how we can reduce them. While senior year comes with many joys and excitements, new beginnings and long-awaited endings, there is also an “ugly side” to senior year that brings with it a host of stress. Senior year is a time for preparing for college, taking the ACT, making the grades, senior year apparel orders, graduation, scholarships, and many more things can all put stress on a busy senior. On the bright side, there are many ways to reduce this stress and many people who are trained to help you and your families during this very busy and crazy time. One of the biggest parts of senior year is applying to colleges and picking the college that best fits you. As we all know, college is very expensive and can cost thousands of dollars and most of us just don’t have that kind of money laying around every time we need something. But, there are ways to help pay for college such as applying for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), scholarships, grants, and loans. Your school counselors are trained and prepared to talk to you and your parents to see how they can help you get things filled out and get back on track. At Danville High School, our counselors are in room 213 and there are 5 of them. Their names are: Erin Griffin, New Tech Academy and Viking Academy (A-B); Courtney Lillard, Viking Academy (C-L); Monica Smith-McCray, Viking Academy (M-Z); Jessica Martin, Freshman Academy; and Amanda Campbell, College and Career Guidance. Another big part of senior year is placing your senior orders for your senior year apparel, souvenirs, cap and gown, and more. Senior Makayla Heeren said, “All of these things make me realize that I have to grow up. I just personally don’t feel ready to be an adult yet. I wish I had more time to be a kid. There are many different stresses and I don’t really know who can help me get ready for college.” There are a lot of people who can help you with just about anything you need to take care of through your senior year, or actually all 4 of your years. All the school counselors are trained to help you make sure you have all your credits and are ready to go to college. Make sure you start checking in as early as the end of your freshman year to make sure that you are on track. They are also ready to help you with college applications, as well as filling out applications for financial help such as FAFSA, scholarships and others. The counselors' office has a wealth of information about available scholarships and grants as well.                              
Posted by BartlettJ  On Dec 19, 2017 at 9:31 AM
By Rebecca Garrison Danville, Ill. - Nineteen percent of people living in Vermilion County are homeless and without food. That is approximately 6,460 out of 34,000 people. Well, those are exactly the kind of people Second Church of Christ is trying to help with during their annual food drive. The food drive has been a part of my life for 12 years and it is something close to my heart. It is something I love doing because I get to help someone have some food on the table. Also, just watching the community come together for such a great cause is a wonderful feeling.             This annual food drive has been going on for 12 years. Second Church of Christ wanted to spread hope, joy, and be a light into the community by spreading the love Christ. They started the food drive in 2005 with the goal to collect non-perishable food right there at their church. Then, the food is sorted and put into boxes. They do this for 5 weeks out of the year, usually around Oct. 22 through Nov. 12. The church normally collects around 500 plus boxes, keeping the boxes in a semi-truck. When the church is done collecting food, some of the staff members go and deliver the food to 12 different food pantries around Vermilion County and surrounding areas. According to U.S.A Today, 1 in every 7 people live off of food from food pantries because they don’t have money to buy food. Sela Ward once said “In this country that grows more food than any other nation on this earth, it is unthinkable that any child go hungry.” According to an interview done by Commercial News, St. James Food Pantry is by far one of the biggest Food Pantries in Vermilion County and Second Church of Christ’s Food Drive supports them by sending food donations, as well as volunteers. In past years, the high school program at Second Church would come every month and pass out food to the families that came through. St. James gives out food to 300-500 families and they have about 50-60 new families every month. But all of those numbers can go down with your help. You can help by donating food to the food pantries around your community, or by having your own food drive at your school and give it to the homeless. Also you could donate money to homeless or poor people who are struggling so they could get a meal. The Danville Rescue Mission is just one of those organizations you can donate money to. The Rescue Mission takes in the homeless people of Danville. By donating money, you help them give the homeless meals, a place to sleep, and take care of their personal hygiene. So maybe you could come up with a better idea or maybe you want to help in your community with such a worldwide problem. Maybe there is someone right next to you that doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from so take action and go out and help. Just think, one day that could be you standing outside a food pantry with your family waiting for your next meal.                 
Posted by BartlettJ  On Dec 19, 2017 at 8:57 AM
??By Delrey Crowder Danville, Ill. - Has homework ever kept you up all hours of the night? Many children and young adults think that homework is a waste of time. Others think that homework may help people learn better. Both are valid opinions and there is a lot of evidence to back them both up. So, what do you think: is homework a waste of time, or does it help you? According to the online surveys at Lane Tech Psychology Club, students who have a 4.0 and higher think homework is helpful 50% of the time. Other students say homework helps you teach the topic better, helps you work independently, and it allows your parents to interact with your education. In contrast, other online surveys at Lane Tech Psychology say students with a 1.9 GPA say that homework is helpful sometimes. Students who are juniors say homework can keep you up all night. Also students think it is very overwhelming. Test scores drop sometimes because maybe the students are studying the wrong thing and now have no clue on what they are doing. Danville High School senior Hayden Foster thinks that homework is unnecessary. Since most homework goes in the formative category, he thinks it is just a waste of time. “If you fail a test and get all A’s on the homework then your grade will still drop. The test is worth so much points that homework is basically useless.” In Foster’s opinion, homework takes away from family time and free time with friends. Danville High School junior Keira Harris feels like homework is very useful and helps you big time. “Homework prepares you for test and if you study the right stuff enough times it could possibly help you.” Homework helps Harris in a lot of ways. She feels like she interacts with her family more and feels like she accomplishes something whenever she has done her work correctly. “Homework is not fun by any means, but it really does help me and could possibly help you to.” I feel that homework is helpful and impacts people, but I also think that it needs to be a limit. Homework shouldn’t be so time consuming and instead of homework it should just be like extra studying. I have tried to not do my homework and it didn’t help me my grades dropped. I started doing it the next semester and noticed I have done a lot better. There are a lot of opinions on homework, but in the future, if you do it, I feel like it will help you. Homework may not be fun but in my opinion I think it is very helpful and as long as you put forth effort you will see a change. Teachers give homework for you to practice and get better at the subject you are studying. Homework will help you in the long run just take time out of your night to just put effort into it, it might make a change.
Posted by BartlettJ  On Dec 18, 2017 at 10:50 AM
By Caden Clausen Danville, Ill. - How well do you know the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? This year marks the 85th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade has been a part of many people’s lives since they were born and it is hard to imagine a Thanksgiving without that iconic parade with extravagant floats, balloons, and theatrics. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been around ever since most people can remember. The parade first was broadcasted on television in 1932, but it's been going on for even longer than that. When the parade first began, it was broadcasted on the radio in 1924. Surprisingly, the parade wasn’t always held in New York City. The real birth of the parade was in Newark, New Jersey, by a man named Louis Bamberger. How many people would you expect to show up at the parade 45,000? 250,000? The correct answer isn’t even close to either. The New York City Tourist says, “...The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade NY has been a Big Apple tradition since 1924, Attracting more than 3.5 million to the streets of New York City.” The NYC Tourist also commented that the parade rakes in 50 million viewers nationwide each year. I really enjoy the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and so do many other people. According to, over 3.5 million people spectators were expected to brave the Manhattan cold in 2016. Forbes also said, “Last year, the event averaged 22.3 million viewers on NBC.” The parade is loved by the people. How could you not love the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? If you enjoy the parade, there are many things you can do to enjoy it. The most obvious is to watch the parade on television, but why do that when there are more enjoyable options? If the funds are there you could take a trip to Manhattan and experience the parade in person. If crowds aren't your thing you can still enjoy the parade. A sophomore who lives in Danville, Ill., said, “I love the parade. I've been watching it since I can remember.” However you watch, the parade is a very iconic event. The main reason the parade is so iconic is their floats. They get new ones every year but keep the classics. For example, a favorite is the Turkey and Spongebob floats. People enjoy seeing the music and theatrics every year as well as the balloons and floats.
Posted by BartlettJ  On Dec 18, 2017 at 9:24 AM
By Aussie Adams Danville, Ill. - 333,000. That is the number of injuries on the road that occur each year from texting and driving. Texting and driving is one of many dangers drivers face on the road. While it is not the only distraction, it is one of the most deadly and could change one’s life in a matter of moments. Texting and driving is detrimental to society as it is illegal, and can cause injury and death across the world each year. When smartphones first became something everyone owns, nobody thought it could cause problems like texting and driving. It is hard to imagine this activity was once legal and had to be made illegal because of drivers misusing their cell phones and participating in distracted driving. What once was practical cell phones grew into a device that runs one’s life, as the driver can not even put their phone down to drive to a destination. No person in their right mind is looking to be arrested, yet they continue to participate in illegal activities such as texting and driving. If one is texting while driving and causes a crash, they could get criminal misdemeanor charges. The worst case scenario would be jail time. Some distracted drivers who cause deaths in a crash could even get manslaughter or life in prison. Many only receive tickets if caught texting and driving. According to an article on LegalMatch, “Studies have shown that texting while driving increases the risk of a vehicle crash by anywhere from 2.8 to 23.2 times than normal,” ( While this action may seem like a simple and easy task to do, it is not worth risking one’s freedom and putting others’ lives in danger. Although there are many forms of distracted driving, texting and driving is responsible for a significant amount of deaths. Nobody should die due to an “intexticated” driver. In fact, an infographic done by Texting and Driving Safety informs readers that, “In 2011, at least 23% of auto collisions involved cell phones. That’s 1.3 million crashes.” This infographic also states, “Text messaging makes a crash up to 23x more likely.” That is 23 times more likely that one will get in a car crash and potentially cause death or injury due to one wanting to send a quick text, or surf the web. Nobody likes to admit to texting and driving, yet still participate in it. It is true that cell phones can become an addiction, and therefore hard to put down. However, there are many things that can help one stay off of the phone while driving such as ATT Drive Mode, taking a pledge, and one’s own will power. ATT Drive Mode  should be turned on when driving, so it can perform the task of silencing a phone from all calls, texts, and alerts until one has reached their destination. Taking a pledge may also work for some. That is making a promise to oneself and others that they will not use the phone while driving to ensure safety among themselves and others. Another thing to use is will-power. If one truly wants to stop texting and driving, they will stop texting and driving. Texting and Driving has become one of the most important issues the world faces today. People get arrested, injured, or killed because of this simple action. This impacts the world immensely as some countries have no laws against texting and driving, and do not enforce the idea that it is bad. If more people do not take a stand and take a pledge to stop, more and more people will die. It is a duty of the average person to discourage distracted driving in others as well. Texting and driving should be illegal all across the world as it is frowned upon, illegal in some places and punishable by jail time, could put people at major health risks, and even take people’s lives away from them.
Posted by BartlettJ  On Dec 18, 2017 at 9:08 AM
By Makayla Heeren Danville, Ill. - Danville High School placed 8th out of 12 teams in the Big 12 meet on Oct. 28. DHS placed first and second in junior varsity diving, while taking second and fourth on varsity.  This meet was the last for many of the senior swimmers, their final chance to compete as a high school swimmer. One such senior, Lillie Hannan, said “I’m sad that its over. I’ve been swimming for 12 years and now it’s actually over and I can’t image not being in the water every day.” During this meet, she swam the 100-meter backstroke, the 400-meter relay, and the 50-meter freestyle and did pretty well on them all. The seniors who went to Big 12 were Kaylynn Wagers, Lillie Hannan, and Makayla Heeren. Makayla Heeren swam the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, and the 400-meter relay. Wagers has been hurt and has been out of the water for almost two months now. She said she misses it a lot, but still comes to every meet. Normal Community High School won the Big 12 meet, wowing the crowd in the relays. Danville placed eighth with the help of the divers. Heeren said, “I can’t believe this is my last Big 12 ever! I can’t imagine not having the Big 12 anymore and not swimming with Allie or Winter or any of them! I’m just sad it’s almost over.”
Posted by BartlettJ  On Nov 30, 2017 at 11:24 PM
Photo caption: Danville High School senior Shanice Garbutttakes the win in invitational meet. By Delrey Crowder Danville, Ill. - Danville High School’s cross-country team has had a very successful year this year. Todd Orvis, the coach, ran at Danville when he was younger and was pretty good at what he did, and so became a coach. Phillip Hall and Shanice Garbutt are graduating seniors who contributed well to this year’s season. Hall has run track three years. Track and cross-country star Hall has a gift. He started running his sophomore year with the help of some upper classmen. Jeremiah Cooley and Carl Way, who are now freshmen in college, have had a big influence on Phillip. This year, as a team, the cross country team won one meet, the Regional meet, which earned their ticket to state. Hall’s best meet was when he ran at Lincoln Park in Springfield. The best way to get prepared to run a meet is to, “Have fun and don’t think too much. The training is there and fitness is there; don’t think too much.” Garbutt, another Danville senior, is very blessed at running. Garbutt has broken many records as she sums up her high school career and plans on going to college. Just two meets ago, Garbutt beat all the girls by more than a minute. Garbutt broke the school record for the 5k by forty two seconds. Recently she just won her regional title and is going to state. Cross Country is a very intense sport. You are racing 3 miles for meets, working out every day, and the weather never matters. To be in this sport, you have to fully dedicate yourself and work hard. The seniors, Hall and Garbutt both are very good runners and work very hard to be good at what they do.  
Posted by BartlettJ  On Nov 28, 2017 at 12:52 PM
By Caden Clausen Danville, Ill. - On Oct. 14th, 2017, Danville High School’s marching band went to Bloomington, Ill., to compete against 41 other bands at Illinois State University in the Hancock Stadium. After they arrived, the competition had many different obstacles that took place. Due to the obstacles, the competition didn’t end until midnight, but the band left before midnight because they did not make it to finals. The marching band competition lasted over a span of around 17 hours. Danville High School's’ Marching Band Drum Major BJ Baker said, “The competition experience was wonderful. We got the chance to see other bands we had never seen before and had a great opportunity to perform in a college setting.” In the end, Marian Catholic of Chicago Heights were the Grand Champs of the Marching Band competition. Danville High School was in the 27th place among to all other bands that competed in the competition. Danville High School next competed on Oct. 21, 2017 in Saint Louis, Missouri to determine who would win overall among the other schools that competed in the competition schools.
Posted by BartlettJ  On Nov 17, 2017 at 1:16 PM
By Rebecca Garrison Danville, Ill. - On Oct. 21st, 2017 Danville High School Band of Vikings went to St.Louis to compete against 65 other marching bands. Even though they didn’t win and got 62nd place out of 65 bands, the Band of Vikings said they had fun being a part of a once in a lifetime opportunity. The band  performed at the Band of America Super Regionals in the Dome at America’s Center. The Band of Vikings left at 5:30 am in order to get to St. Louis in time in order to get there to perform their show, “The flash before your eyes,” at 11:45 the show is about a man’s life and how he was looking back on his life. The band performed their show to what their director Mr. Ryan Krapf feels was their best performance of the season. Once the band was done performing, they were able to watch the other bands in their class perform and saw all kinds of different bands.Some they had seen at other competitions; others they had never seen before. Finally, came the awards. All of the bands and the audience gathered in the stadium to find out what the outcome of the competition was. When they started the awards, they gave every band a participation award. Then they gave away the specialty awards like best color guard, outstanding music performance, outstanding visual performance, and outstanding general effect. Finally, they did first, second and third in each class. They then announced the fourteen bands going to finals to perform again to get grand champion over the whole competition. Even though they didn’t place and move on to finals, the Band of Vikings stayed and watched finals just for the experience. Once all of the band were done performing, they did final awards where they would name the grand champion of the Band of America’s Regional Competition. “The Band of Vikings overall had a great day and even though we didn’t win it was still a great time and fun to compete,” said Abbey Garrison a clarinet player for the band. She also said, “It was a great way to end a great season.” When finals were over the Band of Vikings headed for home from their last competition of the 2017- 2018 season.
Posted by BartlettJ  On Nov 16, 2017 at 1:07 PM
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