Today Americans across the country marked the 18th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, including the DCHS Singers. They took time from their regular rehearsal to remember the terrorist attack by singing the National Anthem around the flag pole.
Singing "The Star Spangled Banner" were Sarah Abernathy, Brynna Addleman, Emma Anderson, Skyler Brown, Lily Hendrickson, KeLynn Jacobs, Melody Koerperich, Mackenzie Urban, and Gracie Vontz. Their director is Kathryn Tremblay.
On September 11, 2001, Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four planes. Two of the planes were crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. A third plane was crashed into the Pentagon, and the fourth crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after passengers attempted to retake the plane.
According to history.com, 2,763 died after the two planes slammed into the Twin Towers. That figure includes 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers who were struggling to complete an evacuation of the buildings and save the office workers trapped on higher floors.
At the Pentagon, 189 people were killed, including 64 on American Airlines Flight 77, the airliner that struck the building. On Flight 93, 44 people died when the plane crash-landed in Pennsylvania.
9-11 is the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil in U.S. history.
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The DCHS football team and the faculty have chosen the 2019 Homecoming candidates. Queen candidates are Anna Carter, Sage Lohoefener, Alyssa Van Vleet, and Amy Wentz. The king candidates are Gabe Peter, Dawson Kempt, Colton Ketterl, and Bryson Metcalf.
Homecoming week begins with spirit days and ends with the football game against the Wallace County Wildcats and the homecoming dance on Friday. The dance will follow the game.
Spirt Days are VSCO girls and guys on Monday, Tacky Tourist Tuesday, Wednesday - favorite jersey or team, Throwback Thursday, and Spirit Day Friday.
Thursday night, the classes will start decorating their floats at 6:30 p.m. Then at 8:00, they will walk from the high school to the co-op for the bonfire.
The homecoming assembly will be Friday afternoon at 1:30 in the DCHS auditorium where the king and queen will both be crowned. Speaking at the assembly will be the 10-Year Queen Brandi (Diederich) McConnell, the Athlete of the Past Toby Peters, who is an assistant football coach this year, and head football coach Trevor Williams. The flower girl will be Kaylee Bricker, daughter of Sarah and Mark Bricker, and the crown bearer will be Silas Tally, son of Jeremy and Jenny Tally.
The homecoming parade will follow the assembly at 2:30. The parade will feature the king and queen, candidates, the marching band, and class floats.
Half-time of the football game will feature the queen and her court and the DCHS band. The candidates will be escorted by the cross-country team.
Welcome to the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. It is my honor and privilege to serve as the Superintendent for Oberlin USD 294 Decatur County School District! I grew up in Southeast Kansas and went to school K-12 in a small district. My alma mater is the Red Devil, and I’m once again proud to be a Red Devil. I earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Pittsburg State University and Emporia State University.
As we begin this school year, we are reflecting on who we are and why we are here. As a district we are on a mission. Our mission is one of perpetual improvement, as we focus on putting students in our district first. Our mission is really their journey. As a district and as a state, we are focused on continuous improvement in order to make sure every student succeeds. This improvement process is driven by four main principles. These principles are to make sure to provide student success skills and social emotional growth, while building relationships and collaborating. They also support personalized student learning with the goal of improving real- world applications through internships, civic engagement, and project based learning. We will work toward these goals to build and strengthen a collaborative atmosphere dedicated to the success of every student.
I look forward to working with you, our parents and community in the coming years. Our Mission, Their Journey!
Sandra K. Short
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Photos by Anna Carter and Sage Lohoefener
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Pictures by Raven Van Vleet and Brenda Breth