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Mason Gourley, YouTube and Multimedia Editor

Mason is a Junior at Durant High School. He is the Design Editor for the PawPrint Newspaper. He is a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He writes about...

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Nick Travis, Social Media Coordinator

Nick Travis is a Junior at Durant High School and the Social Media Coordinator for the PawPrint. He has an outgoing and creative personality. When isn't...

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Riley Thomas, Breaking News Editor

Riley is a Junior at Durant High School. He is the new Photo Editor and Business Manager for the PawPrint Newspaper. He also wrestles for Durant and loves...

Students Coming Back from E-Learning

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As the first semester ends, a new one starts.

Over 300 students came back from e-learning who are going to have to adapt to this new, yet old, environment.

Many students could not wait to come back since they were so bored of e-learning.

All-day, students had to sit in front of a screen and watch videos/zoom to learn. Many agreed it was harder to learn the material online compared to learning on campus.

Connor Mendez, a Junior at Durant High School, said “It would be much easier in school than at home because the teaching is much more interactive in the Edgenuity learning.”

This is what most of those students were dealing with and were just not learning fast enough.

Although students came back to brick and mortar, many still stayed behind as some may have liked e-learning better since they believe that it is safer and could be more beneficial in their own opinion. A downside may be that all their friends could be at school and they are stuck at home.

Since the pandemic, many schools are still on complete lockdown and students are still e-learning, leaving most parents are not happy with their child’s grades.

Students are also limited to what they can and can’t do when on a zoom call or learning by themselves. For example, students can’t really ask questions to a video, they just have to watch it and move on.

Mendez also said “ I wasn’t able to be consistent online with getting assignments done and I really missed being around my friends.”

Overall this says right here from just one student that e-learning wasn’t the best suit for him in the first semester.

A possibility is that students that chose e-learning thought it was going to be like it was when COVID first started and schools were just starting to close.

Students now would have rather picked to go back to school now that they know how much better it was to be back with friends and teachers.

About the Writer
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Mason Gourley, YouTube and Multimedia Editor

Mason is a Junior at Durant High School. He is the Design Editor for the PawPrint Newspaper. He is a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He writes about...

Possible vaccine to the virus: COVID-19

The Soon to be Released COVID-19 Vaccine

The Soon to be Released COVID-19 Vaccine

As the pandemic continues to spread, scientists all over the world are working hard to find a vaccine to end the rapid spread of the virus.
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that “Florida is preparing to receive two coronavirus vaccines that could arrive in the state as soon as three weeks from now.” That would drastically affect all of the world since everyone has been waiting so long for the vaccine to release. Officials say that it won’t get rid of the virus so people must continue to wear masks until further notice.
As everyone gathers for the holidays, cases have a high probability of rising a substantial amount due to a higher number of people in close contact with each other. However, the supply of vaccines to the public will be limited during December 2020.
Reporters say 60% of respondents would take the Covid-19 vaccine if it were available today. Just about 15% of all Americans have been affected by the illness. Once released, specific groups will be recommended to take the vaccine due to their high rise of contracting it.
As of now, vaccines are purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars that will be given to the American people at no cost for insurance. The FDA is making sure all materials to make the vaccine legal are available to the public. The vaccine has been in development since the beginning of January of 2020 and it has come a long way since then. China predicts that once mass production of the vaccine is made, they will distribute over 600 million doses around the most infected areas and hotspots.
“There should be no supply shortage on the industrial chain of vaccine production in China,” added Tao Lina, a vaccine expert.
Without the vaccine releasing soon, the daily deaths are expected to peak at around 3,000 in mid January. With that interpretation, the U.S. Center of Disease control enforces the mask policy even harder everywhere. The world is patiently waiting for this vaccine so life can go back to normal.
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Mason Gourley, YouTube and Multimedia Editor

Mason is a Junior at Durant High School. He is the Design Editor for the PawPrint Newspaper. He is a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He writes about...

New Thanksgiving Traditions 

Thanksgiving this year is going to be a lot different. Traditions like playing games, pulling apart the wishbone with a cousin who lives across the country, and filling stadium seats at football games, are in danger of being broken as Coronavirus continues to influence countless lives.   

Families are being forced to have to have small dinners and prepare traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, delivering them so as to not risk those immunocompromised. Families are also suggested to have virtual dinners and sharing recipes to keep with the holiday spirit of giving.  Also, shopping online rather than in person the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday would be a smart choice.  

The best thing to do would be to watch sports events, parades, and movies from home and to wear a mask while at family dinner would to prevent the spread of the virus between family members.  

During dinnertime, a great tip would be to avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as the kitchen, use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils to lower contamination risks, and serve food that is self-serve only and portioned correctly for everyone.  

Even Black Friday is going to look different this year as more shoppers will be resorting to online shopping in fear of potentially coming in contact with the virus.  

Thanksgiving this year, as suggested by the CDC, should attempt to follow a 99% no contact rule due to the continual rise of cases around the country. Everyone should strive to stay safe, eat good food, and find something to be grateful for even in this time of uncertainty. 

 

About the Writer
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Mason Gourley, YouTube and Multimedia Editor

Mason is a Junior at Durant High School. He is the Design Editor for the PawPrint Newspaper. He is a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He writes about...

Kyle Bingham Q&A

Kyle Bingham is a new Algebra 2 teacher for Durant high school. He spent 11 years working as a math teacher at, Clearwater Christian College.

 

How long have you been working in the Hillsborough County School System?

“I’ve been teaching for a total of 12 Years and 11 of those have been math”

 

What is your job here at Durant?

“I’m mostly doing Algebra 2 in person, but I also have an online class as well”

 

What are your first impressions for teaching at Durant?

 “It’s completely different coming in and returning along with Covid. But I mean, all things considered, it’s been really nice, staff is good, co-workers are great, and it’s been really warm and acceptable”

 

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work instead of teaching?

“I do a little bit of coaching fall ball soccer, and just hanging out with my family, which is really great”

 

What made you choose to pick Durant?

“They were the first school to call me and I was like ‘Yeah lets go!’

 

What is the best part about your job?

“Seeing the lightbulb come on for students that don’t know or struggling”

 

How about difficult parts?

“Grading, most definitely. Keeping up with it is the big problem”

 

About the Writer
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Mason Gourley, YouTube and Multimedia Editor

Mason is a Junior at Durant High School. He is the Design Editor for the PawPrint Newspaper. He is a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He writes about...

Riley Thomas Feature

Riley Thomas began writing for the Durant PawPrint after his sophomore year, he visited a meet the press gathering and during the meeting he decided to join his junior year.

Thomas plans on writing about wrestling due to his position in the school wrestling team. “I have friends in journalism and they said it was a lot of fun so it got me really interested.” Thomas said.

After high school he wants to join the army reserves, then to look into joining the army rangers. He wants to go as far as he can in the army until he decides where to go next in his career.

As far as his plans go for high school, Thomas said, “I want to see how this year goes and from there I’ll decide if I want to do it again next year.” While he continues this year he can improve his social confidence skills by interviewing teachers and students for articles.

He wants to join MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) along with wrestling since he knows the “basics of each sport” With these last 2 years at Durant, Thomas will discover new talents that journalism reveals for him as he continues his high school plans and future careers.

About the Writer
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Mason Gourley, YouTube and Multimedia Editor

Mason is a Junior at Durant High School. He is the Design Editor for the PawPrint Newspaper. He is a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He writes about...

Emma Henry in Top Ten of 2020 DHS Class

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Emma Henry

Emma Henry is a hard working student who set high goals for herself which were the ways she led herself to success and earned a spot in the Durant top ten senior graduating class of 2020.

She explained that her secret to success was due to the support of her family as well as her strong commitment to a routine. “My family was really supportive so that helped me and I have a fairly efficient study routine.”

Henry’s goal is to go to college and earn a degree in one of her passions. She is unsure of the career that she wants to do, but that won’t stop her from putting 110% towards her studies.

In order for Henry to reach her goals, she took some difficult classes this year. She explained some of her hardest and favorite classes were AP Calculus, AP European History, and a biology class that she took at HCC.

From Henry’s final months at Durant, the things she enjoyed most included “friends, family, and teachers.”

About the Contributor
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Mason Gourley, YouTube and Multimedia Editor

Mason is a Junior at Durant High School. He is the Design Editor for the PawPrint Newspaper. He is a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He writes about...

About the Contributors
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Mason Gourley, YouTube and Multimedia Editor

Mason is a Junior at Durant High School. He is the Design Editor for the PawPrint Newspaper. He is a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He writes about...

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Nick Travis, Social Media Coordinator

Nick Travis is a Junior at Durant High School and the Social Media Coordinator for the PawPrint. He has an outgoing and creative personality. When isn't...

Learning Adapts As A Result of COVID-19

Students, teachers and parets are all learning how to cooperate to ensure e-learning goes as smooth as possible.

Students, teachers and parets are all learning how to cooperate to ensure e-learning goes as smooth as possible.

All around the world schools and businesses are being reshaped due to the outbreak of Covid-19. Since schools are being shut down this means that students and teachers are now relying on E-Learning. The most useful ways of communication for teaching are video chats through an application called Zoom and Google Classroom. But there are some downsides to that.

Many students do not have the equipment needed at home to successfully complete their school work.. That’s why some companies are providing laptops and internet to students in need, for example Spectrum internet has a deal for setting up Chromebooks and internet access for school purposes. The outbreak has made rapid technological improvements to the world. With the world of education still shifting to get used to this, there are more opportunities for uses of online resources. 

This is making e-learning more available and to keep students engaged. Since the rest of the school year for most students is canceled, They may consider attending an online college in the future due to getting used to this online learning. It could be more affordable and beneficial for some. For example the University of the People offers 100% online degrees for anyone around the world to obtain. 

Trump has stated that quarantine is extended another 30 days to let this virus wash itself out of our country as everyone is on quarantine. “The safety of students and staff is our number one priority every day in each school” as Elkhorn Crossing School stated.

Most schools were supposed to stay closed until April 15, then May 2, and now completely shut down. More than 50% of the world’s population is online for education. Most countries are now using this education process line any other normal day of learning at school. It may not be as efficient, but it keeps mostly all students engaged in learning. The main reason schools are closed are due to physical contact with other students and teachers everyday.

A big problem in education are kids with special needs. They find it very difficult to concentrate with all this online education being shown to them. They also may need the assistance of their in-school instructor at all times like most of these students need. This difficulty of learning for these students may need a new approach in their capabilities in learning.

When this Covid-19 pandemic starts to settle down the world of education may see possible benefits for future online classes, such as studies and degree programs. 

About the Writer
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Mason Gourley, YouTube and Multimedia Editor

Mason is a Junior at Durant High School. He is the Design Editor for the PawPrint Newspaper. He is a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He writes about...

A Weekend with Nick and Mason

We share what an average weekend looks like for Staff Writers Nick and Mason. Comment if you want to see what the weekend is like for other members on staff.

 

About the Contributors
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Mason Gourley, YouTube and Multimedia Editor

Mason is a Junior at Durant High School. He is the Design Editor for the PawPrint Newspaper. He is a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He writes about...

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Nick Travis, Social Media Coordinator

Nick Travis is a Junior at Durant High School and the Social Media Coordinator for the PawPrint. He has an outgoing and creative personality. When isn't...

New Year New Content

With a new year, comes new content from PawPrint with Nick and Mason, Check it out on Youtube with this new video and subscribe for more interesting videos from Nick and Mason.

 

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Nick Travis, Social Media Coordinator

Nick Travis is a Junior at Durant High School and the Social Media Coordinator for the PawPrint. He has an outgoing and creative personality. When isn't...

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Mason Gourley, YouTube and Multimedia Editor

Mason is a Junior at Durant High School. He is the Design Editor for the PawPrint Newspaper. He is a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He writes about...

Recap of the 2019 World Series

After a a struggle to defeat the Astros, the Nationals regin as the 2019 World Series champions.

After a a struggle to defeat the Astros, the Nationals regin as the 2019 World Series champions.

The World Series started October 22, with the Houston Astros facing the Washington Nationals located at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The game started with Gerrit Cole pitching to the Nationals for the first inning, holding them off. Max Scherzer pitched against the Astros and he walks the first player and the second player hits a line-drive to left field. The third batter hits a bomb to the wall of left field and next two players score runs from a double. The score was 2-0 Astros. In the second inning the Nationals hit a solo home run for the inning. For the entirety of the third inning, no teams score. The Nationals lead the game with another solo home run and an RBI with the ball to left field. On a double another player scored making the score 5-2. The Astros hit a home run followed by a hit to center as well. Final inning, the Nationals held the Astros from scoring and finishes it with the score of 5-4 in Game #1.

Game #2 was at Minute Maid Park on October 23. The game started with Justin Verlander pitching for the Astros. He let two players on the bases and a teammate hit a shot to left field running both players in to make the score 2-0, then no other batters score. Stephen Strasburg is pitching for the Nationals. The Astros hit to left and a base hit is played followed by a homerun to left field, tying the game. The next two innings, no one scores. In the bottom of the 5th the Nationals had hit a home run to left field taking the lead 3-2. At the top of the seventh inning, bases are full, then a base hit scored one more run followed by three more from the Astros errors. The eighth inning comes, and the Nationals rally out 5 runs back to back circling the bases. The Nationals win Game #2 12-3.

Game #3 occurred at Nationals Park, Washington D.C October 25. Starting off, Anibal Sanchez pitched for the Nationals. Neither team scored in the first inning. The first score came in the second inning when the Astros scored two runs from Nationals errors leading with 2-0. No action in the 3rd inning. A walk started the fourth inning for the Nationals followed by a liner to left corner bringing one run in. With the score 2-1 the Astros brought in two more runs from base hits and errors. No action in the fifth inning but canceling full bases on the Nationals. The sixth inning started out with a home run off the foul pole making the score 4-1. The Astros held the Nationals all the way to the ninth inning, striking out the last batter finalizing the score 4-1 for Game #3.

Game #4 was hosted at Nationals Park on October 26. Patrick Corbin on the mound in the first inning for the Nationals. An RBI was played by the Astros when the ball was hit to left center with players on first and second, giving them the lead 1-0. A ball hit down the line from the Astros scored another run, maintaining their lead. Nothing for the next two innings, until the top of the fourth, the Astros hit a two-run homer leading 4-0. In the fifth inning the Nationals held the Astros. The Nationals load the bases and scored one from an RBI, with a score of 4-1. Astros hit a grand slam and emptied the bases leading 8-1. The next two innings finish out with no score changes, the Astros end Game #4 with the final score of 8-1.

Game #5 was at Nationals Park on October 27. With Joe Ross starting, quickly flies through the first inning. Astros hit a two-run homer taking the lead 2-0. Inning three neither team managed to score but turned it around the fourth inning when the Astros hit another two-run homer. The next three innings go by and no one scores. Bottom of the seventh, the Nationals get on the board with one home run. During the eighth inning Astros score three holding the lead until finally finishing the game with 7-1 victory.

Game #6 occurred at Minute Maid Park on October 29. Justin Verlander pitching, Nationals scored one starting the lead. Astros with a base hit and a player on third ties the game by scoring. Following, Astros hit a homerun taking the lead 2-1. Top of the 5th comes and Nationals hit home runs back to back Stealing the lead. 7th inning comes and Nationals hit a two-run homer. Top 9th and Nationals still holding the lead hits a bomb to the outfield scoring two runs and winning 7-2.

The final game was at Minute Maid park on October 30. Each teams’ records tied 3-3 coming down to this very game. Zack Greinke pitching the first inning, held the Nationals. Astros took the lead hitting a home run in the second inning. Bottom of the fifth arrived with neither team scoring again, until the Astros scored another from an RBI holding the lead 2-0. Top of the seventh comes and the Nationals get on the board hitting a home run followed by another one getting two more runs taking the lead 3-2. During the eighth inning the Nationals score another on a base hit. Top of the ninth bases loaded, the Nationals hit a ground ball scoring two more, and finally holding the Astros and taking the 2019 World Series title with a score of 6-2.

About the Writer
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Mason Gourley, YouTube and Multimedia Editor

Mason is a Junior at Durant High School. He is the Design Editor for the PawPrint Newspaper. He is a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He writes about...

Enjoy Halloween with an original song!

Enjoy this family friendly, original Halloween song. Now, Christmas is not the only holiday with music.

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Enjoy the holiday of tricks and treats.
-The PawPrint Staff
About the Contributors
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Nick Travis, Social Media Coordinator

Nick Travis is a Junior at Durant High School and the Social Media Coordinator for the PawPrint. He has an outgoing and creative personality. When isn't...

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Mason Gourley, YouTube and Multimedia Editor

Mason is a Junior at Durant High School. He is the Design Editor for the PawPrint Newspaper. He is a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He writes about...

About the Writers
Photo of Mason Gourley
Mason Gourley, YouTube and Multimedia Editor

Mason is a Junior at Durant High School. He is the Design Editor for the PawPrint Newspaper. He is a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He writes about...

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Nick Travis, Social Media Coordinator

Nick Travis is a Junior at Durant High School and the Social Media Coordinator for the PawPrint. He has an outgoing and creative personality. When isn't...

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