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Madison Duboise

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Coach Jarvis Wilson poses for a photo with his wife and daughters at the press conference announcing his hiring. Wilson has already begun working with the team.

Wilson Hired As New Girls Basketball Coach

May 20, 2021

Coach Patrick Delay shot his final shot in February and has passed the ball to new girl’s basketball head coach Jarvis Wilson. Wilson is making the move up from Birmingham to the area for the position...

Attendance clerk Cathy Robinson catches up on check-ins for the day. Robinson turned in her retirement papers in January after 24 years in the school system.

School Favorite Retires at the End of the School Year

May 19, 2021

Right in front of the double doors and next to the lunchroom, the attendance office is home to the one and only, attendance office clerk Cathy Robinson.  For the past 24 years Robinson has worked at...

Tornado Package: Ten Years Later

April 27, 2021

On April 27, 2011, 247 people lost their lives. Sixty-two tornadoes touched down in the state, with 16 of those staying on the ground for 10 miles or longer. Anderson Hills and Carter’s Gin were the...

Teachers Lose Their Home During 2011 Storms

April 27, 2021

Basketball Coach Patrick Delay and Madison Cross Roads Elementary teacher Amy Delay drove to work the morning of April 27, 2011 with little to no fear in their minds.  Hours later their house would...

Senior Daylin Tolgo signs bowling scholarship with her family present. She held her signing at the Madison Bowling alley.

Senior Signs Scholarship to Bowl at Kentucky Wesleyan

April 26, 2021

Senior athlete Daylin Tolgo has lived her life surrounded by bowling, from her parents playing to working at a bowling alley Tolgo has had a legacy to fulfill ever since she was little. This past week...

Posing with her scholarship certificate from Chick-fil-A, senior Sarah Taylor received over $5,000 in scholarship money.

Senior Receives Two Scholarships in One Month

April 26, 2021

Serving is nothing senior Sarah Taylor is unfamiliar with. NHS president and Chick-fil-a employee is just two of Taylor's many titles and her service and dedication to the things she does is paying off...

Prom Event Ensures Safety Precautions

Prom Event Ensures Safety Precautions

April 15, 2021

On May 8 you will find a number of seniors, juniors and their dates on the football field, attempting to have one last celebration before the school year ends. This year ‘Prom-ish’ will be an hour...

Mr. Rogers sits in his office catching up on his first week of work. Rogers was hired to replace Mrs. McCants after she took the position as principal at S9.

Mr. Rogers Joins the Neighborhood

April 15, 2021

An office opened up at the beginning of this year and new assistant principal, Matt Rogers has come to occupy it. Rogers began his journey in education at the Mississippi State University where he graduated...

Delivering a lesson on conservation, Mrs. Ginny Conquest questions her second period class.

[Photo] Q&A: After 29 Years, Science Teacher Looks Forward to Retirement

March 26, 2021

Delivering a lesson on conservation, Mrs. Ginny Conquest questions her second period class.

Controlling the lawnmower, senior Alden Hall works on completing his work.

Student Mows Grass To Make Cash

February 10, 2021

Mowing lawns has been a staple summer job for teenagers for centuries, a push mower and an edger and a few hours on the weekend is all it used to take to support a teen looking for extra cash. Senior Alden...

Stardust owner, Lexi Childers, poses with the grand opening sign.

Alumnae Opens Boutique Offering Trendy Clothing

January 14, 2021

StarDust Boutique is located at 7535 Wall Triana Hwy in Madison, here you can find all types of trendy clothes from tie dye, cozy sweaters to leggings. Behind all the racks of clothing you will find a...

Four Senators signed college football scholarships on Wednesday, Dec. 15.

Senators Sign on the Dotted Line

December 18, 2020

This Wednesday seniors KaRon White, Caleb Ransaw, Tyeus Clemons and Darius Love-Roston all signed to play college football and continue the Senator legacy all over the country. Senior and coach’s...

North Alabama Is Being Taken Over By Mini Storage

North Alabama Is Being Taken Over By Mini Storage

December 16, 2020

Life Storage, Extra Space Storage and Mini Storages, they are everywhere. Everywhere you  turn, you can find a storage unit on almost any road in North Alabama. Whether they are small or large there is...

Junior Calen Lightford defends the Bob Jones offense.

Boys Basketball Continues Season

December 14, 2020

The boys returned to the court on Thursday, Dec. 3 facing the Florence Falcons. Senior Trevon Ragland led the team with 34 points and seven rebounds, followed by Calen Lightford with 16 points, six assists...

Before greeting her family and friends, senior Kellie Hovis poses for a quick photo to begin her signing ceremony.

Senior To Continue Soccer Career At Samford

November 19, 2020

Senior Kellie Hovis had one goal to make before her high school soccer career is up. After a season-ending injury, Hovis was left discouraged and was out for her recruiting season. This year has been one...

College and Career Counselor Dedra Muhammad works on recommendation letters for students.

College And Career Counselor Answers Frequently Asked Questions

November 17, 2020

Crimson Crier: What is the most important thing students should keep in mind when choosing colleges to apply to? Dedra Muhammad-College and Career Counselor: 1. Choose a dream school, one in the...

Working on scheduling, Co-Op teacher Brandi Glenn updates students progress.

[Photo] New Co-Op Teacher Brings Real-World Experience

November 17, 2020

Working on scheduling, Co-Op teacher Brandi Glenn updates students' progress.

Senior Xavier Williams looks for a team member to pass the ball to. Williams scored 13 points in the first half.

Boys Basketball Scores Big In Opener

November 12, 2020

The varsity boys were clicking offensively in their opener against Buckhorn on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The team shot its way to a 96-76 victory. Senior Trevon Ragland led the team in scoring with 26 points,...

A record amount of voters turned out on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Personal Column: My Day As A Poll Worker

November 9, 2020

First Baptist Church Merdianville is where I spent my day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Election Day. I arrived at the church at 5:45 a.m.on Election Day. A line of over 20 people were already waiting for...

Students will continue to wear masks at school and in the community as Gov. Kay Ivey has extended the mask law until Dec. 11.

Governor Extends Mask Order Until December

November 6, 2020

In a briefing this past Thursday, Gov. Kay Ivey announced the extension of the Alabama mask mandate which was now extended to Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. Ivey first announced the first mask mandate early this...

Alabama Senate Race Has Far-Reaching Implications

Alabama Senate Race Has Far-Reaching Implications

November 3, 2020

With election day tomorrow, Alabamians everywhere are eager to find out which person will represent them for the next six years. Democratic Sen Doug Jones and republican Tommy Tuberville are running against...

Barret Appointment Done, Be Hopeful For Future

Barret Appointment Done, Be Hopeful For Future

November 2, 2020

Twice as many, two for every one, that is the comparison of the number of republican supreme court justices there now are to the number of democrats. Amy Coney Barret was confirmed on Oct. 26 just a...

Special Education Assistant Overcomes Cancer, Receives Award

Special Education Assistant Overcomes Cancer, Receives Award

October 23, 2020

The years 2004, 2010, 2018 and 2020 have all been life-changing for Special Education Assistant, Stacy Gilbert. Each of the first three years was years Gilbert found out she had cancer, and the last she...

Seniors Elanor Stokes and Bailey Abernathy participate in the annual See You at the Pole event.

Students Gather for Anniversary of See You at the Pole

September 28, 2020

Last Wednesday morning students gathered together around the flagpole instead of in front of the school doors. This year was the 30th anniversary of See You at the Pole which started when a group of...

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, the Board of Education had to shut down all student email accounts because of inappropriate behavior.

Comments on Email Were Immature, Unnecessary

September 23, 2020

Ding.  I walked into the nail salon ready for a fresh set of newly painted acrylics. Ding. I sat down in the chair as I flipped through sets of bright vibrant colored fake fingernail tips. Ding. The...

Addressing the audience at the fine arts ribbon cutting ceremony, Cody Carlton says he is happy to be on board at SHS.

New Theater Teacher Brings Years of Experience

September 14, 2020

With a freshly built auditorium, it is no surprise that the theater program is taking on a whole new image and with that a new star will be taking the stage this school year, that star is new theater teacher...

School Board Makes Decision to Return to School Sooner Than Nine Weeks

School Board Makes Decision to Return to School Sooner Than Nine Weeks

September 8, 2020

In March, the Madison County school year came to a quick halt after Coronavirus found its way into our communities, so when August rolled around students, teachers and principals looked to decision-makers...

Principal Chris Shaw cuts the ribbon at Fridays ceremony opening the new Fine Arts Facility.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held for Fine Arts Facility

September 8, 2020

Members of the school board, central office and the school gathered in front of the new Fine Arts facility on Friday, Sept. 4 for the facility’s ribbon cutting ceremony. Principal Chris Shaw thanked...

Senior Uses Time In Quarantine To Talk About Pressing Issues

Senior Uses Time In Quarantine To Talk About Pressing Issues

August 31, 2020

Quarantine sparked all kinds of different ideas for young minds across the world. From finding their first jobs to picking up new hobbies, kids and teens everywhere started filling the everlasting boredom...

Teacher-Led Bible Study Inspires Students

Teacher-Led Bible Study Inspires Students

August 19, 2020

The Jacks on Hwy 53 has been a morning staple for students, pulling through the drive thru before school, meeting friends early before a mock exam for ACT test day. At 8 a.m. on any given school day you...

Journalism Alumni Continues Talent At University Of Alabama

Journalism Alumni Continues Talent At University Of Alabama

March 4, 2020

Journalism is defined by more than the front cover of a newspaper or magazine. Within the contents of a publication, you will find much more than stories of disaster, politics and breaking news. With each...

Technology Specialist Plays Critical Role In School

Technology Specialist Plays Critical Role In School

March 2, 2020

Glaring over her glasses and shushing students as they browse through the fiction section is not the only thing current Library Media Technology Specialist Pamela Hooton does. Coming to the school in...

Student Uses Instagram To Spread The Word of Christ

Student Uses Instagram To Spread The Word of Christ

January 17, 2020

Waking up early on Sunday morning and messing with button up shirts and hair bows, for 49% of  Christians, this is something that has become a routine one to five times a month. Growing up in a Christian...

When It Comes to Political Views, You Can be in the Middle

When It Comes to Political Views, You Can be in the Middle

January 9, 2020

Political views are something not easily influenced once they are developed, from a young age people begin forming their opinions based on environmental circumstances. Whether it is watching politics on...

Posing by a car she worked on at Calhoun Community College, junior Kealey Weaver takes a break. Weaver takes a class at the local college to learn more about automotive mechanics.

Junior Bucks Stereotype of Women and Cars

November 5, 2019

In a field of work dominated by male workers, junior Kealey Weaver does much more than bursting through this stereotype. Weaver’s grandfather knew the basics about vehicle care, the basic oil change...

Physical Loss is Not the Only Loss That Calls for Grieving

October 29, 2019 defines absence as a state or condition in which something expected, wanted or looked for is not present or does not exist. This is what my father was for a lot of my life, absent,...

Two weeks ago, the faculty was informed that AO period would be mandatory for students who are struggling in core classes.

Administration Makes AO Mandatory for Students Who Need Academic Help

October 1, 2019

With modernized cafeteria furniture, a new track and field and a revamp of the library it’s obvious the school is headed in a new direction. The desire for change has become apparent among the halls...

The great chicken sandwich debate ended on Aug. 28 when Popeyes announced that they were out of chicken.

The Great Chicken Sandwich Debate

September 4, 2019

Before football games or after work on a Tuesday night, the Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich has been a staple for highschoolers, and I don’t think Popeye’s will being taking that spot anytime soon. People...

Students complete the parking application at Senator Day. Seniors were given a space while juniors were entered into a lottery to  get a parking pass for the year.

Students Exhibit Patience As Construction Invades Parking Lot

August 16, 2019

The skybridge, fine art building and new classrooms are all new additions coming to campus that students are patiently waiting for, however something they seem to fall short of finding patience for is...

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