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Photo show is a huge success but irritates other artists

May 13, 2016

The end-of-semester photo show kicked off yesterday, showcasing the talents of a myriad of young photographers. About a dozen awards were given out, and the work of the students received high praise. However,...

Political tug-of-war: the new school series

Political tug-of-war: the new school series

May 5, 2016

Story #1 (co-written with Beryl Kessio) You would have to be living under a rock to have missed the controversy over the proposed Monrovia High School. Here is the low down: After receiving $56...

Junior Tanner Bell makes a move on the ball with his head to keep the Jets from scoring.

Boys teams get ready for playoffs

April 25, 2016

With a clean sweep over 7A rival Bob Jones, the boys varsity baseball qualified for the state baseball playoffs. The team moves to 33-7 after the double-header sweep. The team will face Grissom on April...

To answer that Washington Post journalist’s question, young people matter

To answer that Washington Post journalist’s question, young people matter

March 9, 2016

To a young person, voting is tricky. Millennials come from a population of guardians from all walks of life. Young people grow up under the influence of whatever their parents teach them, and it is true...

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Journalism program sweeps state convention, makes history

February 24, 2016

  The journalism program made memories, victories and state history this past Friday. The Crimson Crier print and online newspaper, The Senator yearbook and Silhouette Literary Magazine...

By signing their official bowling scholarships, Beth and Doug Fowler become the first Sparkman students to bowl in college.

Siblings sign bowling scholarships

February 17, 2016

Seniors Beth and Doug Fowler put their pens to scholarships this morning to officially become a part of the Hastings College bowling team. Beth, fresh off of winning the state championship, told the...

Senior Brandon Miller brings the ball up the court.

Boys win first round of area tournament

February 12, 2016

Destroying the competition, the boys basketball team advanced to the 7A Area 8 championship game Saturday night. Going nine out of 10 behind the arc, the team was in high shooting mode. Consistent...

Terri Smith drives the ball up the court in a game against Lee High School.

Loss in first round ends season

February 11, 2016

The girls basketball team fell to Bob Jones, 39-34 in the first round of the area tournament. Bob Jones went on an 8-0 run late in the second quarter to take the lead by five at halftime. The Senators...

Seniors Mason Edwards, Jesse Beck and Kendrian Koger sign their football scholarships on National Signing Day.

Senators sign football scholarships

February 4, 2016

Three senior football players sat at the table on signing day to ink their scholarships to play football at the next level. Mason Edwards signed with Georgetown College located in Kentucky. Edwards...

Dillon Hodges performs one of his personal favorite originals, Boomerang, at the Syndicate Lounge in Birmingham, Alabama on Nov. 4. Hodges performed songs off the debut album for his band, firekid, and is kicking off a U.S. tour in 2016.

[Photo] Alabama native gains success with folk music

October 30, 2015

Dillon Hodges performs one of his personal favorite originals, "Boomerang," at the Syndicate Lounge in Birmingham, Alabama on Nov. 4. Hodges performed songs off the debut album for his band, firekid, and...

Team beats fourth ranked state team

Team beats fourth ranked state team

January 20, 2016

Another night of solid shooting gave the boys' basketball team a win over fourth ranked Gadsden City. The Senators struck first with a two-point jump shot by sophomore Amarius Beasley. The team followed...

[Video] Weird winter weather strikes South

January 20, 2016

With the general talk about the weird weather that has occurred so far this winter, we have even more interesting weather to look forward to. From 70 degree weather in the middle of December to a wet and...

Senior Brandon Miller brings the ball up the court.

Boys beat rival by 21 points

January 19, 2016

The varsity boys basketball team took off from the first minute of the Jan. 15 game against area foe Hazel Green, winning the game 78-51 and claiming the team's fourth area win of the season. "The team...

Weird Winter Weather

January 14, 2016

Photo by Savannah Bullard

Parking lot problems still plague school

January 12, 2016

It is a long-debated issue: the student parking lot has cultivated more problems than perks in the past year. Yet, as the final semester of this year is underway, more conflict has arisen between student...

Picture by Makayla Tomanio

Green hits clutch three-pointer to win game

December 21, 2015

The gym erupted. The student section piled onto senior basketball player Jalen Green all in celebration of a 40-38 win over area foe Bob Jones. Green hit a clutch three-pointer with .3 seconds on the...

Photo courtesy to Camryn Shields

Sophomore starts fundraiser for missions trip

November 18, 2015

In the midst of school work and extracurriculars, going on worldwide missions trips often gets overlooked in a student’s busy schedule. However, sophomore Camryn Shields plans to make the most of her...

The swim team will compete in the North Alabama Championship next week.

Swim takes second in county

October 30, 2015

The swim team ended the regular season earning second place in the Madison County Championship. The team was narrowly beaten out of the top spot by Buckhorn High School for the second year in a row. "I...

CNN, Facebook host a lively first democratic national debate

CNN, Facebook host a lively first democratic national debate

October 14, 2015

Better late than never. Yesterday five potential presidential candidates took the Las Vegas stage for the very first democratic national debate. Hosted by CNN and Facebook, CNN reporter Anderson Cooper...

On Monday, Sept. 7 students organized “BJ Hate Week” to pump up spirit for the upcoming football game against Bob Jones High School on Friday. Students from every grade sported their tie-dye shirts and represented their entire student body, as it should be.

An open letter to all Senators

September 10, 2015

Let's sit down and talk about school unity. It is disgusting that one can simply say "school unity" and receive an avalanche of comments such as "What school unity?" and "We'll never be united." These...

Bernie Sanders gives a speech at one of his presidential rallies.

#FeelTheBern introduces candidate for presidency

September 9, 2015

If there was ever a wildly understated candidate, it would be Bernie. Senator Bernie Sanders, a nominee for the 2016 presidential election, is using his campaign to appeal to more than the average middle-aged...

Safety issues cause removal of some cafeteria microwaves

Safety issues cause removal of some cafeteria microwaves

August 19, 2015

Due to microwave cuts, instant mac and cheese may not be so instant anymore. To students’ dismay, most microwaves have been removed from the cafeteria. However, this is not some maniacal plot by the...

[Video] Seniors share mission trip experiences

August 17, 2015

"In the mornings we would go to strips in the town square. I would go to stores and talk to them and get to know them personally," Senior Joseph Rury said. Over the summer, not everyone was kicking...

Credit to HangoutFests twitter for the photo

Hangout Music Fest lineup promises a fun-filled weekend

January 27, 2015

Nearly 80,000 friends and family are once again taking to the sunny beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama this summer. On May 15-17, Hangout Music Fest 2015 will be in full swing, shaking up the South with dozens...

With gas prices down, students rejoice as their cars can run without breaking the bank.

Lower gas prices result in higher spirits

January 16, 2015

One of the biggest issues for teen drivers is the new responsibility of maintaining and taking care of their own cars. And with gas prices peaking at over $3.50 per gallon last summer, students are more...

Tylor Harris (Left), Slade Hogan (Center) and Joe Rury (right) perform some of their favorite Christmas songs.

‘Parking Lot Trio’ due to make music at lunch

December 19, 2014

Lunch time is getting revamped on Monday. A trio of musicians plans to take over the usual hungry chatter and spread a little holiday cheer. Cafeteria Manager Tammy Hudson has requested for junior Tylor...

Sophomores claim that PLAN is unnecessary

October 26, 2014

As an annual tradition practiced since second grade, standardized testing made another appearance last week. The PLAN test, an ACT preparation test, is required of all sophomores. However, even though...

Removal of unpopular lockers can improve safety, student social lives

Removal of unpopular lockers can improve safety, student social lives

September 12, 2014

With the new open campus rules taking over breaks and bus duties, students and faculty have found the hallways to be uncomfortably overcrowded. Commuters have no choice but to squeeze through masses of...

Students have been seen aimlessly walking in front of cars on a daily basis. One of the main worries of the student body is getting hit by a driver or hitting someone else’s car.

Administration plans for new adjustments regarding transportation

August 11, 2014

It has been the buzz of class conversation since day one: students believe the afternoon transportation changes are chaotic. From switching bus and car lines to the intense volume of the student parking...

Online ticketing brings aggravation, student says

Online ticketing brings aggravation, student says

May 16, 2014

Concerts have been memorable and joyful experiences since they became popular in the early 20th century. Musical events and shows have spanned across the world, creating a cultural phenomenon for every...

Vocal 4 students perform in the choir room to a select group of students.

Choir gives concert to selected students

March 12, 2014

The beginning mixed choir recently held their end of semester concert on Mar. 11. The choir invited parents, friends and the special needs department to come to Room 147 at noon to showcase what they have...

Beginning choir showcases talents

March 12, 2014

The beginning mixed choir recently held their end of semester concert on Mar. 11. The choir invited parents, friends and the special needs department to come to Room 147 at noon to showcase what they have...

Freshman Jamal Johnson dribbles past a Buckhorn defender to become the teams leading scorer.

Basketball team optimistic about new season

January 22, 2014

Right after we all return from Christmas hams and snowball fights a sense of “life fatigue” emerges. However there is no time to rest because it is time to dress up in crimson, black and white...

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