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2018 Halloween Costumes

By Ambrosia Westcott, Trojan Tempo Writer

TROY- Dressing up for Halloween has been around as long as Halloween itself. It has changed a lot since then, obviously. It originated from the ancient Celtic festival, Samhain, where they would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.
The 1930s was the first decade when apparel stores officially sold Halloween attire. This helped dressing up gain popularity and gave quicker access to costumes rather than creating one from scratch.
In the past, costumes such as clowns, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, witches, gypsies, skeletons and goblins got their start. People still dress in these classics but today’s costumes feature memes, characters from television shows and video games, Snapchat filters, animals and even foods.
Julia Norris is sticking with a classic this year. “I’m going as Minnie Mouse for Halloween because one of my friends wanted to match with me, so we decided to be Mickey and Minnie for Halloween,” she said.

2018’s hot costumes according to Google

10.) Princess
9.) Rabbit
8.) Pirate
7.) Super hero
6.) Harley Quinn
5.) Witch
4.) Dinosaur
3.) Unicorn
2.) Spiderman
1.) Fortnite

“I’m dressing up as Hunter S. Thompson,” said Blake Morgan.
“I’m going as Uncle Buck,” explained Chris Mobelini.
Other Trojan Tempo writers are dressing up too: Allison Irey (Mrs. Incredible), Ambrosia Westcott (Heather Chandler), and Camryn Spencer is going as the grandma from Tweety Bird.
No matter what you dress up as or if you even don’t, have fun and enjoy Halloween.


High School Halloween

By Calvin Armstrong,
Trojan Tempo Staff Writer

TROY- It’s finally the time of year for jeans and sweatshirts, carving pumpkins, bonfires, and scary movies. Halloween is easily one of the top celebrated holidays in the United States, from costume parties, to trick-or-treating, to going to haunted houses- there are a multitude of activities to do during Halloween that will guarantee a good time.
Anyone in Troy that is looking to go to a haunted house or trail has a wide variety of options to go to that aren’t too far away. A couple of the popular haunted festivities are the Lewisburg Haunted Caves, Land of Illusion, and Kings Island Haunt. These are three of the biggest and most popular places to go. On Saturday, October 27, from 9AM-4PM, downtown Troy will be ¨Hometown Halloween.¨ There will be the annual Halloween Parade, costume judging, and children accompanied by an adult can go from door to door at downtown businesses to trick or treat.
However, you don’t need to go out of town to enjoy the thrills of Halloween. “I’m planning on having a family Halloween party,” said sophomore Cecelia Noon. Rachel Anderson, grade 12, said “I’m just staying home and passing out candy.”
“I plan on hanging out with a couple of my friends and having a big bonfire,” said senior Ben Merritt.
There are some good options if you just want to stay at home. Netflix has added a lot of new scary movies such as: The Wailing, The Conjuring, The Babadook, The Shining, It Follows, Raw, The Invitation, and plenty of other horror movies to binge watch.
Regardless if you plan on staying in or going out, make sure to make smart decisions and be safe THS.


Trojan Family heads back to school

By Calvin Armstrong,
Trojan Tempo Staff Writer

THS- For many students, the first day of school is filled with a variety of different emotions. Some students are happy to be back in school, while there are others that don’t enjoy it and would rather have summer last a bit longer. However, the first day is different for every grade level.
“I didn’t want summer to end,” freshman Daniel Rico said. “I didn’t miss my teachers, and right when I walked into the high school, I thought I’d feel weird about being in a new environment, but it turned out that when classes started I felt right at home.” Most freshmen seem to agree with Rico.
“I woke up at 5:20 AM excited because it was the first day of school,” said freshman Lauren Walker. “I got ready, ate a big breakfast, and took my first day of school pictures. Once I got into the high school things went downhill from there. It was hot, I didn’t have any friends in my classes and I had D lunch. Throughout the day I met teachers I liked and others I didn’t, but it wasn’t the first day of freshman year that I imagined.”
This years’ sophomores are content not to be freshman anymore.
“I was pretty much ready for school to start and get back into a routine again, but then again I never wanted summer to end,” said sophomore Kendall Brown. Cont. Pg. 4 Back to School Continued
“The first day as a sophomore went great, I knew all my teachers and where I was going, it just felt really relaxed,” added Brown.
“My first day went really well,” said sophomore Delaney Davis. “I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked all of my classes and teachers and I don’t have to worry about finding any of my classes or getting into the routine of high school just because I already know what to expect for the most part. Overall, I’m really excited for this school year and it seems like it’s going to be really awesome and fun!”
Junior Tori Hittepole is glad to finally be an upperclassman in high school. “My first day of school was super hot and crowded, but I actually missed school and seeing all of my friends.”
As it seems for quite a lot of Troy High School’s students, most kids had a good first day, and are excited to see what this year will bring them and are ready for the experiences they will have as part of the Trojan Family.

Meet Mr. Dilbone

THS has a new principal.

By Chris Mobelini,
Trojan Tempo Staff Writer

THS- As we all know, THS is under new leadership as of this year. Many students will remember Mr. Dilbone as the well-regarded principal of the junior high school. However, his experience stems far beyond that. Dilbone taught math in a variety of settings, including a half year at an alternative school, Mt. Healthy for two years, and most recently being at Northmont for four years. Beyond that, Dilbone has been an administrator for 12 years.
He was the principal of both Covington Middle School and Newton Junior/High School, each tenure lasting two years. The remainder of his twelve years were spent at the junior high until now.
It seems that the goodwill students had for Mr. Dilbone has carried over to THS. “I have received a lot of positive feedback from students, staff, parents and community members,” Dilbone said. “We are off to a good start.”
There are some possible policy changes Dilbone would like to make as he learns more about the high school’s functions. One policy he has already acted upon. The first policy change, one that has been very effective, is the new sign-out process for seniors. It is now much easier for students with a job, CCP classes, or both, to leave early. All students need to do now is fill out two forms, one for parents and students, and the other for their manager. In the case of CCP students, all they need is the parent/student form. After those forms are turned in and approved by a counselor, students are free to leave before 7th period starts without signing out.
“This has helped make that a more streamlined process,” said Dilbone. Prior to this revision, students that were able to leave early were required to sign out in the front office, putting a lot of strain on not only the students but the office staff.
One concern that the community may have about THS is the frequent leadership changes that have occurred over the last few years. Both juniors and seniors have seen three different principals take the reins of the high school however, it’s hard to notice any negative changes between the each principal’s tenure. If anything, that speaks volumes about our staff’s adaptability. “Change can be challenging, but I have learned that this building has a dedicated staff that seems to adapt very quickly,” Dilbone said.
While Mr. Dilbone has done a commendable job steering the high school in a good direction so far, a big thanks goes to the staff for keeping everyone so isolated from the frequent changes.

Trojans plan to get by with a little help from their friends

By Camryn Spencer,
Trojan Tempo Staff Writer

TROY- THS staff and students are getting “A Little Help from [Their] Friends” this school year with the announcement of the 2018-2019 school theme. This theme, coming directly from the 1967 hit song with the same title by The Beatles, follows definite values that Troy High School holds to this day.

Troy High School is full of friendship and kindness every year, and shows it with the annual theme that is chosen by THS’ student government. Similar to past themes such as “Lean on Me,” “We’re All in THiS Together” and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” this year’s theme follows along with the idea that you aren’t alone this school year.

“Out of all of the themes, this one was the one that the majority picked and I can see why. I love this theme this year because it shows what and who we are as Trojans,” said student government member MariCait Gillespie. “I’m excited for this school year and to see us be a Trojan Family.”

Even students not in student government agree that this theme was a good choice for this school year. “I love how the school picks themes that show how united Troy is as a school. We may play different sports or be in different graduating classes, but we are all part of the THS family, and the themes always show that,” said senior Hailey Taylor. “I’m happy it’s my senior theme.”
The theme was announced last May at the farewell assembly. The class of 2019 was the first to hear the announcement. Senior Anya Coleman revealed the theme as the famous cover of the song by Joe Cocker filled the auditorium.
The theme sounded familiar to a few students after the announcement. Last fall, the THS marching band’s annual competition show was titled “A Little Help from My Friends”. This show garnered the band a grand champion title at the New Bremen Invitational and the a trip to the OMEA finals where they received their 38th superior rating at state finals.
“I fell in love with our band show last year. It made the marching band become closer, if that was even possible,” said senior Laura Murray. “Since it’s the school theme this year as well, I feel like this year I will have the same expectations and hopes as I did with our show.”
From helping a friend with some homework, to showing a freshman where their third period class is, Trojan staff and students show positive values that reflect the school’s theme every year. The monthly Random Acts of Kindness drawing and all around love and support that goes around Troy, THS gets and gives little help everyday during school.
This 2018-2019 school year, find a little help from your friends and be the friend that people go to for help as well.

Camryn Spencer is a senior at Troy High School and prefers The Beatles’ original version of the song rather than Joe Cocker’s cover. 

THS gives back

By Payton Ross,
Trojan Tempo Sports Editor

Donations from ASTRA and the THS Business Club helped brighten the holidays for Troy families. Photo by THS Facebook and Business Club.

THS- People tend to shift their focus on many different things during the holiday season. Some keep their attention on presents, what they receive. A lot of students observe Christmas as a religious holiday and celebrate the birth of Jesus. Many go to family celebrations, but many also focus on giving too. To give is to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation, nothing expected in return. This holiday season, many Trojans went out and served in our community.

The ASTRA club began their season of giving, by holding a donation drive for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. During this drive, ASTRA collected toys, blankets, books and many other fun gifts. Mrs. Anderson, an intervention assistant, is friends with a family who had a daughter recently die from a heart defect at the age of two. This drive was in honor of the young girl. They also had a dance at Riverside in her honor.

“When giving, I just feel a rush of joy,” explained freshman Cady Rhea. “I think it is important because so many people do so many great things for me, I feel like giving is the best way to return the favor!”

The Business club also gave back the Troy community. This year, the club adopted a couple of children from Isaiah’s Place. Isaiah’s Place provides services based on Christian values and finds families that will provide children with the best possible opportunities so that they live happy, healthy lives.

“Giving back feels great,” said junior Holden Scribner. “It is always something I have wanted to do and now I have an amazing chance to do it.”

Even though the holidays are over, you can still volunteer at a local food pantry or soup kitchen. You never know how much that simple action will mean to the person next to you. Happy holidays THS and don’t forget to give back.

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Festivals and concerts highlight holiday season

By Brian Joins II, Trojan Tempo Staff Writer

Seventh period band rehearses for their holiday concert. Photo by Payton Ross

THS- The HoliDazzle Illuminated Parade & Festival is a spectacular event that has a lot of illuminated floats, giant flamethrowers, people marching and singing and even Santa Claus. This event is in Wilmington, Ohio, which is only an hour away from Troy if you are looking for something exciting to go to during the month of November. The actual event begins at 7pm, but other activities begin at 10am on Nov. 25.
A little closer to home, downtown Troy held the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on November 24, one day after Thanksgiving. It is also tradition for Mayor Beamish to deliver his special holiday reading. Other activities to enjoy at the lighting include visits with Santa in his newly constructed Santa house, carriage rides, listening to holiday music, getting refreshments and shopping at some local merchants downtown.

Troy High School music ensembles will also be taking part in the holiday season. The Troy High School Band has officially ended their marching season with some impressive accomplishments. They won Grand Champion at Pickerington, finished in 3rd place at State Competition and have qualified for state for 37 years in a row. Now the large marching band, breaks into three smaller bands.

“In marching band, we would focus on the same pieces of music, but in concert season, we focus on multiple pieces of music and make them as good as we can,” said senior Shivam Patel.

The three small bands; Wind Ensemble, Symphonic and Concert Bands focus on holiday music first, then competition season. “Concert season is easier and more rela

xing than marching band,” sophomore Sam Iverson said.

When the band transitions to concert season, everybody will audition for chair placements and will work hard during this season too, as much as they did during marching band season.

Trojans Donate to Franklin House

This is just part of the donations collected for the Franklin House by FCCLA. Photo by Mrs. Kies.

By Adrianna Burghardt, 
Trojan Tempo Editor

THS- With the holiday season bringing out the kindness in people’s hearts, FCCLA held a drive to collect necessities for local people in need.
Starting on October 30 and ending November 10, the THS students and staff ended up donating hundreds of items.

“We ended up getting about 1,000 donations. We even still have some items coming in,”said Ms. Kies, who has been the THS FCCLA advisor the past nine years.
Since Ms. Fields’ class brought in the most items, they will receive a donut party during advisory as reward for their kindness.

“This is the first drive my class has won!” Mrs. Fields said. “This drive is for a really good cause and I am glad to help.”

“This drive is gonna help people who don’t have the things we do. I am glad that I donated,” said freshman Paige Stuchell. Mrs. Fields’ class brought in 73 items and Mrs. Szabo’s class donated 63, making it a close race to the finish. However, the drive wasn’t just about getting donuts, it was about helping make a difference in the community.

“Our goal for FCCLA is family, community and to prepare you for a career,” Kies said. All of the items donated, will be given to the Family Abuse Shelter or also known as the Franklin House.

“We chose the Franklin House because many people think to donate toys because of Christmas coming, but those necessities like shampoo and food are still needed now,” Kies said. The Franklin House has helped many people in the past 38 years. The founder, Barbel Adkins, noticed a problem when victims of domestic violence had to be kept in jail temporarily to be kept safe. Adkins established the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County in 1979.

With the Troy students’ donations to the Franklin House, they hope to also make an impact in the community, just like Barbel. This year, FCCLA plans to also help kids learn to cook at the Rec. FCCLA has helped positively influence many lives in the Troy community. Troy recently won the community service award at the district FCCLA meeting for a canned food drive for the food pantry.