Dylan Thorn is an offensive and defensive lineman for the Desert High School football team. I asked Dylan, if he was surprised that not a lot of boys signed up for football this season. He responded with, “not surprised at all because the former head coach left, most of the former players had switched schools, mainly seniors.” Dylan thinks having a smaller team definitely has its pros and cons sometimes. A pro being everyone gets more playing time than past years regardless of skill. A con being if a player gets injured then the other players have to be careful not to get injured also.
In Dylan’s opinion the team could definitely improve by taking practice more seriously than they normally do, pay more attention, and realize that football isn’t just one person playing it’s about the team working together and doing the best they can. I asked Dylan if the coaching is different with the new coach and do you guys still do the same thing. Dylan replied, “the coaching is similar, we have one of our old coaches as our head coach so we do similar plays and exercises”. Dylan doesn’t think the season would have been different if they had more players but, perhaps if the other players put in more work into the game.
His favorite thing about football is the contact, it’s a great feeling when you nail another player and they completely collapse. Playing football in high school is where Dylan wants to leave it, he doesn’t want to pursue the football life going into college. Even though he loves the sport and enjoys bonding with the guys. Dylan wants to do something that will do good towards his country.
How do you like 8th grade so far? “I don’t like 8th grade so far,” and other people said “It’s okay but it can be better.” Most people said that they don’t like 8th grade so far, because they don’t have classes with their friends. Other people said, “I don’t like this year so far, because of the people and the teachers at this school.”
How do you feel being above the 7th graders this year? “I feel proud, superior like a god.” Lots of people said that they are proud or happy to be above the 7th graders this year, because they don’t really want to be back in 6th grade; they want to be the superior and don’t want to have those teacher again.
Are you scared or worried to go into high school? “I am not really worried about high school until graduation comes around, because then it might be concerning.” Two people said this because they don’t really feel the need to worry about it until the time comes. They also said that “people shouldn’t worry about it because we just barely started school.”
We asked a number of 7th graders at Desert Junior High what they thought about school and this was the response that we got.
Question- What do you think about switching classes?
“I like switching classes because, if you don’t like a teacher you don’t have to deal with them for 7 to 8 hours.” -Nya Childs
“It’s okay, I like switching classes.” -Jaren Garner
Question- Which do you prefer Junior High or Elementary School?
“I prefer Junior High because it’s easier to make friends and you are overall just free.” -Kimberly Aguilar Cortez
“Junior High because, it is more understandable and overall really fun and easy.” -Kaidence Borba
“Junior High is better due to the fact that you have more responsibility and there are more classes.” -Jailey Ferror
“Elementary School because we were the oldest.” -Piper Danks
Question- Do you think you have more homework compared to last year?
“This year we have gotten more homework.” -Keono Smith
Some disagree with this statement. Summer Espitia thinks that this year we have gotten very little homework compared to last year. In fact a big percent of the 7th graders believe we had more homework last year at Branch.
Over half of the 7th graders like Junior High better than Elementary. We personally think that Junior High is the better option. GO SCORPIONS!!