2016 Olympics: Is Rio Ready?

With the Olympics coming up, Brazil is scrambling to prepare. Riddled with political problems, a broken economy, and dozens of other issues, people around the world are questioning if Brazil is up to the challenge.Even the Official Olympic Executive Board (EB) is getting worried, and held an exhausting two-day meeting to debate the matter. In the end, they decided to keep the Olympics in Brazil, after all levels of the government have assured their full support to the games. Though the Olympics may be a well-known event, there are a few inconspicuous sports. While the Olympics features every-day sports like … Continue reading 2016 Olympics: Is Rio Ready?

Summer International Travel

Summer is an ideal time for travel, and one of the main options of transportation is flight. In fact, almost half of the world’s population has flown in an airplane. However, many have been concerned about the safety of opting for a plane. EgyptAir Flight 804 was heading from Paris, France, to Cairo, Egypt, in May 2016. It had just left Greek airspace, when entering Egyptian airspace, Greek officials say the jet swerved and plummeted into the Mediterranean Sea. The EgyptAir Flight 804 is thought to have fallen in between the Greek island of Crete and the coastal city of Alexandria, Egypt. … Continue reading Summer International Travel

Why do scholars return to DECATS?

When you walk down the halls of DECATS, you wonder, what is so special about this summer program? Is it the scholars, classes or creativity? Why do the scholars keep on coming back each year? According to some of the scholars and teachers, it is the kind, welcoming atmosphere that makes the students feel at home, while others say it is a place where they can freely express themselves. DECATS is a place where students can be exposed to different experiences that might help decide what they want to do when they grow up. Due to these different experiences, DECATS … Continue reading Why do scholars return to DECATS?

The Double Theme

After four days of thinking, hard work, and mind wrenching decisions, Senior DECATS 2016 brought a theme to life, Nothing Trumps DECATS. A shock to some, but to many the theme made sense.Interpretations varied from jokes, to politics, to very thoughtful and creative ideas, but the overall idea was that DECATS is unstoppable. Henry Limber states, “Nothing can stop DECATS,” as well as Mrs. Shotland, director of DECATS commented, “DECATS is the best program to be in.” These two clearly state how great our program is and that it is unstoppable, but there were other interpretations that really stood out. … Continue reading The Double Theme

DECATS Remembers Jordan Cook

Over the next few weeks, DECATS teachers and students will remember Miss Jordan Cook as a friend and scholar. Jordan was born on January 31, 1993. She began her education at Good Shepherd Catholic School in Garland, where she was an amazing student, and she also enjoyed participating in sports and singing in the choir, as well as attending DECATS. Jordan attended Bishop Lynch High School where she had many friends whom she was very close with and was well-liked by everyone.The Student Communications Director at Bishop Lynch stated, “Jordan was the epitome of what you think a Bishop Lynch student should … Continue reading DECATS Remembers Jordan Cook

First Day of DECATS

Today,  Journalism students interviewed other DECATS students about their first day. Cole, one the Journalism major students interviewed Holland from the Culinary Arts major. This is Holland’s third year at DECATS. He previously attended Junior DECATS. Holland shared the scoop on what they were cooking in the kitchen. His team was cooking chicken tacos, which is why it smelled so amazing. Holland said they were working on cooking chicken, tortillas, pico do gallo, queso fresco and many other wonderful foods. Holland said, ” Today was a blast for me and my Culinary Arts team.” Written by: Cole Boyd, Reporter Continue reading First Day of DECATS

Electives offer unique opportunities to learn new skills

At DECATS, students are able to choose their electives. There is a wide variety of electives to choose from. This year, some of the electives include new choices like Tynkering with Programming and Fun with Frosting. Many electives stay the same from year to year like Improv Comedy and SNLU. Mr. Hudson, the Tynkering with Programming teacher, has been involved in programming for a while. There were 18 students each week. They initially had some issues with the Internet and the website that they were going to use did not work. Mr. Hudson figured out another way to teach the … Continue reading Electives offer unique opportunities to learn new skills

Rock Opera rocks DECATS with talent

Rock Opera is a major where creative people do different roles in movies including director, editor, actor and music artists. This year the students in Rock Opera will make three short films: one about kindergarten gangsters, another about a basketball game and lastly one about a murder mystery. Mr. McGhee, a teacher in Rock Opera, said that he started Rock Opera because it was enjoyable for students by giving them the opportunity to do try many interests instead of a specific topic.  His favorite thing about Rock Opera this year is the 1940s Sinatra murder song. Chuck S., also known … Continue reading Rock Opera rocks DECATS with talent