The Advocate

What’s cooking in Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts students pose for a group photo.

Grace Hoerstkamp, Advertising Editor

October 6, 2020

WHS began offering the Culinary Arts program, taught by Karen Fixsal, around 13 years ago. As the years have gone by, the class has grown in popularity, but is still seeking to teach more of America’s future chefs.  The course consists of a very intense and focused curriculum that educates studen...

Teachers work to transition into new school year

Teachers work to transition into new school year

Elena Roewe, Features Editor

September 28, 2020

While students have been dealing with a new set of struggles while coming back to WHS after a strange and abrupt end to the last school year, there is another group of individuals who have been working hard to make the transition go more smoothly. Teachers have been working harder than ever in the past fe...

From Captivity to Community

A picture of the movie screen at Cinema 1 Plus  shows the setup for their drive-in movies.

Jadyn Whittall, Photo Editor

September 26, 2020

At this time in our lives, countless people feel unsure and curious of what the future holds. We are truly living out history. In the midst of all this chaos, the Washington movie theater, Cinema 1 Plus, took the time to try and put ease to our racing minds and bring some fun and normalcy to our lives a...

WHS principal takes on new administrative role due to COVID-19

The Technology and Learning Center is where WHS principal, Dr. Joseph Dierks, is now located for his new administrative role.

Kaylee Karll, Reporter

September 24, 2020

As the debatable 2020-2021 school year rolled around, Washington High School students and staff are still in the process of getting into the swing of things. Many upperclassmen, who are more familiar with the staff, have started to notice that former history teacher Ben Strauser is now a principal of ...

In the eyes of high school seniors

In the eyes of high school seniors

Jadyn Whittall, Reporter

April 30, 2020

All over the world, the coronavirus has taken a huge toll on people’s day-to-day lives. Whether it is being able to go to their job, go to the store or even just take a walk outside, people are affected by this pandemic. Although this situation isn’t fun for most, it is a particularly sad time f...

WHS sophomore creates unique artwork

Sophomore Olivia’s Courtney uses acrylics in many of her paintings. “[Art] also gives me an opportunity to listen to music,” Courtney said. “I don't like making art in silence, so I use music to fill that silence. [I feel] the mood of whatever song or album I choose, or certain lyrics that really strike me.” Courtney has recently been listening to the bands Death Grips and The Strokes to boost her creativity.

Willa Reust, Editor-in-chief

April 30, 2020

Sophomore Olivia Courtney is spending her time away from school developing her talent— creating her unique artwork. “I've been interested in art for as long as I remember,” Courtney said. “I really started creating pieces and sketching in middle school.” Courtney has worked in dr...


Photo submitted by Lillian Nix

Bobbie Morrison, Entertainment Editor

April 22, 2020

Many students invest their time into learning hobbies that allow them to express themselves. One hobby that students at WHS partake in is photography. Through photography, student photographers are given the opportunity to make basic scenery look like a masterpiece.  Photography is an artistic h...

Filming the microscopic world

Microspora algae is viewed at 400x through a microscope.

Elizabeth Derner, Reporter

April 13, 2020

Curious about the organisms all around us, senior Sarah Simons began using her microscope to view and film them up close. She’s shared her interest in biology with peers by posting the videos on Instagram this spring. “I started around early March, though spring break gave me a lot of time to reall...

The history and impact of Lent, Ash Wednesday

A girl gets marked on her forehead with the cross for Ash Wednesday.

Jadyn Whittall, Reporter

March 31, 2020

There are many different religions throughout the world. The Catholic religion is probably the most common that celebrates Lent and Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer and fasting, which is the first day of Lent. The word ‘Lent’ actually means March, which is the month ...

Student-created game sweeps across campus

Senior Levi Weber prepares to go out into the world playing the game Assassin.

Emma Hillermann, Reptorter

March 30, 2020

A new game has taken Washington High School by storm. A game called “Assassins,” created by Levi Weber, Cameron McElhaney and Jeremiah Broadbent, a large number of students have become involved in the new game.  “We got the game from the TV show 'iCarly' on Nickelodeon,” Weber said.  ...

Former tennis amateur-pro coaches in hometown

Mark Lohan, second from left, poses with a trophy in a City of Washington tennis tournament.

Sophie Nieder, Reporter

March 19, 2020

As spring break draws to a close, many students are looking for ways to hold onto their first taste of summer by getting outside. A great activity to try might be tennis lessons, taught by tennis coach Mark Lohan. Lohan has traveled to several states playing tennis, but he first discovered his love of...

Post preserves memories by recording YouTube videos

Senior Drew Post poses with fellow theater students.

Emma Busch, Reporter

March 3, 2020

Watching YouTube videos is one of the many things some students do in their free time, and senior Drew Post not only likes watching YouTube videos, but he also enjoys making them.  “I've been recording videos kind of my whole life. My sister would always steal the video camera and then we would ...

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