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WHS welcomes new teachers

Samantha Montgomery, Web Editor

October 19, 2017


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Theresa McGowan What is your job title?- “School Counselor” This is your ___ year of teaching/working in the education field- “14” If you are a classroom teacher, please list all of the classes that you teach.- [not a classroom teacher] What is one fun fact about yourself? (This could be a unique tal...

Students choose alternate route to further their education

Students choose alternate route to further their education

Bailey Bair and Samantha Welch

March 31, 2017


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A total of 537,187 recent high school graduates were actively serving in the military in 2008 according to NCES.gov. This year, several WHS students will add to this number as they enlist to serve after they graduate. Many of them, who have various inspirations for joining the military, will be leaving...

Rocking Out with The Volunteers

Rocking Out with The Volunteers

Bailey Bair, Reporter

March 1, 2017


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Washington​ ​is​ ​a​ ​community​ ​full​ ​of​ ​music​ ​and​ ​local​ ​bands.​ ​This​ ​musical​ ​talent​ ​resides within​ ​Washington​ ​High​ ​School​ ​as​ ​a​ ​group​ ​of​ ​new​ ​students​ ​and​ ​former​ ​alumn...

The Tractor Factor

The Tractor Factor

Sophie Koritz and Samantha Montgomery

February 28, 2017


Filed under Features, Multimedia

The smell of the air. The sound of the tractors coming to town. Tractor Day at WHS doesn’t go unnoticed by anybody. Kids get to show off their tractors and even, for the first time in Tractor Day history at WHS, their animals. “Tractor Day is a day during FFA Week when kids get to show off their tractors ...

Improv club provides unique creative outlet for students

Improv club provides unique creative outlet for students

Hannah Ziegler, Editor-in-Chief

December 7, 2016


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“The act of composing, uttering, executing, or arranging anything without previous preparation.” That is what Dictionary.com defines improvisation as. The theatrical definition is a bit more clear. “It’s basically establishing a scene with a stimulus and a certain amount of time,” junior Madely...

New model train museum chugs into Washington

New model train museum chugs into Washington

Danielle Scharfenberg, Editorials Editor

December 2, 2016


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Washington is a town revered for its history, including its investment in the railroad industry. One local couple has made it their mission to celebrate the impact trains have had on their lives and their community. “Our goal was to establish a top-quality tourist attraction that was affordable,...

Freshmen march to a new beat this year

Jonathan Nechita, Reporter

November 2, 2016


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For the first time in recent years, the freshmen class are now a part of the Washington Marching Blue Jay Band and are getting used to the challenges that come with being a Blue Jay marching band member. “You need to be a lot more involved,” freshman Tristan Zeh said, “and it requires more t...

Fall musical ‘White Christmas’ switches to ‘Singin’ In The Rain’

Fall musical ‘White Christmas’ switches to ‘Singin’ In The Rain’

Samantha Montgomery, Reporter

October 31, 2016


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Putting on a play isn’t an easy thing to do. A lot could go wrong, such as a being short on practices and losing the rights to the play that is already underway. “The play was changed because we weren’t able to get the rights from Rodgers and Hammerstein to use it," sophomore Ezra Miles said. ...

Who is Bernie the Blue Jay?

Who is Bernie the Blue Jay?

Bailey Bair, Reporter

October 30, 2016


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The true embodiment of school spirit and loyal mascot to Washington High School is our beloved Bernie the Blue Jay. But who is the person behind the beak putting on the suit before all of the varsity football and basketball games. “I wanted to become the mascot because I was in eighth grade and I was ab...

Molly Eckelkamp named NOYS youth correspondent adviser

Molly Eckelkamp named NOYS youth correspondent adviser

Jonah Jensen, Head Reporter

October 27, 2016


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The National Organization for Youth Safety [NOYS] is an organization whose mission, according to their online website, is to build partnerships that save lives, prevent injuries and promote safe and healthy lifestyles among all youth while encouraging youth empowerment and leadership. Junior Molly Eckelkamp wa...

Seniors begin to say goodbye

Seniors begin to say goodbye

Sophie Koritz, Reporter

October 27, 2016


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Every new school year the underclassmen start to say goodbye to the seniors.  One of the first ways the students begin to say goodbye is Senior Night—a time of recognition for the seniors involved in extracurricular activities. At the football game Oct. 14, 19 football players, two cheerleaders, five...

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