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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 ...

WHS teacher performs in ECC musical

Choir teacher Jessie Patterson performs in

Elena Roewe, Reporter

March 2, 2020

At WHS, students are typically well-informed of the plays and musicals the theatre group will be presenting. Many students show their support by attending the productions and cheering on those who make it happen. This time, however, one of the school's own staff members participated in a musical on he...

Scholar Bowl scores again

A WHS scholar bowl team poses with their fourth place trophy at Washington University on Feb. 15. “Mr. Dennis puts it like this: 'Pick a subject, learn it, know it, hit the button,'” sophomore Silas Clements said. This same day, senior Audrey Bush was awarded with a 10th place scoring medal from the preliminary bracket.

Kaylee Karll, Reporter

February 24, 2020

On Feb. 15, a WHS Scholar Bowl team competed at Washington University and placed fourth out of 36 teams. The teams were split into six groups of six, and WHS was placed to compete against Parkway West B, South Callaway, Glendale White, John Burroughs and Mexico A. The four students on the WHS team w...

Building a ‘community of readers’

Students in English teacher Colin Flynn’s AP Seminar class read for 10 minutes during Book Love. “School has a way of making people not like reading,” Flynn said. “Taking notes over a book, having to write a report about it—all of those things kind of take the pleasure out of reading, so if you don’t love reading, you’re not going to read.” Book Love doesn’t involve tests or assignments over the books and helps students enjoy reading with books of their choice.

Elizabeth Derner, Reporter

February 24, 2020

Books labeled “C. Flynn” circulate WHS, home to the bookshelf-lined Room 1514 where students have access to English teacher Colin Flynn’s classroom library of over 2,000 books. Flynn started building the classroom library and implementing independent reading time in 2016 after reading Book Love...

A future firefighter among the flock

Junior Sam Backhaus cuts a gusset for support in a collapse drill where a car drove into a home. Backhaus has completed many rounds of firefighting training and has had a fair amount of experiences going on calls.
“ I have my state certified Basic Firefighting Degree,” Backhaus said, “through the State Fire Marshall Office.”

Emma Hillermann, Reporter

November 9, 2019

Among the students walking the halls at WHS, there is one student in particular who risks his life every day to serve his community with the Marthasville Volunteer Fire Department . Junior Sam Backhaus, who is the son of the Marthasville Volunteer Fire Department Chief, has been doing training for ove...

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