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Student-created game sweeps across campus

Senior Levi Weber prepares to go out into the world playing the game Assassin.
Nerf war called "Assassin" takes over as new game
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...

Former tennis amateur-pro coaches in hometown

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

Post preserves memories by recording YouTube videos

Senior Drew Post poses with fellow theater students.
March 2, 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...

WHS teacher performs in ECC musical

Choir teacher Jessie Patterson performs in
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...

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.
WHS Scholar Bowl places fourth in 36-team tournament
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...

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.
The story behind Colin Flynn’s classroom library and Book Love
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...

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.”
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,...

Brinker embraces artistic talent

Senior Joette Brinker poses with their work. “To improve, critiques and experimentation have probably been the most helpful,” Brinker said. “It's always beneficial to hear what others have to say about your work, even if it's not particularly something good about your work.” Brinker has recognition for their work, placing “best of show” at the Washington Fair, photography competitions and by earning a five on their AP Studio Art portfolio.
October 29, 2019

Senior Joette Brinker has found their passion at an early age—art. By experimenting with different techniques and mediums, along with learning from the critiques of others, Brinker has not only improved...

WHS Sixth Man tailgates become a success

Students get food and enjoy the tailgate before the Homecoming game against Liberty Sept. 27. “I think people should come to the tailgates because it’s just fun overall, it’s just something to do,” senior Matthew Amlong said. “And sometimes we’ll have food there, and who doesn’t wanna get some grilled hot dogs?” The WHS student section have been doing tailgates since the first away football game.
October 2, 2019

This past school year, the Blue Jay Sixth Man decided to start tailgates again after a few years of just going to the game.  “They did [the tailgates] our freshman year, and they were always cool...

Influential 19

Influential 19
These seniors are being featured for their influence at WHS and in the Washington community as a whole. They were asked about how getting involved has affected them and what they've learned from their experiences. They were nominated by fellow peers and teachers.
May 19, 2019

Making Music in Advanced Woodworking

Making Music in Advanced Woodworking
WHS junior creates guitar as a class project
March 30, 2019

Over two months ago, junior Landon Zack started a new project that would combine two of his passions—music and advanced woodworking. After taking woodworking classes with Jesse Anderson since his...

Feltmann family celebrates 100 years of Modern Auto

Modern Auto celebrates 100 years of business. “It makes me feel proud to be a part of it because so many people know who we are,
March 18, 2019

The year is 1919. Men once in distant battlefields in Europe are slowly returning to a small town along the Missouri River with only a population of 3,000 called Washington. John Feltmann was among one...

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