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Improv club provides unique creative outlet for students

Improv club provides unique creative outlet for students

Hannah Ziegler, Editor-in-Chief

December 7, 2016

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Teacher Feature

Teacher Feature

Jonah Jensen and Samantha Welch

October 19, 2016

This year, WHS has gained 11 teachers as part of the Blue Jay family. Five of them were listed in our October issue and here are the other six. Questions How long have you been teaching? Why do you enjoy teaching? What made you want to be a teacher? What do you want your kids to take out ...

WHS Quiz Bowl ranks 23rd in nation

WHS Quiz Bowl ranks 23rd in nation

Jonah Jensen, Head Reporter

October 11, 2016

Seniors Cole Phinney, Joe Stitz, Matt Chalem and Matt Dew are a part of a nationally ranked Quiz Bowl team based right here in the halls of WHS. The four-man team was ranked 23rd in the nation according to High School Quiz Bowl Rankings website after being ranked 34th at the end of last season. ...

Senior class makes Powderpuff history

Senior class makes Powderpuff history

Olivia Robinson, Features Editor

September 30, 2016

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, the graduating class of 2017 made WHS history. The senior class won the annual Homecoming Powderpuff game 39-19, coming out on top for two years in a row. The junior class scored the first touchdown early into the 40 minute game. However, after the first senior possess...

Summer break may not benefit students

Summer break may not benefit students

Hannah Ziegler, Editor-in-Chief

September 30, 2016

Is year-round or traditional schooling more beneficial for students? Is one way or another easier for parents? According to Niche, 10 percent of all public schools in the nation do year-round schooling, meaning there are three trimesters with a two to three week break in-between each trimester. ...

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