The Advocate

Graduates of Labadie Elementary revisit their past

Jonah Jensen, Head Reporter

September 22, 2016

Coloring books, nap times, recess, movies and the essential education foundation for the rest of your life. Elementary school presents all of these things, and high school students wish to be back to the simple times of elementary school. This wish came true for 23 seniors that graduated from Labadie E...

Students petition to rename WHS

Students petition to rename WHS

Spencer Johnson

September 7, 2016

Four months ago, a zoo worker at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden killed the western lowland gorilla Harambe after a child fell in his enclosure. Now, students at WHS are seeking to pay their respects in an unorthodox manner; over 600 people have backed a petition to rename WHS to “Harambe Mem...

Sophomore Ryan Hill wins national writing award

May 19, 2016

Every year, hundreds of thousands of young writers diligently craft and submit novels, short stories, drawings and other forms of artistic expression in hopes that they will be recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a nearly century-old program sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artis...

WHS Honors Past Leadership Student

Mekenna Wieda, Reporter

May 11, 2016

“I watched him go from being a freshman that didn’t necessarily appreciate being here to a student who, because he was suddenly very, very ill, appreciated every chance he had to be here at school. He persevered,” art teacher Michelle Turner said. “He was better at handing in homework that kids...

Industrial technology teacher retraces grandfather’s legacy

Spencer Johnson, Reporter

April 1, 2016

Following over a decade of research, industrial technology teacher Lou Baczewski traveled to France, Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany in June 2015 to honor his grandfather Louis Baczewski, an army veteran from World War II and member of the 3rd Armored Division. Baczewski’s trip, called the “Path of th...

Lottery fantasies lead to very real problems

Kostas Kakadiaris, Reporter

March 21, 2016

Paying off debts, going on vacation, quitting your job and spending time with the people and things you care most about can all be made a reality with the help of the lottery. Winning the lottery is a miracle for anyone with financial issues, but what about the players that don’t get a happy...

WHS addresses homeless needs

WHS addresses homeless needs

Jennifer Somers, Reporter

March 21, 2016

According to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, homeless youth are defined as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” Within WHS alone, there are currently six homeless students. “The homeless situation has increased since I began as a counselor here,”...

Custodians work hard to keep campus clean

Danielle Scharfenberg, Reporter

March 21, 2016

You see them in cafeterias emptying trash bins and sweeping away food debris. You see them in bathrooms wiping mirrors and mopping floors. You see them raising the flags on cold mornings and replacing or fixing light units so students are not left to study in the dark. They are the custodians of WHS,...

Social media may be more detrimental than students think

Samantha Welch, Advertising Editor

March 21, 2016

Today we have many online sites like Lumen, Google Classroom and Schoology that enhance students’ learning experiences. Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, though, are more widely used. With these sites at our fingertips, we can contact someone and within seconds get...

Hands-free devices still distract

Danielle Scharfenberg, Reporter

March 21, 2016

The threat of distracted driving is apparent, especially among today’s youth. Many cell phone providers--including AT&T with their recent ‘It Can Wait’ campaign- have encouraged commuters to pull over before attending to their devices. Now society faces a new threat: hands-free devices. ...

Winter Guard Recap

Jonah Jensen, Reporter

March 21, 2016

With 14 hour-45 minute practices spread out through the week between varsity and JV Winter Guard, plus many other hours of practicing on their own, Winter Guard requires much work. Through this hard work, Winter Guard achieved success in competition this year. According to choreographer Rich Kim, the var...

WHS teacher wins national award

Jonah Jensen, Reporter

March 21, 2016

Most people at WHS know Michelle Turner as the broadcast adviser, the class that produces “Blue Jay Journal TV,” and the photography teacher. This year, however, the Journalism Education Association (JEA) knows her as the 2016 National Broadcast Adviser of the Year. Turner, after being named a...

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