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Changes in the school year

The School District of Washington announced the change to the hybrid schedule Sept. 24 on Twitter. Secondary students will remain in a hybrid model while elementary students return to school five days a week.

Emma Busch, News Editor

September 29, 2020

This school year has been vastly different from previous years in many different ways. The first four weeks have been a mix of online and in-person learning. Students with last names A through K attend school on Mondays and Tuesdays, and students with the last names L through Z on Thursdays and Frid...

Last year, current seniors struggle with changes to school year

Last year, current seniors struggle with changes to school year

Amber Christeson, Features Editor

September 16, 2020

At the beginning of every August, the drive for starting a new school year kicks into gear. Although the 2020-2021 school year started a bit differently, seniors had some time to adapt to this year from the e-learning experience last spring, as well as the five-month long summer. Not only are some of...

The impact of COVID-19 on healthcare

Having enough personal protective equipment (PPE) has been a major issue during the pandemic. “We’ve taken precautions inside of work and outside of work,

Elena Roewe, Reporter

May 21, 2020

As the world struggles against COVID-19, significant changes have been made in hospitals and healthcare centers everywhere. Local healthcare workers are working to help prevent the spread of the virus. “We don’t allow any visitors now, which is unfortunate for the patients…” ICU charge nurse Bria...

An Outbreak of Fear

Schnucks is wiped clean of necessities such as bread and other food items as community members prepare for a large outbreak.

Bobbie Morrison, Entertainment Editor

March 23, 2020

Recently, stores in Washington, Mo. and across the country have been ripped apart by customers who were desperately trying to stock up before the peak of COVID-19. The predictions blasted by media sources and professional organizations such as the CDC have people wondering when this pandemic will come to...

COVID-19 impacts businesses, lives on local and international scale

COVID-19 impacts businesses, lives on local and international scale

Ben Tobben, Reporter

March 23, 2020

Global economic recession, shutting down the world basically and social distancing are all terms society is getting all too familiar with. The COVID-19 response has caused a change in life, the economy and how the world works.   Dow Jones has lost about 10,000 points over this pandemic. The markets hav...

Kobe Bryant passes due to helicopter crash

An image of the Bryant family, posted by Vanessa Bryant after Kobe Bryant's death.

Grace Hoerstkamp, Advertising Editor

January 31, 2020

On Sunday, Jan. 26, Kobe Bryant, a former player for the National Basketball Association, and his daughter, Gianna, passed away due to a helicopter crash. Along with Kobe and Gianna, Alyssa, Keri and John Altobelli, Sarah and Payton Chester, coach Christina Mauser and pilot Ara Zobayan also passed away. Bryant...

ACT allows students to retake single sections

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Abbie Kipp, Advertising Editor

January 30, 2020

As of September 2020 students will be able to retake individual sections of their choice on the ACT rather than retaking the entire test in an attempt to improve their score and ACT will provide colleges with a superscore that consists of the student's best scores in each subject. Students will also be ...

Trump impeachment hearing increases chance for a trial

Trump impeachment hearing increases chance for a trial

Miles Hellebusch, Opinions Editor

December 3, 2019

A hearing regarding Donald Trump’s impeachment will be held Wednesday, December 4th. The hearing is regarding evidence from a whistleblower against the president stating that he improperly tried to get help from Ukraine to improve his chances of a 2020 re-election. Trump is accused of seeking help from...

WHS students sing in All District Choir

WHS choir students Kayla Childs, Levi Weber, Morgan Sprehe, Evan Courtaway and Elizabeth Brennecke pose for a group photo at All District Choir. “You make connections with people from around the area and it’s really nice,” Sprehe said. “You get to be a part of something that you love doing, but on a bigger scale than just at school.” Last year, four students from WHS participated in All District Choir.

Elizabeth Derner, Reporter

December 3, 2019

Nov. 16 in Farmington, Missouri, five WHS students performed in All District Choir, a group of about 200 students in the East Central district selected after auditions in September. Senior Levi Weber and junior Elizabeth Brennecke returned for their second year in the choir, and senior Morgan Sprehe...

Annual Brain Bowl competition takes place at WHS

Pictured above are members of the winning team, “All I Want for Christmas is Your Defeat.” From left, are senior Sebastian Secor, sophomore Samantha Doepker, senior Audrey Bush and senior Ian Maloney. “Every year I get so excited because it’s the one time I get to show off my catalogue of semi-useless facts,” Bush said. “Doing it in front of the whole school is both awesome and nerve-wracking.” Along with placing first against students, the team also defeated an all teacher team.

Willa Reust, Editor-in-chief

December 1, 2019

The annual Brain Bowl competition was held Nov. 25-26. Brain Bowl is an academic competition where teams are quizzed on a variety of subjects. Open to all, students put together their own teams to participate. This year, the reigning champions, “All I Want for Christmas is Your Defeat,” placed first...

Tackling Breast Cancer

Tackling Breast Cancer

Jadyn Whittall, Reporter

November 20, 2019

As many people know, this past month was Breast Cancer Awareness month. In this year alone, nearly 270,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. This October, WHS wanted to do something to help those who are affected by this terrible sickness. History teacher Ben Strauser an...

Costumes for Change

English teacher Rachel Stahl poses as Billie Eilish for Interact’s Halloween costume contest. “I’m so glad we do this,” Stahl said. “I think it’s a really great fundraiser.” In 2018, Stahl dressed as Post Malone for the contest.

Elizabeth Derner, Reporter

November 4, 2019

  Oct. 31, 2019, WHS teachers dressed in costume to raise money for Heifer International through Interact’s fourth annual Halloween costume contest. “We’ve been doing [the contest] since the club started,” Interact sponsor and history teacher Kerri Flynn said. “One of [Interact’s] mis...

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