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Kobe Bryant passes due to helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant passes due to helicopter crash

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

ACT allows students to retake single sections

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 students sing 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

Annual Brain Bowl competition takes place at WHS

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

Costumes for Change

Elizabeth Derner, Reporter

November 4, 2019

  On 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...

EPIC Hour teachers to stay the same over high school career

EPIC Hour teachers to stay the same over high school career

Alyssa Luecke, Features Editor

October 29, 2019

There have been several changes at WHS this year, and some of them are here to stay for the years to come. As EPIC Hour swings back into action for the 2019-2020 school year, guidance has decided that teachers will remain with the same group of students each year. After surveying the staff and hearing input ...

French Club continues escape room tradition

French Club continues escape room tradition

Amber Christeson, Reporter

October 20, 2019

Since last year, the French Club has been hosting an escape room for the students of WHS near the beginning of November after being inspired by a YouTube series. “Last year the president, Gavyn, watched 'Escape the Night' by Joey Graceffa on YouTube and we were like, ‘We should make an escape...

Mindful Movement brings relaxation to WHS

Mindful Movement brings relaxation to WHS

Elizabeth Derner, Reporter

October 15, 2019

Starting in the 2019-20 school year, art teacher Juli Schuster is providing an opportunity in Room 2321 for students at WHS to relieve stress and anxiety through Mindful Movement, an after-school yoga class on Thursdays from 3:45-4:45. “Mindful Movement are words I came up with to describe dynamic...

Spirit week takes place at WHS

Spirit week takes place at WHS

Willa Reust, Editor-in-Chief

September 26, 2019

This week at WHS can be described in one word— spirit. Spirit week has swarmed the halls, with students and teachers alike sporting their Blue Jay pride. Leading up to the Homecoming game, students competed for a free ticket to Saturday’s dance by dressing up in different themes. On Monday, s...

WHS seniors visit elementary schools

WHS seniors visit elementary schools

Sophie Koritz, Editor-in-Chief

May 12, 2019

In the month of May, WHS seniors have one thing on their mind—graduation. They anxiously await to receive the greatly coveted high school diploma and start the rest of their lives. May is full of a variety of memorable events for these seniors including Prom and the Baccalaureate ceremony. Among these...

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