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Mindful Movement brings relaxation to WHS

Art teacher Juli Schuster teaches students to focus on their breath at the beginning of a Mindful Movement session Oct. 10. “I’m not demonstrating any yoga; I’m just speaking and I’m guiding them through movement using my voice,” Schuster said. Oct. 10 was the third Mindful Movement class of the year.

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

The WHS Homecoming court poses for a picture, ready to kick off spirit week. “I’m in Leadership class, so we’ve made all the different themes,” senior Jeremiah Broadbent said. “I want to participate and show school spirit to make WHS fun.” Front row, from left, are Preston Wideman, Gracie Ziglin, Sophia Olszowka, Cameron McElhaney, Adison Eckelkamp and Chris Griesenauer. Middle row, from left, are Drew Post, Elise Pruett, Mia Harting, Joe Hackmann, Megan Duncan and Jeremiah Broadbent. Back row, from left, are Matt Amlong, Alexa Bell, Miles Hellebusch and Kayla Kleekamp.

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

Senior Joseph Bauer and other WHS seniors pose for a picture on the Marthasville Elementary School playground. “The final picture of all of us on the playgrounds we used to play on as kids was probably the most memorable,” Bauer said. Bauer still keeps in touch with his former elementary school classmates.

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...

Mrs. Stahl wins Teacher of the Year award

English teaching Rachel Stahl was awarded Teacher of the Year for the 2019 school year.

Alyssa Luecke, Reporter

May 10, 2019

Several teachers are appreciated at WHS, but the one who stood out most to students this year was English teacher Rachel Stahl. During her seventh year teaching at WHS, Stahl was recognized at the 2019 Renaissance Assembly for winning the annual “Teacher of the Year” award, where students and staff...

WHS hosts Color Run/Walk

WHS hosts Color Run/Walk

George Smith, Reporter

April 17, 2019

On May 10, WHS will hold the Third Annual Color the Campus Fun Run/Walk. “Key Club, National Honors Society and Student Council are helping with volunteers to help for that day,” special education teacher Samantha Loepker said, “but Key Club is definitely a big help putting the event together....

Washington residents turn out for bridge demolition

Washington residents turn out for bridge demolition

Madilynn Kipp, McKenzie Dohm, and George Smith

April 15, 2019

At 10:30 a.m. on April 11, 2019, Washington history was made, or as some would say, demolished. After hours of waiting in anticipation, crowds viewed the implosion of the famous Washington Bridge. The riverfront was filled with crowds of all ages and all reasons for attending the implosion. “This d...

Student journalists attend MIPA’s Journalism Day

WHS journalism students pose for a photo after the awards ceremony at Missouri Interscholastic Press Association’s 50th Annual Journalism Day on March 25 at the University of Missouri - Columbia. “I think [winning awards] just shows how hardworking we all are and that we’re actually in class doing stuff every day,” junior and Blue Jay Journal staff member Megan Duncan said. “...It’s just really rewarding, and it’s so nice when we can win, and everybody’s just happy about it.” The yearbook, newspaper and broadcast programs won a total of 35 awards.

Elizabeth Busch, Features Editor

April 2, 2019

Twenty-five journalism students from the yearbook, newspaper and broadcast programs attended and competed at the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association’s 50th Annual Journalism Day on March 25 at the University of Missouri - Columbia. Students spent the day attending sessions about various aspects...

The opposition to Trump’s wall rises.

The opposition to Trump's wall rises.

Miles Hellebusch, Reporter

March 14, 2019

On Feb. 15, 2019, at 2 p.m., President Donald Trump declared a national emergency regarding entering the United States southern border. A proclamation that released by the White House and signed by Trump concerning the emergency declaration stated, “The southern border is a major entry point for crim...

DECA students advance to the state level

WHS DECA students pose with their awards at the district competition Feb. 6. “It’s really cool to be able to go [to state] and see everybody you’re competing against and all the organizations that they helped,” senior Sophie Hellebusch said. Hellebusch plans to attend the University of Nebraska next year as a business major.

Willa Reust, Editorials Editor

February 27, 2019

This year, nine DECA students are advancing to the state level in Kansas City on March 24. DECA is an organization of business and marketing students who participate in community service, professional development and group presentations. WHS seniors Sophie Hellebusch and Allison Montgomery were among the fe...

NJROTC hosts Fourth Annual Military Ball

NJROTC hosts Fourth Annual Military Ball

George Smith, Reporter

February 12, 2019

On Feb. 2, 2019, the Fourth Annual Military Ball, hosted by the Washington NJROTC Booster Club, was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, honoring former veterans and current NJROTC members. “It's fun for all people involved," senior Logan Edgington said. “It shows support for the unit, and it ...

Student becomes new student board representative

Junior Tristan Zeh poses with the Board of Education after he is sworn in as the 2019 student board representative Jan. 23. “It was very interesting in getting to see the reports they give, how the superintendents report to the board members and how that administrative side of running things look,” Zeh said. Pictured from left to right is Kevin Blackburn, John Freitag, Scott Byrne, Zeh, Trish Mitchell, Bob Oreskovic and Susan Thatcher.

Willa Reust, Editorials Editor

February 5, 2019

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, junior Tristan Zeh was sworn in as 2019’s student representative for the School District of Washington Board of Education. “I hope to help give insight to the other board members,” Zeh said, “and be someone that can help the school board make decisions that benefit ...

Inclement weather forces SDOW to call off Jan. 11

The School District of Washington sent out a tweet, call blast, text and email to parents and students Jan. 11 to announce a snow day.

Sophie Koritz, Editor-in-Chief

January 11, 2019

The School District of Washington was closed Jan. 11 due to an expected winter storm. The snowfall started Friday in the early afternoon and left over six inches of snow and ice in Washington and surrounding areas. This is Washington School District’s second snow day (the first being Nov. 15), which m...

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