The Advocate

How the government shutdown is impacting the U.S.

A sign at Muir Beach Overlook in San Francisco notifies the public that due to the government  shutdown it is closed. Photo by Flickr.

Alyssa Luecke, Reporter

January 11, 2019

At midnight on Dec. 22, 2018, the government was put under a partial shutdown because President Trump would not agree to sign the bill without receiving $5.7 billion from democrats for the wall on the U.S. - Mexico border. Senate leaders tried to renegotiate with the House of Representatives in order to ...

Leadership class spreads kindness

When spotting a poster, take a slip for yourself or for someone else. “They could help our school get more confident and grow more as a friends instead of just peers,” senior Olivia Emke said. The posters can be found on the walls around school on classroom doors, bathroom mirrors, near water fountains and more, so keep an eye out.

Willa Reust, Editorials Editor

November 29, 2018

This November, the WHS Leadership class has hung posters around school to spread the love. Simply take a slip reading various messages such as “you are loved,” “thank you for being so kind” and “I love you friend” and pass it on to a friend. “I was inspired to put the signs up becaus...

October recognizes sensory processing disorder awareness

Life Skills classes have unique seating arrangement options available for those with sensory disorders.

McKenzie Dohm, Sports and Photo Editor

October 31, 2018

October is National Sensory Processing Awareness Month. Sensory processing disorders, also known as SPDs, affect one in 20 individuals, yet many people are unaware of what these disorders truly are. According to the Star Institute, sensory processing disorders are neurological disorders where sensory ...

WHS watches ‘Angst’

WHS watches ‘Angst’

Sophie Koritz, Editor-in-Chief

October 25, 2018

It is not every day that over 1,000 students and teachers watch a movie at the same time during the school day. However, Washington High School did just that Oct. 24. During first hour, faculty and students watched a documentary to raise awareness about anxiety among teenagers called "Angst." “We have a...

President Trump tests emergency communication system

The Presidential Alert appears across the screen of a WHS teacher's cell phone screen.

Sophie Koritz, Editor-in-Chief

October 4, 2018

If you have had a smartphone, you know that occasionally you will receive blaring alerts notifying either a missing child, hazardous weather, etc. However, now there is a new alert that can be sent to all citizens across the United States from President Donald Trump with help from the Federal Emergency...

Food service brings new breakfast opportunity to WHS students

Cooks Jada Summer and Mary Ann Kassebaum serve breakfast to students before school Sept. 26. “They’re trying to get more kids to eat the breakfast to start off their day right,” cook Jada Summer said. “This way they have two locations to go to.” The FRAC states that children who increase their school breakfast participation make improvements in their math scores, attendance, punctuality, depression, anxiety and hyperactivity.

Willa Reust, Editorials Editor

September 28, 2018

From the time alarms chime to the moment students walk through the doors of WHS, many teens can’t find the time to sit down to a meal, much less a healthy fruit or yogurt needed to set themselves up for success. But with a new breakfast bar in the guidance lobby, students can receive a fast and healt...

Greitens indicted with first degree felony

Eric Greitens waves with his wife, Sheena, after his inauguration as Missouri's 56th governor. After one year in office he faces felony charges for invasion of privacy.

Olivia Robinson, Editor-in-Chief

March 12, 2018

On Feb. 23, 2018, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted with the first degree felony of invasion of privacy. According to the Missouri Court System, this is due to the blackmail and sexual misconduct allegations that arose in January. Greitens and his wife, Sheena, immediately issued the foll...

WHS students compete in WYSE competition, taking first place

The WHS WYSE poses for a picture after the team competed Feb. 13, 2018 at East Central College. “The preference [for the team] is senior, juniors and then sophomores, but sophomores are rare unless they’re really strong in a subject,

Bailey Bair, Sports Editor

February 28, 2018

A team comprised of mostly seniors and several underclassmen brought home first place at the local Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering competition. Local schools such as Borgia and Union were also at this event. “There is a small group and a large group that competes, and we're part of th...

Recap of Team USA’s Olympic medals 2018

Team USA has won a total of 10 medals so far in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Athletes from snowboarding, figure skating, alpine skiing, speed skating and the luge events all contributed to this success.

Elizabeth Busch, Reporter

February 19, 2018

While another week of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games still awaits, several athletes have already triumphed in their events for Team USA. As of Sunday, Feb. 18, US Olympians from snowboarding to skiing have secured a total of 10 medals for their country. Out of Team USA’s 10 medals, half are gold....

Flu strikes the St. Louis area

The St. Louis area has had a record breaking number of influenza cases in the past months. Seeking medical attention is key to resolving symptoms and stopping the spreading of the illness.

McKenzie Dohm, Reporter

January 31, 2018

The St. Louis area is currently facing a record high number of influenza cases, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. In the last week of 2017, St. Louis County was home to a record breaking 1,304 cases of the flu, which is the highest number of cases ever recorded in one week in the county. Sinc...

School district invests in new security system

School district invests in new security system

Paige Ritson, Reporter

November 29, 2017

Most of the doors around school have obtained new locking systems which consist of a keycard scanner, and people are wondering why they are necessary and how they work. “About two weeks ago, maybe three, most of the doors have gotten all the access that they need,” assistant principal Shawn Wal...

Hundreds of WHS students support boys soccer team at State

The WHS student section poses for a picture after the WHS boys soccer team win against Harrisonville Nov. 10.

Sophie Koritz, Jake Hillermann, and Elizabeth Busch

November 11, 2017

It’s not every day that Washington High School’s student section, The Flock, has more than 300 students chanting and cheering for fellow Blue Jays, but then again it’s not every day that the boys soccer team advances to the Final Four State Competition. On Friday, Nov. 10, over 280 students and ...

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