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Society’s view on giving needs to be given up

Society’s view on giving needs to be given up

Madilynn Kipp, Advertising and Entertainment Editor

November 28, 2017


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Aristotle wrote that finding happiness and fulfillment is achieved “by loving rather than in being loved.” Orison Swett Marden once said, “Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.” Our society has done away with virtue ethics. In doing aw...

A very disappointing Halloween

A very disappointing Halloween

Paige Ritson, Reporter

October 30, 2017


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     Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, and I’m disappointed that we’re never off school the next day for it. It’s not exactly fun having to do homework instead of taking your younger sibling trick-or-treating or watching a scary movie. Plus I want to stay up late and eat candy, ...

Women forced to pay for birth control ban

Women forced to pay for birth control ban

Willa Reust, Reporter

October 26, 2017


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As stated by CNN, 55 million women in the United States rely on birth control covered by the Affordable Care Act. On Oct. 6, the Trump administration moved to take away the right for covered contraception from those 55 million women. If America is a nation built on religious freedom, those in char...

The incomparable James vs Jordan

The incomparable James vs Jordan

McKenzie Dohm, Reporter

October 17, 2017


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As the NBA regular season has bounced back into action, rivalries and fan disagreements have surfaced once again. As fans know all too well, there are often faulty comparisons between some of the past and present players in the league. The endless Lebron James vs Michael Jordan debate is one that bo...

Blue Jay 6th Man leaders fail to lead

Blue Jay 6th Man leaders fail to lead

Olivia Robinson, Editor-in-Chief

August 21, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

Blue Jay 6th Man has filled the stands at football, volleyball and basketball games for years at WHS. Recently, the 2017-2018 leaders of the student cheering section have abruptly changed the name. “The Flock” was announced as the new name on Aug. 20, 2017, around ll o’clock at night. As stude...

Sophomores put through the wringer

Sophomores put through the wringer

Samantha Montgomery, Reporter

April 29, 2017


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The town high school is buzzing with freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. The freshmen are excited to no longer be “those freshmen” next year, juniors barely made it through the ACT, seniors can’t wait to be rid of senioritis and sophomores are still taking tests. Are sophomores tested...

Fresh air poses health benefits

Fresh air poses health benefits

Danielle Scharfenberg, Editorials Editor

April 28, 2017


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You all know the old saying: “April showers bring May flowers.” With Earth Day on April 22 and warm weather on the rise, as our countless assignments and responsibilities try to keep us inside, it is important to remember to take some time for yourself and get some fresh air. We all have ways ...

Maintaining motivation: a journey

Maintaining motivation: a journey

Elyse Nitschke, Reporter

April 5, 2017


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Around this time of the year, a heavy case of senioritis may be impairing your ability to efficiently get through the ever accumulating piles and piles of homework. But this lack of motivation isn’t specific to only the senior demographic. Most peers of mine, at multiple points in their high school car...

America needs to minimize landfills, maximize recycling

America needs to minimize landfills, maximize recycling

Sophie Koritz, Reporter

April 2, 2017


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According to a study by the University of Utah, less than 2 percent of the total waste (if you include waste water) stream in America is recycled. That means about 250 trillion pounds of waste is thrown into landfills in the United States—about the weight of 100 trillion elephants. The United States ha...

Humility outshines boastful behavior

Humility outshines boastful behavior

Danielle Scharfenberg, Editorials Editor

February 28, 2017


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The dictionary defines the word “humble” as having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance. Everyone hates a bragger, and while it is important to acknowledge your strengths and feel pride in your accomplishments, arrogantly promoting those victories is detrimental to yourself and ...

America first, environment last

America first, environment last

Elyse Nitschke, Reporter

February 28, 2017


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Try as some powerful individuals may, facts cannot rightfully be manipulated. The fact, proven time and time again, that the evident global warm-up is directly correlated with the world’s overt use of fossil fuels cannot be illegitimized because it doesn’t line up with a republican agenda. The a...

Kitten fostering: saving the lives of orphaned felines

Kitten fostering: saving the lives of orphaned felines

Loraine O'Brien, Reporter

February 28, 2017


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Every year, millions of pets are brought to shelters across the country. Many of these shelters are woefully overcrowded with cats, dogs, puppies and, specifically, newborn kittens. These newborn kittens are heavily dependent on their mother, who feeds them and takes care of them around the clo...

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