The Advocate

Why Quarterly Assessments need to go

Why Quarterly Assessments need to go

Ben Tobben, Reporter

November 13, 2019

Every nine weeks, we as students know what time it is. Since third grade for most in the Washington School District, there has been a QA or post-test haunting upon students' lives. Taking QA’s is not as stress relieving as a normal final is, since you know in nine weeks you will be right back to the l...

Why managing a sport is not a waste of your time

Why managing a sport is not a waste of your time

Amber Christeson, Reporter

November 4, 2019

The negativity around managing a sport is the worst thing I have ever heard. As a manager of the 2019 edition of the JV soccer team, I can say that it is one of the best things I could’ve been involved in. Being a manager has developed my social skills, work ethic and sportsmanship. As a shy per...

High school shouldn’t be taken for granted

High school shouldn’t be taken for granted

Madilynn Kipp, Editor-in-Chief

May 21, 2019

High school is referred to as the best four years of our lives. While I am not sure it is the absolute best in our entire lives, I do believe that it is a fun experience that we will never forget. I encourage everyone to get involved. Take a choir class, take the art class you think looks interesting, jo...

Making Mistakes

Making Mistakes

Elizabeth Busch, Features Editor

May 20, 2019

I believe in making mistakes. At the beginning of each concert band season, my band director always emerged from his office holding mysterious music sheets containing unknown notes, rhythms and time signatures. I sat, sweaty palms slick against the cool metal of my flute, agonizing over the content o...

Earth is in danger, so are we

Earth is in danger, so are we

Samantha Montgomery, Web Editor

May 15, 2019

As most of you may have already heard, the global climate temperature is rising. While this still may not seem like a huge deal to many, this actually happens to be an issue far worse than anyone is realizing. Our planet is in danger, and it gets worse with each passing day. We don’t have much time ...

The month of May raises mental health awareness

The month of May raises mental health awareness

Willa Reust, Editorials Editor

May 13, 2019

The month of May marks “Mental Health Awareness Month.” Every year, these 31 days are dedicated to provide support, break stigmas and educate the public on mental health. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, it is a time dedicated to caring and offering support for the one in five peo...

Figure Skating: A Changing of a Sport

Figure Skating: A Changing of a Sport

Emeline Heimos, Reporter

March 29, 2019

When you think about figure skating, the first thing that comes to most people’s mind is the Winter Olympics. This past year, figure skating gained an influx of popularity because of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, raising controversies and sparking the interests of people all around the world. ...

Why books are better than movies

Why books are better than movies

Alyssa Luecke, Reporter

March 15, 2019

As an avid reader, I almost always get excited when one of my favorite books is set to hit the big screen. What better way to keep in touch with a story than seeing my favorite characters come to life? But much to my disappointment, way too often do I leave the movie theater thinking, “That was not how I...

The importance of being involved

The importance of being involved

Samantha Montgomery, Web Editor

March 15, 2019

High school. A time for studies, preparing for college, late nights and fun. For myself, high school was a pleasurable experience. Not only was I able to take part in some honor programs and meet many new people, I also got to compete in athletics and play in the orchestra. Without these activities, my hi...

Planners promote prosperity

Planners promote prosperity

Elizabeth Busch, Features Editor

March 1, 2019

As high school students, we devise many plans. We make plans to hang out with our friends, plans to be accepted into a college, plans to enter into a career field. This mountain of planning can create quite a landslide when we fail to stay organized with our goals. One of the best solutions to this c...

Leaving the Blue Jay nest is beneficial

Leaving the Blue Jay nest is beneficial

Madilynn Kipp, Editor-in-Chief

February 5, 2019

The end of high school is in sight. Seniors are applying for colleges, applying for scholarships and making life-changing decisions. The decisions we make during our senior year can change our lives…no pressure, right? As a senior, making these decisions about where I am going to college, what...

Valentine’s Day provides an opportunity to show love

Valentine’s Day provides an opportunity to show love

Sophie Koritz, Editor-in-Chief

February 5, 2019

Despite a week-long fling in fifth grade that ended with him giving me grass, dirt and heartbreak, I have been single my entire life. I, as a single person, should by all means hate Valentine’s Day. All that it encompasses—couples being overly affectionate, teddy bears holding pink hearts and d...

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