The Advocate

Standardized testing should be left offline

Standardized testing should be left offline

Katelyn Garrett, Editor-in-Chief

May 15, 2020

ACT testing is something that we all know and have stressed out about for generations. Over the past year, ACT testing has gone online, which is different from the original paper testing that we are used to. Although we are in the generation where online schoolwork and testing is taking the world by ...

‘The Last of Us’ leaks are indicative of bigger problem in gaming industry

'The Last of Us' leaks are indicative of bigger problem in gaming industry

Miles Hellebusch, Opinions Editor

May 13, 2020

Getting spoiled is one of the worst experiences someone can have if they really love a certain media property. For things I enjoy, I avoid spoilers like the plague, keeping myself almost entirely ignorant to many media properties so that I don’t just get the ending and ruin what something I could’v...

Staying sane during quarantine

I have a newfound passion for nature photography.

Kaden Meyer, Reporter

May 6, 2020

During quarantine, I’ve come to realize that most of my favorite activities involve being in public and being with friends. Now that I’m unable to do those things, I have to find things around my house that I enjoy. It’s very tempting to stay in bed on my phone all day, and I will admit my screen...

Covid-19 lock-down protests are misled, dangerous

President Donald Trump answers questions during a coronavirus update.

Miles Hellebusch, Opinions Editor

April 30, 2020

Covid-19 has kept me firmly inside where I like to be, but some people have been protesting lock-downs across the country and gathering outside statehouses. Even while we know how dangerous and easily spreadable the virus is, some people still have completely disregarded that wisdom and decided the bes...

Online Schooling: Helpful or Stressful?

Washington High School senior Olivia Karll works on schoolwork at home.

Kaylee Karll, Reporter

April 30, 2020

Beginning on March 23, 2020, the Washington School District took on online schooling due to the coronavirus outbreak. For some students, this new way of learning has been advantageous when it comes to their grades. But for others, online learning has been fairly difficult because they struggle with pers...

Overcoming Obstacles

Overcoming Obstacles

Bobbie Morrison, Entertainment Editor

February 29, 2020

Growing up in a broken home, I spent many years with a low GPA and horrible time management as a result. Throughout high school, I struggled with homework and responsibility, as it was hard to focus on school when my parents were fighting in the other room.  Success is difficult to achieve when family ...

Planning for the 2020 school year is stressful for students

Planning for the 2020 school year is stressful for students

Amber Christeson, Reporter

January 29, 2020

Every time the new year approaches, it becomes time for the students of WHS to begin thinking about what comes next. After coming back to school in January, students are brought to their same as well as new classes, and expected to jump straight back into the learning process. Coming back from an...

The power of quotes

Kaden Meyer, Reporter

January 27, 2020

“Inspirational quotes” are everywhere these days. From social media pages dedicated to them, to being plastered on the sides of buildings via murals and graffiti. Although many seem cheesy and inauthentic, others are quite encouraging. There are a few in particular that resonate with me. I personall...

Thanksgiving is still important

Elena Roewe, Reporter

November 28, 2019

Every year in November, my mom pulls out our Thanksgiving tablecloth. The Thanksgiving tablecloth is a tradition of ours that we have been participating in for years now, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. At some point on Thanksgiving, we sit down as a family and write down what we...

More rights does not equal more freedom

More rights does not equal more freedom

Kaden Meyer, Reporter

November 26, 2019

The right to bear arms is one of the most controversial constitutional amendments talked about today. With an ever increasing push for gun control, the opposing side's most popular argument seems to be that the right to bear arms cannot be taken away because it was granted to the public over three hundre...

Stress surrounding the holidays

Stress surrounding the holidays

Abbie Kipp, Advertising Editor

November 24, 2019

With upcoming holidays, tests and squeezing in extra hours of work to buy Christmas presents, November and December can easily become two of the most stressful months for a student during the school year. Second quarter is filled with holiday breaks that can disturb a student’s rhythm and cause un...

You can love learning, but hate school

A student writes on a chalkboard. “If you can light the spark of curiosity in a child,” educational expert Sir Kenneth Robinson said, ”they will learn without any further assistance, very often.” In Robinson’s Ted Talk “How to escape education’s death valley,” he described principles he believes will transform education in America.

Sophie Nieder, Reporter

November 18, 2019

When you have several tests each week, homework every night and the same boring routine every hour, burnout from school can happen rapidly. The harsh and stressful school environment has erased creativity and desire for knowledge off the board with an Expo white board eraser.  School was once ex...

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