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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

You can love learning, but hate school

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...

Quarterly assessments need to go

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 QAs is not as stress relieving as a normal final is, since you know in nine weeks you will be right back to the l...

Managing a sport is not a waste of time

Managing a sport is not a waste of 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...

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