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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

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 ...

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