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Tragedies spotlight poor mental health

Tragedies spotlight poor mental health

Samantha Montgomery, Web Editor

February 27, 2018

Eighteen. This may be just a number to some. To others, this may be seen as an age. Well, how about the number of school shootings so far in 2018? People say that school shootings happen because of gun laws not being strict enough. I get it, everyone is scared; however, why don’t we start thinking a...

The placebo of self diagnosis

The placebo of self diagnosis

Elyse Nitschke, Editorial's Editor

January 31, 2018

Originating from Latin, ‘placebo’ refers to something that has no real medical or therapeutic effect, but is treated as something that does, acting as more of a psychological than physiological remedy. With the power of suggestion, doctors have been able to deceive and treat patients with falsifi...

#MeToo

#MeToo

Jacki Reid, Reporter

January 31, 2018

David Schwimmer is a well-known American actor who played characters like Ross from "Friends" to Melman in the "Madagascar" movies. But what a lot of people didn't know is that Schwimmer is also an executive producer for the anti-harassment videos done by the "That's Harassment" campaign. Recently, in the l...

Focus on those around you this new year

Focus on those around you this new year

Madilynn Kipp, Advertising and Entertainment Editor

January 26, 2018

With all the buzz of the new year, it’s made me think of all I’ve been through in 2017—the trials, the emotions, the fun and the blessings. And I’m grateful. For all of it. The trials made me stronger, the fun enhanced my happiness and the blessings were numerous. I’ve also reflected on how I ...

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

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

     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, ...

The incomparable James vs Jordan

The incomparable James vs Jordan

McKenzie Dohm, Reporter

October 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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