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Humility outshines boastful behavior

Humility outshines boastful behavior

Danielle Scharfenberg, Editorials Editor

March 1, 2017

The dictionary defines the word “humble” as having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance. Everyone hates a bragger, and while it is important to acknowledge your strengths and feel pride in your accomplishments, arrogantly promoting those victories is detrimental to yourself and ...

America first, environment last

America first, environment last

Elyse Nitschke, Reporter

March 1, 2017

Try as some powerful individuals may, facts cannot rightfully be manipulated. The fact, proven time and time again, that the evident global warm-up is directly correlated with the world’s overt use of fossil fuels cannot be illegitimized because it doesn’t line up with a republican agenda. The a...

Kitten fostering: saving the lives of orphaned felines

Kitten fostering: saving the lives of orphaned felines

Loraine O'Brien, Reporter

February 28, 2017

Every year, millions of pets are brought to shelters across the country. Many of these shelters are woefully overcrowded with cats, dogs, puppies and, specifically, newborn kittens. These newborn kittens are heavily dependent on their mother, who feeds them and takes care of them around the clo...

Is Black History Month enough?

Is Black History Month enough?

Sophie Koritz, Spencer Johnson, Reporter (Koritz), Web and Entertainment Editor (Johnson)

February 3, 2017

Only one month a year recognizes black history in the United States. With over 30 million people who are African-American in the United States, why do we isolate only one month for their history? From first grade through high school, I feel that the American education system has neglected the hi...

Women’s March: walking the walk

Women’s March: walking the walk

Elyse Nitschke, Reporter

January 31, 2017

By the use of angry and bigoted rhetoric, those in power are able to demonize the act of protest through media, and the attempts to invalidate the Women’s March on Washington D.C. stands as a powerful example of that. Protesting has always been met with countering opinions, varying from roaring ...

Suicide encouragement spreading worldwide

Suicide encouragement spreading worldwide

Samantha Welch, Editor-in-Chief

January 31, 2017

There is a three-letter epidemic spreading through the halls of not only WHS, but high schools worldwide. It is flowing out the windows of the schools, zipping around the internet and flying through texts. “KYS,” an acronym for “kill yourself,” is a new and wildly popular insult. Some people ...

WHS fails to make historic moment memorable

WHS fails to make historic moment memorable

Olivia Robinson, Features Editor

January 26, 2017

I don’t have many memories from third grade other than who my teacher was, who my friends were and who the president of the United States of America was. On Jan. 20, 2009, I remember walking into my small third grade classroom at Immanuel Lutheran School and my teacher had the television on, some...

Back on rotation: the return of vinyl records

Back on rotation: the return of vinyl records

Elyse Nitschke, Reporter

December 1, 2016

A type of renaissance appears to be happening, influencing the pop culture of today, particularly in the musical realm of things. Not only has the sound of recent albums been nostalgic, the physical form music lovers prefer is also taking a step back to the days of vinyl records and cassette tapes. ...

Can Trump really build a wall?

Can Trump really build a wall?

Loraine O'Brien, Reporter

November 30, 2016

In a little over a month, the man who claimed he would build a wall along the border between the US and Mexico will be sworn in as the new president of the United States. But can Trump really build a wall? Basically? Nope. And here’s why. First of all, Trump doesn’t have the power to build a wall as ...

The darkness of Black Friday

The darkness of Black Friday

Jake Hillermann, Reporter

November 17, 2016

Mobs, murders, fights, kicking and screaming. It’s the start of the holidays. Everyone across the U.S. surely looks forward to stuffing their stomachs with food this Thanksgiving and meeting with family members once again. But for some parents, couponers or bargainers, the day after is more excit...

What in the world are we doing?

What in the world are we doing?

Sophie Koritz, Reporter

November 8, 2016

On a late Wednesday night, the documentary “Before the Flood” aired on television. The Leonardo DiCaprio narrated film focused on how climate change is affecting the countries and oceans of the world. The critically acclaimed documentary made me stop and think about how I’m living my life. As a...

Decline in bee population raises questions

Decline in bee population raises questions

Danielle Scharfenberg, Editorials Editor

November 1, 2016

What comes to mind when you think of honey bees? Beeswax and honey? Flowers? Fruits and vegetables? A new study has found that America’s bee population is on the decline for reasons we do not yet understand but should be highly concerned about. Scientists have known that these insects were in trouble for som...

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