Archive | September, 2014

Winning Isn’t Everything

Jonas Hodgins, Grayson Burns, Jake Wagner, Dillon Overstreet, and Sonet Gandhi show their school spirit with their Roll Giants flag.

Jonas Hodgins, Grayson Burns, Jake Wagner, Dillon Overstreet, and Sonet Gandhi show their school spirit with their Roll Giants flag.

By Emily Kratzer, Classroom Manager

After losing to Stuarts Draft for nine years, the boys on the Varsity Football team were very happy to bring home the trophy and the win on September 12th 2014. According to the NBC29 article “With a New Coach, Waynesboro High School Plans to Turnaround Struggling Program,” (Aug. 2001) the team hasn’t had a winning season since 1999 and haven’t won three games in a season since 2001.

Instead of spending the bus ride home quiet and full of disappointment, the team got to spend time celebrating and full of excitement and happiness.

“It feels good that our team and me playing on the team won the trophy after a long time. It feels like history,” senior Michael Brown said. “Waynesboro is going to be a better team; there’s no doubt this year, next year, and years from now. Waynesboro will be a better team than they’ve ever been. I’m sad to say it’s my last year–wish I could stick around and keep going.”

It’s no secret that Waynesboro High School’s football team has struggled over the years. The team has had few wins–only one game last year, but they have gradually gotten better as a team, winning over Stuarts Draft 35-10 on Sept. 12th and over Spotswood 34-21 on Sept. 26th. The big difference in the football teams execution this year was playing the game as if it were four quarters instead of two halves.

“We played four quarters which means a lot,” said junior Cody Dawson, “We normally would hang our head when something goes wrong, but at the Stuarts Draft game we kept going at the next play. We picked each other up.” Junior Cesar Ruiz added, “At Draft we played every quarter with everything we had.”

Another difference in the way the team played was in their defense. “Defense stepped up and started making tackles and that’s what we’ve been missing,” said senior Zac Becker. “Now that defense is playing better we should have a better chance at winning.”

According to the players, it feels good when the football team comes home with a win, but that’s not what matters. The relationships they’ve gained is like no other; it’s irreplaceable. Players Cody Dawson (11th), Cesar Ruiz (11th), Daniel Everidge (10th), and Michael Brown (12th), all described their team and coaches as family. “We look out for each other. We have good times, “said Ruiz. “I think we’re just like a family–sometimes you argue, sometimes you don’t. But that’s how a team is, if you’re gonna treat it like a family, you’re gonna argue, you’re gonna fight, you’re gonna have good times, and you’re gonna have bad times. And that’s just how it is.”

The boys have also learned valuable lessons from being on the team and from their coaches. Senior Michael Brown said he’s learned there’s “no I in team.”Dawson, Ruiz, and Everidge said they’ve learned determination and that you have to work for your position on the team.

“You have to have respect for other players and coaches, that’s something Coach Mac has always told us,” said Becker. Senior Josh Cañares added that he’s learned about earning other’s respect and not quitting when times get tough.

In an interview with The News Virginian, Coach Moran said, “”I will say our guys have been gaining confidence from day one. They aren’t used to winning like this so it is nice. We haven’t really been here. We just have to harness it and keep it in perspective.”

The students at Waynesboro High School have always been very supportive of the team, but, they have stepped up tremendously this year, having spirit days on Friday’s before the game and including a student section for Pep Club at games. Friday’s are now full of excitement and support for the team and the stands are packed at games. It’s noticeable that this year the school has come together to be the biggest support system to the football players.

At the end of the day, winning everything–not to the players or to the school.

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Fruit Sale for Marching Band


The fruit sale is until October 1st and the fruit will be delivered on November 20th.
The prices are as follows:
Navel Oranges
Large Box (56-80 pieces) $35.00
Small Box (28-40 pieces) $25.00
10# Box (14-20 pieces) $20.00
Juice Oranges
Large Box (64-80 pieces) $35.00
Small Box (32-40 pieces) $25.00
Tangelos
Large Box (64-100 pieces) $35.00
Small Box (32-50 pieces) $25.00
Red Grapefruit
Large Box (32-40 pieces) $35.00
Small Box (16-20 pieces) $25.00
10# Box (8-10 pieces) $20.00
Tangerines
Small Box (50-60 pieces) $30.00
Red Apples
Large Box (64-100 pieces) $40.00
Small Box (32-50 pieces) $30.00
D,Anjou Pears
Small Box (30-50 pieces) $35.00
SPECIAL COMBINATION PACKS
Navel/Grapefruit Mix
(16-20 Navel Oranges
10-11 Red Grapefruit)
$30.00
Citrus Variety Pack
(8 Tangerines/Tangelos
8 Navel Oranges
8 Red Grapefruit)
$32.00
Fresh Fruit Sampler
(6 Apples
4 Pears
4 Red Grapefruit
6 Navel Oranges
6 Tangerines/Tangelos)
$32.00
Apples and Pears
(14 Apples
14 Pears)
$35.00
Sweet Potatoes
10# Box (16-20 pieces) $25.00
All checks should be made out to WHS Band Supporters.

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Mystery Of Oliver Wendell Holmes Revealed

Lucy Paiste, Sonny Carey, and Maggie Riggan get creative with this Oliver Wendell Holmes rap. Check it out!

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Remembering 9/11

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At 8:46 am on September 11th, 2001, the way Americans went about their lives and the way they thought about their security would change forever. Thirteen years ago today, 2,977 people lost their lives in New York City, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of rescue workers and innocent bystanders were drastically affected by the terrorist attack. Many families were left broken as children became parentless and Americans were left feeling vulnerable about  their safety. Going into work that day, nobody expected that this would be the last time they would say  goodbye to their loved ones. This event will be remembered throughout history; we will always hold those who lost their lives close at heart.
What were you doing on 9/11/2001? How were your family, friends, and loved ones affected by this tragic event? Please post your comments below.

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The Cast of Musical “Oklahoma” announced

Here it is, the much anticipated cast list for “Oklahoma”, the Waynesboro High School musical production for 2014.

Aunt Eller………………………………..Marie Gilbert

Curly………………………………………..Chad Showalter

Laurey……………………………………..Chelsie Burks

Ike Skidmore…………………………….Nathaniel Marion

Fred…………………………………………Gino Chiotti

Slim…………………………………………Alex Maneval

Will Parker……………………………….Collin Wheeler

Jud Fry…………………………………….Max Hamlyn

Ado Annie Carnes…………………….Audrey Wood

Ali Hakim………………………………..Jordan Marion

Gertie Cummings…………………….Jasmine Holdsworth

Ellen ………………………………………Savannah Lunger

Kate ………………………………………..Kelsey Eutsler

Sylvie………………………………………Alexis Enlow

Armina……………………………………Kyha Williams

Aggie……………………………………….Emma Bryan

Andrew Carnes…………………………Brant Fife

Cord Elam………………………………..Robin Cooter

Jess Chalmers…………………………..Justin Garrido

Mike………………………………………..Joey Parolisi

Joe…………………………………………..Mark Donham

Sam…………………………………………Alex Maneval

Virginia…………………………………….Shelly Bukoskey

Vivian………………………………………Jayna Jean-Jules

Young Dance Girls…………………….Marina Johnson, Caroline Lancaster

DANCE CAPTAIN……………………..Katlyn Lawhorne

Dancers/Chorus………………………..Katlyn Lawhorne, Joanna Ryman, Emily Mahmoud, Emma Bryan, Madison DeGrolyer, Jessie Morrison, Stephanie Hicks, Karah Bunch, Kyha Williams, Alexis Enlow, Marina Johnson, Caroline Lancaster, Kelsey Eutsler, Shelly Bukoskey, Jayna Jean-Jules, Hailey White, Savannah Lunger, Nathaniel Marion, Mark Donham, Robin Cooter, Joey Parolisi, Gino Chiotti, Justin Garrido, Alex Maneval, Jasmine Holdsworth, Brant Fife,

Assis. Dir………………………………….Emma Parolisi

Stage manager ………………………….Makayla Buxton

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Meet Sara Eldredge, Staff Writer at giantword.com

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Sara is a 12th grader involved in Concert Choir and the National Honors Society. She’s interested in going to Mary Washington University, but doesn’t know exactly what she would like to major in. She’s thinking about a career involving animals or astronomy. In the next 5 to 10 years, Sara sees herself going to college, possibly graduate school and traveling out of the country. If she could go anywhere in the world she would go to South America because, “everyone forgets about it;” most people don’t have South America as a place to go on their bucket list. Her favorite part about school is being in Concert Choir, but she also enjoys getting to know her teachers because they have the same sense of humor she does. Sara’s proudest moment is being choir manager this year. In her free time she likes to cook, watch crime shows, sing and play piano.

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Meet Emily Kratzer, Staff Writer at giantword.com

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Emily is a junior this year and she is interested in attending the University of Mary Washington to become a preschool teacher or a writer. She has one younger sister named Lauren who is a freshman this year at WHS. Emily works at Willy’s -which she loves- and is a part of the Forensics Team and the Beta Club. In Forensics, her category has varied from poetry to prose and she hopes to try something else when the season starts. As a sophomore, Emily took dual-enrollment pre-calculus, which was a very challenging class. She also enjoyed her biology class which she referred to as her “dysfunctional family.” Emily likes her small AP English class of all girls, going to the gym, and hanging out with her friends in her free time. In the future Emily would like to travel. “I’ve always wanted to go to California, but I think Italy or somewhere in Europe would be cool. Maybe an African Safari, too.”

Written by Sara Eldredge

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Meet Jilly Dudley, Editor in Chief of giantword.com

Jilly is a 12th grader at Waynesboro High School. After high school she hopes to attend an art institute or a college like CNU. She would like to do something with art or graphic design. Jilly really enjoys sports, she runs cross country and plays basketball and soccer. She loves going to the movies, “and if I’m bored I read.” She has always wanted to go to Italy, she is getting the  chance to go in Spring. She has always wanted to go to Italy because she loves Italian food and wants to see the art.

by: Grace Dyer

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