Archive | February, 2015

Waynesboro High School Prom Fashion Show 2015

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Photos by Rebecca Spencer and Sara Eldredge

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WHS Forensics Team Takes on Conference Meet

By Emily Kratzer, Classroom Manager

 

Monday night, the WHS Forensics team competed in the Conference meet. Several members placed to move on to regionals this Saturday in Abingdon Virginia.

Marie Gilbert- 1st place in Humorous Interpretation, moving on to regionals

Robin Cooter- 2nd place in Humorous Interpretation, moving on to regionals

Danna Gallego-Garcia- 2nd place in Storytelling, moving on to regionals

Nathaniel Marion and Hailey White- 2nd place Humorous Duo, moving on to regionals

Olivia Piper- 3rd place in Poetry, runner up for regionals

Jayna Jean-Jules and Rebekah Martin- 3rd place in Humorous Duo, runner up for regionals

Libby Young- 4th place in Prose

The team also took home the Conference 29 1st place trophy!

Coach Widener and Adara Bacheller preparing for the meet.

Coach Widener and Adara Bacheller preparing for the meet.

Jessica Johns, Libby Young, and Catie Freeman

Jessica Johns, Libby Young, and Catie Freeman

Rebekah and Jayna practicing before 1st round.

Rebekah and Jayna practicing before 1st round.

The team preparing before 1st round.

The team preparing before 1st round.

Jayna getting everyones attention for "the Moose" at dinner.

Jayna getting everyones attention for “the Moose” at dinner.

All the teams competing coming together to do "the Moose," a WHS Forensics team tradition.

All the teams competing coming together to do “the Moose,” a WHS Forensics team tradition.

More of the Moose

WHS team doing the Moose.

WHS team doing the Moose.

The following pictures were taken by one of the teams seniors, Emma Parolisi.

Marie Gilbert and Kat (former WHS student)

Marie Gilbert and Kat (former WHS student)

Jayna and Lauren running the concession stand.

Jayna and Lauren running the concession stand.

Marie with the Conference trophy and her first palce medal

Marie with the Conference trophy and her first place medal

Olivia Piper and Carly Edwards with their medals

Olivia Piper and Carly Edwards with their medals

Marie and Robin with their medals

Marie and Robin with their 1st and 2nd place medals

Nathaniel and Hailey with their medals

Nathaniel and Hailey with their 2nd place medals

The team posing for a picture.

The team posing for a picture.

Another, and more accurate, team picture.

Another, and more accurate, team picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Politics From a Teen’s Point of View

By Emily Kratzer, Classroom Manager of giantword.com

 

Teens approaching 18 have an important opportunity to make an impact on the community, the state, and the country just by voting. A problem students face is becoming an informed voter. There are plenty of opportunities to follow varying opinions through social media, so where exactly should students go to get objective or unbiased information?

“It is important for teens become informed so that they will be prepared when they are able to vote,” said Mr. Richards, history and government teacher at WHS,  “because there are so many issues that affect our society and our future. Becoming informed allows teens to realize the potential for change they have and allows them to discover which issues are most important to them. This will spark motivation for them to vote and be active citizens who have a say in their futures and the future of our communities. “

Though everyone forms their political beliefs in a different way, many WHS students are influenced by their parents or family members.  Josh Allen, WHS senior, said he formed many of his beliefs through the influence of his parents, even though they have some difference in opinions. Seth Wood, WHS senior, said his beliefs developed through a combination of personal beliefs, observations of the world, and current and past politics. Emily Perry, WHS junior, said her beliefs come from her family. Anna Fridley, WHS junior, said she has formed her beliefs from watching the news and finding out information about the political parties and politicians.

So where can students get information in order to form their political decisions? According to Mr. Dennis, history and government teacher at WHS,  students should get their information by watching the news, or reading newspapers or articles from news organizations online. When asked about why teenagers don’t vote, Dennis said, students don’t know where to go.

“Nobody’s ever told them that they can qualify to vote,” said Dennis. “Nobody’s ever taken the time to explain to them you’re 18, you can vote, here’s where you can go. If they do know those things, it’s just laziness, which is typical of all voters.”

Wood, Allen, Perry, and Fridley all said that students need to be well informed in order to express their political beliefs around school. There are debates held in classes from time to time, but aside from that, there aren’t many options for students to discuss politics in a mature, appropriate manner.

 

“I think that having politically enlightening discussions with adults can be one the best ways to develop and express their (students’) beliefs,” said Wood. “Talking with teachers and with other students or in class can also be helpful, but listening to other peoples’ opinions, rather than just stating your own, is what’s most important in the conversation.”

Perry, Fridley, Allen, and Wood were asked about what political problems have caught their attention.

Perry said, “We need to make sure we are accommodating people’s needs regarding jobs. We should focus on our national debt and trying to keep taxes low.”

“I think that the minimum wage should be increased a little,” said Fridley, “because there are some people who are working full time who are under the poverty line.”

“I think one of the biggest issues in politics is the lack of term limits for Congress,” said Allen. “A Constitutional amendment is likely the only way to create such limits, as Congress is quite unlikely to limit itself. Currently members of Congress serve as many terms as they can be elected to, aided by their incumbency. The established politicians seek re-election more than the good of the country, contributing to gridlock in Washington today. Imposing term limits would introduce new ideas from new people, and would allow politicians to focus on what needs to be done rather than just focusing on themselves.”

“One thing is definitely cooperation between the two major parties at the federal level,” said Wood.  “Conflicts between the President and Congress, where both sides are at fault, are a major issue. If people could agree at that level, better things could be resolved and attention could be focused on more important issues.”

Students are encouraged to do their research when it comes to making an informed decision on voting. Whether you follow CNN, Fox News or read The News Virginian, by doing your part and being informed, you’re contributing to the political world.

Tell us what political problems concern you by posting a comment below.

 

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Girls’ Varsity Soccer Open Gym

February 6th Pictures from Girls’ Varsity Soccer Open Gym

By Emily Kratzer

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Scholastic Bowl Team

By Emily Kratzer, Classroom Manager of giantword.com

 

  “Some of our students have the ability to create things artistically that I never even really thought high school students capable of.  We have opportunities to cheer those students on.  I feel like scholastic bowl is our opportunity to champion students who have talents in academics.  I like that.”

WHS has a vast selection of extra curricular activities to choose from. If you’re into sports, there are options like football, basketball, or track. If you’re more into reading and English, you have options like Kindle Club, Creative Writing club, or Forensics. Or if knowledge and trivia are your thing, you could join the Scholastic Bowl Team. The team competes against different schools, answering questions from various categories, including sports, entertainment, science, history, math, english, art, and music. In some parts of the competition, students buzz in answers using a buzzer and in other parts they can work together as a team to answer.

 

This year, the Scholastic Bowl team included Joshua Allen (12), Seth Jones (12), Ben Masse (12), Ben Lahn (11), Riley Stevens (11), Khai Ven (11), Rebecca Pereles (10), and Jasmine Martin (10). There coaches were Mr. Tyler and Mr. Martin. The team came in 3rd place at the conference tournament.

 

“I like going to the competitions and watching our WHS team battle against other teams,” said Tyler. “I like to see students get excited about knowing academic things. I also enjoy watching the matches and trying to challenge myself to answer the questions before the students do.”

 

Senior Josh Allen has been with the Scholastic Team since he was a freshman. He said,

 

“One of the cool things about Scholastic Bowl is that many of the things you’re asked about are subjects you learn about in school, like books you read in English or events you discuss in history,” said Allen

 

Sophomore Rebecca Pereless said she enjoys Scholastic Bowl because it’s laid back., almost like a study hall because there are questions about history and english.

 

“There’s only one practice a week, and they’re not very long, so students who are busy with other activities can still be an active member of the quiz bowl team,” said Pereles. “ It’s also a lot of fun to work with friends to answer the questions. Plus it also helps a lot with your classes. Also, everyone is friendly and shares your interests.

 

The team is losing three seniors this year and are hoping to recruit more students for the 2015-2016 year. Tyler said while it’s good to have members with knowledge on all sorts of things, the team also values players that know a lot about a particular topic.

 

“Over the years, I have found it much easier to get participants with knowledge in math and science areas, while finding it difficult to find students with knowledge about English, particularly literary works,” said Tyler.
Tyler has high expectations for next year. Even though the team is losing seniors, he’s had many students express interest. He said he wouldn’t be surprised to have a team at the top of the conference next year.

 

Tyler encourages students to give Scholastic Bowl a try. Practices start at the beginning of the school year so  you should come out and join the team.

 

“Some of our students have tremendous athletic gifts and we get the opportunity to cheer them on through sports.  Some of our students have amazing talent in music/singing.  We have opportunities where they can be cheered on as well.  Some of our students have the ability to create things artistically that I never even really thought high school students capable of.  We have opportunities to cheer those students on.  I feel like scholastic bowl is our opportunity to champion students who have talents in academics.  I like that,” said Tyler.
So if you’re looking for a place to use your knowledge as a talent and contribute to a successful team, give Scholastic Bowl a try next year.

 

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