Archive | April, 2015

Sweet Day Cafe

Teachers, you are invited to stop by The Sweet Day Cafe, located in room 123, on Friday, May 1st from 9-11

The Grand Opening of Sweet Day Cafe on Friday, April 24, 2915.

The Grand Opening of Sweet Day Cafe on Friday, April 24, 2915. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Ford.

am.  We will be serving strussel muffins, carrot cake muffins, Oreo bars, chocolate dipped pretzels, brownies and banana bars, bananas and cheese sticks, coffee, hot tea, lemonade and bottled water. Items range in price from $1 to 50 cents.

Teachers are welcome to bring their classes, but an email ahead of time would be helpful. Hope you can come down and see us!

WHS staff…. If you don’t have a 1st or 2nd block planning and would like “room service”, just send us an e-mail llunger@waynesboro.k12.va.us.

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A lesson hard learned

Skinner talking about his accident to students.

Emily Kratzer, Classroom Manager of Giantword.com
For the News Virginian

“I should be dead.” At one point, that’s how Chris Skinner felt, after seeing x-rays of the car crash he was involved in. The Radford native went from an athletic college student to a near quadriplegic after a near-fatal automobile accident after a night of heavy drinking with fraternity brothers while in college.
The recent accident that claimed the lives of 44-year-old Waynesboro resident Sandra Martin and her 12-year-old daughter, Haylee Martin showed the cruel outcomes made possible by drunk drivers and their disregard for safety, especially of others. Kenneth Barber of Crozet was charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter for his role in the accident on April 20, which police said included running a red light before slamming into the Martins.
On Tuesday morning, students at Waynesboro High School got to hear what drinking and driving can do from a survivor’s perspective, as Skinner shared his story.
“Each and every one of our choices mold who we are today, and ultimately molds who we are going to become in the future,” Skinner told the students. “Each and every one of our choices can and will make a lasting impact on our lives forever.”
After the event, he shared more about his faith, his motivation and how he’s working to recover.
Skinner has been reaching out to high school students for 14 years, managing to speak to over a million students.
“It’s so rewarding, I can’t tell you enough. It ‘s a good life but it’s also a struggle to be confined to a chair and to live like a paralyzed guy,” Skinner said. “But I don’t feel like that guy. I feel like Chris. But every now and then you come to a curb cut that you can’t get over or people who are ignorant, they remind you of your position and being in the chair.”
Even after his accident, Skinner returned to abusing drugs and alcohol for another two years. One night while out with a group, he realized that he had to quit.
“I was out one night and some dude poured a bottle of vodka over my head, he was pissed off and I was drenched in vodka. I remember some guy came up to me and said, ‘you alright Skinner?’ When I looked up at him, he said ‘maybe you should go home’ and I was like yeah I should. I supposedly thought those people were my friends. The thing was, I had to get to a very low point when it came to friendship and love.”
A drive to improve
After becoming a Christian in 2001, Christ became his motivation and slowly but surely, he started to regain some movement in his arms.
“I couldn’t move either arm and then all of a sudden I got a flicker in my left arm and I got to a point where I would flip my arm over,” Skinner said. “My mom would flip it back and I would flip it over again and we just kept going at it. I went to Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center and wanted to see my x-rays from the accident. My doctor said they were one of the five worst they’ve seen. That moment cemented in my heart how grateful I am to be alive. When I saw that my head was literally like I was beheaded I was like, I’m so thankful to be alive, I need to start focusing on my life, I should be dead.”
One thing Skinner didn’t give up on after his accident was surfing. When he was younger he surfed so he knew he wanted to get back out there riding the waves.
“I’m sponsored by a surf company, which is crazy because when I surfed when I was younger I couldn’t get anyone to sponsor me,” Skinner said. “But he bought me this board and I wear a watch, when I push a button on it the motors come on in the board and I’m able to go out and catch a wave. I wear this life vest that theoretically will float me up if I fall so that I’m on my back. We get a certain amount of people in shallow, mid level, and deep levels of the water so that if I crash people are there to lift me up.”
Skinner also speaks highly about his son and daughter, saying that they light a fire in him and that they’re his everything.
“I feel like this was influential and beneficial,” said Waynesboro High history teacher Leonard Richards. “It’s good for students to hear that they aren’t entitled to anything, life could change in an instant.”
Other students and staff agreed that it was an important thing to hear.
“I can relate because there was a time where I went to bed not knowing if I was going to wake up,” said senior Camden Jarvis. “He said to live everyday like it was your last and that’s the truth.”
“You really can’t drink and drive, it can hurt you and so many others,” said junior Savannah Dobb.
“I thought it was very moving,” said Waynesboro High assistant principal Kendra Jones. “It reached a lot of people regardless if you’re a junior, senior, or even an adult. Anybody could learn something. “

A special thanks to the Office on Youth and the Students Against Destructive Decisions for sponsoring the event.
Becca Spencer, Sara Eldredge and Grace Dyer all contributed to this article

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Sweet Day Cafe Grand Opening

Students, faculty and staff stopped by Mrs. Lunger’s class to visit Sweet Day Cafe for delicious goodies prepared by the class.

The Grand Opening of Sweet Day Cafe on Friday, April 24, 2915.

The Grand Opening of Sweet Day Cafe on Friday, April 24, 2915. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Ford.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You definitely want to stop in and buy something and enjoy the ambiance,” said WHS science teacher Ms. Meade. “The kids are working so hard and are so proud!”

 

Sweet Day Cafe workers and customers at the Grand Opening on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Sweet Day Cafe workers and customers at the Grand Opening on Friday, April 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Ford.

The Sweet Day Cafe had a good customer turn-out today. It was definitely the place to be!

 

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A Sweet Tradition Carries On

When people pull up at Willy’s ice cream on a hot summer day it is almost guaranteed they will see a familiar face and meet a friendly worker to get their ice cream.

William “Willy” McClung, the founder of Willy’s Ice Cream passed away on April 5, but his spirit lives on in the minds of Waynesboro students, especially his granddaughter, Madison Allen.

“I’ve never met a person who didn’t like him,” said Allen. “He would do anything for anybody. He was my best friend.”

McClung, who started the business in 1995, was active in the community. He hosted many fundraisers for WHS sports teams and was a big supporter of the Boys and Girls Club, and he is remembered as a very caring person.

Abbey Lee, who used to attend WHS and is currently a student at Longwood University, has worked at Willy’s for three years. She says she will always remember the day she was hired because McClung greeted her with a joyous “Welcome to the Willy’s family”

“Every evening we have to turn the lights on at Willy’s when it starts to get dark and Willy would call at about two in the afternoon with the sun shining to tell us to cut our lights on even though it wasn’t dark,” said fellow employee Taylor Lloyd, a WHS senior. “We’d do anything to hear that again.” Lloyd has worked at WIlly’s since she was a freshman.

McClung got his idea for Willy’s from Pack’s Frozen Custard, an ice cream stand in Winchester, Virginia. The original Willy’s was much smaller than the one we see today on West Main street; it was just a trailer.

“The business quickly grew so he had Willy’s built. It was brought in on a tractor trailer and lifted by a crane into place.” said McClung’s daughter Carrie McClung Allen, who took over the business four years ago.

“My dad would come into Willy’s, make himself a cup of ice cream, grab a stool, sit down, and we would just talk about life!” said Allen. “I just want to say it is an honor and a privilege to carry on the family business that my father started 20 years ago. I will strive to make the business grow and continue to make him proud.”

While William McClung has passed, it is clear that he lives on in the minds of employees. During his time in Waynesboro, he touched the lives of many people through both his business and his community work, and it is clear that his daughter and her employees will look to maintain the traditions Mr. McClung established in Waynesboro during his lifetime.

 

IMG_4366“Willy” getting his daily cup of ice cream. Picture by: Carrie McClung Allen

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Success in Forensics 2014-2015

By Emily Kratzer, Classroom Manager of giantword.com

 

The 2014-2015 WHS Forensics team (part of it) at the States after awards.

The 2014-2015 WHS Forensics team (part of it) at the States after awards.

A more accurate picture after states.

A more accurate picture after states.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Success is something that many students strive for, and this year, the WHS Forensics team has succeeded past regionals and all the way to states. The early mornings and long days have paid off for the 2014-2015 team. The team had seven members move on to states this year: Carly Edwards, Marie Gilbert, Robin Cooter, Hailey White, Nathaniel Marion, Jayna Jean-Jules, and Rebekah Martin. The team was recognized Tuesday, April 13th by the school board for their excellent season.

Saturday, March 28th, the vans loaded up around 6 am with the state bound members plus Emma Parolisi (12) and Olive Piper (11) who went along for support. After a pit stop at Sheetz, a tradition for the team, the real competition began. A long day and 3 rounds later, 4 members were officially state champions. Robin Cooter, junior, placed 1st in Humorous Interpretation, where a students picks a funny piece to perform the judges. Marie Gilbert placed 2nd in Humorous Interpretation. Hailey White and Nathaniel Marion placed 1st in Humorous Duo, where two students pick a funny piece to perform together for judges.

Nathaniel and Hailey with the poster telling them they've made it to finals.

Nathaniel and Hailey with the poster telling them they’ve made it to finals.

Marie and Robin with the poster telling they've made it on to finals.

Marie and Robin with the poster telling they’ve made it on to finals.

Waiting hear what they placed in the state meet.

Waiting hear what they placed in the state meet. (Humorous Interpretation)

Waiting to hear what they placed in the state meet.

Waiting to hear what they placed in the state meet. (Humorous Duo)

Nathanial and Hailey's reactions to placing first place in the state meet.

Nathanial and Hailey’s reactions to placing first place in the state meet.

Even though the whole team didn’t get to compete at all the meets this season, support from fellow teammates was incredible. Team members Parolisi and Piper accompanied the team to the state meet, to lend their support and cheer on the team in each round. Parolisi is the team’s main photographer, so she spends meet days taking pictures. Piper helps team members practice before rounds, offering her own criticism on how to improve their performances.

“I was so grateful that we had to take two vans because that meant that several non-competing team members could come for support.,” said Coach Widener. “One of the coaches from another school hunted me down to tell me how wonderful the team is. He knows our competition code (how teams are broken down for rounds, each competition has a code they are identified with) because he said the competitors and the team in general were always well prepared, respectful, and fun.”

Overall, the team had a great season that increased the teams bond and performance level. By watching each other practice, members were able to offer criticism from a variety of perspectives. Some team members prefer to not to practice with the coach,  instead practicing with other team members, allowing them to get criticism from fellow team members without being more nervous in front of the coach. Also, by spending more than 12 hours together on meet days, the team has the chance to get to know each other and bond as a team.

“This season was the best season yet,” said junior Catie Freeman. “It’s so great to see all of our team members grow and become better at what they’re doing!”

“This was the most successful season the team has had since I joined,” said Piper. “We were able to do it because this year we really watched each other and helped each other perform better.”

“This season has been a strange one, but looking back I’m not surprised at our success,” said Widener. “It was obvious that the team worked very hard, just not always with me. I want my team to remember that success in Forensics isn’t always about the team, how they work together, or how much they practice. It’s about picking your pieces, making them personal, and getting good judges. This season we had all three. Here’s to hoping next year will be just as good!”

 

The team at a meet at Fluvanna earlier this year.

The team at a meet at Fluvanna earlier this year.

Coach Widener with Catie Freeman and Emily Kratzer at one of the home meets earlier in the year.

Coach Widener with Catie Freeman and Emily Kratzer at one of the home meets earlier in the year.

 

All pictures belong to the WHS Forensics Team.

 

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Applications being accepted for giantword.com Editor In Chief 2015-16

The staff of giantword.com is looking for individuals interested in applying for editorial positions for the 2015-16 school year. Only students who plan to take journalism next year should apply. Qualified candidates should complete the application, required personal responses, and recomendations from teachers.

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Applications are due by 3:20pm on Friday, May 15th. A panel will select the editorial staff positions and applicants will be notified of the outcome prior to the end of this school year. Please email Mrs. Hellerman lhellerman@waynesboro.k12.va.us or see Jillian Dudley, the current giantword.com EIC, if you have any questions.

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National World Language Week

By Emily Kratzer, Classroom Manager of giantword.com

Through the week leading up to spring break, the Foreign Language department has been celebrating National World Language Week. Ms. Sati, the Latin teacher here at WHS, believes that NWLW is very important for high school students to recognize.

“I believe it is very important to recognize the World Language Week,  as a tribute to our diversity as people. We are not isolated, we live in world which is getting smaller, and smaller,more competitive, and we need to understand each other, our cultures, our beliefs and languages. Our students should be ready to relate to those from other cultures. The languages taught at WHS, as ASL, French, Latin and Spanish are all helping us to build bridges, connections with people from respective cultures. Recognizing the World Languages Week we recognize the importance of foreign languages in this community!”

Ms. GM also added, “I believe World Language Week is important because it gives the school an opportunity to recognize and celebrate its cultural diversity. Further, studying another language requires an incredible amount of critical thinking and self discipline while broadening student’s awareness of international geography, news and family life.  I am grateful Waynesboro High School can offer these skills and opportunities to its students and look forward to the future when additional languages are consistently incorporated into the fabric of public education from K to 12.”

On Thursday, March 26th, Ms. Sati’s 1st block had an international food breakfast and show and tell. Students had the opportunity to share poems and songs in different languages including Geman, Latin, Hebrew, Spanish, and Japanese.

Student Winter Jennings- Montgomery sharing her name written in Japanese.

Student Winter Jennings- Montgomery sharing her name written in Japanese.

Ms. Sati and several students posing in their international attire.

Ms. Sati and several students posing in their international attire.

Each year, the Foreign Language Department has a goal. This year the goal was Global Awareness.

“One of the strands for the updated Virginia SOL for World Languages is ‘Interacting in School and Global Communities.’ Students should explore situations in which to use World Languages: skills and cultural knowledge beyond the classroom setting for recreational, educational and occupational purposes. This is the 21st century skill that the teachers of the World Language Department here at WHS have chosen to work on with our students this year. Activities during World Language week and also at the World Language Fair (Thursday March 26th is one way that we are doing this,” said Ms. Sherril, French teacher here at WHS.

The whole school has gotten involved for this exciting week. The cafeteria was serving up international dishes Tuesday through Thursday. Students were also invited to dress up on Wednesday. There was also a poster contest for students to participate in.

The World Language fain included posters made by students, different tables of displays and activities, and also international foods to sample.

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Ms. Sapp, Angelica Blair, and Ms. Werle

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Ms. GM and students setting up posters for the fair.

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Emma Bryan and Adara Bacheller setting up a table.

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Danna Gallego-Garcia

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Noe Garcia-Corona making tortillas.

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Noe Garcia-Corona

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Students and teachers looking at the Mardi Gras table.

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Several students looking through the activities at the fair.

Several students shared why they think taking a Foreign Language is important.

“If you’re ever traveling  in another country you can understand and communicate with those around you,” said Cameron Bennett.

Libby Wainwright mentioned that it could open the door to job opportunities.

Dalton Branch said that National Language Week is important because “students get to experience what other countries are like.”

When asked about why they enjoy taking a Foreign Language, Bert Brumfield said he’s looking forward to achieving the advanced diploma and being able to use Spanish in the future.

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