Archive | September, 2015

Twin Tuesday Spirit Week 2015

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Seniors Shoot for the Stars

by Dalton Lafferty, Technology Manager

The class of 2016 is now in its last year here at Waynesboro High School. Although senior year is the year of lasts, it is also a time to reinvent oneself as life after high school approaches. There are many paths to choose from, ranging from college to the Army to the workforce. As seniors balance all the responsibilities and preparation that comes with facing life after high school, they also have to actually finish their last year of high school. Daniel Brooks says, in agreement with many seniors, “I kind of expected it to go a little slower so I could’ve enjoyed it.”

Brooks describes his last year at Waynesboro as bittersweet, because it is a year of lasts. Aug. 19th was his last first day; this season is his last season of Cross Country. Although faced with a series of lasts, Brooks doesn’t think this year is much different from the previous. In his freshman and sophomore years, he had more free time, but his senior and junior years have been pretty similar to each other in the way of rigor, except with the added pressure of college preparation. The University of Virginia is Brooks’ top choice school. He wishes to study Aerospace Engineering or Foreign Relations. Although Brooks has changed his mind about what he would like to do in the future, he doesn’t see himself switching paths in the coming years. Brooks has decided he is ready to graduate, but isn’t necessarily ready for the real world. However, he is excited to meet people who share similar interests.With that in mind, he does hope to keep in contact with his high school friends. Brooks hopes his life after high school has some flexibility to it. Brooks pushed one of his boundaries this year by running for an officer position in the National Honor Society, something he wouldn’t have imagined himself doing. Although he started pushing his limits, he does wish he took up wrestling, but isn’t too regretful about anything else in his life. Brooks states, “If I had done anything differently I wouldn’t be where I am now, taking these classes with these people, my friends.” He’s accomplished a lot during his high school career, but expects to do even more after he graduates and grows older.

Bethany Bibb, however, knows exactly what she wants to do after graduation. She plans to go straight into the army, and her ship date is June 20th, 2016. Originally, Bibb thought she wanted to go straight to college after graduation to study nursing. She still wants to be a nurse, but would rather go straight into the army after graduation. She wishes she slowed down during high school to take it all in. Like many, Bibb wished she became more involved and wouldn’t have “wished it all away like I have.” Although not entirely confident in her preparedness for the army because she doesn’t know what it will be like, she is “just preparing myself to stay in shape and serve my country.” Bibb agrees that life after graduation will be different, because she won’t be at home, in Virginia, or possibly even the country. “Leaving everyone behind for a total[lly] different life will be hard.”

Senior year can be difficult, but the possibilities after graduation are endless, so you never know where you might end up.

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Giants football hoping for a giant success

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Photo by Emily Perry. The Giants kickoff a new season

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Photo by Emily Perry. Quarterback DaJuan Moore prepares to snap the ball

By Avery Paiste, Reporter

How does it look for the Giants varsity football team this year? Will they do as well as last year? So far in the 2015 Giants Varsity football team is off to a two win, two loss start.

“They have been playing inconsistently,”  says offensive coordinator, Shawn Moran.

This is partially due to injuries. For example, starting quarterback, Chris Baker, didn’t play in the Friday, September 11th game against Stuarts Draft, because he was injured during the game against Staunton River. “It’s just another challenge” says Moran.

Head coach Derek McDaniel says, “We are doing great on defense”. With a shutout in the game against Wilson and multiple picks against Draft.

McDaniel says, “The giants are doing huge things on defense.” If the Giants keep up on the defensive front, they are expected to do well. McDaniel thinks the areas in which the giants could improve are, small penalties,and simple mistakes. A penalty such as a false start could allow the other team a chance to score.

Another area that McDaniel says the Varsity players need to work on is cutting out the small mistakes. A missed catch or missing a routine field goal could make or break a game.

“We work on things like that every day” says Moran.

“At the end of the day, us coaches don’t measure the success of our players in wins and losses, we just want everyone to do their job right.” The 2015 team may be the first group of starting players that are graduating together. Quarterback Chris Baker says “I plan to play at Old Dominion, JMU, or Appalachian State. ” Coming off of last years success the coaches hope for an exciting season. McDaniel says, “I just look forward to going out on the field every friday and seeing if everyone does what they’re supposed to.”

 

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Waiting for an Update

Students working in a computer lab at Waynesboro High School.

Students working in a computer lab at Waynesboro High School.

By  Kelley Conley, Classroom Manager

Waynesboro High School has had an influx of students in the past few school years. With an aging building and more students, things are starting to give way to wear and tear, especially the internet.

The high school had wireless access points installed throughout the building in 2008 so students and faculty could use the internet without having wires strung throughout the room. Each access point is able to connect fifty devices, and in 2008 that was enough. But now most students have cell phones and some connect to the internet as soon as they step into the building, taking away from teachers wireless laptops and netbooks making the connection very weak or not accessible at all.

Mr. Spees, who is the photography teacher has come across a few problems of his own. “I run my classroom using Google Drive, and the school didn’t know the wireless access point outside my room faded out completely until a few days before school started so I had to adjust a little.” Mr. Spees also said “That’s part of working with technology knowing it’s going to break down, but I think that it makes you appreciate it more when it does work.”

The school has money set aside to replace the wireless access points and other various technology problems, but the school must send in an E-rate to the Federal government showing that the internet is filtered for school appropriate sites, and available to all students to receive extra money to fix the problems. Once the approval from the Federal government comes through,  the access points will be replaced with new ones that can support more devices.

Students have had their frustrations with the internet along with teachers. Junior, Kathryn Johnson said “it’s a frustrating situation for everyone. Sometimes not being able to use the internet causes teachers to change their lessons plans.” Johnson went on to say  “Sometimes students aren’t able to finish all their work in class because things aren’t loading so they end up having extra homework, but it’s nice to know that the school is working to fix the problem.”

Senior, Maddie Allen, who goes to Governor’s School said “When school first started this year, the Governor’s School website was blocked at the high school and I wasn’t able to contact my teachers, or research things due to keywords being blocked. The high school did unblock it after a few days, but it was stressful since it was the beginning of the year.”

Waynesboro High School has a plan set in motion to fix the internet problem, Administrators sent the school’s E-Rating to the federal government, and now they are waiting to hear back. Once the rating comes back, hopefully new wireless access points will be installed to support more devices. With updated technology students and teachers will be able to use the internet in their classrooms and not have to work around loading pages.

 

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Spanish club fun under the trees

Mexican style piñata breaking is the first of many fun cultural events the Spanish Club will be doing this year. Participants were blindfolded, spun around several times, and cheered on by the other club members as they took swings at the piñata. Custom is for the piñata to be suspended from a tree or high object so that it is difficult to break.

Sra. Moore and Spanish Club members take a swing at breaking the pinata.

Sra. Moore and Spanish Club members take a swing at breaking the piñata.

Sra. Moore helps students switch up before taking another swing.

Sra. Moore helps students switch up before taking another swing.

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The group gets ready for a few more swings.

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So what’s the good news at WHS?

In an effort to showcase the GOOD that happens here at WHS, the journalism class is collecting examples of things that are happening here in the building and with our students and staff. Enjoy and feel free to comment below.
  • From Ms. Cupp: Jordan Bartley, a current WHS student, found over $200.00 in the hall. Despite classmates and friends telling him to keep it, he turned it into the office! Way to go Jordan!
  • Mrs. Dixon became a grandmother to a beautiful baby boy on September 11th. Congratulations!
  • Mrs. Musick is thankful to work with teachers, staff and administrators who are so supportive and encouraging.
  • From Mrs. Hellerman: Mr. Ford and Mr. Ramsey, from the WPS IT department, have set up most WHS computers to feature giantword.com on the browsers at launch. Teachers can now encourage students to check out GIANTWORD.COM, the student news website, for daily announcements, articles, and pictures while students are using the computer labs. Thanks for all your hard work!
  • Mr. Smith, WHS band director, is thankful for Mrs. Sensabaugh. The mass band star spangled banner would not have been possible without the help of Mrs. Sensabaugh! She was there for any and everything I needed Friday. Also a big thank you to Coach Mac for letting us add somthing to the pregame schedule. The band had a great time preforming with Riverheads and Kate Collins!
  • Mrs. Sati is extremely appreciative to all the students Eunice Kim, Do Hiep, Nina Quizado and teachers Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Laliberte, Mrs. Kim Wood, Mr. Hennel and Mr. Sati who made the NATIONAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE WEEK  feel international. Thank you again for sharing with Latin students your beautiful cultural and linguistic experience and thus made us taste the world! The peak of the week was the cultural exchange between ELL and Latin students. What a week!

  • Ms. Crawford: Kyha Williams competed in a written and skills test at Tech for CNA and won (she got a perfect score), now she’s competing at the state level for Health Occupational Students of America (HOSA).

  • Congratulations to Janelle Harris for making All-VA Band!

  • Several theater associated students worked to help move into the new Wayne Theater. Several of those have already signed up to be volunteers. Congratulations to those involved for being in on the ground floor of something new and exciting in Waynesboro!

  • The WHS yearbook staff has met all of its deadlines. Spring sports is the last section. It is an awesome yearbook! Great job, staff!Order your WHS 2016 yearbook today.  See Mrs. Teeter for details.

  • Ms. Carter: Several WHS students will be participating in the 27th Annual National African American Read-In  (“Read to Achieve”) being held on Sun., Feb. 21st at 3:00 p.m. at Wenonah Elementary School, 125 North Bayard Avenue.  Guest Speaker: Desi Williams, Miss Virginia 2016. Participants include: Morgan Cain, Angelica Blair, Shyheim Kersey, Nigel Stewart, Tre Woodson.  They will select a piece from an African American author or poet and present it for 3 minutes.  The public is invited.

 


  • Mrs. Werle: Is excited that the students have started up the ASL club again. Madison Rowe and Dalton Branch have stepped up to be the new officers and are stirring up excitement about the club!

Congratulations to Angelica Blair! She was recognized last night at the Waynesboro city council meeting as one of the recipients of the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Leadership Award. Way to go Angelica! #proud2bWHS

Congratulations to Angelica Blair! She was recognized last night at the Waynesboro city council meeting as one of the recipients of the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Leadership Award. Way to go Angelica!
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In addition the Sophomores raised more than $300 selling holiday messages. These will be delivered by Santa and his elves today at the very end of 2nd period and through Advisory. This is money that will be given to Aarin and his family - not used to buy the groceries. All of the groceries were brought by more than 50 different sophomores from the list I gave them and the perishables were purchased with money given by staff members.

Sophomores raised more than $300 selling holiday messages. These will be delivered by Santa and his elves to Aarin Moss and his family. In addition, students, faculty, and staff brought in groceries, including some of Aarin’s favorite foods. These items will help Aarin and his family throughout the holidays. Thanks to everyone who helped!

Aarin Moss stopped by on Dec. 15th to hang out with the Leadership class. They shared pizza, played Uno and had a good time catching up. #proud2bWHS

Aarin Moss stopped by on Dec. 15th to hang out with the Leadership class. They shared pizza, played Uno and had a good time catching up. #proud2bWHS

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Mr. Smith and Mrs. Sensabaugh played in the Stonewall Brigade Band Christmas Concert. They had a blast!

  • The senior class officers voted to to sponsor a child for the Salvation Army Angel Tree project.  Last night, we went shopping for our child and had a blast!
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Senior class officers shopping for Angel Tree

  •  Beta Club collected over 60 pounds of winter clothing that was donated to Salvation Army.
  • Latin students had a blast at Latin convention and won lots of awards!  Mrs. Sati has made the study of Latin so much fun and we are so lucky to have her here!!!
  • Senior Dylan McCauley interviewed with UTI yesterday. If he is chosen he will attend  school in North Carolina, for auto mechanics, then continue on with his professional career with NASCAR! WAY TO GO DYLAN!!!
  • Congratulations to WHS senior Jordan Miller, who signed a letter of intent for swimming at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Way to GO!
-Mrs. Musick: Students in computer application classes did an outstanding job learning about creating a positive digital footprint. They used a website called Tagxedo to create this awesome bulletin board!

-Mrs. Musick: Students in computer application classes did an outstanding job learning about creating a positive digital footprint. They used a website called Tagxedo to create this awesome bulletin board!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ms.Hellerman: I am so proud of Winter Jennings-Montgomery for stepping outside her comfort zone by doing advisory announcements and gathering lots of interviews for her latest article. Way to shine, Winter!

  • Mr.Hennel: I’m so glad I had the opportunity to spend a beautifully clear fall election day afternoon with Laura Freed, Wesley Seay, Chris Williams, Mrs Donna Johnson and my local grandsons Jack and Harry on the Outing Club’s 5 mile hike around the top of Humpback Mountain. What a fine group of young people!

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the view from the top of Humpback Mountain

the view from the top of Humpback Mountain

the view from the top of Humpback Mountain

the view from the top of Humpback Mountain


  • Ms.Truslow: I can’t begin to express my pride in the cast and crew of “Hairspray!” What a hard working, fun group of kids. Special thanks to lots of WHS grads for returning to help as well!

Mr. Wion: Those crazy kids you saw running all over town back in June have run all the way to the state finals in Cross Country.  Congratulations Waynesboro CC!

Mr. Wion: Those crazy kids you saw running all over town back in June have run all the way to the state finals in Cross Country.  Congratulations Waynesboro CC!

 

  • Mr.Wion: Cross Country Region West Championships 2015.  Waynesboro CC boys team State Qualifiers.  Individual qualifier Grace Brooks.

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  • Mr. Smith: At our marching competition, Mrs. Sensabaugh went out of her way to help us set up our equipment on the field. This was a huge help and made my life much easier.
  • Mrs. Truslow: The Hairspray cast has been working SO hard to get ready for opening night. A big thank you to all the cast and crew for giving it their all!
  • Mr. Teachey: A GIANT thank you to all the faculty, staff, volunteers, and students that helped make the 2015 Homecoming Dance a big success.
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On Oct. 21, 2015, the Little Giant Observatory was open for the first time this fall. LGO is always a good time with something new learned every time. Last nights highlight was the International Space Station illuminated by the sun, which was well below the horizon. Thanks Coach Cox!

Mrs. Gilbert shared this picture of Nerio Teran. This is Nerio at 7:45 this morning, working on yet, another scholarship. He has stayed in my room during 3rd lunch each day, staying after school and coming in early every morning for the last 2 weeks. Wish more students had his work ethic. Way to GO, Nerio!

Mrs. Gilbert shared this picture of Nerio Teran. This is Nerio at 7:45 this morning, working on yet, another scholarship. He has stayed in my room during 3rd lunch each day, staying after school and coming in early every morning for the last 2 weeks. Wish more students had his work ethic.
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  • The WHS student body raised over 5,000 cans in the food drive that took place during spirit week. All canned goods were sent to the Salvation Army Canned Food Drive.  This donation will help many families through this holiday sesason. #proud2bWHS
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Pictures from AP History and Language classes’ trip to Monticello. Mrs Loyacano, Mr Richards, and I took 34 students. The focus of the trip was the contradictions between Jefferson’s legacies of equality and slavery.

Pictures from AP History and Language classes' trip to Monticello. Mrs Loyacano, Mr Richards, and I took 34 students. The focus of the trip was the contradictions between Jefferson's legacies of equality and slavery.

Pictures from AP History and Language classes’ trip to Monticello. Mrs Loyacano, Mr Richards, and I took 34 students. The focus of the trip was the contradictions between Jefferson’s legacies of equality and slavery.


Mrs. Sherrill: This is a photo of French I students enjoying crepes a la fraise et nutella during class. Cooking and sharing French/francophone recipes at home or with class is one option for their Global Awareness Project. These are KCMS 8th grade students who have the opportunity to come to WHS daily for their French class.

Mrs. Sherrill: This is a photo of French I students enjoying crepes a la fraise et nutella during class. Cooking and sharing French/francophone recipes at home or with class is one option for their Global Awareness Project. These are KCMS 8th grade students who have the opportunity to come to WHS daily for their French class.


– A GIANT thank you to the parents who provided a lovely soup dinner for the faculty and staff on Oct. 12 for Parent/Teacher conference night. What a delicious treat!


– Elissa Loya, a WHS senior, has shown fantastic focus and determination in her English class. Her grades reflect her hard work and the pride she is taking in herself.

  • Mr. Wion: The Earth science classes have been busy conducting weather experiments and visiting JMU. On the JMU field trip, students placed a wind turbine on a school map, saw radar imaging reveal ancient caravan routes to a lost city, and watched the birth of our universe, solar system, and life itself on our planet.
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Students testing wind conditions on the WHS rooftop.

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Students testing wind conditions on the WHS rooftop.

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Students testing wind conditions on the WHS rooftop.

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Mr. Wion’s class experimenting at the bleachers.

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Mr. Wion’s class experimenting at the bleachers.

Preparing to blast past all of the planets in modified rocket chair at speeds over 100 times the speed of light if this were not to scale!

Solar System to scale Earth: Preparing to blast past all of the planets in modified rocket chair at speeds over 100 times the speed of light if this were not to scale!

– Mrs. Crawford: I am thankful for my substitute, Meghan Almarode Shifflett, and my student athletic training students (Nicole, Morgan, Lucy, Kyha, Taylor, Hannah, BreAnna, and Avery) for all they are doing while I’m on leave! Say hello to the newest member of my family.

  • Mr. Ryman: Many of our students participated in All County Choir all day on October 12th. The event took place at Lee High School and was conducted by Dr. Bryce Hayes from JMU. The kids performed beautifully and represented Waynesboro admirably the entire day.
  • Mrs. Loyacano: Caleb Martin was willing to come out in the hall with me when we heard a fight breaking out. He did not have to do that, but I am very appreciative.
  • Mr. Stamm: Teacher appreciation night at the volleyball game was great.  Ms. Valerio did a great job organizing it and the girls played a great match.
  • Mrs. Dixon: Mr. Bowyer, one of our new WHS Social Studies teachers, is so willing to work along with me in learning how to differentiate information for students with learning disabilities.  Hats off, Mr Bowyer!
  • Mrs. Hellerman is grateful for the entire giantword journalism staff. They did a fantastic job of documenting the Spirit Week festivities and last minute changes due to weather. They truly are GIANTS!
  • Dr. Barker: As of this moment, the AC in 213 A&B is working. Fixed yesterday – the first day of Fall.
  • Ms. Carter: The Interact club received a grant from Y Street for $2000 to focus on healthly lifestyles (child obesity) and deglamorizing tobacco products.  Projects will take place all year long and this grant will be a primary focus for Interact this year.
  • Mrs. Loyacano: The new teachers have successfully, awesomely made it through the first month of school . Yay! Lucy Paiste graciously sent home a ridiculously large Elsa balloon for my daughter…making her entire week/month.
  • Mr. Richards’ 1st and 4th Blocks have raised 183 items for the Battle for the Bundles of Hope Food/Care Items Drive!  Follow them on Twitter @bundlesofHope16.
  • Mrs. Werle: After almost 1 year of letter writing, petition signing, and getting our local political representatives involved, James Madison University has changed their acceptance policy regarding foreign language. Now 3 years of ASL satisfies JMU’s minimal entry requirements for a foreign language
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– Wish Mrs. Gauthier-Martin good luck on her roller derby team, Charlottesville Derby Dames, as they compete in the WFTDA Division I tournament this weekend in Jacksonville, Florida with my roller derby team, the Charlottesville Derby Dames. They’ve trained hard to become one of the top 40 teams internationally. Their first game of the weekend will be that Friday against Glasgow, Scotland.

  • Dr. Barker: The outpouring of help and concern during the recent ‘flooding’ incident has been greatly appreciated as is the heart-felt interest in the well-being of the Math department by our colleagues.
  • Mrs. Teeter is thankful to have Mrs. Carter in her English class. Mrs. Carter is bright, fun, helpful, energetic, and most of all, appreciated!
  • Ms. Gauthier-Martin  is headed to Jacksonville, Florida with her roller derby team, the Charlottesville Derby Dames, on Sept. 18th. The Derby Dames have trained hard to become one of the top 40 teams internationally and have qualified for the WFTDA Division I tournament.  Their first game will be tagainst a team from Glasgow, Scotland.
  • The WHS swim team is selling funnel cakes at every home football game!
  • Congratulations to the newly elected senior class officers: President:  Dominique Gray, Vice President:  Anna Fridley, Secretary:  Dalton Lafferty, Treasurer:  Bobby Carey
  • Mrs. Musick, CTE teacher: Dr. Barker’s room was flooded during the recent storm and Bobbie Gilbert stayed after school to clean it up and move computers so there was minimal damage. Mr. Stamm helped too.
  • Let it be known that Carol Coyner helped Matt Grandpre with a technology problem.
  • Mr. Smith, the WHS band director: The band’s going to be in new uniforms this Fri., Sept. 4th, 2015, for the first time in over 30 years! It’s somewhat old news, but still good.
  • Mr. Teachey, principal: Mrs. Blacka is becoming our office “tech” expert with the absence of Mr. Gates!  She created postcards to be mailed using PowerSchool and other resources without any help!
  • Mrs. Riggan, history teacher: I tried to donate a table to Ms. Cupp for her classroom, but before it could be delivered from the hallway outside my room, somebody sat on it and broke it. Mrs. Hulse’s technology class repaired it and delivered it to Ms. Cupp’s room today (less than a week after the “accident.”)  This is actually the second time Mrs. Hulse’s class has come to my rescue in this way.
  • Ms. Jones, assistant principal: Kenneth Joyner has been a great leader and helper during 3rd lunch.  He has always stepped in and assisted administration when asked without complaint.
  • Mrs. Teeter, English teacher: I am thankful to have Mrs. Carter in my English class. She is bright, fun, helpful, energetic, and most of all, appreciated.

 

 

 

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Meet the new Giantword.com staff

Becca Poole

Rebecca Poole may be in her last year of high school, but this is her first year on GiantWord. Poole chose to join the staff in order to stay in the loop on the happenings at Waynesboro High School. When Poole grows up she wants to be a cardiologist, and has wanted to for about a year now. She wants to become a cardiologist because the heart is vital to life, and she finds the work interesting. Poole does not have a role model saying “I don’t [need] a role model; look at me!” In her free time Poole likes to hang out with her friends. As far as extracurriculars, she runs Cross Country and sings in Concert Choir. Poole’s favorite part about Concert Choir is that it is  a diverse group of people that she wouldn’t otherwise meet. In ten years Poole wants to live by the beach, but not Virginia Beach. Poole has a love for seafood, which is one of the reasons she wants to live by the ocean. Her favorite type of seafood is the type she can crack open. Poole couldn’t pick a favorite subject, but claims history is her least favorite, because “we’re here now; why live in the past?”

By: Dalton Lafferty

Lauren Peyton (12)

Lauren Peyton is a senior at Waynesboro High School, and she is from Charlottesville, Virginia. She is a member of the Pep Club and Lyrical Ladies. She plans to attend Coastal Carolina University next fall to study Psychology.  Peyton’s most avid memory from her junior year is the week leading up the first playoff football game. She said “It was great the students, faculty, and administration came together leading up to the game. Once, Friday came school spirit skyrocketed, fan buses were being loaded, and local businesses advertised their support for the team.”  Her favorite subjects are history and english, with her favorite teacher being Mrs. Hellerman. In her free time she likes to watch football, her favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys and the Virginia Cavaliers. If she could travel anywhere in the world she would travel to Fiji.

By: Kelley Conley

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Dalton Lafferty is a senior at WHS, and currently attending Governor’s School for his second year. He’s also a member of National Honor’s Society. After being the secretary of NHS last year, he hopes to become the president of the club for his final year of high school. Lafferty is taking his second year of journalism because he finds journalism interesting within itself. After graduation, Lafferty plans on pursuing his dream career as a chef by attending Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, NC. He has already attended a camp there, and Johnson and Wales is his top pick for college. After majoring in Culinary Arts, Lafferty plans on becoming a chef at a gourmet restaurant until he is able to start a business of his own. Lafferty hopes to one day own his own gourmet restaurant in either Charlotte or Boston. “I’ve always wanted to be a chef”, Lafferty says, “I’ve never wanted to be anything else”.

By: Becca Poole

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Winter Jennings-Montgomery is a junior here at Waynesboro High school. Winter  plans to become an actress or author upon graduating high school, and has even toyed with the idea of becoming a crime scene investigator. Winter is very involved with the creative writing club and creative writing class taught at WHS by Mr.Mcnett.  Outside of school, Winter enjoys delving into the study of languages. She has most recently studied the Japanese language on her own time. She also enjoys writing and drawing in her free time.  When asked why she chose to take journalism she replied that a play inspired her to become an investigative journalist and that taking journalism class would put her one step closer to making that happen.

By: Emily Perry

Honoka Ando

Honoka is a senior here at Waynesboro High school. She recently moved here from Japan as a foreign exchange student with hopes to better her understanding of English and American education. In the next five to ten years, Honoka would like to attend a university or continue her education in some way. Honoka speaks primarily Japanese, but upon coming to American she is speaking more and more English. When asked what she’s most proud of she said her mother. She says her mother has had a huge impact on her and her decision to come to America. Back at home Honoka lives in a big city where she said there was little to no nature and occupied a very hot climate. She said she loves how Waynesboro is full of greenery and especially enjoys watching lightning bugs at dusk.

By: Emily Perry

Emily Perry (12)

Emily Perry is a Journalism II student with high hopes of going to college and becoming a physical therapist. In her free time she is an avid reader and loves listening to music and attending concerts. She is a hard worker because she is not only employed outside of school, but also, quite studious here at WHS.  Perry enjoys being involved in Pep Club, Photography Club, and volunteer work. She spends hours at both at Augusta Health and the local SPCA. She is most looking forward to working with the new journalism staff, and expanding her knowledge of photojournalism.

By: Lucy Paiste

Avery Paiste (9)

Meet Avery Paiste, a freshman at WHS who says, “Hard work and dedication are what pay off in the end.” He is a Journalism I student who is involved in Pep Club, Athletic Training, and Latin Club. Once he graduates, he aspires to go to University of North Carolina and major in Journalism. He takes pride in his ability to manage his time wisely and his strong work ethic. Outside of school, Paiste loves to golf and spend time with his family. His favorite golfer is Jason Day and one day Paiste wants to play golf at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. Paiste is looking forward to a fun-filled year as part of GiantWord staff.

By: Lucy Paiste

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Kelley Conley (12)

              Kelley Conley, a Senior at Waynesboro High School is a member of Passport Club, Pep Club, and Beta Club. In the past four years at WHS, Conley has traveled with the Passport club to China, Italy and are currently planning a trip in the spring, to Ecuador. Conley plans to go to University of Georgia after high school and study Sports Management. She also dreams of studying abroad in China. She has worked consistently all through-out high school. Her first job being at the local Newspaper writing articles for high school sports, to managing the local Fishburne Post-Grad Basketball team. She formerly worked at a coffee shop downtown Sweet Bean. Conley’s grandparents bought the same building months later and now Kelley works under their management in their new BBQ restaurant. Conley moved to Waynesboro from Allentown, PA. and loves being a student at WHS, her favorite subject is history because she feels that learning about past events and how they effect today is very interesting. Kelley also says if there were any place she could visit at this moment it would be Thailand.

By: Lauren Peyton

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