Archive | January, 2016

Whodunit? You Decide

 

Photo: Lindsey Walters, Miscellaneous Media Photography

Photo: Lindsey Walters, Miscellaneous Media Photography

By Lucy Paiste, Editor in Chief

Thursday, January 21 was opening night for the long awaited production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood  by playwright Rupert Holmes.  The theater students at Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School, in association with ShenanArts, in Staunton, Virginia, will be performing this energetic Victorian whodunit over the course of that weekend, due to the inhibiting weather.  

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a musical based on Charles Dickens’ last work before he died, him laying down his pen before revealing the conclusion of Drood’s death. For those who may not know anything about this show, Hailey White, a junior at WHS and SVGS, offers this explanation:

“The weird thing about this show is when you explain it to people, you don’t give a plot synopsis. We say that it is the unfinished novel of Charles Dickens, it’s a mystery novel, and the problem is Charles Dickens died before he finished it.”

This translates to a very interesting production onstage because about half way through the show, it ends, and the audience gets to vote on whichever ending they want to see.

“The show changes every night, it’s never the same,” White explains. “Anyone who is available to be voted on for certain roles that the audience chooses has to learn up to 3 or 4 different songs.”

The number of possible endings in this show is just one thing that makes it very different from anything else that WHS students have seen. With the choices of 7 possible murderers, 5 people who could be Dick Datchery and many different combinations of lovers, this show will never be the same any one night. White plays the part of Edwin Drood in this musical and Nathaniel Marion plays Reverend Crisparkle.

Nathaniel Marion, another junior at WHS and SVGS says “[Drood] is definitely a bit raunchier than anything Waynesboro has put on.”

The cast of this show auditioned for roles in late October of 2015 and have been working on the musical since then.

“We had independent rehearsal call until about January which is when it became pretty much an everyday thing,” says White about the amount of time that they have put into the show. The rescheduled showtimes are as follows: Jan. 29th and 30th at 7:00 p.m. and Jan. 31st at 3:00 p.m. 

Tickets are $10 for students under 18, $12 for senior citizens and college students, and $15 for adults. The performance is recommended for ages 13 and up. Tickets can be bought online at www.ShenanArts.org or at the door the day of the show.

“I am really proud of this cast and all of the work that we have put in,” said White, ‘especially since we all go to the Governor’s School at least some of the time for theater arts. Everyone is super duper dedicated.” Added White,  “I am very proud.”

 

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Update on: Aarin Moss

Aarin Moss is a sophomore at Waynesboro High School and has been battling health problems recently, and on Wed., Jan. 13th he underwent a double lung transplant surgery. Moss had a few scares at first with internal bleeding, but has returned home and has been progressing in his twice a week physical therapy.

Feel free to leave your own positive comments for Aarin and his family as we wish them the best.

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The Future of Men’s Varsity Basketball

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#24, Devante Robinson takes a shot. Photo by: Emily Perry

By: Avery Paiste, Reporter

Stepping out onto the court, being the youngest one out there, having to play at the same level as everyone else around you, these are just a few things #22, Zach Hatter has to do during the basketball season for our Men’s Varsity Basketball team.

“[The seniors] definitely make me better,” says Hatter, who has two more years left on the team. Next year the team will be losing both 80% of the starting lineup and the head coach.  

Zach Hatter, a WHS sophomore is in his second season on the WHS Varsity team. He is one of 5 non-seniors on the team, and the only one on the starting line-up.

Hatter said that he doesn’t feel pressure from being the only sophomore that starts at games.

“Because I was in the system last year, it’s not really any pressure to me [this year],” Hatter added.  “I feel like I’m doing pretty well and my teammates give me the ball and know how to help me out so the other team doesn’t really look down on me.”

In regards to next year, the team will have many losses to recover from.

“ [Next year] will be a rebuilding year for sure,” says Hatter. “We might have trouble at first, but we’ll see how things go with all of the new players coming up.”

So the 2016 team is trying to make the most of this year they have together. They have a record of 10 wins and 3 losses so far this season, with a winning streak of the last three games.

Devante Robinson, a senior, says, “If we play to our full potential, I think we can make it to states.”

Robinson says that the differences from last year’s team to this are their experience and bonds with each other.

“This year we have more of a friendship,” said Robinson. “Everyone’s just working for one goal, so it’s a whole lot better than last year.”

This season has been great for the Giants and with the support of the Waynesboro fanbase, the team is hopeful that they can make it all the way to the state tournament.

 “Next year’s gonna be a rebuilding process,” said Robinson, “but, after next year they [the team] should be back to where they normally should be.”

The future of the Giants is a promising one, and next year will be very different , but that’s nothing the team can’t handle. So let’s sit back and watch, because it’s going to be quite the season.

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Plaigarism, Cheating, Stealing

by Dalton Lafferty, Technology Manager

It takes an incredibly long time to create a published work. From a scholarly essay to photo galleries publishing those for the world to see is an amazing feeling. Being recognized for your hard work is an indescribable, but with technology advancing it is easier than ever to copy someone’s work and make it seem like it’s your own.Technology is playing an increasingly large role in daily life. From posting on various social medias to getting instant news updates, technology is changing how society functions. Although great, technology does have its drawbacks, one of which directly involving students. More and more students are utilizing technology to cheating the classroom, and making the distinction between what is right and what is wrong is becoming more difficult.

Cheating can happen any number of ways. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines cheating as “practic[ing] fraud or trickery.” Basically, cheating is taking something that isn’t yours and using it like or saying it’s yours.

Mrs. Riggan, faculty adviser to the Honor Council, a student organization that discusses cheating and the consequences thereof within the school, says “I doubt there is a teacher who hasn’t had any cheating incidents.” This sad yet true statement is a testament to the ease of cheating in today’s time. “[Technology] makes it easier to cheat but also easier to catch, usually,” Riggan says. If a student plagiarized information from an online source, it is just as easy for a teacher to find the same information online. Students, however, are having a harder time finding where the line is between plagiarizing and taking advantage of accessible information. The internet is full of vast amounts of information, so stealing information “is less ‘personal,’ which may make it easier psychologically for some students to do as well,” says Riggan. Teachers also have a difficult job in determining the consequences for cheating. Riggan says there are many factors to consider, such as “to what degree was it intentional? Was it the first time? Maybe it shouldn’t matter, but I also tend to consider whether it was a consequential assignment or test or whether or not the student is remorseful?” Although cheating digitally is easy to do, it and traditional cheating should be viewed as the same action. If students don’t see them as one and the same, “I think they are fooling themselves,” Riggan says.

There is a vast amount of information readily available for students online. Responsibly using this information will ensure not only make work is credible, but that you are a credible student. Be sure you give proper credit where credit is due, and do not cheat, because the consequences far outweigh anything that could be gained. There are tools online to help give proper credit, such as EasyBib and the app RefMe. Take advantage of both the information and tools available to give credit to those who deserve it.

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