Archive | March, 2018

Student Spotlight: Blake Durrett

Q: What grade are you in?

A: 12th grade, so I am a Senior.

Q: What is your favorite class you’ve taken at WHS? Why?

Blake Durrett

Picture provided by: Blake Durrett

A: Ms Donnelley [because] “I was able to bake food and then eat it.”

Q: Which teacher means the most to you and what do they do to encourage you?

A: Ms Coyner [because] she helps me and talks to me about classwork and explains stuff to me easier.

Q: I heard you wrestle on the WHS team. Are you on varsity? How long have you been wrestling for? What’s your greatest accomplishment–or what are you most proud of–in wrestling?

A:  Yes, I am on Varsity. I’ve been doing wrestling for 2 years. I made it to States, which is huge. I was thinking about not doing it this year, but I am glad I did.

Q:  How many wins do you have? What’s the most challenging thing about wrestling? 

A: Last year I had 20 wins and 12 loses; this year I’ve had 31 wins and 11 loses. [The most challenging thing about wrestling is it] takes mental toughness.

Q: I believe you are a lifeguard.  Where? Do you have any other jobs?
A: I am a lifeguard at the Y and Ridge View Park. I do childcare at the Y as well.

Q: Some teachers think you would be a good sales person. What personality traits do you have that you think would be helpful for a career in sales? What career do you think would be a good fit for you?
A: I am a friendly person, and I love to talk. I think I have good people skills. I don’t want to go to college. Instead, I want to be in the Coast Guard.

Q: How would your friends describe you? What makes you a good friend?
A: Trustworthy and funny.

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Flu season: more like “ew” season

By: Alyssa Kerrigan

Across the United States, the influenza virus is spreading like wildfire, engulfing the country in one of the most violent flu seasons in nearly a decade. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “ILI [influenza-like-illness] dropped from 7.4% last week to 6.4%, but remains higher than the peak of flu activity observed during many seasons.” With alarming flu activity statistics all over the news, concern arises for families living in our community, as well as here at Waynesboro High School.

Amy Gibson, the nurse at WHS, confirmed that there have been at least “thirty [cases of the flu] that have been recorded.” With all the sickness going around, Gibson shares some of the most commonly seen symptoms of the flu at school.

“I’ve heard a lot of headaches, being dizzy, definitely a fever, general cold symptoms, mainly,” said Gibson, “some of them neck pain, like I said headaches and dizziness are some new ones that are very severe this year.”

Of the flu cases in Waynesboro, teachers are included. The photography teacher at WHS, Joshua Spees, recounts his personal experience with the flu. When first noticing symptoms, Spees said he was “tired, kind of achey, and I had the chills. Like definite chills, like shaking, cold, even though I was dressed in five layers.” Spees’ symptoms lasted for about a week, although following the flu he was sick on and off. He experienced an upset stomach and mild cold symptoms in the weeks after his bout with the flu.

In addition to the days he had to stay home from work, Spees said that as far as student absences, “there were at least 10-20% of every class gone every day, and kids were gone for over a week at a time. And it’s extended absences, which kill you in terms of school, it’s hard to rebound from that.”

Despite the large number of absences, Nurse Gibson said that in order to prevent further spread of flu bacteria, it is wise to make sure you are completely well before returning to school. “I think it greatly impacts when people come back before they’re well; they say if you’re running a fever, you should definitely not be at school” said Gibson. When students are contagious, the flu can easily be spread by way of  “coughing, mainly, people coughing in the air…other people breathing it in,” Gibson said, “and touching door handles and things like that.” Gibson’s advice for flu prevention is to wash your hands constantly, cover your mouth when you cough, and if you have had a fever in the last 24 hours, do not come to school.

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New Year, New Opportunities

By: Destiny Lam

WHS students from soon-to-be freshmen to advancing seniors are choosing their classes for the next school year. Among the usual core classes, WHS is introducing a few new classes for students. Among these options are the following: World Cuisine, to be taught by Mrs. Sherrill and Greco-Roman Mythology to be taught by Mrs. Sati.

For students interested in cultures all over the world and the history of said cultures, World Cuisine may be a good fit. In Mrs.Sherrill’s words, World Cuisine class’ curriculum is focused on “food around the world with  an emphasis on geography and natural resources depending on the climate and economics.”

Students interested in taking World Cuisine should be prepared for a class based on academic reading, demonstrations and interactive participation with peers. Sherrill hopes that her students will take her lessons and use them in their everyday life. “Like a good quilt, they’re going to pull in cooking things from different parts of the world that they might want to incorporate into their own foods with their families or as they become young adults,” said Sherrill.

If you would like to “come away with a greater understanding of world geography, the idea of the sustainable foods within a community and how important that is,” Mrs.Sherrill’s World Cuisine class would be a great fit for you.

Speaking of cultures, Mrs. Sati’s Greco-Roman mythology is the perfect class for students interested in learning about Greco-Roman myths and their correlation to our modern society. “Greco-Roman mythology actually provides not only knowledge of culture-Greek and Roman culture, but it actually prepares them for understanding the world,” said Sati.

Sati also hopes to “help [students] understand today’s society by digging in the past.” Not only will students be immersed into the stories of Greco-Roman culture, but they will also learn material from a broad range of subjects such as astronomy, science, and history.

If you are a student with an open mind that is willing to understand and accept different cultures and if you are willing to participate in reading and discussion assignments, then this class may be a good fit for you.

If any of these classes interest you, see your guidance counselor today and ask them about the availability of these classes.

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