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Meet Cheyenna Pirkey

By Peyton McNorton

Cheyenna poses with her camera for her staff bio

Cheyenna poses with her camera for her staff bio.

Cheyenna Pirkey is a junior at Waynesboro High School and this is her first year taking journalism. She also plans on taking journalism II and III. She enjoys working with animals, watching Netflix (Hart of Dixie is one of her favorites!), and also loves to argue. Cheyenna has her own business called Pirkey’s Pixels. “Pirkey’s Pixels is a business where I take portraits, anywhere from family, to wedding, to senior portraits. What I’m hoping for is to get more customers and clients, and maybe take more senior portraits. My purpose is to provide service to people that can’t afford a professional photographer,” said Cheyenna. You can find her business page on Facebook. She also participates in Waynesboro High School FCA, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Students have a light snack, meet every Thursday morning at 7:30, lead a devotional, and participate in team building activities such as the human knot. Students are able to reach out to the community. She is pleased to take journalism this year! 

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Freshman Reporter Peyton McNorton

By: Cheyenna Pirkey

Peyton McNorton poses for a silly staff bio picture.

Peyton McNorton poses for a silly staff bio picture.

Peyton McNorton is a freshman reporter for WHS journalism. In her free time, she enjoys writing fan fiction while listening to the newest pop and hip hop beats. At the same time, she is excited to be on the WHS varsity swim team! Overall, she has been involved in swimming competitions for seven years and has won 25 ribbons. Her future plans include going to college to become a veterinarian, taking trips to European countries, and tying the knot through marriage. “I want to travel to get to see what type of cultures, lifestyles, and foods other countries have,” said Peyton. She is also considering attending Blue Ridge for two years and transferring to a university. She is excited to be a part of WHS journalism this semester!

 

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The Real Vic Sansing Staff Bio

By, Malaysia Woodson
Victor Staff Bio 3

Photo by: Shauna Wilson

Vic displaying his funny and charismatic side

     “Charismatic, funny, and sufficient,” are three words that 10th grader, Vic Sansing, uses to sum himself up. He said he loves to make everyone laugh, and while not always academically, he has plenty of common sense. Something that is very important to Vic is fairness. He believes everyone should be treated equally.  In his eyes, he is a mostly privileged person and is thankful for this. Vic thinks one of his purposes in this life is to make people happy and comfortable. “Togetherness, getting along, and helping each other is important,” he said. Vic made it clear he can be misunderstood at times and wants people to know he may come off as standoffish, but everything is not what it seems. He says he likes most people and is always willing to talk. He  holds his family and friends close to him. Especially his best friend Rock. Vic describes Rock as a free spirit, whose adventurous nature inspires him. Their friendship has been strong since 7th grade. Vic is also driven by the death of his grandfather in 2014. Even through the pain, Vic says he continues to push on and be strong for him. A favorite activity of Vic’s is hiking because he feels more peaceful and in tune with the natural world around him. After high school he plans to go to an in-state school, like UVA, to become a cardiovascular surgeon. He works hard to achieve his goals and is currently taking AP classes. One thing Victor is very proud of is getting to participate in the MozFest Youth Zone. He will go on a trip to London soon to be further involved.

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Meet Lily Madeline Ockerman

By June Johnson

Lily Madeline Ockerman is a new journalism student who is in ninth grade. After moving from Michigan to North Carolina at age four, she came to Kate Collins Middle School in eighth grade, at age thirteen. “Moving is easier when you’re younger because you haven’t made many close friends,” she explained. Lily is taking journalism because she believes it will improve her writing skills. She is also interested in the photography and graphic design aspects of the class. Lily also takes honors classes, such as geometry. She thinks they’re  beneficial for students because they’re more involved. Lily likes to read and draw, and take pictures.

Photo by June Johnson Lily demonstrates one of her hobbies- photography. She’s been interested in the activity since she was young, and got her first camera of her own on her fourteenth birthday. Although she didn't make it into photography class, she enjoys it on her own time and is considering entering competitions.

Photo by June Johnson
Lily demonstrates one of her hobbies- photography. She’s been interested in the activity since she was young, and got her first camera of her own on her fourteenth birthday. Although she didn’t make it into photography class, she enjoys it on her own time and is considering entering competitions.

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Getting to know June

By Lily Ockerman

Elliott June Johnson is a 9th grader at Waynesboro High School. June enjoys eating sushi, playing the drums, and listening to “Out loud” by Gabbie Hanna. June describes herself as quiet, short, and hardworking. What June looks forward to the most at WHS is “marching band, because you can meet people with the same interests.” June is a percussionist in the band, and she can also play guitar, piano, and mandolin. Along with marching band, June loves skiing and frequently skis with her father. When June was 9, she fell off a ski lift because she was too short for the lift chair. June also loves coffee, so you can see her drinking Starbucks on a daily basis. June enjoys her classes, and is looking forward to a great year.

Photo by Lily Ockerman June enjoys photography. “Thats one reason I like photography,” she said. “I don't usually have to be in the pictures.”

Photo by Lily Ockerman
June enjoys photography. “Thats one reason I like photography,” she said. “I don’t usually have to be in the pictures.”

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Chiara Thacker Staff Bio

Chiara Thacker is a freshman taking Journalism 1. She enjoys taking, and when she’s done, she likes to go home to sleep in her bed. It doesn’t matter what time of day, Chiara loves to sleep. Sleeping is her favorite activity, as well as laying down and enjoying the comfort of her bed. She likes to sleep during the summer time too. What better place to have a good time than having a good dream. When she’s not sleeping, Chiara loves eating strawberries and watching Netflix. Her favorite shows include “One Day At A Time,” “Shameless” and “Stranger Things.” Her favorite food is the fries from Applebee’s with ketchup on the side. When Chiara is not sleeping she likes to play with her dog Maggie. She also enjoys long walks on the beach with a cold Diet Pepsi in her hand.

Chiara Thacker snoozing on her pillow because she loves to sleep. Photo by: Shauna Wilson

Chiara Thacker snoozing on her pillow because she loves to sleep. Photo by: Shauna Wilson

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Announcements August 20-24, 2018

Hello Giants! Here’s what is going on at WHS:

General:

  • Congratulations to the newly elected Senior Class Officers!
    President: Nejzaria Howard
    Vice President: Tate Snyder
  • ATTENTION SENIORS: Just a reminder about Senior portraits this week. Please note there is a $20 sitting fee that Gentry will collect when you come to have your portrait taken. Girls wear something that will be easy to tuck under your drape. Guys, tuxes are provided for you. Also, another sign-up day has been added on Thursday, August 30 if you have not yet signed up and would like to have your portrait taken. This is your last time to be in the yearbook so sign up today!!

  • Yearbooks are on sale! They can be ordered online at Herff-Jones and a special is being offered through the end of August. If you order online before Friday, August 31st,  you will receive a free nameplate on your yearbook. The cost is $65. See Mrs. Musick in room 255 for questions or to help you place your order. Remember, yearbooks last forever so order yours today!
  • Juniors interested in being involved with the Junior Class Council should meet in Room 204 at 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21st.  If you have questions, please contact Ms. Zirkle at tzirkle@waynesboro.k12.va.us or place a message in her mailbox in the office.
  • ATTENTION SENIORS: Gentry will be here Thursday, August 23rd and Friday, August 24th for Senior Pictures. Sign up sheets are in the office. If you were not at the Senior Meeting and need a form to vote for senior superlatives, please see Mrs. Roper in the office. They are due back to Mrs. Musick room 255 by Wednesday, September 5th.
  • WHS Blood Drive will be held on Wednesday, August 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you are 16 or 17 years old you must have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian. If you are interested, please sign up in the Athletic Office.
  • ATTENTION UNDERCLASSMAN: Picture retakes will be on Friday, September 28th

Clubs:

  • Key club will have its first meeting this year on Tuesday, August 21st, at 3.20 in Mrs. Sati’s room.
    All current members and anyone interested are invited to attend! Thanks!
  • For the 1st time this year this coming Tuesday, August 21st at 3:30 in Mr. McNett’s room–335. Everyone with an interest in writing is welcome. The more the merrier!
  •  There will be an Interact Club meeting on Wednesday, August 22nd at 3:30 in room 140 (Consumer science room).  New members are invited.  If you need additional information, please see Ms. Carter. Interact will be sending cards to military families.  If you have a family member you would like for us to send cards to let us know their address.
     
     

Counseling:

Sports:

  • Ultimate Disc Tournament Registration is Open: Field Day is Friday, September 14. Captains, Flick that Flatball, see the info outside the cafeteria, and get your Ultimate disc team roster sheets from Mr. Wion room 343.

Weekly Sports Calendar

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
TIME EVENT DETAILS
4:30pm Golf: Girls Varsity Match vs. Spotswood

4:30pm Golf: Boys Varsity Match vs. Spotswood

5:30pm Volleyball: Girls JV Game




vs. Wilson Memorial

 @ Wilson Memorial High School
7:00pm Volleyball: Girls Varsity Game




vs. Wilson Memorial

 @ Wilson Memorial High School
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
TIME EVENT DETAILS
5:00pm Cross Country: Girls Varsity Scrimmage vs. Wilson Memorial

 @ Wilson Memorial High School
5:00pm Cross Country: Boys Varsity Scrimmage




vs. Wilson Memorial

 @ Wilson Memorial High School
Thursday, August 23, 2018
TIME EVENT DETAILS
5:30pm Volleyball: Girls JV Game




vs. Stuarts Draft

6:00pm Football: JV Game vs. Stuarts Draft

7:00pm Volleyball: Girls Varsity Game




vs. Stuarts Draft

Friday, August 24, 2018
TIME EVENT DETAILS
7:00pm Football: Varsity Game




vs. Stuarts Draft

Saturday, August 25, 2018
TIME EVENT DETAILS
TBD Volleyball: Girls JV Invitational vs. Fluvanna County

8:00am Volleyball: Girls Varsity Invitational




vs. Fluvanna County

Sunday, August 26, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Malaysia “Mayo” Woodson Staff Bio

By: Victor Sansing

Malaysia Woodson poses with a rubber chicken for her staff bio.

Malaysia Woodson, a WHS sophomore, showing her goofy character for her staff bio photo.

Malaysia “Mayo” Woodson is a sophomore here at Waynesboro High School. Mayo likes to live life as positively as possible. “Life is beautiful. The connections we make and the togetherness we feel with others are everything,” Malaysia says. She has big plans for later in her life. Mayo aspires to go to college after she graduates from WHS. Though she definitely wants to get higher schooling, she is split between two very different career paths. On one hand, Mayo would like to attend the University of Virginia’s medical program to eventually become a physical therapist. On the other, Malaysia would like to attend the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale to become a professional video producer/editor. Mayo has already started to dabble in video edits and collages online. Malaysia’s other main hobby is playing instruments. She’s well versed with guitars and she’s learning to play the piano. Malaysia passionate about many things in today’s political climate. She especially cares about intersectional feminism. She feels that, “if someone’s feminism isn’t intersectional, then why should they be a feminist at all?” Malaysia believes that all people should be kind. However, she hates lying and deception. Morals are very important to Mayo. She draws inspiration from many people. She’s inspired by her mom, her siblings, her friend Kadesha, and Frank Ocean, a musician. Kadesha, who especially inspires Malaysia, has gone through a lot in her life. Kadesha struggles with heart conditions, but she still always seems to have a smile on her face. Malaysia always seems to have a happy outlook on life.

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Journalism Oreo Challenge

By: Victor Sansing

Journalism I and II students were asked to participate in an icebreaker activity to get to know each other. The class tried to move an Oreo from their foreheads to their mouths without any help from classmates or any use of their hands. A Journalism I student, Shauna Wilson, says, “The activity was a ton of fun!”

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Giantword.com staff positions 2018-19

JOB DESCRIPTIONS AND EXPECTATIONS FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF EDITORS 2018-19

 

Editor-in-Chief: The Editor-in-Chief (EIC) is the most responsible person on the giantword.com staff. This person will lead the staff, having been appointed by the adviser following an application/interview process.  The EIC will be responsible for leading discussions, planning website content, helping to plan individual articles, and editing articles, as well as writing his/her own assignments.  S/he will also be responsible for troubleshooting any problems, representing giantword.com at meetings in or out of school, and setting the tone of the newspaper for the staff and school. S/he will be responsible for final decision-making when questions arise, though s/he can base decisions on staff consensus and guidance from the adviser.  Prospective editors-in-chief should be prepared to commit significant time to this job.

 

The staff will be organized into small groups, each of which will be responsible for publication of new material on the website on alternating assigned weeks. Each group’s members will be assigned by the adviser. Group members will vote to choose a group leader.  Group leaders, along with the editor-in-chief, will form an Editorial Board. The Editorial Board will meet regularly to coordinate coverage, discuss questions or controversies, and advise the editor-in-chief.

 

Any individuals in the class may apply for leadership positions pertaining to specific content areas of the website.  The Sports Editor, Opinion Editor, and News Editor will oversee coverage (but not necessarily exclusively write articles) in each of these content areas.  The Art/Photography Editor will oversee all photography assignments, camera maintenance, and digital filing of photography.  In addition, the Business Manager will be responsible for the design and publication of our Community page listing business ads and individual patrons, and for billing advertisers; the Publicity Manager will advertise GiantWord.com events and activities within the school, and the Assistant Manager will oversee needs within the classroom, including managing time and encouraging staff morale.

 

The Technology Manager will become expert in our computer webpage administration (through wordpress.com) in order to help other staff members, and will oversee website designs for visual appeal and style consistency.  The Social Media Manager will become expert in monitoring and using social media outlets to gather and disseminate information to our audience. Students who choose not to apply for one of these positions, or who are not appointed to one of these positions, will retain the title “Reporter.” If no students apply for these positions with satisfactory qualifications, the positions will remain unfilled and their responsibilities will be shared by staff members.

 

 

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