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Waynesboro Drama Presents Avenue Q

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The Waynesboro High School drama students will be preforming “Avenue Q,” a musical drama, on March 1st-3rd at 7:30 p.m. and March 4th at 3 p.m. in the school auditorium. Ms Dianne Truslow, the drama teacher at Waynesboro High School, is the director of the play. She’s excited to preform it for the community and the cast is really excited as well.

WHS is performing the high school version rated PG-13. According to  the website mtishows.com , the high school version of the original Broadway production of “Avenue Q” deals with some challenging topics and includes some adult language, making it appropriate for a PG-13 rating. The appeal of “Avenue Q” for high school students is that it deals with relevant social issues including experiencing

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The set in a working process Photo By: Serenity Stacy

discrimination, navigating the perils of the internet, managing challenging romantic relationships, making difficult social choices, dealing with consequences, and finding your life’s purpose–things every teenager experiences at one point or another.

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Ms. Truslow the director and Marina Johnson a cast member Photo By: Serenity Stacy

“Avenue Q” is a fun play and has an important message in it and a message you can take and use even after school,” said Ms. Truslow. Marina Johnson, a senior who plays Christmas eve, said “There are some bad words and well there is a character who kinda sleeps around.” “Ms. Truslow and Mr. Ryman said they’ve been watching it for a few years and they’ve always wanted to do it, so I guess they finally decide they wanted to do it this year,” said Johnson.

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Student Spotlight: Jacky Dietz

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Q: What grade are you in?

A: I’ve already graduated from German high school, and I wanted to come here to the US to do a study abroad experience before I go back to Germany to continue my studies.

Q: What is your favorite class you are taking at WHS? Why?

A: I’m taking art, concert choir, ecology and journalism. My favorite class is Journalism because I like a small class where we can talk to each other and when we’re learning. Now that I’ve been in this class, I am thinking that maybe I would like to do something with journalism when I return home.

Q: Which teacher have you most enjoyed having and what do they do to encourage you?

A: Mrs. Hellerman has helped me during my first few weeks here in the US because she helped include me in the class. She treats me just like the other students.

Q: What is the thing you like most about Germany?

A: I live in a really small town, and we have a bakery, coffee shop and butcher. There’s not that much, but you can be in a big city in twenty minutes riding the train.

Q: What are some things you like about Waynesboro?

A: I haven’t done that much in Waynesboro, so I’m not really sure.

Q: What do you miss most about Germany?

A: I miss my boyfriend, my family, my dog and the German bread.

Q: Who inspires you the most?

A: My grandpa. He was a great person. He was nice to everyone, and he tried to make friends wherever he went. He was also always there for everybody.

Q: What are your interests and hobbies?

A: I do air acrobatics and I like to ski and meet friends

Q:  How does the time change between Waynesboro and Germany affect you?

A: The only problem I have with the time difference is that it’s hard to get in contact with my friends and family [back in Germany].

Q: What was the hardest thing to leave behind in Germany?

A: My boyfriend, friends and family, and bread.

Q: What drives you to keep going even when you’re away from your family?

A: So much to do, time flies fast and I don’t have time to worry.

Q: How did you adjust to being in Waynesboro instead of your hometown in Germany?

A: I had the Wions’ to go to and talk to if I ever needed help.

Q: You told me you are in Concert Choir, who is your favorite German singer and American singer?

A: AnnenMayKantereit is my favorite German singer, We usually listen to a lot of American music because the German music is weird. I listen to Twenty One Pilots.

Q: What was your weirdest experience during your trip from Germany to the U.S.?

A: The first three hours in the states because I forgot the date that I was going to fly back to Germany. They thought I was going to stay in America.

Q:What are some of the biggest differences between Germany and the US?

A: People are nicer in America. Everything is bigger here, like the streets. And when you go to the grocery store, they have bigger packages [of products] than in Germany.

Q: Have people at WHS been friendly to you? What was hardest about being new and trying to make friends?

A:Yes, I’m the only new one [foreign student] and everyone has their own friend groups already, and they have done things together, so it’s hard to become their friend.

Q: If you had a chance to come back in the future to WHS, would you? Why?

A:Yes, because I’ve started to make very good friends with people, and its hard knowing you have to leave in 6 months.

Q: If given the opportunity, what would you tell other students about WHS?

A: I’d probably tell them about how much fun I had during my exchange year and that the high school here is just great. I’d tell them about all the school clubs and sports because we don’t have those in Germany.

Q: You’re staying with Mr. Wion, an Earth Science teacher here at WHS. Can you tell us how you are connected with his family?

A: My grandfather hosted Mr. Wion’s aunt in Germany, and then his aunt hosted my mother when she was 17, and now I am here.

Q: Could you share a little bit about your family’s situation during World War II? Were they involved in the war and, if so, how?

A: My grandfather was a kid during WWII, and he was at a boarding school. And he didn’t want to be apart of the Nazi movements, but my great grandfather was a doctor.

Q: When you return to Germany, what will you miss most about Waynesboro, the U.S., or the people you’ve met?

A: I’ve started making really good friends, and it’s crazy that you have six months to make friends and once you’ve started, then you have to leave. I think that’s what I’ll miss most about Waynesboro.

 

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The life of Amber Law

By: Hannah Lam

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Amber Law is a junior with a big heart for children. As her future career, she hopes to take that love for children and put it to use by doing something in the childcare field. She is more interested in working with infants and toddlers because she finds older kids are more stressful. To make that career path happen, Amber hopes to attend Valley Vo-Tech next year to take a class in childcare. Amber knows she loves kids because she babysits her cousins who range in ages from 5 to 12. Her 11 year old cousin, Ariana, drives her to be better because of the connection and bond they share. Amber never grows tired of spending time with Ariana, they could spend hours together talking and having fun. No matter what happens between them they will always share a special bond. One of the most important people that Amber has love for is her grandad. She says he was always the type of person to be happy even when circumstances made it difficult. “My grandad always had that attitude that people wanted to be around,” said Amber. “Even after the cancer hit, he was still that person. After his death, everyone felt the loss more emotionally because the sense of his happy was gone.”  Amber is a bright, young, and caring person who is ready for challenges to take on.  

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Serenity talks about her life

By: Shauna Wilson

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Serenity Stacy, a Journalism 1 student, is in 9th grade at Waynesboro High School. She has, 2 younger brothers and 1 older half sister. When she’s with her family, Serenity enjoys having family time to go out to eat, have good conversations, and play board games. Growing up in a large family, Serenity enjoyed being able to do something bad and blame it on her older sister. She looks up to her dad and her dad’s girlfriend. “Even though I can be a brat, they never gave up on us even though they were going through tough times,” said Serenity. She uses her weird, random, sense of humor to make her friends happy when they’re down or sad. Serenity is proud of being able to get through hard times by putting a smile on her face even though she’s dealing with something difficult in her life. Serenity is involved with JV basketball and softball for WHS. She enjoys letting out all her anger when she’s playing, traveling around, competing, and making new friends that enjoy the same sports. As an athlete and a student, Serenity has set goals for herself. Serenity wants to either attend Louisiana State University or James Madison University for softball or James Madison University, University of Connecticut or the University of Virginia for basketball.

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Shauna opens up about her life and feelings

By: Serenity Stacy

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Shauna Wilson Photo by: Serenity Stacy

Shauna Wilson is a 9th grader from State College, Pennsylvania, who moved to Waynesboro,Virginia when she was three.She has one brother named Joseph. They have a good bond, but he likes to attack her. Having whole family dinners is her favorite thing to do with her family. Shauna would like to pursue a career as a teacher because she wants to work in a elementary school. “I really like working with kids and they make me feel loved,” said Shauna. To reach her goal, Shauna wants to attend either James Madison University because it’s close to home, or Penn State because she loves Pennsylvania. To Shauna the most stressful thing about school is having a lot of work to do in a short period of time. She looks up to her grandma because she doesn’t let anything get to her and she has always been in her life. Very weird, kinda smart, outgoing, loud, annoying, and scared very easily is how Shauna thinks her friends think of her. In her free time she blast music, hangs out with her friends, and sings at the top of her lungs. After high school she wants to go to college, become a teacher,start a family and get a English bulldog. At her age now she wants to travel to North Carolina or West Virginia because one of her friends cousin named Connor and lots of family live there.

 

 

 

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The life of Hannah Lam

By: Amber Law

 

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Hannah Lam, a sophomore at WHS, has a bad case of social anxiety. She is hoping that journalism will help with that. Hannah’s dad is her biggest inspiration, and he used to tell her that she could do anything she set her mind to. Hannah also has her future in mind but is indecisive about what she wants to do. In the future she hopes to have at least one kid and a stable job so she can provide for her family.  Hannah hopes to accomplish many things in life and would like her best friend, Lorene, to be there during all of them. Lorene gives her a sense of hope in a way that no one else can. Lorene has always been there for Hannah and she knows Lorene will always be there for no matter what. Hannah also wouldn’t mind living with Lorene since they share a very special bond.  Someday, Hannah would love to go to college for teaching. She is very passionate about kids. “My teachers used to tell me when I went to Wenonah Elementary to mentor kids that my face would light up whenever I talked about them. They mean everything to me,” Hannah said. Hannah’s future career goal would be to become a successful person. She feels that she can drive herself to be a successful person because she knows how to boost herself into doing what needs to be done.

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An insight into the life of Alexis Schifflett

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By: Jaqueline Dietz

 

Alexis Schifflett is a sophmore at Waynesboro High School. Lexi likes  journalism class because she is learning a lot and she is having fun. Before living in Waynesboro, she lived in Charlottesville and Crozet. After Graduation in 2020, Lexi wants to attend school in Harrisonburg to become a beautician. To prepare for her career, Lexi is planning to take classes and do an internship. She already has gained some experience in cosmetology by doing her family’s hair for specific events. Lexi also has work experience helping her mother serve food and as a member of Interact Club at WHS. In her free time she likes to watch drama movies and like to listen to RnB music. She also likes to play basketball, her position is shooting guard.But she hasn’t played on a team since 2016. Her favorite school subject is mathematics and she learns the best when teachers talk to her directly. She wants to go to California  and  Greece on a vacation because it’s so beautiful there. “After graduation, I would like to move to Richmond because it’s a bigger place than Waynesboro.” ,said Lexi.

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Little Giants Vs. Blue Streaks

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Broadway puts up a fight against the Giants

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#21 on broadways jv basketball team shoots a 1-1 free throw Ameil Barbour #30 Boxes out #21

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#30 Ameil Barbour blocks overhead pass

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JV team gives varsity a warm welcome to the court

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January 11,Girls Varsity basketball against Lee

Waynesboro Girls JV won 51 to 31.

Waynesboro Girls Varsity won 42 to 36.

 

Madison Payne guards #10 and tried to take ball

Madison Payne guards #10 and tries to take the ball. Photo by: Serenity Stacy

 

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Kalia Bolden and Kathryn Potts walk into the locker room at the half with a 22-21 lead. Photo by: Serenity Stacy

 

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Giants steal the ball and pass to Madison Payne, who then shoots a jumper. Photo by: Serenity Stacy

 

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De’nia Jones guards #2 for the Staunton Leeman.  Photo By: Serenity Stacy

 

 

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Logan O’Neill works to get the rebound. Photo by: Serenity Stacy

 

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De’nia Jones throws ball in with a 1:30 left in the game. Photo by: Serenity Stacy

 

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Giants line up and shake hands after a 42-36 victory over the Leeman. Photo by: Serenity Stacy

 

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