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How to spend your summer: academics

By: Hannah Lam 

Being in a rush to get things in for college can be stressful and make you feel like you’re not in control, but there are many ways you can spend your summer focusing on academics. According to the National Administration for College Admission Counseling, the top things that colleges look for in applications are strength of curriculum, admission test scores, and your overall grades. Applications depend upon what type of school you want to attend. Larger colleges look for numbers like SAT scores, but smaller schools may take writing samples, project samples, and personal videos, the newest thing they are accepting. Videos can show something that you are interested in or just be more about you. Larger schools may not accept personal videos because they have so many applications coming in that they don’t have time to watch them.

Some colleges look at volunteer work you have done, but volunteering isn’t just to put on college applications. It’s also a great way to give back to your community. When looking for somewhere to volunteer, look for something you would enjoy doing.  In the Augusta County and Waynesboro area, there are many places you can volunteer, including the YMCA, SPCA, Boys and Girls Club, and Augusta Health. In all these places there are online volunteer applications available and information on what volunteers do. There are many opportunities to volunteer through school. You could join a club that works to give back to the community or just works towards a common goal of volunteering.

Picking a college is a difficult thing to do. “Definitely doing research, looking at your options, doing some good soul searching for what’s best for you, and talking to students who go or have gone there,” is advice from Mr. Matt Bailey, WHS counselor. But the biggest one is to get out there and visit the campuses. You may like the way in looks in a brochure, but you may not like it once you get there.   

Now that you know how to apply to college, let’s talk about how you may be able to pay for it. When applying to colleges you can apply for scholarships. Scholarships are given for a number of reasons including merit (academic achievement) and financial need. Bailey said that being scared to go to college or procrastinating can sometimes hurt students financially because they don’t apply early so they miss out on opportunities. “ Apply for as many scholarships as you can because there is free money everywhere,” is advice from senior Jordan Lam. Classes that you need to take may fill up, leaving no space for you to take them and you may miss out on scholarships.” The sooner you apply to a college, the more eligible you are for the scholarships the colleges offer. Hundreds and thousands of dollars are claimed in scholarships and thousands of dollars are unclaimed each year,the more applicants there are;more money that is available,” said Bailey.

The summer before your senior year is a good time to work on researching what you may need to do to be ready for applying to college. You can do Prep Tests, Khan Academy, or work on your personal statement. Then you already have a personal statement and can just tailor it when it’s needed. You also need to give yourself some time to relax. The summer is a good time to balance your work and academics so you can focus on one thing. Go into your senior year feeling in control!


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Lessons learned: How to do Prom on a budget

By:Jaqueline Dietz

Prom can be a very expensive event, so here are  a few good tips on how to save money on everything you need for your special night. Let’s start with probably the biggest most important and also the most expensive part abou

t prom-the dress and tux. If you already have a suit/tux and you want to match your date a little bit more, just rent a vest. Many people know that you can rent suits or tux, but if you want to wear them more than once or twice, maybe it is actually cheaper to buy one. Check out prices of rental suits and tuxes and ones you have to buy before you just rent one.


 Now for dresses, during prom season some smaller bridal and formal stores offer discounts.  Also check out stores like that soon after prom for sales. You should also check out Ross, T.J.Maxx, second hand and thrift stores for great deals.

“ I found my prom dress for seven dollars at Ross,” said Jordan Lam, a WHS senior.


You can swap or borrow a dress from friends or family, or rent one. You can rent beautiful dresses on websites like You could also change  a dress that you already have in your closet or buy a cheap, new one and DIY some changes.


And don’t forget about the Cinderella Project in Staunton; They will help you find everything you need for  dresses, suits and tuxedos, shoes and jewelry. They can also do your hair and makeup and all of that is free. If you’re in need, see your counselor and they can write you an invitation. You could also go to a cosmetology school to get your hair and makeup done by someone who is almost a professional but for a lot less money. Look for corsages and boutonnieres at  a grocery shop or ask at a local flower shops for a pin-on corsage. Sometimes these are a cheaper than normal corsages because you just need something to pin it on. But check out if that’s the case before you get something you don’t want.


You don’t have to book a photographer because maybe you have a friend or family member who can take good pictures of you, your date  and your friends. If you want to take pictures during prom and are scared to lose your phone or an expensive camera, just bring a disposable camera.


For dinner you don’t have to spent a lot of money on food. Prepare dinner at home alone, with friends or maybe you could also ask your family. An alternative to cooking at home is, to look out for coupons or group rebaits at restaurants.


For your drive to prom, drive yourself or ride with friends or your family. Or, if you want to be a little bit more fancy, rent a limo with a big group of friends and share the costs.

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WHS Teacher of the Year

IMG_0995Photo By: Amber Law


Every year WHS teachers nominate on of their own to represent the high school as teacher of the year. This year, Mrs. Riggan, a social studies teacher, was selected as the WHS teacher of the year. “It feels like a real honor because they’re so many good teachers here at WHS,” said Riggan.


By: Hannah Lam

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March for what’s right!

By Millineum White

On Saturday April 14th at 3 p.m., two WHS students, Mullaney Lee, a WHS senior, and Patrick Maneval, a WHS junior, are hosting an event to involve the community in the conversation about gun violence in schools. The two students have organized a community march at Constitution Park demanding action to prevent any school violence tragedies from happening again. Earlier this semester at WHS, on Wednesday, March 14th, students held a walk-out for the high school students and staff in response to the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School. Though the WHS event did not include an actual walk out to the football field because of safety and weather concerns, WHS students signed a banner that was sent to Florida to the Stoneman Douglas High School, and a banner stayed at WHS.  If you would like to participate in the event this weekend, meet at Constitution Park on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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Lillian Wilfong’s Student Spotlight

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Q: What grade are you in?

A: “12th”

Q: What are some of your interests and hobbies?

A: “I like to play soccer and do photography. I also attend a photography class at the school.”

Q: Do you play any sports? If so, what sparked your interest in that sport?

A: “I play soccer. I like the intensity of the game.”

Q: Are you involved in any clubs at school?

A:”No I’m not.”

Q: With which three words would you describe yourself as?

A: “I’m hungry, nice, and funny.”

Q: What are you planning to do in the future? Maybe in three or four years?

A: “I want to be a police officer. After High School I want to attend Blue Ridge Community College”

Q: What kind of job did you want to have as a child?

A: “I’ve always wanted to be a vet but I changed it last minute to a police officer.”

Q: What have you always wanted to try, but not dared to?

A: “I want to go somewhere out of the country. The only thing that’s stopping me is money. If I could choose someplace to go I would go to Italy.” 

Q: What is your favorite class at WHS? Why?

A: “My favorite class is photography. I love taking pictures.

Q: Who is your favorite teacher?

A: “Spees”

Q: When did you start playing soccer? (Follow up question to sports)

A: “I started playing soccer when I was ten-years-old.”

Q: How would your friends describe you?

A: “They would describe me as funny.”

Q: What would you say makes you a good friend?

A: “Loyalty.”

Q: What do you like to do after school?

A: “Play soccer.”

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: “Pizza.”

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Diversity Coalition covers it all!

By :Jamey Archie & Millineum White


Waynesboro High School (WHS), has a variety of clubs that could fit the interests of many different students.The is a new cluster of clubs called The Diversity Coalition , was put together by Mrs.Riggan, a WHS history teacher and club sponsor. “Our mission is to combat hate and teach tolerance and acceptance,” said Riggan. “I hope every student at Waynesboro High School feels that they hold a valued place in this community.”

Most of these clubs were formed before The Diversity Coalition. The coalition is an open organisation that connects and supports community service clubs of WHS.There are many different clubs and many responsibilities with those clubs. ”I think we are changing the climate of this school– making it a more accepting place– by spreading ourselves out as we have done to so many different organizations,”Riggan said.


We have compiled information about each club. The contact information for the club sponsor will be attached.

International Giants

The International Giants focus on the issues and interests of students who have a strong interest in or connection to foreign countries. The members are in the club because of different situations that connect them to other countries – some members are immigrants, have family members who are immigrants, or have friends who came from other countries.Other members  just want to connect with some of our international students. International Giants club members bring unique viewpoints and experiences to the club community. “These are students who have an understanding of the world or parts of the world that many other student just haven’t been exposed to,” Riggan explained


Gay-Straight Alliance

The GSA stands for the Gay-Straight Alliance. Laura Moreno, the second in charge, believes the GSA isn’t well understood by the student body. It’s difficult to express your feelings about your sexuality to a confused crowd -, Moreno said.The GSA started two years ago when Ms. Loyacano was approached by a student who felt passionate about the need for a GSA. Loyacano has created a inclusive, welcoming environment in her classroom,and she thought the addition of this club might help expand a positive atmosphere to the entire school. One of the student goals is to promote knowledge about the GSA community. The GSA has created  posters for many awareness weeks this year and created a bulletin board about what it means to be an ally. “ These posters are making awareness to everyone to know we are here,“ Moreno said.


The Black Lives Matter club at Waynesboro High School is run by assistant principal, Kendra Jones. “The club was started last year and is progressing slowly,” said Jones. She loves working with the club because it gives her opportunities to get to know students that she usually wouldn’t get to see. The club came from the black lives matter movement because the school wanted to bring awareness to WHS students about the movement and educate them on what’s going on in the world. The club is not to make anyone feel left out but is  just to educate people that “all lives matter, but black lives matter too.”

Jones says they have many ideas of things to do with the club, such as a pledge to make a difference field trips for the students. “I think just being a part of the club is important,” said Jones. People have taken down posters, but the BLM club has never reacted badly;  they just put them back up.


Pledge To Make A Difference:

I promise to be kind, honest, strong, and positive in all that I say and do, I will be a role model and will do my best to inspire others to make Waynesboro High School and the world a nicer place.  


Interact Club

The Interact club at Waynesboro High School is sponsored by Iris Carter. The Interact club has been at WHS for 10 years, after Carter was approached by Principal Tim Teachy, and was asked to sponsor the club. Carter, not knowing what the club was about, asked Teachy more about the club. When Teachy explained the club was about community service and student leadership Carter was all for it. According to Carter, all of the things interact club participates in are great to put on job and college applications. They take part in  “stuff the bus,” which is a school supply drive for schools all over the community, and “Salvation Army Bell RIngers” which starts each November to raise money for groceries or to provide shelter for an individual for one night. They also do projects on Black History Month to help the school know more about the background of Black History Month. Ms. Carter says the club has kept her busy and also helped her to know the community better.



Waynesboro High School’s Women of Power Club is sponsored by Charmaine Cupp. Ms.cupp says the group has a very positive effect on her.  “So many girls in the group will give all their strengths but are not afraid to open up and help one another or take help from one another.” explained Cupp. She believes the club members stand together in their weaknesses to strengthen one another. The Women of Power Club started in the Spring Semester last year, and Cupp has sponsored it from the beginning.

Cupp wanted a group that had a positive effect on everybody, so when she spoke to some of the young ladies about it, they all agreed to it.

The girls come from all different backgrounds. If they weren’t in the group, they might not ever had been friends,” explained Cupp. “But, because of the group, everyone has become friends and respects one another, no matter what their background is.” The women of power group collected over 450 pair of hats and gloves for Wenonah Elementary School last semester. Through student and teacher donations. They have also received donations from local businesses including 7/11 and Walmart. The WOP has also recently formed a step team at WHS. The team is open for everyone. The team plans on putting on shows and entering competitions. The team wants to do for the community and help put out  a good name for WHS.


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Hailey Miller Student Spotlight

student spotlight 001 By: Jamey Archie

Q: What grade are you in?

A:  “12th Grade.”

Q: Do you have any interests or hobbies?

A:” I love shopping.”

Q: Are you involved in any sports? What is your favorite? How long have you participated?

A: “Cheer leading, I have cheered for 3 years.”

Q: Are you in any after school clubs?If so what are they?

A: “I don’t participate in any after school activities.”

Q:  What are some things you want to accomplish before you graduate?

A: “I want to be more outgoing and stand up for myself because I am quiet.”

Q:What are some things you wish you would’ve done in your past years at WHS?

A: “I wish I would’ve been more involved in different school activities.”

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment in your 4 years of being at Waynesboro High School?

A: “I have made straight A’s all senior year.”

Q: How has high school had a personal impact on you? What advice would you give to others in high school?

A: ” It has made me more responsible.”

Q: What do you want to do after graduation? What inspired you to do that?

A: ” I want to go to Blue Ridge Community College and then transfer to Virginia Commonwealth University to major in fashion design.”

Q: What sparked your interest in cheer leading?

A: ” It just looked fun.”

Q: If you could be any Disney character, who would you be? Why?

A: “I would be Moana because of how adventurous she is.”

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Student Spotlight: Anna Grainger

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Photo by: Serenity Stacy

Q: What grade are you in?

A: 9th

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

A: Drama, because it’s fun

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

A: Ms. Truslow is nice and helps me with my work. I like doing monologues — it’s where you make up your own story.

Q: I heard you are a cheerleader. How long have you been cheering for? What do you like most about cheer leading?

A: Since I was 4. It’s fun; I like to be the queen.

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

A: I like to do my work, hang out, go shopping, and practice running for president when I’m older.

Q: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why would you want to go there?
A: New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas to go shopping.

Q: Who is your favorite singer or band? Why?
A: Taylor Swift because I like her music.

Q: What is your favorite food? Why?
A: Potatoes, pizza and ranch.

Q: What is your favorite animal? Why?
A: Pandas and horses

Q: How would you describe yourself?

A: Fashionable, fabulous and popular.

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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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