Archive | November, 2015

Take A Hike With Outing Club


By Avery Paiste, Reporter

Have you ever wanted to learn more about outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and paddling? If so, then the Outing Club sounds like the club for you.

“My goal with the outing club is outdoor education,” says David Hennel, sponsor of Outing Club. “One thing a lot of my students say frequently is there’s nothing to do” says Hennel.

“I actually moved here because there is so much stuff to do,” says Hennel. “Most of the activities are outdoors things. You know, this is a fabulous place to live for any outdoor activity. This would certainly bring up a good point about how great our valley is, but most kids want to do other things such as going to the movies, or hanging out at their friend’s house. Outing Club offers a nice distraction from all of those things and gives students a chance to get outside and explore.”

Hennel went on to say “most of the outdoor activities involve an initial investment and then that’s it. You may have to pay for gas to get somewhere, but for the most part what you put down in the begining to buy equipment is the only investment. Whereas with other hobbie such as golf, you have to pay to get all the equipment and apparel, then pay a greens fee every time you go out. These outdoor adventures offer a fun and educational experience.”

Why not join the club then? It sounds like an  affordable, educational experience, right? However, the initial investment may be more than you think. Total costs for backpacking gear can run anywhere from “$300-$2,200 or more.”( That money just covers the equipment, so before jumping into the club you should make sure that that is really the activity for you. Wesley Seay, an 11th grader and member of Outing Club said “You can borrow most of the equipment from Mr. Hennel.” Seay went on to say “But it’s nice to have your own for post secondary education.”

Seay is one of the founders of the club and his reason for creating it was “We (Seay and Hennel) both enjoy going outside and we made a club for it”. Seay said he was very interested in outing club esque activities such as hiking, camping paddling, and he plans to continue doing them after graduation. He says the most important skill the club has taught him is how to dress appropriately for certain weather.

The Outing Club offers a customizable course that will teach you important skills that you may need further on in life. But before joining, make sure Outing Club is  really the club for you.


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The Sprint To States

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By: Emily Perry

As the season is coming to a halt, the Waynesboro Cross country team is not letting that slow them down.  The boys team and Grace Brooks, senior, are all advancing to states after a very strong season.

“This has been the best season by far. It’s going to be hard to leave that at the end of the season,” says senior Drew Ledford.

Ledford agrees the team has had a great season and has truly worked hard . Between  eating healthy and practicing weekly, the trip to states for the runners is a reward they have worked hard for.

“The guys’ team feels like a family and we push each other to run our best,” says Ledford.

The boys have grown increasingly close this season since they have been doing so well.  “I’ve grown close with the team and stronger as an individual,” says junior Justice Allen.

This being their first time to states as a team, they are growing more and more excited the closer the anticipated race gets.

“The season has gone really well,” says senior Daniel Brooks.. “We have a solid team this year so that was super exciting because everyone was putting in their best effort, especially towards the end.”  

There is no doubt the boys team will do their very best but Grace Brooks is going as an individual. Brooks will be attending states for the third time this year.

“This will be my third time at states,” says Brooks. “I have always gone as an individual. It’s extremely intimidating going to states as an individual because I am one of 200 girls on the line, but states is so much fun. They have music, they have t shirts, and you are with people who want to be there and that love running,”

When asked who she  wanted to thank for such a great season she credited her success to Coach Stevens.

“She has been coaching for as long as I can remember and she has coached my entire family through Waynesboro High School. I just think we have a bond. She’s an awesome role model and coach,” says Brooks.

The team is very excited for the race, so if you see them be sure to wish them the best of luck. #rollgiants

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Whatever Floats Your Vote

By: Winter Jennings-Montgomery, Reporter


Tomorrow, November 3rd, is the local leader election day for the state of Virginia. Some students at Waynesboro High School will be able to vote on that day and even more will be able to vote in 2016, for the Presidential election. The government teachers at the high school have answered some questions regarding the importance of voting, major things to remember, and how voting has changed.


Leonard Richards, a social studies teacher, says that his class looks at the issues that pertain real life. “A lot of  [problems] stem from people voting or not voting.” says Richards,  “So the effect of not voting is to not see what you want put in place, that’s the danger.” Not voting is also the choice of each individual citizen, though not doing so means choosing not to have a voice in the problems of government, including who is voted in and what laws are passed. Some citizens vote based on the candidates platforms or whether the candidates if they are democrats or republicans.


To vote, a citizen must register. This can be done by going to the DMV and signing a few papers. Since Virginia is one of the states requiring an ID to vote, a valid ID is needed before voting. “Being informed is the most important part of voting, I think, and knowing that you’re making the best possible decision that you can make.” Said Christopher Johnson, a new social studies teacher at Waynesboro High School. With the help of modern technology, research on the candidates can be done easily and helps to make the candidates more accessible. The government teachers at WHS suggest students to research the following: who they are, what they support, and what issues are they speaking of. In addition to that research, students should find if they have been in office before and what they have done compared to what they claimed they would do. Another importance of voting would be how did it get to the way it is present times.

Historically in the United States, voting was meant as a right for white male landowners exclusively. Over time, the laws changed to allow voting to all white males, then males in general, and finally  women. What used to be a right only given to a citizen at age twenty-one, became the right of eighteen year old young adults in the year of 1971.  Methods of voting have become more technologically advanced to keep up with the modern world and make it more accessible to the people, but even then, there are some struggles. “It used to be that more people got involved in the process and they voted,” said Preston Martin, a social studies teacher at WHS. “Now less and less people are voting. You see, more turned out major elections. People just don’t understand that the president is a figurehead. He [the President] has power, but your main power or how the people represent you, that’s [a power found] in your legislator. That’s the people that make the laws.”


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