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Throwing it back with Mrs. Bowen

By: Jackson Sherman

Aislinn Bowen attended Eastern Mennonite university, where she played softball and graduated with her Bachelors degree. Then started teaching at Waynesboro High School the year she graduated from EMU. Bowen has been teaching Health/ Physical Education at WHS for three years and loves the career.

Who were the famous celebrities? Athletes?

Sports athletes were the big celebrities such as, A-rod (Alex Rodriguez), Derek Jeter, and Kobe Bryant.

What fashion trends were popular? Accessories and clothing?

Scrunches on your wrist and New Balance clogs were popular. “ Basically all of the trends that are in right now, were in back in my high school days,” said Bowen.

Favorite clothing brands?

“Everybody wore American Eagle, Aeropostale, and Hollister Mostly all of those brands are in style now,” said Bowen

What music was popular? (look up top 10 songs on web)

Popular music artists were drake and pitbull and their popular songs were: “You the best” by Drake and “Don’t stop the party” by Pitbull, both in the hip hop genre.

Favorite high school memory?

“Meeting my husband was my best memory of high school.”

What did you do in your free time? Work? Sports? Hobbies?

Bowen played basketball and softball throughout high school.

What was your first vehicle? And how old were you when you got it?

“ It was a 2004 Toyota Camry that I still have and use now, so I took pretty good care of it,” said Bowen. She went on to say that she got her car when she was 16 years old.

Favorite TV show?

“As a kid, I remember always watching Animal Planet and ‘Teen Mom’ which had came out when I was a senior, at the time it was called ’16 and Pregnant’,” said Bowen.

Favorite food? Favorite childhood snack? Favorite local restaurant?

“I had to ask my mom what I liked to eat because I don’t even remember, but apparently I liked carrots and ranch, and peanut butter and apples.”

Favorite local hangout?

Mostly sporting events and Armstrongs Restaurant.

Favorite class at school? What was your worst subject in school?

Home Ec – cooking and sewing. Bowen said, “sewing was what I liked to do in high school, especially in home Ec.

What was the BIG EVENT at your high school?

Prom and sporting events – districts, regionals, states. “Our high school was really good in sports at the time, and we always had a sport going to championships.”

Favorite vacation or trip you took? Theme park and/or carnival ride?

“ My grandparents owned a carnival that they took all over the state, so I could go and ride for free and so could all of my friends” Said Bowen.

Best field trip? Where did you go? What did you do there?

“The best trip I took in high school was probably to Texas with my boyfriend my senior year. We visited his family, went to the zoo and ate some pretty good food,” said Bowen.

Were you popular in high school? What clique or social group were you in? (geek, nerd, jock, preppy, band kid, goth)

“I didn’t really like to say I was popular, but all my friends said I was and I hung out with everybody really,” said Bowen.

What was the sneakiest thing you and your friends ever did?

“One night my softball teammates and I TP’d our coach’s house,” said Bowen.

Most embarrassing moment in high school?

“I walked into the men’s baseball locker room as a freshman in college,” Bowen said.

What was your first job? In high school or right after?

“I worked at the Wilson Elementary playground over the summer for every year up until summer 2017,” said Bowen.

Why did you want to go to EMU College?

“I wanted to go to EMU because they recruited me to play softball, and all my friends from softball were going,” said Bowen.

Mrs. Bowen and her now Husband at Senior Prom.
Mrs. Bowen and her powder puff squad, Junior year.
Mrs. Bowen and her family after High School graduation.

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Throwback with Tammy Zirkle

By: Jadyn Wood.

Tammy Zirkle is a math teacher at Waynesboro High School. She teaches algebra. She graduated in 1982. She then went on to college at Longwood where she earned her bachelors of  Mathematics with a concentration in Education and Computers. She has worked with kids and loved working with kids ever since she was in school. Zirkle was very different in a good way from other kids in school.

Q: What music was popular?

A: “The Beach Boys and the Eagles were really big when I was in high school.”

Q: What was your favorite high school memory?

A: “Band, I was color guard. I didn’t have the patience to play an instrument.”

Q: What did you do just for fun?

A: Rode bikes, babysitting. “I loved babysitting, loved having kids around and doing things with them.”

Q: Were you popular in high school and what social group were you in?

A: “I wouldn’t say I was popular, but I was friends with everyone.”

Q: Most embarrassing moment in high school?

A: Zirkle went to a band competition and when she got at the edge of the stage she passed out because she was nervous and hyperventilating.

Q: When you were in high school, what did you want to be?

A: “An elementary school teacher because I loved little kids and I was good with them.”

Q:Who were the big celebrities or athletes?

A: Ralph Sampson, a retired basketball player. Also Dolly Parton. Zirkle admired Dolly Parton a country singer best known for “Jolene”.

Q: What were your favorite shows to watch?

A: “I didn’t watch much TV, but I liked ‘Sanford and sons’ and ‘Cagney and Lacey’. According to IMDb Cagney and Lacey is a old show about two women police officers,the ladies have to combat sexism in the male-dominated workplace.

Q: What was your first car? When was it purchased?

A: “My first car was a Ford Focus and it was purchased when I was 22.  I had just graduated from college.”

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Throwing it back to Kristin Trovers high school life

Throwing it back to Kristin Trovers high school life

By: Abby Sikora

Trover in 2019 Photo by Abby Sikora
Trover’s high school prom in 1998
Photo by Abby Sikora


Kristin Trover has been teaching Biology, Honors Biology, and Ecology at Waynesboro High School for 6 years. After teaching her younger siblings some of the things she had been learning in college, Trover realized she really enjoyed the role of being a teacher. Growing up in a small town in Wyoming, Trover’s high school life was a different, but nonetheless a fun experience.

Q- When you were in high school, what fashion trends were popular?

A- “When I was in high school everybody had bangs, these huge,fluffy, teased out, hairsprayed, and I did too and I don’t know why!” Trover also went on to say that wearing your socks on the outside of your pants was another “pretty awful” trend she encountered.

Q- What slang or catch phrases were popular?

A- “I know I use to say ‘Your mom’ a lot to like everything, but I’m not sure if that was popular or not.”

Q- What was your favorite high school memory?

A- “I actually went to high school in a really small town with not much to do, but I had a really close group of friends and we would just kinda hang out.” She went on to explain how one of the main things to do was to drive on the one main road with one of her friends mixtape and just have fun.

Q- What did you do in your free time?

A- “I did swimming, I did piano, and since it was a small town, I would have to drive 60 miles just to go to piano lessons, so that was a big time commitment.” Trover explained how she also worked as a waitress for a while and admits that she wasn’t very good at it. She additionally enjoyed participating in band and choir.

Q- What was your first vehicle? How old were you when you got it?

A- “So I was 16, and my parents gave me the family van. But the worst part about that was that I kinda wrecked the door, the driver’s side door. It’s a long story, but I left it open and the car backed up and hit a basketball pole and fell off.” Trover explains how her dad found a new door at a scrap yard, but the door was pretty useless because it still didn’t open. So to get out her car, Trover had to climb out through the passengers side, which was pretty embarrassing.

Q- What was your favorite TV show?

A- “So I use to kinda sneak watch Beverly Hills 90210, and I would watch the X-Files and freak myself out because it was kinda scary.”

Q- What was your favorite class at school? What was your worst subject in school?

A- “I was kinda a nerd, so I liked my AP English and my AP US History because I found the subjects really interesting.” Trover said she didn’t take many science classes because she wasn’t as interested in it at the time. “Probably the class I struggled with was calculus because I kinda like didn’t have to try or whatever all through high school and then I got to a class where I was like ‘Oh! I need to do my homework!’”

Q- What was your favorite sport?

A- “I would say swimming, and would swim anything that didn’t include butterfly. My coach always wanted me to lift weights and would tell me I have so much potential, but I just wasn’t that competitive.”

Q- Best field trip? Where did you go?

A- “I can’t really think of a field trip we took, because nothing was close by, we went to a band competition one time, so that was okay.”

Q- Were you popular in high school? What clique or social group were you in?

A- “I did have a really close group of friends, some of which I’m still friends with today, but I wouldn’t say we were popular.” Trover explained that she was a more nerdy person but was happy with her group of friends.

Q- What was the sneakiest thing you and your friends ever did?


A- “We did sneak out of the house a couple times, but I was a pretty good kid, so we would just go to 7-eleven and buy junk food, or go to the park, or go toilet paper someone’s house. But really just end up making bows out of the toilet paper and putting them in their trees.” Trover admits that they didn’t really do anything too bad.

Q- Most embarrassing moment in high school?

A- “I was kinda shy, so I got pretty embarrassed just talking in front of people.” When she was younger, Trover was running around the neighborhood and tried to climb someones fence and ended up ripping her pants. “I had that moment of panic where I was like ‘what are you gonna do!’”

Q- While you were in high school, what did you think you wanted to be when you got older?

A- “I thought I would be a writer or lawyer or something like that, but it wasn’t until college where I really got interested in science and teaching.” Trover said she actually ended up going to college for 5 years because she didn’t know what path she wanted to take. “Eventually I was like ‘Oh my scholarship only lasts 4 years, I should probably graduate now.’”

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The 90's With Catherine Karp

The 90’s With Catherine Karp

By: Peyton McNorton

Catherine Karp is an Algebra and Probability & Statistics teacher at Waynesboro High School from Pau, France. Karp has been working with Waynesboro Public Schools for three years. During her time at WHS, Karp has also taught Geometry, AFADA, and Algebra Foundations. Karp graduated high school in 1990 and she earned her bachelor’s degree in Pau, France. After moving to the U.S., Karp went to graduate school at University Of Miami for her Master’s degree. Both of her degrees are in mathematics. Karp’s family consists of her husband, two teenage boys, and a dog.

Q: What was your favorite type of fashion clothing you wore that was trending?

A: “Levi Jeans were big time in France.”

Q: What was your first concert you went to?

A: “My first concert was called Noir Desir and they played rock music.”

Q: What was your favorite high school memory?

A: “So in France, you have a two hour lunch break. So my best memory was lunch time, because you were allowed to leave school and my high school was located in the city. My friends and I would just walk into this big park or just walked around the city. That was the best part of high school for me, so I can have some independence and have some freedom like this, because the school day was so long and after school we had no time for anything.”

Q: What did you do in your free time? Work? Sports? Hobbies?

A: “I did a lot of skiing, because I grew up around big mountains. I also loved getting together with my friends and I love to read as well. But skiing can take a lot of my time, because I used to do competition skiing.”

Q: What was your favorite TV show you watched in high school?

A: “The old version of Hawaii Five-O. Anything that came from the U.S. was pretty big in France.”

Q: What type of social group were you part of in high school?

A: “I was a considered a nerd. In France, you had to pick a major, so my major was math and physics. So all of the nerdy kids were considered to go into that major because we did a lot of math and physics which was the harder subjects. But I couldn’t care less. I always loved math and still do, but I don’t like physics.”

Q: What was the sneakiest thing you and your friends did?

A: “I used to love to ski. So, in senior year in high school, you had this huge exam to graduate, so you get tested in every subject over the last three years and it was a big deal in France. In April, there was a big snowstorm and so I asked my parents if I could go ski and both of them didn’t allow me to go because they wanted me to study for my exams. Both of my parents were teachers, so they were strict. So I asked my friend if I could sleepover at her house and I told my parents that my friend and I were gonna go study. But I actually did ski instead of studying. But I crashed really hard and I had to end up in the hospital. It was the worst thing I’ve ever done.”

Q: What was the most embarrassing moment in high school?

A: “I’m the youngest of three daughters and so my older sister messed up in high school big time. So when my sister and I had to go to school, we would have to go where our father taught. My father’s friend was my physics teacher and one day, I got a bad grade in that class and so my teacher said, ‘your father was gonna be very upset with you’ in front of the whole class. To me, it was very embarrassing, because who wants to be pointed out like this. So everybody knew I had a bad grade in that class.”

Q: What was your first job in high school?

A: “You’re not allowed to work as a student in France. You were only allowed to work over the summer and you had to do farm work over the summer. Like you pick corn by hand or you cut grapes to make wine, and this is all done by hand because the farms were much smaller.”

Q: What was your favorite sport you watched or participated in?

A: “So I did of a lot of skiing outside of school and did competition ski. My Dad was a huge soccer fan, so my Dad always brought me to all of the soccer games. So that was probably the most watched sport and soccer is huge in France.”   

                            Karp writes out a math equation for her algebra class.

                                               Photo by: Peyton McNorton



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