Archive | March, 2019

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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Announcements Mar 18- March 24, 2019

What’s going on at WHS this week:

General:

  • These are the last days of our three weeks Pennies for Patients campaign. On Thursday, March 21 during advisory our club members and officers will be visiting your classrooms to recover the white boxes, count your donations and establish the winning 3rd period classroom for PIZZA PARTY! Thank you for fighting along Key club against blood cancer in children!
  • Need a prom dress? The Prom Dress Drive will be held April 6, 2019 at 620 Simms Ave. Harrisonburg VA, from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have any questions contact Cory Jeffries at (540)437-9213.

Clubs:

  • Students traveling to Rome & Greece please meet during advisory on Thursday, March 21st in room 263.
  • Beta Club meets after school in the Library Thursday, March 21.  All members should be in attendance.

Counseling:

  • Juniors:Are you interested in Computer Electronics Technology or Advanced Manufacturing Technology?  Workers in these fields repair and maintain high tech equipment in hospitals, manufacturing facilities, IT offices and many other businesses.  Blue Ridge is offering a program to get you started in these fields with free classes over the summer and next school year.  See Mrs. Wood for information.
  • Seniors – Many new local scholarships are now available in the counseling office including all of the elementary school scholarships. 
  • Seniors planning on attending BRCC in the fall should  meet with Mrs. Wood ASAP. Students will need to complete several items prior to Spring Break.
  • Juniors & Sophomores:Are you planning to attend college after graduation?  Come to the College Info Night for you and your parents on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 PM in the library.  Find out all about the college application process.

Sports:

  • No new announcements.

Weekly Sports Calendar

https://www.valleydistrictva.org/public/genie/304/school/7/

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
TIMEEVENTDETAILS
5:00pmOutdoor Track: Girls Varsity Meetvs. Fishburne Military, Monticello High School  @ Waynesboro High School
Track — WHS
5:00pmOutdoor Track: Boys Varsity Meetvs. Fishburne Military, Monticello High School  @ Waynesboro High School
Track — WHS
5:30pmBaseball: Varsity Gamevs. Robert E. Lee (Staunton) @ Waynesboro High School
Field – Baseball Field @ KCMS
5:30pmBaseball: JV Game

vs. Robert E. Lee (Staunton)  @ Robert E. Lee (Staunton)
5:30pmSoftball: Varsity Gamevs. Robert E. Lee (Staunton) @ Waynesboro High School
Field – Softball Field at KCMS
5:30pmSoftball: JV Game

vs. Robert E. Lee (Staunton)  @ Robert E. Lee (Staunton)
Thursday, March 21, 2019
TIMEEVENTDETAILS
5:30pmSoccer: Girls JV Matchvs. Monticello High School @ Waynesboro High School
Field – Soccer
5:30pmSoccer: Boys JV Match

vs. Monticello High School  @ Monticello High School
7:00pmSoccer: Girls Varsity Matchvs. Monticello High School @ Waynesboro High School
Field – Soccer
7:00pmSoccer: Boys Varsity Match

vs. Monticello High School  @ Monticello High School
Friday, March 22, 2019
TIMEEVENTDETAILS
TBDTennis: Girls Varsity BYE
TBDTennis: Boys Varsity BYE
4:30pmTennis: Girls Varsity Matchvs. Nelson County  @ Waynesboro High School
Tennis Courts
4:30pmTennis: Boys Varsity Match

vs. Wilson Memorial  @ Wilson Memorial High School
5:30pmSoccer: Boys JV Match  (Rescheduled from 03-12-19)vs. Fluvanna County  @ Waynesboro High School
Field – Soccer
7:00pmSoccer: Boys Varsity Match  (Rescheduled from 03-12-19)vs. Fluvanna County  @ Waynesboro High School
Field – Soccer

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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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