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WHS students working in the Valley Mission kitchen. Photo by A. Jones

GIANTS help locals in need at Valley Mission

By Avery Paiste

WHS students preparing to serve food in the Valley Mission kitchen. Photo by A. Jones

WHS students preparing to serve food in the Valley Mission kitchen. Photo by A. Jones

On Tuesday, November 20th, Mr Jones’ first and second blocks headed to the Valley Mission to prepare a Mexican feast. The Mission, located in Staunton, provides three meals every day to those in need. In addition to meals, the Mission provides many other resources such as sleeping arrangements, after school care, and job resources.

The trip followed months of preparation by students in both classes. In addition to the efforts of the students, some of the High School’s other students and faculty were generous enough to donate food. Students arrived at the mission with more food than they planned to cook and were able to donate that food to go towards later meals.

WHS students working in the Valley Mission kitchen. Photo by A. Jones

WHS students working in the Valley Mission kitchen. Photo by A. Jones

At the Mission, students got right to work cooking the meal and completing chores around the building, including organizing stored food. In the time at the mission, carts with food of all sorts essentially never stopped coming in. This proved the generosity of the Staunton community, and the effectiveness of a place like the Valley Mission. With all the incoming donations, students arranged Thanksgiving boxes with the food at hand.

Around noon guests arrived and, after a prayer, hopped in line to get their tray of food. The setup was very similar to that of the Waynesboro High School’s cafeteria with a line of hot foods and a large open room with foldable tables and chairs. Serving the meal took 30-45 minutes, and then students were allowed to enjoy the meal themselves, which consisted of beef tacos, a seasoned rice dish, and classic refried beans.

WHS students working in the Valley Mission kitchen. Photo by A. Jones

WHS students working in the Valley Mission kitchen. Photo by A. Jones

After dining came the clean up. The dining hall was cleaned up with great care. Groups split up to wash dishes, sweep and mop the floor, clean the tables, and store unused food. Then, students took a short tour to see other parts of the building before returning to school.

This trip brought a new perspective to some students on the trip including myself. It is valuable to see all paths of life, and this is a path that some often fail to see or consider. I can say with confidence, though, that the experience created a palpable joy to all parties involved. Volunteer work can seem pointless if those doing the work fail to see its positive effects. This work let students see how helpful their service was almost immediately, making it far more enjoyable and powerful.

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Black Friday Survival Guide

By June Johnson

Black Friday can be a startling transition- one minute, everyone is relaxing and celebrating Thanksgiving with their family, and the next, they’re watching people fight over the last products and argue over the best deals in crowded stores.

Black Friday can be chaotic and stressful, but this advice can greatly improve your experience this November 23.

  1. Make a list, and make it well.

Instead of just scribbling down a few ideas on a post-it note, try going a few extra steps. Prioritize your list by placing the most popular items at the top. Popular items will sell out quickly, so these should be collected first. Write down your backup plan in case an item is sold out. Also, try making your list on your phone, because a paper is more likely to be lost or torn.

 

  1. Make a team and a plan.

Make a plan of which stores to go to, what order, and who’s going to get what in each store. When you’ve made your team, go over what everyone needs to do, make sure everyone has a copy of the list, and make sure everyone can contact each other. Other people can also help by holding your place in line if you need to leave quickly. When making your team, it isn’t a good idea to bring children, as they can get lost, bored in long lines, ask for extra items, or see their holiday gifts.

 

  1. Make a budget, and try to save money.

Make your budget, stick to it, and only buy what’s on your list. Bring coupons and gift cards to use, and purchase gift cards. Find the best deals on products looking at ads and signing up for store emails, store apps, and Black Friday apps. Bookmark store websites in your phone so you can access them quickly.

 

  1. Be safe.

In crowded stores, Black Friday can be a little dangerous. Make sure everyone on your team can contact each other easily. Text messaging is best, because stores may be too noisy for calling. Be very careful in parking lots, because there will probably be a fair amount of traffic. Don’t fight over items, and keep an eye on your cart and items at all times so no one takes anything. Keep personal items such as your wallet and phone close to you so they don’t get stolen.

 

  1. Other ideas:
  • Check return policies in advance.
  • Shop either early and/or late, because you are more likely to get what you need early in the morning, and you can sometimes get better deals later in the evening.
  • Dress comfortably (and in layers) in case you are in long lines in or outside a store.
  • Make sure you have energy. Get a full night’s sleep and eat before you go.

 

Sources:

Fobes, Tracie, and Penny Pinchin. “23 Secret Black Friday Shopping Tips Revealed.” Clark Howard, Clark Howard, 19 Nov. 2018, https://clark.com/shopping-retail/secret-black-friday-shopping-tips-revealed/.

Willcox, James K. “Top 10 Black Friday Shopping Tips for 2018.” Product Reviews and Ratings – Consumer Reports, www.consumerreports.org/shopping-retail/top-10-black-friday-shopping-tips/.

Martucci, Brian MartucciBrian. “Top 27 Black Friday Shopping Tips to Snag the Best Deals.” Money Crashers, www.moneycrashers.com/black-friday-shopping-tips/.

“Top 10 Black Friday Shopping Tips.” Offline vs. Online Black Friday Shopping – BestBlackFriday.com, https://bestblackfriday.com/user-guide/shopping-tips.

 

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HoCo dress up day poll

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Homecoming Poll: Vote NOW

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Giantword.com staff positions 2018-19

JOB DESCRIPTIONS AND EXPECTATIONS FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF EDITORS 2018-19

 

Editor-in-Chief: The Editor-in-Chief (EIC) is the most responsible person on the giantword.com staff. This person will lead the staff, having been appointed by the adviser following an application/interview process.  The EIC will be responsible for leading discussions, planning website content, helping to plan individual articles, and editing articles, as well as writing his/her own assignments.  S/he will also be responsible for troubleshooting any problems, representing giantword.com at meetings in or out of school, and setting the tone of the newspaper for the staff and school. S/he will be responsible for final decision-making when questions arise, though s/he can base decisions on staff consensus and guidance from the adviser.  Prospective editors-in-chief should be prepared to commit significant time to this job.

 

The staff will be organized into small groups, each of which will be responsible for publication of new material on the website on alternating assigned weeks. Each group’s members will be assigned by the adviser. Group members will vote to choose a group leader.  Group leaders, along with the editor-in-chief, will form an Editorial Board. The Editorial Board will meet regularly to coordinate coverage, discuss questions or controversies, and advise the editor-in-chief.

 

Any individuals in the class may apply for leadership positions pertaining to specific content areas of the website.  The Sports Editor, Opinion Editor, and News Editor will oversee coverage (but not necessarily exclusively write articles) in each of these content areas.  The Art/Photography Editor will oversee all photography assignments, camera maintenance, and digital filing of photography.  In addition, the Business Manager will be responsible for the design and publication of our Community page listing business ads and individual patrons, and for billing advertisers; the Publicity Manager will advertise GiantWord.com events and activities within the school, and the Assistant Manager will oversee needs within the classroom, including managing time and encouraging staff morale.

 

The Technology Manager will become expert in our computer webpage administration (through wordpress.com) in order to help other staff members, and will oversee website designs for visual appeal and style consistency.  The Social Media Manager will become expert in monitoring and using social media outlets to gather and disseminate information to our audience. Students who choose not to apply for one of these positions, or who are not appointed to one of these positions, will retain the title “Reporter.” If no students apply for these positions with satisfactory qualifications, the positions will remain unfilled and their responsibilities will be shared by staff members.

 

 

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Fall Band Concert

By: Victor Sansing

Come support the WHS Band for their Fall Pops Concert on October 15th at 6:00! Donations will be taken at the door. Come out and hear music from the Avengers, Harry Potter, Halo, and more!

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Jenna Pernee and J'Naija Jackson, freshmen. Photo by Ethan Burch.

Spirit week: Thursday Pajama Day

Adaria Simmons and Cara Gaylor, freshmen. Photo by Sydney Furr.

Adaria Simmons and Cara Gaylor, freshmen. Photo by Sydney Furr.

David Valles-Casillas, freshman. Photo by Sydney Furr.

David Valles-Casillas, freshman. Photo by Sydney Furr.

Cara Gaylor, Ethan Burch, David Valles-Casillas, and Adaria Simmons, freshmen posing with DayDay Smith and Michael Castillo, juniors. Photo by Sydney Furr.

Cara Gaylor, Ethan Burch, Adaria Simmons, and David Valles-Casillas , freshmen posing with DayDay Smith and Michael Castillo, juniors. Photo by Sydney Furr.

Destiny Jackson, Cierra Bruce, and Aalayah Hubbard, freshmen. Photo by Ethan Burch.

Destiny Jackson, Cierra Bruce, and Aalayah Hubbard, freshmen. Photo by Ethan Burch.

Jenna Pernee and J'Naija Jackson, freshmen. Photo by Ethan Burch.

Jenna Pernee and J’Naija Jackson, freshmen. Photo by Ethan Burch.

Michael Castillo and DayDay Smith, juniors and Ethan Burch, freshman. Photo by Sydney Furr.

Michael Castillo and DayDay Smith, juniors and Ethan Burch, freshman. Photo by Sydney Furr.

Hunter Jones, sophomore. Photo by Sydney Furr.

Hunter Jones, sophomore. Photo by Sydney Furr.

Katoria Harris, freshman. Photo by Sydney Furr.

Katoria Harris, freshman. Photo by Sydney Furr.

Serenity Stacey, Jamey Archie, and Yanajah Wise, freshmen and Szignae Ferguson, sophomore. Photo by Sydney Furr.

Serenity Stacey, Jamey Archie, and Yanajah Wise, freshmen and Szignae Ferguson, sophomore. Photo by Sydney Furr.

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Character Day 007

Spirit week: Wednesday Decade Day

Damien Golladay, frehsman and Gabriel Golladay, senior. Photo by Victor Sansing.

Damien Golladay, frehsman and Gabriel Golladay, senior. Photo by Victor Sansing.

Iyana Wilson, sophomore. Photo by Ethan Burch.

Iyana Wilson, sophomore. Photo by Ethan Burch.

Nae Walker, freshman. Photo by Ethan Burch.

Nae Walker, freshman. Photo by Ethan Burch.

Iyana Wilson and Avery Clarke-Quarles, sophomores. Photo by Ethan Burch.

Iyana Wilson and Avery Clarke-Quarles, sophomores. Photo by Ethan Burch.

Ben Young, freshman. Photo by Ethan Burch.

Ben Young, freshman. Photo by Ethan Burch.

Zadie Rollins, freshman. Photo by Ethan Burch.

Zadie Rollins, freshman. Photo by Ethan Burch.

Alex Candelier, Ryan Louk, Macie Nester, Maddie Harris, Abby Sikora, and Hannah Pingel, freshmen. Photo by Jamey Archie.

Alex Candelier, Ryan Louk, Macie Nester, Maddie Harris, Abby Sikora, and Hannah Pingel, freshmen. Photo by Jamey Archie.

Angelina Shaw, Jesse Morrison, Mya Watts, seniors Caitlin Wilhelm and Mollie Harris, juniors. Photo by Jamey Archie.

Angelina Shaw, Jesse Morrison, Mya Watts, seniors Caitlin Wilhelm and Mollie Harris, juniors. Photo by Jamey Archie.

Brooklyn Sims, senior. Photo by Jamey Archie.

Brooklyn Sims, senior. Photo by Jamey Archie.

Samantha Dixon, senior. Photo by Jamey Archie.

Samantha Dixon, senior. Photo by Jamey Archie.

Tess Bryan and Gabriel Golladay, seniors. Photo by Jamey Archie.

Tess Bryan and Gabriel Golladay, seniors. Photo by Jamey Archie.

Taaliyha Davis, junior Photo by Eileen Ortiz.

Taaliyha Davis, junior
Photo by Eileen Ortiz.

Damien Golladay, freshman. Photo by Victor Sansing.

Damien Golladay, freshman. Photo by Victor Sansing.

Diego Castillo, freshman. Photo by Victor Sansing.

Diego Castillo, freshman. Photo by Victor Sansing.

Elinor Brookings, freshman. Photo by Victor Sansing.

Elinor Brookings, freshman. Photo by Victor Sansing.

Ethan Burch, freshman. Photo by Victor Sansing.

Ethan Burch, freshman. Photo by Victor Sansing.

James Kim, sophomore. Photo by Victor Sansing.

James Kim, sophomore. Photo by Victor Sansing.

Madeline Barber, freshman. Photo by Victor Sansing.

Madeline Barber, freshman. Photo by Victor Sansing.

Matthew Dougan, freshman. Photo by Victor Sansing.

Matthew Dougan, freshman. Photo by Victor Sansing.

Savion Jackson, senior. Photo by Victor Sansing.

Savion Jackson, senior. Photo by Victor Sansing.

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Freshmen: Brooklyn Fizer, Kailee Welcher, Sydney Furr, and Shauna Wilson. Photo by: Chloe McLaughlin

Spirit week: Tuesday America day

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Everything you need to know about homecoming 2017

Homecoming 2017 Info:

  • The WHS journalism class is holding a contest for homecoming proposals. Tweet us pictures of your proposal OR contact a Journalism class member to have us capture the excitement during your lunch Homecoming Proposal. All participants will receive FREE FOOD from Buffalo Wild Wings–while supplies last! Follow us on Twitter @giantwordwhs
  • Tickets for the Homecoming Dance will go on sale this week in the cafeteria during lunches. The cost is $10 per person if you purchase in advance. Any student on the Fees Owed list will NOT be able to purchase tickets until those fees are paid. Forms for out-of-district guests will be in front of the main office. If you plan on bringing a guest from another school, he or she must complete and return this form BEFORE tickets can be purchased.
  • SPIRIT DAY DETAILS:
    • Monday – Twin Day (this is a change!)
    • Tuesday – American Day (this is a change!)
    • Wednesday – Decades Day
    • Thursday – Pajama Day
    • Thursday – Powderpuff pep rally
    • Thursday – Girls Volleyball vs. Turner Ashby (7pm) game theme – TBA
    • Friday – No school
    • Friday – Football vs Turner Ashby (7pm) game theme – PINK
    • Friday – announcement of Homecoming Court at half time
    • Saturday – Homecoming Dance (8-11pm) in the cafeteria.

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