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Giants softball makes giant improvements

Giants softball makes giant improvements

By: Jackson Sherman

The Waynesboro Varsity Softball team has 3 wins and 8 loses at half way through the season, and looking to turn it around. The team is looking for a win against Broadway next week.

Varsity Softball lines up for the playing of the national anthem.
Photo taken by: Victoria Mininger

“The main struggle in the season so far is the players are getting in their heads when they are down and not trying to come back from it,” said Coach Bowen, the assistant WHS Varsity Softball Coach. “They will get down and instead of fighting to crawl back and pull out a win, they blame themselves for the outcome and that causes them to do worse.”

Some of the setbacks during the season have been not having enough players at certain times and players not wanting to be a part of team. “These setbacks have been frustrating to the coaching staff and the players,” said Bowen.

Now trying to turn it around the softball team is working on defensive drills and their communication skills in the field. “These drills are going to help them play as a team and work harder during games,” said Bowen.

The drills involve players working on their foot work and creating momentum to the ball to make a strong and accurate throw. Bowen believes the drills are going to make a difference in games and hopefully change the outcome.

Kaitlyn Mininger, centerfielder for the Little Giants Softball team, wants to hit better this season and bring more to the plate. “I want to be more consistent when I hit and get better at hitting to different parts of the field,” said Mininger. “ I believe it will help my batting average and score more runs, which will lead to the team winning.”

Mininger is working on her game everyday and is playing travel softball to get extra work and playing time.“I will get there with extra practice, working on game scenarios, and getting mentally focused for each play of the game,” said Mininger.  

Mininger is preparing to play in districts and wants to win. “I’m preparing by finishing the season strong, working everyday on hitting and fielding, and motivating her teammates to win,” said Mininger

Mininger motivates her team by cheering on her teammates and even breaking down plays for success.

“The main things we will have to do as a team to win is pick each other up when we are down, get out of slumps, and stay mentally strong all 7 innings,” said Mininger.

Coach Bowen plans to finish the season strong, and put up a fight in districts!

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Jacob Bell press pass

Jacob’s athletic and academic life.

By: Jackson Sherman

Jacob is styling with his fashion clothing.

Jacob Bell is a Mid-field soccer athlete and is good at what he does. He has been playing soccer his whole life and loves everything about it. Jacob played summer soccer last year and looks forward to going out for the Waynesboro High School JV soccer team this year.“I want to be the best that I can be at the sport and hopefully advance to the next level, said Jacob.” His positive attitude and commitment does not stop at soccer. Jacob goes above and beyond in the community and in the classroom. He has done positive things for his community such as, mow people’s yards and shows other kids how to be outgoing and participate in new activities. He strives to get good grades and he really wants to go to a good college such as, UVA or JMU. Jacob would like to become a lawyer. Jacob is also really passionate about video games. He enjoys playing Fortnite and Cod in his free time. He said it is his go-to thing to do with his free-time. Another unique thing about Jacob is that he loves fashion clothing. He likes the brands Nike, Champion, Supreme, Off white, and Louis Vuitton, to name a few. Jacob says he is proud to be where he is and, is grateful for everybody who is there for him.

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The Life Of Kamren Hale

By: Abby Sikora

Kamren Hale
Photo by Jackson Sherman

Kamren Hale batting at a Waynesboro High School baseball game
Photo By Skyler Puckett

Hitting, sliding, and tackling are just three things Kamren Hale is obsessed with. The athletic 10th grader does many sports like baseball, football, and wrestling. “I think my favorite would have to be baseball,” he says. He started at the age of 3 and has now been playing for 13 years. On the pitch, his uniform number is 1 which he says is because that’s the hour of which he was born. He is hoping to play baseball for the Varsity Waynesboro High School team this spring. When not playing a sport, Kamren likes to try new things and set goals, which is one of the main reasons he is trying Journalism 1 this year. He is not sure what he wants to do with journalism in the future, but the class interested him so he “just went for it.” He enjoys drawing and took an art class for two years and wants to take more. He has maintained good grades throughout high school, which has helped him achieve honor roll. With 5 sisters and 3 brothers, Kamren admits he has quite a busy family life, but he is also close with many of them. He says his mom is the most important person in his life because she is always there for him when he is down. Kamren says it is also important to him is to “live every day like your last because you never know if there will be a tomorrow.” As for his future, Kamren dreams that he will be able to go to Oregon for baseball and eventually go pro.

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How to be safe on icy roads

How to be safe on icy roads

This photo provided by: The Allstate Blog Team

By: Jacob Bell & Jackson Sherman

  • Reduce speed on icy roads
  • Go easy on the brakes when turning and when stopping
  • Avoid hills and bridges if possible
  • In case of a wreck don’t stop driving slow down
  • If you skid or loose traction, stay calm
  • You should keep a sturdy ice scrapper in your car
  • Winter clothing
  • Rope or chains
  • Jumper cables
  • Water and snacks

This information provided by: how to drive on black ice and icy roads: safety tips to remember.


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What to do during a snow storm power outage

By: Abby Sikora and Kamren Hale

Stay Safe:

  • Use flashlights because candles can be a fire hazard
  • Have extra batteries for flashlights and radios
  • Watch out for falling trees and power lines
  • Unplug electronics
  • Have back up chargers
  • Eat dairy foods first so they don’t go bad and get you food poisoning
  • To know how long your food will last go to
  • Stay inside
  • Follow the hashtags #WinterSafety and #Winterstorm
  • Be careful using heating and generators
  • Understand generators safety

Make plans with your family:

  • Plan a shelter to go to and evacuation route
  • Make meal plans
  • Talk with family about moving locations if you live near trees and power lines
  • Figure out communication plan (example: walkie-talkies)
  • Don’t forget the needs of pets

Fun things to do inside:

  • Play board games
  • Sleep
  • Write
  • Use glow sticks
  • Make a fort

This information is provided by Ready Gov and Food Safety. Gov

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Vote For The Best Ugly Sweater!

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Ms. Cupp Receives Dawbarn Award

Ms. Cupp received the Dawbarn Award on November 28th, 2018. The Dawbarn award was established to improve education in local communities by granting cash awards to individuals who most successfully inspired, encouraged, and fostered learning in young people.


Video provided by: Kathryn Ford 



Photo by: Pam Richmond 

Some WHS Students went to the Wayne Theater to show Ms.Cupp love and support.


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Better Together

By: Hannah Lam

“It is a great way to have all of the students, including the younger ones understanding the differences between people. It also helps them understand that no matter the difference, everyone should be treated fairly and the same,” said Alyssa Fiammetta, a sophomore at Waynesboro High School who was in attendance with her mom who is a secretary at Wenonah Elementary School.

Wenonah Elementary School hosted their second annual Inclusion Day on October 25, 2018.  On Inclusion Day, students of Wenonah had 8 rotations where they learned about a variety of different learning disabilities. This year the school was able to do more to educate the community because they received a $2,500 grant from the school district. The school had many organizations contributing including Camp Light, Overcoming Barriers, Moms in Motion, Area 5 Special Olympics, Shenandoah LGBTQ Center and many more.

That night, parents, students, and the community were encouraged to come back to Wenonah to learn more about the organizations in attendance. Inclusion Night had many people you could talk to and get to know. Emily Sproul, a volunteer at the Shenandoah LGBTQ Center said that Wenonah reached out to them before Staunton Pride and asked them to be there.  

“Our mission is to support the local LGBTQ community. We welcome everyone to come get to know us,” said Sproul.

In the Wenonah library on Inclusion Night, Tammy and Alan Cale, coordinators of the Area 5 Special Olympics team in Augusta County, had a station. The Special Olympics is a nonprofit organization that serves athletes with an ID, a significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning, existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior and manifested during the developmental period. They also serve athletes with many other types of disabilities. Area 5 Special Olympics has 157 athletes on their roster, but only 130 are active in sports in the Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County area. They offer 14 seasonal sports, meaning they play sports all year round.  The Area 5 Special Olympics is the only Special Olympics team in Virginia that has a choir and cheer-leading team. No athlete ever pays for anything.

“We will do flips in the street to pay for it,”  said Alan Cale.

At the end of Inclusion Night some of the players from of the Charlottesville Cardinals spoke about their organization and what they saw while spending the day with the Wenonah students. To close the night, Wenonah students sang two songs in honor of Inclusion Day.  The students sent the message that everyone should remember that “together we are better.”

Photos by: Alyssa Fiammetta


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Bust Boredom by Binge Watching Netflix

By: Cheyenna Pirkey

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Are you already tired of the cold weather? Have you been looking for something cheap to do in your free time? Perhaps you’ve been searching for the best movies on Netflix. Well, search no more because we have provided a list of recommended movies for you to watch. Put on a comfy pair of PJs, pop some popcorn, make some hot chocolate, and find a comfortable place to sit because we have already provided the best movies on Netflix!

Movie Suggestions:

Each of the short summaries is from

Remember: Netflix is constantly adding new movies and taking away old ones, so some of these may disappear at some point. Also, Netflix might display a different picture than shown here.


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Paddington- PG Genre: Family

Summary: A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.

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Evan Almighty- PG Genre: Comedy

Summary: God contacts Congressman Evan Baxter and tells him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood.

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Secretariat- PG Genre: Drama

Summary: Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.

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Moana- PG Genre: Family

Summary: In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

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Sing- PG Genre: Family

Summary: In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists’ find that their lives will never be the same.

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Peter Rabbit- PG Genre: Family

Summary: Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden.

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Coco- PG Genre: Family

Summary: Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

Make sure you choose the one in your native language (English or Spanish)!



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Undercover Grandpa- PG-13 Genre: Action

Summary: When the girl he likes goes missing, Jake enlists the help of his grandpa and Grandpa’s former special ops buddies.

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Expelled- Pg-13 Genre: Comedy

Summary: Felix is a legendary prankster who gets expelled from his high school and, with the help of his friends, will stop at nothing to hide it from his parents.

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Meet the Fockers- PG-13 Genre: Comedy

Summary: All hell breaks loose when the Byrnes family meets the Focker family for the first time.

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Black Panther- PG-13 Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction

Summary: T’Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country’s past.

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Thor Ragnarok- PG-13 Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction

Summary: Thor is imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, and must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela.



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Counterfeiting In Suburbia- TV-14 Genre: Drama

Summary: Two teenagers have convinced themselves they’re not doing anyone any harm by counterfeiting money but it all takes a dark turn when their debt-ridden art teacher finds out they are using his classroom to make the counterfeit bills.

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The Kissing Booth- TV-14 Genre: Romance

Summary: A high school student is forced to confront her secret crush at a kissing booth.

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Kiss and Cry- TV-14 Genre: Drama

Summary: A romantic drama based on the story of Carley Allison, a promising 18 year old figure skater and singer who made medical history in her fight against a rare 1 in 3.5 billion type of sarcoma.

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before- TV-14 Genre: Romance

Summary: A teenage girl’s secret love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her love life.

If it is not already listed, please feel free to comment your favorite movie on Netflix below!


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Free Fun Activities!

Teen Night

Saturday, November 3

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

After-hours flashlight tag, pizza, and fun. Ages 12-18.

Registration required.


Movie Night at the Library

Friday, November 9

6:30 p.m.


PG-13 | 1 h 52 min | Comedy , Romance

A spoiled, wealthy yacht owner is thrown overboard and becomes the target of revenge from his mistreated employee.

Stars: Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris, Eva Longoria


Teen Video Gaming

Wednesday, November 21

2:00 – 4:00 pm.

Snacks and video games on the big screen. Ages 12-18.


Book Club

Thursday, November 8, 4:00 p.m.

Read a novel, then meet to discuss.

Ask at the circulation desk to

check out your copy.


Read and Discuss

Tuesday, November 27, 7:00 p.m.

This monthly group reads and

discusses nonfiction books.

Ask at the circulation desk for the

current book.


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