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Top 5 Christmas Movies of All Time

Top 5 Christmas Movies of All Time

By: Macie Nester

People of all ages have many different opinions on the top Christmas movies. This is the list that my Journalism class agreed on as the top 5 Christmas movies of all time.

Elf– The Elf is one of the most popular classic movies and is many people’s favorite movie. First of all, a boy, named Buddy, is accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby and is raised to adulthood by Santa’s elves. Then, one day when Buddy is older he goes to New York to find his real father and once he finds him they try to build a relationship, but it is very chaotic

             3 reasons why you should watch elf during Christmas time!

  • This unique movie is really easy to quote, so if you love a movie that is memorable and sticks with you, Elf is definitely great.
  • Buddy always has a positive attitude, loves everyone, and knows what really matters in life, which is what Christmas is all about.
  •  Last of all, Elf truly captures the Holiday spirit.                    

Home Alone– Home Alone is about how a little boy named Kevin acts out the night before his family Christmas trip to Christmas, so his mother makes him sleep in the attic. Then, the next morning his family leaves for the airport without him and he is home alone. While he is home two men try to rob his house and he protects it.

  3 reasons why you should watch Home Alone during Christmas time!

  • The quotes are amazing and easy to recite. Some of the most famous quotes are “I made my family disappear” and “This is my house, I have to defend it.”
  • The burglars are the most unintentionally hilarious duo you will ever watch.
  • All the crazy and neat things Kevin gets to do while he is home alone, such as setting off fireworks and eating ice-cream for dinner.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)- The live-action version based on the book by Dr. Seuss is about how a green Grinch decides to ruin Christmas for the citizens of Whoville. He does this by sneaking into town to steal everything holiday-related from the Whos, but he has a change of mind when he meets the sweet Cindy Lou Who. 

       3 reasons why you should watch The Grinch Stole Christmas during Christmas time!

  • The author, Dr. Seuss. He’s the well-known writer of some of the world’s most famous children’s books. His movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” follows the original story of the book and was his first film adapted from one of his books.
  • Cindy Lou Who represents the real meaning of Christmas. She tries to figure out why Christmas doesn’t seem right to her and then she realized it’s because everyone is too focused on the gifts and material things rather than appreciating what they already have and their family and friends.
  • The ending of the movie is very heartwarming, which is what we all need around Christmas time. The Grinch, who had been rejected by society, was happy in the end because of a little girl who was loving and optimistic. 

The Polar Express- The Polar Express is about a young boy who is curious when he sees a mysterious train bound for the North Pole stop outside the window and then he is invited by the conductor to join them on the train. Hence, the boy and many other children go on a long journey to visit Santa.

           3 reasons why you should watch The Polar Express during Christmas time!

  • It is one of the most visually beautiful Christmas films ever and fills everyone with Christmas wonder. 
  • The songs are amazing and are always sung around Christmas time. Some of the most famous songs are “Believe” and “Hot Chocolate.”
  • The message of “believing.”  You have to believe in Christmas.

Santa Claus (1985) – The main actors in this movie are David Huddleston, Dudley Moore, and John Lithgow. Santa Claus an old movie about how a long time ago, a man named Claus, delivered toys in his small village and then fulfills his hope of becoming Santa Claus after meeting an amazing toy-making elf, Patch, in the North Pole. Then Claus becomes overwhelmed by all his work and Patch threatens the fate of Christmas by taking Clauses’ job at a failing toy company.

        3 reasons why you should watch Santa Claus during Christmas time!

  • It’s an oldie, but a goodie. (1985)
  • It depicts how Christmas could have been ruined and how important Santa Claus is. 
  • Awesome 80’s soundtrack!

 

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Little Giants on the Slopes

Little Giants on the Slopes

By: Macie Nester

Three years ago, Mr. Wion, a science teacher at Waynesboro High School, had the “solid” idea to make a snowboard and ski club at Waynesboro High School. He asked one of his co-workers, Mr. Johnson, to help him get it started. These two amazing teachers love the sport and their students, so they wanted to give them a new opportunity. 

This unique club took a lot of planning and negotiating to bring together, but they did not give up. “The first thing we had to do was get permission and at the time it was Mr.Teachey who was in charge,” said Mr. Johhnson.  “He was very supportive and now Mr. Stamm is in charge and has continued to be very supportive. The next thing we had to do was get in touch with the Mountain [Wintergreen] and they were very open to the idea of getting a club started and were generous with what he would allow from our end, like how are we going to get students up there and when are we going to go.” 

Every Thursday starting in late December to the end of March or whenever the slopes close for the season, Waynesboro High School provides transportation to Wintergreen for the club. The transportation stated in a van with just a few boys, but then as the club grew they gave the club a bus, so there is plenty of room for more students to come. “This year we are looking to get hopefully over 20 students,” said Mr. Johnson. 

In addition, Wintergreen has worked out some great deals with the Snowboard and Ski Club. Season passes through the club are almost half the price as they are if you just buy them through Wintergreen and they also offer package deals, which include a lift ticket and equipment. If you are a beginner, the package deal is a great option for you. Although snowboard and ski club undoubtedly provides great deals and new opportunities, it also helps students to make new friendships and memories. 

For instance, a club member, Jackson Sherman said: “I meet one of my best friends today through Waynesboro Ski Club and my favorite memory with his is hitting the jumps through the terrain park, and getting sweet tea in the lounge.”

 In addition, Mr. Johnson said his favorite memory is “when we had a lot of fun recording the lonely hearts video and all wore red to the mountain for Valentine’s day.”

Snowboard and ski club is a great and memorable time because even though it is technically school-related, it’s a way to have fun with your peers in a relaxed environment, get rid of some stress, and pick up a great new hobby that you will have for the rest of your life. 

Waynesboro Snowboard and Ski Club at Wintergreen last year.

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“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” Brings Back Happiness

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” Brings Back Happiness

By: Macie Nester

Was Mr. Rogers your hero when you were little? “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” was a thoughtful children’s show that was produced through the years 1968 to 2001, in which Mr. Rogers treats kids like intelligent people who deserve to know how special they are. Mr. Rogers was very inclusive and describes big problems in simple ways. He believed that children have deep feelings and we need to know how to respond to them correctly. In addition, his theory was “love your neighbor and love yourself.” Children all over the world wanted to be Mr. Roger’s neighbor and were greatly affected by him. 

There is a new movie called “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” which came out on November 22, 2019, which is based on the show “Mister Rogers Neighborhood”. This movie is a true story about how a journalist’s life is enriched by friendship when he takes on an assignment profiling Fred Rogers. It is based on the real-life friendship between journalist Tom Junod and Fed Rogers. Tom Junod published this magazine article on Mr. Roger’s career more than 20 years ago. Some individuals may have not seen Mr. Rogers as a hero or a friend because they believed that being special comes from working hard and having high expectations for yourself. I believe that as Tom Junod was profiling Fred Rogers he realized that Mr. Rogers was not only able to teach young children that they are precious, but that adults like himself are precious too.

This new movie celebrates the virtues of patient listening, gentleness and the honest expression of feelings. Hence, I believe that this movie will be a big hit because many young kids who lived between 1968 and 2001 who were affected by “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” will now be able to relive how special he made them feel and they will realize that they are still just as special, even if they have grown up. In addition, I think that the generation of kids today will be affected by this movie because they will see how their parents were changed by Mr. Rogers. All in all, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” will not only bring back childhood happiness, but it will also create a new sense of happiness for everyone.

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Construction or Disruption

Construction or Disruption

    By: Macie Nester   

Although Waynesboro High School is currently being renovated in order for the student to have a better learning environment, many individuals believe that the noise and random changes going on is negatively affecting them during the school day. 

Waynesboro High School was built in the 1930s and had additional wings added in 1950 and 1970. Now it is 2019 and a lot of construction needs to be done. Hence, now there is a $20 million first stage to make the new school. This stage includes a brand-new Career and Technical Education Academy in the former News Virginian building across the street from the school. In addition, the front parking lot, main entrance, administrative offices have been finished. Those are the only parts of the school that are finished. In other words, the construction workers are very behind. Currently, the construction workers are working on renovating all three floors. They work before school, during school, and after school. The construction causes lots of loud noises, blocked off classrooms, and physical change. Due to this. there are a lot of distractions for the students and teachers during the school day. To get personal perspectives of the construction I interviewed a student, a teacher, and a whole class. 

 I interviewed Jackson Sherman, a student at Waynesboro High School. Jackson is affected by the construction more than other students because he has two classes in the same classroom two blocks in a row. This classroom is affected by construction because it is on the third floor and the room below it is being renovated, so there’s a lot of loud noises and distractions. Once, while Jackson was in this classroom, a construction worker drilled through the floor below him a mere two feet away from where he was sitting. Now there is a taped-over hole right in front of his desk. I asked him if he has gotten used to the noises and blocked off sections of the school. Jackson said, “No, I have not gotten used to it. It’s rather annoying that there are things going on that we do not know about, it’s like they are trying to hide it. Also when I am trying to do my work, the noises really distract me and I can’t focus.” Next, I asked him how he felt when his foot almost got drilled through. “ I felt rather violated in my personal space,” he said. “Because there was a very sharp object coming through the floor at a high velocity towards my foot.”  

This is Jackson Sherman. The tape on the ground is covering up the hole in the floor. 

Next, I interviewed Mr. Pahl, Jackson’s teacher for the class in which he experienced the construction incident. Mr. Pahl spends block 1-3 in this classroom, which is affected by the construction. I asked Mr. Pahl if he had gotten used to the noises and blocked off sections of the school.  “No, because its keeps changing,” he said. “If it was the same sections that were blocked off I would probably get used to it, but because it’s different you don’t really get used to it. Same thing with the noise.” Then I asked him if he gets easily distracted by the noise. “Yes, if I try to get work done during my planning period and theres alot of construction noise,” he replied. “So I have to move somewhere else.” In addition, Mr. Pahl experienced the drill going through the floor, just like Jacskon did, and it made him concerned about the safety of his students. All in all, even though Mr. Pahl does his best to ignore the construction, it still affects him and his students. 

Last of all, I interviewed Mrs. Loyacanos 3rd block. I interviewed this class because it is always distubed by the construction below them. First of all, I asked them the question “How long has the construction been affecting you?” All of them agreed that the construction has been affecting them sense it started, the 2nd semester of freshman year, so basically it has been affecting them their whole high school career. They mentioned many ways the construction affects them. One student said “The halls are now very congested because of the construction and it is very hard for us to get places.” Another student shared a specific example of a time they were affected by the construction. “I was walking up to the track and the construction vehicle was in motion” the student said. “The workers were all around it with hard hats and I didn’t know where I was supposed to go, so I had to walk around the football field and it took me a lot longer.” 

All in all, the construction at Waynesboro High School has been really affecting the students and faculty. Even though they know that their school will be better when it is all finished, they still get distracted, nervous, and irritated because of it.

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Shauna Wilson Journalism 3 Staff Bio About her Amazing Life

By: Macie Nester

Shauna takes a picture beside her best friend.

Shauna Wilson is a Junior at Waynesboro High School in Journalism 3. This quote really reflects Shauna’s life. First of all, she really enjoys working with kids because they are exciting and make her day. She would really like to work with kids as her career when she grows up, perhaps a teacher. She is unsure of what college she would like to attend or even if college is the right path for her. Her favorite parts of school right now are Journalism 3 and doing interactive activities in class, but she is not a big fan of chemistry because it is hard for her to understand. In addition, Shauna is a very fun and friendly person. She loves to spend time with her brother Joseph, her friends, and her aunt’s pets. Fun fact, Shauna loves scrunchies, but isn’t a vsco girl! All in all, Shauna has a big future ahead of her and will do great things in the world.

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