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Announcements December 8th- December 14th, 2019

GENERAL:

  • The Choral Department presents its Winter Concert this Sunday, December 15th at 3 pm. Admission is $5 at the door. This concert will feature Concert Choir in their traditional Candlelight Processional. 
  • Yearbooks are on sale at a discounted price. The cost is $65 until January 26th when the price will increase to $70. Have the memories from the 2020 school year that will last a lifetime. Homecoming – we’ve got it! Sports – we’ve got it! Pictures of you and your friends – we’ve got them! Remember – Snapchats don’t last forever, but yearbooks do! Buy yours today. Email Mrs. Musick to find out how to order yours today.
  • Learn to ski or snowboard with the Waynesboro Ski and Snowboard Club at Wintergreen. Sign up for four sessions and get less than half price for our school group, Thursdays after school in January. Get your paperwork and turn it into Mr. Wion before the break to get on that Wintergreen bus!! For more information, you can talk to Macie Nester, Camden Miller, or Tristan Bradley.
  • ALL SOL testing will be done on your school-issued Chromebook. It is extremely important for you to make sure your Chromebook and TestNav are working properly and that your Chromebook is brought to school fully charged on your test days. Mr. Ford might be able to help you with Chromebook problems if you let him know immediately. Also, you may borrow a friend’s Chromebook for testing if that is your only option. Please plan this before your test day. Be prepared and think positively. You can do this!
  • Latin club has packed 70 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child!!! For some of these children, this box might be the first gift ever received. Your gift will brighten these children’s Christmas and impact their lives forever!!! THANK YOU!!!!!! 

CLUBS:

COUNSELING:

  • If you are applying Early Decision or Early Action, your deadlines are quickly approaching. Please make sure you turn your college folder into your counselor 2 weeks before your deadline.
  • Sophomores & Juniors:  Are you interested in finding out more about Valley Career & Technical Center programs?  We are scheduling shadowing times now.  See Mrs. Wolke in the Counseling Office.  
  • Students interested in taking a summer course through Virtual Virginia, please see your counselor. 

SPORTS:

  • Open gym for softball will be every Monday and Wednesday at 4:00 on the softball field at KCMS weather permitting. If the weather is bad, we will be inside at 5:30 in the small gym at KCMS. 
Thursday, December 12, 2019
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5:00pmForensics: Varsity Invitational

vs. Harrisonburg  @ Harrisonburg High School
5:30pmBasketball: Girls JV Gamevs. Wilson Memorial  @ Waynesboro High School Gym – Competition
7:15pmBasketball: Girls Varsity Gamevs. Wilson Memorial  @ Waynesboro High School Gym – Competition
Friday, December 13, 2019
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5:30pmBasketball: Boys JV Gamevs. Wilson Memorial  @ Waynesboro High School Gym – Competition
5:30pmCheer: Boys JV Gamevs. Wilson Memorial  @ Waynesboro High School Gym – Competition
5:30pmWrestling: Varsity Invitationalvs. Harrisonburg  @ Harrisonburg High School
7:15pmBasketball: Boys Varsity Gamevs. Wilson Memorial  @ Waynesboro High School Gym – Competition
7:15pmCheer: Boys Varsity Gamevs. Wilson Memorial  @ Waynesboro High School Gym – Competition
Saturday, December 14, 2019
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10:00amWrestling: Varsity Invitationalvs. Harrisonburg  @ Harrisonburg High School
9:00pmIndoor Track: Girls Varsity Invitational

vs. Liberty Christian Academy  @ Liberty University
9:00pmIndoor Track: Boys Varsity Invitational

vs. Liberty Christian Academy  @ Liberty University
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Monday, December 16, 2019
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4:30pmIndoor Track: Girls Varsity Polar Bear  (Rescheduled from 12-18-19)vs. Fort Defiance  @ Fort Defiance High School
4:30pmIndoor Track: Boys Varsity Polar Bear

  (Rescheduled from 12-18-19)
vs. Fort Defiance  @ Fort Defiance High School
6:00pmScholastic Bowl: Varsity Match

vs. Broadway  @ Broadway High School
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
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5:30pmBasketball: Girls JV Gamevs. Staunton  @ Staunton High Schol
5:30pmBasketball: Boys JV Gamevs. Staunton  @ Waynesboro High School Gym – Competition
5:30pmCheer: Boys JV Gamevs. Staunton  @ Waynesboro High School Gym – Competition
6:30pmSwim & Dive: Girls Varsity Meetvs. Multiple Schools..  @ Bridgewater College Pool
6:30pmSwim & Dive: Boys Varsity Meet

vs. Multiple Schools..  @ Bridgewater College Pool
7:15pmBasketball: Girls Varsity Game

vs. Staunton  @ Staunton High Schol
7:15pmBasketball: Boys Varsity Gamevs. Staunton  @ Waynesboro High School Gym – Competition
7:15pmCheer: Boys Varsity Gamevs. Staunton  @ Waynesboro High School Gym – Competition
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
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4:30pmIndoor Track: Girls Varsity Polar Bear  (Rescheduled to 12-16-19)vs. Fort Defiance  @ Fort Defiance High School
4:30pmIndoor Track: Boys Varsity Polar Bear

  (Rescheduled to 12-16-19)
vs. Fort Defiance  @ Fort Defiance High School
5:30pmBasketball: Boys JV Gamevs. Fluvanna County  @ Waynesboro High School Gym – Competition
5:30pmCheer: Boys JV Gamevs. Fluvanna County  @ Waynesboro High School Gym – Competition
5:30pmWrestling: Varsity Matchvs. Fishburne Military  @ Fishburne Military
6:00pmBasketball: Girls JV Gamevs. Fluvanna County  @ Fluvanna County High School
7:15pmBasketball: Boys Varsity Gamevs. Fluvanna County  @ Waynesboro High School Gym – Competition
7:15pmCheer: Boys Varsity Gamevs. Fluvanna County  @ Waynesboro High School Gym – Competition
7:30pmBasketball: Girls Varsity Game

vs. Fluvanna County  @ Fluvanna County High School

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Should College Athletes be Paid?

Should College Athletes be Paid?

By: Sam Sikora

For years, there has been a major debate regarding whether or not collegiate athletes should be paid. Some say that paying athletes would ruin the integrity of college sports. Others claim that they deserve the money for the prowess in their sport. Regardless of your opinion, let’s look at the basic facts first.

The NCAA averages an annual revenue of right around one billion dollars. About 82% or 821 million of that is generated from the extremely popular, 64 team, basketball tournament known as March Madness (USA Today). That is a lot of money. But if you include all three divisions of the NCAA and all the sports, there are a lot of student athletes (roughly 460,000). If the NCAA gave up all of their profits to students, each student would only earn a salary of $2,173 annually which is equivalent to a low-end scholarship. However, not many people are arguing that the NCAA should provide athletes a base salary like a professional sport. The bigger controversy comes with endorsements from outside agents. For instance, collegiate athletes aren’t even allowed to earn money from youtube channels off of their name and still compete under NCAA rules. To me, if they are earning their own money, off of their own brand, it is ridiculous to prevent them from earning their own wage. 

Personally, as a future collegiate athlete, I believe that athletes should be allowed to be compensated to endorse a brand or company. If they are skilled and a popular public figure, then why shouldn’t they be allowed to earn money off of their name? Is it because it would ruin the “integrity of the game?” I personally enjoy watching college basketball more than watching the NBA because there is more heart and passion displayed by the collegiate athletes. The thing is, if we allowed these high-class athletes the ability to earn endorsements, the chances are higher that they may stick around and play collegiate ball for more than one year. Think of all the superstar college athletes that leave after one year in the NCAA to go pro. If there was more incentive to stick around, then we could see an even larger increase in the competitiveness of NCAA sports. 

At the end of the day, I do believe that it would be crazy to force the NCAA to pay athletes. But it would be even crazier for the NCAA to continue to prevent athletes from profiting off of their own name. 


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Riverdale: Luke Perry Memorial Episode

By: Natalie Strack

The first episode of the new season of Riverdale was dedicated to former star Luke Perry. It was a beautiful way to honor the actor and his work on the show. One of the more emotional parts about watching the show was not only that he was a great character, but he acted like himself on the show and in real life outside the show. Not only were the other actors on the show saying goodbye to him, but the people who watched the show were too. 

Sammy Hodge, a WHS student and fan of the show said, “It was pretty emotional because it was having to let go of someone who helped you in life who didn’t know that they helped you.” she feels that the producers of the show could have put more about his real-life on the end of the episode. Her favorite scene is when the woman put flowers on the spot where he died after he sacrificed his life for hers. Another powerful scene was when the character F.P. Jones gave Perry’s character, Fred Andrews” a police escort back into town with all of Riverdale supporting Archie and welcoming him back to Riverdale.

Alexis Nedd, a TV critic on Mashable, said, “ Luke Perry was the best Riverdale had to offer, and their best was honored beautifully.” Not only was Perry a friend of all the other actors, he was like a mentor to all of them. A month after his passing, Archie actor, KJ Apa, revealed to Jimmy Fallon that Perry would call Apa’s parents every week to let them know he was taking care of their son while they were shooting. 

Luke Perry was universally recognized as a good person and will be truly missed by everyone. He played his character well because he was like his character in real life, and he went too soon. Rest in Peace, Luke Perry, you will be missed.

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Luke Perry (left) KJ Apa (right)

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Dealing With Teen Depression

By: Ruth Fiske

Depression is something a lot of people struggle with, especially teens. In the past, people used to judge those who had depression. I believe now as a society that we are more aware and caring towards teen depression. It is important to inform people about teen depression and helping all people. 

How common is teen depression? Why does it exist? What even is teen depression? How can we act to help teens with depression? These are probably some questions that come up when this subject is talked about. I had the privilege to interview some of my peers and a fellow classmate about teen depression. The first person I interviewed was my school counselor, Ms. Shaw. Ms. Shaw has worked at Waynesboro High School for eight years now. Before that, she was a school counselor at a different division and worked in child protective services. Ms. Shaw is mental health trained because that is part of the training to be a school counselor. I asked Ms. Shaw if she thinks our school is aware of the problem of teen depression. 

“I think they are,” she said. “Between the teachers and administrators and the school counselors, we’re pretty aware.” 

She went on to speak about teen depression. 

“Well, I think it can be a number of things. It could be situational depression. That can be anywhere from a death in the family, a change in circumstances, like divorce, or parents splitting up, high school relationship, so that’s what I would consider situational depression. Where it doesn’t always last for long periods of time but at that moment it feels like, well, the end of the world,” she said.  “That doesn’t mean it is not as important as long term depression, it’s just a different depression.”

We talked about how students that have suffered from depression for years is completely different from situational depression. We discussed how that could possibly be from a chemical imbalance in the brain or something traumatic that happened that depression still continues. We also got to discuss how some time ago if a teen had depression, then people would say that person is just quiet or antisocial. 

Mr. Spees, the photography teacher at Waynesboro High School, had some interesting thoughts about teen depression. This is Mr. Spees’s seventh year at WHS. He has worked a variety of other jobs. He owned a business as a welder, he’s worked in restaurants, he has been a gardener, worked in factories, has been a photographer. I asked him how teen depression affects students.

“It definitely affects kids when they walk in the door,” Spees said. “They probably don’t get near enough school work done. It probably affects the job that teachers do. It also affects when the students don’t participate.”

I also got to ask him what his experience were dealing with teen depression as a teacher. 

“I see more physical signs that mental signs,” he said.  “They recede to themselves, are quieter and don’t want to talk about it.”

Being mental health trained is not a requirement for teachers like it is for school counselors. As a teacher, Mr. Spees said that he is not afraid to stop and talk to students if they seem depressed. He said that he asks students, “Are you ok?” The reason being is because he cares about this issue and wants to help. If he cannot help in a more professional way (because he is not legally trained to deal with mental health), then he said he would recommend someone for a student to talk to.

Olivia Huffman, a student at Waynesboro also had some thoughts about teen depression. This is Olivia’s first year at WHS and she is in eleventh grade. Teen depression to Olivia is portrayed in the media as staying to yourself and sometimes suicide. I asked Olivia if she sees teen depression as a problem at WHS.

“No, not at WHS, but I’ve seen teen depression a lot at my old school Fort Defiance,” she said. 

     Olivia also told me that she does not see it as much as she expected to see it here at WHS. I asked her how we as students can be more aware of teen depression, and how we can help other students.

“We can make people more aware by talking to your counselor if needed,” she said.

She also thinks that we as students can help teens dealing with depression by being there for them. I also asked her how important it is making teen depression aware to her and how important it is helping teens with depression. 

“Well just in general, helping others to me is a great thing,” she said. “But especially with depression or suicide.”

Finally, I asked her how she thinks the teachers and staff at WHS acknowledge and help students with depression. 

“Teachers and staff at WHS are always there if you need someone to talk to,” Olivia said. “Especially in very difficult situations like teen depression or anything like that.”

As teens, our brains are still developing and it is hard to focus on schoolwork or anything for that matter when you are dealing with depression.  It is ok to not be ok. It is important to reach out to each other. You never know what is truly going on with someone and everyone deserves to have someone there for them. Talk to your friends, family, school counselor. You are never alone!

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The New Parking Lot

By: Shauna Wilson

I do not drive, but I have friends who do. I was sitting at lunch one day and we got to talking about student parking and how important it is to all the students. I got to thinking about recent changes to student parking at WHS. We now have a “new” student parking lot and yet some students still park in the back. Being the great journalist that I am, I went to go ask Mr. Stamm some questions.

Our conversation started when I asked how a student can get a parking pass. Mr. Stamm told me that “they are sold out, but that’s just because we are limited, and that will increase. We spent a lot of time in the summer trying to sort out how we can make everybody fit. From last year we are down about 18-20 spots, and a lot of that has to do with we are missing a few spots in the front where they did the new construction. We are missing 4 spots in the front, but we will get them back.”

He continued by explaing how “the prep area and loading down area, on the far side of the school is eventually going to be a parking area. But we will gain more spots, so right now this is not the total amount of spots. We will be getting more.”

For the time being, the parking spots are only $10, unlike some other schools. “Some schools are charging $50, we have never seen a reason to increase the amount. Maybe down the road but it’s not been on my agenda,” added Mr. Stamm.

I was a bit shocked at how much it cost to get a parking pass. I knew the parking spots would be gone soon, and that there would be a minimal amount.

I wondered why we had a small amount of parking given the number of student drivers at Wayesboro. How was the number of parking spots decided, I wondered.

“So that turns into a joint conversation with the architects, the city and the school, so it’s not about how many spots” Mr. Stamm explained.

“We obviously want to increase the number of spots at the end of the day. There are regulations, the amount of space, how much concrete we need and just what kind of space we have at the school. In an ideal world, we would have a big parking lot somewhere. We’d have more spaces than what we need but with the regulations, what the requirements for the city are, the requirements the architects have to follow, we try to get as many as we can.” So it seemed that the only reason we have a certain amount of parking spots isn’t because of some dumb rule. We just have to follow the regulations.

Did we really need a new student parking lot though given that students are still parking in the back?

“It’s so nice and a big reason for it being out front wasn’t so much that the students get the new parking. However, I thought about how it would work with our renovation and our new entrance. There are more seniors driving than there are spots out front, so what we did was offer the seniors to get the parking passes two days ahead of everyone else. So they had the chance to get a spot first, and we had some pick them out back. We have students that go to Valley VoTech and GOV school in the morning, there’s a lot of those students that get the parking spots in the front. We want them to be close to the front entrance. The other thing is it separates the students and the busses that are there in the afternoon” replied Mr. Stamm.

We all know that the parking lot is nice and all, but does everyone like it? There must be some positive and negative challenges with the new parking lot.

“The positive is that it’s a new and fresh look. We don’t’ have any big puddles out there when it rains. The landscape of the front looks so much nicer, it makes our school look new. It’s more accessible for people, and especially for our visitors. We have to keep working with our pickup and dropoff, but the students and parents are doing a good job. It’s interesting watching, the cars do not move up when they drop a student off or pick up a student. There is also less of a back up at the light.” Said Mr. Stamm.

Hopefully, in a few months or so, people will learn not to park in others’ parking spots, because you could lose your parking pass and or your car could get towed. Overall, I believe our new student parking lot is doing good and it looks amazing.

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Natalie Strack Journalism 1

By: Samantha Hodge

Natalie Strack is a Freshman reporter for the Journalism 1 class of 2019. Natalie enrolled in this class because she enjoys taking photos and writing. After graduation Natalie wants to go straight to college, she wants to go to Harvard. She either wants to get a teaching degree or go to the police academy to become a police officer for the Florida police department. When spring break comes around she wants to visit Italy because it is a beautiful place and she wants to try all the new foods. To get to where she wants to go in life, Natalie wants to focus on her school work and study with no distractions. In her free time, Natalie likes to sleep, eat, watch Netflix, and hang out with friends. Natalie is most proud of going to a music camp over the summer, it was a big camp and she was on the news! The best part of all, it was in Georgia and she was there for 2 weeks.

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Dregan Giles the Future Star

Dregan Giles the Future Star

By: Hailey Tabor

Dregan Giles is a Junior at Waynesboro High School. He’s in Journalism 1 and Dregan took up this class because he loves to write and it just seemed like the perfect class for him. His friends in Journalism are Kamren and Hailey. After high school, he wants to go to Washington State University so he can take their amazing course for computer science. After he finishes college he wants to move out west, to Arizona for more opportunities, he would be heading there with lots of potential so it would definitely work out. Overall his favorite thing about school is socializing with friends that he didn’t see over the summer and it gives him something to do instead of being bored all day. Dregan has one brother and one sister and enjoys playing video games. He enjoys playing the guitar and of course, writing!

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Staff Bio About Macie Nester

This picture demonstrates who Macie is, a very outgoing and Tumblr girl.
Photo By: Shauna Wilson

By: Shauna Wilson

Macie Nester is a Journalism 1 student in the 11th grade. She has 2 brothers and a dog. Macie likes to pack her lunch because she likes to eat her own food. Macie took journalism because she had a free block, her guidance counselor told her to take journalism because the new teacher is “cool.” Her only friend in this class is Jayden because he’s the nicest 9th grader she knows. She does Cross Country and track, but even though she enjoys running she is definitely a Tumblr girl! She loves to hang out with friends and go snowboarding. When she leaves Waynesboro High School she wants to go to college and become a vet. She sees herself in 5 years still at college, she also hopes in 10 years she will have gone to Australia. Macie is that Tumblr girl you want to be friends with.

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Spirit Week 2018

Freshmen, Thalia Garcia and Mya Rowe. Photo credit: Malaysia Woodson.

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Earth science teacher Mr. Wion. Photo credit: Journalism class.

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