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The Dream Team

By: Abby Sikora

WHS Boy’s Tennis Team. Left to right: Parker Wood, Anita Sowers, Samuel Pereles, Luke Young, Grayson Wood, Parker Willetts, Avery Paiste, Nigel Stewart. Kneeling: Rakim Al-Hajj, Camden Miller. Picture by Heather Miller.

The Waynesboro Boy’s Tennis Team finished the regular season with a record of 12 wins and 4 losses, making them district champs two years in a row.

“The success is due to the hard work and dedication of every member of this team,” said Anita Sowers, the new coach for the Waynesboro Boy’s Tennis Team.

Sowers has been coaching tennis for eleven years now. She started coaching at Lee High School, then at a tennis camp, then at Wintergreen, and now here at Waynesboro. This year has been her first year coaching at Waynesboro and has given her some challenges.

“Given that it is not my first time coaching, but my first time with WHS, my biggest challenge is knowing the caliber of our competition,” said Sowers.  “I do not know how good or bad the other schools we play are.”

While facing these challenges, Sowers believes she has been able to bring in a more technical and strategized type of play for the team. Rather than just hitting and playing games during practice, Sowers enjoys working with the boys through technical drills.  The boys on the team appreciate Sowers and her hard work.

“Coach Sowers has really pushed us hard this season. She takes time to help each player individually on and off the court,” said Luke Young, a junior on the team.

The boy’s goal coming into the year was to make it to the state tournament. Now that the team has just made it to the district tournament, they are one step closer to accomplishing that goal. With all the stress that can come from these matches, the team works together to make this time more exciting rather than stressful.

“This team has helped me learn and get better in a fun environment,” said Young.

Coach Sowers believes having a well rounded team is important in tennis because they all have to work together to be successful.

“Every single member of this team has worked hard and had many successes. They all stand out,” said Sowers.

Sowers knows the team is good enough to make it to Regionals this year, but she said she understands that they need to take it one game at a time in order to get there.

“This team is a ‘Dream Team’.  I couldn’t ask for a better group of young men to coach,” said Sowers. “They are motivated, persistent, hard-working, skilled, courteous, respectful, and a lot of fun.”

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Journalism Hat Drive '19

Announcements May 13 – May 17, 2019


You have until Friday, May 17th to bring in hats and get prizes! Let’s GO GIANTS!
  • Don’t spend the summer sitting on your couch!  Planet Fitness is offering a Teen Fitness challenge.  Students ages 15-18 can join for free for the summer (May 15-September 1).
  • Yearbooks are being distributed during advisory and all three lunches at the Concession stand through Wednesday, May 15th. Beginning on Thursday, May 16th, please see Mrs. Musick in room 255 to pick up your book.
  • Any students wanting to enroll in Mentorship next year need to see Mrs. Gilbert by Friday, May 17th.  Please bring a filled out application with you.
  • Juniors: In August, you will have a chance to schedule a Senior Portrait with Gentry when they come to the school to take pictures. If you would like to go to their studio to have pictures taken this summer, you may contact them directly. Going to Gentry’s studio will allow you to have different shots in different settings if you want to specialize your Senior pictures. Teachers of Juniors have been given handouts about specials that Gentry is promoting this summer.  You may also pick one up in the office. If you have questions, ask Mrs. Musick.


  • KEY CLUB members please remember to join us Friday, May 17 at 3:20 in the Library for our new officers installation ceremony. Light snacks will be provided!


  • Students interested in taking a summer course through Virtual Virginia, please see your counselor. 


  • The valley district finals and consolation events scheduled for Thursday May 16th have been moved to Friday May 17th due to the weather.
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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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Giant effort makes prom magic

By: Peyton McNorton

The tuxedo and dress are ready, flowers are ordered and plans with friends are set. Prom 2019 is tomorrow, May 4th.

To make an event like prom happen, the prom committee, a group of students and faculty advisors, have worked behind the scenes for months, even years, planning and holding fundraising events.

Leonard Richards, WHS government teacher and senior class sponsor, says he is really looking forward to watching these students enjoy their hard work paying off tomorrow night.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing those seniors that worked really hard throughout their four years,” Richards said. “I want these seniors to have fun at prom because this is their last dance that they will have in high school.”.

Although prom can be fun, it can cost a lot. The senior class saved their money and held fundraisers throughout high school. This year’s senior class students started out with no money, but then raised money by doing many fundraisers.

“We have been working really hard and have raised thousands of dollars, which is pretty awesome,” said Tate Snyder, a senior who has been working on prom. “We already bought the props and it’s better than last years prom, so I’m excited to see the final look.”

Sarah Joachim, a senior helping out with prom, also thinks the fundraisers have gone well.

“I mean we have charged people to paint their parking spots, asked for donations, and held a car wash,” Joachim said. “That car wash fundraiser was so successful that we raised around $5,000, I believe.”

According to Joachim and Snyder, prom preparation have also gone well. They and a group of other students will be setting up the decorations Friday night and Saturday morning.

“I’m really looking forward to the pictures and dancing,” Joachim said. “I’m also excited to see the decorations the other senior’s and I put up.”

Snyder is most excited about spending the evening enjoying all the hard work he and his friends have put into planning prom.

“I’m just really excited to be with my friends,” Snyder said. “I’m also excited to see all of the hard work that my friends and I put into planning prom.”

Richards said he he wants prom to have more investment from other classes and other individuals in the building in the years to come.

“Prom should be a school event, not just a senior event,” Richards said. “Everybody should take part in it.”

Students involved in the planning process have attended other proms at local schools, so they have some suggestions on what they would change about WHS prom for rising seniors in the years ahead.

“I would change to no cutting of the wristbands,” Joachim said. “Another thing I would change is that the dancing should be less strict, because they are super strict about it and it’s almost never fun because of that.”

Snyder went to Riverheads High School prom on April 19. He thought their prom was fun, but Snyder didn’t like how few people went to prom.

“At Riverheads prom, everybody just stands around and talks,” Snyder said. “I like Waynesboro’s prom because more people are dancing.”

As in the past, a central event at prom is announcing the Royal Court. This year senior class sponsor Keith Smith asked WHS teachers to nominate a group of students that demonstrate qualities of character for Prom Royal Court. The 2015-16 prom committee defines character as students who exhibit “core ethical values such as caring, honesty, kindness, fairness, responsibility and respect for self and others.” Seniors voted on the prom Prince and Princess, so the Royal Court winners will be announced during prom.

Snyder was excited that he was selected as one of the nominees for Prince. Several of his friends were also nominated for prom Prince and Princess.

As seniors are getting ready to graduate, Joachim and Snyder have some advice for underclassmen students who may attend prom next year.

“I would tell them to make sure they have everything ready before hand,” Joachim said. “It can get stressful trying to get everything together at the last minute.”

Snyder has some advice for WHS students.

“Just go with friends and don’t skip prom,” Snyder said. “Get the experience of what’s it like taking pictures with friends, going out to dinner, and dancing.”

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Going back in time with Lisa Garcia

by; Jacob Bell

Lisa Garcia, a Spanish teacher at Waynesboro High School, originally taught English in Spain. Garcia has been teaching for a little over 30 years now and loves it. Garcia is very passionate about her job as a Spanish teacher and wants all of her students to succeed. Before teaching, Garcia attended Roanoke College where she double majored in Sociology and Spanish.  

This is Garcia and a group of friends. Garcia is the one in the white dress on the right side.
photo provided by: Lisa Garcia

Q: Do you teach any other subjects?

A: “I teach Spanish”

Q: What’s your favorite Broadway show that you have ever watched?

A: Rock of Ages, “Rock of Ages is my favorite Broadway musical because it’s fun and has lots of great ’80s songs.  Seeing this show so many times has given me lots of good friends, too. I’ve know some of them for almost 10 years now.”

Q: What music was popular while you were in high school?

A: James Taylor, Carly Simon. (James Taylor is an American singer-songwriter) (Carly Simon is an american singer-songwriter, musician, and a children’s author)  

Q: What was your favorite childhood snack?

A: “my favorite childhood snack was my  grandmothers homemade doughnuts because they were always fresh, warm and sweet and of course, made with love”

Q: What was your favorite sport while in high school?

A: tennis, “My friends and I started playing tennis after seeing Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs on TV.  We had intramural tennis at Kate Collins but I never played on a team in high school. I continued to play until my 30s and still enjoy watching it on TV.”

Q: What was your first job in high school?

A: “While I was in high school I could only work in the summer and I worked as a waitress and got paid $1.25 an hour” “ I was a waitress at the coffee shop/ diner that used to be inside Roses’ Department Store many years ago.”

Q: What was your favorite high school memory?

A: “My favorite high school memory was concert choir”

Q: What was your favorite vacation that you took while in high school?

A: “My favorite vacation in high school was our Concert Choir trip to NYC. I’d never been there before and I got to go with friends.  We did perform at a church service in Manhattan but we had time to do some other things, too. I was able to see some team tennis matches at Madison Square Garden (and yes, Billie Jean King was there playing) and I saw my first Broadway musical “The King and I” starring Yul Brynner.”

Q: What was your favorite local restaurant?   

A: “When I was in high school everyone used to hang out at McDonald’s”

Q: What did you do in your free time?

A:  “I had chores everyday after school, I listened to music, and played tennis”

Q: What was your favorite class in school?

A: “My favorite class was either History or Spanish” “Ever since I can remember, I’ve always loved reading about other people and places in the world. History and geography have been an interest of mine.  Spanish just added to my enjoyment of history and culture.”

Q: While you were in high school, what did you think you wanted to be when you got older?

A: “ I knew I wanted to live in a foreign country”

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Throwing it back with Mrs. Bowen

By: Jackson Sherman

Aislinn Bowen attended Eastern Mennonite university, where she played softball and graduated with her Bachelors degree. Then started teaching at Waynesboro High School the year she graduated from EMU. Bowen has been teaching Health/ Physical Education at WHS for three years and loves the career.

Who were the famous celebrities? Athletes?

Sports athletes were the big celebrities such as, A-rod (Alex Rodriguez), Derek Jeter, and Kobe Bryant.

What fashion trends were popular? Accessories and clothing?

Scrunches on your wrist and New Balance clogs were popular. “ Basically all of the trends that are in right now, were in back in my high school days,” said Bowen.

Favorite clothing brands?

“Everybody wore American Eagle, Aeropostale, and Hollister Mostly all of those brands are in style now,” said Bowen

What music was popular? (look up top 10 songs on web)

Popular music artists were drake and pitbull and their popular songs were: “You the best” by Drake and “Don’t stop the party” by Pitbull, both in the hip hop genre.

Favorite high school memory?

“Meeting my husband was my best memory of high school.”

What did you do in your free time? Work? Sports? Hobbies?

Bowen played basketball and softball throughout high school.

What was your first vehicle? And how old were you when you got it?

“ It was a 2004 Toyota Camry that I still have and use now, so I took pretty good care of it,” said Bowen. She went on to say that she got her car when she was 16 years old.

Favorite TV show?

“As a kid, I remember always watching Animal Planet and ‘Teen Mom’ which had came out when I was a senior, at the time it was called ’16 and Pregnant’,” said Bowen.

Favorite food? Favorite childhood snack? Favorite local restaurant?

“I had to ask my mom what I liked to eat because I don’t even remember, but apparently I liked carrots and ranch, and peanut butter and apples.”

Favorite local hangout?

Mostly sporting events and Armstrongs Restaurant.

Favorite class at school? What was your worst subject in school?

Home Ec – cooking and sewing. Bowen said, “sewing was what I liked to do in high school, especially in home Ec.

What was the BIG EVENT at your high school?

Prom and sporting events – districts, regionals, states. “Our high school was really good in sports at the time, and we always had a sport going to championships.”

Favorite vacation or trip you took? Theme park and/or carnival ride?

“ My grandparents owned a carnival that they took all over the state, so I could go and ride for free and so could all of my friends” Said Bowen.

Best field trip? Where did you go? What did you do there?

“The best trip I took in high school was probably to Texas with my boyfriend my senior year. We visited his family, went to the zoo and ate some pretty good food,” said Bowen.

Were you popular in high school? What clique or social group were you in? (geek, nerd, jock, preppy, band kid, goth)

“I didn’t really like to say I was popular, but all my friends said I was and I hung out with everybody really,” said Bowen.

What was the sneakiest thing you and your friends ever did?

“One night my softball teammates and I TP’d our coach’s house,” said Bowen.

Most embarrassing moment in high school?

“I walked into the men’s baseball locker room as a freshman in college,” Bowen said.

What was your first job? In high school or right after?

“I worked at the Wilson Elementary playground over the summer for every year up until summer 2017,” said Bowen.

Why did you want to go to EMU College?

“I wanted to go to EMU because they recruited me to play softball, and all my friends from softball were going,” said Bowen.

Mrs. Bowen and her now Husband at Senior Prom.
Mrs. Bowen and her powder puff squad, Junior year.
Mrs. Bowen and her family after High School graduation.

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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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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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