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ASB decorates school campus with flowers and walkway

March 30, 2010

Alex Tyler

ASB members redistributed large planters filled with an assortment of wildflowers around campus over the past few weeks.

The students put in a brick pathway outside of the Eggers building, and they also trimmed plants around school, with student activities director Helen Paris wielding an electric edger.

These efforts are appreciated, but some students feel the money should go to school improvements, such as new books and bathroom locks. However, ASB isn’t authorized to use student funds on such items.

Senior John Rasure said although the improvements are helpful “they should have done this a long time ago, at this point the money could be better spent elsewhere.”

Paris thought of the idea to move the planters from their original position near the Eggers building because she thought that students were not noticing them. So ASB moved the planters to more noticeable areas, and work during fourth period to water the new flowers and make sure the additions maintain their beauty.

Junior Julien Malard, president of the New Leaf Club, said their club submitted a plan to ASB to place plants around school throughout the year, but then ASB moved ahead with this project separately.

“I first was a bit disappointed because I wanted our club to do the planting,” Malard said.

However, ASB agreed with the New Leaf Club to continue adding flowers, trees and other plants around the school with the help of the club. They will plant to celebrate Earth Day, April 22.

Holiday cheer rises above bad economy

December 15, 2009

Chase Glenister

Christmas has always been known as the season of cheer, peace and giving. However, due to the current economic situation, the giving part of the season is severely cramped.

Senior Eric Olsen disagrees.

“People give much more because they realize how close they are to being in the same position,” Olsen said.

Last year the WHS Toy Drive, expecting 150 gifts for families down on their luck, actually collected 336 presents.

“In the past, we’ve received everything from action figures and dolls to games such as Trivial Pursuit,” Olsen said.

There are many people who have clever ideas for gifts. Sophomore Jill Huynh has several ideas for presents that are cost-effective and can be purchased almost anywhere.

“Candy’s always good. As long as they don’t know where it came from, it’s good and go cheap!” Huynh said.

If you don’t know what your friend wants, then choose something anyone would want.

“I think money is a fantastic gift because of its versatility. Practical things might make a good gift in this economy,” senior John Rasure said.

Giving gifts to friends may be difficult due to the economic situation. Sometimes, though, the best gifts are the small things.

“Homemade is the way to go,” senior Emily Khuc said.

Don’t forget, Christmas is not only about presents. The main purpose of the winter season of love and cheer is family.

“I’m going to New Jersey to spend time with family. I don’t get to see them in New Jersey very much, and we usually have a lot of fun,” Rasure said.

Whatever you may go through, your family will be right there with you. That’s what Christmas is about.

“Materialistically, my Christmas hasn’t really changed,” Khuc said. “However, it’s more about the closeness of my family. We always get together with family.”

Times are hard for a number of people. Despite this, Christmas is still the season of peace and joy. So instead of worrying about material presents, give emotional ones. Give hugs, high-fives and sing songs. The inside jokes and shared memories will be treasured more than the expensive gifts. Enjoy your break, and happy holidays!

Band scores at homecoming

November 9, 2009

Shelmi Liang

Homecoming is one of the most important events for the school, especially for the school marching band. Under the instruction of music teacher, Duane Mitchell, the students aim to shine with their musical abilities in front of a large audience. The band performs a field show during half-time at the homecoming football game. For three weeks prior to the event, the band practices during class at Tak Fudenna Stadium.

“We [also] practice after school for about an hour on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the teacher parking lot,” senior Nicole Torio said.

The song they are performing this year is called “Malaguena” arranged by Michael Sweeney, which is a slightly more difficult piece than last year’s.

The population of students in band has decreased. However, the size overall has remained fairly the same for awhile. There are more underclassmen than upperclassmen, however the upperclassmen have more experience. It is also a small group compared to other schools; they only have 34 students in band as opposed to other schools with many more students. If a WHS student plays an instrument, they are encouraged to join.

The shortage of band members has a big impact on what the band has the ability to perform on the field.

“Line formation is probably spread out more,” senior John Rasure said.

The reason why the line formation is spread out more is to fill the field with people so it looks aesthetically pleasing to the crowd. Conducted by senior Chris Valdez, the band played a short, yet sweet “Malaguena.” Although Washington lost their homecoming game, the field performance by the band impressed the crowd.

“The band seemed on point and coordinated. They did a good job getting everybody pumped for the next half of the game,” senior Naser Mohabbat said.