End of Spirit Week

End of Spirit Week

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Seniors Anmol Mathur, Laurelle Lund, Kaitlyn Martinez on 70s Day.

October 28, 2011

Anmol Mathur

Spirit Week 2011 is over. For the class of 2012, and for me, this is bittersweet. After four years of bonding with my classmates—some of whom I have known for thirteen years—this is the last time we all come together for one week and show how close-knit we are. We can still have fun being silly kids even when we are on the brink of starting our own adult lives. My favorite part of Spirit Week is definitely dressing up and seeing all the creative costumes in which other people show up to school. I love seeing the costumes that are homemade and original, so Celebrity Day was especially enjoyable this year. The bewildered looks I would always get from passers-by on the walk to school don’t even matter during Spirit Week. I know that I only look like a weirdo until I join my comrades on campus.

Parents come back to school

September 29, 2011

Coleana Mount

Last Thursday night, September 15, was one of the most highly anticipated events this year, Back to School Night. When students think of Back to School Night, they probably think of hanging with their friends while their parents scramble around trying to find their scholar’s classes and take notes on the new subjects. But truth is Back to School Night is important to plenty of parents and teachers.

Parent Gus Guerra said “I look forward to Back to School Night, because I’ll get to meet my son’s teachers and learn what their expectations are from him.” Numerous parents take it seriously but do the students?

When asked junior Juan Gomez said, “Back to School Night is more like a late school where kids can come and hangout.”  All in all, Back to School Night can be stressful for everyone especially the teachers who have to clean up their classrooms, make a speech in front of a room full of parents, and try to explain their curriculum and answer the many questions they may obtain.

Even with all this work she had to do to prepare, math teacher, Mrs.Chiu said “I like Back to School Night. It’s great to meet all the parents and establish open communication.” But no more matter what is said about Back to School Night, it still seems like parents and students alike enjoyed it.

Take a step back

September 29, 2011

Yasmin Akbari

Adults always ask me about is how school is going, and when I give them a list of the honors and AP classes I’m taking, I am met with quizzical looks.  They ask me whether I still have time for other activities with all the work. It’s not long before they lapse into a rosy reverie about their own high school experience.  I’ve heard countless stories about how high school was so much fun “back in the day.”  Most of these adults didn’t go to any brand name university, yet they have decent jobs and live comfortably.
Have times changed so drastically? Do we take school too seriously? Should we be enjoying high school more? A primary concern for high schoolers these days are academics.  Everyone is working towards their dream college; everyone wants to go to a prestigious university in hopes of earning a comfortable living afterwards.  Is all this a myth? Do we NEED that top-rated education to score a good job later?
While academics is a priority for me, I have to take a step back and wonder what is an exaggeration and what is actually necessary to succeed.  Granted, everyone’s definition of “success” differs, but some principles are universal.

Huskies provide clothing donations for charity

Huskies provide clothing donations for charity

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C.A.R.H. is a non-profit organization which ASB is trying to get students to donate to.

September 28, 2011

Liam Sheridan

This year’s annual clothes drive kicks off as the first charity event of the year. Organized by the Green Commission of ASB, it aims to provide clothing for C.A.R.H. (Community Assistance for the Retarded and Handicapped), a non-profit organization founded in 1972. C.A.R.H. operates in Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, and San Joaquin counties. They not only accept donations at their business locations, but they will also pick up donations from your house.

Any student wanting to donate clothing must bring their clothes to their third period classrooms. The first class to fill their bag will win a party during Husky Period. This charity event runs until Oct. 14.

Girls’ tennis serves up success in first games

Madison Jeong (11) and Alice Pham (11) vs. Newark Memorial Sept. 22, 2011.

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Madison Jeong (11) returns a serve while Alice Pham (11) stands ready at the net during Washington's girls' tennis game against Newark Memorial on Sept. 22, 2011.

September 28, 2011

Cyril Sambrano

On Sept. 22, 2011, our girls’ tennis team had their first season game against Newark Memorial High School. Even before the game began, the girls felt confident and believed they were going to win most, if not all, of their games. As the game went on, the singles and doubles players were walking off their courts with victories. In the end, the outcome of the game was 7-0 for both the varsity and junior varsity teams. On Sept. 27, 2011, the girls played an away game against Kennedy High School and came home with the win. The outcome was 5-2 for varsity and 7-0 for junior varsity, giving the girls a great start for their season. Come and support your girls’ tennis team during their next home game against American High School on Sept. 29, 2011.

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Gymnastics prepares for optimistic season

Gymnastics prepares for optimistic season

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Gymnasts talk to each other during practice. This year's gymnastics captains, Jill Huynh (12) and Kerry Lious (12) are looking forward to a winning season.

September 28, 2011

James Dang

The 2011-2012 Gymnastics team captains Jill Huynh and Kerry Liou are expecting a winning season this year. The boys and girls will be coached by Kim Freitas. The team has been preparing for four meets they will compete in this October, in addition to the Mission Valley Athletic League Championship. The Varsity team has lost valuable players from the previous year, such as Jasmine Magallanes and Kimberly Keesee. However, they remain optimistic in their pursuits to defeat their rivals Mission San Jose. Senior gymnast Kerry Liou exclaims, “Last year we were co-champions but this year, we’re ready to take the crown!” The gymnastics squad has been practicing since mid-August preparing for this year in the Auxillary Gymnasium. A regular practice consists of training for bars, beam, floor, and vault. They have also organized a fundraiser to sell snacks in order to raise money for new gym equipment. There have been no major injuries recently. Senior Jill Huynh, who broke a bone in her foot during her sophomore year says, “Breaking part of your leg or foot can ruin your entire season. But right now, everyone is healthy and fit to win.” Washington’s gymnastics team is scheduled to face Irvington High School on October 5 in the auxilary gym.

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Lack of textbooks leaves students in a bind

A student carries several textbooks.

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A student carries several textbooks. This year too many classes lacked a class set of textbook, forcing students to carry their books to and from school.

September 27, 2011

Yasmin Akbari

Too many classes this year lack a class set of textbooks, creating a number of problems for students who are forced to carry their books to and from school daily. Some students are missing textbooks in multiple classes, which only increases the load. Not only is it a hassle to remember to bring the necessary books, but carrying too much weight can cause shoulder, neck, and back pain. Because of budget cuts, however, buying a set of textbooks for every classroom is not feasible.
While it may not be ideal for students to have to cart around their heavy textbooks, it’s not the worst result of budget cuts. When contrasted with taking money away from extracurricular programs or worse, cutting classes, carrying textbooks doesn’t seem all that bad. In addition, this could help prepare students for their next stage of schooling. College classes don’t provide class sets of textbooks, nor do students have access to lockers.
Our school is fortunate to have lockers conveniently spread around campus. Do the wise thing and make use of these amenities; we may not be in control of the budget, but we do have the power to make the best of a bad situation.

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Locker mix-up leaves books homeless

Locker mix-up leaves books homeless

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A student is ready to open his locker.

September 22, 2011

Tanusree Munshi

The locker crisis this fall has left many students locker-less and annoyed.

This year the school decided to disallow the sharing of lockers for all students. This new rule received mixed reactions from the student population, but it was not open for debate. It didn’t take long for most of the better-quality lockers to be taken, and soon leadership was obliged to allow students to share lockers. Because of this, many lockers began to get double-booked. Soon enough, many locks were cut, many items were lost, and accordingly many students were enraged.

Eventually, leadership students designated for cutting locks said that they weren’t allowed to cut any more of them. This left the people who had lost their lockers due to double-booking with no other option but to share with their friends. After cutting several locks and confiscating countless items, it isn’t fair to locker-less students for leadership to claim that they aren’t allowed to cut any more locks. Although most of the conflicts with the lockers have been resolved at this point, there are still some people who haven’t received their proper lockers. This is clearly an issue which should be addressed.

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Hello outdoors

Hello outdoors

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Students put their hands up in the air at this year's Hello Dance, which was hosted on Sept. 2.

September 14, 2011

Amanda Sabeh and Marwa Nawabi

Since the day Washington High School opened in 1891, our school has never hosted an outdoor dance. On September 2, 2011 this tradition changed and ASB put together “Endless Summer”, the first ever outdoor Hello Dance. For the past two years, the Hello Dance has been cancelled due to low ticket sales. Fortunately, things changed for the huskies this year thanks to ASB, Officer Berlin, and parent volunteers for putting in their best effort in making the dance happen. Junior, Martha Hoang, said, “It was a great turnout, a little slow at first, but once everyone started dancing, it was a lot of fun.” The DJ took over the amphitheater stage while the students danced on the amphitheater floor. Sophomore, Jenna Ott, said, “The DJ wasn’t that great. He played a lot of the songs over and over again.” Several people agreed with Ott’s statement about the DJ, but that didn’t stop them from having a wonderful time.“Endless Summer” had high expectations as the first ever outdoor dance; however it turned out to be a huge success.

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Lindsay Carroll, Guitarist

Lindsay Carroll, Guitarist

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June 9, 2011

Osika Tripathi

Lindsay Carroll is a sophomore at WHS and is a guitarist.

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