Glorious Track and Field

Glorious Track and  Field

Photo Credit: Liam Sheridan

The reporter's high score for a track game.

November 18, 2011

Liam Sheridan

Track and field is my all time favorite sport. I used to be obsessed with soccer, baseball, and fencing, but I have come to see the light. When I tell most people about the superiority of track over other sports, they all say, “Why would someone want to run around all day?” And in truth, track and field is mainly running, but it is the atmosphere of track meets, and the huge diversity of events that one can participate in. If you don’t fancy running, try jumping, or throwing, and maybe you like long distance running, but you don’t want to run a two mile, then try doing the 800m. There is an event for every person, as long as you try to have fun you will. And what is more fun than winning a race over seven other individuals, or going to track invitationals and competing against kids from all over the country. Washington has a very good track and field team, last year we were undefeated until the Logan meet, which we lost by 1 race, seeing as Logan constantly has  athletes ranked country wide, and athletes who move on to division 1 track universities, this was a huge feat. Two years before this we lost to Logan by the exact same race; this shows that we are a major competitor in the high school track And field world. Our track team also won the Skyline invitational 2011, this meet hosted schools from all across NCS. Track and field is not just a lame sport for people who can’t play other sports like baseball or football, but track is one of WHS’s most successful teams, we send multiple athletes to NCS meet and MOC meets every year.

Locker mix-up leaves books homeless

Locker mix-up leaves books homeless

Photo Credit: Tanusree Munshi

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.

Hello outdoors

Hello outdoors

Photo Credit: Mindy Lyseng Crawford

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.

Jasmine Magallanes, martial arts

June 9, 2011

Ninon Becquart

Jasmine Magallanes from Class of 2011 demonstrates her talent in martial arts.

Lindsay Carroll, Guitarist

Lindsay Carroll, Guitarist


June 9, 2011

Osika Tripathi

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

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Prom Dress Drive at WHS

Prom Dress Drive at WHS


March 22, 2011

Osika Tripathi

This year, for the first time, WHS held a Prom Dress Drive. The purpose of the drive was so to help girls save money this prom season. It took place on Friday, March 18 in the Cafeteria after school from three p.m. to six p.m. Each person was eligible for one dress but only dresses were offered, accessories (shoes and jewelry) were not available.

Lisa Ramie, (12) treasurer of the Environmental Club, planned the whole event. She got the idea to hold a dress drive here at WHS from a F.I.E.R.C.E. meeting that she attended. She says that other schools have Prom Dress Drives held by either The Princess Project or hold one themselves; she felt WHS needed one of its own. The prom dresses are donated by students, (from WHS and other schools) and alumni. The dress racks were provided by the Khuc family and the WHS Environmental Club is made the posters and any other advertising that was needed. Dresses not taken by a student are donated to the Princess Project.

When asked about her thought on the drive, Shweta Sugani, (11) said, “I looked forward to the drive as soon as it was announced because it was a way for my parents to not go bankrupt! Prom can cost a lot and this was one way I could cut down the price.”

Another student, Erin Enguero (12) said, “I already had a dress for Senior Ball but I thought it would be fun to check out the dress drive! This is a great way for girls to enjoy more of their prom and worry less about the cost of an awesome night. They should definitely do this next year.”

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“Winter Ball?” Huskies find creative ways to ask

Gaurav Desai (11) asks Ayesha Ruprell(11) to Winter Ball.

Photo Credit: Ninon Becquart

Guarav Desai (11) asks Ayesha Ruprell (11) to Winter Ball.

December 9, 2010

Ninon Becquart

During a certain week of December, flowers are in abundance at Washington. Boys, both brave and bold, carry around bouquets until the girls are proudly clutching them in their arms.  It’s the same with posters. They’re seen all around campus, and held by girls and boys.  All the posters have two words in common followed by a question mark: “Winter Ball”. I decided to ask Huskies about the creative ways they found to ask their dream date to Winter Ball.

For example, Grant Perry, a junior, put goldfish on his date’s porch and had signs that said, “Of all of the fish in the sea, will you go to Winter Ball with me?” He then gave her roses, and she, fortunately for him, said yes.

Sammy Steadman, another junior, was very surprised when she was asked.

“So it was our sixth month anniversary and he was taking me to dinner,” she explained.

Her boyfriend, Nick Ravenscroft, a senior, wanted to take her somewhere nice for their anniversary, while Steadman simply wanted to go to Panera Bread.  He finally agreed to go, but warned her that they couldn’t leave for twenty minutes in order to raise his girlfriend’s suspicions.  However, nothing happened at Panera, but while walking back to his car, he mentioned that he had problems with his car. In order to make the bad luck seem real, Ravenscroft  figured out how to make it seem his car was going haywire by purposely taking his foot off the clutch, which made his car break down at random places while they drove back to his home.

“I was getting hecka freaked out!” Steadman exclaimed. It only got scarier.

About a mile from his home, Ravenscroft then made the car buck six times, and the radio even changed stations. He told Sammy to stay in the car, opened the car, and waved his hands as if there was smoke.  Steadman was nervous and  got ready to run out to get her car. That’s when her boyfriend admitted that his car was fine, and revealed a sign that said “Winterball”.

“I thought he was going to do something to my house,” Steadman recalls. She said yes, and admires her boyfriend’s creativity.

However, just simply asking verbally can be a surprise like when Mary Chan, a freshman, was asked to Winter Ball.

“I was surprised,” Mary says, “I didn’t see it coming.  He just came out and asked.”

Mary was eating lunch with her friend when he asked her. Fortunately for her date, she accepted to go with him. She believes that the best way to ask someone to Winter Ball is by doing something special and sweet.

She comments, “I wish he did something more special and different.”

Others were too shy to ask, but were simply excited that others are attending Winter Ball. Nico Belingheri, a junior who currently does not attend Washington, received a guest pass from her best friend. She jumped at the chance to see all of her old friends again.  At the last second, the girl she liked was transferred to Washington, so Nico got the chance to tell her crush that she was going to the dance, and she is now her unofficial date. This made Nico very happy, though she didn’t actually ask her, because of feeling shy.

Huskies, regardless if they’re upperclassmen or lowerclassmen, all had creative ideas for asking their dates to Winter Ball. Most guys asked girls, though girls definitely asked guys, and girls even asked other girls. (As well as boys asking boys). Winter Ball was a chance for Huskies to really demonstrate their creativity this year.

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Movie ticket offer draws blood donors

Movie ticket offer draws blood donors

Photo Credit: Josh Das


October 19, 2009

Htoo Htoo Lu

The blood drive on Oct. 2 was the most successful blood drive Washington High School has had in seven years. With 142 people signing up, over 52 people were rejected due to lack of equipment and nurses.</p>
“Each donor gives enough blood for transfusion for three people and for research,” senior Sean Chadha said.</p>
Those who participated in the blood drive received a movie ticket instead of ice cream coupons.</p>
“People were more motivated to participate for a movie ticket than a pint of ice cream. This turned out to be a great success!” sophomore Jennifer Chang said.

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Art teacher to pass on artistic passion

Art teacher to pass on artistic passion

Photo Credit: Paolo Bonaccorsi


October 14, 2009

Sarah deLanda

Art teacher Robin Downey is among the newest members of the WHS staff. Last year, she was an art teacher at Centerville Junior High School. The transition between two age groups is virtually unnoticeable to her. No matter how old her students are, she recognizes that they are capable of producing high-quality work when given the right tools.

Having been a teenager herself when she discovered her passion for art, she understands the importance of encouragement and challenge for her students.

I’m hoping that [this art class] is going to bring their skill level out… That’s the beauty of being a teacher,” Downey said.

To her, it is an extremely rewarding profession; being able to foster the skills of students and watch them grow as artists is important to her. This year, her students will create self portraits, learn different art elements and designs, and better develop their thought process behind creating art, among other things.

The students are going to be working with quite a few mediums, and she seems pretty enthusiastic about it. She partially attributes this to the environment of Washington High School itself.

“I think the kids here just seem like they’re really good kids. I feel really safe here,” Downey said.

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WHS Football loses to Tracy Bulldogs, 21-42


October 4, 2009

Yama Hazheer

Washington played against the Tracy Bulldogs Sept. 24, but lost due to their poor offensive play in the second half. WHS led the game at halftime, but were held scoreless in the latter part of the game and lost to the Tracy Bulldogs 21-42.

“I felt the game was alright in the first half. We had some mistakes but we were still up,” captain and quarterback David Ross said. “In the second half, we did not play Washington football.”

Fellow captain Cedric Lousi was also disappointed in the effort.

“It’s not about how you start, but how you finish,” Lousi said.

The loss dropped the Huskies to a record of 2-2. Not only did it lower the record, but they are not a top ten Bay Area high school football team.

We’re a good team and are capable of doing great things,” Lousi said. “We just have take advantage of every opportunity we get and just play Husky football.”

Despite the loss, Washington still remains at the top of the MVAL standings.

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