The Advocate (February 2021)

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Volume XL|Issue 5

the advocate

volume xl | ISSue 5 | February 2021


news, 04

AP Human Geography class will be offered next year

Taking the Reins

features, 06

Paw Pals of WHS

Hartley’s Art

Washington’s Writing Enthusiasts

Students stay involved despite COVID difficulties

sports, 11 & 14

Blue Jay Baseball to Come Back Swinging

Horsing Around

Spotlight, 12

College Bootcamp

entertainment, 15

Feeling Nostalgic

Ohana Means family

Parks and Trails Near Washington

Opinions, 18

ACT/SAT scores should never have been

required for admissions


the advocate

volume xl | ISSue 5 | February 2021

This month’s cover features a

photo of junior Cecilia Tornetto’s

dog, Xander, who is

featured in our animal feature.

Photo submitted by Cecilia

Tornetto, Cover Designed by

Bobbie Morrison

The advocate Staff


Bobbie Morrison

News Editor

Emma Busch

Features Editors

Amber Christeson

Elena Roewe

Sports Editor

Ben Tobben

Entertainment Editor

Emma Hillermann

Opinions Editor

Kaden Meyer

Web Editor

Sophie Nieder

Photo Editor

Jadyn Whittall

Advertising Editors

Grace Hoerstkamp

Abbie Kipp


Kaylee Karll

Mackenzie Lawyer

Kyle Meyer

Claire Nappier

Lucas Newhouse


Christina Manolis

Dear WHS,

February means that in just a few short months, we will be done with this school

year. Though the semester just started, the year is coming to an end very quickly,

and with that brings questions about the future.

In this issue, you will find information about applying for local colleges, including

GPA requirements, tuition rates and how to use FAFSA. It is important for

college-bound students to do research to figure out which school is best for them

and find scholarships to help them pay for college. As always, your guidance counselors

are always able to assist you if you find yourself struggling with taking the

next step.

Furthermore, all students have returned to school for the first time since

the pandemic started, which means a change in the atmosphere that students have

grown accustomed to. Whether you’re excited about going back to a normal schedule

or find yourself content with the “new normal,” we just want you to know that

many of your peers share the same emotions.

To take the stress out of your new schedule, we are featuring a story about

students’ pets from home to hopefully give you something to smile about. Whether

it’s a cat or a dog, furry friends never fail to lighten the mood.

As the end of the third quarter approaches and all of us are getting back to

attending school full time, we hope you have a good month.

Bobbie Morrison &

The Advocate Staff

The Advocate is the student newspaper produced by Washington High School journalism students. The purpose of The Advocate, both in

print and online, is to inform, entertain and inspire students, faculty, staff and other members of the community, as well as provide a public

forum for student expression. The staff will learn and practice good journalism by striving to be fair, accurate and objective. Editorials: Signed

editorials, cartoons and illustrations are the opinions of the writer or cartoonist and may not necessarily be the opinion of the staff. Letters

to the editors are welcomes and should be taken to Room 1310 or mailed to WHS, 600 Blue Jay Drive, Washington, MO 63090. In order to be

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that no libelous statements will be printed.

News Talk

Emma Busch

News Editor

The impeachment

trials for former

President Donald Trump

took place this month.

Trump was impeached

for the second time on

Jan. 13 this year for incitement

of insurrection

at the U.S. Capitol on

Jan. 6, the day Congress

was counting and certifying

the votes for the

2020 election, which

was a week before he

left office on Jan. 20.

The trial started on Feb.

9 and lasted for four

days. The vote, 57-43,

fell 10 short of the necessary

two-thirds vote

the Senate needed to

convict, and Trump was


There has also been

a debate on whether or

not impeaching Trump

when he’s not in office

is legal under the Constitution.

While having

Trump impeached

wouldn’t have taken

him out of office, because

he already was, it

would have blocked him

from running for president

in the future. The

Constitution does not

state whether a Senate

impeachment trial may

or may not be held for

persons who no longer

hold public office, but

there is a former example

of a government

official being tried after

he had resigned from


aP HumaN GeoGraPHy class

To be offered NexT year

Emma Busch

News Editor

Next year, WHS students will have an

opportunity to take a new class that

allows them to learn about how humans

interact with the world around them. AP

Human Geography will be offered as

a yearlong history elective course, and

there are no prerequisites in order to

take it.

The department hopes that students

will be able to learn a lot from this class

by using the information they gain from

this course to apply it to their everyday


“AP Human Geography is about how

humans connect to their geography,”

history teacher Allison Graves said. “The

course will discuss how people in different

environments sustain themselves

and how products, cultures and information

move around the globe and how

people around the world impact each


By learning about their environment,

students can use that knowledge to help

them understand how geography affects

how they live and what they do.

“This course will be a good way for students

to develop research skills and have

a greater awareness of the global systems

behind our everyday lives,” Graves

said. “We will learn about the tools geographers

use when studying the earth,

how geography and environment shape

cultures, how people make a living depending

on where they live in the world,

how products move around the globe, how

agriculture has developed over time, how

cities grow and change and how different

economies compare to one another.”

While these different topics will hopefully

teach students how to grow and adapt

to the changing world in which they live,

Graves sees other benefits to the course.

“I think these are important skills for young

people to learn as the world we live in is

becoming more and more interconnected,”

Graves said.

Since this course is new to WHS, AP

A 2010 Census shows the population density of Missouri. In AP

Human Geography, students will learn about how geography

affects where people live.

Human Geography not only provides an

opportunity for the students to gain more

knowledge about the world around them,

but for Graves, who will be teaching the

class, it will be a learning experience as


“I was interested in teaching this class

because it is not really like any other class

we offer and thought it would be a unique

learning opportunity as a teacher and

something that a lot of our students may

also be interested in,” Graves said. “I just

love geography and learning how the world


4 || NEWS @whsadvocate

Junior Ella Scott becomes the new student representative for the SDOW School Board Feb. 24. “I am very excited for the experience I hope to gain from this

role,” Scott said. Scott will take over the role from senior Kaleb Burr. Photo by Alyssa Warnecke

Luke Newhouse


TakiNG THe reiNs

ella scoTT iNducTed as New scHool board rePreseNTaTive

This past week, junior Ella Scott was sworn in as

the new school board representative of WHS. The

induction took place on Feb. 24 where she was introduced

to the members of the school board. Scott, who

was recently elected by her peers, will remain in this

position until next February.

“My primary responsibility is to go to school board

meetings and inform them of the going ons at WHS,”

Scott said. “This includes sports games, important

tests, concerts and other news.”

Scott is involved in many clubs, including Student

Council, Link Crew, NHS, Book Club, Orchestra and

Theatre Guild, as well as being the class president last

year and co-president this year. So while she is very

qualified to represent the school, she also can’t wait for

the opportunity to do just that.

“I am very excited about the experience I hope to

gain with this role,” Scott said.

Scott fills a big role in the school system, a very important

one at that.

“The student representative is important because

it gives the student body a voice,” Washington School

Board member Matt Wilson said. “We have reports and

updates from teachers and staff, but with the student

rep, we get to hear all aspects of what is going on in

the schools.”

The road ahead is not clear by any means, but Scott

feels like she can help make the lives of students easier

next year.

“I feel the need that during this bizarre time, it’s

important for the school board to know the wants and

needs of the student body,” Scott said.

The representative from last year, senior Kaleb

Burr, was able to navigate through the unusual time to

bring the school board the information they needed to

make the best decisions possible.

“The best part was becoming more aware of what

goes on at the high school,” Burr said. “It was good to

talk about all of the good things that go on.”

With the uncertainty ahead for this next year, Burr

offered some advice to Scott.

“Make sure everyone is represented,” Burr said.

“Don’t be nervous, and be confident.”

Even though things may be tough at the moment

for some students, Scott plans to bring hope.

“We’ve all been through so much this past year,

and unfortunately school hasn’t made anything easier,”

Scott said, “so I hope to eliminate at least some of the

stress in students’ lives through this position.”

5 || NEWS



Bobbie Morrison, Ben Tobben


“Edward is maybe 10 years old. He lives outside and loves to catch mice

for us and play with the dogs. He is also very sassy. Huck is a seven year

old golden retriever who loves to play despite having hip dysplasia. He is

named after Huckleberry Finn.”

- Hannah Jackson, 12


“Maggie is a miniature dachshund and she is about 1 year old. She

is a sweetheart and loves to cuddle and play outside with you. Alice

is an older cat that we have only head for about three years. Maggie

loves to play with Alice but Alice doesn’t like to play so they growl at

each other all the time.”


- Abby Sloan, 10

“Her name is Mia, and we adopted her from Petco. I give her treats

and belly rubs, [and] she is also very photogenic. She has helped

me maintain good mental health, and I am happier having her as a



- Alex Kackley, 11

“Cash usually is a playful dog always running around and playing with the

cats as well. He’s constantly running throughout the house and loves playing

outside. It’s his first year seeing snow and he’s already playing in the

snow whenever we take him outside of the house. He’s also a puppy so he

constantly takes naps throughout the day.”

- Douglas Holcomb, 11


6 || FEATURES @whsadvocate

“We rescued [Xander] from the humane society about four years ago

so we really don’t know his breed. He was actually a surprise Christmas

present. My sister and I had begged my mom for a dog for years

and when we saw him, we all cried.”

- Cecilia Tornetto, 11


“Charlie is very hyper but is a huge sweetie. He loves to show off his

toys to anyone that comes through the door. When he gets excited, his

tail runs a mile a minute,”

- Gabby Lindemann, 10


“She was dumped near one of my mom’s friend’s houses and my mom decided to

take her home. My favorite thing about my animals is that they all have their own

personality. They always make my day better and they help relieve some stress.”

- Owen Spreckelmeyer, 11


“She is two years old. She is a Pit/Lab mix. She loves the outdoors

and she will run into the woods and won’t come back for a while,”

- Skylar Swisher, 12



after scHool


Amber Christeson

Features Editor

Although we have been

focusing on the Downtown

Washington area, a new business

that has been drawing attention is

Bold Nutrition. Bold Nutrition is

located at 1145 Clock Tower Plaza

in Washington — which is also

near McDonald’s. They are open

Monday through Friday from

7 a.m. to 4 p.m. so you can get

drinks before and after school, or

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bold Nutrition offers lots of

nutritious drinks that could be

anything from a delicious protein

shake or a colored flavored tea.

They offer many different discounts

depending on the day of

the week. For example, Monday

is ‘Man Crush Monday’ where

men get $1 off of their drinks and

on Tuesday, they have student

day, where students get double

punches on their punch card and

$1 off of their drink.

The overall aura of Bold

Nutrition is very friendly, and it

is a really good place to match

your aesthetic. The workers make

really great conversation with

you while you are there and they

will not disappoint you. If they

have made a little extra of a drink

from a previous customer, they

will even offer you samples to

encourage you to try something


In my personal experiences at

Bold Nutrition, I have tried two

different kinds of their flavored

teas, my personal favorite being

the Bomb Pop. Their drinks do

have many different kinds of proteins

and vitamins, making them

even better for you.

For more information on Bold

Nutrition and their daily deals,

you can find them on Instagram

at @boldnutritionwashington. The

next time you’re out and craving

a drink, I recommend stopping by

Bold Nutrition.

Kaylee Karl


8 || FEATURES @whsadvocate

Hartley’s art

student Pursues Passion for MakeuP

Typically, makeup is seen just as a part

of someone’s daily routine and is not

frequently acknowledged for the art it is. But

just like many other appreciated interests, the

ability to do makeup requires time, effort and


“I have always thought that it would be

really cool to do actors’ makeup on set, so

I would say that is part of the reason why

I wanted to start makeup,” senior Ashlyn

Hartley said.

“When I was

in middle

school, all

I asked for


was makeup

and that is

mostly what

I got, so that

gave me a

huge jump

start to learning

how to

use makeup.”

Still practicing



nearly every

day, Hartley

has come to

find some

aspects of the process easier than others.

“What I find easy about makeup is finding

different looks to do,” Hartley said. “The

ideas are endless.”

With the help of the internet and constant

brainstorming, Hartley has found and

attempted some looks that even ended up

surprising herself.

“What I have learned that I didn’t know

how to do before is learning how to turn my

face into a clown,” Hartley said. “I have also

turned half of my face into a pumpkin, which

was a pretty big accomplishment for me.”

The depth of some of these looks involve

an extreme amount of patience for the hours

of work behind it. On top of the nonphysical,

personal efforts put into makeup, it also requires

tools and materials that are sometimes


“Some struggles I have with makeup is

definitely how expensive it is,” Hartley said.

“There are many times where there are super

cool looks I see online and want to do but

can’t because I don’t have the right products

and don’t have enough money to go buy

them myself.”

Although these obstacles may make the

whole process and expense seem unworthy,

there are multiple reasons why the power of

makeup is well worth it for Hartley.

“Despite the

small problems,

what I love

about makeup

is that you can

either use it to

just enhance

your beauty or

make yourself

look completely

different,” Hartley


Hartley has

achieved many

personal makeup

goals and only

wishes to continue

with those

and help others

by sharing tips

she’s familiar


“Some advice I would give someone

wanting to start makeup would be to watch

makeup videos. It helps if they have the same

face shape as you because if what they are

doing works for their face shape, chances are

it will look good on you,” Hartley said. “This

works especially if you are trying to learn

how to contour your face.”

While learning to understand and love

makeup can be a tough interest to pursue,

it’s important to realize that it is okay to

start small and work your way up. Not only

has she physically improved, but Hartley has

grown in many ways thanks to her extensive

love for makeup.

“Being talented with makeup has positively

affected my confidence,” Hartley said.

“I think it is really cool to be good at something

and have a possibility of being known

for it some day.”

Senior Ashlyn Hartley poses in a full face of makeup. “This look is meant

to represent a fortune teller. I used different blues and purples and then

added gold face glitter,” Hartley said. She uses makeup to design many

other creative and colorful looks. Photo submitted by Ashlyn Hartley

wasHington’s writing entHusiasts

students find voice, creativity tHrougH writing

Claire Nappier


Writing is something you can see everywhere. It can teach

people new things, unite or divide the masses and help to

communicate ideas. It can also be used to express creativity, to

share one’s inner creations with the world through writing. Writers

and authors can be found all over, including at WHS.

“I like coming up with things and trying to imagine different

scenarios in which characters interact or different ways that I

can make an interesting story to tell,”

senior Cole Langford said.

Langford is one of multiple writers

in Washington who finds enjoyment in

creating stories of his own.

“I wrote a couple of stories around

50,000 to 70,000 words,” sophomore

Cierra Loepker said. “Those being ‘Disappearing

Act,’ which was an adventure

story, and ‘Blood Wishes,’ a fantasy


Though her stories largely remain

private, Loepker does occasionally publish

on the site Quotev. For her, writing

is more of a hobby, but this isn’t the

case for some other WHS writers.

“I was going to focus on engineering

to be my main career, but I’ve always

thought that writing would either be

a hobby I pursue on the side or something

after retirement that I could take

up,” Langford said. “I intend for it to be

part of my future, but not necessarily

my main profession.”

Meanwhile, sophomore Julianne

Lough has aspirations to become a novelist

in her future, a goal in which she has a head start.

“I never expected to be published at 14, so it felt weird but

super cool at the same time,” Lough said. “It’s a bunch of short

stories from a variety of authors over [the theme] ‘family.’”

The anthology, titled “Washington Wordsmiths: The Bridges

Between Us,” showcases the stories of local authors who attend

the Washington Wordsmiths writers group at the Washington

Public Library. The group has left Lough with many new experiences,

including that of the anthology’s signing.

“I hadn’t expected strangers to talk to me even though

they hadn’t read the book yet. Since it was a small gathering, I

thought my family was going to be the only one talking to me,”

Lough said. “I do remember my hand hurt a lot that night. It’s

definitely something I will always remember.”

The book itself can be checked out at the Washington Public

Library, or bought at Neighborhood Reads or Amazon. Lough

also published a couple of side projects on Wattpad, but the anthology

taught her more about the act of publishing a book.

“It taught me a lot about the editing process and how it (the

book) came to the final edit,” Lough said. “I thought it was cool

to see the copy before it was published and get to write edits in

the book.”

Communication was another large part of getting the book

into its final project like the writers had imagined it to be. Like

Lough, other writers at WHS also

learned from their own writing experiences.

“Place time aside during the day for

writing,” Langford said. “Whether or

not it’s a sentence a day, you work on it

for an hour a day, an hour a week, just

have something to where you have to

make progress on it, because otherwise...there’s

never going to be much

progress getting done.”

His own story, which is his first

time writing a series after writing short

stories in the past, has taught him to

use this advice the best he can.

“Since freshman year, I’ve been

trying to write down ideas…but really

nothing concrete,” Langford said. “This

year, though, whenever I started the

Creative Writing class, I got a chance to

finally start drafting a bit, and now I’m

starting to make some progress on it.”

Langford’s story is something that

he wants to perfect before showing it to

a larger audience, but in the meantime,

he continues finding inspiration for his


“If I see something or hear an idea that sounds cool, I make

sure to write down just the basic gist of it, both to avoid plagiarism

and also because it can’t be too close,” Langford said. “You

can make your own certain twist on it. It’s always cool to put

different things together and Frankenstein different ideas so then

it’ll be unique.”

Despite their differences as writers, Langford, Loepker and

Lough can all agree that inspiration comes from a variety of

media, real-life experiences and even writing prompts. They can

also all unite over their passion for writing, for sharing their creativity

as words on a page for themselves or others to see.

“My favorite part is finishing it (the story) and seeing not

only how the character progressed, but how my writing did,

too,” Lough said. “When I write, I write with the flow. And although

I might know what happened throughout the book, when

I go back and read it, it feels different.”


students stay involved despite

covid difficulties

Elena Roewe

Features Editor

Although COVID-19 can make it

difficult to participate in clubs and

other activities at school, many of these

programs have adapted to the changing

circumstances. Students may be involved

in one club or many, but the benefits of

either situation are clear.

One of the many clubs offered at

WHS is the robotics club. By taking precautions

to protect against the coronavirus

with sanitization and social distancing,

the club has continued to meet this

year to work on competition robots.

“We compete in the VEX competitions.

They are a pretty good time, I’d

say,” junior Sam Stewart said.

Junior Samantha Doepker is a

lead programmer for the club and has

been involved since the beginning of last

school year.

“I…have been interested in computers

for a long time, so robotics seemed

like a natural fit,” Doepker said. “...I love

being able to make a fully functioning

machine out of essentially spare parts

and then being able to command it via

code to make it run the way we want.”

Coding, however, is only one part of

the process involved in building a robot.

“I enjoy the engineering aspect of it,”

Stewart said. “I like to get everything to

function well mechanically so the robot

can perform well for the programmers.”

While the robotics club has been able

to meet, other groups are completely virtual

at this time. One of those is Scholar

Bowl, which has been participating in

competitions over Zoom because of the

restrictions of gathering in large groups.

“Not a whole lot has changed [this

year],” junior Silas Clements said. “The

big difference is that MSHSAA won’t let

us play in-person. We can still ‘go to’

competitions, [but] we have to use either

Zoom or Google Meets instead.”

Despite the difficulties due to the

coronavirus, Scholar Bowl teams have

(Left) Junior Samantha Doepker poses with newspapers for the environmental club. (Right) Junior Sam

Stewart, Doepker and sophomore Cierra Loepker work on a robot together. “I enjoy the engineering aspect

of it,” Stewart said. “I like to get everything to function well mechanically so the robot can perform well

for the programmers.” Photos submitted by Michelle Turner and Kyle Ellrich

been successful in competitions.

“We’ve been doing pretty well this

year,” Doepker said. “At our last tournament

we came in second, but we frequently

place in the Top 5 or so at most

tournaments. There’s a lot of great competitions

in the state this year, and if you

want more details, I highly recommend

asking Mr. Dennis, our coach.”

Another club that has been fully virtual

this year is the environmental club,

which has been working to improve the

community even with the coronavirus


“[We have] met through an app called

GroupMe,” senior Allison Meyer said.

“We have a group chat where we put articles

that we find interesting, community

involvement and ways that we feel we

could upcycle the town.”

The club was able to meet once to

redo the catwalk underneath the West

Wing building at WHS, but most in-person

activities have been put off for the

time being. That hasn’t stopped the club

from doing its part to help the community,


“We’ve still been able to give some

donations to the Humane Society and

share pictures of places of nature we’ve

been to,” Doepker said.

Doepker suggested newspapers as

possible donations to the Humane Society,

which always has a need for them.

However, one of the main ways the environmental

club helps the earth is through

spreading helpful information about the

world around us.

“I love the articles that we’re able to

share, because they range from national

to local,” Meyer said. “It’s from people of

all ages, from adults down to kids who

are doing their part, and it’s really nice

to see everyone still doing something to

help the world while we’re in the midst

of a crazy time.”

10 || FEATURES @whsadvocate

Blue Jay BaSeBall to

Come BaCk Swinging

Kyle Meyer


Last year, the 2020 spring season of WHS

baseball was canceled due to coronavirus,

as the start of the season coincided with the

move to online schooling. This year, after the

district has taken extra precautions and has

learned from experience how to handle sports

during the pandemic, WHS baseball is set to

return. But will last year’s canceled season

affect this season?

“Last year getting canceled left all of us

bummed out,” third baseman junior Will Lingle

said. “I feel like as a JV guy last year, I missed

out on that development stage between being

the young and the old guy.”

That missing experience is set to hurt

some on the varsity team who lost their first

opportunity to play at that level. Senior Luke

Kroeter, who plays as a catcher for the team,

shared how that varied experience will affect

the lineup.

“[Last season being canceled] took away a

whole year of experience for juniors and sophomores

that would have been playing varsity

baseball for the first time,” Kroeter said. “So

now that will affect us a little because we

will only have a few starters who have played

innings of varsity baseball.”

The lack of development and the rust of

not having your typical spring season definitely

may have an impact on the Blue Jays’ game,

but the players have been able to get in some

practice at gyms and while playing summer and

fall ball.

“It is tough to determine exactly how much

the COVID layoff will affect our players,” coach

Dane Gough said. “I know our players did have

the ability to play summer ball either through

our Legion program or other outlets. We also

have been having open gyms to try to prepare

our players for the upcoming season.”

Gough is head coach of the baseball team

this year and has been handling the challenge

of managing expectations this year.

“I have my own personal expectations of

how I want things to run or how I envision

practices, bullpens, games to look,” Gough

said. “I need to set my vision going forward

and teach my players and coaches of that same


As other sports and activities have seen this

year, expectations of how a season will go given

the pandemic changes is never set in stone,

and adaptation and improvement will be a

Photo Submitted by Dane Gough

focus for the Blue Jays, as well as other teams.

“It will be interesting to see and talk to other

coaches on how teams look going forward,”

Gough said. “Game 1 WHS Bluejays will not

be as good as Game 20 WHS Blue Jays. It is my

job to make our team continually improve as

the year goes on.”

A key expectation Gough has set is that the

Blue Jays will be competitive and give it their

all. And the work that the team as a whole

puts into the sport will radically shape the outcome

of this season, which starts March 12.

“ I expect our players to compete in every at

bat, every pitch thrown, every ball hit to them

and every time they are on the base paths,”

Gough said. “It is my job to put the WHS players

in a place for success.”

And the Blue Jays have indeed been putting

in the effort to build teamwork, be competitive

and aim for success. Workouts at the gym have

had a good turnout, with JV and varsity working

together to have both teams at their best by

the start of the season.

“One of the big things that sticks out to

me was the number of guys that showed up,”

Lingle said. “We always had over 20 guys at all

the workouts looking to get better. Not only

that, but the communication we’ve all had with

each other is awesome. Many of the guys give

each other tips, offer guidance, analyze each

other and do a great job making sure everyone

is performing to [their] top tier.”

For the varsity Blue Jay baseball team, they

have set goals to succeed as a team and to be

their best as individual players, and now it is

only a matter of making the team and playing

their best.

“My expectations for the season is to win,”

Kroeter said. “We have been working very hard

this off-season to put us in a good position to

do that, and now it’s just a matter of going out

and doing it.”



Ben Tobben

Sports Editor

After the past few years

of St. Louis Cardinal

baseball, the team has been

stuck in a cycle of winning

enough games to either get

to or barely miss the playoffs.

Since 2000, the Cardinals

have won more games than

lost in every season except

for 2007. With the continuous

success in modern

history, the past few years

have led to the failure either

early in the playoffs or by not

making the playoffs at all. In

2019, however, a possibility

of greatness shined through

with the emergence of star

pitcher Jack Flaherty. The

Cards also made it to the

National League Championship

game, which they hadn’t

attended since 2014. The

addition of Paul Goldschmitt,

one of the best first basemen

in baseball, also was a key

part of the team’s run. However,

2020 was a different

story for the Cardinals with

a disappointing early loss in

the playoffs.

With COVID being a

factor in the disappointing

year, the Cardinals have all

the opportunities in 2021

to shine through as a true

contender to make a deep

playoff run. After the recent

Nolan Arenado trade, who

is debatably the best third

baseman in the MLB, the

Cardinals have a chance to

be one of the best teams

if all things work out. The

offseason also isn’t over yet,

so more key additions could

occur in the coming weeks.

Once fans are allowed in the

stadium, Cardinals fans can

once again see the Red Birds

be successful in person.

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College Bootcamp:

What you need to know about acceptance, REquirements

Grace Hoerstkamp, Abbie Kipp and Bobbie Morrison


University of Missouri-Columbia:

Public college

Acceptance Rate: 78 percent (as of 2019)

Average Tuition: $23,932 (14 credit semesters)

GPA Requirement: 2.0 or higher

ACT: 24

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Missouri State University:

Public college

Acceptance Rate: 85 percent (as of 2019)

Average Tuition: $18,080 (14 credit semesters)

GPA Requirement: 2.5 or higher

ACT: 23

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Truman State University:

Public college

Acceptance Rate: 65 percent (as of 2019)

Average Tuition: $18,213 (12-17 credit semesters)

GPA Requirement: suggested GPA 3.7 or higher

ACT: 24

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Saint Louis University:

Private college

Acceptance Rate: 58 percent (as of 2019)

Average Tuition: $62,868

GPA Requirement: 3.9+

ACT: 25

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East Central College:

Junior college

Acceptance Rate: 100 percent

Average Tuition: $22,948

GPA Requirement: 2.0 or higher

ACT: 18

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Lindenwood University:

Private college

Acceptance Rate: 88 percent

Average Tuition: $81,000

GPA Requirement: 3.2+

ACT: 20

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With the ongoing COVID-19 vaccinations and new information that is being discovered,

many colleges are still deciding on whether to fully reopen, have a hybrid schedule or be

exclusively online for the fall 2021 semester. Many colleges may not have an answer until

closer to the start of the new school year.

Documents you may need when filling out applications:

• High school transcripts

• Transcripts from dual credit classes

• ACT/SAT score

• Recommendations from teacher or someone who is not related to you

• Essay(s)

FAFSA - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid must be completed and submitted

by Feb. 1 of each year in order to receive the most amount of financial aid. Contact your

guidance counselor or financial aid office at your desired college for help.


Horsing around

students find HoBBy in equestrian sports

Jadyn Whittall

Photo Editor

From learning how to ride a horse and taking care of them,

to training them intensely for competitions, these WHS

students have nearly done it all when it comes to being an

equestrian. And even though these athletes have been riding

for years, they continue to learn and grow with it even now.

“I started riding and getting used to horses when I was

five years old with my uncles,” junior Emma Lock said. “But I

started taking actual horse lessons when I was seven.”

Many of the people who take on this sport do so because

it is a family tradition.

“I’ve been riding horses my whole life. My family has

always ridden horses,” junior Summer Felton said. “My dad

was a rodeo cowboy and my mom was always involved in

rodeos and horse shows growing up, so it kinda just came to


Although these students have been riding horses for a

long time, it takes special characteristics and a strong commitment

to be able to succeed at the sport.

“You definitely need patience,” Lock said. “Being very

hardheaded and confident in what you want when training

and riding horses is really important. You need to have a

strong dedication and passion or you won’t stick with it.”

Not only do these athletes need to be able to understand

these horses, they also take a lot of time and effort to get

them and themselves prepared.

“I try to ride five days a week, but sometimes that doesn’t

always happen,” Felton said. “Weekends that I have rodeos, I

ride four days a week, lightly, because they (the horses) get

worked so hard at the rodeos.”

Even with the amount of time devoted to these animals,

the bond that these girls create with them makes it all worth


“The bond that I form with them is unmatchable,” Felton

said. “Even if I’m in a bad mood, the horses can sense that.

It’s something that I go do to release everything—all of my

worries and fears—because I know I can always rely on


These students work their hardest to try and take care of

these animals, but the horses do the same thing for them.

“I’ve formed a very strong and loving bond with my

horses,” Lock said. “Riding is a way of calming my mental

health. It’s a relaxation thing, where not everyone does it, so

it’s special.”

These horses have helped to improve their owners in

many ways by teaching them lessons and skills that they can

apply to their everyday lives as well.

“Riding horses has bettered me as a person by just being

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Junior Emma Lock poses with her horse King. “Riding is a way of calming

my mental health,” Lock said. “It’s a relaxation thing, where not everyone

does it, so it’s special.” Lock has been riding since she was 5 years old. Photo

submitted by Emma Lock

Junior Summer Felton rides her horse at a rodeo. “I have six different horses

of my own,” Felton said, “and altogether we have 50 at the family farm, so

that’s a lot of fun.” Photo submitted by Summer Felton

around the people and supporting them,” Felton said. “It really

taught me responsibility because you have to get up, take

care of your horses, ride and feed them, and do all of that for

them and make sure that they are taken care of.”

Despite the amount of time and effort it takes to become

skilled in equestrian sports, Lock and Felton feel it is totally

worth doing.

“It’s very fun. I think everyone should try it once in their

life,” Felton said. “You’ll meet a lot of cool people and accomplish

new things. It’s just an amazing environment and such a

fun sport to do.”

Feeling nostalgic

what to watch when you want to reminisce

Mackenzie Lawyer


Growing up, I watched so many different

movies and TV shows. Now, when I

watch the shows I grew up with, nostalgia

really hits me. I get that feeling of remembering

what it was like to come home from

elementary school and turn on the Disney

Channel and watch “Wizards of Waverly

Place” all afternoon.

When Disney+ came out, I was so excited

looking at all the shows and movies

I could rewatch. I made a watchlist of all

the films that would give me that nostalgic

feeling, but there’s so many, I haven’t even

gotten through half of them. So far I’ve been

able to watch “Boy Meets World,” all of the

Cinderella movies and a little bit of “Hannah

Monatna’’ and “Wizards of Waverly

Place.” I would totally recommend sitting

down and watching some classics from

your childhood that bring back some great


Some of my other favorite nostalgic

shows that I am still hoping to watch are

“Good Luck Charlie,” “The Suite Life of

Zack and Cody” and more of “Hannah Montana”

and “Wizards of Waverly Place.” But

that’s just Disney. I am still missing out on

some of my favorite childhood Nickelodeon


My favorite Nickelodeon shows growing

up were definitely “Drake and Josh,” “Victorious,”

“Zoey 101” and “iCarly.” I even

had an iCarly remote that made the iconic

booing noises just like Sam’s remote on the

show. For me and many of my friends, this

was all we watched when we were growing

up. We still all jam out to that iCarly theme

song when we hear it. If you’re a fan like

me, you can get that throwback feeling

again when the new series of iCarly launches.

It was announced that the show will

be coming back in 2021. Details are still

unknown, but I am hoping to see all of the

original cast members back together again.

Aside from TV shows, movies also bring

home that nostalgic feeling. The ones that

do the trick for me are “Hannah Montana

the Movie,” “Snow White and the Seven

Dwarfs,” “Cinderella ll,” “High School Musical”

and “Barbie and the Island Princess.”

(Well, any Barbie movie to be fair.) Me and

my friends love to sit down and binge-watch

Photo Courtesy of Nickelodeon

all these movies, especially “High School

Musical.” We scream the words to all of the

songs and fangirl over Troy Bolton just like

we did when we were 10. It never gets old. I

can also remember watching all the Disney

princess movies religiously on VHS tapes in

my grandma’s basement. Every time I watch

those movies now, it takes me back there

and fills me with so much joy. Those movies

are about as nostalgic as it gets.

Although all these shows and movies

are amazing, there is one show that holds

a special place in my heart and gives me

the absolute most nostalgic feeling—“Boy

Meets World.” A lot of my peers haven’t

seen this show. It wasn’t super popular

because it was a little bit older. My mom

showed it to me because she watched it

when she was little and it instantly became

my favorite. As I watched, I fell in love with

Corey and Topanga’s love story. I recently

rewatched it on Disney+, and I loved every

second of it. I will be rewatching it again

very soon because it is one of those shows

you can watch over and over again and

never get tired of. I definitely recommend

this one.

Nostalgia is a great feeling to relive;

it reminds you of times when you were a

kid and may have had less things to worry

about. I definitely recommend sitting down

and rewatching some of your favorite childhood

shows and movies to take a break

from the stressors that come with being on

the verge of adulthood. You won’t regret it.

throwback tunes

Emma Hillermann

Entertertainment Editor

usic is a great way to spend

Myour free time. You can listen

to it, or even learn to play it. You

could also reminisce on the music

that you used to listen to “back in

the day.”

Some hit songs from our generation

through the years are a great

way to feel good and think of some

old memories.

In 2010, “California Gurls” by

Katy Perry and “Animal” by Neon

Trees topped the charts. In 2011,

it was “Party Rock Anthem” by

LMFAO and “How to Love” by Lil

Wayne. Topping the charts in 2012

were “We Are Young” by fun. and

“Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees.

In 2013, some artists made it big

for themselves by placing several

of their songs at the top. One of

those artists was Miley Cyrus with

“Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t

Stop.” Another hit was “Counting

Stars” by OneRepublic.

In 2014, the music took a

change with more of an electrical

feel like the song “Summer” by

Calvin Harris and the One Direction

song “Steal My Girl” also

topped the charts. In 2015, Harris

continued to produce his electric

upbeat music while Drake came

out with “Hotline Bling: and the

hit song “Trap Queen” came out by

Fetty Wap.

This throwback is going to end

with 2016, the year with the summer

that many can’t seem to get

over. Zayn Malik’s solo career away

from One Direction had just begun

and his song “Pillow Talk” shot to

the top of the charts. Rihanna also

came out with “Work,” Rae Sremmurd

released the hit song “Black

Beatles” and Drake began to take

over the charts with “One Dance”

and “Too Good.”

Music has sure changed

through the years, but the memories

you make with that music will

last forever.


ohana Means FaMily

Abbie Kipp and Emma Hillermann

Advertising and Entertainment Editors

The Netflix original movie “Finding ‘Ohana” creatively

captures true Hawaiian culture while following

four kids on a treasure hunt. Released on Jan. 15,

this two-hour long movie stars Kelly Hu, Alex Aiono,

Kea Peahu, Lindsay Watson, Owen Vaccaro and Branscombe


“Finding ‘Ohana’’ is about a brother and sister from

Brooklyn, New York. Ioane (the brother) and Pilialoha,

or Pili, (the sister) get uprooted from New York by

their mother, Leilani, who is a native to Hawaii, when

they go to visit their grandpa, Kimo, after he has a

heart attack. Upon their arrival in Hawaii, Ioane and

Pili find themselves not enjoying the island. Pili then

finds an old journal from back in the 1800s about

Spanish sailors who sailed the Caribbean and ended

up in Hawaii and buried their treasures there. After

their grandpa takes a fall and breaks a rib, Pili and

her newfound friend Casper, who is a local Hawaiian,

decide to follow what the journal says to find the historical

treasure while the adults are distracted. Ioane

and his crush Hana, another local from the island, then

get dragged into the treasure hunt when trying to find

Casper and Pili.

As the group goes through their hunt, they face

many challenges and use teamwork to help each other

through their hardships to reach their main goal. The

treasure hunt and action may remind some of the

viewers of “The Goonies,” a 1985 movie about kids

following an ancient treasure map.

Most of the filming was done in Hawaii, New York

and Thailand. In order to shoot some of the caves

scenes, Thailand was chosen as a suitable location.

The scenes when the family were still in Brooklyn

were shot in New York, while most of the rest of the

movie was shot in Hawaii to capture the true beauty of

the islands. The setting provides an authentic feel to

this Hawaiian movie and allows the viewer to further

appreciate the culture.

The acting in the movie was not bad, but Pili’s

character was almost overdone. Her acting is a bit over

the top and some of her lines are just too much. Her

slang is overused and she uses very distinctive movements,

but other than that, the acting is professional

and carries the script well.

Photo Courtesy of Netflix

The wardrobe for the movie was traditional clothing,

nothing too out of the ordinary. Some characters

occasionally wore Hawaiian shirts, but the main characters

pretty much wore ordinary clothes. Pili always

seemed to be in a more city outfit, wearing Converse,

T-shirts and flannels, and Ioane wore jeans a lot.

Casper had a bit of a “geek” look, wearing vests and

khaki shorts along with his glasses and high socks.

Each wardrobe fit the personality of the character


“Finding Ohana” is the perfect movie to sit down

and watch with family. It can entertain wide ranges of

people and is appropriate for all ages. The adventure

along with a little romance and family bonding is sure

to appeal to everyone. Prepare for a feel good movie

that leaves the viewer wanting an adventure of their


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James W. Rennick Riverfront Park

Photo by Kaden Meyer

Parks and trails near washington

Kaden Meyer

Opinions Editor

One of the perks of living in Missouri is the beautiful

nature around us. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic,

great social distanced activities can be found outdoors.

Though the weather might not yet be ideal, spring

is right around the corner, so now is the perfect time to

plan your adventures. These adventures can be found not

far from home, as there are tons of great parks and trails

to be explored right around Washington. Here are just a

few locations not far from home.

James W. Rennick Riverfront Park

The James W. Rennick Riverfront Park is probably

the most popular trail around us. Right in the heart of

Washington, this park truly embodies the spirit of our

town. With views of the bridge, river and downtown

scene, this area is Washington in its essence. The trail is

perfect for biking, jogging, walking and skating. If you’re

not in the mood for a workout, there are also great

opportunities for photography, as well as pavilions for

picnics and parties.

The Katy Trail

The Katy Trail is a perfect place to explore with family

or friends. Just across the Washington Bridge, this trail

is perfect for a nice bike ride while being surrounded by

tranquil woods. The trail stretches an entire 240 miles,

so there’s no shortage of destinations to travel to, including

St. Charles and Sedalia. In these towns, there are

restaurants and shops right off the trail to give you and

your bike a break.

Shaw Nature Reserve

Shaw Nature Reserve is right down the interstate

from Washington, off the Gray Summit exit. The reserve

is filled with hiking trails and beautiful views. The gorgeous

fields and flowers are perfect for senior pictures,

or just a casual photo shoot. The reserve also has fun

playgrounds and structures for kids to explore, so the

area is not only perfect for a trendy picnic with friends,

but also a fun family day. If you’re planning on taking a

trip to the reserve, be sure to make a reservation online,

as COVID-19 has affected the number of people allowed

in the park at one time.

Rockwoods Range

This conservation area lies in Wildwood, but the

views are certainly worth the drive. The park contains

1,388 acres of forest and provides unique opportunities

to explore nature in less conventional ways as it is

equipped for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Miller-Post Nature Reserve

This reserve is right next to the Washington Fairgrounds,

less than two miles from the high school. As

close as it is, it is quite overlooked. There are beautiful

views and walking trails throughout the reserve where

you can enjoy serene peacefulness.

Nowadays, time spent inside is abundant, so it’s

important to change your surroundings and get some

fresh air every now and then. You could go on a solo

adventure, or bond with friends or family in one of these

gorgeous locations. Either way, I encourage you to check

out these parks and trails near us and explore the hidden

beauty of nature.


The dAngerS of


Kaden Meyer

Opinions Editor

During the 2020 Presidential

debates, “fracking” was

a common topic. I had never

heard of fracking, and when I

started looking into it, I found

it very hard to understand. As

controversial as it seemed, I

thought it was important to be

informed on the issue.

It is quite complicated, but

in simple terms, fracking is

the process of drilling into the

earth to extract natural gas.

This natural gas is a nonrenewable

resource that can generate

energy. This energy has the

potential to power the country

for 80 years, but there are environmental

downsides. Fracking

can cause water contamination,

air pollution, earthquakes and

greenhouse gases. This is what

led to the debate surrounding

fracking. Because of its effects

on the environment, some are

pushing for a ban of fracking.

The downsides of this proposed

ban are purely economical.

Jobs could be lost and

taxes could be raised to fund

alternative energy sources.

However, the damage fracking

could cause to our environment

is irreversible and detrimental,

and outweighs the possible

temporary effect on our economy.

Though the energy produced

by this method could

provide power for over 80

years, the lasting effects will

last far longer. Past generations

have dug us into a hole where

our environment is on the brink

of destruction. We cannot continue

to dig deeper and create

irreversible damage. Though it

is unlikely any of us will still be

living when all the natural gas

is used up and these negative

effects set in, it is important

to protect future generations,

and not add to the list of issues

they will have to face.

ACT/SAT SCoreS Should never

hAve been required for AdmiSSionS

Sophie Nieder

Web Editor

When COVID-19 made its way to the

States, students’ worlds turned upside

down. Test centers for standardized testing

were shut down, leaving anxious juniors and

seniors without an opportunity to improve

their scores before sending them to potential

colleges. In response, many colleges transitioned

to a test-optional application, meaning

that prospective students would not be

required to send in ACT or SAT scores for

school admission. The ease and understanding

surrounding this decision is one of the most

distinct signs that these scores were not that

important to admissions in the first place and

never should have been

required for college applications.

Tests like the ACT and

SAT cover topics like English,

math and science in

order to determine college

readiness. However, these

rigorous tests hold high

standards that present a

number of obstacles to any Photo Courtesy of Pixabay

student who hopes to earn

a high score. These tests

have been around for so long that colleges

now look for above average. For example, ACT

reports that the average ACT score in Missouri

is 20.8, whereas the average ACT score for

students admitted to Missouri State is 21-26

and at the University of Missouri in Columbia,

it is 23-29. Asking for scores higher than the

standard gives students a lot of pressure to do

more than what many in the state are capable

of. The tests also prove to be irrelevant on

college applications. A study by The Bill and

Melinda Gates Foundation has found that GPA

appeared to be a better predictor of college

graduation rates than ACT or SAT scores. This

is because the tests put enormous pressure on

students while failing to measure how students

adapt to different teaching styles, how

they might perform in classes specific to their

interests or how well they work in collaborative


The tests also present an advantage to

students with more disposable income, which

leads to racial disparities in scores and school

enrollment. According to The Brookings

Institution, scores of over 700 on the SAT

are made up by 43 percent Asian-American

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students, 45 percent white students, 6 percent

Hispanic/Latino students and 1 percent of

Black students. Underrepresented groups and

low-income households may have less time

to prepare for the tests, as well as lack the

money to spend on test prep books, ACT/SAT

tutoring and test preparation classes. While

standardized tests are meant to give all students

a chance to prove themselves, it does not

account for circumstances that automatically

set students behind privileged groups.

The ACT and SAT require tons of unnecessary

preparation in order to get a score that

will catch the eye of admissions officers. The

test claims to track what

students have learned in

high school, but instead

requires more knowledge

about the test itself than

the content inside the

booklet. According to ACT,

students who spent over

20 hours preparing for

the test earned a composite

score an average of

.7 points higher on their

second test than students

who spent three to six hours preparing. While

students put in their best effort to yield a score

one to two points higher, they’re also wasting

time that could be better spent. In 20 hours

of preparation for the ACT, students could

exercise, finish homework, take a nap, study

for an upcoming test, go to work or explore

a personal interest—all activities that would

brighten students’ futures and prepare them

for life after high school more so than the ACT

or SAT.

Standardized testing has become integral

to college applications, but it doesn’t have

to be. Tests like the ACT and SAT no longer

measure college readiness but still determine

your chances of getting accepted into a university.

Test scores should not be the determining

factor for how students can build their futures

after graduation, and colleges should not treat

them as such. Much more weight should be

put on acts demonstrating a desire to learn,

personal stories told through essay writing and

overall high school performance. Eliminating

emphasis on the ACT or SAT altogether will

allow for less pressure on students and a more

effective college application process.

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