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WA-Hi Journal goes online

Have you been missing the WA-Hi Journal and its 4 times per year publication? Well, good news....its back but in a new format. In the past, the WA-Hi Journal published a minimum of 4 issues per year at a cost of $600 plus per issue. However, many students said they didn't read it or sometimes it didn't even get handed out to them.

In the fall, the WA-Hi Journal class began exploring other options for getting the news out to students. They still published articles on current events on the Walla Walla High School home page but that wasn't really a great format for a newspaper. After some discussion, the class made the decision to explore online formats.

An online format for a publication has several benefits. First, it is a much more cost effective way to get information out to students. There is a yearly fee for hosting the site but it can be used to publish unlimited articles without costing more. Second, the website has the ability to host other media, such as a picture gallery and video. Finally, it allows information to be more timely. In the past, articles were written and then publish but often weeks after the activity or event happened. With an online version, we can get information out on a daily basis, thus making the articles and the publication much more relevant to the students. All of these are wins for the school.

We are excited about the opportunity to inform the students about WA-Hi and look forward to hearing what students and staff think about the new format. Check us out at wahijournal.com and let us know what you think!

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Dance like no one's watching

The dance season started at the beginning of August and they had a great season. Dance team co-captain, Aanika Swant, explains that the season began with learning routines for games and assemblies. They perform these routines at football and basketball halftime shows.

In October, the team began to learn routines for dance competitions. They compete is 2 categories….Pom and Dance. There are three qualifying competitions during the season and if the team scores at least 190 in two of the three competitions they can go to the district competition. This year the WA-Hi dance team did get a high score and qualified.

Districts was held March 9 at Pasco High School. A team must score at least a 210 at districts to qualify for state. They scored 236 to take 1st in Pom and a score of 233 to take 4th in Dance and qualify for state.

The dance team traveled to the Yakima Sundome on March 23 to compete at the state competition. They danced very well and placed 6th in Dance and 7th in Pom. Great job WA-Hi Dance Team!

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Every 15 Minutes challenges students to make smart choices while driving

On Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15, Walla Walla High School participated in the Every 15 minutes program. This program was planned and organized by Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Coalition, law enforcement and emergency personnel and the WA-HI ASB. It was centered around the Every 15 Minutes event to bring awareness to the dangers of drunk and distracted driving.

 

    The main goal was to teach teenagers the severity of drunk and distracted driving by having them experience the effects of being involved in a driving accident without the “real-life” effects of having been involved in an accident. Statistics show that 37,000 people die yearly in traffic fatalities, 94% of which are preventable.

 

    Every 15 Minutes originally referred to the statistic where an individual dies of an alcohol related car crash every 15 minutes. Though the incidents of these crashes have been decreasing since the 80’s, it is still important to recognize how impactful they are. The program has changed to recognize that Every 15 minutes a traffic fatality occurs in the US; the most due to drinking or distracted driving of some sort.

 

    Wa-Hi’s Every 15 minutes program started 22 years ago with a primary focus on drinking and driving. Throughout the day students were pulled out of their classroom to represent the actual deaths of those who have died in driving accidents in Walla Walla County. The “grim reaper” came to class to get participating students while someone else read a brief obituary of the person they represented. Students had their faces painted white, dressed in a black gown and wore lanyards with information about the victim they represented. They then returned to class as a “walking dead” person and weren’t supposed to talk or participate the rest of the day.

 

    Student participants of the program spent a night outside of home to work on various activities including their final letters to their families explaining their deaths. They also took the time to work on a skit which was presented to the seniors on Friday to represent the aftermath of a car crash.

 

    Raising student awareness of making smart choices behind the wheel has dramatically decreased youth drinking and driving accidents in our area. According to Nancy McClenny-Walters, Target Zero Manager of the Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Coalition, “After years of participation in this program Walla Walla High School has had no drinking and driving related deaths during Homecoming, Prom and Graduation”.

 

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Hair, Helm, and Utschinski Recognized

Hair, Helm, and Utschinski Recognized with All State Teams Honors

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Junior Hannah Hair and Senior Noelani Helm recognized with All State Teams honors by Washington State Volleyball Coaches.

State Volleyball teams 2018

Patrick Utschinski was recognized by The News Tribune. The News Tribune says, "Powerful left tackle for the Blue Devils is one of the state's top offensive line recruits in the 2019 class, and chose WSU over offers from Oregon State, Eastern Washington and others.  4A MCC first-team pick." Link to full story

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Local businesses target of high school sports poster advertising solicitations from out of area company

Local businesses target of high school sports poster advertising solicitations from out of area company

WALLA WALLA – Walla Walla Public Schools has been notified local businesses are being contacted by Sports Media of Omaha, NE regarding advertising solicitations for Walla Walla High School sports poster schedules. Walla Walla Public Schools does not have any affiliation with Sports Media or endorse these posters. The purchase of these ads does not benefit the Walla Walla High School Athletic program. Walla Walla Public Schools encourages local businesses to contact the Walla Walla High School Big Blue Boosters to learn about opportunities available to support local Walla Walla High School athletics.

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Get to know the 2017-18 valedictorians, salutatorian

Here are the continued interviews for the 2018 valedictorians and salutatorians. Below are interviews with salutatorian Hally Ruff, as well as valedictorians Macy Quinn-Sears, Joaquin Sunhawk Miranda Durling-Jones, Meghan Yenney, Scott Golden, Christiana Zaugg and Blake Morris. 

Hally Ruff

Have you gone to Wa-Hi all four years?

“I went to CC for 2 years.”

What is the most memorable aspect of Wa-HI?

“The relationships I’ve formed over the years with teachers and friends.”

What has helped you succeed at Wa-Hi?

“My family and my teachers.”

What do you do outside of school?

“I run track, do swimming, and work at Memorial Pool.”

Have you committed to college anywhere? If so, what contributed to that decision?

“I am going to Arizona State University; I applied there and to University of Washington. Both my sisters went to ASU, and it just felt like home, and I love the warmth.”

What are you most interested in studying?

“I’m studying civil engineering because I love math and science, and I want to work outside.”

What do you see yourself working toward in 5 years?

“I see myself with a steady job, and a house with at least 3 dogs.”

Was one of your goals to be valedictorian/salutatorian?

“It was not my goal to be salutatorian, I was just trying to get good grades so I could get good scholarships, but it’s pretty cool that I got it.”

Macy Quinn-Sears

What is the most memorable aspect of Wa-Hi?

“I think I’ll remember the insane effort many of my teachers put into their students; they do so much more than their job requires, and I will always appreciate how they pushed me to be my absolute best.”

What has helped you succeed at Wa-Hi?

“Coffee.”

What do you do outside of school?

“I’m a journalist, but I also ride horses competitively and have been working part-time since my sophomore year. Right now I’m a server at The Olive.”

Have you committed to a college anywhere? If so, what contributed to that decision?

“In September I’ll be moving to Cardiff, Wales, to study Journalism, Communications and Politics. I’ve known for years that I wanted to study journalism, and that I wanted to study abroad, so Cardiff Uni just happened to be the perfect choice. I also already had a U.K. passport, so why not?”

What are you most interested in studying?

“Journalism, but specifically print — I’d settle for online, but broadcast has never been my thing.”

What do you see yourself working toward in 5 years?

“Because my degree will only take three years, and my Masters will only take one more year, I’m hoping to be working for a bilingual newspaper, either in the UK or in a Spanish-speaking country.”

Was one of your goals to be valedictorian/salutatorian?

“I don’t think I ever saw myself as valedictorian, but I always obsessed over grades to an unhealthy level. So, in a way the title was just a product of high self-expectations.”

Joaquin Sunhawk Miranda Durling-Jones

Have you gone to Wa-Hi all four years?

“No, This is my first year at Wa-Hi”

What is the most memorable aspect of Wa-Hi?

“I don't know. I like the campus, it’s probably the biggest campus I’ve been to. It’s really green, it has the stream going down. That’s pretty cool.”

What has helped you succeed at Wa-Hi?

“The teachers. They're very understanding, and they always help me out when I need it.”

What do you do outside of school?

“The main thing I do outside of school is play soccer, but right now, since I tore my ACL, mostly physical therapy to be honest”.

Have you committed to a college anywhere? If so, what contributed to that decision?

“I committed to Saint Francis College in Brooklyn, New York City. They are Division 1, so I can play soccer there, and I just really love New York City”.

What are you most interested in studying?

“Maybe something in social studies, like humanities. Maybe sociology, anthropology or economics, that sort of thing. Because I’ve traveled a lot in my life, I’ve really seen a lot of different cultures and that is a big part of sociology and anthropology, studying cultures.”    

What do you see yourself working toward in 5 years?

“Hopefully playing soccer professionally, that’s what I want to do with my life.”

Was one of your goals to be valedictorian/salutatorian?

“Yeah, one of my goals was to be valedictorian, because when I came here I checked my rank in the school and I saw that I had the possibility.”

Meghan Yenney

What is the most memorable aspect of Wa-Hi?

“Probably meeting new people, and all the opportunities it gave me.”

What has helped you succeed at Wa-Hi?

“My teachers have always been super helpful, and whenever I’m confused I can go to them.”

What do you do outside of school?

“I play softball, basketball, and I work.”

Have you committed to a college anywhere? If so, what contributed to that decision?

“Yeah, so I’m going to UW. It’s close enough to home that I can come back, but also far

— away and it's in a city. I wanted to be in the city.”

What are you most interested in studying?

“Finance, because math has always been my favorite subject.”

What do you see yourself working toward in 5 years?

“Graduated college and finding a job. Hopefully, being successful at whatever I’m doing. I want to live in a big city and be a personal financer, and hopefully be able to travel.”   

Was one of your goals to be valedictorian/salutatorian?

“Yes, I have always set myself high standards and I knew that I could do it.”

Blake Morris

Have you gone to Wa-Hi all four years?

“No, I went to College Place High School my freshman year, but have been at Wa-Hi since the beginning of my sophomore year.”

What is the most memorable aspect of Wa-Hi?

“The most memorable aspect at Wa-Hi is its very friendly and welcoming atmosphere, created by both the staff and students. AP Physics with Mr. Ahrens was definitely the most memorable and enjoyable class that I took throughout my years at Wa-Hi.”

What has helped you succeed at Wa-Hi?

“The excellent faculty and teaching staff at Wa-Hi has definitely been a part of my success, in addition to my commitment to work hard and study diligently inside and outside of the classroom.”

What do you do outside of school?

“I work at my dad’s cabinet shop, Richards and Lees Cabinets. Whenever I am not studying or working, I am at the shop working on completing a frame-off restoration on my dad and I’s 1974 Corvette. But if I am not turning wrenches in the shop, I am either playing my electric guitar or out on the river bass fishing.”

Have you committed to college anywhere? If so, what contributed to that decision?

“Yes, I have committed to Walla Walla University. I chose Walla Walla University for its excellent mechanical engineering program, its small and welcoming campus, and for the fact that I can still live at home while attending school. I had already decided that I would attend Walla Walla University when I visited last spring, so it was the only school I applied to.”

What are you most interested in studying?

“I am going to be majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in both computer science and mathematics. I am interested in mechanical engineering because it combines my passions for designing, building, and problem solving with my academic strengths in mathematics and physics.”

What do you see yourself working toward in 5 years?

“In five years, I will have graduated college, and I either see myself continuing on to graduate school for my master’s degree or starting my career if I end up with a job from one of my internships during college.”

Was one of your goals to be valedictorian/salutatorian?

“Yes, it was one of my goals to be a valedictorian, but not for the title or recognition at graduation. My goal in life has always been to put my all into whatever I do, whether it be my academics or hobbies. In high school, that meant always working hard and being very thorough and detailed in my studies so that I could get the most benefit out of my time and secure the best possible future for myself.”

Scott Golden

What is the most memorable aspect of Wa-Hi?

“...the athletics”

What has helped you succeed at Wa-Hi?

“I would say a lot of the teachers. They are very helpful and they want you to succeed, so I feel like they were a big part of my success.”

What do you do outside of school?

“I play baseball and basketball. I fish and hunt, too, outdoor stuff.”

Have you committed to a college anywhere? If so, what contributed to that decision?

“I’m going to CC. I applied to some other state colleges, too, and I got accepted, but I figured I’d stay here and go to CC for a couple years. Then I’ll head off to Gonzaga.”   

What are you most interested in studying?

“I’m actually looking to go into computer science and programing. I got into a class last year that I really enjoyed, so I decided I’d go into that. I took another class this year and I liked it. So, my big goal is to major in computer science and math.”

What do you see yourself working toward in 5 years?

“Well, my big dream would be to be working at microsoft.”

Was one of your goals to be valedictorian/salutatorian?

“Well, that wasn’t really one of my goals. I’ve always worked hard, and that's just a perk and just shows hard work paying off.”

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Walla Walla High School Health Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

We are celebrating the opening of the new Walla Walla High School Health Center during a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Tuesday, September 26th at 10 a.m. This student-based health center specializes in mental health services, while also providing primary medical care. Special thanks to the Walla Walla County Commissioners for their generous support in helping fund the Wa-Hi Health Center. Also thanks to the non-profit organization The Health Center for its long-standing partnership with Walla Walla Public Schools in operating all of Walla Walla's student-based health centers.

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