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Homecoming Court Announced

Ladies, gentleman, everybody…...the Homecoming Princes and Princesses have hereby been declared. They were announced in our Homecoming assembly on Monday, October 8. They consist of the following:

 

                                         Princes         (paired with)         Princesses

                              

                                      Brandon Ponce Madi Knight

                                      Leo Sweeny    Ellie Sievertson

                                      Keldan Swant    Claire Clark

                                      Ryland Hopkins   Kami Philavanh

                                      Peter Hoffman    Ellie Calvert

 

  The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at the football game on Friday, October 12. The game will start at 7 PM at Borleske Stadium. King and Queen will be announced at half-time. Come on out and support your BLUE DEVILS!

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Big Blue Weekend Cancelled

  Wa-Hi Journal is regretful to inform you that Big Blue Weekend (Oct. 19-21, 2018) has been cancelled. To put it simply, not enough Wa-Hi students signed up to make BBW happen.

Our principal, Ron Higgins, says, “ We had a difficult decision to make regarding BBW. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, registration numbers were low (a little more than half of last year's numbers) so we are cancelling Big Blue Weekend for October 19-21. We will be refunding money to those who already paid.  We will be planning a different opportunity for this winter and will provide you with details soon.”

Although BBW was cancelled, look forward to the different opportunity coming this winter!

 

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Homecoming 2018

When you were younger did you dream about what high school would be like? A High School Musical meets perfect date utopia? Somewhere along those lines is Homecoming. A dance in which you could only dream of. By definition, Homecoming means;  /hōmˌkəmiNG/ (noun)  1. an instance of returning home. Now, a more precise definition may be; a weekend in which high school alumni come to see a home football game, and proceed to a formal dance afterwards.

   

This year, the game takes place on Friday, October 12 and the dance on Saturday, October 13.  Be sure sure to dress up! Tickets are available in the ASB office. One ticket is $15. And if you don't have a date, don’t sweat it! Go with some friends!

   

Homecoming is not only football and a dance; the whole entire week is filled with fun activities. For example, Spirit Week takes place. Spirit Week is a week dedicated to showing your school spirit by dressing up for  the corresponding theme. The following is a description of each day.

 

  • Monday, Oct. 8:  Dress in your class colors. Freshman wear purple, Sophomore wear yellow, Juniors wear green, and Seniors wear red.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9: Twin day!  Totally Twin with your friends on Tuesday!
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10: Meme/ Vine day. Dress up as your favorite Meme or Vine! Meme/ Vine day ahead? Uh...Yeah I sure hope it is.

    Along with these entertaining Spirit Days, Buff Puff and Powder Puff both take place.  A ticket is $5 without an ASB card for both games. Buff Puff is an event in which guys, typically football players, play a game of volleyball in the Wa-Hi big gym. This takes place on Monday, October 8. On the other hand, Powder Puff is vise versa, the girls play football. This takes place on Wednesday, October 10 at the Borleske Stadiums next to the Memorial Pool.

 

Be sure to participate in these wonderful events and show your school spirit!

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Big Blue What?... Weekend!

Ah yes! Time has rolled around and Big Blue Weekend is inching closer. This event may sound familiar thanks to the eager students and staff of Walla Walla high school. We’d love to elucidate you on how entertaining and exhilarating the phenomenon is, but we have decided to let the experienced Wa-Hi Blue Devils let you in on the truth.

Big Blue Weekend is an event in the fall that focuses on students and staff bonding with each other, making new friends, and having a great time. Camp MiVoden, at Hayden Lake, Idaho, is where you can find yourself during BBW. Don’t forget to mark your calendar, or phone more like for October 19th through the 21st!

To illustrate what your pleasure trip may look like, here are a few activities that have or will take place. Esther Dutton, our assistant secretary, apprised us that in the past some boat and pony rides were a favorite among students and staff. She hinted at a challenge course, similar to the one on the hit television show “American Ninja Warrior” is in store for you this year. But it doesn’t end there. Beach volleyball, swimming, music and free-time are included. You will indulge in team tasks and “icebreakers” to get to know the people around you. If relaxing is your thing, you’re welcome to bring a hammock and hang out.

    This occasion was brought about several years ago. Why was this started you ask? Well, Assistant Principal, Mindy Meyers divulged that, “Big Blue Weekend was an idea that started in favor of building friendships with people you don't know “. She even added on to say staff members become closer to each other as well as students. BBW affects Wa-Hi immensely. But it doesn’t stop there, it affects the whole community.

Big Blue Weekend is more than just games and bonding. Friendships and connections made during the weekend could last an entire lifetime. Leslie Snyder, an involved parent, didn’t hesitate to take it a little further. “It’s not only about forming those friendships, but keeping them. Realizing that people can recognize when you’re not okay. It’s saying I see you. You are not invisible.” She elaborates and says she has seen BBW change lives of not only students, but this entire community. And even save those lives. All it takes is acknowledging that a friend or person you met is “Not as different from you as you think.” as Meyers puts it. This weekend turned into an environment where students can connect and feel when their friend is not okay. And finally doing something about it to prevent harm before it begins.

    Now you may be asking yourself; Am I eligible? How do I sign up? How many students are going? All students are welcome with 200 students being able to go. Sign up now on Family ID by going to Wa-Hi’s website and clicking the link under Big Blue Weekend. Or, you can go into the front office and ask to sign up there as well. Spots fill fast so if you’re interested sign up soon!  The initial cost is $110 dollars but scholarships are available in the front office with Esther Dutton.

    Being able to indulge into a enjoyable, sociable, and relaxing time is a true pleasure; especially in a place that nature truly touched. You should take advantage of it while it’s there and take a break from school bells and homework to have an utterly enjoyable weekend. Big Blue Weekend will not only be an escape, but also a highschool experience you will never forget.  

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Saving Grades and Taking A’s

Yes, this is what you’ve all been waiting for, a chance to get those grades up and homework finished. Starting next week on Tuesday, September 18, is the Blue Devil Flex Period; 30 minutes of time set aside to get help from teachers, work on your homework and catch up on those missing assignments.

    The Blue Devil Flex Period is every Tuesday and Thursday. That’s right, two days of class time to get help, that’s one hour less of your free time you have to use.

    If your not asked by a teacher to come to their class you can sign up for a classes or see what their offering @wahi.flexisched.net or you can stay in your 3rd period class. You must be in a class during this time as it is still considered class time. Keep in mind this is for your benefit so I suggest using this time wisely, as this program was made to give students a chance to get help from our expert teachers.

 

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Hamlet!

   A modernized Wa-Hi production of the classic Shakespeare play, Hamlet!

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is faced with many troubling realities after the sudden death of his father. Now he deals with untrusty friends, the recent marriage of his mother, a country in political turmoil, and shocking news involving his father's death. This is a story of internal conflict and revenge. A must see for all Wa-Hi students!

 

A Word From the Director

 

Kristin Glaeser, teacher in all things theater, says, “I feel that high school students need an opportunity at least once in their high school career to both see and participate in a Shakespeare play.  His work is classic and is studied from middle school all the way through graduate and doctorate studies. Attacking the work head on at this age can make it both approachable and enjoyable. I specifically chose Hamlet because it's one of Shakespeare's best plays (if not THE best) and has great teenage parts.  We are bringing it into the modern age (2018 setting) and adding a rock flair to it. We will have an original score played by Wa-Hi students. It's going to be a really awesome production.”

 

The show dates are November 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 7pm and November 10 & 17 at 2pm. Tickets go on sale in October. Hope to see you there Wa-Hi!

 

The Cast is…

Hamlet - Ryland Hopkins        Claudius - Harmon Rambo

Gertrude - Daisy Moore            Polonius - Matt Reser

Horatio - Jacob Pribilsky            Ophelia - Raegan Figgins

Laertes - Collin Gabriel            Fortinbras - Drew Hollopeter

The Ghost - Isaac Swanson        Rosencrantz - Caroline Blethen

Guildenstern - Mary Bella Betts       Osric - McKenzie Bayne

Voltimand - Keeley Hall            Cornelius - Kaeldra Caton

Marcellus - Hailee Rutherford        Bernardo - Lucien Petit

Francisco - Luke Bona            Grave Digger - Jacob Rose

Other Grave Digger - Ashley Hanshew    English Ambassador - Mandee Loney

Captain - Caitlyn Rolfe            Player Troupe- Anthony Swanson (King)

Carolyn Schmode (First)            Sydney Weston (Queen)

Keenan Wylie (Lucianis)            Taylor Kontos (Mute)

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Back to School Luau

Bring your leis and get ready to boogie because the school’s annual Luau is fast approaching. Students of all grades are invited on Saturday, September 15 to join their peers in the Academic Courtyard from 8pm to 11pm for loads of dancing. All in all to celebrate the return to school, but perhaps to also remember the ending summer. The tickets are $3 per person and they must be purchased in the ASB office but you have to buy them prior to the dance. No tickets will be available at the Luau.

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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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GO BLUE May students announced

Our GO BLUE students for the month of May were chosen for their academic achievements and positive attitudes. These students are Brady Kinney, Olivia Taylor, Sabryna Horton, Renee Kelly, Lacey Owens, Ellie Rothstrom, Josh Bergevin, Lizbeth Espana Lopez and Cade Kennedy. We asked these role-model students what they think sets them apart from their classmates.

Freshman Brady Kinney was nominated by Peggy Payne. “I do not let distractions get to me,” Kinney said. Freshman Olivia Taylor was also nominated by Peggy Payne. “I work hard in all of my classes,” Taylor said.

Sophomore Sabryna Horton was nominated by Vivian Glaeser. “I help out my peers by explaining things in my own words,” Horton said. Sophomore Renee Kelly was nominated by Julie Woods. “I have made developments in my leadership skills,” Kelly said.

Junior Lacey Owens was nominated by Kristen Glaeser. “I’m always eager to help and I am passionate about drama,” Owens said. Junior Ellie Rothstrom was nominated by Pam Jacobson. “I just have a lot of passion for school,” Rothstrom said.

Senior Josh Bergevin was nominated by Linda Schaub and Patty Jones. “I'm always smiling and have a positive attitude,” Bergevin said. Senior Cade Kennedy was nominated by both Jennifer Butenhoff and Patty Jones. “I am unique and care about people,” Kennedy said. Senior Lizbeth Espana Lopez was nominated by both Jennifer Butenhoff and Faydale Curtice. “I just really enjoy school,” Lopez said.

As the school year comes to an end, we wish the seniors the best on their endeavors, and we cannot wait to see everyone else next school year.

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