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Choosing to be an original

Anna Lehman & Sara Lepley, Oracle Staff Writers

January 3, 2011

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Hunter Howell is a normal 16-year-old teenager who likes to hang out with friends, attends school, and wants his own car. He is also proud of his fashion sense.  “I just prefer women’s fashion to men’s,” said Howell,...

Biology teacher uses power of prediction

Karista Giordano, Blue Forum Editor

January 3, 2011

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Students aren’t the only ones in school who look forward to the snow days. Beth Jewell, Biology and Oceanography teacher, looks at the weather patterns by the maps and weather sites to be able to predict future snow days;...

Ethnic food helps kids remember their roots

Rita Zevallos, Senior Staff Writer

December 9, 2010

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During Spartanfest, students from the Muslim Student Association to the Spanish Honor Society sell food from the ethnicity or language group they celebrate in order to raise money but many students cook ethnic food at hom...

Dear Readers, you’ve been accepted!

Julie Parisi, Oracle Editor

December 7, 2010

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“We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” are the words that almost every child dreams of reading; and for seven lucky students, this dream has become a reality. They...

Pilgrimage enhances students’ beliefs

Peter Simonsen, Senior Staff Writer

December 7, 2010

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It’s difficult to imagine a place so important that 1.5 billion people turn and pray toward it five times a day, but senior Abdul Osmanzada and sophomore Madinah Osmanzada have been to this place. Both made a pilgrimage to...

Beloved teacher says goodbye to the classroom

Allie Colella, Blue Forum Editor

December 1, 2010

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For the past 14 years, students have entered room 66 to Biology teacher Ann Wong’s excited smile. This year, Wong shines from a different corner of the school: the SBTS room. As the school’s School Based Technology Specialist,...

Springfield’s next top model: Kallen Bustamante showcases her modeling abilities

Beth Lindenblad, Journalism 1

December 1, 2010

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Sophomore Kallen Bustamante is not a “model” citizen: while she meets most of the requirements, she is not the typical aspiring model. She discovered her passion for modeling over the summer of 2009. Since then, she has...

A new degree of musical talent: Student band The 6th Degree bursting with new sounds

Eleanor Lamb, Orange Features Editor

December 1, 2010

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While the six degrees of separation may prevent some people on from interacting with musicians, students of WS are lucky enough to only be just one degree away from a successful band.  Five Spartans make up an original and...

Junior poised for success

Jordan Miller, Orange Page One Editor

November 29, 2010

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She is as real as a drama queen can get. Junior Brittany Morgan captures the spotlight in many theater plays, pursuing her dream of becoming a professional actress. In and out of school Morgan is becoming a prominent actress,...

Cool under pressure: Ausberry is a master at tackling stress

Hannah Maine, Journalism 1

November 29, 2010

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Sports, church, hours of homework. That’s high school. Not to mention trying to squeeze in a little bit of time for friends and social life. Freshman Mycah Ausberry manages to find time for everything she loves. “Bam!...

25 years of doing her PART: Becky Mullins is one Spartan who never stops working

Kyle Rushton, Oracle Staff Writer

November 29, 2010

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Leaky toilets, broken chairs and desks, empty soap dispensers—Becky Mullins has seen it all.  As head of the custodial staff, Mullins is celebrating her twenty-fifth year as a Spartan. Prior to coming to WS, Mullins worked...

New committee helps teachers stay active

November 9, 2010

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The story of Physics teacher Ed Linz’s heart transplant in September of 1994 is a familiar one. However, while the traumatic experience has motivated him to spread healthy habits to the community, it is not the chief reason...

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