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Exchange students enjoy time in America

Michelle Vandermar, Journalism 1

November 9

Filed under Features

­Being a foreign exchange student in any country can be hard for some, but not for junior Sophie Krause. Krause is from a small German town near Düsseldorf, Germany. “It’s very small,” said Krause. “The population...

Langley continues journey to lifelong learning

Maria Scaptura, Blue ETC. Editor

November 9

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There are few true masters that emerge from our short academic careers. Safety and Security Assistant Jesse Langley is in the process of earning a Master’s Degree in Psychology. “I didn’t know [getting my Master’s]...

Animal activist among us

Kallan Bustamante, Journalism 1

November 9

Filed under Features

For sophomore Beth Lindenblad, fitting in has never been important; thus, she is not fazed by the potential disagreements from her peers who don’t buy into the vegetarian lifestyle the way she does. Lindenblad, who became...

Roop says goodbye

Hannah Houghton, Journalism 1

November 9

Filed under Features

One might think being a high school math teacher could be a high stress job; kids falling asleep during notes, “forgetting” their homework, and the constant misplacement of classroom calculators. However, after 25 years...

A crowning moment: Pageant brings a chance to win

Peter Simonsen, Staff Writer

October 28

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Pageants have always been fiercely competitive, but this year it gets personal. Senior Danielle Mazzuchi is in the running for Miss Maryland Teen USA. The Miss Maryland Teen USA competition features contestants from all around...

Spartans welcome Szwajkowski

Rita Zevallos, Staff Writer

October 28

Filed under Features

Down in the first classroom in the history hallway Spartans are loving their new US and AP US History teacher Dr. Cynthia Szwajkowski. Szwajkowski is new to the school, but by no means new to either history or teaching. Her...

Four high schools in just four short years

Karista Giordano, Blue Forum Editor

October 26

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New teachers, new halls, new faces, four new schools. The only way to even dream about making it through high school is having friends. For senior Sarah Hyde, this is extremely difficult because in her four years of high school,...

On their toes:‘Claras’ show love for dancing

Megan Burpo, Orange Viewpoint Editor

October 26

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Tutus, pretty pink shoes, and their own special hairstyle. Needless to say, ballerinas have it made! When people think of popular dancing today, hip-hop comes to mind and ballet seems like a thing of the past. For juniors Samantha...

Steffensen is not in Sparta anymore: Junior plans to spend the next year living with a monk in Japanese journey

Jessica Drago, Blue Features Editor

October 26

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The best way to learn a foreign language is to be immersed in the culture, which is exactly how junior Greg Steffensen is spending this school year.  For the next year, Steffensen is staying in Japan to study. Steffensen lives...

Jewell and Kinsley bring biology to life

Kelsey Simpson, Staff Writer

October 26

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For outstanding work and dedication, two teachers from the biology department, Beth Jewell and Susan Kinsley, received prestigious awards that recognized their hard work in teaching. Jewell was named Teacher of the Year from...

Thorson is ‘Mastering’ education

Rita Zevallos, Oracle Staff Writer

October 5

Filed under Features, Uncategorized

For John Thorson, government teacher, the beginning of the school year did not only mark the return to WSHS but also to weekly night classes on the path to a doctorate in education. This semester, he is taking three night classes...

Second time is a charm: Griffin steps in to guide the Class of 2011

Kelsey Simpson, Oracle Staff Writer

October 5

Filed under Features

Goodbye Mukai, Hello Griffin. The new school year brings a new administration for seniors. Richard Griffin, the class administrator for the class of 2010, has shifted from administrating the graduated class, to this year...

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