Category: Editorial

Why We Need Cellphones

Why We Need Cellphones

Recently, Dr. Croom reinforced our County cell phone policy, in particular, prohibiting students from using cell phones at all in school. Phones must be turned off and kept hidden for the entirety of the day. If a cell phone is taken, only a parent may pick it up. Not only is this policy drastic, it is unnecessary. The primary catalyst […]

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Surviving Senioritis

Sen·ior·i·tis: a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance. This “savage disease” plagues seniors as they try to balance advanced homework, college applications, adequate extracurriculars, dorm shopping and social interaction. Its symptoms include laziness, lack of work ethic and decreased interest in grades. Students, teachers and parents alike […]

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How to Survive a Beauty Pageant

How to Survive a Beauty Pageant

After two and a half years at West Johnston, with involvement in various clubs and afterschool activities, and a year long running schedule, I consider myself fairly familiar with campus. Despite whatever expertise I might have gained about school, clubs and sports, I was still fairly ignorant about all things pageant-related. Mr. West J, the male beauty pageant, was founded […]

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Scorching Skin for the Sake of Beauty

Scorching Skin for the Sake of Beauty

Out of all the things that I see students stressing over on a daily basis, it is their physical appearance. The right shoes, hairdo, or outfit might make or break someone in front of their peers. Particularly in the winter or before prom, many are worried about getting a tan. Now, the occasional nap in the sun probably isn’t harmful. […]

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Why All the Riots?

Why All the Riots?

City streets across America are filled with fiery riots and broken windows, but those who are going to feel the effects the most are the cause of the damage. The ongoing series of violent protests began the day after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. The civil disobedience continued Nov. 24 after Darren Wilson, […]

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Christmas Music and Movies Already? Q&A

Sleigh bells are jingling, carols are echoing in stores and TV channels are showing Christmas classics, but the traditional Thanksgiving turkey is not even in the oven yet. For some, this is wonderful and they sing and smile along. Others groan at the sound of Christmas Carols and beg for it to wait for December 1. When asked about seeing and hearing Christmas so […]

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Eating in Class? Definitely.

Eating in Class? Definitely.

  One half hour break a day is all we get. Thirty minutes to use the bathroom, “unwind” or eat lunch. It’s an appropriately timed break. Thirty minutes is generally enough time to do whatever is needed. However, the activities done during one of the four thirty minute lunches, particularly eating, should not be exclusive. If someone is hungry in […]

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“Q & A”: Spirit Week

“Q & A”: Spirit Week

This year’s fall spirit week is coming up shortly, and many are enthused about the upcoming events. Through October 13 to October 17 the festivities will occur. Every day is a different “spirit day”. Students are encouraged to dress up in certain outfits or in a certain color every day. Monday is costume day, Tuesday is twin day, Wednesday is […]

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Senior Riley Hundley uses her cell phone during her lunch.

Cell Phones Should be Allowed During Lunch

By 10:00 AM most high school students are starving. Others are not hungry, but desperate to work on homework, make a phone call home, or simply escape the building stresses of school. Whatever the reason, all students excitedly await the arrival of their designated third-block-lunch. Friends sit down and laugh together, the studious kids giggling along as they frantically summarize […]

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Mythbusters: Cracking Down on West Johnston Misconceptions

Mythbusters: Cracking Down on West Johnston Misconceptions

http://take-a-tech-tip.blogspot.com/ High school is an adventure best explored head first, with eyes wide open. Students experience a lot during their four years at West Johnston, and some don’t know what to expect. Even after one, two, or three years, most students still have misconceptions about what high school has to offer. Truth be told, it’s easy to confuse what high […]

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