Some activities that take place at Washington High School are underappreciated. The Quiz Bowl program is an example. Speaking from my personal experience on the team, I know that not enough people are aware of the huge success the Quiz Bowl team has achieved.
Quiz Bowl is a competition between two teams who answer questions about a variety of topics including (but not limited to): history, literature, and science. It is extremely competitive. It can be very intense with each team trying to buzz in and answer the question before the other.
Our Quiz Bowl team is currently nationally ranked in the preseason for the first time ever. We are 22nd in the country. This is a huge accomplishment for everyone involved and even more exciting due to the fact that everyone who was on the team last year is returning. We are also very excited because we will be hosting the largest tournament in Missouri's history, with our own house-written questions that each member worked on creating.
One member of the team, junior Joe Stitz, was the third overall player in the state last year. With the two people ranked above him having graduated, he looks likely to be the most dominant player in all of Missouri this year. With him leading the team through the season and to the eventual national championship in June, the Quiz Bowl team looks to show everyone they are one of the top contenders in the country.
The next time you think of winners at WHS, I hope you take the time to think of Quiz Bowl.
At a time when many people seem to complain about certain aspects of WHS such as the homework, lunches, and crowded hallways, it is important to seek out the things that make WHS a great school.
One of my personal favorite things about WHS is the staff. I think WHS has a good mix of veteran teachers who have been teaching for a while, and new teachers who have just gotten their start. Everyone on staff is really friendly, too. All the way from the custodians to the coaches, I really believe everyone is nice and helpful.
Another great thing about WHS is something we take for granted: the campus. Whenever I walk outside by the football field and track, I always think about how cool looking the school is. The football field is nice and high tech. Plus, the library and cafeteria building creates just a neat looking school. There are many murals inside the building and nice signage outside. Overall, we have a nice campus that we should pay a little more attention to.
Overall, I think my favorite thing about WHS (which can also sometimes be the worst part) is the people. The people here are friendly, and everyone shares a sense of community for being a part of the school. It’s almost like a family. Yes, they can annoy you, but they still are your favorite people. The WHS Blue Jay family is pretty close.
So, the next time you are like me and complain about school, think about all the things that make it great. It can help you look at WHS in a new light.
The wind whistled through the trees as I walked through the dark forest. Following the light of my phone I continued on the gravel path. Suddenly, I came across what I was looking for: a Charmander!
This is just one of the numerous stories that come from playing the widely popular smartphone game Pokemon Go. With so many smartphone games these days, it is surprising that one game can become so popular overnight, but there are several things about Pokemon Go that sets it apart from other games.
Unlike most games, you must move around to play it. Walking is required to get some Pokemon and it is pretty much impossible to play without moving. Pokemon Go also uses unique a system of “Pokestops” which are based around real-world locations and landmarks. That means in order to get the benefits from the Pokestops, you must travel to the actual location they are located at. All of these features make Pokemon Go a very unique game.
The real mind-boggling thing about Pokemon Go is how popular it is. It is the most popular game on the App Store and the most popular I can personally remember since Flappy Bird. I never really realized how popular it was until I went to catch some Pokemon with some friends late on a Tuesday night. We went to Lion’s Lake and walked the trail around it. In doing so, we passed at least five other groups of people playing the game. Keep in mind this was 11:00 on a Tuesday night. After seeing all of the people playing it at that hour, I can only imagine how many people play it during daylight hours on a weekend!
All of these things make Poklemon Go a truly great game. If for some reason you haven’t played Pokemon Go yet, I highly recommend it. It will be sure to offer you hours of entertaining and unique experiences!
Recently I saw my most favorite film of Summer 2016, Finding Dory.
Going into it, I had big expectations since it was the sequel Finding Nemo. Going to see Finding Nemo at the movies with my dad is one of my earliest memories, and to this day I enjoy watching it.
I was sort of expecting Finding Dory to be lame and not as good as the original. While I still think Finding Nemo is better, mostly because I grew up with it in my childhood, it’s a close call.
The basic setup for the movie is that a blue tang fish named Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, begins to regain some memories from her early childhood and sets out on a mission to find her parents. Many new memorable characters are introduced such as Hank, the octopus, and Destiny, the whale shark.
While the movie has laughs, it still manages to be serious and, in my opinion, more dark than the original. However, it is still a family-friendly movie, so obviously it doesn’t get that dark. Overall, the movie is another blockbuster hit and a fitting sequel for such a great movie.
Check it out before it leaves the big screen!