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THE ADVOCATE VOLUME XXXVIII | Issue 4 | January 2019


Dear WHS,

hen you scroll through your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook feed in January, you will be flooded with posts claiming that with the beginning of 2019 users will desert their bad vices in exchange for new and improved habits. The abandoning of said vices will supposedly make them different and better people, thus proclaiming “new year, new me.” But what does this really mean? Why do we feel this need to remake ourselves every January instead of throughout the year? The Advocate staff believes that while January is an obvious beginning point for a restart, you should not let time limit you from becoming the person you want to be. If you find yourself in a toxic friendship or relationship at any time throughout the year, do not be afraid to either address the problem or cut it off completely. Toxic friendships and relationships can be defined in many ways. But because in our Spotlight, we feature FRCC students who pursue their passions despite what society and stereotypes expects, we want to emphasize that if those around you do not support your aspirations, you have to get away from that toxicity. Try to find people that care about and support you in your endeavors, but don’t be afraid to go against the crowd and be yourself. If no one around you has a similar interest, that’s okay—be different. Differences define us. They force us to think about ourselves and what we believe in, and we should not be afraid to embrace our differences. No one person is the exact same—it’s what makes the world work the way it does. If everyone did what they believe in and were passionate about, the world would be a happier place. The new year brings the promising hope of change and happiness. So do not let the hope of this happiness be crushed by individuals who do not embrace your dreams and differences. Being rude, mean or altogether negative is not a personality trait that you have to accept and endure. The loss of a friend or two will be difficult and grueling at times, but in the end, the sadness will lead to a bigger sense of content and happiness than if the negativity was still in your life.

Madilynn Kipp, Sophie Koritz & The Advocate Staff

As stated in our editorial policy, The Advocate is a student public forum that is meant to inform, entertain and foster open dialogue between the readers and writers. It does not purposefully or maliciously intend to offend its readers. All editorial views are the opinion of the individual writer and do not represent the beliefs of the school or district. Letters to the Editor are welcomed and encouraged. To see guidelines for Letters to the Editor, see our editorial policy.

A Letter to the Editor This letter is in reference to the article in the December 2018 issue of The Advocate entitled “Marching band shows dedication, skill, but is not a sport.” I have been in band since I was in sixth grade and I have been in the band’s Color Guard/Winter Guard since I was a freshman. While I understand it is an opinion article, it hurts my feelings that adults would let a football player and one of their own students write an article to the whole school that divides the two activities rather than supporting each other. Saying that band is not a sport is written by someone who has never put on a wool uniform in 100 degree weather and performed in it for 12 minutes, has never carried a 45 pound tuba by a 100 pound body, has never been physically exerted to perform or play not once, but four times in a row for a competition which is scored by points. The Color Guard has been able to place 11th out of 150 teams in the world and travel to Dayton, Ohio to compete. While having said this, we have had no recognition by the school in our achievements as a team because we are not considered a “sport.” Band has always supported the football players by holding a gauntlet at every home game, sitting together as a “team” to play for the football players, running the touchdown flag in celebration; drumline participates with the student section. While the football players are on the sideline at a game, the band is either cheering, playing or performing all in the sport of the game. To say that band is NOT a sport, I quote from vs. the student who wrote this article, “As defined by the Merriam-Webster international dictionary, Sport: physical activity engaged in for pleasure. When engaged in marching band, you are to do around 90% of the stretches and exercise that you do in football. And seeing as I played football for 3 years, this is knowledge I have experienced personally. As like football, there is a high school league, a college league, and a national major league association. And to add to it, the argument is made that more kids are out of shape in marching band, yet when you look at the linemen and the full defense of any football team, they are “out of shape.” So to use the argument that marching band kids are out of shape is invalid. Finally, football takes place primarily in part of fall and most of winter, where as in marching it takes place in fall, winter, spring and summer.” I would appreciate a full retraction of this article in the next issue of The Advocate and would like for the football team to give the winterguard a send off assembly to Dayton, Ohio, and help us collect canned goods at our family and friends exhibition night in their football jerseys to show their support for their fellow Blue Jays. Sincerely,

Lillie Figura, senior

Table of Contents News 05


Students attend STL Women’s March


06 Spotlight 10 Editorials 12 Entertainment 14 Sports 15 Heart eyes for Heartwarming Peculiar Pets A work of heART On the Road to Recovery

FRCC students push gender stereotypes, pursue passion

He said: Feminism denies its roots, overshoots equality She said: The feminist movement fights for equality

Live actions continue Disney Magic

Basketball senior shares experience, advice from years on the court

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2018-2019 Staff

Editor-In-Chiefs Madilynn Kipp Sophie Koritz

Features Editor Elizabeth Busch Editorials Editor Willa Reust Entertainment Editor Katelyn Garrett

Photo/Sports Editor McKenzie Dohm Web Editor Samantha Montgomery


Emeline Heimos Miles Hellebusch Jake Hillerman Alyssa Luecke Paige Ritson George Smith

Adviser Christina Manolis (Cover Photo) Seniors Dorianne Key and Colby Jacquin win Courtwarming Queen and King on Jan. 18. Photo by Chloe Weiss

Students attend STL Women’s March

Sophie Koritz Editor-in-Chief


he 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote in the United States. Now, nearly 100 years later, thousands of women walked shoulder to shoulder using another amendment of the Constitution—the right to peacefully assemble. In front of St. Louis’ Union Station Jan. 19, women and men from all across the St. Louis region gathered to participate in the third annual Women’s March on St. Louis. “I didn’t go the first year it happened, but I saw it on TV, and it was really inspiring,” junior Elizabeth Derner said. “I wanted to be a part of it the next year.” Just like Derner, junior Zoe Godefroid participated in the women’s march for the second year. Accompanied by her mother, sister, friend and thousands of other supporters, Godefroid marched through downtown St. Louis. “We’re all like pretty passionate about what’s going on in the world, so that gave us an opportunity to meet with people who were also [passionate] about stuff like that,” Godefroid said. “It’s a good opportunity to see people

excited about the same stuff.” Despite the below freezing temperatures and freezing rain on the day of the march, hundreds of people attended the march—both women and men. “There were actually a lot more men at the march than I expected, which was really great to see since it’s extremely important for men to fight for women’s rights, too,” Derner said. “...I’m glad for their support of the movement, as they play an important role in creating change for gender equality.” Some of the changes women and men hope to see from these marches is the bringing of attention to sexual harassment and the pay gap, but no matter what specific cause they attended for, all went to show their support for women—strangers and friends alike. “There were a few things I had in mind like abortion rights and stuff like that, but I think I mainly just went to kind of stand with all the other women that go there because they personally [have] been affected by something…”

junior Emily Hahne said. Though the women’s marches are meant to spread awareness of all issues women encounter, they have received criticism for overlooking the specific hardships and challenges that women of color experience. “...I know one of the biggest problems about the women’s marches is that they aren’t diverse enough, and they don’t talk about broad enough subjects,” Godefroid said. “So if we incorporate that into it, maybe that would be better for everything.” For some people, marches have acquired a negative connotation, which causes some participants to become hesitant about attending them. But for Derner, Godefroid and Hahne, the women’s march was nothing but a positive experience. “I think a lot of people think of it more as like a protest,” Hahne said, “so in their minds they think that a protest is like a violent thing, but the women’s march... was so supportive and peaceful, and I felt really safe being there.”

Photo submitted by Elizabeth Derner



Heart Eyes for Heartwarming Two WHS seniors give Courtwarming a whole new look

Katelyn Garrett Entertainment Editor


eartwarming, which in previous years was simply known as Courtwarming, took place Jan. 18 with a new Valentine’s Day theme. “This year, the date for Courtwarming was a lot [earlier] than it was originally. We really didn’t know what to do as a theme. We didn’t know if we wanted to do winter theme, but we couldn’t think of anything, so we’re like ‘...let’s do a Valentine’s Day theme,’” senior Haley Oetterer said. “So we were looking and looking, and it was me, (senior) Josie (Kleinheider) and Ms. (Allison) Graves. We were just talking, and I was like, ‘Oh my god, let’s do Heartwarming’ as a joke, but that’s what we’re doing.” Courtwarming is one of the three dances that occur during the school year. It costs half of the amount of money as Homecoming but still takes about eight weeks to plan overall, as there is still a lot of planning involved. “We start off with a sheet that they had from last year,” Oetterer said. “So we have to call Emissourian by this day, we have to order flowers by this day, we have to pick out clubs and tell them by this day, and so it’s kind of like a schedule.” Although Student Council and Leadership are two different organizations sponsored by the same teachers, they come together and help one another to help get Courtwarming prepared. “Leadership is like the engine behind Student Council,” Courtwarming sponsor Samantha Loepker said. “But then we rely on Student Council to help get the project off and up and then just encourage everyone else to participate and have fun with the spirit days.” Throughout the school year, Leadership students have the option to be on whatever committee they want to be on. “[The students] fill out a survey at the beginning of the year with what committee they want to be on, and


Leadership members decorate the Little Blue Jay Gym for Heartwarming. “I hope [the students] get that not everything has to be the same,” senior Josie Kleinheider said. “It’s okay to do change and just [because] something is a tradition doesn’t mean it always has to be the tradition. You don’t always have to do it.” Heartwarming was held in the Little Blue Jay Gym Jan. 18, 2019. Photos by McKenzie Dohm

then they choose from there,” Loepker said. “The two students that are leading Courtwarming kind of chose that, and we assigned those committees at the beginning of the year.” Part of the tradition of planning school dances is coming up with court nominees, but while Homecoming Court is more sports-based, Courtwarming Court is more clubs-based with some winter sports mixed in. “It’s different in the sense that it’s not like the most well-known students in the class. You have a chance to recognize other people, too,” Loepker said. With the winter dance being in the little Blue Jay Gym while a basketball


game is also taking place in the same area, it can be stressful to get things accomplished. “Since it’s right after a basketball game, we have to time crunch and do all our decorations like 20 minutes before the dance actually happens, so that’s stressful in itself,” Oetterer said. Even though the Valentine’s Day themed Heartwarming was a bit early than most students would expect, the theme was something that got students ready for the actual holiday. “I hope that the candidates really enjoy the recognition and the school rallying behind them,” Loepker said, “and all of the fun and excitement in that week just to boost school spirit.”

Peculiar Pets

Three WHS students discuss what it’s like to have Alyssa Luecke a not-so-typical house pet Reporter


uying a pet can become a very indecisive process. Between several breeds of dogs, cats, guinea pigs, goldfish and hamsters, the options are endless. Most people tend to gravitate towards the cutest and friendliest pets they can find. Few people choose scales over fur and feet over paws, but some happen to be right here at WHS. “Having a snake is pretty cool because not a lot of other people have them,” senior Mitchell Zurick said. Having a snake as a pet can seem frightening to some, but this particular Missouri native breed has yet to cause any problems for Zurick. “They are not too dangerous, and they don’t get massively big like a boa,” Zurick said. “Mine has never bitten me or done anything aggressive towards me, but if you don't take care of them properly, they can get agitated.” Zurick has had his corn snake, Bobby, for about nine years and it is about 4 feet in length. However, there is more than one unique thing about corn snakes. Unlike cats and dogs, they have a less vigorous eating schedule. “I have to feed him once a month,” Zurick said. “I usually feed him two large mice, which sounds creepy to most people, but they are frozen.” Unusual pets often call for unusual food and sometimes unusual relationships, as they sometimes have less of a personality. “You can’t talk to him like a dog,” Zurick said, “but he’s still cool to have.” Another member of the reptile species, the bearded dragon, is similar to the snake in personality but spends his days in a terrarium and can grow

to be 2 feet long. Sophomore Lauren Williams was thrilled when she brought home her baby bearded dragon, Guppy, about a month ago. “I think bearded dragons are a little bit better of a pet [than a cat or dog] because they don’t run around everywhere,” Williams said. As a part of the lizard species, Guppy is more of a laid-back pet, and while he is allowed to go beyond his terrarium occasionally, it is not without supervision. “[He is allowed to roam around] while I’m watching him because we have a dog,” Williams said, “and my dog does not like him.” Williams mentions that due to the fact that dogs have a significantly higher amount of energy than reptiles, it is difficult for the two pets to get along with each other. However, other animals seem to form relationships with others easier, like junior Matthew Galli’s pet hedgehog, Hedgie. “They really only bond to one person,” Galli said. “So if they bond with you, then they are awesome to have.” Galli bought Hedgie from a seller online about three years ago. And even though Hedgie is primarily bonded to him, Galli is still able to get him out of his cage when he has company, as Galli says that all of his friends seem to love his hedgehog. No matter how unusual, pets are appreciated in more ways than one. Whether you bring home a slithering reptile or puppies and kittens, a pet becomes part of the family and sometimes even a best friend. “We’ve had [Bobby] for so long now,” Zurick said, “and he’s with us wherever we go, so that’s why I think he’s a good member of my family.”


Junior Matthew Galli shares a picture of his hedgehog, Hedgie, while senior Mitchell Zurick shares a picture of his pet snake, Bobby. “Having a snake is pretty cool because not a lot of other people have them,” Zurick said. Photos submitted by Matthew Galli and Mitchell Zurick


A work of heART

WSD art teachers bring a new meaning to art

Emeline Heimos Reporter any students have developed their creativity and artwork under the instruction of art teachers Ryan and Danielle Snider. However, some may not realize the extent to which art has sculpted their lives. “Ryan and I met at Meramec Community College in ceramics class. He said he was going to be an art teacher and I said, ‘great, sounds great. I’ll do that too.’ But it really has worked out and has shaped the life that we have now,” Danielle said. “There were so many paths that we could have taken, but having the opportunity to both work in the Washington School District and be able to spend so much time with our children has been an absolute blessing for us.” Before working for the district, Ryan worked at the City Museum in St. Louis for seven years helping with the designs for the building and doing pottery demonstrations. While he did that, he continued to sell his work at art shows. For Danielle, before working at the middle school, she had several different jobs, including working at the City Museum making glass beads and making costumes for Meramec Community College. “I did art shows around the coun-



try, so I would pack up all my stuff and travel around and sell things,” Ryan said. “It was kind of a way to get rid of all the stuff that I had accumulated doing all the demonstrations.” Though they both teach art, their preferred forms of art are contrasting. Ryan works more with pottery, while Danielle favors Shibori (the Japanese technique of dying fabric) art forms and paper art. “I’ve always been into craft more than art, things that have some kind of functional nature to them,” Ryan said. “I took a lot of craft classes in college. A lot of people don’t realize that they have those, so things like glass classes and metalsmithing classes. Everything always had a purpose. It wasn’t art for art’s sake.” When it comes to teaching, however, the Sniders have a very similar mindset. “I never really think of myself so much as a teacher, but more of a facilitator. I’m here to put all this stuff in front of you and give you some ideas and guidance and show you possible solutions to problems,” Ryan said. “But mostly I just give kids materials to try to solve those problems.


Everybody has to find their own way of doing things, and I try to give them some room as a way to be creative.” Their work day may be filled with art, but their home is full of art as well. From homemade bowls to a sewing area, they never cease to encourage creativity in their children’s lives. “My kids are all into being artistic. They color on the couch and the walls and everything else they get the chance to color on,” said Ryan. “We try not to stifle their creativity too much.” Having the creative freedom the couple embraces allows for room to grow as an artist and expand on artistic abilities. “Once you’re an artist,” Danielle said, “you can’t stop thinking about those artistic opportunities and those creative venues and paths.” (Bottom left) WHS art teacher Ryan Snider poses with his wife, WMS art teacher Danielle Snider, and their children. “My kids are all into being artistic. They color on the couch and the walls and everything else they get the chance to color on,” said Ryan. “We try not to stifle their creativity too much.” The Sniders have designated areas for different art forms, such as pottery and painting, in their home. Photos submitted by Danielle Snider

On the road to recovery WHS sophomore reflects on accident nearly one year later

Samantha Montgomery Web Editor


or sophomore Jakob Whistler, April 18, 2018 will be a day that he will never forget. What started off as a simple trip home turned into something much worse. “I was riding home from my church on my bike,” Whistler said. “I was going down Steutermann Road, and a car pulled out in front of me.” Whistler, then 15, obtained multiple injuries as an outcome of the life-altering accident. As a result of the traumatic brain injury Whistler sustained, he spent 18 days in the ICU at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. “My face got all messed up,” Whistler said. “It’s called a lefort fracture. I obviously lost my eye, and I broke my arm. I also had some brain damage.” Along with the injuries he experienced, Whistler has had some trouble remembering what exactly happened after he was struck that fateful night. “It’s all kind of a blur,” Whistler said. “I was flown to St. Louis, and I was in the hospital for 42 days. I was also in a coma. It lasted for 17 days.” After the news broke about what happened to Whistler, the community came together to give him and his family all of the support and encouragement that they could muster. “Everything somewhat tapered off when I was conscious, but my family’s hearts were warmed. Their hearts grew three sizes,” Whistler said. “They were amazed, too, just at how much support came in.” While the support and encouragement that Whistler and his family received helped to boost their spirits, it was well known that he still had a long, tough road ahead of him. “There wasn’t much change [mentally] at first,” Whistler said, “but I have developed some things that are kind of scary. I have developed PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from it.” Whistler’s mentality post-accident made it difficult for him to think about ever riding his bike again. However, he got back on anyways.

Sophomore Jakob Whistler poses with his family after recovering from his bicycle accident. “I had physical therapy and speech therapy, and I have regained most of the things that I used to be able to do,” Whistler said. Whistler spent 42 days in Children’s Hospital in Saint Louis, Mo. Photo submitted by Jakob Whistler

“[Getting back on my bike] wasn’t too great for me because I can still remember parts of the accident clearly,” Whistler said. “I remember what happened the last time I got on a bike, so it is still pretty hard for me to ride it.” Despite the mental and emotional challenges that he faces regarding his bike and his life, Whistler manages to keep up his optimistic attitude, maintaining the nickname of “Squirrel,” which was given to him prior to the accident. However, some days can be harder than others. “I kind of have maintained a positive attitude,” Whistler said, “but sometimes I just get mad at everything. I know all of the aspects of it, and I just get angry randomly.” While Whistler still faces a long journey and will most likely never be able to do some of the activities that he previously loved doing, such as wrestling and marching band, he has managed to look past it all and has been focusing on the days ahead. “This past year has taught me to not take life for granted because that’s kind of what I was doing,” Whistler said. “I didn’t know that many people loved me. I thought I was just a boy that wasn’t that loved, but I actually was.”


Take on Life Elizabeth Busch Features Editor


s high school students preparing to face the battleground of real life, we encounter expectations. The expectation to succeed in our schoolwork. The expectation to immerse ourselves in an extracurricular. The expectation to formulate a plan for our years after high school. While expectations such as these can often propel us to success, it is essential to consider from whom these expectations arise. Are you fighting to achieve your aspirations for personal fulfillment or to satisfy others? Often, I find myself striving to succeed not because I set a personal goal but because I wish to please other people. Although others may sometimes directly express their expectations for me, I frequently and many times incorrectly assume that the people I love, admire and respect have unreasonably high aspirations for me. I’ve spent hours writing papers, playing music and volunteering time to meet what I perceive others’ expectations to be. And while actions motivated by positive external forces can be beneficial, the desire to succeed needs to originate from ourselves. Feeling a constant pressure to please everyone at once only leads to a feeling of failure. Instead of attempting the impossible task of meeting the world’s expectations, create your own. Setting your own expectations frees you. With only one person telling you what you wish to accomplish, your achievements feel absolute. There will be no chorus of opinions criticizing your goals or your decisions. There will only be you, learning from your mistakes and relishing in your triumphs.


FRCC students p pur Sophie Koritz and Willa Reust Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Editor

Careers by the Numbers 24 percent of elementary and secondary teachers are male 1 in 100 automotive service technicians and mechanics are female

3.5 percent of construction laborers are female

According to the U.S. Department of Labor


n a world where society is constantly pushing the boundaries and stereotypes that previous generations have placed on gender, Washington, Mo., is no different from the rest of the world in attacking the once so definite pink and blue line. At Four Rivers Career Center, boys and girls alike face the challenge of pursuing predominantly male or female careers, as well as the struggles that come with it. “It’s weird at first because [the boys] try to be more dominant,” junior Amber Walter said. “You really have to have tough skin … especially in this field (construction), because they think they are more dominant.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, jobs such as heavy vehicle technicians and mechanics, diesel engine specialists, stonemasons, electrical power line repairers and more all fall under fields that are 99 percent dominated by men. Along with Walter, St. Clair High School senior Mackenzie Mackley, who is in the Machine Tool program, is covering that 1 percent. “Being the only girl in the class was a big adjustment for the guys… but I stayed to myself and did my work,” Mackley said. Mackley, who has grown up working in machine shops with her parents, is now working to make a career for herself. And as the only girl in her class, her battle is filled with added obstacles. “They have said some things that I haven’t liked, but it just pushes me to work harder and do better things,” Mackley said. The difficulties for these students don’t end when they leave the classroom—outside societal pressure



and judging eyes have forced these students to develop a tough skin. “A lot of people are stubborn and view it (Collision Repair) as a man’s job,” St. Clair High School junior Haley Fenne said. “It’s equal. I get a lot of odd looks when I tell them I’m in body work…It’s made it a little complicated.” However, these female students are not the only ones who plan to pursue career paths that are not traditionally representative of their gender. WHS senior Matthew Dyson is in the CAPS Teaching Careers class and wants to become a special education teacher. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, only 24 percent of elementary and secondary teachers are male. “I’ve never had a question about me being a guy and being a teacher,” Dyson said, “but there has been a lot of questions about why would I want to be a teacher because I was a guy.” Volunteering his time to work with special education students since elementary school, Dyson plans to continue this work in his preferred future career and is choosing to embrace his role as a male special education teacher. “I always heard that it was good to have guys in the field of teaching, and so I’ve heard that a lot that people love that I’m there with them,” Dyson said. “The girl thing really doesn’t change anything because it’s fine with me…I don’t really think it’s really a big deal that there is a lot of girls in the class and it’s just me and another guy.” In some cases, though, gender can offer different perspectives and impact certain skills in all careers, making gender diversity an asset.

push gender stereotypes, rsue passions “Girls, when they’re taught something, pay more attention on the steps,” Fenne said. “When you’re doing body filler (used to fill out dents and cover blemishes on cars), you can see the boys just throw things on there. Girls actually pay attention on how it goes and the preciseness…Girls can be more precise than boys…girls like things to more detailed. It gives you an advantage in this.” While Fenne finds that gender can affect how people execute a job, CAPS Teaching Career senior Seth Cavenar does not believe that either gender has an advantage in the education field—it just depends on the individual. “I think everyone goes through [the classroom] with a different mindset, that’s kind [of] what teaching is all about,” Cavenar said. “If you do what everyone else does, you won’t help your students.” For these students, and many more, gender stereotypes and societal pressure have not stopped them students from pursuing their passions. From engineering to teaching, Four Rivers Career Center has given the opportunity for students to learn more about potential career paths that, because of their gender, they may have never been exposed to or thought about pursuing. A century ago, gender defined the interests individuals could pursue, and without the earlier generations, students participating in fields dominated by the opposite gender would not be able to learn and contribute their thoughts and advice to dilemmas in their respected field. “If you only have half the population going in with their life expe-

riences trying to solve those problems, then you’re missing out on the other half,” Project Lead the Way engineering teacher Joseph Callahan said. “Different perspectives solve problems differently, and it’s that brainstorming and coming together from different backgrounds that make good solutions. If you always

look at it from the same way, you’re going to come up with the same way, you’re going to come up with the same solutions. You don’t get anything new. You don’t get improvement, so you definitely need everybody from every walk of life, not just girls, but everybody that has a problem.”

(Top) Senior Emelie Gross poses with her Project Lead the Way Engineering class. “I didn’t know anybody in the class, and it was kind of weird being the only girl in there,” Gross said. “All the guys are together and friends.” Gross plans to attend the military after graduation. (Left) Junior Breanna Moses shows the restoration of a Stingray during Collision Repair. “Ever since I was little, I really liked the cosmetics of the car…” Moses said. “I didn’t know much about body work… so I decided to learn how to actually do that.” Moses originally became interested in collision repair because of her father. Photos by Sophie Koritz and Willa Reust




Feminism denies its roots, overshoots equality Miles Hellebusch Reporter


am not a feminist, but I’ve been told I am one. People have said to me because I believe in equal rights that I have to be a feminist, but that’s not strictly true. Personally, I’m an egalitarian, which means that I believe all living humans should have equal rights and be overall equal. No matter your financial situation, race, age or the gender you identify as, we are equals, and you have opinions I will listen to and respect. This is simply due to the fact that you are human, and while I believe this, I find that feminism isn’t something I personally agree with in its entirety. Equal rights are absolutely a goal to aspire to, but I believe we’ve already achieved that. I have always viewed women and men as fundamentally equal in every way, and I feel there should not be debates over the equality of men and women in 2019. Newer feminism has evolved from its original intent. It doesn’t seem like the goal is equality anymore. It seems the new focus is on fabricated issues that aren’t even real problems. These inequalities are hugely important if it wasn’t for the fact that they aren’t necessarily true. The wage gap is simply the average earnings of men and women compared. This doesn’t account for different fields, different positions or different earnings. So women collectively make 80 percent of what men make, which doesn’t equate to the ‘80 cents to a dollar’ that is often posed. That would be illegal under the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Feminists also cite the ‘pink tax’ as another main issue which seems to claim women pay more for similar products. A woman will


never pay more than a man for the exact same product. That is also illegal. Many of these things people unrightfully cite for inequality even get big mainstream attention. Gillette attempted and failed to take on ‘toxic masculinity’, painting with broad strokes with an ad that seemed to make people intentionally angry just to get the commercial more clicks. Even Burger King tried to take on the non-existent ‘pink tax’ by making a pink variant of one of its items and selling it for the same price. It’s ridiculous these supposed inequalities are being picked up and ran with simply for a marketing campaign, but they’re working. The fact that these companies take on these irrelevant issues legitimize them is the real problem. Feminism does help shed light on some more serious, important issues though. The #MeToo movement is doing great work for victims of sexual assault, and I applaud that. The #MeToo movement has done an exceptional job ousting horrible people in Hollywood and has helped many victims take their life back from people who’ve wronged them. Feminism also does great work encouraging women who need the support behind them, such as political positions, and empowers women in positions of power. While feminism’s goal is equality, I think they’ve overstepped some boundaries. By creating some of these issues to make it seem like there is inequality, they’ve missed the initial point of feminism. Instead of shooting for equality, they’re focusing on trivial, non-issues so that they can be the victim of a non-existent ‘Patriarchy.’



What’s on Willa’s mind?

The feminist movement fights for equality Willa Reust Editorials Editor Photo by Willa Reust


hen I was 14, my mom gifted me with a bright blue, happy bottle of pepper spray while my sister was given a hot pink one. A gift received because my mother knows what it is like to be a woman in today’s world. As the gender where a National Sexual Violence Resource Center study found that of participants, 1 in 5 adult women have been raped—as opposed to 1 in 71 men—it is important to be strong and protected. Feminism is about finding this strength in ourselves, so one day our kids can be gifted with their favorite toys, rather than a weapon of self-defense. The feminist movement is not only sending the message that women are tough, but that women demand to be equal. By definition, feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights based on the equality of the sexes. And to me, equality seems like progress; feminism is a step forward. Despite the necessity of the movement, the boldness of feminism has acquired a negative image. But the differences between men and women cannot be denied. The world is unfair and the problems presented are real. The feminist movement is tackling those problems and moving towards an imperative change. Based on median earnings, women still earn 17 percent less than men on average because women aren’t offered the same opportunities and treated the same to earn higher paying jobs, for women only make up 20 percent of executives and senior officers, 4.8 percent of

Fortune 500 CEOs and as of 2018, a record-breaking 23 percent of Congress. But according to the United States Census Bureau, 50.8 percent of the population is female. Yet even at its highest number, women do not even make up one-fourth of the representatives serving the interests of American citizens. The reality is, women are discriminated against in the workplace and in America. And to deny this and downplay the problems women face is not going to find a world viewing a male and female as equal, for women are not given fair representation in society. Although great, generous strides have been made in the past years, many women continue to be raised watching their gender appear as less, when knowing her mother took her father’s name, or when realizing in second grade that every president, even 2019’s, is a man. It is clear that we have not reached equality. But with the progression of feminism, a young girl may set her sights high and hope to become president one day. She may become a fortune 500 CEO or a congresswoman. She may receive the confidence, opportunities and support she needs by her peers. The feminist movement is about challenging the role women have been placed in. The feminist movement is about teaching young girls to speak up— to speak up for equality and most importantly, to speak up for themselves.


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ver Christmas break, I decided it was time to get rid of the old. While sitting in bed, surveying the clutter of clothes, books, journals and letters filling every crack of my room, my life suddenly felt as if it was put in grave danger by living in my mess. The slanted ceilings, and artificial lighting, with two bulbs that had flashed dark, and a small layer of dust covering every open surface—it was in desperate need of an uplift. As I got to work, I began to find old journals, letters and writings that I had left myself. Old “New Year’s Resolutions” to reflect over, few to which I had accomplished, and notes on top of entries describing the problems facing my life at the time. Now with all new problems and utterly more dire concerns, I was offered an amused smile as I sat on my floor staring at the character behind my writing. I found old mementos and gifts I had kept: a lightsaber I used to fight with my cousin, old and crumpled bookmarks decorated from the Washington Middle School library and an unused, odd and adolescent purchase of a pan flute from a World Market in Chicago. All holding memories of my own and all reflecting a time in my life as well as those I surrounded myself with, I was left not only aching for the easy joy of my childhood, but glad to be grown and off to better things. While I find it important to declutter at times, I find it more important to be grateful for how far we have come. My life has changed a great deal from one year ago—in my friends, family life, the way I dress and the way I feel. And even though I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking of ways how to improve—how to be thinner, smarter, more successful, etc.—taking this time to look at my life in review has allowed me to see all the strides I’ve taken towards my future. Overall, I’m fortunate to be standing where I am. So no matter how exceptional or miserable 2018 was, or how 2019 is spinning, we’ve all made it this far. So cheers! To the new year.


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hree, two, one, Happy New Year! It’s that time of year again, where we reflect back on the good and the bad of 2018, and when we make our New Year’s resolutions. While you’re watching the New Year’s Eve special on Dec. 31, the camera gives the audience that’s not in New York City glimpses of the 12,000 pound crystal ball that intensifies the last 10 seconds of the year. The ball has been around for all of our lives, but when did it start? The NYE ball can date its history back to 1907, according to, but people started celebrating New Year’s in Times Square as early as 1904. The first New Year’s Eve ball was made of iron and wood, along with 100 25-watt light bulbs and weighed only 700 pounds. The first ball was made by a young immigrant worker, Jacob Starr, and for most of the century, his company lowered the ball. The ball has been dropped every year since 1907, with the exception of 1942 and 1943 when the colorful, light celebration was suspended due to the “dimout” during the war. Even without the colorful lights, people in Times Square would enjoy the New Year in darkness, along with some bells to indicate the new year had begun. According to, the first New Year’s Eve ball symbolized time balls used for maritime navigation. These were used for time signaling devices, and the time balls were purposed to help navigators at sea. These time balls are now historical tourist attractions and are a part of a history that will live within New Year’s Eves for generations New Year’s Eve is a time to be celebrated with your close family and friends, watching from your living room as the ball drops and cherishing the last 10 seconds of the old year while waiting for the endless opportunities yet to come in the new year. So next New Year’s, take some time to think about the traditions started over a century ago and what New Year’s celebrations may look like in the centuries to come.


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2017, proves that crowds of people rom recent releases such as still enjoy viewing yet another retell“Maleficent” and “Beauty and the ing of their favorite classics. Beast” to upcoming films such as These supporters have good reason “Dumbo” and “Aladdin,” the flood to enthuse about the upcoming year. of live action recreations of Disney’s Disney plans to release several of originally animated movies continues their latest live action films in 2019. to inundate the box office. “Dumbo,” the first of their live action While many take pleasure in seeremakes of this year, is set to reing their favorite animated movies lease March 29. Trailers for this film redesigned as a live action adventure, promise a much others disdifferent retelling agree. Some than the original critics perceive animated movie these remakes Alice in Wonderland (2010) with the addition as pointless Maleficent (2014) of new human repeats of characters played previous films Cinderella (2015) by stars such as or greedy atThe Jungle Book (2016) Colin Farrell and tempts to capMichael Keaton. Beauty and the Beast (2017) italize on popuFans can also lar classics. look forward to Although the Disney’s remake newer movies “Aladdin,” which is scheduled to follow the same basic storyline as the hit theaters May 24. This film also original animated films, the direcintroduces a few new characters as tors of the remakes made different well as new music written by Alan creative decisions such as including Menken and “La La Land” songwriters new background information about Benj Pasek and Justin Paul to accomthe characters’ pasts or tweaking the pany the classic songs of the original personality or purpose of secondary animated movie. And with upcoming characters. remake of “The Lion King,” fans can Furthermore, even the classic expect to see one of the most classic animated Disney films are simply reDisney tales brought to life by live acmakes of well-known narratives from tion photography and computer-genthe fairy tales of the Grimm brothers erated imagery (CGI) magic July 19. to the fictional stories of Rudyard So whether you appreciate the Kipling. And while many members growing popularity of live action of the public dislike the new trend of live action remakes, the revenue from remakes or not, I encourage individuals to view upcoming films before live action remakes such as “Beauty and the Beast,” which brought in over making their final judgement of this new trend. $500 million from the box office in

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hen the bell rings at the end of have a great time together. Being the the day to dismiss WHS stuonly two seniors, it’s our job to lead dents, most get on the bus or in their and motivate the team, and together I cars to go home. However, there are a think we do a pretty good job.” number of students who put in hours And though she may have more of work even after 3:20 p.m. experience than some of them, Huxol One of these students, senior Jessi- credits her teammates for her conca Huxol, has been playing basketball stant drive to succeed. since third grade and has put in count“The other girls motivate me every less hours on the basketball court day,” Huxol said. “I want to be at my during her high school career, 125 of best for them, and I expect the same them being just this season. in return, so we all work really hard. As with As Huxol every sport, continues to basketball work hard can be during her stressful for final seamany stuson, there dent-athis a piece of letes, and advice that Huxol said she would she is no remind the exception. underclass“We usumen stually practice dent-athfor about letes: two hours a Photo by Madilynn Kipp teamwork is day,” Huxol Seniors Jessica Huxol and Nakya Kriebaum prepare to shoot a key. said. “We “From basket during practice after school Jan. 10. “We usually practice do a lot of for about two hours a day,” Huxol said. “We do a lot of drills and playing work on our offense and defense.” The girls basketball senior drills and basketball night will be held Feb. 21. work on our for so long, offense and I’ve realdefense.” ized that it is really a team sport and Despite the amount of time spent not an individual sport,” Huxol said. together practicing and playing as a “Your success depends on the success team, Huxol said some of her favorite of others, so you always want to push memories are created off the court. your teammates and yourself to do “We like to stay focused on the bus better.” on the way to away games,” Huxol After years of dribbling up and said. “We just hang out and talk to down the court, Huxol has one thing each other...” that sticks out to her the most. Among the relationship she had “The thing I love most about playbuilt with her teammates, Huxol has ing is being with my friends all the created a unique bond with Nakya time and watching everybody imKriebaum, as they are the only two prove,” Huxol said. “We are getting seniors on the team. better as a team every day and it’s “Nakya and I have played basketgoing to be really cool to see how ball together for four years, and it has much we’ve improved at the end of been great,” Huxol said. “She is one the season.” of my best friends, and we always


fter graduating from college in 2013, WHS alumna Katelynn Huber took a job that was a complete surprise to her—varsity cheer coach at her Blue Jay alma mater. Since taking that job, Huber has coached four successful season and is currently in the middle of her fifth. Throughout most of her life, cheer has always been a part of her routine, as both an athlete and coach. “I started cheering in middle school. I went to Immanuel Lutheran and it was a pretty small cheer team,” Huber said. “When I was in high school cheering here at Washington, I coached a couple of little league cheer teams.” As any coach does, Huber has her favorite aspects of the sport. “There are so many dimensions to cheer. We cheer competitively and that is totally different from what we do at games,” Huber said. “We really love to grow our stunts and learn new stunts and skills, and I know that’s one of the girls’ favorite [aspects] as well.” Along with competitive cheer, Huber also has a passion for “making the game day experience [at WHS] bigger.” “On the other side of things, we always love cheering at games and it’s fun to teach them new sidelines,” Huber said. “We kind of revamped our program this year, and we did all new sidelines and we did a new dance to ‘On Wisconsin.’” Huber has a heart for WHS and she makes it her goal to share that passion with her athletes. “I always tell the girls whenever I start the year that I love this school so much. When I started out here at Washington High School my freshman year, I came from a really small school at Immanuel,” Huber said. “It was a rough start for me, but once I started cheering, I started making new friends. Having something to do on the weekends or after school really helped me to kind of learn how to navigate high school life. Cheer was a really big part of my high school experience, and it’s kind of crazy to be back and immerse myself in that again.”


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