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Lunch Time at WHS •Today’s lunch: Spicy chicken strips, scalloped potatoes, dinner roll, green beans •À la carte lines: Pepperoni pizza, cheese enchilada, chef salad, sandwiches

Group Meetings •Tutors: Of freshmen during lunch periods will meet for training today at 3:15 p.m. or Thursday at 7:35 a.m. Attend one meeting. •Boys Soccer: Players will meet for an open field from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday at the Avera Sports Institute, 1601 W. 44th Place.

Other Reminders •Pictures: For the HonorFest video can be submitted using Instagram hashtag #whshonorfest2017 now. Send questions or submit photos to director Matt Schuldt at his e-mail, matthew.schuldt@k12.sd.us. •Registration: Window for 2017-18 classes is now open. Complete your registration by Feb. 24. See your counselor with questions or for help. •All Cars: Parked in Lots 1 or 2 at WHS need a current parking tag. See the welcome window with questions. •All Cell Phones: Should be off and in lockers during the school day. NOW Wednesday Staff Co-Editors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Talley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and Lauren Olson Assistant Editor . . . . . . . . . Devyn Kennedy Staff: Rheannan Bills, Jack Bren, Deion Larsen, Justin Strutz, Joe Simko, Maddie Risch, Thomas Vissers Co-Editors-in-Chief . . . . . . . . Maham Shah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .and Carson Herbert Adviser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jason Lueth The News of Washington is a publication of the Orange & Black Staff Washington High School–Sioux Falls, S.D.

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Show choir earns second runner-up at Omaha contest Senior Spencer DeLange named top male soloist By Devyn Kennedy arrior varsity show choir members from Classic Connection took second runner-up in the finals of the Crystal Cup Show Choir Competition Saturday at Elkhorn South High School in Omaha, Neb. The show choirs had a 24 hour day Saturday, leaving at 3:45 a.m. and returning to WHS to unload after 2 a.m. Sunday. At the event, senior Spencer DeLange was awarded best male soloist. DeLange said he was pleased to have been awarded for as top soloist for the second time this season. “I was surprised to get it twice,” DeLange said. “That performance was our best one yet, and winning this award was the icing on the cake.”

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Photo by Karen DeLange SING—Classic Connection performs Saturday at Elknorn South High School. Senior Spencer DeLange (center) was named best male soloist at the event. In the Prep Division, WHS’s JV show choir Stage Lights earned third runner-up. The show choirs will next be in action March 4 at Omaha North High School as they

compete in the Viking Cup. Director Jeff Spencer said the choirs will be ready. “I am excited about our potential to place highly at Omaha North,” Spencer said.

Band looking for color guard members Successful candidates will join marching band for 2017-18 season By Rheannan Bills The Warrior Marching Band is currently seeking new color guard members for their 2017-18 season. Successful candidates will bring the color and drama to the band’s show this fall. Freshman-junior students interested in being a part of the marching band color guard should see assistant band director Kiley Coyne for audition details after school in the band room, C-107. Coyne said she is looking for students who have an interest in band, but not necessarly in the traditional sense. “If you have ever wanted to be involved in marching band, but don’t play an instrument,

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we would like you to join color guard for the 2017-18 marching band season,” Coyne said. Coyne said getting involved can start by just stopping by the band room and speaking to her about the opportunity. “Interested students should stop by the band room,” she said. “No experience is necessary, and we would love to teach you.” Sophomore Alexis Kulm, a current member of the marching band color guard, said she loved the social aspect of being involved with the marching band this year. “You’ll create a great bond with almost everyone on the team,” Kulm said. “Anyone who would like to join the color guard should not hesitate to do so.”

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What are your plans for the upcoming Presidents’ Day break?

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“I don’t know what I will do. I’m probably just going to stay home and watch movies.”

“I plan to get better at basketball over the upcoming break by going to Great Life every day.”

“I’m going to be working during all of the Presidents’ Day break, because I like money.”

“I plan on catching up on my sleep over the upcoming Presidents’ Day break.”

“I’m going to see my grandkids, over the break. They are the most special people in the world.”

Do your best to avoid awkward situations Have you ever been stuck holding a door for someone that is way too far away, and felt very awkward because you make them do that weird speed-walk so you do not have to hold the door for long? This happens to the best of us—awkward situations are just waiting to happen to you each day, so the best thing you can do is try to worry Hear me. . . less about what the other person thinks and continue on with Jack Talley your day. Another example that probably happens to a lot of us is knowing someone, but not really knowing them. You have seen their face on social media, and they have definitely seen yours, but do you say hi when you pass them on the street or in the hallway? Yes! This is probably one of the easiest

ways to make a new friend, or to see a smile on someone else’s face each day. If you are friends on social media, why not actually be friends in “real” life? One of the toughest awkward situations that I am very uncomfortable in is seeing someone that definitely knows your name and who you are, but you have no idea who they are. Recovering from this one is pretty tough, even for the most silver tongued socialites out there. Your best chance at getting out of this one without seeming rude is definitely to shoot as many questions at them as you can in a short time to try and decipher how you could possibly be connected to them. Often, they will give away personal details and you will figure it out pretty quickly. While this column has only outlined a few situations that commonly make people uncomfortable, remember the solution is easy. Smile, laugh and do not get embarrassed. It happens to the best of us, and being easy going about it is the best way to avoid it, Warriors! Senior Jack Talley does not follow his own advice.

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Lawmaker proposes cap tethers By Alexei Koseff The Sacramento Bee (TNS) SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Raising concerns about the environmental damage caused by stray bottle caps, one California state lawmaker is seeking to change how plastic water and soda bottles are made.

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Assembly Bill 319, introduced this week by Assemblyman Mark Stone, would prohibit retailers, by 2020, from selling beverages in bottles with a cap that is not tethered to the container. The Democrat from Scotts Valley said bottle caps are one of the most frequent items found at annual beach and watershed cleanups, threatening wildlife that thinks they are food and costing local communities millions of dollars to address the plastic debris. “By requiring that those lids stay attached to the plastic bottles that consumers use, we can ensure that they are part of California’s successful recycling programs and not in landfills or the environment,” Stone said. “Californians have been very clear about their desire to protect our communities from plastic pollution, and AB 319 is a clear step in pursuing that intent.” The California Legislature has taken other steps in the past few years to address plastic pollution, passing a statewide bag ban and prohibiting the use of exfoliating “microbeads” in cosmetics. But AB 319 could face a significant challenge from the influential beverage industry, which has aggressively blocked a string of recent bills that threatened its bottom line, including efforts to tax soda and put warning labels on sugary drinks.


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