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Concert band in the era of coronavirus
Features

Isabella Zinchini | October 13, 2020

WHHS’s band department has been working nonstop since the outbreak of COVID-19 to find new innovative ways of learning in a virtual environment as well as preparing for a hybrid style of learning. But…

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Mulan falls short of bringing honor to the original classic
Arts & Entertainment

Owen Cummings | October 8, 2020

In 1998, Disney released Mulan, a film that would, in later years, become one of the studio’s most beloved, despite waning box office figures compared to its contemporaries Aladdin and The Lion King. 

The…

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John Cranley implements measures to prevent spread of COVID-19
Coronavirus

Abby Jay | March 17, 2020

During the press conference held by the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley explained several executive orders he signed in order to prevent “community spread” of…

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Athletes create new possibilities for women in sports
Sports

Bobby Keegan | March 9, 2020

Typically when one thinks of girls’ sports at WHHS, many think soccer, volleyball, lacrosse or basketball, but very few will think of one of the heaviest contact sports: wrestling.
At WHHS, there isn’t…

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All this music must fade: modern albums of classic rock artists
Arts & Entertainment

Owen Cummings | March 5, 2020

Music can be easy to forget. There’s so much of it out there that it’s impossible to listen to and certainly keep track of. Every artist has their high points, low points, a beginning and an ending….

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SoleBros make a difference from head to sole
Features

Mackienzee Rasheed | March 5, 2020

Five years ago, three eighth graders started a non-profit organization named SoleBros, one of them being former WHHS student, SENIOR Kellen Newman. Their organization gives new or gently used shoes to…

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Tampon Anarchy?
Opinions

Nadya Ellerhorst | February 24, 2020

Certain state lawmakers in Tennessee are currently arguing against a bill that would eliminate sales taxes on menstrual products during the state’s annual tax-free weekend. Their main point of contention?…

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The unseen barriers in AP classes
News

Mesgana Mekibib | January 29, 2020

Colleges tend to look favorably on applicants who take higher level classes, such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and honors classes. These courses are designed to provide…

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Art museum works to create more inclusive experience
Arts & Entertainment

Otto Kindel | January 9, 2020

Since 1881, the Cincinnati Art Museum has been a cornerstone of the Cincinnati community, both in the art it presents to the public and in its ability to provide a space for all Cincinnatians to share….

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A star among us
Features

Kaylee Robbins | December 2, 2019

WHHS is known for its academic excellence pushing a multitude of its students into the spotlight. Whether it’s for sports, school or theatre, each year many students work to achieve their dreams.

For…

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Lonely Boy, ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ Review
Arts & Entertainment

Matthew Proietti | October 28, 2019

Spoilers for Breaking Bad follow.

Breaking Bad ended six years ago and with it the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston). We witnessed his transformation from a meek high school chemistry teacher to…

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The people behind the spotlight
Features

Alonzo Montgomery | October 17, 2019

When putting together a production, it takes the hard work of not only the actors who perform, but also the time and effort put in by the crew. Whether it be lighting, sound or costumes, everyone plays…

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An open letter to the Ohio Senate
Opinions

Nadya Ellerhorst | October 16, 2019

Dear Ohio Senate:

Hello! It’s me, Nadya, again.

I’m not sure if you remember me, but I wrote an article implicitly addressed to you in the spring, and then I launched this digital petition directly…

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Abbey Road Re-Release Album Review
Arts & Entertainment

Owen Cummings | October 16, 2019

The Beatles were tired of it all. The pressures of being the biggest band of all time began to wear them down. This wasn’t the first time; they quit touring in 1966 after complaining about how much time…

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The Peer Podium: Walkouts productively generate awareness, get students involved
Opinions

Yousuf Munir | October 3, 2019

Students left their seats, walked out to Blair Circle, and joined their peers at WHHS to protest climate justice. The walkout began with a simple chant: “Planet not profit!” This was one of many chants…

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The Peer Podium: Walkouts are becoming a field trip, not a protest
Opinions

Gavin Kursman | October 3, 2019

Shouting and screaming erupted from gatherings of students not only at WHHS, but across the nation. With the purpose to bring awareness to the growing concern of climate change, students dropped their…

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Class of ’69 returns 50 years later
Features

Matthew Proietti | October 2, 2019

When the 1968-69 school year began at WHHS, students were not allowed to wear jeans. When graduation came around, not only had students been able to don their denim proudly for a semester, but the entire…

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“Non-Stop” at National History Day
Features

Matthew Proietti | September 24, 2019

Many students who attended WHHS for their eighth grade year fondly remember having to do their National History Day (NHD) project. 

 Tasked with choosing a historical topic, researching it as much…

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Disney’s Magic Kingdom: How the Entertainment Empire is taking Absolute Power
Arts & Entertainment

Owen Cummings | September 24, 2019

Pixar. Marvel. Star Wars. The Muppets. ABC. Hulu. ESPN. National Geographic. FX. What do all these things have in common? They have all become enveloped into the Buena Vista brand, more recognizably known…

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One year after Parkland
Opinions

Isabel Nissley | February 20, 2019

It was Valentine’s Day 2018 when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. This day was supposed to be filled with love, candy hearts and homemade valentines, but…

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Anti-Semitism in America
Features

Conrad Kleiner | February 17, 2019

Every week, millions of Jews around the world begin their routine to attend synagogue or other community services. They get dressed, brush their teeth, maybe even cook a family meal. And now, many are…

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More than just a lockdown drill
Opinions

Delaney Owens | February 16, 2019

Suddenly, my entire class is still, fingers frozen to our keyboards. It takes some of us longer than others to process what is happening: the deafening siren means a lockdown. We haven’t heard about…

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Scoring points off the court
Sports

Jackson Dunbar | February 14, 2019

Both the Women’s and Men’s Varsity Basketball Teams are extremely unique. It’s not common where you have a team with as tight a bond like these two. Both teams even have a member on their team that…

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Ohio considers putting the brakes on teen driving
News

Delaney Owens | February 6, 2019

Ohio House Bill 293 would require teens to hold a temporary permit for a full year, effectively raising the driving age from 16 to 16 and a half.

Under current law, Ohio teens can obtain a temporary…

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More than just a basketball program, a family
Sports

Jackson Dunbar | February 4, 2019

While some of us used Christmas break to catch up on sleep and take part in other activities, the WHHS Girls’ and Boys’ Varsity Basketball Teams went down to Clarksville, Tennessee to compete in Zaxby’s…

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Teaming Up for Seventh Grade
Features

Sofia Tollefson | January 14, 2019

In 2015, WHHS introduced the method of “teaming” for seventh grade students. Initially, only about 90 seventh graders participated.

“When we first started it was English, Latin, science, social…

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Vulfpeck revives modern funk in Hill Climber
Arts & Entertainment

Nick Robertson | December 20, 2018

Since their inception at the University of Michigan in 2011, Vulfpeck has been paving the way for funk to enter the 21st century. Combining James Brown with the mixing and production of the internet age,…

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Bohemian Rhapsody: The good, the bad and the Freddie
Arts & Entertainment

Sydnie Barrett | November 29, 2018

“I won’t be a rockstar. I will be a legend.” Including this one, Freddie Mercury made quite a few remarkable statements during his lifetime. Little did he know just how true his words would be, and…

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Preview of Into the Woods: Thinking outside the box in WHHS theater
Arts & Entertainment

Owen Cummings | November 19, 2018

On Nov. 1, the WHHS Theater program invites you to journey into the woods for an immersive performance of Into the Woods, that will be different from any other show delivered by the program in the past.

“When…

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Fortnite fever sweeps WHHS
Arts & Entertainment

Owen Cummings | November 15, 2018

Five Nights at Freddy’s. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Minecraft. Three multi-million dollar games, and Fortnite has surpassed or is on track to be worth more than each of them. Trailing Minecraft…

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The political power of a popstar
Opinions

Delaney Owens | November 6, 2018

On Oct. 9, Taylor Swift opened the American Music Awards with a fiery performance of “I Did Something Bad,” including a lyric that was censored on national television. Swift received four awards, including…

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What makes a good horror movie
Arts & Entertainment

Owen Cummings | October 30, 2018

“I am…Dracula. I bid you… welcome.” These seven words uttered in 1931 by Bela Lugosi in Universal’s Dracula undoubtedly changed the way horror movies were produced. One of the first large-scale…

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