by Stewie Pollock
WHS students have some big plans for the summer, and one of the most common plans involves lying down on the couch with their laptops while watching lots of House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and more on Netflix.
by Olivia Morrison
WHS alum Mr. Thomas Ucciferri has traveled the world capturing major events and adding to, what he likes to call, his “bag of credentials.” Currently the acting stage manager for Late Night With Seth Meyers, Ucciferri has achieved what only some people could dream of. But this wasn’t the career path that he had intended to choose.
by Noelle Mesbah
From Mayhem to the Spring Fling to Homecoming, WHS’s newest student-led band has been touring all over town this past year, sharing their music and talent with peers and beyond. Blue Moon Under has been seen on just about every stage in the area, wooing crowds with their hit singles “Castles” and “Tell Me.”
by Olivia Morrison
Like a lot of girls, I’ve never been a die-hard fan of superhero movies. They were always long and unrealistic, making it arduous for me to sit through. I was never interested in watching a bunch of heroes save the day, get the glory and win over the token “damsel in distress.” Maybe that’s because I never felt represented in the same way as boys have been. That is until I saw Wonder Woman, the first superhero movie in which I found myself fully invested in from start to finish.
Batman, Spider-Man,Thor and Iron Man are just a sampling of the long list of superheroes that have recently been made into movies. For the most part, superhero film industries have targeted boys, effectively leaving girls out of the opportunity to feel empowering entertainment. Now, thanks to female director, Patty Jenkins, women and girls finally have a superhero they can connect with and be proud of.
Diana Prince (played by Gal Gadot) has a fierce on-screen presence. Having been raised on an island of powerful Amazonian female warriors, she does not adhere to the various patriarchal pressures that she runs into throughout the film. She is unapologetically assertive and acts on her own moral compass, which is driven by her love and respect for life.
Unlike the stereotypes that many female comic characters have been deduced to, Wonder Woman is no sex object. Yes, she’s beautiful and she fights in a tight-fitting costume that accentuates her body, but it doesn’t come across in the same hypersexualized way that we see in other superhero characters such as Catwoman and Harley Quinn. And yes, she develops a love interest with the leading male role, Spy Steve Trevor (played by Chris Pine), but this relationship is certainly not driving the story.
After starting off 2017 with the Women’s March, the importance and relevance of this film in today’s society is paramount. The ascendance of a powerful female leader in the entertainment industry is a necessary step toward equality, and Wonder Woman isn’t the only movie that has realized this. Just within the past year and a half we have seen powerful female leads in movies such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One, but such representation cannot stop there. We need to see more powerful female superheroes like Wonder Woman because, let’s face it, we still haven’t seen enough women portrayed in this way for it to be the norm.
Wonder Woman is an empowering movie, but simply having some representation of powerful women in mainstream entertainment doesn’t mean that we as a society have overcome sexism. When I was in the movie theater watching this film, much of the audience laughed every time Diana did something typical of a male superhero. And this is a problem because when I hear “Wonder Woman” I think superhero, but when other people hear those words, I’m not so sure they all think the same thing.
By Peter Ghaly & Stewie Pollock
Take a look around the school, and chances are you will find someone playing with a fidget spinner, the most addicting, fascinating toy that has spread throughout WHS and the country recently.
PRO- by Rollins Terry From September to May, students in AP Biology study tirelessly to understand complex body systems: the nervous system, the immune system, the circulatory system and the urinary system.
Once the dreaded AP exam is complete, students have the opportunity to see these systems and work with them in a hands-on way—by dissecting a fetal pig.
by Haley Tomasso
In September, the Facebook dress page was already up and running. Girls were sending photos of their dresses to ensure that no one was matching. Guys, on the other hand, were beginning to plan promposals and prom-house groups.
by Caitlin Hogge & Olivia Milford
Year after year, WHS seniors stake out at each other’s houses, water gun in hand, ready for the games to begin. This revered tradition is Assassin, and it takes place from the middle of May up until Prom weekend. Seniors create superstar teams filled with their friends, hungry for victory. The team is then assigned a target team with one goal in mind: to kill. If anyone from a team is shot, everyone on that team is out. As this year’s game wraps up, seniors share their strategies and best moments during the game.
by Joe Lotano
On Monday, the Pittsburgh Penguins began their quest for a second consecutive NHL title in the Stanley Cup Finals. Yesterday, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors began their third straight matchup in the NBA Finals. These familiar faces offer thrilling rivalries and produce all-time greats in the process.
But at the same time, when a franchise returns to the championship level year after year, does it make the sport seem repetitive, and take away from other teams’ successes? In other words, do dynasties help or hurt sports?
by Matt Meusel
Are you bored? I’m bored.
Same nine classes every day. Same order of those nine classes every day. Let’s just throw an idea out there: block scheduling.
You may or may not have ever heard of this term, but WHS could use a fresh look to its scheduling. Especially in a school system that likes to stay traditional in most areas and can be resistant to change, this could be a worthwhile improvement.