Monthly Archive: April 2016

Last Lift, Last Chance 0

Last Lift, Last Chance

Senior powerlifters, Chris Bloyd and Lauren Ummel traveled to Corpus Christi and Abilene to compete at the state meet. Both have lifted since their freshman year and knew what to expect since they had been to state the year before, both finishing in 10th place. In Corpus, Ummel lifted 315 on squat, 180 on bench and 330 on deadlift, giving her a 825 pound final total and a finish in eighth place. Ummel finished last year with a total of...

Shame on Sportscenter 0

Shame on Sportscenter

Every morning since I was 8 years old, I have watched ESPN’s “Sportscenter.” It’s a routine that I and many other sports fans do to stay updated with the sports world and get information on the latest news and scores from the previous night. Recently, on February 8, Sportscenter as I know and love took a turn for the worse. ESPN added an additional two live hours to our beloved channel. It’s a “fun” new show called Sportscenter AM and...

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Prom Perspectives- She said

It’s that time of the year again. Talk of who is taking who to prom is filling the halls and plans of surprise “promposals” are being formed. Boys are running around trying to find a unique twist on asking the current girl of their dreams to prom and girls are stressing out trying to find the perfect dress, hair and makeup. Being a girl during prom season is one of the most stressful times of the school year. You have...

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Prom Perspectives- He Said

Finding the perfect dress, hair and makeup are things that lead the people to believe that prom season only poses stress on girls. However, many people overlook the nerves of guys during this prom-crazed season. Guys are not stressed over the cosmetics of prom, that part is easy. Go rent a tux, buy a corsage and get a haircut. There’s nothing difficult with that. Instead, guys get stressed over girls. Every girl want the most unique promposal that brings the...

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Think Green

When Earth Day is just around the corner, people begin to wonder whether small changes in their lifestyle could actually make a difference. Some are skeptical of their ability to have an impact on the environment, while others are determined that they can do something. People should incorporate small changes into their lives because what seems like an insignificant detail to one person could positively impact the environment. Over one million tons of aluminum cans end up in worldwide landfills...

Cleveland Chaos 0

Cleveland Chaos

Donald Trump was not a serious candidate, until he was. The Republican nominee was supposed to be decided by Iowa, except it wasn’t. South Carolina was another make a break point for the candidates, then it wasn’t. The end of the competition was supposed to come with a win for Donald Trump in Ohio, until he lost. If there is one thing that political commentators and experts are absolutely sure of this election cycle, it is that they can be...

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Learning to Lead at State

Over 5,000 student council members from all over the state converged on the Texas Association of Student Councils convention in Arlington from April 10-12, learning about how other student councils help their communities and handing out pins and buttons to try and get votes for TASC office next season. The convention is held annually and is attended by students from all over the state. WOHS Student Council won sweepstakes, the National Gold Council of Excellence award, Top Ten StuCo award,...

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Debate takes state by storm

Keeping up with current events. Filing evidence. Mastering speed reading. And yes, perfecting the pen flip. These are skills that the debate team harnessed to send teams to the state meet for the fourteenth consecutive year. On March 14, seniors Cade Palmer and Kelsey McFall and juniors Eddie Kennedy and Eli Hernandez competed at the state cross-examination debate meet in Austin after taking first and second at the district meet. “When we found out that we were going to advance...

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Memorable Moments

The cast of White Oak’s One Act Play competed at the district level on Saturday, March 26. White Oak performed Brian Friel’s ”Dancing at Lughnasa.” The play is a story about a man, Michael Evans, that encounters the nostalgia of two distinct memories as a child. Throughout the play, the memories outline one of the beloved members of the family: the radio that brings a modern sound to a traditional Christian home. “Choosing ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ by Irish playwright Brian...

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Academic Advancements

After winning first place as a school at the district meet for the University Interscholastic League [UIL], White Oak High School will compete at the regional UIL meet on April 23 in Brenham. “We have some teachers that like to be winners, and we have the best kids in the United States, and they do not like to lose” principal Dan Noll said. “If you don’t like to lose, you won’t lose.” The regional meet will be hosted at Blinn...

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