By Julia Galdamez

#MarchWithTheMouseThis past winter break, Whetstone’s marching band went on a 20 hour bus ride to Orlando, Florida. The band marched down Main Street of the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. As the band marched down Main Street it was a stifling 93 degrees.

“Marching went really well, it was just very hot, and so that was kind of our struggle being in wool uniforms,” says Josh Reynolds, Whetstone Band Director. Gabe Engle, sophomore in the band, adds, “It was only about fifteen minutes, but the heat made it feel like forever.”

The band only made one appearance in the heavy uniforms but they spent 4 days in Disney World. Day one, they arrived in Orlando and spent their day shopping at Disney Springs. Day two, they marched and spent the remainder of their day at the Magic Kingdom. Day three, they spent their day at Hollywood studios. Day four, they spent the day from 10 am to 1 am at Epcot to ring in the new year.

Though the days were long and very hot, many memories were made. When asked what the best part of Disney was, many students had much to say. “Marching in front of 75,000 people was pretty sweet,” Luke Green-Lauber said. Engle said watching the fireworks on New Year’s Eve was the highlight of his trip. Some say riding the rides and meeting the lovely Disney Princesses was the best part of the trip. To me, senior swim night was the best part along with meeting Darth Vader and Chewbacca.

The trip was such a success, Reynolds has decided to go on this trip again. He plans on taking a couple years off then going again soon after.

Lady Braves Historic Start

By Colin Pruitt


This season, the Lady Braves basketball team are off to a 7-1 start- the best in school history. With four senior starters, Cecilia Bulgrin, Emily Morrison, Lily Morris, and Sophia Rizzi, the veteran-led Braves are looking unstoppable. So far the Lady Braves have picked up wins against Harvest Prep, East, Wellington, Cristo Rey, Linden, International, and Beechcroft, with one close loss against Northland.

“We’ve had the greatest start of a season that Whetstone has had in awhile, but we haven’t gotten to the important games of the season yet. I’m happy going into winter break 7-1, but at the end of the day all that matters are the games that will get us into the city championship: Northland and Centennial,” senior guard Emily Morrison stated.

As you can see, the Lady Braves are happy with their start but not content, and certainly are not done yet. “The goal for this year has always been to be city champions, but our goal for right now is not to lose another game, we already lost one and don’t plan on losing again,” sophomore guard Ava Kowalski said.

Maybe the biggest key to this year’s team success is the chemistry. The team is very close off the court which translates very well into the games. “We’re a family, not a team, we have tremendous team chemistry on and off the court,” Ava Kowalski said.

The coach of the team, Paren Fisher, always knew that the team had great potential and knew that they could have a great season if they keep on working. “We have the best point guard, and most athletic person in all of the city league with Lily Morris and Cecilia Bulgrin, I know that if we keep working we can win the city league.”

With the Lady Braves having strong senior leadership, a great Point Guard, amazing team chemistry, and fantastic determination, they’re certain to have a great season. “This season just feels like a recipe for success,” said Emily Morrison.

AfterSchool App

By Arielle Swinehart


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As of December 9, 2015, the popular app AfterSchool was on more than 22,300 high school campuses. While the app was designed for teenagers and students, many teachers and administrators know about the app, some even have it.

AfterSchool is an app that gives students the right to express themselves and their feelings anonymously. The app uses Facebook and your location to determine what school you go to. Each school has its own page. When you sign up, you get put with your school where you can only see posts from people attending that school.

All posts are anonymous, which brings up many questions like is it safe, is it smart or is it just another way to cyberbully others?

When the app first began catching popularity, many students thought it was funny and liked the drama of people talking about one another, but many students have lost interest in the app. “When I first got on the app I thought it was really cool to see what everybody was saying about people, but then people started saying really mean stuff and I started thinking people would get their feelings hurt,” said an anonymous Whetstone student.

The app turned to mostly negative and many deleted it. Both students and faculty deleted the app because it became boring with the lack of talk about themselves, and the app became a bullying mechanism used to target specific students.

“I’m not a fan of the app. I think it is scandalous and will only cause problems,” an anonymous Whetstone teacher, who had the app for several days, said.

A few days ago the AfterSchool app was all the school could talk about, but as time progressed, the talk of the app began to die down, and now there are almost no remnants of the app here at Whetstone.

Whetstone Band’s Trip to Disney World

By Colin Pruitt

This winter break, our Whetstone marching band will be taking a trip to Disney world for a reward of their season. On December 27th, the band will be taking a bus down 19 hours to Disney world and they’re very excited to say the least.

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Vision Loss

By Eboni Bays-Holley

Kimmie Yon is a senior who attends Whetstone High School.  Last year she lost all of her vision. It definitely changed her life. “I had to learn everything all over again,” Kimmie said. “I wasn’t able to graduate on time.”

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Humanities 10 Settlement House Field Trip

By Maia Johnson

Whetstone’s sophomore humanities class visited two settlement houses in Columbus this past Monday- Gladden Community House, which is Franklinton, and the Community Resource Center here in Clintonville. A settlement house is defined as an institution in an inner-city area providing educational, recreational, and other social services to the community. Such institutions typically provide groceries, childcare, and support through difficult situations to economically struggling families and individuals.

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