Whetstone Spanish Class Using Bracelets to Change the World

By Arielle Swinehart

The Pulsera Project, pulsera meaning bracelet, is a nonprofit organization that connects Central American artists with students in over 1,600 schools. The project not only distributes colorful bracelets all over American schools, but also creates real change in Central American communities.

How can you get involved?

Whetstone’s Spanish four and five class is participating in selling these bracelets to create lasting change. The class will be selling these bracelets now until February 3, 2017. The bracelets will be sold at home girls and boys basketball games, parent-teacher conferences, and home wrestling matches.

Armando Prince, Spanish four student, said, “The Pulsera Project really opens our minds to what life is really like outside of the United States.”

Make a difference today by buying your own bracelet. The bracelets are $5. Of that five dollars, $1.25 goes directly to the artist and the remaining $3.75 goes to the organization and is used as loans and scholarships for the communities.

“It gives the people in those countries an opportunity to make an income without just directly giving them the money,” said Spanish five student Isabel Cook. “The sales are going really well; our goal is $2,000 and we just passed the $1,000 mark.”

If you’re interested in purchasing a pulsera and directly impacting a struggling community, attend one of the following events or contact Señora Mejia or one of her students.

January 25th 2:45-7:15:  Parent-Teacher Conferences

January 26th 5:45-end: Wrestling Match

January 27th 5:00-9:00: Boys JV and Varsity Basketball Game

January 31st 5:00-9:00: Girls JV and Varsity Basketball Game

February 3rd 5:00-9:00: Girls JV and Varsity Basketball Game

If I’m Not Awake, Then How Can I Learn?

by Olivia Bump

 

If you’re the typical American High School student, you’re day usually starts extremely early.  In my case, the day begins promptly at 7-23 in the morning.      

 Every day since Freshman year, I’ve noticed a pattern amongst students and teachers during first period.  Some students are slumped forward in their seats, their heads on their desks as the warm arms of sleep enveloped them.  Teachers attempt to wake students by various methods such as letting them stretch or in some cases, yelling at them.  However, these two methods don’t work because some students are still sleeping during class and are not actively engaged.  This is an age old problem that needs to be confronted.

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Whetstone Vs. Briggs

By Maia Johnson

“We were uncertain before the game started about what to expect,” senior Sam Price says of last night’s baseball game against Briggs High School. “So we were slightly nervous because we heard they were good. But obviously that wasn’t the case,” he laughs, because Whetstone ended up defeating Briggs 16 to 1, winning themselves the City Championship.

The trophy was handed to seniors Luke Green-Lauber, Nick Hall, Dexter Kowalski, Zach Barnum and Sam Price, but not before a memorable game was played out. They got off to an early three-run lead in the first inning, and by the second inning, they were leading by 8.

“Zach continued his great pitching, holding them to one unearned run,” Sam says of the single point earned by Briggs. “But after that great pitching and solid defense, Briggs held no more runs.” Already at a major advantage, Whetstone finished out the game when “the show began as we scored 8 more runs in the third inning, leaving Briggs down 16-1 and completely demoralized.”

The team spent plenty of time celebrating, accepting the award, their tee-shirts, and taking multiple pictures out on the field. After a while they made their way over to Buffalo Wild Wings, where the seniors spent their final moments as a part of the team. “It’s been a great season, and an even greater four years, but it’s time for me to move on. I wish the best of luck to next year’s team, and I hope they get to beat Briggs for the 6th year in a row!” Price added.

Second Semester Stress

By Maia Johnson

There are two full weeks left until the end of the school year, and students are in the midst of projects, standardized tests and, of course, dreaded finals. It’s the busiest time of the school year despite the fact that things are winding down. Several students complain that they are being given almost too much to handle all at once. “It’s kind of tough, kind of getting everything together, and it all comes at one time, all at once,” says senior Tajane Hartley.

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