the west tribune Quarter two issue

Student Polls! with Ava and Emily

Harry potter vs. twilight

Harry Potter seeks the win against Twilight (duh)

Water vs. milk

When it comes to hydration, good ole' H2O is the school top choice. 🚰

Cake vs. cupcakes

Wanna buy desert for the whole school? Looks like you'll be the best if you get cake!! 🍰👍

E-books vs. real books

When it comes to a good read, WJHS prefers the real deal! 📚📖✔️

Green vs. pink

Journalist Emily was relived that pink won out! 🎊🎉🎀
Don't Get Me Started: Teachers 🤓

Reported by Kayta Herring

Ever wondered what goes through teacher minds?

Well, now you can find out!

Mrs. Rosewall explains the Harry Potter houses.

Hey sir, how do you feel about bottle flipping?

Unicorns vs. Faries, THAT is the question.

The Arts

Move the mic and change the scene, life of a stage director

Excited to see the musical? Get the behind the scenes fill with an interview with the stage director.

1. What do you do for your job?

For my job out of the four stage managers I’m in charge of blocking and set movements. This means subtle movements such as a person running up the stage (which is a little different then you’re thinking) is written down in my book for future references. Another task that I was given which I’ll most likely be completing later on in the show is the set moving plan, as I’m am not quite sure what or how it will go my estimate is I’ll be in charge of keeping track of when they’re moved, who’s moving them, and where they’re located.

2. Why did you apply for this job, and how did you get it?

Working on the play last year was something I really enjoyed and I decided I wanted to be a bigger part of it this year, and I have no talent at all so this was the best option. I got it as I do believe even if a little conceited I was one of the main choices for the play this year as I did work on it last year so I knew my way around, I’ve also been pretty excited about it since the beginning of the year.

3. What is your favorite part with the cast?

Depends on what you mean by part, I definitely enjoy seeing them everyday working hard and just learning parts. When they’re just chilling out it can get pretty loud which is also its own type of adventure, so all in all my time with them is great on and off stage.

4. What is your favorite scene and song?

There are three I have that are hard to choose from, it’s either Thoroughly Modern, Forget About the Boy, or The Speed Test. (Though maybe I’m not supposed to say anything about the music)

5. What are you looking forward to for the opening night?

I’m really excited to see the props completely done and how everyone reacts to the first night, filled with excitement or fear which will be its own little spectacle. We go through the entire play multiple time when the date approaches however it’s definitely not the same having a live audience and being able to look at your parents.

Science and Tech

Puzzel cube showdown

By Alex Munzke

While the end of the semester is approaching and everyone is freaking out about finals,

let's take a look back at one the older chaotic events. By this, I’m referring to our school’s Intro To Engineering Design, a college credit class offered to our current ninth graders. This class gives a more in-depth learning of engineering, including working on refined sketches from multiple views, multiple presentations on inventions and innovations, a computer program to create and annotate items, and even a reverse engineering assignment. During this first half of the year students participating in this course were taught how to use a caliber, with this we were given a task of finding twenty-seven cubes when measured in length, width, and depth remained in the parameters of 0.74 and 0.755 inches.

Let’s just say this was a tedious task that took multiple days, after all, twenty seven blocks were collected the next job was to for five pieces made up of four to six blocks. Now when I say pieces I don’t mean just stacking multiple blocks on top of each other and calling it done, these pieces needed to be assembled to create a three by three cube or also known as a Rubix cube. However once again you couldn’t just make a simple form from these limits the goal was to in fact create one of the hardest puzzles you could imagine with these constraints. As long as the pieces stayed together and didn’t break any guidelines it was an acceptable model.

Now comes the tricky part, one model was completed students were to draw them. This could not be considered normal drawing as we were asked to draw them from different views, once you had completed drawing it in multiple views your next goal was to try and complete a second and more difficult set. After completing both sets and choosing the more difficult from the two students were to draw the pieces in CAD (Computer Aided Design), this meant that they were to use their previous measurements to correctly dimension the sketches. For many of them once a single sketch was completed and extruded they’d have to add another sketch on top of the finished.

Finally, when all the pieces had been correctly placed into CAD and colored according to their sketches it was time to annotate. This means every dimension that is required to properly convey the object as a physical 3D item is necessary. This assignment it definitely not as hard to dimension as one of our last projects for this semester the arbor press. On average I’d say this portion of the assignment took around one to three days.

NOW, all the drawings and CAD and building of the pieces is done, no more touching it you’re finished, the last part of this project other than the actual showdown was creating an original package. Our goal was to design a package that explained our product in an eye-catching way that would also convey any information that a normal product would. Including warnings, price, age requirements, a picture of the assembled puzzle, and anything else the creator deemed needed or wanted. The preferred software to use was Publisher, it was to be printed on cardstock in color to size so that it could actually hold one’s cube.

IT’S SHOWDOWN TIME, probably the only reason you were reading this was to know about the actual puzzle cube showdown. The way it worked, students sat at their desks and pulled up the correct way to assemble their cube then turned off their monitor. Cubes were to be dismantled and set out so each piece could be viewed. Everyone would rotate every two minutes to a new puzzle, you could also only solve a specific number of cubes in your own row.

Every time someone had completed a puzzle they’d raise their hand, this going on for about seven rounds. After the teacher, Mr. Hendrickson asked for people to be suggested to determine the hardest cube, one by one he went through questions as everyone took a vote whittling it down to two people. At this point he asked how many people tried each person’s cube, the student with the most votes got to have their puzzle cube printed from a 3D printer, thus ending the long few weeks for the IED students and bringing a close to the puzzle cube showdown.

Featured Editorials

For the last few weeks Ms. Krieg and Mrs. Rosewall's classes having been hard at work with investigative journalism. Here is one arfticle: stay tuned for the rest!

Terror: what can we do?

Editorial by Riley D.

Envision standing at the finish line of the famous Boston Marathon, watching the successful runners jog through the finish line. Sydney Corcoran was one of the thousands of people eagerly awaiting for their relative to finish. The atmosphere was cheery, everyone was watching their family members fulfill their lifelong dreams. When suddenly a blast went off and the sky darkened with ashes and smoke. While screams filled the air, Sydney felt something pierce her leg. She looked down to see a large piece of shrapnel protruding from her upper calf. At the time, Sydney didn't know that a major artery had been cut, all she knew was that she was bleeding profusely. She recalls thinking that she was going to die, and feeling her fingers beginning to get cold. Strangers surrounded her and tried to stop the bleeding. While nearby she briefly saw her father trying to help her injured mother. Sydney remembers beginning to fall asleep, and then being loaded into an ambulance without knowing whether or not her parents were okay.

Unfortunately, events like this appear on the news more frequently than they should. Without any warning, a bomb or a shooting destroys lives, families and communities. How can we protect ourselves when these attacks are so unexpected and violent? Over 3,500 Americans have died from terrorist attacks in the past 20 years. 3,500 people who have been ripped from their lives and their families have been left to grieve.

Terrorist attacks in the United States have been a problem ever since we got our independence. Whether small or large, these attacks have changed our country's history. One of the first large attacks, happened in 1920 in New York, when 35 people were killed by a bomb left in a horse-drawn wagon. But until 9/11, hardly anything was done to stop terrorist attacks. When over 3000 innocent people were killed that day, America finally realized that we needed to do something to stop these destructive crimes. The Department of Homeland Security was created in 2003, when they combined 22 smaller departments. While many attacks have been prevented since then, we haven’t stopped terrorism completely. There have been various bombings and shootings that have continued to shatter lives. One of the most recent and destructive attacks was the Boston Bombing.

Boston had been preparing for an attack like the bombing for more than a decade. They realized that they were a large city that could be targeted and decided to do something about it. They had annual drills that were created to test the readiness of first responders. Boston also had one of the best crisis communication lines so the first responders could fully understand the situation. Furthermore, Boston had prepared their hospitals too. Eight hospitals around the city participated in an exercise that simulated a large crisis. While the attack did happen, all this preparation allowed Boston to respond quickly and efficiently. Every single person who made it to a hospital survived, all thanks to the effective response system that Boston had been practicing. Overall, preparing major cities for Terrorist Attacks is the best way to save lives.

On the other hand, many people believe that tightening security is the best way to prevent any future terrorist attacks. While in theory, this might sound like a good idea, there is no realistic way for it to work. There are lots of large, annual events will thousands of people attending that occur every year. It would be nearly impossible to thoroughly check every single person who goes to the events. So while tightening security might help prevent attacks, it would be hard to get this security to work well.

Overall, the best way to help those affected in a terrorist attack is to be prepared. Tightening security might seem like a good idea, but only relying on one step won't help anybody if an attack does occur. The city of Boston was so well prepared that they were able to save all of those injured who reached the hospitals. By using effective drills and tests they were able to prepare their first responders and hospitals for a major attack. Being prepared is by far, the best way to help those injured in terrorist attacks.

As always, I am very proud of my editors and writers for the newspaper! A special shoutout to the other staff and students that helped out with this issue!

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