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TCAPS Builds Support System for Students
TCAPS Builds Support System for Students
Sydney Fleming and Tess Tarchak-Hiss February 26, 2024

  TCAPS has a large variety of students from different economic backgrounds. Certain margins of students...

Should Standardized Testing Be Mandatory?
Should Standardized Testing Be Mandatory?
Audrey Kohler, Social Media Specialist, Business Manager • January 30, 2024

 Standardized testing has been around in the United States since the mid-1800s when a Boston school...

PODCAST: Model UN Comes Away from Conference with Success
PODCAST: Model UN Comes Away from Conference with Success
William Collins and Lainie Rintala January 30, 2024

  Model UN is a team of about 21 students who meet twice a week. They debate topics and explore international...

Graphic Courtesy: WSH Theater Department
Theater III Show: Elephant's Graveyard
William Collins, Social Media Specialist, Section Editor • December 22, 2023

  Theater three, or advanced theater, opened their show “Elephant’s Graveyard”, based on a true...

Hayden Springer with his family. Photo Courtesy: The Fire Pit Collective
Tour Bound: Hayden Springer Bounces Back After Daughter’s Death
Brynn Turnquist, Section Editor • January 11, 2024

  Hayden Springer became a PGA Tour member for the first time on Monday evening at TPC Sawgrass, located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, snatching one of the five cards distributed....

The Varsity Hockey Team Gains a Larger Number of Freshmen than Normal
The Varsity Hockey Team Gains a Larger Number of Freshmen than Normal
Emma Howell-Leman, Podcast Coordinator • December 17, 2023

  For many sports, a majority of varsity teams do not often have very many, if any, freshmen on the team. This is not true for the TCW varsity hockey team. The team currently...

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Best Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras in Northern Michigan
Coral Cravey and Olivia Kandow February 12, 2024

Graphic Credit: I. Wien
Twilight Skate Makes a Return
Isla Wien, Graphic Designer • January 30, 2024

  Many students at West ice skate at the Civic Center. This year, the Civic Center has the option of the “Twilight Skate” as well as the “open skate.” Students can rent...

Local Holiday Drinks to Try This Season (With Ratings)
Local Holiday Drinks to Try This Season (With Ratings)
Samantha VanWingen, Section Editor, Photographer • December 21, 2023

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The U.S. SHOULD NOT Increase Border Patrol
Ava King, Opinion Columnist • February 27, 2024

The current situation at the United States borders is less than ideal. As conditions in some countries, like Nicaragua and Venezuela, have become increasingly hostile, many...

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Uptick in Acceptances at the University of Michigan
Uptick in Acceptances at the University of Michigan
Brynn Turnquist, Section Editor • February 26, 2024

  The University of Michigan; one of the ultimate schools in the state of Michigan. Known most famously for their football team after winning...

The History Behind Valentines Day
The History Behind Valentine's Day
Riley Makowski, Graphic Designer, Photographer • February 14, 2024

  Valentine’s Day occurs every Feb. 14 across the United States. Usually, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones....

Valentines Day Gift Ideas
Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
Ashley Beeler and Brynn Turnquist February 12, 2024

February Connections
February Connections
Cici Copenhaver, Assistant EIC, Photo Editor • February 27, 2024

Paste the link to play: https://connections.swellgarfo.com/game/-NrL5kSHbEq3JP-_xW_w           ANSWERS: YELLOW - Ways to cook a...

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Opinion: Taylor Swift Takes on the NFL
Alexa Bageris, Social Media Specialist • February 13, 2024

  The famous singer/songwriter, Taylor Swift, has been appearing everywhere lately, including the Kansas City Chiefs football games to support her boyfriend, Travis Kelce,...

Ace Family Annulment
Ace Family Annulment
Riley Burkholder and Audrey Kohler February 12, 2024

  On Jan. 11, 2024, the Ace Family, a famous and influential YouTube family that many students at WSH are familiar with, announced their divorce through separate media platforms....

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