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The TCAPS School Board agrees to a full week online and for masking to be mandatory
TCAPS Board Moves School Online and Reinstates the Mask Policy
Cici Copenhaver and Lauren Tkach January 13, 2022

  On Monday night, Jan. 10, the TCAPS school board re-evaluated the COVID-19 protocols that were implemented throughout the district at the previous board meeting. Board members voted unanimously to reinstate the mask mandate...

QR codes are posted in each bathroom for students to report anything they see that is concerning
Bathroom Lock Down
Shelbie Gray , Staff Writer • December 15, 2021

  An ongoing problem has resurfaced once again here at WSH. Students are unable to use several of the bathrooms during lunches. This year, the problem has been brought to student voice, allowing many students to voice their opinions...

Students Speak Up on Issues at School
Alyssa Masiewicz, Editor-in-Chief • December 13, 2021

  What was once a select group of student leaders from the National Honors Society (NHS), Student Senate, and other leadership groups at school has turned into an opportunity for students of all grades to come together and share...

“Spider-man: No Way Home” Sends Marvel Fans Rushing to the Theaters
Student athletes on the Ski team participating in dryland training
Winter Sport Student Athletes Transition Between Conditioning to Competing
Cici Copenhaver, Staff Writer • December 1, 2021

  For athletes, the first fall of snow brings in more than just winter; it signals the start of winter sports. With basketball, skiing, wrestling, hockey, and bowling taking place,...

Junior Alex Alvarado, gets ready to hit a serve. Photo courtesy of A. Alvarado
Tennis Seasons Finish Up for the Fall
Wave Spence , Staff Writer • October 15, 2021

  As fall sports start to end during the month of October, the boys tennis team also finished up at their regionals tournament in Grand Blanc, Michigan. This past spring, many...

The TCAPS School Board agrees to a full week online and for masking to be mandatory
TCAPS Board Moves School Online and Reinstates the Mask Policy
Cici Copenhaver and Lauren Tkach January 13, 2022

  On Monday night, Jan. 10, the TCAPS school board re-evaluated the COVID-19 protocols that were implemented throughout the district at the previous board meeting. Board members...

A New Mutation of the COVID-19 Virus is Making it's Way into the U.S.
Ava Nelson, Staff Writer/Graphic Designer • December 8, 2021

  Panic rises in the United States as the Omicron variant moves over from Europe and Africa. The variant was first identified in Botswana and South Africa and has moved into several...

Taking Sides: Roe v. Wade SHOULD Be Overturned
Henry Melcher, Columnist • January 3, 2022

  Roe v Wade is a monumental case in American judicial history. Roe v Wade marked the point when innocent lives can be squashed on a whim. The topic of abortion has a thin...

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Meet the Staff
Kristin Taylor
Kristin Taylor
Staff Writer

Kristin Taylor is a junior who has been in newspaper for three years. She is a staff writer and a lead page designer. She was trained in page design her freshman year and has been doing it ever since and...

Anna Sperry
Anna Sperry
In-Depth Editor

Anna Sperry is a junior who has been writing for The Occidentalist for over two years. As she has learned more about journalism and writing, Anna has become a part of the Editorial Board and has learned...

Eva Lawson
Eva Lawson
Staff Writer

Eva Lawson is a sophomore in her first year of newspaper. She enjoys social media and photography. Eva joined the newspaper to know more about school-related events and to become a better writer.