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Lainie Rintala

Lainie Rintala, Podcast Coordinator

Lainie Rintala is a freshman at WSH. Lainie took newspaper because she loves writing and editing and has an interest in journalism. Her current position in the newspaper is a writer. In her free time, Lainie plays volleyball and also likes to read, go to the beach, hang out with her friends, and try new sports.

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Girls Lacrosse Faces Several Changes

Girls Lacrosse Faces Several Changes

Lainie Rintala and Olivia Kandow May 14, 2024

  The lacrosse team has gone through changes regarding their program in the past few years. Eva Lawson, a senior who has been playing lacrosse for about four years, has experienced the many ways that...

Photo Courtesy: Aimee Cole

Group of Students and Teachers Takes on Italy Over Spring Break

Lainie Rintala April 25, 2024

  Fifteen students and two teachers attended the spring break trip to Italy. Sophomore Lucy Jones went on the trip with a few friends.   “It seemed like a really good opportunity to make new friends...

Investment Club On The Rise

Investment Club On The Rise

Lainie Rintala, Podcast Coordinator March 21, 2024

  Every Friday, a group of students meets up in Mike Wilson’s room to discuss investing.   Max Geer, a freshman and the founder of Investment Club, gathered a group of friends and formed the club...

New STEM Wing Offers More Electives for Students

New STEM Wing Offers More Electives for Students

Lainie Rintala and Marissa Ansorge March 8, 2024

  A new elective, Innovation and Design, will kick off at the beginning of next school year. If students are interested in the STEM field, the Innovation and Design courses will provide deeper learning...

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 issues. Typically students are assigned one general topic and a country to represent. They...

The 2023 freshman volleyball team stands together after the Pink Game. Photo Credit: Emily Baumann

Freshman Volleyball Goes Undefeated

Lainie Rintala and Marissa Ansorge November 16, 2023

The freshman volleyball team had an undefeated season this year with a record of 18-0.   “The most crucial things were communication and listening to each other,” freshman Isabelle Hardy said.   The...

Graphic Credit: C. Copenhaver/staff

Sickness Runs Rampant in Schools

Marissa Ansorge and Lainie Rintala November 3, 2023

  As the year begins, sicknesses are at higher risk of spreading in our school community. With students in such close proximity to each other every day and extracurriculars creating more exposure, TCAPS...

Graphic Credit: Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

New STEM Opportunities for Students Arise

Lainie Rintala, Podcast Coordinator October 2, 2023

  West Senior High has a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunity for students. 9th and 10th graders now have the option to combine their English and science classes into one...

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