Editorial: Students need to exercise right to vote

Now more than ever, it is crucial for young people to exercise their right to vote. 

From 1972 to 2016, the proportion of youth ages 18 to 24 who reported voting in presidential elections decreased from 50 to 39 percent. With our country experiencing political turmoil, it is important that every voice is heard so the appropriate decisions can be made by the people who are voted as the best fit to run our country. For better representation of the youth in our country, all teens of voting age need to get to the polls. 

Editorial: Homecoming traditions worth effort to modify

Homecoming is going to take on a new Covid-proof look next week as the Chargers prepare to take on the Uniontown Eagles.

Students and staff enacted numerous changes in an attempt to make homecoming fun, but there were some disappointing decisions made. Student Council representatives met with principal Jan Hutley and discussed options for continuing with the traditional homecoming activities safely, although a few are still being prohibited.

Editorial: Students need to take virus precautions seriously

Returning to school during a pandemic is concerning for a multitude of reasons: the unknowns of how long we’ll be able to continue in person, the constant possibility of getting sick or spreading the virus, the potential loss of another school year and sports season.

All things considered, we feel USD 329 is doing all that it reasonably can to keep us safe and in school.

Editorial: Closure disappointing, but important to keep community safe

With new cancellations and closings happening every minute, it’s hard not to have coronavirus on our minds.

We here at the Charger believe that, although inconvenient and disorienting, closing down the school and activities is smart and probably necessary.

First, you have to look at the number of students and faculty that have travelled outside of Kansas over spring break. Some have likely been exposed to COVID-19 and it’s smart to provide time to practice social distancing and assure that they do not have the virus.

Editorial: 7-period schedule increases student stress

After using block schedule for several years, WHS recently switched to a seven period day.

Many staff members were adamant about switching to a seven hour day, thinking it would be beneficial for students in ways, such as retaining information better from having classes daily, students staying on task with shorter class periods, and making it easier to get caught up when you miss class. Teachers also seem to be going through lesson plans more quickly compared to previous years.

Editorial: End of second breakfast frustrates some students

As of Monday, Second Breakfast is no longer available.

There are a few reasons behind the change, principal Jan Hutley explained. “I just think it’s unnecessary since we already have a first breakfast in the morning.”

Initial theories for the change revolved around students being tardy to class after getting second breakfast, but this is apparently not the case. Hutley explained that she has no intentions of bringing second breakfast back, but will alter first breakfast to make it more accessible to students. These changes include making first breakfast open longer along and adding more a la carte options that give students the chance to buy them in the morning and eat them whenever they want throughout the day.

Editorial: Parent/Teacher Conferences Need to Go

Parent-teacher conferences are unnecessary.

Students should be held accountable for staying on top of school work and communicating with parents and/or teachers if they are having an issue in a class, without relying on parents to express certain concerns for them.

This year, WHS administration endorsed a career readiness course called Xello, where all high school students were required to complete a series of lessons and construct a PowerPoint containing information about their results that they will present to parents during a student-led meeting.

Editorial: Sex trafficking presentation valuable for students

Terry Hund and Barry Feaker with the Topeka Rescue Mission spoke with students last Wednesday on the dangers and warning signs of sex trafficking. It was a worthwhile presentation for WHS students.

The speakers began by explaining what sex trafficking is and how to identify it. Sex trafficking is the exploitation of children and young adults for a monetary gain. Some signs of this may include having an older boyfriend, skipping school, and suddenly having many expensive items that they didn’t have before. Then, they explained ways for young adults to avoid sex trafficking and signs to report. All of their information was included on a handout given to students before the presentation.

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