Madison Hutchens

Madison is a senior and enjoys reading, writing, crying over tv shows, and playing with her horses. If she could have one wish, it would be to eat Fettuccine Alfredo all day every day. Her skills include squealing loudly over dogs, making terrible puns, and rereading the same books over and over. Her favorite subject is english. She is hoping to study psychology and animal studies in college and wants to open a therapy center for people with anxiety and PTSD utilizing horses in the future. If that doesn’t work out, she would like to become a vet or a professional fangirl.


Shinwon Kim

Having been born and raised in Korea for 8 years, persisted in rigorous areas of the Philippines for 2 years, and strenuously tried to accommodate to American culture in Texas and Kentucky for 7 years, he has great diverse backgrounds and stories to present himself. Shinwon Kim is a junior at West Jessamine High School who loves to play soccer, loves to play his instruments: guitar, piano, drums, and violin, and who loves to sing and compose. He is eager to learn new things everyday and is willing to  take almost every, various opportunities to serve God in his life. Currently, he serves God as a worship leader of the Japanese International Church and many other important events around his community. He wants to be a dentist to serve and evangelize others in foreign countries in his later years. As a student who experienced many circumstances and cultural diversities in his life, Shinwon Kim is capable of overcoming many obstacles to fulfill God’s purpose.

Jonathan Harrison

Jonathan Harrison is a junior at West Jessamine High School. He enjoys writing, drawing, and music. Most of interest involve arts and humanities. His quiet but open to new people. One of his interests is skateboarding which he’s been involved with for 6 years. Another interest is the drums which he’s been playing for 6 months. More interests are in art which he’s taken 2 art classes, 3 graphic design classes, a photography class, and a performing arts class.

New Teacher at West: Ms. Thornsberry

By Devin Santos

This year we have in our school a variety of new teachers. Here’s one for you to get to know. Ms. Thornsberry is from Louisa, Kentucky, and she’s pretty sure you’ve never heard of it. She has a bachelor and master’s degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Kentucky, which she worked on for 5 long years. Ms. Thornsberry student-taught at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington before graduating and coming to West. This is her first year of teaching, and if you have her, you definitely know.
When asked to name some books or authors she recommends to the students at West, she said, “Definitely the Harry Potter books to anyone who does not believe that reading is interesting or worthwhile, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, or anything like Jane Eyre.”
She has a dog, whose name is Booger, and she is really looking forward to teaching her favorite unit, argumentative writing: “Arguing is fun.”
When asked why she got into teaching, Ms.Thornsberry said, “I think what made me want to be a high school teacher was I saw how, when I was in high school, my peers thought that school was boring or a waste of time, and I wanted kids to think school was interesting. Plus, literature is really cool.”
I am so glad to welcome Ms.Thornsberry to the West Jessamine High School team!

New Movie: Blair Witch

By Presley Palmer

With fall and Halloween, there are many scary movies coming out soon. The one that I’m most excited about is “Blair Witch,” not only because my cousin is in it, but because it’s going to be a great movie. I called my cousin Westley and asked him about the movie. The movie is a sequel to the very popular horror movie that came out in 1999, “The Blair Witch Project.” Westley plays a boy named Lane who is obsessed with the Blair Witch stories. He and five other adventurous people go into the woods to find out the truth about all the paranormal happenings. He described the movie as “The Blair Witch Project on steroids, if the first movie was about getting lost in the woods, this one if about getting chased in them.” It’s about 90 minutes long and rated R for language and scenes of terror. Go see it in theaters starting September 16th!

The Swanky Coloring Lady: Gabby Long

By Meredith Crockett

Hidden within the halls of West Jessamine lies a myriad of artist, adventurers, and those on a quest for personal success. Senior, Gabby Long profoundly exemplifies all of the aforementioned attributes. Born in Milwaukee, WI, Long has resided in Wilmore since 2007 and has attended public school since the eighth grade. In her free time, Gabby enjoys running, hiking, drawing, drinking Yogi tea, and telling hilariously terrible jokes. She is also a valued member of the West Jessamine cross country team and competes as a varsity runner.
Growing up, she always knew she had an affinity for art but it wasn’t until high school when she realized that it was something she could pursue professionally. “The summer between sophomore and junior year, I was making cards for as a fundraiser to help fund a mission trip to Colombia. When the Colombians were able to recognize their native species and appreciate my work, I finally realized that this was something I really enjoyed.”
This past summer, Long was able to push her talents to a whole new level. After many months of drawing, scanning, and editing, Gabby published her own book of drawings called “The Swanky Animal Coloring Book.” It is 40 pages of cute and creative drawings, straight out of her sketch book. Though the publishing process was grueling, she hopes that the community will enjoy all the hard work she put into her coloring book. I purchased my own copy of the book and I absolutely love it. It’s professional, funny, and I have thoroughly enjoyed naming and coloring all the adorable animals of Gabby’s mind.
When she’s not running or drawing, Gabby also enjoys traveling and exploring new worlds. Since high school began, she has gone to Colombia, the Dominican Republic and even found herself visiting a friend in Turkey this summer. There she visited several ancient buildings, cathedrals, ruins, and attractions. Similarly, she also spent several weeks out West hiking, camping, and adventuring through The Badlands in South Dakota.
As Gabby heads into her senior year she has many plans for her next exciting adventures. Wherever Gabby goes, there’s always an adventure in store. She isn’t quite sure when she wants to go for college or what she will study but with her talents and gifts, she will certainly go far. She is a one-of-a-kind, West Jessamine, gem and I highly encourage you all to check out her work and support this local artist and friend!

Through the Quarterback’s Eyes

By Marcus Jones

Being a quarterback is no walk in the park. There’s more that goes into being a leader on a team than what it looks from the outside. You have to be willing to put in more time than anybody else on the team. You also have to be committed not only to the school but also to every individual on the team. A quarterback knows he has to show up to practice everyday and give his absolute best, keeping in mind all eyes are on him. As a leader on the team and being a senior, you have to know that everyone looks to you for guidance on what to do and how to do it. So, this is a little look into football through my eyes.
We will start off with a typical pass play. Just a simple two read pass. First of all, you have to tell everybody on offense the play before they leave the huddle. In this, a quarterback is responsible for speaking loud and clear and making sure everyone understands what to do and where to line up. When approaching the line of scrimmage, it is necessary to check to make sure everyone is there. Next, I check to see how many safeties the defense decided to line up. Typically, safeties line up ten to twelve yards deep, so they are pretty easy to spot. Next, I call out the cadence loud enough for our wide receivers to hear. When the ball is snapped and caught, I immediately take my eyes to the first read. If the read allows, I throw the first ball. However, if that read shows that he won’t be open, my eyes move to the second read. From there it’s pretty simple. If the read allows, throw the ball. If the read does not allow, throw the “check down” route. This may sound very simple but all this happens very fast.
The last play is the running play. Most of the actions are the same for running and pass plays but run plays are a lot simpler. After the ball is snapped, I turn the proper way to give the running back the ball. All the hard stuff happens before the ball is snapped. If the play needs to be flipped over, then I make the call and everyone knows that the play is going the other way.
That was a small look at what it’s like being a quarterback. There’s a lot more to it than what I can fit into this article. Overall the eyes of a quarterback are no different than anyone else’s. The only difference is that we recognize little things that other people don’t.

Wii U Games To Play With Friends

Kayla Morris

Imagine that it’s almost the weekend and you plan on having friends over to play some games on the Wii U. You aren’t sure of what games might be fun to play with your friends. Well, here’s a list of multiplayer Wii U games that I would highly recommend.

Super Mario 3D World
Mario and the gang are back in a new adventure to the Sprixie Kingdom. With eight worlds and lots of creative design, this game will leave you in awe. The game supports up to four players and you can play as Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Princess Peach (who for once isn’t the one being kidnapped). Each character has different stats that can give everyone a chance to shine while playing. Mario is the most balanced, Luigi jumps the highest, Toad runs the fastest, and Peach flies the farthest. Playing with three other people can make the gameplay chaotic but also very enjoyable.

Mario Kart 8
The eighth installment of the Mario Kart series has been one that I always find myself coming back to. The game supports up to four players and has a variety of characters to choose from. There are eight cups as usual, four being the nitro cups which shows the new courses, and the other four being the retro cup which brings back course from previous installment. However, there are four more cups added that you can purchase as DLC as well as new characters and karts. You are able to customize your Karts and there are many gameplay options that your friends can choose from such as Grand Prix and VS that will have you and your friends racing to best each other.

Super Smash Bros Wii U
Yeah, how many of you saw this one coming? This is the fourth installment of the Super Smash Bros series and there is a lot you can do. If you have a lot of friends over, you are able to choose an Eight Player Smash option which will of course support up to eight players. There are plenty of characters to choose from so you’ll be able to find a play style that suits you the best. In fact, there are fifty-eight characters that you can choose from, seven of them being DLC characters. There are many ways you can choose to play this fighting game. You can play casually or go full on competitive against your friends. There is also an option called Smash Tour, which is in the style of Mario Party, where you go across a board collecting characters and stats, and then at the end you fight your friends with the characters you’ve collected. This is a game I would highly recommend.

You probably haven’t heard about this game, but I can tell you this one is really fun. Runbow is a game where you and your friends can race each other, duke it out in arena, try to outsmart the colormaster, and even take on the hardest challenge in the game, Bowhemoth. The game supports up to nine players in all of it’s gameplay options. It’s a color based game which means that the colors in the background will change, revealing and getting rid of certain platforms you may be on as well as making more obstacles to get through. There are many characters that you can unlock as you make achievements. There are many options that your friends can choose from making this game a fun experience.

Honey Badger Don’t Care

By Labby Gong

The honey badger is a primarily carnivorous mammal that takes what it wants. It is roughly two feet long with stocky legs, powerful jaws, strong claws, and a feisty attitude.
Its diet includes eggs, small rodents, snakes, birds, and frogs, fruit, beehives, and even carrion. Its name comes from its believed ability to follow the honey guide, a type of bird that finds beehives. Once they reach the beehive, the honey badger uses its strong claws to tear it open, and both the bird and the honey badger enjoy the feast. Whether they follow the bird or not, beekeepers do not like the fierce badger because they destroy beehives. Human trapping and poisoning are the main threat to honey badgers, because the little beasts are too aggressive to be seriously threatened by other animals, as the honey badger has many attributes that keep it kicking in the wild.
To start, the honey badger has many physical advantages that make it the ultimate survivor. Honey badgers have loose skin on their necks that allow them to twist their heads around and bite their attacker when being bitten on the neck. Surprise! Honey badgers also secrete a foul smelling liquid out of their bums to ward off enemies or drive away bees. Their hair also stands on end when they feel threatened to make them appear larger. Their tough skin protects them from most bee stings, snake bites, and even porcupine quills, so the honey badger doesn’t have to worry about getting seriously injured when feasting on bee larvae or snake guts. The greedy killers eat a lot of snakes, including some highly venomous snakes whose venom can kill humans, which shows that they have developed a resistance to the poison. No piece of food can escape the determined badgers, as their jaws are so powerful they can crack tortoise shells and eat the bones of their prey. Their strong claws aid them in climbing trees to catch their prey, reaching beehives, digging holes to escape thunderstorms, or catching small rodents.
The behavior of the honey badger is what it is famous for. The small mammal will attack animals much larger than itself like lions or crocodiles, if it is feeling threatened. Honey badgers have even been seen chasing away young lions so they can take their food, and charge their enemies with a rattling roar. If cattle, cape buffalo, or horses stumble on the honey badger’s burrow, the honey badger will attack the intruders mercilessly. These angsty fighters seem to be tireless in combat and can wear out larger competitors in a battle.
Other animals like jackals and hawks depend on the honey badger for food, following the little renogades and eating their scraps or catching their runaway prey. The ferocity of these badgers may contribute to the coloration of young cheetahs, with light brown fur on their necks and backs similar to the honey badger’s markings. This defense may confuse possible predators enough to make them think twice about approaching vulnerable cheetah cubs because they look like honey badgers.
To conclude, honey badgers are amazing animals who don’t care and eat everything. They can dig, climb, and never give up a fight. Maybe we need to learn from them…

A Taste Of Fall

It’s finally September, y’all! We have made it through the first month of school and the most wonderful season of all time has arrived. For everyone, fall means the same things, pumpkin patches, caramel apples, colorful leaves, and of course football! But the really the best part of any season is the delicious food it has to offer! All of you can start the season right with some fall favorites that will make your mouth water and might, dare I say it, beat grandma’s recipes!

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Ingredients: Cupcake
•    1 box Duncan Hines caramel cake mix
•    4 eggs
•    1/2 cup apple juice concentrate
•    1/2 cup milk(2% or higher fat)
•    1/3 cup butter, softened

Caramel Buttercream
•    1/3 cup shortening
•    11/3 cup butter,softened
•    4 1/2 cup powdered sugar
•    1 teaspoon apple juice concentrate
•    2/3 caramel sauce
•    1/4 teaspoon salt
•    Apple slices(optional for topping)

•    Heat oven to 350 degrees
•    In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cake mix, eggs, apple juice concentrate, milk, and butter. Beat until well combined, about 2 minutes
•    Place cupcake wrappers in a cupcake pan and scoop the batter evenly into the wrappers, filling them about 2/3 of the way full.
•    Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes, or until the top of the cupcake bounces back when you touch it.
•    While the cupcakes are baking prepare the buttercream. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the butter and shortening until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar, apple juice concentrate, caramel sauce and salt. Beat on medium speed for about two minutes until the frosting is well-mixed.(should be smooth)
•    Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost with prepared buttercream.
•    If desired, before serving, top with apple slices and caramel drizzle. Refrigerate until serving time.
•    ENJOY!!!

CopyCat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients: Syrup
•    1 1/3 cup water
•    1 1/2 cup sugar
•    1/3 cup pumpkin puree
•    1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
•    1 teaspoon nutmeg
•    1/2 teaspoon cloves
•    1/2 teaspoon ginger

•    8 ounces milk
•    4 ounces strong coffee or espresso
•    2 tablespoons pumpkin spice syrup
•    Whipped cream
•    Pumpkin pie spice

•    Simmer water and sugar in pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves.
•    Add spices and pumpkin puree and continue to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and strain through cheesecloth or strainer.
•    Allow syrup to cool, refrigerate in airtight container.
•    Heat milk in microwave for 1 minute. Froth with blender or whisk.
•    Pour syrup in bottom of cup and top with coffee and frothed milk.
•    Topped with whipped cream and dusting of pumpkin pie spice.
•    ENJOY!!!
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