Irgangnam Style: Spring Trends

Robby Irgang

Since it’s the beginning of March, we can now talk about the new spring fashion trends. I definitely think that because it is spring bright and vibrant colors are a must. I’m thinking bold yellows, vibrant greens, and maybe a little neon orange is appropriate. Of course, my style isn’t necessarily the best but it will definitely get you noticed.  It’s also time to put the big winter jackets up and bring out the light wind breakers or rain jackets for a while. Also, for those who can deal with a little cold you can wear shorts and a t-shirt. It all comes down to if you’re not comfortable than you won’t be happy and if you’re not happy it doesn’t matter what you look like.

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Confetti Causes Colt Crazies to Cross Line

Robby Irgang

The county clash this year at East Jessamine did everything but bore the fans or the teams. The game was competitive all the way through but it’s what happened before the game that literally “threw” everyone in the gym for a surprise.  The colt crazies did everything, but represent west in a positive way. For the second year in a row our student section found a way to delay one of the biggest games on the schedule. The student section decided to trash the court with multi colored bouncy balls, thick rubber bands and tiny beads.

The games delay paled in comparison to last year’s baby powder delay but it was still not a good way to show off the West Jessamine student body as Assistant Principal Dr. Wells put it, “There are other ways to show support for our team.” He later went on to comment about the students by saying, “We as a student body are better than the actions that took place.” I believe Dr. Wells speaks for all of the principals based on the reaction over the announcements the Monday following the game.

The principals weren’t the only ones that found some disapproval in the situation. A junior at West, Carter Hahn, said this about the incident “I thought the idea of the bouncy balls by themselves were harmless. It was when the confetti and other things were added to the mix that it got out of hand.” So for the second year in a row the court was made unplayable for about 30 minutes. Next year, it will be a hot topic question to whether or not our student section goes for three in a row. After all, we have done it to their court two years in a row with no retaliation.

WJHS on Showcase at Community Night

Josh Preston

A community Stakeholder’s night was held at West High on Tuesday, March 5.  Its purpose was to inform and educate local community leaders and business owners of the plethora of clubs and activities proceeding amongst the student body.  “We are proud of our students, we are proud of what they do, and we want our community to be as proud of them as we (the school) are,” says Marci Smith, a teacher at West and leader of the event. “A lot of times when people hear about schools, they hear the negatives. Our main goal tonight was to reach out and let people know of some of the other awesome things our students do, rather than just the things people hear on the news.” Each club and activity at west high had their own booth to present to visitors of the event.

Strikes at State

The West Jessamine High School girls’ bowling team is hot off a huge win from state. Coached by science teacher Ms. Murry, the girls’ team, consisting of Robin Cheek, Olivia Boggs, Kelsey Couch, Katelyn Duff, and Bailey Lowry, placed sixth in the state. Robin Cheek also qualified for the individual competition at state, which was held at the beginning of February. The boys’ team just missed state qualification, but nonetheless had a successful year. We congratulate both bowling teams for a season well bowled.

Shooting for the Top

West Jessamine High’s archery team is beating expectations. The first year team, coached by art teacher Mr. Stein, will be attending the state level competition March 18-19 after taking home fourth in their regional tournament. Scoring 3,151 out of a possible 3,600 is regarded as a huge accomplishment for the newly established team. Head coach Eric Sowers of The Providence School leads practice, which is a combination of West, East, and Providence archers (though the teams compete separately). 21 students compete on the team, and all are expected to shoot at state. We wish them good luck!

Irgang and Little Chart College Paths

Carson Ball

Two of West Jessamine’s senior football players made the decision to take their talent to the next level. Robby Irgang committed to join the University of Kentucky football team as a preferred walk-on. Announcing his decision on February 20th, Irgang described this experience to be “a dream come true” for him, and hopes that he will be able to make an impact on the UK football program in the seasons ahead.

Derrick Little also announced his college plans as he signed to play football for Lindsey-Wilson University. Derrick’s signing, which took place on February 11th, marked the beginning of his journey to fulfill his childhood aspirations of becoming an NFL placekicker. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to kick for the Denver Broncos. And signing to kick at the college level has made that dream seem much more realistic to me.”

March Senior Spotlight: Joseph Holland

College: EKU

Major/minor: Art Education/ Sign language

Best memory of High School: The Music….and the laughter

Favorite class… Brinkerhoff

The thing I will miss most about high school will be… My friends

The thing that I will miss the least about high school… The drama

The thing I am looking forward to the most I college…  Focusing more on art

My advice for the underclassmen is… Find a place you trust, and then, try trusting it for a while.

The ‘Haunted’ Halls of West

Andrea Cox

Do three witches really roam the hallways of WJHS after hours, or is it just a local urban legend?

After LEX 18’s news coverage featuring the high school, the question left was is the high school really haunted? “In my opinion it’s just an over publicized story that kids began telling each other for years,” said one student in response. Others claim to believe that there are strange happening throughout the school: doors opening on their own, lights flickering, and objects being moved around. Whether you choose to believe the high school is haunted or not, the story of the three witches will always be part of our school.

Sleep Deprivation: a Testy Problem

Skyler Reisig

In elementary school, there was a pep rally to start off CATs testing. One of the steps to maximize test scores was getting a good night’s rest. This may seem like a basic. But far from it, many students don’t get the full 8 hours that doctors recommend. Proof of that is a survey from Drexel University in which only 20% of the studied kids got the recommended 8 hours. Another study in Rhode Island showed that 85% of teenagers are chronically sleep-deprived and accumulated a minimum 10-hour sleep deficit during the week. Researchers found that kids ages 13-19 only get 7.20 hours of sleep on average. Few even get the recommended sleep on a regular basis, let alone on the night before the big test. Sleep deprivation has many varied effects. They impair our attention span, our moods (being grumpy when sleepy), our creativity, and our problem solving skills. This is only a few out of many. Some people put homework, extracurricular activities, anything over sleep, when in reality, sleep is a big part of how we function. People should strive to get the recommended 8.5-9 hours of sleep on a regular basis, but if that’s impossible at least get the rest before tests.