Washington Junior High Student Writers

Posted Online: Nov. 10, 2012, 2:50 pm
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Drama Club
By Tatum Flores
Eighth grade

Drama Club is one of many clubs at Washington Junior High School. It is also a rather large club.
Dram Club is one of the only clubs that provides our school with winter and spring plays, as well as promoting anti-bullying. Our plays that are in the winter are usually Christmas related, and are planned out to prevent re-plays of plays from past years.
Our anti-bullying skits have taken us to Chicago for a conference with principals and teachers from other Illinois schools. Every year, we also do sixth-grade orientation. This is when sixth-graders from the Rock Island-Milan school district come to Washington Junior High. The Drama Club does the anti-bullying skits then shows the sixth graders around the school.
Our spring play is usually a couple of weeks after Spring Break. It is always fun and is also planned out so there are no re-plays.
In conclusion, Drama Club is an important club at our school that promotes anti-bullying, entertains our school with plays, and helps with sixth grade orientation.

By Gillian McMahon
Eighth grade

Have you ever been to a Washington Junior High Chorus concert? You should. They are amazing! The students practice extremely hard for competitions in Geneseo, and most of us have fun! I know that chorus doesn't sound like fun at all, but trust me, Mr. Voigt and Mrs. Bolt make it fun!
First, we go to contests all the time. We have to go to Geneseo at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. Sound hard? It is! It's totally worth it though! We get to chat with friends and eat on the way. Once we get there we rush, rush, rush and work, work, work. We all have scheduled auditions that determine if we are eligible for the Illinois Music Education Association (IMEA) Festival.
Secondly, we have amazing concerts. We actually had one on September 22. We got to perform with the high school students. I loved it so much. I think it was better than last year's.
In conclusion, I think Chorus is so much fun! You get to experience so much with such a small class. It's an amazing learning experience.

Student Council
By Stephanie Kerno
Eighth grade

Washington Junior High School is a great school, with lots of activities that I participate in. One of the activities I do and enjoy is Student Council. Student Council is one of the most rewarding activities you can participate in during your junior high career. I look forward to it every week, and for a good reason.
Student Council members volunteer and often go out in the community and serve those in need. We participate in conferences twice a year and learn about leadership. It's a lot of work, but very rewarding in the end. Also, after a day of service, you know you've just given back to your school or community.
Most people compliment us on how we work together. It's about working together to better yourselves and your leadership skills. In February, we are going on a four-day leadership conference in Chicago. We will have the opportunity to experience things like that in Student Council.
Overall, Student Council is a unique journey, which is fueled by one's willingness to learn. It is one of the most experiential things you can do at the junior high level. The people who teach us, the activities we participate in, and the students you meet from around the country are all reasons why Student Council is so much fun at WJHS.

Anime Club
By Amber Steffenson
Eighth grade

I am in one of Washington Junior High School's best club — Anime Club. Anime Club is simply a way for anime lovers to get together and discuss anime.
In Anime Club, the supervisor, Ms. Wells selects a specific anime video, or another club member brings in an example of anime. I've learned about more eras in Anime Club than I have in the four years of loving anime.
Students also swap tips for drawing anime. My friends have helped me with drawing jaw-lines, and I have helped friends with other things as well.
Anime Club normally meets every other Thursday. All of my friends look forward to each meeting. A place just for anime, what could be better?

Cross Country
By Joshua Teggatz
Eighth grade

Imagine this: It's a bright, sunny day. The birds are chirping, the sky is clear, and you are in the midst of all of it. You're running across a green pasture. You look up. The finish line is right in front of you. You start to move faster. Five minutes later, you're past the finish line, cheering on your teammates. This is what the sport of cross country is exactly like. It's fun, exciting and beneficial.
Our team, the Rock Island Rocks, is combined with Washington and Edison schools. We have about 50 runners on the team, which is quite small compared to other teams. But the size, in most cases, doesn't matter. It is about how focused and determined your team is. Our team tried hard and we improved every day. At our last meet, we scored 4th out of six teams.
Meets are a blast to go to. We get to travel to different places, run new courses, and meet some new people. Meets are always two miles in length, divided into girls and boys. The courses themselves are so fun. They are also quite laborious, having to climb hills, sprint and pass other runners. You should always focus on your own race, not someone else's. And that is why I beat my past time on two miles by three minutes.
My coach always says that running is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical. I agree. To be an adequate runner, you have to think. Instead of worrying about someone or something, focus on the path ahead, not the path in your head. When doing a sport, your teammates will support you in all you do. And you'll prevail.


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