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  • WHS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Concert Dec. 12

  • Wrestling meet at Linn-Mar High School Dec. 13

  • Girls and boys bowling doubleheader against Kennedy on Dec. 14

  • Girls and boys basketball doubleheader at Linn-Mar High School on Dec. 14

  • Boys swimming meet at Mercer Park Aquatic Center on Dec. 15

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a delightful Queen biopic

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a delightful Queen biopic

Edward Keen, Reporter

November 7, 2018


Filed under A&E, Arts, Film, Reviews, Showcase

Any fan of the musical hits from the late 20th century should be familiar with Queen, a band that distinguished themselves through their wide range of songs and the distinctive voice of lead singer Freddie Mercury. Even those who aren’t familiar with the music of their time period will likely recogni...

Philip Reeve’s “Mortal Engines” is a wildly imaginative ride

Philip Reeve’s “Mortal Engines” is a wildly imaginative ride

Edward Keen, Reporter

November 5, 2018


Filed under A&E, Arts, Literary, Reviews, Showcase

“Mortal Engines” takes place on a dystopian, post-apocalyptic Earth as cities have risen up from the ground and donned wheels, becoming large, mobile fleets. These new, mobilized cities all follow the rules of Municipal Darwinism, a play on Charles Darwin’s famous “survival of the fittest...

8 Trick-or-treating alternatives

8 Trick-or-treating alternatives

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

October 31, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Multimedia

No matter how sad it may be, there will come a time where we dub ourselves “too old” to trick-or-treat. Maybe the lack of costume options at Walmart was an indicator, or perhaps it was a parent bluntly stating the fact. It used to be customary to walk around the neighborhood in a Halloween costume and then...

10 essentials you need to survive this school year

10 essentials you need to survive this school year

Lily Meng, Online Copy Co-Editor

October 27, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

First trimester is quickly coming to an end and it seems like teachers aren’t hesitating to assign an onslaught of finals, projects and essays. It seems like there’s no time for you to just relax or even breathe. Here are 10 products that can help with stress or are simply essentials you need to s...

WSS staff recommends Youtubers

WSS staff recommends Youtubers

Ting Gao, Reporter

October 24, 2018


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Showcase

In today’s internet society, videos are king. According to Youtube, there are already roughly 1.9 billion Youtube users spending over a billion hours per day on Youtube in total, and that number keeps increasing. Mobile Youtube video consumption alone is growing by 100% each year, according to ...

“Fahrenheit 11/9” is a well made, but redundant documentary

“Fahrenheit 11/9” is a well made, but redundant documentary

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor/Copy Editor

October 23, 2018


Filed under A&E, Arts, Film, Showcase

Thanks mainly in part to Netflix, documentaries have gained a lot of popularity with American viewers. The reasons why are as diverse as the topics that said films can cover. Needless to say, a thirst for truth and for a guiding voice to help us seep through the overwhelming wealth of information that the ...

The eleventh hour: a review of Mega Man 11

The eleventh hour: a review of Mega Man 11

Rain Richards, Designer

October 19, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

For those that may not be aware, Mega Man (known as Rock Man in Japan) is a thirty-year-old game series which originally debuted on the NES/Famicom. It stars a household robot-turned fighting machine in his quest to defeat a group of evil robots and the mad scientist controlling them. The series experi...

“Venom” blunders with poor writing and substandard action

“Venom” blunders with poor writing and substandard action

Edward Keen, Reporter

October 19, 2018


Filed under A&E, Arts, Film, Reviews, Showcase

The last time we saw Venom, the voracious Spider-Man villain created by Marvel Comics, was over 10 years ago as a side villain in the Sam Raimi-directed “Spider-Man 3.” Immediately upon the release of the film, the character’s role was slammed by critics and comic book fans. Viewers, inclu...

Fun in the fall

Fun in the fall

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor

October 18, 2018


Filed under A&E, Entertainment

Colony Pumpkin Patch: Not only can you find your perfect arrangement of pumpkins and gourds to decorate or carve, Colony also offers fun activities like hayrack rides, a children’s play area and zombie paintball hunting in the corn fields. Wilson's Apple Orchard: Take Instagram-worthy fall photos and eat s...

“First Man” takes off with strong lead performances

“First Man” takes off with strong lead performances

Jack Harris, WSS intern

October 17, 2018


Filed under A&E, Arts, Film

“First Man” is very much like the moon landing itself, not perfect but because of the people involved, ultimately successful. "First Man" is a movie from director Damien Chazelle, who is best known for his 2016 film “La La Land” for which he won an Oscar for best director and the 2014 movie “...

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