The Westwind

Standardized Pests

by Grace Davis, Reporter

December 8, 2014

“Part of my salary relies on how well 5 and 6-year-olds test,” quoted Jani Judson, a Jefferson County kindergarten teacher. Welcome to the truth of standardized tests. The subject of standardized tests has always been very...


by Miranda Schiffbauer, Reporter

December 8, 2014

There has been a lot of debate about fracking recently. Commercials flood the television and citizens fight with drilling companies over land use. Although environmentalists try to push the U.S away from fracking, the country...

Nash Grier: is this teenage internet craze sexist and homophobic?

Michaela Cameron, Reporter

April 15, 2014

   Everytime I enter the realm of Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, or Vine, Nash Grier’s boyish charm and huge eyes peer out from the screen. Grier is a teenage social media mogul from North Carolina  who uses  Twitter, Facebook, an...

Lethal hits: Professional sports need to disarm the ongoing concussion problem

Scott Kordziel, Editor

February 13, 2014

   “He got his bell rung.” This was the common phrase used before athletes were diagnosed with concussions. And, as most of us in the sports world know, a lifetime of violent sports such as hockey, lacrosse, and football...

Outdated organization; NCAA’s greedy policy

Scott Kordziel, Reporter

January 23, 2014

   In the midst of the once chaotic and disunified world of college athletics, an authoritative and unifying body was absolutely necessary. The nature of sports was much different at the time. Football players suffered numerous inj...

Scolded for swearing: studies show that using explicit language can potentially result in some health benefits

Baylee Blair, Reporter

January 23, 2014

   How many times have you been scolded for swearing? Studies today are proving that swearing can be good for your health, emotions, and it can work as a pain reliever.    “Swearing is such a common response to pain tha...

One step forward, two steps back: Amendment 64 and 66

Tessa Dryke, Editor in Chief

January 23, 2014

   I found Amendment 64 , a choice on last year’s November ballot, ironic. For those who do not recall Amendment 64 was the legalization of growing, using recreationally (over the age of 21) and selling marijuana. It is ironic...

Dress code does not allow for free expression

Michaela Cameron, Reporter

November 12, 2013

   The shrill bell that starts the school day has just rung, and the girl with dark circles under her eyes takes out a pencil. The daily discussion begins, and as it drones on and on, the girl finds it hard to focus on her schoo...

Courtesy down the drain

Kaylene Chrisp, Reporter

November 12, 2013

   Walking into the bathroom on a Friday during seventh I went into the bathroom and the toilet was filled to the rim with toilet paper and cereal. That person not only went out of there way to vandalize the toilet but they als...

Killing sparky not the answer

Sarah Malloy, Editor

April 22, 2013

Picture your pet: four year old Sparky, a Golden Retriever. He is playful, kind, and loves to wake you up with a  big, slobbery kiss. Now, picture your life without Sparky. No more barks at the mailman, no more hikes in the summe...