The Wildcat Roar

The Rise in Anxiety Amongst Youth

An artistic representation of anxiety medication and the confusion surronding anxiety

Emma Harris, Co-Editor In Chief

May 28, 2020

An ominous, wrathful creature invades the minds of youth with more tenacity than it ever has before, enveloping them with dark thoughts and setting deep roots into their brains, entrapping the mind with its frenzied claws. This creature has no plan to stop soon, driving 10.6 out of 100,000...

COVID-19 Chronicles: Ava B.

The sunset at my family’s farm last Sunday. I’ve been spending lots of time outside in God’s creation during this quarantine.

Ava Bidner, Content Editor in Chief

March 30, 2020

Wow, what a crazy world we live in. I never thought my second semester of senior year would look like this, and honestly, I never thought I would live through a global pandemic that would cause every school in the country to close, along with restaurants, universities, stores, and practically everyth...

What’s the Deal with the Debt at Westminster?

The overwhelming amount of debt at Westminster.

Isabella Francois, Managing Editor in Chief

March 3, 2020

In order to truly understand the financial situation at Westminster, we have to go back to the beginning, when the first ideas of transitioning to the campus we are at today came about. Around 2002, the piece of property that we call home, formally West County Technical School, became available and th...

Go Get That Sticker!

The process to become the President of the United States.

Ava Bidner, Content Editor in Chief

March 3, 2020

Every four years in November, the country is filled with anticipation, tension, and uncertainty as Americans anxiously wait to see who will win the presidency, who will be chosen to lead our country for the next term, who will institute his or her agenda in the coming years, potentially causing majo...

What Even is the Coronavirus?

A girl is depicted wearing a mask to protect her from the Coronavirus.

Rebekah Sems, Feature Editor

March 3, 2020

Here is a quick rundown of what we know so far. I did some of my own research to clarify what the disease is and how dangerous it actually is. First of all, the coronavirus is actually “a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle ...

The Story of Spirit Week

Clayton Francois on his motorcycle during the first unofficial WCA Spirit Week. He rode his motorcycle through the school.

Ava Bidner, Content Editor in Chief

February 19, 2020

Seas of each color of the rainbow, students decked from head to toe in their class color, paint and glitter adorning their faces. Hours upon hours spent during late nights in the Arena and blue gym, practicing Lip Sync and Boys’ Poms until every move is perfected. Hallways and Art Boards are d...

When a Multibillion-Dollar “Death” Industry Captures the Living

Four studies that point to the inadequacies in hospice care.

Lea Despotis, Design Editor

February 1, 2020

In a gripping anecdote published in the New York Times, reporter Karen Brown exposed the heartbreaking account of her father’s death: the story of how a supposed painless exit was countered by a devastating reality. Stricken with terminal pancreatic cancer, Brown’s father sought in earnest a “good...

The New Normal

The New Normal

Ava Bidner, Content Editor in Chief

January 27, 2020

“BEEEEEEP, BEEEEEEP. A DISTURBANCE HAS BEEN DETECTED IN THE BUILDING. PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND PREPARE TO DEFEND YOURSELF IF NECESSARY.” As blinds are pulled on classroom windows, doors are securely locked, lights are turned off, and students huddle in the corners of their classro...

Your Permanent Record: Can You Erase It?

Sketched by Lea Despotis. Edward Snowden from his new book Permanent Record.

Lea Despotis, Design Editor

November 25, 2019

It was 2013 when a catalytic shock reverberated across the digital world. Notorious whistleblower Edward Snowden toppled the American intelligence establishment with a single revelation that led to his demise: “You are being watched and recorded.” Initiating one of the largest security heists in ...

In Response To. . .

Me, Ava Bidner, seconds after I was born on Dec. 7, 2001.

Ava Bidner, Content Editor in Chief

November 23, 2019

Dear Dr. Henneberg, My name is Ava Bidner, and I am a 17-year-old senior in high school. I recently read your article in The New York Times titled “When An Abortion Doctor Becomes a Mother,” and after rereading it several times, I felt compelled to write you this letter and make an effort to ...

Power Down

Students using their phones at school is a key issue that has been addressed this school year.

Ava Bidner, Content Editor in Chief

September 8, 2019

As Westminster students were welcomed back into the building this year for the first week of school, they were confronted with several new changes. From all of the new faces to the presence of a student council to new leaders and teachers, Westminster is prepared for a fulfilling upcoming 2019-2020 s...

The Fall of Feminisim

I do not identify as a feminist based on the current definition of feminism.

Isabella Francois, Managing Editor in Chief

April 2, 2019

To say that the word “feminism” is a controversial word, in 21st century America, would be an understatement. In fact, the debate over what feminism is or is not has become a topic of debate among people of all ages, especially within high school students. Students often take a stand for one side...

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