Isabella Zinchini

University of Kentucky Freshman and Kentucky Kernel features reporter Isabella Zinchini is an aspiring journalist who is passionate about writing, music and philanthropy. Previously, Zinchini was Managing Editor of her award winning high school newspaper, The Chatterbox, from which she discovered her passion for journalism.

Her objective is as follows:  to disseminate information to the public in a manner that is relevant, timely, and important. In doing so, she hope to provide some sort of path so that her community may make the best possible decisions about their lives, their societies and their governments.

Reinventing creativity

Photography teacher Elizabeth Knodle teaches Serentiy Billups ‘24 the basics of photography to start the year off. Knodle is excited to watch her students develop their very first roll of film in the weeks to come. The WHHS fine arts program is on the brink of a creative comeback after a year of virtual performances and shows. Teachers, directors and students are excited to finally return to a sense of normalcy. Helen Raymond-Goers, or as her students know her, RG, is a long time theater and c

To mask or not to mask: Cincinnati Public Schools continues to follow CDC guidelines

The return to in-person learning welcomed over 2,800 students and over 100 faculty members back onto our campus. The halls became crowded again, and courses returned to normal, the only difference being mask wearing. As the 2021-22 school year began, many Cincinnati school districts declared the mask mandate as optional, a decision made possible by Senate Bill 22 (SB 22). Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), however, continues to follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested

Praise for Andrew Peoples

It can be argued that music teachers and directors play a crucial role in the lives of their students, beyond improving their musical skills and preparing for performances. In a typical school classroom, instruction consists primarily of lecturing to students sitting in rows at desks, dutifully listening and taking notes. In some music classrooms, it is strictly about the performance and the technique and skill of each individual musician. It is the belief of WHHS Band Director Andrew Peoples,

Why I don’t want to return to school in person

Robert Keegan, ‘22, sits in an empty Blair Circle. Between classes, Blair Circle used to flood with students trying to get across campus for class, but since students have returned, few have taken advantage of alternative routes on campus. On March 31, most WHHS students chose to return to campus in-person after a year of distance learning. The Chatterbox staff published two opposing views on the return to school. Read the companion piece here. Is returning to an in-person learning environment

Kasey Shao: musical endeavors

SENIOR Kasey Shao has been involved in the musical community since the age of six, so naturally, when she came to WHHS as an eighth grader, she was more than eager to be a part of the music department. However, when she discovered that the only way to do so was to take a musical class in place of an academic course, she made the decision to start a club that allowed her to do both. Shao founded Music Nuts her junior year of high school as a way for musicians with no time in their schedule for a

Awesome Alumni Ep. 1: Maham Usmani, ’19

WHHS alumna Maham Usmani, ’19, a current Ohio State sophomore, started creating works of art her junior year of high school. The focus of her art? People of color. Her goal? To spread awareness beyond petition signing. Join Sofia Tollefson in an interview with Usmani in the first episode of the Chattercast’s Awesome Alumni mini-series. Read the news brief about this episode.

Alumna creates art with an impact

WHHS alumna Maham Usmani, ‘19, a current Ohio State sophomore, started creating works of art her junior year of high school. The focus of her art? People of color. Her goal? To spread awareness beyond petition signing. “The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is something I’ve always been passionate about and spoken out about it to my friends and signed petitions, but I wanted to have something that was my own that contributes towards it,” Usmani said. She made the decision to go back through pi

Concert band in the era of coronavirus

The band room, left empty months into the school year. The WHHS band directors were tasked with getting this art form across, while still remaining safe due to the pandemic. WHHS’s band department has been working nonstop since the outbreak of COVID-19 to find new innovative ways of learning in a virtual environment as well as preparing for a hybrid style of learning. But what exactly will this look like? Band directors Richard Canter, Andrew Peoples and Edward LeBorgne explain. Adjusting to o

Goal-oriented on and off the field

Balancing academics and athletics can come with many stressful challenges, but it’s easier to handle when you have people behind you, supporting you all the way. Jorja Wilkerson, ‘24, knows what it’s like to deal with this stress, and was eventually able to find that perfect balance, with her friends, family and coaches on her side. Wilkerson has been on the WHHS track team for the past two seasons and has been playing soccer since she was five. Wilkerson says both have a lot to offer but she

Bengals Spirit Day

For the first time since 1988, our city’s very own Cincinnati Bengals have made it to the Super Bowl and WHHS students are ecstatic. WHHS student body and faculty flooded Blair Circle in a sea of black and orange to show their support, and cheer on our own winter sports teams. Led by Marching Blue and Gold Captain SENIOR Mohammad Kassem, drum major Katie Berich, ‘24 and the WHHS drumline, the athletes walked through a tunnel of crazed Bengals fans. Students and staff around campus have been sh

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