Freshman, Gabrielle Pariag wins fourth place at state Poetry Out Loud competition

Key West High School (KWHS) is proud of the students who participated in the first Poetry Out Loud competition on January 31st. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry competition for high school students that provides an opportunity to read and recite poems while enhancing public speaking and presentation skills. Several English and History Classes partook in memorizing poems in class and 23 students were … Continue reading Freshman, Gabrielle Pariag wins fourth place at state Poetry Out Loud competition

A look into Shakespearian Insult Day at KWHS

On Friday March 8, students were seen shouting colorful language throughout the hallways at Key West High School. But, this wasn’t a fight or argument. Mr. Erhard’s English 1 Honors classes were participating in the school’s annual Shakespearean Insult Day. Every year Mr. Erhard’s English class partake in this activity while they read “Romeo and Juliet”. In preparation for Insult Day students decorated slips of … Continue reading A look into Shakespearian Insult Day at KWHS

Key West bans chemicals found in sunscreen

On February 5 the Key West City Commission voted 6 – 1 to ban the sale of sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate. This will go into effect in 2021. Key West isn’t the first city to ban these chemicals. Hawaii banned sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate early last year. Oxybenzone and octinoxate are the active ingredients in most name-brand sunscreens, for example some … Continue reading Key West bans chemicals found in sunscreen

Schools in the Keys host their annual health fairs

Many new and unique issues are facing teens today. Wellness Fairs hosted at many schools in Monroe County were successful in helping students find solutions to these issues and understand them better. The Key West High School Wellness Fair will took place on March 5th and entry was free to all KWHS students. These wellness fairs were created by a collaborative community partnership that includes … Continue reading Schools in the Keys host their annual health fairs

Rowan Ricardo Phillips talks poetry and the importance of knowing your roots

On Friday, January 11th, Key West High School (KWHS) English classes were lucky enough to hear from an esteemed poet,  Rowan Ricardo Phillips. Phillips took time away from the Key West Literary Seminar to speak to over 100 students. All week students had read and familiarized themselves with his works and were excited to finally meet the man behind the poetry. Phillips took the stage … Continue reading Rowan Ricardo Phillips talks poetry and the importance of knowing your roots

JUUL affects high schoolers across the country and in KWHS community

Since the creation of the JUUL in 2017, by two Stanford students working on their thesis, the company has an estimated worth of $15 billion dollars. JUULs are a small electronic cigarette, also known as vape, containing nicotine. Vapor is inhaled by the JUUL user when a JUULpod is attached to the end. JUULpods contain nicotine, glycerol, propylene glycol, benzoic acid, and flavorings. The pods … Continue reading JUUL affects high schoolers across the country and in KWHS community

The consequences of plagiarism

Plagiarism is a serious issue with major consequences. Merriam-Webster defines plagiarism as, “To steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own; use (another’s production) without crediting the source.” There are many types of plagiarism and many students don’t even know when they are plagiarizing. Submitting someone else’s work as your own is considered plagiarism. If you quote text or use … Continue reading The consequences of plagiarism

Automotive class returns to KWHS

There is a shortage of trained technicians in the automotive industry and there are an estimated 15,000 job openings in Florida for automotive technicians right now, making it a very lucrative field. For the first since the 1990’s Key West High School will be offering an automotive class. Students will learn about automobiles from bumper to bumper, and learn useful skills such as changing oils … Continue reading Automotive class returns to KWHS

Is Harvard Fair in their admissions?

Harvard has been a prestigious university for many highly talented students for centuries. With a 5.6% admission rate, Harvard is among the most selective universities in the world. Few people know what criteria Harvard looks for in its students, but each year’s admitted student body raises the attention of critics. What kind of students does Harvard prefer? The question has not only troubled the applicants … Continue reading Is Harvard Fair in their admissions?