The Olympian is an award-winning yearbook sponsored this year by Brooke Nelson (email@example.com) of the English Department.
- 2008 Virginia High School League - First Place
- 2008 National Scholastic Press Association - First Place with 5 marks of distinction
- 2007 Virginia High School League - First Place
- 2007 National Scholastic Press Association - First Place with 5 marks of distinction
- 2001 Virginia High School League - First Class
The Oracle endeavors to entertain, encourage, and inform the Springfield and Burke communities of happenings at West Springfield, in Fairfax County, and beyond. It is a forum for student expression as well as a learning instrument for student journalists. The Oracle is a member publication of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the National Scholastic Press Association, Quill & Scroll, the Southern Interscholastic Press Association, the Virginia High School League, the Public Relations Society of American, the American Scholastic Press Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi. Brooke Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org) sponsors this publication.
- National Scholastic Press Association
-First Place All American Award with 5 Marks of Distinction: 2008
-First Place All American Award with 5 Marks of Distinction: 2007
-First Place All American Award with 5 Marks of Distinction: 1995-2005
-Pacemaker Finalist: 1995, 1997, 1999
-First Place National Award for Editorial Writing: 1997, Kristen Charnock
- Los Angeles Times Story of the Year
-2nd place: Melissa Lipman, Laura Robinson and Amy Steed: 2001
- Virginia High School League
-Trophy Class Award: 2001, 2002, 2007
-First Place Award: 1995-2000, 2003-2005, 2008
-Inderbir Bal, 1st place, AAA Advertising: 2008
-Erica and Sarah Wink, 2nd place, AAA Advertising: 2008
-Rebecca Naramore and Jake Serwin, Honorable Mention, AAA In-Depth/Explanatory Feature Writing: 2008
-Monica Evans and Samantha Landers, Honorable Mention, AAA Straight/Breaking News: 2008
-Kelley Williams, Honorable Mention, AAA News Photography, 2008: br> -Erica and Sarah Wink: 1st place, AAA Advertising: 2007
-Kristin McGregor, 2nd place, AAA Layout and Design: 2007
- Virginia Journalism Education Association
-Student Journalist of the Year Award: 1996, 2nd Place, Kate Gehringer; 1996, 3rd Place, Lauren Shepherd
-Douglass S. Freeman Award, Outstanding Adviser: 1999, Brooke Nelson
- Southern Interscholastic Press Association
-First Place Award for Excellence in Advertising: 1998-2002
- Virginia Governor’s School
-Presidential Citation, 2002: Brooke Nelson
-Presidential Citation, 2004: Brooke Nelson
All students are eligible to submit original essays, short stories, commentaries, music compositions, technical or architectural drawings, plays, poems, interviews, feature articles, black & white art including drawings (ink, marker, scratchboard, very dark pencil), prints (relief, etching, silkscreen), paintings, graphic designs, crafts, sculpture, and photographs.
The deadline for literary submissions is December 15. English and art teachers have submission forms.
Published in the spring, the magazine is distributed as part of the yearbook/newspaper package. Single copies of the magazine are available for five dollars. This student-generated creative writing publication showcases the compositions, art, and music of WSHS students.