Section Launch: Humans of Washington High School

The arches in front of Washington’s original school building, c. 1923

From the editor:

The Hatchet is excited to launch Humans of Washington High School, a new section as a part of Features. It’s my hope that this project will showcase portraits of different people at Washington and illustrate the interesting stories behind them. 

HUMANS will examine our school’s legacy, past and present. With over 100 years of history, there is much to cover. Our very own newspaper, for example, was founded in 1916 when students decided that “it could be used to bring untruth and deceit to an end.” Even today, we still pass by reminders of previous classes of students, such as Washington’s Tak Fudenna stadium. 

If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a student journalist, it’s that the most simple things at our school have unique stories behind them. Who’s making the cookies we love so much, and who’s cleaning the trash students carelessly leave at school? I invite you to think about the wide cross section of society that makes up Washington High School and what you think the future holds for our school.

Storytelling has always been at the heart of The Hatchet’s work, and I am excited to further develop this tradition in new and exciting ways. We all have stories to tell, and I hope that with HUMANS, you will share yours too. 


Aniket Panda


Aniket Panda is a senior at Washington High School. He has lived in Fremont for most of his life, after moving at age 9 from Hoffman Estates, Illinois. This is his second year at The Hatchet and his first year as Editor-in-Chief. He is interested in politics, world affairs, and food reviews. Aniket is also president of Washington Speech & Debate and a SURFBoardE representative. His hobbies include playing with his golden retriever and watching Netflix. In the future, Aniket hopes to study political science or international relations.

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