By: Sam Orpita and Morgan Pacheco
We always see the ALS students walking around the halls with their helpers, waving at people and always having a smile on their face but seems to us that most ALS students aren’t as involved as they should be. So with that thought we had gone to the ALS room to interview the head teacher, Ms. Leslie Ledoux on what an ALS student does in their everyday school day.
As we walked in the room it was filled with character, everywhere we looked had color. There wasn’t any space without it. While talking to Ms. Ledoux she had pointed out each of the kids schedule on the board, they’re just as busy as us. Ms. Ledoux personally customizes the students schedule herself to fit their “body schedule”. She had told us that there are some kids who tend to get tired towards the end of the day so they don’t focus on their academics as much as they would if they could finish it up in the morning and go to more elective classes towards the end of the day.
I (Sam) had noticed that one of the kids from my gym class had been in the ALS classroom. I didn’t know nor did I notice that he was someone that had ALS. When I was in the room he was working on his academics and we have gym sixth period he seems like he enjoys his time in gym so the way Ms. Ledoux sets their schedule is very beneficial for the student.
Each student has their own “job” as well to help them cope with everyday chores/activities. Some students clean the lint from the washing machine, others push in chairs after breakfast, and clean tables in the cafe, meeting rooms or just even in their own classroom. The ALS students doing these tasks are like us doing volunteer work, their schedule is quite similar to ours but the only difference is they enjoy doing it and we feel like it’s more so a burden.
“This list right here is all of our helpers, our goal is 5 helpers is the most so couple periods we have more, but sometimes mores too many. So what happens is some of out kids, they go to regular ed classes. Everyone’s schedule is different according to the student.”
By: Arelis Herrera and Conor McCarthy
The first Black Student Union was formed at the University of Washington in the late 1960’s. As said by University of Washington, “They led a militant struggle for minority rights and the results benefited not just African Americans but also Chicano, Asian American, and Native Americans.
Wethersfield started their own BSU [Brothers and Sisters United] thanks to senior Jordan Griffin for bringing the idea to Mrs. Duggins last year. They decided to change the name because a lot of students can identify in more than one area. So to better represent the students of color at Wethersfield High School it was changed to “Brothers and Sisters United”. That way it doesn’t take away from the mission and it fits.
After school meetings are every other Tuesday in Mrs. Duggins room and there are no upcoming events but you should expect some later in the year!
We were able to ask Jordan a few questions and here’s what he had to say.
Q: What made you want to start BSU?
A: What made me want to start BSU was that I’ve experienced many social injustices in and out of school and I wanted people to be able to feel comfortable talking about them and how to address them. Also I wanted kids to feel like they had a safe place in the school.
Q: Do you think BSU has made a difference in WHS yet?
A: Yes I do believe it has made a difference.
Q: What do you want to accomplish with BSU and how?
A: What I want to accomplish in this club is having safe place for students to voice their opinion and for people to become more aware of the various cultures in the school. I plan on accomplishing this by making people aware of what’s going on and also by hopefully in the future getting a segment in Blue Eagle [News] pertaining to the club. I want the club to leave a big impact on not just the school but the whole Wethersfield community.
We’re so excited to see what BSU does this year at Wethersfield High School!
By: Lindsey Clark
Every 51 minutes in America, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash. That equates to 27 people every day. Someone is injured in a drunk driving incident every 120 seconds.
In this video you will learn just how quickly your life can change in the blink of an eye. Five Wethersfield High School students participated in a mock car accident. This demonstration was put on to show all High school students how quickly things can happen when you least expect it.
My name is Lindsey Clark and I was a victim in this mock accident. This may have just been a mock car accident, but I can tell you right now I was scared. Just knowing that this really happens, and being in this situation whether it was real or not, I was terrified.
At the very beginning, the Police arrived and opened the door. After making sure I was responsive he looked at me and said, “Why aren't you wearing your seat belt. I guarantee that if you had been wearing your seat belt you would be in a lot less pain right now.”
Tears rolled down my face, as I was sitting in the car having the paramedics talking to me and putting the neck collar on me. It all felt so real and I was so overwhelmed with emotion. and That's when it hit me. These accidents happen on a daily. There is a teenager somewhere in this world just like me, today, who will make one simple mistake and change not only their life but the lives of everyone around them.
I am a cadet Firefighter and I go on calls for car accidents very often. It's always a scary and heart breaking feeling seeing victims inside the car. Whether they are in pain or not, it's always hard to see a community member who I just saw walking around smiling yesterday, now crying in pain, trapped in a car.
This mock car accident, had an ever lasting impact on all high school students that day. Seeing their classmates covered in blood in cars with windshields shattered, then being rolled away on stretchers, and loaded up into the back of an ambulance, It was an eye opening experience for all.
This experience encourages others to make the right choices regarding drunk driving.
There's no excuses. Nobody gets in a car and expects this to happen.
Say no to drunk driving.
Click it or ticket.
Say no to texting and driving.
Bike Club meets every Monday and Wednesday, advised by science teacher Thomas Brown. Bike Club does a few things for the community such as fixing bikes, riding out, and even racing. The members can choose what they want to do in the club and can even do more than one task. For example, a member can attend the meeting to go riding out and fix a bike another day during the week. So far, the present members of Bike Club prefer fixing bikes.
Once Brown and the Bike Club members fix a bike, they find someone to give the bike to. They can fix any kind of bikes. Anyone don’t have to already know how to fix bikes. They can also learn how to.
“We have been fixing the bike just this year, since September. I found it last year, someone threw it away. We just donated the bike yesterday.” Brown said. “We help people learn about their bikes, we can help with simple things like flat tires. We have one bike that was making a clinking noise and we were able to figure out what was wrong with it and fixed it. We have bikes that kids can borrow and we also have bikes that kids can fix up and keep if they want it.”
Not only do members fix bicycles, they also ride. Trips can be as far out as Old Wethersfield, the Meadows, and Folly Brook, which they take when weather cooperates. The trip can be up to six miles, but their top ride was 25 miles! A particular highlight is when Bike Club members ride to the Creamery, where he buys everyone a cup of ice cream!
Bike clubs members don’t only do activities using bikes, they attend events related to bikes such as a bike festival which is usually in June. There’s one event coming up this month.
“There’s a bike pedestrian meeting on October 30th at the Pitkin Center at night. That’s a meeting the town does to help make the town better for bikers and walkers.” Brown said.
Anyone is always welcome to join the Bike Club and I mean anyone. There’s a double seat bike so anyone who is blind or partially blind can ride out with the bike club members. The Bike Club is there for anyone who needs help fixing their bike. If you want to keep one, the club has plenty of extras collected. Experiment by trying out different kinds of bikes. If you want to race or have a relaxing ride, Brown will set up the date. You can borrow a bike anytime so you can ride out with friends.
By: Rafael Valentin
10/26 vs Windsor
11/2 vs Bristol Eastern
Home 7:00 Senior Night
10/26 vs Rocky Hill
10/29 vs Newington
Home 3:45 Senior Night
10/25 vs Rocky Hill
10/29 vs Newington
10/25 vs Newington
10/25 vs East Catholic
10/30 vs Newington
@East Catholic 3:45
Home 3:45 Senior Night
10/26 vs East Lyme
Home 5:00 Senior Nigh
By: Alyssa Prosperi
Today we got the chance to talk with Mr.Kess, a physics teacher at WHS. We asked him about how many years he’s been teaching here and what it’s like to teach physics to juniors and seniors. His response was that he’s been teaching here for 30 years and before he was at WHS he taught at Maloney in Meriden. His interest in physics sprouted when he was in highschool when he took his first physics class. He was the best student in the class and it came really easy to him, unlike most students in the class. From here on out, he would research physics both at home and in school and he knew he wanted to do something with it in college. He attended Tufts University in Medford, Mass. and studied Biology, he then went onto Central Connecticut State University to get his major in Biology. From here on, he started teaching but he didnt start with physics. Our next question was about his personal life. We wanted to know about his family so that was the next question we asked. He told us he didn’t want to get into his personal life but that he has one granddaughter. He said his favorite thing to do in his free time is visit her, and we both thought that was very sweet. He then showed us many pictures and videos of his granddaughter and told us some stories. We asked if he’s ever had to give a student an office referral and he said he has a couple of times, but never while teaching a physics class and not really while teaching at Wethersfield.
Wethersfield High School has many creative and fun electives to choose from, one of them being fashion design. This class is a good opportunity for anyone that loves to design and create their own clothing by hand. One of the many things you learn in this class is sewing, which is good for anyone who’s into fashion and creating their own clothing or just a basic necessity to know for everyday life. Last year in class, Ms. Leuschner set up a project for all of her students to do. After teaching them how to sew, she made it her mission to get her students to create 100 little handmade dresses and drawstring bags. These dresses and bags were sent to Haiti to all the children and women in need of clothes and bags to carry around their belongings. She organized everyone into stations. She put students in charge of each dress size, where each of the students in their stations were all responsible for their own job. For example, one would be in charge for cutting out the fabric, the next person sews it, and the next person makes sure everything is correctly done. The same thing was done for the bags. Not only did the students help people in need who don’t have the same resources we have, but they increased their sewing skills and worked together to problem solve, especially if there were any complications along the way or something was done wrong. There’s nothing bad about doing something wrong in fashion design. It’s okay because that’s what the class is there for, to learn. Currently, the students are creating their own pajama pants which Ms. Leuschner has been doing for years. I’ve witnessed kids get very frustrated during the process of this because it takes very long to do and you have to follow everything correctly step by step, or else it won’t come out right. In the end, you get a nice cozy pair of pajama pants without having to go out and spend your own money.
By: Riordan Mertens
The Wethersfield Eagles high school football team had just come off their huge nail biting 21-20 win against The Windsor Warriors, a team that was favored to win and had a very strong record at 5-1. The 2019 graduates from the Eagles and the Warriors have had a rivalry that started in 8th grade and has been prolonged all the way to senior year.
By: Roan Moran
The Wethersfield baseball team is coming off a great season but they are still looking for funds to go to Florida. They recently had their golf tournament for fundraising. It was a success but they still need some more money to go to Disney. They go to Disney every other year to play at the ESPN World Wide of Sports in Orlando, Florida. This trip has been a huge success and always has a positive effect on the team. They look to play their first regular season game down in Florida against Platt High School but has yet to be confirmed.
By: Kelvyn Perez
On the 26th of October, during fourth period the senior class was sent to DiCicco Field to take the class picture.
This year the Idea was was make a 19 for the year (2019), that the class is graduating.
This was a different approach to the senior picture compared to last year where they took the picture on the bleachers.
The Yearbook Committee wanted to go with a creative approach and make it more fitting.
Fire trucks from the fire department of Wethersfield, came down to help take the picture!
Although it was a creative approach some students think otherwise
“It could have been done better and should have been done on the bleachers. We should be able to look back in 10 years and see everyone's faces not just some blurs” - Said Jake Peckrul (senior)
Other Students appreciated the approach that the Committee took and the creative turn that they took.
“I love the Idea that the Yearbook Committee had and the execution of it” - Said Ariana Bongiovanni (Senior)
Despite others liking and not liking the picture, we were able to come together as a class and take a picture to celebrate our final year in Wethersfield High School.