by: Jake Whitaker and Johnny Orsini
Sport managing is something that is becoming more and more prominent in today's WHS Sports world. More students are being involved with their school sports without playing a sport or supporting from the stands. Students are managing team sports at all levels of sports and we have an inside look at what being a high school sports manager entails at Wethersfield High School.
Our football team has 6 managers; 4 are seniors and 2 are freshman. Our first two seniors, Serena Console and Isaac Santos, have been managing football for 3 years and have worked up the ladder to have bigger roles on the team. Serena is now calling formations during games for the football team, when we asked her about her new high stakes role she said, “It’s definitely stressful when Coach [McKinnon] is on edge with a lot of things, but it works out."
Isaac Santos says one of the hardest things about managing is how time consuming it is. He is the Class of 2020 president, a football manager, and a student representative at the board of education. He kept it brief, “It’s a lot of time consuming work. I'll be honest, I barely sleep”. Isaac has been dedicated to this program and to being an active member of our school community. He left us with one statement for anyone who is thinking about being a manager, “Do it with reason. Not for the title.”
Alexa Indomenico and Caitlin Nardella are both seniors but are fairly new to the managing scene at our high school. Caitlin last year started managing for the football team but she said, “I couldn’t manage school and managing at the same time, because of the time interfering with my practices. I quit sadly because I didn’t think it was the fit for me that year.”
This year, she came back and recruited her friend Alexa to manage with her. Alexa and Caitlin assist with setting up bags and drills for the players and coaches, but also film practices and games.
With 4 senior managers leaving after this season, 2 freshmen have big shoes to fill next year. Samantha Waterhouse and Lindsay Rhodes are learning from great upperclassmen and are going to take over the reigns next year. Samantha said “ I would definitely do it because you get closer with a lot of people.”
Lindsay added on by saying, “You also can learn the game better than you did before”. These managers also help the upperclassmen managers by recording and setting up drills for practice.
While the football managers are on the sidelines helping the team in there respective ways, varsity quarterback Matt Silver is a manager for the high school girls basketball team. His role as a manager is very different for the girls basketball team. He explained that his role is more active on the court. Matt said “ I'm in all essences a practice player. I go up against the girls and give them practice looks, I imitate the best player on the other team for that week.I just do everything I can on the court to make them better.”
Matt uses his athleticism to help out the team during practice but during games he claims to be a “hype man” for the team and even makes handshakes with players on the team.
Managing for different sports requires different skills and asks different tasks of people but they all have a few things in common, managers help out the team and are a key part of highschool sports team success. Managing is a great way to get involved in sports and in your school.
Want to become a manager? Go talk to our athletics coaches or our Athletic Director Mr. Maltese for more information on this great opportunity!
By Christine Vittner
In July 2019, English teacher Mr. Martin and three other chaperones took 29 kids to Australia and New Zealand for 14 days. These kids ranged from the sophomore to the senior class. Many said it was the trip of a lifetime.
Asking him to pick his favorite part was so hard, they did so many crazy things. Mr. Martin said,¨I think it was more of an overall. We had some incredible individual experiences, we did surfing at Bondi beach, we saw the set of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings in New Zealand, and we went down a mountainside in an inflatable OGO ball.¨
From all of the pictures they brought back, they looked like they had a blast. Many said they would love to go back because of how beautiful it was.
Traveling through Australia and New Zealand, they met so many different people in all the different parts they visited.
However, the flight home was not easy with there being long layovers and 36 hours to travel back across the globe. For many people was the worst part of the whole trip but others said it wasn’t as bad. After seeing Australia and New Zealand, they said it was totally worth it.
If you are a WHS student interested in world travel please look for the posters around the school or talk to one of the teachers running the trips. This upcoming April, Mr. Martin and Mr. Sand, among other teachers, will be taking students to Costa Rica and there are other upcoming trips to Western and Central Europe!
by: Nick Ursini
If you thought that Science Club would be boring projects and research, you’d be so wrong! In Science Club, all that is seen are students working together to create mesmerizing chemical reactions and solving the elemental makeup of everyday items such as pennies.
The students in Science Club proudly express their love for all forms of science whether it be earth science, chemistry, or biology. Aaron Ky said, “The Science Club was meant for people who love all types of science to come together and that is exactly what it has become.”
The students in Science Club have access to all kinds of resources in order to experiment with almost anything. On this particular day, the students were finding what your average penny is actually made up of. During this experiment, the students worked together as a team by getting each other the resources and tools they needed and helped each other by sharing ideas and suggesting different ways to solve the problem.
The club seems independent and completely driven by the members and students. The students come up with their own problems and solve them together. Not to say that the teacher is not willing to help the students if they run into a problem during their experiments. The students come up with most of the experiments completely on their own and discuss with each other how the experiment will be executed.
Unlike other clubs where some students will join and never show up because they lose interest, the students in Science Club all have a type of love for any type of science. From the experiments and the way they speak with each other while doing experiments, it is quite clear that the students are very good problem solvers and work together very well because they are in a club with other people who share the same passion for science.
Want to know more about Science Club? Go visit Mr. Horan to find our more information!
By: Hannah Sullivan and Reece Skelly
The Crossfire Prayer Group is a school club run by International Studies teacher Jeffrey Moger that meets weekly on Tuesday mornings at 7:10 AM. The club started roughly twenty years ago when two students approached him looking for a place to pray in school. While some may believe that a club centered around religion has no place in a public school environment, Mr. Moger firmly believes that students benefit from having a safe place to pray and pass their burdens off to a higher power.
This is a tight knit yet inviting group of students who discuss the problems they are facing and then relate it back to the original text. This is a place where students can feel comfortable talking about their problems and not worrying about it going around. Moger explains, “It is a private group, though anyone can come.” They pray together for strength and guidance.
While the club has thus far only had Christian members, Mr. Moger would like to make it clear that the group is open to students of all religions. While previous announcements have incorrectly labeled this as a Christian-only group, it has in fact been open to all religions from the start. In fact, Moger believes that his students could greatly benefit from interacting with people of other religions and learning about other beliefs. Anyone who would like to stop in and pray with the group is always welcome.
While he acknowledges that it would certainly be a change to incorporate other religions, perhaps even a little uncomfortable for some, he says that “Awkwardness is okay, It’s okay to be uncomfortable in some situations. It’s okay and we can get over [our different views] and I think everyone will benefit from that.”.
For more information on the club, feel free to reach out to Mr. Moger in room 116 or stop by and check out a meeting any Tuesday morning at 7:10.
By: Isaac Rios
You’ve just finished another week of school and you want to kill some time and talk with someone about a new movie you’re excited for, but there is no one around. If only there was a club where you can discuss about your favorite movie. Luckily, here at Wethersfield High School, the Movie Club does that and more, and is perfect for people who are as passionate about everything to do with movies!
Every Friday from 2:15-3:15 in Room 23 and run by passionate moviegoers Audrey Mainville and Kristina Hoda, the Movie Club is all about movies from all genres and from any director.
“Because they [Audrey and Kristina] really love movies and they love talking about it, and they know that there are other people out there that feel the same way, they started this club.” said Movie Club advisor Ms.. Coco.
If you’re worried about wanting to talk about your favorite film but being overshadowed by a discussion of a more topical movie, well it’s best not to worry because as Ms Coco said, “Our topics go all over the spectrum, all different genres“ So if you have a movie you want to talk about, just share away!
“It depends on what the girls want to do for the week, but they usually always have some activity going on.” So whether it’s discussions, trivia, eating popcorn, or wanting to learn something new about the medium, as long as it’s film related you can expect it and more! So after school this Friday, come on down to Room 23 and sign up to a club that’s perfect for everyone.
by: Taylor McGeachy, Mary LeConche, and Jessica Driscoll
We all know freshman year can be very stressful at first with a bunch of new people and more classes, but the class of 2023 were not too anxious about it. Have things changed with incoming freshmen this year?
We asked the freshmen how they've adapted to their new environment. Expecting different answers, freshman Brooke Judson said, ¨I've adapted very easily, I get a hang of things quickly¨.
As it seems all the freshmen we interviewed had the same answer to that question, high school was easy to adapt too. Another question we asked the freshmen was “̈Does highschool scare you?” Many answers were the same and unexpected.
Two freshmen boys, named Will and Nick, “No not really”.
Looking back at your freshman year, walking through the halls with kids almost four years older than you can be a little intimidating, but these freshmen didn't seem to mind. We asked how the upperclassmen have been treating the newbies. “They've all treated me really well, I've had no problems so far.” says freshman Madison McGeachy.
One of the main description of highschool we heard from every single freshmen interviewed is “freedom.” High school gives freshmen more freedom than the middle school and all I can say is we agree with them. When asking Lucas a question about liking middle school or high school better he states, “[High School is] very confusing to start, this school has a lot more freedom than every other school”. Along with him, Will says “It's fun because you can be with older kids and it is more free”.
The overall highschool experiencé for freshmen is looking like its going smoothly this year. More freedom and fun, we are glad Wethersfield High School is a good learning place for new students and we hope it continues every year.
By: Mike Malizia and Mike Irace
The Night's Watch Club is an after school club formed by WHS students with the help of beloved teacher, Mr. Kieras. “The Nights Watch, comes from The Game of Thrones.” said chemistry teacher Mr. Kieras. “Again another show that the kids were interested in.”
“Basically [the club] about movie theories, talking about different aspects, and making predictions. We watch a lot of shows, discuss them, try to break them down.”
This is not just any basic movie club, the Night’s Watch delves deep into films and shows, discussing and dissecting them.
Originally started by “kind of like fanboys” who were very much into Star Wars, The Night’s Watch eventually developed into a group that watched a wide variety of films and shows. “We morphed a little bit now, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also all kinds of interesting shows and series that are on Netflix and Amazon Prime.”
The Night’s Watch club meets on Thursdays in room 537 from around 2:15 to 3:00. “It is designed for students to get together and talk about their favorite shows with like minded individuals.” If you enjoy watching and discussing films and TV shows, then The Night’s Watch club is perfect for you.
by: Nathaniel Estifanos
Wethersfield took care of business on Tuesday, September 24, beating Rocky Hill 7-1. Wethersfield jumped out of the gate on fire, coming out with a 2-0 lead with just about 15 minutes left in the half, with both scored by junior Madison Righi.
The Eagles somehow outperformed themselves in the second half, starting out with a goal from Grace Conneely, assisted by Mya Pellegrino. Gracie Leahy was next up in the bunch, scoring a goal to make it 5-0, followed up by a goal from Annie Klementon. Rocky Hill finally answered back, with a goal by Corrin Stabile to make it 6-1.
Wethersfield was able to get back on track in this dominating win after losing their previous two games. “The girls stayed upbeat, even though we hadn’t gotten the results,” said coach Antonio Leone. “It’s kind of hard not to get fired up when you play an across town rival in Rocky Hill. They came out and it was by far our best game to date.”
Coach Leone was also happy about the improvements the team made between the first three games. “One of the areas that we didn’t do well enough in the first two games was that we weren’t putting our chances away, we weren’t scoring goals. To get 6 against Rocky Hill, I’d have to believe that’s great for the girl’s confidence.”
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