by: Alexis Szymecki and Matt Iallonardo
Students all around the country struggle to keep themselves on track after winter break ends and the new semester starts. Using these five simple tips, however, can make your life a lot easier, allowing a much less stressful half of the year.
Get yourself Organized
Organization can be one of the most difficult, but most helpful aspects to a successful semester. Having a color coded folder and notebook for each class is a great way to keep your work in safe places so that it doesn’t get lost. Having the colors for each class makes it easy to find what you need while searching your backpack.
Along with organization, time management is an important factor, not only in your teenage life, but throughout life. If you are ever feeling stressed about your work, it is very helpful to take a step back and make a list deciding most important to least important. Using that list create a schedule for your day, and check things off as you go. Knowing you are getting your work completed helps relieve stress.
Get Assignments Done Early
Keeping track of your assignments using a list can lead to extra time in your day. Use that time to get assignments done early and then reward yourself with a relaxing break. Getting assignments done early not only ensures no late penalties from your teacher, but it also creates a relief knowing you won’t be pressed for time the night before it’s due.
Outside of school, it’s important to have times with friends allowing yourself a break. The second semester is always hard work, so it’s good to go out and let off steam while having a good time with friends. Being able to get your mind off of your work for a few hours can be very effective, because you can come back, and be ready to go.
Get Some Sleep
As teens we are overworked and often times don’t allow ourselves the amount of sleep we need. Getting a good night’s rest can help to refuel your body and allow you to start the next day feeling new and ready to take on your tasks. Again, resting your mind allows you to have a fresh look on your assignment when you come back to it.
These five tips will help you stay stress free during your second semester. Allow time for yourself, while staying organized and completing assignments early by managing your time. We hope you enjoy your last semester before summer begins.
by: Tea Hima and Kelly Scales
Wethersfield High School Debate Team participants are filled with nervousness and excitement as they prepare for the Osterweis Debate competition at Yale University on April 7, where they will face some of Connecticut's most fierce and challenging teams.
The WHS Debate Team has been around for decades and it is currently a member of the Connecticut Great High School Debate, which is sponsored by Civil First. Although the team has a small number of members, the WHS team is well known because they meet regularly in preparation for tournaments and for having sponsored a novice debate tournament in previous years.
Teams from around Connecticut participate in debate tournaments monthly and compete for different awards such as¨Best Speaker.” Team awards are based on how high each judge rat them and on how many points they are willing to give based on their presentation. Traditional monthly debates use different debate techniques than the ones at the Osterweis competition.
The traditional debate has three rounds, where participants debate the affirmative and negative side of the resolved, as well as a side of their choosing for the third round. The Osterweis Debate has four rounds and is in what is called a parliamentary format, where the two sides debated are the government and opposition. Much like the affirmative side in traditional debates, the government must support the motion, while the opposition opposes it.
If you enjoy debating political issues, then join the WHS Debate Team for their tournaments and the Osterweis Debate on April 7. Please contact Mr. Pryor at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to join the Debate Team.
by: Valentino Fazio
At WHS, I am an ALS Aide which gives me an opportunity to help kids with learning and physical obstacles in their classroom everyday.
I really enjoy being an aide because it makes me feel really good to help someone out that needs it. Everyday when I walk through the door and see the smiles on the kids’ faces it puts me into the best mood.
ALS aide and WHS senior Maddy Johnson said, “Being an ALS helper is fun but educational at the same time because you’re learning more than you would in other classes. It helps you learn responsibility and patience which are good skills to have in the real world. I love having it in the middle of the day because it breaks up my other academic classes by having somewhere to go that brings positive vibes to the day. Everyone is always smiling and welcoming. They are their own little family within the school and I love being apart of it and it really shaped my senior year and helped me.”
Senior Mark Accarpio added, “Being able to help out at the same time while having fun with these kids really brings joy to my day. Taking this class during my senior year has been one of my best decisions as it teaches me responsibilities that could be used throughout a lifetime. There is always positivity spread throughout our school and huge part of it is because of these kids in ALS.”
Being an ALS aide for me is fun and teaches me life skills at the same time. I enjoy my time helping out the kids and would recommend everyone to take this class if they get the chance.
by: Grace Detrick
So far this 2018-2019 winter season, WHS hasn't had a snow day and it brings the question, does our senior class even want a snow day knowing it would push back the date of graduation?
With a few more cold months approaching, it gives us a chance for some snow days. Some students see snow days as exciting because we get a day off from school to relax and stay in. However, other students would rather be in school during the cold weather and enjoy the day off in the warmer months.
Not having a snow day yet this winter season is surprising to most students and faculty since we usually get many days knocked off our summer due to snow days. I used to want snow days and enjoyed the time off in the winter since obviously we don't have any huge breaks like we do in the summer.
As a senior this year and having snow days push back the graduation date, I can say I don't feel the same way about snow days anymore. I asked some more WHS seniors their thoughts on the situation and these were their responses.
Senior Megan Keleher says, “I think I would rather have a snow day now and push back graduation even though I want to graduate because in the winter you want to have more time off.”
Another senior, Maddie Bradbury has a different opinion. She said, “I do not want any snow days because I would rather graduate sooner and have a longer summer.”
Senior Kylie Judson said, “I would rather get out of school earlier and not have any snow days.”
Senior Maddy Johnson said, “I would not want a snow day at this point because I want to have a longer summer with my friends before we all leave for college next year.”
Finally, senior Valentino Fazio said, “I personally don't want any snow days because all it’s going to do is push back graduation. Yes, maybe a day off here and there is nice, but I'd rather get out of school sooner.”
After asking five seniors, four of them said they would rather have no snow days and graduate on June 13, which would be pretty early for us. Hopefully the snow will continue to hold off!
by: Amanda DeJesus and Jenna Colon
School ID´s can be a hassle to some people, but there are upsides and we're here to tell you what they are.
1. Safety Reasons
Student ID´s allow people to know who attend Wethersfield High School, they allow them to feel safe since there aren't any unknown intruders. If someone isn't wearing an ID it is assumed that they don't attend that certain school, yes this may not always be the case but most of the time it is. Staff and other students should be allowed to question whoever does this.
2. You get to know people
You ever want to know who some people are but you´re afraid to ask them because you don´t want to offend them? Wethersfield High School and many other schools help out with this by including the names on the ID´s. In WHS you're also able to see the grade level depending on the color on the ID, green is freshmen, red is sophomores, yellow is juniors, and dark blue is for seniors.
3. You have to get used to them
Many careers require people to wear ID´s once you get a job there or visit the building. You can object, but there isn't any point because everyone would be wearing them. An ID will allow access in and out of the building with no problems and WHS became very strict about this, this year.
4. Some students have different opinions
Current senior, Kailey Guancha feels that, ¨Student ID´s are unnecessary because many situations that make people want ID´s are because of the students at that school.¨ Although another senior, Morgan Pacheco has totally different views and stated, ¨They keep us safe and their intentions are good, but sometimes they take it too seriously when they don't allow people they know go to the school into the building without an ID or at least temporary one.¨
Whether we like it or not, it is our best interest in safety to wear them. Wear your ID’s today!
by: Sedina Begic and Nyah McCall
Technology has become an important part of our everyday lives. It’s important to keep up with the latest technology as it is always changing. Here are four reasons why a computer class should be taken in high school.
Reason #1. Most occupational jobs require basic computer skills. It’s important to know how to at least use Microsoft Word to be able to write down important reports. As technology advances, the expectations of computer knowledge will too.
Reason #2. Want to become better at problem solving? Take a computer class! Taking such classes will further your creativity and improve your way of thinking. This will help you out in the long run so that you look at things outside of the box.
Reason #3. Communication! Some students don’t know how to write a formal email to a teacher. This is a super important skill to attain. You can’t start an email to your CEO saying “Hey Joe..” It’s just not professional. Knowing how to construct a professional email is very important.
Reason #4. It’s fun! Taking a computer class will have you more interested than you think. You will always be engaged in activities that are hands on. It is definitely more fun than writing a bunch of notes on U.S. History.
So if you are thinking of expanding your knowledge on technology overall, take a computer class. It will benefit you more than you know.
By: Paige Contenta & Kaitlyn Swoverland
Whether it’s halfway through the year and you’re taking your midterms or it’s simply the end of a unit and your teacher hands out a big test, it’s important to approach it properly and confidently.
Many students rush through multiple choice tests and circle whichever answer they first think of, not paying close attention to keywords or phrases within the question and answers.
1. Use the test to take the test. Within the test there are clues that give away answers. The test may have similar questions with the same answers or even have a statement in the question that gives away an answer to a previous question.
For example, a question might say “Neurotransmitters are a chemical substance that is released where?” and another question might say “What is a neurotransmitter?” and an option could be that it is a chemical substance that is released at the end of the nerve fiber. By using the test to take test it can help lead you in the right direction and is helpful for reassurance if you are unsure of a certain question.
2. By elimination, you are crossing out answers that are definitely not right to increase your chances of approaching the right answer. By eliminatinating answers that don’t correspond with the question you are narrowing down your choices, and you can use an educated guess to decide which answer you believe works best.
If you are given four possible correct answers to a question and you know that two of them are not right, then you can cross those answers off and have a 50 percent chance of approaching the correct answer.
3. Answer the questions you know first. If you are given a five page long test, it can be very overwhelming and stressful. By answering questions that appear to be easy, you are getting that out of the way so you can focus more on the ones you don’t know.
If you have a certain time limit to complete the test, you don’t want to spend too much time on any one question, so by answering the questions you know first it allows you to save time for harder parts of the test that requires more time and thought.
4. Check your work. If you have enough time after you finish your test, you should go back through each question and make sure you have the right answer that you think.
While taking a test many people may rush through and think of one answer and accidentally fill in the wrong bubble not noticing. It is very important to skim back through your test to make sure you filled in the correct bubble that you intended.
5. Make sure that you get a good enough sleep the night before the test. This is a big part in your performance for the next day. If you get a good night's sleep your memory recall will be much better and you will remember more things that you studied, then if you didn't get a good night sleep.
You don't want to be tired during a test and doze off, and circle the wrong answers. Getting a good sleep is a big part in making sure you are prepared and ready for the test.
These five tips will apply to and help a lot of highschool students. Every student wants to do well on tests and studying the right way is the biggest part in achieving that goal. Making sure you study is a push in the right direction when approaching a test.
By: Caleb Skowronek and Jacob Malicki
Many students tend to forget that teachers have personal lives outside of school. Contrary to popular belief, teachers are often into the same things that the students are into.
They watch movies, they play video games, go to the gym, binge on Netflix, and many more relatable things. Teachers are always seen as the ¨bad” guys when it comes to school, because they’re the reason some of us fail or pass. They control whether our parents yell at us or not. In reality, teachers are a lot like us.
We interviewed several teachers around Wethersfield High School and asked what they do in their free time.
We interviewed Mr. Martin, an English teacher on the first floor in room 30. This is what he had to say when we asked what he does in his free time: ¨I do a lot of reading, I watch T.V., like everybody else. I think I have watched "The Office" like seven times. I'm really into playing and listening to music." He also said, “I'm guilty of playing video games like everyone else.” Martin finished the interview by saying, “Teachers don't get a ton of free time, our time is largely dedicated to you guys as students.”
Another teacher we interviewed was Ms. Horvath, a math teacher on the 5th floor. “I like to play volleyball, I like to go to the gym, and I love going on hikes with my dog.” She later added that she coaches the offseason girls Husky volleyball team.
Mr. Rioux, the choral director said, “Well I play with my bird, it's a grackle, and I’ll fly him around which is fun. I like trying different restaurants and I like eating out. Movies are great as well.”
Lastly, we interviewed Mrs. Kapalczynski, a math teacher in room 504. “One of my favorite things to do is to go hiking, she said. “I also really enjoy board games, and I play in a rec volleyball league.” We later found out Kapalczynski’s favorite board game is called “Ticket to Ride.”
At the end of the day, teachers are still kids at heart. They all have relatable hobbies outside of school, between flying around their grackle, binging "The Office", coaching, and playing board games.
By: Dimitri Shaposhnikov and Ryan Zwick
Sometimes, students at Wethersfield High School have a tough time getting to school in the morning on time. With traffic at an all time high and full parking, everyone is rushing to get into the school.
We have investigated and found that getting to school on time can be quite rough based on several factors. Students in their parent’s cars are waiting to be dropped off near the school in the long traffic line. We have investigated and found that on average, it can take about six minutes just to drive up to the school.
We can solve this problem by having everyone wake up at least 5 minutes earlier. There will still be traffic, but if everyone gets on time, then everyone can make it to class. No matter how long traffic takes, driving earlier can solve the problem.
While WHS has 185 students registered to park at the school, not all students are registered and still park where they aren't supposed to. Students who arrive to school later are forced to park in a dirt parking lot, another 4 minute walk from the school.
To solve this problem, we need to make sure that people who are parking in that parking lot get checked to see if they have their registration, as that would make it more fair. If you would like to get a registration, it is super easy. Go to the office and register, which is completely free.
Let's get this straight, everyone knows that the bell sometimes doesn't always ring at 7:40am, but sooner. Sometimes it is possible that the bell rings at 7:38 or even 7:37, which is another reason to try to get to school a bit earlier.
Basically, it all comes down to having the students make a change. If the traffic is to be improved, you need the majority of people agreeing to try to solve the problem.
Listen up, this is dire.
Walking. It’s the simplest task, yet people continue to screw it up.
I know it sounds funny, that I’m making a big deal over walking in the halls, but it’s way more of an issue than one would think. For the last 3 and ½ years I’ve unfortunately been stuck in the worst school traffic, been behind the slowest students, and have gotten slammed into on numerous occasions. The most frustrating part is that kids don’t seem to realize or understand what they’re doing, why it’s bad, and how their actions affect others. I’m just trying to get to class on time and with only 4 minutes even the smallest thing can make us late.
There are a few unofficial rules when it comes to walking in the school. The school is a mess when it comes to walking and I’m here to remind people of those rules. I may only have a semester left, but I want to at least try to make the issue with walking either less of an issue or none at all.
Rule 1- Walk on the right side
The hallway is like the road and the people are like the cars. We drive on the right and we walk on the right. Everyone who walk in one direction should all be on the same side of the hall therefore, making room for people who are walking in the opposite direction (their right) and preventing collisions.
Rule 2- Don’t take up the entire hall with your friends
Many friends like to walk in groups all together, but they tend to line up horizontally so they’re can all walk next to each other. Don’t do this. We get it you want to be with your friends, but if you’re all taking up that space, you’re affecting all those behind you and those walking towards you. You make it difficult to pass or break through the line, and then stop to move and make way for others. If you’re one to do this, well you can’t get mad if someone knocks into you because, you and your friends are at fault. Just walk behind each other, you aren’t missing out on anything with your friends.
Rule 3- Do not walk at a speed of .0005 mph
Please do not walk slow. When you’re barely walking, you’re giving everyone behind you a headache. Everyone is just trying to get to their class and you’re the one who is about to make them all late. We all walk our own speeds, but you need to be aware that there are a stream of people behind you. If you’re going to constantly walk at a slow speed you have to at least make room for people to pass you.
Rule 4- Do not stop in the middle of the hall
I have to be honest, this one makes no sense. There is no reason for you to come to a dead stop in the middle of the hall. There is no reason to scream and stop to talk to your friends- you can talk to them whenever you want, you can even walk and talk at the same time. When you come to a brief stop everyone behind you has to stop and find someway around you and your friends taking up the entire hall.
Rule 5- No one likes hugging the corners
For no reason should you be hugging the the corner, especially when you’re walking in the hall during class time. There is no one in the hall, but you decided it’s okay to hug the corner. There’s an entire hall to walk in. The worst is when you’re just walking and turn the corner and someone just ramps into you. Why would you ever do that?
Rule 6- Let people merge
The hallways mirror roads minus the stop signs and lights. The main staircase is the most congested area I’ve ever been in. People can’t make it to the staircase from lunch, or people decide once the lunch bell rings that you can walk down both sides of the staircase, not leaving any space for people to get up the stairs- if they’re even able to make it to the stairs. You have to squirm your way up the stairs against everyone and direction of traffic. Just let people by, we don’t want to all collide with one another.
For the most part, walking is easy and plenty of students can successfully do it, but everyone has their off days. This is just a little guide to help the school run a little smoother. When you’re walking just try to remember these few unofficial rules and I promise you those short 4 minutes between classes will be better.
Mid term week is around the corner and this is the point that stressing out comes in handy. It is ridiculously hard to be studying while you can be on your phone or watching Bird Box like everyone else at the moment.
It takes a lot to get in a tone that allows you to study without any distractions. Here are some simple tips that literally anyone can follow to be successful at getting a good grade on your tests;
At the end of the day, if you do what you need to and stay focused, you will do great on your exams! Best of luck next week!
A great way to show our WHS pride and support our school is to purchase some school apparel. Buying apparel like hoodies, sweatpants, beanies, windbreakers and long sleeved shirts is a great way to keep yourself warm during classes and especially the cold winter months.
If interested, see Mrs. Belanger in room 502 to pick up an order form. Cash and checks are accepted. All order forms are due back to Mrs. Belanger by Wednesday, Feb. 13.
The proceeds will have a great benefit as they will go towards the Class of 2020!
Hannah Nardella and Alyssa Prosperi
Mr. Sand is a US History, International Studies, and Current Issues teacher here at Wethersfield High School. He has been a teacher for 29 years, starting at E.O. Smith for 10 years and now has been here ever since. He went to UCONN and got his Bachelors in Science and Education and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. He’s been married for 23 years and has two children.
Mr. Sand is one of the few teachers at WHS who does school trips, he’s been doing them since 1995 (a very long time), over the past 24 years he’s gone on eight trips including Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Greece.
Usually 30 students and 4-5 chaperones attend a trip together. Out of his many trips Belize and Costa Rica have been his favorites. Next month we have the pleasure of joining him for Belize and we couldn’t be anymore excited. It’s not all sunshine and sand though, as Mr. Sand has had to deal with some hard times, for example when one of his students was terrified to do the sea trek. That’s when you put a helmet on and walk across the ocean floor. He dealt with it by having her best friend go down first to tell her she’d be ok and then Mr. Sand went to the bottom and walked along it with her.
When asked why he takes the time, energy, and effort to plan and organize these trips he replied with, “I do everything for the students, my main goal is for them to enjoy their vacation but get an educational piece out of it as well. I love to give students experiences they will never forget.”
Like I mentioned, earlier Alyssa and I are both attending the Belize trip coming up next month but Mr. Sand has more than just that planned for the future. He’s planning trips to Australia, New Zealand and Costa Rica as well.
Sadly, he has informed us that after 24 years he will be done with the school trips and Costa Rica will be his final one. He has a former student who accompanies him to his Belize trips and has been since she graduated. We asked him what some tips would be for people planning trips for high school aged kids and he said, “Make sure you’re doing it for the kids.”
Mr. Sand also left us with a funny story to share. On the way back from Costa Rica a couple of years ago, some students bought hot sauce forgetting about the 3 oz rule for planes. A student was stopped and questioned about the more than 3 oz of liquid in her bag. After some freaking out and a scare that she might not be able to fly home, everything turned out fine and the students were still able to enjoy some hot sauce!
If you are interested in attending a future school trip, please go see Mr. Sand and talk to him about it!
Our final year of high school will soon come to a close and the memories we’ve shared as a class will be put in one place and one place only: the yearbook. With that said, it is best to buy your yearbook now while it is still early because the price will go up as the remainder of the year goes by.
To purchase yours, click on the link to start your account https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1037371/Wethersfield-High-School/2019-Yearbook/2018080604171726357/CATALOG_SHOP/. Or you can go to the WHS school website under the yearbook tab found here: https://sites.google.com/wethersfield.me/whsyearbook.
The current price of the yearbook is $90. Keep in mind the price will go up if you choose to purchase it later in the year, so please consider buying it now!
The yearbook has all four years of our time together and is the signature piece of remembrance of high school for students. Key aspects of the yearbook are our senior quotes, senior photos, pictures with friends and being able to look back at on our school spirit.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity while the prices are STILL at their lowest. Go to Jostens or the WHS web page to begin your purchase.
Ajla Ahmetovic and Summer Acosta
Chris Torla, Executive Chef at Trumbull Kitchen in Hartford held an assembly on December 6 from 10:45 to 11:30 in the auditorium. The purpose of the assembly was to discuss his career in business and culinary arts as a way to inspire the students who hope to become prospective chefs and business workers.
Students were able to ask personal questions to Chef Torla, giving them a one-on-one chance to talk, and an opportunity for the student to learn about their potential career.
Student asked “ Have you ever been on one of those cooking shows ? ”
Torla said “ No .“
Student asked “ Why? ”
Torla had explained he doesn’t believe in those kind of shows. He doesn't see how they would benefit him and he thinks they have way too much drama and is more about entertainment then are about cooking.
With Torla’s experience as a Managing Partner of Trumbull Kitchen, and education at The Culinary Institute of America, this was a rare and informative opportunity. One students wouldn’t forget. He hopes, he has reached out to the students about what the real world is like and the opportunities that are out there.
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.
Leuschner 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 sewed it, and the next person made sure everything was 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.
The students are also working on making their own lanyards and eventually selling them to other students around the school. I think this is a great way to show others how fun and creative the class is, as well as giving out pretty lanyards to the students.
As midterms approach it’s good to keep in mind, that these tests are important but they are not life or death! For the seniors taking midterms at WHS it can be even more added stress because of all the other things we may have going on. The stress of applying to colleges, working jobs on top of having schoolwork, and keeping our grades up so we can graduate. Since many of us still need to take midterms, I came up with a list of ways to help survive these tests, and make life a little easier.
1. How to Really Study
It’s important to study even if you think you know the material well because it helps review and keep the material fresh in your memory. However, if you push off studying till the night before the test, you’re asking for a bad time. There is a decent amount of material to cover while studying. It’s best to have time set aside to study, but break your study time into increments. You don’t have to take hours reviewing material and overwork yourself! Study for 20 minutes then take a break.
2. Get a Good Night's Sleep
Yes we all know this but the impact sleep can have is truly crucial for success. There was a study that found, staying awake for 21 hours straight would give you the mental capacity of someone who is “legally drunk.” Meaning lack of sleep messes with your ability to function overall. At least 8 hours of sleep per night is enough. For example, if you wake up at 6:00 am in the morning, you could still go to bed at 10:00 pm the night before and be well rested.
3. Eat Breakfast
This one is often swept under the rug because most of us don’t have time for breakfast in the morning. Even if you wake up and eat a banana quickly or some crackers, it’ll help to have something in your system. Another study has found that students who skip breakfast experience a 20-40% reduction in cognition.
4. Stay Hydrated!
I’m guilty of waking up every morning and drinking coffee but it’s important to also drink plenty of water. I’m sure we’re well aware of the effects that dehydration brings. Drinking enough fluids will increase performance and make you feel more lively!
5. Don’t Overstress
Midterms are only 20% of our final grade and while it is helpful to do well on them, you will still be ok if you do poorly. Trying your best is all teachers ask, and they want us to do well. If a certain class gives you trouble just do what you can and try to pass! Too much stress will affect your performance as well. Keep an open mind.
I hope some of these tips were helpful, and if you’re taking exams this year best of luck!
By Bryce Cox
On May 15, 1988, Richard F. Reihl, a 33 year old gay man, was robbed beaten to death by high schoolers Sean G. Burke (19) and Marcos J. Perez (17), at his Wethersfield home, an event so significant that there was a piece on it in the New York Times.
Ten years later, in Laramie Wyoming, 21 year old Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten to death by Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney. The death of Matthew Shepard changed America, shaping the way communities responded to hate speech and LGBTQ rights. The impact, while great on a national level, was astronomical on the town of Laramie, just as it was on Wethersfield over twenty eight years ago. We today, being high schoolers in a generation where we haven’t witnessed the effect of these hate crimes first hand, often overlook their importance and significance.
A glass of eggnog tastes like the farthest thing from morning eggs or a warm dinner meal. Eggnog is actually said to taste like melted ice cream in a glass that's somehow hugging your throat as you drink it. Eggnog is both simple and intricate at the same time.
Traditional homemade eggnog is made of milk or cream, sugar, raw eggs, one or more alcoholic spirits, and spices, often vanilla or nutmeg and in some recipes, cloves. Some recipes call for the eggs to be separated so that the egg whites can be whipped until they are thick; this gives the drink a frothy texture. It's like fluid cream. In taste, it's much like a custard, though uncooked.
As I became more curious about this festive drink, I began to ask students and staff members at Wethersfield High school how they felt about this eggy drink!
Surprisingly, many have not tried this famous holiday drink. As I went around, student to student, a shocking amount told me that they've never had it. Following with something along the lines of ¨the concept freaks me out!¨ said by Ariana Bongiovanni.
The fact that there are raw eggs in this creamy drink really throws a lot of people off, making them squeamish to the thought of trying it.
Other people just hate it for different aspects. Such as Emma Moore who dislikes eggnog because ¨the texture is awful¨, along with the fact that she is not a fan of milk, so this milky drink is just not for her. Mrs. Daley, however hates this drink because of how it makes her stomach feel. People who are lactose intolerant avoid this creamy drink and the discomfort it causes them.
Despite, the reason many people hate this drink, there are even more who love this drink such as Mrs. Haas, Mrs. Riccardi, Amayia and Roets, who just overall enjoy this sweet, thick, and creamy drink for its creamy cinnamon flavor and its versatility!
Disney’s magnificent animated adventure is one of the best films to grace humanity's eyes, yet there has always been a particular glass ceiling that has stopped it from reaching its true potential. This glass ceiling is that of teachers believing that “The Lion King shouldn’t be played in class.” This simple minded thought comes from the half-baked idea that it doesn’t relate to class. This couldn’t be more wrong.
“The Lion King” teaches very essential values that are applicable in all places, especially the classroom. Say you’re in a journalism class, “The Lion King” could help teach students how going somewhere you’re not supposed to could be dangerous for a journalist, because of when Simba and Nala went to the elephant graveyard (which is forbidden) and they got attacked by hyenas.
Another excuse I hear to not watch it is “It’s just an animated ‘Hamlet’.” Now I’m just confused as to why this is a problem, “Hamlet” is a classic that gets watched in school all the time. “The Lion King” is a better version of “Hamlet” because it has more life and soul, also it has talking lions which makes everything better. “The Lion King” is one of the best films to be in theaters but it is now time for it to become one of the best films to be in classrooms.
Endlessly Developing Hearing
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a world where sounds are faint or living in absolute silence? Imagine the radio is your entire world of sounds, but then it stopped working. When it’s off, what do you hear? Nothing right? That is only when the person with hearing loss is profoundly (completely) deaf. Then you have three choices: to live in a Deaf community, to get cochlear implants and still participate in the Deaf community, or live in the hearing world in its entirety. The third choice is where I stand now.
Growing up, a person with hearing loss develops a stronger sense of hearing throughout time, but only slowly. A speech therapist helps a child practice her speech sounds and once she masters that sound alone, she puts them into words.
“Can you say, backpack?” The speech therapist spoke.
“Backback,” the child attempted to repeat.
At first speech sounds are one of the greatest obstacles to get over; it really depends on how a person hears. With practice and continuing to develop hearing, the speech will eventually become clearer. But that is only just the beginning of a challenge that a child will go through with cochlear implants/hearing aids.
All The Overlapping Sound In The World
Technologies that help a person hear are only made for just that, to hear. For someone who doesn’t have a strong development through hearing will find noises overwhelming. Sounds come to the equipment from all over the place and you cannot pinpoint where the sounds are coming from.
On Saturday, December 1st, Over the span of 2 hours 40+ students at Wethersfield High School stepped up and made a difference. students worked together to package 3,000 meals.
1 in 6 people will face hunger over the holiday season. This can be a very discouraging time for anyone struggling with not enough money/food. Imagine waking up on a holiday, and having nothing to eat. How would you feel?
Without a doubt being hungry at this time can ruin the holiday spirit. So why not try to lift the spirits?! That’s what these students did!
Each meal had lentils, rice, veggies, and salt. All coming together to create a lentil casserole. These amazing meals packaged by students, will be handed out at soup kitchens, churches and food pantries!
This was not only a moving experience but a fun and exciting time for all involved. As they listened to holiday music, each student whether they were shy or outgoing came together to create friendships like no other.
Wethersfield High School basketball is looking to kick off their season with their home opener against Windsor at WHS. This matchup is gonna be a good one with both teams being talented. Wethersfield coming off of a huge season, making it to the state semifinals before getting knocked out by Sacred Heart. Windsor also getting knocked out by sacred heart last year in the semi finals. This game is going to be electric. Get there early to get a seat!
Tonight, December 17 at 6:45 the boys basketball team will play Windsor. Wethersfield is 0-1 coming off a tough loss to Southington while Windsor is 1-0 after defeating Northwest Catholic. Both teams have a good history squaring off against each other. The Eagles last year made a playoff push but got eliminated by Glastonbury. They are looking to make another playoff run this year and tonight is a big game for them. Everybody go show support for the basketball team as they play one of their biggest games of the year.
The deadline to take the AP Test is coming up soon. Many students are debating whether or not to spend the $94 on March 22nd to take the test or not. Like most standardized tests, the AP test causes a lot of unnecessary stress for students.
Sometimes, the stress is worth it because colleges take the credit from that class and you don’t have to take that class in college. Sometimes the stress isn’t worth it, because colleges don’t take the credit, and want you to take that class under their curriculum.
AP courses also look great on a transcript for college applications, but for seniors, the deadline to register test comes after the majority of students have already sent their applications to colleges, and many have decided what school to go to. Since seniors have typically decided where they want to go, the decision to take the test becomes easier for them, because they’ll know whether the school will take the AP credit or not.
For seniors, it’s all a matter of whether the school takes the credit or not. If the college will take the credit, then seniors should absolutely take it, but if they don’t, it’s up to whether or not they want to take it. Any student in an AP class who’s not a senior, should definitely take the test, because of how good an AP class looks on a college application.
As always, you can always ask your teacher or your school counselor for help if you have any questions!
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