By Lexi Munger
Amanda Gilbert is a senior at Wethersfield High School who, like many students plays an active role in her community. To make sure that she is always involved, Amanda Gilbert took on the role of becoming President of the National Honor Society (NHS). After high school,
Gilbert plans on majoring in biochemistry and pursuing a career in research.
Gilbert started off by saying, “I was excited when I was invited to be in NHS, and I knew from the beginning that I would put in as much work as I could to help. That’s when I figured I would just run for president, because then I would really be contributing to the organization.”
Pressure comes with the job Gilbert holds, which she says she handles well and keeps all of her responsibilities organized, but is also not afraid to ask for help from her fellow officers or students in NHS. She also added, “I am responsible for holding meetings every two weeks and running events. I enjoy organizing events, because the events are the way NHS can make an impact on the community.” She said sometimes holding meetings is tough because it is a large group and can be hard to get everyone's attention
Gilbert included that her ultimate goal is to make sure that NHS is giving back to the community and making the school a better place, whether she is running an event to raise money or tutoring another student. The most important event she has done so far is a collection drive for veterans.
Amanda Gilbert ended her interview by saying that she hopes that the all of the members realize the significance of being in NHS and they use their leadership and all of their abilities to make the school and community a better place.
By Tori Tucker
Jackie Reategui, 17, student at Wethersfield High school is one who is making the Wethersfield community a brighter and more accepting place for us to be in.
She didn’t always attend Wethersfield High school. Reategui attended Northwest Catholic for her freshman year of high school before transferring to Wethersfield. “It wasn’t a difficult switch for me…. There were many more opportunities here at Wethersfield that excited me to be here.”
One major Reategui will be pursuing in college, is Public Communications. In her high school career, she has shown her interest in building a relationship between organizations and the public. In the summer of 2017, Reategui organized a walk to bring awareness and raise money to help support suicide. This is a larger organization called “Out Of The Darkness”. Reategui had got in contact with people who are a part of this organization to make it happen at our school to include those she has been close with through her education.
Nothing has happened directly in Reategui’s life that caused her to want to organize a suicide awareness walk for the school. She says “For me, it was mostly because of teenagers suffering through depression and sometimes it could get so bad that they want to take their own lives. I wanted to do something that brings awareness to that in the high school because it happens more than we think. Anyone suffering should know that they aren’t alone”, says Reategui when asked why she wanted to take the actions that she did.
A passion of Reategui’s is just simply helping others. She has explored this passion through high school but it is not a plan for her to stop. She will continue to better our community and wherever she ends up going any way that she can.
By Grant Anderson
At Wethersfield High School there is fabulous English teacher who is loved by all the kids in school. He currently teaches English Honors and ECE Composition while directing all plays and coaching boys tennis. This man is Mr. Roets aka "Roets".
Roets began his coaching career here at Wethersfield High School in the 1998 season. This is the beginning of long and decorated career which includes a couple state championships. The reason that Roets wanted to become a tennis coach was because he has a genuine love for tennis. With coaching he saw the chance to keep himself involved in the sport. “I love the sport, and I love sharing the sport.”
Most coaches teach the skills and tactics of the game and just want wins, but this is where Roets gets set apart from the pack. “Wins and loses matter, but the relationships are what really matter to me.” By taking this approach, Roets builds strong relationships which helps him know how to deal with each of the players. Everyone knows the right way to deal with their friends in certain situations because they know them. Roets knows what to do with his players because he knows them at a friendship level.
After all these years Roets has made some truly special relationships. He plays doubles year round with two of his past students. He will also go and hit with some of his past players and even referred to the players’ kids as his grandchildren.
Relationships are what Roets cares about, but do not think that means he can't teach the sport itself. The tennis season at a public school gets going very quick. There is only about three weeks of practice before the matches start. In Roets’ opinion “There is so little time for skills.” Even in this short amount of time, Roets manages to get his players ready for matches and develops them throughout the season
Every fantastic coach hasn't mastered all aspects of coaching. “Teaching the mental game is hard, it requires a buy in from the player.” In tennis, the mental aspect is the toughest to master and mostly has to do with the player.
Roets is remembered as a great coach to all his players because truly they think of him more as a friend than a teacher. Roets is the coach that you can ask for advice on your serve or you could ask him for advice on college or problems with your friends and that is what makes him a special coach.
Check out his tennis site here https://whsroets.weebly.com/
WHS teacher Mr. Rioux has a different teaching style than most teachers, students in Mr. Rioux’s class are responsible for their own actions.
Mr. Rioux is a choir teacher with a different perspective on discipline. He says that he “likes to have students think more like adults” by not punishing them, but instead having them “think about what they did.” This teaching style gives students the opportunity to analyze their behavior and to work to improve it.
Mr. Rioux has been teaching at WHS for 16 years and 30 years in education overall. He started in Glastonbury at the high school and elementary school. He was inspired to start teaching music by his elementary school teacher, Mrs. Lee Dellert. He says that he “loved going to class.”
The effect that this teaching style can have on classes and the future of students would have students think more independently on how to act.
“Kids rock” is what Mr. Rioux says about teaching. He tries to use humor instead of discipline because he says they won't learn as much from punishing. He tries to solve the problem for both him and the student while using respect. Mr. Rioux says that “If I am doing the discipline, then it is useless”.
By Kenny Harrison
Richard Scopetto is an icon at Wethersfield High School. Every time you hear his infamous “How you doin’?” line, you know it's Sco walking down the hall. He is loved by all the students and staff. Sco is one of the five gym teachers at WHS. He has the longest tenure of a whopping total of 45 years and coaching for over 20 years.
Sco says what makes him different than other teachers here is “I’m older.” He tries to be the same person everyday or as he would say “I'm never too cold. I'm never too hot. I’m lukewarm.” Sco always tells himself that he won’t try and have a good day but that he will have a good day everyday. He loves kids but says that some don’t listen and expect to be told more than once or twice to do things. Sco isn't fond of electronics, he says they can be useful but teenagers misuse them.
One of Scos biggest struggles is time management. He has to get all his work done during the day so he can have time after school to coach. Where as other teachers can assign homework, he can't because it's all done at school. He always is coaching whether it is during the soccer season or during girls tennis in the spring. He loves coaching and teaching kids. He says they are the “best people to work with.”