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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Wayland High School
WayCo returns for its 15th summer
Sports

Sophia Oppenheim | September 12, 2022

It’s a Monday night in the middle of July. The sun has just set and you are tying up your cleats. You step onto the field, the lights turn on as you listen to spectators chatting behind you. Your team…

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Some questions, some answers: A high school sophomore’s take on school mass shootings in America
Opinions

Kally Proctor | June 3, 2022

I’m a sophomore in high school and I am afraid. I’m afraid for myself and afraid for my country.

I go to school every day, I work hard, I take it seriously, I generally have fun, and yet, I am afraid….

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WayCAM: An underappreciated source in the Wayland community
News

Nadya Chase | May 31, 2022

Over the past few years, WayCAM, a public, educational and government (PEG) channel located in Wayland, has continuously seen a decrease in cable subscriptions. Since WayCAM is a 501 nonprofit organization,…

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Family Promise: The walk to end homelessness
Features

Annabelle Zhang | May 17, 2022

With the drastic increase in housing prices and an inert minimum wage, family homelessness in Massachusetts faced a concerning 72% increase from 2007 to 2020. Family Promise is an organization with the…

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SADD: 40 years of making a difference
Features

Sophia Oppenheim | May 10, 2022

40 years ago, a tragic drunk driving accident took the lives of two Wayland High School hockey players, leaving the town in mourning. After losing two of his athletes, the WHS hockey coach at the time,…

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Walk for a reason: Wayland graduate Abby Stoller’s Walk MS
Features

Nina Wilson | May 9, 2022

A crowd of her 85 closest friends, teammates and family surrounded 23-year-old Abby Stoller as she strode brightly through Boston. Many others like Stoller participated in the Walk MS event on April 3…

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BEEing successful: How EBM business team “Bee Aware” is making history
Features

Talia Macchi | April 28, 2022

Buzz buzz buzz! Bees make honey, and honey is making money for “Bee Aware,” a business team in Wayland High School’s entrepreneurship and business class EBM.

Seniors Caroline Ting, Spencer Dines and…

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Students with family ties to Ukraine and Russia speak on the impact of the war
Features

Reva Datar | April 18, 2022

Almost everyone in the world is watching what’s happening in Ukraine. Since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, there have been stories of Ukrainian families all over the news—as they…

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“Donut feel bad”: Wall of Rejection comforts seniors
Video

Sasha Libenzon | April 4, 2022

The ‘Wall of Rejection’ is a tradition at Wayland High School that has occurred for many years. To participate, seniors post their college rejection letters in front of the media center as a way to normalize…

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Olympian from home: MA local Sean Farrell’s journey to the Olympics
Sports

Nina Wilson | April 1, 2022

Since his parents first strapped on his skates at his grandparents’ lake house in Milford, MA, Sean Farrell has been on a quest to become an Olympian. Growing up in Hopkinton, MA and attending high school…

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Annual Natick GSA Dance prompts excitement from WHS students
News

Kally Proctor | March 23, 2022

Amidst prom preparations for the seniors of Wayland High School, another type of dance is taking place this Friday, March 18. The annual Natick GSA Dance is being held Friday evening, from 7 p.m. to 10…

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Yamini Ranjan: Women are defined by their stories
Arts & Entertainment

Reva Datar | March 23, 2022

Did you know that Wayland resident Liza Huber used to be a TV actress? Or that Wayland resident Jessin Varghese worked at UMass Memorial during the COVID-19 pandemic? Stories commonly seen brandished on…

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Wayland calls off playing Westford Academy due to racist comments at basketball game
News

Sasha Libenzon | March 9, 2022

During a girls varsity basketball game at Westford Academy (WA), an act of racism occurred from the WA student section that was directed towards a Wayland player. As a result, Wayland Superintendent Dr….

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Beyond birthday cards: Celebrating Michael O’Connor
Features

Olivia Tawakol | February 1, 2022

Beloved third-grade teacher Michael O’Connor was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017. Recently, teachers at the Loker Elementary School organized a district-wide surprise in honor of his 55th birthday,…

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WMS Racism: The ongoing journey of anti-racist work
News

Nadya Chase | January 25, 2022

Over the course of the past month, three racist incidents have occurred at Wayland Middle School. From WMS administration, to members of the Wayland community, the shared anger and disappointment has led…

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Opinion: The unrelenting grip of racism on students
Opinions

Katya Luzarraga | January 21, 2022

Belonging, empathy, respect and trust. Wayland Middle School has turned these four words into the core focus of the school. However, in the past month, the school has been attacked with racist videos and…

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Opinion: Should the United States be boycotting the Olympics?
Opinions

Bella Schreiber | January 20, 2022

Every four years, around 206 nations gather together in a country to participate in a worldwide sports festival called the Olympics. Although winning is an individual players’ goal, the overall job of…

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Christmas tree shortage plants itself in Wayland
News

Talia Macchi | January 5, 2022

Over the past years, there has been a nationwide shortage of Christmas trees. This winter in Wayland, the shortage has families scrambling to find their dream tree. Visiting farm after farm, families begin…

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Opinion: The unspoken truth of the holidays with divorced parents
Opinions

Katya Luzarraga | January 4, 2022

The holiday season is widely perceived to be the happiest time of the year for most children. The joy, the laughter and the presents. The novelty of Santa coming down the chimney while everyone is sound…

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Opinion: “Let’s go, Brandon” proves that the GOP still has a lot of growing up to do
Opinions

Katya Luzarraga | December 2, 2021

Being a political leader comes with great power and great responsibility to influence the world around you. In the past month, these ideals have been squandered by various Republican politicians as they…

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Opinion: Where are the women at the Laver Cup?
Sports

Kally Proctor | November 29, 2021

Fourteen of the top professional tennis players recently descended on Boston when TD Garden hosted the 2021 Laver Cup. That is, 14 of the top male tennis players. Where were the women?

This year’s…

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WHSTE’s ‘Legally Blonde’: Casting Canines
Arts & Entertainment

Nadya Chase | November 17, 2021

As the cast of ‘Legally Blonde’ rehearses their bows, the faint taps of bulldog Mo Martins’ paws synchronize with senior Finn Morneweck’s musical cue to lead her on stage. Morneweck and Mo briskly…

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A late start: The statewide bus driver shortage’s effect on sports teams
Sports

Nina Wilson | November 16, 2021

To Wayland High School athletes, it seems as if every game is an uncertainty. Throughout the fall season, teams have struggled to find reliable transportation, and as a result, the athletics department…

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Ten years later, the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund keeps Lauren’s legacy alive
Features

Joanna Barrow | November 11, 2021

On the bottom of the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund’s website is a video of Astley performing a solo with the Wayland High School’s female a capella group, The Muses. She stands at the center of a…

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Opinion: Gruden fumbles, NFL drops the ball on social justice initiative
Opinions

Emily Roberge | October 25, 2021

Attracting roughly 17.4 million viewers each week, football has taken its seat to be America’s most watched sport. Whether it’s football fans tuning in for the Sunday night prime-time games, football…

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Boston Marathon: A hallowed tradition makes a run in October
Sports

Emily Roberge | October 13, 2021

Every year, elite runners from all over the world come to compete in the Boston Marathon on Patriots Day, the third Monday in April. However, due to COVID-19, the Boston Marathon hasn’t been the same…

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Opinion: Vaccination double standards plague the US Open
Sports

Kally Proctor | October 11, 2021

As fans geared up to watch the US Open live at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, they waited eagerly to make their way into the center. Thirty minutes passed. Then an hour….

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Devin Dicarlo and Thomas Balicki: Continuing Wayland’s tradition of boys participating in a predominantly girl sport
Sports

Sammy Johnson | September 29, 2021

At Wayland High School, the field hockey team has always been female-dominated. It wasn’t until three years ago that boys started to play on the team. Being such a controversial topic among the surrounding…

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Natick athlete bounces back to sports with a USA Today Special Olympics award
Sports

Genevieve Morrison | September 20, 2021

Earlier this summer, USA Today named Natick High School junior Jake Blatnica the Special Olympics Athlete of the Year. The award, presented by Michael Strahan during the High School Sports Award Ceremony,…

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Supreme Court to Decide First Amendment Case, Students Fear Consequences
News

Michael Nechipurenko | June 3, 2021

The United States Supreme Court is set to decide a ground-breaking lawsuit, entitled Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. The suit, which questions the power of the First Amendment concerning student expression…

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Hey! Yeah you! Come join the Lunch Bunch!
Features

Caterina Tomassini | June 2, 2021

While lunch period may be a small break from academics for some students, that time can be magical for students in room B127: home of the special education classroom and the “Lunch Bunch” club. Students…

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Opinion: Social media is becoming dangerous to the Israel-Palestine conflict
Opinions

Genevieve Morrison | May 27, 2021

Over the past year, Instagram changed from a platform for social media to a platform for social change. Hashtags like #blackouttuesday encouraged Instagram users to spread awareness about racism and police…

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Massachusetts relaxes the state mask mandate for vaccinated people
News

Michael Nechipurenko | May 13, 2021

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced further plans for the state’s reopening on April 27, 2021. The most immediate change outlined in Baker’s proposal was the relaxation of the state’s…

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Opinion: Lawmakers need to act now to stop senseless shooting deaths
Opinions

Emily Roberge | April 13, 2021

If you have tuned into the news in the past week, then you’ve probably heard about the recent mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado at a King Soopers grocery store close to the University of Colorado. Ten…

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Politipress: The pendulum swings back in Georgia
Opinions

Atharva Weling | April 13, 2021

We all know the story. Last November, the state of Georgia broke with 28 years of tradition and voted for the Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Despite…

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Movie Review: Promising Young Woman
Arts & Entertainment

Genevieve Morrison | March 31, 2021

“Promising Young Woman” is a black comedy revenge thriller that exposes modern rape culture. The protagonist, Cassie, goes to bars alone, pretending to be drunk to lure men to assault her just before revealing…

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Opinion: Dr. Seuss’ “cancellation” was long overdue
Opinions

Atharva Weling | March 29, 2021

The assorted works of Theodor Geisel, more popularly known as Dr. Seuss, were an integral part of my elementary school experience. If I’m being honest, I never really cared for them, but they were everywhere…

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Anti-Racism Resolution: A promise for equity at WHS
News

Joanna Barrow | March 26, 2021

Picture this: Black Lives Matter flags displayed proudly throughout the schools, discussions and analyses of books written by and featuring people of color in class curricula and classes highlighting previously…

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ABC: An average Asian
Opinions

Jonathan Zhang | March 25, 2021

It feels like I’m always running to catch up to someone my parents are comparing me with or someone I’m comparing myself with. It doesn’t matter what the person’s relationship with me is – a family…

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Opinion: Men are silent about women’s sexual assault, and it’s terrifying
Opinions

Meredith Prince | March 24, 2021

If you’ve been on any social media outlet over the past few days, I’m sure you’ve heard about the story of Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old woman from South London, who was abducted and was murdered…

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Ben Chen: My favorite part of giving haircuts are the conversations with my friends
Features

Haley Melvin | March 23, 2021

Junior Ben Chen started a non-profit barber shop just over a year ago to provide some of his friends and peers with fresh haircuts without the expensive price. Chen worked through COVID-19, following safety…

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Composing for Change: Fine arts offers Black Artists Matter masterclasses
Arts & Entertainment

Isabella Ciasullo | March 16, 2021

Even though a screen separates fine arts students from presenters, both band teacher Joseph Oneschuk and chorus teacher Rachel Carroll feel that their Zoom held masterclasses, which highlight accomplished…

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The Venmo Challenge surprises two lucky Wayland restaurants
Features

Tess Alongi | March 1, 2021

Since the start of the pandemic, over 204 million videos have been made on TikTok with the hashtag “Venmo Challenge,” a challenge in which someone gifts a substantial tip to their server at a restaurant….

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Natick resident arrested by FBI for involvement in Capitol riots
News

Tess Alongi | February 15, 2021

In Wayland’s neighboring town of Natick, FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Suzanne Ianni on Jan. 19, 2021. She was taken into custody for protesting at the Capitol Building on Jan. 6. Ianni is…

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Potato mystery sparks national coverage
Features

Genevieve Morrison | February 8, 2021

In the early hours on Thursday, Jan. 14, Wayland Public Library Library Director Sandy Raymond found two baked potatoes outside the library. This puzzling appearance has sparked confusion amongst the Wayland…

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“The Demise of Democracy”: the world reacts to the Capitol “protests”
News

Katherine Kim | January 21, 2021

Jan. 6, 2021, is inarguably a day that will go down in American history: Confederate flags, guns drawn inside the House Chamber, intruders in Nancy Pelosi’s office to conquer her desk and a lack of…

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Politipress: Where do we go from here?
Opinions

Atharva Weling | January 21, 2021

Chuck Schumer said it best: “we can now add Jan. 6, 2021, to that very short list of dates in American history that will live forever in infamy.”

On Jan. 6, Americans across the aisle watched in…

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WHS seniors plant the seed for entrepreneurship
Features

Taylor McGuire | January 13, 2021

Wanting to utilize their final year of high school to its greatest potential, seniors Cassie McGonagle, Mia Mazokopos and Kathleen Tobin took the initiative to found their own flower farming business….

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Politipress: Accepting the election is in Republicans’ best interest
Opinions

Atharva Weling | January 8, 2021

After the Supreme Court declined to hear a suit filed by Texas’ attorney general attempting to overturn the results of November’s election, Texas GOP Chairman Allen West posted a response that sent…

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Joe Porrell: Former WHS wellness teacher and basketball coach of nearly 45 years passes
Sports

Jessica Feist | January 4, 2021

Working at the same place for 45 years could seem uneventful for some, but with the passion for Wayland that Joe Porrell carried with him, he was able to impact all students and colleagues he met throughout…

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