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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Wayland High School
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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Opinion: In defense of socialism
Opinions

Atharva Weling | December 17, 2020

I run with a pretty liberal crowd, even by Wayland standards. While the average Democrat at our school might be a proponent of using more renewable energy or passing background checks on firearms, my friends…

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Attic Archaeology: Local history makes history come alive in ways that kids can relate to
Features

Emily Chafe | December 9, 2020

For seven years, the semester-long elective, Attic Archaeology, has brought local social history to life for WHS students. Taught by history teacher and department head Kevin Delaney, the project and field…

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Natick High abandons October SAT and in-person learning due to student party
News

Katherine Kim | October 14, 2020

Natick High School (NHS) abandoned its Oct. 3 SAT and pivoted to two weeks of remote learning on Sept. 28, after the district learned that a student held a party over the previous weekend after testing…

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Students demand change from school officials regarding virtual learning
News

Caterina Tomassini | October 13, 2020

Following two weeks of remote learning, seniors Josh Schreiber and Michael Long sent an email regarding the current remote model and upcoming hybrid model of school to 14 recipients including School Committee…

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WHSTE adapts to new COVID-19 challenges
Features

Joanna Barrow | September 29, 2020

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the Wayland High School Theater Ensemble has had to change almost everything about how it normally operates. Its schedule of production has shifted, and…

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Opinion: Trump vs. Truth
Opinions

Atharva Weling | June 2, 2020

This should have happened a long time ago.

On Tuesday, May 26, the president tweeted that “there is NO WAY (ZERO!)” that mail-in ballots would not result in election fraud. He boldly declared that…

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Boy Scouts: core values, life lessons and bankruptcy
Features

Joanna Barrow | May 27, 2020

In 1924, Wayland was no more than a small farm town, with dirt roads and a single police officer. There are very few organizations that were established in that year that are still operating, but Boy Scouts…

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COVID-19 and the class of ’21: a new approach to college admissions
Coronavirus

Taylor McGuire | May 21, 2020

With colleges and universities closed due to COVID-19, many students approaching their senior year are wondering, “what will the application process look like for me?” With SAT and ACT tests canceled…

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Murder Hornets make their appearance in the U.S.
News

Jacqueline Cahaly | May 19, 2020

Recently, the Giant Asian Hornet reached the United States for the first time in history. These dangerous bees are nicknamed “Murder Hornets” for the threat they pose with their poisonous venom and intimidating…

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Wayland community unites to celebrate the class of 2020
Coronavirus

Christina Taxiarchis | May 18, 2020

The Wayland community has come together to participate in weekly parades celebrating the class of 2020. Each Saturday, from April 25 onward, WHS seniors and their families caravan around town to honor…

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Potential online fall semester concerns Wayland’s future and current college students
Coronavirus

Jessica Reilly | May 18, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is far from over, and its consequences might stretch farther than students initially thought: the 2020 fall semester is now in jeopardy.

Depending on the status of COVID-19,…

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High school camp counselors/campers fear camp cancellation
Coronavirus

Allie Nunn | May 15, 2020

As WHS officially comes to a close for the year due to the spread of COVID-19, summer plans become uncertain as is the decision of whether or not summer camps will remain open. Every year, hundreds of…

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The Other Side: Teachers affected by online schooling
Coronavirus

Lindsey Brown | May 13, 2020

With COVID-19 forcing the shutdown of school, WHS teachers are forced to adopt new ways to make their curriculum available for students online. Teachers have to ensure that they can keep assisting their…

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Students find new ways to celebrate birthdays during quarantine
Coronavirus

Lauren Medeiros | May 6, 2020

In spite of new social distancing measures that have been enforced by the government, members of Wayland and surrounding towns have found creative ways to celebrate the birthdays of friends and family…

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Self-Isolation and Mental Health: COVID-19 furthers anxiety
Coronavirus

Caterina Tomassini | May 5, 2020

Now that members of Wayland High School have been quarantined for over a month, many are starting to grow restless, bored or tired of the constant self-isolation. Although some are finding ways to entertain…

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Forced Home: WHS graduates’ abroad programs cut short by COVID-19
Coronavirus

Meredith Prince | April 20, 2020

Trump announced last month that there would be oncoming travel restrictions for people coming into America, which caused chaos and panic for many U.S. citizens in European countries. Among the many buying…

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Students adapt to 2020 campaign shifts amid coronavirus pandemic
Coronavirus

Atharva Weling | April 9, 2020

Many WHS seniors and a good portion of juniors will be eligible to vote this November, but the candidates they will be selecting have had to make some drastic changes to their campaigns in the face of…

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Ligiah Villalobos: Open up yourself to the possibilities of what your life can be
Features

Meredith Prince | April 9, 2020

From a young age, famous Latina producer and writer Ligiah Villalobos knew that the arts and entertainment industry failed to tell the true stories of the Latino community. After studying dance and cultural…

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Coronavirus causes cancellation of WMS 8th grade D.C. trip
Coronavirus

Garrett Spooner | March 20, 2020

For the first time in 18 years, the eighth-graders at Wayland Middle School will not be attending their annual trip to Washington D.C. in April. The cancellation is due to worries about traveling during…

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Seeing double: the life of a twin
Features

Lindsey Brown | March 19, 2020

How would you feel if you were a twin? Between sharing a birthday, being compared to and having someone next to you constantly, being a twin is no easy feat, but attaining a lifelong friendship is a gift…

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A Voice to be Heard: WHS students play key role during presidential primaries
Features

Garrett Spooner | March 17, 2020

Voters from 14 different states flocked to the polls on Super Tuesday, and for Wayland, this meant the Wayland Middle School or the town building. WHS’s AP Government & Politics students volunteered…

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Emma Sheehan wrestles in girls all-states over boys sectionals
Sports

Atharva Weling | March 12, 2020

The WHS wrestling team was forced to compete at sectionals without its third seed, as senior Emma Sheehan made the decision to participate in girls all-states instead. Wrestling has historically been a…

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Boys varsity swim wins fourth state title after an undefeated season
Sports

Sidney O'Rourke | March 11, 2020

The WHS boy’s swim and dive team secured its fourth state title in a row at the Division 2 state meet on Feb. 16. This year, it went 18-0 in the regular season before going on to win sectionals and states.

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LIVE UPDATES: Coronavirus enters Wayland
Coronavirus

Kevin Wang | March 11, 2020

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 10 at 10:47 p.m. Check back for live updates.

March 10 at 10:47 p.m.

A Wayland parent recently tested positive for COVID-19 according to an email release by WPS Superintendent…

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Ben Carpenter: The trail to the 2026 Olympics
Sports

Allie Nunn | February 28, 2020

As he nears the frosted drop-off, the snowboarder finalizes the adjustments to his board and fixes goggles to his eyes. Seconds later, he plows down the mountain, gliding on the snow as he races to the…

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