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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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Lilli Tobe: Drumming is always going to be something I do.
Features

Joanna Barrow | February 25, 2020

Like some high school students, sophomore Lilli Tobe participates in the school band. She’s a percussionist, which means she has expertise in instruments ranging from the glockenspiel, to the timpani,…

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Hidden keystones: winter team sports managers
Sports

Ellie Tyska | February 24, 2020

When talking about sports teams, everyone knows there are the coaches and players, but many forget the important role the team manager upholds. As their presence in the game may go unseen, their enthusiasm…

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Coronavirus outbreak threatens freshmen China trip
Coronavirus

Dante Coppola | February 13, 2020

Novel Coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has taken the world by storm since the outbreak escalated in mid-January. Health officials found the source of the infection, Huanan Seafood Wholesale…

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Hands free driving law to be implemented in MA
News

Lindsey Brown | February 10, 2020

Cell phones are now distracting drivers to the point where a new hands-free driving law will be implemented in Massachusetts on Feb. 23. The new law will ban any use of a hand-held device such as texting…

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WW’ 20: The Brainchild of a Gamer
Features

Jonathan Zhang | February 5, 2020

Senior Erik Swanke, an aspiring gamer, has carried on the legacy of his older brother and WHS graduate Ryan Swanke, who started a videogame event two years ago at WHS. This event introduced the world of…

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Opinion: We need more than climate strikes
Opinions

Atharva Weling | January 14, 2020

September 2019 was a record-breaking month in more than one way. Global temperatures were the highest ever recorded during the month of September since the federal government began collecting data 140…

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Local Students Head to Youth Olympics for Curling
Sports

Lauren Medeiros | January 13, 2020

Many people know curling as a long-running sport in the Olympic games. This year, team USA will be represented at the Youth Olympics in January, by four youth athletes and their coach. The team consists…

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WHS is second MA school to welcome ‘Stop The Bleed’ training course
News

Allie Nunn | December 16, 2019

The trauma team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital introduced a new Stop The Bleed training course at WHS. Seniors taking anatomy and physiology learned various techniques on how to stop a person from bleeding…

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Sports injuries: The gruesome risks of being an athlete
Sports

Ellie Tyska | December 13, 2019

Disclaimer: This article contains graphic images.

Senior Carly Camphausen stands in Wayland’s half of the field, awaiting the throw-in from her teammate. Camphausen, a captain for the Wayland girls…

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Review: “Liar,” “Cry for Me,” and “Living Proof” by Camila Cabello
Arts & Entertainment

Alyssa Dickstein | December 4, 2019

Camila Cabello released “Liar” on Sept. 4. This is the first solo work from Cabello since her 2018 debut album “Camila,” which featured “Havana,” the song that firmly established her as a rising…

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The Influence of Legacy in Elite College Admissions
Features

Kevin Wang | December 2, 2019

With deadline after deadline sneaking up on seniors across America, the hectic flurry of the most recent college admissions cycle has not disappointed. Following the explosive pay-to-play “Varsity Blues”…

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Coaches and players defend youth tackle football in face of statewide elimination
Showcase

Caitlin Newton | November 26, 2019

State lawmaker Paul Schmid recently proposed a “NO HITS” bill that would ban tackle football before players reach the eighth grade. Differing opinions ensued from the Massachusetts State House, where…

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Opinion: WHS Field Hockey has been playing for much more than a state championship
Opinions

Jimmy Paugh | November 25, 2019

Although the fall sports season is over, many WHS teams clinched a playoff berth following a successful season. One of the more controversial playoff berths, however, was that of Wayland High’s varsity…

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Opinion: B-word ban a bad idea
Opinions

Taylor McGuire | November 21, 2019

Picture this: You’re in the car blasting your music with the windows down when “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo comes on. You sing the lyrics with fluency: “You coulda’ had a bad bitch, noncommittal…”…

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Wayland 7th Grader Maya Noyes Wins ‘Chopped Junior’
Features

Josh Schreiber | November 13, 2019

WMS seventh grader Maya Noyes officially won the grand prize of $10,000 following the airing of the Food Network’s “Chopped Junior” Thanksgiving special on Nov. 12. Noyes watched the episode while…

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Seniors on college sports recruitment: Class of 2020 Edition
Sports

Ellie Tyska | November 6, 2019

For the majority of the senior class, college admissions are just around the corner, but some outstanding athletes already know where they are almost certain to attend. The Class of 2020 has over 15 students…

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WHS administrators visit UNC, efforts underway to diversify staff
News

Joanna Barrow | October 29, 2019

A team of administrators from Wayland Public Schools visited the University of North Carolina this past May in an effort to recruit teaching candidates of color.

Assistant Superintendent Parry Graham…

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3 boys become managers of girls varsity volleyball
Sports

Ellie Tyska | October 28, 2019

For the majority of the varsity sports teams at Wayland High School, the role of the team manager(s) is assigned to those who wish to take up the position. While many may volunteer for the sake of being…

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Beep Baseball: Wayland players help blind citizens play the game
Showcase

Ellie Tyska | October 17, 2019

Since the sport beep baseball was created in 1976 to allow the visually impaired to play on a real baseball team, it has spread across the globe, opening opportunities for millions despite their disability….

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In Massachusetts Senate, child marriage ban one step closer to passing
News

Emily Chafe | October 7, 2019

Child marriage is still legal in Massachusetts, but not for long. On July 25, the Massachusetts Senate voted in favor of a bill that would ban the practice. The bill passed with a 39-0 vote, with some…

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