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Stories from Wayland High School
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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Soccer team names Ellie, Annie Levine as honorary captains for Kicks for Cancer
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Caitlin Newton | September 30, 2019

The Wayland boys varsity soccer will kick off their annual Kicks for Cancer game against Bedford on Sept. 28 with all proceeds going towards the Dana Farber medical center. This year, however, is a special…

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Andrew Yang: Eye of the Blue Hurricane
Opinions

Kevin Wang | September 24, 2019

“We’re up here with make-up on our faces and our rehearsed attack lines, playing roles in this reality TV show. It’s one reason why we elected a reality TV star as our president.”

Applause.

“We…

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Traffic Jam: Transportation suffers in first few weeks
News

Meredith Prince | September 20, 2019

An issue that has unveiled with the new school start times is that many buses have been showing up late to pick up students due to a change in traffic patterns. Many elementary students who signed up to…

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Students strike in support of global climate change movement
News

Kyle Chen | September 19, 2019

WHS students will walk out of classes to participate in the climate strike on Friday, Sept. 20, in Boston. The strike is a global protest inspired by the actions of 16-year-old Swedish climate activist…

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Andrea Shang: If you lose, you have to tell yourself, ‘I can get better’
Sports

Charlie Moore | September 17, 2019

Junior Andrea Shang steps onto the fencing strip, readjusting her lamé and pulling down her mask. Heart pounding, the unranked Shang faces down a ranked opponent named Czarina Alfonso in a regional competition…

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Carnival for cause: Community comes together for resident diagnosed with leukemia
Features

Caitlin Newton | September 16, 2019

Wayland resident Ellie Levine has endured more in her five and a half years of life than most adults have in their entire lives. Just before her fifth birthday party was scheduled, Ellie and her family…

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3 senior boys defy convention on girl-dominated field hockey team
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Meredith Prince | September 16, 2019

Around the world, field hockey is predominantly a male sport. But, in the United States, it is more common to see females choosing to pick up sticks and hit the field. Seniors Aiden Chitkara, and Zeke…

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WHS students give back to their community
News

Alex Janoff | May 20, 2019

WHS requires students to complete 30 hours of community service throughout their four years at the high school. Where, when and how students choose to volunteer is up to them, and WHS students have engaged…

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College process: then vs. now
Features

Joyce Wu | May 9, 2019

From repeated standardized test-taking to writing supplement essays, the college process is long and complicated for most students and can start as early as their sophomore year. Currently, college acceptance…

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WHSPO to host Late Night after prom
News

Isabella Arenas | April 19, 2019

After partying with friends on the dance floor during prom at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston, students are welcome to attend the Late Night event hosted in the field house. Prom is composed of many…

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Freshman e-board raises $4400 from mattress fundraiser
News

Cammy Lehr | April 11, 2019

The Class of 2022 stepped out of traditional fundraising attempts at WHS by selling mattress on Sunday, March 31. While the fundraiser is a somewhat new and unique one, the class was able to raise $4400…

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Madeeha Syeda: Your mindset will change over time, even if you don’t think you can do it
Features

Emily Chafe | April 10, 2019

For freshman Madeeha Syeda, mixed martial arts is not only a sport that she is passionate about but also a source of great confidence. For the past eight years, training in martial arts has transformed…

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Opinion: The college admissions scandal is unfair, but not unexpected
Admissions Scandal

Alex Janoff | April 2, 2019

For many high school students across the country, the college admissions journey is a time-consuming and stressful process in which students set themselves up in the best way possible to market themselves…

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Behind the scenes with the senior show directors
Arts & Entertainment

Jessica Reilly | March 26, 2019

As many students at WHS prepare for upcoming spring sports, the Class of 2019 is hard at work with a different type of preparation. This week, the senior class will be performing their Senior Show on March…

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Girls varsity basketball incorporates practice players
Sports

Willie Roberts | March 20, 2019

For the past few years, the Wayland girls varsity basketball team has incorporated “practice players” into their practices several times per week. This idea has been implemented by head coach Amanda Rukstalis.

The…

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Mel’s Commonwealth Cafe: a neighborhood meeting place
Arts & Entertainment

Joyce Wu | March 19, 2019

You step into the cafe, the aroma of sizzling bacon and freshly grilled pancakes wafting towards the door. To the left, an array of various muffins and assorted pastries sits in a glass case. You notice…

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Wayland Wrestling pins down a state championship
Sports

Charlie Moore | March 18, 2019

The school bus barrels down Route 27 headed toward Wayland High School on a chilly Saturday afternoon. The student-athletes inside scream and sing along with the bus speakers’ rendition of “We Are…

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Examining the cheating policy at WHS
Features

Madeline Maurer | March 10, 2019

As you stroll into your first-period class after just barely catching your bus, you get the impending feeling that you’re forgetting something. You’re sure you didn’t leave anything at home, so what…

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WW ’19: Realizing who you are takes time: alliance hosts panel for sophomores
News

Madeline Maurer | March 9, 2019

Students all around Wayland High School are members of the LGBTQ+ community, but not everyone knows who they are. Three resident members of the LGBTQ+ community held a panel in the lecture hall on the…

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WHS students reflect on their Super Bowl experience
News

Nicole Erdekian | February 20, 2019

The Super Bowl is typically a popular attraction for WHS students. However, only a handful of students attended this year’s Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Georgia. Junior Alyssa Dennis and her twin sister,…

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WW ‘19: Medical technology exec and Wayland parent programs the future of healthcare
Features

Kevin Wang | February 12, 2019

Wayland parent Scott Rader gave a presentation based on healthcare technology during second block on Thursday, Jan. 31. Technological breakthroughs occur every day in the world of medicine, and early Thursday…

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Mabel Xu: It’s just a matter of going and trying
Features

Caterina Tomassini | February 5, 2019

For as long as she can recall, sophomore Mabel Xu could always be found expressing her love for food in the kitchen. Cuisine plays such a large role in Xu’s life that she now runs an Instagram account…

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Cultivating connections: James Nocito’s time at WHS
News

Ellie Tyska | January 14, 2019

Assistant Principal James Nocito will be retiring at the end of this school year after dedicating 34 years to public education and three years to Wayland High School. Although he will be missed by staff…

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Disconnected
Opinions

Caterina Tomassini | January 10, 2019

A simple ring of a phone call, text message or Snapchat has the power to make a person stop in their tracks to respond, look down from their steering wheel and grow anxious not knowing who is trying to…

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WHS wrestling adds another girl to a male-dominated team
Sports

Hailey Robinson | January 2, 2019

Wayland wrestling recently brought in freshman Mia Djafari as the second girl on the team, joining junior Emma Sheehan, who is in her second year of wrestling. Wrestling is a historically male-dominated…

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Early snowfall attracts students to the slopes
News

Alex Janoff | January 2, 2019

The first major winter storm of the year, Winter Storm Bruce, dropped upwards of 18 inches of snow on certain parts of the Northeast, including Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, prompting many student…

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Kelsey Pitcairn: Having a community of thinkers and creators is really important
Features

Julia Callini | December 21, 2018

From the time she could string words together, English teacher Kelsey Pitcairn has had a burning passion for writing. When an opportunity arose to study at the Faber Academy in London, Pitcairn seized…

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Nick Smith: You have to know that you’re going to make a save
Sports

Kate Balicki | December 19, 2018

Senior goalie Nick Smith has been a key member of the boys varsity soccer team for the past two years. In 2017, Smith helped advance the Warriors to the sectional semifinals. In 2018, his exceptional effort…

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