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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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Soccer team names Ellie, Annie Levine as honorary captains for Kicks for Cancer
Showcase

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
Showcase

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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