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#8
2018-2019
Best of SNO Rank for
Wayland High School
Stories from Wayland High School
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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Students and local seniors bridge age gap in Wayland
News

Joanna Barrow | December 18, 2018

A new program at WHS called “Sages and Seekers” brings together local seniors, or “Sages,” and high school students, or “Seekers.” The program is intended to help bridge today’s generation…

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School Committee votes to revise district school start times
News

Nathan Zhao | December 6, 2018

After three hours of public debate, the Wayland School Committee voted 4-1 to push back school start times. The new start times will be as follows: 7:55 a.m. for the elementary schools, 8:35 a.m. for Wayland…

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“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” hits the stage Nov. 16, 17, 18
Arts & Entertainment

Julia Callini | December 5, 2018

The curtains of the auditorium will open for the Wayland High School Theater Ensemble’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” on Friday, Nov. 16. In addition to students performing titular…

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Julia Cleary: I just wanted to give the kids equal opportunities
Features

Hailey Robinson | December 3, 2018

In her freshman year, junior Julia Cleary took volunteering to the next level and started a nonprofit with another high school student. To kick off her high school career, she formed Kids Empowering Kids,…

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Students to stand against shifting school start times
News

Kyle Chen | November 29, 2018

Students at WHS have organized a walkout on Monday, Nov. 19 to protest the Wayland School Committee’s proposed plans to change the school start times next year. The walkout, initiated by junior Jaden…

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Revamped Student Council implements new activities
News

Christos Belibasakis | November 27, 2018

The Student Council has chosen to implement new activities involving the student body this year in hopes of getting more students involved in student life.

Held in the commons, one competition had studentents…

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Gracie Corbett: I just love to do it
Sports

Charlie Moore | November 27, 2018

Whether students are pumping iron in the WHS weight room or training per a coach’s instruction, students in Wayland partake in weightlifting for exercise, strength building or even physical therapy. However,…

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A year later: kneeling for the Star Spangled Banner
Features

Charlie Moore | November 19, 2018

“Please rise for our national anthem.” Students and parents within the bleachers turn their attention to the American flag overlooking the field. Members of the fan section peek down at the Wayland…

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Improving the Game: Titan GPS Tracker
Sports

Josh Schreiber | November 16, 2018

The WHS boys’ varsity soccer team looks to maximize their performance with the purchase of real-time Titan GPS tracking vests. The coaching staff made this purchase in the early parts of this fall season,…

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Seniors vote for the first time in midterm elections
Midterm Elections

Meredith Prince | November 13, 2018

Most students celebrate their 18th birthday senior year, legally entering adulthood. One of the many privileges that comes with being an adult is the right to vote. With midterm elections happening Nov….

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Lily Tardif: There was never a time I wanted to quit
Showcase

Christina Taxiarchis | November 9, 2018

Entering sophomore year has its perks. One is no longer a freshman but doesn’t carry the responsibilities of a junior. For many, sophomore year is about finding a happy medium before stepping up to the…

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