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Meet Band Director & Music Educator Elaine Ort

Rebecca Boots, Staff Reporter

May 2, 2019

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Mrs. Ort is the band director and band teacher for Western Wayne high school and middle school and does well at it. Though she moved around a lot, she graduated from Oak Mount Regional High School in Massachusetts and moved here in 2003 for Marywood University. Rebecca  Boots had an opportunity to ask her a few questions. This is what Mrs. Ort had to say: How did you come across Western Wayne?   “When I moved to Pennsylvania, when I went to college at Marywood.”    What is something most students don’t know about you?  “I am the oldest of five kids.”    What do you enjoy most about what you teach?  “I enjoy looking for the ah-ha(!) moment.”    What are some of your favorite things?   1.book/ The Fellowship of the Ring  2.song/Rainbow Connec...

Art Teacher Justin Hayden Inspires Students to Experiment

Shailyn Pugh, Staff Reporter

February 11, 2019

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Art teacher Justin Hayden was not always planning to become a high school art teacher. He did, however, have an interest in art. Mr. Hayden took Art Foundations in 9th grade with Mrs. Marie Ostrowski, a former teacher. He recalls a piece that he still favors from that time, “I created a pastel drawing of a rhino. Mrs. Ostrowski told me to work green into the rhino’s back. I thought that was really strange to do to an animal that is grey. As a result, this was the piece that launched my interest in art.” Mr. Hayden was understandably upset when his beloved piece was, unfortunately, misplaced in an art show. However, he continues to remember it as he now teaches the techniques that he first found to be “strange.” He explained, “I do this in order to teach them that in order to understand and use color prop...

IN STEP WITH SENIOR PAIGE BARILLO

Courtney Petrilak, Staff Reporter

January 22, 2019

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  Q: How would you describe your cross country and basketball careers?   A: “My cross country and basketball career started all in middle school and continued throughout high school. I actually ran my first three mile race when I was in fourth grade, and that’s what really sparked my interest in running. I also participated in biddy basketball in elementary school and then up until sixth grade. When I got to high school my love for sports really started to grow more and more.”   Q: What was your biggest accomplishment during this time?   A: “One of my biggest accomplishments during my sports career was making it to states during my freshman cross country season. This was really exciting for me because I was only a freshman and qualified to race at the state competit...

Sophomore Visits the PA Farm Show, Steers for a Good Time

Celeste Orchard, Staff Reporter

January 22, 2019

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Recently, sophomore Matthew Stone had attended this year's annual Farm Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He went with his father, John Stone, and his sister, Makayla Stone. Farm Show is a yearly event for the Stone family, and they travel to Harrisburg from their family farm in Hamlin. In the comfort of a luxury hotel, Matthew and his family stay at the Farm Show to care for their livestock. According to Matt, his week is full of early mornings, grooming the cows. “We normally wake up at 4 a.m. and start out each day by washing the cows fully,” Matt said. Extensive care is put into the vanity of the cows and their hair so that they look nice when being shown. At this popular event, they show their beef cattle that they raise at their home, Stone Valley Farm where they also raise lamb. Matt's favorite part...

Girls Lead Members Proud to Empower Peers through Projects

Mrs.Jessica McLaughlin, Public Relations Officer

January 21, 2019

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“Empowered women empower women.  Help a “sister”- you just might save a life.” The Western Wayne Girls Lead Club used this quote  for a sticker on a treat bag they gave out to high school students during lunches for homecoming this fall as one of their club projects.

Teachers Look Back on High School Days

Courtney Petrilak, Staff Reporter

October 28, 2018

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What did you enjoy most about high school and why? What high school did you attend? In what year did you graduate?   Mrs. Carey - graduated from Western Wayne in 1984 “I enjoyed just having my best friends there with me because we are still best friends."   Mr. Butler - graduated from Bishop Hannan in 1985 “I really had fun being part of the high school boys’ basketball team.  I liked the competition… being part of a team… and being fairly good at it I guess."   Mrs. Masankay - graduated from Forest City in 1989 “I think I enjoyed being with the same people for the last four years and making memories."   Mrs. Flynn - graduated from John Bowne High School in Flushing, New York in 1978 I enjoyed being with my friends simply because they were my friends, a...

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: MEET TEACHER MRS. JESSICA MCLAUGHLIN

Rebecca Boots, Staff Reporter

October 28, 2018

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Mrs. Jessica McLaughlin is an English Language Arts teacher.  She advises color guard, and drama club, and every year takes on the huge endeavor of the school musical, and drama club.  Mrs. McLaughlin graduated high school from Valley View in 2001 and then furthered her education by studying English communication and philosophy  at the University of Scranton. She graduated with her bachelor's degree in 2005.  She then completed her master's degree in secondary education in 2009 also from the University of Scranton. Mrs. McLaughlin studied English and philosophy abroad during her junior year of college at Oxford University in England. Q:  How difficult is it to juggle English Language Arts, color guard, drama club, and the musical? A: I love doing all aspects of my job. Just like student athletes manage th...

Excitement Grows as Color Guard Readies for Homecoming

Excitement Grows as Color Guard Readies for Homecoming

October 27, 2018

Members of the WW Color Guard is readying for Homecoming by practicing and getting hyped through the pep rally to be held during 7th and 8th periods and  by attending the annual tailgate party after practice. Member Rebecca Boots asked some members about their plans for the event, and all fo the students had the same sincere answer, "I'm just excited to perform!" ''However Addie Treibley said her excitement was based on the fact that "Homecoming only happens once a year. The squad's advisor, Mrs. Jessica McLaughlin, said she was most excited because of the addition of bows and glitter spray...

Sophomore Matt Henneforth Experiences Thrill of the Hunt

Sophomore Matt Henneforth Experiences Thrill of the Hunt

October 27, 2018

Sophomore Matthew Henneforth is not only an advanced athlete who plays for the Varsity boys’ volleyball team and for the varsity boys’ basketball team, but in his free time, he enjoys hunting with his dad. Matt has recently went on a trip in September to go on a bear hunt.   Q: What age did you begin hunting? What got you started? A: “I started hunting around 8 years old. My dad was the one who got me started.” Q: Where was this hunt? A: “Maine; Bingham, Maine.” Q: How did you go about tracking the bear? How many hunters were in your party? A: “We ended up...

Being Involved in HS Theatre Plus in Many Ways

Being Involved in HS Theatre Plus in Many Ways

June 7, 2018

Involvement in school-sponsored and community theater troupes allow many high school students to immerse themselves in an experience that lets their minds flow free and their creativity to run wild. Junior RJ Clemens believes that his dedication to theater can allow his emotions to take control. “It makes me happy and makes me feel free,” RJ comments. Having passions out of school that allow free thought and self-expression not only allow students a chance for freedom, but also for structure and organization. Theater depends on mutual-understanding, effective communication, and cooperation...

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT:  MEET MR. GREG BUTLER

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: MEET MR. GREG BUTLER

June 7, 2018

Mr. Butler is currently a history teacher Western Wayne. Some may or not know him, but the point of these articles is to display for the student body and staff on how interesting the backgrounds of our teachers are. Included with the question and answer, I wrote a small biography on Mr. Butler. Mr. Butler Graduated high school from Bishop high school, which is now Holy Cross. He furthered his education by attending the University of Scranton, graduating with a Business Management Degree and a minor in U.S History. He also attended Marywood and Wilkes University where acquired his Teaching Certificate...

Poet’s Corner

Poet’s Corner

March 22, 2018

What Am I Made of by Zoey Goldman   I am made of many things, Of long summer days mixed with spring games, Of falling asleep in the burning heat. I am made of making wishes on a bed, Of dirt roots and bugs, Of a sassy crack of a bat with the crowd cheering, bring One home. I am made of the call of nightmares.  I am so scared Of blocking things out when no one is there. I am made of singing in the rain with fields of blooming Beauties, Of fresh cut grass on a long day’s end, Of sweating in the blistering heat as I run from an Outrageous beast,...

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