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Alexandria’s Library of Thoughts

Poet Alexandria Bien-Aime shares her thoughts in this on-going column.

Alexandria Bien-Aime, Columnist

April 27, 2020

“Cheers, to the start of a new year!” Little did we know we’d live in fear. Fear of the outside and the disease, Staying away from every cough and sneeze. Some would come back in the fall, While others were forced to leave it all. Felt like everything was being taken away. Life went on pause, and we were forced to be on play. We were forced to stay inside, Wiping every surface, disinfectants being applied. We watched that desolating number rise. The one that went up every time someone….   But that is all in the past. Back then we didn’t know...

MANHATTAN HERE SHE COMES!

Eleanor Black, Staff Reporter

April 27, 2020

  As the school year dwindles to a close, high school seniors begin to file the first of their college applications. Several have their hearts set on the school of their dreams, picturing themselves walking across campus. For Abby Black, this childhood dream became reality. As a hesitant freshman, Abby was easily persuaded to join fashion. With a driving passion and a nervous heart, she did not know what to expect. “I didn’t even know how to sew properly,” she said with a laugh. Gaining some confidence, Abby volunteered to model in the yearly Catwalk held by the fashion department. She was filled with anxiety. Though, when stepping on stage, her fear dissolved, and a realization hit; this is where she belonged. In her sophomore year, Abby brought the Catwalk to the public. She hosted the event to...

REFLECTIONS: ONLINE ASSIGNMENTS DURING THE ‘STAY-AT-HOME’

REFLECTIONS: ONLINE ASSIGNMENTS DURING THE 'STAY-AT-HOME'

Sydney Peet, Staff Reporter

April 27, 2020

Senior year. The time to make memories, and the last chance to make mistakes, before reality sets in. Students work hard for 12 years, pushed forward by persistence, and perhaps the hope that senior year would be fun and games (with a little stress and lots of homework mixed in for good measure). Well, for this year’s seniors that is not exactly the case. The first half of the school year for many students like myself was spent soaking in the Friday Night Lights at football games sure, but largely with the nose to the grindstone - completing college applications, trying to boost GPA before transcri...

REFLECTIONS: COLLEGE DECISIONS

REFLECTIONS: COLLEGE DECISIONS

Sydney Peet, Staff Reporter

April 27, 2020

It’s that time of year. Most students have received their college decisions, and are in varying stages of securing their spots at a university. Some will attend their dream school in the fall, some are waitlisted at their dream school, some will attend their safety school, some have been denied from schools they saw themselves attending in the fall, some will be attending a trade school, and some students will not be attending higher education at all.    In our present world, it is hard to be happy with our own choices and accomplishments due to the rise of “flex culture.” Man...

Will COVID-19 Cause Setbacks for Future College Athletes?

Report Allison McCarthy and her friend and fellow athlete Celeste Orchard used to enjoy working out together. Now the two are trying to maintain fitness while obeying the Stay at Home rule.

Sarah Collins, Staff Reporter

April 16, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the world to adopt to new lifestyles. Staying at home, social distancing, and wearing masks seems to be the new normal around the world. Unfortunately, many events have been postponed/cancelled due to this virus. It has interfered with the 2020 Summer Olympics, the 2020 MLB season, concerts, festivals, and much more. Schools have been closed, causing spring sports to be cancelled. For many high school student athletes, it has caused possible complications in being scouted by dream colleges. Many juniors worry that their future may be altered due to the canc...

Lab Techs Make Classes Run More Smoothly while Earning Hands-on Experience in Science

Sophomore lab tech Stevie Wilkinson stamps freshman Nick Hrosovsky's warm-up sheet.

Sarah Collins, Staff Reporter

February 4, 2020

One of the numerous classes offered at Western Wayne High School includes being a lab tech for the science classes. Lab techs can be found in the science classrooms, such as in general science, biology, and chemistry classes. However, not just any student can become a lab tech. It is required that the student has already taken the course for which they plan to become a lab tech. It is a half credit course. The role as a lab tech is to assist in the science classrooms by completing several tasks such as setting up labs. The students in the class complete these labs, which are a major key to help...

Semi-formal Festive Night for Students

Allison McCarthy, Staff Reporter

February 4, 2020

Western Wayne students got dressed up and enjoyed a music-filled night in Waymart. This year’s Semi was themed, “Harvest Ball” and was held on Saturday, November 23, from 4 to 9 p.m.  at the Ladore Lodge. More than 250 students attended, and several faculty members helped the Western Wayne security team chaperone the event. The  2019 Semi Prince is Lou Azzato and the Semi Princess is Rylee Sheehan pictured here with principal Mr. Paul Gregorski and Vice Principal Mr. Matt  Barr.

What’s Cookin’ with Mia Rovinsky: Confetti Sprinkle Cupcakes Perfect for Valentines Day!

These delicious cupcakes taste as good as they look!

Mia Rovinsky, Staff Reporter

January 19, 2020

If you need a fun, appealing, sweet treat, then this recipe should be the one to make your taste buds thrilled, and your recipient as well! Confetti Sprinkle Cupcakes
(Recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction) By: Mia Rovinsky
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 14 cupcakes Ingredients:  1 and 3⁄4 cups cake flour (spoon & leveled)  3⁄4 teaspoon baking powder  1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda  1⁄4 teaspoon salt  1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature  1 cup granulated sugar  3 large egg whites (at room temperature)  2 t...

Seniors Experience Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip to Italy

Eleanor Black, Staff Reporter

January 16, 2020

Italy—a place of enchanting landscape, exotic architecture and artworks, full of history and culture. While some spend years dreaming of visiting this flamboyant country, last summer, seniors Trina Barcarola and Noelle Orehek had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take an abroad trip to Italy. From June 23rd to July 5th, Trina and Noelle traveled to Italy with a program named Pro-Rome, a catholic touring group for high school students. They traveled with twenty-seven other girls and visited multiple holy sites in Rome and Siena in Tuscany. “I wanted to deepen my spiritual life in the place where Catholicism thrives,” Noelle explained. The girls saw many symbolic religious pieces and visited famous sites such as the Colosseum, the Vatican, and even Lake Bolsena. “It was a really awesome opportunity,” Trina...

Background Music with Schoolwork: Great Satisfaction or a Distraction?

For sophomore Mia Rovinsky, listening to music while studying is not a distraction, but rather is a help.

Rachel Tuman, Staff Reporter

January 16, 2020

Music is everywhere. It is on televisions, public transportation, stores, and even in doctor’s offices. There is practically unlimited access to any genres of music due to this increasingly digital age. When it almost seems that there is no escape from this distracting pandemonium, many people, specifically students, look to music for peace of mind: a satisfaction. Ludwig van Beethoven famously once said, “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” As a famous composer, his music is still very influential in academic settings. In fact, many people play his music while in...

Reflections: The Anxiety of College Application Season

Reflections: The Anxiety of College Application Season

Sydney Peet, Staff Reporter

January 1, 2020

Fall and winter of senior year - notoriously a time of writing application essays and deciding on which major to apply to. All around the country, high school seniors are grappling with the seesaw between adolescence and adulthood. These students have been preparing for this time since entering high school, so what’s the endless anxiety for? Well, I can’t speak for other students, but I can testify to the assault of emotions I have been feeling since senior year began. I thought I was so prepared to apply to schools and take off running from high school, but as my deadlines are fast approaching,...

Beetle Juice Inspires Art Students

Adelaide Treibley, Staff Reporter

December 27, 2019

As of mid-October the Western Wayne High School Art Department has been working on a few new projects to help get ready for when the school opened for trick or treating on October 31st. A group of students led by Maggie Millon spent much time throughout the days preceding Halloween to make decorations that will go up near and in the library as well as outside of the LGI. These decorations were then placed out for all students and staff to see and enjoy. Some students even helped out in handing out candy to the children on the 31st. Most of these decorations are inspired by the movie Beetle Juice which led to some very creative and stunning decorations. The decorations range from painted posters to ghastly gravestones. Maggie is pictured painting a close up of the character Beetlejuice. A small group of these stud...

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