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  • Girls soccer suffers first loss, Sep 29, 2009
    Last Tuesday, the Wayland Warriors played the Acton-Boxboro Colonials at home and lost 1-0, but followed up with a 1-0 win against Waltham later in the week.
  • A.P. sciences double their lab time, Sep 29, 2009
    Ms. Emily Norton, a science teacher, has repeatedly asked the administration to create the double lab, and this year her requests have been heard. AP sciences now have double block labs twice a rotation instead of just once...
  • A fabric sneeze, a fair, and drugs, Sep 29, 2009
    Freshman blogger Andy Marton pontificates on the merits of everything from running for student government to sneezing into fabric . (His ideas of the former? "What about grabbing some other kid's shirt?")
  • The high cost of public school, Sep 28, 2009
    Every child in the U.S. is entitled to a free, public school education. But is that education still free? As schools nation-wide continue to tighten their belts, it's time to re-examine what free means in today's public school landscape...
  • WSPN Newsletter: The honeymoon is over, Sep 25, 2009

  • Are grade relations going downhill?, Sep 25, 2009
    Reports of freshman hazing have increased dramatically this year, with students, parents, and the administration all voicing concerns. WSPN reporters investigated - is it the usual rite of passage, or is something more sinister beginning to surface...
  • Meet The Freshmen: Class of 2013, Sep 24, 2009
    A new year, and a new freshman class at Wayland High. WSPN caught up with some members of '13 at the school-wide club fair to talk to them about their experiences at the high school so far...
  • The other healthcare crisis, Sep 20, 2009
    While Congress debates how to fix the health insurance crisis, a different predicament – one that will hit Massachusetts particularly hard - is growing.
  • Volleyball begins new season with strong teams, Sep 17, 2009

  • Football home opener set for tonight, Sep 17, 2009
    As the nights begin earlier and the leaves begin to fall, the Friday night ritual begins as well. Every Friday night, whether you’re in 4th grade or a parent of a player, you’re at the game. Whether the Warriors are 0-6 or 6-0, the stadium is still packed tight. That’s the feeling of Wayland Football.
  • Mary Beth Tinker talks Student Rights, Sep 17, 2009
    It's been over 40 years since Mary Beth Tinker wore a black armband in protest of the Vietnam War, but her silent protest still has her speaking today. Tinker came in on Constitution Day to talk to Wayland students about their constitutional rights...
  • Learning it all the hard way, Sep 16, 2009
    Electives, frees, and little blue plastic chairs. Moving up to high school has its benefits, but the first year of high school is no walk in the park. Knowing this, Andy Marton brings us his first post as WSPN's official freshman blogger. To the others readying themselves for the battle this year, the class of 2013 -- we salute you.
  • Girls Varsity Soccer Wins Season Openers, Sep 13, 2009
    Wayland's VG soccer opened their season last Wednesday against Newton-South, winning a 2-0 shutout that was followed by another on Friday, 4-0 against Boston Latin.
  • WSPN Newsletter, Sep 11, 2009

  • Getting to know Mr. Klimasmith, interim VP, Sep 10, 2009
    Ms. Mizoguchi is on leave this year, and a new face now takes her place in the main office. Mr. Bayard Klimasmith, a 1987 WHS graduate and now interim Assistant Principal talks teaching philosophies, Wayland then and now, prom in the 1980s and...ultimate frisbee?
  • Tutwiler: Changing a norm, Sep 10, 2009
    Seeking answers about the new Substance Abuse Policy here at Wayland High, WSPN sat down with Principal Tutwiler, and asked him to walk us through the new policy, dispel the rumors, and clarify how the new penalties work...
  • Town selectman declares war on roadkill, Sep 10, 2009
    This past week, Wayland residents have witnessed what scientists label “a biological phenomenon,” holy men identify as “the resurrection of the dead,” and songwriter John Lennon himself would simply call “Instant Karma...”

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  • WSPN Newsletter: The peculiar, the humorous, and the just plain creepy, Oct 30, 2009

  • Senior Halloween Costumes '09 (56 Photos), Oct 30, 2009
    From juice boxes to scuba divers to a herd of cows, diversity on campus was increased tenfold today. The senior Class of 2010 showed off their creative minds and halloween spirit today by going all out with some crazy costumes...
  • Is cell phone radiation harmful?, Oct 29, 2009
    82% of Americans use cell phones, statistics say. Those 82% now have the ability to communicate with around 60% of the entire world. However, some scientists speculate that overexposure to cell phones may prove to be harmful.
  • Desperate measures: seniors talk strategy, Oct 29, 2009
    To all the stressed seniors out there: you're not alone. Students nationwide have spent the past few months doing everything they can to stake out claims to higher education, but WSPN blogger Sam Boegehold found a few who are taking more "creative" approaches...
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: a review, Oct 29, 2009
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is one of those picture books every 1st grader reads...and then fantasizes about when faced with spaghetti at the dinner table. Now, it's been made into a full-length film. WSPN's Nick Van Sciver explains the movie's highs and lows.
  • In transition: From the halls of WMS to WHS (22 Photos), Oct 28, 2009
    The transition for some people can be very hard between Wayland Middle School and Wayland High School. For some, it can be because of the changes in the campus. There are lots of complaints being filed at the high school about how the building is so "rundown" compared to the middle school.

    The middle school has an overall newer look and layout, mostly carpeted floors, the wellness center, and a big theater. But the high school has an open campus, a big library, a new turf field, and a new field house.

    With the recent renovations to the campus, does the high school finally match up to the middle school?

  • Field hockey fights for tournament spot, Oct 28, 2009
    With a record of 6-7-2, and just one game remaining in the regular season, the field hockey team is only a win away from qualifying for the state tournament. After a rocky start, the team has bounced back, fighting hard to win and tie against teams who had previously defeated them...
  • A bassist with a beat in the library, Oct 28, 2009
    We have absolute proof that teachers don't spend every waking moment grading papers. Ms. Erin Dalbec, the Media Center Director and Photography teacher, leads another life outside of the library as the bassist of The Beatings...
  • How CPR could cause some real freshman follies..., Oct 27, 2009
    Freshmen gym classes have been learning CPR recently, and our blogger Andy Marton wants to weigh in: “Come on Jeremy, it can’t end! Not like this! You’re not dying on me now; not when you still owe me five bucks!”
  • The dangers of a nuclear Iran, Oct 27, 2009
    A month ago, President Obama, French President Sarkozy, and British PM Gordon Brown announced one Iran's greatest state secrets: the existence of a secret nuclear enrichment facility in Qom, Iran. But what does that mean for us?
  • Welcome to Google at WHS, Oct 26, 2009

  • Terror suspect arrested in Sudbury, Oct 26, 2009
    A 27-year-old Sudbury man was put behind bars early Wednesday morning on charges of conspiring to launch terrorist attacks on shopping malls...
  • WSPN Newsletter: Fall is in full swing, Oct 25, 2009

  • Students take flight with "Lawnchair Man", Oct 23, 2009
    Flight of the Lawnchair Man is the first of three annual plays that WHS performs. WSPN correspondents Avery Salitsky and Mere Riley sat in on a rehearsal to check it out and interview some of the performers....
  • New high school awaits voter approval, Oct 23, 2009
    After a half-century, Wayland High School will be rebuilt in a project projected to cost $70.8 million, breaking ground in Fall 2011. That is, if the project is passed by Wayland voters in mid-November...
  • Six seniors down, Mock Trial needs a comeback, Oct 21, 2009
    Wayland Mock Trial lost nearly half of its members with the graduation of the class of 2009 last spring, a potentially devastating loss for the team, which made finals for districts last year. Will they rebound?
  • Girls soccer scores spot in state tournament, Oct 21, 2009

  • WW crew proves its mettle on the Charles, Oct 20, 2009
    A brief snapshot of what Wayland-Weston rowers endured this past Sunday on the Charles River? Rain. Rain, followed by wind, mud, frigid temperatures, freezing fingers, competition from some of the toughest and fastest youth crews in the United States...
  • Meet new students on campus, Oct 20, 2009
    WSPN's Liz Doyon and Mere Riley hit the streets (or the halls) of Wayland High School to catch up with some new students. Meet two of the new faces on campus, and their stories before Wayland...
  • Wayland's state senator running for Kennedy's seat, Oct 20, 2009
    Wayland's representative in the State Senate, republican Scott Brown, is making a run for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the late "Lion of the Senate" Ted Kennedy, temporarily held by Paul Kirk...
  • Pokémon: deep within the Pokédex, Oct 20, 2009
    In his first Farcicals post, senior blogger Gifford Delle pontificates on the life lessons he's learned from his adventures as a Pokémon trainer, for example: "Pokémon should ALWAYS take precedence over hygiene..."
  • Volleyball hopes soaring high, Oct 19, 2009
    The volleyball team has been brutally practicing in the field house 5 days a week for the last 8 weeks. Now, as their season comes to an end, the girls are putting in their last efforts for a successful ending to the season.
  • Our first club meeting, Oct 19, 2009
    Freshman blogger Andy Marton reflects on club days: "Well, the people who signed up for 15 clubs at the fair solely for bribe candy had a major problem yesterday: they had to pick one."
  • Barack Obama, the Nobel, and American interests, Oct 14, 2009
    In world news this week, President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize - surprise! The reaction of our political blogger Basil Halperin: "Seriously?"
  • Football makes a statement, Oct 14, 2009
    After a heartbreaking loss to Lincoln-Sudbury, our Wayland Warriors rebounded last Friday night with a major win against DCL heavyweight Acton-Boxborough, sending a strong message to the rest of the league...
  • On Freshmen elections..., Oct 13, 2009
    Andy Marton gives you the real scoop on the perennial drama (sort of) that is freshmen elections. Our favorite quote? “My candidate’s presidency is worth a mini Airhead!”
  • WSPN Newsletter: School Picture Disasters, Blackout, and the latest from Afghanistan, Oct 9, 2009

  • Greek poet to read at WHS, Oct 7, 2009

  • Senior privilege rumors silenced, Oct 7, 2009
    Going to grab a bagel or ice coffee out of school is a luxury that current seniors can enjoy everyday. What if these privileges were suddenly taken away? WSPN reporters looked into rumors that the class of 2013 might experience just that...
  • Anti-incumbency mood, open seats make gubernatorial races interesting, Oct 7, 2009

  • It's time for a political settlement in Afghanistan, Oct 6, 2009
    When Barack Obama was sworn into office on January 20, he inherited two wars from his predecessor. One month later, Obama took charge of American strategy in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is now Mr. Obama’s war...
  • Demystifying bus prices, Oct 5, 2009
    Changes will always come with an new year, and this time around it's focused on that big, yellow, academic icon - the school bus. Wayland has instituted a new busing policy, but not without a little controversy.
  • School picture disasters, Oct 5, 2009
    Says our resident freshman, Andy Marton, "It’s only when you get the pictures do you realize that you didn’t eat that donut, you wore it."
  • Miles leads Warriors within yards of comeback, Oct 4, 2009
    Wayland football faced off against Lincoln-Sudbury in a battle of the Warriors last Friday, WHS supporters packing the stands in full "blackout." Wayland was defeated in a nail biting final score, but not without some dramatic plays by the orange and black...
  • WSPN Newsletter: 100 Years of Wayland Football, Oct 4, 2009

  • For crew, the wait is over, Oct 2, 2009

  • Girls cross country makes great strides, Oct 2, 2009

  • Feature: 100 Years of Warrior Football, Oct 1, 2009
    The Warriors are back for the 2009 football season, and 2009 is no ordinary year for WHS Football. This is the 100th year for the football team here at WHS. WSPN talked to a number of students and coaches about their outlook on the season...

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  • Freshmen find new experiences in high school sports, Nov 30, 2009
    Winter sports are gearing up, and there are plenty of new freshman faces to be found on every team. Whether it's swimming, basketball, or anything in between, this new crop of WHS athletes is already being tested by the jump from middle school to high school sports.
  • What did you think of Spirit Day?, Nov 30, 2009

  • Spirit Day '09 (51 Photos), Nov 26, 2009
    In its sophomore year Spirit Day made a big splash on campus. The classes competed in battles of physical strength, mental speed and agility, and all-around endurance. Congratulations to the Class of 2010 for winning the Spirit Cup...
  • Who says freshmen don't have spirit?, Nov 24, 2009
    On Wednesday, blogger Andy Marton and his fellow freshmen will be all decked out in green for Spirit Day. To prepare for the big event, he's done some thinking on the grand purpose of it all...namely, why don't we all get our own personal cheerleaders?
  • Students speak out on new high school, Nov 23, 2009
    The plan is in motion. In the Spring of 2011 the Town of Wayland will begin construction on the $70.8 million new school buildings. Find out what Wayland students are saying about the project...
  • Sophomore Semi '09 (45 Photos), Nov 23, 2009
    Like so many classes before them, the Class of 2012 celebrated together as a class at their Sophomore Semi last Friday night. Check out our first round of photos of '12 all done up for their semi-formal...
  • College applications: a formula for stress and competition, Nov 23, 2009
    The phrase “It’ll look good on your college application,” haunts your waking moments. Horror stories emerge of straight-A valedictorians being rejected by their safety schools. Suddenly everyone around you is your competition. The college application process has begun...
  • Why the new school plan should upset you, Nov 23, 2009
    We all have our top tens: ten things you'd want on a deserted island, ten famous people you'd like to meet, ten all-time favorite WSPN articles....our newest weekly blog is 10 Things, by Siddharth Virkud - dedicated to top tens of every sort.
  • Flight of the Lawnchair Man: a review, Nov 22, 2009
    "I have to admit that I was a little skeptical when I walked into the packed Little Theater last Friday night, but after two hours of theater, I knew that this was one of the best shows I’ve seen performed at the high school," writes WSPN's Kruti Vora...
  • New high school overwhelmingly approved by town, Nov 20, 2009
    After first approving the construction of a new high school at the polls on Tuesday, the town overwhelmingly voted to support the project on Wednesday night, at a special Town Meeting which had a particularly low turnout rate of 18%...
  • Dropping out? Not until 18, says state commission, Nov 17, 2009
    A special state commission has recommended that Massachusetts raise the legal dropout age for public school students from 18 to 16. According to the most recent state data, 3.4 percent of students drop out in Massachusetts each year.
  • Ask Vilma: Trouble in the 'hood, Nov 17, 2009

  • Abolishing the death penalty makes cents, Nov 17, 2009
    In the wake of the execution of D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammed, the announcement of a NYC trial location for 9/11 suspects, and the tragedy at Fort Hood, political blogger Basil Halperin weighs in on capital punishment...
  • Town prepares for vote on new high school, Nov 15, 2009
    The votes needed to pass the new high school are only days away, a process Wayland residents are all too familiar with. Find out what makes this year's new high school vote different from the one back in 2005...
  • D.C. direct: zoo portraits (29 Photos), Nov 15, 2009
    During the NSPA/JEA Fall Scholastic Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C., we found a few friends at the National Zoo who weren't exactly homo sapiens - but just as photogenic.
  • D.C. direct: WSPN wanderings (22 Photos), Nov 15, 2009
    What brings together over 6,000 teenage journalists, professional reporters from across the country, and Abraham Lincoln? The NSPA/JEA Fall Scholastic Journalism Convention, held this year in Washington, D.C.
  • D.C. direct: pandas, meerkats, and seals, oh my!, Nov 12, 2009
    Like every professional athlete, animals have contracts, spend time on the trading block, and eventually end up in free agency. The days when zoos went out on safaris to find their animals are over.
  • Warrior’s playoff hopes crushed by Concord-Carlisle, Nov 12, 2009
    Last Friday, the Warriors suffered a loss to the DCL-small undefeated Concord Carlisle. In a defensive struggle the Warriors lost 49-31, with four offensive turnovers and over 200 yards given up on the ground. The Warriors defense has been...
  • Wayland alumni making their mark, Nov 12, 2009
    Sitting in a desk at Wayland High School might not mean much to you at this moment, but it could lead you to sitting in the oval office helping the president write speeches. Think that's crazy? Look what these graduates have gone on to do.
  • Dos and Don'ts of the Flu Season, Nov 11, 2009
    As the flu season rages on around us, WSPN's Kruti Vora has some interesting numbers on absent rates at Wayland High, and poses a worthwhile question: are we doing enough to protect our school, and ourselves?
  • WHS freshman girls' top shopping destinations, Nov 11, 2009
    Wayland High School girls are always buying clothes, and especially with the winter season rapidly approaching, they are hitting the stores. But if you look in Wayland, you'll notice there aren't many places to shop, write Melanie Barber...
  • Greek poet speaks to Wayland students, Nov 11, 2009
    World-renowned Greek poet Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke recently came to Wayland High to share some of her translated poetry, and talk to students about her writing process...
  • Maine's vote on Question 1 was a mistake, Nov 10, 2009
    Last Tuesday, Maine voters went to the polls decide if their neighbors should be treated as second class citizens, by voting yes or no on Question 1. A defeat of the initiative would have been a watershed moment - but instead, Maine said yes, and took away the right to marriage from gay residents.
  • Girls soccer wins first tournament game, Nov 10, 2009
    Last week, the girls varsity soccer team finished their regular season with a 3-1 win against non-league opponent Brookline, and started their first post season run in five years with a 2-1 win over 14th seeded Marbleheaded.
  • Flu season: that joyous time of year, Nov 9, 2009
    The faithful readers of the Freshman Follies might have noticed that blogger Andy Marton missed a post last week. Sadly, the seasonal flu took him out for a bit, but now he's back in action and has a few reflections to share...
  • Fall Campus Colors (23 Photos), Nov 6, 2009
    Vibrant colors and fallen leaves turn the Wayland High School campus into a classic postcard-eqsue New England landscape. Staff reporters Jake Adelman and David Murphy take us on a tour of the campus sights and colors, soon to be blanketed in white...
  • The flocking begins, Nov 6, 2009
    As you drive through Wayland this month, you may see a random flock of flamingos placed onto someone’s lawn. Where did these flamingos come from? Why are they all of sudden invading Wayland?
  • Interview: Nurse Amy on the H1N1 vaccine, Nov 5, 2009
    It seems like the swine flu frenzy has returned to WHS again over the past week or so. This time though, we're a bit more prepared, with an H1N1 vaccine to be distributed soon. WSPN reporters Allie Gold and Avery Salitsky got the details from Nurse Amy...
  • H1N1 vaccine becomes inconsistently available nationwide, Nov 5, 2009
    The H1N1 flu vaccine became available across the United States last month. On October 1 the vaccine was released to health care workers. On October 6, it became available to those who would be the most susceptible to the virus, such as young children and the elderly...
  • Highlights from the 2009 Masquerade Concert, Nov 5, 2009
    Staff Reporter Evan Barber brings us the highlights from the 2009 Masquerade Concert. Featuring the middle school and high school choral groups and orchestras, catch the highlights from the combined fall concert...
  • Danielle Smith: youngest Dudley Pond VP, Nov 5, 2009
    “I nominate Danielle,” her father cried. Another voice from the crowd was heard: “I second the nomination.” There was a unanimous vote, and then Danielle Smith was the new vice president of the Dudley Pond Association.
  • Masquerade Concert '09 (47 Photos), Nov 5, 2009
    Ghosts, goblins, and hobos all made appearances at the 8th annual Masquerade Concert last Wednesday in the Field House. Photographers Gabe Sehringer and Matt Gutschenritter tracked down some of the best costumes the string players and singers had to offer...
  • Girls soccer wraps up DCL-small title, Nov 4, 2009
    Last week, the Warriors locked in the DCL-Small Championship title with a win against Tyngsborough, and then finished their DCL run undefeated with a tie against C-C. The team is now tournament-bound, with their first playoff game this Saturday...
  • How are we going to reduce the national debt?, Nov 3, 2009
    Basil Halperin tackles the costly question: how are we ever going to reduce the $12 trillion national debt? Expected to accumulate an additional $9 trillion in the next 10 years, find out the breakdown on the national debt in this weeks Basil Report...
  • Amnesty International Fall Coffeehouse 2009 (20 Photos), Nov 1, 2009
    Twice a year the Commons is turned from cafeteria to coffeehouse by the school's Amnesty International chapter for a night of music, poetry, and of course... coffee. Check out photos from the fall coffeehouse (complete with beanbags and armchairs)...

December 2009 ( View complete archive page )

  • Swimming shows steady growth, wins, Dec 30, 2009
    The swimming and diving teams were separated for meets this during their second week of competition, earning wins separately against Boston Latin and Acton-Boxboro on the boys' side, and Bedford and Arlington on the girls'.
  • Dracula debuts in Black Box Theater, Dec 24, 2009
    Director, actor, and class of '09 graduate Andy Rakich (Tears of God, Boot Hill, Northman) returned to the WHS Black Box Theater on Friday, December 18th, to reveal his latest film: Dracula. The film, made in Wayland, also featured many current WHS students..
  • Avatar's special effects well worth the wait, Dec 24, 2009
    The film industry has waited 10 years, with baited breath, to see director James Cameron's (The Titanic) latest venture, the half science-fiction film, half interspecies-romance film, Avatar. Nick Van Sciver's take is here...
  • Budget cuts: athletics, Dec 22, 2009
    Wayland’s athletic program is one of the many areas facing a severe reduction next school year. If the proposed budget passes as it currently stands, the athletic director position will be cut in half and three coaching positions will be eliminated, including one head coach for winter track.
  • Budget cuts: the English department, Dec 22, 2009
    Under the Fiscal Year 2011 budget proposed by Superintendent Gary Burton, the English department would lose one full time equivalent (FTE) position, "which is one teaching position completely gone," as department chair Brian Keaney said. On top of that, like every other academic department, the English department secretary is being cut...
  • Budget cuts: the Latin program, Dec 22, 2009
    Due to the declining enrollment in Latin at the middle school, as well as a district-wide need to reduce the education budget, the language of the ancient Romans will likely be removed from the middle school curriculum once this year's 7th graders leave the school.
  • Budget cuts: the science department, Dec 22, 2009
    Wayland High School's science department would be strongly affected by the school district's proposed budget cuts. The cuts, as they are now, would cause the loss of one science teacher and the department's secretary.
  • Budget cuts: the guidance department, Dec 22, 2009
    The recent school district budget cuts are threatening guidance office secretary Anne Marie Sullivan, a fifteen-year veteran of the guidance office. Because Sullivan is a ten month employee, rather than a twelve month employee like coworker Ann Fratto, Sullivan would be cut under the Fiscal Year 2011 budget...
  • What WHS stands to lose, Dec 22, 2009
    On 12/7, a budget proposal which would cut the district-wide school budget by 2.33% was announced. The proposal is being evaluated by the School Committee, which is charged with amending, and then voting on it by the end January...
  • Hockey takes home its first win of the season, Dec 21, 2009
    The Wayland Warriors Hockey team defeated Tyngsborough Tigers on Saturday night, earning their first win of the '09 season. The Warriors scoring started early and often, beating the Tigers 5-2.
  • Swimming battles through first week, Dec 18, 2009
    The Wayland Warriors Swimming and Diving team had their first official meets last week after battling for pool time throughout the beginning of the season. On Wednesday, December 2nd, the Wayland Town Pool was closed for cleaning after numerous swimmers had breathing difficulties. Because of this, the Warriors had to compromise practice times and find other pools to swim in...
  • Register leads Warriors to 0-0 tie, Dec 18, 2009
    The Wayland varsity hockey team came out against Dracut with a vengeance last Wednesday night, tying the game at 0-0. The team entered the arena with just three seniors, and 7 players who have never played at the varsity level.
  • Budget cuts: the community must take action, Dec 18, 2009
    The proposed education budgets cuts announced last week are irresponsible, argues WSPN reporter Matt Gutschenritter. What we need the most now, however, is action from WHS students, parents, teachers, and the greater community...
  • The timeless tradition of frozen freshmen continues, Dec 18, 2009
    Winter has come, and with it, that annual show - Students Slipping: ON ICE! Blogger Andy Marton's advice to his fellow freshmen? "Hopefully, no one was around when you fell and when they notice you limping, you can say, 'Bar fight.'"
  • A holiday letter: Santa, won't you save our school?, Dec 18, 2009
    Feeling a little apprehensive about the new school construction plans? You're not alone. Farcicals blogger Sam Boegelhold intercepted an interesting letter, confiscated from a student last week, that proves just that...
  • Tryout: A practice with Wayland Wrestling, Dec 17, 2009
    What is state championship-winning Wayland Wrestling all about? Find out in the first episode of Tryout: a new WSPN series going behind-the-scenes of winter sports on campus. WSPN sent Daniel James to a wrestling practice to hit the mats and see if he could keep up with the wrestlers and pin down the basics...
  • 10 best places to catch a student off-campus, Dec 17, 2009
    While rumors are fly about student parking and open campus next year, 10 Things blogger Siddharth Virkud takes a moment to reflect on exactly what we use these privileges for. His conclusion? Well, there's a lot of unhealthy eating involved...
  • Warriors tame the Lions in season opener, Dec 15, 2009
    On Friday, Wayland Boys Varsity basketball shot off to a great start to the season in an impressive win over the Newton-South Lions. Wayland dominated every sense of the game, from rebounds, to fast breaks, to scoring.
  • Stage fright: how and why to act this winter, Dec 15, 2009
    Casting for this year's Winter Week Plays has begun, and Senior Ben Wohlfarth has a number of reasons why not just the usual participants, but every WHS student should be at auditions...
  • Keep the Federal Reserve free of politics, Dec 15, 2009
    The Federal Reserve, our national financial system, and Ron Paul? Political blogger Basil Halperin analyzes why passing Rep. Paul's provision to open up the Federal Reserve would be a huge mistake...
  • What did you think of the first ever K-9 drug search?, Dec 13, 2009

  • Winter sports preview, Dec 11, 2009
    Want to know what Wayland teams and players to watch this season? WSPN sports editors Andrew Herstine and Evan Barber have the full rundown on the hopes, dreams, and expectations of winter athletes.
  • UPDATE: High school undergoes k-9 assisted drug search, Dec 11, 2009
    In the beginning of the school year, the administration put a new substance abuse policy into place. Today, a k-9 assisted drug search was executed on the high school campus by regional law enforcement searching for illegal substances on campus...
  • UPDATE: Proposed school budget cuts unveiled, Dec 11, 2009
    Wayland Public Schools Superintendent Gary Burton announced $1.4 million in proposed school budget cuts at Monday's School Committee meeting, including extensive teacher and personnel cuts...
  • Ask Vilma: Keeping friends destined for fame, Dec 9, 2009

  • Football, powder puff, close out fall season, Dec 8, 2009
    Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without turkey, stuffing, and the Thanksgiving Day Football and Powder Puff games. Wayland took the crown only in one of the traditional face-offs, but both teams proved their mettle valiantly.
  • College A Cappella Night a success, as usual, Dec 8, 2009
    The Creative Arts Parent Association, CAPA, held its semi-annual fundraiser last Friday night: the College A Cappella concert. The even took place in the Middle School Auditorium and featured three college a cappella groups, along with Wayland High School’s very own T-Tones, Madrigals and Muses...
  • Robinson faces senate primary, seeks Republican nomination, Dec 8, 2009
    Jack E. Robinson III, a local attorney, entrepreneur, and self-proclaimed Washington and Beacon Hill outsider, hopes to become one step closer to the open Massachusetts Senate seat today.
  • An Evening with Emily Osment, Dec 7, 2009
    You might know Emily Osment from her role as Lily on Hannah Montana, or from her recent début to the music scene. WSPN recently caught up with Emily when her tour came through Boston and sat down with her to discuss her new EP "All the Right Wrongs," and life as an atypical student...
  • Making the most of Copenhagen, Dec 7, 2009
    Over 100 heads of state are meeting in Copenhagen this week, for a landmark climate change conference to discuss an international effort against global warming, but politics as usual have gotten in the way of negotiations...
  • Local church starts performance coffeehouse series, Dec 7, 2009
    On November 28th, the Trinitarian Congregational Church (TCC) of Wayland held a performance coffeehouse. Among the many acts were several bands composed of WHS students: We are Zombie!, Project Lowell, KK Slider, and Folk Division.
  • My days of freshman discontentment, Dec 7, 2009
    Sophomore have their Semi, Juniors have their Prom, and Seniors have a whole host of class-wide social events. But what's the freshman who dreams of dressing up and stepping out to do? Blogger Andy Marton offers a few words on what he calls "freshman discontentment".
  • Falling tax revenue hurts town’s finances, Dec 7, 2009
    With town tax revenue down because of the stilted economy, Wayland is currently facing a lack of funding that could potentially lead to budget cuts, writes WSPN reporter Jonathan Chen...
  • Using your head: the dangers of concussions and brain injuries, Dec 4, 2009
    Normally teachers and coaches encourage students to use their head, but some leading researchers in the field of brain injuries and concussions are saying differently. Many students don't understand just how severe concussions and brain injuries can be...
  • Seniors, pursue your dreams: attend clown school, Dec 3, 2009
    Stressed out about college applications? Lost sight of your goals in life? Farcicals blogger Gifford Delle has a few suggestions for the quirky, disenchanted senior: spiritual wanderings, a clown nose, or a surplus of doritos and couch time...
  • Interview: Senate candidate Mike Capuano, Dec 3, 2009

  • 10 new rules for next year's Spirit Day, Dec 3, 2009
    Spirit Day: we came, we saw, the seniors conquered. Wednesday, November 24th, WHS was awash in a sea of school pride - but still, improvements can always be made. 10 things blogger Siddharth Virkud has a couple of suggestions we're hoping Student Council will take to heart.
  • High standards set for Wayland wrestling, Dec 3, 2009
    Wayland Wrestling polished off a stellar season last year with a DCL championships, a Sectional Championship, and a trip to the State Finals. This year's wrestlers, featuring nine returning varsity starters, have every intention of continuing that legacy - in the face of intense competition.
  • Health concerns plague Wayland Town Pool, Dec 3, 2009
    Health inspectors closed the Town Pool temporarily yesterday, after only two days of the winter swim season. The pool's high concentration of chlorine is said to be the cause of the breathing issues swimmers have been suffering...
  • Highlights of "Flight of the Lawnchair Man", Dec 2, 2009
    Wayland students took to the skies in "Flight of the Lawnchair Man." The story centers around Jerry Gorman, a Wal-Mart employee with dreams of learning to fly. WSPN's Alie Perkus and Jenn Adler have the higlights of the latest WHSTE production...
  • Dodgeball Tournament '09, Dec 2, 2009
    In the annual Wayland High Dodgeball Tournament, students and teachers competed for the title of dodgeball champions. Check out the highlights from this years intense throw down between Wayland's top ballers...
  • Baker triumphs at XC All-States, Dec 2, 2009
    Wayland cross-country runner Brett Baker brought the orange and black to the MIAA Division II State meet last Saturday, placing 49th out of 147 competitors in the boys' 5k race.

January 2010 ( View complete archive page )

  • The freshman and the meddling midterms, Jan 24, 2010
    "Well, it's happening," says freshman blogger Andy Marton. "Midterms are meddling with our lives." Upperclassmen are experiencing the joys of two hour tests once again, while freshmen face down their fears. A few reflections from a first-timer...
  • Parking threatens the people's snacks, Jan 22, 2010
    It's Farcical Friday, and senior blogger Gifford Delle has his own take on the possible removal of parking and senior privileges next year, which he calls "the greatest tragedy in the history of this little dot on the map we call Wayland."
  • High school to hold fundraiser for Haiti, Jan 21, 2010
    Wayland High School's Student Council is organizing High Five for Haiti: an event to raise money to help the 3 million Haitians affected by last Tuesday's earthquake. Students are being asked to bring in $5 to donate during homeroom on Friday...
  • Wright breaks record; new all-time top scorer for WHS Swimming, Jan 19, 2010
    Wayland swimming and diving continued its success this season with three meets this past week, including one in which senior captain Emily Wright captured one of the team's highest honors.
  • Administration details future of METCO Late Bus, Jan 19, 2010
    WSPN Staff Reporters Allie Gold and Avery Salitsky sat down with Principal Patrick Tutwiler and METCO Administrators to discuss the uncertain future of the METCO Late Bus, a service crucial to many METCO students participating in after-school activities...
  • The benefits of a single-party state, Jan 18, 2010
    After the State House passed education reform last week, The Basil Report takes a look at the benefits of having a single-party state and what Congress can learn from the bluest of blue states...
  • School Committee announces "restore list," approves budget, Jan 18, 2010
    The School Committee decided that planned budget cuts would be partially restored at Thursday's meeting after $210,000 more than expected was made available by the Town Finance Committee for the school budget.
  • Massachusetts voters to elect new Senator, Jan 18, 2010
    Massachusetts citizens will head to the polls this Tuesday, January 19, to cast their vote for either Democrat Martha Coakley, or Republican Scott Brown. The winner will fill the U.S. Senate seat left empty by the late Ted Kennedy.
  • Girls track begins season with individual successes, Jan 16, 2010
    With their first three meets behind them, the Wayland girls track team has come a long way since the beginning of the season. Although they started the season off with a 59-36 loss to the Notre Dame squad, there were many individual achievements...
  • Ask Vilma: Cutting class to "go green?", Jan 16, 2010

  • Ask Vilma: Not a freshman, and not a boy, Jan 16, 2010

  • Teachers reflect on past Winter Weeks, Jan 15, 2010
    Winter Week used to be just that: a full week of activities run by the school after mid-year exams. WSPN caught up with some veteran teachers to ask them about Winter Weeks of the past, and some of their favorite activities...
  • Tryout: A practice with Boys Hockey, Jan 14, 2010
    WSPN’s Daniel James returns in the third episode of Tryout: the new WSPN series exploring what goes on behind-the-scenes of various winter sports on campus. Daniel suited up (easier said than done) to join the hockey boys out on the rink...
  • Town citizens voice concerns over school budget cuts, Jan 13, 2010
    Residents have voiced opinions on and concerns over the proposed budget for the 2010 - '11 school year at a series of public meetings over the past two weeks, beginning with the School Committee's public forum last Monday...
  • The future of the war on terror, Jan 13, 2010
    Political blogger Basil Halperin takes stock of what we've learned so far in the past nine years of the "War on Terror", with the advent of the failed Christmas Day airplane attack...
  • Ski team starts racing season strong, Jan 13, 2010
    After a few snow storms over vacation, the Ski Team kicked off their season last Tuesday with a Nordic Race at Weston Ski Track, and then a downhill race last Thursday at Nashoba Mountain.
  • Highlights from India (28 Photos), Jan 11, 2010
    From bitter cold wind to the hot dry weather, WSPN reporter Kruti Vora recently traveled to Mumbai for a visit to her home country of India. She shares with us a peak at the sub-continent housing the fastest growing democracy on Earth...
  • NewsFlash 1/11/2010, Jan 11, 2010
    WSPN NewsFlash returns with the latest on budget cuts and student parking. Anchors Gwen Jahnke and Daniel James have the latest. Keep those browsers on WSPN TV for more of the latest news out of Wayland High.
  • A post-holiday post, Jan 11, 2010
    Still feeling a little groggy from Winter vacation? Freshman blogger has dedicated this week's post - his first of 2010! - to all things related to those mid-winter blues. Suggestion number 1? You'll need a lot of food, and maybe a nice warm cave...
  • Month in review: the latest on WSPN, Jan 8, 2010

  • Tryout: A practice with Wayland Cheerleading, Jan 6, 2010
    WSPN's Daniel James returns in the second episode of Tryout: the new WSPN series exploring what goes on behind-the-scenes of various winter sports on campus. Daniel grabbed some pom poms and joined the cheerleaders at one of their recent practices to find out what cheer is all about.
  • K-9 drug search: the greater good?, Jan 6, 2010
    On Friday, December 11th, regional law enforcement executed a k-9 assisted drug search at the request of the administration. Students were placed in a lockdown while over a dozen dogs swept parking lots and a handful of homerooms. No drugs were found, a fact that didn’t surprise many students. The drug search and the date of its execution were secret, so naturally many students knew about the search well in advance.
  • K-9 drug search: it’s about time, Jan 6, 2010
    On Friday, December 11th, Wayland High School students had a "shelter in place" during homeroom and for an additional twenty minutes afterward. The “shelter in place” was used to run two protocols, one for safety in the event that there is an outside threat, and one K-9 assisted drug search.
  • K-9 search: an ineffectual solution to a manufactured problem, Jan 6, 2010
    Last Friday's k-9 assisted drug search has proved that there's little agreement as to how to handle the use of drugs in the high school community, both off-campus and on. WSPN writer Ben Schattenburg takes a look at anti-search side of the argument...
  • Ryan Jordan, Jan 5, 2010
    Have you ever perhaps had an intense desire to learn about the inner mind of Ryan Jordan? If yes, today's your lucky day. Waytown Cosmo has an exclusive interview with Jordan, who is a senior, a singer, and in his own words, "porous".
  • 2010 in preview..., Jan 5, 2010
    It's 2010, and political blogger Basil Halperin is back with a preview of the year to come. Whether it's the war in Afghanistan, the growing economy of China, the status of national debt, you can be sure he'll have something to say.
  • Construction to close student parking lots, Jan 3, 2010
    With construction on the new high school building expedited from next spring to this summer, students at Wayland High will be losing parking privileges on campus a year earlier than expected...
  • Boys basketball beats Weston, 57-46, Jan 3, 2010
    Wayland boys basketball earned its third win of the season, beating Weston by a score of 57-46 on Tuesday, December 22nd. However, the game began slowly for both teams, especially for Wayland.
  • Budget cuts: the arts department, Jan 3, 2010
    The suggestion to cut one art teaching position to half time has caused a loud and active community response, with many students outraged that there could be less art classes in an already tight curriculum.

February 2010 ( View complete archive page )

  • The downside of February vacation, Feb 28, 2010
    We've only been back for a week, but already everyone's reminiscing about February vacation. Andy Marton, WSPN's freshman bloggers and resident pessimist, spends this week's post point out all those little things about going back to school that we love to hate.
  • Sleep deprivation damages student concentration, Feb 25, 2010
    Every high school student has woken up one day, looked at the alarm clock, and wondered why higher education and a good night's rest seem to be totally conflicting goals. WSPN reporter Brianna Fay digs into the effects of sleep deprivation on teenagers.
  • Warriors dominate in the pool at states and sectionals (20 Photos), Feb 25, 2010
    Wayland Girls swimming reached a milestone this past weekend, 5 state championships in a row. The Warriors of the water have had huge success at both the recent sectionals competition and state championship...
  • Local author shares story, Feb 24, 2010
    Juliette Fay, a Wayland resident, parent, and published author, came to the high school during Winter Week to discuss her book, "Shelter Me", and her experiences in writing. She encouraged students to discover the work that is right for them, even if it means taking time to find it.
  • Business students travel to Mexico (29 Photos), Feb 24, 2010
    Over February break 14 juniors and seniors traveled with business teachers Mr. Page and Mr. Gavron to Chiapas, Mexico to learn about sustainable development and fair trade coffee products. Students also toured Mayan ruins and enjoyed life south of the border.
  • Tutwiler: limited parking to be available next year, Feb 24, 2010
    Seniors will have limited access to parking next year due to the efforts of Principal Patrick Tutwiler and other administrative personnel. Details about the new parking plan were revealed at a meeting on Tuesday night...
  • For wrestling, the third time is the charm, Feb 24, 2010
    Last Wednesday, the Wayland wrestling team went up against Pembroke in the Division 3 Dual Meet State Finals. It was Wayland's 3rd trip to the finals in the last 3 years; however, this year was the first that the Warriors managed to come away with first place.
  • The lobbyist stranglehold, Feb 23, 2010
    WSPN political blogger Basil Halperin addresses the third party involved in Washington's political stalemate - and no, it's not Ralph Nader. Instead, it's the lobbyists that are blocking health care and climate legislation...
  • Warriors subdue Patriots in overtime, Feb 23, 2010
    n Friday night, the Warriors closed out the regular season with an intense, and somewhat bizarre, 84-65 victory against Concord-Carlisle. They finished first in the DCL small and are second seed in the Division 3 North section. Their first post-season game is this Friday.
  • Hockey ties Weston, sends six to all-star game, Feb 23, 2010

  • Tryout: A practice with the Wayland Ski Team, Feb 12, 2010
    Sharpening his edges and grabbing his skis, WSPN Staff Reporter Daniel James hit the slopes for another episode of Tryout: the series exploring the various winter sports at Wayland High. In this episode Daniel learns to ski from the masters, and learns what ski team is all about.
  • Warriors hockey takes a step backwards, Feb 12, 2010
    On Thursday, February 11th the Wayland Warriors boys hockey team played Newton South in Watertown. It was a battle between two great goaltenders. The Warriors started off early with a 1st period goal when Eddie “the Sniper” McCarthy dangled his way to the net and beat senior and three-time-DCL all-star, Gabe Fienstein. The goal was assisted by Evan “the Barbarian” Barber. The Warriors had many opportunities to score but shots dinged off the post on numerous occasions.
  • The ups and downs of Senioritis , Feb 12, 2010
    The simple, contagious, and seemingly harmless condition which annually plagues thousands across the country is beginning to claim its victims in larger volume, as 2010ers settle in to the notorious "Second Semester” of high school.
  • Winter Week: Movie producer shows students the big screen, Feb 11, 2010
    Movie producer Bill Haney has been there. He's worked on movies and documentaries all over the world. During Winter Week he showed students excerpts of his work, and spoke about the movie industry.
  • Winter Week: MIT Logarhythms and Wayland Daddios perform, Feb 11, 2010
    The MIT Logarhythms and the Wayland Daddio's performed for audiences in the Little Theater during Winter Week. Check out highlights of their performance...
  • An interview with Lollipop Surprise, Feb 11, 2010
    During Winter Week, the local band Lollipop Surprise, composed of guitarists Ben Wohlfarth and Hannah Mead, keyboardist Lowell Glovsky, bassist Matt Ripley, and drummer Ben Schattenburg, performed an energetic, if somewhat controversial, show for Wayland students.
  • T-Tones win community service fair sing off, Feb 11, 2010
    The Testostertones, Wayland High School's all-male a cappella group, won the Community Service Fair Sing Off at the Chestnut Hill Mall last Sunday. Their prize was 5 hours worth of recording time in a professional recording studio which...
  • Swimmers take first and third at DCL championships, Feb 10, 2010
    Last week, the Warriors started their championship season with Dual County League championships. Both teams were successful, the girls took home first place and the boys took home third.
  • Winter Week: T-Tones, Ms. Nowak, and Ms. Rainoff perform, Feb 10, 2010
    During the last block of Winter Week, WHS students crammed into the L1 performance hall to see the Testostertones, Ms. Nowak, and Ms. Rainoff perform. Check out highlights of the highly popular performance...
  • Winter Week: Sound Sedation Highlights, Feb 10, 2010
    Sophomores Lee Junkin, Adam Tawakol, Oliver Levin, and Willem Wang took center stage during Winter Week as Sound Sedation. Doing a selection of covers and some original work, the group rocked the Little Theater with a guest appearance by Brianna Fay...
  • Winter Week: "The Batman Song" - Sound Sedation, Feb 10, 2010
    Sophomores Lee Junkin, Adam Tawakol, Oliver Levin, and Willem Wang took center stage during Winter Week as Sound Sedation. "The Batman Song" is an original song written by the group.
  • Winter Week: Convicted murderer tells students to consider actions carefully, Feb 10, 2010
    Gator Collet, then 16, was one of three teens convicted in the fatal stabbing of a student at Dartmouth High School on April 12, 1993. He came to WHS during Winter Week to speak to students about his experiences, and the importance of their decisions.
  • Junior wins investment essay award, Feb 10, 2010
    Junior Ben Shelton was awarded the InvestWrite first place high school essay trophy at a surprise presentation in Mr. Gavron's Stocks class Monday morning. The Foundation for Investor Education, holds essay competitions for students in grades 4-12 twice a year...
  • Winter Week: 10 Minute Play Festival (10 Photos), Feb 9, 2010
    2010 brings a new format to the Winter Week Plays: a long-standing Winter Week tradition. This year's 10-minute play format featured a medley of short productions performed for audiences in the L1 performance hall...
  • 10-minute play festival charms audiences, Feb 8, 2010
    Students from all demographics participated in the 10-minute play festival last week, playing characters ranging from eccentric friends at a picnic to boy standing on the ledge of a building. WSPN reporter Kruti Vora reviews the "Side A" plays, from last Thursday night.
  • Winter Week: Hypnotist Show, Feb 8, 2010
    Winter Week rolled in with the traditional hypnotist show featuring Peter Gross, a local hypnotist. See members of the audience step outside their normal selves into a hypnotic state, and do some... peculiar things...
  • A ridiculous policy, Feb 8, 2010
    The Don't Ask, Don't Tell military policy instituted during the Clinton administration states that gay and lesbian people can serve so long as they don't reveal their sexuality. Says junior and WSPN political blogger Basil Halperin of the much debated policy, "I don't get it."
  • Mock Trial wins first two trials, Feb 8, 2010
    Last Wednesday, on February 3rd, the Wayland Mock Trial team went to Waltham City District Court for their second preliminary trial. Wayland won by 2 points, at 105 to 103, against Gann Academy's Mock Trial team, their second win of the season.
  • Winter Week: Basketball player goes abroad, Feb 8, 2010
    Heather Ernest, an athlete who played professional basketball in Europe for 5 years, came to WHS as a part of Winter Week last Friday. She told her story of troubles and triumphs to students and teachers.
  • Winter Week: Harvard Opportunes open Winter Week, Feb 6, 2010
    Winter Week, the week following mid-year exams, is a week where students break from normal classes and attend musical performances, speakers, and other fun events. This year the Harvard Opportunes came out to Wayland High to kick-off the week with a concert in the Field House.
  • Winter Week: Helper Monkeys (10 Photos), Feb 5, 2010
    Helping Hands, an organization that provides helper monkeys for physically disabled people returned to WHS for Winter Week this year...
  • Winter Week: Knitting (27 photos), Feb 5, 2010
    On Friday, several self-proclaimed "chicks with sticks" came in to teach students and teachers the art of knitting. Participants struggled at first, but left at the end of the period with a new confidence in their abilities to knit, purl, and potentially make scarves for loved ones.
  • Winter Week: MIT Logarhythms (24 Photos), Feb 5, 2010
    Beginning the last day of Winter Week in a packed Little Theater, the MIT Logs visited Wayland to perform for students...
  • Swimming wins, wraps up regular season, Feb 4, 2010
    The Wayland Swimming and Diving team entered their final week of meets last week before the upcoming championships. The Warriors closed the regular season with Dual County League opponents Hopkinton and Tyngsboro.
  • HSBC outlines student parking details and roadmap for construction, Feb 4, 2010
    On Wednesday the High School Building Committee answered questions about the project at an open forum. Students were most interested in the topic of student parking, which up until recently appeared to be unlikely next year...
  • Winter Week: We Are Zombie!, Feb 4, 2010
    Juniors Emma Gimlich and Jade Donaldson, the duo that makes up We Are Zombie!, filled L1 with their original sound on Wednesday during Winter Week. Catch their song "Jealousy" and a new untitled track in this highlight video...
  • Winter Week: "Classroom" screening, Feb 4, 2010
    Screening the pilot episode of the WayCAM sitcom "Classroom," the cast and crew showed off their work during an event in L1. Following the screening, there was a live performance giving the audience a preview of the upcoming episode...
  • Winter Week: Belly dancing lessons (38 Photos), Feb 4, 2010
    Wayland alum Alison von Rohr ('09) returned to WHS to give students (and teachers) a crash course in the art of belly dancing. In a lesson complete with traditional garb and sabers, von Rohr taught attendees about the discipline required for dance...
  • Winter Week: Alum's band performs in Little Theater, Feb 4, 2010
    Wayland graduate Carl Sailor's band closed out Thursday's Winter Week festivities in the Little Theater...
  • Winter Week: Ms. Mast teaches yoga (15 Photos), Feb 4, 2010
    One of many Winter Week events on Thursday, Ms. Mast, a guidance counselor at Wayland High, gave students an introduction to Yoga and explained the benefits of incorporating it into one's daily routine...
  • Former olympian tells students to "find the thing you like to do", Feb 4, 2010
    Every serious athlete's dream is to compete as an Olympian on the world stage. The Olympics, an ancient Greek tradition, was originally held to demonstrate physical prowess. These competitors were usually soldiers by trade, and they participated in various events and challenges to show their athleticism outside of war...
  • Winter Week: A Cappella Gallery (39 Photos), Feb 4, 2010
    With exams finished and students ready for Winter Week, Wayland High's A Cappella groups the T-Tones, Madrigals, and Muses kicked off the festivities in a big way with their lunch-time concert on Wednesday...
  • Winter Week: The Daddios (9 Photos), Feb 4, 2010
    The Wayland Daddios visited Wayland High during Winter Week to play with students and teachers. Check out the highlights from their performance on Wednesday in the Little Theater...
  • 10 midterm lessons learned, Feb 3, 2010
    We're well into Winter Week, but it never hurts to look back at those more difficult times and reflect on the lessons learned. 10 things blogger Siddharth Virkud mediates on a few midterm-week truths, for the benefit of future generations.
  • Winter Week: Harvard Opportunes (21 Photos), Feb 3, 2010
    The Harvard Opportunes, Harvard's oldest co-ed A Cappella group kicked off winter week Tuesday with a performance for the whole school in the field house...
  • Winter Week: A Cappella Highlights, Feb 3, 2010
    Winter Week is in full swing when the sound of A Cappella fills the Little Theater. Check out highlights of the lunch-time performance that featured the Wayland High School Muses, Madrigals, and T-Tones...
  • What's in store for Winter Week, Feb 1, 2010
    Want to know what to look forward to during this year's Winter Week? WSPN reporter Allie Gold takes a look at some of 2010's most anticipated events, along with a few much-loved traditional performances which won't be returning this year...

March 2010 ( View complete archive page )

  • NY suicide prompts cyber-bullying awareness , Mar 31, 2010

  • UPDATE: Voluntary evacuation of Pelham Island Rd. (29 photos), Mar 30, 2010
    Residents of Pelham Island Road were encouraged to evacuate their homes Monday night, and the National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for most of Massachusetts.
  • Teachers should give up their parking spots for students, Mar 30, 2010
    "Why should teachers get special treatment when it comes to parking, while students, the future of our great country, are left to divide up the leftovers?" writes David Murphy.
  • An energy policy for the 21st century, Mar 30, 2010
    According to a recent report, the United States is falling behind in clean energy investment. This is unacceptable, writes columnist Basil Halperin. When it comes to energy, the US should become the Saudi Arabia of the 21st century...
  • Rain, rain, go away, Mar 30, 2010
    "During the last two weeks, I've been flooded with things to put in a new post," writes freshman blogger Andrew Marton. This week, he offers a few thoughts on the biblical rains which have recently descended on our town.
  • Waytown Cosmo: Mr. Walsh, Mar 30, 2010
    Unless you are a regular in the Academic Center, you probably don't know much about Mr. Walsh. Waytown Cosmo's own Gabe Sehringer ventured up into the depths of the library to help you remedy that problem...
  • Mass Senate passes anti-junk food legislation, Mar 25, 2010
    The MA State Senate unanimously passed legislation banning junk food in public schools. The bill is expected to be signed by Gov. Patrick in the upcoming weeks. How will this new legislation affect Wayland students and schools?
  • Know what you're eating? Food, Inc. offers new view, Mar 24, 2010
    If you are one of the few brave souls who is concerned about what goes into our bodies and environment, Food, Inc. will treat you to thought-provoking visits to places of mass beef, pork, poultry, and corn production...
  • WHS groups to perform at College A Cappella Night, Mar 24, 2010

  • Reinvigorating America and the Obama presidency, Mar 23, 2010
    Political columnist Basil Halperin gives President Obama some advice on how to strengthen America and improve his chances of re-election at the same time...
  • Senior Show: a review, Mar 18, 2010
    Senior Show premiered last week, and the class of 2010 did not disappoint. All the traditional antics were present, from the parodies of the administration and underclassmen to the boys' and girls' dance routines. WSPN writer Andrew Herstine gives his take on the performance.
  • Coach Parseghian talks Senior Show censorship, Mar 18, 2010
    The Senior Show this past week was marked by controversy, as always, surrounding censorship of certain sketches and the traditional boys' strip tease. WSPN reporter Avery Salitsky sat down with Dean of Students, Scott Parseghian, to discuss the administration's policies.
  • UPDATED: Flooded roads continue to cause traffic (47 Photos), Mar 17, 2010
    Heavy rain has caused severe flooding in a number of key intersections in Wayland, resulting in delays for students during their morning commute, and difficulty for residents trying to get home...
  • 10 reasons to join us, Mar 16, 2010
    With course selections coming up, 10 things blogger Siddharth Virkud has decided to remind the WHS student population of all the perks of being a WSPN staff member. (And by "perks", we mean free food....)
  • The fruits of engagement, Mar 16, 2010
    Political columnist Basil Halperin examines just how successful the Obama administration's policy of engagement has been in co-opting countries hostile to American interests...
  • Senior Show 2010 (41 Photos), Mar 15, 2010
    One of the most highly anticipated events of the year, the Class of 2010 put on the traditional Senior Show last weekend to the whoops and cheers of the underclassman...
  • Waytown Cosmo: Caleb Greenawalt, Mar 14, 2010
    Yes, we know that you have always secretly wondered what it's like to be Caleb Greenawalt. So now, we've solved that problem for you. Waytown Cosmo caught up with the junior recently to talk about everything from breakfast cereal to teen magazines.
  • Abandoning our allies, Mar 11, 2010
    President Obama's critics have targeted his engagement with hostile countries, like Venezeula, Iran, and Russia, but not as much has been said about his relations with American allies. Political blogger Basil Halperin offers his criticism on recent engagement with Colombia, South Korea, and Turkey.
  • Winter athletics wrap-up, Mar 10, 2010
    With the spring sports season officially underway, WSPN sports editor Andrew Herstine takes a look at the achievements of Wayland teams during the winter sports season.
  • Annual "String Jamboree" held in field house (23 Photos), Mar 8, 2010
    On February 25th, all of the orchestra students in Wayland packed into the high school's field house for the annual "String Jamboree." Featured in the jamboree are students all the way from their first year playing, to high school seniors playing their last string jam...
  • Music to our ears , Mar 8, 2010
    Freshman blogger Andrew Marton spent some time at both Bandfest and String Jamboree last week, and has returned from those traditional district-wide concerts with some reflections to share...
  • Tryout: A practice with Wayland Diving, Mar 8, 2010
    Jumping in his bathing suit, and conquering his fear of water, WSPN Staff Reporter Daniel James jumped in with the divers to explore the world of Wayland Diving. Tryout is the WSPN series exploring the many winter sports on campus.
  • Students play district-wide "Band Fest" (17 Photos), Mar 7, 2010
    High School band students joined students from all over the district for the annual Band Fest. Band Fest features first year band students from the fifth grade all the way through students in their senior year of high school.
  • And we all lived happily ever after?, Mar 2, 2010
    WSPN political blogger Basil Halperin points out that, while the budget and parking problems WHS currently faces are not as bad as originally thought, we're not out of the woods just yet...

April 2010 ( View complete archive page )

  • For a stronger American economy, Apr 28, 2010
    WSPN political blogger doesn't give out praise easily, so you know it means something when he says a piece of legislation is not just good, but smart. The legislation in question? Financial reform regulation, a hot-button topic in the Capitol this week...
  • Student journalists receive top honors, Apr 28, 2010
    WSPN won its third consecutive Pacemaker award from the National Student Press Association over vacation. Staff members were present at the NSPA convention last week to receive the award.
  • Exchange students bid farewell to Wayland, Apr 27, 2010
    After spending the last three weeks with Wayland students, exchange students from India bid farewell to Wayland High, but not before putting on a farewell show for students in the L1 black box theater.
  • Are students as scandalous as youth surveys suggest?, Apr 17, 2010
    "Teens often underestimate the power of their words, and likewise, the power of their jokes," writes Zoe Corner. Students who lie on the annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey don't understand that their actions will have consequences for the whole community...
  • Mother-son duo reflects on teen alcohol abuse, Apr 16, 2010
    Every day, seven thousand youths under the age of 16 start drinking alcohol. Toren Volkmann, co-author of From Binge to Blackout, was one of these youths. Volkmann spoke to the Wayland community about his rocky history with alcohol...
  • Students explore ancient times through Classics Day (16 Photos), Apr 15, 2010
    WHS students taking Latin IV went to the College of the Holy Cross to celebrate the 30th Annual Classics Day last Thursday. Over 400 students from all over the greater Worcester area attended this event to take part in chariot races, costume contests, and trivia related to Roman culture.
  • WHS physical education is not effective , Apr 15, 2010
    "There is a vast gap between expectation and reality with physical education," write seniors Sasha Pansovoy and Ben Schattenburg. Is gym class at Wayland High an effective and efficient way of keeping us fit?
  • Ask Vilma: The distance question, Apr 13, 2010

  • Casinos in Massachusetts: a bad gamble, Apr 13, 2010
    With state budgets hurting, it’s not surprising that some are coming up with unorthodox solutions to budget gaps. One would hope, however, that these are smart solutions.The one offered by House Speaker DeLeo and Gov. Patrick most definitely is not.
  • Boys Lacrosse falls to Weston Wildcats (16 Photos), Apr 11, 2010
    Last Tuesday, the Wayland Boy's Varsity lacrosse team fell to rival Weston Wildcats in a heart-breaking overtime loss...
  • Girls lacrosse lets season opener slip away, Apr 9, 2010

  • Betsy Gavron chosen as new middle school principal, Apr 9, 2010
    After several months of deliberations, Superintendent Gary Burton, the School Committee, and the Middle School decided to appoint current vice-principal Betsy Gavron as the new principal...
  • The Eagles drummer gives VIP tickets to fundraiser, Apr 6, 2010
    Scott Crago, drummer for The Eagles, recently donated tickets to the Eagle's upcoming Long Road Out of Eden tour in order to raise money for the band program at WHS.
  • Macbeth "full of sound and fury" in L1, Apr 5, 2010
    The Wayland High School Theater Ensemble has turned back to Shakespeare after a few years of spring play festivals to put on Macbeth. Shakespeare's story of witches, ghosts, and treachery will be performed in the L1 Black Box theater Wednesday April 7th through Saturday April 10th...
  • Delaney honored with memorial travel award, Apr 5, 2010

  • Spring sports season warms up (39 photos), Apr 4, 2010
    Even with all the rain, spring sports have begun. Eleven teams are looking to have successful and winning seasons, setting high goals. Tryouts have been wrapped up and teams have started to prepare for the final season of the school year.
  • Obama signs healthcare bill, Wayland reacts, Apr 4, 2010
    After President Obama signed health care reform legislation into law on Tuesday, WSPN decided to take a look at how Wayland students were reacting...
  • 2010 football season canceled, Apr 1, 2010
    Wayland will not have a 2010 football season due to a Dual County League boycott of all MIAA football games. Whether the sport will resume play afterwards is unclear.
  • Kelly Clarkson to perform at WHS graduation, Apr 1, 2010
    Kelly Clarkson, winner of the first season of the hit Fox singing competition, American Idol, will perform at the Wayland High School Class of 2010 graduation ceremony in June.
  • Space on ark limited, town begins random lottery, Apr 1, 2010
    State officials have confirmed that the entire town of Wayland will be under water within a matter of days, and an ark is being built to carry residents to safety. Space on the ark however, is limited and will be doled out by lottery...

May 2010 ( View complete archive page )

  • Traditional brunch to see off Class of 2010, May 31, 2010
    The sophomore-senior brunch is not exactly what its name would suggest. Every year, the sophomore class funds a breakfast for outgoing seniors, and members of the sophomore executive board act as servers for the meal. Where did this odd tradition come from?
  • T-Tones record album with competition prize (27 Photos), May 26, 2010
    The Wayland High School Testostertones, the all-male a cappella group on campus, recently won the Community Fair Sing Off at the Chestnut Hill Mall. The grand prize was a trip to a Bristol Studios recording studio, where they recorded their new album.
  • Emily Wright wins InvestWrite competition, May 26, 2010
    Senior Emily Wright won the Massachusetts InvestWrite spring essay competition with a paper assigned to her in Mr. Gavron's Investing of the Creative Economy class. She is the second Wayland Student to win the award, following Ben Shelton last fall.
  • Seniors celebrate final days (13 Photos), May 26, 2010
    Just days away from their final day of high school, seniors biked to school on Wednesday, and some participated in "bring a suspicious drink to school day." They kicked off a barbecue in their empty parking lot last block...
  • Election day brings ice cream for all (20 Photos), May 26, 2010
    At the end of May with temperatures are in the 90s, there's only one good way to cope. Student Council ran their annual Free Ice Cream Day....
  • Seniors continue "bike lot" tradition (6 Photos), May 26, 2010
    Last year for their senior prank, the Class of 2009 had a parking snafu by switching spots with the juniors, and throwing a beach party in their lot. As punishment, the administration banned them from parking on campus for a few days. Looking to make the best of the situation, the seniors biked to school, and parked their bikes in their parking spots.
  • Window's "City Rhythms" rocks the house , May 26, 2010
    Last Thursday through Saturday evenings were busy ones in Wayland High School’s Little Theater, where the Window Dance Ensemble performed a collection of dances centered on the theme New York, in a show called City Rhythms.
  • Pre-Prom 2010 (111 Photos), May 25, 2010
    It's an inevitable springtime ritual - the limos, the dresses, the tuxes, the chaos. The class of 2011's junior prom was last Friday evening, but before the big event, everyone descended on the high school for the annual Pre-Prom.
  • Class of 2010 reflects on time at Wayland, May 23, 2010
    Starting their last week of classes, WSPN caught up with a handful of seniors and asked them to tell us the best (and worst) experiences they've had at Wayland...
  • Mock Car Crash (Audio Slideshow), May 23, 2010
    Preparing for the prom and graduation season, Wayland Police and Fire gave Wayland students a first-hand look at what happens after a serious accident. The mock crash gives a chilling example of the potential consequences of driving under the influence...
  • Tryout: A practice with Wayland Basketball, May 19, 2010
    WSPN Staff Reporter Daniel James hits the court, a place where he feels comfortable, to practice with the girls basketball team. Does Daniel have what it takes to keep up with these fierce competitors?
  • Window brings "City Rhythms" to audiences, May 19, 2010
    The Wayland High dance troupe Window put on their annual spring show for audiences last weekend. With the guiding theme of "City Rhythms," Window brought a variety of dance and song genres to the Little Theater stage, including modern hip-hop, and traditional ballet...
  • Prom: a dream or a nightmare?, May 18, 2010
    The dictionary states that prom means, "a formal dance, especially one held by a high school or college class at the end of an academic year". For most high school students, however, prom is much more than a single sentence definition.
  • Staff-student talent show to benefit cancer research, May 18, 2010
    The second annual staff-student talent show will be held on Thursday, May 20. The event will raise money for science teachers Helen Rainoff and Corey Lowen's run to raise funds for cancer research. There will be two shows on, one at 5 PM and one at 7 PM.
  • Wayland students walk in Relay for Life (32 Photos), May 17, 2010
    Wayland and Weston community members overcame their town rivalry and spent over twelve hours at camped out on Weston High's football field this past weekend, all in the name of a greater cause: the fight against cancer.
  • Ross wins state Senate special election, May 17, 2010
    Republican Richard Ross bested Democrat Peter Smulowitz in a special state Senate election to fill Scott Brown's vacant seat last Tuesday, and now represents Wayland and other communities in the Massachusetts legislature...
  • Town Meeting and the requirements of democracy, May 17, 2010
    Columnist Basil Halperin discusses the characteristics of a healthy democracy, and what Wayland voters need to do to maintain the integrity of Wayland's Town Meeting...
  • Budget debate dominates Town Meeting, May 15, 2010
    On Thursday, at the first night of Town Meeting, debate over the budget dominated discussion, which kept 300 town residents up until 11:45 that night. The meeting will continue on Monday, May 17th...
  • Track and field competes at Concord-Carlisle (19 Photos), May 14, 2010
    The boys and girls track and field teams competed in their last regular meet of the season on Wednesday, at Concord-Carlisle. Both teams won over Tynsborough, 112 to 27 for the boys and 83 to 62 for the girls. However, only the boys were able to defeat DCL giant Concord-Carlisle, winning 76 to 68. The girls team lost to the home team, 108 to 32. With the season at its close, the Wayland boys are officially undefeated in the DCL Small. "It was a great conclusion to our regular season and took contributions from the whole team," said head coach Peter Galalis. "The guys worked hard and deserved their championship." Next week, the best of the best will compete at the DCL varsity and junior varsity championships on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
  • 10 suggestions for Senior Assassin safety items, May 11, 2010
    Cautious Senior Assassin players are parading around campus cradling pineapples for protection this week. WSPN's 10 things has a couple other suggestions for interesting safety items...
  • UPDATED: Proposed recreation center up for vote, May 11, 2010
    Article 25 proposes the building of a town recreation center on Route 30. The needs of sports teams, chemical contamination, wildlife, and traffic are just a few of the issues being debated in relation to the proposal...
  • Students travel to Nicaragua over April break, May 11, 2010

  • Waiting for a legal immigration overhaul, May 11, 2010
    With competitors like China, India, and Brazil fast on our heels, we need expanded immigration for skilled workers, writes WSPN political columnist Basil Halperin...
  • Administration: this is our turf!, May 10, 2010
    A longstanding rule barring students from using the athletic fields behind the academic building during thescho
  • Proposal would bring electronic voting to Town Meeting, May 10, 2010
    If approved at Town Meeting in May Article 22 (Electronic Voting at Town Meeting) would allow residents to vote on proposals by electronic device...
  • UPDATE: Spring sports highlights (38 Photos), May 10, 2010
    The Warriors take to the field, track, mound, and court during the Spring season for some fierce competition from neighboring DCL towns...
  • Senior assassin game returns to campus, May 5, 2010

  • Proposals to watch during Town Meeting, May 5, 2010
    Forty articles are up for review during the annual Town Meeting on May 13th, according to the town warrant. Here are five proposals to look for...
  • Wayland youth celebrate cultural heritage (36 Photos), May 5, 2010
    The annual Wayland World Cultural program was Sunday May 2nd at the Loker school in Wayland. The day, which is geared towards Elementary school students, is a celebration of the many cultures in Wayland. Community members experience dances, music, food, and presentations about different cultures. Students are given a passport to "travel" and immerse themselves in the unknown.
  • Highlights of Macbeth in the Black Box Theater, May 4, 2010
    Missed Macbeth? Catch the latest highlights from the Wayland High School Theatre Ensemble's latest performance in the Black Box Theatre...
  • Baseball starts season strong in DCL Small, May 3, 2010
    With four wins and three losses, Wayland baseball has started off the season undefeated against its fellow Dual County League Small teams, proving the strength of this year's veteran team.

June 2010 ( View complete archive page )

  • New high school project breaks ground, Jun 22, 2010
    Construction on the new high school broke ground on Tuesday, June 22nd. Wayland High School staff and the community at large came together just a day after the school year ended to celebrate the commencement of a project which has been in the works since 2002.
  • Good luck, gals, Jun 20, 2010
    Have you ever witnessed a girl being put down simply for being a girl? Is sexism an issue at Wayland High School? Graduated senior Sasha Panosovoy thinks so, and she has more than a little bit to say about it.
  • Vida Secreta: Inside look into Spanish teacher's 'double life', Jun 11, 2010
    Many students know Lisa Nowak as a faculty member, a coach, and a mentor, but few of us know that she is also a wrestler, rugby player, world traveler and musician...
  • Campaign poster graffiti sparks debate, Jun 10, 2010
    Some time ago, at an unknown hour, and by an unknown person with an unknown motive, the 3 words "is a fag" were written on a freshman's campaign poster. Students and teachers had a wide range of reactions...
  • On the phone with Wayland grad Sam Adams, Jun 10, 2010
    A 2006 graduate of WHS, musician Sam Adams has risen to fame with his EP Boston's Boy. WSPN caught up with Adams to discuss his career, his music, and his time at WHS...
  • Class of 2010 Graduation (24 Photos), Jun 8, 2010
    Clad in white and black graduation robes, the Class of 2010 attended their high school graduation in the field house on Sunday, June 6th 2010.
  • Anti-human trafficking barbeque (26 Photos), Jun 4, 2010
    Teacher Daniel Gavin's Honors United States History class is currently running an anti-human trafficking awareness campaign. Over the past few weeks, the have held multiple bake sales, a movie night, and an after-school barbeque.
  • Town Pool project begins, sections of old building torn down (38 Photos), Jun 4, 2010
    The Wayland Town Pool, a long time staple next to the High School campus, is being partially torn down. The project is beginning only a few months before construction on a new high school begins. Parts of the building are being kept and remodeled, while other areas are being torn down completely. WSPN has been tracking the progress of the deconstruction, shown above...
  • In playoffs, girls lacrosse wins upset, Jun 3, 2010
    Wayland girls lacrosse beat undefeated St. Mary's of Lynn yesterday by a score of 17-7 in their first tournament game. The ninth-seeded Warriors went to Lynn and upset the eighth-seeded Spartans. The Warriors never trailed and began to pull away at the start of the second half.
  • WSPN Debate: Sexting.... trashy or acceptable?, Jun 3, 2010

  • Sexting epidemic strikes nation, Jun 2, 2010
    "Sexting" is the sending of sexually explicit electronic messages or photos. It is an epidemic that has confronted many school communities across the U.S., impacting millions of students and their families.
  • Indian students talk cultural differences, Jun 2, 2010
    WSPN Staff sat down with Indian-American students to talk about their cultural history, and elements they choose to incorporate into their own lives.
  • Spring Outdoor A Cappella Concert (Audio Slideshow), Jun 2, 2010
    The Wayland Commuity gathered in the courtyard by the Arts Building hanging for a final concert from Wayland High's three A Cappella groups. Performances include the Muses, T-Tones, and Madrigals...
  • Students and staff shine in talent show, Jun 2, 2010
    Staff and students brought out their shocking and awe-inspiring talents to support science teacher Helen Rainoff and Corey Lowen's summer run to fight Leukemia and Lymphoma. Students played music, read poetry, and other incredible feats to raise money.

September 2010 ( View complete archive page )

  • 10 things on Siddharth’s agenda, Sep 30, 2010

  • Freshmen elect Executive Board officers, Sep 29, 2010
    During homeroom Wednesday September 29th, the freshman class of 2014 voted for their Executive Board Officers. E-board officers are responsible for fundraising and organizing class events.
  • China flexes its muscles, Sep 28, 2010
    WSPN political blogger takes on the recent diplomatic crisis between China and Japan, and explains his attitude towards China's growing power and aggression in the global sphere.
  • Wayland upsets #10 Westford Academy, 36-7, Sep 28, 2010
    Wayland Warriors stunned the Westford Academy Grey Ghosts on Friday night with a 36-7 blow out. Going into the game, Westford Academy was ranked 10th in the Boston Globe’s Eastern Massachusetts High School Football Standings.
  • Boys soccer to play in Kicks for Cancer, Sep 24, 2010
    Bub, Aunt Susan, and Grammy. These are among the names that twenty-five high school boys and two coaches will wear on their backs Saturday night, when the Warriors trade in their usual jerseys for pink oness bearing the names of loved ones who have fought cancer.
  • What happens when the Republicans win?, Sep 21, 2010
    Pundits and political analysts are predicting major windfalls for the Republican party this election cycle. So, WSPN political blogger Basil Halperin is taking a moment to ask: what will politics in Washington look like if the GOP takes control of the House?
  • Warriors tame Lions 21-6 in Thursday night football (36 Photos), Sep 20, 2010

  • Aer to drop second demo, Sep 19, 2010
    Senior Carter Schultz and David von Mering started out just messing around on GarageBand, but on Sunday they'll be releasing their second demo, the ten-track "Water on the Moon".
  • WSPN Newsletter: Earthquakes and the Candy Fair, Sep 18, 2010

  • Meet the Freshmen (Class of 2014), Sep 17, 2010
    WSPN Senior Reporter Daniel James caught up with the Class of 2014 during the annual WHS Club Fair. Hear from the freshmen about their experiences so far at the high school, and a brief look at the club fair.
  • Annual WHS Club Fair ’10 (67 Photos), Sep 16, 2010
    Robotics, Foreign Film, and Amnesty International are just three of the many clubs on campus. The annual club fair was held in the main courtyard this year for clubs to show off their clubs (and candy) to the school community.
  • Massachusetts voters cast ballots in primaries, Sep 15, 2010
    Voters yesterday went to the polls to vote in several primary races ahead of the November general election
  • The economy, in perspective, Sep 14, 2010
    Columnist Basil Halperin reviews the economic history of the past three years, from the 2008 freefall to the current anemic recovery, concluding that - as bad as things are right now - it could have been worse.
  • Boys Soccer shuts out Newton South 3-2 (16 Photos), Sep 13, 2010
    The Wayland High School Boys Varsity Soccer team started the season off with a bang defeating Dual County League (DCL) foe Newton South 3-2. The Warriors went on a scoring spree early in the game, earning all three of their goals in the first ten minutes of play.
  • Warriors struggle to throw off King Phillip, Sep 13, 2010
    On Friday night Wayland High School was the host of the clash of the Warriors. The Wayland and King Phillip Warriors battled to a 28-14 finish, in favor of King Phillip. Led by the 6'2", 302 lbs senior running back Chris Cacciola, King Phillip’s three-headed running monster, rushed for almost 400 yards on the ground.
  • Warriors fall to King Phillip in first game of season (53 Photos), Sep 12, 2010
    The Warriors fought valiantly in their first game against King Phillip, but fell 28-14 to the team which was ranked #15th in the state by The Boston Globe. The first game of the season brought out Warriors fans from WHS and from years past...
  • WSPN Newsletter: Tradition lives on, Sep 10, 2010

  • Sussman's summer film five, Sep 8, 2010
    WSPN's new movie blogger Jacob Sussman has been busy this summer working his way down his must-watch movie list. To kick things off, here's a taste of a few of his favorites from this summer season...

October 2010 ( View complete archive page )

  • Class of 2011 celebrates Halloween (121 Photos), Oct 29, 2010
    Smurfs, Teletubbies, marshmallows and movie characters all appeared on campus today. The senior class of 2011 (and some teachers) got creative and stepped into costumes in the Halloween spirit...
  • Field hockey becomes DCL champions in final seconds of game (72 Photos), Oct 28, 2010
    In a game that came down to the last 20 seconds of game play, Wayland inched out in-front of Concord, scoring a the first and only goal of the game in the final moments of the second half.
  • Masquerade Concert ’10 (30 Photos), Oct 28, 2010
    Orchestra and Chorus members got into costume for their 9th annual masquerade concert at Wayland Middle School. Check out some of the best costumes captured by WSPN reporter Gabe Sehringer...
  • WHS grad runs for Secretary of the Commonwealth, Oct 27, 2010
    Wayland High School alum James Henderson (class of '83) is making a run for Secretary of the Commonwealth this November. Running as an independent, Henderson is pushing for transparency and technological reforms .
  • METCO students face commuting challenges, Oct 27, 2010
    Imagine waking up earlier than usual, walking to a T station and then getting on a school bus for the half hour, 21.6 mile journey to get to school. For the 134 Wayland METCO students, 48 of whom are high schoolers, this schedule is very much a reality every school day.
  • Boys soccer advances to tournament with defeat of Arlington (34 Photos), Oct 24, 2010
    The varsity boys soccer team narrowly beat the Arlington Spy Ponders 3-2 last Friday, in an evening game under the lights on Wayland's turf field. The Senior Night win secured the Warriors' spot in tournament.
  • Opinion: is the Tea Party a threat to the Democrats?, Oct 24, 2010
    Writer Ben Rabin explains his views on Tea Party, whose quick rise to prominence on the American political scene has invoked a wide variety of reactions, from support to anger, from excitement to disbelief.
  • A play on stage, and on the air, Oct 22, 2010
    Radio, aliens, and the 1930s will all be mixed in WHSTE's fall production, based on the book War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. Drama teacher Richard Weingartener wants to finish off the Little Theater's lifetime with a performance to remember...
  • Freshmen Fears: embarrassing moments recounted, Oct 21, 2010
    Many freshmen have awkward and embarrassing moments as they learn the ropes of a new school. As a result of being the lowest on the totem pole, freshman are often singled out. Students recount their embarrassing moments, and why their 'freshmen moments stand out.
  • Students wear purple against homophobic bullying, Oct 20, 2010
    The Gay-Straight Alliance is supporting a nationwide movement to wear purple today, in honor of six boys from across the country who took their own lives as a response to bullying over their sexuality...
  • Field hockey sticks it to MS, ties Weston 1-1 (40 Photos), Oct 19, 2010

  • Stop idolizing the Founders, Oct 18, 2010
    What do the Founding Fathers - Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and company - have to do with Pavlov's dog and dinner bell? When it comes to U.S. politics, a fair amount, according to WSPN political blogger Basil Halperin...
  • UPDATE: Girls hockey team in danger, Oct 14, 2010
    The Wayland-Weston girls hockey team has been put on hold because it lacks enough players to form a full team. To solve the issue, the group has submitted a petition to the MIAA to allow the high school team to include eighth graders.
  • Mid-season sports update (27 Photos), Oct 14, 2010

  • Teachers’ contract negotiations stalled, Oct 14, 2010
    Negotiations over the new contract between the town of Wayland and the Wayland Teachers’ Association, the local teacher’s union, have dragged on in recent months, leaving teachers working under an outdated contract.
  • Movie Review: The Social Network, Oct 13, 2010
    WSPN movie blogger Jacob Sussman reviews The Social Network, the much-hyped film which traces Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's time at Harvard and the creation Facebook, the world's most popular social networking site and a major procrastination tool for many high school students...
  • Justice Smith: from athlete to athletic director, Oct 12, 2010
    Wayland's new Athletic Director, Justice Smith, has followed a unique path to tour suburban town. He's played football in New York, Boston, and Finland, worked at a correctional school and led a co-ed volleyball team to victory. Read on to find out more...
  • Beyond the turf: the other faces of Friday night football (27 Photos), Oct 12, 2010
    Beyond the turf, there's many events going on at Friday night football games. At the recent A-B game, budding Warriors, cheerleaders, and band members came to watch the game side-by-side with their Wayland High counterparts. Other sights include Seniors working the concession stand, and the "Pie an Administrator/Student" fundraiser run by the junior class of 2012.
  • MA law bans teen phone use behind the wheel, Oct 11, 2010
    A new law that came into effect Thursday, September 30th in Massachusetts aims to end driving while texting. This law, Chapter 155 of the Laws of 2010, makes it illegal for any driver to text behind the wheel and bars junior operators (drivers under the age of eighteen) from any cell phone use whatsoever while driving.
  • Elementary musicians join WHS Pep Band for AB game, Oct 11, 2010

  • Writing Lab brings mixed reactions from underclassmen, Oct 11, 2010
    The Writing Center has been replaced by writing labs, extra periods similar to science lab blocks, for freshmen and sophomores in College Prep level English classes. Is it a successful tradeoff?
  • Thinking for the long-term on Question 3, Oct 11, 2010
    On Election Day, Massachusetts Voters will be asked to consider Question 3, a ballot initiative proposed by a Wayland resident that would slash the sales tax more than half. WSPN political blogger Basil Halperin explains why the short-term benefits of this move are not worth the long-term risks...
  • Spanish exchange program comes to end, Oct 8, 2010
    Have you noticed any new kids around school? Nineteen Spanish exchange students attended Wayland High for two weeks, beginning September 27th. The students went to classes and tried to blend in with their hosts' daily schedules.
  • School community adapts to construction, Oct 8, 2010
    From the beeping and machinery noises in Spanish class, to the mini-earthquakes in early morning psychology, most Wayland High School students and faculty have noticed some form of the construction during their school day. Sounds and vibrations are harmless, but only if they don’t affect the learning and education here at Wayland High School.
  • Crews begin setting steel frame of new high school (25 Photos), Oct 7, 2010
    Construction crews began positioning the steel supports for the new buildings on Thursday. Arriving from Canada, the large beams were trucked in starting at around 5 a.m. Crews began working on the beams for the Academic Building today, positioning just under two dozen beams in a 2-hour time span.
  • Spanish exchange program exposes students to cultural differences, Oct 6, 2010
    What are the major differences attending school on different sides of the world? Students from Wayland are participating in a foreign exchange program with students from Spain to explore that question, and what life is like on both sides of the ocean...
  • McNamara makes history on golf team, Oct 5, 2010
    Sophomore Katherine McNamara became the first girl to ever play for Wayland High School's golf team this fall, making her story on for the history books. The team clinched the state championship last year, and hopes to repeat this season.
  • Students sum up construction experience on old campus, Oct 4, 2010

  • Mikkelsen named student liaison to building project, Oct 4, 2010
    Heard that rumbling noise? It's hard to miss the construction on campus this year. Student liaison Eilif Mikkelsen has been charged with answering students' questions and keeping them up to date on the project's progress...
  • Warriors prey on Westford Academy (64 Photos), Oct 1, 2010
    The Warriors "gained momentum" from defeating Westford according to quarterback Ben Shelton. Westford was ranked #10 in The Boston Globe's Eastern Massachusetts High School Football standings. The huge upset has put the Warriors in good standing against rival Lincoln-Sudbury Friday evening.

November 2010 ( View complete archive page )

  • UPDATED: Students gather to watch “topping off” ceremony (20 photos), Nov 30, 2010
    Students, teachers and members of the Wayland community gathered to watch to "topping off" ceremony for the new high school Tuesday morning. The ceremony is a steel workers tradition and marks the safe construction of the structure of the building.
  • Should we launch a cyber attack against WikiLeaks?, Nov 29, 2010
    Wikileaks has released hundreds of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables to its website, making them available to the American public. Political blogger Basil Halperin explains why such action should be not go unpunished.
  • Last structural beam to be installed in new school, Nov 28, 2010
    On Tuesday, the last structural beam for the new high school will be hoisted into place during homeroom, 56 days since construction workers first started laying beams. The event, a steel-workers' tradition is called a "topping off" ceremony.
  • Wayland grads direct and star in Girlfriend, Nov 28, 2010

  • WSPN NEWSLETTER: Spirit Week, Nov 25, 2010

  • Spirit Week: Highlights from Spirit Day (79 Photos), Nov 24, 2010
    Freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors competed in the third annual Spirit Day sponsored by WHS Student Council. Students battled with their homerooms in activities ranging from kickball, to charades, to song recognition. In the end, just as the previous two years, the seniors came out victorious.
  • Spirit Week: student-staff ultimate frisbee game (24 photos), Nov 24, 2010
    After the third annual Spirit Day, students, teachers and alumni got together on the turf to play a game of ultimate frisbee. WSPN Staff Reporter Jack Case was on hand to capture all of the rips, pulls and hucks.
  • Spirit Week: Dodgeball Tournament (113 Photos), Nov 23, 2010
    The fourth annual Spirit Week Dodgeball Tournament took place on Tuesday November 23 with the usual healthy dose of trash talk, unusual team uniforms, and schoolyard dodgeball skill. Wayland students and teachers took to the court to prove the Wayland High School dodgeball champions.
  • Why oppose smart arms control?, Nov 23, 2010
    "You’d think that everyone would agree on the imperative to reduce nuclear weapons..." writes WSPN political blogger Basil Halperin. In this latest post, Halperin offers up his take on the opposition to the New START nuclear treaty which is currently awaiting ratification by the Senate.
  • Town Pool approaching completion, Nov 22, 2010
    Though by all accounts it will be a close call, the new Wayland Town Pool is scheduled to open November 29, just before Wayland High School swimmers are scheduled to dive in. Though complete funding for the $2.5 million pool has not yet been achieved, construction will continue to completion.
  • Annual Spirit Week begins, Nov 22, 2010
    Wayland High School will hold its third annual Spirit Day on Wednesday, with old traditions and new activities for WHS students to enjoy. This year however will be the beginning of a new tradition, Spirit Week.
  • Town center project moving forward, Nov 22, 2010
    Four years after it was voted in by an 80% margin, the Wayland Town Center project is approaching its final approval. Wayland town officials expect that high school students will be playing Frisbee on the town’s two greens by the spring of 2012.
  • Student bands on performing, influences, Nov 19, 2010
    Students participating in non-school related music groups sometimes miss the limelight on campus. WSPN caught up with students in from a number of groups and discussed influences and their music.
  • Yale improv group, alum to perform at WHS, Nov 17, 2010
    Yale University’s improvisational comedy group, The Purple Crayon, is set to perform a matinee at Wayland High School on November 21st. Wayland High School alum Chris Lash (Class of 2007) is a member of The Purple Crayon cast.
  • Special Town Meeting wrap up, Nov 17, 2010
    WayCAM receives space in the new high school, zoning bylaw amendments rejected, and more at Wayland's Special Town Meeting held Tuesday evening at the Middle School
  • Local summer camp vandalized, Nov 16, 2010
    Over Columbus Day weekend, a case of vandalism was reported at Camp Arrowhead, a summer day camp in Natick for students with special needs. The vandals destroyed approximately $3,500 worth of equipment.
  • The bad kind of deficit-cutting, Nov 16, 2010
    When scare words like “deficit,” “debt,” and “red ink” are thrown around in Washington, what do they actually mean? What's the difference between long-term and short-term deficit? And why does it matter? Political blogger Basil Halperin explains in his latest post...
  • Review: Larry Marrs invades Little Theater, Nov 12, 2010
    Let’s be honest. When hunting for extraterrestrials, science fiction thrillers, and 1930s radio stars, one does not automatically think to check the Little Theater. This week, however, it's the right place to look.
  • Mock Trial season gets underway, Nov 11, 2010
    When it comes to lawyers, case law, and suits, the WHS Mock Trial team has got you covered. The annual audition process has just wrapped up, and soon the season will be underway...
  • 10 oddities from last week, Nov 10, 2010
    Blogger Siddharth Virkud is a keen observer, and more than a few unusual things have caught his attention this past week. On the list? Halloween costumes, the infamous anti-drugs and alcohol posters and the steel framework that's appearing next to our school...
  • Friday’s football game dedicated to veterans, Nov 10, 2010
    Veterans and servicemen in Wayland will be honored at Friday's football game against Bedford, following a ten-year tradition that was started in the wake of September 11th by WHS band teacher Joseph Oneschuk.
  • After The Bell: Tutwiler at home, Nov 9, 2010

  • The Basil Report: This is madness, Nov 9, 2010
    In the wake of last Tuesday's elections, WSPN political blogger takes a tough look at Democrats, Republicans, and the deficit, and concludes that not much make sense. In his words, "Fiscal insanity is now bipartisan."
  • WHS presents War of the Worlds, opens Thursday, Nov 9, 2010
    Wayland High School actors are almost ready to reveal War of the Worlds. WSPN interviews the cast about the play, and their prep work.
  • Grade segregation persists in Commons, Nov 8, 2010
    Freshmen by the snack line, sophomores by the vending machines, juniors near the hot lunch line, and seniors right in the middle. The Commons has long been divided by grade, but what do today's WHS students think of this tradition?

December 2010 ( View complete archive page )

  • The College Conundrum: how to build your resume, Dec 21, 2010
    If you're one of those over-achievers who does everything to do extreme, you're probably completely unfamiliar with the fear that the extracurriculars form on the Common Application can create. For the rest of us, WSPN writer Marissa Daftary has created this handy list of resume-builders to put to use.
  • One team, one girl: Hayward joins wrestling, Dec 20, 2010
    From the turf for field hockey, to the diamond for softball, junior Jessica Hayward has learned what it’s like to train and practice hard in order to achieve her goals. This winter, she is be tackling her toughest athletic goal yet: wrestling.
  • Wayland goes all-out with holiday decorations (31 Photos), Dec 19, 2010
    There may not be any snow on the ground yet in Wayland, but there's no mistaking the time of year with decorations like these.
  • The Disregarded Perspective: an introduction, Dec 16, 2010
    This week, WSPN presents our newest blog, The Disregarded Perspective, written by juniors Iliana Smalanskas and Christine Cocce. Every other Thursday, they'll bring you their take on the latest political issues in Massachusetts and the nation at large.
  • Boys basketball wins home opener (32 Photos), Dec 16, 2010
    The boys varsity basketball team defeated DCL foe Newton South on Tuesday night. The fan section was packed with parents and students for the teams first home game of the season.
  • And One: IBL season debut, Dec 15, 2010
    "After last Tuesday's try-out, the 2010 IBL season was officially underway...Trash talking began soon after," writes WSPN blogger Andrew Herstine in his inaugural post. This new blog, "And One", will follow the IBL league and its eight teams throughout the winter season...
  • The College Conundrum: to write or to wait?, Dec 15, 2010
    Many seniors are currently awaiting early application results with bated breath, but they're also unfortunately in a state of limbo. Start those regular decision applications, knowing very well that you (hopefully!) won't need them, or wait until the last minute? WSPN college application blogger Shensi Ding took a poll to see what seniors are doing...
  • The two Americas, Dec 14, 2010
    As seniors receive their early application notifications, WHS has higher education on the mind. WSPN political blogger Basil Halperin talks about education in America and the world of difference between the experiences of the affluent and the underprivileged.
  • A split "Hereafter" doesn't deliver, Dec 14, 2010
    What happens when we die? Clint Eastwood's latest film, "Hereafter", takes on this unanswerable question, starring Matt Damon as a San Francisco psychic. WSPN staff writer Marissa Daftary offers her view of the movie.
  • Teachers talk favorite duties, Dec 14, 2010

  • Girls hockey ties season opener, 2-2, Dec 13, 2010
    Their season was nearly suspended due to lack of players back in October, but the Wayland-Weston girls hockey team has come out to a strong start in their season opener, tying Dover-Sherborn 2-2.
  • New restaurant offers lively atmosphere, good food, Dec 12, 2010
    Margaritas, a new Mexican restaurant in Framingham, offers a lively atmosphere and good food according to WSPN staff reporters Ally Toto and Erin Curran.
  • Swim team wins first meet in new pool (14 photos), Dec 10, 2010
    The swim team took on Medfield in the first ever swim meet in the recently renovated pool. Both the boys and the girls won the season opening meet.
  • The College Conundrum: on pressing “Submit”, Dec 8, 2010
    This week, we bring to you a brand new blog: The College Conundrum, written by senior Shensi Ding. Every Wednesday, she'll post on the highs and lows of college application season, from essay to submission to the nerve-wracking wait until that letter or email arrives. For this first post, a reflection on finally pressing submit.
  • Opinion: our future and Obama's under the new House, Dec 8, 2010
    Just a few days remain in this lame-duck Congressional session, and a new Republican-led House of Representatives waits in the wings. WSPN writer Ben Rabin weighs in on the future of healthcare and tax cuts under the new House.
  • Sophomore Semi '10 (50 photos), Dec 7, 2010
    The class of 2013 held their Sophomore Semi-Formal last Friday night at the Brae Burn Country Club in Newton, and WSPN photographers Jake Adelman, Brianna Fay, and Riley Starr were there to capture all the action. Check out the sophomores dressed up to the nines and on the dance floor.
  • To freeze, or not to freeze?, Dec 7, 2010
    As Congress prepares to extend Bush-era tax cuts, WSPN political blogger Basil Halperin weighs in on President Obama's repeated concessions to Republicans.
  • Students rally for acceptance at WBC protest, Dec 3, 2010
    The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), based in Topeka, Kansas, is known for protesting military funerals and for a vocal anti-gay, anti-Jewish and anti-Islamic agenda. The group came to Wayland on Friday December 3 to protest at the Islamic Center of Boston. Students and community members used the WBC protest to raise money for the Unity International AIDS Foundation, the Islamic Center of Boston, and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth Group Network of Massachusetts -- causes the WBC opposes.
  • Students and community raise money, counter-protest at Westboro Baptist protest (25 Photos), Dec 3, 2010

  • LIVE BLOG: Students use Westboro Baptist Church protest as fundraiser, Dec 3, 2010
    The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), a group based in Topeka, Kansas known for protesting military funerals and for their vocal anti-gay and anti-Islamic agenda is coming to Wayland on Friday December 3 to protest at the Islamic Center of Boston from 7:50 to 8:20 am.
  • Senior girls battle Weston in annual powder puff game (30 photos), Dec 2, 2010
    After Spirit Day, the Wayland High School senior girls headed over to Weston to take on the Wildcats in the annual powder puff football game. Unfortunately, the Warriors lost, 25-6. WSPN Staff Reporter Jake Adelman captured all of the passes, tackles, and touchdowns.
  • UPDATED: Students plan fundraiser at Westboro Baptist Church's protest, Dec 2, 2010
    The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), a group based in Topeka, Kansas known for protesting military funerals, and a vocal anti-gay and anti-Islamic agenda is coming to Wayland on Friday December 3 to protest at the Islamic Center of Boston from 7:50 to 8:20 am.

January 2011 ( View complete archive page )

  • A warning from across the pond, Jan 25, 2011
    While Washington politicians pursue "cut and grow" economic policies, political blogger Basil Halperin takes a look at our neighbors across the Atlantic to explain why he believes such strategies will fail...
  • Final superintendent candidates tour Wayland schools, Jan 24, 2011
    In the next few days, the Wayland School Committee while pick Wayland's next Superintendent of Schools, replacing longterm Superintendent Dr. Gary Burton. The candidates have been narrowed to three, Anne Wilson, Jonathan Landman, and Paul Stein. All three recently toured the Wayland schools, meeting with students, parents, and teachers.
  • Superintendent Burton presents his last budget , Jan 24, 2011

  • Boys hockey defeats DS, falls to Dracut, Jan 21, 2011
    Wayland boys hockey went 1-1 over the long weekend, losing a game to Dracut, but picking another up against Dover-Sherborn.
  • The James Buchanans of global warming, Jan 21, 2011
    Despite the fact that campus is inundated with snow, political blogger Basil Halperin reminds us that climate change is still an important global issue. But is a republican-led house a fatal threat to climate change legislation?
  • My semester at the Island School, Jan 21, 2011
    At WHS, a normal school day doesn't generally involve kayaking, half-marathons, or lemon sharks. Junior Megan Osborn spent the first half of this school year at the Island School, in Cape Eleuthra, the Bahamas...
  • Making decisions for the new year, Jan 20, 2011
    When it comes to the recent repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the longstanding Clinton era legislation which prevented gay and lesbian soldiers from serving openly in the military, WSPN political bloggers Iliana Smalanskas and Christine Cocce are in favor of equality and change...
  • WHS community talks about Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal, Jan 13, 2011

  • Community reflects on new disciplinary action, Jan 13, 2011
    Up until this year, students disciplined by the school were eventually served Saturday school detentions, which teachers were hired to supervise. However, due to budget restrictions, Saturday school has been replaced with restricted study - an in-school detention served during free blocks.
  • IBL week three: the bank is always open, Jan 12, 2011
    The first uninterrupted week of the season is over, and with it, the last undefeated team fell. Red lost to Blue on Thursday, proving how even the teams are. Blue continues their winning streak, which is now at three, and is arguably the hottest team.
  • 10 tips for snow day virgins , Jan 11, 2011
    Superintendent Dr. Gary Burton, mere months from retirement, has given students that rarest and most coveted of gifts: a snow day. 10 Things blogger Siddharth Virkud reminds of us of all the day's possibilities...
  • It’s always the economy, stupid, Jan 11, 2011
    China is polishing up a new type of missile and a new stealth fighter this week, while the US military is considering nearly $80 billion in cuts over the next five years. Political blogger Basil Halperin explains why: " To quote the political operative James Carville, 'It’s the economy, stupid.'"
  • Swim teams win, senior reaches landmark (20 photos), Jan 7, 2011
    Both the boys and girls swim teams won their meets against DCL Small rival Concord-Carlisle on Thursday. During the meet, senior Ian Stack earned his 1,000th point for the boys swim team, making him only the fifth person ever to reach that landmark.
  • Facebook, online notifications worsen college stress, Jan 4, 2011
    “YALE CLASS OF 2015,” the news feed shouts. “MIT 2015!” “Bye to Boston, Hello Atlanta!” The mind of a senior who hasn’t gotten into college yet is a balloon stretched taut by the tension of online notifications, then punctured by a thousand Facebook status needles.
  • Wrestling defeats DCL favorite Tyngsboro, Jan 4, 2011
    On December 15 2010, Wayland wrestling faced off against DCL favorite Tyngsboro. Entering the last match, Wayland and Tyngsboro were tied, but 103lbs sophomore Nick Coffin won the meet for Wayland with a pin in the last match making the final score 37-31.
  • UPDATED: WHS proposes condom availability for students, Jan 4, 2011
    A new proposal would make condoms available to WHS students, provided they first have a conversation with the school nurse or a guidance counselor about condom use, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and abstinence. The proposal will be sent to the School Committee for approval in January.
  • Old lessons, new methods: health class case studies, Jan 3, 2011
    WHS health teachers are trying to teach old lessons with new methods by using case studies in sophomore classes. These case studies are examples of legal suits filed because of underage drinking. Students take on the role of the prosecution in each case, analyzing the negligence and liability of the defendants.

February 2011 ( View complete archive page )

  • Swimming and Diving season wrap-up, Feb 27, 2011
    The Wayland Swim and Dive team wrapped up its regular season on February 4th. The girls team has a 18-0 record, while the boys are 15-3. Success has continued into the postseason, and swimmers are preparing for States this weekend.
  • Students from across district join in annual Bandfest, Feb 27, 2011
    Every year Wayland bands from across the district gather at the Wayland High School Field House for a night of music from Wayland musicians. Directors Joseph Oneschuk, Diane Muffitt, and Tristie Keenan led students in pieces from a variety of genres. Catch the highlights from the event above.
  • We can want it more than they do, Feb 15, 2011
    As Egyptians celebrate their new-found freedom, across the desert, Israel is keeping a wary eye on the development of the new, (hopefully) democratic government in Cairo. WSPN political blogger Basil Halperin on the what this moment could mean for Israel, Palestine, and peace.
  • Blue takes IBL crown, plus postseason awards, Feb 14, 2011
    The snow on the ground is starting to melt, and the Intramural Basketball League wrapped up their season last week with a championship match between Black and Blue. WSPN blogger Andrew Herstine recounts the final match up and doles out postseason awards to a few outstanding players...
  • Highlights from the Civil Rights Coffeehouse, Feb 14, 2011

  • Love, superficiality, and Valentine’s Day, Feb 14, 2011
    Today is Valentine's Day - that one day in 365 when Cupid, heart-shaped candies, cheesy greeting cards, and love reign above all else. Of course, not everyone is a fan. In this opinion piece, WSPN writer Marissa Daftary voices her complaints.
  • The Scarlett Letters: Feeling blue, Feb 14, 2011
    "Watching Bridget Jone’s Diary and pigging out on dark chocolate was not my ideal Wednesday night..." writes Scarlett in her first blog post. Her weekly blog, The Scarlett Letters, will publish every Monday. In it, Scarlett will recount the high school life and lessons of one teenage girl...
  • Wayland students on Valentine's Day present and past, Feb 13, 2011
    Candy-grams, red and pink colored candies, and love are in the air on the Wayland High School campus. We caught up with students (and a few teachers) for their fond and not-so-fond memories of V-Day's past and present.
  • Updates from a WHS Spanish exchange student, Feb 13, 2011
    A group of Wayland High School student and teachers are currently in Betanzos, Spain, living with students they hosted last fall. WSPN writer Jackson Hubbell is posting updates from the trip. Check back here over the next two weeks to follow their experiences...
  • Winter Week: Lessons from Gator Collet , Feb 10, 2011
    Most teens are used to having their parents nagging ad nauseum to do the right thing and make the right decisions, but last Friday, Wayland High School students heard a first-hand experience of the consequences of making the wrong decisions from the perspective of Gator Collet.
  • Winter Week: Hypnotist Show, Feb 10, 2011
    Hypnotist Peter Gross has been coming to Winter Week to put on a hypnotist show for WHS for many years. Gross was back again this Winter Week delight the audience by making students perform strange and humorous acts. Catch the highlights above.
  • Mr. Conaway: a green hero, Feb 9, 2011
    Pat Conaway, a former WMS special education teacher known as Mr. Con, has devoted much of his time to protecting the environment. From "Buddy Bins" to camping trips, Conaway encourages understanding and care for nature...
  • Wayland duo Aer ventures out into the music scene, Feb 9, 2011
    WSPN caught up with Aer in their homegrown studio to talk about their hopes of making it onto the music scene. Seniors Carter Shultz and David von Mering talk performing, the release of their new album, and more.
  • Winter Week: Journalist Jonathan Elias speaks, Feb 8, 2011
    As a CBS anchor, Wayland dad Jonathan Elias encounters stories of all types, from the tragic to the joyful. He came to Wayland High School during to Winter Week to talk about how he went from a history major with no clue what we wanted to do in life, to an anchor for the 5 o'clock news.
  • Winter Week: Guitarist Tomo Fujita, Feb 8, 2011
    Renown guitarist and Berklee College of Music assistant professor Tomo Fujita once carried 50 tapes and a tape recorder on a high school trip, just because he couldn't survive without the music. He visited Wayland High School during Winter Week to play for students and talk about his experiences.
  • Winter Week: Adam Ezra performs during Monday lunches, Feb 8, 2011
    Adam Ezra, a Wayland High School grad and accomplished Boston area musician, came to perform for students on Monday during all lunches as a part of the annual Winter Week celebration. Ezra was supposed to play last Wednesday, however due to the snow day that performance was cancelled. Catch highlights of Ezra's set above.
  • Fixing the boring stuff, Feb 8, 2011
    It's the details of government, the simple procedural rules, that determine the efficiency of our centuries-old democratic system. In this post, WSPN political blogger Basil Halperin discusses procedural reforms under consideration in the Congress, and why he believes they are absolutely necessary.
  • WSPN announces leadership for 2011-2012 academic year, Feb 7, 2011

  • IBL finals preview, Feb 6, 2011
    The intramural basketball season is quickly approaching its final championship game, which looks to be a close match-up between Black and Blue. IBL blogger Andrew Herstine reviews the last few playoff games, and each team's odds going into this week's championship.
  • Winter Week: Aer performs in L1, Feb 4, 2011
    Aer, a unique musical duo comprised of seniors Carter Shultz and David von Mering, performed during Winter Week to a crowd of fans. Aer has released a number of EPs and demos, most recently one called Water on the Moon. Check out highlights from their performance.
  • Winter Week: Nowak and friends, Feb 4, 2011
    Spanish teacher Lisa Nowak, along with friends Tori Hill and Anna Sharry, as well as LRT teacher Mr. Rizzo and WHS alum Stephen MacGregor performed in L1 during Winter Week. Check out some of the highlights of their guitar-playing and singing.
  • Winter Week: PFLAG, Feb 4, 2011
    This year all sophomores at Wayland High School attended a mandatory assembly in which members of the PFLAG organization spoke about gay, lesbians, bisexual, and trans-gender youth. The speakers included Wayland High School graduates.
  • Winter Week: Dance 360, Feb 4, 2011
    DJ Daniel (Sticky) James, a WHS senior, led students in a Winter Week favorite: Dance 360. Check out some of the students best moves.
  • Winter Week: Zumba with Antje Schaefer (13 photos), Feb 4, 2011
    Antje Schaefer, a Wayland mom and zumba instructor, taught students some new dance moves during Winter Week.
  • Winter Week: New school construction update, Feb 4, 2011
    Today, as part of Winter Week, the High School Building Committee gave an information session to students on the new school project. Project staff talked about features of the new school that are dramatically different from the current setup, including increased windows and the new layout.
  • Winter Week: Tomo Fujita performs, Feb 4, 2011
    Tomo Fujita, a musician and guitar teacher at the Berklee College of Music, came to WHS to perform for students during Winter Week. Fujita has taught greats like John Mayer and plays all genres, from jazz to rock to funk. He also offered advice to aspiring musicians and beginning guitarists.
  • Winter Week: Spoon River review, Feb 4, 2011
    This Thursday night, L1 filled up with eager parents and students, waiting to see the annual Winter Week 10-minute Plays. The last play of the night was Spoon River, a longer play of about 30 minutes and the deserving winner of seven awards at the Emerson Play Festival.
  • Winter Week: Saved by an upstander, Feb 4, 2011
    In the late 1930's and early 1940's, Renna Finder lived through a dark period in human history - the Holocaust. She came to Wayland High School during Winter Week to recount experiences, describing how she was saved by an "upstander", Oskar Schindler.
  • Winter Week: Dance 360 (24 Photos), Feb 4, 2011
    DJ Daniel (Sticky) James, a WHS senior, led students in a dance competition in the Field House during Winter Week.
  • Winter Week: Helping Hands trains monkeys, Feb 4, 2011
    The presentation of non-profit company Helping Hands pasted goofy smiles on Wayland High School student faces this Thursday, as a friendly capuchin monkey named Boo cavorted around L1. Despite the light atmosphere, the purpose of this visit was to educate students about the good such monkeys to do when trained as companions for the physically impaired.
  • Winter Week: Plays in ten minutes - a review, Feb 4, 2011
    Three of the ten 10-minute Winter Week plays were performed in L1 on Thursday, including "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog", "Rainy Afternoon", and "The Profession". Read WSPN writer Marissa Daftary's review here...
  • Winter Week: Jeff Fiske talks game design, Feb 4, 2011
    Jeff Fiske doesn’t just make games. He makes worlds. A professional game designer and Wayland parent, Fiske fell in love with simple board games as a kid, and over the years he's transformed that childhood love into a life-long passion and career. He stopped by WHS to talk to student during Winter Week...
  • Winter Week: music video game developer speaks, Feb 4, 2011
    Video game designer Trevor McEwin came in during Winter Week to talk to Wayland High School students. A video game developer for Seven45 Studios, he makes music games like Power Gig, a Rock Band-like game that uses a real electric guitar.
  • Winter Week: Mrs. Mast teaches yoga (14 photos), Feb 4, 2011
    Guidance counselor and certified yoga instructor Jennifer Mast led students in yoga during Winter Week for the second year in a row.
  • Winter Week: African Drumming Circle (12 Photos) , Feb 4, 2011
    Wayland students got a flavor for African drumming at the African drumming circle. Students were invited to participate, follow a central rhythm, and dance.
  • Winter Week: Gameshow, Feb 4, 2011
    During Winter Week students participated in many events, one of which was a game show held in the Little Theater. Students played a Jeopardy style game show responding to random trivia questions.
  • Winter Week: Climate educator encourages action, Feb 4, 2011
    Winter Week speaker Rouwenna Lamm travels the country speaking to youth about their own power to fight climate change. She spent time with both the junior and senior classes to explain the problems climate change poses and concrete actions students can take against it.
  • Winter Week: Helper monkey on video, Feb 4, 2011
    Every year, Brad Keyes of Helping Hands lures crowds to L1, all eager to meet the helper monkeys that he trains to work with the paralyzed and disabled. Check out highlights from this year's event above.
  • Winter Week: Olympic skater recounts experiences, Feb 3, 2011
    In the winter of 1980, in Lake Placid, New York, all eyes were on Michael Botticelli and Sheryl Franks. The two were competing for a gold medal at the Olympics, and 31 years later, Botticelli has come to WHS to talk about the lessons skating taught him.
  • Winter Week: hip hop dance lessons (17 photos), Feb 3, 2011
    Instructors from the Sudbury House of Dance came to the Field House to teach students hip hop and break-dancing techniques during Winter Week. Check out some of the students trying out their new moves.
  • Winter Week: Highlights of Sound Sedation performance, Feb 3, 2011
    Tasteful blends of alt-rock, reggae, and jam band rhythms filled the Little Theater as Sound Sedation - a band composed of '12 boys - put on their second Winter Week concert. Band members Lee Junkin, Adam Takowol, Willem Wang, and Oliver Levin brought originals and a handful of covers to the stage. Check out highlights from their performance
  • Winter Week: Highlights of Thursday A Cappella, Feb 3, 2011
    On Thursday during lunch the three WHS a capella groups performed in the Little Theater for community members. Catch highlights of the groups and the soloists leaving it all on stage.
  • Winter Week: Mr. Con makes salsa and sandwiches, Feb 3, 2011
    Former WMS special education teacher Pat Conaway taught students how to make salsa during Winter Week. Mr. Con and the students also made sandwiches for people in need. Mr. Con leads multiple social and environmental improvement initiatives for students.
  • "Loose Change" fundraises to build school in Peru, Feb 2, 2011
    This week, a fundraising campaign organized by Wayland mother Antonia Hieronymus seeks to raise $10,000 in order to build a schoolhouse in the rural Peruvian village of Atuen.
  • Egypt, green energy, and a note from the future, Feb 2, 2011
    "Through advanced WSPN technology, I have received a Basil Report written by myself three months in the future," writes political blogger Basil Halperin. As anti-Mubarak riots continue in Egypt, he considers the possible collision of a chaotic Middle East and the American need for oil...
  • IBL teams battle for playoff spots, Feb 1, 2011
    Black is sitting first, Blue is second, Red third, and there's a two-way tie for the fourth and final playoff spot between White and Yellow. With Tuesday’s games postponed, it creates an even messier playoff picture. Here’s a look in at every team to see how we got here.
  • Winter Week: Magician Peter Gross kicks off post-exam tradition (32 photos), Feb 1, 2011
    Magician and hypnotist Peter Gross kicked-off Winter Week 2011 with a comedy-magic show in the Field House. Coach P and other student volunteers joined Gross on-stage in this event to jump start the annual Winter Week tradition following midterm exams.

March 2011 ( View complete archive page )

  • Between Beams: an update on construction progress (40 Photos), Mar 31, 2011
    For those that haven't seen campus lately, and even those who have, a select few have seen some of the progress on the other side of the fence dividing campus. As construction crews work to renovate the Field House and build the two new buildings, we grabbed our hard hats and went inside the construction zone for a sneak peak.
  • Highlights from 2011 Senior Show, Mar 31, 2011
    Taking a new direction with the tradition of Senior Show, the Class of 2011's Senior Show was written for a broader audience, containing less inside jokes, and more accessible humor.
  • Community participates in March Madness pools, Mar 30, 2011
    Every March, the NCAA basketball tournament takes the country by storm. Every year, there are the powerhouses, underdogs and Cinderella stories. Wayland High School is no exception, with many “March Madness” bracket pools being run around school.
  • Chorus serenades New York City (32 Photos), Mar 29, 2011

  • Belle of the Ball drive collects dresses , Mar 24, 2011
    Prom season is in full swing. But in these tough economic times, many families cannot find a way to finance all the luxuries that come with the prom experience. This is where the non-profit organization Belle of the Ball steps in...
  • The Disregarded Perspective: the great communicator?, Mar 23, 2011
    According to WSPN Bloggers Christine Cocce and Iliana Smalanskas, President Obama is nowhere to be seen in this time of crisis. This is a crucial point in our foreign affairs, and we have no leader to look toward. The American people do not know what Obama is planning on doing in Libya, and how far his plans go.
  • Spanish exchange trip (23 photos), Mar 23, 2011
    During February break a group of 18 students and two teachers traveled to the Northern part of Spain on an exchange trip. Wayland students stayed with Spanish students whom they had hosted last October. For the two weeks, the WHS students split their time between attending school and exploring the country.
  • Don’t defund NPR, strengthen it, Mar 23, 2011
    "There’s a reason that Clark Kent and Peter Parker are reporters," writes WSPN political blogger Basil Halperin. Last week, the House voted 228-to-192 to remove federal funding from National Public Radio. Read on for Halperin's opinion on the juncture of government and journalism...
  • Chiropractor's displays brighten town center, Mar 22, 2011
    While travelling down Route 126 in Wayland's town center, most drivers see the relatively standard traffic light and the handful of small shops and offices that line the streets. However, last October, drivers started to see large dummies outside the first building on the north side of the traffic light...
  • Bias-casting: the partisan state of cable news, Mar 22, 2011

  • Business students visit Iceland, Mar 21, 2011
    While most spent their February break skiing, playing in the ocean, or just relaxing in Wayland, business teacher James Page, social studies teacher Erin Lehmann, and their group of 14 business students explored Iceland.
  • Budnick and Quinn to perform with All-Eastern Band, Mar 21, 2011
    From singers to trumpeters to cellists, several hundred of the Northeast's best student musicians will gather in Baltimore, Maryland next week to play in the All-Eastern Band. Wayland High School students Grace Quinn and Ryan Budnick will be among them.
  • The Scarlett Letters: Ivy green, Mar 21, 2011
    College decisions are reaching seniors this month, and almost every member of the class of 2011 is busy wondering whether they'll see a yes, no, or maybe. WSPN blogger Scarlett has a few reflections on her own college process.
  • Playing the blame game, Mar 15, 2011
    This week, political blogger Basil Halperin addresses political movement against public employee unions, the demonization of minority demographics, and ideas which have "more holes than Swiss cheese".
  • Senior Show talks, dances, and cross-dresses, Mar 15, 2011
    Each year, Wayland High School seniors collectively put on a Senior Show. This year's production feature a rendition of Beyonce's Single Ladies, audience participation, lip-syncing, cross-dressing, and plenty of laughs.
  • Boys hockey ends season against Shawsheen, Mar 15, 2011
    Wayland boys hockey played an intense playoff match-up against Shawsheen Tech on Thursday evening. Regular play ended in a 2-2 time, and the Warriors lost when Shawsheen scored a single goal in an overtime shootout.
  • Senior party canceled, administration assures no involvement, Mar 10, 2011

  • Math, science and history curriculum changes planned, Mar 9, 2011
    Taking their cue from the construction outside their windows, teachers are planning some major changes for next years curriculum. In addition to a new Fine Arts requirement, the Math, Science, and Social Studies Departments are also changing their curricula for the 2011-2012 school year.
  • Fine arts requirement: worth it for the willing, Mar 9, 2011
    The Wayland community should embrace the new fine arts requirement, but be prepared for some backlash according to WSPN reporter Aaron Kano-Bower.
  • Fine arts requirement added for incoming freshmen, Mar 9, 2011
    In addition to other academic and physical education requirements, the incoming freshman class will have an additional graduation requirement: four fine arts credits.
  • Principal's e-mail grabs student attention, Mar 4, 2011
    Principal Patrick Tutwiler sent out a controversial email to parents on Monday, in anticipation of next week’s Senior Show and the class-wide celebrations that often follow. WSPN talked to students to hear their reactions on the message.
  • Approach Senior Show after-party sensibly, Mar 4, 2011
    Adults in our community should not look so far ahead to their goal of eliminating dangerous underage consumption that they ignore what is right in front of them. This is the world we live in, and change is slow. This is not the time for adults to dig their heels (or bury their heads) into the ground, because this rigidness has the potential to cause more harm than simply hosting a party.
  • EBM students run businesses, profits go to charity, Mar 4, 2011
    From socks, to aviator sunglasses, to temporary tattoos, campus is flooded each year with products from EBM classes. Business teacher James Page teaches students how to turn an idea into a real, marketable, and profitable product.
  • Juniors start backyard hockey league, Mar 4, 2011
    Every Sunday, the swish of skates on the ice, the steady beat of music, and the loud cheering from the sidelines can be heard throughout junior Lee Junkin;s front yard. They are the sounds of Wayland's Backyard Hockey League, run by high school players who can't seem to get enough of the rink.
  • Educate us, don't control us, Mar 4, 2011
    In an attempt to curtail teenage binge drinking related to the Senior Show, Principal Tutwiler recently sent an e-mail to senior parents asking that they not host post-Senior Show parties this year. There is absolutely nothing he could have done that is more counterproductive to his cause. Principal Tutwiler’s request reflects a fundamental lack of understanding of the Wayland student body, and as a senior of Wayland High School, I want to present my argument and suggest an alternative action that he could still take.
  • What do you want to see the new school buildings called?, Mar 4, 2011
    In less than a year, WHS students will be moving into a new school, leaving the old campus behind. Now is the time to name the new buildings. What would you like them to be called?
  • Bahrain: emotional conflicts, Mar 1, 2011
    It is said that politics stops at the water’s edge. Our partisan disagreements often do not carry over from domestic politics to foreign policy. Though this is partly due to the fact that many agree that the U.S. should present a united front to other countries, it is also because commentators on both sides of our political spectrum often agree on what is best for American interests on the world stage.
  • Hockey league heads to home rink each Sunday (Audio Slideshow), Mar 1, 2011
    Every Sunday, a group of Wayland students descend on junior Lee Junkin's front yard for some healthy, spirited games of hockey. An idea that originally started as more of a joke, the makeshift league has its own set of rules. Some players play for the Boys Hockey team, while others dawn their skates to give them a run for their money. Brianna Fay and Jake Adelman report.

April 2011 ( View complete archive page )

  • Senior Barbeque '11 (37 photos), Apr 30, 2011
    The class of 2011 gathered on campus Friday evening, not for an extra study session, but for a class barbeque. Seniors welcomed the warm weather by playing games ranging from croquet to baseball to bananagrams, while hot dogs and hamburgers (both meat and veggie) cooked on the grill
  • Spring Band Concert (9 photos), Apr 29, 2011
    For the Spring Band Concert on Wednesday, Wayland High School bands, led by Band Director Joseph Oneschuk, played music from cultures all over the world. This included pieces that had distinctly British, Egyptian and Korean melodies and scales.
  • A royal wedding: should we care?, Apr 29, 2011
    Friday, early in the day, Prince William of Wales and Katherine Middleton are set to marry at Westminster Abbey in London. Is this a wedding of noble, influential Englishman or is it a simply an over-hyped pairing of two celebrities whose power is limited to humanitarian work?
  • Prom pressures , Apr 26, 2011
    Prom is fast approaching, and with it, the yearly scramble for dates, dresses and all other traditional prom trappings has begun. WSPN writer Marissa Daftary discusses the annual tension surrounding "prom proposals" and the drama of who asks and who gets asked.
  • From Wayland to Washington, D.C., Apr 16, 2011
    Imagine going from Wayland High School to the Washington, D.C. 1970 WHS graduate Claire Reade has done just that, though admittedly with a few stops along the way. Today, Reade works as an Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs in Washington, D.C.
  • 2011 reflects on experiences during final days, Apr 16, 2011
    With precious few weeks left as Wayland students, members of the Class of 2011 reflect on their time here, and what sticks out the most in their memories.
  • Chappell: an oar, a paintbrush, a camera, Apr 16, 2011
    Senior Catherine Chappell's weapons of choice are a rowing oar, a camera and a paintbrush. Art and rowing are two very different pursuits, but as Chappell says,"When you’re going to do something, you have to put everything you have into it." And so she does...
  • Opinion: Protesting for good or for bad?, Apr 12, 2011
    Utilising social networks like Facebook, Middle Easterners have incited a wave of protests against autocratic regimes. While many of these protests have been successful, it is yet to be seen what the “new” Middle East has in store.
  • WHS swimmers teach strokes to K-8 METCO students (33 photos), Apr 10, 2011
    Wednesdays after-school a group of WHS swimmers head over to the Wayland Community Pool to work with a group of METCO students in grades K-8 with varying swimming abilities. The Water Warriors program was started earlier this year by Wayland sophomore Isabel Schwartz. Schwartz, a swimmer trained on the Wayland Jr. Warriors and member of the high school team, is trying to pass on the techniques she's gained from her swimming experience - as well as a love for the water.
  • The pressure and possibility of a shutdown, Apr 8, 2011
    WIth threats of government shutdown looming today, WSPN political blogger Christine Cocce discusses U.S. debt and its ramifications. What path should Congress take as it tries to fix a national budget crisis?
  • Wayland celebrates Earth Day with town cleanup, Apr 8, 2011
    On Saturday, April 9th, the Wayland Department of Public Works and the Green Team are hosting an Earth Day celebration. Wayland residents are invited to the DPW offices at Wayland Middle School for a day full of activities and education on becoming green.
  • Highlights from College A Cappella (42 Photos), Apr 7, 2011
    Highlights from last week's annual Creative Arts Parents Association's College A Cappella night featured Wayland's three a cappella groups - The Testostertones, The Madrigals, and The Muses - as well as three college groups. UConn’s Completely Different Note, Muhlenberg’s Chaimonics (featuring Wayland alum Ryan Rosenblatt) and Conn College’s Co Co Beaux (featuring Wayland alum Mike Flint) were all featured at the concert.
  • 2013 class runs Jimmy Fund drive , Apr 4, 2011
    In efforts to raise money for the Jimmy Fund, Wayland High School is participating in a five-week rally against cancer. Led by the sophomore class, the fundraiser began on Monday, May 7th.

May 2011 ( View complete archive page )

  • How to be a good senior, May 30, 2011
    With class of 2011 slated to graduate on Sunday, senior Marissa Daftary has some parting words of wisdom for the class of 2012.
  • Script to Screen to host first WHS Movie Festival, May 30, 2011
    Students in the honors Script to Screen class have worked all year to make movies that will be presented next week at the first ever Wayland High School Movie Festival.
  • Seniors celebrate final day, May 27, 2011
    On the final day of their high school career, the class of 2011 continued the WHS tradition of running through the halls. Hoots and hollers were audible throughout the day as the celebration lasted to the final bell.
  • WHS sign vandalized, community reacts, May 23, 2011
    Early Sunday morning, the Wayland Police Department discovered that the Wayland High School sign at the corner of Route 126 and the WHS entrance had been vandalized with spray paint. On the south side of the sign, below the school’s name, the words “IS GAY” were spray-painted in bold black lettering.
  • Pre-prom '11 (72 Photos), May 20, 2011
    Smiles, cameras, tuxedos and high heels overtook the Middle School on Friday evening for pre-prom 2011. The class of 2012 posed for photos with their friends and family before heading off to the big dance.
  • Pre-prom red carpet '11 ( 150 Photos), May 20, 2011
    Sunshine broke through a week of rain to make a guest appearance at pre-prom on Friday, creating some perfect photo ops. The class of 2012 and their dates paraded two-by-two through a balloon arch, into a chaotic and adoring chrowd.
  • Examining the senior slump epidemic, May 19, 2011
    With less than two weeks of school left for the class of 2011, Senior Marissa Daftary explains what it means to fall victim to the senior slump and the ways it affects students.
  • Dylan Sullivan vaults above the norm, May 19, 2011
    Senior Dylan Sullivan lives two lives. On an imaginary scale from sports jock to computer nerd, he manages to fit into both extremes without anything in between. A state champion pole vaulter and avid video gamer, Sullivan is a quiet guy who succeeds at what some would say is the most exotic sport offered at Wayland High School.
  • UPDATED: Students and faculty to perform in third annual talent show, May 18, 2011
    On Wednesday, May 25th, students and staff will take to the stage for the third annual "Wayland's Got Talent". This annual fundraiser was started by science teachers Helen Rainoff and Corrine Lowen to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
  • Restricted study can limit student privileges , May 17, 2011
    As prom night nears, the administration is making sure that all restricted studies are served. Students who fail to do so risk losing the ability to attend prom, a possible incentive for students to serve their restricted studies and avoid getting more.
  • iPass module opened to students, May 17, 2011
    Looking for your grades, disciplinary record, schedule or attendance logs? Check out your newly implemented iStudent account as part of the iPass system.
  • Changes to parking and traffic plans announced, May 16, 2011
    On May 27th, the class of 2011 will leave Wayland High School, subsequently emptying out the senior parking lot. The absence of current seniors, along with other empty parking spots around campus, will open up a potential “free-for-all” parking situation. The administration has put a plan in place to organize the parking for the rest of this year, as well as next year.
  • Curtin to perform senior saxophone concert, May 16, 2011
    Senior Patrick Curtin has been playing the saxophone since he was in fourth grade. Now, eight years and one private tutor later, Curtin will perform in a concert in L1 to show off his talents.
  • Kids to Kids hosts benefit concert (37 photos), May 15, 2011
    Students, parents, teachers and community members gathered on Cochituate Field for an afternoon of music, food and games in order to raise money for Kids to Kids. Attendees got to hear performances by Aer, the WHS A Cappella groups and the Daddy-O’s.
  • Gender gap appears in honors courses, May 13, 2011

  • Window Dance Ensemble to open Thursday night , May 11, 2011
    Window Dance Ensemble is performing in the Little Theater Thursday, May 12th through Saturday, May 14th at 7:30 PM. See a preview of the performance and interviews with ensemble members about preparing for their annual spring show.
  • Caradonna to perform capstone piano recital, May 9, 2011
    Senior Tim Caradonna has been known as "the kid who plays piano" his entire life. On Wednesday, May 11th Caradonna will have the opportunity to showcase his talents in a recital open to the public.
  • Community reacts to death of bin Laden, May 9, 2011
    Since the news broke, the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been a major topic of discussion on campus. See students and teachers reflect on the way he was killed, American responses and if we should be worried going forward.
  • Review: Les Misérables hits the right notes , May 9, 2011
    Last week, the Wayland High School Theater Ensemble performed its last musical in the Little Theater, Les Misérables. The production brought together a large cast of talented singers to perform one of the world's most famous musicals. WSPN writer Aaron Kano-Bower gives his take on the show...
  • Warrior all-stars take on Patriots in Boosters fundraiser (18 photos), May 5, 2011
    The Warrior All-Stars took on the New England Patriots in the annual Boosters fundraising basketball game. The Warriors, consisting of WHS faculty, students and Wayland community members, took to the court with Joe Andruzzi, Brandon Tate, Jermaine Cunningham, Pierre Woods and Benjarvis Green-Ellis.
  • Theater Ensemble presents Les Misérables (Audio Slideshow), May 5, 2011
    This week, the Wayland High School Theater Ensemble (WHSTE) brings criminals, beggars and revolutionaries to the Little Theater's stage. Les Misérables performances run Wednesday through Saturday, at 7:30pm.
  • Community walks in annual Relay For Life (15 photos), May 4, 2011
    Last Saturday, high school students from Wayland and Weston came together to take part in the annual Relay for Life. Teams of children and adults from both towns spent the night at Weston High School, walking around the track and raising money for the American Cancer Society (ACS). The event, sponsored by the ACS, allows members from around the community to come together to remember lost loved ones, and most importantly, fight back against cancer.

June 2011 ( View complete archive page )

  • Gary Burton: saying goodbye after 17 years, Jun 22, 2011
    After seventeen years, the Wayland Public Schools will say goodbye to Superintendent Gary Burton at the end of this month.
  • AP Computer Science class creates computer games, Jun 22, 2011
    Throughout the school year, Wayland High School’s AP Computer Science students are given the information and instructions they need to make their own games and are asked to put their knowledge to the test by designing their own computer game at the end of the year.
  • 2010-2011 year in review (62 photos), Jun 21, 2011
    As the school year comes to a close, WSPN takes a look back at some of the highlights of the 2010-2011 academic year.
  • Remembering Bob Steel, Jun 17, 2011

  • By the numbers: construction, Jun 15, 2011
    You've seen picture, looked at blueprints and heard descriptions, now take a look at the construction of the new school by the numbers.
  • Senior projects offer students an alternative learning opportunity, Jun 14, 2011
    A select group of 15 graduated seniors worked on senior projects during their last five weeks of school, instead of going to many of their classes. These projects provide seniors with an opportunity to explore their interests and discover their passions.
  • Teacher tribute: reflecting on the past, looking to the future, Jun 14, 2011
    Each year, Wayland High School has to say goodbye to a few of its beloved staff members. This year, the WHS community will be losing Mike Rumrill, Emily Norton, Dan Gavin and Bayard Klimasmith.  Though each faculty member has spent a different amount of time in Wayland, their impacts on the school will last for years to come.
  • Students pressured, motivated by siblings, Jun 13, 2011
    All siblings share genes, many share bedrooms and some even share jeans. In a lot of cases though, sibling rivalries extend beyond who gets the bigger slice of cake or who gets to sit in the front seat of the car. When it comes to academics and athletics, many younger siblings feel pressure to live up to the standards set by their older brothers or sisters.
  • Two takes on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides , Jun 13, 2011
    Wayland High School sophomore Jacob Sussman and junior Annelise Cohen offer their opinions on the latest edition in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
  • Fifty things to do before you graduate, Jun 12, 2011
    After talking to graduating seniors and brainstorming in the newsroom, the WSPN Staff has come up with the top 50 things a Wayland High School student should do before he/she graduates from WHS. Which have you done?
  • Wayland musicians to tour Europe, Jun 12, 2011
    Wish you were going to Europe this summer? Over two dozen Wayland High School musicians will travel across the Atlantic Ocean this summer to perform with their orchestras.
  • Class of 2011 graduation speeches, Jun 9, 2011
    On June 5th, Wayland High School's Class of 2011 entered the school as students and left as alumni. Graduation was held on the turf field, and the attendants listened as three members of the class of 2011 delivered their graduation speeches.
  • Chen wins national creative writing award, Jun 8, 2011
    Did you know that junior Jonathan Chen has a passion and aptitude for creative writing? He was recently award a silver medal in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Award competition.
  • Students use MyHometownLink to search for summer jobs, Jun 7, 2011
    Wayland students have begun taking advantage of a new employment resource, MyHometownlink. The only problem is that local adults aren't utilizing the site.
  • UPDATED: Class of 2011 Graduation (40 photos), Jun 5, 2011
    The Wayland High School class of 2011 celebrated their 13 years in the Wayland Public Schools today as they received their diplomas. Principal Patrick Tutwiler told the graduates to "Be present, be someone's hero and be the solution."
  • Movie Festival stars on the red carpet , Jun 4, 2011
    The First annual WHS Movie Festival last week was a red-carpet-affair. Jake Adelman caught up with some of the stars of the movies before they entered the theater.
  • Three ways to reduce student stress, Jun 3, 2011
    Seven juniors have formed a group called De-Stress WHS as a part of their civic action project. Their goal is to alleviate student stress by reforming AP courses, homework and testing days.
  • Alumni launch their own start-ups, Jun 3, 2011
    WHS alumni Max Gredinger, Alex Schultz and George Keeler started their own businesses less than five years out of high school. Find out why they did it, what obstacles they've faced and what their goals for the future are.
  • Civic action projects empower students, Jun 1, 2011
    History teacher Daniel Gavin posed the question, “What is the goal of learning, you know, what’s the goal of school?” The answer: to prepare students for the real world. With that in mind, Gavin assigned his U.S. history students a civic action project.

July 2011 ( View complete archive page )

  • UPDATED 7/16: In loving memory of Lauren Astley, Jul 7, 2011
    Pictures and videos of recent Wayland High School graduate Lauren Astley have covered newspapers and TV. Lauren's death has shocked Wayland in a way no one could ever imagine. Lauren was a Muse and a tennis captain. She was known for her kindness, and her compassion; she had a smile that could brighten anyone's day.

September 2011 ( View complete archive page )

  • Warrior Weekly: Is this how it ends?, Sep 30, 2011
    The Red Sox made history, but not in the way I’m used to. It was a new feeling for my generation of Boston sports fans, but the older generation can tell you that it’s all too familiar.
  • Scrambled: Banana splits and chocolate milk, Sep 27, 2011
    The only foods in the movie are an assortment of colorful bugs and a zebra leg. Of course, I would never suggest eating either of the above. However, watching the movie brought me back about ten years to when my twin sister, neighbor and I would get together almost every day to watch it.
  • Warrior Weekly: Best Week Yet, Sep 26, 2011
    Andrew reflects on the first successful week of Wayland sports. Both the football and volleyball teams earned their first wins of the season, while the powerhouse field hockey team continued to win. Hop on the bandwagon!
  • Compromise on the "Warren Buffett Tax", Sep 26, 2011
    Compromise. That is the only solution to the countries economic crisis according to WSPN Blogger Iliana Smalanskas. First and foremost the US Government must compromise on the "Warren Buffet Tax."
  • Martin Narciso: The art of Krav Maga, Sep 25, 2011
    After school, some Wayland High School students go to sports or play practice. Others head home to study. But two to three days a week, sophomore Martin Narciso drives to Malden for Krav Maga training...
  • Anthoine takes over as WHS golf coach, Sep 23, 2011
    Growing up, one of Anthoine's best friends lived on a golf course. He and his friends could play whenever they wanted. As Anthoine grew up, he continued to find ways to play golf. When he heard about the open coaching job in Wayland he was eager to apply.
  • Scrambled: Fall is here, Sep 20, 2011
    With the arrival of fall comes more homework, college application deadlines, Halloween, football games, apple picking and WSPN Blogger Carolyn Jones' favorite apple pie recipe.
  • Warrior Weekly: Promising signs, Sep 20, 2011
    Andrew Herstine provides a look back on week two in the world of Wayland Warrior sports.
  • Meet the Freshmen (Class of 2015), Sep 19, 2011
    WSPN staffers Evan Barber and Riley Starr talk to members of the class of 2015 at this years Club Fair. Hear what they have to say about their first impressions of Wayland High School.
  • Dr. Stone: I didn't plan on working in schools, but I'm damn glad I did, Sep 18, 2011
    The Greek writing on the chalkboard in Dr. Jim Stone’s office has been there for over seven years. It’s all that remains of an ancient Greek seminar he led for seven students nearly eight years ago.
  • Wayland drops battle of the Warriors (68 Photos), Sep 18, 2011
    Wayland was met with a size differential on Friday night, when the Nauset Regional High School Warriors came to town. The Warriors of Wayland lost 35-21.
  • WHS welcomes exchange student, Hadrien Symon, Sep 17, 2011
    This year, Wayland High School welcomes Hadrien Symon, an international exchange student from Brussels, Belgium. Hadrien came to Wayland through AFS Intercultural Programs, and is being hosted by Zoe Schattenburg and her family.
  • LIVE Football: Wayland vs Concord-Carlisle, Sep 16, 2011

  • Construction project entering final stages (40 photos), Sep 14, 2011
    After almost a year and a half of construction, the new buildings have actually begun to look like a school. Check out the cafeteria, bathrooms, science labs, offices and more.
  • The promise of change, Sep 13, 2011
    The inauguration of President Barack Obama was a cause for high spirits and patriotism for many. America was filled with hope for the “change” which Obama promised. However, America is still waiting for this change to come, especially with respect America’s economy, healthcare and unemployment problems.
  • Ten Years Later: Remembering Jane Louise Simpkin, Sep 12, 2011
    To some it's a mystery, to others a sad reminder, but to the mother and sister of Jane Louise Simpkin, the bench in the quad outside the Arts Building at Wayland High School is a time capsule to a life cut too short by the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.
  • Scrambled: Ellen's butterscotch oatmeal cookies, Sep 12, 2011
    A couple of summers ago, my good friend Mary made them for me and they have been my absolute favorite ever since. The only problem with these cookies is the inability to stop after eating one. As much as this sounds like a cheesy advertisement for potato chips, I've experienced the addiction first hand.
  • Warrior Weekly: Off to a rough start, Sep 12, 2011
    After nearly two weeks of preseason and scrimmages, it was time for the 2011 fall season to officially start. As a whole, the warriors did not get off to the start they wanted; only the field hockey team was victorious. As teams found out, you cannot afford to start slow against Dual-County League (DCL) opponents.
  • Pascual-Leone brothers: We don't really need to talk, we just kinda feel it, Sep 11, 2011
    On a small cement field in Valencia, Spain, thirteen boys stand in a huddle waiting as two captains choose their teams for the upcoming pick-up soccer game. Amongst the group stand Nico and Andres Pascual-Leone, hoping they are picked for the same team. However, if they aren't, it's alright, it's still a game of soccer.
  • Ten Years Later: A better America?, Sep 11, 2011
    A decade past the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Ben Rabin shares his thoughts on how the United States has changed.
  • Ten Years Later: Oneschuk and Halperin perform taps, Sep 11, 2011
    To honor the victims of September 11th, 2001 attacks, Wayland High School band director Joe Oneschuk and WHS senior Erik Halperin played "Taps". They played four times, each time corresponding with one of the crashes.
  • Ten Years Later: Student and staff reflections, Sep 10, 2011
    Students and faculty reflect on their memories of September 11, 2001.
  • Ten Years Later: Teacher memories (podcast), Sep 9, 2011
    On the morning of September 11th, 2001, millions of people across America were glued to the T.V. in shock as the Twin Towers fell. Nobody will be able to forget where they were and what they were doing. WSPN talked to teachers about their memories of that morning.
  • Ten Years Later: How 9/11 changed Stephanie Galvani, Sep 9, 2011
    Ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Jeff Gonski is happily married to Wayland Middle School English teacher Stephanie Galvani. Though much has changed over time, the death of Gonski’s late fiancee Amy Toyen still has a large impact on their lives.
  • Warrior Weekly: Welcome to my world, Sep 7, 2011
    WSPN blogger Andrew Herstine is a self-proclaimed sports junky. He plays, watches and now blogs about all things sports.
  • Ten things you (probably) don't know about me, Sep 5, 2011
    WSPN's new 10 Things blogger, Kyle Robb, shares her goals, memories and eccentricities.
  • Scrambled: inspired to blog, Sep 5, 2011
    Blogger Carolyn Jones shares her inspiration for Scrambled, the cooking blog she will co-author with Ellen Barber. Turns out Carolyn has a knack for old recipes and Biscoff.
  • Mizoguchi: A sense of dynamism in the air, Sep 5, 2011
    After taking a two year leave, Assisstant Principal Allyson Mizoguchi is back this year. She sat down with reporter Kruti Vora to talk about why she was on leave and how she feels about coming back.
  • Warriors prepare for start of fall season, Sep 5, 2011
    Before school started, Wayland athletes took to the field, court and water to prepare for their seasons ahead. Find out what each team has in store for them this fall.

October 2011 ( View complete archive page )

  • Once a warrior, always a warrior, Oct 30, 2011
    Over the years, Wayland High School graduates Scott Parseghian, Sean Chase, Sam Breslin, Dylan Register, Jay Marshall, Chris Newton, Joe Cerrone, Tony Torres and Christian Peña, all of whom played warrior football, returned to coach the WHS team.
  • Warriors defeat Bedford on Senior Night (63 photos), Oct 27, 2011
    Despite the rain, the warriors defeated Bedford 2-0 on Senior Night. The team wore purple in support of guidance counselor Jim Griffin and the fight against pancreatic cancer.
  • Masquerade Concert '11 (33 photos), Oct 27, 2011
    Hippies, nerds and Twister boards all made appearances at the 10th annual Masquerade Concert at the Wayland Middle School auditorium. Check out some of the best costumes worn by the orchestra and chorus members.
  • Field hockey looks to continue success in tournament, Oct 26, 2011
    After a long season, the Warriors have qualified for the state tournament. In order to qualify for the tournament, the team needed to have more wins than loses for finish in the top two in their league. The team has done both.
  • The ten best things about fall, Oct 25, 2011
    Read the conclusion to last weeks post and find out what blogger Kyle Robb thinks are the ten best things about fall.
  • Boys soccer clinches spot in tournament on senior night (28 photos), Oct 24, 2011
    The Wayland Boys Soccer team defeated rival Weston 2-0 Saturday during Senior Night.
  • Warrior Weekly: Sunday Club, Oct 24, 2011
    Sunday Club is when members of my fantasy football league gather to watch all the games together. Usually only two games are on at a time, but NFL RedZone may be the best thing to ever happen to Sundays.
  • Robin Tracy: I haven't experienced a high school campus quite like it, Oct 23, 2011
    Wayland students are starting to get used to Robin Tracy’s new presence in the parking lot and expect to see him outside when they leave, rain or shine.
  • Scrambled: Something sweet, Oct 23, 2011
    Looking for a recipe that is sweet and delicious, but won't take up too much your time and cause you stress? Try Carolyn Jones' great grandmother's toffee squares.
  • Laven featured on From The Top, Oct 22, 2011
    Cellist Andrew Laven has accomplished more than your average teenager. This past Sunday, Laven was on the radio show “From the Top,” a Boston based radio station that showcases talented musicians throughout the country.
  • The Odd Couple: The flu is coming!, Oct 19, 2011
    We all know what comes with the common cold. The cough, sore throat that leaves so many people unable to talk (depending on who gets afflicted with such, that’s not necessarily such a bad thing), the watery eyes, the runny nose, and the sneezes...
  • Ten things to do to change your life, Oct 19, 2011
    Kyle Robb provides ten small changes that can improve your life.
  • Kristine Norrman brings hope to volleyball team, Oct 18, 2011
    New volleyball coach Kristine Norrman brings a new attitude to WHS. Norrman, who started playing volleyball in high school has been playing ever since.
  • Senior year extended by one week, Oct 18, 2011
    “The state mandates that no schools graduate their seniors sooner than 12 days before the last day of school for all students,” said Principal Patrick Tutwiler. “I understand that people are upset, but be that as it may, people should also understand that it’s not something we have flexibility with."
  • Warrior Weekly: The Dog House, Oct 17, 2011
    This week, Blogger Andrew Herstine starts a new segment called The Dog House. The Dog House will be about fantasy football players who have either under or over performed during the week.
  • Friday Night Lights: Warriors fall to LS, Oct 16, 2011
    WSPN's sports team looked at the Warriors football game against Lincoln-Sudbury from all different angles. Check out photos, play-by-play and a By The Numbers feature.
  • Warriors shut out Boston Latin (49 photos), Oct 16, 2011
    With goals from Seniors Matthew Gutschenritter, Nico Pascual-Leone and Alex Orlov, the Warriors defeated Boston Latin, 3-0, earning junior goalie Matt Edwards his first shut out of the season.
  • Asa Hecker: I can make cake taste that good and be that healthy, Oct 16, 2011
    Forced to sit out the Wayland-Weston crew season this fall, Asa Hecker began cooking healthy and tasty desserts. What began as a casual hobbie has now grown into Asa's very own dessert business: Powerhouse Desserts.
  • By the numbers: Friday night lights, Oct 16, 2011

  • Wayland loses water-logged game to Lincoln-Sudbury (55 photos) , Oct 16, 2011
    Despite a delay due to lightning, Wayland and Lincoln-Sudbury battled it out under the lights and in the rain. In the end, Lincoln-Sudbury won, 19-0.
  • Play-by-play: Wayland falls to Lincoln-Sudbury, Oct 14, 2011
    WSPN Co-Sports Editor Jackson Hubbell reported live from Wayland High School as the Wayland Warriors took on Lincoln-Sudbury. Check out the all the most important plays.
  • Political competitors don't procrastinate, Oct 14, 2011
    Many news websites now have an entire section dedicated to the 2012 elections, and debates between candidates are becoming more frequent. The candidates are committed to their fundraising efforts, raising up to tens of millions of dollars for their campaigns. Currently, the front runners for the Republican candidacy are Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Herman Cain.
  • Warriors to take on Lincoln-Sudbury at season midpoint, Oct 14, 2011
    “They’re just a bigger school. That doesn’t mean they have bigger or better players,” said Junior running back Brian Garcia.
  • UPDATED: Open Mic Night to replace Stomp after football game, Oct 13, 2011
    Athletic Director Justice Smith and Band Conductor Joseph Oneschuck, created Open Mic Night to entertain students in a illegal substance free environment after the game. Both wanted an idea that would appeal to everyone on campus.
  • Ten reasons to join student council, Oct 12, 2011
    This week Kyle shares her top 10 reasons to join student council.
  • Scrambled: An apple a day, Oct 12, 2011
    Every time I start getting used to cold weather and the fact that summer is over, mother nature throws us the curveball of a perfect sunny day. Although I can’t say that I’m excited about the cold days to follow, there are still some aspects of fall I can’t get enough of; food wise, it’s apples.
  • Warrior Weekly: We ate the cup, Oct 11, 2011
    It was Friday, I had just lost a round of soccer-golf by a few strokes and a three day weekend was ahead. So what did six of my friends and I decide to do? Eat a Vermonster.
  • Will Sharton: I play better when the team is counting on me, Oct 10, 2011
    This past year, tennis player Novak Djokovic had one of the best seasons in history. Although his record was near perfect, don't be surprised if freshman Will Sharton tops it.
  • The Odd Couple: Hey Folks, Oct 9, 2011
    Welcome to The Odd Couple, your source for all the wandering platitudes and blathering malarkey you can handle.
  • New freshman study policy causes mixed response, Oct 8, 2011
    This year's freshman must meet new requirements to earn their frees.
  • Crew works to prepare for States, Oct 7, 2011
    Are they coming by land or by sea? In the Wayland-Weston crew team's case, you better stay out of the waters because the season is officially in full swing. Not to mention they’re fresh from their 6th consecutive MPRSA Spring State Championship Regatta victory. It is evident the the team has wasted no time since the spring season.
  • Cross Country Festival back for its sixth year, Oct 6, 2011
    This Sunday marks the sixth annual Wayland Cross-Country Festival, a race for children and adults. The event’s goal is to promote fitness for all ages and abilities and is a fundraiser for the Wayland High School cross-country teams.
  • Discussing Drive (review), Oct 4, 2011
    In the movie Drive, director Nicholas Winding Refn’s sophisticated twist on the action-flick genre is a visual treat that will engage audiences with its stunning visuals and sudden escalations of violence. Ryan Gosling plays a stunt driver by day, and a get-away driver by night, who gets entangled in the criminal underworld and has to fight (and drive) his way out.
  • The 10 best Youtube videos, Oct 4, 2011
    Blogger Kyle Robb shares her top ten Youtube videos.
  • Scrambled: Frosting, it's a piece of cake , Oct 4, 2011
    There are several kinds of tips you can use to frost cupcakes (or anything else that needs frosting), and each tip can be used to make multiple designs.
  • Warriors defeat AB in Kicks for Cancer game, Oct 3, 2011
    Saturday night, the Wayland boys soccer team took to the field at rainy Concord Carlisle High School, in the 5th annual Kicks for Cancer fundraiser. The warriors wore pink as they defeated the Acton-Boxborough Colonials 2-1.
  • Moynihan sisters lead Warriors to victory over Lynnfield (41 photos), Oct 3, 2011
    In the charity game for the Kids to Kids Foundation, the Wayland Warriors girls soccer team faced off against the Lynnfield Pioneers. Sophomore Michaela Moynihan scored the first goal midway through the first half. Her sister, senior Maeve Moynihan, scored in the second half to seal the Warriors 2-0 victory.
  • Tyler Perez: I really want to try to be a part of the community, Oct 2, 2011
    Moving to a new school is never easy, but it's especially difficult as a senior. Throw in the fact that it's your second senior year and your twin sister is in college and you have Tyler Perez.

November 2011 ( View complete archive page )

  • Success should be in the eye of the beholder, Nov 30, 2011
    "You need to understand that your future doesn’t ride on one form of success," said WSPN reporter Caitlin O'Keeffe. "Be yourself, and you’ll find yourself where you need to be."
  • Then and Now: How the college process has changed, Nov 30, 2011
    “Don’t let the admissions process define who you are, be confident in what you’re bringing and in who you are,” said Mizoguchi. “They’ll judge and they’ll render this verdict, which may seem cold and it may be wonderful, but don’t let it diminish who you think that you are.”
  • Seniors respond to college interview questions, Nov 30, 2011
    WSPN made a list of some common and some unique college application questions and set out to find students answers.
  • Ten Snapple facts, Nov 29, 2011

  • A cappella concert honors Astley (17 photos), Nov 29, 2011
    This years Pops A Cappella Concert was in honor of Lauren Astley. Admission was free but throughout the performances, donations were accepted for the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Foundation as well as the Jim Griffin Family Trust.
  • New school nears completion, Nov 29, 2011
    Scheduled for completion on January 3rd, the new high school is nearing the end of its 800 day construction period. Now that the building structure is complete, work is now focused on finishing the interior of the new buildings.
  • Winter fine arts concerts to close out Little Theater, Nov 29, 2011
    The winter air in Wayland will be filled with the music of Wayland High School's a cappella, band, orchestra and choral groups in the upcoming weeks.
  • Scrambled: Friendship Bread, Nov 28, 2011

  • Senior girls fall to Weston in powder-puff game, Nov 28, 2011
    It has been more than ten years since Wayland defeated Weston in the annual powder-puff football game. Weston won again last Wednesday for yet another year, defeating the Wayland girls 18-6.
  • Erin Dalbec: The fun part is touring the country with friends, meeting new people and performing, Nov 28, 2011
    From playing the marimba, glockenspiel, drums and bass guitar to singing, Wayland High School's Library Director Erin Dalbec has done her fair share of dabbling in music.
  • Warrior Weekly: Off-season, Nov 27, 2011
    The football team took care of business on Thanksgiving winning the Boston Post Road trophy, 22-20 over Weston. The game started with skydivers delivering the game ball to midfield. Yeah that’s right, skydivers.
  • Spirit Day 2011 (51 photos), Nov 23, 2011
    WHS was decked out with school spirit for the annual spirit day today. The freshmen wore green, sophomores blue, juniors red and seniors wore orange and black. After a day filled with mini games such as minute to win it and charades, this years seniors were victorious.
  • A reason to give thanks, Nov 23, 2011
    This Thanksgiving, I am giving thanks for the community that I live in. Wayland has shown perseverance in the face of hardship and is a gracious community that gives back to people in need.
  • 2011 Dodgeball Tournament (59 photos), Nov 23, 2011
    The annual dodgeball tournament was held this past Tuesday with more contestants than ever before. This year, 24 teams competed for a three hundred dollar cash prize. Although many teams fought valiantly, "The Crew" composed of all seniors took home the trophy and the money.
  • 2011 Dodgeball Tournament, Nov 23, 2011
    WSPN reporter Caitlin O'Keefe caught up with players, coaches and organizers during the annual Spirit Week Dodgeball Tournament.
  • Warrior Weekly: Powder-puff, Nov 22, 2011
    Yup, that’s right, we call our defensive plays with signals, something I’m very proud of. Jess relays the calls from the sidelines onto the field. She has been passing her signal pop quizzes around school, so I’m confident in her ability. In fact, I’m confident in all the girls, and I think we’ll come away with a win in a defensive showdown that'll look a lot like the Alabama-LSU game. Final score prediction: 12-6.
  • Longfritz and Nuss: We see how tough some kids have it in third world countries, Nov 21, 2011
    “That’s the memory that stood out the most to me, even though it wasn’t the prettiest one," she continued. "It was just us four kids in a room by ourselves, with no parents, at a small table with adults and families who were in absolute poverty rushing to get, for example, Band Aids.”
  • Alison Grimm a fitting goodbye to Little Theater, Nov 21, 2011
    The confusion only added to the entertainment of Alison Grimm at the Edge of the World.
  • Behind the scenes of class government planning, Nov 21, 2011
    WSPN takes a behind-the-scenes look at what each grade's E-Board is doing, as well as getting opinions on the value of class government.
  • Scrambled: Pumpkin bars, a Thanksgiving alternative to pie, Nov 21, 2011
    I wish everybody a happy Thanksgiving, filled meals that will remind you of happy memories, both old and new. If you are searching for the perfect Thanksgiving dessert recipe, I promise this one won’t let you down. Make it any time of year to remind you of everything you love about the holidays.
  • Class elections: the good, the bad and the ugly, Nov 21, 2011
    Kruti Vora offers her opinion on school-wide elections and school government.
  • Sophomore E-Board prepares for Semi, Nov 21, 2011
    This year’s sophomore student government has faced difficulty working around strong opinions and a late start. Their plans for early action were put on hold while they transitioned between old advisers and a new one. The responsibilities for sophomore president Josh O’Neil include managing the class Facebook page, scheduling meetings with the class adviser, David Schmirer, and ensuring that meetings and discussions on Facebook run smoothly.
  • Students discuss class government system, Nov 20, 2011
    The student governments at Wayland High School take on responsibilities that include fundraising, planning grade-wide events and selling class merchandise. However, some students feel this work could be carried out by faculty. With the necessity of student government in question, WSPN asked students whether or not they take elections seriously and their feelings on the importance of our student governments.
  • Junior class government prepares for Prom, Nov 20, 2011
    Andrew Lidington examines the class of 2013 Executive Board.
  • Freshmen adapt to new student government, Nov 20, 2011
    The freshmen have recently elected their class officials and hope to make the most of their new student government.
  • Seniors plan for end-of-year activities, Nov 20, 2011
    Lizzy Worstell takes a closer look at what the class of 2012 Executive Board is up to.
  • Tracie Dunn looks to inspire young artists, Nov 20, 2011
    If you take any fine arts classes, chances are you’ve run into Wayland High School’s newest visual arts teacher, Tracie Dunn. Dunn teaches a variety of art classes including Art 1, metalworks and visual photography.
  • Occupy protests take streets of Boston (Audio Slideshow), Nov 17, 2011
    Occupy Wall Street, the parent organization that spawned a global movement. Ever since September 17, people from every walk of life have gathered to give a voice to what they call the "99%".
  • Republican candidates should focus on leadership, not attacks, Nov 17, 2011
    Blogger Iliana Smalanskas discusses the republican candidates and their attempts to beat Obama in the presidential election.
  • Wayland based quartet hopes to spread power of music, Nov 16, 2011
    The CDAL experience opened the quartet’s eyes to new ways they could spread the love of music - and to ways they were already spreading it. Andrew Laven, a junior at Wayland High School, said that he already teaches younger kids, but has recently given thought to a senior project that involves spreading music.
  • Warrior Weekly: Tough way to end, Nov 15, 2011
    Blogger Andrew Herstine reflects on the soccer team's run to the sectional finals, and his career as a whole. Only two fall sports teams remain now as everyone else prepares for the start of the winter season.
  • Culture Committee cancels Club Days, Nov 15, 2011
    Want to make sandwiches for the PB&J club? Want to perfect your spanish in spanish club? Want to discuss the latest book in book club? Well, you’ll have to find time outside of the school day to do so because Wayland High School will no longer have club days.
  • Ten ways to survive the Zombie Apocalypse, Nov 14, 2011
    List blogger Kyle Robb suggests ten wasys to keep safe during a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Cheerleaders compete in North Sectionals (17 photos), Nov 14, 2011
    Coming off their Dual County League Small championship victory, the Wayland High School cheerleading team competed in the North Sectional competition this past Sunday. The warriors finished sixth out of thirteen teams.
  • Kristin Wheeler: You have to shut everything else in and the world out, Nov 14, 2011
    Although most people don’t have experience with archery, for Wayland High School science teacher Kristin Wheeler, archery is her getaway.
  • Students respond to senior year extension, Nov 13, 2011
    Each spring, the underclassmen population looks to the seniors with envy as they graduate early. This year, senior graduation will be one week later than in years past. This unavoidable extension has left students with mixed feelings. WSPN staff gathered the opinions of students by asking about their thoughts on the change.
  • Chitchat with Doug and Matt: Episode two, Nov 11, 2011
    Episode two of chitchat with Doug and Matt brings more tips on how to survive high school, including staying hydrated and smelling nice. Enjoy.
  • Alison Grimm takes over the Little Theater, Nov 10, 2011
    This year’s fall play, Alison Grimm at the edge of the world, will be the last production in the Little Theater before the drama productions move to the new theater in January.
  • Future of Monopoly board unknown, Nov 10, 2011
    For over a decade, the Monopoly board hanging on the side of the Arts Building has become an icon at WHS. Amidst the move to the new buildings, school officials and contractors are still unsure of where to place the Monopoly board in the new school.
  • Graduates, students and teachers reflect on Little Theater, Nov 10, 2011
    After winter vacation, Wayland High School students will be using the theater in the newly built school. Although the new theater has many technological advancements and advantages, many students, graduates, and teachers are sad to see the end of the Little Theater.
  • The Little Theater: Past, present and future, Nov 10, 2011
    Hear what the Little Theater means to WHS alumni, get a preview of the Little Theater's final show, find out what is happening to the Monopoly board and get a sneak peek at the new theater.
  • Comparing the old and new theaters (9 photos), Nov 9, 2011
    Check out some photos comparing the current Little Theater with the theater in the new school.
  • Pacifists at War to sign record deal, Nov 9, 2011
    Pacifists at War, a band including three sophomores at Wayland High School, Matt Cooper, Charlie Cundari and Alex Karle, along with freshman Gabe Bernard of Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, is currently in the process of being signed.
  • Zhao tries her hand at painting, Nov 8, 2011
    Though Zhao has only completed three paintings, she has already cemented her painting process. First, for inspiration, Zhao looks to other artists, pieces and her surroundings. She then tries to incorporate these into her work. Zhao begins to create the painting by making a sketch on canvas, then she adds the background and finally, the acrylic paint.
  • Scrambled: Breakfast, Nov 7, 2011
    My two favorite things about weekends are, not having school, and breakfast. I love that I don’t need to rush out the door with a pop-tart or piece of toast in my hand because I have time to cook a proper meal.
  • Warrior Weekly: A league title and tournaments, Nov 6, 2011
    Andrew Herstine gets back to blogging about the warrior teams after being forced to take a week off by the snow storm.
  • Jerry Lerman: A home away from home, Nov 6, 2011
    Like many other students, senior Jerry Lerman goes to camp during the summer months. Unlike most other students, Lerman goes to camp for an entirely different reason; he goes to help run the camp.
  • Chitchat with Doug and Matt (podcast), Nov 4, 2011
    WSPN reporters Matt Edwards and Doug Curtin sit down for the first of a series of podcasts to talk about corduroy pants and respecting women.
  • Kiefer spreads bread in Astley's honor, Nov 3, 2011
    Karen Kiefer’s daughter, junior McKenna Kiefer, organized Spread the Bread’s 10th anniversary in memory of Lauren Astley, a member of Wayland High School class of 2011 who died in July.
  • Ten ways to celebrate the 7 billionth person, Nov 3, 2011
    Blogger Kyle Robb tells you ten ways to celebrate the population reaching 7,000,000,000 people.
  • Nick Condry: How often do you get to be a model?, Nov 2, 2011
    Designers struggle to tie the bootlaces of a single model just before he takes a step onto the stage while models rush behind him to change their outfits. Just one year ago, WHS junior Nick Condry was one of the models behind the curtains in this chaotic scene.
  • UPDATED: Class of 2012 Halloween (124 photos), Nov 2, 2011
    Two snow days couldn't stop the Class of 2012 from wearing their Halloween costumes to school. Costumes included Polaroid pictures, a Belgian waffle, storm troopers and more.
  • Scrambled: Halloween spider cookies, Nov 1, 2011
    Although we no longer have our block party and have grown out of trick-or-treating, the spider cookie recipe has stuck and it’s now a tradition to make these cookies every year.

December 2011 ( View complete archive page )

  • Scrambled: Holiday cookies, Dec 20, 2011
    I tried a new recipe for sugar cookies this week because I was ready for a change. They turned out well (see the photo above) and the recipe (Chewy Sugar Cookies) is posted for you below. The cookies I usually make aren’t quite as sweet as the ones I made this week.
  • Warrior Weekly: Ends and beginnings, Dec 20, 2011
    We have three days left in the old school. Two little things I’m going to miss are the door to the language building that always gets stuck and the water fountain in the history building that somehow shoots water out of the fountain. The new school will bring new joys, and maybe even some changes to my blog
  • Language Club continues holiday tradition (29 photos), Dec 19, 2011
    This year, the Language Club, led by advisers Laura Huizinga and Melissa Bryant, brought 16 WHS students to the Haitian Multi-Service Center in Dorchester to deliver presents and run activities with low-income children.
  • Hannah Marton: You can try very hard and not succeed, but just keep on going, Dec 19, 2011
    When math teacher Hannah Marton asked band director Joe Oneschuk what instrument she should play, he told her to smile. He observed her smile and said, 'you have an overbite; you should play clarinet.'
  • Pascual-Leone named Scholar All-American, Dec 19, 2011
    On January 14th, 2012, senior Nico Pascual-Leone will receive the 2011 NSCAA High School Scholar All-America award for soccer in Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Girls basketball falls to Concord-Carlisle (54 photos) , Dec 18, 2011
    The Wayland High School girls basketball team took on DCL Small rival Concord-Carlisle. After a hard fought battle, the warriors lost in the final seconds, 39-38.
  • Weighing the value of the Electoral College, Dec 16, 2011
    While doing away with the Electoral College in favor of a popular vote may seem more democratic, it would actually create a whole new set problems for our countries political system.
  • After the Bell: New school edition, Dec 15, 2011
    WSPN reporter Oliver Levin takes you on a tour of the new Wayland High School.
  • Swim team leaves Ashland in its wake (21 photos), Dec 15, 2011
    The Wayland boys and girls swim teams competed with the Ashland Clockers in a dual meet at home on December 14th. Both the boys and girls teams came out on top.
  • Ice rinks to open on Cochituate Ball Field, Dec 14, 2011
    On Saturday, December 17, volunteer groups will construct two ice rinks on Cochituate Ball Field. One rink will be 46 by 146 feet and the other will be 100 by 100 feet. The bigger rink will be for free skating, and the smaller rink will be for hockey players.
  • For better or worse, new school is going digital, Dec 14, 2011
    "Our approach has been that we should give kids what they need to be thinking independently and have access to information. Rather than keeping you away from access to something that we think is a great tool, we are going to give it to you and take care of the issues that go along with it."
  • New school presents opportunity to reevaluate traditions , Dec 14, 2011
    “There are are plenty of opportunities to draw from this building and create new traditions, but the basic ideals behind the traditions we have now are not going to go away.”
  • Examining the culture shift in the new school, Dec 14, 2011
    With the move to the new school approaching quickly, find out how school culture will change in the new school. There will be changes in traditions, technology but not freedoms.
  • Myths about new school debunked, Dec 13, 2011
    In anticipation for the move to the new school, Wayland High School has been buzzing with rumors about the new rules, policies and features of the new campus. WSPN spoke to a number of students about the rumors they had heard, and then went to Dean of Students Scott Parseghian and Principal Patrick Tutwiler to get you the truth about the new high school.
  • Gaining a new school without compromising our freedom, Dec 13, 2011
    Switching schools will be a huge change, but losing their freedoms is one thing students don’t have to worry about says senior Caitlyn Pineault.
  • Michael Gordon: I did it to get the satisfaction of people enjoying the music, Dec 12, 2011
    “I didn’t just do this for the money; I did it for writing the songs, putting them up and just getting the satisfaction of people enjoying the music," said Gordon. "Something I believe is that if you're only making music for the sake of money, then you don’t really care about your music.”
  • Chitchat with Doug and Matt: Episode three, Dec 12, 2011
    Episode three of Chitchat with Doug and Matt stresses the importance of kindness during the holiday season. Doug and Matt welcome guest Christina Barakov to give some advice on how not to swear.
  • Warrior Weekly: IBL preview, Dec 12, 2011
    It’s time to talk about one of the best parts of winter: IBL. I'm a little biased right now, but Purple, my team, might actually have a chance. The league seems to be wide open this year.
  • Boys hockey falls to Blue Hills (18 photos), Dec 11, 2011
    The Warriors took on Blue Hills Regional High School for the first game of the season but lost, 3-2.
  • Preview: Amnesty International Coffeehouse, Dec 9, 2011
    The Amnesty International Coffeehouse is being held from seven to nine o’ clock in the commons this Friday, featuring many local musicians and entertainers. A $5 donation is required upon entry.
  • Voices from the walls of Wayland High School, Dec 9, 2011
    Lucas Boegehold and Rex Provost offer their opinions on the vandalism and deteriorating facilities that have plagued WHS this year.
  • Athletes prepare for winter season, Dec 9, 2011
    Get a preview of the upcoming winter season for the Warriors with photos, a video and player and captain comments in WSPN's latest In-Depth feature.
  • Athletes discuss winter season goals and expectations , Dec 9, 2011
    As the winter season begins, WSPN decided to catch up with winter athletes and hear their thoughts on the upcoming season.
  • Captains comment on upcoming winter season, Dec 9, 2011
    The team is just starting to come together; it looks like we’re gonna have a strong season. I see a lot of potential in the freshman and sophomores. I’m expecting a lot of good things later in the season. I want to place high in DCL’s as well as sectionals. I am looking forward to setting up team dinners and bonding with the team.
  • Team-by-team preview of the winter season, Dec 8, 2011
    WSPN reporters Andrew Herstine and Chris Connell take a look at each winter sports team's upcoming season and suggest some players to watch.
  • Winter teams train for season (21 photos), Dec 8, 2011
    With the winter sports season kicking off, WSPN staff reporter Riley Starr takes us through the practices and tryouts of all the winter teams.
  • 20 student musicians selected for Senior Districts, Dec 8, 2011
    "As we start with the playing though, I start to loosen up and I am able to play what I have worked so hard on," said sophomore Maddie Memoli.
  • One to One Learning Initiative means new laptops for every student, Dec 8, 2011
    “In the One to One Learning Initiative, every student is provided with a laptop. Students can use it all day and at home, though it belongs to the school,” said Wayland High School Principal Patrick Tutwiler.
  • Phoebe Morss runs over the competition, Dec 7, 2011
    Sophomore Phoebe Morss is the fastest runner on the girls cross country team. This year, Morss set a school record. She completed Wayland’s new 5k course in just 20:15. As the season progressed, Morss’s 5k times dropped. She broke the 20 minute barrier with times like 19:40 and 19:50.
  • Scrambled: The versatility of risotto, Dec 7, 2011
    I love risotto because you can make it twice and end up with two completely different meals says Scrambled blogger Carolyn Jones.
  • Ten best ways to spend a Sunday afternoon, Dec 6, 2011
    Kyle Robb tells you her ways to spend a Sunday afternoon. What are your favorite things to do on Sundays?
  • It's time to start a homework revolution, Dec 6, 2011
    It's time to start a homework revolution says WSPN reporters Brianna Fay and Caitlin O'Keeffe. Find out why
  • Warrior Weekly: Something for everyone, Dec 5, 2011
    I do not take advantage of the numerous options. In fact, I can barely stay up on two skates, can’t ski and I can keep afloat in water but can’t really swim. I plan to work on these skills by skiing this winter and playing in the Backyard Hockey League (BYHL) but I'm not sure I really want to give swimming a try.
  • Behind the scenes of the College A Cappella Concert, Dec 5, 2011
    WSPN takes you behind the scenes of the annual College A Cappella concert at Wayland Middle School.
  • Jessica Whittemore: I help them try to have fun and just be themselves, Dec 4, 2011
    “As I got older, competing was no longer my passion when it came to horses, but I knew I didn’t want to give it up altogether. That is what drove me to instructing therapeutic riding lessons,” said Whittemore.
  • The pressures of Sophomore Semi, Dec 4, 2011
    Aidan Falvey and Julia Terranova explain why they believe this year's Semi-Formal dance put more pressure on sophomores than in past years.
  • Sophomore Semi '11 (71 photos), Dec 2, 2011
    As is tradition, the Class of 2014 celebrated together as a grade at their Sophomore Semi last Friday night. Check out some photos of '14 all done up for their semi-formal.
  • Odd couple: Driver's Ed, Dec 2, 2011
    As far as I can tell, there are three types of driving teachers: the competent ones who patiently accept your mistakes and show you how to do better, the annoyed ones who yell at you for your mistakes and the ones who don’t care either way as long as your driving doesn't interrupt their power naps.
  • WHS says goodbye to the old school with lip dub, Dec 2, 2011
    “It’s kind of bittersweet seeing that we will only be on this campus for a few more weeks, and that we will be filming on the last day that we are all together on the current campus,” said Bushee. “I hope everyone gets excited about the lip dub because it will be so cool once we film it.”
  • Cons outweigh pros in Occupy movement, Dec 1, 2011
    While the Occupy protestors may have legitimate goals, the movement itself is causing more problems than it is solving says WSPN Blogger Christine Cocce.
  • College applications consume seniors, Dec 1, 2011
    With early application decisions coming soon, and regular application deadlines approaching, many seniors find themselves consumed by the college application process.
  • Stress management for high school seniors, Dec 1, 2011
    The college process can be one of the most stressful parts of senior year. With more and more pressure to get into top-rated schools, students need to find ways to manage their stress.

January 2012 ( View complete archive page )

  • WW '12: Ebben recounts experience as newscaster, Jan 31, 2012
    CBS News anchor Paula Ebben came to WHS to talk to students about her job, the changes in television news and the royal wedding during Winter Week.
  • WW '12: Inspiring or not?, Jan 31, 2012
    Every year, a different performer, speaker or group kicks off Winter Week. Motivational speaker and expert trainer David Jack started off this year's festivities. Teachers and students offered their opinons after hearing his two presentations.
  • Alumni coaches understand Wayland's tradition, Jan 31, 2012
    Alumni coaches have led Wayland's sports teams to success in recent years. Jackson Hubbell weighs in on if Wayland's teams could use a fresh look.
  • Scrambled: Searching for something new, Jan 31, 2012

  • Paul Stein: I always liked the values of the people that work here, Jan 30, 2012

  • Warrior Weekly: Wayland-Weston, a powerhouse?, Jan 30, 2012
    I mean heck, we play against Acton-Boxborough and Lincoln-Sudbury, who are in the DCL Large, and Concord-Carlise, who is in the DCL Small, still to this day I don’t get how they managed that one, but that's another story. I figure if we have to play against two towns, why can’t we just combine Wayland and Weston?
  • Ten things to do after exams, Jan 25, 2012
    Have plans for after your mid-terms this week? Kyle Robb sure does. Check out the ten best things to do when you finish your exam.
  • How to be a hipster: Identifying your counterparts, Jan 23, 2012
    Do you have your over-sized glasses? Your cat sweater? Your iPhone? There is only so much preparation one can do. Now you have no other choice but to seek out these hipsters and try to win their affection. Catch the next train into Boston and put your new-found hipster knowledge to the test!
  • Joe Porrell: My life has been a great journey, Jan 23, 2012
    “Its been a great 44 years. My life has been a great journey. Its been a lot of fun and the kids are great, but I feel like it is getting near the end,” Porrell said.
  • College art program requirements challenge seniors, Jan 22, 2012
    For students applying to programs in the arts, including architecture and design, the college application process is a highly different experience.
  • Reflecting on lessons learned from Mr. Griffin, Jan 20, 2012
    Arts & Entertainment editor Oliver Levin reflects on his personal interactions with Mr. Griffin and the impact they had on him.
  • Green wins IBL championship (12 photos), Jan 19, 2012
    Emotions were high as the Green team faced off against the Black team in the Intramural Basketball League (IBL) Championship. The Green team, led by senior captain Oliver Levin, won, 40-38, sending Black home with its first loss of the season.
  • A freshman's guide to midterms, Jan 19, 2012
    Midterms are considered to be one of the most stressful times of the year for high school students. They can be even more nerve-wracking for freshmen, who are new to the exam experience. Fear not, freshmen, WSPN is here to answer your questions and help you survive midterms.
  • Ten best things about the new school, Jan 19, 2012

  • Warrior Weekly: The importance of team, Jan 18, 2012
    Just because teams are or aren’t successful doesn’t mean that they do or don’t get along, there is more to sports than that, but in high school sports I think really loving your teammates can win you some games.
  • Zander’s dismissal rash and unwarranted, Jan 18, 2012
    Ben Rabin, a violinist in the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, reacts to the sudden dismissal of the orchestra's conductor of nearly 40 years, Benjamin Zander.
  • Jim Griffin: 1964-2012, Jan 17, 2012
    Wayland High School guidance counselor Jim Griffin died Sunday morning, January 15th, 2012, after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.
  • How to be a hipster: Acting the part, Jan 17, 2012
    Being a hipster is about more than just looking like one. You’ve got to be able to act the part too.
  • Christine Cocce: I never thought I could accomplish something this big, Jan 17, 2012
    Letters for Liberty is a program that sends handwritten, thoughtful notes of appreciation to soldiers overseas. Each letter includes stationary, so soldiers can write home to their loved ones. Over the past year, Letters for Liberty has sent over 120 letters and 240 pieces of stationary to soldiers.
  • NEC students discuss Zander's release, Jan 15, 2012
    The initial shock of losing their conductor led to a difficult transition for some YPO members, many of whom even discussed protesting Zander’s release. Opinions among YPO members regarding the decision to rally were split.
  • Wrestling loses to Waltham, 45-25, Jan 14, 2012
    This past Wednesday, the Wayland Warriors lost their wrestling meet against the Waltham Hawks, 45-25.
  • Cupid takes over girls' basketball team, Jan 13, 2012
    “The bar is certainly set high for us as a team to really build on the chemistry that coach Thompson has established over the last 15 years,” said Cupid. “That’s something that I’ve noticed and appreciated that coach Thompson did.”
  • Compliments, comments and concerns about the new school, Jan 12, 2012
    As Wayland High School continues to move forward in the new chapter of its life, the students of WHS have begun to adjust to their new campus. They have not been shy about voicing their own opinions about the new school and how they’re adapting.
  • Girls hockey team finds its stride, Jan 11, 2012
    It had been two seasons since the Wayland-Weston girls hockey team won a game. On Saturday, December 17, the losing streak ended in dramatic fashion. The Wayland-Weston “Warcats,” were tied 0-0 against Boston Latin.
  • How to be a hipster: Dressing the part, Jan 11, 2012
    A large part of being a hipster is outward appearance. With that being said, the first step in becoming a hipster is knowing how to dress like one.
  • Scrambled: The art of potatoes, Jan 10, 2012
    One tip I want to share with you, no matter what kind of potato dish you’re making, is to salt the potatoes before you cook them. Always add a generous handful of salt to your water if you’re boiling potatoes, or toss the potatoes with salt if you’re roasting them, etc. I usually add a pinch of salt at the end as well.
  • Budnick juggles Ball With Hat, Jan 10, 2012
    Although Budnick personally knows many of his followers, he does have a widespread fan base. Using Google Analytics, Budnick can see that he has people following him from all over the world, including Europe, Russia, South America, Australia and the UK.
  • Warrior Weekly: How to be a fan, Jan 9, 2012
    My last blog was about the importance of fans, and it seems that not a lot of people understood what I meant, so I’ll make it simple for you. The attendance and effort at the boys basketball home opener was disgraceful. Here’s a checklist for fans
  • Alex Roy: There's just something about being on stage, Jan 9, 2012
    “A lot of times, people will say the woman is the picture, and the man is the frame. Well that’s great if you want to get away with doing less, but at the same time, you have to emphasize her beauty, and sometimes it can feel a little bit discouraging because you don’t get to do as much,” said Roy. “It isn’t always the most enjoyable thing.”
  • Fay achieves Eagle Scout rank, Jan 6, 2012
    Fay had to obtain at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service and leadership. Fay also had to complete an Eagle Scout project. Fay's project was to fix up an area in the Sedge Meadow Conservation Area. Now he's an Eagle Scout.
  • The Odd Couple: The prep files, Jan 5, 2012
    I understand that I’m not the authority on all things preppy, I attend a public school and I’ve never been to Nantucket, but I know what it means to be preppy. From a very early age, my mother, a University of Virginia graduate, instilled in my sister and I the value of dressing well and proper etiquette.
  • Boys basketball loses to Westford Academy (47 photos), Jan 4, 2012
    After winning the Ashland Holiday Tournament, the boys varsity basketball team took on the Grey Ghosts of Westford Academy. The Warriors lost, 56-62.
  • Warrior Weekly: The importance of fans, Jan 4, 2012
    In the winter season, fans play more of a role in games than other seasons. I think it has to do with the fact that some winter sports such as basketball and hockey are indoors, which allows fans to be easily heard. It’s hard for even professionals, let alone high school athletes, to deal with the crowd's chatter. Some deal with it better than others, but that’s not what I want to focus on.
  • Community reacts to first day in new school, Jan 3, 2012
    The construction of the new school building has been a continual presence for students at Wayland High School over the past year and a half. As the new school was transforming from blue prints to reality, students began expressing feelings of excitement, nostalgia, and sadness. However, today is the day everyone finds out how they really feel.
  • BATHE to host Rachel's Challenge to jump start new school, Jan 3, 2012
    After the assemblies, a group of 100 select students, as well as a dozen faculty members, will go through a training session led by a member of the Rachel's Challenge staff. This training session will teach students and teachers how to maintain the positive impact of Rachel's Challenge.
  • New lunch options offered in new school, Jan 3, 2012
    “I hope that there will be some kind of suggestion box or way of communicating. We have tons of capabilities now to bring more offers,” said Judd, “a lot of the food is similar, but we’re upgrading the quality of what we bring in and the flexibility which we hope students will like.”
  • Scrambled: Schnecken tradition, Jan 3, 2012
    Last year, for Christmas, my uncle sent my mom and her siblings an issue of Life magazine from December 8th, 1961, two typed out recipes for Schnecken, one written with a type writer and one with a computer, and a letter about the tradition.
  • Shawn Nee: The drive to compete with my teammates keeps me motivated, Jan 2, 2012
    Wayland has a reputation for having one of the strongest swim teams every year. Many Wayland kids join the Wayland Jr. Warriors and work their way up to the high school level. Not all Wayland swimmers compete for the Warriors, though. Shawn Nee, a sophomore at WHS, trains and competes for the Shawmut Aquatics Club.

February 2012 ( View complete archive page )

  • Timeline: Final phase of construction project under way, Feb 29, 2012
    Over the past few weeks, the old Wayland High School has disappeared. Students and teachers watched from the new school as the seven buildings they once occupied were torn down, one by one. The demolition process has many small phases that will take place over the next few months, with the project slated to finish August 17, 2012.
  • Friends of Rachel club aims to bring positive change, Feb 28, 2012
    “Change is hard, in any school climate,” Mast said. “I think a lot will depend on whether or not the group can work together, can the kids feel good about trying to do this, and what kind of feedback they get from the rest of the school.”
  • Kenya Heard: I was really, really shocked, Feb 27, 2012
    Swoosh, nothing but net. Some students may recognize Kenya Heard for her skills on the basketball court, but this year, a different group up people recognized her for her academic achievement in the world of investing
  • Warrior Weekly: State tournaments, Feb 27, 2012
    February break is over and with it the swim, track, wrestling, ski and girls basketball seasons. The only teams that are still playing are the boys and girls hockey teams and the boys basketball team. The rest of the athletes at Wayland High in the off-season. Here’s what you missed over a busy February break.
  • Girls swim team wins sixth state title in seven years, Feb 20, 2012
    The girls' swim and dive team won the MIAA division two state championship at Blodgett Pool at Harvard University Sunday night.
  • Athletes anticipate state tournaments, Feb 19, 2012
    With Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) state tournaments starting soon or already under way, WSPN asked student-athletes about their thoughts on their upcoming competitions.
  • Boys basketball defeats Waltham for DCL title (34 photos), Feb 18, 2012
    On Friday, the Warriors took on the Waltham Hawks for the DCL title. The Warriors came back from a double-digit deficit to win, 51-47.
  • The Odd Couple: College letters and interior design , Feb 17, 2012
    Blogger Andy Marton shares his feelings on the pouring of post PSAT college letters. He has a game plan for all the juniors out there not knowing what to do with all their letters.
  • The beginning of the end, Feb 16, 2012
    What would happen if the world changed in an instant? What if it is changing right now
  • Warrior Weekly: BYHL, Feb 15, 2012
    Although the last few weeks weren’t cold enough for the ice to freeze, this weekend was, and I was able to play for the first time this season. Now, winter sports like skiing, snowboarding and ice skating are not my strength.
  • Examining the Wayland-Weston rivalry, Feb 14, 2012
    WSPN takes a look at the history, meaning and implications of the Wayland-Weston rivalry. Hear what students and coaches have to say about its importance and its influence.
  • Wayland, Weston consider rivalry's implications, Feb 14, 2012
    WSPN caught up with athletes from Wayland and Weston to see their opinions on the historic rivalry between Wayland and Weston.
  • For the love of Valentine's Day, Feb 14, 2012
    WHS community members discuss the importance of Valentine's Day, their favorite memories and the candy gram tradition.
  • The meaning of the rivalry, Feb 14, 2012
    Rivalry, described in the dictionary as “the act of competing or emulating.” A rivalry is made up of three qualities that to ultra competitive situations. Hatred, hype, and most importantly respect.
  • The history of the Wayland-Weston rivalry , Feb 13, 2012
    The exact date and motives behind the the start of the rivalry are unclear, but according to Wayland High School’s Dean of Students, Scott Parseghian, the rivalry is a result of Wayland and Weston being neighboring towns.
  • Delfina Lopez: I feel comfortable here, Feb 13, 2012

  • Scrambled: Getting healthy, Feb 13, 2012
    I’ve never been a huge fan of chicken noodle, so instead I made Tortellini soup. It isn’t heavy, so it is the perfect thing to eat while battling a sensitive stomach.
  • Ski team dresses up for sprints (24 photos), Feb 9, 2012
    The Wayland High School ski team competed in the last nordic ski race of their regular season. Unlike most races, which typically range from three to five kilometers, the last race was about one kilometer long.
  • The Odd Couple: Dressing informally, Feb 9, 2012
    Andy Marton responds to fellow Odd Couple Blogger Josh Mills' Prep Files. You'll be surprised to hear how Andy feels.
  • Warrior Weekly: Patriot problem, Feb 8, 2012
    The Patriots 21-17 super loss hurts, and it hurts badly. But looking at the big picture, it might hurt even more.
  • Town Center project under way, Feb 8, 2012
    After years of debate and planning, construction on the new Wayland Town Center has finally begun.
  • Town Center: Better than a bank, Feb 8, 2012
    What I’m most excited for, though, is the green. The possibilities for events are endless: we can build an ice rink, host town wide parties, fundraisers and even outdoor concerts.
  • By the numbers: Town Center, Feb 8, 2012
    Find out the square footage, number of parking spots, acres of town green and cost of the new Town Center.
  • Students express expectations for new Town Center, Feb 8, 2012
    However, with the new Town Center looming ahead in the future, students have high hopes. Restaurants, new shopping locations, and simply a place to go with friends are common trends among the wishes of students.
  • Construction on Town Center begins, Feb 8, 2012
    After years of planning, the Wayland Town Center begins to take shape.
  • Scrambled: Back to basics, Feb 7, 2012
    It is so easy to forget about the recipes that we grow up with, but there is nothing more satisfying and comforting than making the recipes that remind us of being younger and cheer us up on a bad day. I hope this inspires you to make a batch or homemade chocolate chip cookies, or your own comfort food recipe. Enjoy.
  • Jay Chandler: You just wonder whether you are going to make it or not, and I did, Feb 6, 2012
    As Chandler entered this new chapter of his life, running gradually became more difficult due to the destroyed cartilage that had accumulated in his feet. Although Chandler found other ways to fill up his time, he misses being able to run.
  • WW '12: Chitchat with Doug and Matt live, Feb 4, 2012
    WSPN's own Doug Curtin and Matt Edwards took the stage during Winter Week for their first live performance.
  • WW '12: A Cappella highlights , Feb 4, 2012
    As Winter Week comes to an end, WSPN decided to highlight Friday's a cappella performances.
  • WW '12: O'Heron discusses method to radio's madness, Feb 4, 2012
    O’Heron has met many celebrities such as Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent and Beyonce through these events. He explained that at first working with celebrities may seem demanding, but once you understand their schedules, one can see why their requests are necessary.
  • WW '12: Irish step dancers lead workshop (10 photos), Feb 3, 2012
    Sophomore Rachel Moser-Hardy performed an Irish step dance alongside a fellow Inishfree School of Irish Dance student. After their performance, they led a dancing workshop open to students and teachers.
  • Destruction of old school continues (18 photos), Feb 3, 2012
    Destruction of the old Wayland High School began as soon as students and teachers moved into the new buildings but is not expected to be fully completed until fall 2012. On Friday, February 3, 2012, the old Commons came down.
  • WW '12: For The Children creates birthday boxes (24 photos), Feb 3, 2012
    The For The Children club led a Birthday-In-A-Box workshop where students assembled and decorated shoexboxes containing all the necessities for a birthday party. The boxes will be sent to children in local shelters.
  • WW '12: Kiefer shares power of kindness, Feb 3, 2012
    “Everyone has a story about socks, everyone has a story about bread. Whats your story?” said Kiefer.
  • Ten ideas for future Winter Weeks, Feb 3, 2012
    Senior Blogger Kyle Robb offers ten suggestions for new Winter Week activities.
  • WW '12: Alison Grimm reprised (19 photos), Feb 2, 2012
    Student actors and actresses took to the stage to perform a condensed version of the student-written fall play, Alison Grimm. It was the first performance by the Wayland High School Theatre Ensemble on the new Main Stage.
  • WW '12: Adam Ezra returns to WHS, Feb 2, 2012
    Wayland alumni Adam Ezra returned to Wayland High School for his anual Winter Week performance on Thursday. Ezra entertained the crowd with his guitar, his voice, and some help from the audience.
  • WW '12: Capasso, Freedberg, Wong, Shaw and O'Keeffe perform, Feb 2, 2012
    Juniors Kevin Capasso, Max Freedberg, Austin Wong, James Shaw, and Caitlin O'Keeffe performed a set of cover songs on the main stage on Wednesday.
  • WW '12: Former WBZ arts reporter Kulhawik speaks to students, Feb 2, 2012
    During her 30-year career at WBZ-TV, Kulhawik covered local and national events such as the Oscars, Grammys and Emmys, and has met and interviewed many famous people, including George Clooney, Ben Afflack, Steven Tyler, Ryan Gosling, and Julia Roberts. She even knew Matt Damon as a fourteen year old when his movie career was “just an idea.”
  • WW '12: Habibi and Cooper rock out, Feb 2, 2012
    Sophomores Roxi Habibi and Matt Cooper teamed up with guitars and mics during their performance in the Lecture Hall.
  • WW '12: Daddios combine with Budnick, Laven and Oneschuck, Feb 2, 2012
    The Daddios, a band composed of Wayland parents, came together with Joe Oneschuck, Andrew Laven, and Ryan Budnick to perform during Winter Week.
  • WW '12: Solo and chamber concert (Audio Slideshow), Feb 2, 2012
    Many students performed in the Solo and Chamber Concert on new the auditorium stage this Winter Week. Performances ranged from chorus, to orchestra, to duets and solos.
  • WW '12: Mid Life Crisis, Feb 2, 2012
    Mid Life Crisis, a band made up mostly of Wayland fathers came and performed covers. The band, composed of Steve Robb, Charlie D'Ambrosio, Bob Lutz, James Winokur, and Gena Rider, have come during Winter Week for three consecutive years now.
  • The Girl Scouts of WHS, Feb 2, 2012
    The class of 2012 has a troop of three hard working girls. The class of 2015 also has a small troop of nine girls, most of whom have participated in Girl Scouts since kindergarten. The troops now meet about once or twice every two months.
  • WW '12: Window takes to the Main Stage, Feb 2, 2012
    The Window Dance Ensemble took the stage on Wednesday performing their dances from last year with the returning members. Be on the look-out for this year's company.
  • WW '12: Orlov and Budnick duet , Feb 2, 2012
    Seniors Ryan Budnick and Alex Orlov took out their respective instruments and performed a piece by Beethoven.
  • WW '12: Walnut Hill Performance (Audio Slideshow), Feb 2, 2012
    The Walnut Hill School for the Arts came to WHS this past Wednesday. Check out some of the highlights.
  • WW '12: Conroy speaks with students, Feb 2, 2012
    Students engaged in an open forum with Conroy, similar to what he said goes on in the Massachusetts State House. Conroy encouraged students to speak, asking questions, rather than giving his own opinions.
  • WW '12: Highlights from Winter Week 2012, Feb 1, 2012
    Winter Week 2012 was the first in the new school. Check out some classic Winter Week events as well as some new performers and presenters.
  • WW '12: A Cappella singers perform, reflect, Feb 1, 2012
    Wayland High School's a cappella groups, the Muses, the Madrigals and the T-Tones performed in the new school for the first time for Winter Week 2012.
  • Bomb threat causes evacuation of WMS, Feb 1, 2012
    At 1:08 P.M. on Wednesday, February 1, the Wayland Middle School received a phone call regarding a bomb in the school building. According to Lt. Patrick Swanick, the caller believed a student brought a bomb to school.
  • WW '12: Sound Sedation, Feb 1, 2012
    Seniors Adam Tawakol, Oliver Levin and Lee Junkin, along with junior Max Freedberg make up the band Sound Sedation. This is the third year the group has performed during Winter Week.
  • Students wear purple in Griffin's memory, Feb 1, 2012
    “I think it’s a great way to honor him and his family, and it shows that the community supports him. It's an easy thing to do where everyone is coming together,” said junior Melanie Barber.
  • WW '12: Haney tells stories through film, Feb 1, 2012
    Haney has contributed to fifteen films as either a writer, director or producer. Although he recognizes the diversity of today’s films, Haney explained that most movies are made with a similar structure. This standard structure enables stories to be effectively told within a movie.
  • Mitt Romney is a candidate without principles, Feb 1, 2012
    Ben Rabin shares his opinion on former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's flopping positions on our nation's most important issues.
  • WW '12: Hypnotist show, Feb 1, 2012
    Hypnotist Peter Gross returned to WHS for his annual Winter Week show. This year was Gross' first in the new theater with a new group of students dancing, sleeping and forgetting their names while in a hypnotic state.

March 2012 ( View complete archive page )

  • WSPN hosts debate for selectman candidates, Mar 30, 2012
    Thursday, March 29, WSPN hosted a debate at Wayland High School for the selectman candidates. All four candidates, Chris Brown, Ed Collins, Douglas Leard and Susan Pope, participated.
  • Advisory groups set to launch fall 2012, Mar 28, 2012
    “Advisory is typically defined as a small group of students who meet with an adviser, or advisers, and separate from the core curriculum,” said Allyson Mizoguchi, Wayland High School's vice principal.
  • Scrambled: Fudge pie, Mar 27, 2012
    When it comes to warming myself up, I have three tactics: fuzzy socks, my Snuggie and a delicious helping of a warm and gooey dessert, in this case a fudge pie.
  • June Kim: It feels a little strange because I've lost that connection with my homeland, Mar 26, 2012
    Senior June Kim entered the office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) during the last holiday vacation to take a short test that would determine whether or not she could become a US citizen.
  • New electives offered for 2012-13 school year, Mar 26, 2012
    When choosing classes for the 2012-2013 school year, students will have several more options. All the classes offered this year will be available next year and many departments have created new courses.
  • Turf deemed off-limits for students during school, Mar 23, 2012
    Thursday morning, Dean of Students Scott Parseghian made an announcement prohibiting the use of the turf field during the school day. The new rule was created due to large amounts of garbage left on the field.
  • Scrambled: Spring smoothies, Mar 21, 2012
    Happy spring! Even though we hardly had a winter, I’m so excited for the warm weather. To celebrate, I went home and made one of my favorite warm weather snacks, a banana smoothie.
  • Shawmut Construction saves Monopoly board, Mar 20, 2012
    The Monopoly board is currently in storage but there are no plans for where the Monopoly Board will be hung on the new school.
  • Poets aim to inspire students , Mar 19, 2012
    Poets Regie Gibson, Sofia Snow, Marlon Carey, and April Ranger performed in the auditorium for students. Snow, Carey, and Ranger competed to get the highest score, given by student judges, to win the slam.
  • Warrior Weekly: Spring is in the air, Mar 19, 2012
    I’ll be doing something for the first time in my high school career, playing baseball. For the first three years I played lacrosse, but this spring I decided to give baseball another try. I often get asked why, and plain and simple it’s just what I wanted to do. I only get one more chance to play baseball, so I figured why not give it a shot?
  • Nikhil Mysore: It's so easy to get lost into, Mar 19, 2012

  • CAPA presents spring College A Cappella Concert (27 photos), Mar 18, 2012
    The annual College A Cappella Concert took to the WHS Mainstage for the first time ever. The Bostonians (BC), the MIT Logs, the Voicemale (Brandeis) and WHS's three groups all performed.
  • The five pillars of a successful Senior Show, Mar 17, 2012
    But what really makes a good Senior Show? No matter what, every show is bound to get a few laughs, but here are my top five criteria for what makes a perfect Senior Show.
  • Sounds of winter (Multimedia Collection), Mar 15, 2012
    Each winter, Wayland student musicians, from strings to band to jazz, gather to show off their talents at their respective concerts.
  • Over 400 students from across district perform in String Jamboree, Mar 15, 2012
    The annual String Jamboree brings together string players from grade three to grade twelve. This year, over four hundred students gathered in the Field House for the concert.
  • Student musicians play in annual Bandfest (Audio Slideshow), Mar 15, 2012
    February 16, students and their parents from around Wayland gathered in the Field House for this year's Bandfest.
  • Students perform at 2012 Jazz Night (34 photos), Mar 15, 2012
    This year's annual Jazz Night took place in the Wayland Middle School Auditorium and feature WMS and WHS musicians.
  • Senior Show 2012 (36 photos), Mar 13, 2012
    On March 9th and 10th, the class of 2012 took the stage of the new auditorium to perform the annual Senior Show. Here are some of the highlights.
  • Warrior Weekly: Hockey wins, Madness begins, Mar 12, 2012
    This has easily been the most thrilling weekend I’ve ever had in high school. It all started with two killer performances of the Senior Show on Friday and Saturday, and it was just capped off with a boys hockey victory.
  • Maddie, Cashen and Emma Conroy: It's hard for people to get to know just me, Mar 12, 2012
    Once the sisters reached high school, some of their classes began to overlap. This year, all three of them are in the same Spanish class. The triplets tend to sit away from each other in class, looking to spend time with other friends they see less often.
  • Students anticipate, respond to Poetry Slam, Mar 7, 2012
    WHS students share their expectations for, and reactions to, Friday's Poetry Slam.
  • An inside look at Senior Show past and present, Mar 7, 2012
    WSPN provides a glance into the planning of this year's Senior Show, the expectations for this year and the history of Senior Shows at Wayland High School.
  • Regulations and expectations for the 2012 Senior Show, Mar 7, 2012
    Every year around the beginning of March, the senior class can be seen working hard everyday after school in preparation for the highly anticipated Senior Show. As most members of the WHS community know, the show is usually accompanied by drama, both on and off the stage, concerning the performance itself as well as the traditional post-show celebrations.
  • Behind the scenes of the 2012 Senior Show, Mar 7, 2012
    WSPN caught up with the class of 2012 to discuss the work that goes into the Senior Show. ....
  • The history of Senior Show, Mar 6, 2012
    Featuring dances, talent, comedy and a variety of other skits, Senior Show has become a longtime Wayland High School tradition.
  • Boys basketball defeats Hamilton-Wenham (Audio Slideshow), Mar 6, 2012
    In the MIAA North semi-finals Wayland came out victorious, 59-46. After a slow start the warriors picked up the pace, scoring 18 points in the fourth quarter. ...
  • Scrambled: When things don't go your way, Mar 6, 2012
    Red, green or turquoise, this recipe comes out well every time. The cake is moist, and there is always plenty of extra frosting. I recommend putting an oversized scoop on each cupcake. I really hope you try this recipe because no matter what color, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy!
  • Warrior Weekly: State tournaments part II, Mar 5, 2012
    It’s March and it finally feels like winter, does that mean it won’t be spring until June? I hope not, but the winter weather came just in time for the state playoffs. With the girls hockey, boys hockey and boys basketball teams all playing last week, it was a great time to follow Warrior sports.
  • Students visit France, reflect (35 photos), Mar 5, 2012
    WSPN reporters Alex Erdekian and Ally Toto visited France over February vacation with a group of students to sightsee and stay in a French home. During the trip, they reflected on different aspects of their experience.
  • Jennifer Mast: If you give it a few chances, you'll find what works for you, Mar 5, 2012
    “If you’re going to give yoga a try, give it two or three tries. Often times, it can feel like anything brand new, a little intimidating at first. But if you give it a few chances, you’ll find what works for you,” said guidance counselor Jennifer Mast.
  • Senior Assassins game not allowed on school grounds, Mar 2, 2012
    Dean of Sudents Scott Parseghian announced that this year, the senior Assassin game will not be permitted on school grounds. According to Principal Pat Tutwiler, students have not respected administrators' set parameters for the game in past years.
  • Comedian Jimmy Tingle speaks in Walden Forum, Mar 1, 2012
    Being a political comedian allows Tingle to express his opinions on matters that he considers important. Tingle explained that unlike politicians, he has the freedom to say what he believes without worrying about a target demographic of voters.

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May 2012 ( View complete archive page )

  • By the numbers: Script to Screen, May 30, 2012
    WSPN took another look at the Script to Screen movie festival and crunched the numbers. Check out some statistics that WSPN found!
  • Student-written films premiere at festival, May 30, 2012
    While most Wayland High School classes involve taking tests and writing papers, the Script to Screen course offers students the hands-on experience of creating their own movies. On Wednesday, May 23, the products of this class, the films Molineux, Behind Closed Doors and preFAMOUS, premiered during the second annual Script to Screen film festival.
  • A successful movie night, May 30, 2012
    Miss the Script to Screen movie festival? Check out what WSPN staffer Elizabeth Karpacz had to say on each movie and the festival as a whole.
  • Students gather at Script to Screen red carpet premiere, May 30, 2012
    For the second annual Script to Screen movie festival, students gathered on the red carpet to premiere their productions.
  • Seniors reflect on high school memories , May 30, 2012
    With the class of 2012 about to complete their high school careers, WSPN decided to catch up with them to talk about some high school memories and what they'll miss most about WHS.
  • Script to Screen festival showcases student work, May 30, 2012
    After filming, producing and editing for months, Script to Screen students premiered their films at the second annual Script to Screen festival.
  • Seniors discuss approaching last day, May 29, 2012
    As the year comes to a close for Wayland High School seniors, Friday June 1st, the last day of school for the class of 2012, is fast approaching. For many students, this will be the conclusion of a life-long education in Wayland, and a day of celebration, excitement, nostalgia, or maybe a combination of all three. WSPN talked to seniors about how they are feeling about their last day.
  • Jessica Brofsky: I think shows are really exciting, but for competitions I get really nervous, May 28, 2012
    Five days a week, sophomore Jessica Brofsky can be found doing what she loves most at the Colonial Figure Skating Club in Boxborough: skating.
  • A cappella pops concert (30 photos), May 25, 2012
    This past Tuesday, the Wayland High School T-tones, Madrigals and Muses gathered on the main stage for the last a cappella concert of the year. All proceeds went the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial and Jim Griffin funds.
  • Frozen Yogurt Innovations: review, May 24, 2012
    Frozen Yogurt Innovations is the new frozen yogurt store in town. WSPN staff reporters Alex Erdekian and Ally Toto recently visited and reviewed their product. See what they have to say about the new store on the block.
  • Rex Provost: I would say most of my inspiration for particular shots comes from movies, May 21, 2012
    Almost everyone enjoys a good movie, but one rarely thinks about the filmmaking process behind a movie. The different parts behind the movie-making process such as filming, acting, set design and directing that are often overlooked are everyday realities for sophomore Rex Provost.
  • UPDATED: Pre-prom '12 (115 photos), May 20, 2012
    Clear skys and a warm breeze overtook the Wayland Middle School for the Class of 2013's pre-prom gathering. After the pictures were taken and parents fled, the juniors and their dates went to the Hyatt Regency in Boston for their prom.
  • Administration announces new parking plan , May 18, 2012
    The administration has announced another change for the parking of teachers and seniors with parking passes.
  • Scrambled: Mother's Day macaroni and cheese , May 16, 2012
    My mom is always the first to admit that cooking is not exactly her thing, but a few weeks ago she made an amazing batch of mac and cheese that I feel deserves some recognition.
  • Students reflect on Wayland Sings! concert , May 15, 2012
    On Thursday May 3, members of the Wayland community gathered in the field house for the Wayland Sings! concert. Unlike most, this concert consisted of all of the Wayland choral programs. This included WHS, WMS and the Golden Tones.
  • Social media plays significant role in student life, May 15, 2012
    A bloodshot pair of eyes are glued to a glowing blue screen where the time in the corner says 12:36 a.m. Meanwhile, a neglected textbook is spread open beside the keyboard. Sound familiar?
  • Florence Adler Run/Walk (18 photos), May 14, 2012
    This past Saturday, community members gathered to participate in the annual Florence Adler Run/Walk 5 or 10 kilometer races. The race honors Florance Adler, a member of the community. Adler, spend much of her time helping the Wayland's METCO program, and because of that, all the race proceeds went towards METCO.
  • Class of 2013 prepares for prom, May 14, 2012
    With junior prom right around the corner, WSPN decided to take an inside look at the prom planning process.
  • A history of WHS prom, May 14, 2012
    Dresses, hair and tuxedos are generally what are conjured up when thinking about prom. But has anybody ever thought about previous Proms? WSPN did, and found some Prom photos dating back to 1960!
  • Students discuss the prom process , May 14, 2012
    WSPN caught up with a few WHS juniors to talk about the planning process that many juniors endure before Prom.
  • The pressures of a successful prom proposal, May 14, 2012
    In today’s society, social media is a prominent aspect of teen life and can be used in ways that our parents would never have imagined. In their day, a prom proposal was nothing more than “Hey, do you want to go to the prom with me?”
  • Tommy Hunley: The more you think about attacking the ball, the less chance you'll get hit, May 14, 2012
    It’s not easy being the new kid in school, especially when it’s already halfway through the school year. But sophomore Tommy Hunley has come into Wayland High School with a bang as the newest goalie on the varsity lacrosse team.
  • Window Dance Ensemble presents A Beautiful Mess (37 Photos), May 12, 2012
    The Window Dance Ensemble took the Main Stage to perform A Beautiful Mess, a show compiled of dances choreographed by members of the ensemble. The dances ranged from hip-hop, to jazz, tap and even pointe ballet.
  • Orchestra takes stage for spring concert (15 photos), May 10, 2012
    The Orchestra Concert and Art Exhibit brought together music and art on the evening of May 1st. The Concert Orchestra, Honors Sinfonia and Full Orchestra played selections under the direction of Susan Memoli. The concert featured a cello medley of The Beatles directed by composer Steve Laven.
  • Window Dance Ensemble flash mobs the Commons, May 9, 2012
    The Window Dance Ensemble flashed mobbed the commons in preparation for their upcoming dance recitals.
  • Students prepare to take AP exams, May 9, 2012
    Starting Monday, May 7, students have been taking Advanced Placement tests for WHS's AP courses. If students do well on these tests they can earn college credit. Students who are not enrolled in an AP class can still take the test for that course.
  • Scrambled: Double trouble, May 9, 2012
    The other day I found myself procrastinating on Facebook again, and I came across the best picture I have ever seen. It was a chocolate chip cookie cut in half with an Oreo cookie inside of it.
  • Growing caffeine dependency among students, May 9, 2012
    Caffeine addiction is real and present in the WHS community. WSPN staff reporters Lizzy Worstell and Alex Erdekian researched the effects of excess caffeine on the human body.
  • Junior E-Board plans for upcoming Prom, May 7, 2012
    As springtime arrives, the halls of WHS are filled with talk of junior Prom. This event, perhaps the most famous high school tradition, generates elaborate proposals and extensive planning each year.
  • Tucker Beckett: It's a way of proving myself, May 7, 2012
    “Everything is quiet at first, but then as you start to adjust, you begin hearing small sounds. It starts as just a crackling in one ear, the slight sound of a motor in the distance, and then you start to get small sounds like parrot fish eating coral, crunching through coral with their big beaks,” junior Tucker Beckett said.
  • UPDATED: On the court, diamond, turf and track (24 photos), May 2, 2012
    Check out highlights from the baseball, softball, tennis and track seasons thus far.
  • Fame the Musical: Highlights and reactions, May 1, 2012
    With the curtains drawn, Fame the Musical has come to an end at Wayland High School. Here are some of the highlights of Wednesday's performance.
  • Indian exchange students perform "Farewell Dance", May 1, 2012
    On the afternoon before the Indian exchange students flew home, they took the main stage for a farewell performance
  • Warrior Weekly: Spring check-in, May 1, 2012
    May means that for most of us, there are less than two months left in school, and for seniors, only one. It also means that the regular season for spring sports is in its final month. The seasons are starting to shape up for teams as they prepare for the month ahead.

June 2012 ( View complete archive page )

  • Warrior Weekly: Final post, Jun 21, 2012
    I am writing my final post in a very reflective mind-set since I just graduated. The 12 years I’ve lived in Wayland have been great, and I hope that they have prepared me for the next step. I know that whatever happens from here, I have found friendships that will last a lifetime.
  • Reflecting on the 2011-2012 school year, Jun 21, 2012
    Check out some major events of the 2011- 2012 school year through photos, videos and articles.
  • 62 things to do before summer ends, Jun 21, 2012
    With the 2011-2012 school year coming to a close, WHS students and faculty are getting ready for their vacation. If you find yourself out of ideas for what to do this summer, WSPN has some suggestions for how to spend the months of July and August.
  • Crew seniors miss graduation for national race, Jun 15, 2012
    This year, the girls lightweight 8 boat as well as the boys lightweight 4 boat from Wayland-Weston crew qualified for the U.S. Rowing Youth Nationals in Oakridge, Tennessee, which was held from June 7-10. However, graduation for the class of 2012 was held on Sunday, June 10 as well.
  • Boys tennis defeats Sharon for state championship , Jun 13, 2012
    This past Tuesday, the Warriors took on the Sharon Eagles in the Division 2 state championship. After dropping two doubles matches, the warriors bounced back with a win from freshman Will Sharton. The Warriors continued their rally with wins from sophomores Ethan Hecker and Jon Goodman. With those wins, the Warriors secured the state championship.
  • Students reflect on why they play sports, Jun 13, 2012
    WSPN caught up with some WHS athletes to talk about why they play sports and their future plans in college sports.
  • 2008 graduate invites Keaney to J.E. Wallace Sterling Award ceremony, Jun 12, 2012
    Jake Wang invited English Department Head Brian Keaney to attend an award ceremony honoring J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for Scholastic Achievement.
  • Graduation '12 (73 photos) , Jun 11, 2012
    On a sunny Sunday afternoon, the Wayland community gathered at the turf to watch the class of 2012 graduate.
  • Jonathan Patsenker: It definitely has a lot to do with my family history, Jun 11, 2012
    Some children grow up learning the language their parents spoke when they were young while others learn from their grandparents, who may speak only in a foreign tongue. Sophomore Jonathan Patsenker has had the linguistic influences of both his parents and his great-grandparents.
  • Community to dedicate memorial mosaic in Astley's honor , Jun 11, 2012
    On Saturday, June 16, the Wayland community will gather at the Wayland High School courtyard to commemorate the life of Lauren Dunne Astley through the unveiling of a memorial mosaic in her honor.
  • Community performs in talent show , Jun 7, 2012
    Last Thursday, WHS had its annual talent show. This year, the talent show was in honor of Jim Griffin.
  • Girls lacrosse wraps up 2012 season, Jun 7, 2012
    Starting with tryouts at the beginning of the season, the high school lacrosse program faced smaller numbers with only 43 girls in total instead of the usual 60. As a result, the program had to make a few adjustments.
  • Community reflects on school without seniors, Jun 6, 2012
    With graduation right around the corner, Wayland High School's senior class have left the school. WSPN caught up with members of the community to talk about what school's like without the class of 2012.
  • A day in the life of a coxswain, Jun 5, 2012
    “Row! Almost there!” The coxswain, sits facing forward on the boat, shouting final orders to the rowers as they near the finish. A coxswain's task is unique in the boat; he or she is there to motivate, direct, and encourage the team, to lead their boat to victory.
  • A look back at the 2012 spring sports season, Jun 4, 2012
    With the Spring sports season wrapping up, WSPN decided to take another look into this year's season and its numbers. WSPN's sports team even took some time to think about why an athlete competes and where he or she draws inspiration from.
  • Student athletes look forward to career at Amherst, Jun 4, 2012
    While many students stop playing sports after graduation, few leave Wayland High School with long term goals for their athletic careers, but seniors Tyler Mordas and Nico Pascual-Leone both intend to continue their athletic careers through college.
  • Culture shift present in high school sports, Jun 4, 2012
    Ask yourself this question: Why do you play sports? Joe Athlete says it’s because he sees a future in the sport and spends every waking moment perfecting his skills, while Katie Captain plays purely for fun. Both of these athletes come together in high school to play on the same team.
  • By the numbers: Spring sports, Jun 4, 2012
    Check out WSPN's inside look at the athletes who competed this spring by grade, competition level or percentage.
  • Warrior Weekly: Why do you play?, Jun 4, 2012

  • Zachary Vonnegut: I have his books, and that's another way to get to know him better, Jun 4, 2012
    While most Americans remember Kurt Vonnegut, who died in 2007, as one of the greatest American authors of all time, Zachary Vonnegut remembers his grandfather, Kurt Vonnegut, for his laugh.
  • Jazz pops concert (23 photos), Jun 3, 2012
    This past Thursday, all of the WHS jazz groups gathered on the main stage for the jazz pops concert. This was the last concert for all jazz musicians for the 2011-2012 school year.

September 2012 ( View complete archive page )

  • Students react to iPhone 5 release, Sep 30, 2012
    Announced on September 12, Apple's latest phone sports a larger screen, LTE connectivity and a new, proprietary "lightning" port. Is this iPhone as popular with Wayland High School community members as past models have been?
  • Best of the MetroWest: Love Culture, Sep 30, 2012
    WSPN blogger Ally Toto reviews LoveCulture, the new store in the Natick Mall. See what she has to say about the new women's clothes stores.
  • Wandering Backpack: Becca Black, Sep 28, 2012
    WSPN's newest series, Wandering Backpack, asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn't be back for years.
  • Zen & M's: Pilates , Sep 27, 2012
    WSPN blogger, Caitlin O'Keeffe discusses her first encounter with Pilates in this week's edition of Zen & M's.
  • Scrambled: Margarita pizza , Sep 26, 2012
    WSPN blogger, Ellen Barber shares her recipe for Margarita pizza inspired by her Italian relative on this week's edition of Scrambled.
  • Politalks: Robin Hood in reverse, Sep 25, 2012
    There's no doubt that the world we live in today is unequal in every sense of the word. On a local scale, as suburbanites, our chances of success are dramatically higher than that of inner-city students. Equally so, our opportunities for the future, as wealthy Waylanders, are unmatched; we have an incredible school system and a supportive community that nourishes us like babies.
  • Warrior Weekly: Big wins and big losses, Sep 24, 2012
    This week in Warrior sports provided us with some exciting wins (football, volleyball and girls soccer). But the week of big wins also came with some disappointing defeats (girls soccer, field hockey and boys soccer).
  • Eleanor Moore: You realize how strong you are and just what you can accomplish if you put your mind to it, Sep 24, 2012
    It was 11 p.m. when junior Eleanor Moore reluctantly rose from her sleep. Before her stood the summit of Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, and over the next nine hours, it would be Moore’s mission to reach its 19,431 foot peak.
  • Warriors defeat South Boston knights (32 photos) , Sep 23, 2012
    In the second home game of the season, the warriors took on the South Boston knights. By halftime, the warriors had a 35-0 lead and continued to overpower the knights, winning the game 49-6.
  • Wandering Backpack: Richard Weingartner, Sep 23, 2012
    WSPN's newest series, Wandering Backpack, asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you would't be back for years.
  • Zen & M's: Best of both worlds, Sep 19, 2012
    As Wayland High School students, it’s stressful to maintain good grades, chase championships and be musical prodigies while looking as attractive as we do. At the gym, it can also be stressful to feel that you have so many muscle groups to work out in just one session.
  • Scrambled: Asparagus risotto , Sep 19, 2012
    WSPN blogger Liam Fay shares his recipe for asparagus risotto on this week's edition of Scrambled.
  • Warrior Weekly: Bump on the road to success, Sep 18, 2012
    One of the biggest unspoken rules in baseball is that you never talk about a perfect game or a no-hitter while it is going on. Baseball players and fans around the world believe that this will jinx any pitcher's attempt at the amazing accomplishment. Last week, I proved to be sort of a jinx towards Warrior sports.
  • Daisy Lin: What you get in return is payment in itself , Sep 18, 2012
    The whining sound of the breaks and sudden jerk forward informed junior Daisy Lin that the taxi was stopping, again. She peered out the window and saw cars stuck in standstill traffic for miles. As the heat crept into her taxi, she peeked outside the window again and saw people living on the roads and decrepit houses worn down far past anything imagined. This was Lin's first experience on her volunteer expedition to Haiti this summer with Mission E4.
  • New nutrition regulations limit food availability, Sep 18, 2012
    “Wayland high schoolers thrive on cookies,” said junior Matt Cooper as his friend and fellow junior Rex Provost discreetly popped open a bag of Doritos beneath the table. Unfortunately for Cooper and Provost, a new state mandate will prohibit the selling of cookies and all other junk food on school grounds.
  • Politalks: Humanizing the runner, Sep 16, 2012
    WSPN Political blogger, Alexander Cowen, debates the importance of the first lady in this week's edition of Politalks.
  • Meet the Freshmen: Class of 2016, Sep 14, 2012
    WSPN caught up with the class of 2016 at club fair to see how they like the high school thus far.
  • Wandering Backpack: Thomas Chan, Sep 13, 2012
    WSPN's new series, Wandering Backpack, asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn't be back for years.
  • Best of the MetroWest: Scutra, Sep 12, 2012
    Hi, I’m Ally Toto, and this year I'll be blogging about new or undiscovered restaurants and shops as well as concerts and events in the MetroWest area that I have visited and can give my opinion on.
  • Zen & M's: The breakfast club, Sep 11, 2012
    There is a serious epidemic at Wayland High School that must be addressed right here and now: a disturbing amount of students abstain from breakfast.
  • Scrambled: Ice cream sandwiches, Sep 11, 2012
    I’m back for round two of Scrambled, and I'm so excited to cook, mix and, of course, scramble with you. I’ve decided that this year I’m going to venture out of baking a little and try out some new recipes that involve more than just popping something in the oven.
  • Politalks: Be the future, Sep 11, 2012
    Welcome to Politalks, your soon-to-be home for all things politics. I would like to think of myself as your guide, helping you delve into the scary world of current, local and world events. I hope to get to know my readers well, and I preach to you this simple message: the political game is not a bystander's paradise.
  • Wandering Backpack: Jennifer Mast , Sep 10, 2012
    With the 2012-2013 school year underway, WSPN would like to introduce our newest series, Wandering Backpack. For the first edition, WSPN caught up with guidance counselor Jennifer Mast to see what she would take with her if she were to pack her backpack with her most treasured items.
  • Max Freedberg: Listening to music can be an escape from whatever else is going on, Sep 10, 2012
    With the final hit of the bass drum and crash of the cymbal, the song and set were over, and senior Max Freedberg took a final bow before walking off the stage with the rest of the band.
  • Warrior Weekly: A strong start, Sep 10, 2012
    We did it! We made it through the first week of school. I hope everyone likes their teachers and will have a good school year. Wait, this isn’t a blog about school; it’s about what happens after school: sports.
  • Zen & M's: Back to school, Sep 6, 2012
    I’ll be your personal trainer at the gym, yelling that my grandmother warms up with double of what you’re lifting, as well as your nutritionist, encouraging you to grab an apple during the afternoon. But, I’ll also be your best friend who helps you get through midterms with your wits because I know you can, and I'll be the spiritual guide who gives you a piece of cake just when all hope seems lost. I can promise that our journey will be worth it, but I can’t promise it will always be easy.
  • Scrambled: Keeping it simple, Sep 5, 2012
    Meet Liam Fay, the newest blogger for Scrambled, as he shares his camping recipe for bread.
  • Community prepares for 1:1 Learning Initiative , Sep 4, 2012
    With almost all the Macbook Airs distributed, WHS is ready to take a leap forward into a new technologic era. WSPN did some research and found out the logistics of the 1:1 Learning Initiative as well as how teachers and students plan to implement the new laptops into their classes.
  • The finances behind 1:1, Sep 4, 2012
    The MacBook Air, the super cool laptop with cutting-edge technology that you asked for last Christmas, but Santa couldn’t afford to drop the $1199. Fortunately for you, Wayland High School has got your back.
  • What is 1:1?, Sep 4, 2012
    This year and for years to come at Wayland High School, students will have to be a lot more careful with their backpacks. Each backpack will be carrying a brand new MacBook Air computer that was given to students at Wayland High School during these past few weeks.
  • Community responds to 1:1 Learning Initiative , Sep 4, 2012
    As WHS students were receiving their school-issued Macbook airs, WSPN caught up with members of the Wayland community to discuss how the new learning initiative will affect the high school.
  • By the numbers: 1:1 Learning Initiative, Sep 4, 2012

  • Teachers react to new 1:1 learning initiative , Sep 4, 2012
    With the 1:1 Learning Initiative in place, Wayland High School teachers are preparing for a new chapter at Wayland High School. Each student received a new Macbook Air as a part of the initiative, and with everything in place, WHS teachers are both nervous and excited for this new program.
  • Warrior Weekly: A new year, Sep 3, 2012
    As many of you may know, Andrew has graduated from Wayland High School and is now attending Clark University. But do not worry, Warrior Weekly is back for another year of sports recap and analysis.

October 2012 ( View complete archive page )

  • Zen & M's: Staying in shape for the zombie apocalypse , Oct 31, 2012
    Hurricane Sandy has reminded many of us of exactly what year it is: 2012. Those of us schooled in the study of apocalyptic events, however, know that Sandy is only the beginning. I hope you and your family took a trip to BJ’s to stockpile for a The Day After Tomorrow scenario. Also, you should begin preparing yourself mentally and physically for the final stage of the apocalypse: The zombie apocalypse.
  • UPDATED: Class of 2013 dresses up for Halloween (167 photos), Oct 31, 2012
    Check out WSPN's coverage of the seniors roaming the halls of Wayland High School in costume!
  • Hurricane Sandy batters Wayland (67 photos), Oct 30, 2012
    As the clouds clear, and Hurricane Sandy subsides, damages from the storm can be found all around Wayland. Submit your Hurricane Sandy photos to us at to be entered to win a prize.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Wayland Public Schools closed on Tuesday, October 30, Oct 28, 2012
    Stay tuned for WSPN's updates about Hurricane Sandy.
  • Field hockey team remembers Jim Griffin during benefit game, Oct 27, 2012
    Most sports teams at Wayland High School are required to participate in a community service activity, whether that means volunteering or playing a benefit game. This year, on October 20, the field hockey team played a benefit game against Westford Academy to raise money for the Jim Griffin Family Support Trust.
  • Wandering Backpack: Patrick Tutwiler, Oct 26, 2012
    WSPN’s newest series, Wandering Backpack, asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Zen & M's: Beauty sleep, Oct 25, 2012
    This week was a strange week for me. I didn’t have many strenuous activities, tests or projects, yet I felt extremely stressed. As I began to search for the source of this anxiety, I found one common denominator throughout the whole week: little sleep.
  • Best of the MetroWest: Helen's, Oct 25, 2012
    Upon walking inside, I was greeted by a cozy, casual atmosphere. The walls are painted a cheery yellow, and it has a 50's diner feel.
  • Dubtown Beat: Catching up, Oct 25, 2012
    This week I’m going to talk about an artist that you might not expect, Carly Rae Jepsen. Yes, the pop star famous for “Call Me Maybe.” I actually took the time to listen to the whole album, which clocks in at about 42 minutes.
  • Orchestra dresses up for annual Masquerade concert (44 photos) , Oct 24, 2012
    As in tradition, musicians gathered on the main stage dressed in anything from cow girls to hip-hop music stars to play in the annual masquerade concert.
  • W-W crew competes in Head of the Charles Regatta (27 photos) , Oct 24, 2012
    This past weekend, the W-W crew teams competed in the 48 annual Head of the Charles regatta. Most notably, the girls eight boat finished sixth among 85 competitors while the boys four boat finished 38 out of 85 competitors.
  • Warrior Weekly: Playoffs, Oct 23, 2012
    To all my loyal readers, sorry there was no Warrior Weekly last week. I know all of you went on to WSPN and were wondering where it was. Well, I am back.
  • Teachers and their children discuss WHS, Oct 23, 2012
    WSPN caught up with some WHS teachers and their children to discuss being in the same school with each other.
  • Daniel Keating voted freshman class president, Oct 23, 2012
    On Thursday, September 27 the freshman (class of 2016) elected their president, Daniel Keating.
  • Josh O'Neil: I like the close intimacy of a small town football team, Oct 22, 2012

  • Warriors fall to Westford in charity game and senior night (20 photos) , Oct 22, 2012
    This past Saturday, the Warriors took on the Weston Wildcats in both a charity game and senior night. The Warriors played in honor of Jim Griffin, collecting donations for the Jim Griffin Fund. A total of 253 dollars was raised.
  • Scrambled: Pumpkin bread, Oct 21, 2012
    My favorite parts of fall are the smells. I can’t get enough of the smell of wet asphalt or the cascading orange leaves, but my all time favorite smell is walking into a house and smelling warm cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Zen & M's: The point of inversions, Oct 21, 2012
    As I was lying upside down staring at my feet in the air at yoga the other day, I began to wonder what the purposes of inversions are. Sure, they’re a ton of fun and very satisfying when you accomplish them, but let’s be honest, they stray a bit to the silly side.
  • Wandering Backpack: Vivek Singh, Oct 21, 2012

  • Dubtown Beat: An introduction to jazz , Oct 18, 2012
    To me, jazz is one of the most expressive and impressive forms of music. I know it isn’t a very desirable genre for most to listen to, but I hope to change your opinions on it. I can see how billions of seemingly random notes, an absence of vocals and few catchy hooks can sound unpleasant to most listeners, so I’m going to try to share some music that will help open up your ears to jazz.
  • Poll and recap: Second presidential debate, Oct 16, 2012

  • Alicia Fine takes on role of new art teacher, Oct 16, 2012
    Students choose to embrace art for different reasons. Sometimes, they take an art elective because they want to try something new. Other times, friends introduce them to it. But for Alicia Fine, art has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember.
  • Ricky Davies and Natalie Shear: We're from the same orphanage, we're best friends and we're family, Oct 14, 2012
    Seniors Ricky Davies and Natalie Shear have had each other's backs since day one. From the time they were infants, sleeping in the same crib at an orphanage in St. Petersburg, Russia, to being adopted by Wayland families that live on the same street, to going to WHS together, the two have been best friends.
  • Zen & M's: 10 reasons to stay motivated , Oct 13, 2012
    Join Caitlin as she suggests 10 things you can look forward to when you wake up in the morning to be motivated for the rest of the day.
  • Wandering Backpack: Lyle Foster, Oct 13, 2012
    WSPN's newest series, Wandering Backpack, asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn't be back for years.
  • Poll and recap: Vice Presidential debate, Oct 11, 2012

  • Athletes participate in charity soccer games, Oct 11, 2012
    Check out WSPN's In-depth coverage of the soccer team's charity events!
  • By the numbers: Charity soccer games, Oct 10, 2012
    Check out the numbers behind the recent boys and girls soccer charity fundraiser games.
  • There is more to a game than just the competition, Oct 10, 2012
    Instead of giving a play by play and talking about what we could have done here or there, I’m going to talk about what I think these types of games mean to myself, the athletes who play in them and the community.
  • Boys soccer participates in annual Kicks for Cancer game , Oct 10, 2012
    Every year, the Boys soccer team participates in the Kicks for Cancer charity game against Concord Carlisle, raising money for cancer research. Each team wears different colored jerseys for the game with the names of friends, relatives or acquaintances who have had from cancer.
  • Poll and recap: Third Senate debate, Oct 10, 2012

  • Maria Arenas: The real joys in life do not come from money, Oct 9, 2012
    Fourteen years ago, Maria Arenas, a sophomore at WHS, left her home in Medellin, Colombia to start a new life here in America with her mother, father and sister. When she was just one, Arenas's family moved 2,600 miles away from their home country for the welfare of their children.
  • Bache, Fletcher and Carver reflect on playing varsity soccer as freshmen, Oct 9, 2012
    The idea of making a varsity team as a freshman is a dream that many athletes hope to achieve but very few do. Girls soccer players Caroline Bache and Taylor Fletcher as well as boys soccer player Jamie Carver have all achieved their goal of not only making varsity their freshman year but making a varsity team in their first season of sports at Wayland High School.
  • The faces of Friday night: Warrior football (75 photos) , Oct 8, 2012
    This past Friday, the Warriors lost a heart-breaker to Acton-Boxborough in the final seconds. After senior Matt Goddard delivered a pass to senior Kurt Straube, Acton-Boxborough countered with a 27 yard field goal. The final score was 17-18 in favor of Acton-Boxborough.
  • Fall sports update, Oct 8, 2012
    With the school year and fall sports season underway, each of the Warrior teams are returning with hopes of a successful season. Here's a look at the key information of each of the Wayland High School fall sports teams.
  • Warrior Weekly: Second half, Oct 8, 2012
    Before I start talking about Wayland sports, I would like to get something out of the way. Last week, in my blog I included this sentence: “ I predict that current manager Bobby Valentine will be fired by the time I sit down to write this blog next week.” Well, here I am writing my blog, and Bobby V is not the manager of the Red Sox.
  • An introduction to WHS's newest teachers: Part 1, Oct 7, 2012
    Meet the new teachers at Wayland High School, and stay tuned for part two of this introduction, coming soon.
  • Walden Forum discussion addresses Question 3, medical marijuana issue, Oct 7, 2012

  • Redesigned peer mentor program begins to take shape, Oct 6, 2012
    Imagine walking into the brand new high school, not knowing where you are going. Which way is the language section? Is math on the first or second floor? A student's first year at Wayland High School can be daunting, so this year, there is a redesigned peer mentoring program that will guide freshmen and transfer students through their first year at WHS.
  • Chinese Exchange Host Part 1: First impressions, Oct 6, 2012
    After a last minute time change and a missed flight, the Chinese exchange students from the Beijing Jingshan School Yuanjang branch have arrived at WHS. The students reached the school on the morning of Friday, September 21. Their stay here will be roughly two months long, and they will stay the entire time with their host family, other than two short trips to Washington D.C. and New York City.
  • Wandering Backpack: Eva Urban, Oct 5, 2012
    WSPN's newest series, Wandering Backpack, asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn't be back for years.
  • Politalks: Welcome to the greenhouse, Oct 5, 2012
    WSPN blogger, Zander Cowen discusses how politics has switched their focus from climate change to the economy. However, Zander argues that the climate is still worth fighting for.
  • Scrambled: Con-uelos, Oct 5, 2012
    In this week's edition of Scrambled, WSPN blogger, Liam Fay shares his recipe of Con-uelos, a Con Trip classic.
  • Zen & M's: Let them eat cookies, Oct 4, 2012
    Don’t let this week’s title fool you - I’m not implying that gorging on cookies will lead to the healthy mind and body Zen & M’s advocates for.
  • Dubtown Beat: Howdy readers , Oct 4, 2012
    Check out WSPN's newest blog, Dubtown Beat, written by Kevin Capasso. Dubtown Beat will feature different songs and artists every week. Stay tuned!
  • Poll and recap: First presidential debate, Oct 3, 2012

  • Warrior Weekly: Charity games, Oct 2, 2012
    What an exciting weekend it has been for Warrior sports. Yes, I know I am supposed to recap an entire week of WHS sports, but I am going to focus mainly on this past weekend and the two soccer charity games.
  • Walden Forum to host discussion on the legalization of medical marijuana , Oct 2, 2012
    The Walden Forum will host Jeffrey Miron and Dr. Kevin Sabet on Tuesday, October 2 at the WHS Main Stage at 7:30 pm. Both will discuss Question Three on the November ballot, which deals with the topic of legalizing medical marijuana in Massachusetts. Dr. Miron will argue for the legalization of medical marijuana, while Dr. Sabet will argue against it.
  • Jonathan von Mering: You're creating an engaging experience for someone to really get lost in, Oct 1, 2012
    Senior Jonathan von Mering has collected an intimidating résumé over the years. In middle school, he was known for his participation in the drama department. Since then, von Mering has picked up a new form of storytelling, voice acting.

November 2012 ( View complete archive page )

  • Lincoln resident to perform piano recital at WHS , Nov 30, 2012

  • Winter sports preview , Nov 29, 2012
    Check out WSPN's in-depth coverage of all the winter sports teams!
  • Palombo teaches Wayland orchestras as BU master's student, Nov 29, 2012
    David Palombo, a second-year master's student at Boston University, is a new student orchestra teacher at Wayland High School pursuing his master's in music education. Palombo teaches string classes for third- fourth- and fifth-graders at Happy Hollow School and Claypit Hill School with Whitney Tandon, the elementary and middle school orchestra teacher. Palombo also helps to teach the fourth- and fifth-grade orchestras at both elementary schools, and occasionally observes and helps Tandon during Wayland Middle School orchestra rehearsals.
  • Best of the MetroWest: Crumbs Bake Shop, Nov 29, 2012
    “Made by hand, handled with love, baked with joy” is how Crumbs Bake Shop describes their treats.
  • Students anticipate opening of new Town Center, Nov 28, 2012
    After years of planning and construction, the new Wayland Town Center is almost complete. With the opening of the Stop & Shop, more and more businesses will begin to open. A recent addition to the community, Bertucci’s, opened on November 26. Panera Bread and many other stores and restaurants will open in Town Center as well.
  • New school store, Orange & Black Shack, opens, Nov 28, 2012
    The new school store, the Orange & Black Shack, opened at 9:30 a.m. The store held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and offered a discount to their first 10 customers in honor of their opening.
  • 14 musicians accepted into Senior Districts, Nov 28, 2012
    Many students participate in the various music classes that are offered at WHS. However, there are a few students who choose to go above and beyond by auditioning for Senior Districts, a prestigious ensemble that only accepts the most talented musicians.
  • Senior girls play in annual Powderpuff football game (Audio Slideshow) , Nov 28, 2012
    As in tradition, the girls of the class of 2013 played in their rival, Weston, in the annual matchup. Despite the first touchdown in years and a good effort, Wayland lost.
  • Zen & M's: Winter is coming Part 1: Attack of the Gingerbread Man, Nov 27, 2012
    Winter is coming. But, you know that because Thanksgiving is over, and the Chrishanukkah season is following closely at its heels. Staying fit during this holiday season will be a test of all of our constitutions. We all managed to get through the first quarter with a healthy lifestyle; this is just another challenge, and we’re going to conquer it!
  • Warriors defeat Westwood 36-14, advance to Super Bowl, Nov 27, 2012
    The WHS Warriors varsity football team beat Westwood 36-14 on Tuesday, November 27 at Reading High School. Junior Robert Williams had a strong game, scoring two touchdowns. This Saturday, December 1, the Warriors will advance to the Division III Super Bowl where they will face Sharon. The time and location of the game are to be announced at a later time.
  • Warriors defeat Weston in Turkey Day game (30 photos), Nov 27, 2012
    As in tradition, Wayland took on their rival Weston in the annual Turkey Day game. This year, Wayland emerged victorious, 35-7.
  • Students and faculty participate in Amnesty International Coffeehouse, Nov 27, 2012
    As in tradition Amnesty International held their annual Coffeehouse. Students and faculty performed everything from covers to original music.
  • Warrior Weekly: Thanksgiving football, Nov 26, 2012
    How can you not love Thanksgiving? You've got the three F’s: food, football and food again.
  • Wandering Backpack: Mark Liddell, Nov 26, 2012

  • A review of fall fashion , Nov 25, 2012
    WSPN caught up with community members to discuss this past fall's fashion trends.
  • Community discusses fall fashion trends , Nov 25, 2012
    WSPN caught up with students and faculty to discuss what they have seen as this year's fall fashion trends.
  • Fashion from a boy's perspective, Nov 25, 2012
    For the fall sports season, I wore a shirt and tie to school at least twice a week. However, I didn’t make this choice voluntarily, since the boys soccer team was required to wear a classy outfit to school before every game. I don’t strongly support or oppose the “psych,” but it has opened my eyes to the world of fashion and what it means to boys to look good.
  • Fall fashion trends (12 photos), Nov 25, 2012
    Check out some of WHS' trends Fall trends.
  • Best dressed superlative: perspectives from the nominees, Nov 25, 2012

  • Senior girls play in annual Powderpuff football game (25 photos), Nov 25, 2012
    As in tradition, the girls in the class of 2013 took on Weston's seniors in the annual Powderpuff matchup. Despite a good effort and their first touchdown in years, Wayland lost.
  • Students and faculty play in annual dodgeball tournament (30 photos), Nov 24, 2012
    On November 20, students and faculty members played in the annual dodgeball tournament while sporting their team's uniform.
  • Live: Warriors battle Weston in Thanksgiving matchup, Nov 22, 2012

  • Spirit Day '12 (78 photos) , Nov 21, 2012
    Wayland High School decked themselves out in their grade's respected color for this year's Spirit Day. Unlike previous years, each grade traveled in their advisory groups, consisting of multiple grades.
  • Behind the scenes: Friday night football, Nov 21, 2012
    WSPN went behind the scenes of a Friday night football game to see what makes these games tick. See what players, band members and cheerleaders had to say about this Friday night tradition.
  • WHS Voice: Dodgeball, Spirit Day and Thanksgiving, Nov 20, 2012

  • WHSTE performs Voices from the Fire (Audio Slideshow) , Nov 19, 2012
    WSPN caught up with Wayland High School Theater Ensemble to see their Fall production of Voices from the Fire.
  • Community participates in first Mr. Wayland High School , Nov 19, 2012
    WSPN caught up with some participants of the first Mr. Wayland High School competition along with a judge and an organizer to see the process of creating the first pageant- style competition in years.
  • Kreidberg discusses voting for the first time, Nov 19, 2012
    On November 6, senior Caroline Kriedberg voted alongside 19% of America’s 18-29 year olds in the 2012 presidential election. Although this percentage may appear low, it’s actually an increase from the 2008 election, when only 17% of people in this demographic voted.
  • Warrior Weekly: Bye week, Nov 19, 2012

  • Gianna Fargnoli: Time just flies by when you're on the ice, Nov 18, 2012
    Women's ice hockey has come a long way since its creation. In 1998, it was made an official Olympic sport, and more and more young girls start to play every year. Sophomore Gianna Fargnoli, however, started to play hockey almost 12 years ago. Fargnoli even made the Wayland-Weston girls varsity hockey team as an eighth grader.
  • "Voices from Fire" proves to be a success as characters become comfortable in roles, Nov 18, 2012
    Once "Voices From the Fire" hit its stride, it became a powerful, emotionally stirring piece, leaving many audience members in tears.
  • Behind the scenes: Pep band, Nov 17, 2012
    WSPN went behind the scenes to see a day in the life of a pep band member.
  • An introduction to WHS's newest teachers: Part 2 , Nov 16, 2012
    In the second part of WSPN's introduction to teachers, we caught up with Dennis Doherty, Karen Devine, Sam Breslin and Amanda Cosenza.
  • Wandering Backpack: Dasha Bobrova, Nov 16, 2012
    WSPN’s newest series, Wandering Backpack, asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Spirit Day adjusted with new advisory program, Nov 15, 2012

  • Characters of fall play discuss character transformations, Nov 15, 2012
    This year’s fall play, “Voices from the Fire,” is an original retelling of the tragic events of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911. The production tells the stories of the immigrants working at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and shows how both the survivors and the deceased of the event changed history.
  • Fall play premieres at Wayland High School, Nov 15, 2012
    “Voices from the Fire,” the fall production for Wayland High School this year will premiere on November 15 at 7:00 p.m. on the main stage. There will also be further showings on November 16 and November 17.
  • Kreidberg discusses voting for the first time, Nov 15, 2012
    WSPN followed senior Caroline Kreidberg while she voted in November 6's election. See what Caroline has to say on her first time voting as well as voting in general.
  • Zen & M's: The art of being a beginner, Nov 15, 2012

  • Politalks: Election night in a new America, Nov 14, 2012
    Ballots distributed. Votes counted. The results are finally in. After a hotly contested election, President Barack Obama defeated his opponent Mitt Romney by a margin of 100 points in the Electoral College. Although Republicans came into the election as optimists - hoping for a sweeping victory, which would in turn change the course of America - they were let down.
  • Putting teen substance use into perspective, Nov 14, 2012
    As the door shuts behind your friend’s parents, you and your friend are left alone. After a few minutes, your friend pulls out a bottle of alcohol, takes a sip and offers it to you, but you both are underage. What what would you do?
  • Warrior Weekly: Football Pride, Nov 13, 2012
    Well, we are at that point in the fall season where only football remains. There were tough losses this past week for field hockey and girls soccer who were eliminated from their respective playoffs. However, another Wayland team has made it to the postseason.
  • Girls soccer battles Wilmington, eliminated from tournament (24 photos), Nov 13, 2012
    The girls soccer team faced Wilmington for their next and last tournament game. With a loss, the Warrior girls were eliminated from tournament, and their season came to a close.
  • Carley Durant: Music is a part of me, Nov 13, 2012
    The auditoriums fills up with applause as junior Carley Durant takers her final bow and walks off the stage. Years of practice have earned Durant a spot on the Muses continuing her passion of singing.
  • Football defeats Bedford, advances to playoffs (24 photos) , Nov 12, 2012
    This past Friday, the Warriors defeated Bedford in a shutout game 28-0. This sealed the deal for the Warriors, who are now heading off to the MIAA playoffs.
  • Sophomore Semi '12 (62 photos), Nov 12, 2012
    Following the tradition of past sophomore classes, the class of 2015 gathered at the Henderson House in Weston for the annual Sophomore Semi this past Sunday.
  • Scrambled: Fall flavors , Nov 11, 2012
    As I was thinking, I also remembered an important part of Fall, and Halloween for that matter: chocolate. Really, who doesn't love chocolate?
  • Wandering Backpack: Barbara Wolfson, Nov 9, 2012
    WSPN’s newest series, Wandering Backpack, asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Evaluating the election , Nov 8, 2012
    Yesterday was November 7, and ironically, not much changed. The sun still rose and burritos at Boloco were still half off. The world of politics didn’t change much overnight either.
  • Community participates in Purple Shoes Challenge (41 photos) , Nov 8, 2012
    For the first time ever, the Katie Lynch Purple Shoes Challenge took place in the WHS field house this past Saturday. Students, Athletes and Community members volunteered to help children who cannot participate in high school or the Special Olympics.
  • Zen & M's: Cut calories on your coffee run, Nov 8, 2012
    Is it really that time of the year again? That most wonderful time of the year when we roast chestnuts, exchange gifts and spread holiday cheer? NO, IT’S NOT. With yummy flavors come yummy sweeteners and extra calories. I’m not trying to burst anyone’s bubble though. I want to give everyone a few tips they can implement during their coffee runs to eliminate excess calories and still enjoy their favorite flavored beverages.
  • Election 2012: An inside look from Wayland High School, Nov 6, 2012
    Explore the Wayland High School community's different perspectives on the 2012 election through WSPN's collection of election stories.
  • By the Numbers: Mock election results, Nov 6, 2012
    Check out the results from Wayland High School's mock election.
  • Dubtown Beat: Dubstep and house music, Nov 6, 2012

  • Many students supporting Romney feel isolated , Nov 6, 2012

  • Recap: Third presidential debate focus group, Nov 6, 2012
    With election day right around the corner, WPSN decided to recap the third presidential debate focus group held a few weeks ago. See what other students had to say about the final Presidential debate!
  • Girls soccer defeats Tewksbury, advances in tournament (33 photos) , Nov 5, 2012
    This past Friday, the Girls soccer team defeated Tewksbury, 2-1, advancing to the MIAA first round tournament game against Danvers. Wayland prevailed, playing this past Sunday with a score of 2-1. Senior Morgan Fletcher scored the winning goal in overtime. The Warriors are set to play Wilmington High School, November 6 at Wilmington.
  • Athletes debate turf usage , Nov 5, 2012
    WSPN caught up with WHS' fall sports athletes to see who should have priority of the turf field.
  • Chinese Exchange Host Part 2: Halloween, hurricanes and homework, Nov 5, 2012
    After spending over a month in the United States, the Chinese exchange students have become part of everyday life at WHS. No longer wearing their uniforms, the exchange students blend in with the rest of the WHS student body.
  • Regina Yu: I fell in love with the ribbon, Nov 4, 2012
    When many students think of gymnastics, they normally think of artistic gymnastics: someone doing flips, cartwheels and handsprings across a mat or someone swinging around a high bar. But freshman Regina Yu, who is a rhythmic gymnast, focuses on a very different aspect of the sport.
  • Nutrition policy impacts Wayland High School, Nov 4, 2012
    WSPN took an inside look at Massachusetts's new nutrition policy and how it's affecting the WHS community.
  • By the Numbers: Nutrition policy, Nov 4, 2012
    WSPN did some research and dug up some statistics about how the new nutrition policy is affecting WHS.
  • Community responds to nutrition policy, Nov 4, 2012
    Students and faculty stepped into the Commons this year to find drastically different options on the lunch menu. Massachusetts's new school health legislation, which aims to promote healthy eating habits among youth, limits the lunch selection to healthier alternatives of past lunch options. Members of the WHS community shared their reactions to the policy with WSPN.
  • Students and faculty discuss nutrition policy, Nov 4, 2012
    WSPN caught up with community members to discuss the new Massachusetts nutrition policy.
  • Students reel after loss of cookies, Nov 4, 2012
    Last year there were three days a week that saved me from the stress of high school: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. What did these days all have in common? They were cookie days.
  • Warrior Weekly: Fall season wraps up, Nov 3, 2012
    Earlier this week, we found out which fall teams will be playing in the playoffs this year. Representing Wayland we have the girls soccer and field hockey teams. Football also has a chance to make the playoffs but they have a few more determining games to play this year.
  • Wandering Backpack: Isabel Schwartz, Nov 2, 2012
    WSPN’s newest series, Wandering Backpack, asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Girls field hockey wins first tournament game , Nov 2, 2012
    On Thursday November 1, the WHS girls field hockey team took on Newburyport in the North Division II first round game. Fourth seeded Newburyport struck first, but Wayland’s Nina Price countered, tying the game 1-1.

December 2012 ( View complete archive page )

  • Larissa Sehringer: Through clothes you can tell a story and express yourself, Dec 31, 2012
    Meticulously cutting and stitching pieces of fabric, freshman Larissa Sehringer has had a love for fashion design ever since she was a young child. Unlike many people with an interest in fashion, Sehringer designs and sews much of her own clothing.
  • Behind the scenes of WHS's arts program, Dec 28, 2012
    WSPN took a closer look at WHS's arts programs, including art classes, art shows and more. Check it out!
  • Seeing through the eyes of an artist, Dec 28, 2012
    See what it's like to look through the eyes of an artist who's drawing a sketch.
  • Students host December art show (34 photos), Dec 28, 2012
    WHS' arts students gathered their art pieces in the commons these past few weeks to showcase all their hard work. Check out some of the student-created paintings, drawings and sculptures.
  • Students describe WHS arts experience, Dec 28, 2012
    Extra curricular activities such as sports and A Cappella are always popular at WHS. However, the talent of student artists is sometimes overlooked. The student artwork gives colorful character to the lesser walked hallways of the A building.
  • Should fine arts be required?, Dec 28, 2012
    By observing an elementary school playground, it is easy to distinguish the artistic kids, who are drawing or making crafts, from the jocks, who are zooming around with a ball on the tattered fields. But how can people be sure that the boy shooting the winning goal does not also have the voice of an angel?
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Peppermint Bark , Dec 25, 2012
    Every year, my extended family comes together to celebrate the holidays. It isn’t easy to cook for thirty of us, but I like to contribute my favorite treat: peppermint bark!
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Canadian Tarts, Dec 24, 2012
    These little tarts are delicious and adorable. They’re the perfect treat to pass around at your holiday gathering. I know my family has made them a staple whenever we need to impress! You can also customize them to suit your specific taste by putting whatever fruit or filling you want in the center. We always use raspberry, but in this recipe, anything goes!
  • Wayland seniors win Women of Science competition, Dec 23, 2012
    Wayland High School seniors Caroline Ayanian, Samantha Briasco-Stewart and Kruti Vora, won the Women of Science competition for the second year in a row. The competition was held at Bedford High School on Saturday, December 8 with the aid of the EMD Millipore Giving Program and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
  • Taking away the dangers of gun use, Dec 23, 2012
    There is the common saying “guns don’t kill people; people kill people,” but the gun is still there and is still tempting. Let’s take away the temptation once and for all.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Chocolate Haystacks, Dec 23, 2012
    At my house, you know holiday season is in full swing when the scent of melting chocolate lures you in from a day of pizza box sledding. The source of this taunting aroma is part of the delicious making of a family favorite, Chocolate Haystacks!
  • Excitement builds as businesses open in Wayland Town Center, Dec 22, 2012
    Six years after the first approved proposal, the new Wayland Town Center's businesses have begun to open, luring many Wayland members in to see the commotion.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Sugar Cookies Part II, Dec 22, 2012
    We all wish we could bake. Unfortunately for some of us, a seeming well-planned recipe leads to a burnt and smoking mess. That’s why I love this sugar cookie recipe. I was able to make edible cookies on the first attempt.
  • 30 things to do over winter break, Dec 21, 2012
    WSPN did some brainstorming and came up with some things to do this holiday break.
  • Wandering Backpack: David Rockermann, Dec 21, 2012
    WSPN’s newest series, Wandering Backpack, asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Lemon Squares, Dec 21, 2012
    As I’m sure you’re busily packing up flashlights, blankets, matches and other supplies you’ll need as well as building makeshift shelters for the apocalypse, there’s one thing you definitely don’t want to be without: lemon squares! These mouthwatering squares have both a sweet, crumbly bottom and a tangy, sticky layer on top.
  • Zen & M's: Taking a look back on 2012, Dec 20, 2012
    I thought that this would be a good time to reflect on the year and my journey towards a healthy, balanced lifestyle enjoying both Zen and M&M's.
  • Explaining the end of the world controversy, Dec 20, 2012
    December 21 is the final date of the 13th cycle of the Mayan Calendar, and consequently, an array of arguments and theories have arisen, discussing if this date marks the end of the world.
  • Orange & Black Shack hosts fashion show (6 photos) , Dec 20, 2012
    This past Wednesday, the School Store class hosted a fashion show in an effort to raise awareness for the newly opened school store, The Orange & Black Shack.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Mrs. Karlson's Pretzel M&M's Dessert, Dec 20, 2012
    Personally, the holiday season is my favorite time of the year. And nothing adds to the festivities more than Mrs. Karlson’s delightful pretzel M&M's dessert. Cookies and cake don’t even begin to compare to these treats.
  • Girls swim team reflects on expectations for season, Dec 20, 2012
    The WHS girls swim team is known for successful seasons, winning six state championships in the past seven years. But with great success comes great pressure to meet the high expectations for this Warrior team.
  • A closer look into the end of the world, Dec 20, 2012
    It's almost December 21, and we all know what that means - the world is soon to be over! According to the Mayan calendar, that is. WSPN decided to think of some ways to approach our fate.
  • 20 things to do before the world ends, Dec 20, 2012

  • How to survive the end of the world, Dec 20, 2012
    Learn how to survive multiple different scenarios for the end of the world on December 21.
  • Students discuss end of the world, Dec 20, 2012
    WSPN asked WHS students what they predict will happen this Friday, December 21.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Pecan Pie, Dec 19, 2012
    Every time my family gets together, my mom always seems to make her pecan pie. It tastes fantastic, everyone loves it and it doesn't even take long to prepare. Try cooking it with your family over the break!
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Red Velvet Cupcakes, Dec 18, 2012
    Cupcakes are delicious at any time of the year. My family loves chocolate, so we make a lot of chocolate cupcakes and cookies, but the red velvet cupcake is our go-to festive dessert around the holidays.
  • Language Club volunteers at Haitian Multi-Service Center (33 photos), Dec 18, 2012
    The Language Club brought 13 students to Dorchester on December 14 for the annual visit to the Haitian Multi-Service Center to help celebrate the holiday season. The club members and the club advisors, language teachers Laura Huizinga and Melissa Bryant, volunteered in the daycare, organizing many activities such as “Pin the Nose on Rudolph” and ornament-making.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Peppermint Brownies, Dec 17, 2012
    In the Karpacz household, a dessert is not a dessert unless it includes chocolate. Throughout the year, my mom treats us with her brownies to fill our desperate need for chocolate. In the winter, my mom makes her brownies a bit more seasonal by topping them with bits of peppermint candies.
  • Warrior Weekly: First full week, Dec 17, 2012
    So far, it's been a successful start to the winter season. All the teams have begun their seasons except boys basketball. Girls basketball already matched their win total from last year, and they've only played three games.
  • Matt Daniels: To go from here to there was eye-opening, exciting and educational, Dec 17, 2012
    Many Wayland High School students are involved with community service projects, serving a minimum of 30 hours working with the community to graduate. Volunteering those 30 hours seems like a piece of cake when compared to WHS math teacher Matt Daniels, who spent 27 months working with the Peace Corps in Ecuador.
  • Featured Series: 25 Days of Cookies, Dec 16, 2012

  • 25 Days of Cookies: Frankencookie, Dec 16, 2012
    I had always heard that cookies are pretty hard to mess up, especially when you start with pre-made dough. And it’s true: This thing was delicious!
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies, Dec 15, 2012
    My favorite candy is Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, so naturally my favorite type of cookie is my mom’s famous Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies. They have the same taste as a Peanut Butter Cup, but they are made by baking this Peanut Butter Cookie and topping it with a Hershey’s Kiss.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: World Peace Cookies, Dec 14, 2012
    For me, a holiday season is not complete without chocolate. Whether it’s cake, cookies or brownies, a little chocolate can always put me in a good mood. My mom always makes my favorite chocolate cookie at this time of year, the World Peace Cookie.
  • Wandering Backpack: Steph Steltzer, Dec 14, 2012
    WSPN’s newest series, Wandering Backpack, asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Zen & M's: Stretches for the sitting student, Dec 13, 2012
    I know these stretches will help you physically get through the home stretch to winter vacation, but I know mentally it will still be tough. Make sure you save plenty of time for yourself, your friends and your family. And, if you make yummy holiday sweets, don’t even think about eating them unless you’re planning on working out or sharing them with me (emphasis on sharing with me)!
  • Town Center update (18 photos), Dec 13, 2012
    WSPN took a field trip to the newly constructed Town Center and took some photos. Check 'em out!
  • Students participate in December Chorus and Band concerts (20 photos) , Dec 13, 2012
    The WHS Chorus and Band members teamed up with the Wayland Middle School for this year's December Chorus and Band Concert. Check out some of the highlights.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: White Chocolate Chip Cookies, Dec 13, 2012
    Baking is one of my favorite things to do, and the holidays give me the perfect excuse to bake. White Chocolate Chip Cookies are a very easy and fun recipe to make. Although this cookie isn't holiday themed, the chocolate chips taste great with a cup of milk.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Cookie Dough Frosted Cupcakes, Dec 12, 2012
    Face it. No matter what the season is, if you are baking cookies you best bet you are eating more raw cookie dough than you end up using for the actual cookies. Everyone knows the cookie dough is better than the real cookie. That’s why instead of baking cookies this holiday, you should make cookie dough frosted cupcakes. These are the perfect excuse for you to eat even more cookie dough. We know the spotlight is on the cookie dough in this dessert, but the cupcake beneath it is the perfect supporting act.
  • A Cappella singers reflect on second concert, Dec 12, 2012
    WSPN caught up with some a capella new-comers to discuss their first year singing in a capella groups.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies, Dec 11, 2012
    When it comes to holiday desserts, cookies are always essential. They create a festive atmosphere in any room. My family doesn’t make these cookies that often, but the several times that my mom has made them, they disappear within a day.
  • Teen sleep deprivation proves damaging to high school students, Dec 11, 2012
    If you go to Wayland High School, you’ve inevitably found yourself working through unthinkable morning hours, wondering whether to push on with your assignment or give in to the biological necessity of sleep.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies, Dec 10, 2012
    I won’t lie and say that my family is talented at baking. But, its really hard to mess up chocolate chip cookies. Not only is it simply mixing and mashing the ingredients together, it's the classic cookie that no one can hate. However, I have a sweet tooth and enjoy this cookie with a sweeter twist. These Oreo-stuffed cookies look like normal cookies on the outside but have the best filling, far exceeding jelly. Take your regular cookie dough, but wrap it around an oreo. The difference will be a wonderful surprise.
  • Anna Downs: It's nice that I can help them have fun, Dec 10, 2012
    While most high schoolers spend their Saturday afternoons relaxing and de-stressing from the past school week, sophomore Anna Downs spends her time at Traditions of Wayland, a local senior living center. Instead of participating in the classic community service projects like picking up trash or working in a soup kitchen, Downs calls out numbers for the center's weekly bingo game.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Decorative Cookies, Dec 9, 2012
    Making cookies is all about creativity to me. You start with a blank cookie canvas, and you can put whatever you desire on the cookie. So for this day of cookies, pick your own type of cookie canvas to decorate. If you are running low on ideas, look back at our past 25 Days of Cookies posts.
  • Warrior Weekly: The winter season has begun, Dec 9, 2012
    Well, we're officially underway with the winter season of Warrior sports, and we're off to a pretty promising start.
  • News Brief: Fine arts students to showcase talents in art show and concerts, Dec 9, 2012
    On Tuesday, December 11 and Wednesday December 12, Wayland High School art students will host an art show in the Commons. The art department will also be hosting chorus, band and orchestra concerts in the next two weeks.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Swirl Cookies, Dec 8, 2012
    Seasons greetings! Every year, one of my friends makes cute holiday gift baskets filled with every type of cookie imaginable. There are cookies with people’s faces drawn with icing and amazing peanut butter cookies with a delectable Hershey’s Kiss in the center, but my favorite cookie is by far the Swirl Cookie.
  • Wandering Backpack: Kristin Wheeler, Dec 8, 2012
    WSPN’s newest series, Wandering Backpack, asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Freshmen host first Santa Pancake Breakfast (59 photos), Dec 8, 2012
    For the first of many, the Class of 2016 had the first Santa Pancake Breakfast. The name suggests what the event was - a gathering where all could eat pancakes and meet Santa.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Swedish Chocolate Balls , Dec 7, 2012
    Winter holidays have always been about spending time with family for me, and I always associate this with my mom’s Swedish Chocolate Balls. The recipe has been in my family for a long time, and they taste incredible. There’s a certain delicacy to this dessert.
  • Dubtown Beat: New Wave and party music, Dec 6, 2012

  • News Brief: Class of 2016 to host first Santa Pancake Breakfast, Dec 6, 2012
    This Saturday, December 8, the class of 2016 will hold their first Santa Pancake Breakfast. All community members are welcome; the event will be held from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm in the Commons. The class of 2015 will join the event in which they will be wrapping gifts for the attendants. Santa Claus will also be in attendance from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm to take pictures with students, family and pets.
  • Zen & M's: Winter is coming Part 2: How to avoid looking like Santa, Dec 6, 2012
    Last week, we learned how to balance good health and holiday eating. Now that we have that under control, it’s time to get up and start moving.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Ginger Snaps, Dec 6, 2012
    Every year, when my family gets together with other family members and friends around the holidays to celebrate, I look forward to one thing in particular: the food. The cookies, especially the ginger snaps, are so scrumptious. They get better and better every year. Our family friend makes these ginger snap cookies every year and was kind enough to share her recipe with me.
  • News Brief: Cotillion canceled due to low ticket sales, Dec 5, 2012
    The Junior-Senior Cotillion, which was supposed to take place on Friday, December 4 at 7 p.m., has been canceled due to low ticket sales.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Betsy's Raspberry Thumbprints, Dec 5, 2012
    My mom makes these cookies every Christmas for the whole family. They're quick and easy to make, so anyone can do it. Everyone looks forward to them each Christmas and Hanukkah.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Sugar Cookies, Dec 4, 2012
    Whenever I think holiday spirit, I think sugar cookies. In my opinion, there’s nothing better. The first bite explodes with rich, soft flavor. I personally love my sugar cookies with a cup of hot chocolate, a warm fire and a book. The fire may seem excessive, but it’s not, trust me.
  • Senior Warriors reflect on football careers , Dec 3, 2012
    With the Warrior's season done, WSPN caught up with some senior football players to discuss their careers played together. See what some players had to say about their teammates who have been playing together for several years.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Cherry-Almond Biscotti, Dec 3, 2012
    Biscotti has always been a favorite among members of my dad’s side of the family. My Italian grandmother has given this recipe her blessing, and we use it every year to make cookies for holiday parties.
  • News Brief: Advisory groups give back to the community, Dec 3, 2012
    On December 4, each advisory group will be giving back through a community project of their choice.
  • Matt Cooper: I really love having an outlet for the music I write, Dec 3, 2012
    As junior singer and guitarist Matt Cooper and his band Pacifists at War finished the final notes of their song at the Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub, applause filled the room.
  • Chinese Exchange Host Part 3: Recap, Dec 3, 2012
    After their stay of two months in the US, the six Chinese exchange students and their two teachers left Boston on November 26, taking American culture away with them and leaving Chinese culture behind here.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Mrs. Lash's Mint Brownies, Dec 2, 2012
    Each year, my neighbor makes mint chocolate chip brownies. They’re the best treat around the holidays, and they are incredibly addictive. In my neighborhood, it’s not Christmas without some of Mrs. Lash’s brownies.
  • Warrior Weekly: Feel better, Dec 2, 2012
    It happens to everybody. Everybody loses. It is just a part of sports. But, the best way to cheer up after a tough loss is to think about all the other fan bases that have it worse than you do.
  • Warriors fall to Sharon in Division III Super Bowl (41 photos), Dec 2, 2012
    This past Saturday, the Warriors fell to Sharon High School in the Division III Super Bowl, 12-3. On a snow-covered field, the Warriors fought valiantly, however, were at loss of many turnovers and the loss of their starting quarterback, Matt Goddard due to a shoulder injury.
  • Politalks: China, across frozen waters, Dec 2, 2012
    In the not-too-distant past of 2008, China was a hot topic. At that time, we were in the middle of a recession, and China was an emerging world power with impressive economic growth. We responded to China's future dominance with hysteria and hostility. We picked at the foreign country for ‘stealing’ American jobs in the manufacturing sector. We attacked the Chinese for not playing by the rules. Undoubtedly, many Americans were scared. We felt threatened.
  • Wandering Backpack: Carson Hart, Dec 2, 2012
    WSPN’s newest series, Wandering Backpack, asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • 25 Days of Cookies: Peppermint Ball Cookies, Dec 1, 2012
    To me, the holiday season is all about tradition and ending the last month of the year with family members and close friends. However, holiday food is also a major contributor to the these traditions. WSPN is kicking off the holiday season with 25 of our favorite holiday dessert recipes. Welcome to our 25 Days of Cookies.

January 2013 ( View complete archive page )

  • WW '13: Walsh's band, Barricades, performs on main stage, Jan 31, 2013
    On Thursday, special education teacher Jared Walsh swapped his acoustic guitar for an electric one as his band, Barricades, performed for WHS.
  • WW '13: Stilwell addresses issue of climate change , Jan 31, 2013
    “There isn’t much time to start fixing our planet,” Brian Stilwell, a speaker from the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE), said as he addressed Wayland High School students on Thursday, January 31.
  • Wandering Backpack: Jared Walsh, Jan 31, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • WW '13: Adam Ezra rocks out, Jan 31, 2013
    WSPN caught up with Adam Ezra to discuss his latest Winter Week performance
  • WW '13: Rosenburg discusses life with amputated leg, Jan 31, 2013
    Out of all the words in the English language, “can’t” is the one that Wayland resident Jothy Rosenberg dislikes most.
  • WW '13: Von Mering and Durant duet, Jan 31, 2013
    WSPN trekked to the main stage to catch up with senior Jonathan von Mering and Carley Durant after their most recent performance on the main stage.
  • WW '13: Kacyvenski discusses his drive to succeed , Jan 31, 2013
    On Wednesday, January 30, former NFL linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski visited WHS to speak to students about his background, his experiences and his drive to succeed.
  • WW '13: Pihl shares his story of music with WHS, Jan 31, 2013
    Be honest. We all dream of rocking the stage in a sold out stadium. Unfortunately, most of us never perform in a venue more prestigious than the shower. Reaching the status of “famous rockstar” is a one-in-a-million chance, yet Gary Pihl has reached this legendary status as a member of the band Boston.
  • WW '13: Collet encourages students to consider consequences of their decisions, Jan 30, 2013
    First block on Wednesday, January 30, during Winter Week, Collet spoke to WHS students about that decision and how it forever damaged his life and others’ lives.
  • WW '13: Teachers showcase talents, Jan 30, 2013
    Teachers showcased their talents on Wednesday, January 30 as part of the 2013 Winter Week.
  • WW '13: Walnut Hill performs on the main stage , Jan 30, 2013
    WSPN caught up with members of the Wallnut Hill School for the arts to talk about their most recent performance on the WHS main stage.
  • Zen & M's: Earn your shower, Jan 30, 2013
    This week, Caitlin reflects on her mindset as a second semester senior.
  • WW '13: Daye discusses road to career in medicine , Jan 30, 2013
    How bad do you want it? Is it worth starting your career at 32? Is it worth being surrounded by 50 dead corpses at two in the morning? Is it worth the extra hour of studying just to get a “leg up” on your competitors?
  • WW '13: Representative Conroy talks politics with students, Jan 30, 2013
    Massachusetts state representative Tom Conroy addressed students in the WHS lecture hall on Wednesday, January 30. In addition to discussing current issues like the environment, gun control and education, Conroy opened the discussion by accepting questions from the audience.
  • WW '13: Highlights from a cappella performance, Jan 30, 2013
    The Muses, Madrigals and T-tones performed on the main stage during lunch block on Wednesday in the annual Winter Week a cappella concert.
  • WW '13: Crago speaks about being an Eagles drummer, Jan 30, 2013
    After a childhood of playing the snare drum, Eagles drummer Scott Crago, senior Carter Pedersen's stepfather, took a leap of faith one day and traveled to Los Angeles to start his musical career.
  • WW '13: Parents perform as the Wayland Daddios, Jan 29, 2013
    What do you get when you combine six Wayland High School parents, a bass, two electric guitars and a drumset? The Daddios, a Wayland, parent-based band that plays hits from the 60’s to present day.
  • WW '13: Actors describe Bottom's Dream experience, Jan 29, 2013
    Join Jesse Vogel and Jonathan von Mering as the describe the experience of acting in the Winter Week play, Bottom's Dream.
  • WW '13: Students participate in game show, Jan 29, 2013
    As in tradition, students gathered at the main stage to watch the annual lunch-block game show. WSPN also caught up with some contestants to discuss what it's like to be on the stage.
  • WW '13: Horine discusses orbital light performance, Jan 29, 2013
    WSPN caught up with sophomore Allen Horine, teamed up with Jonah Camiel, to discuss thier first ever music and lights show in the auditorium.
  • WW '13: Community reflects on motivational speaker, Jan 29, 2013
    Take a closer look at the community's reactions to the motivational speaker, Cara Filler, for Winter Week 2013.
  • UPDATED: Winter Week 2013, Jan 29, 2013
    Check out our live updates throughout the 2013 Winter Week, which is filled with concerts, speakers and more!
  • WW '13: Hypnotist kicks off Winter Week 2013, Jan 29, 2013
    On Monday night, WHS students were hypnotized in the first show of Winter Week.
  • Caroline Kreidberg: I just hope that we can make them happy, Jan 27, 2013
    When most Wayland High School students think of fun after-school activities, volunteer work isn’t at the top of their lists. Senior Caroline Kreidberg has a different view.
  • Zen & M's: Treating and preventing injury , Jan 27, 2013

  • Wandering Backpack: Calvin Laituri, Jan 26, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Warrior Weekly: Low point, Jan 25, 2013
    Is anyone out there in a good mood right now? Not only did we have midterms this week, but the Patriots were also beaten in one of the most lopsided games played at Gillette.
  • 50 ways to de-stress before midterms, Jan 21, 2013
    These tips and techniques are designed to prevent you from pulling your hair out while preparing for midterms.
  • Examining the mentality surrounding mid-year exams, Jan 21, 2013
    As students plan, cram and study in preparation for mid-year exams, WSPN talked to WHS students to find out about the mentality surrounding mid-year exams.
  • Students benefit and suffer from midterms, Jan 21, 2013
    If you asked a WHS student how they're feeling around this time of year, chances are that they will say one of three things: 1. "I haven't even started studying! I'm so stressed!" 2. "All I do is study! I'm so exhausted!" 3. "Midterms? What are those?"
  • Dubtown Beat: Top tracks and albums of 2012, Jan 21, 2013
    Even though it’s a bit past the New Year, this post is going to be about my favorite albums and songs of 2012. There was a lot of positive progressive movement in all genres.
  • Community offers advice on mid-year exams, Jan 21, 2013
    WSPN asked teachers and students for tips on how to succeed during midterm week.
  • Students and faculty discuss mid-year stress, Jan 21, 2013
    The end of second quarter, along with mid-year exams, creates an infamously stressful climate at WHS. Students and teachers alike struggle to meet their deadlines, and students must prepare to be tested on everything they have learned so far in the school year. Determining 10% of each student’s final grade, midterms are nothing to be scoffed at.
  • James Shaw: The idea of working on the mountain sounded awesome, Jan 20, 2013
    Senior James Shaw holds a weekend position as a ski instructor intern at the Sugarbush Resort in Vermont.
  • Fine arts requirement is necessary and rewarding, Jan 19, 2013
    Yes, we all took art and music in middle school, but are paper mache animal masks and dulcimer practice really comparable to the masterpieces that high school students can create?
  • Wandering Backpack: Evan Hughes, Jan 17, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • An inside look at Junior Varsity sports, Jan 17, 2013
    Often times, varsity teams can get all the attention. WSPN decided to explore behind the scenes of JV teams to shed light on the work and performance of the school's lesser known athletes.
  • Coaches discuss JV teams, Jan 16, 2013
    WSPN caught up with some WHS coaches to discuss the differences between their Junior Varsity and Varsity athletes.
  • Junior varsity teams should not be overlooked, Jan 16, 2013
    Many sports team at Wayland High school have a junior varsity team. However, these teams often don’t get the same recognition as their varsity counterparts. Despite being underrated, many JV teams at Wayland end up having better records than the varsity team in their respective sport.
  • Reap the rewards of exercising for a healthier lifestyle, Jan 16, 2013
    Part of the reason why we often fail to get the necessary amount of physical activity is that we struggle to find time in our busy schedules to exercise. We are at the peak of the school year, and our energy is drained from the excessive overload of work, ripping away motivation to do anything but sit on a warm, comfy couch with a bag of chips in hand.
  • Students share their favorite JV memories, Jan 16, 2013
    WSPN caught up with athletes who have played on a JV Warriors team to ask about their favorite JV memory.
  • Jazz saxophonist teaches workshop for WHS bands, Jan 15, 2013
    Last week, jazz saxophonist Nathan Childers came to WHS to run an all-day workshop for the various WHS bands. Childers has performed with many famous bands and music legends such as Aretha Franklin, and he has also made on-screen appearances in movies.
  • Zen & M's: Health benefits of tea, Jan 15, 2013
    As a yoga lover, it’s only natural that I also love tea. Especially because I know tea has many health benefits to offer. But as a curious student, it’s also only natural that I need to do my research before I wholeheartedly commit to any health trend.
  • Warrior Weekly: Hot start, Jan 14, 2013
    Well, we are two weeks into 2013 and the Wayland sports teams could not be performing any better. At the top of that list is wrestling.
  • Ahmed Nasri: It is great to learn how this beautiful country came about, Jan 14, 2013
    Walking through the halls of Wayland High School, junior Ahmed Nasri looks like a typical student with books and backpack in hand. It’s hard to believe that Nasri has only been in the United States for five months.
  • Wandering Backpack: Jessica Imbornone, Jan 12, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Testing days are not to blame, Jan 11, 2013
    As the second quarter comes to a close at Wayland High School, students scramble from the library to class and back to the library again. It is the time when the finish line for the quarter is visible, and students are giving their last push to improve their grades. But when the end of the quarter rolls around every two months or so, testing days are once again cursed by many students and yes, even teachers.
  • Boys basketball team defeats Weston Wildcats (29 photos), Jan 10, 2013
    Earlier this week, the Warriors battled the Weston Wildcats in basketball and clenched a victory for Wayland High School.
  • WHS Voice: Midterms, winter sports and the Winter Week Dance, Jan 10, 2013
    In this edition of the WHS Voice, Lauren and Mia give an overview of midterms, winter sports and the Winter Week Dance. Check it out to find out more!
  • Zen & M's: Mental health, Jan 9, 2013
    I promised you earlier in the year that Zen & M’s would tackle mental health as well as fitness and nutrition. Well, today I feel in serious need of a mental health day.
  • Best of the MetroWest: Rino's Place, Jan 8, 2013
    Looking for an authentic italian meal when you’re in Boston? Rino’s Place in East Boston states that they have the “The Best Italian Food In Town,” and I wholeheartedly agree!
  • Jonah Camiel: It’s really cool when you see your work on levels that big, Jan 7, 2013
    As Justin Bieber finishes singing his first song, the lights dim and the high-pitched screams of 20,000 teenage girls flood the TD Garden arena. Meanwhile, sophomore Jonah Camiel is quickly running around backstage, trying to get into position before the next song begins.
  • Warriors fall to Westford Grey Ghosts (36 photos), Jan 6, 2013
    This past Friday, the Warriors took on the Grey Ghosts of Westford. Despite a strong showing from seniors Jaleel Bell and Harry Leavitt, the Warriors fell.
  • Wandering Backpack: Maggie Hojlo, Jan 5, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Warrior Weekly: Goodbye 2012, Jan 4, 2013
    What is the best part of the New Year season? All of those “year in review” articles and blogs. Well, I think it is my duty as the loyal WSPN sports blogger to write my own year in review and look at the best and the worst from the past year as well as a look ahead to 2013.
  • Community reacts to Engrade, Jan 3, 2013
    This school year, each student at WHS has been given an online Engrade account as a way to view their grades while the quarter progresses. Parents have also recently been given a password that gives them access to the site. Students shared their reactions to the website and its capabilities with WSPN.
  • Rethinking the benefits of Engrade, Jan 2, 2013
    Obsession. It’s the first word that comes to mind when I think about my relationship with Engrade. Over the course of less than a semester, the online site where my grades are displayed has turned from a valuable resource to a time-consuming and stress-inducing enemy. But just how great of a presence does it take for Engrade to cross the line?
  • Zen & M's: New Year’s resolutions, Jan 1, 2013
    The gift-giving holidays have come and gone and New Year's will have too by the time you readers view the published version of this blog post. But right now, as I type, the year 2012 is still a thing of the present, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not already thinking about 2013!

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  • Warrior Weekly: Finally spring, Mar 31, 2013
    Thank God. Look at the weather. Spring is finally here. No more snow days (I hope), no more skidding in my car and no more spring practices in the fieldhouse. That last one brings me the most excitement. Practices in the fieldhouse were absolutely terrible.
  • Spring sports preview, Mar 31, 2013
    WSPN's sports team took an inside look at all WHS' spring sports teams.
  • WHS students work part-time at the new Wayland Town Center, Mar 30, 2013
    Ducking from aisle to aisle of Wayland's new Stop & Shop, paper grocery bag in hand, junior Aidan Falvey works to finish shelving returned items before his Saturday afternoon shift ends. For many, stacking groceries is not an ideal weekend activity, but Falvey is one of many Wayland High School students who have added a part-time job to their schedules.
  • Zen & M's: Becoming more flexible, Mar 29, 2013
    Last year at about this time, I had a full vertical split. Then, when the play ended, working out became more important to me than dancing, and I began lifting more often than bending myself in strange directions. This didn’t really affect my overall flexibility because pre-run stretches and yoga kept me limber, but I’ve recently felt inspired to take my flexibility to the next level. Also, it’s time for a flexibility post.
  • Wandering Backpack: Jackson Diianni, Mar 28, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Winter sports recap, Mar 27, 2013
    WSPN recaps the 2012-2013 winter sports season.
  • Class of 2014 budgets for prom, Mar 26, 2013
    As the snow starts to melt and the days become longer, talk of the class of 2014's prom has begun at Wayland High School. Prom is well known for the elaborate proposals and immense amounts of planning that come with the event each year.
  • Whitney Pettersen: I became more involved with it and really just liked the competitive environment, Mar 25, 2013
    “It’s like having a best friend. You understand them and they understand you,” freshman Whitney Pettersen said of her experience horseback riding.
  • Robotics team makes regional semifinals of competition, Mar 25, 2013
    Wayland High School’s robotics team, the Hurriquake, qualified for semifinals during the annual Boston First Regional Robotics Competition held at the Agganis Arena on Saturday, March 23.
  • Zen & M's: Running outdoors , Mar 24, 2013
    I’ve been a little bit restless lately because I pinched something in my knees a while back. Luckily, this hasn’t posed much of an problem for my workouts. I’ve been able to lunge, squat and do most forms of cardio, except for running. The past few weeks, however, I’ve been building my strength backup in terms of running, and I was even able to complete a run outside on Saturday and a longer one before I sat down to write this without anything hurting in a bad way, obviously I could feel the burn, though.
  • A closer look at the course selection process, Mar 24, 2013
    WSPN decided to take a closer look at WHS's couse selection to see what the process is like every year.
  • Override process allows students to benefit in higher level classes, Mar 24, 2013
    Course selection has come and gone, and students have decided what classes they're taking next year.
  • Departments change course offerings for upcoming school year, Mar 24, 2013
    Each school year, Wayland High School offers different courses than those offered in the previous year. For the 2013-2014 school year, students have the option to sign up for new courses in fine arts, science and English.
  • Students recommend favorite courses , Mar 24, 2013
    WSPN caught up with some WHS students to talk about their favorite courses and why they like them.
  • Hunt’s “Ashen” wins national art award, Mar 24, 2013
    On Friday March 15, Hunt was awarded a Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Medal Award for his photograph “Ashen.” This national recognition came less than two months after Hunt won a statewide award, the Scholastic Gold Key Award, on January 25.
  • Wandering Backpack: Caroline Meliones, Mar 22, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Highlights of Senior Show '13 , Mar 22, 2013
    WSPN caught up with class adviser Corey Lowen to discuss some highlights from the class of 2013's Senior Show.
  • Chloe Brown: I realized it could be a lot worse, Mar 19, 2013
    When Brown was five years old, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. After her diagnosis, Brown had to make regular appointments for shots, and her family's eating habits changed.
  • School canceled on March 19 due to inclement weather, Mar 19, 2013
    As Winter Storm Ukko barrels through Wayland on the last day of winter, Wayland Public Schools have been canceled for the school day of March 19.
  • Warrior Weekly: Passing time, Mar 18, 2013
    Well, we are kind of in an awkward week of Warrior sports. The spring season's tryouts start today, so nothing has really happened in the past week. I am at a loss for what to say. Because there is nothing new for me to report, I am going to make some more predictions (since I did so well the first time).
  • Wandering Backpack: Audrey Zizza, Mar 17, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Cast prepares for Senior Show debut, Mar 14, 2013
    As the seniors wrap up their preparation for the Senior Show, WSPN interviewed the casting directors and some senior performers to find out more about the work behind this year's Senior Show and what the audience can expect.
  • A recap of Senior Show , Mar 13, 2013
    Every year for two nights, WHS students, their families and teachers alike come to the main stage to watch the annual Senior Show. While they laugh at the numerous dances and skits, very few audience members wil think about the amount of effort and planning necessary to make those two performances possible.
  • A look at past Senior Show themes, Mar 13, 2013
    WSPN did some research and found some of past Senior Show themes. Check out what previous classes have done for their Senior Show.
  • Directors discuss Senior Show planning, Mar 13, 2013
    Every year for two nights, WHS students, their families and teachers alike come to the main stage to watch the annual Senior Show. While they laugh at the numerous dances and skits, very few audience members will think about the amount of effort and planning necessary to make those two performances possible.
  • Community offers opinions on successful Senior Shows, Mar 13, 2013
    WSPN caught up with some WHS community members to discuss past Seniors Shows and what makes a Senior Show successful.
  • Musicians prepare for Honors Sinfonia auditions, Mar 12, 2013
    Pulling out his cello, sophomore Max Wong started to play the solo repertoire piece he had been practicing for the past week. Behind the screen Wong faced, fine arts department head and orchestra teacher Susan Memoli typed observations of Wong’s note and rhythmic reading ability. One week later, Wong found out that he made it into the Honors Sinfonia Orchestra.
  • Mock trial team qualifies for "Elite Eight" round in championship bracket , Mar 12, 2013
    On Tuesday, March 12, Wayland High School’s mock trial team defeated Bishop Feehan High School in the “Sweet 16" round of the Massachusetts Bar Association High School Mock Trial Program’s championship bracket with a score of 101-100. After Wayland’s victory, the team will proceed to the "Elite Eight" round, facing Marshfield High School at the Plymouth Probate & Family Court in Brockton on Wednesday, March 13.
  • Warriors fall to Danvers in Division III North Finals (85 photos), Mar 11, 2013
    This past Saturday, the Warriors faced Danvers High School in the Division III Finals game at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. Despite strong performances from Jaleel Bell and Harry Leavitt, Wayland fell to Danvers, 57-52, for the third consecutive year.
  • Warrior Weekly: This one hurt, Mar 11, 2013
    I thought they were going to do it. They had been in this position before. Down 11 at halftime to Saugus, they won by five. Down one at halftime to Arlington Catholic, they won by 23. Down three at halftime to North Reading, they won by 16. Down 10 to Danvers at halftime?
  • Zen & M's: My favorite things, Mar 11, 2013
    So, this weekend I really wanted to write you guys a thorough, informational fitness article that would require a lot of research and writing on my part. Which I love doing, by the way. I love learning more about fitness, and I love taking the time to share it with you all. But, with Senior Show only five days away, I just didn’t have that kind of time or energy.
  • Molly and Megan Pierce: It's all definitely worth it in the end, Mar 10, 2013
    Since senior Megan Pierce was six and sophomore Molly Pierce was four, the two have been swimming together as sisters, teammates and friends.
  • Looking into the boys' basketball team's playoff journey, Mar 9, 2013
    The Wayland boys’ basketball team defeated the top-seeded North Reading High School Hornets with a final score of 64-48 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday night. The Warriors will face the Danvers High School Falcons on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. at the Tsongas Center in the Division III North finals. Tickets will be $12 for adults, $7 for students and $7 for senior citizens (62+).
  • Doherty talks about playoff experience, Mar 9, 2013
    This year, coach Dennis Doherty has led the varsity boys' basketball team to the Division III North finals to face Danvers High School. Between playing Arlington Catholic, the school Doherty used to work at, and making the team the best they can be, all hands are on deck for this years playoff season.
  • Boys' basketball gears up for Division III North finals, Mar 8, 2013
    The boys' basketball team is in the midst of Division III North title run. The Warriors are set to play Danvers high school at 3:45 p.m. at Tsongas Center in Lowell.
  • Breaking News: All after-school activities canceled on March 8, Mar 8, 2013
    All after-school activities have been canceled, according to an an email sent out by assistant principal Allyson Mizoguchi. The email states that Dr. Paul Stein has decided to close all schools at 2:15 p.m.
  • Warrior Weekly: Winter sports, Mar 7, 2013
    Well, we are down to one more team left in the winter season: boys' basketball.
  • Wandering Backpack: Ken Rideout, Mar 7, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Best of the MetroWest: Bobby's Burger Palace, Mar 7, 2013
    Craving a high quality burger without breaking the bank? Celebrity Chef, Bobby Flay, recently opened Bobby’s Burger Palace (BBP) at the Burlington Mall, a diner-style burger joint.
  • Zen & M's: Meditation motivation, Mar 6, 2013
    I have to admit, I am no student of meditation, despite my obsession with yoga. But with Senior Show rehearsals in full swing, I decided to learn as much as I could about it. I love directing Senior Show, and I love my fellow seniors, but I just can’t escape any of it.
  • Warriors move on to finals after defeating top-seeded North Reading Hornets, Mar 6, 2013
    The Wayland boys’ basketball team defeated the top-seeded North Reading High School Hornets with a final score of 64-48 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday night. The Warriors will face the Danvers High School Falcons on Saturday at the Tsongas Arena in the Division III North finals.
  • Boys' basketball team advances to semifinals to face North Reading, Mar 5, 2013
    The Warriors advanced to the Division III North semifinals, which will be held on Wednesday, March 6 at Burlington High School.
  • Dubtown Beat: Hip hop and electronic music, Mar 5, 2013
    It feels like forever since I’ve made a post, but my absence has created a pile of great music to share with y’all!
  • Shahar Dahan: The people there just have a different culture, Mar 4, 2013
    A tired teenager gazes lazily out of the plane window as he flies over the crowded Israeli beaches that border Tel Aviv. He struggles to keep his eyes open after an exhausting 11-hour journey from Logan Airport to Ben Gurion International Airport. Upon landing, he stumbles out, vaguely aware of the sudden rise in temperature and brown, treeless environment.
  • Wandering Backpack: Larry Guo, Mar 1, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.

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  • Pura Vida: An inside look into the Costa Rica excursion , Apr 30, 2013
    The first activity we did when we arrived in Costa Rica was visit Don Juan’s organic farm. Juan uses no pesticides on his crops, so everything is 100% natural and organic.
  • "Tommy" to premier on Wednesday, May 1, Apr 30, 2013
    On Wednesday, May 1, Wayland High School Theater Ensemble (WHSTE) will be premiering its spring musical, The Who’s "Tommy."
  • Students discuss large number of out-of-grade dates attending junior prom, Apr 29, 2013
    This year, a large number of sophomores and seniors are attending the junior prom. Although juniors are allowed to take people from other grades and schools as their dates, the majority of the past prom couples have been made up of two juniors.
  • Slam poetry team hosts Poetry&Pizza performance in library, Apr 28, 2013
    On Tuesday, April 23, the WHS slam poetry team housed a performance in the media center during lunch where members of the slam poetry team, as well as a handful of teachers and students not affiliated with the team, read and performed poems aloud as the audience ate complementary slices of pizza.
  • Poet Robert Pinsky speaks to Wayland community, Apr 27, 2013
    In a dark auditorium at Wayland Middle School, over two hundred attendees held their breath as speaker Robert Pinsky approached the podium. Pinsky, a Boston University professor and former national poet laureate, is the author of 19 books and has published prominent translations of texts like "The Inferno by Dante Alighieri." The poet spoke in Wayland as part of Wayland Reads, a library-sponsored program celebrating literature within the Wayland community.
  • Examining the use of social media in journalism , Apr 26, 2013
    WSPN explored the NSPA and JEA spring convention to find out how student-journalists utilize social media.
  • Social media's role in the field of journalism , Apr 26, 2013
    WSPN took a look at social media's role at the NSPA and JEA spring convention, in high school and professional news publications and in the Boston Marathon bombings.
  • Live Conversation: Student-journalists tweet convention happenings , Apr 26, 2013
    Check out what student-journalists are saying about this year's spring convention.
  • Convention members and journalists discuss social media, Apr 26, 2013
    WSPN found NSPA and JEA officials as well as other journalists to discuss social media's role at the spring convention and in the field of journalism.
  • Athletes compete in spring season games (49 photos) , Apr 26, 2013
    WSPN caught up with various spring sports teams to see how they fared against their respective opponents.
  • Students and teachers explore Costa Rica over April vacation (10 photos), Apr 26, 2013
    While many students were vacationing with their families, touring colleges or simply catching up on sleep at home this past April break, 11 WHS students and three teachers took a weeklong guided trip to Costa Rica.
  • Community reflects on Boston Marathon bombings, Apr 25, 2013
    Three members of the WHS community share their experiences of the Boston Marathon bombings and its aftereffects.
  • Zen & M's: The skinny on fad diets, Apr 24, 2013
    First off, let me clarify this title. I just came up with something I thought was catchy and clever, but this article is not about being skinny. I think that setting a goal to be skinny is incredibly unhealthy and that it is preferable to set a goal to be fit. A large part of being fit, however, is a healthy diet. But, a healthy diet is far different from dieting.
  • Warrior Weekly: Boston strong, Apr 23, 2013
    The Red Sox have a nice 11:00 a.m. start and the Boston Marathon takes over Massachusetts and the nation with everyone's eyes glued to the finish line.
  • Rachel Moser-Hardy: I have the power to create my own world and the characters within it, Apr 22, 2013
    While many students groan at the thought of writing five pages, junior Rachel Moser-Hardy is in the process of writing children's fantasy books, often working on the transcript for five hours or longer at a time.
  • Boston, Apr 17, 2013
    On behalf of the Wayland Student Press Network, our hearts are with everyone who was affected by the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013.
  • Examining the college visiting process, Apr 15, 2013
    Perhaps one of the most taxing parts of the college process is visiting and touring schools. The best way to look at colleges is to go and visit them, but what is the best way to visit colleges?
  • Wandering Backpack: Laura Stavisky, Apr 13, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Best of the MetroWest: Orange Leaf, Apr 12, 2013
    There is now a delicious reason to stop by the new Wayland town center: Orange Leaf. This newly-opened frozen yogurt hotspot is the place to be in town. I have already gone three times because I just can’t get enough.
  • Dubtown Beat: Spring tunes and future funk, Apr 11, 2013
    Spring has just begun, so I’m back with a few songs for you to blast with your windows rolled down on a nice sunny day!
  • Advisory groups participate in first community service day (46 photos), Apr 10, 2013
    WHS advisory groups spread out across Wayland to clean up the town and help others for the first annual community service day on Wednesday, April 10.
  • Zen & M's: Superfood, Apr 10, 2013
    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's superfood! If you’re still reading after that intro, allow me to jump right into the article.
  • EBM students benefit from learning about business, Apr 9, 2013
    Most students in WHS have most likely heard of the Entrepreneurship and Business Management (EBM) class. With the arrival of spring, many EBM students can be seen approaching lunch tables in the cafeteria, trying to get classmates to buy their products.
  • Isabel and Maddy Schwartz: It will probably stay in our family for a long time, Apr 8, 2013
    It’s a typical weekday afternoon, and sisters Isabel and Maddy Schwartz are turning to one another for advice, cheerfully discussing organization for the day’s Water Warriors lesson.
  • Wandering Backpack: Michael Hopps, Apr 6, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Zen & M's: Rocking out, Apr 5, 2013
    This week’s Zen & M’s was written a little bit later than I usually like. In part, this was due to a busy Sunday eating Easter candy and watching Game of Thrones (finally, I am whole again).
  • Wall Street Warriors: Summarizing the March stock market, Apr 5, 2013
    Wall Street Warriors welcomes you to the first of many monthly investing summaries. This series is written by Nate Sommerfield and Blake Welti and will be published at the end of each month. We will talk about trends, industries, and hot and not so hot stocks, as well as investing tips. We are both currently sophomores taking and are taking Mr. Page’s Investing in the Creative Economy (ICE) class.
  • Slam poets prepare for Louder than a Bomb festival, Apr 3, 2013
    Members of the slam poetry club, one of WHS's newest organizations, are preparing pieces of poetry to perform at the Louder than a Bomb festival in May.
  • Orange and Black Shack hosts school-wide egg hunt, Apr 1, 2013
    Thursday, March 27, the Orange and Black Shack hosted their first annual school-wide egg hunt.
  • Siri: I don't understand what you mean by "sentience barrier", Apr 1, 2013
    It’s a bitter winter day, howling wind and all. A hand reaches into a pocket. A beep sounds. A microphone symbol appears, and an abrasive voice begins to bark orders, unbearably overemphasizing syllable after syllable.
  • Technology department to search each student's computer, Apr 1, 2013
    Monday, April 8, the technology department will be collecting every student’s laptop from the 1:1 initiative for mandatory software updates.
  • Advisory groups to eat lunch together every Tuesday and Thursday, Apr 1, 2013
    Starting at the beginning of fourth quarter, each advisory group will begin eating lunch together every Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Water fountains contaminated, hydroplidius spreads, Apr 1, 2013
    If you have been experiencing nausea, hair loss, a scale-like appearance to your skin or profuse sweating, you may be the next victim of hydroplidius.

May 2013 ( View complete archive page )

  • Wandering Backpack: Melissa Smith, May 31, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • A day in the life, May 31, 2013
    Students and faculty share their daily routines.
  • A day in the life of guidance counselor Dennis Doherty, May 31, 2013
    “In the world of guidance, there’s really no typical day,” WHS guidance counselor Dennis Doherty said.
  • A day in the life of student athlete Andy Carmichael, May 31, 2013
    At 5:45 a.m. on a school day, most Wayland High School students are fast asleep. However, sophomore Andy Carmichael is already in the weight room beginning his morning workout.
  • A day in the life of cafeteria server Janet Caruso, May 31, 2013
    Walking into the Commons during lunch with hundreds of other students can be hectic as everyone jams into the lunch line to pick their meal. But just imagine what it is like on the other side of the counter, as a lunch lady.
  • A day in the life of custodian Tony Pilla, May 31, 2013
    While you may pass them in the halls or see them after school vacuuming the media center, for the most part, Wayland High School custodians function under the radar of students. However, our school would be a mess, literally and figuratively, without them.
  • A day in the life of secretary Judy Courchine, May 31, 2013
    “I have to leave early. I need a haircut.” “That’s not approved,” Judy Courchine, Wayland High School’s attendance secretary, receptionist and the secretary to the dean of students, said.
  • A cappella groups perform end-of-year concert (41 photos), May 30, 2013
    The T-Tones, Madrigals and Muses performed in an end-of-year a cappella concert.
  • Track athletes compete in Division III State Championship (30 photos), May 30, 2013
    Track and field athletes participated in the Division III State Championship at Pembrooke High School last Sunday.
  • Wayland celebrates Memorial Day with annual parade, May 29, 2013
    This Memorial Day, residents of Wayland and members of the WHS community participated in the town's annual parade.
  • Valeska von Wickede: I came here to see what the typical high school experience is, May 28, 2013
    For most high school students, the first day of school is a time to share stories from the summer, reconnect with friends, and fall back into old traditions. The first day of school for a new student is known as the quintessential moment of feeling like an outsider. Now, imagine this student is also from a country halfway across the globe.
  • Zen & M's: We made it, May 27, 2013
    Unfortunately, folks, this is going to be the last Zen N’ M’s of the year. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, though! Endings can be bittersweet, but they also provide the perfect opportunities to reflect.
  • Students and staff participate in annual talent show, May 26, 2013
    From watching Mr. Walsh singing to seeing the teacher dance, the annual Student Staff Talent Show displayed WHS' talent.
  • Script to Screen participants reflect on experience, May 25, 2013
    WSPN caught up with some of the directors of Script to Screen to find out what it was like to produce a film in a WHS class.
  • Wandering Backpack: Ed DeHoratius, May 24, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Students compete in dodgeball tournament (35 photos), May 24, 2013
    Students participated in a Student Council sponsored dodgeball tournament in the field house Wednesday night.
  • Teachers take part in flash mob during first lunch, May 23, 2013
    A group of WHS teachers surprised students in the Commons by dancing in a flash mob during first lunch on Wednesday, May 22.
  • Zen & M's: Boxing, May 22, 2013
    Last Friday during my cardio workout, I couldn’t help but realize how bored I was. I was bored because my workout was easy — my body had gotten used to my current routine, and I knew I had to make a change. If I was going to cure boredom and continue to help my fitness improve, I would need to find a new way to challenge myself.
  • Rockermann leaves WHS to pursue career in farming, May 21, 2013
    Last week, English teacher David Rockermann announced that he will not be returning to teach next year. Instead, he and his girlfriend, Anne, will be farming on land they rented in September.
  • Lilyanne and Tommy Lewis: Dancing has made me come out of my skin, May 21, 2013
    Imagine traveling around the world, meeting interesting people, and spending entire weekends competing in something that you love to do. That is what senior Lilyanne Lewis and sophomore Tommy Lewis do with their dance competitions.
  • Opinion: Naviance encourages dangerous emphasis on college acceptance, May 21, 2013
    It’s finally time. After months of anticipation and countless trips to the mailbox, the college letter has arrived. With shaking hands, you apprehensively unseal the envelope. You’ve already convinced yourself that the contents of this single letter will dictate the success of your high school career. But does getting into a certain college determine the merit of your time at Wayland High School? The short answer is no.
  • Actors talk about their experience in "The Who's Tommy", May 20, 2013
    Actors Jonathan von Mering, Miles Adler and Carter Pedersen discuss their experiences in "The Who's Tommy"
  • UPDATED: Pre-prom '13 (101 photos), May 18, 2013
    The Class of 2014 walked down the orange carpet at WHS on Saturday, May 18 to see their friends, teachers and family at pre-prom before heading to the Hyatt Regency for prom.
  • Students discuss prom proposals, May 18, 2013
    Students talk about the elaborate ways they asked others to prom.
  • Class of 2014 prepares for prom, May 17, 2013
    With class of 2014's prom right around the corner, WSPN has all the facts, style advice and stories to keep you informed.
  • Students and faculty observe mock car crash in preparation for prom, May 17, 2013
    To discourage distracted driving and driving under the influence during prom and the events surrounding it, the Wayland Police and Fire Departments demonstrated a mock car crash for students.
  • Senior Kevin Capasso to DJ prom, May 16, 2013
    Music blasting, senior Kevin Capasso stands in front of his laptop. With ten seconds left in the song, it’s time for a transition. Slowly, Capasso mixes his next selection, matching tempos and listening for the reaction from his audience. As this years prom DJ, Capasso’s selections will dictate the atmosphere of Wayland High School’s biggest party.
  • The whos and whats of prom, May 16, 2013
    WSPN looked into some statistics of the class of 2014's prom. WSPN has reported the number of people in each grade attending prom and the number of people who ordered each type of meal.
  • Wandering Backpack: Jonathan von Mering, May 16, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Student council candidates participate in debate, May 16, 2013
    Wednesday, May 15, student council candidates Tommy Bernotas, Corey Mordas and Josh O'Neil, representing one candidate from each pair of running mates in the presidential election, participated in a debate hosted by WSPN. WSPN's Elizabeth Karpacz moderated the debate.
  • Window dance ensemble presents "Wonderland", May 16, 2013
    Window dance ensemble performed "Wonderland" on the main stage Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 11.
  • Compare and Contrast: Choosing a prom tuxedo vs. prom dress, May 16, 2013
    What’s the best way to pick a tuxedo for prom night? Coming from the guy who wore a collared shirt to my neighbor’s formal wedding, there are a few. With prom right around the corner, now’s the time for the gentlemen of WHS to find the right tuxedo and look our best for the big night.
  • Students discuss work on senior projects, May 13, 2013
    If a teacher came up to you and offered to let you choose any topic for a project, what would you choose?
  • Best of the MetroWest: Shake Shack, May 13, 2013

  • Sam Breslin: Football, coaching, strength training and conditioning are all things that I live and breathe every day, May 13, 2013
    Wayland High School football coach, Sam Breslin and his fellow Colgate graduate and teammate, Alex Relph, launched Platform Athletics online in January 2013 to create a program that gives high school coaches access to knowledge that only strength and conditioning professionals might have, so they can create the most effective off-season training program for their players.
  • Warrior Weekly: Blaming the refs, May 12, 2013

  • Wandering Backpack: Laura Huizinga, May 9, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Wall Street Warriors: Purchasing stocks, May 9, 2013

  • Window dance ensemble dances in flash mob during lunch, May 8, 2013
    On Wednesday, May 8, Window Dance Ensemble danced in a flash mob in the commons during lunch. The flash mob served to promote Window's upcoming performance, "Wonderland", which tickets are currently being sold for in the commons during lunch.
  • Musicians perform in spring orchestra concert (20 photos), May 8, 2013
    Musicians performed in the spring orchestra on the main stage.
  • Boys' lacrosse beats Weston 8-4 (28 photos), May 7, 2013
    Wayland boys' lacrosse beat Weston 8-3 on Saturday, May 4.
  • News Brief: Community to celebrate "Porrell Day", May 7, 2013
    This year marks the last year of Joseph Porrell’s involvement in the WHS community. To commemorate Porrell, the Orange and Black Shack is sponsoring “Porrell Day” held on May 7.
  • Wayland businesses and spring musical support The One Fund Boston, May 6, 2013
    Businesses supporting the One Fund range from local companies like Upper Crust Pizzeria, to national entities like Bank of America and Dunkin’ Donuts. Dunkin’ Donuts donated $100,000 to the One Fund Boston in recognition of its Boston roots and continues to promote the One Fund at 2,000 of its New England franchises. The local chain Frozen Yogurt Innovations made a more modest donation of $1,420, which was the company’s gross profit on the evening of April 24.
  • Jack Kanieff: I want to travel as much as I can before it is too late, May 6, 2013
    On a sweltering August day, many WHS graduates can be found packing their bags for college. But at the end of this summer, senior Jack Kanieff will instead be packing for his gap year in Africa. In the beginning of September, Kanieff will travel to Africa with the Latitudes program offered by Carpe Diem Education, an organization that offers gap year and study abroad programs.
  • Warrior Weekly: Continued success, May 5, 2013
    We’ve made it to May. The cold weather is officially behind us. And as the warm weather comes in, the Warriors are showing more and more success on the fields.
  • WHSTE performs "The Who's Tommy", May 4, 2013
    Thursday, May 2 through Saturday May 4, WHSTE performed “The Who’s Tommy” on the main stage at WHS.
  • "The Who's Tommy:" Review, May 3, 2013
    "Tommy", this year’s WHS spring musical, was different from any other high school play, or any play for that matter, that I've ever seen. The cast's high energy along with the graphics flashing on the set ensured my attention was captured at all times throughout the production.
  • Gitten discusses experience in "The Who's Tommy", May 3, 2013
    WSPN caught up with sophomore Tori Gitten to talk about her experiences in "The Who's Tommy."
  • "The Who's Tommy" premieres at WHS (52 photos), May 3, 2013
    WHSTE performed "The Who's Tommy" on the main stage from Wednesday, May 1 to Saturday, May 4.
  • Zen & M's: Compilation of playlists, May 3, 2013

  • Wandering Backpack: Brendan Lau, May 3, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Warrior Weekly: Spring sports update, May 1, 2013
    Wow, it feels really weird to know that we are almost halfway through the spring season. Because of vacation and the Boston Marathon tragedy, I have yet to fully discuss the happenings of the season so far. For anyone out there wondering how the spring season has been going so far, here are the updates.
  • Sailing team qualifies for New England Fleet Racing Championship Regatta, May 1, 2013
    The Wayland High School varsity sailing team has started off their season strong by defeating almost every team they have competed against from the Mass Bay League.
  • Charlie Nuss: I never realized how much I relied on the game until it was gone, May 1, 2013
    Coming off a promising freshman season with the varsity baseball team, expectations were high for sophomore pitcher Charlie Nuss this spring. Unfortunately, lofty goals had to be revised when Nuss was recently diagnosed with a torn lateral tendon in his throwing shoulder. Now, instead of striking out the competition with his signature curveball, Nuss is resigned to a season on the sidelines, unable to pitch until at least the fall.

June 2013 ( View complete archive page )

  • Opinion: Reflecting on a year of advisory , Jun 24, 2013
    I can’t believe a year has gone by since we started advisory. I can still re-create in my mind the initial awkwardness of walking into a classroom filled with random kids of various ages who I knew only as names off the dreaded advisory email I received last summer. Now, walking into that same classroom almost nine months later, the awkwardness is just as prevalent. The only difference is that now, it is a familiar
  • Students' summer plans, Jun 24, 2013
    WSPN surveyed 50 students about what they are doing this summer.
  • WHS Timeline 2012-2013, Jun 20, 2013
    Check out our timeline of all the biggest stories at WHS from the 2012-2013 school year. From Halloween to Prom, here is WSPN's year in review.
  • Teachers leave WHS to pursue other goals, Jun 19, 2013
    Several members of the WHS faculty are retiring after the 2012-2013 school year.
  • Wandering Backpack: Shahar Dahan, Jun 15, 2013

  • Wayland Residents to Celebrate 375th anniversary, Jun 14, 2013
    Saturday, June 15, residents will celebrate Wayland’s 375th anniversary. An opening ceremony at the North Cemetery at 9 a.m. will kick off the event. Historical walking tours, exhibits featured by the Wayland Historical Society and a presentation by the Sudbury Militia at the Grout-Heard House will follow the opening ceremony at 1:00 p.m.
  • Warrior Weekly: The End, Jun 12, 2013

  • Seniors reflect on time at WHS, Jun 11, 2013
    Before graduation, WSPN caught up with some of the seniors of the class of 2013 to hear their reflections on their high school experiences.
  • Andrea Cincotta: I never took the whole cancer thing seriously, Jun 11, 2013
    Cancer. The very sound of that word can bring instant fear to almost any high schooler. But fear is the last word to describe how junior Andrea Cincotta handled being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) last September. Cincotta instead used her light-hearted attitude and sense of humor to get her through the challenges of her diagnosis and treatment.
  • Class of 2013 graduates, Jun 11, 2013
    After their four years at WHS, the Class of 2013's graduation took place this past Sunday on the turf. Student speakers were Doug Curtin, Nina Price and Kruti Vora.
  • Graduation 2013 (84 Photos), Jun 11, 2013
    After their four years at WHS, the Class of 2013's graduation took place this past Sunday on the turf. Student speakers were Doug Curtin, Nina Price and Kruti Vora.
  • A look at graduation expenses, Jun 9, 2013
    In past years, students have been required to pay a flat fee of $100 in order to graduate. This fee covers many grade-wide events for seniors such as class night, the senior cruise and graduation caps and gowns. However, recently, students and faculty working with the senior class began to feel that it was too demanding to ask the students to pay such a charge.
  • Wandering Backpack: Pam Miller, Jun 7, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Where you can find the class of 2013 next year, Jun 7, 2013
    WSPN found out where the seniors class is going to be spending their next year.
  • Five factors of a successful graduation party, Jun 6, 2013
    Bouncing on a moon bounce with your friends, listening to good music and eating favorite foods are just some of the activities found at many Wayland High School graduation parties. Every year, many WHS seniors choose to host one of these “grad parties”, hoping to end their high school experience on a high note. But what goes into a good graduation party?
  • Opinion: Class of 2014 gets psyched for senior year, Jun 6, 2013
    When I walked into school on Monday, adorned in my red, white and blue attire, I didn’t know what to expect. My class had agreed to dress in the colors of the American flag, and I held myself to a pretty high standard. I even decided to wear red shoes. However, I wasn’t sure if my classmates would match my enthusiasm.
  • WHS introduces Tri-M society, Jun 5, 2013
    The National Honor Society, which honors students for academic and community-related achievements, has been a part of WHS’s history for over sixty years. However, there hasn’t been such a society for musical achievements in the past.
  • Seniors attend annual breakfast (15 photos), Jun 4, 2013
    Wayland High School hosted a breakfast in the commons before school for the seniors on Friday, their last day of classes.
  • Huo wraps up his first year running his own business, Wayland Tutors, LLC, Jun 3, 2013
    Many Wayland High School students work during the school year, however, very few students run their own businesses. Senior John Huo is the founder and CEO of Wayland Tutors, LLC. He works to connect top-performing high school students with middle and elementary school families who need academic help.
  • Students' 1:1 laptops to be collected at end of year, Jun 3, 2013
    As the pilot year for the 1:1 Learning Initiative draws to a close, the Wayland High School technology department will be collecting the laptops that were distributed to students this past year. On the day of the science final, each student will place his or her laptop (charger not included) in a designated box in their exam classroom.
  • Vivek Singh: Even if you can’t travel or go abroad, that doesn’t mean that you can’t help, Jun 2, 2013
    “You could say I’m a perfectionist,” said junior Vivek Singh. “I want to get everything working, and I want to make it better — easier to do. If something is really outdated, I want to fix it.”

July 2013 ( View complete archive page )

  • Warrior Weekly: The last one, Jul 16, 2013
    Hey guys, wow, I can’t believe we made it to my final post of the 2012-2013 school year. This year, I ended up with 30 blog posts, only one less than Andrew did last year. I hope you enjoyed reading every single one. This was a great year in Wayland sports. We saw Super Bowls, deep playoff runs and even huge upsets. It was a perfect year.
  • Students discuss staying in shape over the summer, Jul 16, 2013

September 2013 ( View complete archive page )

  • Wandering Backpack: Stephanie Hsu, Sep 27, 2013

  • Girls' soccer kicks off season (18 photos), Sep 26, 2013
    The girls' soccer team has had a rough start to the new 2013 season with losses to Weston and Concord-Carlisle. Wayland lost 2-1 against Weston and 1-0 against Concord-Carlisle. Wayland beat Boston Latin 2-1.
  • The Ally Way: How to avoid getting called on in class, Sep 26, 2013

  • JV field hockey players asked to remove psych shirts , Sep 26, 2013
    On Monday, Members of the junior varsity field hockey team wore neon yellow shirts with the phrase “Fhock Yeah” written across the front as part of a psych for their game against Concord-Carlisle.
  • Meet WHS's new teachers, Sep 25, 2013
    From English teacher, Kevin Vibert, to library specialist, Judith Schmidt, WHS's new teachers for the 2013-2014 school year reflect on their first few weeks at Wayland.
  • The Dubtown Beat: Summer tunes , Sep 25, 2013

  • Nick Morgan: There's always room for improvement, Sep 25, 2013
    Snoopy-themed golf clubs in hand, a seven-year-old Nick Morgan accompanied his father to the golf course. 11 years later, current junior Morgan is a captain of the varsity gold team alongside seniors Charlie Cope and James Jurist.
  • Tech Corner: Video games, Sep 24, 2013
    Hello fellow Wayland High School students! I hope you are all slowly getting back into the rhythm of things after a refreshing summer. If you didn’t know already, I’m David Flynn and I’d like to sincerely welcome you to a brand new blog called “Tech Corner.” I’ll mostly be talking about technology and the latest gadgets along with interesting news. This will be a bi-weekly blog.
  • News Brief: Drain installations outside math and English wings, Sep 23, 2013
    Construction crews have been working this week and last week in preparation for drain installations outside the math and English wings.
  • Students have summer adventures, Sep 21, 2013
    While many students stayed home during the summer, others spent time on different types of adventures around the world. From helping children in need in Africa to spending weeks with family in Israel, these four students each had unique life-changing experiences.
  • Explaining the cooling system of the school , Sep 20, 2013
    While you were sitting in class last week, you may have noticed students around you sweating, fanning themselves with notes or otherwise showing signs that they were uncomfortably hot. In some rooms, if you were to take a quick look at the thermostat, it would read 80 degrees or higher.
  • Secretary Anne Gray retires, Sep 20, 2013
    If you have ever had to schedule a meeting with the principal, signed up for the WHS weekly emails or even needed information from the main office, you’ve probably had contact with the principal’s secretary, Anne Gray.
  • Wandering Backpack: Corey Lowen, Sep 20, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Scrambled: Surprise Cupcakes, Sep 19, 2013
    The other day, Daly and I were tasked with the job of making dessert for some of our friends. While brainstorming, the first thing we wondered was how we could make the dessert more interesting than the classics that always first come to mind. And we wondered how we could keep it easy.
  • Meet the freshmen, Sep 17, 2013
    WSPN caught up with members of the class of 2017 about their experience at Wayland High School.
  • Warrior Weekly: First Week, Sep 17, 2013
    The boys' soccer teams started their season with two straight 1-0 losses before finding their scoring touch against Snowden. Hopefully the 8-0 win will be a sign of better things to come for them.
  • John Ritchie: We’re here together, so let’s have fun and let’s work., Sep 14, 2013
    John Ritchie, who is working here while the search to replace former WHS principal Patrick Tutwiler continues, talked to WSPN about his plans for the year and his philosophy on education.
  • Wandering Backpack: Meg Kuhn, Sep 13, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Club Fair overview, Sep 11, 2013
    Many clubs, new and old, will be featured in this year's Club Fair.
  • Cass brings vast experience as new athletic director, Sep 10, 2013
    Sitting in his office at 9 a.m., new athletic director Steve Cass is busy typing away on his computer, confirming sport schedules for the next day. Even though he’ll be done with this task within an hour, his day has just begun. Once the clock hits 10, parents, coaches and students alike will be coming into his office to talk about various sports issues that they have. After all these meetings, he will then have to make sure all the fields and equipment are ready for the afternoon’s games.
  • Fall sports preview, Sep 10, 2013
    After a season last year, making it to tournament, the girls are looking forward to strong leadership from seniors Mary Murray, Samantha Hayward and Maddie Kiefer. The field hockey team is looking to have another successful season. Players to watch: Gianna Fargnoli (junior) and Emily Barnard (sophomore)
  • Wayland students welcome the arrival of Spanish exchange students, Sep 9, 2013
    The opportunity to experience a new culture is something that most WHS students jump at the chance for. Whether it’s visiting another country or hosting a foreign exchange student, many students are always eager to learn about different cultures. This week, WHS families will be opening their homes to exchange students from Spain. Wayland has been participating in the Spanish exchange program for more than 40 years.
  • Wandering Backpack: Kevin Vibert, Sep 6, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what would you bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Advisory program revised for upcoming year, Sep 4, 2013
    The start of the new school year will see what Assistant Principal Allyson Mizoguchi has called “significant tweaks” to the advisory system. After its introduction last year and subsequent mixed reception, the faculty advisory committee modified several aspects of the program.
  • Warrior Weekly: Summer, Sep 3, 2013

October 2013 ( View complete archive page )

  • UPDATED: Halloween 2013 (127 photos), Oct 31, 2013
    Check out WSPN's coverage of seniors roaming the halls of Wayland High School in costume!
  • Tech Corner 2: What phone should I buy?, Oct 31, 2013
    This week, David compares the top smartphones, including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Scrambled: Halloween Spiders, Oct 29, 2013
    In the spirit of Halloween, Anna talks about Halloween Spiders, one of her favorite seasonal treats.
  • Seniors share costume plans, Oct 29, 2013
    A couple days before Halloween, members of the senior class share their costume plans as seniors annually dress up at school.
  • Students discuss their jobs, Oct 29, 2013
    Students discuss where they work, what they do at their jobs, and how much they like them.
  • Football beats Concord-Carlisle (22 photos), Oct 28, 2013
    The Wayland Warriors football team beat Concord-Carlisle on Friday, October 25 40-14, making the Warriors DCL Small Champions.
  • Model UN to attend conference at Brown University, Oct 28, 2013
    On November 2, WHS's Model United Nations Club will be attending a conference at Brown University. Model UN is an open club. Students do not have be elected or meet any grade prerequisite to participate. The club only asks that students attend a meeting once every two months, pay a $60 fee and attend the conference.
  • Warrior Weekly: Playoffs, Playoffs, Playoffs, Oct 27, 2013
    This week, Harry talks about the many Wayland teams making it to the playoffs.
  • Whs Compliments: I hoped that this page would bring happiness to a lot of people, Oct 27, 2013
    If you have logged onto Facebook in the past month or so and scrolled down your newsfeed, you have probably noticed a bunch of statuses from an account complimenting Wayland High School students. The account is an anonymously run page titled “Whs Compliments,” created by a student for WHS students to send compliments to each other anonymously.
  • Wayland girls' soccer beats Bedford in last home game, Oct 27, 2013
    The girls' soccer team won 2-1 against Bedford in their last home game on Tuesday.
  • Wandering Backpack: Katherine Wang, Oct 25, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Fall fashion trends (16 photos), Oct 24, 2013
    This autumn and upcoming winter we are seeing a lot of interesting fashion trends around school and on the street. Here are some tips on how to stay on trend.
  • Task Force reconfiguring elementary schools, Oct 24, 2013
    The three elementary schools in Wayland and their respective grade levels are currently in the process of being reconfigured as a result of overcrowding at Happy Hollow School.
  • WHSTE to perform “Dead On Arrival” as fall play, Oct 23, 2013
    D.O.A., which stands for Dead On Arrival, is this year’s Wayland High School Theatre Ensemble’s (WHSTE) fall play. The production, which will show on the main stage November 15 through 17, takes a step away from what the department has done in the past.
  • The Local: Restaurant Review , Oct 22, 2013
    Wayland’s newest restaurant, The Local, opened at the town center on Monday, September 23rd. We decided to have dinner at The Local to check out the scene.
  • Girls' volleyball still looking to make tournament, Oct 22, 2013
    The girls’ volleyball team lost their home game against Concord-Carlisle 3-0 this past Friday. The girls had played Concord-Carlisle previously this season and lost 15-13 in the fifth game but were unable to change the result this time around.
  • Class of 2014 goes through college application process, Oct 20, 2013
    WSPN explored different aspects of the college process, such as military involvement and responses to application questions, in this in-depth story.
  • Students plan to join the military during and after college, Oct 20, 2013
    For many students, applying to college is all about looking to the future. Students have to decide on what schools to apply to, think about what they want to major in and even begin thinking ahead to what they will pursue after college. Seniors Tommy Bernotas and Patrick Thornberg are planning on joining the U.S. Military after college. Bernotas will be applying for the Navy ROTC, and Thornberg will be joining the National Guard.
  • Opinion: How to apply to college, Oct 20, 2013
    It’s that time of year again. High school seniors are visiting colleges, and college recruiters are visiting high schools. Everyone is getting ready for the imminent college applications that will be sent out soon. As the deadlines for college admissions are getting closer, WHS seniors are deciding on how they want to apply: early action, early decision, rolling admission or regular decision.
  • WHS alumni share college application advice, Oct 20, 2013
    Applying to college is a process that can stress many seniors out. Eleven Wayland High School graduates share their experiences and the advice that they would give to current seniors who are going through this process now.
  • Amy Cunningham: I love the adrenaline rush that I get when I play, Oct 20, 2013
    With 12 seconds left in the game, the Wayland girls’ varsity lacrosse team was down by one goal against Dover-Sherborn High School. Then, as a sophomore, Amy Cunningham got the ball from the goalie and took off. With seven seconds left, Cunningham sprinted across the field before passing the ball to a teammate. Her teammate scored to tie the game with less than two seconds left.
  • Wandering Backpack: Charlene Bishop, Oct 18, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Seniors respond to college application questions, Oct 17, 2013
    WSPN caught up with some members of the Class of 2014 and asked them some real college application and interview questions to see how they would respond.
  • The Dubtown Beat: Early fall jams, Oct 16, 2013
    Hello Dubtown Beat readers! While summer may be over, some awesome new music was released in the past two months that you should all check out.
  • Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan speaks to students, Oct 15, 2013
    Marion Blumenthal Lazan, a survivor of the Holocaust, visited WHS this past monday, and talked with students about her past experiences.
  • Scrambled: Chocolate chip cookies, Oct 15, 2013
    I went through a bit of a phase a couple years ago when I cooked chocolate chip cookies once a week for months. It was evident when we went to the dentist, and my sister had six cavities. Whoops!
  • Warrior Weekly: A day to remember, Oct 15, 2013
    October 13, 2013. Always remember, never forget. What a day this was in Boston sports. I felt like I was 9 years old back in 2004.
  • Breaking News: Teacher slips on puddle caused by ceiling leak, Oct 15, 2013
    A teacher slipped on a puddle in the English wing this morning. The puddle was caused by a leaking heating valve in the ceiling. Administration suspects that the leak began this past weekend, but they did not know about the leak until this morning.
  • The Ally Way: How to have the best fall, Oct 14, 2013
    Fall is in full swing in New England, and it’s time to celebrate! As the weather gets colder, it’s tempting to engage in hibernation mode, but fall has so many exciting things to offer. Here are some top fall activities to make sure you get to enjoy before winter comes around.
  • Calvin Laituri: My dad wanted to show me what it’s like to run a business, Oct 14, 2013
    3281%. Sophomore Calvin Laituri and his father David received more than thirty times the amount of money they needed to fund their first project on Kickstarter. Only four months later, the duo has had another project funded and a third is in the works.
  • Marion Blumenthal Lazan speaks to students about surviving the holocaust, Oct 13, 2013
    Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan visited Wayland High School on October 7 to speak to students.
  • Wandering Backpack: Liam Fay, Oct 11, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Community shares Red Sox superstitions, Oct 10, 2013
    In preparation for Saturday night’s ALCS Red Sox game, students and faculty members discuss any superstitions that they may have when watching the Red Sox.
  • Wayland girls' field hockey falls to Westford Academy, Oct 10, 2013
    The girls' field hockey team lost 5-0 against Westford Academy on Monday.
  • Ivester reflects on journey to "lol... OMG", Oct 10, 2013
    How far would you go to keep your dream alive? It’s a difficult question that we hope to never have to answer. But at the young age of 24, entrepreneur Matt Ivester was faced with a dilemma: shut down his company and let his partners down or continue to foster cyberbullying.
  • Students prepare for science trip to Costa Rica, Oct 10, 2013
    Next year on April 18, a group of students will head off to Arenal, Costa Rica for a week-long science-oriented trip. The trip focuses specifically on ecology and environmental science. Academic Center teacher Barbara Wolfson and science teachers Corey Lowen and Heidi Friedlander will lead the trip.
  • Examining the safety of the parking lot, Oct 10, 2013
    With the move to the new school, WHS students also received a new parking lot. The new parking lot is fairly similar to the old one in size, with the exception of 25 fewer spots. Both lots also include two exits.
  • Students anticipate "lol... OMG" author's visit, Oct 8, 2013
    Students were asked to read, "lol...OMG!", a book about online reputation management, over the summer. WHS students expressed their opinions in anticipation of a visit from the author, Matt Ivester, on Oct. 8.
  • Wayland football falls to LS (19 photos), Oct 7, 2013
    The Wayland warriors fell to Lincoln-Sudbury on Friday night 28-10.
  • Wayland participates in first Pam's Run, Oct 6, 2013
    Wayland High School students gather at Pam's Run, the first annual run in memory of Pam Washek, co-founder of Neighbor Brigade. Runners could choose to run the 5 mile or 3 mile route.
  • SADD hosts second annual Fall Festival, Oct 6, 2013
    SADD hosted their second annual Fall Festival at Wayland High School on Sunday, October 6.
  • Caterina Vicenzi: I hope that this will be the best year of my life, Oct 6, 2013
    3955 miles across the world, there is the small town called Sermide in Italy. It lies on a river, and because it’s in Italy, it has delicious pasta. Pasta is one of the things junior Caterina Vicenzi misses most about Italy.
  • Warrior Weekly: Past and future, Oct 6, 2013
    Anyway, this was a slow week for Warrior sports. There were lots of tough losses (except for boys' soccer; they have had a fantastic season so far.) Since I don’t want to dwell on the past, let’s take a look ahead.
  • Boys soccer Comedy Night, Oct 6, 2013
    The Wayland boys soccer team hosted a Comedy Night starring Frank Santorelli and Brad Mastrangelo on Saturday, September 21. Proceeds went to the Metco program, the Kicks for Cancer Program, and the Out of the Darkness foundation.
  • Pam's Run supports Neighborhood Brigade, Oct 4, 2013

  • Wandering Backpack: Colin Meiselman, Oct 4, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Warrior Weekly: Fall sports, Oct 3, 2013
    “There was not much offense, and they even switched their QB halfway through the game. The Warriors will have to improve in this area when they play next week against Norwood.” I made that statement in my blog two weeks ago.
  • Warriors football defeats rival Weston 33-13, Oct 1, 2013
    This past week, for the first time ever, Wayland played their DCL rival Weston during a Friday night football game. Over 300 students showed their enthusiasm by buying shirts to participate in the pre-game tailgate hosted by student council.
  • Scrambled: Tortilla Española, Oct 1, 2013
    This past February, I traveled to Betanzos, Spain on the school exchange trip. While I was there, my eyes were opened to a whole new variety of foods, all (or most) of which were delicious.

November 2013 ( View complete archive page )

  • Turkey Day game vs. Weston (23 photos), Nov 28, 2013
    The Wayland Warriors beat Weston 27-0 in the annual Turkey Day football game.
  • Wayland defeats Weston in annual Powderpuff game (41 photos), Nov 27, 2013
    Wayland defeated Weston 12-0 in the annual Powderpuff game for the first time in eight years.
  • UPDATED: Spirit Day '13 (79 photos), Nov 27, 2013
    Wayland High School students participated in the annual Spirit Day celebration to kick off Thanksgiving break.
  • Students share Thanksgiving traditions, Nov 25, 2013
    WSPN caught up with students about their Thanksgiving traditions.
  • Opinion: Weighing the pros and cons of Powderpuff, Nov 25, 2013
    Seniors and Powderpuff participants Allison Wei and Sarah Mitty argue for the preservation of Powderpuff as it is, while seniors Alex Erdekian and Lizzy Worstell, who are not participating in the game, call for Powderpuff's reform.
  • The case for the Powderpuff game , Nov 25, 2013
    “Down, set, hike!” When we think of Powderpuff, the image that comes to mind is a group of girls from the same grade decked out in eyeblack and matching jerseys. They’re listening to the play call in the huddle before they sprint out on the field to give their all against a rival team in a sport that they’ve never competed in. On the sidelines, their teammates are screaming, “Go Wayland!”
  • It's time to reevaluate the Powderpuff tradition, Nov 25, 2013
    Hazing in a sorority by forcing pledges to drive drunk. The town whose team name is “The Redskins.” Schools that continue to segregate their proms by race. Just because something is a tradition doesn’t make it right. As loved as Powderpuff is, it’s time to take a step back and reevaluate this tradition for what it’s worth.
  • Eli Bucher: It's creative problem solving, Nov 25, 2013
    For the past two weeks, junior and AP computer science student Eli Bucher has been working with OmNom Apps, an independent application development company.
  • Ritchie enforces new no homework policy for Thanksgiving break, Nov 24, 2013
    A no homework policy will be put in effect this coming Thanksgiving break, implemented by interim principal John Ritchie, who enforced the same policy as principal of Brookline High School.
  • Sophomore Semi '13 (33 photos), Nov 23, 2013
    The class of 2016 gathered at Weston Golf Club on November 22 for the annual sophomore semiformal.
  • Wandering Backpack: Judith Pickett, Nov 22, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Former WHS student Megan Duffy passes unexpectedly, Nov 21, 2013
    Former WHS student Megan Duffy, Class of 2011, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 18 at age 21.
  • Students informed on principal selection process at forum, Nov 20, 2013
    Wednesday, November 20, Dr. John Ritchie held a student forum open to the entire student body for the principal search. The forum was run by Superintendent Paul Stein and Assistant Superintendent Brad Crozier. Seven junior and senior students from their respective Executive Board and Student Council attended.
  • Scrambled: Pumpkin Cheesecake, Nov 20, 2013
    Every year, my mom makes two different types of pie for my extended family — one pecan pie and one pumpkin pie. However, last year, we decided it was time to mix things up just a little bit. So, instead of making a traditional pumpkin pie, we had pumpkin cheesecake.
  • Meet the newest a cappella members, Nov 19, 2013
    WSPN caught up with the newest members of WHS's a cappella groups.
  • Tommy Drews: It taught me to trust my instincts and to never be afraid to act, Nov 18, 2013
    Most high schoolers have summer jobs to earn a little extra money and to keep themselves busy. Senior Tommy Drews had a summer job that is similar to those of most high schoolers. Drews was a lifeguard at Walden Pond.
  • Fall sports wrap up, Nov 18, 2013
    WSPN reporters Harry Falber and Will Sharton recap the fall seasons of all the sports whose seasons have ended.
  • Warrior Weekly: Powderpuff, Nov 17, 2013
    This week, Harry gives his opinion on the upcoming Thanksgiving sports traditions, including the controversy surrounding powderpuff football games.
  • WHS to host blood drive, Nov 17, 2013
    Students and staff are eligible to donate blood on Thursday, November 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at WHS. The blood from the drive will go to Boston Children’s Hospital. In order to sign up, donors should see the school nurse.
  • WHSTE performs "Dead on Arrival", Nov 17, 2013
    The Wayland High School Theatre Ensemble debuted their fall play “Dead on Arrival” on Wednesday, November 13.
  • WHSTE presents D.O.A. (31 photos), Nov 17, 2013
    The Wayland High School Theatre Ensemble debuted their fall play "Dead on Arrival" on Wednesday, November 13.
  • "D.O.A.": Review, Nov 14, 2013
    This past Wednesday was opening night for the WHS Theater Ensemble's fall play, Dead on Arrival (D.O.A.). I am proud of the fact that in my four years at WHS, I have seen the fall play every year. No matter how many times I see a WHSTE production, I am always surprised by the amount of creativity and personal touches the cast adds to its productions, and this year was no different.
  • By the Numbers: Fall play, Nov 14, 2013
    Check out the numbers behind WHTSE's most recent play, "Dead on Arrival."
  • Freshmen react to first quarter at WHS, Nov 14, 2013
    After their first full quarter of high school, freshmen talk about what they've enjoyed at the school and what some of the changes were that they faced.
  • WHSTE performs "Dead on Arrival", Nov 14, 2013
    The Wayland High School Theatre Ensemble will be performing Dead on Arrival from Wednesday, November 13 through Saturday November 16.
  • Students beat faculty in first Student-Faculty basketball game (23 photos), Nov 13, 2013
    The students beat the faculty in the first student vs. faculty basketball game hosted by the class of 2016 and student council.
  • Ally An: It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Nov 12, 2013
    While most Wayland High School freshmen were transitioning from middle school to high school, sophomore Ally An transitioned to a foreign country across the globe her freshman year.
  • The Ally Way: How to get your way, Nov 11, 2013
    This week, blogger Ally Toto shares her trade secrets on how to get your way.
  • Student-Faculty basketball game to be held Tuesday, Nov 9, 2013
    Tuesday, Nov. 12, the first Student-Faculty basketball game will be held in the field house at 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold by the Class of 2016 Tuesday during all lunches for $5. Student council will be selling food and drinks during the game.
  • Wandering Backpack: Michael Connell, Nov 8, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Scrambled: Guacamole, Nov 7, 2013
    This week on Scrambled, Anna talks about one of her favorite foods, guacamole!
  • Purple Shoe Challenge and Katie's Races held at WHS (22 photos), Nov 7, 2013
    The Katie Lynch Foundation held their fifth annual Purple Shoe Challenge in the Wayland High field house on Saturday, November 5. The event consists of a 60 minute challenge for physically impaired athletes. The following day, the foundation held a half marathon, 5k, and kids' races to raise money for the challenge.
  • Orchestra performs annual Masquerade Concert (19 photos), Nov 5, 2013
    The Wayland High School and Wayland Middle School orchestras performed in the anual masquerade concert on October 29.
  • The Dubtown Beat: Goodbye October, Nov 5, 2013
    With Halloween done and first term almost complete, it is a great time to go out and relax by vibing to some dope new music. Some huge artists have just dropped new albums, and other big names are set to release new music this week.
  • Students reflect on favorite TV shows, Nov 4, 2013
    WSPN caught up with students to see what popular TV shows they have been watching. We found that Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black, The Walking Dead, How I Met Your Mother and Modern Family were some of the most popular choices among many.
  • Warrior Weekly: Good news, bad news, Nov 4, 2013
    This week, Harry discusses the end of many Wayland teams' seasons and the success of the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series.
  • Sarah Tully: I have always been running, Nov 4, 2013
    For most athletes, it is common to start as a beginner and work your way up to the top. However, freshman Sarah Tully has started off her high school career as one of the best cross country runners in the DCL.
  • Addition made to WHS's drug and alcohol policy, Nov 4, 2013
    A North Andover High School student was suspended for five games and stripped of her volleyball captaincy for picking up a friend who had been drinking. The district has a zero tolerance policy for being in the presence of any illegal substance. This raises the two questions: Would the same punishment have been given at WHS? How does our policy compare to the policy at North Andover?
  • Wandering Backpack: Peter Galalis, Nov 1, 2013
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.

December 2013 ( View complete archive page )

  • Students perform in Amnesty International coffee house , Dec 21, 2013
    Students attended and performed in the coffee house hosted by the Amnesty International club Friday, Dec. 14.
  • Winter orchestra concert (15 photos), Dec 20, 2013
    Wayland's middle school and high school orchestras played in the annual winter concert on Wednesday, December 18.
  • Dubtown Beat: WHS Music Profile — DJ Derek Fisher , Dec 19, 2013
    Senior Derek Fisher is one of many student artists here at WHS. Check out Dubtown Beat’s exclusive interview, and look inside the mind of an up and coming DJ.
  • Opinion: Ritchie's call on holiday decorations inconsistent, Dec 18, 2013
    December doesn’t just bring snow—it also brings Christmas decorations, and lots of them. Christmas decorations are found everywhere from the mall to the Boston Common to commercials on your television and even Wayland High School as of last Wednesday. The WHS holiday decorations, which were set up by Kevin Delaney's advisory, brought happiness to many students, but not for long.
  • Administration and guidance department limit senior superlatives, Dec 18, 2013
    Toward the end of the school year, many seniors and underclassmen await to look at their yearbooks to see friends and classmates in it. One of the most popular section in the WHS Reflector is the senior superlatives. However, this year, there is a shortage of some superlatives because a few of them are being removed, along with senior survey questions, which may shock students.
  • Exploring the impacts of stress, Dec 18, 2013
    The rumored notion that the average child today has the same anxiety levels as a child psychiatric patient in the 1950’s may actually ring true.
  • WHS alum nominated for Golden Globe, Dec 18, 2013
    WHS alumna Taylor Schilling, class of 2002, has been nominated for a Golden Globe award.
  • Scrambled: Chocolate Oreo Truffles, Dec 18, 2013
    During the holiday season, one of my favorite things to do is bake. On those freezing cold winter days, I make some hot chocolate, turn on Christmas carols and make delicious, chocolatey desserts. What could be better?
  • Winter sports preview, Dec 17, 2013
    In the winter sports preview, WSPN reporters Max and Brendan discuss this year's winter sports teams' hopes and expectations for the coming season.
  • Liz Morgan-DeLossa: From fencing I've learned about discipline and assertiveness, Dec 16, 2013
    Morgan-DeLossa fenced for the first time when she was in third grade, but only started fencing more seriously in sixth grade. In fencing, there are three weapons: foil, epeé and sabre. She fences women’s sabre (in fencing, men and women don’t compete against each other.)
  • Messiah performance (32 photos), Dec 15, 2013
    The Walden Forum hosted a Messiah sing along on Thursday December 12, performed by the honors sinfonia orchestra.
  • Wayland swim and dive team has first home meet (22 photos), Dec 13, 2013
    This past Thursday, the Wayland swim and diving team participated in its first home meet.
  • Ritchie asks students to alter holiday decorations, Dec 13, 2013
    Yesterday, Interim Principal John Ritchie emailed a memo to faculty explaining his reason why holiday decorations outside the South Building, set up by an advisory as part of their community service day this past Wednesday, must be taken down.
  • Wandering Backpack: Olivia Zhao, Dec 13, 2013

  • Mold found in business lab removed after three months, Dec 12, 2013
    For nearly a week in November, the WHS business lab was closed due to mold that had been found earlier in August. On Nov. 20, the business lab, also known as room B225, was locked with the lights off. A sign on the door directed students to report to different rooms for class with no explanation.
  • Scrambled: American Chop Suey, Dec 11, 2013
    In my family, my mom typically cooks dinner, and my dad does the dishes afterwards. However, this routine poses a problem when my mom has to travel for work. My dad and I are left to make dinner for ourselves, something we are not accustomed to.
  • Warrior Weekly: Winter Tryouts, Dec 11, 2013
    Hey everybody, sorry for the delay between blogs. Here is a quick update on what happened between posts.
  • The Ally Way: How to give memorable holiday gifts, Dec 11, 2013
    It’s that time of year again! Christmas, Kwanzaa and the New Year are all approaching fast. How do you know what kind of presents to get without breaking your bank? And what on earth do you give to your third cousin? With these helpful tips, gift shopping will be smooth sailing.
  • College A Cappella Concert (19 photos), Dec 9, 2013
    Saturday night the Muses, T-Tones and Madrigals performed in the auditorium with three other college a cappella groups.
  • Robert Williams Jr.: I have to be the big guy, Dec 9, 2013
    One day back in the second grade, WHS senior Ryan Bache told his parents he wanted to have a play date with his new friend Robert, who was in the METCO program. Bache’s parents were happy to oblige. The only problem? There were two Roberts in Happy Hollow's class of 2014 Wayland METCO program. Robert Parker Mason and Robert Williams.
  • The Met Bar: Restaurant Review, Dec 9, 2013
    The Met Bar, an upscale hamburger joint, is a popular restaurant located in the Natick Collection. We decided to drop in and have lunch there.
  • Dubtown Beat: Giving thanks, Dec 4, 2013
    Hello readers! First of all, I am looking for the perfect new name for this blog. If you have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to throw some of your ideas in the comment section below. Okay, now back to the tunes. If you’re a fan of less mainstream music, this post is for you. Some great lesser-known artists have dropped some new material that is definitely worth a listen.
  • "Crunch Time": EP Review, Dec 4, 2013
    On Nov. 19, sophomore Evan Hughes released his newest extended play, “Crunch Time,” aptly named because it was written and recorded over the span of three days and completed on Nov. 11.
  • Students accepted into Senior Districts, Dec 4, 2013
    The results for the Senior Districts auditions were released on Nov. 25, and 16 of the WHS students who tried out were accepted. Four of those students play in the band, 11 play in the orchestra, and one student sings in the WHS choral group. From the entire Eastern District, 980 students auditioned and 433 students were accepted.
  • Students participate in annual dodgeball tournament, Dec 3, 2013
    Wayland High School students and faculty participated in the annual dodgeball tournament this past Tuesday.
  • Sydney Schaefer: It takes your mind away from everything else that’s going on, Dec 1, 2013
    If you've been to one of the Window dance performances in the past three years, then no doubt you've seen senior Sydney Schaefer dancing her heart out on stage. This spring, Schaefer will take on a leading role as one of the directors of the troupe.

January 2014 ( View complete archive page )

February 2014 ( View complete archive page )

  • Featured Artist: Roxi Habibi, Feb 27, 2014
    WSPN features artist Roxi Habibi, including two of her self portraits and an interview on her artistic experience.
  • Wandering Backpack: Anthony Zou, Feb 27, 2014
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • WHSTE announces "Beauty and the Beast" will be spring musical, Feb 26, 2014
    The Wayland High School Theater Ensemble has announced that “Beauty and the Beast” will be this year's spring musical. Auditions started this past Monday, and the show will open at the end of April. Many people played a role in deciding which musical would be performed.
  • Joe Spagnuolo: I’m the bridge connecting the tutor to the parent, Feb 25, 2014
    While some high schoolers get jobs to keep busy or to put some change in their pockets, few high schoolers actually run a business like senior Joe Spagnuolo. Spagnuolo is the COO of Wayland Tutors, LLC, the tutoring company Joh Huo, Class of 2013, created last year.
  • Mizoguchi's journey to principal, Feb 25, 2014
    WSPN caught up with teachers and administrators about Ms. Mizoguchi's journey from English teacher to principal.
  • Wayland Boys' Hockey Senior Night (14 photos), Feb 24, 2014
    Wayland shut out Auburn on the Warriors' Senior Night on Friday, winning 5-0 against the Rockets.
  • Boys' basketball falls to Stoneham (31 photos), Feb 23, 2014
    Wayland played Stoneham on Tuesday, falling 75-62. The team has their first playoff game late during the school's first week back from break.
  • Boys' hockey defeats Weston (56 photos), Feb 23, 2014
    The Wayland Warriors beat Weston in hockey 8-1 this past Tuesday at the MacDowell Ice Arena at The Rivers School.
  • Boys' basketball falls to Concord-Carlisle (22 photos), Feb 23, 2014
    The Wayland Warriors fell to Concord-Carlisle last Friday, February 14, bringing them to a 10-7 season record so far.
  • Warrior Weekly: Cara Lewis guest posts, Feb 18, 2014
    This past week, I covered four games for WSPN, so with Harry’s permission, I’m writing a guest post to update you guys on how Wayland teams are doing overall. Don’t worry; he’ll be back with his exciting posts next week.
  • Wayland Nordic ski team competes in state race (32 photos), Feb 14, 2014
    The girls' Nordic ski team placed seven out of 17, and the boys' Nordic ski team placed 14 out of 17 in the state race on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
  • Netflix Picks: "Once Upon a Time in the West", Feb 13, 2014
    As I scrolled through the endless "Suggestions" lists on Netflix, I found a hidden gem in the “Western” section — "Once Upon a Time in the West."
  • The process behind snow days, Feb 13, 2014
    “The snow day calculator says we have a 100% chance of a snow day tomorrow!” one student happily tells another. While that may excite you, the snow day calculator’s formula has at least one component that’s wrong: previous snow days aren’t taken into account.
  • A look into the effects of sleep deprivation, Feb 13, 2014
    It’s 7:33 A.M. and you are in your first period class. The teacher is saying something important about what’s going to be on the next test, but you are using all of your energy to keep your eyes open. You can hear your friend mumble something to you, but you’re not sure what exactly they said.
  • In pursuit of Romeo: one girl's quest for purpose in life, Feb 13, 2014
    I’m convinced Cupid has it in for me. As each Valentine’s Day rolls around, my heart plummets into a deep spiral of despair due to my embarrassing lack of a significant other.
  • Wandering Backpack: Kelsey Pitcairn, Feb 13, 2014
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Boys' basketball falls to LS (40 photos), Feb 12, 2014
    The Wayland and Lincoln-Sudbury Warriors faced off on Tuesday in a well-matched game, with Wayland dominating the game for most of the first half. Ultimately, however, Wayland fell 54-44 in the fourth quarter as Lincoln-Sudbury closed a score gap and drew ahead in a last minute win. The boys basketball team has a 10-6 record this season.
  • SIGHT-SEEING, Feb 11, 2014
    Junior Audrey Zizza shares her poem "SIGHT-SEEING."
  • Holy Night, Feb 11, 2014
    Junior Jameson Hunt shares his poem, "Holy Night."
  • Boys hockey continues to tournament (42 photos), Feb 10, 2014
    The Wayland Warriors defeated Bedford in hockey on Saturday 3-2, earning a spot in the tournament.
  • Warrior Weekly: A Wayland Olympian?, Feb 9, 2014
    With the Olympics going on this week, Harry envisions the possibility of having an Olympian from Wayland.
  • Dennis Doherty: I try to help my students and my athletes as best I can, Feb 9, 2014
    When Dennis Doherty began working at WHS two years ago as a guidance counselor, he was no stranger to the students or the staff at the school. Doherty grew up in Wayland with his four brothers and was a member of the WHS Class of 1992.
  • Tech Corner: Technology in cars, Feb 9, 2014
    In this edition of Tech Corner, David discusses impressive technology in cars.
  • Opinion: Keep AES robo graders away from the classroom, Feb 9, 2014
    AES is a type of grading software that uses text analysis to score essays from one to six based on predetermined criteria that include sentence structure, word length and formatting technique. Unfortunately AES, although effective at grading for formating technicalities such as word length, paragraph length and sentence structure, is incapable of grading for content and doesn’t score analytical thinking, accuracy, themes or symbols. Technology that ignores the meaning and purpose of written language has no place in or near our classrooms.
  • Wandering Backpack: Mylinh Tran, Feb 7, 2014
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Breaking News: Mizoguchi appointed new principal by Stein, Feb 6, 2014
    Allyson Mizoguchi, WHS's current Assistant Principal, has been appointed WHS's new principal, starting July 1.
  • Breaking News: All Wayland schools closed on Wednesday, February 5, Feb 5, 2014

  • Warrior Weekly: Steroids , Feb 4, 2014
    This week, Harry questions whether the stereotypes about steroids in sports are accurate.
  • Matt Broomer: I’ve been writing for a very long time, and now it’s one of the ways I process things, Feb 3, 2014
    A spotlight zooms in on a teenage boy as he prepares to present an original poem at his first ever Louder Than a Bomb poetry competition. Up until about a month before the competition last year, he was not part of the WHS poetry slam team.
  • Soundscape: The Best of 2013, Feb 3, 2014
    With 2013 behind us, it’s time to look at which albums and songs wowed us the most. Check out our lists below and be sure to voice your opinion on the comments.
  • Scrambled: Nutella Rice Krispies treats, Feb 3, 2014
    Hello Scrambled readers! Now that mid-year exams are over, I’ve been able to take some time to relax and do something fun — bake.
  • WW '14: PFLAG speaks about experiences with LGBTQ youths, Feb 2, 2014
    On Jan. 30, Parents, Family, & Friends of Lesbian and Gays (PFLAG) visited Wayland High School to educate sophomores about LGBTQ, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer, youth. Queer is an umbrella term for those who are not heterosexual or those that do not conform to the gender binary.
  • WW '14: Dr. Ritchie plays guitar and sings to close Winter Week, Feb 2, 2014
    Interim principal John Ritchie performed original and cover songs on the guitar in the auditorium.
  • WW '14: Charlie Baker recounts journey into politics, Feb 2, 2014
    Most families have table rules — chew with your mouth closed, use utensils, don’t hit your siblings. However, the Baker family had its own, unique and unspoken dinner table rule — come ready to debate. Each night Ms. Betty Baker, a democrat, and Mr. Charles Baker, a republican, argued the political controversies of the day.

March 2014 ( View complete archive page )

  • WSPN interviews school committee candidate Alexia Obar, Mar 28, 2014
    WSPN interviews school committee candidate Alexia Obar.
  • WSPN interviews school committee candidate Jeanne Downs, Mar 28, 2014
    WSPN interviewed the three school committee candidates
  • WSPN interviews school committee candidate Barb Fletcher, Mar 28, 2014
    WSPN interviewed the three school committee candidates
  • WSPN interviews school committee candidates, Mar 28, 2014
    WSPN interviews three school committee candidates
  • The facts and figures of MCAS and PARCC, Mar 28, 2014
    WSPN compared the MCAS and PARCC tests and reported on numbers of students taking PARCC as well as the cost decrease of implementing PARCC.
  • Wandering Backpack: Ben Slater, Mar 28, 2014
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Izzy Essi: When I go onto the court, every match matters, Mar 27, 2014
    For freshman Izzy Essi, tennis is more than just another after-school activity. Essi has been playing tennis since the age of five, and she began competing in tournaments at age 11. She began her tennis career at Bosse Sports in Sudbury.
  • The Club Hub: Language Club, Mar 27, 2014
    From watching foreign films to going to French restaurants, students in WHS’s Language Club get to experience different cultures outside of a classroom setting.
  • Featured Artist: Rachel Moser-Hardy, Mar 26, 2014
    This week's featured artist is senior Rachel Moser-Hardy. Moser-Hardy shares some of her photography, paintings and insight into her work with WSPN.
  • Class of 2014 performs in annual Senior Show, Mar 26, 2014
    The Class of 2014 performed in the annual Senior Show on Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15 in the auditorium.
  • Tech Corner: Google Glass, Mar 25, 2014

  • Wandering Backpack: Joanne Schmidt, Mar 20, 2014
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Scrambled: Avocado Paninis, Mar 19, 2014

  • Teachers share opinions on Senior Show, Mar 15, 2014
    WHS teachers Brian Keaney, Kevin Delaney, Mary Brown and Pam Miller shared their views on the annual Senior Show with WSPN.
  • An interview with Senior Show director Emma Conroy, Mar 15, 2014
    WSPN’s Sammy Keating caught up with one of this year’s Senior Show directors, Emma Conroy, to discuss how the show is going so far.
  • Senior Show process timeline, Mar 15, 2014
    This infographic is a timeline showing the chronology of how the annual senior show is put together.
  • Students discuss stress about college, Mar 14, 2014
    A student sits down at his desk, flips open his laptop, and the familiar blue background with white letters spelling “Engrade” lights up on the screen. He scrolls down his list of classes, making sure each letter remains the same as from an hour earlier.
  • Class of 2014 performs in annual Senior Show, Mar 14, 2014
    WSPN took a look at the Senior Show production process with this In-Depth story including an interview with a director, a timeline of the production process and an interview with teachers on their views of the annual show.
  • Spring sports preview , Mar 14, 2014
    WSPN's Angela Park previews the spring sports season.
  • Students share opinions about enforced parking regulations, Mar 14, 2014
    Administration is now enforcing a stricter policy in order to address students parking in spots that aren't designated to them.
  • The Club Hub: SADD, Mar 14, 2014
    “If the problem is mine, then the solution lies with me as well.” This was the motto of the Students Against Driving Drunk, or SADD.
  • Students perform in annual String Jamboree, Mar 14, 2014
    Wayland third through twelfth grade orchestra members performed in the annual String Jamboree in the field house.
  • Students perform in annual Band Fest, Mar 14, 2014
    Wayland fourth through twelfth grade band members performed in the annual Band Fest.
  • Wandering Backpack: Allee Pineault, Mar 13, 2014
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Winter sports recap, Mar 12, 2014
    WSPN's Thomas Chan recaps the winter sports season.
  • O'Neil emails MIAA protesting hockey game site, Mar 12, 2014
    Senior Josh O'Neil sent an email to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) addressing his concerns with the location of the Division Three Boys Hockey State Semifinals. O'Neil believes that the game's location, the Gallo Arena, provides Hanover with an unfair advantage over Wayland. He divided his argument into major four points.
  • WHS music tutors teach elementary school students, Mar 11, 2014
    After warming up with a concert B-flat scale, sophomore Lina Baranovsky pulls out flute sheet music for “Royals” by Lorde. However, she isn’t practicing for herself. Instead, she’s running over the music in her head as an elementary schooler next to her picks up her flute and gets ready to play.
  • Warrior Weekly: Winter success, Mar 11, 2014
    This week, Harry discusses the success of two winter sports teams: boys' hockey and wrestling.
  • Lily Wadsworth: It’s very mentally and physically draining, Mar 11, 2014
    Senior Lily Wadsworth recently competed at a national competition in Seattle for curling and hopes to be a part of the 2022 Olympic team. "I’m the only one in my family who has really stuck with it," Wadsworth said.
  • Mock trial team advances to "Elite Eight" bracket, Mar 10, 2014
    On Thursday, March 6, WHS’s mock trial team defeated Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School with a score of 98-89, qualifying them for the “Elite Eight” round of the Massachusetts Bar Association High School Mock Trial Program’s championship bracket.
  • Windows in the Commons tinted, Mar 10, 2014
    Over the summer, Parseghian looked into the problem and decided to hire a company to replace one window pane. Currently, the two rows of window panes stretch across all of the side windows of the commons, but there will most likely be no other additions.
  • Boys' hockey sectional finals preview, Mar 8, 2014
    Boys' hockey will play Newton South High School in the boys’ hockey section finals tonight. WSPN Sports Editor Harry Falber interviewed NSHSDenebola's reporter Adam Frank about what we can expect to see from South in this game.
  • Wandering Backpack: Brian Keaney, Mar 7, 2014
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Desktop computers removed from science classrooms, Mar 5, 2014
    PC desktop computers were taken out of all four physic classrooms in the high school this past vacation. Physics teachers previously relied on the desktops for specialized software and programs that aided them in the classroom.
  • Warrior Weekly: One left standing, Mar 4, 2014
    This week, Harry discusses the last winter sports team competing: boys' hockey.
  • Jameson Hunt: I hope to perform at next year’s Winter Week , Mar 2, 2014
    While some kids were interested in getting the latest and greatest toys and video games as a child, junior Jameson Hunt was more intrigued by music. Ever since Hunt was a child, music has always caught his attention.
  • The Ally Way: How to stay in touch, Mar 1, 2014

April 2014 ( View complete archive page )

  • Wrestling team trains during offseason , Apr 30, 2014
    The Wayland boys’ wrestling team finished first in the DCL and put up multiple wrestlers at the state tournament last season. Although the competition season is over, many of the wresters don't think it’s time to rest.
  • Indian exchange students visit WHS, Apr 29, 2014
    Nine exchange students from Kerala, India visited WHS for the past month. They have gone to school and participated in a variety of different activities, from skiing to going to Washington DC.
  • Sharry to pursue job opportunity at University of Miami, Apr 29, 2014
    At the end of the school year, Dana Sharry, a current member of the EBM and Wellness teaching staff, will leave WHS to pursue a job opportunity at the University of Miami.
  • Review: L'Oréal Infallible Lacquer Liner, Apr 29, 2014
    WSPN's Angela Park reviews L'Oréal Infallible Lacquer Liner, an affordable makeup product that Park believes holds its own with high-end brands.
  • Charlie Sharton: Tennis is just in my family, Apr 29, 2014
    If there’s one player you need to keep an eye out for on the tennis court, it’s freshman Charlie Sharton. Sharton who turned 15 last month is ranked 5th in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) New England 16 and under age group, and last month, he was ranked second in New England for the 14 and under age group.
  • Warrior Weekly: Warm weather, Apr 28, 2014
    This week, Harry recaps Wayland sports and reflects on the Boston marathon bombing anniversary.
  • Wandering Backpack: John Ritchie, Apr 17, 2014
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Opinion: Isolated freshman advisories harm freshmen, seniors, Apr 17, 2014
    At the end of the Advisory Program’s first year at WHS, an unfortunate change was made. Last year, seniors were in their own advisory groups while the other grades were mixed together, but this year, sophomores, juniors and seniors are grouped together while freshmen are separated into freshman-only advisories.
  • The Club Hub: Model UN, Apr 17, 2014
    WSPN's Club Hub series takes a look into Wayland High School's Model United Nations club. The club travels to different conferences where they debate about a variety of worldly issues.
  • Breslin's "Platform Athletics" has successful first year, Apr 16, 2014
    WHS teacher and coach Sam Breslin co-founded a sports-based company called Platform Athletics, which functions as a web-based platform for coaches and athletes to construct strength and conditioning training programs.
  • Humor: 2048 a worthwhile addition to the classroom, Apr 15, 2014
    This game is too addicting. I can’t even write this article without switching tabs every 30 seconds to try and beat 2048. What is with this game? Why is it so addicting? Why am I playing it with teachers during class? In my opinion, the reason that people keep playing is because you will feel so accomplished when you win. Unfortunately, I haven’t won, but I will keep trying until that glorious day is reached.
  • After school food pickup program launched , Apr 15, 2014
    Monday, March 31st, Wayland’s Food Service Department launched their after school food pickup program. The new program allows students to pre-order their meals in the morning at the snack bar or the kitchen and pick up their meals at the end of the school day.
  • The Club Hub: Math Team, Apr 11, 2014
    WHS’s Math Team is a club that focuses on giving students opportunities to practice additional math material after school and to compete with other high school math teams. The club meets every Tuesday after school in room B136 and receives opportunities to compete in the Greater Boston Math League (GBML) meets on a Wednesday once a month. The club has been at WHS for a long time, even before current club advisor, Hannah Marton, joined the WHS math department 12 years ago.
  • Wandering Backpack: Kathleen Burns, Apr 10, 2014
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Nora Wolff: On the ground I’m a little klutzy, so on the bar I can look a lot more graceful, Apr 10, 2014
    When thinking of a trapeze artist, their grace and elegance are almost immediately pictured — soaring through the air, curling up and over bars and bending in ways that most people can only dream of. For junior Nora Wolff, being graceful is one of the reasons she does the trapeze.
  • Track and field competes in first meet of season (51 photos), Apr 10, 2014
    Wednesday, April 10 the track and field team was defeated at a home meet against Boston Latin School and Newton South High School.
  • Scrambled: Crepes, Apr 10, 2014
    This past February vacation, I traveled to France. While in Paris, I noticed a few very different things about the way the people eat. One major thing is that, in general, the French snack a lot less than we do in America. However, one common afternoon snack is a crepe.
  • Featured Artist: Calvin Laituri, Apr 10, 2014
    WSPN's featured artist of the week is sophomore Calvin Laituri.
  • UPDATED: Community Service Day (142 photos), Apr 9, 2014
    Advisories participated in various community service events around Wayland on their annual service day.
  • Dr. Ritchie's poem "A Celebration of Community Service", Apr 9, 2014
    Dr. Ritchie writes poem about community service day.
  • The Club Hub: Mock Trial, Apr 7, 2014
    WSPN gives you an inside look of Wayland High School's Mock Trial team.
  • Opinion: Students should be able to opt out of the PARCC pilot tests, Apr 7, 2014
    The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers had a problem: it needed students to try out its new exam and kids don’t like tests, especially the three to four hour kind. PARCC needed some way to force kids to take its trial exam. Unfortunately for Massachusetts students, the Commonwealth provided the means to do so.
  • Pacifists at War performs "Awakening", Apr 7, 2014
    Student band Pacifists at War performs their song "Awakening" off their first full album, "Sleep Now and Forever Hold Your Peace"
  • Wandering Backpack: Allyson Mizoguchi, Apr 4, 2014
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • PARCC pilot test to be administered at WHS, Apr 3, 2014
    In this in-depth story, WSPN examines the community's reaction to this week's PARCC pilot tests and brings you all the basic facts and statistics about the PARCC exam.
  • Students, teachers react to PARCC tests, Apr 3, 2014
    WSPN talked to the WHS community to see how students and teachers were feeling about the upcoming PARCC pilot test and PARCC's ultimate replacement of the MCAS system in Massachusetts.
  • Students to participate in PARCC pilot test, Apr 3, 2014
    Three freshman and four junior English classes selected randomly will take participate in a pilot version of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test for English on April 7, 8 and 10. These trial runs are intended to help the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) decide whether or not to adopt the Common Core standards and replace MCAS, a state-wide test previously used, with PARCC.
  • Featured Artist: Larissa Sehringer, Apr 1, 2014
    This week's featured artist is sophomore Larissa Sehringer. As is visible in the photos of her artwork, Sehringer focuses in the genre of fashion.
  • Pacifists at War releases first full album, Apr 1, 2014
    Pacifists at War has recently released its first album, “Sleep Now and Forever Hold Your Peace.” The band is comprised of five members: Lincoln-Sudbury students Andrew Tegeler and Nora Telford and WHS seniors Matt Cooper, Alex Karle and Charlie Cundari.
  • Bryant named language head, Apr 1, 2014
    Vice principal Allyson Mizoguchi has announced that Spanish teacher Melissa Bryant will serve as the World Languages and Classics department head next year.

May 2014 ( View complete archive page )

  • Window Dance Ensemble presents "The Music Within", May 30, 2014
    Window Dance Ensemble performs their annual show in the auditorium.
  • Warrior Weekly: The last one, May 28, 2014
    I wrote almost 50 of these blogs, some of them better than others. It has always been my dream to be a sports writer and a sports blogger, and Warrior Weekly and WSPN have given me the opportunity to start pursuing these goals.
  • Seniors work on independent projects, May 27, 2014
    When most students think of learning, they think of classes with textbooks and tests. However, some seniors are taking their education into their own hands with senior projects during fourth term.
  • Zoe Jacobson: It’s really worth it because it’s so rewarding, May 26, 2014
    While other sophomores are busy with learning how to drive a car, WHS student Zoe Jacobson is busy riding horses and competing in national equestrian competitions.
  • Script to Screen students prepare for film festival, May 26, 2014
    Directors, cast members and the advisor talk about the process of producing videos for the Script to Screen class.
  • Wandering Backpack: Jessica Skehan, May 22, 2014
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Students and staff perform in annual talent show, May 21, 2014
    Students and teachers performed in the annual Student Council sponsored talent show.
  • Where you will find the Class of 2014 next year, May 20, 2014
    WSPN takes a look at where the Class of 2014 will be next year.
  • Wolff and Zhao explain process behind making their own dresses, May 20, 2014
    Many girls spend over a hundred dollars on what they feel to be the ‘perfect prom dress.’ Juniors Olivia Zhao and Nora Wolff took a different route, spending hours to create their own unique dress for the special day.
  • Tori Gitten: I love performing because I get to escape, May 19, 2014
    Junior Tori Gitten has been singing for as long as she can remember. As a little girl, Gitten was always singing for fun. It wasn’t until she began experiencing vocal issues that she started taking lessons.
  • Prom 2014 (156 photos), May 18, 2014
    The Class of 2015 had their prom May 17, and pre-prom was hosted at the high school.
  • Students discuss prom proposals, May 18, 2014
    WHS students talk about how they creatively asked their dates to prom.
  • Teachers share prom pictures (8 photos), May 18, 2014
    WSPN takes a look at the prom pictures of teachers.
  • What girls are wearing to prom, May 18, 2014
    WSPN takes a look at the different colors and lengths of dresses that girls are wearing to this year's prom.
  • Class of 2015 gets ready for prom, May 18, 2014
    WSPN takes a look behind the Class of 2015's preparation from prom.
  • Warrior Weekly: Home Stretch, May 14, 2014
    Right now there are plenty of sports that are playing well, and some sports aren’t playing as well. Both boys' and girls' tennis and lacrosse teams have had extreme amounts of success.
  • Ten places to go out to lunch, May 14, 2014
    WSPN's Will Sharton and Harry Falber give 10 different suggestions for places to go out to lunch to. Five are some of the most popular places, and the other five are places you might not necessarily think of.
  • Doruk Uyar: This year is a dream come true for me, May 12, 2014
    Unintelligent, gun carrying, fat, obnoxious, overly patriotic and country music obsessed. These were the American stereotypes senior Doruk Uyar was expecting when he arrived in Wayland last year. However, he was excited to come to the country that he had been dreaming about visiting for years.
  • Wandering Backpack: Charlie Nuss, May 9, 2014
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • WHSTE presents Beauty and the Beast, May 8, 2014
    Last week, the Wayland High School Theater Ensemble presented the musical Beauty and the Beast as the annual spring musical.
  • Club Hub: Kids to Kids , May 8, 2014
    When students at WHS think about what clubs the school has to offer, clubs such as Math Team and Model UN may come to mind. One club that may be less well known, but is just as active as other clubs, is Kids to Kids.
  • Ethan Dolleman announced as new Vice Principal, May 8, 2014
    Ethan Dolleman will become Wayland High School’s new assistant principal on July 1. He was chosen right before April vacation. He will be replacing Allyson Mizoguchi, who will become principal.
  • Cobb is new Junior Varsity tennis coach, May 8, 2014
    Former Junior Varsity tennis coach Philip Odipo left at the end of last year’s season, leaving the job open. When Cobb heard the program needed a new coach, he was interested.
  • Students reflect on WHSTE's "Beauty and the Beast", May 8, 2014
    WSPN caught up with students after seeing this year's spring musical, "Beauty and the Beast" to get their opinions on the performance.
  • Review: Panera Bread , May 8, 2014
    Nestled in a cozy spot of the lucrative Wayland Town Center, Panera Bread lives up to its hype. As you walk in, you’re immediately overwhelmed by the menu and its variety of choices. From breakfast to dinner, Panera has you covered.
  • WHSTE double casts "Beauty and the Beast", May 8, 2014
    This past Wednesday, the Wayland High School Theater Ensemble (WHSTE) opened its spring musical, “Beauty and the Beast.” This is the first time WHSTE has ever performed this musical.
  • WHSTE performs "Beauty and the Beast", May 6, 2014
    The Wayland High School Theater Ensemble performed Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" for this year's spring musical. WSPN takes an in-depth look at the musical.
  • Warrior Weekly: Spring update, May 5, 2014
    We are about halfway through the spring season. I wouldn’t even call this spring. We are going to skip spring, and it’s just going to be summer. Anyway, here is an update on all the teams around WHS.
  • Blase Cormier: I don't think during games, I just react, May 5, 2014
    There aren’t many freshmen who make varsity teams in their first year at the high school. It is even less likely for a freshman to make the varsity team and immediately contribute. But freshman Blase Cormier took the Wayland High School baseball program by a storm this spring.
  • A cappella groups perform in annual concert, May 4, 2014
    The University of Connecticut Chordials, the Boston University Treblemakers, the Amherst Zumbyes and the Wayland High School Muses, Madrigals and Testostertones performed in the annual college a cappella concert.
  • Review: WHSTE's Disney's Beauty and the Beast, May 2, 2014
    WSPN's Sammy Keating reviews this year's spring musical, "Disney's Beauty and the Beast."
  • Wandering Backpack: Sydney Hsu, May 2, 2014
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.

June 2014 ( View complete archive page )

  • A look at familial relationships at WHS, Jun 19, 2014
    WSPN takes a look at the different familial relationships at WHS and the effects they can have on students and staff.
  • Students discuss sibling influence, Jun 19, 2014
    Competition is a natural part of high school, especially when it comes to getting into college. However, the competition becomes much more intense when it is between siblings. Younger siblings are often influenced by the choices their older siblings make and try to copy their example.
  • Lehmanns reflect on working together, Jun 19, 2014
    When Erin and Fred Lehmann first met, they started off like any other couple, each with their own plans for their future set out. Little did they know their paths would intertwine, not only through marriage but working side by side at Wayland High School.
  • Underclassmen talk about senior siblings, Jun 19, 2014
    WSPN caught up with underclassmen siblings to see how they felt about their senior siblings leaving WHS.
  • Students discuss experiences as camp counselors, Jun 18, 2014
    Many Wayland High School students have a summer job; however, not all of their jobs involve taking care of 10 or more younger kids. Students who work as counselors or counselors-in-training (CITs) in some of the area’s many summer camps have this responsibility.
  • Top 20 songs to listen to this summer, Jun 17, 2014
    WSPN's Nina Haines gives you the top 20 songs to listen to this summer.
  • John Ritchie: It’s just been a terrific year, Jun 16, 2014
    The impending start of the next school year is bringing a significant change to Wayland High School. Interim principal John Ritchie, who has become a familiar face in the hallways of WHS during his year here, is being replaced by current assistant principal Allyson Mizoguchi.
  • Exploring the WHS achievement gap, Jun 13, 2014
    WSPN takes a look at the achievement gap and the METCO program at WHS.
  • A look at the WHS METCO program, Jun 13, 2014
    In 1966, the city of Boston started the Metropolitan Council For Educational Opportunity (METCO) program in an attempt to break down racial barriers. Currently, the program buses students from Boston to 37 school districts throughout Massachusetts.
  • WHS is still working to close the achievement gap, Jun 13, 2014
    Schools around the country are struggling to close the achievement gap, the disparity in educational performance among students based on gender, race, socioeconomic status or other distinctions.
  • Explaining what it's like to be part of the METCO program, Jun 13, 2014
    Students and METCO coordinator Mark Liddell discuss what it's like being a part of the METCO program.
  • Comparing the WHS and the national achievement gap, Jun 13, 2014
    WSPN compared the data of the achievement gap at WHS to the gap across the national in an interactive infographic.
  • Students share their plans for the summer, Jun 13, 2014
    WSPN caught up with WHS students to find out their summer plans.
  • World Languages and Classics department head Mary Brown retiring, Jun 12, 2014
    For 28 years, the World Languages and Classics department head Mary Brown has been working at WHS. This year, however, will be her last; Brown will be retiring at the end of the school year.
  • Featured Artist: Julia Reck, Jun 12, 2014
    WSPN's featured artist of the week is freshman Julia Reck.
  • Wandering Backpack: Maddy Schwartz, Jun 11, 2014
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • The Class of 2014 graduates , Jun 11, 2014
    WSPN takes a look at the Class of 2014's graduation this past Sunday, June 8.
  • Class of 2014 graduation speeches , Jun 11, 2014
    On June 8, Wayland High School's class of 2014 had graduation on the turf. Three members of the class gave speeches.
  • Graduation '14 (55 photos), Jun 11, 2014
    The Class of 2014 graduated this past Sunday, June 8.
  • Ritchie discusses graduation rap, Jun 11, 2014
    Two of the things that interim principal John Ritchie is best known for are his easygoing and fun nature and his love of music. At the Class of 2014’s graduation, he combined those two traits to create a rap instead of the traditional graduation speech.
  • The numbers of graduation, Jun 10, 2014
    WSPN takes a look at the numbers behind the Class of 2014's graduation.
  • Mike DiBona: It’s truly the most enjoyable thing I’ve done, Jun 9, 2014
    What would you expect an artist to use when creating a masterpiece? Some artists use pencils, paints or clay, but others use a more unexpected medium: flames. Junior Mike DiBona has been practicing the art of glass-forming for one and a half years.
  • June SATs will not be administered at WHS, Jun 6, 2014
    As the school year comes to a close, students have begun preparing for their SAT subject tests. These tests, commonly known as the SAT IIs, evaluate students on their knowledge of a certain subject, such as biology, chemistry, mathematics, literature or foreign languages.
  • Examining the educational use of technology at WHS, Jun 5, 2014
    WSPN takes a look at how technology can be used in learning, from taking online classes to using technology in classrooms.
  • Teachers discuss hybrid classes, Jun 5, 2014
    Most teachers and students are used to being in a physical classroom six out of the eight letter days in a rotation. But, over the past three years hybrid courses have appeared where students and teachers are only meeting half of the six days.
  • Online classes coming to WHS, Jun 5, 2014
    Have you ever been interested in taking classes in Japanese, accounting or criminal investigation? While none of those classes are being offered at WHS yet, they will be offered online next year through TEC Online Academy and TEC Connections Academy (TECCA).
  • Faculty members reflect on educational uses of technology , Jun 5, 2014
    Teachers discuss how technology can be used in the classroom and some of the positives and negatives that it can bring to classroom teaching.
  • By the Numbers: Technology at WHS, Jun 5, 2014
    WSPN takes a look at some of the numbers behind the technology at WHS.
  • Red Carpet at Script to Screen film festival (20 photos), Jun 4, 2014
    Directors, actors and viewers took the red carpet on Thursday, May 29 for the premiere of the Script to Screen class's original movies.
  • A cappella groups perform end-of-year concert, Jun 3, 2014
    The Wayland High School Muses, Madrigals and T-Tones performed in the end-of-year a cappella concert.
  • Vanessa Sze: I’m doing something unique, Jun 2, 2014
    While most seniors apply to traditional colleges and universities and decide what they are going to major in later on, a select few apply to specialized institutions to start mastering their craft early on. Senior Vanessa Sze became a part of that select few when she was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York.

September 2014 ( View complete archive page )

  • W-Day 2014, Sep 29, 2014
    WSPN takes a look at the first annual W-Day. Check out photo galleries of each of the varsity sports that played, and the score of every individual game as well as the over all Wayland vs. Weston score.
  • WHS participates in first annual W-Day, Sep 29, 2014
    On Saturday, Sept 27, Wayland High School is participating in the first annual W-Day. W-Day is a day when all the sports teams from Wayland High School and Weston High School play against each other in a competition. This year’s W-Day will take place at Weston High School.
  • Football falls to Weston 6-21 (59 photos), Sep 29, 2014
    Fresh off their 27-0 victory last fall in the annual Turkey Day game, the Wayland Warriors football team took the field at Weston High School last Saturday night looking for another win. On the other hand, the Weston Wildcats were hoping to stay undefeated at home this season.
  • Field hockey falls 1-3 to Weston (34 photos), Sep 29, 2014
    The field hockey team lost to Weston 1-3 this past Saturday on W-Day in Weston.
  • Girls' volleyball falls to Weston (37 photos), Sep 29, 2014
    Wayland girls' volleyball fell to Weston 0-3 on W-Day.
  • Anne Flaherty: This fight means everything, Sep 29, 2014
    She sat there watching the black and white killer whales swiftly soar through the waters on the screen. The next second, she watched people circling around and throwing tight ropes around the animals’ necks as they let out a shrill shriek. She couldn’t sit there anymore. She knew she had to do something.
  • Girls' soccer ties with Weston (29 photos), Sep 28, 2014
    Wayland Girls' Soccer tied 1-1 against Weston.
  • Boys' soccer falls to Weston (21 photos), Sep 28, 2014
    Wayland boys' soccer fell to Weston 2-3.
  • Tech Corner: Smartwatches, Sep 26, 2014
    In this edition of Tech Corner, David talks about the different features of the Apple Smartwatch and the Android Smartwatch.
  • Club Hub: Sweets for Smiles, Sep 26, 2014
    Slipping on her quilted mitts, she carefully reaches into the oven and pulls out a tray of fresh chocolate chip cookies. The sweet aroma wafts around the room as she places the tray on the rack to cool. Only moments later does she steal one from the dozen, taking a warm bite and smiling as she chews.
  • School Committee holds Long Range Planning Summit, Sep 25, 2014
    On Sept. 21, the School Committee Long Range Planning Summit was held at WHS. This two-hour-long event was attended by members of the school committee along with parents, teachers and other members of the Wayland community.
  • Mirror Mirror: They're Real! Push-Up Liner , Sep 23, 2014
    Being subscribed to multiple makeup channels on Youtube, I was more than aware when the They’re Real! Push-Up Liner by Benefit was released this summer. I was disappointed to realize it was not as great as it was made out to be.
  • Wandering Backpack: Robert Yuan, Sep 22, 2014
    "Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Anna Marobella: I notice a lot of little movements now, Sep 22, 2014
    One of the highlights from every child’s weekend is wake up from a long night’s slumber to enjoy Sunday morning cartoons. For sophomore Anna Marobella, the amusement found in those half hour blocks inspired her to try her own hand at animation.
  • Introducing WHS's new teachers , Sep 19, 2014
    WSPN caught up with Wayland High School's newest teachers. Teachers talk about how they got interested in teaching and their previous work experiences, which range from being a theatrical agent to working for companies such as VistaPrint.
  • Meet the Freshmen: Class of 2018, Sep 17, 2014
    WSPN interviews the class of 2018 at the club fair last week.
  • Girls' volleyball falls to Belmont , Sep 16, 2014
    Wayland girls' volleyball lost to Belmont High Schoool 0-2.
  • Erica Sheffres: I think now I’ll be more aware, Sep 15, 2014
    Many students from Wayland High School traveled to different parts of the world over the summer, exploring different countries and cultures. Junior Erica Sheffres traveled to Israel for a month with her overnight summer camp. Due to the violence and dangers occurring in the country, the trip was cut short.
  • Featured Artist: Olivia Stitham, Sep 15, 2014
    WSPN interviews junior Olivia Stitham as the featured artist of the week.
  • Fall sports preview, Sep 14, 2014
    WSPN takes a look into the upcoming fall sports season at Wayland High School.
  • From the Archives: Remembering 9/11, Sep 11, 2014
    This was originally published on Sept. 11, 2011.Ten years after the September 11 terrorist attacks, WSPN looks back on how WHS and the world have changed.
  • Back to School Night receives positive feedback from parents, Sep 10, 2014
    On Sept. 4, WHS parents came to the high school for Back to School Night. The event, which started at 7 p.m. and lasted two hours, allowed parents to tour each of their child’s classes and meet their teachers.
  • Mandarin students participate in Chinese Moon Festival ceremony (28 photos), Sep 8, 2014
    A traditional Chinese tea ceremony was demonstrated today for the two freshman Mandarin classes.
  • Ethan Dolleman: I’m looking forward to meeting people, Sep 4, 2014
    The past few years have been filled with changes in the administration staff, particularly the changing of the principal. Barely noticed, Ethan Dolleman has quietly stepped into the role of the vice principal, eager to get to know and help people.

October 2014 ( View complete archive page )

  • Chinese exchange students share their experiences at WHS, Oct 31, 2014
    Beep! Beep! Beep! He jolts out of bed, shuts of the alarm clock and hastily pulls on his school uniform, smiling down at his school's logo. Walking alongside his host sibling on his way to WHS, his mind races with thoughts of how he will be introduced, greeted and treated on his first day, both nervous and excited about the start of this new journey.
  • UPDATED: Class of 2015 dresses up for Halloween (73 photos), Oct 31, 2014
    The Class of 2015 dressed up for this year's Halloween, with costumes ranging from Curious George to roller coasters.
  • Scrambled: Soup Season , Oct 30, 2014
    Happy Fall, Scrambled readers! For those of you who don’t know, my name is Anna Hubbell, and this will be my second year writing the Scrambled blog. I love to cook pretty much everything, so you will be able to find all sorts of cool recipes here throughout the year. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to post this year, but let’s get started!
  • Exploring the possibility of history curriculum change, Oct 29, 2014
    It was national news. The school board in Jefferson County, Colorado proposed revisions to the history curriculum in their high school, especially the Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) course. This begs the question: Could this happen here?
  • Warrior Weekly: Weekend Roundup, Oct 28, 2014
    This past weekend was a very eventful weekend for Wayland Athletics! Kicking off the weekend were our Friday games. The girls’ field hockey team defeated Lincoln-Sudbury 1-0 with a goal in the final minutes by senior Natalya Denisevich. This win was icing on top of the rest of the success the girls have experiences because it is the first time Wayland has beaten LS in a couple seasons! Girls’ volleyball sailed through their game at Framingham by defeating Framingham three matches in a row, in turn, winning their game.
  • Libby Camp: When I write, it’s like a release, Oct 26, 2014
    When most people think about poetry in high school, they probably imagine sitting in English class highlighting and analyzing an assigned reading. However, to junior Libby Camp, it’s an emotional release followed by an exhilarating performance that's engaging to her audience.
  • Plates from Pakistan: Roti, Oct 26, 2014
    Hi everyone, for those of you who don’t know me, I’m Sana Gilani, a senior here at Wayland High School. I’m a Pakistani-American that loves to cook, and I thought that there was no better way to share my life and culture with others than through food. So, here I am. Hopefully I can make you guys love cooking and Pakistani food as much as I do! I really look forward to sharing my recipes with you guys in the near future.
  • How successful was Wayland Connects Day?, Oct 24, 2014
    WSPN took a poll to see how successful Wayland Connects Day was.
  • Warrior Weekly: Fall results , Oct 24, 2014
    Hi, my name is Daly Place, and I am a senior here at WHS. I have had the opportunity to play five different team sports, and I am now the Warrior Weekly blogger for WSPN. I am open to writing about anything related to sports! If you have suggestions, please feel free to email me, and I would love to read them.
  • Girls' soccer falls to Weston (20 photos), Oct 23, 2014
    Last Friday, the girls' soccer team lost to Weston 1-6.
  • Warriors defeat Bedford 27-13 (63 photos), Oct 23, 2014
    The Wayland Warriors defeated Bedford 27-13 this past Friday at Wayland High School.
  • Wayland participates in second annual Pam's Run (34 photos), Oct 22, 2014
    Neighbor Brigade hosts the second annual Pam's Run in memory of Pam Washek this past Saturday.
  • Wayland Public Schools participates in first Wayland Connects Day, Oct 22, 2014
    The Wayland Public School system is participating in the first Wayland Connects Day today, Wednesday, Oct. 22. Wayland Connects Day is a day when all schools in the district, K-12, can spend time with their families without the stress of any homework or sports games.
  • Wandering Backpack: Nicole Haghdoust, Oct 21, 2014
    Wandering Backpack asks what you would bring if you had 10 minutes to pack a bag with your most treasured items, knowing you wouldn’t be back for years.
  • Clara Lagor: It’s really easy once you get into it, Oct 19, 2014
    When most people think of dancing, they probably think about ballerinas or break dancers; however, for sophomore Clara Lagor, dancing means tap dancing.
  • Mirror Mirror: Common Makeup Mistakes , Oct 16, 2014
    It catches my attention when I see the same mistakes being made all around me, inside school and out. It’s not a big deal because everybody makes mistakes (as Hannah Montana would say). I’m just here to show you how to fix them. Here are some of my makeup pet peeves.
  • SADD hosts third annual Fall Festival (22 photos), Oct 14, 2014
    Wayland High School SADD hosted their third annual Fall Festival this past Saturday in the Field House.
  • Lyle Foster: You can’t find anything like it, Oct 13, 2014
    He looked back and saw the stern of the canoe dangling over a ledge in the river. Sweat drenching his shirt, he thrust his paddle into the water and rowed against the raging current. With one final pull, he propelled the canoe forward, away from the fatal drop.
  • Warriors defeat Boston Latin 34-6 (49 photos), Oct 12, 2014
    This Friday, the Wayland football team defeated Boston Latin School 34-6 at Wayland High School.
  • Opinion: Slut-shaming is not okay, Oct 10, 2014
    On Thursday night, the senior superlatives nominations list was posted. Minutes later, outrage erupted in the WHS Seniors Facebook group about the different superlatives that were missing. Most commonly mentioned was “Most School Spirit,” which in past years has been used, just for girls, as a euphemism for school slut.
  • Mirror Mirror: The Nineties, Oct 8, 2014
    In this first month of school, I’ve seen a lot of people (including myself … guilty) going back to the nineties for fashion inspiration. There’s the preppy side of nineties trends (Clueless, anyone?) and the grunge side, which I think is what our school is leaning toward.
  • Tommy Lewis: I just want to put on a good performance, Oct 6, 2014
    While most seniors are currently focusing on getting all their college applications in and keeping their grades up until they get in, senior Tommy Lewis is focusing on getting ready for the Rio Summer Olympics in 2016. Lewis will be competing in the Olympics' first-ever ballroom dancing event as a part of the American teen team.
  • Fall Play Preview, Oct 1, 2014
    Every year, Wayland High School Theater Ensemble (WHSTE) puts on a play in the fall and a musical in the spring. This year is no exception. This fall, WHSTE is presenting a comedy play called “On the Razzle” by Tom Stoppard.

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  • William Paik: I just need myself and something to hit, Nov 30, 2014
    Many students at WHS play an after school sport — basketball, soccer and lacrosse are popular choices. However, traditional sports weren’t an option for Paik, who struggled with hand-eye coordination. Instead, Paik practices Taekwondo, a Korean martial art in which he has risen to the rank of second degree black belt.
  • Warrior Weekly: Boys' soccer and Powderpuff, Nov 28, 2014
    It was quite an exciting weekend for the boys' soccer team! The boys set out on Saturday morning for Worcester Polytechnic Institute with the hopes of the Division 3 state title. Five hours later, the boys returned with the victory trophy.
  • Spirit Day '14 (37 photos) , Nov 27, 2014
    WHS students participated in the annual Spirit Day to kick off Thanksgiving break.
  • A cappella groups perform in fall concert, Nov 27, 2014
    The Wayland High School T-tones, Madrigals and Muses performed in their annual fall a cappella concert this past Monday.
  • Students compete in dodgeball tournament (31 photos), Nov 26, 2014
    Student Council hosted their annual dodgeball tournament in the field house this Tuesday. The team Jean Shaheen won and played the teacher team on Spirit Day, which they also won.
  • Football faces Weston in annual Turkey Day game, Nov 26, 2014
    This Thursday, the Wayland Warriors and Weston Wildcats will once again play in the annual Turkey Day football game held on Thanksgiving. The last time these two rivals met, Weston beat the Warriors 19-6, getting revenge for their loss the previous year. Wayland’s head coach, Scott Parseghian, expects that his team’s performance will improve in front of the home crowd following the regular season loss to the Weston.
  • Boys' soccer wins Division 3 state championships (75 photos), Nov 25, 2014
    Last Saturday at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the boys' soccer team beat Belchertown 1-0 in overtime, taking the MIAA Division 3 state champion title.
  • Sophomore Semi '14 (49 photos), Nov 24, 2014
    The Class of 2017 hosted their semi-formal dance at the Weston Golf Club this Saturday
  • Hunter Leonard: I’ve started developing my skills, Nov 23, 2014
    Coming from a family that runs a business which sells and repairs musical instruments, sophomore Hunter Leonard’s life was full of music from the beginning.
  • WHS graduates create documentary about Wayland's history , Nov 20, 2014
    Most WHS students know about the north Wayland versus south Wayland rivalry, but not many know the origin of this friendly clash. The source of the tension can be found in Wayland’s history, specifically during the Industrial Revolution period. The south was industrializing and had a factory, the Bent Shoe Factory, and the north was mostly just farms.
  • Warriors defeat Winchester 50-42 (58 photos), Nov 19, 2014
    Last Friday, the Wayland Warriors defeated Winchester 50-42 at Wayland High School. At half-time, there was a short memorial service to honor veterans and public servicemen.
  • Boys' soccer faces Norwell in state semi-finals, Nov 19, 2014
    The boys' soccer team will play Norwell in the Division 3 state semi-finals today at 7 p.m. at Brockton High School.
  • WHSTE used alternative ticketing method, Nov 18, 2014
    Spectators who attended Wayland High School Theater Ensemble’s (WHSTE) fall play, “On the Razzle,” were able to choose a seat while buying their ticket, as opposed to the system of general admission used in previous WHSTE productions.
  • Juli Richards: We just need to keep working hard and getting better, Nov 17, 2014
    There are many different dance styles found throughout the world, including ballet, tap and jazz; each one has a form specific to their genre. Junior and leader of the WHS K-Pop club Juli Richards’s own passion for dance began four years ago in the form of Korean Pop dance.
  • WHSTE presents "On the Razzle", Nov 17, 2014
    WHSTE's performed "On the Razzle" for this year's annual fall play. WSPN takes an in-depth look at the production, from looking at the numbers from behind the scene to reviewing the performance itself.
  • By the Numbers: On The Razzle, Nov 17, 2014
    WSPN takes a look at the numbers behind WHSTE's "On the Razzle."
  • WHSTE performs "On The Razzle" (48 photos), Nov 17, 2014
    The Wayland High School Theatre Ensemble performed "On The Razzle" for their annual fall play.
  • Review: "On the Razzle", Nov 15, 2014
    The bar was set high for “On the Razzle,” this year's fall play, by previous Wayland High School Theater Ensemble (WHSTE) productions. “On the Razzle” met and exceeded these expectations with its creative sets, unique costumes and great acting.
  • Plates from Pakistan: Bihari Kebab, Nov 14, 2014
    Hi guys, today’s recipe is going to be Bihari Kabab. It’s pretty straightforward, but it does have some uncommon ingredients, and it takes some time. However, the good news is that you can probably find all the ingredients at your local Indian Market. I promise you it’s totally worth the wait!
  • Warrior Weekly: Tournament successes, Nov 12, 2014
    Although most teams are no longer in the hunt for a state title, we have had made some leaps towards achieving great success for Wayland athletics. The first sporting event was the Dual County League cheerleading competition on Thursday at Westford Academy
  • Boys' soccer faces Tewksbury in semi-finals, Nov 12, 2014
    Today, the Wayland boys' soccer team will face Tewksbury in the North Sectional semi-finals. Coming off of their win against Pentucket, the Warriors hope to advance yet another round in the tournament with a win this week. Tewksbury is the No. 2 seed in the bracket and has had a strong season, using their defensive ability to keep games low scoring.
  • Mirror Mirror: Winter Wardrobe Essentials, Nov 10, 2014
    When packing for our journalism class trip to Washington D.C., I started thinking about what items I absolutely needed to bring: my wardrobe essentials (particularly, for winter). Here is the list I came up with and links to where you can purchase them.
  • Exploring gender differences within AP classes, Nov 7, 2014
    According to the U.S. News and World Report, almost half of all Wayland High School students take at least one AP class during their high school career. With a large number of students taking AP courses, a difference in the proportion of girls and boys in certain classes often occurs.
  • Class of 2015 hosts first Senior Progressive Dinner , Nov 6, 2014
    Wayland High School seniors’ newest tradition will start this Saturday, Nov. 8, with the first ever Senior Progressive Dinner. This event is a dinner, but each course of the meal is eaten at a different location. Three of the senior’s families will be hosting each portion of the meal.
  • Club Hub: PAWS, Nov 6, 2014
    WSPN caught up PAWS leaders juniors Stephanie Hsu and Tori Varnau to get a behind the scenes look at the club. PAWS is a new club to the high school this year that helps out with animals by running fundraisers to help support local charities and animal shelters.
  • Teachers observe connection between academics and anxiety disorder, Nov 6, 2014
    Our high school years are infamous for being a very stressful time. Stress can be good - it can motivate us to reach for our goals and to get our work done. Unfortunately, stress can also be harmful and affect our mental and physical health, which includes contributing to the development of anxiety and panic attack disorder. With student stress reaching all time highs, teachers want to take action.
  • Students perform in Masquerade Concert (24 photos), Nov 5, 2014
    Middle school and high school orchestras dress up for the annual Masquerade Concert.
  • Opinion: A guide to junior year, Nov 5, 2014
    WSPN's Nina Haines and Lauren Simon give advice on how to survive the stressful junior year. Their tips range from homework strategies to advice on when to take the SATs.
  • Juniors prepare for standardized testing, Nov 5, 2014
    What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of junior year? For many students, it’s crystal clear in their minds — testing. With testing comes studying, but where do you start?
  • A look at the demand to take advanced classes, Nov 5, 2014
    Should I take the college course or the honors class? Or should I take the AP class? Starting freshman year, these are questions high schoolers ask themselves when deciding what classes to take. It’s not a simple answer for some, as the pressure to take harder classes weighs down upon their shoulders.
  • Examining the high academic achievement culture, Nov 5, 2014
    WSPN took a look at how students pressure put on students who work for high academic achievement. From the pressure to perform well on standardized tests to how some students are coerced into taking challenging classes that might prove to be too hard for them, academic pressure is everywhere at WHS, and it can be detrimental to the mental health of students.
  • Warrior Weekly: Wrapping up the season, Nov 4, 2014
    This Warrior Weekly has been a little rough for me to write because on last night, the girls' soccer tean was knocked out of tournament by Lynnfield. For me, it means the end of soccer, the sport I have played the longest, and I’m devastated. They are a funny thing, sports, giving you joy during sad times, family when you aren’t looking for one and overall just helping you grow as a person.
  • Warriors fall to Concord-Carlisle (34 photos), Nov 3, 2014
    Coming into this important matchup at the tail end of the season, the Warriors were looking to hand Concord-Carlisle their first loss of their 2014-2015 campaign and improve to 5-2 on the year. Concord-Carlisle was attempting to complete an undefeated regular season in the Dual County League.
  • Jared Walsh: There’s a certain satisfaction in working toward something , Nov 2, 2014
    Jared Walsh is a man of many talents. Not only is Walsh a teaching assistant at WHS, but he also is the freshman baseball coach and an actor. He has performed in multiple plays and productions around the Boston area and finds it very rewarding to be part of a show with others.

December 2014 ( View complete archive page )

  • Featured Artist: Abby McCarthy, Dec 23, 2014
    WSPN caught up with sophomore Abby McCarthy, who is this week's featured artist.
  • Club Hub: Gay-Straight Alliance , Dec 22, 2014
    Sitting in advisory, students look up to the projector to find a video playing. A man appears on the screen, a man who, despite initially being opposed to homosexuality, became an ally to the LGBT community. As the screen fades to black, the teacher walks up to the front of the room and asks, “So what did you think about the video?”
  • Language Club visits Haitian daycare (21 photos), Dec 19, 2014
    The WHS Language Club visited a Haitian daycare on Thursday, Dec. 18.
  • News Brief: Students protest against police brutality, Dec 19, 2014
    Students gathered in the Media Center to protest the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the decisions of grand juries not to indict the police officers who killed the two men.
  • Football season wrap-up, Dec 19, 2014
    Wayland’s varsity football team ended the 2014 season with a record of 7-4. Although they did not reach their goal of winning the Dual County League small title, the team was able to come away with victories in its final three games.
  • The cost of applying to college, Dec 18, 2014
    WSPN looked at how much it costs to apply to college, from taking standardized tests to actually applying to colleges.
  • The price of going to college, Dec 18, 2014
    When teenagers think of someday going off to college, they often foresee great visions of freedom, choice of education and a new start; however, making that college experience happen is actually a bit more complicated.
  • A look at student loans , Dec 18, 2014
    As shown in the graph of college tuition, the cost of attending university is expensive and getting more so over time. This cost forces students to rely on other means of paying for their education, such as student loans, which starts a vicious cycle of debt and economic problems.
  • The facts and figures of college costs, Dec 18, 2014
    WSPN takes a look at the money involved with college, from the cost of applying to college to college tuition, comparing US tuition to international college tuitions.
  • Examining tuition in Massachusetts, Dec 18, 2014
    WSPN takes a look at the tuition of colleges and college debt in Massachusetts and Charlie Baker's plans for student loans.
  • Amnesty International hosts Coffee House , Dec 17, 2014
    Amnesty International hosted their annual Coffee House on Friday, Dec. 12, where students and faculty performed.
  • Students share their plans for winter break , Dec 16, 2014
    WSPN caught up with students and asked them what their plans are for the upcoming break and holidays.
  • CAPA presents annual fall college a cappella concert, Dec 15, 2014
    The Wayland High School A Cappella groups performed with Berklee's Pitch Slapped, Brown's Chattertocks, and MIT's Logarhythms in the annual College A Cappella Concert.
  • Jakob Warner: It takes me to a different place, Dec 15, 2014
    He sat in a practice room, completely focused on playing “Hello Dolly.” A steady hum of music flowed through the door. He was sitting down on the only piece of furniture in the room, a blue chair held up by four shiny metal legs.
  • Warrior Weekly: Winter sports kickoff, Dec 12, 2014
    I’m excited, it's that time of the year again! Winter sports season has begun. This week is when the hard work our teams have put in will be tested. To start out the winter season boys' and girls' swimming and diving kicked off with a great dual meet against Bedford yesterday.
  • Winter sports preview, Dec 11, 2014
    WSPN takes a look a head at some of the goals of the winter sports teams and who some of the players to watch are.
  • Choruses perform in Winter Concert, Dec 9, 2014
    Wayland Middle School and High School choral groups performed in the annual Winter Concert last Thursday.
  • Mirror Mirror: Makeup holiday gift guide, Dec 9, 2014
    The holiday season is coming up, and people are scrambling to find the perfect gifts for family members and friends. Here are possible gift ideas for those who have a makeup-loving person in their life or are simply looking to pick up a present for themselves this time around.
  • Declan Nolan: It makes me really proud of what I’m doing, Dec 8, 2014
    In the past Winter Weeks, the organization Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has come to speak to Wayland High School sophomores about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth. After last year’s event, senior Declan Nolan talked to one of the speakers, which caught his interest in speaking about his experiences as an LGBTQ youth.
  • A closer look at Thanksgiving curriculum , Dec 7, 2014
    Epidemic diseases, bloody battles and the Wampanoag leader’s head paraded around on a pike. That's not what we heard when we were in elementary school.
  • Plates from Pakistan: Aloo Ka Salan, Dec 4, 2014
    Hey guys, so today’s recipe is Aloo ka Salan. Aloo means potato, and salan is basically gravy, so what you’re making is potatoes cooked in a gravy. It’s a simple go-to recipe if you want to make something quick and easy. Aloo ka salan and really any other types of salan is typically eaten with roti or plain white rice.
  • Wayland defeats Weston in Powderpuff game (23 photos), Dec 3, 2014
    Wayland defeated Weston in the annual Powderpuff game last Wednesday.
  • Warriors defeat Weston in annual Thanksgiving classic (51 photos), Dec 2, 2014
    The Wayland Warriors defeated the Weston Wildcats 35-34 in the annual Thanksgiving Day classic last Saturday.
  • Hopps to become assistant indoor track coach, Dec 1, 2014
    This upcoming winter sports season, computer science and math teacher Michael Hopps will become an assistant coach of Wayland’s indoor track team.

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  • Wayland begins annual pops concert tradition, Mar 31, 2015
    This past Wednesday, the WHS orchestra and choral groups teamed up to put on the first Wayland Pops Concert, an idea pioneered by orchestra director and fine arts department department head Susan Memoli. Memoli, along with choral director Rachel Carroll, took advantage of a bad situation when town meetings conflicted with the original orchestra and chorus concert dates.
  • Opinion: We are all prejudiced, Mar 30, 2015
    If you’ve set foot in the academic building within the past couple of weeks (and if you haven’t, please consider doing so for your grades’ sake), then you’ve likely noticed the signs posted near the English wing entrance. These signs with quotes directed at WHS students and faculty aimed to illustrate the prejudice within our school. After a few adjustments were made to the presentation of these signs, faculty and student reactions’ prompted Principal Allison Mizoguchi to initiate a forum called “Courageous Conversations.”
  • Opinion: It's time to pay college athletes , Mar 27, 2015
    College athletics are undoubtedly one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the United States. The publicity of the bowl games and March Madness, for example, rival that of major professional sports leagues. The student athletes that play college sports, in addition to trying to manage their academics, are expected to act and work like their counterparts who play in professional leagues, only with one catch — they don’t get paid.
  • Larissa Sehringer attends Teen Vogue Fashion U in NYC, Mar 26, 2015
    Junior Larissa Sehringer participated in Teen Vogue’s annual Fashion University seminar program, running around from seminar to seminar and meeting influential figures in the fashion industry for three days in New York City. This star-studded experience inspired her to continue pursuing her interest in fashion.
  • Spring sports preview, Mar 25, 2015
    WSPN previews the upcoming spring sports season.
  • Athlete of the Week: Cole Elias, Mar 25, 2015
    In WSPN's newest series called Athlete of the Week, an accomplished athlete is highlighted each week. This week's athlete is senior Cole Elias, who just finished up his last season on the Wayland wrestling team.
  • Class of 2015 presents annual Senior Show, Mar 23, 2015
    The Class of 2015 put on the annual Senior Show last week.
  • Elizabeth Miller: There is always a new dive to learn or something to perfect, Mar 23, 2015
    School vacations are usually a time for relaxation and travel but not for junior Elizabeth Miller. While all her classmates are at home or on a plane, she’s in the pool, diving six hours a day.
  • A day in the life of a WHS student, Mar 19, 2015
    WHS was asked to show the perspective of a student for eighth grade parents night. This video was produced in partnership with WayCam.
  • "I Too Am Wayland" video deferred from advisory, Mar 17, 2015
    On Wednesday morning, a group of students put up signs outside the media center that discussed stereotypes based on race and sexual orientation. The signs featured statements that have been made to the students by classmates, faculty and parents. These same signs were featured in a video by junior Naiya Davis called “I Too Am Wayland,” which she hoped would be shown in advisory. However, administration has not yet agreed to the viewing.
  • Q&A with Naiya Davis , Mar 17, 2015
    WSPN caught up with junior Naiya Davis, the student who created the I Too Am Wayland video, and the signs in her video were posted in the school last Wednesday.
  • March Madness bracket tips, Mar 17, 2015
    It’s that time of year again. Around the country, millions of people are scrambling to fill out their bracket and predict who will win it all. It is vital you know as much about the teams who will be competing as you can, as well as some tips and tricks to make sure you produce the best, most accurate bracket possible. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to follow when filling out your bracket, along with three potential Cinderella teams, and three teams who are overrated.
  • Wayland wins Civics Bee, Mar 16, 2015
    The League of Women Voters (LWV) hosted the seventh annual Civics Bee at Wayland High School this Sunday. Three teams from Wayland, Weston and Sudbury participated in the competition. Teams consisted of middle and high school students and adults.
  • Mandy Judah: I can’t really imagine a year without cookie sales, Mar 15, 2015
    Everybody recognizes those green cardboard boxes with the words “Thin Mints” printed across the front. The round, chocolate-covered cookies inside directly identify with the Girl Scouts and are a favorite for many. Junior Mandy Judah shows us there’s a lot more to the Girl Scouts than just cookies.
  • Alpine ski team wins Dual County League, Mar 13, 2015
    The boys’ alpine ski team finished their season recently by winning the Dual County League. According to senior captain Aaron Goldstein, this was a good ending to a “great season.”
  • Nick Morgan breaks Wayland Hockey record, Mar 13, 2015
    Senior Nick Morgan broke a Wayland High School hockey record by scoring his 120th point during a game against Marlborough on February 18. The previous record of 119 points was held by Mark Shepard, who graduated in 1973.
  • Wrestling team finishes season strong, Mar 13, 2015
    This winter, one of Wayland High School’s most successful athletic programs enjoyed yet another winning season, losing only one meet and finishing with an overall record of 25-1. The team won the DCL championship along with sectionals behind the leadership of captains Michael Connell, Cole Elias, Jared Thompson and Charlie Tillett.
  • Winter sports come to a close, Mar 13, 2015
    Several winter sports teams, including boys' hockey, the alpine ski team and wrestling team, finished the season strongly. The boys' hockey team advanced far into the state tournament, and both the wrestling and alpine ski team won the Dual County League.
  • UPDATED: Posters to return once additional piece is added, Mar 12, 2015
    The posters put up yesterday featuring derogatory remarks made by other students in an attempt to bring awareness of stereotypes have been taken down by administration. This was due to the possibility of misunderstanding the message. The posters have not been destroyed; they have just been taken away from public viewing.
  • Opinion: Let the posters stay, not the stereotypes, Mar 11, 2015
    Our school has allowed posters that display blatant racism and discrimination. I approve. Before you protest, let me explain.
  • Students and faculty react to posters for raising awareness, Mar 11, 2015
    A group of students put up signs outside the media center today to raise awareness about stereotypes. Earlier in the day, the signs were dispersed throughout the high school, but to make the message clearer, the group of students relocated them, moving them all in the hall outside of the Media Center.
  • Boys' hockey falls to Watertown in state tournament (47 photos), Mar 10, 2015
    Watertown defeated the boys' hockey team 1-4 in the third round of the state tournament.
  • Pete Mamos hypnotizes students, Mar 9, 2015
    Hypnotist Pete Mamos performed at Wayland High School last week.
  • Seth Curtin: I just like everything about fishing, Mar 8, 2015
    There are many popular indoor hobbies and interests; however, for sophomore Seth Curtin, it was the outdoor sport of fishing that caught his interest.
  • Interview with a poet: Nicholas Earl Davis , Mar 6, 2015
    WSPN caught up with the poets who performed at the poetry slam last Thursday to hear about their journey intro slam poetry and what slam poetry means to them.
  • Interview with a poet: Sarah Sapienza , Mar 6, 2015
    WSPN caught up with the poets who performed at the poetry slam last Thursday to hear about their journey intro slam poetry and what slam poetry means to them.
  • Interview with a poet: Alex Charalambides, Mar 6, 2015
    WSPN caught up with the poets who performed at the poetry slam last Thursday to hear about their journey intro slam poetry and what slam poetry means to them.
  • Interview with a poet: Lewis Morris , Mar 6, 2015
    WSPN caught up with the poets who performed at the poetry slam last Thursday to hear about their journey intro slam poetry and what slam poetry means to them.
  • Interview with a poet: Tru Kwene, Mar 6, 2015
    WSPN caught up with the poets who performed at the poetry slam last Thursday to hear about their journey intro slam poetry and what slam poetry means to them.
  • Poetry Slam '15, Mar 6, 2015
    WSPN takes an in-depth look at the poetry that happened last Thursday, consisting of a video of clips of the poems from the slam and interviews with the four poets who performed and the poet who took on the role as master of ceremonies.
  • Highlights from Poetry Slam '15, Mar 6, 2015
    In the poetry slam last Thursday, four poets performed in the slam. To kick off each slam, a sacrificial poet performed. The sacrificial poet for the first session was junior Libby Camp and the second was sophomore Abby McCarthy.
  • Mirror Mirror: Prom dress picks... and #thedress, Mar 4, 2015
    This week, Nina talks about prom dresses and the mysterious and confusing #thedress.
  • Wayland Reads celebrates "The Opposite of Loneliness" , Mar 3, 2015
    For this year’s community-wide reading program, Wayland Reads, the committee selected “The Opposite of Loneliness,” a collection of short stories and essays written by Marina Keegan and published posthumously. Keegan was a Wayland native who died five days after she graduated from Yale University, and her book has since received critical acclaim.
  • Ellery Kiefer: It’s a lifestyle that I love, Mar 1, 2015
    There are plenty of students at Wayland High School who decide to try out for winter sports as freshmen, but it’s quite rare that they’ll make a varsity team in their first year. However, sophomore Ellery Kiefer did just that last season.

April 2015 ( View complete archive page )

  • Spring sports commence season (17 photos), Apr 17, 2015
    The Wayland High School spring sports teams finished up their second week of matches, games and meets.
  • Athlete of the Week: Molly Pierce, Apr 15, 2015
    Pictured above is senior Molly Pierce swimming at a WHS swim meet. Pierce has swam for WHS for four years and has helped win states three times.
  • Students respond to technology use survey , Apr 14, 2015
    WSPN asked WHS students about their technology use habits.
  • Lina Baranovsky: I like that I can have a positive impact on their lives, Apr 12, 2015
    From reading stories to young children to helping groups of kids with fun crafts, junior Lina Baranovsky spends many of her weekends interacting with children by helping run birthday parties at Noah’s Art in Framingham.
  • What color and kind of dresses will be worn at prom?, Apr 10, 2015
    WSPN took a survey of the types of dresses that will be worn at this year's prom.
  • Opinion: Reexamining the benefits of AP exams, Apr 9, 2015
    This week I signed up for Advanced Placement (AP) exams. I trudged to a room in the language wing, filled out some forms and prepared my answer booklet for test day. Then it was time to pay. Each AP exam costs $91, which brought my tab for five exams to a whopping $455. And that led me to the question: why am I even taking these tests?
  • Athlete of the Week: Andrés Pascual-Leone, Apr 8, 2015
    Senior Andres Pascual-Leone is this week's Athlete of the Week. Pascual-Leone is a four-year varsity soccer member and a two-year captain.
  • New music lab to open next year, Apr 8, 2015
    After recently receiving a grant from the Wayland Public Schools Foundation (WSPF), a new music lab will be opened up in the multipurpose Choral Room.
  • Wayland to host TEDx conference, Apr 7, 2015
    On May 9, Wayland High School and Wayland Middle School are holding a TEDx event from 2:00 to 5:30 P.M, where a series of lectures and ideas will be presented by students. TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design) was founded by Richard Saul Wurman and his partners in 1984 and is now an annual conference. Outside the main conference are independently run TED conferences, called TEDx conferences, held around the globe, and this year Wayland is hosting one.
  • Brianna Fu: The people in my class have become another family in my life, Apr 5, 2015
    Ten years ago, junior Brianna Fu started learning traditional Chinese folk dance. After a couple of years, Fu took a break from dancing but started back up later in elementary school. Her return to dance was through a week long summer dance camp.
  • Groups perform in annual college a cappella concert, Apr 3, 2015
    Last Saturday, the annual spring college a cappella concert was held at Wayland High School.
  • Next year's new classes and electives, Apr 2, 2015
    Check out next year's new classes which range from Attic Archaeology to Anatomy and Physiology to Music Production Studio.
  • Athlete of the Week: Audrey Zizza, Apr 1, 2015
    Zizza is featured in this week's Athlete of the Week and is on her eighth season of crew.