ICYMI: Week of January 30 – Winter Week, IBL and pen pals


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Tess Alongi

In the weekly series, “In Case You Missed It,” News Editor Tess Alongi summarizes stories from the past week with links to the corresponding WSPN article.

Editor Tess Alongi broke news on the middle school closure on Monday Jan. 31 due to flooding. WSPN’s Emily Roberge discussed the decision to cancel midterms with WHS teachers.

Alongi briefed readers on the vaccine clinic at WHS on Saturday, Feb. 5. Alongi also notified readers of a school cancellation of Friday Feb. 4 due to poor weather conditions.

WSPN’s Sophia Oppenheim talked to Wayland resident Sarah Blackburn about Edible Boston‘s new home in Wayland. Oppenheim, along staff reporter Nina Wilson, talked Spanish teacher Jessica Skehan about a pen pal assignment where they communicate with teenagers in Vigo, Spain.

Staff Reporters Katya Luzarraga, Nadya Chase and Jayant Kuppuswamy reported on the Mental Health Club panel. Staff reporters Reva Datar and Alyssa Ao talked to teacher Hayes about building students’ real-world understand through innovation.

Staff Reporter Sasha Libenzon highlighted freshman Annie McQuilkin in this month’s edition of Athlete of the Month. WSPN’s Deirdre Brown and Jacqueline Cahaly, along with staff reporter Morgen Warner, produced a video from IBL where they mic’d up players.

Staff Reporters Reva Datar and Sasha Libenzon produced a gallery from the library de-stress event. WSPN Staff shared photos from the “anything but a backpack” psyche on Tuesday, Feb 1.

Editor Charlotte Thirman and Staff Reporters Sasha Libenzon and Bella Schreiber published a video from the hypnotist show on Wednesday Feb. 2, after school. Thirman and WSPN’s Genevieve Morrison took photos at an IBL game Thursday, Jan. 27.

Staff Reporters Katya Luzarraga and Selena Liu wrote about the magic behind the world’s beloved Harry Potter universe. Liu also produced an article about the WHS Math Team.

Staff Reporters Alyssa Ao and Reva Datar shared their opinion on how “positive” racial stereotypes aren’t so positive for students.

“No matter how complimentary or flattering a stereotype might seem, we cannot forget the real harm it causes, on a broad scale as well as on an individual level,” Ao and Datar said. “The narrow set of standards that a person becomes defined by erases that person’s own goals and identity.”

Staff Reporters Abby Raftery, Mischa Lee and Emma Zocco talked about Winter Week and Middle School Floods in episode 42 of Weekly Breakdown. Staff Reporters Aditya Weling, Brendan O’Rourke and Andrew Hiebert spoke about midseason NBA award winners and debated who they think is going to win the NBA Title in episode four of Wayland Sports Chat.