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Senior Xande Santos and junior Alex Crawford have joined MLS NEXT, a pre-professional soccer league. Due to contract and Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) restrictions, the two are unable to play for the Wayland boys varsity soccer team this season.

MLS NEXT: Two Wayland soccer players shoot towards professional

Jenny Shine, Annika Martins, and Tasha Janoff September 21, 2023

Senior Xande Santos and junior Alex Crawford have spent hours on the soccer field, balancing their school work and practice schedules within the limited hours of the day. Now, their dedication has been...

Senior Ava Balukonis commits to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for rowing. “It felt like the right fit for me,” Balukonis said. “I am so excited for what’s next.”

Ava Balukonis: A future Tar Heel

Tina Su September 7, 2023

Senior Ava Balukonis glides across the water, wind behind her and boats on either side. To her, this is the ultimate feeling. Starting with Wayland-Weston Crew in the spring of her freshman year, Balukonis...

Anna Simmons has been running since she was seven years old. From Greece to London, running has been an instrumental part of her life.

Anna Simmons: A love for running that spans beyond America

Melina Barris, Jane Tardif, and Jessi Dretler May 24, 2023

From triathlons to half marathons, and all the way to full marathons in London, Wayland resident Anna Simmons has had a passion for running since she was seven years old. Not wanting to give up on her...

Helen Li, a 29-year-old product manager who grew up in Wayland, became a contestant on season 44 of the reality game show “Survivor,” which is currently airing on CBS. “‘Survivor’ is just this unfathomable situation that you cant find anywhere else,” Li said.

Helen Li: Outwit. outplay. outlast.

Penelope Biddle April 21, 2023

Wayland native, Helen Li, was one of 18 castaways on season 44 of “Survivor.” Li has already finished filming in Fiji and is back at her current home in San Francisco, California. However, like any...

Junior Ciaran Murphy’s composition, “Rondo in C”, is displayed on his laptop. Murphy started composing music as a way of following in his dad’s, who is a musician and composer, footsteps. “I always heard [my dad] and saw him composing music in his office,” Murphy said. “My dad would let me mess around on his composition software when I was really young and it’d always just be like conglomerations of notes. Eventually, I learned enough theory to really start putting things together.”

Ciaran Murphy: One-man show

Kally Proctor April 20, 2023

Whether it’s a string instrument picked up in the third grade, a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument from the fourth grade, or anything else from piano to vocals, Wayland’s fine arts department...

Junior Alex Shiffler (center row, fourth from left) smiles with her synchronized skating team, the Lexettes after winning the Spring Cup. The Spring Cup is a figure skating competition that took place in Milan, Italy. During the competition, the Lexettes won first place with a cumulative score of 188.5 points for its short and free programs.

Alex Shiffler: Synchronized skating worldwide

Aimee Smith April 3, 2023

For some people, the winter months mean bundling up in a warm blanket at home. However, junior Alex Shiffler has spent a significant part of the past few months on a freezing ice rink, figure skating with...

WHS sophomore Nina Eyerman is traveling to Paris over the summer for a fashion program with IFA Paris. Im excited to actually put a collection together because thats what [the class is] trying to do, Eyerman said. Ive never actually put a full collection together. And I cant wait to show it at the end.

Nina Eyerman: From trash to treasure

Bella Schreiber March 30, 2023

This year, International Fashion Academy (IFA) Paris is hosting fashion programs for young and aspiring fashion designers, including an "Upcycling Fashion" course. Sophomore Nina Eyerman is one of many...

Zoe Garcia: Going viral

Zoe Garcia: Going viral

Abby Raftery March 15, 2023

wspn · Going Viral: Zoe Garcia In this podcast WSPN's Abby Raftery and WHS freshman Zoe Garcia discuss Garcia's success with her TikTok account. In close to two years, Garcia gained a following of...

Sophomore Arya Samaratunga performs with the WHS’s all-female a cappella group, the Muses during a Feb. 10 a cappella concert. Samaratunga also sings in WHS’s Honors Concert Choir.

Arya Samaratunga: Conquering the chorus one note at a time

Katya Luzarraga March 11, 2023

Stepping into the spotlight, sophomore Arya Samaratunga’s voice carries the soft melody of Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” as she performs for WHS’s all-female acapella group, the Muses. To some, singing...

On July. 19, 2021 Junior Ben Dugan set sail on a 10 month sailing trip with his parents through the Atlantic ocean causing him to miss the entirety of his sophomore year.

Ben Dugan: 317 days at sea

Talia Macchi March 1, 2023

Imagine taking a year off from school, with sunshine, salty air and beautiful water around you daily. Now imagine working eight hours a day, with the sole responsibility of ensuring the boat you're on...

Sophomore Thomas Ali does a jump at Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield, New Hampshire. I love mountain biking because there’s a great community surrounding it and uplifting everyone,” Ali said. “The adrenaline is just awesome. I love flying through the air.”

Thomas Ali: Gearing up for success

Sasha Libenzon January 12, 2023

Gaining speed and flying through the air, sophomore Thomas Ali rides his mountain bike through the woods. Ali has been mountain biking for over five years, gaining a love for the sport and the community...

After arriving at Wayland High School almost two months into the school year, Roellig finds that his transition to the new environment has been relatively smooth. “I think the most important thing is just being open to everything and everyone,” Roellig said. “If you just stay to yourself and sit at the back of the class without speaking to anyone, you wont really get settled in. You have to be open minded if you come to a new place.”

Finnlay Roellig: A German exchange student’s transition to WHS

Selena Liu January 11, 2023

On Oct. 28, junior exchange student Finnlay Roellig moved across the world with just two suitcases, eagerly awaiting his exchange year in the United States. Roellig, who is from Germany, is part of an...

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