The Searchlight https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com The Student News Site of Walpole High School Thu, 12 Nov 2020 14:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 Meet the Captains: Boys Soccer https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/77032/sports/meet-the-captains-boys-soccer-3/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/77032/sports/meet-the-captains-boys-soccer-3/#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2020 17:00:23 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=77032 Oliver Kelleher

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When did you first begin playing this sport? I first started when I was four years old. 

Do you want to continue this sport in college? Yes, I will consider playing soccer in college; however, I’m more likely to pursue my rugby career.

Who was a prominent coach in your sports career? Why? My most prominent coach was my dad, he coached me in almost every sport that I have played.

What other activities/clubs are you involved in? I’m also involved in the track program as well. I was on the team sophomore year.

How do you feel going into this season? I am confident that my team is getting better and better at practice. Day in and day out, we practice almost every day as a team.

What are some goals set for the team this coming season? How do you plan to achieve them? A goal that we can achieve is to get into the tournament and dominate to try to win a championship. We’ll continue to practice hard and strong these next few weeks.

Who are some big opponents/rivals? Why? Braintree has become a rival because of how physical our games are.

 

 

Joe Colbert 

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When did you first begin playing this sport? I started playing when I was four.

Do you want to continue this sport in college? No, I do not plan on playing soccer in college.

Who was a prominent coach in your sports career? Why? My dad coached me since I was five years old until I got to high school and he has taught me a lot. In my high school career, Coach Croak and Delaney have helped me improve as a player as well.

What other activities/clubs are you involved in? I play tennis in addition to soccer.

How do you feel going into this season? I feel like we will be successful this season because we have a talented group of players this year.

What are some goals set for the team this coming season? How do you plan to achieve them? It would be ideal to finish the season with a solid record by winning the majority of our games.

Who are some big opponents/rivals? Why? Braintree and Weymouth are our rivals this season because our games always end with close scores.

 

Ryan Formica

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Do you want to continue this sport in college? I began playing soccer in kindergarten, around the age of five.

Who was a prominent coach in your sports career? Why? Vincent Colbert had been my coach all the way up until high school. He taught me not only how to play the sport, but brought me together with kids that I would still be part of a group with in highschool.

What other activities/clubs are you involved in? I am involved in the Math Team during the school year, except for this year due to COVID.

How do you feel going into this season? Going into the season I was optimistic to even have a season; however, we knew it was going to be a challenge with all the new rules. Our plan was to do our best to adapt to these rules and learn this “new” way of soccer.

What are some goals set for the team this coming season? How do you plan to achieve them? Goals the team has set this season are to find the best lineup that will produce the most output whether the athlete is skilled or effort-based. We plan to achieve this goal by having everyone compete at practice to fight for that starting spot. When everyone competes it forces the starters to work harder in fear of losing that spot. We are basically working as a team and pushing each other as a team.

Who are some big opponents/rivals? Why? Big opponents we will be facing are Braintree and Weymouth, two good teams where the team who works harder will win.

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Joe Biden Wins 2020 Presidential Election https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/77028/news/joe-biden-wins-2020-presidential-election/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/77028/news/joe-biden-wins-2020-presidential-election/#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2020 15:00:49 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=77028 After five days of waiting and counting ballots, Joe Biden was announced to be the 46th President of the United States on November 7, 2020, defeating Donald Trump.

Needing 270 electoral votes to win this election, Biden successfully earned 279—according to ABS news—with the help of Pennsylvania flipping blue. This election was a nail-biter for many Americans, to say the least. Counting mail-in ballots left states such as Nevada, Pennsylvania and Georgia as the final few states to determine the election. Although Biden was victorious, he did not win by a landslide. Pennsylvania was the tipping point; however, he only won by 0.7 percent electoral votes as of Nov. 9. As of Nov. 9, states such as Arizona and North Carolina are still too close to call. 

Due to COVID-19, this election was drastically different compared to previous years. Many Americans felt unsafe because of the virus and refrained from voting in-person on November 2. Over 100 million Americans voted with mail or early in-person voting. Over 160 million Americans cast their vote this year, the highest number of votes ever recorded in American history. 

All over the nation there have been gatherings, displaying mixed emotions about the election results. City streets, such as Times Square and areas outside the White House have been flooded with celebrations of Americans dancing, many popping champagne bottles in response to Biden’s win. 

After Biden was predicted president-elect, Trump made a statement that the election was “far from over.” Many Trump supporters see no reason to celebrate. They have begun protesting the election, feeling that it was unfair and that it should be investigated thoroughly. With mail-in ballots, some citizens feel that not every vote has been accounted for and that there’s a greater opportunity for someone to commit voter fraud. The majority feel that Biden has stolen the election. Since Biden was predicted to win, Trump and his campaign have called for litigation, but there has been no evidence of any vote fraud. 

“And to those who voted for President Trump, I understand your disappointment tonight… But now, let’s give each other a chance,” said Biden during his victory speech. 

The 2020 Election did not fail to make history. Kamala Harris will be the first woman and the first woman of color to be elected Vice-President of the United States. Sarah McBride has been announced the first transgender state senator. Openly gay people of color, such as Ritchie Torres and Monadire Jones have also made history in this election. 

Although Americans remain divided, many have been brought together due to the overwhelming amount of “firsts” in this election. Americans are anxious to see what the country’s future looks like in the hands of Biden and Harris.

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Meet the Captains: Girls Soccer https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76984/sports/meet-the-captains-girls-soccer-3/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76984/sports/meet-the-captains-girls-soccer-3/#respond Wed, 11 Nov 2020 17:00:07 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=76984  

Jordan Larkin

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When did you first start playing the sport?  Kindergarten.

Do you want to continue this sport in college?  Maybe play club or intramural but not for the school’s team.

Who was a prominent coach in your sports career? Why?  Coach Erin in my freshman year and sophomore years was a prominent coach because she helped me grow a lot and provided me an opportunity to play with upperclassmen on varsity which helped with my experience level.

What other activities/sports are you involved in?  I also play softball.

How do you feel going into this season?  I’m really confident going into the season that we will do a lot better this year compared to the last few years. A lot of the team already knows each other so it’s been easy to blend and work together on and off the field

What are some goals set for the team this coming season? How do you plan to achieve them?  Obviously a goal is to make tournament but due to COVID reasons everyone will be in tournament so now our goal is to have the first place seed. I think it’s definitely achievable with the talent and hard work we have as long as we keep up our drive and practice well, we can easily accomplish this goal.

Who are some big opponents/rivals? Why?  Weymouth, we’ve played them more and more competitively over the years and it’s always been a tough physical and mental match.

 

Catie Powderly

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When did you first start playing the sport?  I first began this sport when I was 5.

Do you want to continue this sport in college?  No.

Who was a prominent coach in your sports career? Why?  Mr. Maclean taught me how to play the sport when I was younger and he was there every step of the way supporting me all the way up to high school.

What other activities/sports are you involved in?  Softball, STEM, math team.

How do you feel going into this season?  I am feeling very confident about this season. I feel like we put in a lot of work this off season and the new coach we have will really bring us to the next level.

What are some goals set for the team this coming season? How do you plan to achieve them?  Just winning games and having a winning record was a goal we set last season for ourselves, and with the schedule that received this I believe that is very much attainable. We are definitely a fast and defensive minded team, but we will need to transition better to offense and score some goals if we want to win.

Who are some big opponents/rivals? Why?  Natick has always been a big rival for us, but with the new rules this year we don’t play them, so Weymouth would probably be our biggest rival that we play. They are always close and competitive games and they will be our best competition we play this year. 

 

Sophie St. George 

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When did you first start playing the sport?  I started playing when I was about 4 years old.

Do you want to continue this sport in college?  Yes. 

Who was a prominent coach in your sports career? Why?  My club coach from freshman year was probably one of my favorites as he allowed me to find my style of play and to start to enjoy the game again due to some difficult club coaches I have had in the past.  

What other activities/sports are you involved in?  I’m also a part of Walpole Student Council and this year I’m on E-board as the assistant publicity coordinator. In the winter I run indoor track. 

How do you feel going into this season?  I’m super confident going into the season especially with how summer training went. Everyone has improved a lot from last year and gained a lot of confidence. To see everyone excited to do well, especially after a tough season from last fall, was very encouraging. 

What are some goals set for the team this coming season? How do you plan to achieve them?  One of my goals I set from the end of last year was to make it to tournament, but COVID obviously got in the way of that. So after reevaluating that goal I think my goal and the team’s goal was to win a lot of games, be the number one seed in our league, and to have an overall good season. 

Who are some big opponents/rivals? Why?  I think our biggest rival for soccer is Weymouth. Every year we’re pretty even with them (even though they’ve beaten us the past two years) and they tend to be a very physical team which is something we are able to match up to.

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Liz Hinton Commits to Denison University for Lacrosse https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/77011/sports/liz-hinton-commits-to-denison-university-for-lacrosse/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/77011/sports/liz-hinton-commits-to-denison-university-for-lacrosse/#respond Wed, 11 Nov 2020 15:00:24 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=77011 After playing lacrosse for the past nine years, WHS senior Liz Hinton will continue her lacrosse career at Denison University for the next four years. Denison University in Ohio is Division lll for women’s lacrosse and plays teams everywhere from Wittenberg University in Ohio to places closer to where Liz learned her love for the game like Tufts University in Massachusetts.

“Ever since I started playing lacrosse, it has always been my dream to play in college, so I am really looking forward to the next four years at Denison,” Hinton said. 

Hinton was not only drawn to Denison for its competitive lacrosse program, but she also admired their reputable academics. Denison also holds a special place in Hinton’s heart.  From the minute Hinton stepped foot on the campus, she felt like it was the school she was meant to go to, and she is lucky enough to be able to play the sport she loves there too.

“One of my older sisters went to Denison so the first time I dropped her off I knew it was the school for me,” Hinton said. 

Along with their great lacrosse team, Hinton admires many other aspects the school has to offer too.

“I really wanted to go to a school that has students from all over the country with different backgrounds, which is exactly what Denison offers,” Hinton said. 

Hinton is a very ambitious and determined individual and hopes to make her time at Denison the best it can be, both on and off the field.

“At Denison I hope to win a conference championship and meet new people,” Hinton said. 

Hinton has been playing lacrosse ever since it was eligible in Walpole in third grade and decided to take her love for lacrosse one step further in seventh grade when she joined club Mass Elite and has been playing it ever since.

“Mass Elite has been such a great experience for me, I have met so many friends and traveled to cool places to play in tournaments with teams from all over,” Hinton said.

Hinton credits much of her success and passion for the sport to not only her club team, but also the Walpole youth program. Hinton’s love for lacrosse only grew with time, and she looks back on her four years in the WHS lacrosse program with nothing but praise and fond memories. Hinton has been a part of the Varsity team ever since her freshman year. 

“Coming into high school, I played midfield; however, it was Coach Tosone that moved me to defense which taught me my real love for the game. I was unsure how the transition of positions would be but I ended up loving the sport even more than I had. Coach Tosone was such a positive and influential person in my lacrosse career,” Hinton said. 

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Caroline Whelan Commits to Play Division l Lacrosse at UMass Amherst https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/77009/uncategorized/caroline-whelan-commits-to-play-division-l-lacrosse-at-umass-amherst/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/77009/uncategorized/caroline-whelan-commits-to-play-division-l-lacrosse-at-umass-amherst/#respond Sun, 08 Nov 2020 15:00:02 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=77009 NCAA regulations do not allow Division l women’s lacrosse programs to contact players before September 1 of the player’s junior year. At 12:01 AM on that date this year, WHS junior Caroline Whelan received an email from the University of Massachusetts coaching staff, regarding the potential of her playing there. The next morning Whelan set up a phone call with the coach. After several Zoom calls with UMass coaches and players, Whelan decided that Umass Amherst was the perfect fit for her.

“The school size and culture felt perfect for me,” Whelan said.

Whelan first picked up the stick when she was just a third grader. In seventh grade, she decided she wanted to play at a more competitive level, so she joined a club team, Mass Elite. 

“From the beginning I always had a passion for the sport because there are so many different skills and techniques you can focus and improve on,” Whelan said.

Throughout her lacrosse career, Whelan has been fortunate to have many impactful coaches in her life. Whelan credits her club coach, Meridieth Frank, and high school coach Mike Tosone who have both supported her throughout her lacrosse career. They both believed in her from the start and gave her many opportunities. Lastly, she especially credits her father. 

“He taught me that if I want something, then I have to go work hard and get it because it’s not given to you. He is also my number one supporter because he always shows up to my games or wakes up at six am to drive me to tournaments,” Whelan said.

Described by many as a natural athlete, Whelan has had a very successful career at WHS in both lacrosse and field hockey. Despite being injured and unable to play her freshman year field hockey season, Whelan was able to work hard and earn a varsity starting position her sophomore year in that sport. In lacrosse, despite coming fresh off an injury, Whelan started varsity as a freshman and had a huge impact as an attacker. The coronavirus lockdown robbed her and her team of a lacrosse season last spring.  

“Caroline is an all-around terrific player. Athletic, competitive and extremely intelligent,” Tosone said.

The multi-sport athlete has many goals for the future on and off the field. Whelan hopes to major in business and study at the reputable Eisenhower School of Business at Umass Amherst. She also hopes to win a conference title as a Minuteman. 

“Caroline loves the game. She has made sacrifices to get to this point, and will continue to do so in order to find herself on the field, at a high D1 level,” Tosone said.

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Clubs Make Virtual Adjustments Amidst COVID-19 Restrictions https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76996/news/clubs-make-virtual-adjustments-amidst-covid-19-restrictions/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76996/news/clubs-make-virtual-adjustments-amidst-covid-19-restrictions/#respond Fri, 06 Nov 2020 15:00:09 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=76996 While ample preparation to organize one way hallways, quick response scanning codes, and cohorts have allowed school to function as normal as it possibly can in the hybrid learning model, there have been some unprecedented encounters challenging how school activities operate. Many clubs have made changes to their typical fall activities in order to accommodate for social distancing protocols and other health guidelines so that students can continue to participate in activities this fall.

Drama Club

By Sophia Brownsword and Karissa Della Valle

Due to the nature of these unusual times, clubs at Walpole High have taken a different approach to continue to be able to function. The drama club, headed by James D’Attilio, is used to putting on multiple shows per year, but they are unsure of what this year will bring.

The drama club consists of a group of Walpole High students who audition, rehearse a musical or play for a few weeks and then perform it for a live audience. Usually, the club puts on two productions per year: one in the fall and one in the spring. The students’ personalities, the way they act, and their opinions influence the way musicals and plays are usually chosen. 

“I try to get a feel for the drama club and what they like. I have to take everybody’s interest into account to a great degree,” D’Attilio said. 

COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines have forced the productions to take a different turn, which has made it difficult for extracurricular clubs to meet.

“We can’t have people sitting next to each other, we can’t have them unmasked, [we] can’t do a standard play where people are walking around on stage,” D’Attilio said. “Given the extreme conditions we’re working under, I chose to do a series of radio plays.” 

A radio play is a type of play that solely focuses on the verbal acting of actors and actresses.  Radio plays can be performed live but also recorded as audio and listened to  as there are no sets or movement, but added music and sound effects. Radio plays do not require the audience to be in the room as the drama club in order to listen to the performance.

“The radio show allows [the club] to read off a script instead of memorizing, which accounts for over half of the time of the rehearsal period. [Also], nobody has to come in contact because people are usually lined up with a music stand with a script on it and a microphone stretched across the stage at a distance. It really fits the needs of what we have this year,” D’Attilio said. 

Through all the recent changes, D’Attilio is proud of the drama club and the way that they’ve been able to handle the situation with poise.

“Last March we got canceled the day before the show was due to open and [during] the final dress rehearsal, I had to break the news. Every single person in the drama club handled it with such grace and dignity and even good humor and warmth and kindness, it was incredible. It was the case of the best of times and the worst of times,” D’Attilio said.

Yearbook Club

By Kristyn Dentremont and Annie Cameron

The yearbook club, consisting of student staff and faculty advisers Lara Harris and McKenzie Gould, has already faced challenges that will take some innovative planning in order to deliver a timeline of the 2020-2021 school year that is just as memorable as years past. Figuring out when and where to take pictures now that several events are either canceled or have a limited spectator capacity has been one obstacle to get around. 

“We hire professional photographers through LifeTouch, and they have defined safety guidelines in place when photographing our students,” Harris said. “Having said that, the types of photos we will be able to take will be impacted. Many events are either not happening or are very limited – this will impact the typical picture opportunities we count on. We’ll be placing a huge priority on getting the students to submit candid photos to supplement the professional photos.”

The limited in-school time has also impacted how the club meets to work on the yearbook. The adjustment to virtual classes from this past spring and fall has familiarized students and teachers with the program Google Meet, which has become the dominant resource for online learning at Walpole High School. Teachers can launch video calls for students and teachers to communicate and teachers can present their screens to give presentations. 

“Currently, we’ve been holding a short virtual meeting each Wednesday at 11am via Google Meet,” Harris said. “The Yearbook is built on a web-based program that needs to be seen and interacted with to be understood. We also offer one in-person after school meeting that alternates each week on a Tuesday and Thursday so that the cohort that is present in school can more easily attend for that week.”

Regardless of the challenges facing the yearbook club, Walpole High School is made of resilient students and faculty who are working together in order to create a memorable yearbook.

“I am very proud of our student’s flexibility and understanding,” Harris said. 

TV Production

By Isabelle O’Connell and Grace Ryan

Having to attend school while there is a global pandemic has been difficult for many students. When it comes to receiving news at Walpole High, everyone looks to the Morning Edition, featuring Peter O’Farrell, the TV Production teacher, and his students. They have been working everyday to make sure the student body is up to date and aware of what is going on in the school. Although many students and teachers were unsure about what changes would be made before the start of the school year, it was Principal Stephen Imbush’s idea to continue doing the morning announcements when students returned to school in the fall. 

“It was very late in the summer that we kind of realized okay this is what it is going to look like,” O’Farrell said. “No homeroom, and we’ll do announcements between the first and second block.”      

Though pre-recording was an option for club members, the news team decided to record broadcasts live between Blocks 1 and 2. Live recordings give students real-life practice for professional news broadcasting, which many students find more enjoyable.

“You have to think on your feet and everything so it’s more enjoyable rather than having a perfect set up because that’s not reality,” junior Morgan Navick said. 

After the school eliminated homeroom, Pete O’Farrell and the Morning Edition team moved their live morning announcements to the beginning of second block.

In addition to the removal of homeroom, the cohort system at WHS forced the TV Production team to change their procedures. Rather than having the same news anchors, the anchors change based on the cohort that is in school; additionally, the smaller class sizes mean there are less students on staff to help out with the broadcast. In order to deal with the short number or students they have had to make changes in the way they film to put students in the more necessary positions. 

“We don’t have people running the cameras this year, we just kind of lock them down,” O’Farrell said. 

The equipment in the studio is still accessible, but O’Farrell allows students to use their phones to film if they are more comfortable doing so. After using all the cameras and computers, he sprays all of the equipment and covers it all up for the next day. When interviewing this year, the students have to set up a camera stand with a microphone and stand six feet away. He got this idea from news stations that were following similar protocols. 

“I was happy about that because I could show the kids this is really happening in the professional world and you’re doing the same exact thing,” O’Farrell said.

The global pandemic this year has caused changes to many aspects of school and this includes the school news. The new protocols including constant cleaning, and half the students being in the school on a given day, have not stopped the morning news team from happily sharing news with the school in real time. Although their name has changed and there are no longer students controlling the cameras, the TV crew have not lost their identity. The TV production classes have also not seen many changes as they enjoy a stress free zone and continue to do similar projects despite being virtual half of the time.

Speech and Debate Team

By Maggie Mahoney and Gianna Pompeo

This year, as the world dealt with the Coronavirus pandemic, many Walpole High School clubs found creative, new ways to operate safely. The Walpole High speech and debate team has been practicing and performing mostly virtually in order to stay safe while still enjoying the competition and creative environment the club provides.

The most significant change to the team’s activities is the switch to online tournaments, meetings and practices. 

“I can have up to 15 students in my classroom, so some come in person when we have our team meetings on Mondays at 2:30,” club advisor Emily Murray said. “Since students mostly compete individually, it is safe to work in person as it’s usually one-on-one. Debate students only meet virtually since they all have to be present for their practices and also because our debate coach, Mrs. Tammie Ruda, being a volunteer coach, can only meet in the evenings with students.”

Murray found that adapting to the technology and dealing with online platforms crashing is the hardest aspect of new online meets, but Murray is optimistic about online competitions continuing.

“It’s hard to compete when you cannot get into your competition ‘room,’” Murray said. “We had our state tournament last year in May, so the [Massachusetts Speech and Debate League (MSDL)] has really mastered the virtual set up.”

In addition to technological issues, there are many other downsides to online meetings such as the inability for the club members to hang out all day at tournaments or have team dinners after competitions, which normally bring the team close together and creates lasting memories and friendships. However, the move to virtual meetings has had many benefits.

“I have more availability to coach students, so I can work with them whenever,” Murray said. “We [also] need judges when we sign up for tournaments, so it’s been easier to find judges as they can judge in the comfort of their own homes. Competing virtually has been easier for me and parents as we don’t have to arrange carpooling to tournaments and other logistical planning. Families can [also] watch [competitions] live on Youtube if students make it to a final round.”

While the setting of the team’s practices and competitions may no longer look the same, the Walpole High speech and debate team has been able to provide the same outlet for students to have their voice heard as other activities such as drama and mock trial remain unable to perform.

Student Council

By Valentine McLaughlin and Farrell Raeke

The COVID-19 outbreak has been an obstacle for everyone, and navigating the 2020-2021 school year during the pandemic has proven to be difficult. Despite the setbacks of not being able to meet in large groups and not having every student in school at the same time, clubs like the Student Council have been working hard to continue holding meetings and hosting events. While many things are different this year, not all of the changes have been negative. The Student Council has gained many members and working together they plan to pursue their goals of helping their community and keeping spirits high among their peers.

“This year is definitely different than past years. We are enforcing strict guidelines not only at meetings, but throughout school as well for our members,” Student Council president Edwin Ryan said. 

In previous years, Student Council would hold an election in the fall for new members where each grade had a set number of openings. However, the club is now allowing any student to join in order to accommodate for all of the changes happening at the school.

“It’s unfortunate because a lot of enthusiastic and good kids usually run and don’t end up getting elected because there’s so many people running, but this year it’s great because now they can all be on,” Ryan said. “Hopefully with so many people, we’ll be able to get more events done.”

In the past the student council has participated in trips and activities to raise money and provide food to people in need. Going to food shelters and hosting an annual Pink Walk with the American Cancer Society are just some examples of how the student council helps their community, but because of the COVID-19 safety laws they are unable to hold these events this year. Instead, they have found different ways to continue fundraising while still being safe.

 “This year we got creative and [did] a Trick or Treat event for elementary school and preschool families where we drop off goodie bags for the kids and they can step outside in their costumes to show them off,” Ryan said. “With this, we’re also asking for optional donations to American Cancer Society. We’re also hoping to do a fundraiser for Toys for Tots around the holidays and some more as the year goes on.”

Although many clubs are unsure of how they will run in the coming months, Student Council is dedicated to making the year as fun as possible for both club members and the student body.

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How To Make The Most Out Of Remote Learning https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76990/uncategorized/how-to-make-the-most-out-of-remote-learning/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76990/uncategorized/how-to-make-the-most-out-of-remote-learning/#respond Thu, 05 Nov 2020 19:00:16 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=76990 Students across the globe are adjusting to the new reality of online learning, and the challenges that come with it. Walpole High School opted for a hybrid model where students attend school in person two days a week and are at home learning remotely for three days.

Some advantages for remote learning include more freedom for students, as they can wear whatever they want, eat in their own home and sleep later; however, many challenges are posed as well. One challenge students face in an environment full of distractions is motivation. 

Because there is no teacher physically present and students are able to sign off from their classes after being assigned work, there is no real incentive to complete the work during the class period, which leads to school work piling up. One strategy to stay motivated is to keep a checklist of assignments so that the workload is more manageable to keep up with. Check lists also give students the instant satisfaction of having one less assignment to do, which may relieve stress. 

Motivation can also be increased by ensuring that students are able to unwind after an assignment is complete. Because all schoolwork is essentially homework, and some teachers assign additional homework to complete, a student’s day may feel completely devoted to work. In order to avoid exhaustion and create a healthy school-life balance, students should take time for self care. One example of that is to use the time allotted for lunch to relax and eat rather than continuing to work. 

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Relating to unwinding, getting an adequate amount of sleep is essential to performing well academically. While it may be tempting to stay up late knowing that it is possible to sleep later because there is no need to carve out time for transportation, falling asleep on the early side will allow students to be more alert and able to focus on online learning. Limiting screen time right before you fall asleep is a good way to ensure quality rest. 

In order to maximize productivity during class periods, it is important to minimize distraction. Having an organized and comfortable workspace increases focus, so while studying in your bed may be comfortable, it is more effective to study at a desk or other workspace separate from where you relax. Additionally, putting your phone in a separate room will minimize distraction from notifications, and limit your social media usage. Music is also an effective tool to increase focus, and many major music streaming platforms such as Apple Music or Spotify have premade playlists tailored for concentration. 

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Exercise is also effective in improving focus. By maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, your mind is able to function productively and you will be able to get more work done. In addition to exercising, improving posture by limiting time sitting also improves focus. Making a standing desk will allow you to improve your posture and focus. According to healthline.com, standing desks can reduce back pain, boost mood, lower blood sugar levels, and possibly even boost productivity. One way to make a faux standing desk is setting your computer on a counter top or bureau and elevating it by stacking books underneath it. Devices that elevate your laptop and workspace can also be bought for under $100, while a real standing desk can cost upwards of $250.

 

Students who are experiencing headaches due to continued amount of time spent in front of a screen should also consider investing in blue light glasses. These glasses block short waves of blue light emitted by screens, which, according to manufacturers, can reduce eye strain and help lead to better sleep by increasing melatonin secretion. According to Medicalnewstoday.com, there have been no confirmed studies that blue light glasses are beneficial, yet many people have reported less eye strain and decreased headaches. Blue light glasses are available on Amazon.com from as little as $16. 

While remote learning may come with its struggles, there are ways to improve the experience and get the most out of the hybrid situation.

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Fall Fashion Trends From Social Media Influencers https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76954/lifestyle/fall-fashion-trends-from-social-media-influencers/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76954/lifestyle/fall-fashion-trends-from-social-media-influencers/#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2020 16:00:43 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=76954 During quarantine and the coronavirus pandemic, it is safe to say teenagers across the nation have done much more online shopping than usual with all the free time on their hands. While only going to school twice a week, it is harder to see what clothes are trendy, but Instagram influencers are keeping everyone up to date.

Recently, social media influencers Hannah Meloche, Ana Stowell, Natalie Zacek, and Lexi Hidalgo, met up in Mackinac Island, Michigan for a collaboration. All four girls are known for their style and inspire others to dress out of their comfort zone. Hannah Meloche has been a YouTuber for years with almost two million subscribers. As for the rest of the girls, they have gotten their fame through tiktok in the last year. Doc Martens have been popular in the last few years, but this year they are even more fashionable among teens because of the variety of clothes they can be paired with. Meloche, Stowell, Zacek, and Hidalgo all wore different variations of Doc Martens with skirts and oversized jackets. Doc Martens can also be worn with dresses and all different types of jeans, like straight-leg or mom jeans. These boots are so popular because they fit every fall outfit, but can also be worn in other seasons as well. 

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Within the past couple of years, the classic 2000’s skinny jeans have been pushed to the curb and mom jeans, flare jeans, and skater jeans are the new hits. All three styles of jeans are cute and comfortable at the same time, which makes them more popular than skinny jeans. Mom jeans can be worn with almost every shoe, a few examples being Doc Martens, Air Force Ones, Converse, and Vans. Flare jeans have recently made a comeback and are perfect for the fall sweater weather. Lastly, skater jeans have just recently come into style this year, and girls tend to wear them with Air Force Ones, Converse, and Nike Air Jordans for an edgier look. Skater jeans are baggier jeans that are tight at the waist, but flow out at the bottom. Most teenagers would agree that YouTube star and social media influencer Emma Chamberlain greatly inspires fashion trends today, and she stopped wearing skinny jeans a few years ago.

A surprisingly trendy skirt that teenagers are styling these days are tennis skirts. Most girls stick to the basic white or black tennis skirt, but there are other popular tennis skirts in plaid and pastel colors.

“Tennis skirts are super cute when paired with a sweater, sweater-vest, or a tank top,” senior Kate McLellan said. “They look great when worn with a looser shirt, like an oversized crewneck, but also work really well with a tight tank top or button-up shirt.”

For shoes, teenagers tend to wear either a fashionable sneaker like Air Force Ones, or Filas, or boots like Doc Martens. A few companies that sell the trendy skirts are Grey Bandit, Pacsun, and Brandy Melville. Tennis skirts have become stylish in the summer, but they are perfect for the fall days that are warm enough to wear a skirt to school. 

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Lastly, layering clothing has become a trend over the years. A few years ago, it was popular to wear a long sleeve shirt or turtleneck underneath a tank top dress, so one could wear the dress in the cooler weather. Now, layering has been taken to all new levels. Teenagers wear flowy tank tops over long sleeve shirts to add an extra spunk to their outfits. One of the most well-known combinations in the oversized graphic t-shirt with the long sleeve turtleneck. Girls could wear this combo with mom jeans and Doc Martens to create a trendy fall outfit.

With technology today, most teenagers wear clothes inspired by their favorite social media influencers.

“I think TikTok is a huge influence on fashion today, with the amount of videos that people watch on tiktok, many different styles are shown on the app and it encourages teenagers to step outside their comfort zones,” McLellan said.

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NHS Students Hold Campaign to Vote https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76940/news/nhs-students-hold-campaign-to-vote/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76940/news/nhs-students-hold-campaign-to-vote/#respond Sun, 25 Oct 2020 14:00:39 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=76940 The National Honor Society (NHS) for Walpole High School gathered throughout Walpole on Saturday, Oct. 17, to spread awareness about voting in this year’s presidential election. Students made signs that reminded people to register to vote, where they could register to vote, when early voting begins and the deadline for voting. 

All participating students met in three small groups in various spots throughout Walpole to increase their visibility and to spread more information. Locations included Walpole center, the Bird Park entrance and along Washington Street in South Walpole. NHS members in small groups wore masks to adhere to CDC guidelines. Their main goals included encouraging other students and young adults to vote while staying safe. 

“I think it’s especially good to get us young people involved too because this is new to us as we turn eighteen, and it’s good to develop the habit of being actively engaged in the voting process,” senior and NHS President Grace Manzo said. 

Students with signs campaigned in the center of town. (Photo/Brendan Mahoney)

 

Throughout the day, NHS participants received positive feedback from other Walpole citizens, many walking or driving by on their way to other activities. 

“I think the coolest part of this event for me was the reactions that we received from people driving by, a lot of honks, a lot of waves and thumbs up. People overall were very supportive of our cause,” said senior and NHS Historian Brendan Mahoney. 

 

NHS members campaigned in South Walpole. (Photo/Brendan Mahoney)

Due to COVID-19, voting will take place differently in Walpole compared to previous years. Voters can vote by mail, take part in early voting, or vote on election day. Since this type of election only happens every four years, NHS students find it important to take advantage of this special time, while informing others of new voting opportunities. 

“I hope we inspired people to vote and that the NHS members who participated in the campaign are proud of themselves for educating others about something so important to our country like voter registration,” said Manzo.

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Fun Ways To Celebrate Halloween Safely In 2020 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76935/lifestyle/fun-ways-to-celebrate-halloween-safely-in-2020/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76935/lifestyle/fun-ways-to-celebrate-halloween-safely-in-2020/#respond Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:00:29 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=76935 Due to the coronavirus, social distancing has led to cancellations such as birthday parties, Independence Day fireworks and other gatherings. Halloween is approaching fast, but according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Halloween includes many high risk activities for spreading or contracting the coronavirus. Stay safe this spooky season by trying out the following activities.

Trick or treating door-to-door could be a risk due to close contact between people; however, it can be done safely by staying six feet apart and wearing a mask -safety methods that are crucial to help prevent the spread of the virus and getting it yourself. Try matching the color of your mask to your costume and the outfit will look even better! 

Planning to hand out candy? Attempt to sit outside your door so that trick or treaters do not have to touch the doorbell or door. To prevent multiple hands from touching the same candy, keep the candy in plastic bags for each individual trick or treater. Candy scavenger hunts are also a good way to stay outside and keep the candy to an individual person rather than multiple. 

People that are spending their Halloween in the comfort of their own home to celebrate can still have fun! Binge watching movies is not foreign to many, so why not watch Halloween movies on Halloween night? The top five Halloween movies for a scary night-in according to the magazine “GH,” are Hocus Pocus (Disney+ and Hulu), IT (available for rent), Scream (Disney+), Carrie (Hulu), and The Addams Family (Hulu).

Another fun activity is pumpkin carving which can be done right inside the home. Speaking of creativity, create your own DIY Halloween costume. Find items around the house to create the costume inspired by foods, sports, TV shows, movies, books, ect. 

Even if one is not trick or treating this year, costumes can still be worn by having a virtual costume contest. Show off the fabulous costume idea with friends and family adding a prize for the winner. The contest can be held on Zoom by sending the code. 

Halloween baking at home is another creative and tasty way to celebrate. Frost and decorate sugar cookies using cutters shaped as witches, pumpkins and ghosts. Confectionery sugar mixed with the right amount of water and a drop of food coloring makes delicious icing. Try baking cupcakes with green frosting and top the cupcake with a chocolate ice cream cone. Add sprinkles and candy corn to make the cupcake look like a witch!

The coronavirus may add an extra fright to 2020 Halloween, but this spooky holiday can still be celebrated while following safety guidelines.

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