Wesleyan’s Mission Trip Team Serves in South Africa

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The Wesleyan Mission Trip team has been serving in South Africa for years and each year the trip impacts even more people than before. This year’s team, led by Mr. Lisson, Dr. Pinkett-Smith, Mrs. Hemken, Mr. Russell and Ms. Stephenson, traveled from Atlanta to Johannesburg for a two week trip filled with service.

When they arrived in Johannesburg, they stayed at an organization called Impact Africa, which provides ministry and creates jobs for local South Africans. From the start, they knew their trip was going to be extremely beneficial both for them and the people they were serving.

The many activities and worship sessions kept the team busy for the whole trip. While in Johannesburg, the team walked through townships, shared the gospel with people, played with different groups of preschool children and run two days of Vacation Bible School. Many students’ favorite moments came from their time at VBS. Junior Sydney Stirling said, “Doing VBS for the community was definitely a high point from my trip, and I will never forget the joy I brought to them.” Lisson said, “I think the highlight for me was a worship night we had on Wednesday night. It was the first moment I realized just how far we had come in the few days we had been together.”

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On Top at Sharp Top Cove

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The annual event that is Freshman Retreat is a timeless Wesleyan Tradition performed every year that brings students closer together with their peers, teachers and most of all, God. It is an opportunity for the Wesleyan freshman class to meet new people, create new bonds and prepare for the upcoming school year in dynamic fashion. Freshman Retreat is started with the intense excitement and energy on the morning of Aug. 9, when the Staff and Students arrived on campus to welcome the freshman and hype them up for an amazing weekend full of fun, food and Jesus.

From the moment the students and staff were loaded on the bus, the enthusiasm was evident. The 90-minute journey to this year’s destination was filled with silly games, beautiful karaoke and meaningful conversations and connections. The time flew by and before they knew it, they had arrived at this year’s retreat destination: Sharp Top Cove. Upon arriving at Sharp Top, the students and staff were flooded with fun team building activities and games.  Some of the activities include basketball, beach volleyball, human pyramid building, swimming, zip lining and the messiest of all: shaving cream wars. So many activities made so many favorite moments and memories being created. Senior Chris O’Sullivan said, “My favorite memory was getting to know the freshmen in my peer group and having fun with them.”

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Fall Sports Preview

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As the 2019 fall season begins, each fall sport has been preparing and working hard to represent the Wesleyan Wolves well. With fall now in full swing, each team is really kicking it into gear and working hard. The wolves have been showing up to each competition thrown their way and have shown how much effort they have put into their sport. The motivation and dedication of the wolves have been persistent this year, and each team is even more excited for what is to come in the rest of the season.

Water Polo:

The water polo team “3-4-1” is having one of their greatest seasons yet, with three great wins, and one tie. When asked what has led the team to their victories this season so far, Coach Kevin Kadzis said, “The turnaround has been excellent teamwork and player leadership.” The team has played eight exciting games so far and has six more to go. The team is looking forward to the end of the season tournament that is coming up at the end of September. The team this year is composed of many strong senior players who have been really putting in the effort throughout the season so far. These players are Will Miller, Connor Beatty, Jack Godfrey, Isaiah Erb, Samuel Johnson and honorable mention Javi Martinez. These group of players have really stepped up and have given everything they’ve had. Kadzis said, “… what really stands out this season is just the great group of players coming together to play a sport they all like.”

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Senior Spotlights

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Jackson Walls

What college are you going to/ applying to? Auburn University, Ole Miss and South Carolina.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? When? Abby Weatherly in ninth grade.

If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you bring with you? Fishing pole, animal crackers and my phone.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid verses what is your dream job now? When I was little, I wanted to be an astronaut or firefighter; now I want to be involved in commercial real estate or construction management.

Where do you expect to see yourself in 10 years? With a wife and children, working in a major city.

What was your most embarrassing moment at Wesleyan? Sophomore year, Pierce Rudder told Jordyn Shackford I was going to ask her to homecoming. I did not know her at all and didn’t even know who she was. I then had to go the whole next day at school telling her friends that I was not asking her to homecoming.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be? A cookout tray; hamburger, chicken nuggets, fries and an Oreo mint shake.

What are you most excited and scared for when entering your first year of college? I’m excited to go to football games. I’m scared that I won’t get to see my friends from high school much.

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A Letter From Leadership

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Dear Wesleyan Community,

It was July 10, 2014, when Conor McGregor (my favorite UFC fighter) stood in the middle of the Octagon in front of 20,000 roaring fans in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland, at the O3 arena. He had just knocked out Diego Brandao, and the atmosphere and crowd were electric. Not a single fan was sitting in their seat. It was pure pandemonium. After his hand was raised, acknowledging his victory, he began to do his post-fight interview, breaking down and analyzing what had just taken place during the bout. For the most part, McGregor was going through the motions giving his standard answers and quick-witted, brash, outlandish remarks the only way he knows how to. Until he grabbed the microphone and said these legendary words: “We are not here just to take part. We are here to take over.”

Time stopped, and it was at that moment everyone watching knew that something special was taking place. You could feel the greatness radiating from the TV screen. It was clear that we were witnessing a revolution beginning to take shape, led by one man on a mission. Everyone knew that this was McGregor’s TAKEOVER moment, and that when he was finished the sport of Mixed Martial Arts would be changed forever. In fact, those words changed me forever. It’s been five years since he uttered those words and, in that time, nothing has garnered as much passion, emotion, motivation, anticipation, and expectation within me as that night.

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