Senior Cairo Booker fights for a layup in a game during the 2014-2015 season. Photo credit: Brian Morgan
Junior Jameson Kavel dribbles down the court during the 2014-2015 season.
The Wesleyan Girls Basketball team is renowned for being a powerhouse, and this season should be no different. There is only one returning senior, Cairo Booker, who plays the point and two-guard position. She has committed to play at Wofford College, and she is a leader on the team. Natalie Armstrong returns as Wesleyan’s center who, Coach Jan Azar said, “had a really great second half of the season last year, played really well in the state championship, and had a great summer.” Mikayla Coombs is returning from an ACL injury that took her out of the game all of last year. Amaya Register returns at point guard, and Jameson Kavell returns at shooting guard. Azar says that Kavell shot the ball well this past summer and is Wesleyan’s “three point threat.” There are other returning faces, and some girls coming up from junior varsity who have worked fiercely to get a chance to play for the varsity team this year.
The Wolves were honored to be invited to play in the Nike Tournament held in Phoenix on December 17th. The top high school teams in the nation are invited to this tournament, and Wesleyan will be playing in the highest division. The Lady Wolves have played in this tournament two other times and Azar said, “It is the best competition that we’ve ever seen.” This tournament will help the girls’ basketball team get experience while playing against the strongest teams in the nation.
Azar says that the two biggest competitors in their region will be Greater Atlanta Christian School and Holy Innocents’. Wesleyan faced Holy Innocents in the State Championship, and GACS will be better this year than last. Wesleyan plays Holy Innocents at home on Tuesday, Feb. 2nd and plays GAC at home on Tuesday, Jan. 26th. Azar said, “This is going to be a fun group of girls to watch… This is one of the best teams I think we’ve ever had here.”
The Varsity Girls’ Cross Country Team dances to the song “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin.”
From singers to dancers to magicians to improvisers, it’s clear that Wesleyan’s Got Talent. The Wesleyan talent show was a great success this year. With a full auditorium and a brilliant student section, it is safe to say that everyone was entertained by the amazing talent portrayed by the Wesleyan students. The show included music acts by sophomores Grayson Ragsdale, Sumeet Singh and Michelle Tan, Annabel Rushing and Gigi Huggins. Also juniors Zach Green and Jessie Roberts and sisters, senior, Mary Cowart and freshman, Annie Cowart. The last music act was a rap by the swag master himself, freshman Miller Thompson. The show also included dancing acts by many members of Wesleyan’s varsity cross country team including both freshmen and seniors Beck Coxhead, Kylie Reed, and Mary Cowart; juniors Nikki Villa and Nicole Fasciana; sophomore Emma Surber, and freshmen Quinn Kaloper, Ashley Doran, Mary Ann Manley, and Annie Cowart. The show also included a magic act by junior Xavier Cooper, “piano improve” by seniors Carter Gravitt and Emma Anderson, and a poetry reading by sophomore Brooks Lalley.
The talent show was greatly enjoyed by the audience and the entertainers. (enter grade and name) said, (enter quote). Senior Beck Coxhead, who was in the talent show, said, “I think we really brought the house down with our sick dance moves.” Senior Ellie Bradach said, “It was really fun to spend more time with the Cross Country team after the season had ended. Though we may not have actually won, we won in our hearts.”
The talent show got some very positive feedback from the audience. Senior Camille High said, “The talent show was almost as great as broken in Birkenstocks.”
On Monday Nov. 9th, the Wesleyan water pipes were cracked allowing mud and other natural elements to enter the Wesleyan water stream. The students were told that local contractors working on campus accidentally busted it, but there are a number of valid theories that have surfaced over the last few weeks. After carefully investigating the claims, the Green & Gold has selected the most practical conspiracies. Which one do you readers believe?
Mr. Cleveland and Mr. McDaniel
Mr. Cleveland and Mr. McDaniel are two of the most beloved faculty members in the school. Mr. Cleveland had begun to sense some negative morale around the school. Calling up his good friend Mr. McDaniel, Mr. Cleveland hatched an idea. He wanted to have the Wesleyan students take a day off. Mr. McDaniel could not pass up the opportunity to make “the call,” and quickly agreed. Thus, the plan was hatched, and the water pipes were tampered with.
The School Store Theory
The Wesleyan School Store has been one of the most positive changes to the Wesleyan community this year. The school store has been very profitable, but they were losing business to the water fountains found in each hallway. The moms of the School Store decided they needed to cripple the competition for a week. During a lull in customer attendance, some of the moms snuck up and made a deal with the contractors to tamper with the pipes. This plan was successful as the water fountains were broken.
The Birthday Theory
There are a number of Wesleyan members with birthdays on Nov. 10. Caroline Hodges, Taylor Berg, Mr. Custer and Mrs. Goddard all have birthdays on Nov. 10. They decided there was absolutely no way they were going to come to school on that day. During lunch these four were never found, and they came up with a way to get the pipes to burst. Fallout 4 also came out on Nov. 10 much to Taylor’s pleasure.
The Calcium Deficiency
A number of students have a calcium deficiency and needed a cheap way to nourish it. These unnamed students (Ben Buckley and Grant Sauer) decided to mix milk into the water fountains. They snuck up on Nov 9 during their free period and poured milk into the water stream. The next few days they would drink the lovely water/milk combination, and slowly their calcium deficiency began to go away.
Spectre opened with a $293 million opening weekend, surpassing it’s overall budget.
As the MI6 is being merged, and the 00 program is being shut down, James Bond must face off against his next greatest threat, the mysterious organization Spectre. Spectre sees Daniel Craig return for his fourth performance as the iconic British agent. Spectre picks up where Skyfall left off, as 007 is back in action performing one last mission for the deceased M (Judi Dench).
Spectre begins with Bond tracking down an assassin named Marco Sciarra (Alessandro Cremona) in Mexico City. After a massive explosion and a chase involving a helicopter, the scene in Mexico City becomes worldwide news. The issue arises as to whether or not the 00 program is necessary. This is a continuation of the events of Skyfall.
While Spectre has its bright moments, it feels somewhat jumbled and rushed. It feels as if it’s trying to balance too many components. Craig’s performance is brilliant again, and the supporting cast consisting of Ralph Fiennes, Rory Kinnear, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux and Naomie Harris also perform well. The acting is not the issue, it is the crammed script. While 007 being hunted instead of doing the hunting is a creative switch, it seems Spectre attempts to deal with too much. While the movie’s runtime is two and a half hours, it still feels like events are forced. Mostly the relationship between Bond and Madeline Swan (Seydoux) is rushed. This is one of the first Bond movies in which the audience actually needs to have watched the previous three installments to really understand what’s going on.
Spectre also features subplots of the question of universal surveillance. The idea of nations combining intelligence is a major driving force to the plot. The first hour of the film produces heavy intrigue and the possibility of a truly suspenseful thrill ride. However, the last hour and a half fails to live up the hype set up by the beginning of the movie. Spectre tries too hard to tie up its loose ends that it leaves the audience feeling a little underwhelmed by the end. The action sequences were creative. Since it’s a Bond movie, it features a solid car chase scene. It also features fight sequences in a helicopter and train. One of the main issues is that these action sequences are just too brief and feel like they don’t really matter to the grand scheme of the film. The fight scene between Bond, and a Spectre henchman named Hinx (Dave Bautista) is the exception. It’s outstanding choreography and unpredictability allows it to be the standout scene of the movie.
One the most disappointing parts of the movie is the villain. The mysterious Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) falls a little flat. Waltz’s performance isn’t necessarily bad but fails in comparison to his other roles such as in Django Unchained. What has made previous Bond movies successful is the villain. Franz falls flat due to lackluster motivation, a predictable plan, and no physical intimidation. The movie seems to underutilize the organization of Spectre as a whole because it had so much potential to be Bond’s toughest test in years, and yet he almost single-handedly defeats them with ease. Despite its faults, Spectre is a middle of the road Bond film. It’s the third best bond film since Craig took the titular role. Casino Royale and Skyfall were better films, but Spectre isn’t as disappointing as Quantum of Solace. Spectre still provides entertainment from its action sequences, and dry humor that’s always present in a Bond film. The questions raised regarding rights to security and the question of democracy in the film’s subplot are very intriguing and provide a more modern and realistic taste to the movie. Spectre is possibly the last time Craig will play Bond, and its ending will leave you wondering what happens next for 007. Spectre earns a 6/10 in my book.
2. Gingerbread houses
6. Christmas Carols
7. Christmas socks
9. Twinkly lights
10. Snow globes
11. Grandma and Grandpa
12. Milk and cookies
13. A great time to snuggle up by the fire
15. Those cool clocks that chime Christmas songs every hour
16. Cut out cookies
17. Chocolate countdowns
18. Jesus’ birthday
19. NO SCHOOL
20. Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
22. Yard decorations
25. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!!!!!!!