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February 2016

Wrestling Team Powers Through

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    Head Coach Dennis Stromie talks at a team meeting. Brian Morgan
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    Callen Davidson dominated an opponant at a match this season. Brian Morgan

The Wesleyan Wrestling team worked hard in the shadows in Hoover this winter. With many improvements throughout all weight classes, the group was powerful from front to back. Led by Senior Captain Haydon Koch, the Wolves qualified many athletes into the Sectionals meet and a few more to the State meet.

Koch said, “We had a good season. Throughout the year, everyone continued to get better and grow up mentally. Wrestling is a different sport because and takes mental toughness and strength.” Throughout the season, there was adversity and injuries, but the team overcame it all in order to reach the common goal of making a deep run into the state playoffs.

The regular season went well for the Wolves as well. With big wins at invitationals, as well as beating GAC, the Wolves worked with a “Carpe Diem” like attitude and focused throughout the season. The practices were grueling. Koch said, “Practices are the hardest part about the season. We worked hard every day and focused on what we wanted to achieve.”

Koch also said that it is necessary to have “a day-to-day mentality when wrestling” due to the rigor and grit required. The Wolves had a great mentality this season, with performances that shocked everyone from seniors and freshmen alike.

Overall, the wrestling team exceeded their own expectations on the mats this winter and look to improve even further next season. A big congratulations to Head Coach Dennis Stromie for yet another successful season!

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Swimming Makes Splash at State

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    Chandler Marsh swims a lap of butterfly. Brian Morgan
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    Leo Mateo swims a lap of freestyle. Brian Morgan.

The Wesleyan Swim team has wrapped their season up with one of the best seasons in school history.

With one of the longest and most strenuous schedules of all Wesleyan Sports, the team had to stay focused and keep faith in their training throughout the season. All the hard training started with “Christmas Practices.” Senior Alex Burke said, “Christmas practices were the most physically demanding practices that I have experienced in a long time. We were in the pool for several hours each morning, working to achieve our goals.”
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Primary Elections in Full Swing

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The Primary Election has begun to show Americans where the country may be headed in the next phase of American history. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders dueled and campaigned for months in preparation for the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary. The Republicans have had a few shockers with strong pushes coming from Cruz, Rubio and Bush.

Trump, as expected by many, has been in front thus far. The Primary Election is in full swing now, however, there is still an audience to be swayed to vote. So far in February, Sanders won New Hampshire by a substantial margin, yet lost the Iowa Caucus to Clinton by just a few delegates. Through all the chaos thus far, there have also been a few curveballs that have taken the country by surprise.

Trump won by a landslide in New Hampshire, but the big surprise of the day was who came in second. Kasich, someone who has not had much publicity so far this election, came in second, beating out Cruz, Bush, and Rubio. Kasich did spend lots of time and money in New Hampshire, but he did get second place and set himself up for a good rest of the primary.  As a shock to many, Kasich had a taste of the spotlight in politics, which will help his campaign in the coming months by gaining more voters who had previously not considered him.

The Cincinnati says, “Kasich avoided attacking opponents, although his political action committee aired commercials that criticized his opponents for mudslinging in the form of millions of dollars’ worth of negative commercials.” Chris Christy and Carly Fiorina have both officially dropped out after poor performances, as well as Martin O’Malley on the Democratic side all due to their poor performances in New Hampshire.

With an update on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is very unhappy with her campaign thus far, according to Fox News. She has reportedly shaken up and replaced some of her campaign staff due to poor performances. Clinton has to find a way to persuade the minority votes to join her cause because that is the only way that she has a chance of winning.

Most recently, the Nevada and South Carolina elections have concluded and have began to show the beginning of the end for some candidates that were once front runners.  Jeb Bush has dropped out of the race due to poor performances in all of the elections to this point.  Clinton has turned her campaign around, winning Nevada, while Trump won yet another primary in South Carolina.

The Wesleyan community has a great selection of candidates to choose from. For those who are of the legal age to vote, knowledge of what is happening is crucial, as voting in the election is not as easy as clicking on a candidate that has a nice name or a good face. Every vote matters and as Wesleyan students, we have earned the chance to voice our opinions.


Mock Trial Prepares for District Competition

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    The mock trial team won the region competition on Jan. 30. Matt Crew
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    Sarah Borucki
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    Senior twins Mason and Sarah Borucki won outstanding lawyer awards. Jack Connors

On of the most unique, practical and applicable activities at Wesleyan provides a competitive training ground for aspiring attorneys. Mock Trial has consistently drawn ample participation, and it remains a favorite among students. Senior Jack Connors said, “It is thrilling to compete in a real courtroom with actual judges.” Mock Trial competitions are held in real courtrooms where fictitious cases are tried by a real judge. Wesleyan’s team spends as much as three months preparing for competitions, working on every detail of the case.

This year, the team has attained notable success, winning the region competition on Jan. 30 The crew stands poised to dominate again this weekend at the district competition on Saturday, Feb. 27. Led by teachers Matt Crew and Joseph Cooper along with several Wesleyan parents, the team has an abundance of knowledge and experience at their disposal.

The case that was tried during the region competition this year was a second degree burglary charge. The charge was related to the theft of a 20 million dollar painting from an art museum. The prosecution accused the museum curator of assisting in the theft claiming that it had to have been an inside job. Meanwhile, the defense argued that there would be no motive for the curator.

Wesleyan competed against ten other teams in the region competition including GAC. Noteworthy accolades from the competition include two outstanding witness awards for freshman Patterson Beaman, an outstanding lawyer award for senior Mason Borucki and two outstanding lawyer awards for junior Sara Carmichael. The team’s strongest performance came from senior Sarah Borucki who swept the lawyer awards and won best lawyer in every round.

After a remarkable performance at region, the team is working hard to do even better at the district competition. Mason Borucki said, “We are working on minor tweaks that are more technical like tendering evidence and referring to specific laws correctly.” The team hopes to show continued improvement in these areas this weekend.

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