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Golf Swings For State

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    The varsity boys golf team. Brian Morgan
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    The varsity girls golf team. Brian Morgan

The Wesleyan Varsity boys and Girls golf teams have teed off to a strong start this season, and State is in fact on the horizon for the Wolves.“I think that the whole team would agree that the goal is to get to state this year” said junior Joseph Berney. Senior Wilton Kennerly, Gillian Yeager, Will Harper and JT Eigel also hope to leave a lasting legacy on the golf program and other players are working hard to do the same.

The boys have been working hard towards a state title this year. Their first event was the “Camden Classic” where they finished 13th out of 15 teams. Their first match took place on March 7th, where they won by a significant margin. Senior, Will Harper led the team with a solid score of 37, Berny shot 39 and freshman Rasmus Eriksson shot 39 as well.

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Administration Releases New School Schedule

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    The New 2016-2017 High School Schedule

Buckle up because administration has brought about a new schedule that will completely change the dynamic of the school day.  All credit for the new schedule lands squarely on administration, as they listened to the cry of the student body over the years and have decided to shake things up.

One of the largest changes to the schedule is the time change in time for office hours.  To increase attendance and use of this time, the new schedule will have office hours from 7:40-8:05 a.m., rather than 3:00-3:30p.m.  This will allow students to attend office hours with fresh minds and use the time provided to the fullest.

Chapel has also been moved to Thursday, which will allow the school more flexibility for gatherings such as pep rallies, spirit days and much more.  Clubs and activities, as well as the occasional speaker, will now be on Friday.

A new addition to the schedule is the “Flex Period.” This is a time when the school can have assemblies, drug testing, Peer Leadership, study halls and much more.  Each week will be different, attending to the needs of the student body and faculty.

The schedule will still rotate as it has in years past, however since two classes will rotate out of the schedule each day, the students will have some adjustments to make next year.

Junior Eric Panther is excited, yet nervous about the new schedule.  In a brief interview, he said, “I like how school is going to end earlier, thus practice will end earlier as well, however it will be more challenging to figure out which classes are rotating out.  Also, I am concerned because if teachers make their tests longer due to the hour long period, I will be bummed.”

Mrs. Wischerth is excited about the new schedule because of the school traditions that can be created due to the new schedule.  She said, “We can build in more transition to the schedule.  We can do new and fun things that will bring the student body together as a whole.”  She reminisced about her high school experience and how football players wore their jerseys on Friday before games.

The new schedule is in place and ready to be unveiled next school year.  This schedule was thought over meticulously by faculty across the high school and administration to create the best comprehensive learning experience.

Running Wolves Have High Hopes

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    The 2016 Track & Field Team. Brian Morgan
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    Head coaches Chris Yoder, Candler Baxley, Justin Kruger and Chad McDaniel. Brian Morgan

Sprinting, jumping, throwing, vaulting, the Wesleyan Track & Field team is off to a great start for the 2016 season. Head coaches Candler Baxley, Chad McDaniel and Chris Yoder are training athletes to reach both their personal and team goals. With Greater Atlanta Christian School, Lovett and Holy Innocents being their toughest opponents, Baxley said their main goal for the season is “to have fun, see all of our athletes improve, and be competitive in the region and state meats at the end of the season.”

These coaches also infiltrate a sense of community into practices and serve as constant encouragers to help students succeed and build each other up. Senior Sheridan Davenport said, “I would describe this year’s team dynamic as very exciting. Everyone is willing to try new things and uncover their talents in the tracks and the fields. It’s great to see everyone growing athletically and developing in character.”

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Baseball Team Off to Hot Start

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    Junior Jordan Ward takes the mound

The Wesleyan Wolves are stepping up to the plate for another run at a state title.  So far this season, the Wolves have played some formidable out of region opponents and fared quite well, only losing three games, while winning twelve.

Junior Colin Hall is excited about the season and said, “We have performed really well this season thus far against opponents that have done well in the past.  We have a long way to go, but it is looking good so far.”

Things have indeed gone well thus far, as the Wolves have been gaining momentum every game, correcting errors that would haunt them in a state playoff game.  In the upcoming months, the baseball team will face many strong opponents such as North Gwinnett and Greater Atlanta Christian.

Pitching has been living up to the hype this season.  Due to solid performances by seniors Andy Archer and Alex Thompson, the Wolves have been stellar in the field.  On paper, the pitching has been great, but in the game, it has been all the more valuable.  The leadership and clutch performances are something that must be seen to fully appreciate.

Hitting has also been phenomenal.  Led by Colin Hall, Cole Mannion, Mikey Olsen, Ryan Weed and Michael Payne, the Wolves have been off to a hot start at the plate.  With a handful of come-from-behind wins, the Wolves have been hitting when they are needed most.

On another note, Senior Mikey Olsen hit his first career home run against Benedictine on the road trip the team took the weekend of March 5th.  On that trip, the Wolves played South Effingham and Benedictine, beating both.  Benedictine, the state champions from two seasons ago, and the Wolves, the reigning state champions, went toe to toe on a beautiful Saturday morning in Savannah.  The Wolves not only walked away with a victory, but also with a preview of an opponent they may face in the state playoffs.

The Wolves are in need of support, as the region schedule is about to begin. Make sure to make it to a game or two as the games are about to become very important for the Wolves and their berth in the playoffs.  Region play begins March 15th.

The Wesleyan Wolves are also on Twitter now, so follow their account.  Their “handle” is: @_WolvesBaseball.  Updates, scores and inside information will be tweeted out by “GameChanger manager,” Alex Burke.


The Fourth Grade Easter Play: A Wesleyan Tradition

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Easter is a right around the corner and that means students, teachers, parents and more will gather to see the Easter story come to life. Every year, fourth grade students in the lower school put on a play that tells the story of Easter from Jesus’ crucifixion to his resurrection. After weeks of rehearsals, students perform this show for family members, faculty and students of all grade levels on March 21st and 22nd.

Fourth grade teachers Fiona Owen, Sarah Kate Wilson and Brittany Knight help to put on the play and prepare the students for their roles. Owen said, “In preparation for the Easter Play, we choose parts very carefully to match the students’ preferences. We run lines together in the classroom after watching the previous year’s Easter play production. Finally, we guide the students with stage direction, voice projection, reaction, anticipation of lines and background knowledge.”

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