Produced by the Digital Film Class Spring 2016.
Corneas, pupils and optic nerves are just three of the amazing wonders of the eyeball that were explored during a trip through the eyeball on Wesleyan’s fourth grade Eyeball Day.
Last month, the Wesleyan fourth graders hosted Eyeball Day in the lower school. They decorated one of the rooms as the inside of an eyeball where they gave tours to anyone who wanted to see it and learn about the human eye.
Lower school teacher Megan Rappe said, “We have eyeball day because the fourth graders are studying the structure and function of the eye in science taught by Mrs. Cooper. Not only do they learn about it but have to figure out how to teach it to others – younger students, high schoolers, and adults.”
Each fourth grader acted as a tour guide to the person they were leading through the eye. Fourth grader, Eli Hewitson, said, “On eyeball day I learned that the kids I toured were very curious about the eye, and I enjoyed that the kids listened to every word that my partner and I said.”
The fourth graders were very informative and knew a wide array of information about the eye. Rappe said that the fourth graders were excited to show off their knowledge to people of all ages.
Everyone who went through the eyeball room was very impressed with the knowledge that the fourth graders portrayed. Rappe said, “My favorite part of eyeball day was watching how comfortable the fourth graders were with the high schoolers and how sweet the high schoolers were with the little ones. They were very proud of their own efforts.”
On Super Tuesday, the Georgia Presidential Primary was not the only buzz around the Wesleyan campus. During program time on March 1st, the student body got the privilege of hearing from a unique speaker. HK Derryberry is a motivational speaker who encourages all to live life to the fullest. Derryberry has cerebral palsy, which is a disease that affects body movement and muscle coordination and is blind, but he has overcome a tremendous amount of adversity to become a successful public speaker.
Derryberry and Jim Bradford, his mentor and friend, inspire people across the world. They have made over 50 appearances and have talked to over 8,000 people since 2011. Derryberry’s story is one of overcoming tremendous odds. He was born weighing two pounds and three months prematurely causing a number of health issues. He was able to fight for his life for 96 days at the University of Vanderbilt’s medical center. Keep Reading
Roger Federer and Serena Williams have nothing on Sophia Strickland, Cullen Davis and the rest of our tennis all-stars. The Wesleyan girls and boys tennis teams are working hard this year to make a good run in the State Championship.
After coming off a win in the State Championship last year, the girls tennis team is putting in time and effort in order to once again get their shot at state. Junior, Lauren Alexander, said that her favorite part about playing tennis at Wesleyan is spending time with the team and being able to grow closer.
“My personal goal is to consistently perform for my team so that they can have confidence during their matches,” Alexander said.
Senior, Sophia Strickland, said that Lovett is going to be their toughest opponent this year, but they have already beaten Lovett 3-2, so that is a good sign for the rest of the season. Strickland has been playing tennis for ten years, and this fall, she will be continuing her tennis career at Johns Hopkins University.
The boys tennis team is also working hard to be a contender in the State Championship this year. Junior, Cullen Davis, said that his favorite part about playing tennis at Wesleyan is all of the great facilities that Wesleyan offers for the sport.
Like Strickland, Davis also said that the team’s toughest opponent this year will be Lovett. When asked about a team goal for this year, Davis said, “I would say that a good team goal for this season would be to make the state tournament. Our region is very tough this year and to make the state tournament after coming out of this region would be a very big accomplishment.”
How does one billion dollars sound? The prize for the perfect bracket is worth exactly that, according to Warren Buffet. March Madness, also known as the NCAA tournament, is gearing up to take place and create a stir among the student body.
Grades are already forming their bracket leagues, testing to see who may pick the most accurate bracket for this year’s tournament.
This NCAA tournament is a 64 team bracket that also includes a four team play in bracket. Overall, there are 65 games that are played to determine which team will outlast the rest and claim their place in the history books as the 2016 NCAA tournament champion.
This year, Warren Buffet has put his money on the line again with the Billion Dollar Bracket, sponsored by Quicken Loans. If anyone in the world achieves a perfect bracket, they will win the money. Sadly for those who are full believers in their bracket, there have approximatley 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 chances in a perfect bracket, so the chances are slim. For any Wesleyan student looking for a quick penny, filling out a bracket may be worth your while.
March Madness brings out the best in some faculty members as well. Faculty member Candler Baxley has a tradition in his March habits. He said, “I am giddy. I have been listening to the Luther Vandross version of “One Shining Moment” for a week now.” He also talked about his bracket, although it is still a secret since it will win. He said, “I actually don’t watch a lot of college basketball until the tournament, so I’ll just go with Kansas.” Clearly, Candler Baxley is ready for the games to begin. Senior Jordan Mack is also excited for the games to begin. He said, “I’m excited. It will be fun to see if my picks are right or not.” Get ready people of Wesleyan, the games are about to begin and chaos will follow.
The Wesleyan community, as well as the sports loving community around the country, are ready for another crazy month full of Cinderella stories and powerhouse beat-downs. Tune in to watch the Madness, as it will leave you on the edge of your seat.