Lent is a time of religious observance that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later on Holy Thursday. It is a time to focus on simple living, prayer and fasting in order to grow closer to God. It can range from fasting to giving up foods you enjoy, like sweets or soda. Wesleyan offers an Ash Wednesday service every year for both students and faculty. Keep Reading
The varsity girls basketball team traveled to Georgia Tech on Friday to compete for the state title. They faced Holy Innocents, a long-time rival, and the same opponent they faced the past 2 years. Wesleyan fell to the Bears twice in the regular season, but they won when it mattered the most, the region championship game. This victory gave them an easier path to the championship. Keep Reading
Some adults would say senioritis is just an alternative term for laziness, but it is real, and it plagues the current senior class.
Brian Morgan, Wesleyan’s Director of Technology and father of senior Rachel Morgan, understands the struggle of senioritis.
“Senioritis is definitely real. Rachel is in bed at 9 every night,” Morgan said.
Senioritis is an illness that causes a decrease in motivation, and therefore effort in students due to limited time left in the school year. For most, this disease does not hit until second semester of senior year, but for a few, it started the day they arrived on campus this year.
For the majority of students, the lack of motivation comes because they have limited time left in the semester. Most people have been accepted into the colleges they applied to and because of this, it becomes extremely difficult to focus on school.
Senior Sam Laurite said, “I got into Wake Forest first semester. I do not have motivation this semester because of it. I never study, so I sleep, and now I get bad grades.”
Seniorities and procrastination go hand in hand. As the school year goes on, students begin to push off work to the night before, and then to the day of. A survey was conducted to see the results of senioritis on the current Wesleyan senior class. The majority of Wesleyan seniors are giving half of their effort or less.
Senior Nicole Fasciana said, “I don’t even take my backpack out of the car anymore.”
Many other students struggle to do work at home. Only 8% of Wesleyan seniors study two nights ahead of time, and 35% of seniors study the day of the test. The increase in procrastination has caused grades to drop significantly for 35% of the class.
Senior Hayes Laughlin “plays games in all of his classes” along with many other students in the senior class. The combination of not paying attention in class and not preparing for assessments is most likely the cause of grade decline.
Some seniors still have to give effort in classes because they have not been accepted into all their schools yet. Some schools take second semester grades into account when deciding who to admit into their university. Even these students are struggling to focus with graduation on the horizon. Senior have less than 100 days of school left, and the final rhythmic ring of the bell cannot come fast enough.
Wesleyan offered an opportunity to Wesleyan students this semester; to experience the inauguration in person. Most people do not get the chance to do this in their lifetime, and Wesleyan students were able to experience it in their high school. Wesleyan worked with an organization called Close-Up, which offers weekly trips to Washington D.C. to learn about the capital and the history of this nation. Wesleyan sent 16 students on the trip. Chris Yoder, AP Government teacher, and Ted Russell, the history chair, went on the trip as well. Keep Reading
Veterans have fought hard to protect the freedoms in America and deserve to be celebrated for their dedication and hard work. Veterans Day is a national holiday that takes place on November 11th. This holiday was put in place to honor those who have served in the military. At Wesleyan, this holiday is honored with an assembly. This assembly recognizes faculty members, family members of faculty or students and alumni who have served and/or are serving in the military.
This year’s speaker, SGT. Dan Llorens, has been involved at Wesleyan for many years. He served in the United States Marine Corps, and shared about his experience when he first joined the military and how grateful he was for the opportunity to serve this country. After he finished speaking at the assembly, the names of all parents of students, faculty and alumni who have served or are serving currently were presented on the screen.
One of the Wesleyan faculty members who has served in the military is Cristian Piedra. He works in the IT department. He signed up for the United States Army when he was 18 years old. His deployments were usually three to five months at a time.
“When I was deployed, I would always tell my parents that they had nothing to worry about,” Piedra said. “Even though I would be in very dangerous situations a majority of the time, I wouldn’t let my family know that. My family tended to always worry about me. It was a new experience for my family because I was the first Piedra to ever be in the military.” Keep Reading