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Cross Country Runs Away with State Title

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Winning a state championship in any sport is extremely difficult; the chances of winning one is highly improbable, but the odds of being back- to- back as state champions in any sport is nearly impossible. The amount of hard work, effort and dedication and needed is immense. If a team can complete such a feat, they have undoubtedly proven that they are the best in their sport. This is exactly what the Wesleyan boys’ cross country team proved two weeks ago in Carrollton, GA when they won their second straight state championship. They proved that without a doubt, that they are the best runners that the state of Georgia’s 1-A classification has to offer. They are no longer just a good team, they are a great team. They are champions, and they will go down in history for the phenomenal work they have done.

The road to victory for the team began on Nov. 1 during the high school’s senior night pep-rally. At the beginning of the pep rally, the varsity cross country team was welcomed to the middle of the gym floor and was given a standing ovation for a phenomenal season so far. As the Wesleyan fight song blared and thunderous crowd continuously cheered, the team proceeded to run to the buses to head off to the state meet. Once on the bus, the team began their hour-long drive to Carrollton.

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An Out of This World Homecoming Week

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It has been over a month since the entirety of Wesleyan participated in the biggest week of the year, Homecoming. It goes without saying that this event is unparalleled in its size and significance to Wesleyan. It is the event that brings the past, present and future of the school together to experience true community and comradery.  It is the event that every student looks forward to each year with great anticipation. It is the event that introduces the freshmen to their high school maturation and begins the seniors send off into college preparation. It is the ambitious, auspicious occasion at the beginning of the year that sets the tone and gives the school enthusiastic inspiration. Homecoming is a memorable affair that every year, gets bigger and bigger.

Homecoming season began with the reveal of its theme and this year’s Homecoming reveal was nothing short of explosive, literally. On the first Monday of the school year, students filed into Austin Chapel with eagerness. They were treated to a viewing of the trailer put together by student government. After watching the trailer, it was revealed to them that the theme for this year would be: “Out of this World.”  A theme that not only encompassed space, stars and planets, but the idea of innovative thinking and imagination. A common idea presented by the entire student government was the concept of not just thinking “out of the box,” but thinking “out of this world” in order to have the greatest school year possible. This concept really resonated with the entire school.

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On Top at Sharp Top Cove

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The annual event that is Freshman Retreat is a timeless Wesleyan Tradition performed every year that brings students closer together with their peers, teachers and most of all, God. It is an opportunity for the Wesleyan freshman class to meet new people, create new bonds and prepare for the upcoming school year in dynamic fashion. Freshman Retreat is started with the intense excitement and energy on the morning of Aug. 9, when the Staff and Students arrived on campus to welcome the freshman and hype them up for an amazing weekend full of fun, food and Jesus.

From the moment the students and staff were loaded on the bus, the enthusiasm was evident. The 90-minute journey to this year’s destination was filled with silly games, beautiful karaoke and meaningful conversations and connections. The time flew by and before they knew it, they had arrived at this year’s retreat destination: Sharp Top Cove. Upon arriving at Sharp Top, the students and staff were flooded with fun team building activities and games.  Some of the activities include basketball, beach volleyball, human pyramid building, swimming, zip lining and the messiest of all: shaving cream wars. So many activities made so many favorite moments and memories being created. Senior Chris O’Sullivan said, “My favorite memory was getting to know the freshmen in my peer group and having fun with them.”

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A Letter From Leadership

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Dear Wesleyan Community,

It was July 10, 2014, when Conor McGregor (my favorite UFC fighter) stood in the middle of the Octagon in front of 20,000 roaring fans in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland, at the O3 arena. He had just knocked out Diego Brandao, and the atmosphere and crowd were electric. Not a single fan was sitting in their seat. It was pure pandemonium. After his hand was raised, acknowledging his victory, he began to do his post-fight interview, breaking down and analyzing what had just taken place during the bout. For the most part, McGregor was going through the motions giving his standard answers and quick-witted, brash, outlandish remarks the only way he knows how to. Until he grabbed the microphone and said these legendary words: “We are not here just to take part. We are here to take over.”

Time stopped, and it was at that moment everyone watching knew that something special was taking place. You could feel the greatness radiating from the TV screen. It was clear that we were witnessing a revolution beginning to take shape, led by one man on a mission. Everyone knew that this was McGregor’s TAKEOVER moment, and that when he was finished the sport of Mixed Martial Arts would be changed forever. In fact, those words changed me forever. It’s been five years since he uttered those words and, in that time, nothing has garnered as much passion, emotion, motivation, anticipation, and expectation within me as that night.

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