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Wesleyan Students Hit the Slopes

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While most Wesleyan students spent the weekend sleeping in, watching Netflix and sleeping some more, others joined the Christian Life Ski Retreat that was this past MLK, Jr. weekend, Jan. 13 to Jan. 16 in Ghent, WV.  The trip is available for every grade in the high school; it is first come, first serve signup.

A group of 50 students and five faculty members traveled up to Winterplace Ski Resort to hit the slopes. They left before school Friday morning and drove seven hours on a charter bus, only stopping twice for lunch and to pick up their skis. Keep Reading

Winter Drumline Gets in the Beat

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    mid-competition. Matthew Plunk.
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    Drumline performs. Matthew Plunk.
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    They are using a creative idea to tell a story in their performance. Matthew Plunk.

Winter Drumline is back and better than ever. Every member of the team has worked extremely hard to achieve what they have accomplished. It is just the start of a new season for Winter Drumline.

Winter Drumline is a team consisting of eighteen people and led by two coaches, Jeff Foster and Zack Watson. The seniors are Noah Young and Xavier Cooper. The juniors are Grace Halley, Katie Crofton, Russ Foust and Marvin Guillen. The sophomores are Ben Smoke, Hunter Darsey, Alex Watkins and Kyle Orton. The freshman are Julian Fernandes, Eighth graders Kara Marshall and Madison George and Seventh graders Noah Walton, Ryan McConnell, Bennett Bruno, Andrew Metz and Danielle Kelly. They have four captains, bass Captain Noah Walton, quads Captain Alex Watkins, drum and snare Captain Noah Young and pit Captain Grace Halley.

They practice two times a week, Monday in the high school band room and Wednesday in Grace Gym. They are currently practicing for an upcoming show. Their performance, written by their instructor, Zack Watson, is called “Fault.” Sophomore Matthew Plunk says, “Fault is a show that uses original music to tell a story of a human condition through the lens of an earthquake.” The team is competing in the Georgie Indoor Percussion Association circuit in the Scholastic A- marching division, “playing up” by one classification. Their first competition is on Saturday, Feb. 4th at North Gwinnett High School.

Plunk, being a part of Marching Band and Winter Drumline, said, “Winter Drumline is way more challenging in every aspect than marching band. This is a great activity for anyone who enjoys pushing themselves physically and mentally.”

Senior Noah Young said, “Winter Drumline is awesome because it really helps improve your musical skills. Many of the members are not percussionists, but their background in music helps to add chemistry to the ensemble. We have a great group this year.”

Young also said, “There are many challenging things about Winter Drumline. One being that playing mathematical rhythms while also moving around on a floor can be very difficult. Winter Drumline also has lots of expressive movements and it requires members to be able to express feelings through the music we play and the way we move on the gym floor.”

Junior Grace Halley said, “Our season started a few weeks ago, and it’s been a blast so far! Even though I joined to make music and to have fun, I mainly joined because of the people. They’re very dear to my heart and they’re one of the most united and inclusive groups that I know of. They’re my family and I don’t know what I’d do without them. So, they are basically my favorite thing about Winter Drumline.”

Coach of Winter Drumline, Jeff Foster said, “This fun group of kids are always very focused and a great desire for excellence – that’s what it’s all about.” Foster is dedicated to coach this team to be the best that it can be this year.

Netflix Shows to Binge Watch Over Christmas Break

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Wesleyan has two weeks off for Christmas Break. There is time to spend with family and to eat food, but more importantly there is time to catch up on your Netflix shows. The Green and Gold staff asked several high school students which Netflix shows are their favorite that they would suggest for others to watch. Here are their responses for optimal binge watching, spanning across a variety of genres. Happy viewing.

The following students that gave their suggestions:

Seniors, Abbie Lochmandy, Lauren Morales and Whitney Archer. Junior, Jack Mills. Sophomores, Kat Saylor, Grace Tyler and Hannah Hufham. Freshmen, Whitaker Welch, Bella Barnes and Charlie Taylor.

 

Braves Swing into a New Field

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The iconic Turner Field has come to a close with the last game on Oct. 2, 2016. After 19 years of Turner Field standing in Atlanta it has finished with victory win. Turner Field is made up of 49,586 seats, the home of a 40-man team that has around two million fans. The next chapter for the Braves is in motion. Has the next season is set to begin at the SunTrust Park in Cobb County. e

In memory of Turner Field, Hall of Fame member Chipper Jones, a legendary member of the Atlanta Braves with the record of 2,726 hits, 1,619 runs and 468 home-runs called Turner Field his home away from home, in an interview with Joe Mox. Jones was just one out of many members that shaped the Braves baseball team.

The new SunTrust Park will be more than just a baseball field, it will hold restaurants, shops and apartments. In addition there will be restaurants in the stadium, even one on field level. The Chophouse restaurant with be built behind outfield with a glass wall to give a view that the players see.

The Braves’ first game at SunTrust Park in 2017 will be a preseason game against the New York Yankees on March 31, while the first regular season game is scheduled for April 14 against the San Diego Padres.

According to the Braves’ website, the SunTrust Park will be the perfect marriage of classic ballpark feel, modern amenities and southern hospitality, creating a fan experience unlike any other. An intimate setting of 41,000 seats (20 percent smaller than Turner Field) will be designed to maximize sight lines, making every seat feel like the “best in the house.”

Sophomore Luke Schiller says, “Having my dad work on the board of the new park, I’ve had the opportunity to observe the park being built. I’m very excited for SunTrust Park, I think it will be a great edition to Atlanta and will make people want to come to the games. I think it is better than Turner Field in many ways, one being it is in a way more convenient area. It is also better because you don’t have to just come to the game and then leave. There is a new Avalon type of feel next to the stadium where you can hang out before and after the game. You also can just go there without actually going for the game.”

Junior Stewart Stamper says, “I am excited for it, however I don’t understand why we needed a new stadium. I loved everything about Turner Field”. Unlike Schiller, Stamper is not has excited for the new SunTrust Park, “I don’t think it will be better than Turner Field because there are so many memories and the atmosphere at turner field I feel like will be better”.

As the chapter closes on Turner Field, Braves fans look forward to the new SunTrust Park.

New Town Center Brings Excitement to Wesleyan

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The Peachtree Corners Town Center is in motion. The town center is planned to be built across from the Forum, by where Sprouts and Zoës Kitchen is located.

When interviewed, Jennifer Howard, the Volunteers Administrator of Peachtree Corners, said “The town center is going to begin construction in December and it is expected to take 18 months; so that means by spring 2018 we should see the town center finished.” The town center will hold restaurants, shops and an outdoor amphitheater. “[It will be] a family-friendly community,” Howard said.

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