Throughout life, people go through ups and downs. In America currently, and all around the globe, the world is going through a rough time all together. The coronavirus has become a pandemic that has spread throughout most of the world. It is a scary time that includes sadness, illness, death and a loss of hope. While quarantining is the best solution to stop the spread of the virus, it can get lonely and boring. This can often lead people to go into a dark place. The importance of staying positive and taking care of oneself is more important than ever, although, it is hard to do when people are stuck in their homes.
On Feb. 1, the Wesleyan high school students got to take a break from the stress of everyday life and school and enjoy a wonderful night at the Winter Dance. Students put on their best attire for the masquerade-themed Winter Dance and headed over to Hoover Gymnasium for a memorable night. The Winter Dance is always highly anticipated by the Wesleyan students. The boys took a break from the nerves of asking the girls to each high school dance, and the girls took their big chance to ask the boys. Student government spent copious amount of time planning and preparing the Winter Dance so it would be the best Winter Dance yet. After months of planning the dance, it had finally arrived, and students were eager for the masquerade ball. With the famed DJ Fat Snacks providing some awesome tunes on the dance floor, the lively photo booth, the delicious refreshments, and the mysterious table of masks, the students and faculty raved about the success of the dance.
With January being sex trafficking awareness month, Wesleyan wanted to spread awareness about the issue of sex trafficking through the Wesleyan School community. With the help of students and teachers, the school brought Eboni Belle, Director of Outreach and Operations at Street Grace, to come to Wesleyan and speak about sex trafficking. Belle talked about the grooming process, trafficker’s tactics, the “do’s and don’ts” and why being a careful and aware resident in Atlanta is crucial.
The lower school Passport Club is a parent-led club where lower school students are tested on their knowledge of geography. Students are challenged each month by having to learn about different countries around the world. The students are then tested according to their level and rewarded with a certain amount of world bucks depending on their accuracy. These world bucks are used at the World Market that takes place at the end of the year to buy toys and gadgets from the countries they studied throughout the year. This is a way that students can learn and be stimulated at the same time. Lower school parents, students and faculty are very involved and passionate about Passport Club, as this is the sixth year of the program at Wesleyan.
College Advising Assistant Dayna Thomson was one of the founders of the lower school Passport Club. The club started because Stephanie Powell, one of the three founders, became aware of a club in Hong Kong that was teaching kids about geography with the idea of using a passport to help them learn. She gathered up a few parents to help her come up with a way that this could be a part of Wesleyan School. It was modified and made specific to Wesleyan, and the Passport Club was then made.
A committee of six chairs, with the help of 20 parent volunteers makes Passport Club possible each month. Students from grades one to four participate in the club each month at different levels. Thomson was passionate about getting the club started because she knew this would be a fun and rewarding way for students to learn geography. She said, “The students learn that there is more to the world than Peachtree Corners, and they gain proficiency in geography. I think one of the biggest benefits is the students’ exposure to other cultures.”
As the fall season rolls around, and football season begins ramping up, people are getting excited for their Fantasy Football League by picking out their team name and thinking about who they want to draft. There are tons of Fantasy Football Leagues around the country, and there are also many leagues in the Wesleyan Community. Junior Bryce Masters, senior Carter Davis and Wesleyan parent Stephanie Powell are all part of a Fantasy Football League this year.
Junior Bryce Masters and his friends, Luke Carroll, Tanner Bivins, Matthew Morse, Hayden Morehouse, Beau Brown, Braden DeBow, Wyatt Hodges and JD Chipman are all part of a Fantasy Football League together this year. They have been preparing for this time of year to come and were eagerly ready to make their draft picks for this year’s league. For the drafting, they met up at Beau Brown’s house. Masters is projected to win the league so far, and some other dominant players in league are juniors Harrison Gracey and Beau Brown, but the season is not over quite yet. When asked if he thinks Fantasy Football is luck or talent, Masters said, “Mostly talent, with a little bit of luck involved. An important key is doing research before-hand and doing a few mock drafts.” When the time comes, the winner will get $135, second place $45 and third place $20. But now, what about the loser? The loser must go to Waffle House for 12 hours and must eat a waffle every single hour. Fantasy Football is one of Masters’ favorite past times in the fall, and he said his favorite parts about it are, “Watching NFL football, and it is also a fun little competition.” Keep Reading