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A Wesleyan Love Story

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Christian Stark, Class of 2015, is a man of many talents; some remember him as the Homecoming King, some for his athletic abilities, others for his winning smile, but his greatest attribute is his match-making expertise.

A match made in Wesleyan, the wedding that occured on Dec. 5th between Spanish teacher, Gabi Martinez, and Stark’s cousin, Cameron Grogan, would not have happened if Stark had not been certain that these two would be perfect for each other and would not stop until they knew that too.

Christian Stark was Martinez’s student in three different classes, and after getting to know her, he realized that he had the perfect man for her, his cousin. When a teenager sets two people up, it is usually just for fun, but unlike the usual high school set up, this relationship resulted in a marriage. Stark talked to Martinez during his free period, telling her that he had someone for her to meet. Stark says that Martinez was reluctant when he first introduced the idea, but Stark went along with his plan anyway. He told his cousin that there was a teacher that he should call and gave him Martinez’s phone number. Cousin called Martinez and set up a coffee date, and it “went well from there.”

Grogan decided to ask Martinez to marry him on Wesleyan’s campus because the people at Wesleyan played such a big role in Martinez’s life and in their story. Stark helped Grogan by bringing roses to Martinez’s classroom, saying that Grogan had dropped them off for her for Valentine’s Day. He then told her that there was another surprise waiting for her and that Martinez needed to follow him. Stark lead Martinez and her class up to the quad, where Grogan was waiting with a letter and a ring. After Martinez read his heartfelt letter, Grogan got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. The students exploded into cheers and cries for the happy couple, and a few student ran to the intercom to announce that “Mrs. Martinez just got engaged!” The engagement between Grogan and Martinez is a beautiful memory on Wesleyan’s campus.

The wedding took place on Dec. 5th on a magestical avocado grove in Florida, and Stark was a groomsman in the wedding. Martinez was a stunning bride to no surprise, and her and Grogan’s first dance as husband and wife was “You and I” by John Legend, sung by Martinez’s cousin, Enrique De Solo. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Grogan!

Finals Week Makes Students Shriek

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With finals week right around the corner, Wesleyan students prepare for the impact it entails. Students will soon begin to panic about the exams they will have to take in every academic class. The Green & Gold surveyed high school students on their thoughts on finals week and this is what they had to say:
How do you prepare for finals?
“I come home, place two chilled cucumbers over my eyes and enjoy one of mama Walton’s special Chardonnay popsicles. I then gather all my study notes and look over them while receiving a foot massage by placing our automatic Roomba vacuum over my bare feet.” Christopher Walton (12th)
“Typically I take finals week one day at a time. While I have reviewed for each class previously, I primarily use the day before the exam as my main study time. I try to go through each chapter/section, look over the notes, do a Quizlet and basically retake the test for each unit (or whatever time allows for).” Kelsey Rappe (10th)
“FAST Mentoring. Lots of FAST Mentoring” Spencer Sutlive (12th)
What stresses you out the most about finals?
“Nothing really— I have one rule, if I don’t know it by 10pm I’ll never learn it and I go to bed.” Kendall Dearth (12th)
“I think the thing that stresses me out the most is that the amount of material for each subject is overwhelming and the fear that you are going to forget a huge amount of the material for the test.” Lindsey Hayes (10th)
“That I have to spend so much time sitting still!!!”Anna Brown (12th)
Do you have any odd study habits that you believe help you perform better?
“I eat an entire large pack of chocolate covered pomegranates.” Kelsey Strott (11th)
“Basically Quizlet is my savior during exam week… Also group study halls are very helpful and much less boring.” Chloe Hangartner (9th)
“Go to QT around 4-5 times each day during finals week to refill my coffee.” Grant Frerking (11th)
“Read notes out loud to my dog.” Sydney Millikan (11th)
“I play music or build with Legos to destress myself every 45 minutes of studying.” Chapman Pendery (11th)

The Christian Life Theme Changes for the Month

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As the month of September faded into October, the Christian Life theme also changed. The theme for the month is “you are beloved.” Keep Reading

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