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Presidential Candidates Making Things Interesting

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With a required Government class, Wesleyan students have been learning about the Presidential campaign that is beginning to gather attention in the media. With candidates constantly changing status, the race is “up for grabs” for any candidate. From Trump to Clinton, the field of candidates is deep with different views. Keep Reading

New Lower School Programs Emphasize Hands-On Learning

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Since its founding in 1963, Wesleyan has grown in various ways. Campus expansion, new programs, new students and teachers and changes in policy are all a part of making Wesleyan the best it can be each year. Recently, the school has been focused on specific improvements in the Lower School. These developments include new programs called the Passport Club and the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Lab as well as a discipleship program. Keep Reading

D.C. United is Back

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    The D.C. United members ecstatic after their 11-1 win.

D.C. United is taking over the recreational soccer league. They are kicking off the season right with their 11-1 win in their very first game.

The members of D.C. United are seniors Abraaz Khan, Caroline Hodges, Anna Mosley, Austin Pack, Bennett Stamper, Christopher Walton, Clay Tyler, Haydon Koch, JT Eigel, Leo Mateu, Martin He, Megan Williams, William Schneider and team captain, Grant Sauer; juniors Alex Turner, Eric Panther and Nick Eversbusch. The team is coached by Land Bridgers, Greg Lisson and Ellie Hall, and cared for by their team mom, senior Marti Duke. Keep Reading

Homecoming Dance a Success; King and Queen Announced

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The 2015 Homecoming Dance got off to a great start thanks to the DJs, Trevor Bramblett and Jonathan Pickens. As the night went on, the music intensified—starting with swing dancing music, and progressing to more upbeat, modern music.

Freshmen had various expectations prior to the dance. When asked about his anticipations for the dance, freshman, Andrew Pridgen said, “My expectations were for the dance to be crowded, but a lot of fun. My expectations were definitely met; I had tons of fun, and my favorite part was hanging out with my friends for the whole night.”

Like Pridgen, freshman, Ansley Cotter, said, “I’d have to say my expectations were pretty high, since I had heard a lot of talk about how amazing the dance was from the other grades, and my expectations were definitely met! I had so much fun dancing with friends, and the music was great. That night will certainly be one I’ll remember for a long time! My favorite part was probably when the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song remix came on, which was a special surprise.”

However, some ninth graders had lower expectations, like freshman, Annie Cowart, who said, “I had pretty low expectations for the dance. The only thing that I was actually excited for was dressing up and the DJ’s because I saw pictures beforehand and…” The freshmen girls agree with Cowart on how cute the DJs were, based on their Instagrams. Cowart was pleasantly surprised after the dance, saying, “My expectations were blown away at the actual dance part because of the music. The DJ’s were amazing and played really cool music the whole time, and it was really fun jumping around all night.”

The seniors were also excited about how fun the dance was. This was their fourth and final Homecoming Dance, and many said it was the best one yet. Senior, Chandler Marsh, said, “The dance was awesome, it was my favorite homecoming dance that we have ever had. The DJs were really hot and really good which made the dance even better. I liked it more this year because all of our grade was really into it which made it even more fun.”

On Friday, September 18th, seniors, Kylie Reed and Tucker Cannon, were announced as the 2015 Homecoming Queen and King. When asked about their experiences on Friday, Reed said, “It was a really fun night. I was so excited, and I’m glad I got to share that experience with my dad and friends. Definitely a night worth remembering!” and Cannon said, “It was cool to receive that kind of recognition from my high school peers. I loved sharing the moment with my sister who came back from Alabama to escort me. It was really special because I escorted her last year when she was on the court. Winning the football game also made it ten times better.” Congratulations Kylie and Tucker!

Kylie Reed and Tucker Cannon after being announced Homecoming Queen and King.
Kylie Reed and Tucker Cannon after being announced Homecoming Queen and King. Photo by Brian Morgan.

The 2015 Homecoming Court included freshmen, Lexi Jerding and Stevie Crawford, sophomores, Kat Hughes and Josh Payne, juniors, Abby Gardner and Bailey Renfroe, and seniors, Maggie Borbone, Sheridan Davenport, Anna Mosley, Elizabeth Ostwalt, Kylie Reed, Tucker Cannon, JT Eigel, Tyler Harper, Ryan Hughes and Abrazz Khan.

New Policies at Work

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As Wesleyan students and faculty roam the hallways, they might notice some things that would have raised some red flags last year. From eating in the hallway to rocking the K-Swiss, students are experiencing a plethora of new freedoms introduced by this year’s new policies. For those of you who are wondering why these changes came about, look no further. The Green and Gold staff has done the research and has all the answers.

The Green and Gold staff sat down in an interview with high school dean, Joseph Koch, to ask him about the new school policies. Some of the new policies we discussed were food and drink, additions to the dress code, and the new student lounge. Koch told us about how he, along with all the division heads and headmaster, Chris Cleveland, came to their conclusions. When asked about the new food and drink policy, Koch described that they are now allowing food and drink in the hall2k-swiss-classicway as long as students can clean up after themselves, and that they are giving teachers the discretion to enforce their own food and drink policy in their classroom. Koch went on to describe his reasoning behind changing this rule saying, “There are a lot of signs that talk about nutrition for students, and under the old policy I started to notice the trend that kids would only eat during advisory and would almost always eat junk food. As teachers, we are concerned with the health and well-being of the students. Allowing students to eat and drink outside of lunch enables them to eat more food, and more importantly, eat healthier food. It also teaches students to be good people and good stewards of Wesleyan and the world, which is a lifelong skill.”

Koch also described all of the new uniform additions this year, including the pea coat, the down jacket, and of course, the K-Swiss sneakers. He was excited that the new selection of clothes covers all weather seasons. He explained that Middle School Dean of Students, James Greco was the one who came up with the K-Swiss idea, and they liked it because it provided a shoe for injured students that still went with their uniform. Koch also discussed the new rules that come with the new student lounge saying, “The new lounge has new rules because of the new location and the TV. Students are expected to clean up after themselves and to follow the no video game rule. Allowing video games will make the lounge turn into a basement, when it is meant to be a place where students can do their work. The channels that the TV will be streaming are CNN, FOX, and ESPN.”

Many of these new policies have already taken their place in the Wesleyan community. Many students are “rockin’ the K-Swiss”, wearing the down jacket, and are already getting their pea coats ready for the winter. Even more students are now confidently walking the halls with a coffee or Chick-Fil-A cup in hand without fear of being caught by teachers. Students are definitely taking advantage of the new policies this year.

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