Varsity Wrestling Accomplishes Season Goal

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    Coaches Dennis Stromie and Buck Shiver watch during a practice. (Pictures by Brian Morgan)
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    Junior Callen Davidson dominates an opponent in a match. (Pictures by Brian Morgan)

Overcoming some adversity, the Varsity Wrestling team was able to accomplish their season goal of qualifying for the State Dual Champions Meet. They finished the regular season with a 22-4 record, and finished second in the Area Dual Tournament. Since top two in the area continue on to state, the Mat Wolves were able to accomplish that goal.

The team has not been to the meet in five years, and this is the first year since Head Coach Dennis Stromie took over the team that they have reached this far. On January 15th, the wrestling team competed in the State Dual Tournament. They wrestled Lovett first and lost 49-19 and then wrestled Jeff Davis and lost 40-31.

When asked what stands out to him so far this season, Stromie said “The injuries the team have had. We have had to overcome a number of injuries, but we are healthy now.” The Wolves still managed to have an impressive season.

There is still a lot more wrestling as the State Qualifying individual tournament starts February 11th and continues through the 13th. After that the qualifiers go to sectionals and then to state. The team has many hopefuls including Juniors William Delk and Chapman Pendery and Seniors Chase Kelly and Haydon Koch.

All of the wrestlers were very excited about achieving this year’s goal. Sophomore Ben Connor says “Coach Stromie told us the first day that our goal was to qualify for state. We were all so happy that we completed that goal!” Many wrestlers consider this season a personal success as well. Connor says “Individually, I would count this season so far as a success because of the improvements I’ve made throughout the season.”

The Wolves look to place a number of individuals in the state meet. The Traditional State Championship takes place at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. Good luck to them for the rest of the season.

Senior Spotlight

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Senior Spotlight:

Carter Gravitt:

1. What colleges are you applying to? Baylor, TCU, Furman and UGA.
2. What were you involved with in high school? Theater, XC, Peer Leadership and Footsie Foursquare Club.
3. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Marti Duke, in second grade.
4. What is your most embarrassing moment? In 7th grade, I was home alone and after taking a shower, I remembered I left some clothes in my parent’s car. Thinking no one would see if I quickly slipped outside in the nude, I opened the door to find an elderly old woman looking for my father. Needless to say, I wasn’t quite what she was expecting. She slammed the door in my face and screamed about how “lost this generation is”.
5. What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? Studied for tests. Probably wouldn’t have gotten deferred from Georgia if I did.
6. What is the theme song to your life? “I’ve Got the World on a String” by Frank Sinatra.
7. If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Jonathan Koch. First, if you think he doesn’t teach here anymore, you simply aren’t looking hard enough. Second, never in my life have I seen a man with a better sock and tie game. Absolutely unparalleled.
8. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? Some sunglasses, Margot Robbie, and a pair of Chubbies swim trunks.
9. What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? There are three different places I could be. I will either be looking for different theater productions to be a part of in New York, be working for a sports broadcasting company in the city I went to college in and be the play by play announcer for that school’s football team, or have won the lottery and be living with my wife and two dogs in the largest house in Cumming, GA.
10. Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? Find out who told Donald Trump that running for president was a good idea and hit him with a truck. Then I would do everything on the bucket list that myself and Andrew Sabonis-Chafee made.

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Open House Impresses Prospective Wesleyan Families

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    Freshman ambassadors giving prospective families a tour in the Lower School. photo credit: Chelsey Derks
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    Headmaster, Chris Cleveland, giving a speech about Wesleyan at the open house. photo credit: Chelsey Derks
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    Prospective families walking to their next destination on the tour. photo credit: Chelsey Derks

All of the prospective Wesleyan families were extremely impressed with the school following Wesleyan’s Open House; the day was a monumental success. On Saturday, Jan. 9th, Wesleyan hosted an open house for prospective families to tour the school in order to observe what Wesleyan is all about. Wesleyan’s goal was to impress these families so that the parents may decide to send their children to Wesleyan. Based on the feedback following the open house, Wesleyan reached and exceeded this goal.

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Three Cities. Two Locations. One Heartbeat

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Students flocked from near and far to the 2016 Passion Conference to kick off the new year. The annual passion conference took place on January 2-4th. The conference is a Christian gathering of eighteen to twenty five year old high school seniors and college students who participate in worship, listen to renowned speakers and join community groups with new faces from all across the world.

This year, Passion’s motto was “3 locations. 2 cities. One heartbeat.” Students gathered in both Philips Arena and Infinite Energy Arena in Atlanta and at the Toyota Center in Houston. Every sermon took place in an individual arena and was lived streamed to the others so it was live for everyone at all times. Famous Christian artists such as Rend Collective, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Lecrae, the Passion band and many others traveled to each arena to perform.

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South Africans Join Wesleyan Community

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Who exactly are these South Africans that became part of Wesleyan’s family this past month anyway? Tegan Pienaar and Jess Otter joined the Wesleyan community temporarily in the month of January to attend the Passion Conference.

Tegan has been to Atlanta three times now, while Jess experienced Atlanta for the first time. Students Hannah Cook, Rebekah Middlebrooks and Lolly Zimmerman opened their homes to these South Africans during their stay in Atlanta. When asked about Atlanta, Otter said, “Atlanta is a great place to come and visit. There are so many cool things to see and good food to eat.”

While in Atlanta, Otter experienced not only the Passion Conference, but also Chick-Fil-A for the first time. Although her travel partner, Tegan, is not a fan, she expressed how much she enjoyed it and how often she ate it. Ponce City Market was also a common spot to find Otter, shopping and exploring the more in-town parts of the city.

Tegan had less to see, considering it was his third time visiting, but he still did many new and cool things. Book of Mormon at the Fox Theatre was a highlight for Tegan. After the show, Tegan was thorough in explaining the excellence of the show. Tegan also had the opportunity to speak at Wesleyan again in the Friday morning chapel. Speaking about the theme of the month, “You are Redeemed”, Tegan put a spin on the Gospel that challenged many to reevaluate their lives.

Although they had to leave after a long stay, there will be many more visits to come from these two. When wrapping up the trip, Tegan said, “Wesleyan is always lekka (good) at showing Southern Hospitality. We are both so thankful for this trip and hope to rejoin our Wesleyan family soon.”  Jess was quick to agree that America exceeded her expectations.

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