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Safe Schools Initiative introduces anti-bullying campaign Parents, alumni and community members meet to raise awareness for bullying in community By Caitlin Kahaly News Editor The Safe Schools Initiative hosted an Anti-Bullying Night in the Walpole High School auditorium on Oct. 29 for the community to recognize, prevent and combat bullying both inside and outside of the classroom. Andrew Zitoli—Walpole High alumnus, principal of Kennedy Middle School in Natick and facilitator of the Safe Schools Initiative—gave a presentation that discussed a variety of concerns regarding bullying such as how to spot bullying, how to stand up to a bully and how to prevent bullying. Throughout the presentation, members of the community could ask questions, make personal statements and contribute cohesively to the discussion overall. “We’d like to make a townwide, as well as a school-wide, antibullying campaign that can eventually morph into the topic of other issues,” Zitoli said. “The strongest anti-bullying campaign involves students, faculty, parents and the community at-large.” The Safe Schools Initiative
was established last spring and is a committee run by the Walpole School Committee and Superintendent Lincoln Lynch to respond to the instances of bullying in the community and to spread awareness of such instances. The goals of the Safe Schools Initiative are primarily to respond and support students experiencing bullying, prevent such experiences from reoccurring and to recognize the importance of having socially and emotionally healthy young adults in the school system, according to the Parent-School subcommittee chair Nancy Gallivan. The Safe Schools Initiative is comprised of four different subcommittees: Data and Reporting, Walpole Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan, Communication, and Parent-School groups, all of which are dedicated to specific aspects of bullying. Each subcommittee has one chairperson and several parent volunteers. The subcommittees run independently from each other, in that they run their own meetings and organize their own affairs. Each group generally meets once a month to discuss their individual agenda.
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Subcommittee chairperson Bridget Gough shows the Safe Schools website to parents.
In terms of overall reactions of parents and the community, the Safe School meetings are stimulating conversation on how to move forward with anti-bullying efforts. “I would say that differences of opinions still exist, but in my opinion, everyone that I have met with is sincerely trying to work in a productive way to improve the future for the best interests of students,” Gallivan said. The four subcommittees anticipate extending their work to all schools in the community in efforts of building leaders and leadership programs for students.
As for the high school’s individual effort to contribute to a community-wide anti-bullying effort, faculty will continue undergoing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) training and encourage the community to work inclusively with the school district to combat this issue. “We fight bullying by promoting the idea that everyone should be treated properly. Our core values, our PRIDE values, are just one strand of how we are able to promote that. And most importantly, we address things when they happen,” Walpole High School Principal Stephen Imbusch said.
Seniors vote in midterm election for the first time
High school students perform their civic duty as the next generation of voters By Jess Ferguson Editor-in-Chief During the 2014 midterm election, millennials made up 53 percent of registered voters but still cast 21 million fewer votes than the Baby Boomers and Silent Generation, according to USA Today. The 2018 midterm election on Nov. 6 marked a pivotal point for young voters: 31 percent of eligible voters aged 18-29 voted in 2018, 10 percent higher than in 2014, according to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. This year, several Walpole High seniors had the opportunity to vote for the first time. “I felt super proud after I handed in my ballot and got that sticker. I did my civic duty,” senior Ava Straccia said. “It’s super important that we step up and vote because we are the future, and our voices should be heard. If we have the power to make our opinions known, we should definitely do it.” Recently, organizations have been pushing for young people to register and vote because of the issues that will affect them in coming years. On National Voter Registration Day (Sept. 25), students in Jamie O’Leary’s International Relations classes spread the importance of voting to others. Her Period 1 class created posters with ballot information that were put up in the hall-
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Senior Hailey Lowenstein voted in the midterm election on Nov. 6 at Fisher School.
ways, and her Period 8 class encouraged students to register during lunch. “Doing a voter registration drive and informing others of the ballot questions, even if it’s on a small scale, sells the idea that it can be really easy to be politically involved. You can have a big influence on somebody from just spending a few minutes and doing very little work on your end,” O’Leary said. “Even though the majority of the school can’t vote, I think it’s really important to remind everyone that they do have a political voice.” Encouraging people to vote extends outside of Massachusetts as well: after remaining politically silent for the majority of her career, singer Taylor Swift made an Instagram post to her 112 million, primarily young, fol-
lowers and encouraged them to register and vote. In the post, she endorsed her support for Democratic politicians Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper in the primarily Republican state of Tennessee. The post garnered over 2.1 million likes, and the registration website linked in the post—vote.org—reported 65,000 new registrations in the 24 hours after it was posted, according to the New York Post. “I think the increase of encouragement online is incredible and has had a huge impact,” senior Griffin Wilkins said. “Personally for me, it gave me information on the people running for office in Massachusetts. Since we are always on our phones, it is so effective that we are always seeing these messages, and young people are way more likely to vote if they know their
favorite celebrity is voting as well.” Additionally, websites like Facebook have encouraged users to vote through linking registration websites and encouraging users to share that they have voted or registered. Spotify also curated a state-specific playlist entitled “Get vocal, Massachusetts!” for listeners “take to the polls” and included a link to inform voters of their polling location. “I think that politics’ online presence has had a positive change,” O’Leary said. “The Massachusetts Secretary of State has really actively tried to get online voting and online voter registration to be a tool that young people can utilize. Any time you make it easier for people to register, they’re a lot more likely to vote.” Walpole’s senior class represents the newest generation of voters and political voices for the country. They comprise what is now the largest voting bloc, according to Rock the Vote, a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to engage young voters. “I remember going with my mom when I was little, and finally being able to go was really cool. It made me feel like I was actually making a difference,” Wilkins said. “We will decide the future of our country. The world says no? Well, the kids do too, and finally we are at the age where we can let our voices be heard.”
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Green Team sees a boost in popularity Club expands this year to promote environmental changes By Ashley Kuropatkin Assistant News Editor This year, Walpole High School’s Green Team has grown in size and popularity to spread the message of improving the environment. This year, the number of members expanded from five to over 30, its greatest amount in team history. The team is run by all juniors: president Thomas Knoth alongside co-vice presidents Rohit Josyula and Nathan Shnaider. “Surprisingly, this is not a new group at all,” Shnaider said. “It has been active for many years, but never took off. I had the vision to develop the team into something more than just taking out the recycling.” Karen Baumgartner, a teacher in the special education department, is the club director and helps to schedule events and supply the team. The Green Team was originally created in 2009 to promote a healthy relationship between students and nature. “I have always been an advocate for improving the environment, and my inspiration for joining was because of the pollution and lack of recycling,” Josyula said. Many students were motivated to join this club for a variety of reasons, including the vast amount of community service hours offered. Additionally, an ultimate goal for the members is to spread the word about caring for the environment based on personal expe-
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Sophomore Amy Gordon and junior Matt Ferraro participate in the forest cleanup on Oct. 20.
rience, such as junior Jenifer Atallah. “I was inspired to join the Green Team due to the constant pollution I have witnessed throughout the world,” Atallah said. “I often travel to Lebanon, a country that has not yet adopted a system for garbage collection, so I have seen many natural landscapes destroyed by plastic and artificial waste.” The team collaborates with the town to strengthen and preserve the Walpole community. Part of the team’s funding is from the textile recycling located on the school’s property. Robin Chapell—the Health Director for the Board of Health—and her environmental committee members have also offered to help with the team’s funding as they paid for club T-shirts. The team is also partnered with the Walpole Recycling Committee, and both groups want to ultimately inform others about the importance of the environment.
“I was inspired by the dedication of my friends to such a neglected but important aspect of care for the school,” Knoth said. “I hope to gain a better understanding of how people take care of their trash and recycling and how the club can change it for the better, for our planet—starting at our school.” The Green Team collaborates with other clubs as well. They have already participated in a forest cleanup on Oct. 20, after the school’s annual Pink Walk run by student council. As for the future, the team hopes to also grow a garden and make a film about recycling and the Green Team as a whole. “By participating in the Green Team, I have the experience of helping to make a difference in my school and community,” Shnaider said. “I know that I’ve helped to make a positive lasting impact in not only my members, but all of the students at Walpole High School.”
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Members of the three clubs break into groups to discuss microaggressions in the halls.
Students from the Feminism Club, the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) and Students For Equality (SFE) joined together on Oct. 11 to discuss microaggressions—hostile or derogatory language that perpetuates marginalization of groups of people—in the hallways of Walpole High that affect people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community and women. “Today is important to me because I think the issue of inclusive language and avoiding microaggressions in our speech is not one we talk enough about,” Feminism Club adviser Jamie O’Leary said. “I want to hear from students to see if they think [such language] is a problem and how it is a problem.” Led by O’Leary, GSA adviser Ashley Prickel-Kane and SFE adviser Bailey Tighe, students gathered in the auditorium seats for a quick overview about the definition of a microaggression. After, they broke into small groups,
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where they discussed individual issues relating to language in the hallways of the school environment. “I was there as a member of the Feminism Club to talk with members of the GSA and Students For Equality to discuss an agenda for peace and equality in the Walpole High School community,” senior Erin Mouradian said. Mouradian founded the Feminism Club with senior Lily Ahmed last March. The topic for discussion at the joint group meeting was how derogatory language is used in the school environment, and how finding a solution is overlooked. Once broken into smaller discussion groups, students shared what they hope to accomplish in the future. With responses varying from creating an informational pamphlet for teachers so they can deal with such a situation to educating students themselves, the student leader coalition addressed the changes they desire to bring to Walpole High and how these changes could occur in the school community in the upcoming year.
“We as a society have fallen into the mindset that it is acceptable for us to tell other people how we think they are. It is none of our business. They know who they are and even if they don’t, they don’t need [other students] to tell them. They just need [people] to be there and accept them for who they are when they decide who they are,” sophomore and GSA member Cate Lightbody said. In addition to discussing language and its effects in the school, students saw similarities in Walpole High’s new core values of PRIDE: Positivity, Respect, Integrity, Drive, Empathy. “I think [the meeting] demonstrates PRIDE, and especially respect. A lot of people, at least who I have interacted with so far, have been showing a lot of positivity in their interactions with each other and their drive to make the school a better place,” senior Allison Millette, a member of GSA and Feminism Club, said. For the future, the groups plan on meeting again to discuss issues to a greater extent in hope of giving a voice to those who stand against discrimination of any kind, while addressing issues that exist at Walpole High but have not yet been addressed. The student leader coalition is planning on another meeting on the upcoming PRIDE Day on Nov. 21 and is accepting anyone that is interested in joining. “I am here today to be part of a community who is trying to change the culture, the language of Walpole High School,” senior and SFE member Javon Jackson said.
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SEPTEMBER WINNERS SENIOR Rachael Smith I would like to nominate Rachael Smith for Student of the Month for September. Rachael enters class each day with an infectious smile and positive attitude that brightens everyone’s day. She also embodies many of the qualities that our school should recognize and promote. Rachael is accepting of people, friendly, and she shows a great deal of empathy when asked to write about a topic that might be unfamiliar to her. Additionally, Rachael does her schoolwork in a consistent and caring manner that makes her a leader by example. For all of these reasons, Rachael Smith is deserving of the title: Student of the Month. -Mr. Balkus JUNIOR Sophia Pacella Sophia is very interested in Marketing and it shows by her classroom participation. She questions what we are learning and frequently provides her own input when we are discussing new topics. -Mr. Murphy SOPHOMORE Gina Destito Gina is a bright ray of sunshine every day in class. She is genuinely curious about French and she comes to class eager to learn. Gina is an outstanding example of each of the school’s PRIDE values. -Mr. McCluskey FRESHMAN Maggie Singer Maggie has started off with a 97 average. She is a hard worker, meticulous about her homework, participates in class and works very well with her group. Maggie is a blue print of what we want our students to be every day. She comes to class with a smile on her face and always greets me with a “hello” and thanks me when she leaves. Whenever I ask for students to come up to the board, Maggie always volunteers no matter how hard the problem. She has a great attitude and gives forth a great effort and those are two things I want all of my students to possess. Maggie is a pleasure to have in class. -Mr. St. Martin
ACTIVITY AWARD Lauren Gusmini
Lauren volunteered over the summer to hang out with some of the students in the Best Buddies program. She welcomes all students to sit with her at lunch. Lauren forms meaningful friendships with all students helping them make connections at Walpole High School.
CLASS OF THE MONTH I would like to recognize my Period 1 Geometry Class. After brushing off the summer cobwebs with their first quiz, this class has really stepped it up with almost every student earning
at least 80% on the next couple of quizzes, showcasing their Algebra skills as well as their understanding of Geometric con-
cepts. The students participate enthusiastically in class. In fact
two students volunteered to teach part of the lesson one day with each handling 3 of the 6 problems. They called on their classmates for responses and did an excellent job answering my
questions when I played the role of the confused student. Ev-
ery student was engaged in the lesson. This class is a pleasure
to teach. I proudly nominate this group for class of the month. -Ms. K. Milne
COMMUNITY MEMBERS OF THE MONTH Ethan Kelley, Morgan Kelley, Javon Jackson and Ava Straccia
Ethan, Morgan, Javon and Ava came to back to school night to speak with the freshman parents about their high school experiences. They did an amazing job sharing the activities they are involved with and giving advice to the class of 2022. We are so impressed by how they have navigated high school and are so appreciative of their time.
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Social media users should embrace authentic pictures The takeover of body-altering photos sets a dangerous precedent for teenagers Photo/ instagram.com
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By Molly O’Connell Editor-in-Chief In 2013, Lightricks released the app, Facetune. The app, originally intended to slightly alter photos by changing the lighting or covering up blemishes, has recently spearheaded the surge of heavily altered photos posted on apps like Instagram. The new beauty standard that these apps create taints teenagers’ views of how they should look and provides them with inauthentic
role models to look up to. Subsequently, teenagers growing up in an era where social media is so prevalent in their lives should both detect and ignore such unrealistic pictures, as well as avoid using these types of apps themselves. Many celebrities have been involved in scandals involving them editing their bodies or falling victim to their distorted bodies. Celebrities such as actress Zendaya have spoken out in the past in opposition to their bodies photoshopped by magazines
to match societal beauty standards. “I was shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated. These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have,” Zendaya captioned in a comparison post of the original versus the retouched pictures for Modeliste Magazine. With apps like Facetune, social media users can subtly distort their bodies—such as slimming their waist, shrinking their stomach or altering their face shape—to conform to society’s beauty standards. Since users compete for likes, comments and reposts, many social media users seek these apps to conceal any insecurities or self-assessed weaknesses that they may possess. As a result, a simple photo can be transformed into something so flawless that it hardly looks natural. The people who then view that photo may compare their own bodies to the altered and artificial body of the person who posted the picture. The viewer may feel insecure and resort to using these apps themselves, thus continuing the endless cycle of social media users comparing themselves to unrealistic bodies they see on social media. The use of these apps sets a dangerous precedent for teenagers who consider social media influencers and celebrities their role models, and subsequently they look up and compare themselves to these figures, yet they are not showcasing their authentic selves online. To combat this problem, social media users should revert to embracing authentic
pictures rather than feeling the need to heavily edit them after being inundated with the impractical standard upon anu scroll. We must embrace our flaws and allow these natural imperfections to define who we are, rather than trying to change them for the sake of a few positive comments or more likes than usual. We should not allow social media influencers that receive millions of likes for a heavily altered post of themselves in a bikini in front of an exotic location set the precedent for the types of pictures that are deemed popular on social media. However, these alterations are often not distinguishable, which allows a multitude of heavily altered images to go undetected by others users. CEO of Lightricks agrees with this idea: “Social media is not a reality show, it’s a director’s cut of your life. Some people are more successful in creating that director’s cut than others,” Zeev Farbman said. Each cut that we display on social media is unique to us. A social media user should not feel pressured to slim their body simply because society views these photos as popular. An abundance of likes on an altered photo does not mean that we should conform to such standards. Social media should be a platform for spreading positivity and embracing one’s authentic self. However, users of social media must not allow these standards to influence the types of pictures they post. Instead of perpetuating this pattern of seemingly perfect posts on social media, users should instead embrace authentic pictures that include their insecurities.
As a contentious society, we need to find common ground Jubilee Media’s YouTube series “Middle Ground” is an outline for societal improvement By Catherine Hurwitz Entertainment Editor Ever since I can remember, I have been surrounded by family and friends who are on different political sides, and I have therefore been stuck in the middle of both sides. I am a very independent thinker, believing in both societal improvement and tradition. I believe in pacifism and never starting a fight; I believe in saving every one of my pennies in my bank account. In public, I am afraid to speak my political opinion, and in general, I am terrified to conform to one side. I believe that as a society, we should reflect the climate in Jubilee Media’s YouTube series, “Middle Ground.” Jubilee makes human-centric videos that challenge conventional thinking, bridge people together and inspire love. “Middle Ground” brings a group of people from opposing sides together to have a group discussion. Some groups are political, like immigrants and Trump supporters, pro-gun and anti-gun and prochoice and pro-life. Other shows have other types like meat eaters and vegans, Millennials and Baby Boomers and graduates and dropouts. The two opposing sides come into the room together without knowing who is on each side. They are then broken up into their groups on either end of the room and are given a statement. If they agree with the statement, they join together in the mid-
dle of the room to discuss. More often than not, members of opposing sides mutually agree with each other and have a discussion based on what they have in common and if there are possible solutions. The positivity in “Middle Ground” is an exception to the majority of shows in the media. Arguments and extreme judgement are circulating around the media, and have been for years. The Tucker Carlson show on Fox features the conservative Carlson who speaks about a trending issue with a salient liberal. It is clear that Carlson is a good listener. It is just that he listens for the wrong reasons. Instead of finding a way that he agrees with the other person to gain a new perspective, Carlson listens for their faults and blatantly calls them out. The two opposing sides interrupt each other and raise their voices. Whenever I see this type of arguing, I always think of Mark Twain’s famous quote: “never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.” The political turbulence does not make one side look better than the other. Ironically, it makes both sides look like the fools, because nobody ever wins an argument. As a society, we need to reflect the climate of “Middle Ground” rather than talk shows like the Tucker Carlson show. For the most part, people are opinionated in one way because that is what society tells them to do. Putting labels on people—that
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YouTube series “Middle Ground” discusses issues with people of opposing political beliefs.
do not even need to be political— just divides our world in times that we need to come together to find solutions. Especially in today’s world where social media drives everyday lives, people say their opinions without acknowledging other people’s feelings in the process. Our world is more than just black and white, right and wrong. There is a gray area reserved for discussion. If we can focus on what we agree and listen respectfully to the other side, we can peacefully solve problems and live in unity. With the recent election on Nov. 6, many disagreements arose over candidates and ballot questions among the Republican and Democratic parties. In a perfect world, we would get rid of the two-party system. Some people may say that the twoparty system allows people to sort out common beliefs into two groups in order to have a fair competition.
Yes, competitions are important in a capitalist country. However, getting rid of the two-party system would force people to research candidates instead of blindly voting for one party based on what people around them believed in growing up. The two-party system does not encourage friendly competition. It encourages hate—the kind of hate that makes people like me afraid to speak my opinions in public. There are sides from both parties with which I agree, but when I hear brutal arguing between the parties, I am automatically turned away. We are humans who want the best for the world, and we all have opinions on how to solve the world’s problems. The best way to change the world is to change our habits and collaborate instead of compete. We need to look for the gray area and find our common ground.
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By Jess Ferguson Editor-in-Chief Students often say, “I’m probably going to community college because I won’t get in anywhere else” or pass judgment on a student attending community college. While many students decide to attend a traditional, four-year university, that option is not possible or preferable for others. Community college gets stigmatized as being for those who are not as intelligent as others; however, it is actually a viable option for many students and should be more highly regarded. An estimated 2 in 3 high school graduates enrolled in a four-year
university, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, implying that the majority of graduates go on to get their bachelor’s degree. And while that might be true, students should not feel pressured to do the same solely based upon what society views as an ideal path— four years of college, graduate school, then a career. Students need to evaluate what is most reasonable for them and whether attending a traditional college is in their best interest based on factors such as income, career choice and interest in a standard educational setting. For instance, if a student is interested in becoming a plumber— a career that does not require a college degree—he or she could either
go straight into the profession but could also take classes at a local community college to further their knowledge on the topic. Community colleges can provide students who do not need a bachelor’s degree with real-life skills, connections with experienced professors in the field and a greater knowledge on the topic without spending a substantial amount of money. Massachusetts is recognized among the top 10 most expensive states to attend college, with a projected state university tuition of over $10,000, according to the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. While financial aid and scholarships do make college more affordable for lowincome families, many still struggle to pay for it; in fact, of the 57 percent of surveyed students accepted to their top college, 62 percent did not attend due to costliness, according to Forbes. Clearly, the decision of where to attend college comes down to more than just grades but rather cost; therefore, students may decide to attend community colleges because they are a more affordable alternative. The average tuition for two years of community college in Massachusetts is $5,252, according to collegecalc.org, nearly half the price of Massachusetts state universities and making community college a more feasible option for many, not something to be ashamed of. Community colleges are more similar to traditional, four-year universities than many may assume, and there are even unique components to community college that universities do not offer. Similar to universities, the majority of community college professors have either a master’s or doctoral degree in their field, which disproves
the widely-believed stigma that community colleges are not as academically rigorous. Additionally, although universities boast a wide array of clubs, sports and opportunities for student bonding, larger community colleges such as MassBay in Wellesley do offer year-round sports teams, internship services and clubs like student government. Community college students can still have a chance at “the college experience,” contrary to popular belief. Furthermore, community colleges even allow students to have more flexibility; since students do not live on campus, they can still live at home and save money through doing so. Community colleges typically offer more night classes than universities do, which allows students to have jobs or internships during the day, something that university students may be unable to do because of their class schedules. For students who prefer smaller class sizes as opposed to university lecture halls with hundreds of students, community colleges are a strong option, as most classes at Middlesex Community College in Bedford have approximately 23 students, according to their website. With a smaller class size, students have a better relationship with not only their professors but also their classmates—which is nearly impossible with a 300-student lecture—and can create job connections and professional relationships. Students should not feel pressured to attend a four-year university due to societal pressures, so educators, students and families need to work together to destigmatize community colleges and provide more education on them for students unsure of their future endeavors.
Personal finance should be more of priority in high schools Students must be more financially informed to better prepare them for the future By Molly O’Connell Editor-in-Chief After a short four years, high schoolers are ready to take on whatever challenges lie ahead. After many students attend college, they are finally free from the pressures that pervade their lives—studying, upholding social lives, all while maintaining sanity. Although recent graduates may think that they finally can manage their money however they wish, an immense amount of debt—averaging $37,172 per student, according to Debt.org—consumes many students after college. High school students do not have a sufficient idea of how to properly manage their money and just how that lack of financial knowledge can impact their future. Therefore, personal finance should be more of a priority in high school, as it teaches crucial lessons about financial responsibility and how to remain financially responsible in the years following graduation. Many students do not enroll in a personal finance class, but with the addition of the extra period this school year, there is more room in students’ schedules to take a variety of business classes. Walpole High school offers business classes including Personal Finance, Accounting, Marketing, En-
trepreneurship and Computer Applications. Personal finance is currently offered as a full-year elective open to all students with the primary focus of equipping students with sufficient career and money management skills for after high school. They cover topics such as budgeting, credit, taxes, insurance and saving and investing. Many students do have some experience handling money, but only on a limited scale. Informing students how to handle money on a larger scale is the basis of personal finance. While a mandatory personal finance class certainly will not guarantee individual personal financial responsibility, it is surely
an improvement the current system: Massachusetts has no requirements for teaching financial literacy at the high school level. Financing one’s education is a pivotal aspect of the college application process. Students should not be expected to accept, or even apply for, financial aid if they do not even know what exactly that means. Students must understand the rudimentary basics of the terms of their offers to gauge the value of one university versus another. W h e n choosing a college, students must understand the importance of selecting one where they will be financially stable upon graduation. They should refrain from drowning Photo/ Eva Clarke in debt and loans accumulated from ill-informed decisions at the beginning of the college process. Yet, many high school students do not quite grasp
that their post-graduation earnings may be limited; therefore, managing their earnings is imperative. According to Business Insider, an estimated 93 percent of high school seniors who took a personal finance class were more likely to save money, and 60 percent of those students now have a budget. Therefore, introducing prevalent aspects of being a financially stable adult, such as a credit score, to high schoolers sooner rather than later is a wise idea, for they will gain insight on aspects of their adult life that are not too far ahead in the future. Decisions that high school students all eventually will make—choosing a college, choosing a career, buying a house—all require financial awareness that personal finance provides. Students should be more proactive in seeking these business classes, and Walpole High School should consider requiring such classes to educate oblivious teens. High schoolers will soon be on their way to start a new era of their lives: an era with both freedom and responsibility. However, that responsibility may come with a feeling of being ill-prepared. As a result, Walpole High School students and staff should be more involved in ensuring that students are more informed financially before leaving high school.
Students connect with family culture on Thanksgiving WHS students combine traditional Thanksgiving recipes with traditions unique to their culture Photo/ Ava Jingozian
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Senior Harry Katsaros embraces both American and Greek culture with his family.
By Jess Ferguson Editor-in-Chief Year after year, Americans indulge in the same foods over and over: turkey and stuffing and potatoes and cranberry sauce. However, some Walpole High students have dishes at their Thanksgiving tables that connect with their family’s heritage and put a cultured twist on a traditionally American holiday. This year, consider branching out and trying new Thanksgiving dishes that stray from the mundane, conventional American meals. On Thanksgiving, junior Ava Jingozian looks forward to traditional Armenian food with her family every Thanksgiving, which includes special dishes such as her favorites, dolma (stuffed grape leaves) and börek (filled pastries). “It’s great connecting my Armenian culture to a typically American holiday because it makes me even more thankful for the sacrifices my
grandparents made for my family,” Jingozian said. “Although we have the standard turkey and stuffing, it’s really cool having different foods than most people and a different way of saying grace than most other people. It makes me feel like my family is special, and I love embracing my Armenian culture even on typically American holidays.” Junior Justine Prophil and her family connect with their Haitian heritage by eating foods such as pork griot (marinated pork shoulder) and akra (malangan fritters), which are Prophil’s personal favorites. “My family is made up of mostly immigrants from Haiti and the Dominican Republic, so every Thanksgiving, we have the traditional turkey and stuffing, but we also have things like empanadas and griot,” Prophil said. “Having a mix of both at the table really allows me to experience both sides of my culture.” Senior Erin Mouradian’s family uses Thanksgiving as a time to
Junior Ava Jingozian celebrates her Armenian culture with her uncle, Mark Kavonian.
connect with her father’s Greek culture while still indulging in the classic meal including turkey and stuffing. “In addition to eating traditional Thanksgiving foods, my family also eats Greek dishes such as Pastitsio,” Mouradian said. “Pastitsio is lasagna styled dish which is composed of a combination of meats and pastas with a special Greek sauce. It is a unique dish on my family’s Thanksgiving table but it also one which is important to my family’s Greek heritage.” For senior Natalia Rosemill, flan is a dessert she looks forward to each year, as it reminds her of her mother’s Brazilian heritage. “My mom makes flan on Thanksgiving, and I always look forward to it,” Rosemill said. “For me, Thanksgiving is all about family, and flan connects me to my family’s Brazilian background.” Senior Harry Katsaros combines both American culture and his Greek culture for his Thanks-
giving dinner. His family eats traditional Thanksgiving food for the main course, but eats Greek desserts, including baklava (a sweet pastry filled with chopped nuts) and galaktoboureko (custard). “My family treats Thanksgiving as just another reason to get together,” Katsaros said. “Although we have the traditional food that most people have on Thanksgiving, we also embrace our Greek culture through the the desserts we typically eat. I like combining the two cultures, which is something not many people do.” Turkey and stuffing will always hold a special place in many Americans’ hearts and Thanksgiving tables, but breaking from the standard meals makes for new family traditions and a more cultured version of a primarily American holiday. Each year, many Walpole High School students diverge from the Thanksgiving classics and link with their roots in meals unique to their family or culture.
Decoding holiday shopping: how to make the most of Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Four tips to help prepare oneself for the craze of holiday shopping By Eva Clarke Lifestyle Editor With America’s most iconic shopping days—Black Friday and Cyber Monday—coming up, holiday shoppers are eager to find the best deals for gift buying while spending the least amount of money possible. To find the best deals and get the best results, follow some simple tips to achieve a successful shopping weekend: Check emails or online for deals on target items. If shoppers are planning on visiting certain stores, it is beneficial for them to already be receiving emails with deals from those stores. If shoppers do not receive these emails already, the best way to find out the deals these stores will offer is to check their websites; stores will usually have deals for the general public displayed on their home page. Yet, it is a shopper’s advantage to sign up for emails because occasionally businesses will release member-only deals or higher discounts for members. Usually, cashiers will ask for an email at check out and this will prompt them to add the email to their mailing list. Prepare the day before. If a shopper starts shopping at midnight, they will be more productive
when they are wide awake, alert and focused on their ultimate goal. Shoppers should make sure to get up later in the morning, and integrate some caffeinated beverages into their day to ensure they are completely well-rested and awake. To maximize time, shoppers should plan out everything they need to buy so that they can come into the mall prepared, with wiggle room for deals they may find along the way. Also, shoppers should set a maximum amount for how much they w i l l spend at each store so they do not go overboard and accidently splurge on unnecessary items. Get comfy. Whether shoppers are spending the day walking around a shopping mall or sitting on their couch endlessly scrolling through online shopping sites for deals, comfy and light clothes will be their best friend. The last thing a shopper needs walking around a shopping mall is to be carrying their heavy win-
ter coat around along with their shopping bags as they sweat through all their other clothes. Shoppers should also have comfy shoes because with big shopping malls comes a whole lot of walking, so it is best to be prepared with sneakers or other comfy shoes. Find good locations. The best way to find shopping malls with the least amount of people is through experi-
mentation. Think about past locations on Black Friday and if they were busy and at what time. Usually, the best time t o go is in the early morning, when late night shoppers have finished and the craziness has settled. Less popular locations for Black Friday include Legacy Place in Dedham and Patriot Place in Foxboro, ideal locations for shoppers looking for a less stressful environment. As for Cyber Monday, if shoppers orga-
nize which stores they are going to buy from, as well as what order to get crucial items in before they sell out, they can keep themselves on track and can avoid spending too much money. Find a group. It is beneficial to shop in groups of friends who will give shoppers good insight to what they are choosing to buy. By being restrained from buying pointless items, or even getting a second opinion, friends will make a shopper’s trip more manageable and productive. On Black Friday especially, cheap items can look very inviting to halfawake adults and teens, but in reality they may be uselessly shoved into the back of a closet and deemed a pointless investment. Even online shopping with a group of friends will help: they can look over shopper’s online shopping cart, give advice and opinions and sometimes shopping with friends is much more fun than shopping alone. This year, Black Friday is on Nov. 23, and Cyber Monday is on Nov. 26, which leaves shoppers plenty of time and opportunities to get all of their holiday shopping done. If shoppers prefer to delay their holiday shopping, holiday sales with various price deductions are usually offered at most stores all throughout the month of December, even if it is last minute.
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Bulsara in Zanzibar and grew up in India before moving to England as a teen with many cats and his traditional family who did not bode well with rock-and-roll. Malek acts in his first scene as a starry-eyed music lover with a severe overbite who shows off his vocal abilities to Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy) and Brian May (Gwilym Lee). Hardy, Lee and Joseph Mazzello (who plays John Deacon) are convincing as band members, looking like their real-life counterparts. A prominent theme throughout the film is the idea of the band members being a Queen band members Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy), Brian May (Gwilym Lee), John Dea- group of misfits that con (Joseph Mazzello) and Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) record their hit “Bohemian Rhapsody.” fit together as a famBy Catherine Hurwitz At times, the movie does ig- ily. Malek, along with the other actors Entertainment Editor nore real facts about Queen—like the of the bandmates, reenact Queen’s redates of significant events—to truly con- lationship humorously with Mercury’s When people think of the vey Freddie Mercury’s (Rami Malek) domineering personality and heartband Queen, they may think of the immense emotion in performances. The breakingly with his departure from the rock anthem “Another One Bites the whole movie is a tribute to Mercury, band for a solo career. Mike Myers, Dust,” the audience-collaborating “We and Malek plays the part flawlessly who ironically popularized “BoheWill Rock You” or the groundbreak- with all of the late singer’s mannerisms mian Rhapsody” in “Wayne’s World,” ing, genre-mixing “Bohemian Rhap- to pay tribute to his musical genius. even makes a humorous cameo as Ray sody.” On Nov. 2, the biopic “Bohe- The beginning of the film tells Foster, the producer who did not bemian Rhapsody” was released and the lesser-known story of Mercury’s lieve in Queen because of “Bohemian had a whopping $50 million opening. past. Mercury was born as Farrokh Rhapsody”—prompting the band memPhoto/ Eveningstandard.com
bers to further show their brotherhood with each other and passion for music. The way Malek walks on stage, moves the microphone, calls everyone darling and sings in a unique tone is executed in the same exact way as Mercury’s flamboyant personality. The scene where the band writes “Bohemian Rhapsody” pays tribute to Mercury’s musical genius, as he created a six-minute song mixing genres like rock, ballads, acapella and even opera. From showing the immense crowd at the Live Aid performance to Mercury’s interaction with the crowd when singing “We Will Rock You,” the concerts in the movie are believable as they meticulously recreate the fervor of the moment as if they were the live performances. The only noticeable flaw is the film is a mistake in facts. In the film, Mercury is diagnosed with AIDS before his Live Aid performance, but in real life, he was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987—two years after Live Aid. The film conveys the passion and purpose of the Live Aid performance, exemplifying that “Bohemian Rhapsody” may be Mercury’s death statement as he neared the end of his life. Although the dates in the movie may not align with reality, the mistake is most likely on purpose to truly convey how special the Live Aid performance was. The film “Bohemian Rhapsody” utilizes Malek’s brilliant acting and the uncanny resemblance to Mercury to realistically tell the story of Mercury’s life and his relationship with Queen— even if all details are not accurate.
The CW’s “Supergirl” returns for a fourth season “Supergirl”
By Allison Millette Staff Writer Over the past few years, television network The CW has been cultivating its legion of superheroes, with shows like “The Flash,” “Arrow” and “Legends of Tomorrow”. After its season one premiere on CBS, the network also picked up “Supergirl,” a show that centers around Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist), cousin of the famed Superman. The show is now on its fourth season and struggling to live up to the expectations its previous episodes have set. Certain aspects of the season premiere felt redundant and unengaging, character interactions felt forced and the action felt out of place. Episode one of season four aired Oct. 14, on Sunday, its new airing date. An overwhelming issue for “Supergirl” is creating storylines that can be carried over into the next season. The writers seem to cultivate erratic, short stints of engaging plot, only to ruin what can be salvaged for the subsequent season. Season three ended with the departure of Kara’s exlove interest Mon-El (Chris Wood), a plot point that was repeated on a less dramatized note from the season two finale. Arguably, some of the best episodes included his character and the conflict that it evoked but the writers fails to keep his character relevant
throughout the course of a season. The other problem especially prevalent in the season premiere was the absence of the much-needed comedic relief through Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan). Schott was a character who provided quirky dialogue and a passion for cardigans, who left Supergirl and her team in the season three finale. The writers attempted to fill the hole left by his absence with a new character, Brainiac (Jesse Roth). Unfortunately, the character paled in comparison to Schott’s perfectly timed and fitting humor. Where Schott’s character was meticulously developed and offbeat, Brainiac feels thrown together and his jokes forced and at most points, dull. However, there were points in the episode that the writers paid homage to the earlier seasons, which serves as a promising look towards season four. The writers included some aspects that lacked in season three, such as Kara’s job as a reporter. This detail was something that was essential to Kara’s characterization in the first two seasons that was dropped almost entirely in the previous season. Kara’s close relationship with her sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) was also a main point that was expanded upon. Episode one of season four gave viewers a nostalgic feel in featuring a scene between the two sis-
ters, an aspect that played a pivotal role in the audiences initial bond to the sisters in previous seasons. A new aspect that will be potentially engaging is the antagonist: this season, Supergirl is fighting not a person but a movement. “Supergirl” and her team will face a harshened attitude against aliens and deal with an increased backlash against their presence. The writers have been successful with incorporating details they see presented in the world around them into the show. Additionally, “Supergirl” is introducing the first transgen-
der superhero, Nia (Nicole Maines). The show has been vocal about the new character, which has brought the attention of many viewers who are happy with the development of a more diverse cast. The show is attempting to bring back crucial aspects of the previous seasons to hold onto their already weakening viewership. Although this concept works short-term, there is no security in reusing old material. Hopefully, this season will be able to revive older aspects to maintain viewers while also bringing in new, exciting content.
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By Â Olivia Â Oâ€™Connell Staff Â Writer Â Three-Âsport Â athlete Â and Â Captain Â Melanie Â Weber Â set Â higher Â standards Â for Â future Â athletes Â during Â her Â Walpole Â High Â School Â years. Â We-Â ber Â graduated Â from Â Walpole Â High Â School Â in Â 2017 Â after Â leading Â two Â state Â championship Â teams, Â earn-Â ing Â three Â varsity Â letters Â and Â being Â awarded Â the Â John Â B. Â Turco Â Award Â for Â her Â performance. Â She Â now Â plays Â 'LYLVLRQ , ÂżHOG KRFNH\ DW 1RUWKHDVW-Â ern Â University Â where Â she Â is Â currently Â a Â starting Â player Â as Â a Â sophomore. Â â€œI Â had Â played Â sports Â all Â my Â life, Â so Â I Â wasnâ€™t Â ready Â for Â that Â to Â end,â€? Â Weber Â said. Â â€œMy Â freshman Â
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5DH WZLQV Č¨QLVK WKHLU PRQXPHQWDO FDUHHUV ZLWK :DOSROH +LJK 6FKRROČ†V YROOH\EDOO SURJUDP Seniors Abby and Kenzi Rae lead Rebel Volleyball to South Sectional Semi-Finals By Â Brendan Â Moser Assistant Â Sports Â Editor Â In Â the Â MIAA Â Division Â I Â South Â Sectional Â Semi-ÂFinal, Â the Â Walpole Â Volleyball Â season Â was Â put Â WRDQHQGDJDLQVWVHHG1HZ%HG-Â ford. Â With Â this Â loss, Â Walpole Â Vol-Â OH\EDOO ORVHV WZR NH\ SOD\HUV DQG twins, Â seniors Â Abby Â and Â Kenzi Â Rae. Â â€œAbby Â and Â Kenzi Â each Â ex-Â emplify Â the Â characteristics Â of Â a Â great Â leader Â on Â and Â off Â the Â court. Â Â 7KH\ DUH NLQG DFFHSWLQJ SRVL-Â tive Â and Â supportive, Â which Â helped Â all Â players Â feel Â valued Â and Â a Â part Â of Â the Â team,â€? Â head Â coach Â Lisa Â Cyr Â said. Â â€œThey Â always Â put Â the Â team Â in Â front Â of Â themselves.â€? Â On Â May Â 22, Â Abby Â verbally Â committed Â t o Â p lay Â D ivision Â I Â v olley-Â ball Â for Â Bryant Â University, Â and Â on Â 1RYVKHRIILFLDOO\VLJQHGKHU1D-Â tional Â Letter Â of Â Intent. Â In Â her Â career Â IRU WKH 5HEHOV $EE\ KDG NLOOV and Â 1,033 Â digs. Â Abby Â reached Â the Â GLJPDUNLQKHU5HEHOVFDUHHU RQ1RYLQWKHPDWFKDJDLQVW%LVK-Â op Â Feehan, Â setting Â a Â new Â record Â for Â most Â digs Â at Â Walpole Â High Â School. Â Abby Â was Â a Â top Â out-Â side-Âhitter Â for Â the Â Rebels, Â which Â helped Â lead Â them Â far Â in Â the Â state Â tournament Â this Â year. Âł$EE\ ZRUNHG H[WUHPHO\ hard Â to Â push Â not Â only Â herself Â but Â her Â teammates Â t o Â g et Â b etter,â€? Â K enzi Â s aid. Â â€œShe Â played Â all Â the Â way Â around Â for Â our Â t eam, Â a nd Â e veryone Â c ould Â r ely Â o n Â KHUWRJHWWKHEDOOXSRIIRIKDUGNLOOV
when Â she Â was Â playing Â defense, Â or Â to Â UDFN XS NLOOV RI KHU RZQ ZKHQ VKH was Â in Â the Â front Â row. Â Iâ€™m Â so Â proud Â of Â her Â on Â her Â big Â achievement.â€? Â At Â the Â same Â time, Â Kenzi Â is Â D VNLOOHG VHWWHU ZKR UHFRUGHG KHU 1,000th Â career Â set Â during Â her Â junior Â year Â and Â finished Â well Â over Â that Â PDUNZLWK,QDGGLWLRQWRKHU talent Â f or Â s etting, Â K enzi Â a lso Â h ad Â 5 39 Â digs Â in Â her Â high Â school Â career. Â Dif-Â ferent Â from Â her Â sister, Â Kenzi Â plans Â to Â play Â club Â volleyball Â in Â college. Â Abby, Â alongside Â the Â rest Â of Â the Â team, Â admires Â her Â sister Â for Â KHU VWURQJ OHDGHUVKLS DQG ZRUN ethic Â both Â on Â and Â off Â the Â court. Â â€œKenzi Â was Â very Â consistent Â DQG DOZD\V PDGH HYHU\RQH ORRN good. Â She Â led Â the Â team Â both Â on Â and Â off Â the Â court Â with Â her Â strong Â setting Â and Â serving Â as Â well Â as Â being Â a Â great Â FDSWDLQÂ´$EE\VDLGÂł.HQ]LZRUNHG hard Â every Â practice Â and Â always Â gave Â her Â all Â in Â games. Â We Â would Â not Â have Â been Â the Â team Â we Â were Â without Â her.â€? Â The Â third Â captain Â for Â the Â Rebels, Â senior Â Sawyer Â King, Â had Â been Â playing Â alongside Â the Â twins Â for Â her Â entire Â high Â school Â career. Âł7KH\ ERWK NQHZ KRZ WR lead Â a Â team, Â and Â when Â you Â put Â WKHLU H[SHULHQFH DQG NQRZOHGJH together, Â it Â made Â the Â best Â duo Â you Â FRXOGDVNIRUDVDWHDPPDWHÂ´.LQJ said. Â â€œEvery Â time Â they Â were Â on Â the Â court, Â they Â did Â their Â best Â to Â put Â the Â team Â in Â a Â winning Â position.â€? Â After Â winning Â the Â Herget Â title Â the Â past Â three Â years, Â the Â Rebels Â
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finished Â their Â regular Â season Â 17-Â3, Â earning Â the Â #3 Â seed Â in Â the Â Division Â I Â South Â t ournament. Â T he Â R ebelsâ€™ Â t hree Â ORVVHV ZHUH HDFK LQ ILYH VHWV 0DN-Â ing Â the Â state Â tournament, Â Walpole Â played Â the Â number Â six Â seed, Â Bish-Â op Â Feehan, Â and Â won Â the Â sectional Â quarter Â finals Â game Â in Â just Â three Â VHWV 1H[W WKH 5HEHOV ORVW WR 1HZ Bedford Â in Â a Â game Â that Â went Â five Â sets;Íž Â the Â Rebels Â won Â the Â first Â two. Â With Â the Â loss Â in Â the Â South Â Sectional Â Semi-ÂFinals, Â the Â Raes Â concluded Â their Â Rebel Â Volleyball Â careers, Â which Â they Â
have Â contributed Â leadership Â and Â VNLOO WR RYHU WKH SDVW IRXU \HDUV Â â€œThey Â lead Â by Â example Â by Â going Â full Â tilt Â all Â of Â the Â time, Â treat-Â ing Â every Â drill Â in Â every Â practice Â as Â important. Â They Â set Â a Â high Â standard Â for Â the Â team Â and Â were Â invested Â in Â leading Â the Â team Â toward Â a Â common Â goal,â€? Â Cyr Â said. Â â€œIndividually Â they Â PDNH JUHDW OHDGHUV DQG WRJHWKHU they Â are Â even Â stronger. Â Their Â com-Â bined Â leadership, Â and Â with Â their Â â€˜triplet,â€™ Â Sawyer Â King, Â has Â made Â for Â one Â o f Â t he Â s trongest Â s easons Â f or Â W HS Â volleyball Â and Â one Â of Â the Â most Â fun.â€?
Boys Soccer loses in South Sectional Finals against Nauset The team makes its longest tournament run since their victory in 2013 Photo/ Sarah St. George
By Sarah St. George Sports Editor Boys Soccer made it into the MIAA South Division 2 tournament as the number 11 seed in the final regular season game after defeating Bishop Feehan. Despite their low seed, the Rebels advanced all the way to South Sectional Finals, their first appearance since their 2013 win. This year, the team defeated Oliver Ames, Milford and Westwood in the tournament. Walpole was defeated by number one seed Nauset, who has been undefeated the entire season. “The team cam a long way as the year went along,” senior Captain Aidan Murray said. “Nobody expected us to win one, let alone three
games in the tournament. It was a long journey, but we peaked at the right time of the year. It just goes to show that anything can happen once you get into the tournament.” The Rebels began their tournament run after defeating Oliver Ames 2-1, who has knocked Walpole out of the playoffs the past two years. “[Beating Oliver Ames] was a really good feeling, especially after them ending our season two years in a row,” senior Captain Pat Sullivan said. “It was especially nice to beat them on their home field in a similar way to how they knocked us out last season on a game-winning goal late in the game.” The two Walpole goals came from Murray and junior Danny Colbert. In the next round, Walpole
upset Milford, the number three seed, 1-0. Rebel defenders shut down Milford forwards, one of which scored over 20 goals throughout the season. “It was a huge win against a very talented team,” senior Captain Dennis Crowley said. “Milford has a lot of incredibly skilled players who may have appeared better than us on paper, but we worked harder and played well as a team, which allowed us to get a well-earned victory.” The lone goal came from Murray, who capitalized off of a penalty kick, sneaking the shot right over the goalkeeper. Next up was the South Sectional Semi-Finals against Westwood, number 10 seed. Facing off at Whitman-Hanson High School,
the Rebels upset Westwood 3-1. Throughout the first half, the two teams battled evenly and the game was scoreless after 40 minutes. Less than two minutes into the second, Murray buried a shot. About three minutes later, senior Conor McDonough netted one, followed by a goal from senior Pat Sullivan. Although Westwood put one in between McDonough and Sullivan, the Rebels remained victorious. “It felt great to beat Westwood because it showed that our team wanted it more than them,” McDonough said. “Our coach felt we were two teams similar in skill, but we outworked them and were rewarded with a Sectional Final.” Only two days later, the Rebels squared up against the undefeated, number one seed Nauset Warriors. Throughout the first half, Walpole maintained high intensity, holding the Warriors at 0-0 after the first 40 minutes. Crowley made several key saves, redirecting Nauset’s shots over the crossbar. With 14:21 left, a Nauset forward snuck one by Crowley into the bottom corner, pulling the Warriors ahead. To the Rebels’ dismay, Nauset scored again with less than five minutes left in regulation. Murray then dribbled through numerous defenders and sent a ball that was tapped in by junior John Brady, fueling the Rebels with some last minute hope. When the whistle blew, the Rebels were left with a one goal deficit. “Although we wish that the game ended differently, there was no reason to hang our heads,” Murray said. “We proved people wrong all year, and the way we came together as a team was one of the many positives of the season.”
Field Hockey falls to Somerset-Berkley in South Final Porkers
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Senior Brooke Skulski passes the ball to a teammate during the Needham game.
By Chloe Patel Lead Reporter After a near perfect season that included a postseason win over Needham and a thrilling overtime victory over Franklin in the South Sectional Semi-Final, the Porkers lost to Somerset-Berkley in the South Finals on Nov. 10 by a score of 3-0. Walpole Field Hockey clinched the number one seed in the Division 1 South Tournament with a 17-1-0 record for the regular season, with their only loss to Moses Brown. “As a team we always stuck together and we remained positive,” Giovanna Anello said. “We gave it everything all season, even though it unfor-
tunately ended earlier than we wanted.” All three of Somerset-Berkley’s goals were scored during the final 15 minutes of the game by freshman Lauren Rothwell, junior Lucas Crook and senior Olivia Silvia. The game was fairly equal in possession and opportunities—each team had 11 shots—but Somerset-Berkley capitalized on their late opportunities to put the ball in the net, whereas Walpole was unable to do so. Even though Walpole beat them 2-1 in the regular season, they were unable to repeat their success again. “It’s very sad that we have come to an end of our season, but I am so proud of everyone on this team,” senior captain Nikki Griffin said.
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Senior captain Audra Tosone dribbles the ball down the field during the Needham game.
In the game to qualify for the South Finals, Walpole beat Franklin in a thrilling overtime victory overcoming a 3-1 deficit during the second half. Early in the game, Murphy scored to put Walpole up 1-0; however, at the end of the first half, Franklin led 2-1. After a Franklin penalty shot, Walpole was down 3-1 with 10 minutes left to play. Three minutes after the final Franklin goal, Murphy scored her second of the game, and sophomore Molly Weiand scored the tying goal a few moments later. The Porkers held the Franklin offense from scoring to force a 10 minute 7 v 7 sudden death overtime. With 2:20 minutes left in overtime, senior Captain Cai-
leen Quinn scored the winning goal, sending Walpole to the South Finals. “Considering I play defense and don’t get to score that often, being able to score such a crucial goal in overtime playoffs was an amazing feeling,” Quinn said. “It was definitely a big moment in my field hockey career.” To move onto the South SemiFinals, Walpole faced Needham in the Quarter Finals, who they beat 2-1. The defense was a major factor in their win, as Anello only had 14 shots taken on her. The two goals were scored from seniors Emery Murphy and Brooke Skulski. “I feel really proud of my team for accomplishing all they did this season,” Murphy said.