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Walpole High School

June 2018

Volume XXII, issue VI

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Walpole celebrates the class of 2018’s graduation Community








ceremony Photo/ Dennis Gordon

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By Jess Ferguson Assistant News Editor Walpole High School (WHS) bade farewell to the 144th graduating senior class in the annual commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 3. The graduation began with the procession of the faculty and seniors followed by Principal Stephen Imbusch addressing the audience. Senior Class President Dana DeMartino awarded the class gift—a donation to the extracurricular fund and a monogrammed collar for Walpole Public Schools’ service dog, Rebel—which was accepted by Junior Class President Emery Murphy. After the presentation of the







class gift, Salutatorian Sylvia Lanni and Valedictorian Jess Fitzgerald made their speeches to their peers. Lanni’s speech used WHS’ chaotic hallways as a metaphor for life, and Fitzgerald’s discussed time and referenced the Harry Potter quote “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” “It was a huge honor and privilege to speak at graduation this year,” Fitzgerald said. “I was very happy to be able to speak to all my classmates and end our high school careers together, and although it was a bittersweet day, I could not have asked for a better ceremony or experience.” Following the speeches, Imbusch announced the numerous schol-










arships and awards, which were presented by Vice Principals Sean Powers and Lee Tobey alongside other community members. Then, the diplomas were passed out by Assistant Superintendent Jean Kenney, who is retiring after working within Walpole Public Schools for 28 years, and School Committee Chairperson Jennifer Geosits. “I truly appreciate the graduation ceremony for Walpole High School because it is always studentcentered,” Kenney said. “I was particularly honored to confer the diplomas because it is the culmination of years of work and involvement in their education for our seniors. It was also meaningful to me because I know many of the seniors personally and had known








some of them from kindergarten when I was principal at Fisher School.” DeMartino then led the graduates in turning their tassels from right to left, symbolizing their transition from students to graduates, before tossing their caps into the air in celebration of their accomplishments. “Graduating is bittersweet because even though I know it’s time to move on, I also know there’s a lot in WHS I’m going to miss. But I’m confident that our teachers and classes prepared us for whatever is out there,” DeMartino said. “As for graduation, it went so smoothly. It’s really satisfying to finally be the ones on that field after watching the grades before us graduate.”



Additional period approved by Teachers Union to follow state law regarding PE By Caitlin Kahaly Staff Writer The Walpole High School (WHS) Teachers Union voted to approve the regular class schedule change and therefore their contract on April 26. Superintendent Lincoln Lynch and the Walpole School Committee presented the following schedule change to the union: a 6x8 model, comprised of six periods per day, each 56 minutes long, and eight days per cycle, similar to that of middle school. Despite the addition of an entire class period, the official start and end times will remain the same. One of the main reasons for changing the schedule is the school’s adherence to state’s requirement that all students must take physical education (PE). Prior to requirement change, students were only required to take one semester of PE and one semester of health during their four years of high school. This past school year was the first to require freshmen to take PE all four years. With next year’s freshmen and

sophomores taking PE as Walpole High continues to phase in the new course requirement, the additional class period will allow them more flexibility to fulfill their other graduation requirements. “Our students need to actively be in PE, but most of them haven’t since freshman year, we’ve added so many other courses, and if we now tell them all they have to take PE, we are now eliminating the options that the kids have in their sixth and seventh periods,” School Counseling Department Head Jennifer Dolan said. “In order to keep everything intact and fit in PE came the 8th period.” “Taking PE all four years will keep everyone more active. Also, the eighth period will hopefully help me see more of what the high school has to offer other than my elective classes,” freshman Shannon Jordan said. As for the rising juniors and seniors who were not required to take additional years of physical education, they will be put in a year-long study hall. “We don’t want next year’s

upperclassmen to be taking extra classes. We think that having time available in the school day to get work done and access the support of teachers will be beneficial not only to students’ academics but their overall mental health,” Dolan said. The year-long study hall period for the classes of 2020 and 2019, however, is not mandatory. If a student wants to waive out of their study hall, they must write a letter to Principal Stephen Imbusch expressing their circumstances. The committee of counselors and Imbusch will review each request and make a decision for each individual case. “We know that kids are overextended in so many ways, we hope with the eighth period to have interventions, homework clubs, math lab or a writing lab that typically take place after school,” Dolan said. Due to the changing class period times for next school year, there will also be no more Professional Learning Communities (PLC) on Tuesday after-

noons. The guidance department is hoping to broaden the uses for the students’ year-long study halls by potentially using those periods to educate students on the required guidance curriculum that has previously taken place during PLC. The access to homework club and academic labs for extra help will also be another use for students’ study periods. “Kids have sports after school and are traveling to their games and practices; kids work after school; some kids have other priorities after school. The new study hall will help everyone feel a little less stressed and help us all manage our time better,” said junior WHS Science Teacher and Executive President of the Walpole Teachers Association, Daniel Mullaney identifies the need for flexibility regarding the change. “When you change something, you have to regulate it like a science experiment and see what needs to be fixed and make adjustments. We don’t really know how the new schedule will operate until we try it,” Mullaney said.


Summer Service Trips


Baseball makes Super 8

Senior Profiles

Jean Kenney retires

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Jean Kenney retires after 28 years in Walpole Public Schools

Kenney takes WPS role from aide to Assistant Superintendent over course of career By Jess Ferguson Assistant News Editor After 28 years of working within the Walpole Public Schools (WPS) system, Jean Kenney is retiring from her role as Assistant Superintendent. Though Kenney has spent years in the education field, her career did not start out that way. After graduating from high school at Girls’ Latin School in Boston, Kenney attended Newton College of the Sacred Heart—now Boston College. Despite wanting to pursue a teaching job, her college advisor at the time advised against doing so due to a lack of job availability. “He said that time period was the ‘Era of Women in Business.’ I changed my major to Economics and started working for the federal government,” Kenney said. Kenney eventually left her government job to take care of her three children and became involved with the story hour program at Walpole Public Library, which segued into her decision to become an educator. “I loved planning stories and activities and decided that when my children were older, I would return to school to become an educator,” Kenney said. “When my children began school, I became a volunteer in their school and classrooms. My commitment to education was reinforced by the wonderful teachers and principals with whom I volunteered.” Kenney received her Master’s degree in Education from Bridgewater State University and became an ESP, or instructional aide, at Old Post Road Elementary School. The following year, she was hired as a third grade teacher at Fisher Elementary School. “I was thrilled to work at Fisher

because that is the school my children attended and where I had done most of my volunteer service,” Kenney said. While working at Fisher, Kenney taught students who had difficulties with reading and wanted to learn about how to better cater to their needs, so she enrolled in a Master of Education in Reading program at Salem State University. Kenney became the Reading Specialist at Fisher after the previous one retired and later became assistant principal to former principal Sandra Esmond. Four years later, Kenney was promoted to be Fisher’s principal, where she worked for five years. “I wanted to be principal because I would be able to work with every student in the school and all the staff members to make the school the best place for children,” Kenney said. “I truly benefited from working with a large team because the students and teachers taught me many things about life and learning.” When Lincoln Lynch became superintendent, he requested Kenney work at the central office as Director of Curriculum and then Assistant Superintendent, where she worked for 11 years up until now. “I was very reluctant to leave the students and staff at Fisher because we had made so much progress as a team. I have always loved working with students and teachers but learned that I could do that as Assistant Superintendent,” Kenney said. Since Kenney’s transition to Assistant Superintendent, she and Lynch have worked day in and day out together and has helped advise Lynch throughout the years. “Dr. Kenney is the consummate professional educator,” Lynch said. “She has an incredibly high level of intelligence, an impeccable work ethic, outstanding communication skills and a tireless de-

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Jean Kenney smiles at graduation, where she distributed diplomas to graduates.

sire to advocate for all students and staff. She will always be considered a valuable member of the WPS Leadership Team.” As Kenney spends her final days working as Assistant Superintendent, she will miss working with people, whether it be teachers, students, families or administrators, whom she sees nearly every day. “I will miss the people in Walpole Public Schools. I have truly enjoyed working with our students, all of our staff members who contribute in so many ways, and of course, the parents who strongly support the work in education,” Kenney said. “We have a wonderful community that includes people within and outside of the schools. I am extremely grateful to have lived and worked in Walpole.” The people who Kenney has worked with will in turn miss her due to her impact on WPS over

the past 28 years, including Lynch, who worked daily with Kenney. “[Kenney] is an expert in the field of faculty training and professional development, as well as curriculum development and implementation,” Lynch said. “I always relied on [Kenney] for an honest response to questions. Her ‘roll up her sleeves’ attitude and strong relationship with staff will be sorely missed.” While Kenney’s career as an educator is coming to a close, her desire to learn and continuous curiosity will not end. “I hope to continue to be associated with the schools and contribute to the community in some way. I also have a long list of books to read,” Kenney said. “My husband and I plan to travel, as my goal is to visit all 50 states. We also plan to spend more time with our children and grandchildren.”

Walpole High School celebrates 16th annual Film Festival Students are recognized for creation of original films through red carpet night Photo/ Dennis Gordon

Members of the award-winning crew for “this was you.” pose on the red carpet.

By Jess Ferguson Assistant News Editor

For the 16th year in a row, Walpole High School (WHS) held its annual Film Festival, where students walk the red carpet, are interviewed and have the chance to earn awards. “this was you.,” a film that follows how a group grieves following their friend’s death in a car accident, won four awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Editing and Best Cinematography. “this was you.” was directed by three-year Film Festival members Dana DeMartino and Ryan Conlon. “Making this movie was awesome because we had a lot of creative freedom, and we got to portray a subject that isn’t talked about a lot in high school,” DeMartino said. “More than anything, red carpet night is awesome because we get to sit back and watch the product of our hard work.” Mike McCarthy, who has been a part of the film program for sev-

eral years, received an honorary Best Director award for his involvement in the program and his work on this year’s “Unified Friends” documentary, a movie narrated by McCarthy that highlights his and others’ involvement in WHS’ Best Buddies and Unified Track programs. WHS School Psychologist and Unified Track Coach Charlie Ferro awarded McCarthy with this award and also announced that the Best Buddies organization invited him and his family to the Tom Brady Football Challenge in June. “[McCarthy] poured his heart and soul into this movie for over a year,” Ferro said. “He never ceases to amaze me with his perseverance, hard work and constant improvement.” Aside from “this was you.,” other winners included drama “So Below” with Best Lead Performance for Ellen Irmiter and Best Cinematography; Best Achievement in Music for Toshak Patel in “hung up.” and “Over-

due;” comedy “Driver’s Ed” for Best Faculty/Community Performance for Dave St. Martin and Best Art Direction and mystery-comedy “Overdue” with Best Supporting Performance for Joey Haskins and Best Screenplay. This year, Film Festival producers Michael Alan and James Connolly decided to nominate all the movies for Best Film; therefore, instead of playing the typical four or five nominated movies in their entirety, they played short clips from each movie, which included documentaries such as “hung up.,” a film that shed light on the recent influx in cell phone use among teens. “Nominating all the movies is something we’ve been thinking about for years. The time was right because it was a good year in terms of different types of movies, and they were all strong. We wanted to give the academy a chance to vote on the one they really liked, and this way also modeled the real academy,” Alan said. Junior Nicole Waters, who directed the award-winning comedy “The Promposal” in last year’s festival, worked on documentary “Six Feet of Separation” this year with junior Jess Horne and sophomore Jimmy Haskins, which discussed WHS’ unique role as the only school in the country that has three students with cystic fibrosis (CF). The title refers to the danger CF patients have when in close proximity to other patients due to the passing of bacteria. WHS Nurse Rachel Jackson has created special schedules the past

two years for each CF student to avoid encountering the others while in school. “From making my movie, I learned not only about time management, teamwork and pre-planning, but also about the struggles of the students at our school with CF, the rarity of the situation at WHS and how to help CF patients in the future,” Waters said. To honor Anthony Conti, former WHS film student who passed away in January of 2017, Alan and Connolly announced three recipients of the Anthony Conti Scholarship, which is awarded to seniors planning to study the arts and media in their post-secondary education. Two $500 scholarships were awarded to Tara Gordon, and Conlon. One $1000 scholarship was given to Haskin, who did a summer film program run by Alan with Conti the year before his passing. “I felt incredibly honored to get the award. I worked really hard in all my four years in the film festival,” Haskins said. “Anthony was a great guy, and you could tell he had a lot of passion. I’m glad to be following in those tracks to my future.” At the conclusion of the night, Alan, Connolly and Meme O’Malley congratulated the crews and thanked the audience for attending the show. “I thought the night went really well as a whole, and a lot of people said how great the movies were. People liked how we brought alumni up to present the awards, which I think is a nice touch to bring our whole film community together,” Alan said.


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Zana Albadawi

Zana was instrumental in organizing a clothing drive for NuDay Syria which raised 100 bags of clothing. She has encouraged her classmates to become in-

volved in the drive and helped bring information about the Syrian refugee crisis to the larger school community. -Mrs. O’Leary


Tamar Tondreau

Tamar has been doing excellent work in Algebra 2. She earned the highest score in her class on the Chapter 5 unit test, showing a thorough understanding of exponents and

radicals and how to compute inverses both algebraically

Grace Mourad

Grace is a student who is reliable and I can count on to go the extra mile. She was the only member of the group who showed up both days for the Student Humane Society Bake Sale at the school musical in March. In fact, she even brought a friend along to help out with all the set up and clean up, selling the food and bagging all the popcorn. In addition, Grace donated a lot of items for our Bake Sale. It was a successful group effort, but Grace was a key factor in the final event making sure that all the details were completed. Not everyone remains at events to spend the time to help clean up, but Grace does and she was there helping to clean up after a recent Coffee House, as well. For these reasons, Grace stands out as Student of the Month for March.

and graphically. Tamar attained the highest term 3 average

of any of my Algebra 2 students. She possesses a strong



work ethic and has a positive attitude. Tamar is conscien-

The students in my period 4 Spanish 3 Honors class are

I proudly nominate her for March student of the month.

tions and always want to learn more about the language.

tious and highly motivated. She is a pleasure to have in class.

always filled with enthusiasm. They ask thoughtful ques-

-Ms. K Milne

They really get into class activities, games and songs. Re-


Justine Prophil

Justine has stood out in my class all year. Despite never having taken Spanish before, she entered my level 2 Spanish class a few weeks into the year and has been shin-

ing ever since. She is a model student, always coming

to class prepared and ready to learn. She participates in

class activities, volunteers answers and excels on all of her assessments. She is at the top of the class and has been

recommended to advance to honors Spanish next year. -Ms. Hugueley


Linika Goel

Linika is always participating in class. She is always out.















-Ms. Fallon

cently several students who went on the trip to the Dominican






they learned on the trip. This class was also engaged in a cross-curriculum activity where they were challenged to read a short story in Spanish that they read on the first day

of their English class this year. Students worked in pairs where one had been exposed to the English version be-

fore and the other had not. They were responsible for both understanding the Spanish version and being able to find

key evidence in the story to support a popular argument. -Ms. Hugueley


Tom Russo I have observed Tom go out of his way on multiple occasions to be kind or helpful to others (i.e. inviting a special ed student to sit next to him at the game, offering to help me carry my equipment on multiple occasions). -Ms. Randall


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By Molly O’Connell Editorial Editor As the latest group of seniors have come and gone, most have successfully graduated and are now ready to move on to the next chapter of their lives. However, many seniors who graduate complete their entire high school career without completing any form of community service. Throughout a high school education, students learn many valuable lessons, yet students can learn even more from completing community service. Service hours should be a graduation requirement for all students due the experiences and lessons that they provide the students with outside of school. Community service provides students with unique lessons that last for a lifetime. However, many students chose to not volunteer. And students have the right to their choices. Many students are inundated with schoolwork, sports, jobs; the list goes on. On the opposite side of the spectrum, there are many students who regularly complete community service and do not need a requirement for them to do so. Regardless of the student’s past experience, the benefits of community





service outweigh any cons associated with committing the additional time. Amassing meaningful volunteer hours should be an vital piece of a student’s high school experience, and students should understand the importance of giving back to their respective communities. Rather than volunteering just to enhance a student’s resume, the community service should involve something that the student is interested in, career-oriented perhaps. Students should value the opportunities that are accessible to them, opportunities that both enhance their application and equip them with essential career skills. Several sports teams already volunteer during their seasons, and they use the opportunity to help the less fortunate and bond with their team. Clubs including the Humane Society— a club that raises money and volunteers at local animal shelters—already devote their time to help the community. Mandating community service as a component of graduation would also encourage students to join these beneficial clubs to fulfill the requirement. Additionally, Walpole High School’s National Honor Society requires that each prospective member commit 20 hours to community service prior to admis-



sion. Members must also complete an individual service project during their senior year in the organization. Both requirements are not a hindrance for students but instead allow students to expand their horizons and get out of their comfort zone to enact positive change. Service is also a pillar of the National Honor Society. This requirement should not only be exclusive to this club, but rather for all Walpole students. In the past, Walpole High School took a community service trip to Peru, and they plan to take a similar one to Tanzania next April. Obviously, money is a major factor that contributes to these trips, so students should not be necessarily expected to demonstrate service to this caliber; however, students can complete similar service on a smaller scale. Community service comes in many forms, and there is a form of service that coincides with each student’s values. Private schools regularly require volunteer hours from their students. Xaverian Brothers High School, for example, requires an individual service project from each senior to graduate. Many public schools have mandated community service as a graduation requirement as well, including high schools in Dedham, Dover-Sherborn and Natick. Universities value students who give up their own time for others, and they subsequently give away scholarships to high school students who give back to the community. Although students should not volunteer solely to receive scholarships, there are rewards for doing so. Students should be encouraged to seek opportunities where they gain experience outside of the classroom and carry their in-school education to real-world scenarios. Therefore, Walpole High School should consider implementing mandatory community service hours as a graduation requirement.

Cultural appropriation accusations have gone too far Recent



By Molly O’Connell Editorial Editor After taking a trip to a local vintage store, Utah senior Kenziah Daum found the prom dress of her dreams. She purchased the Chinese traditional qipao and wore it to her prom. However, after posting several photos on Twitter, she received backlash, as many users piled on insults. A user, Jeremy Lam, tweeted, “my culture is NOT your goddamn prom dress.” In response to all of the hate, she justifies her decision, saying that she “thought it was absolutely beautiful.” Accused the teen of ignorance and cultural appropriation—disrespect to a person’s culture that is not their own. Some AsianAmericans claimed she disrespected their culture, while others claimed her attire was a sign of appreciation. With respect to either side of the debate, the teen had the right to wear the dress without this extent of backlash. Simply put, the situation involved a teenager who wore a prom dress because she liked how it looked; there should be nothing wrong with that. Would she have avoided immense repercussions if she had chosen to wear a traditional American prom dress? Yes. However, should she also



have the right to wear whatever she desires? Yes. It seems as though she took for granted the centuries of history that are depicted in those dresses and was not well enough informed to be wearing such a traditional piece of Chinese culture, but her ignorance should be forgiven. She did not purchase the dress with any ill intentions, so the thousands of hateful comments towards her were unnecessary and took away from the opportunity for many to educate others on traditional Chinese culture. Regardless, she did not set out to specifically purchase an Asian dress, nor did she she buy the dress out of disrespect but rather ignorance. However, should have used her mistake as an opportunity to educate others and not as an opportunity to troll her. Her post of the dress quickly turned into an incident of cyber-bullying with over 41,000 retweets expressing hatred for her decision. Being upset about the situation is one thing, but it is another thing to have adults attacking a young girl for trying to be unique. A few days after the criticism reached a climax, she tweeted, “To everyone who says I’m ignorant, I fully understand everyone’s concerns and views on my dress. I mean no harm. I am in no way being discriminative or racist. I’m



tired of all the backlash and hate when my only intent was to show my love.” The only valid argument that her dress was a sign of cultural appropriation was a photo of Daum and her friends possibly mocking Chinese culture in a praying pose; however, she was mimicking a popular YouTuber, Ethan Klein, who later supported Daum for her pose. While some considered this purchase a mishap, in the end, it brought more attention to the culture as a whole. She was simply demonstrating her appreciation for the culture by expressing her love for such a dress. In fact, many people in mainland China considered the debate as a success for appreciation of their culture. Despite whether or not Daum’s decision to wear the qipao was justified, cultural appropriation as a whole is still a prevalent issue. As society expands and people are exposed to more cultures, cultural appropriation is inevitable. Celebrities are often criticized for their questionable fashion choices at the expense of disrespecting cultures. This instance, however, is not an example of cultural appropriation. Daum affirms, “I’d wear it again.” And she should have the right to appreciate a culture that is not her own without the immense backlash.

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Senior Reflections Lucy Gielow

Freshman year Lucy Gielow did not know what she was doing at any moment in time. I followed what I was told to follow and did what I was told to do. Not much more and not much less. Throughout my four years at Walpole High School, I have realized what kind of person I am and what things I need to do to keep me honest with myself. Whether that be making an entirely new group of friends to surround myself with or changing my academic priorities, decisions made sophomore year and on were made to aid in keeping me me. Sophomore year was a difficult time for me while dealing with my diagnosed anxiety disorder. Though I lost track of how many absences I had that year, I know it was essential to have gone through that experience. Something school does not teach you directly is how necessary it is to have the capability to adapt and overcome when conflicts arise. Sure, teachers give the occasional message for students to “figure it out,” but the realization of the need for this skill can only come from the student. I truly believe sophomore year handed me that realization on a silver platter. Because of the struggle I went through then, junior and senior year were the

greatest school experiences I have had. Knowing that everything I was doing was because I wanted to do so was and is such an amazing feeling. I have excelled as an artist and person throughout the four years spent at Walpole High. Am I excited to be leaving and venturing off to college? Of course. But if I have taken away one thing from going through high school it would be as follows: high school is as good as you make it. While schoolwork and extracurriculars seem to rule over you, know that at the end of the day, your experience is your own choice. I am not one to lie—choices can be extremely difficult to make and follow through with, but know that if you truly believe in something being the best course of action for you, it will nine times out of 10 be extremely beneficial to follow through with it. Of course, as a 17-year-old high school student going on 22-year-old broke art school student, I’m not a prophet and do not expect anyone to take my words as law. But I have been through high school—and as those before me can confirm, high school is a wild time for every single person who goes through it. So accept it and embrace it. After all, in the end, it’s your call.

What did I think of high school? Well, to put it bluntly, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” As much as I hate cliches, this quote directly aligns with the truth for two reasons. Firstly, sitting in my freshman English class reading A Tale of Two Cities and grueling in agony as I cursed the extent of Dickens’ vocabulary, I truly thought it was the worst of times (sorry Mrs. Murray!). And thankfully, that’ll be the extent of my cliches. Going against popular opinion here, I strongly feel the best of times of high school and all of early education for that matter were not the glamorous events put on a sacred pedestal by our collective rose-tinted glasses—prom, school dances, senior dinner, tailgates or even sporting events. I definitely enjoyed my time at these events (mostly, albeit), but typing this “Senior Reflection” as a soon-to-be nineteen year-old has made me realize something greater: the unspoken journey each of my classmates underwent is the truly special part of my time in Walpole Public Schools. It is easy to enter school every day and get caught up in the mundane reality of the learning center: you greet the same friends, pass the same people in the hallway, diligently participate in the same studies for the same teachers amidst the

same daily routine. Until now, I failed to realize the magical part of high school was witnessing the growth of my peers, witnessing the struggles and the triumphs, witnessing the change from immature adolescents to (hopefully) mature young adults; in other words, witnessing the best of times and the worst of times in not only myself but in those around me. I would be remiss, however, if I did not mention to everyone reading this to not let the worst of times outweigh the best of times. Despite however successful people may seem with sports, grades, friends, extracurriculars, every individual I know has faced unforeseen obstacles they thought they would never get over. In the first month of my freshman year overwhelmed by school-work, I wished that I could fast-forward to when I was accepted into college and magically had all of this made-up “stress” lifted off of my shoulders all while forgetting to enjoy the process at times. Don’t do this. The best of times and the worst of times. As I’m not skilled enough with words to summarize the inexplicable sentiments the recently-graduated senior class is feeling right now, I thought I’d let Andy Bernard from The Office to do it for me: “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”

Billy Porter

Sylvia Lanni

My time at WHS was an emotional rollercoaster, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I entered high school expecting the full High School Musical experience, complete with winning sports teams, Zac Efron, rooftop gardens and lots and lots of dancing. Although in hindsight, high school more resembles “Scream” from HSM 3 than “We’re All In This Together” from the original movie (and the lack of cafeteria flash mobs was extremely disappointing), I’m really going to miss WHS. I’ll start at the beginning—the acne-covered, braces-wearing wonder that is freshman year (also known as the year I stopped growing). One of my favorite parts of freshman year was my history class with Mrs. Hogan. I especially enjoyed the class when Conor accidentally flipped Chaya’s desk on top of her, leaving her trapped under the weird chairto-desk attachment. That’s another thing about freshman year—I remember being very confused by the desks and their lack of actual storage space. Sophomore year started off significantly less fun than freshman year. I definitely started focusing more on my grades that year, resulting in a less-than-enjoyable X2 obsession. I made the best decision of my life thus far and joined Dance Company. I also discovered my passion for English in Mr. Alan’s class after writing a short story essay. Junior year was my hardest year of high school. Suddenly all anyone could talk about

was college and SATs and AP exams and whatever paper was due in two days that I had yet to start. Though junior year drained the life from me, I endured with the help of chorus and the 4H barn. Taking time to separate myself from academics was integral to my survival. Senior year has, without a doubt, been my favorite year of high school. I loved all of my classes (especially AP Lit and chorus), went to Spain, got into college and managed to maintain a freshman backpack the entire year. Everyone always says that senior year is the easiest year and that teachers give up during the second semester. Let me emphasize that this is most definitely not the case. If you take many AP courses, senior year doesn’t stop being difficult academically until the conclusion of AP exams; nonetheless, senior year ultimately gave me the HSM feeling of love and community that I desired. Despite the continued lack of spontaneous song and dance, I finally found my footing this year with the help of my amazing friends. I can’t say high school was entirely fun, but the memories I’ve made in my time at WHS are ones I will hold onto for the rest of my life. Whether it be games of hide-andseek in dark hallways, DanceCo trips to Chili’s, or attempted readings of Waiting for Godot, high school was a whirlwind of laughter, tears and bad jokes that have made me into who I am today.


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Senior Profiles Seniors









Andrew Torres

Dana Demartino

Matthew Luongo

What is your favorite high school memory? Film Festival 16 - Making the “Untold Story of the Kumquat Crew” with my crew, the Kumquat Crew. Describe your high school experience in six words. I need more than six words. What was the dumbest reason you got in trouble? Walking in the hallway. What will you miss most about Walpole High School? Mandarin with Mr. Strick. What song best describes your high school experience? “Lift Yourself” - Kanye West. What is your most embarrassing moment from high school? Losing in musical chairs in the pep rally last year.

What is your most embarrassing moment from high school? Everything about Freshman year gym class. What is your favorite teacher quote? “I’m really upset you crashed our date” - Mr. Giblin on running into me and my friends while at Canobie Lake Park with his wife. What will you miss most about Walpole High School? The Film Festival and the film program. Favorite Netflix show to watch while procrastinating: Freaks and Geeks. On a typical school night, you can be found… Listening to old Taylor Swift under three blankets while trying to understand calculus.

Which faculty member had the biggest impact on you and why? Ms. Culliton for showing me fun and kindness has a place even in a professional setting. What is your favorite high school memory? The entirety of junior year of AP U.S. History. You get home from a long day at school and there is no food in the fridge. Where do you go? Panda Express. On a typical school night, you can be found… Wide awake and unmotivated. Describe your high school experience in six words. “I want to go to bed.” What is the best club/activity you participated in? Robotics.

Ellen Irmiter

Jack Mackinnon

Libby Foley

What is your favorite teacher quote? “Cool” -Cashman I could not make it through a school day without… Eyeliner. If you could say one thing to your freshman self, what would it be? Make high school great for you and as many people as possible. What is the best club/activity you participated in? Speech and Debate Team. What was the dumbest reason you got in trouble? For saying it was cold in class one time as the teacher walked in.

What is your most embarrassing moment from high school? Accidentally sending a selfie into my Bio group message freshman year. What was the dumbest reason you got in trouble? Talking in the library on the last day of school. Favorite Netflix show to watch while procrastinating: Seinfeld. On a typical school night, you can be found… At home playing video games. What will you miss most about Walpole High School? Seeing my friends every day.

What is the best club/activity you participated in? StuCo. If you could say one thing to your freshman self, what would it be? Go to as many school events as you can. What song best describes your high school experience? “We Go Together”- Grease Which faculty member had the biggest impact on your life and why? Ms. Mac because she showed me that teachers actually care about their students. She also taught me to accept all my flaws because no one is perfect. Throughout the school year, she also taught me valuable life lessons.

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Class of 2018

Jeff Formica

Charlotte Schoenthaler

Chris Wood

What is your favorite teacher quote? “Good luck and good skill.” -Mr. Whittenhall I could not make it through a school day without… Coffee. If you could say one thing to your freshman self, what would it be? Join more clubs and activities. On a typical school night, you can be found… Playing Fortnite before going to bed at 7:30. What is the best club/activity you participated in? Math team. What is your most embarrassing moment from high school? Losing the fantasy football league.

I could not make it through a school day without… Javon Jackson’s words of wisdom. What is your favorite high school memory? Apple Crunch. What was the dumbest reason you got in trouble? Breathing louder than a substitute teacher’s desired octave. What is the best club/activity you participated in? Rebel Report. Favorite Netflix show to watch while procrastinating: That 70’s Show.

What is your most embarrassing moment from high school? Falling up the history staircase. What is your favorite teacher quote? “There’s no such thing as Chris being relaxed.” -Mrs. O. Which faculty member had the biggest impact on your life and why? Mrs. O’Leary Has had the greatest impact on my life because she pushed me to be better which resulted in me believing in myself more. She cares about how I do, and she taught me that there’s more to learn than the content being taught. Describe your high school experience in six words. A wild winding roller coaster ride.

Sam Byrne

Ryan Conlon

Kate Wilmot

What is your most embarrassing moment from high school? Dressing up every single day the week before Halloween during freshman year and having people think it was my actual style. If you could say one thing to your freshman self, what would it be? Wear your clothes to bed; it saves a lot of time in the morning, and you can wake up later. What song best describes your high school experience? “Young Dumb & Broke” -Khalid You get home from a long day at school and there is no food in the fridge. Where do you go? Rico’s.

What is your favorite teacher quote? “Life sucks, then you die.” - Rich Kim What song best describes your high school experience? “Anything Could Happen” -Ellie Goulding. What is your favorite high school memory? Red carpet night for senior year. You get home from a long day at school and there is no food in the fridge. Where do you go? Country Kitchen. On a typical school night, you can be found… Going on a drive with friends music up. Describe your high school experience in six words. A rewarding experience in the end.

What is your most embarrassing moment from high school? Falling off a stool in front of Mr. Imbusch in biology. What is your favorite teacher quote? “If you cut corners in gym class, you will cut corners in life. If you cut corners in life, you will end up at Cedar Junction.” -Mr. Kampper I could not make it through a school day without… Getting a mint from Ms. Sprague. What is the best club/activity you participated in? Softball.

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Sports Commits

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In the graduating class of 2018, there are 19 students who are committed to go on and play a sport in college. Seniors Emily Curtis, Kristine Udahl, and Celia Walsh are committed to play a sport at the division I level. Seven athletes will play at the division II level, and six athletes will be playing at the division III level. Two students, Kevin Sullivan and Kyle Smith, will attend and play at college preparatory schools.

Emily Curtis

Kristine Udahl

University of New Hampshire Lacrosse What coaches inspired you the most? And why?

The coach that inspired me the most was my club lacrosse, coach Lukas Cash. He always pushed me harder than anyone and believed in me.

What is your favorite high school sport memory?

My favorite high school sports memory was making it to the state championship in both 2016 and 2017 for lacrosse, and getting the OT goals in both the Wellesley and Franklin game.

Why are sports so important to you?

Sports are so important to me because I have not only made the best friends along the way, but lacrosse has become a part of my life.

Celia Walsh

Georgetown University Lacrosse

Sacred Heart University Cheer What is your favorite high school sport memory?

Making it to States for the first time in my Senior Year.

Why are sports so important to you?

Sports are important to me because it gives me a mental outlet through physical activity. It allows me to release any stress or negative energy by doing something productive with my body.

What advice would you give to other high school athletes?

To always push yourself harder than you think you can go. The work will be worth it in the end and you will be happy you tested your abilities because in the long run it will make you a better athlete and person.

What is your favorite high school sport memory?

Even though this does not have to do with lacrosse, my favorite high school memory is the goal the field hockey team scored in 2016 in overtime that solidified the team as victors of the Division 1 Championship. We worked so hard to get to that point and had been losing for the majority of the game. It showed that continued perseverance in a game can bring great results.

What advice would you give to other high school athletes?

Try something new when you are out there on the field, rink, court, etc. You are never going to get better if you remain complacent. Challenge yourself and be confident.

Danielle Anastasia

Ryan Birch

University of New Haven Lacrosse

Bentley University Lacrosse

Franklin Pierce University Lacrosse

Coach Andalo and Coach Dowd. Both taught me how to be a leader and inspired me to work hard each day.

My favorite high school sports memory is making the super 8 with my hockey team junior year.

What coaches inspired you the most? And why?

My club coaches Heather Hartford and Maggie Meager. They have been so encouraging over the years and have pushed me out of my comfort zone so I could compete at my best ability.

What advice would you give to other high school athletes?

To keep working hard and practice has much as you can. The work and practice may seem useless at the time, but in the long run all the hours and time you put in will pay off.

What coaches inspired you the most? And why?

Why are sports so important to you?

They teach you many life lessons and allow you to escape from the stress of school.

What is your favorite high school sport memory?

My favorite high school memory was beating Franklin in the Creator’s Crosse championship game.

Robert Colburn Wynter Conlon

What is your favorite high school sport memory?

What advice would you give to other high school athletes? work hard to accomplish your goals and cherish every minute you have playing as a rebel.

Why are sports so important to you?

Sports are so important to me because they allow me to disconnect for the time I’m playing and just have fun.

Rhode Island College Volleyball What coaches inspired you the most? And why?

The coach that inspired me the most is Coach Jay Guinan (Club Coach). Coach Jay was my coach for 4 years and taught me so much. His leadership and direction motivated me. Most importantly, he believed in me and pushed me to believe in myself.

What is your favorite high school sport memory?

Beating Wellesley in 5 sets. The game was very close the whole time. We had a huge crowd and it was electrifying.

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Darragh Fahey Lindsey Ganshirt Kyle Hirshom

UMASS Boston Lacrosse

What is your favorite high school sport memory?

Westfield State University Saint Michael’s College Track and Field Lacrosse Why are sports so important to you?

Beating Franklin in the Creator’s Crosse championship game.

It’s an easy way to make friends. Keeps you busy and is honestly such a great way to stay in shape.

What advice would you give to other high school athletes?

What advice would you give to other high school athletes?

Why are sports so important to you?

What is your favorite high school sport memory?

Play it because you love it and work for everything you wish to achieve.

They are something that have had a big impact on my life.

Brett Lavanchy

Bridgewater State University Football What is your favorite sports memory?

Have fun and enjoy your time while you can.

Winning divisionals my junior year.

What coaches inspired you the most? And why?

Coach Lanahan, he was my lacrosse coach all throughout youth, and he really helped me with my development and he inspired me to work hard and become the player I am today.

Why are sports so important to you? It is something I have done my entire life, and something that I am really passionate about.

Matt Mulroy Christine Murray

A coach that inspired me was Corey Coogan. He was a motivating coach and personally pushed me throughout my four years and helped me be the best possible version of myself.

What is your favorite high school sport memory? When I scored my first Varsity point and received the coaches award my sophomore year.

Zach Schultz

What is your favorite high school sport memory?

What coaches inspired you the most? And why?

Why are sports so important to you?

They taught me the most lessons.

They get you involved with other people and you make some really good friends.

Winning states my junior year.

Why are sports so important to you? What advice would you give to other high school athletes?

The advice that I would give to other athletes would be to work hard in the weight room whenever

What advice would you give to other high school athletes?

What coaches inspired you the most?

you get the chance.

Don’t slack off, stay focused.

My club coach.

Work hard.

Kevin Sullivan Sarah Tierney

The Hotchkiss School Football

Worcester Academy Soccer

What coaches inspired you the most? And why?

What coaches inspired you the most? And why?

My favorite sports memory was taking the field for the first time as a Rebel my sophomore year.

What coaches inspired you the most? And why?

What is your favorite high school sport memory?

What advice would you give to other athletes?

What is your favorite high school sport memory?

Merrimack College Track and Field

Bridgewater State University Soccer

Starting my first varsity game my junior year in the playoffs.

Coach Greener because he taught me it takes hard work and humility to be successful.

Alex Hughes

Bentley University Field Hockey

Nichols College Football

The last play of our seventh grade football game against Needham when I threw a touchdown pass to Dan O’Leary.

Kyle Smith

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Coach Delaney, he taught me nothing is given to you, that you need to work hard and be determined in order to be successful.

What is your favorite high school sport memory? Scoring 5 seconds into the game from half against Natick.

My Dad because he always pushed me to work harder.

What is your favorite high school sport memory? Winning round 1 of the tournament senior year.

Why are sports so important to you? I’ve played them my whole life and they are fun.

Kate Wilmot

Merrimack College Track and Field

University of New England Softball

Favorite high school sport memory?

What coaches inspired you the most? And why?

Going to nationals my freshman year with the 4x800 team.

Why are sports so important to you? Sports are important to me because running means a lot to me and has been a big part of my life.

What coaches inspired you the most? And why?

Coach Cashman and Coach Murphy.

The coach that most inspired me was Coach Sprague. She pushed me to be the best I could be on and off the field every day.

What is your favorite high school sport memory?

My favorite memory was beating Norwood to win the Herget my junior year.

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Baseball Rebels













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Photo/ Brendan Moser

Photo/ Brendan Moser






By Olivia O’Connell Staff Writer The Walpole Rebels Baseball team made school history by clinching a spot in the Super Eight baseball tournament for the first time in school history on June 3. After finishing their regular season with a 15-5-0 record, the Rebels will compete for the Division 1A MIAA trophy against seven other top seeds in the postseason. “We’re really proud to carry the torch of the Bay State League into the Super Eight,” head coach Chris Costello said. “Both Braintree and Newton North have put us as a league on the map in this tournament and we certainly recognize that fact.”





The Rebels won the Bay State Herget Conference Championship two days prior to clinching the eighth seed, after defeating the Braintree Wamps—two-time Super Eight Champions—in a shutout of 13-0. The following day, the Rebels went on to face Newton-North and scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning, finishing the game 3-0 and securing their spot in the Super Eight. Pitcher and Northeastern University junior commit Cam Schlittler finished with an impressive 11 strikeouts against the Tigers, as well as only allowing four hits in six innings. “Being selected for the Super Eight is great,” Schlittler said. “The boys and I have played a tough,







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Sophomore Chris Mclean goes up to bat in the victorious Newton-North game.

successful season, and we can’t wait to see where this will take us.” The Rebels faced Boston College (BC) High, the number one seed, in the first round on Wednesday, June 6 away at BC High. Coach Costello was well-aware of the challenge they would face coming into the game. “BC High will present a number of challenges,” Costello said. “First and foremost, Mike Vasil, a Virginia commit and MLB prospect who’s arguably the best pitcher in Massachusetts.” Undoubtedly, the Rebels played a tough first round game with a loss of 4-0. The rebels will look to their standout players to continue their tournament run on a high-note. “[Schlittler] and Matt Do-

continues Conference




By Jack O’Meara Staff Writer Walpole Girls Lacrosse defeated Needham 14-10 on Monday, May 21 to secure their third consecutive Herget Title and win the Bay State Conference for the first time in program history.





“In any year, it’s a tremendous accomplishment, and certainly this year is no different,” coach Mike Tosone said. “[Needham] is a good team, Wellesley is a good team, Natick is a good team, and there are other good teams that on any given day could beat you, so I am thrilled.” With a 42-7 record and back-






nato have led our pitching staff going a combined 12-1. Bryan Kraus has led our offense hitting .347, three home runs and 20 RBI’s,” Costello said. “Dylan Hanifin and Matt Falvey have also had standout seasons offensively. Defensively, Jack Magane at shortstop and Tyler Page at catcher have provided elite-level defense.” Despite the team’s outcome in the tournament, they have had a historic season by attaining their first berth into the Super Eight. “I think we have had an awesome season. We have surpassed all of our goals from the beginning of the year both winning the Bay State Conference and making the Super Eight,” senior captain Tyler Page said.

historic first

Photo/ Jack O’Meara




to-back state championship game appearances, Walpole Girls Lacrosse has established itself as one of the top programs in Division II over the last two years. Over the offseason, however, MIAA realignment has bumped Walpole up to Division I. “We’ve had experience playing against some of the best teams in


run ever

the state every year,” senior captain Libby Foley said. “So I think we are ready for the challenge of Division I.” The Rebels have been led by senior captains Emily Curtis and Celia Walsh, alongside junior Audra Tosone. The trio of Division I commits helped the Rebels end their regular season 19-0 and enter the playoffs with their first undefeated season in program history. “It’s a deeper pool,” [Mike] Tosone said. “I would suggest that Cohasset was the best team regardless of division; they were the best team that I saw. Obviously, Needham that won [Division I] was a great team, but there are more elite teams in Division I.” The Rebels, who are currently ranked first in Massachusetts, graduated nine seniors from last year's team that saw a berth in the Division II championship. “It’s special this season because going into it I was a little nervous considering we have a lot of underclassmen,” Walsh said. “But we have been doing really well, and I am excited to see how playoffs go.” The Rebels entered the 2018 MIAA Girls Lacrosse East Division 1 tournament with a bye as they are ranked first out of 13 teams. They will face Natick in the second round of the tournament at Walpole on June 7 at 4:00.


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Softball heads into postseason after finishing strong With a 15-3 record, the Rebels enter the Division 1 South Sectional as the fifth seed Photo/ Megan Brigham





By Megan Brigham Staff Writer With a 15-3 record, the Walpole Girls Softball team entered the Division I South Sectional tournament as the fifth seed. To close their regular season, the Rebels defeated Norwood 11-2 on May 31, after suffering a 0-9 loss against Norton the previous day.





In Walpole’s game against Norton, Norton’s pitcher, Kelly Nelson, threw 18 strikeouts. Nelson was recently honored as Gatorade Player of Year for Massachusetts, and currently holds the state record for strikeouts pitched. The loss moved the Rebels’ record to 14-3. “[Nelson’s] probably the best pitcher in the state and the best we’ve ever faced. We were able to get three




runners on base off of her, but that was it as we were overmatched and couldn’t make the adjustments we needed to,” head coach Sprague said. Junior captain Mckenzie Rae was the sole player who got a hit, sending a ball to right center and making it to first base. Senior Eva Keyes also got on base twice after be-

ing hit by a pitch each time. In addition to being a strong defensive team, Norton also performed offensively strong, as many of their hits flew far into outfield, and they managed to score nine runs against the Rebels. “We faced a really strong team with a lot of skill, and even though we lost, the team was able to learn a lot from the game to help us get ready for tournament where we will be facing difficult teams,” Rae said. Bouncing back from their defeat, Walpole performed strongly against Norwood, and entered their post-season on a high note. “The Norwood game was great because we were able to bounce back offensively and our pitching and defense was solid. We scored 11 runs and everyone contributed, which is always a huge positive,” Sprague said. On June 9, the Rebels will play their first tournament game on their home field, Bird Middle School. Walpole will face the winner in the match against Somerset Berkeley, who is seeded 12th, and Brookline, seeded 21th. Before their game, Walpole will prepare on improving aspects of their short game such as bunting, dragging and slapping. They will also train to remain defensively strong to prevent making errors that may cost giving up any runs. “It’s important that we stay focused in our first playoff game because that determines how the rest of our playoffs will go, and it’s important that we all have our heads in the game and we come prepared to play,” junior captain Jacqui Mulcahy said.

Boys lacrosse takes down Bridgewater Raynham Rebels


By Brendan Moser Staff Writer In their final game of the regular season against Div. I opponent Bridgewater Raynham (BR), Walpole Boys Lacrosse sent the 15-1 Trojans home with a 12-3 loss. The Rebels finished the regular season 14-4, with their four losses being against Lincoln Sudbury, Xaverian, Needham and Westwood. With Needham being their only league loss, the Rebels finished atop the Herget and won the Bay State Conference for the second consecutive year. “It was a really good way to end the regular season. We knew they were a good team and we had to play well in order to gain momentum for the tournament,” senior Pat Fallon said. “We had contributions from everyone across the board, and it was a huge win for us.” In the game against BR, there were six different goalscorers for the Rebels. In the opening quarter, the Rebels came out hot, netting the first goal of the game within 30 seconds from senior captain Ryan Birch. Shortly after, senior Kyle Hirshom put away the Rebel’s second goal. Completely controlling the game, senior captain Cullen McGlynn scored, followed by yet another goal less than a minute later from Birch. To finish an unchallenged first quarter, junior Conor Foley and Hirshom both scored, ending it at 6-0 Rebels. “Going into the game we knew that they had some good offensive




players, so the strong performance from our defense made my job pretty easy,” junior goalkeeper Joe McGrath said. Walpole’s confidence eventually cooled down at the beginning of the second quarter, as the Rebels could not capitalize on a dropped ball that led to a breakaway. McGrath made an athletic one-on-one save that was followed by another goal from Foley, who decided to take charge and net yet another one just under two minutes later. To end the second quarter, McGrath repeatedly made various foot saves, but eventually the Trojans got one by him, to make it 8-1 Rebels at the half. “My goals were just part of a great team win, and winning the game was big for us. It allows us to go into the playoffs fired up after coming off a solid game,” Foley said. Tempers started to flare in the third quarter, as Birch put away another goal that eventually led to a technical and personal foul on the Trojans and one personal foul on the Rebels. At the start of the power play for the Rebels, junior Tom Shea entered the field, received the ball and charged for the goal and scored, marking Walpole’s tenth goal of the game. “I made a nice cut to the net,” Shea said. “[McGlynn] just made a perfect pass right to my stick, so I took my shot.” Just seconds into the final quarter, McGrath came up large when he made an acrobatic save with his helmet. 7:48 left on the clock, Shea





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scored his second goal of the game, assisted by senior Cam Scales, who put in his own goal the next play. The last scoring chance of the game came from BR with 2:11 on the clock, and McGrath blocked the behind-the-back shot to end the game, 12-3 Rebels. “We came out fast, and we have struggled doing that before,






and it allowed some of the younger guys to get in the game, which builds our confidence heading into the tournament,” McGlynn said. The Rebels earned the number three seed in the tournament and received a first round bye. They play at home against North Attleboro in their first postseason game on Saturday, June 9.

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The Hecks say goodbye in the final season of “The Middle”



By Catherine Hurwitz Entertainment Editor


The final episode of “The Middle” premiered on May 22. Since its debut in 2009, “The Middle” has been a relatable satire that follows the lives of the Heck family in the rural Orson, Indiana. Other television shows in the past have featured ideal families, like “Leave it to Beaver” back in the 1950s and “Full House” in the 1990s; however, “The Middle” showcases an unfiltered version of a typical family in the 21st century. With a final goodbye and the actors’ accurate stereotypes of American life, “The Middle” brilliantly closes out its ninth season by bestowing closure for all the Hecks—especially through Axl’s maturity and Sue’s love life—and bringing back memorable easter eggs from the past seasons like Reverend TimTom and the Hecks’ iconic squabbles. With Frankie (Patricia Heaton) as the caring but overbearing-at-times mother, Mike (Neil Flynn) as the impassive father, Axl (Charlie McDermott) as the irritable son, Sue (Eden Sher) as the optimistic daughter and Brick (Atticus Shaffer) as the quirky son, “The Middle” has been a time capsule representing the average life of a middle-class family living in the middle of nowhere. The season begins as Axl returns home Europe with a manbun and relaxed attitude. In episode eight, he visits his college friend Hutch (Alphonso McAuley), who is now a mature adult but was once a lazy student athlete like Axl. In turn, Axl gets a haircut and a job, and he decides to reexamine his life choices. With her endless scrapbooks,










inspirational posters and relentless cheerfulness, Sue serves as the upbeat comic relief. Throughout the season, Sue and her neighbor Sean Donahue (Beau Wirick) go back and forth proclaiming their feelings for each other, symbolized by a snowglobe, and they do not become a couple until the very last episode. The Donahue family is the stereotypically perfect family in the neighborhood that have been regulars on the show to juxtapose with the slovenly lives of the Hecks. Serving as an inspiration to the adolescent Sue, Reverend TimTom (Paul Hipp) had been on the show in past seasons as a folk singer that made learning religion cool. In episode 13 of the last season, he returns and goes on a singing tour throughout Indiana with Frankie. He is also in “A

Heck of a Ride” as a wedding officiant. Other characters return to the last season, such as Mike’s brother Rusty (Norm MacDonald), Mike’s father Grandpa Big Mike (John Cullum), Brick’s therapist Dr. Fulton (Dave Foley) and Frankie’s boss Dr. Goodwin (Jack McBrayer). Their significance in past seasons comes full circle with their comforting and humorous returns. As for Brick, he is always the one to sit in the middle during family road trips; therefore, he is the one to intake all of the Heck’s insanity. In the last episode, Sue and Axl fight over freezing Sue’s body after death, Frankie and Mike fight about their wills written on a napkin and everybody fights about the lost blue bag of snacks. The end of the episode takes

a look into the future of the Hecks, highlighting Axl’s success in business, Sue’s love life and Brick’s success as an author. This preview into the rest of the Hecks’ lives provides an appropriate conclusion to their memories as a family and is a perfect ending to compliment each of their personalities. Brick may be sitting in the middle, Sue may be the middle child, Axl may be in the middle of starting a career after a mediocre schooling experience—any which way, the Heck family represents the majority of modern American families, and those families watch the show together weekly. “The Middle” ends its run with the closure of a slightly dysfunctional family and the return of the fan-favorite details and characters from past seasons.

Shawn Mendes’ newest album marks a fresh new direction Billboard-winning artist collaborates with other pop singers to produce “Shawn Mendes: The Album” By Emily Smith Staff Writer Nineteen-year-old pop idol Shawn Mendes released his third fulllength studio album on May 25, and unsurprisingly, he is receiving significant praise for this self-titled Billboard chart-topper. Mendes began to attract a following in 2013 when he started posting song covers on the video sharing app “Vine.” Since then, he has captured millions of hearts around the world with now three hit albums. Shawn Mendes’ new self-titled album diverges from his past work bringing in fresh collaborations with prominent artist, while also staying true to his classic pop roots. This third, self-titled album is by far the most engaging and mature of Mendes’ work because of the variance in style between each track. Every song on the album is entirely unique, as songs like “Particular Taste” and “Nervous,” both in collaboration with experts Julia Michaels and Ryan Tedder, delve into modern pop styles while others are more heart-on-his-sleeve, romantic ballads like “Why.” Listeners can also easily tell which pieces were in collaboration with singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran because of the composition similarities between Mendes’ tracks and other artists’. “Because I Had You” matches the soft guitar from Sheeran’s past work for Justin Bieber: “Love Yourself.” Mendes knows just how to hype up his audience for a new fulllength album: by consistently releasing


singles up to the official release date. Mendes released track after track, starting with the first single from his 2018 album, “In My Blood,” on March 22. Without letting his fans catch a break from all of the excitement, “Lost In Japan” was released the following day. Both “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan” start out more mellow than past work from his sophomore album “Illuminate,” hinting at a new signature sound. “In My Blood” even experiments with a never before

seen contemporary pop-rock side of Mendes. Nevertheless, Mendes displays his full vocal range and stuns listeners with his signature powerful notes during the builds of both songs. Mendes truly outdid himself with his third of five singles, as he released a collaboration with popular R&B and hip-hop artist, Khalid. The dynamic duo’s song “Youth” is a perfect blend of both singer’s specialties. Their harmonies, because of their starkly contrasting sounds, are beautifully unique.

The only thing missing from “Shawn Mendes” is a distinct flare within the lyrics that would diverge from his usual work. Sure, the songs sound great with each varying style, but the lyrics’ themes are pop cliches. The lyrics in the majority of the songs on this album mirror those of any other pop star and there is nothing about them that is unique. Almost every song is told from some persona that is a variation of a classic “one who got away” or “forbidden love” or another overdone narrative. Mendes brought new sounds to the table with this third album, but majority of the lyrics are unoriginal and hackneyed. Mendes’ third studio album has blown away fans of his work with its new sound and style, and in turn, it is the catalyst for the break of his records on an international scale. Within a week of its release, 182,000 copies of “Shawn Mendes” were sold, surpassing the records of Mendes’ sophomore album “Illuminate” immensely. With the mass amount of support for his new album, Shawn Mendes is third youngest solo artist to collect three number one full-length works, trailing just behind Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. All in all, “Shawn Mendes: The Album” represents a fresh new direction for the young pop star and fans are beyond satisfied, as Mendes is reaching new heights with this third chart-topper. Since his informal song covers on Vine in 2013, Shawn Mendes has certainly made a name for himself in the music industry as a top Billboard artist.

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s t a n d s The up-andBubbling Brook, Crescent Ridge, Watson’s and Furlong’s dating back 70-90 years coming fashion trends Bubbling Brook of summer 2018 By Catherine Hurwitz and Emily Smith Entertainment Editor and Staff Writer Photo/

Charlotte Stone and Jack Stone, now great-grandparents, have gone to Bubbling Brook since they were kids. When they began seeing each other, they were in high school, and Charlotte lived in Milford while Jack was from Dorchester, making Bubbling Brook the perfect halfway point for dates. Symbolically upon their marriage, their daughter Maxine Smith Since 1932, Crescent Ridge Dairy Farm in Sharon has been staple to all ice-cream lovers in the Walpole area with its phenomenal range of homemade ice creams and ice cream cakes. Crescent ridge has a whopping 37 flavors of their award-winning ice cream along with 14 sherberts, sorbets, frozen yogurts and “no sugar added” ice creams. The attraction today is still a farm with cows and goats in the back. In 1894, H.F. Maxwell established this farm, and in 1932 Malby and Mildred Parrish created the Crescent Ridge Dairy on the 44-acre property. In 1953, making 325 quarts of milk each day led to the business’s capability to deliver milk to towns other than Sharon. In 1968, they used their fresh

said, “They bought a house a quarter of a mile away and right down the street from Bubbling Brook.” If someone lives within the Bubbling Brook radius, it is fair to say that one of their favorite days of the year is opening day on which locals wait in an excruciatingly long line just for their first taste of ice cream of the season. After a long, cold winter, Bubbling Brook

Crescent Ridge

In Norwood, quaint shop with bright red awnings, a matching door and a large print of “Candies” upon the white building catch the eyes of drivers passing through. Upon entering the store, customers smell the aroma of sweet chocolates and candies. Beginning in 1929, Norwood’s Furlong’s Candies has been a hidden gem, encapsulating the essence of the oldtime candy shop and ice cream stand. “The majority of the chocolate recipes that we use are all the original recipes from 1929. Every single piece of candy in this store was hand-dipped. We have our dippers out there that are all from 1929, so they’re 90 years old—they still work,” owner Nancy Thrasher said. One of the biggest developments comes down to the addition of a

Photo/ Emily Smith

By Eva Clarke Staff Writer

Summer 2018 is approaching, and with school ending soon many students are eager to go to the beach or camps, while other students are looking forward to the style trends of the summer that they can be sure to flaunt on their social media platforms and translate into next year’s school year. Many of these trends are popping up repeatedly on various online shopping sites, such as Urban Outfitters and Zara, as well as social media; here is what to add to your summer style this upcoming season:

Floral/Tropical Prints:

milk to make ice cream that is still loved to this day. The farm is still a family-owned business, with the third and fourth generation of the family working there currently. “I completely love Crescent Ridge because it is open year round,” junior Nicole St. Germain said. Crescent Ridge appeals to

children through their incentive program— slap bracelets called Crescent Ridge Bands, which lead up to earning a discount on their handmade cones. As a local favorite, a trip to the historic Crescent Ridge is worth the visit. Crescent Ridge is located at 355 Bay Road in Sharon.


1932 in the space that is now Hefez and Son’s Jewelers and near the Cooperative bank in the center of town. After, the shop moved into the building they are in today, which was a former homestead. Griffin and her husband bought Watson’s, and 10 years later, Scoops Ice Cream was built on the side. “We actually make our products exactly the same way Mr. Watson made it in 1932,” Griffin said. However, they have added—and are continuing to add—even more recipes onto their list of classics. “We have begun adding some products that are all organic and raw food,” Griffin said. “I’m going to try to start manufacturing some higher cocoa content.” Overall, Watson’s is keeping their methods the same as the originals. Watson’s Candies is located at 761 Main Street in Walpole.


Walpole’s own Watson’s Candies has always had a place in the hearts of local residents. Once opening the intricately painted door, welcoming faces light up the room full of various assortments of chocolate. This spring, Watson’s celebrates its 85th

welcomes the warmer months as cars flood the parking lot to buy mouthwatering ice cream cones and meet up with friends and family like Jack and Charlotte did. One of Bubbling Brook’s most special treats is their swirled soft serve ice creams, which change flavors every two weeks from Java Berry to Piña Colada. With their ice creams, children play around the famous brook, which the restaurant got its name from. Smith said, “I used to walk there all the time. There was a shed behind the restaurant and I remember there was a cat and her little kittens, and I remember there being sheep behind the fence near where the picnic tables are now.” Since its founding in 1951, Bubbling Brook has proudly catered to generations. Bubbling Brook is located at 1652 High Street in Westwood.

year in business. Owner Virginia Griffin remarks that Easter was the shop’s first holiday that they made candies. Watson’s still makes chocolate eggs and bunnies every year, but a lot has changed since Doug and Doris Watson started the business in


Photo/ Emily Smith

A major theme that continues to repeat through an examination of summer clothing is vibrant and busy tropical prints, primarily featuring flowers and in bright hues of primary colors: red, blue and yellow. These articles of clothing tend to showcase the print on dresses, shirts and sometimes even rompers or jumpsuits, and typically have a loose, flowy fabric.

Nike Air Max:

For those who are more into the very popular athleisure style that has been very apparent on social media platforms like Instagram, then you need to invest in a pair of Nike Air Maxes. These shoes combine sporty and stylish, and are perfect to pair with such brands like Adidas, Nike and Champion, which pair bold colors with metallics. The shoes run around $160, which is a bit pricey for a high schooler on a budget, but the shoes are durable and come in a large variety of colors.


This print is primarily seen on jumpsuits and ankle length dresses that provide a large canvas for the long and thick stripes, and also include a flowy and light fabric, perfect for hot summer days. The stripes tend to be pastel colored and paired with a white background fabric to give off a more beachy feel.


machine called the enrober, which was added about 25 years ago. Their enrober makes the once time-consuming process of coating the chocolate more efficient and resembles the machine in the “I Love Lucy” chocolate factory episode. Although the recipes have been consistent throughout the years, they recently added caramel chocolate apples.

“I recommend the dark chocolate almond turtles—that’s always one of my go-to’s, or the dark chocolate sea salt turtles,” Thrasher said. One should visit Furlongs not only for their popular candy but for the expansive collection of ice cream, which opens annually in April. Furlongs is located at 1355 Providence Highway on Route 1 in Norwood.

Not only can you enjoy your picnic on this print, but wear it as well! Gingham, a usually black and white checkered print, has been around for some time, but this trendy pattern is now being sold in a variety of fun summer colors, with a few pastels mixed in. Many brands have released new clothes like skirts and fitted dresses that feature the retro pattern. An item big on social media and at WHS in the Karla dress from Brandy Melville, which features the print on a fitted, above-the-knee dress perfect for going out with friends, going to the beach or going into the city.

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Students spend summers on inspiring service trips Walpole High School students travel to foreign countries to help the less fortunate Photo/ Carter Knott

Photo/ Carter Knott Photo/ Carter Knott

“While we are there, we share the love that God has for them and serve them by washing their feet and hair since a lack of personal hygiene is a major cause of disease,” Knott said.

By Jess Ferguson Assistant News Editor

Carter Knott

For the past six years, senior Carter Knott has spent a week during his summer devoted to helping communities in Guatemala. Throughout his trip, he travels to places including Guatemala City, La Gomera and San Lucas. Knott goes on these trips through an organization entitled Manna Worldwide, aimed towards rescuing families from poverty. “My favorite part about this trip is seeing the impact that we have

Jess Horne

Junior Jess Horne will be going to Costa Rica with her cousin this year for the first time through the program Rustic Pathways, which combines service activities with cultural experiences, from July 1018. Horne is visiting La Fortuna, a small town outside capital San José. “I decided to go on this trip after my cousin went on a similar one to the Dominican Republic,” Horne said. “She has so many

Gabby O’Hara

For the first time last year, junior Gabby O’Hara traveled to a small village called Batey San Rafael in the Dominican Republic through an organization entitled Praying Pelican Missions with her church. During the summer of 2019, O’Hara plans to go back to the same place again. O’Hara’s experience in Batey San Rafael involved spreading religion to others, as Praying Pelican Missions’ goal is to “connect the local church on a global level.” She and 30 members of her church spent each morning do-

“Someone could be having an awful day, but the second you turn to them and give them a smile and say hello, it turns their entire day around,” Knott said.

on these families’ lives,” Knott said. “They live in the one of the poorest parts of their country but are still so loving and generous. It’s such an eyeopening experience and makes you realize all the blessings we have.” While in Guatemala, Knott does different types of work, including volunteering at orphanages, playing with children, going on home visits and bringing supplies to families. However, aside from that, he also does construction work to improve the community. “We have been in the process of building a church, which is

now also running a feeding center out of it. A few years ago, we built an orphanage in Guatemala City that is now housing over 50 children and newborns,” Knott said. Though Knott goes on these trips to help poverty-ridden areas, they have also served as a gateway to many new friendships that have lasted through the past six years. “I have made relationships that will last a lifetime,” Knott said. “I still talk to one of the girls I met from the feeding center my first trip. Every year I go back, I find her and her family and spend time with them.”

While the trip is an eyeopening experience for Knott, he advises that students wishing to go on a similar trip be prepared for the destitution they may encounter. “If you are not emotionally prepared to see hardships, then you will have a hard time going on these kinds of trips because when you go, you are going with a purpose to serve in any conditions,” Knott said. “Being in a third-world country really puts into perspective how tremendously blessed we are. There is so much hurt and poverty that we don’t see in America on a daily basis.”

memories and always talks about how amazing it was, so I thought I would enjoy something like it too.” Though Horne has not yet gone on the trip, she received an itinerary with the activities from day to day, combining service activities like improving schools, planting trees and teaching English to children, with zip-lining, whitewater rafting and visiting volcanoes and hot springs. While in Costa Rica, Horne will also learn about

the Ticos, or native Costa Ricans. “I’m looking forward to the mix of service and learning about a new culture while also meeting kids around the country,” Horne said. “I hope to learn about a new culture I know almost nothing about, the Tico culture. I am really looking forward to being able to interact with—but most importantly help—the locals.” Before planning the trip, Horne and her cousin did extensive research on different trips to see

what suited their interests so they could get the most out of the trip as possible. She recommends doing the same thing for prospective travelers. “Although I haven’t been on my trip yet, a word of advice would be to do your research and see what you really want to get out of a service project,” Horne said. “There are so many different options out there through so many different programs, so you can definitely find one that you could see yourself participating in.”

ing vacation bible school—religious education targeted towards children—with 50 adolescents from the village. After that, they also spent time helping to rebuild the community. “We worked on building large chicken coops for the families, and we raised money at our church to purchase chickens for each of the 15 families in the village,” O’Hara said. “We also donated supplies like shirts, shorts and sneakers to the families since they had no money to purchase them.” Although she knew everyone from church who went on the trip, O’Hara also formed new relationships with people from Batey San Rafael.

“Every day, we played with the children and brought them basketballs. Even though we only went a week, I became friends with all the kids I played with,” O’Hara said. “This trip brought me closer to everyone in the village from grandparents to young children.” O’Hara’s week-long trip changed her perspective on the world and taught her things she otherwise might not have learned. “I learned that instead of looking at what I do not have, I have to make an effort to focus on what I do have,” O’Hara said. “Although these families have close to nothing in mate-

rial things, they have so much love and joy they shared with us. I also learned that having gratitude helps us focus on experiences instead of material things.” O’Hara would recommend this trip to students like herself who are interested in helping out impoverished areas of the world, and she plans on going back every other year with her church. “I would definitely recommend this trip to someone interested in helping a poor part of the world. The people were beyond thankful for the help we gave to them, and it gives you a whole new perspective on life,” O’Hara said.

Photo/ Gabby O’Hara

Photo/ Gabby O’Hara

O’Hara and senior Breanna Andreassi with Batey San Rafael children during their trip last year.

O’Hara and her sister Chloe, a former Walpole High student, with girls from last summer’s trip.

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