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The Benefits of
By: Adrian Kelley
Windham High School offers an extensive variety of Advanced Placement (AP) classes. These classes are offered through a program called College Board, which is also the same program that Windham High School takes the SATs through. Many people in the community may argue that the class is just a class that only teaches the students the skills on how to take an exam instead of sincere knowledge, and that the exams are a hefty price for how difficult they are. But when the benefits of taking Advanced Placement classes are looked into, they are worth the money and effort.
Taking an AP class is a great prep for the passing the corresponding AP test. The AP test is held every May, and is scored on a scale from one to five. And if the students choice of college offers AP credits, a score of a 3 or higher on the test could allow them to earn college credits without even paying college tuition.
AP classes are also great classes to take in preparation to college. these classes cover a large amount of material and move at a fast pace similar to introductory college courses. During an interview with Brendan Sanphy a Junior at WHS, he admitted that “while AP classes are tough and a lot of work, they are worth your time.” He also stated that “AP classes are a great preparation for college. ” The fast pace and larger workload will overall make the transition from high school to college easier for the student.
These classes also show admissions officers at colleges that the student is ready for college-level work. Windham High School gives extra weight on to AP grades when calculating a student's GPA. Many fear that their grades will go down from taking an AP class, but often taking an AP class and getting a B is a better choice than getting an A in a regular level class. When applying to college, admission officers look for students who can handle a college curriculum. They view a student's application based off of what they have done in high school academically and their ability to handle a challenging course load. They want to see the students' commitment to their education and are seeking students who have chosen to challenge themselves with AP classes make them boldly stand out.
By: Jamie Louko
The Swim Team at Windham High has had a great season so far. Although they had a tough loss against Deering, the team had multiple wins and many people qualify for states during their latest meet. Michael Ryan, Nathan Plummer, Dylan Palmer, and Evan Desmond came in first in the 400 Freestyle Relay and beat the Deering relay team by almost 1 whole minute. Davin Farinella went to states in the 50 Freestyle Relay with a time of 26.50 seconds, the exact states time. Haley Theberge also made states in the 100 meter backstroke and the 100 meter free. Michael Ryan also qualified for states in the 100 meter Butterfly.
Haley said “when I was racing I wasn’t even thinking about qualifying. It wasn’t until the last 25 yards that I would look up at the coaches freaking out and then I realized that I could make states.” Evan Desmond has had a stunning year by making states in every single event but the longest race, the 500 meter freestyle. Peter Small, the swim coach for his 7th year said that “we have been working really hard. Not just this week in preparing for southwesterns and states but through the whole season in general. We’ve started slowing down to prevent injuries but it is all mind games at this point.
If we keep working like we are, I think that we will do well at states and southwesterns.” The Boys have southwesterns, where all the division 1 swim teams compete against each other, where they hope to wrap up their regular season with a good performance on Friday the 9th, at Cape Elizabeth. The girls wrap up their season on Saturday the 10th, also at Cape. States competition is at University of Maine, Orono the week after states. We hope that they have a successful meet at Orono.
Swim Season Wraps Up
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By: Kaitlyn Roberts
During a school sporting event, the players that take part love when their school comes out to support them and cheer them on. An issue that this has brought to Windham High School is that more students have been attending the boys’ games than the girls’,even if the boys are away. WHS athlete Kayla Gorman said “it is nice to feel supported” and that she enjoys her school cheering her on and when they fill the eagle’s nest and cheer. She said “it feels like we are about to get a dub (win).” Having school supportgives players more confidence.
Dierhow Bol, a junior starter on the boys varsity team can dunk and do other things that the girls cannot, so the students go crazy when they see that. WhenDierhow was asked how he felt when the eagles nest would scream and chant for the team, he said: “unreal.It gives us so much more confidence and just makes the game more fun to play.”
Other students that were interviewed explained they like to see the dunk from Dierhow but others mentioned that they really try to go to all and keep it pretty equal but they follow the crowd. So where the majority go the rest follow.
Boys Basketball Drawing More Fans At Home Games
Photo of the Eagles Nest at a boys game taken by Stephanie Coffin
By: Ivan Kaffel
Nick Curtis will be taking his talents to St Joseph’s College. The Windham native will gladly be going to his father Eric’s alma mater. The St Joe’s coach coached Nick’s head basketball coach that he has right now, Chad Pulkkinen. This is a great connection to have because Coach Pulkkinen has a lot of the same coaching styles that his coach is going to have next year. When asked about what he is excited for about St Joe’s, and what did they like most about Nick, he said, “I am excited for the college life, and they liked how I played and took control of the game, they checked my grades over all four years of my high school career and really liked what they saw. I am really looking forward to next year and taking a big step in my basketball career.”
The Windham basketball player has been on the varsity squad for his full four years of high school. Last week he scored his one thousandth point. He joined a very small group of one thousand point scorers; only one other Windham man ever scored one thousand points. The man’s name was Darren Elder. “It felt good to see all of my hard work pay off when I hit the shot,” Nick said. “Ever since I was five I’ve been playing basketball, so it feels really good.” Nick is in a gym at least five times a week, year round. The senior point guard for the Windham Eagles has been a captain for two of his four years here at Windham High School. Nick said, “I feel that I am the leader most of the time for this team.” Nick just lead the Windham boys to the AA North final game in the playoffs.
Nick Curtis Commits to St. Joseph's
By: Eric Weisser
The Windham Varsity basketball team had a successful season finishing with a record of 13-5 landing them in the playoffs. Their team is lead by star guards Nick Curtis and Michael Gilman, but they wouldn't be in the position that they were in without the Senior Captain Nathan Watson.
Nate Watson impacted the team by bringing energy off the bench and stepping up when needed. He comes off the bench with energy, and he sacrifices his body by taking charges for the team. When he is on the bench, he is supporting his teammates by waving the towel and getting loud when one of his teammates do something good. Nate said “I like getting excited for my teammates because it really gets them going during the game.” Nate also said “I lay it on the line because that's what my team needs me to do.” He thinks his game resembles Kendrick Perkins. Kendrick Perkins is a former NBA champion who always has his teammates back. He is a hard worker who is always looking to improve his game. He avoids injuries by treating his body right in the offseason. Nate Watson has won the Jacoby Jersey because of his hard work in practices and games. The Jacoby Jersey is given out by Coach Pulkkinen in honor of his former teammate, Jason Jacoby, who was diagnosed with ALS. You receive this jersey by being a good teammate and working hard in practices and games. His coach Chad Pulkkinen is always praising how he plays and saying how good of a kid he is. Nate may not be the go-to guy on this team, but he does the little things the team needs for them to come out with the win. Nate is the glue to this team; they wouldn't be in the place they are without the Senior Captain.
Boys Basketball Shows Heart
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By: Hayden Bilodeau
Spring time is that time when tennis comes rolling around. The Windham High School tennis team has high hopes for the season, looking to get the state championship banner. Andrew Wing, a varsity basketball and soccer player, has also turned his many talents to the tennis court. There on the court, he will be accompanied by his varsity basketball teammate Cory Hutchinson. Andrew talked about how he thinks the tennis team could do in this year’s season. “The goal every season is to get the championship,” Wing said. “(The) team could make a push for states this season.” He also said that “on a scale from 1 to 10 with the addition of Cory Hutchinson, the team is at a 9.”
Cory Hutchinson also had something to say about the upcoming season. He said “it isn't my first time playing tennis, but it is my first year playing it for the school.” He also believes like Andrew that that the two could combine for a banner this season. Because Cory is a senor, he will only have one year to make a run for the trophy, but his partner in crime Andrew is a junior, so he will have two more chances. When asked to rank the team on a one to ten scale, Cory said “it is a ten.” The tennis team has been a part of the school for a while, but it doesn't seem to get the same amount of publicity as football or basketball does, which is unfortunate because WHS has a great tennis program. But with high hopes and all the confidence Andrew and Cory have, there could possibly be a chance that they bring home the trophy. Maybe the team could bring back the trophy like in 2010 when Windham won states. If they did bring back the trophy, it could possibly bring back the popularity to the great sport of tennis.
It's Tennis Time At WHS!
By: Icek Coloumbe
This is my first time releasing a review to the public. This might seem like a strange first movie to review, but the reason I did it was because the main audience for this review will be high schoolers, and the movie takes place in a high school with high schoolers (even though they look ten years older than teens).
The Adventures of Food Boyis a coming-of-age movie in which the highschool student Ezra Chase (played by Lucas Grabeel) learns he has the superpower of creating food. This is one of those movies in which you invite a bunch of friends over and laugh about how terrible the movie is. It is one of those movies that is absolute torture to watch alone because you don’t have anyone around you to laugh with or to distract yourself from the movie. This causes you to notice every single little detail that makes the movie a pile of garbage.
First of all,The Adventures of Food Boyis made to annoy you as much as possible. Almost the entire soundtrack is extremely similar punk rock music that plays after every single conversation and during every single “action” scene. There are useless scenes put in just to try and get a laugh out of the audience, but they end up just prolonging screen time in a boring and unfunny way that sometimes doesn’t even make any sense.
For example, there is a part in which the main characters are at a party. After all the important plot points play out, there is an extra scene in the dark outside that shows a bunch of people standing around socializing. There is no one recognizable in the scene at this point, and even if there was, it would be impossible to see them because of how underexposed the shot is. Suddenly, one of the people turns around and it is actually a character we know about. He then sits down on the ground, and it goes to the next scene in a different set. It is maybe supposed to show that the character is socially awkward, but no real person would simply plop themselves on the dirty floor when they have nothing else to do. More annoying things include the same sound effect being used multiple times in a row, and a camera that can constantly move between two characters’ faces extremely quickly instead of just using a shot with both the characters in frame or cutting between the two faces.
Although there is plenty in the movie to make you angry, there are also a bountiful amount of laughably confusing parts. The most infamous of these is when our main character Ezra first discovers his powers. He runs into the bathroom and creates a huge mess of mustard, bread, and ham. The mood of this scene doesn’t know what it wants to be, so it just tries to be everything. It tries to be funny by having this kid go crazy in the bathroom and punk rock playing, but it also tries to be dramatic by showing Ezra extremely angry and confused that he can create food. This dramatic angle is also seen in how is friends react when they see the mess; they don’t go “Eww, gross!” like they would if the movie was trying to be funny, but instead stare in complete and utter shock at the mess. What also doesn’t make sense is why they ask no questions, such as “where did you get all of this food?” or “where were you keeping all of this food?” They all just simply think he did this as a prank despite Ezra himself also being completely covered in mustard and Ezra’s utter shock.
More confusion comes from when the explanation of the food powers come. Ezra’s grandmother explains to him that there are 59 food groups and after 5900 days, you get the powers, 59 days after getting the powers you can choose if you want to keep them. She then also explains every person with the power to create food has created a really innovative addition to the food world. For instance, Egyptian pharaoh Hatshepsut had the food power, blah, blah, blah. They somehow expect you to remember all of these things just from one single scene in which it is all explained, and then most of it doesn’t even matter whatsoever. The only thing that matters is that Ezra can choose to keep his powers, and he originally does not want to keep them because they start ruining his social life. But in the end, he chooses to keep them for a completely unrealistic reason. He sees that his biggest and worst bully has a bruise on his head, so Ezra creates a bag of frozen veggies to ice it with. That moment is his entire inspiration to keep his powers. Not to make his grandma happy by making a new food innovation, but to lessen the pain of a minor bruise on his biggest bully that has been nothing but mean to him the entire movie.Overall,The Adventures of Food Boyis a completely laughable piece of garbage that only has the purpose of making money off of ignorant parents that want to watch something with their toddler kids. If you decide to watch this movie, do yourself a favor and watch it with a few friends so you won’t feel extremely worn out by the end.
Movie Review: The Adventures Of Food Boy
Restaurant Review: The Deckhouse
By: Hayden Bilodeau
The deckhouse is a small restaurant that is in Windham, Maine and located on the property of Seacoast. It is not very big when being compared to other restaurants, especially in the winter because the deck where there is more space to eat is closed. Below the Main restaurant, there is also a coffee shop which can be good for someone who is spending the day at Seacoast, but is not hungry enough to have a full course meal. But if guests are really hungry, they can enjoy the day at Seacoast with mini golf in the summer or snow tubing in the winter. After the eventful day at Seacoast, customers can then proceed to eat at the Deckhouse. The Deckhouse is a relatively small but still a great place.There is plenty of parking and it is handicap accessible. The have a big square bar for those who are older than 21.
There are two sections with plenty of seating and some have sofas for options to sit in. On Fridays and Saturdays, there are bands that play live music. There are many TVs so people can stay updated on sports. The menu isn't very big, but it has all of the essential foods, like burgers, steaks, salads and wings. It also has some different options like salt and vinegar fries. It has plenty of drinks and the menu also offers many different desserts. The waiters and waitress are very good. I consistently get good service everytime I go there. The food that is cooked by the chefs tastes fantastic and will satisfy your hunger. After being there, you will also feel the same way that this review describes. There aren’t many bad things to say about the Deckhouse except they could use a bigger waiting area, but other then that: two thumbs up.
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Students Weigh-in On The Increase in Vaping
By: Jamie Louko
Vaping has become an epidemic in high schools, and it has become a very popular thing to do for kids, especially in Windham High School this school year. “Yeah people vape in the school all the time. They usually vape in the bathrooms,” Riley Bridge, a 10th grader from Windham says, “I’d say about 65% of the school vapes often. I also see other kids vaping in the bathroom like 2 times per week.” The Juul, a small, black, e-cigarette that can be hidden by holding it in a closed fist, has become very popular in Windham High School, and other schools across the country. There has been a big spike recently with teens and some young adults. Advertisers have marketed it as a safe alternative to smoking, but Juuls have a high percentage of nicotine, the addictive ingredient in cigarettes, which can cause addiction for young kids using juuls or other e-cigarettes. One pod that is used in a Juul has about the same amount of nicotine as a whole pack of cigarettes.
There are also lots of unknown chemicals that are in e-cigarettes that could potentially be very dangerous for young adults. One thing that potentially makes Juuls and e-cigarettes so popular is that they have no odor, they are very easy to hide, and they release a relatively low amount of smoke, compared to regular cigarettes and other vape products. Another thing that makes them so addictive is that they also have a wide variety of flavors like fruit medley and cremébrule. Another reason why it is so popular is that the Juul device, with its sleek design that resembles a flash drive, is a special hit with teens. "It's definitely more discreet," Bridge says. Using this device is not called vaping, but rather Juuling which provides a less ominous, more normal name for kids that use Juuls.
By: Anthony Lamonte
Windham High School schedule makers decided on 9 minutes for advisory time length. This decision made years ago still affects students almost every day at Windham High School.
Many years ago, office workers at Windham High School decided to make the time length of advisory 9 minutes. On Mondays and Tuesdays, advisory is after the first period of the day, and on Thursdays and Fridays, it’s before the last period of the day. For a classroom meeting to get information about the day, 9 minutes seems like an odd amount of time. Why not make it 5 minutes, or even increase it to 20 minutes? “9 minutes is not really a weird amount of time, because advisory is a time to get information,” said Logan Cropper, senior at Windham High. But aren’t there those people in advisory who are waiting around for the bell to ring after the teacher gives you the daily announcements? Of course. That will probably never change, but it can be a whole lot less.
What about the weekly schedule? Why have advisory after the first period of the day? Or before the last? And why don’t we have advisory on Wednesdays? Rumor has it that during pride block on Wednesdays, students might be going to their advisory if they’re not signed up for anything else. But what about the 75% of the school that is going to other classes for pride block? Especially since teachers and advisors are pushing students to sign up for a class during this 45 minute period. “9 minutes is a good amount of time for advisory. I think it’s perfect. I wouldn’t change it if I had a choice,” said Gabriel McPhail.
In all, 9 minutes might be a weird amount of time for advisory at Windham High School, but it might just be the right amount of time. Students apparently like getting information, then having 5 minutes to talk to their friends. 9 minutes seems like the right amount of time for advisory.
Opinion: Is Advisory The Right Length?
By: Emma Davis
Students at Windham High School are experiencing an illness called Senioritis. When a student finally reaches their senior year of High School, all that is on their mind is graduation, and getting out Windham as fast as they possibly can.
Senior year goes by faster can anyone can explain. Little do seniors know that skipping classes and slacking on homework will really come back and bite them in the butt in the second half of the year. To a senior, going to Dunkin Donuts is better than going to a Senior Personal Finance class, and when there is sub, why go? No way does the senior need to know how to write a check or buy a car. Why would they need the extra notes the teacher left for the sub? Nothing goes through the senior’s mind but getting out of school for that day, for the rest of the year. When students do not go to class, their grades are impacted tremendously. They start forgetting days, not checking up on grades, and when they do, they are not what they were expecting. Grades senior year might not be the most important grades of the High School career, but colleges and universities do look at how well seniors do in their final year of High School. 78% of the seniors worldwide fall behind.
Windham High Schools senioritis problem is not necessarily with the parents, as school resource officer Seth Fournier states. “Personally I disagree. Yes, parents might be able to keep better watch on their children, but this is not home, parents should have no say. Administration needs to step up their actions and help the student personally. Their ‘punishment’ for missing class, should not be missing all of their classes in and in school or and out of school suspension.”
Senioritis Strikes At WHS
By: Anthony Lamonte
Windham High School schedule makers decided on 9 minutes for advisory time length. This decision made years ago still affects students almost every day at Windham High School.
Students at Windham High School are slacking off this time of year. After February vacation, students are forced into an era of long lasting boredom, with no cure coming any time soon in March. From the slushy snow outside, to the lack of winter or spring sports, students’ grades have been taking a toll.
One aspect that may be part of the cause is that the flu has been hitting everyone hard this year. This year alone, there has been about 20% of average absence in Maine, and compared to the regular approximate 5% of average absence, that’s a lot. But that’s certainly not the only aspect that has kept students’ grades down, although without showing up to class, there’s not much that any one student can do.
One more thing that could be an aspect is that this happens annually. Every year, students tend to slack off thinking that there’s not much they can do around this time of year, and there aren’t many extra curricular activities for students to do either. It’s too late to sign up for anything, and spring sports haven’t started yet. And it’s a well known fact that sports support academics. According tosparkpe.orgstudents perform better academically when they are participating in a sport. James McLellan, freshman at Windham High School said: “I think about 40% of Windham High School is starting to slack off these days.” Or Jack DiBlasi, another freshman at Windham High School said: “Now that I think about it, a lot of kids are slacking off, and some of them are because of drugs that kids are taking.”
And he’s not wrong. Drugs may have a big impact on attendance and can severely affect students’ academic performance.
All in all, the grades of students at Windham High School may be dipping, and that might be normal for a High School. It happens at many schools, and it happens every year. Students have just a few more months to raise those grades before they become final.
Opinion: Students Slacking After Break