Our nine member winter cheer team has been hard at work! Members have been practicing over ten hours a week and performing at all of the boys varsity basketball games. Coach Michelle Wood joined WA late this fall and brings fourteen years of competitive coaching experience to the WA team. Routines this year include stunting, tumbling, jumping, dancing and flying. The flyer position is a new addition this year featuring junior Taya Wood. Last Friday, January 12 the group traveled to Caribou High School to compete in the The Big East Cheer Competition. Ten teams competed at the event and represented Classes B, C, and D. WA placed 6th in Class B and 7th overall. Coach Wood remarks, "It has been a lot fun considering that I am a first year coach at a new school and coaching new faces. I am pleased with the work ethic and the dedication of my girls." Team members include, Taya Wood, Kaylee Weston, Taylor Bridges, Taylor Stewart, Alexis Prescott, Kisten Kilten, Elizabeth Graham, Jocelyn Scoville and Hanna Clark. The team will travel and compete against six Class B teams this Saturday, January 20th at Mattanawcook Academy. Best of luck Raiders!
Above: Raider cheerleaders perform at the Big East Cheer Competition
Above: Flyer Taya Wood and team perform
The WA student council welcomes six new members in 2018! New members, freshmen Alexandria Morgan and Selena Williams, sophomore Taylor Bridges, junior Devyn Seeley, and seniors Jodie Harris and Davidson Kogoya were nominated in December and now make the council thirteen members strong. They join current members, President Cameryn Farnsworth, Vice President Maggie Hood, Secretary Kate Somes, Ava Emery, Eunseo Cho, Mailena Alicea, and Ryan Conley. The group is advised by science teacher Malcolm Holmes and meets every Tuesday after school. On Tuesday, December 5 a few of the members were able to attend a leadership conference at the Brewer Auditorium. At the conference Mr. Holmes and the group were able to meet and speak with independent for governor and conference guest speaker, John Jenkins. The council's initiatives this year include the creation of a caring tree in recognition of student acts of kindness. The group will also work on fundraisers to benefit the council as well as a charity of their choice. Congratulations to all new members!
Above: L-R Eunseo Cho, Cameryn Farnworth, Mr. John Jenkins, Mr. Malcolm Holmes, Maggie Hood, Mailena Alicea, and Ryan Conley
WA has more than fifteen after school clubs and has just added another, a debate club. Early this fall three sophomores approached law teacher, Lee Gautier, about the formation of a debate club. Once approved by head of school Mr. McBrine the club is now up and running as a student run organization advised by Mr. Gautier. Eleven students meet every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 2:30-3:30. Current members include, Mikaiyla Loughlin, Gregory Moulton, Karli Williams, Jamie Fairchild, Kate Somes, Forrest Perkins, Olivia Perkins, Jeff Graham, Sam Somes, Zain Fitzsimmons and Eunseo Cho.
Mr. Gautier shares, "Our debate topics can range from the mundane (best pizza topics) to the very politically charged (death penalty). Given that this club is about the art of argument and presenting a case for a specific side, placing students on the side of an argument which they don't agree with is what I try to do." Mr. Gautier brings his own high school debate experience to WA having been a member of his high school team and sitting on the Model UN team. The Debate Club does not have any debates scheduled outside of WA, however will be observing a debate in the very near future.
Above: Meet the WA Debate Club
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