October 19, 2017

10 good things that happened in 2016

As the year comes to a close, it is easy to regard 2016 as one of the worst years of the decade. Among the death of Prince, the shooting in Orlando, and an extremely vicious and combative election; It is no surprise that people such as Late Night host John Oliver are simply calling 2016 the “the f—ing worst.” In light of such negativity, I wanted to take a moment to remember the good things that happened this year.

  1. This year was an extremely successful year for Wellesley sports teams. We saw undefeated seasons from  boys golf, boys cross country and football just this fall; We saw state champions in [the boys cross country team]; We saw All Americans [in these athletes]; And we upheld our lead over Needham in the 129th annual Thanksgiving football game.
  2. Students built a record-breaking tower from Kinex in our cafeteria.
  3. Our librarian Ms. Amy Fiske and fitness and health teacher Ms. Kathleen Brophy received recognition for their work in the school. Fiske won the prestigious 2016 Web Seal of Excellence from The Massachusetts School Library Association, for the library website she created.  SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators)  named Brophy  the Eastern District High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year.
  4. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial court ruled unanimously in favor of four student plaintiffs, two of them Wellesley students Olivia Gieger ’17 and Shamus Miller ’17 in a case against the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
  5. This year the METCO program celebrated its 50th anniversary. Stay tuned for the Bradford’s January issue for more on this exciting milestone for the program.
  6. Wellesley saw the opening of many businesses including Thirst Juice and Caffe Nero.
  7. The Massachusetts choral educators recognized the Rice Street singers as the model jazz choir of the state. As part of this recognition the singers performed for all of the choral educators.
  8. The school brought the Challenge Success program, a program which questions traditional understandings of success in school, to our school. A group of teachers, administrators, and students from our Wellesley traveled to Stanford University for a conference with  Challenge Success schools from across the country to learn more about how to begin work here.
  9. After the racist messages sent in a private group chat this summer, the community came together to create One Wellesley, a club that aims to combat the racism that continues to plague the community.
  10. In times of sadness, we were reminded of the strength within our community. Members of our faculty and student body supported one another after the death of beloved guidance counselor Rosanne Sannicandro. Our community became stronger in light of this heartache, reminding us of the comradery and friendship present in our school.

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