Zeikel Wins iPod
In December 2009, just weeks before everybody’s favorite holiday
break, a school-wide rafe was set up
by Mr. Philip Henry in which the prizewas a brand-new 32G iPod Touch. The
rafe was established “to help defray
the cost of the trip,” says Henry. Thetrip he is referring to is of course the
upcoming week-long eld trip to Spain
in April, where students will be visitingsuch historic cities as Barcelona andMadrid.
The iTouch was “acquired inexchange for frequent yer points in the
‘American Advantage Miles’ program,”says Henry. Though the amount of money made by sales of the one-dollar-tickets has not been determined,
Spanish students are certainly benetingfrom their fundraising. “The rafe was
handled by the students themselves. Theamount of money each student receivedwas determined by the amount that he or she sold,” Henry adds jokingly. “Somewere better salesmen than others.” Theend result was stunning, as the iTouch
was rafed off at three times its original
value (approximately eight-hundreddollars).
The rafe was an undeniable
success. When ‘Senor’ Henry wasasked if he agreed he replied, “I believeit was. But you might ask one or two
students who participated in the rafe
how it measured up to the car washes
last summer or the activities at Faire onthe Square last fall”. Overall, the rafe
was a well-deserved triumph for the
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hard working students and their exciting
Staff and students alike shelledout the Washingtons with the hope of winning the precious iTouch. Somegreatly helped the cause by buyingway more than one ticket, like Mr.McDermott. As for the lucky winner,it was none other than statistics teacher
Ms. Jill Zeikel, who had a mathematical
approach when buying her tickets.“If you know how many were sold in
total, you can gure out the probability
of winning it. Don’t think it was veryhigh.” When asked how she felt aboutwinning, Zeikel stated simply, “Psyched.
Very happy.” It was indeed a seless
win, as she have the iTouch to her ten
year old niece for Christmas.
Fit, Fun, for Life
The WPS grant was awarded to helpimprove the PE program K-12 and the brand new improved PE program called
Fit, Fun, for Life.
There are strict guidelines for all purchases made from the grant and
other costs must reect the goals of the
grant. The program’s 3 basic goals for the new program by the end of our 3 year duration of the grant include: Improvingactivity levels of all students by 25%;Increasing the variety of PE activities to
include those that increase tness andlife skills; Improving tness levels of students by 25% for a healthier tness
testing assessment. Also there is a focuson improving nutrition education. Eachof these goals need to be met becausewe have the funding to purchase new
equipment and train PE teachers how to
implement and teach the new activities.Watertown High School hasalready started with for a change with
a new and improved Fitness Center.
The grant does not allow our funds to be used for construction, and therefore,now facilities can be changed thatwould alter the existing structure.
When walking into the tness center
it is exciting to see the new treadmills,elliptical machines, spin bikes androwers lined up in the back of the roomin addition to more weighted bars, legextension/curl machines, ab bench andOlympic bars. Not only has their been an
change in the structure of the tness
center, but also a change has been madeto the PE curriculum. The previouscurriculum has now been replacedwith a fun and healthier one thatincludes activities, such as Snow Shoes,Tchoukball (a fun game that involves both teamwork as well as cardio);
Lacrosse, Omnikin Games, Geo Fit
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Dance (a tness dance program);
fencing, yoga, as well as new projectadventure games and high elements.The main focus and purpose of adopting this new curriculum is for
the benet of students. Lifetime skills
and activities have been long overdueto teach students due to the lack of funding provided. Now with the helpof the grant, our district can now affordactivities that are fun, challenging, and
tness related. As a result of the need
to raise the awareness of heart healthwithin PE classes, Heart Monitors havenow become a part of the PE curriculumfor all grades 3-12. This is such a
benet for students because when kids
participate in vigorous activity, it is now possible to receive printouts of student’sheartbeat. New technology such as theseHR allow records to be kept that would
include the tness testing scores and it
also allows the district to report grantobjectives accurately.All PE classes are also giventhe opportunity to experience help froma Physical Education Specialist, Ms.
Michelle Fitzgerald, who was hired from
the money awarded from the grant. Ms.
Fitzgerald’s job is to assist with the new
technology purchased from the funds of the grant and to help Ms. Ruseckas with
There are many high hopes for what is to come during the next coupleof years with the funding of the grant.It is expected that Watertown’s PEcurriculum will grow and advance insuch a way that all students will becomehealthier and more active. AlthoughPE classes will no longer include the
infamous games of Ultimate Frisbee or Floor Hockey, it may be more exciting to
experience a more modern and healthier outlook on new PE activities.Ms. Zeikel proudly displays her newiTouch.
Photo by: Chloe Anderson
Middlesex League leading scorer MarcoCoppola, junior, managed to come away
with 26 points, the Raiders just couldnot manage to pull away from the South
Boston Knights, losing 57-52 in the rst
round of the tournament. Hitting 17 outof 23 free- throws, including three inthe last 20.8 seconds of the game, the No. 12 ranked South Boston (11-10)grabbed the win over the No. 5 seededRaiders (13-8) even after giving up a 10
point fourth quarter lead. Despite the
Raiders hard work, which included nine points from senior Tim Barba and six
from junior Connor Stockdale, there will
unfortunately be no state championshipfor the boys this year.
Despite the effort
of Middlesex League MVP senior
Brittany Obi-Tabot, who had a game
high 27 points, the Lady Raiders losta tough one to Bishop Fenwick with ascore of 77-38 in the rst round of the
Division 3 tournament. The effort of the fourteenth seeded Raiders (7-14),the believed underdogs to the No. 10
ranked Crusaders, just wasn’t enough
to stop junior guard Amy Pelletier’s
WHS Tournament Run
By: Jacqueline Tresca12 points or the Crusader’s tenacious
defense. Although it may have beena disappointing end to the Raider’sseason, all of WHS will be lookingforward to watching Obi-Tabot play at
Division 1 Faireld next year.
While the Raider boys hockey team can be proud to saythat they made the tournament thanks
to a .500 overall record, a rst for the
program in seven years, a great seasonfor the boys just wasn’t enough to propel them to a win against the Boston
Latin Wolfpack, losing 5-2 in the rst
round of the tournament. Althoughthe seventh seeded Raiders (13-5-3)came back with a strong second period
after a tough rst one against the tenth
seeded Wolfpack (10-6-4), the third period proved to be an even tougher one, opening to a score of 4-1 in favor
of Boston Latin. Despite the goals of
sophomore Mike Martino (assisted by junior Greg Geagan) and senior SeanBowler, the Raiders could not stop theWolfpack. Hopefully, the hard work putin this season by the Raiders will lead toa successful tournament next year.
McElroy and junior, James Hollandnished second-place with a time of
1:35.79 and will also be attending theAll-States.The girl’s track team alsodeserves recognition for outstanding performances by 2 dedicated track stars, junior Rachel Thomas and sophomore
Talia Flores, for a second place nish
in the high jump (with a jump of 5ft 2)
and a fth place nish in the long jump
(with a distance of 16 ft), respectively.
Because of their top 5 nishes, Thomasand Flores will be joining the boys at
the All-States meet.Wilson-Braun and Moanhad outstanding performances at theAll-States meet where they pushedWatertown High School Track and
Field to a new standard. In the 55-meter hurdle, Moan nished 6
place with atime of 7.82 seconds and Wilson-Brauntook 3
with a time of 7.62 seconds.“I think we both performed tothe best of our abilities and placed thehighest we’ve ever placed in the All-States league,” says Wilson-Braun.
Track Teams’ Success
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Moan agrees adding, “I’mreally proud and excited for the both of us.” Both athletes are eager to continue
pursuing new goals in track and eld
throughout college.Sadly, the boys’ team alsosuffered a couple of misfortunes as the50-yard shuttle relay team of Moan,Wilson-Braun, Holland and senior
Kevin O’Laughlin was disqualied for
a false start after seemingly breaking the
Class D state record with a time of 4.55.
Unfortunately, the streak of bad luck continued as the same relay team wasunable to compete at the National level because of failure to adhere to academic
Even so, this year ends on a positive note for the track athletes whohave had outstanding performancesthroughout. The bar of expectationshas certainly been heightened for next year’s track team. Meanwhile,Watertown High is reaping in therewards of having such dedicated andclearly talented members of the teamand looking forward to encouragingeven more accomplishments to come inthe outdoor track season.
Physics Classes Test Yo-Yos
Photo by: Zohra Yaqhubi