Enthusiasm is contagious and no more so from our students across both campuses who are happy to reconnect and engaging in activities, although a bit differently than anyone expected.
In Massachusetts, Clubs and Activities moved from online back to in-person meetings. One of the first clubs to pick up right where they left off last year was the student newspaper, Wapiti Weekly. Faculty advisor Nick Church has nine returning students and four students joining the paper this year. Mr. Church says he expects even more students to join in the next few days.
The Student Newpaper is in Decline across the Nation
With fewer high schools publishing student newspapers, what makes The Winchendon School buck the trend? Moving the newspaper to a website this year is one of the ways this year’s editors plan to stay current with the students. Editors Sarah I. ’22 and Yamuna T. ’21 put it this way, “So this year we wanted to make it more accessible to people and set up a website that allows people to look back and read articles from earlier in the year more easily. We also plan to set up a podcast that can and will cover a broad range of topics and make staying up to date with news and other topics more readily there and easier for everyone.”
Editor Ephraim B. ’21 echoes Sarah and Yamuna, “Creating the Wapiti Weekly website will allow our work to be more accessible to the Winchendon community. Our goal this year is to remodel the role of the Wapiti Weekly to encourage student involvement in local, national, and universal issues.”
Ready for the first issue? You can find it here: wapitiweekly.com.
Take a deeper dive and discover The Power of the Student Press, an article from 2019 re-introducing the Wapiti Weekly.