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    Students gather for photo at end of event
    Nicola Davies

    Student organized fundraiser enjoys 11th successful year.

    Four pictures representing the St Baldricks Event

     The Wilton High School Cafeteria was all a buzz with the sound of hair clippers last night as 50 students and members of the faculty became 2019 shavees in support of the St Baldrick’s Foundation for research into pediatric cancer.

    This is the 11th year that WHS has been holding the fundraiser and it was announced on the night that the group meet their $20,000 fundraising goal. Three individual students raised over $1000 each, an amazing achievement.

    The Fundraiser is organized each year by a student committee supported by Mr. Pompa as their advisor. Senior August Theoharides spoke passionately about his support for the cause ‘When I was in middle school, my little sister was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma and has now been cancer free for five years’

    Edward, a freshman spoke of why he is taking part “I always wanted to participate in St. Baldrick’s. It feels good to do what you can to help others, but it’s really strange to have a head that feels like velcro”

    This year three girls took part which is the largest female participation in the history of the Wilton event. Mr Liptack was also participating in the event for the 8th time.

    National Merit Scholarship Program Logo
    Nicola Davies

    Congratulations to seniors Alex Li and Sylvia Zhao.

    Students with Dr O'Donnell

    Congratulations Sylvia and Alex for being recognized as finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program.

    The mission of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is to recognize and honor the academically talented students of the United States. NMSC accomplishes its mission by conducting nationwide academic scholarship programs. The enduring goals of NMSC's scholarship programs are:

    • To promote a wider and deeper respect for learning in general and for exceptionally talented individuals in particular
    • To shine a spotlight on brilliant students and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education
    • To stimulate increased support from organizations that wish to sponsor scholarships for outstanding scholastic talent

     

     

    Stage full of seniors performing
    Nicola Davies

    WHS seniors took to the stage this weekend in the annual senior show.

    Stage full of seniors performing

    The annual Wilton tradition of the senior show hit the boards of the Clune Center this weekend for a three show run.

    Written by WHS seniors Andrew Kelso, Nicholas Furst and George Murphy, the show 'Getcha Prom On' is an 80's Prom inspired show complete with historically accurate 80's Prom dresses. It features over 40 actors from the senior class. The show provides a creative, authentic way for students to learn how to arrange and write their ideas into a stage musical.

    All the student performers were supported in their work by adult professionals with impressive Broadway credentials - Mary Jo Duffy provided direction and musical direction; Andrea Metchick choreographed the performance and the show was produced by WHS's very own Marty Kozlowski.

    Congratulations to all involved.
     

    The nine finalists for Poetry out Loud
    Nicola Davies

    Wilton High School Little Theater hosted the 10th Annual Competition.

     

    Sarah, Julia and Nicholas

     

    Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. The Wilton High School Final is emceed by retired English teacher Sandy Sosom.

    Poetry in motion began with three hundred students across 35 classrooms. In November student's recited a poem they had learned to their classmates and each class voted for the poem they would like to crown their classroom winner.

    In mid December a semi-final was held with each classroom winner being judged to determine who would progress to the final showdown where nine finalists performed in front of an audience of their peers in the Little Theater.

    Each finalist had to memorize two poems for the final. One of them had to be a pre-twentieth century poem, a challenge because of the difference in language that was used in older poetry.

    Three Judges Barbara Cline, Linda Gregory and Bill McCarty critiqued each performance in terms of 
    physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding of the poem and overall performance.

    "Students, in memorizing and reciting a poem, come to experience, understand and enjoy poetry in a profound way.  They become attuned to the power of language, and their own power as people literally giving voice to a poem" Said Sosom about the benefits of the program 

    Wilton has been participating for 10 years, and our school champs have often landed in the top 5 at the State competition, and even won the State championship one year. 

    To learn more about the competition, visit the Poetry Out Loud website.

    Congratulations this this year's finalists - Melissa Arenas, Sinead Roche, Haley Sayewitz, Lily Mikita,
    Sarah Sneidman, Solomon Wozniak, Julia Rothstein, Nicholas Furst and Ben Grass.

    The judges decisions awarded 2nd runner up Sarah Sneidman, 1st Runner up is Nicholas Furst and the winner was senior Julia Rothstein. 

    We wish Julia well as she progresses to the Connecticut state final on March 9th.
     

    WHS receive banner in recognition of being a National Unified Champion School
    Nicola Davies

    WHS received national recognition from Special Olympics for being a leader in creating a inclusive environment for kids with disabilities.

     

    WHS receive banner in recognition of being a National Unified Champion School

    During last nights basketball match against Greenwich, Wilton High School were presented with a banner which recognizes the school as a Special Olympics Unified Champion School. The program brings students of all abilities together to play sports in the Special Olympics.

    A Special Olympics Unified Champion School has an inclusive school climate and exudes a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. A Unified Champion School receiving national banner recognition is one that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 national standards of excellence. These standards were developed by a national panel of leaders from Special Olympics and the education community. To find out more more visit their website

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