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Month in Review: Five Weeks In

Freshmen and sophomores take in the landscape at the Pali Institute Retreat on September 14th
Freshmen and sophomores take in the landscape at the Pali Institute Retreat on September 14th

WISH Academy—The start of any new school year is always a challenging time of transition, but it’s also full of excitement and new beginnings. This statement has proven true for many at WISH Academy. Even though this is only the 6th week of the school year, WISH students have already gotten started in their many exciting pursuits, and this year promises to be full of action, and growth and discovery for all involved.

In addition to many interesting new teachers and classes, the first weeks brought a return of familiar school institutions. Since Summer Break, 11th and 12th-grade LINK Leaders have been working with freshmen to get them acclimated at WISH Academy through a variety of activities and events. Similarly, ASB (Associated Student Body) has also started strong with a lively campaign season for its elected officer positions, and it is now well into planning for its first events. Recently, many student athletes have also played their first games, notably including a spate of resounding victories in Varsity Girls Volleyball and Girls Flag Football.

Extracurricular options have also expanded, thanks to a proliferation of new and returning lunch clubs. So far, ASB has registered 15 lunch clubs, all of which are looking for interested students to grow their ranks. These clubs represent a new level of student involvement in topics ranging from K-Pop to crochet, as well as spaces for on-campus communities, such as the Black Student Union, Asian Cultural Appreciation, and Latinos Unidos.

Already, freshmen have been settling in well at WISH. Last week, many 9th and 10th-graders participated in their annual Pali Institute mountain retreat. Meanwhile, seniors have been preparing for the future; cap and gown pictures are approaching, and college representatives have already visited campus.

The return to school can be bittersweet. With the first five weeks past and autumn fast approaching, the long days of summer break can seem ever more distant. But with friends and opportunities old and new, the school year offers its own rewards.

A rainbow lights up the sky over the East Gym following a Varsity Girls Volleyball game
A rainbow lights up the sky over the East Gym following a Varsity Girls Volleyball game

~ Nicholas Steinman

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