Seniors Rule

Do you remember the back-to-school tradition that occurs regularly during the first few months of every year? When the seniors launch water balloons out of Hobart’s windows onto unsuspecting freshman as they walk by, heads buried in campus maps and class schedules? Or how sometimes just for fun, the seniors throw the freshmen into the … Continue reading

Change isn’t Always Scary

Green Keys. You either love them or you hate them. The mentorship program here at Reserve, meant to help new students adapt to the confusing social norms of Western Reserve Academy, has gone under some renovation. This long standing tradition, usually between Seniors and new students has introduced Juniors into the mix. So now, Juniors … Continue reading


End of summertime A new Canvas lies in wait missing our Haiku It started out innocently enough. As summer break wound to a close, I did a quick once-over of Western Reserve’s famous 8-page back-to-school schedule. Near the end of the document, something caught my eye. Perched inconspicuously between “College Counseling Kickoff” and “Convocation,” I … Continue reading

Why Canvas Reigns Superior

Canvas is our new online syllabus for courses and ECHOs here at Western Reserve Academy. Previously used was Haiku, the beta of the systems. But why is Canvas better? What separates Canvas from Haiku? Canvas is the easy to use, organized, visually appealing version of Haiku. Not only do the facts, but students as well, … Continue reading

The Skinny on Skim Milk

I am just going to go out and say it. Skim milk rocks. Skim milk contains all of whole milk’s scrumptious nutrients without all the disgusting fat. Have you ever tasted milk fat? Because I have, and I can say without a doubt that milk fat is one of the grossest things I have ever … Continue reading

2% is 200% Better

I think that most WRA students can agree on one thing: we all look forward to a bowl of Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, or if you’re boring, Raisin Bran, at the end of a long school day. There’s nothing quite like plopping down in the dining hall and digging in to a crunchy yet … Continue reading

Go Artificial: Save Memories and the Environment

First things first, my tree lights up and spins when you plug it in. Can your real tree do that? Since 2008, the National Christmas Tree Association has done an annual survey on how many households use fake vs. real trees. Not surprisingly, each year, fake trees have won with ease. In fact, the latest … Continue reading

Pining for Pine Trees: Real is the Way to Go

When you think of the holiday season, what stands out as a staple image? I encourage you to recall the Christmases of the past, the ones with tons of snow (before climate change became a thing) and your parents letting you eat cookies for breakfast, when you would practically fall over your siblings to see … Continue reading

The Coin: All Hail Homecoming! Memories to Last a Lifetime

Kendrick Lamar. Frank Ocean. Migos. Cardi B. Perhaps some dabbling around by the DJ will even lead to a little bit of Ed Sheeran, Luis Fonsi, JB, and Beyoncé! Reserve students are back better than ever… Gatsby style! Homecoming 2017 is right around the corner, and the dance proposals are on full blast! Although we … Continue reading

The Coin: Homecoming Dance: A Tragic Perspective

Study hall ends. I take a slow, prolonged sip of my drink, staring out the window. Thus marks the end of yet another day of abject suffering at Reserve—long classes, grueling coursework, a demanding schedule. The door bursts open,and I groan instinctively. My roommate’s shrill voice pierces the peace and tranquility of my cramped room … Continue reading