“Lean In” Engages and Empowers

“Strong, Smart Women; Cool, Compassionate Men; Pizza; Brownies; What more could you want?” was the advertisement sent out to all students and faculty by Dr. Robinson. Thirty-five people answered the call— fourteen faculty members, twenty-two students (among them one freshman, nine sophomores, four juniors, six seniors, and two postgrads). They attended the first Lean In … Continue reading

Second LAN Party Lights Up WIC

On February 10, a LAN Party took place in the WIC room for the second time of the school year. It was more crowded than the preceding party, filling the place with even more fun and laughter. By the end of the night, the entertainment was over, but it was also a major success, leaving … Continue reading

Quizbowl Sets Sights on Nationals

On February 5, while some students were relaxing and enjoying their well-earned mid-winter break, the Western Reserve Academy Quizbowl team competed for victory at Kent State University against a variety of teams from the area. Charlie Kolodziej ’18, Madison Lin ’19, Jasmine Wheeler ’20, Ilyana Smith ’20, and Camille Wheeler ’21 participated in this tournament. … Continue reading

Mardi Gras Celebration

Mardi Gras was observed on February 13th this year. Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is the day of celebration and feasting that predates Ash Wednesday, a Christian holy day that marks the beginning of Lent. Students at Western Reserve Academy celebrated Mardi Gras during the newly-scheduled A+ period. The French Club hosted a … Continue reading

A Wild West Bicknell Bonanza: Cowboys in Winter

As a highlight of a busy and rainy week, students had the opportunity to enjoy the Bicknell Bonanza on the night of February 21st in the MAC. After several cold rainy days, a TEAMS competition and the Junior Writing Exam, the Bicknell Bonanza was a wonderful way to cool down. The MAC was full of … Continue reading

Lunar Festival Welcomes Year of the Dog

On February 17, Mandarin Club hosted the annual Lunar New Year Concert. The concert celebrated the turn of the year for the lunar calendar. The lunar calendar is based on the moon’s phases, as opposed to the solar calendar that most of us are used to. Each year corresponds to an animal of the Chinese … Continue reading

Senior Speech | Katie Ly ’18

Katie Ly ’18 tells a story that resonates with many Asian Americans: the struggle to fit in and accept your heritage. Living in a predominantly white area, Katie often felt ashamed of her ethnicity and family, feeling as if the odd one out. Since Katie’s mother would act unabashedly in public, not afraid of looking … Continue reading

Senior Speech | Casey Semple ’18

Casey Semple ’18 delivers a powerful senior speech about identity, referencing recently WRA’s recently performed The Laramie Project. Semple participated in the play, taking on the main role of Moisés Kaufman, along with several other roles. Each actor or actress in the production played as several different characters. In Semple’s speech, the student body of WRA … Continue reading

“The Laramie Project” Sparks Conversation

From January 26th to the 28th, Western Reserve Academy proudly presented “The Laramie Project,” a play by Moisés Kaufman that illustrates a story of an American town in the wake of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard. Donalee Ong, Director and Fine & Performing Arts Departments Teacher, commented, “the play depicts actors in a theatre … Continue reading

Saban, Alabama Dominate CFP

The 2018 College Football Playoff was certainly one to remember. The first of two semifinals saw coach Kirby Smart and his #2 Georgia Bulldogs facing off against #3 Oklahoma Sooners led by bad-boy quarterback Baker Mayfield at the historic Rose Bowl. The game was prefaced by an abundance of trash talk from both sides. In … Continue reading

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