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Business Desk: Twitter vs. Facebook

By Ben Rickmond


Today we are comparing the biggest social media companies ever!




ANNUAL REVENUE (2018) $3,042,359,000 $55,838,000,000
CEO Jack Dorsey Mark Zuckerberg
Founder(s) Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, Evan Williams Mark Zuckerberg, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, Chris Hughes
TOTAL EMPLOYEES 3,920 23,165 (2017)
HEADQUARTERS San Francisco, CA Menlo Park, CA
STOCK PRICE TWTR (NYSE) $32.59 +0.01 (+0.03%)
Mar 25, 4:01 PM EDT
FB (NASDAQ) $166.29 0.00 (0.00%)
Mar 25, 4:00 PM EDT
FUN FAC It only took 3 years, 2 months and 1 day to get to the billionth tweet. WOW! Facebook had 2.27 billion (monthly) active users around the world, as of September 30, 2018! WOW!

I’m not surprised that Facebook won. I think Twitter is better.

Next Game: Spotify vs. Pandora.










WES Reads for the Ronald McDonald House

By Ben Rickmond

Hello!  Mrs.Dahlstrom asked me to write an article about the “Read for the House” campaign at WES.  Read for the House is a fundraiser for the Philly Ronald McDonald house (

We had 37 students participate this year.

Our top fundraisers this year are:

1) Michael Polizzi (2K)

2) Tommy Polizzi (1E)

3) Zeke Williams (4T)

Also, our top readers are:

1) Mia Lista (4B)

2) Ava Preate (4T)

3) Ben Rickmond (4B) (me)

The total minutes we read were 19,777 minutes.

WES raised $13,344.88.

WOW we did that with only 37 students.

Please participate next year!read.jpg

March Madness Turns to the Final Four

By Aiden Swindells

If you did not know, March Madness has been going on.

Most people fill out brackets to guess all the teams that will win.

The March Madness “Sweet 16” games were on, which means 16 teams left in the tournament.

Here is where the whole bracket is today, April 4.



“Go Duke.  And not Michigan State!” said Greg Swindells, my dad.

Update: WES Reading Olympics Returns Victorious

By Mackenzie Rose

The WES Reading Olympic teams competed at Northley Middle School in Aston, PA.  Team Tropical Blue did a great job.  The Maroon team came in 2nd place with 1 win, 1 loss, and 1 tie. My team, Cardinal Red, came in 1st place with 3 wins, 0 losses, and 0 ties.

There were 3 rounds and every time the announcements came on to announce the news for the Olympics, the announcer said a joke. For example, she said, “Where do books go when they are scared?……… Under their covers!”

The Olympics were AMAZING and I will never forget them. The only bad thing was that I didn’t get home until 8:37.  Even though it ended at 8:00, it was a great experience and I wish GOOD LUCK to any future Olympians.

Editor’s Note:  When you are in fifth grade, watch for the notice to join Reading Olympics.  The club meets and has a lot of fun.bfg




Movie Review: West Side Story, a Classic!

By Danby G. Morrison

A lot of people I know haven’t really watched any old movies, they’ve been watching modern movies, like the new movie based on the ’70’s band Queen, called Bohemian Rhapsody.

But not a lot of people remember movies from the early ’60’s, like one of the most classic of all time: West Side Story. West Side Story is a classic movie based on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. 

The movie is about two rival groups, the Jets and the Sharks.  The Jets are a huge street gang of Americans who have taken down every one of their rivals, and are eager to take down the Puerto Ricans that are the Sharks.  The Sharks are a new gang of foreign kids who just moved to America, and they are determined to survive against the Jets big crowd. The town officers want the groups to get along, especially Officer Krupke.

Officer Krupke really wants them to get along, I think because he doesn’t want the police station to find out about the rival groups.

So, there’s a huge dance, and all teens from both of the street gangs are welcome!  The people hosting want the girls and the boys to dance together from different groups and be friends for the whole night. But the kids just want to stick to their own kind. As all the couples are dancing, everything in the movie slows down, it gets darker (special effects) and Maria, a beautiful girl from the Sharks, stands all the way on the other side of the room, opposite from one of the most popular Jets, Tony.

The lights go down low, every other person starts dancing, and Maria and Tony slowly come together. They dance together, and right as the moment is about to happen, Maria’s brother Bernardo stops them and pull’s Maria away, shouting, “Stay away from my sister!”  Bernardo yells at Tony. “Goodbye, Maria”, Tony said.  It was sad for them to leave each other.


  1. Prologue, (Johnny Green)
  2. Jet Song (Russ Tamblyn, Tucker Smith, and others)
  3. Something’s Coming (Jimmy Bryant)
  4. Dance at the Gym (Johnny Green)
  5. Maria (Jimmy Green)
  6. America (Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, and others)
  7. Tonight (Marni Nixon, Jimmy Bryant)
  8. Gee Officer Krupke (Russ Tamblyn, David Winters, and others)
  9. I Feel Pretty (Marni Nixon, Yvonne Wilder, and others)
  10. One Hand, One Heart (Marni Nixon, Jimmy Bryant)
  11. Quintet (Rita Moreno GeorgeChakiris, and others)
  12. The Rumble (Johnny Green)
  13. Cool (Tucker Smith)
  14. A Boy Like That/ I Have a Love (Marni Nixon, Betty Wand)
  1. Somewhere (Marni Nixon, Jimmy Bryant)westsidestory

WES Cub Scout Pack 284

By Julia Silverman, Webelo

Cub Scouts is a group you can join where you do fun activities and experiments.

Every other Tuesday, Cub Scout Pack 284 meets at Wayne Elementary School, usually in the Cafeteria. Sometimes they take special trips, like to the firehouse or the police station.

Most of the time we work on earning badges.  There are lots of different badges to earn, and you learn a new skill for every badge.  For example, I’ve learned a lot about physical fitness, science, and our community.  I’ve also learned how to safely use a pocket knife.

Every year in the winter we go indoor camping somewhere interesting.  One year we went to the Franklin Institute. This year we went to the natural history museum in Philadelphia. I really liked sleeping near the dinosaur skeletons!

Every year in late winter we have a car race called the Pinewood Derby.  In the Pinewood Derby you make a car out of a block of wood and then race it on a track against other people’s cars.  There are a lot of different awards, including speed awards and design awards.

When it’s not too cold we go outdoor camping in tents.  We toast marshmallows over a campfire and make s’mores, and we cook our own meals.  At night we sit around the campfire and act out skits and sing songs.

Anybody in grades K to 5 can join.  Cub Scouts used to be just for boys, but last year they started allowing girls.  In Cub Scouts the girls and boys are in dens together.

Depending on your grade, you are in different dens.

These are the Cub Scout dens:

K – Lions

1 – Tigers

2 – Wolves

3 – Bears

4 – Webelos (Webelos stands for We Be Loyal Scouts.)

5 – Arrow of Light

After fifth grade the you move up to Scouts BSA, and boys and girls are in separate dens.

If you want to join the Cub Scouts, you can email

Here are what some other scouts said about Cub Scouts:

“I think it’s really good because the experiments are cool, and whenever we take a trip the people are really nice. My favorite thing about Scouts is that in every den you get to do different things,” said Josh Silverman.

“I like when we go on fun trips,” said Perri Bruhns.




Villanova Men are the Big East Champs

The Beast of the East

By Connor Walsh

Villanova Men’s basketball team are the Big East Champions for the third time in a row.

The Wildcats defeated the Seton Hall Pirates on March 16, 2019, 74 to 72, for the Big East title. The game was at Madison Square Garden and it was played in front of a sold out crowd. There were 19,756 people and I was lucky to be there.

When I sat down in my seat, I was so excited to be at the game. I was on the Seton Hall side so I heard cheering for Seton Hall. The bands were playing the Seton Hall and Villanova fight songs. Everybody around me were wearing Seton Hall jerseys. That made me proud to be a Villanova fan.

Myles Powell led the Seton Hall Pirates with 25 points and the rest of the team only had 40 points combined. Villanova had four lead scorers and they were Eric Paschall with 17 points, Phil Booth with 16 points, Saddiq Bey with 16 points, and Jermaine Samuels with 12 points.

This game was so close the whole time, with many lead changes. There were many questionable calls causing the fans to stand up and boo!

At the end of the first half the score was 28 to 26, in favor of Villanova. In the second half, the teams each scored 46 more points. At three minutes left to play, Samuels drilled a 3 to make Villanova’s lead 7 points. I could see the sweat dripping down the players as they fought for the win.

Luckily, Seton Hall’s Powell missed a 3-pointer, so Villanova could clutch another title. The Nova players celebrated and confetti fell from the ceiling. Shortly after the game, there was a ceremony honoring the Cats with the winning trophy.  Phil Booth was named the MVP. The Cats did it again!

Thank You, Mr. Vaughn

By Connor Walsh

Every morning kids walk in to school noticing the snow and branches are removed from the sidewalks and a germ free cafeteria.  Kids may not notice that the toilets are working and sinks are not clogged.  Either way, Mr. Vaughn is responsible for ALL of that!

Mr. Vaughn is the head of general maintenance and has been at our school Wayne Elementary for 10 years.  Mr. Vaughn makes sure the cafeteria is ready for breakfast and lunch.  He starts his day really early at 6:00 in the morning, and ends his day later than all the students at 4:00 in the afternoon.

For the most part Mr. Vaughn loves his job because it is never the same and always changing.  His least favorite part of the job is being out from school and not seeing the kids.  Mr. Vaughn likes having a daily routine.

On the last day of school, Mr. Vaughn serves a very important role.  His role is to take down the American flag.  It is appropriate for Mr. Vaughn to do this since he has served  in the U.S. Army Reserves for 27 years.  He served in combat in Iraq in 2006 and 2007.

This coat hanging in his office is his Army jacket.


A lot of kids and I respect Mr. Vaughn.  He does so much for our school.  Thank you so much for serving our country and keeping our awesome school clean!


By Lilah Kenny

Hello lovers of leprechauns!! You know all those Disney fairies who are sweet and nice and like to help the environment?  Well those are nothing like leprechauns! Leprechauns enjoy being tricky and they love telling amazing stories, and they love candy.  If you want to know more, please read on!

What is a leprechaun?

Leprechauns are a tiny little type of fairy and usually look like a little bearded man in a green suit and hat. It is certain that there are no female leprechauns. Legend says that leprechauns were shoe makers. It is known that when a leprechaun is near you, you can hear little tip tap tip tap from them fixing shoes.

Do they have a pot of gold?

People say that a leprechaun most of the time has a pot of gold that he hides in the forest. If someone captures them, they must give them their pot of gold.  But they don’t want that to happen and so they are very sneaky and if a human sees him, he will run away!

Let’s catch a leprechaun!

Some people put traps, but you need to be tricky like a leprechaun. They are fast and will be gone with a blink of an eye. I would plan. And work super hard. Because then if you capture them you get a pot of gold!!!!! Who wouldn’t want that?!

Well I hope you liked my piece on leprechauns! Happy St. Patty’s day!

History of St. Patrick’s Day

Who is St. Patrick?  Plus: Fun Facts

By Lilah Kenny

“Dia dhuit Cairde” (Hello Friends)

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Or who is St. Patrick? Some of you might already know but, others might not.  If you want to know “léamh ar” (read on)!

Who is St. Patrick? St. Patrick was a saint in Ireland who was born in the 4th century. They don’t have a record of where he was born. People think he was raised near a village called Banna Vemta Burniae but its location cannot be identified. It may have been in Scotland but it is possible it was Wales.

His father, Calpornius, was a Roman-British army officer and a deacon. And his grandfather was a priest too. Even though his family was involved in the church, the young Patrick did not believe.

His life was simple until the age of 16. DUNH DUNH UNHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick was kidnapped with many others by Irish Pirates. They took him to Ireland where he was held captive for six years. During this time, he became very religious. He thought all this bad luck was a punishment for not having faith in God. After six years, he heard a voice telling him that he would soon go home, and that his ship was ready.

Running away from his master, he went two hundred miles away, and found a ship captain to take him on board. After three days of sailing, they landed, and they all walked for 28 days in the woods. After Patrick prayed for food, they found a bunch of wild boar. The people loved him! After a while Patrick decided that he wanted to stay in Ireland and there he would join the church and become a priest for the rest of his life. And then after death he became a Saint!

PARTY TIME!!!!! We Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on what people think is the day of his death, March 17th, with parades and PARTIES!!!! It’s a fun way to celebrate the Irish even if you’re not!


  • St. Patrick celebrated the three leaves of the shamrock, because it looked like the cross. This is now the national flower/plant of Ireland. He also banished snakes from Ireland even though there weren’t any there!!!

  • Did you know that they dye the Chicago river Green on St. Paddy’s Day?!

  • Did you know the northern Fountain at the White House is dyed green too?

  • Did you know there is no “corn” in the famous meal “corned beef and cabbage?”

  • Did you know that there is a famous treat for St. Paddy’s Day, and it’s called the Shamrock Shake! Which is green and minty. The creators are the non-Irish McDonald’s People!?

Check my next piece on Leprechauns!!!!!

Resource: National Geographic Kids and Wikipedia. For fun watch the video:

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