Category: Sports & Games

Local Sports: Radnor Aquatic Club

By Nancy Wible  

Take your marks! Beep!!! Do you swim in the summer? What about the winter? I swim in the winter on the Radnor Aquatic Club (RAC) team. There are eight groups: Piranha, Barracuda, Sharks, White, Red, Bronze, Blue, and High School.

I am in Red group and we have five practices a week. Wait what five practices! No! Only go the days that you can, I only go on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. There are also meets, which you aren’t required to go to, but they would like you to do some. Also, they want you to go to four practices but it’s fine if you can’t. If you want to go to the website here it is: https://www.teamunify.com/Home.jsp?_tabid_=0&team=marac  

RAC is also a great club because they have very encouraging and understanding coaches and swimmers. RAC is fun whether you want to learn how to swim or get a faster time in the 200 butterfly. This is why many families chose RAC!  

Who  Grade Class Group  Said 
Reece Brown  4th  Crowe  Red  “It is super fun when you swim with friends and the coaches are nice too.”  
Logan Bernabeo 4th  Cook  Red  “I think RAC is a great environment for young swimmers who are still learning. The coaches are very nice and supportive. RAC splits us into groups by ability, not age. I like this because I can be with kids that are around the same speed as me.”  
Nancy Wible  4th  Cook  Red  “RAC is a good way to get kids excited about swimming at a young age. Also it is fun because you are with swimmers that are on the same ability level as you.”  

Image: A swimmer doing the backstroke in the Radnor High School pool, home of Radnor Aquatic Club. Source: @RadnorAquatic on Twitter.

Radnor Basketball: Why REC?

By Nancy Wible  

Swish!  Do you play basketball in the winter? Lots of students at WES including myself choose to play REC.  

Why REC? Families chooses REC for many reasons, one of them being that it’s not too serious. Serious, what? Well you have one practice on a weekday and a game on a weekend. Some Malvern or CYO teams have practices every day that conflicts with lots of people schedules or they don’t love basketball enough to go every day.  

How can I sign up? Go to this website if you have an interest in signing up: https://www.radnor.com/730/Youth-Basketball-Programs make sure to sign up early slots fill up quickly lots of people want to be a part people who have played since they were 3 or people that are starting this year.  

Will I be with my friends? In REC you can request to be with a friend or a group of friends. You might not be with all them or any of them but the organizers will try their best. Every year they also make sure you’re with someone else that is in your school so you know someone and don’t feel left out.  

Do I need a parent to coach me? Parents usually volunteer to coach the teams. You can ask you parent if that’s what you would like but, if not that’s okay! Usually enough parents volunteer. My dad does coach me but my friends’ parents, Maddie and Reece’s don’t.   

Do kids who are better get more time to play? No! Everyone usually gets to play the same amount. If you don’t it’s not just the good kids that get more time on the court. Sometimes there are an uneven number of kids at the game so people have to stay in or stay out for two rounds.  

Interviews 

Who Grade Class Said 
Reece Brown (Player) 4th  Crowe REC basketball is not too serious, and the players, coaches, and Refs are USUALLY nice.  
Maddie Flynn (Player) 4th  Becker REC basketball is fun because you might see some people that you know on other teams.  
Sophia Damiani (Player)   4th  Cook  REC basketball is fun because you might make new friends on your team and the REFs and coaches are fair most of the time.  

Game Time: Name that Movie!

By Reece Brown 

What are these pictures from? 

Now here are some clues: 

The fish gets flushed down a toilet. 

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming! 

The main character is a clown fish. 

It is……………………………………………………………………………. 

FINDING NEMO!!!!!!! 

2020: Which Harry Potter House are You? Take the Quiz

By Reece Brown, Nancy Wible, and Maddie Flynn

Grab a piece of paper and write your answers!

Question #1

What would you do if you were in a building filling up with water and only had 10 seconds to get out?

Save myself, of course!

Run to grab my friend that’s stuck in the building.

It depends, if I have a way to save my friend then yes, but if there’s no way then I’m above everybody else.

I’ll try to save my friend, but I’m not sure if I will make it in time!

Question #2

What would you do if someone bullies your friend?

Laugh at them so I don’t get bullied too

Stand up to them

Run away and cry but never tell anyone about

Kill em’ with kindness, they’ll learn their lesson

Question #3

There’s a big party and only the best wizards can go to, but your parents won’t let you go due to a safety reason. What do you do?

Convince them and whine if I do it long enough, they’ll let me go. I am a great wizard after all.

Stay home, I don’t want to deal with them, I have better things to do anyway I will give them the silent treatment though.

Sneak out! They will never know! I am a master at outsmarting people!

Obey without question! They know what’s best!

Question #4

What’s your favorite color?

Green

Red

Blue

Yellow

Question #5

What is your best trait?

Ambition

Bravery

Intelligence

Kindness

Question #6

What fault do you notice in people that bother you the most?

Cowardice

Laziness

Stupidity

Dishonesty

Question #7

There is one more spot on your house Quidditch team. Your best friend knows you want that spot very badly. However, she is angry with you and uses magic to cheat to get on the Quidditch team, so you don’t get on. However, if you tell on her, she will get expelled from Hogwarts. What do you do?

Confront her, but don’t tell anyone because you don’t want her to get expelled.

Get mad and don’t talk to her. Tell a teacher. She should not get rewarded.

Jinx her she will suffer humiliation soon enough then I will tell a Professor.

Leave them alone then find new friends to hang out with for a little while.

Question #8

People know you as______.

Sly

Brave

Smart

Nice

Question #9

Some 5th years are picking on the 1st years. You are the 3rd year. What do you do?

Stand up for the kid.

None of my business I shouldn’t get involved.

I feel bad for him but just laugh along so I look cool.

I feel bad but I can’t do anything they’re going to start picking on me.

Question #10

What house do you wish to be in?

Hufflepuff

Gryffindor

Slytherin

Ravenclaw

_________________________

Now tally up your score and find what house you answered for with the answer key!

Question 1: 1 Slytherin, 2: Hufflepuff, 3: Ravenclaw, 4: Gryffindor

Question 2: 1: Slytherin, 2: Gryffindor, 3: Ravenclaw, 4: Hufflepuff

Question 3: 1: Slytherin, 2: Gryffindor, 3: Ravenclaw, 4: Hufflepuff

Question 4: 1: Slytherin, 2: Gryffindor, 3: Ravenclaw, 4: Hufflepuff

Question 5: 1: Slytherin, 2: Gryffindor, 3: Ravenclaw, 4: Hufflepuff

Question 6: 1: Slytherin, 2: Hufflepuff, 3: Ravenclaw, 4: Hufflepuff

Question 7: 1: Hufflepuff 2: Slytherin 3: Gryffindor, 4: Ravenclaw

Question 8: 1: Slytherin, 2: Gryffindor, 3: Ravenclaw, 4: Hufflepuff

Question 9: 1: Gryffindor, 2: Hufflepuff, 3: Slytherin, 4: Ravenclaw

Question 10: 1: Hufflepuff, 2: Gryffindor, 3: Slytherin, 4: Ravenclaw

Bingo Night: A WES Tradition

By Ben Rickmond

Bingo night is an annual tradition that is PTO-run. Bingo night is usually in the middle of January. This year, bingo was on Friday, January 10th from 7:00-8:45pm.

It is fun for everyone! So you come in and pick up your cards, sit down, chat with friends and begin Bingo! There are multiple rounds, like regular (up, down and diagonal), T, four corners, and the final round X. If you are a winner you raise your hand and then get to go onstage to pick a prize. The first one who wins the X wins a bigger prize, better then all the others. Usually it is a gigantic teddy bear. My friend Graci Gill won the grand prize this year.

If you have never been before, you can sign up next year on the WES PTO website. It really is a fun time. As ever, all proceeds are donated to WES. There were quite a lot of parent volunteers. Thank you parents and students! See, you next time.

A picture from the 2020 bingo night. Credit: WES PTO.

Concert Review: GVF at the Met in Philly

By Danby Morrison

WES Buzz Pop Culture News Desk Chief of 2019

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On December 30, 2019, I went to see one of the coolest, Grammy-winning bands of this era, Greta Van Fleet. I have mentioned this band before, but seeing them live for the first time ever, I realized that they were amazing beyond words, beyond the human language, maybe. In this month’s Pop Culture edition of The WES Buzz, I will be covering what to expect in Greta Van Fleet’s songs, the band’s background information, the cool concert set-up, and the venue The Met itself.

What to Expect

The band often will do special things with their songs at concerts, such as extending drum solos and guitar solos. They will also have sing-along songs, where they’ll tell you something to sing, and, well, you sing it (duh…). Like a call-and-response type thing.

Safari Song: One of the band’s top hits is the love-filled “Safari Song.” At concerts, one of the lyrics is “Oh mama, what you gonna to do with all that love in YOUR HEART.” Before the “your heart” part of the lyric, the singer will hold out their microphone to the crowd, so the audience sings it with them. They not only do this at the chorus lyric, but at the end when the only thing the singer sings is “YOUR HEART.”

Watch Me (Labi Siffre cover): Not only at the concert that I went to, but I have watched several live feeds on YouTube of their other concerts, and they do a Labi Siffre cover of a song called “Watch Me” where they tell the crowd to sing the, not really words, but sounds: “Pa na na na na pa na na na na pa,” twice.

Highway Tune: In their super rockin’ song “Highway Tune” in concert, the bridge of the song is where the drummer plays one drum and the singer claps his hands with the microphone in one hand. And hundreds of people in the audience join in by clapping their hands. “Highway Tune” is also a very Dancy song.

During concerts they also tend to extend a lot of their songs. At the concert I went to, they did a snippet of their song called “Anthem” in the song “Flower Power.”

GVF’s Harmonic History

Where They Began

First of all, the band’s drummer wasn’t always the amazing Danny Wagner. When the band first formed in 2012, their drummer was a mediocre player named Kyle Hauck who quit after 2013. They soon replaced Hauck with their close family friend Daniel Wagner. (Who does the best darn drum solos of the 2000’s ever!)

The band was formed by the three brothers Josh, Jake, and Sam Kiszka (just because they wanted to because they all knew how to play instruments, including Josh’s incredible vocals). And Kyle Hauck, one of their friends, became the drummer. The band name “Greta Van Fleet” was inspired by the Frankenmuth, Michigan (where they grew up) town elder Gretna Van Fleet.  The variation of the first name was so it’d be easier to say.  The elder says that even though classic rock isn’t her type, she still supports the band no matter what. The band with Kyle Hauck recorded the tracks “Cloud Train” and “Standing On”. (Unfortunately, as I had mentioned before, Hauck quit after 2013, but he was replaced by the mind-blowing Danny Wagner!)

Albums & EPs

In March 2017, the band got a deal at Lava Records and made the single “Highway Tune” off of their first four-song EP Black Smoke Rising. In November 2017, they recorded four new tracks and created an eight-track album called From The Fires.  Which included (in my opinion) Van Fleet’s best song Safari Song.  Their most recent album was released on October 19, 2018, they recorded their full-length debut album Anthem Of The Peaceful Army, which topped BillBoard Rock Album Charts within a week of its release. Their Peaceful Army song “When The Curtain Falls” was Van Fleet’s third number-one on Billboard and was released ahead of time in July 2018. They started their debut tour “March of the Peaceful Army” in August 2019 and ended on December 30th, 2019.

The Cool Concert Set-up

Now I dare say, the stage of their Met performance was absolutely awesome.  The intro to the band’s performance was smoke rising from the stage, lit up by the multi-colored spotlights. When Greta Van Fleet first came on the stage, the lights went dark and the only light came from the blue-lit stage.  The band looked like cool silhouettes in the dark as a thousand people started cheering loudly and Van Fleet gave their short introduction speech.  “You ready for the celebration?” the singer said to the audience. And the lights were constantly changing, sometimes red, and sometimes yellow.  The spotlights were exquisite.

Details of the Met

You might think of the Met as some kind of historic, classy place where sopranos performed. But just one year ago the Met was reopened to the public and has a completely new design.  It has a very modern-style bar, they use downloaded tickets on your phone for admission, they even have popcorn and cotton candy like a typical movie theater.  It is an amazing theater.  And, as you can probably tell by now, the lighting design people are just luminescent! And not to mention outside there’s a theater-type sign with their upcoming shows.  My friend took a picture of me in front of the preview sign when it flashed the show for Greta Van Fleet!  The Met also has colorful lights on the outside, too.  There’s a huge sign that says “The Met: Philadelphia” on it.

I hope you learned a lot about the venue the Met, the amazing concert set-up Greta Van Fleet made, and Van Fleet’s fascinating music history.  Watch videos of live concert feeds on youtube of Greta Van Fleet performing at the Met! Search for it on December 30th ‘cause that’s when I went and it was awesome!

 

Inside the Met

Gamer’s Corner: Minecraft – Creative v Survival

By Julia Silverman & Leah Zhang  

As you might know, Minecraft is one of the most popular games everywhere. Minecraft is one of our favorite games and lots of other people’s too!   

What is Minecraft? 

Minecraft is a video game where you mine materials and craft them into new things. In Minecraft you also can build houses and other things. In Minecraft there are two modes: creative and survival.  

Creative Mode 

Creative mode allows you to have unlimited recourses. You can also create animals whenever you want. In creative mode monsters won’t attack you, but if they did, then you can just fly away.  

Survival Mode 

In survival mode, you must mine materials and eat to survive. In survival you can get attacked by monsters so you must craft weapons. You can’t fly.  

 Survival Mode – Tips for beginners 

If you get lucky, in survival mode you will spawn in an area with water near a cave/mine and near animals and trees. Or a rare mushroom island. The first thing to do is punch some trees. You get wood and use it to craft a crafting table first, then craft weapons and build a house. Be sure to put torches in & out of your house so monsters don’t spawn.  

Fun Facts 

  1. Minecraft was originally named “Cave Game,” Minecraft: Order of the Stone, and, ultimately, Minecraft.   

2. Minecraft was created by a Swedish developer named Markus Persson (basically the founder, let’s say), but the art was by Markus Toivonen & Jasper Boerstra.  

3. Minecraft was released by Mojang in 2011 & sold to Microsoft in 2014.  

4. Minecraft sold over 180 million copies across all platforms by late 2019, having over 112 million monthly active players.  

POLTIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

So now Julia & Leah are going to do a poll on if you like Creative Mode better or Survival Mode better. Results will be at the bottom.  

RESULTS!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Results are up! 

Survival: 3 

Creative: 8 

CREATIVE WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Let’s interview some people: 

“I like Survival better because it’s more challenging and you can fight mobs,” said Toby Kelsall, fifth grader. 

“I like Creative because you can build awesome things without being disturbed,” said Ben Rickmond, fifth grader. 

Baseball Card Collecting: Wagner and Ruth

By Anand Palshikar

Over the years many rare baseball cards have taken the collection spotlight. Babe Ruths were popular in the ’90s but then the T-109 Honus Wagner baseball card took the spotlight. This card was canceled before more than 200 were made because they were sold with cigarettes and Wagner didn’t want to encourage kids to smoke. .

But recently the Babe Ruth rookie card has been popular because, well, Babe Ruth is pretty much the best player in the world and his rookie card is awesome. A Babe Rruth rookie card recently sold for $98,000 which is a new high so who knows what will come next? Maybe the Bryce Harper rookie card, (which I happen to have) will get the collecting spotlight soon. Nobody in the collection field knows what the future spotlights are, so the goal is when a card is a hit you already have it. So, the thing is, just get more cards. That is the goal!

Point/Counterpoint: Longer Recess

By Nancy Wible 

Tweet! Many students think the recess whistles are blowing too soon. There have been many petitions for longer or multiple recesses. Multiple recesses would be beneficial because you get to see more of your friends from different classes. Also, we don’t get much time to get exercise. Some students don’t play sports or get physical exercise at home. When we get short recess, these students don’t get an hour exercise a day which is what you are expected to get. Usually the only time these students will get enough exercise is when they have gym. Also, when you are in 2nd grade you have two recesses, so it is usually a huge jump when you get to 3rd grade and only have one. We also got new recess equipment this year which was a lot of money so what’s the point of it if we only use it for twenty-five minutes. The new playground is so fun, and a lot of students would agree that they would like more time on it. Another reason that we should have more recess is that students will pay more attention to class if they have energy and they would be relaxed. 

Reece Brown in forth grade Mrs. Crowe’s said, “We need more recess because we are awesome!” 

Maddie Flynn in fourth grade Mrs. Becker’s class said “I would want an extra 10 minutes for our second recess.” 

What do you think? Do you want more recess vote here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=1COYe7ypJUWfFB0OD2Bc95Yb8wDo8tNOr5qMsiqwCIBUREQ5REk5RjIwNzNPTUI5UDFDWVRMWFcwTS4u

Fall is for Field Hockey

By Nancy Wible

Many kids at Wayne Elementary play soccer in the fall, but did you know that lots of girls play field hockey in southeastern Pennsylvania? On my field hockey team, we play against teams with girls from other schools in a recreational field hockey league. My FastFlicks team is named Crush and a lot of girls from WES are on it.

The field hockey field and positions look a lot like soccer. The objective of the game is the same as soccer too: move the ball up the field and shoot it into a goal. Unlike in soccer, though, field hockey players move the ball up the field by hitting it with a stick, not their feet. A field hockey stick looks like a cane, except one side is rounded and the other side is flat. The ball is round, small, and hard, and players dribble, pass, or shoot it with their sticks. Players can only use the flat side to hit the ball; if they hit it with the curved side, they commit a penalty and the other team gets the ball. Because players can only hit the ball with the flat side of the stick, it helps to go to the right ride of the field or even just on the side. This helps because the right is your strong side. For FastFlicks we play “Nine a side,” which means that there are nine people on each team playing on the field:  three forwards that try to score, three midfielders that play offense and defense, and three defenders whose job is to stop the other team from scoring.

One of the best chances to score in field hockey comes on penalty corners.  Corners will appear when you are on defense and the ball touches your foot in the circle or you hit the ball past the end line on purpose. The end line is the line that the goal is on, if you hit the ball past the end line it becomes out of bounds, and the circle is a half-circle that surrounds the goal. On an offensive corner, five players set up to score, the inserter passes the ball to a teammate who is standing on the line of the circle. That person who receives the ball either shoots or passes it to another teammate around the circle. Those other players sprint to get open for pass or rush the goal to get a rebound.  On defense, four players defend the goal on a corner. Everyone on a defensive corner stands in the goal to start, but they each have a different role to play after the offense inserts the ball: the fly, trail, and post. The fly runs to defend the player. The two trails run to the sides of the fly to intercept passes, and the post stands near the goal line to stop the shot (hopefully).

In the FastFlicks League, we play games at General Wayne Elementary School in Malvern each Saturday on the grass. Every week we play a team. There are nine teams in our division, and each week we play a different team. At games you’ll spot refs, parents, and coaches along with us the, players. I play in the 4th grade division. Only 4th graders play in this division, but next year when I’m in 5th grade I will play with 6th graders too. I’ll also play on turf fields at Eastern University.

Field Hockey recreation leagues are all around us because the National Headquarters of Field Hockey is at Spooky Nook in Lancaster, which is only two hours away. The U.S.A. women’s field hockey team can be spotted playing there. I watched them play a game against Belgium, and the US women won in a shootout. At that game, I got to watch a stroke, which is like a penalty kick in soccer except the player must push the ball toward the goal with her stick.  I got a T-shirt and even got on TV at that game.

College games are also super fun to watch. Earlier this month I went to College Park, Maryland, to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes play the Maryland Terrapins. Both teams had a lot of corners, but Maryland won 3-0. Another game I went to was UConn at Villanova. There are lots of college teams in this area that you could go to watch, too, from Villanova and Saint Joe’s on the main line to Drexel, Penn, Temple, and LaSalle in the city. The top 10 rankings are: 1 North Carolina, 2 Maryland, 3 UConn, 4 Duke, 5 Virginia, 6 Louisville 7 Virginia, 8 Iowa, 8 Princeton, 10 Syracuse as of October 21st, 2019. You can check to see the rankings and see other information on this website:

https://www.ncaa.com/rankings/fieldhockey/d1/ncaa-field-hockey-rpi.

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