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:

The Otter Experience

By Julia😸😸

Have you ever fed an otter? I have, and my dad and I got to see up them up close and feed them!

Over the summer, my dad and I went to see and feed the giant otters at the Philadelphia Zoo. My grandfather bought the otter experience for me as a birthday present because otters are my favorite animal.

First, the zookeeper introduced us to two of the otters and then showed us how to feed them fish with tongs. There were five people in our group. We stuck the tongs through the fence, and the otters raced for the fish. The otters made a lot of noise. Later we watched the otters go down a slide and into the water. If you want to feed otters yourself, you can go to the Philadelphia Zoo’s website and book an otter experience. I highly recommend it!


Figure Skating: Meet Alysa Liu & Nathan Chen

By Leah Zhang 😉

The national figure skating championship just ended.  Famous skaters compete.

Two of them are the youngest skater ever to compete & the quad jump champion. That would be the 13-year old, Alysa Liu, and Nathen Chen!



Alysa Liu                             Nathan Chen

Alysa Liu is 13 years old, but is the youngest ever to win the ladies figure skating gold medal. She started at age five.  Alysa also has a smile. She says that she wants something to be recognized from her, like the smile. It also helps her think of the positives instead of the negatives. She is still too young to be in the Olympics, even though she thinks that age doesn’t matter. It’s the skill that counts. Alysa is in 9th grade and doesn’t really like candy.  She said that she is more of a “salty” snacker.

Alysa’s coach, Laura Lipetsky, is working on Alysa’s moves & improving step by step, day by day, and sometimes if you do triple jumps when you are young, you can lose that ability when your body grows & changes.

Nathan Chen started when he was three, in his sister’s white skates. And in 2003, when he was four, he entered his first competition. But now, he is 19 years old and is enrolled at Yale.  He also loves basketball. Last year, he messed up. He fell like 3-4 times each performance, except for the last one. That mainly brought his score up. He also looked nervous & shaky.  Nathan is also the first person to ever land a quad, (four turns around) in the Olympics!

So he can be called Nathan Chen, or The Quad King. Nathan was the youngest men to win a gold medal in the men’s figure skate.  He was 18 years old. Plus he never gives up.


What about you? Who is your favorite?


Reading Olympics at WES

By Mackenzie Rose 



The meetings are Monday before school.  The sign up is in September and the first meeting is later in the fall.   Mrs. Dahlstrom in the library can give you all the details any time.  

There is a list of 45 books.  Everyone must read at least 5 books.  There are three teams, each with two captains.  When practicing for the competition, the captains have the responsibility of nominating someone to answer a question. 

Every year there is a competition in early April, this year it is April 1-3.  Almost 200 schools participate every year in a county-wide competition.

This year the club at WES has 31 kids participating. In the first group, Gabby & Amelia are the team captains of the TROPICAL BLUE team. Eeshan & Vivian are the team captains of the RED team. And last but not least, Tate & Emily are the team captains for the MAROON team.  

I hope that this article gets you excited about reading and gives you the courage to apply to Reading Olympics when you are old enough. 

Editor’s Note:  In 2016, Radnor hosted Reading Olympics, check out the story about that here 



Business Desk: AT&T vs. Verizon

By Ben Rickmond 😀

Today we are comparing the two biggest telephone companies: AT&T and Verizon. Verizon is so annoying, because they have SO many ads.

FUN FACT: AT&T is the largest telephone company by revenue.

Verizon employees volunteered 53,500 working days (428,000 hours) to help nonprofits in local communities in 2013.

I am a little surprised that AT&T won by revenue. My family uses AT&T and Verizon. I’m surprised because Verizon dose so much ads, money saving deals, free phones if you switch. You’d think they’d get a lot of money. I was wrong.

Next game: HP vs. IBM








WES Clubs Spotlight: Spelling Bee

By Danby G. Morrison

One of the newest clubs for this year at Wayne Elementary School is Spelling Bee club. A fun club for grades 3-5.  The Spelling Bee club is run by Anika Fernandes’ mom Ms. Deborupa Mitra, 2nd grade teacher Ms. Kern, and Mrs. Gale Morrison.

Each week the group meets up on Monday in room 54, and each week they learn about a different culture’s words. For example, one week, the group learned about Asian words (Chinese, Japanese, etc.). They also learn about different types of words, like one week they studied old English. Some of the words for old English are fathom, widow, and maybe shrubbery.   The Bee gets help from Scripps and Merriam-Webster creating guides about all of these words.

At the end of every club meeting, the group has a ‘say, spell, say’ game. There’s the 3rd grade line, the 4th grade line, and the 5th grade line. If you’re in the 3rd or 4th grade line, you have the option to move up to the next grade line if you spell the word right.

Great news!  They recently had their club spelling bee, and the top two winners who moved on to the county spelling bee are, drumroll please………………………………………………………………ANIKA FERNANDES AND JULIA RICHARDSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  So, congratulations to them.

I just want to give a huge shout out to Julia and Anika because they did amazing at the bee on Februay 23, 2019!   They faced competition from ten other schools and students were from 3rd to 8th graders.  The county winners face off at the state level, and that winner travels to Washington, DC, for the national Bee.

Arts Desk: A Night at Ballet X

By Danby G. Morrison 

I went to Philadelphia on a Saturday night in December to the Wilma Theatre to see Ballet X, an unexplainably beautiful show.

There were three measures of the dance, the first measure was a newly created one called Yonder, a piece describing hopes and dreams and it was lovely the way they move on the stage so calmly but rapidly.

The second piece was about the Titanic, it was called The Last Lifeboat, it’s about a lady who survived on the Titanic, and they played an actual tape of her voice! She’s dead now, though.

The last measure was about a Napoleon king who people didn’t really respect.  The 3rd measure was very wacky, loud, and fast.

But in the end, it was all magnificent!  


Editor’s Note:  The BalletX spring season opens Wednesday March 6, 2019.   Tickets and information are available via

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