Creativity & Innovation Week Shout outs

Katelyn Tryon


After a sluggish and bitter winter, April is a long awaited springtime treasure. It brings us floral aesthetics, blue skies filled with cotton candy-like clouds, and even Shakespeare’s birthday. What most people aren’t aware of, was the start of the World Creativity and Innovation Week on April 15th. In tribute to this week, here’s some shout-outs, both to classes, and individual students here at WHS that are demonstrating these traits. 

Starting out with a marine-based project brought to you by Mr. O’Connor’s and Ms. Herr’s classes: The raising of Salmo Salars (Atlantic Salmon)! On the third and first floor of our building are several baby fishes being cared for until their release date on May 5th. Mr. O’Connor explains that “Tank conditions are being monitored and carefully controlled,” to help aid the growth of the school’s adorable, and sadly, temporary marine additions. For further information on the salmon babies, get in touch with Mr. O’Connor or Ms. Herr.

The next time you stop by the library, be sure to check out the sculpture created by Alexah Napoles from Ms. Concasia’s 3D level 2 class! The sculpture itself is of the letter ‘A’, decorated with multiple precise figures and symbols that represent Marvel’s “The Avengers.” It’s a well executed statement that definitely correlates with the color schemes and iconic moments within the series. It demonstrates several mixed medias finished with layers of even-coated paints, making it both a brilliant and satisfying piece for its observer. 

According to Athletics Director Chris Landry, this April’s lacrosse season started with success: 2 and 0, respectively being a good start to the season. He further states that the players are practicing consistently and  demonstrating “great teamwork and close connections out on the field.” Coaches can’t stress how important it is for a team to have strong friendships and connections- so kudos to our WHS lacrosse team for staying on top of the game.

With the sunny season already on its way, many teachers throughout the building have begun to introduce plant sprouts to the school’s windowsills if they hadn’t already. Having live plants within the classrooms is a great way to bring nature into a building that students and teachers alike spend six or more hours inside. Many plants can be seen throughout classrooms. Ms. Force, along with Ms. Sagitello, are examples of teachers who definitely have a green thumb. There’s an arrangement of healthy succulents within each of their classrooms. “They’ve been growing here for months now,” Says Ms. Hartell, who has several plant arrangements collecting sunlight just behind her desk. Ms. Champ herself has three beautifully growing plants in her classroom. Aside from looking aesthetically pleasing, there are a lot of mental and physical benefits to growing indoor plants such as reducing carbon dioxide levels by replacing it with oxygen, removing or eliminating toxic chemicals from paint and certain plastics, and even preventing mildew and mold from being released into our classrooms. Plants help to minimize stress and anxiety levels both through caring for the plant.