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2024 Senior Awards Ceremony
2024 Senior Awards Ceremony
Marializ Diaz June 7, 2024

Waterford High School’s 2024 Senior Awards Ceremony was held on Tuesday, June 4th.  The ceremony gave honor to many...

Camille Cadrello meeting her roommate for the first time after talking online.
Finding a Roommate
Saeeda Samed, Author • June 4, 2024

As the school year comes to an end, the 2024 Waterford seniors are getting ready to graduate and move on. In college,...

Michael Ellis: The Man, The Myth, The Legend
Michael Ellis: The Man, The Myth, The Legend
Saeeda Samed, Author • June 4, 2024

Inside the third floor computer room at Waterford High School resides veteran teacher Michael Ellis. This year marks Mr....

Olivia Marelli: Lancer Dancer

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As a local dancer and performer, as well as a loyal member to the Lancer Nation, Olivia Marelli is the epitome of a true Lancer and has a contagious enthusiasm for her Waterford community. 

While she is not currently a member of any WHS sports teams, Olivia’s talents lie elsewhere. She spends her nights and weekends at Broadway Kids and Company School, a dance and theater company located in Niantic. She is one of five members of the current senior elite company for the upcoming competition season. Olivia says, “my favorite style of dance would probably be jazz. I also love contemporary dance.” Olivia is also a talented tumbler, with skills including aerials, walkovers, and handsprings. 

Olivia is both a national and world champion. Alongside her teammates, the Broadway Kids’ competitive dancers took home a national title at Believe Talent National Dance Competition, and two weeks later, they won first place at the World Dance Championships. Olivia says her experience winning an acclaimed award can best be described as “an out-of-body experience. The best part was definitely winning with my best friends and knowing that all of our hard work from the season had paid off.”

You can catch Olivia next at the Garde Arts Center on January 5th and 6th, where she will be in BKC’s production of Matilda: the Musical. Olivia portrays the principal role of Mrs. Wormwood, Matilda’s mother. 

Olivia is no stranger to the stage, and received positive reviews from her performance as Kevin G in Mean Girls this past May. “Olivia’s natural humor and inclination to make people laugh is what made her shine as Kevin G, and I’m sure the next show will be no different,” says Ava Burrows, WHS and BKC alumni. Olivia finds joy in making people laugh and finding light in tough situations.

Olivia’s favorite time of the WHS school session is “definitely spirit week. It is so fun dressing up with my friends, taking pictures, and showing how much I love my school.” Olivia, who is also a vocal member of the Student Council, got mic’d up to represent her class as an announcer at Pep Rally and was crowned as one half of the Junior Spirit Squad, alongside Dennis Du. “I love this time of year because my schedule is jam-packed with dance and school, and I really enjoy being busy,” Olivia added. Olivia runs the Class of 2025 instagram and encourages her classmates to follow @waterfordhs.2025 for updates on all things regarding the Junior class. 

Olivia is well-liked by WHS staff and kids, regarded as a student symbol of the Lancer Nation. Olivia’s passion for her various interests is palpable and inspires fellow Lancers.

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Lexie Hullivan, Online Editor
Lexie Hullivan is a junior at Waterford High School. This is her second year in journalism. Lexie has loved writing in all formats and genres since she was in preschool. After school, you can usually find Lexie in the dance studio preparing for upcoming dance competitions or musicals. She also has a passion for teaching. Lexie appreciates her opportunities to volunteer at Oswegatchie School and teach beginner dance classes. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and hanging out with her friends and family.
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