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Posted Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 

Baseball beats Suffield to win opener

After a very long wait, the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Baseball team started its 2015 regular season the best way possible, beating archrival Suffield Academy 10-3 April 13.

“It was a great win at Suffield,” Coach Jim Irzyk said. “Steve Fleury ’16 threw five strong innings, struck out six and had great velocity. We played very good defense the first five innings. We had clutch hitting by Anthony Garro ’15 and Shawn Boston ’15; very good at bats by Danzel Williams ’15 and RC Goodman ’15 . . . I believe they walked a total of five times; and Nelly Cotto ’17 came in and did a great job throwing strikes and getting outs the last two innings.”

Anthony and Shawn both had three hits and two RBI, while Tim Quinn ’16 added a pair of hits. The Titans plated three runs in the top of the first and never trailed.

WMA begins a very busy stretch, with five games in eight days. But as the Titans showed during its nine-game trip to Florida in March, they have the pitching to be competitive.

“The boys are ready,” Coach Irzyk said. “They know we’re going to compete and we’re capable of doing good things, with the Suffield game being a good example.”

 

Posted Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 

Record-setting turnout for Class of 2015 toward gift

The Class of 2015 will leave its mark next month as one of the largest graduating classes in the history of Wilbraham & Monson Academy.

The Class of 2015, though, made history well before WMA Commencement by having nearly 40% of the students make a donation toward a class gift at the Academy and by having that gift in place before graduation.

“There’s been a good relationship with the Alumni and Development Office this year,” class co-advisor Donna Barone explained. “They got involved with the class before May. That has helped with the giving.”

“It’s not about how much you donated: it’s about participating in a way that you can show that you are devoted to your class,” Haotian (Roger) Cui ’15 said. “I feel great about it.”

The class paid for a study nook in Mattern Hall, complete with a tabletop and electrical outlets so students can work on their laptops, computers and iPads.

“I think the idea of putting a study nook in Mattern was great because of all the kids who sit in the hallway to do work,” Molly Socha ’15 said. “To have a private area to study and do work is a great opportunity for the students.”

“It was a great showing and a diverse group of students who donated,” class co-advisor Liz Fontaine added. “We’re the first class who has its gift in place before graduation and it’s a useful space for the students.”

The Board of Trustees and the Alumni and Development Office treated the students who made a donation toward their class gift to a dessert and networking reception in the Campus Center April 9 with Board of Trustee members Robert Edmunds ’01 and Caitlin Flynn ’06.

 

Posted Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 

Jiaming Mao '17 advances to 2nd round of national AMC competition

Jiaming (Martin) Mao’s mathematics teacher at Wilbraham & Monson Academy said Martin is drawn to mathematical challenges. Martin faced a challenge at the American Mathematics Competition 10, and it was a challenge he conquered.

Martin, a member of the Class of 2017, was among a small percentage of high school sophomores in the country to advance to the American Invitational Mathematics Examination based on his score on the AMC.

“I thought I didn’t do well,” Martin said. “I didn’t think I answered enough questions so I didn’t think I’d get to the second round.

“I was really happy I advanced. I didn’t know I’d get to the second round. When I received the email from Mr. (Mark) Fischer that I moved on, I was happy.”

This was Martin’s first academic test at a national or regional level. He scored in the top 2.5% nationwide to qualify for the next round.

“Martin is quick to understand any new topic sent his way,” said Mr. Fisher, WMA’s Mathematics Department Chair and Martin’s AB Calculus teacher. “He is focused and hard working and is drawn to mathematical challenges."

In March, Martin was honored by the Boston Globe’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for his pencil drawing of a woman in a headdress.

Myungsoo Kim ’17 and Zhonghan (Scott) Jiang ’18 were also recognized for their outstanding AMC 10 scores, while Xi Wang ’16, Ze (Keats) Hua ’16 and Shiyuan (Amber) Ding ’15 received honors for their scores on the AMC 12.

 

Posted Thursday, Apr 9, 2015 

3 earn awards for ARC at statewide event

Three members of the Academy Repertory Company at Wilbraham & Monson Academy returned from its biggest acting event of the year with awards.

Madeleine Duke ’15, Anastasia Goncharova ’16 and Jack Faulstick ’16 were named to the All-Star Cast for their performances at the Massachusetts High School Drama Festival at Norwood High School Feb. 28.

“It was an amazing experience,” said Susan Dziura, who teaches the ARC class.

WMA competed with seven other schools at this year’s statewide event, with each school having 40 minutes for their respective performance. ARC performed a narrative adaptation of a “Choose your own Adventure” story titled “War with the Evil Power Master.” The difficulty in a “Choose your own Adventure” play is the cast members must learn various options for each scene, yet only one will be selected by the audience.

WMA’s group, though, excelled, as proven by the three award winners.

“We had to rehearse multiple endings and multiple different courses of action,” Mrs. Dziura said. “It was a bummer because we didn’t do all of the cool things we had planned but that’s the way that it goes. It was audience participation and the audience went crazy for it. They loved it. They were yelling; they were laughing. The actors were feeding off of it. I was so proud.”

“We did well,” added Madeleine, who was a repeat selection to the All-Star Cast. “We had a lot of new people and people who hadn’t even acted at all before so I thought it went well.”

Along with the three award winners, also participating at Festival for WMA were: Robert Taylor ’15, Gregory Large ’15, Alexandra Stoll ’15, Alina Shirley ’15, Kirstyn Kelley ’15, Anike Tella ’16, Gabriel Awad ’17, Morah Palmer ’17 and Rhys Kulig ’17.

Posted Thursday, Apr 9, 2015 

WMA selected by College Board to offer AP Capstone Program

In another sign Wilbraham & Monson Academy is in the lead pack in regards to a secondary education, the Academy will offer a new two-year course as well as three online classes for the 2015-16 academic calendar year.

WMA was selected by the College Board to include the AP Capstone Program as part of its curriculum. The first year will offer AP Seminar, which will be part of the English Department, while AP Research in the second year will follow the students’ passion and could fall under any academic discipline.

Meg Hutcheson, Dean of Curriculum, said the program will involve a high-level skill set, with intense reading and research.

“These courses address something we’ve been looking for in our curriculum and I think it’s going to produce some good projects that students can showcase,” Ms. Hutcheson said. “Students will immerse themselves in topics to develop the research, analytical and synthesis skills colleges desire.”

Like most colleges, WMA will offer online courses for its students. Modern and Contemporary American Poetry, a new English elective, is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) run by the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House.

AP European History, which will be a full year course in the CEGS Department, and Video Game Design, which will be an Academic Computing Department elective, are run by the Virtual High School.

“We’re offering online courses as a pilot program to enhance our curriculum,” Ms. Hutcheson explained. “We want our students to have a hybrid experience. We’re not just sending students to an online learning space; the students will have an online learning block in their schedule and they will be responsible for reporting to the classroom. There will be a teacher in the classroom to help the students stay on task, meet deadlines and manage their online platform.”

Along with the new online course, the Academy’s Academic Computing Department will add a full-year introductory level class called Exploring Computing Science. Power and Ethics, an English elective taught by Head of School Brian Easler, will return to the curriculum after a one-year hiatus.

Posted Monday, Apr 6, 2015 

Felchner wins 2 events at NE Championships

Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Christina Felchner ’16 went to the New England Division III Swimming Championships looking to get her best times. Winning would be a bonus.

Christina earned a double-bonus.

Christina won a pair of events at this year’s championships, touching first in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle races March 7 at Canterbury School.

“It’s exciting,” said Christina, who had finished second multiple times at previous New England meets. “It was a little nerve-wracking. To me, winning isn’t everything. I just like to get my times down.”

Christina swam the fastest time in the prelims for the 50 before winning by .6 seconds in 25.19. Her best races, though, came in the 100. She posted the top time and her fastest time in the 100 prelims before doing the same in the final, finishing in 54.91 and easily winning by more than two seconds.

“When I got out of the water . . . it made my whole day,” she said.

Christina earned the team’s Coaches Award at the WMA Varsity Sports Ceremony March 3.

“I like helping the team. It’s fun,” said Christina, who set a pool record in the 50 free in 25.14 at a home meet December 10. “I like cheering on my teammates.”

 

Posted Monday, Apr 6, 2015 

Boys' Swimming finishes 6th at NE Championships

The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Boys’ Swimming team placed sixth at the New England Prep School Division III Swimming Championships March 7 at Canterbury School. Below is a list of swimmers who scored points for the Titans:

Individuals

Name

Place

Event

Time

William (Bill) Holloman ’15

2nd

100 back

1:01.40

Wenjun (Happy) Chang ’18

3rd

100 free

51.67

Happy Chang

5th

200 IM

2:10.35

Austin Fabbo ’15

5th

200 free

1:55.34

Bill Holloman

5th

100 fly

1:01.36

Austin Fabbo

6th

500 free

5:13.81

Shungo (James) Tanaka ’17

10th

100 fly

1:05.10

Tanatip (Tan) Daloonpet ’15

11th

50 free

25.27

 James Tanaka ’17

12th

100 back

1:12.12

Andres Feng ’15

13th

200 free

2:14.02

Nicholas Spellman ’19

13th

100 back

1:11.79

Andres Feng

16th

500 free

6:11.43

John Wilson ’19

16th

200 IM

2:31.13

Relays

Event

Place

Time

200 IM

2nd

1:45.64

200 free

4th

1:39.35

400 free

7th

3:48.64

Posted Monday, Apr 6, 2015 

Girls' Swimming places 5th at NE Championships

The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Girls’ Swimming team placed fifth at the New England Prep School Division III Swimming Championships March 7 at Canterbury School. Below is a list of swimmers who scored points for the Titans:

Individuals

Name

Place

Event

Time

Christina Felchner ’16

1st

50 free

25.32

Christina Felchner

1st

100 free

54.91

Margaret (Meg) Harrington ’15

4th

50 free

26.74

Marissa Fabbo ’17

6th

100 back

1:09.96

Adrianna (Adie) Russell ’15

6th

200 IM

2:26.62

Meg Harrington

7th

100 fly

1:07.70

Adie Russell

8th

500 free

5:51.80

Marissa Fabbo

10th

200 free

2:13.18

Clara Harrington ’18

14th

500 free

6:24.20


Relays

Event

Place

Time

200 free

2nd

1:45.61

400 free

2nd

3:53.94

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