As the days get longer and longer, and the prospects for another snow day diminish with each week, students at Watchung Hills look forward to warm weather, beach trips, and, of course, Spring Break. Freshmen and sophomores await a relaxing hiatus from schoolwork while juniors prepare for AP testing and seniors sink deeper into the infamous second semester “senioritis.” Nevertheless, the Watchung Hills community is busy as ever with theatre productions, athletic events, and more.
Wellness initiatives at Watchung Hills continued to progress with the “Let’s Talk” community event about drug and alcohol issues prevalent among high school students. The event along with wellness presentations to all health classes continued to spread awareness about the importance of physical and psychological wellbeing of students.
On March 14th, students across the nation participated in the National School Walkout to end gun violence. At Watchung Hills, many students of all grade levels made the decision to stand for their beliefs and walkout in the student-led grassroots movement. Students left classes at 10:00 am, uniting on the turf field for 17 minutes in honor of the 17 lives lost during the Parkland school shooting. The support and activism present in the student body was clear as students made their beliefs and voices heard.
In late March, WHRHS’ Script & Cue staged their annual Spring Musical, with this year’s selection being Guys and Dolls. The musical romantic comedy is an adaptation of Damon Runyon’s short stories written in the 1920s and 30s, centered around the happenings of New York City. The production, held on March 22 to 24, was a huge success in the community and left audiences in awe of the talented students of Watchung Hills.
In sports news, the Warriors closed out the winter sports season with several successes. Dan Pilsbury, captain of the varsity boy’s basketball team, surpassed 1000 points this season, and broke the school’s record for most career points. The girls’ varsity basketball team advanced to the State Finals and six Warrior wrestlers traveled to Atlantic City to compete in NJSIAA Individual Wrestling State Championship.
Upcoming in the warmer months, juniors and seniors look forward to their prom nights, when students dress up, take pictures with their friends, and dance the night away surrounded by their classmates, in glamorous venues. Junior Semi-Formal is on April 20th and Senior Prom will be held later in the year on June 7th. In preparation for the big nights, the All School Council held their First Annual Prom Fashion Show sponsored by PromGirl. The fashion show featured Watchung Hills students modeling this season’s top designs and was a fun experience for all who participated.
Also upcoming at the Hills, on May 11th and 12th, in the WHRHS Performing Arts Center, the Dance Ensemble will be performing its annual Spring Dance Showcase, featuring student choreography of various dance styles and themes. The showcase has been a big success in the past, and this year is not looking to be any different. Later in May, all of the Watchung Hills Arts Departments will be showcasing student work in the Spring Arts Festival, from visual arts to band to film to chorus to dance. Be sure to come out and support the arts at Watchung Hills!
All in all, the Watchung Hills community has been hard at work in the recent months, striving for excellence in all areas, while maintaining student and faculty wellness. Not only do students have sunny days and warmer weather to look forward to, but also WHRHS has a full calendar of events ready to enhance each student’s learning experience and bring excitement into the community.