The Williston Sun
Williston Teacher of the Year
Written by Mi'Kel Temoney
2023-2024 Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Howard! This is her 12th year teaching at Williston and has worked several years as a chemical engineer.
My name is Mi'Kel Temoney, and I am an 8th grade student at Williston. Previously having Mrs. Howard as a 7th grade math teacher, I think she deserves Teacher of the Year because she teaches at a comfortable pace, always helping her students with work and personal problems. Just like math, she always comes up with solutions with everything.
The next steps of the Williston Teacher of the Year process is that she will be competing with other New Hanover County Public School teachers. Good luck, you've got this!
Students of the Month
Arly Ellis Morales - 6th
Maeve Ortiz - 6th
Kimani Williams - 6th
Demetria Smith - 6th
Theodore Ragain - 6th
Amir Cromartie - 6th
Jeferson Flores Hernandez - 6th
Brayan Mijangos Colon - 6th
Michael Butler - 6th
Marcus Simpson-Bealon - 6th
Sir-Nikolai Headley-Williams - 6th
Andi Martinez - 7th
Alajuan Blakey - 7th
Kymir Hines - 7th
Amira Jones - 7th
Hala Mahmoud - 7th
Justina Lewis - 7th
Brooklyn Glenn - 7th
Shamira Lesine-Hansley - 7th
Benjamin Hejnas - 7th
Ruby Ruiz Mateos - 7th
Sadie Mode - 7th
Steve Ingles Alas - 8th
Jocelyn Miguel Garcia - 8th
Sophia Spaziano - 8th
Jaylen Tramble - 8th
Terrick Wells - 8th
Dae Bracht - 8th
Jadiel Salva - 8th
Tiger Shout Outs
Written by Shelby Blake and Brennaugh Coppinger
This month for band we are giving a shout out to Michael Jones, a 7th grade trumpet player!
Michael is always one of the first students to help Mr. Hinson start class, and always wants to put his best effort into playing the trumpet. Mr. Hinson has never corrected him, and he's always on task. He's a very respectful and kind student to Mr. Hinson and his classmates.
“How long have you been playing?”
- “Two years.”
“Do you plan on playing in high school?”
“What's your favorite thing about band?”
- “Being able to play instruments and learn how to play them.”
“When did you know you liked band?”
- “The first day when we started to learn about different kinds of music.”
“Have you ever thought about quitting band? If so, why?”
- “No I haven't.’
“Who taught you?”
- “Mr. Hinson.”
“Why did you join band?”
- “I liked music and used to like jazz and wanted to play instruments.”
Black History Month
Written by Christopher Parada-Garnica
Historic Figures; Martin Luther King Jr.
Born: January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia
Died: April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee
- He survived an assassination attempt a decade before his death.
- He entered college at the age of 15.
- He was arrested 29 times.
- His birth name was Michael King.
- He was named after Protestant reformer, Martin Luther.
Under the Sea
Written by Bryson Ellison and Jasiah Stone
Fort Fisher Aquarium
Fort Fisher Aquarium has a 235,000 gallon aquarium to explore marine life. A few animals that reside here are Sharks, Sea Turtles, Stingrays, and Moray Eels. It's easily one of the most family friendly activities in Wilmington. Each time you visit, there seems to be something new around every corner. At it's core, this aquarium seeks to educate and provide their guests with a fun, hands-on experience!
Love Around the World
Written by Dae Bracht and Breanna Wilson
Where does Valentine’s Day come from?
Surprisingly Valentine's day's origins aren’t as much like the lovey traditions as we may think, this day originated as a Roman ritual of Lupercalia. Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture. To begin the festival members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests would gather at a sacred cave where the founders of Rome were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf. The priests would make sacrifices, a goat for fertility and a dog for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips then dip it in the sacrificial blood. Then they would take to the streets gently slapping women and crop fields with the goat hide. Later in the day all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired with the woman for the year. These matches would often end in marriage. Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity but was outlawed because it was believed to be un-Christian at the end of the 5th century when pope Gelasius declared February 14th St. Valentine’s day. However it was not until much later that the holiday was associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14th was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of the day should be a day for romance. Valentine’s greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, However written Valentine’s didn’t happen until 1400. The oldest known Valentine that still exists is a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans in 1415.
Where did the idea of Cupid come from?
The Roman god, Cupid, or in Greek mythology, Eros, the god of love, is often portrayed as a small child shooting golden arrows at unsuspecting people to spark love to the surface. Originally, according to Greek Archaic poets, he was a handsome immortal that would play with the emotions of both gods and men. He would use golden arrows to spark love. In the Hellenistic period, he finally became the small mischievous child shown on valentines day cards.
While in the U.S alone, people send a BIG 145 million cards yearly on Valentine’s day. Now, Valentine's day is the second top-sending card holiday in the U.S.
So go out and by yourself a treat, because at the end of the day you will always have yourself!
Leadership Club Represents Williston
Written by Mackenzie Cuba
Hello, my name is Mackenzie Cuba and I am in 7th grade. I am a part of the WMS Leadership Club. Leadership club is run by an organization called Future City. During the first semester, we met every Monday and Wednesday to work on bringing a future city to life. Leadership club is made up of students from all grade levels that are either selected by Mrs. Gault or recommended by teachers. These students come from Williston and from The International School at Gregory. During the club, we learn important leadership skills such as collaboration, research, public speaking, writing skills, problem solving, building, and how to bring concepts into reality. The goal for the club is to be able to create a future city with 3 new sustainable and eco-friendly power sources, and to be able to answer questions and present it to judges at the Future City Competition in Raleigh. At the competition, there is regional participation and whoever won, got to compete at the national competition. The past 2 years that I have been at Williston, we have won specialty awards. This year, for our project, which we named Majini City, we won the specialty award for "Best Transportation System". Along with building a model and presenting our city, we had to write a 1500 word essay about Majini City and our power sources. I had the honor of being a part of the essay team along with being a Model Presenter and answering the Q&A. This means that at the competition, 2 other presenters and I presented the model to the judges and we answered most of the Q&A from the specialty judges. Overall, the competition was fun and was very competitive this year. We had a great experience and we are happy that we got to learn and practice the new skills that we have learned throughout the semester. The club was made up of 9 students that include: Mackenzie Cuba (me), Lila Dubaj, Banner Nelson, Dallas Bowers, Kate Mull, Samuel Schwarz, Naurice Dukes, Evelyn Martinez Mijangos, and Michael Jones. The club was supervised by Mrs.Gault, Ms.Coe, Mrs.Ricanek. Next week, we are taking a trip down to Thalian Hall to present our city to the Wilmington City Council, so wish us good luck!
Groundhog Day 2024
Hi students. What do you predict? Six more weeks of Spring or six more weeks of Winter? Watch this clip and find out the truth.
HINT: Get out your flip flops!!!