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Bucko’s (center) relentless effort placed into Key Club led him to regional success.

Evan Bucko’s Key Club Success

DYLAN MANIFOLD
May 23, 2024

“I’m a hard worker,” Bucko said. Key Club Advisor Danielle Holsapple agrees, “There aren’t many things [Evan] hasn’t done... He’s always the very first person to sign up for anything,”...

Ms. Kelly enjoys her last month of a full year in her position of principal.

Principal Kelly’s Mark of Kindness Eases

DYLAN MANIFOLD
May 23, 2024

With a career that has encompassed 23 graduation days and speeches (four of which her own). June 13, Principal Deborah Kelly will take the mic for the final time, wishing her final senior class farewell. Her...

The top photo was taken in 2019 shows the heap of students crammed into one lunch wave. The bottom photo is from 2024, with two calmer waves with many extra seats.

The Troubles of the Lunchrooms

DYLAN MANIFOLD
March 18, 2024

The year is 2019. 1300 students at ELHS watch the clock, waiting for it to strike 10:30: lunchtime. The entire student body spills out of classes and into the commons. With one lunch wave and limited...

Junior and newly licensed driver Shea Killoy agrees that most new drivers illegally drive with passengers in

their cars.

Steering Outside the Lines

DYLAN MANIFOLD
February 22, 2024

You turn 16, spend hundreds of dollars, take the painful safety classes, and now it’s finally time to get your license. Friends have been calling shotgun in your car for months, assuring you it’s...

Although the roads may look safe new drivers have to be cautious of black ice.

Why Can’t Salem and EL Get on the Same Snow-Day Page?

DYLAN MANIFOLD
February 22, 2024

It’s 5 a.m. the morning after a snowstorm. You wake up wearing your pajamas inside out, having flushed ice cubes down the toilet the night before. All students await the ring of the phone to say “school...

The Women’s Empowerment Club sold snacks at a football game to raise money.

Women’s Empowerment Club Makes Their Mark

DYLAN MANIFOLD
February 5, 2024

Between the #metoo movement and the backlash that ensued from the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, female empowerment is at the forefront of society. This call to empower women is being...

Nadia explains her new book to her class.

11-Year-Old Gets a Jump on Most ELHS Students in Publishing Record

DYLAN MANIFOLD
January 30, 2024

When asked what kinds of books we like to read, few people can say “books like my own.” If you ask ELMS sixth grader Nadia Lira, that is her immediate response. “The first product is not always...

The IT center located across from the library controls the entire district’s network.

Laptop Restrictions: The Balancing Act Of Student Privacy

DYLAN MANIFOLD
January 24, 2024

“It’s a huge temptation. Your laptop, adults understand that too,” East Lyme school district technology leader Ben McCarthy said. Every student knows how easy it can be to get distracted throughout...

Mr. Cunningham raises his right hand
swearing into office.

Dan Cunningham Sworn into Office as First Selectman

DYLAN MANIFOLD
January 24, 2024

“I want students to know I have an open door policy. If they have a question or they want to talk about something, (...) I’m always happy to talk,” newly elected East Lyme First Selectman Dan Cunningham...

The new Constantines on The Bay takes over the old Maine Street Grille building

A New Taste Comes To Niantic

DYLAN MANIFOLD
December 5, 2023

“The underlying tone for these restaurants was [that] you can’t make it in the winter here in Niantic. You had to be seasonal. Now, you see restaurants thriving [year round],” president of the Board...

Powers Lake has a stunning view on its trail.

Walking in the Woods: Local Hiking Spot Review

DYLAN MANIFOLD
November 16, 2023

“The best medicine is simply walking in the woods,” Daniel Nazzaro, former advisor of the Hiking Vikings Club, physics teacher, and avid hiker said. So, I set out to test Mr. Nazarro’s theory, and...

Flexing More than Just Muscles

Flexing More than Just Muscles

DYLAN MANIFOLD
November 1, 2023

“Understanding the importance of flexibility and realizing my coaches want to see my success was essential to my athletic accomplishments,” sophomore varsity soccer player Julianne Guarraia said. Managing...

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