Students, administrators reach compromise after backlash against proposed “Chromebook Mandate”

By Sarah Swenson In the Whalers Weekly Message sent out on December 8th, Principal Mandy Vasil announced that the school planned to institute a new policy at the start of the second semester that would require students to use only their school-issued device for school work. This sparked immediate backlash from the student body, organized … Continue reading Students, administrators reach compromise after backlash against proposed “Chromebook Mandate”

Mourning the death of a loved one during the pandemic (Op-Ed)

By Anna Popnikolova 1.7 million people have died from COVID-19 so far. That’s 1.7 million families, millions of kids, spouses, siblings, who were left behind. 1.7 million people who probably thought… this shouldn’t be so bad. Families who argued, they’re a fighter. It’s going to be alright.  But then, your mother walks in the next … Continue reading Mourning the death of a loved one during the pandemic (Op-Ed)

“Pure panic” as local businesses struggle under enormous weight of pandemic

By Lily Remick The past few months have been difficult for small local businesses because of the pandemic. This summer was a difficult time for many businesses as they decided whether to open or not. This decision could affect the businesses forever. If they were to re-open, they may suffer a loss of money which … Continue reading “Pure panic” as local businesses struggle under enormous weight of pandemic

Award-winning Island Waves skating team faces imminent end as membership lags

By Amanda Mack, News Editor Coming off of their third place finish at the Eastern sectional championships last year, the Nantucket Island Waves synchronized skating team had big plans for this season. Unfortunately, as with most things this year, synchronized skating looked very different. Normally the team would hold optional practices over the summer with … Continue reading Award-winning Island Waves skating team faces imminent end as membership lags

Affirmative Action is Good, Actually (Op-Ed)

By JohnCarl McGrady, Editor in Chief At first glance, affirmative action may seem unfair and even racist. Lots of people oppose it, arguing that every year, hundreds of young, intelligent high school students are denied admission to top schools in favor of students with worse grades, worse test scores, and worse qualifications, who are accepted … Continue reading Affirmative Action is Good, Actually (Op-Ed)