HWFL starts new season at Middle School

By Jaidev Pant ’21

HWFL, also known as the freshmen football league, started its new season on Sept. 5, with a draft taking place on Aug. 31. There are six total teams this year, with one captain per team. It is a six-on-six league, where each team can have one sub. There is one game per break, and the games are usually played on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays on Sprague Field. The league was reactivated this school year after its absence last year. The team captains wanted to keep this ninth grade tradition going, which is why they decided to start the league again. The crowds are large with many people showing up to the games during break.

“The best part is watching the hype crowds and also hyping them up,” Team Chilly player Chase Harleston ’21 said.

The players said they really enjoy playing against each other and with other freshmen.

“My favorite part of HWFL is being able to play in front of all my friends and play with all my friends, and it is really fun. It’s really hype,” Team Chilly Captain Charlie Wang ’21 said.

The team captains do not know how long the league will run for this year. To receive information about the league, follow @hwfl2k17 on Instagram.

Visual artist Basil Kincaid to speak to MS community on Monday


By Hannah Han ’21

Visual artist Basil Kincaid spoke about his artwork on Sept. 18 during a Monday special assembly in the Saperstein Theatre. Later, he talked to visual arts students about his work process and answered questions about his installments during third and fourth period. An exhibition of his work was set up in the Arlene Schnitzer Gallery for students to view.

Kincaid is an African American artist from St. Louis, Missouri whose work addresses ideas of identity, freedom, family and culture.

“Freedom is my main thing. Don’t try to box me in. Don’t try to tell me what to do. I want to be me,” Kincaid said during the assembly.

Kincaid quilts, collages, draws, paints, takes photographs and builds installations, although he said he is currently most interested in working with fabric. Most of his art is made of donated or used materials, a nod to African Americans in the past who had to make a living working with scraps.

“I started walking around outside, and picking things off of the street, and making art with things I found. […] You look at the history of black people in America. We’ve had to do everything with scraps, and we’ve made amazing things with other people’s leftovers,” Kincaid said.

Kincaid said that as a child, he was bullied because of his race. He said that the only time he felt comfortable was when he was drawing and art helped carry him through all of the difficult times in his life.

“I have scars from where people would do different things to me. Throughout time, art was my refuge, and it was the place where I could belong, and my place where nobody could touch me,” Kincaid said.

Kincaid ended his speech by encouraging students to follow their dreams and never give up.

“If the only thing holding us back is the fact that we are afraid to believe in ourselves, then whatever it is you love to do, you need to do it, and you need to make a living doing it,” Kincaid said.

Middle School Visual Arts Department Head Katie Palmer ’98 originally invited the visual artist to speak at the school. Palmer and Kincaid first met at an art show in St. Louis; the Middle School Visual Arts Department Head had submitted her work to the show, and Kincaid happened to be the juror.

“I saw his [Kincaid’s] website, and it was such good work. […] He works in so many media, and I thought he would be a good fit [as a guest speaker for the community],” Palmer said.

Students said they found his speech to be inspiring.

“I really appreciated his honesty about his past experiences and his passion about his work,” Giulia Germano ’21 said.





Class of 2022 to have AP limits, unweighted GPAs

By Tessa Augsberger ’22 and Maddie Morrison ’22

Starting with the class of 2022, future classes will be limited in the number of Advanced Placement courses they can take at the Upper School. Also, GPA weighting for AP and honors courses will be removed. The updated policy states that sophomores may take no more than two AP courses, juniors can take up to three and seniors can take up to four.

Members of the class of ’22 appear to be in favor of the policy change.

“I feel like now people might not feel as obliged to take as many AP [courses] just to get the credit, but for some people who want to take a lot of AP [courses] they might be held back. We can’t do as much as we could have. People who want to take six AP [courses] they can’t do that anymore,” Peter Shen ‘22 said.

Shen said that he would not remove the new  restrictions if he was able to.

Upper School Dean Department Head Beth Slattery, who was involved in the policy’s creation spoke about the reasoning behind the decision, “I think the AP limit will encourage students to make more authentic choices about their curriculum, therefore creating more happiness and balance in students’ lives, which is a primary vision for our school,” Slattery said in an email.

According to Slattery, the new policy also focuses on an increased sense of wellness in the student body.