Students recognize teachers -

Friday, April 11, 2014

Cote crafts Gold Key winner -

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Robotics programs success -

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A broken system -

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Boucher blends in at WA -

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The PARCCing Jam -

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

PARCC Soundbytes -

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Stop with the elaborate “promposals” -

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Is opting out of PARCC an option? -

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Opinion: Opting in for the future -

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Opinion: No PARCCing zone -

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Asher Lev wins finals -

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Brown heads new PE program -

Monday, March 31, 2014

Dances: A thing of the past? Teachers react -

Monday, March 31, 2014

Participation in internships grows -

Friday, March 28, 2014

Craig makes it to Nationals -

Friday, March 28, 2014

Previewing Spring Rec Ball -

Monday, March 24, 2014

Students amaze at WA’s Got Talent -

Monday, March 24, 2014

Video: An exotic internship -

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The state of NHS in Westford -

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Hobbit holds up a legacy

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By Victoria Walker Business Manager Ever since the first Lord of the Rings film hit theaters in 2001, the series has become a major fan franchise, generating millions of dollars and dedicated followers for years. The bar was set high for the first prequel movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), which, similar in setting and themes to the original series, was praised by some critics and stomped on by others. With the branch-off series’ second attempt, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros. Pictures hit slightly closer to the mark, producing a film that was not a complete hit or miss,…

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Catching Fire blazes away viewers

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By Ellie Smith Features Editor As audience members file into AMC Theaters in Tyngsboro, MA, they can hardly contain their excitement for the movie that is about to start. With most of the audience having read the book, they anticipate what the director has done with the movie and how accurately the film resembles the book. On Friday Oct. 22, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was released in theaters worldwide. This movie was based on the second best-selling novel in The Hunger Games trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins. The critically acclaimed movie The Hunger Games was a tough act to…

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The Less-Than-Great Gatsby

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By Jenny Watts Staff Writer Eager movie-buffs and literature enthusiasts alike awaited the release of the long-anticipated remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby. Movie theaters sold out as fans flooded the theaters on Friday, May 10 in order to be the first to experience the modern flare given to this literary giant. The Great Gatsby tells the story of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and his forbidden love with Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan). The plot is told and narrated by Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), who in this version of the story is portrayed as the socially awkward and mentally…

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42 hits a home run

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By John Devereaux Staff Writer This past weekend, the new sports drama 42 was released to theaters. Directed by the award-winning Brian Helgeland, the film follows famous baseball player Jackie Robinson and his career in the late 1940s when the renowned baseball player was just starting out in the big leagues. The actor playing the role of Robinson, Chadwick Boseman, was outstanding. His attitude toward his role was very enthusiastic. Chadwick was first spotted in Hollywood in the 2008 film The Express. The actor had to go through a form of his own spring training for this part – he…

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Oblivion Cruises into Theaters

Oblivion impresses visually, but fails elsewhere.

By  Tim DeLouchrey Staff Writer Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman, was released into theaters Friday April 19th. It topped the box office at approximately 38.2 million dollars over the weekend. Oblivion tells the story of Jack Harper and his life as a repair man on a post apocalyptic earth. In the movie, the world has become a wasteland due to invasion and nuclear bombing. Cruise and his partner return to Earth in order to gather important resources for the space colony created by humanity. The movie’s strongest point is its beginning. It sets the scene and explains the…

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Evil Dead Remake Rises from the Grave

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By Tim DeLouchrey Staff Writer The Evil Dead remake premiered Thursday night at 10 pm in theaters across America. The movie was a remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult horror film. Being a remake, it has received both criticism as well as praise for its ties to the original. The movie begins with a cliche storyline of a group of college graduates going on a vacation to a cabin in the woods. They are going there to try to help their friend get over a drug addiction. However, things take a turn for the worse when they awaken demons in…

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Film hosts a good time

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By Victoria Walker Staff Writer On March 29, 2013, opening night of The Host, the AMC Tyngsboro 12 theater was packed, mostly with teenage girls. The film, which marks popular author Stephenie Meyer’s second series to hit the big screen, was directed by Andrew Niccol and starred Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel. The film takes place on futuristic earth after the planet has been plagued by an invasion of alien “Souls”, who inhabit the bodies of humans in an effort to perfect the world. The plot follows the story of Wanderer, a host who inhabits the body of…

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Is Wonderstone really Incredible?

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By Ellie Smith Staff Writer On Friday, March 15, the opening day of the new comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, the movie theater at the Showcase Cinemas Lowell was less than packed. Less than half of the seats were filled with barely amused viewers. The film’s plot follows a young, outcasted boy who receives a magic kit for his birthday and many years later becomes a famous magician with his best friend Anton Marvelton. After 10 years of performing the same, overused magic show at a Las Vegas hotel, new magician Steve Gray enters the picture, and their popularity dwindles….

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Bond lets the Skyfall

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By Ethan Walshe Editor-in-Chief James Bond returned this weekend with the 23rd installment of the storied franchise, Skyfall. This film is truly a Bond flick for the 21st century, where cyber-warfare and revenge have replaced world domination as the aims of the Bond villain. In Skyfall, Bond is shot on a mission in Turkey, goes missing and is presumed dead. However, then there is an attack on MI6 headquarters, he comes out of his secluded hiding to help save M, the head of the secret agency, from an ex-agent who is hellbent on revenge and murder. Daniel Craig reprises his role as…

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Happy Hunger Games

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http://www.movie-poster.ws/movies/scifi/images/hungergames/ By Haley Verre Staff Writer One of the most anticipated films this year was The Hunger Games, which was released in theaters March 23. This is the first film based on Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games trilogy, and followed the book closely. The choice in actors was impressive and almost everyone suited their role perfectly. Jennifer Lawrence, who played Mystique in 2011′s X-Men: First Class, was able to capture Katniss’ courage and compassion. Katniss’ internal dialogue is a major component of the novel, which displayed her rebellious and witty nature. This was not reflected in the film’s portrayal of Katniss,…

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Pixar’s New Animated Movie: Brave

Moonrose Cheng Staff Writer Coming soon, Pixar’s new 3D animated movie, Brave will hit the theaters on June 22, 2012. The modern film features a heroine, making the storyline fresh and innovative. Older movies with a girl protagonist in the Disney franchise include Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, the Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Lilo & Stitch, and Pocahontas. It starts in Scotland, during the medieval times. A fierce archer and the daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor, Princess Merida causes some trouble in the kingdom. After meeting a witch, she becomes…

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Dark Knight Rises to the top

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By Kyle Auger Sports Editor Director Christopher Nolan is finishing the wildly popular Batman trilogy with the star-studded The Dark Knight Rises. For dedicated fans, the new movie includes some new favorite characters from the comic series including Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and Bane (Tom Hardy). The excitement for the film has been building extremely quickly; already midnight showings have been sold out nearly 8 months in advance. The first two movies in the series were instant classics with Christain Bale still starring as the Dark Knight after playing the role beautifully in the first films. The real tragedy of the…

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