Welcome our new Warrior Words columnists!

As students say good-bye to summer and hello to a new school year, The Bulletin welcomes and presents a new group of Warrior Words columnists.

The words of Wilton High School seniors Evaline Xie, Jackie Cooke, Alex Jacobson, Jackson Ward and Tyus Southern will grace The Bulletin’s schools page each week — but who are they?

Evaline

In addition to being an active participant in the high school’s online newspaper, The Forum, Evaline is also involved in Wilton High School’s debate team and student government.

Evaline swims with the Wilton Y Wahoos and Wilton High School Lady Warriors.

Evaline, a self-proclaimed “experimental vegetarian chef” and “self-professed cookie connoisseur,” said she loves to read in her spare time.

“I’m happy that no matter my mood, I find something,” said Evaline. “I can always turn to Jane Austen for a cheerful wedding and [Leo] Tolstoy for a reassessment of the meaning of life.”

Evaline also has an interest in biology and the environment — “everything that’s alive,” she said.

In addition to her list of hobbies and interest, Evaline is a writer of many forms.

“I write poems, short stories, unsent letters, rambling journal reflections, lists and more lists, verbal sketches of the people and inanimate objects around me,” she said, “and now, some Warrior Words.”

Jackie

From interning at the Wilton Children’s Theatre for the past four years to participating in TOPSoccer and Acoustic Wilton, Jackie is an actively involved member of the community.

“At the high school, I am a member of Peervention, the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society,” said Jackie.

“I’ve played JV tennis for the last three years, and this past year I was the captain.”

As captain of Art from the Heart — a branch of the local organization Circle of Care — Jackie and her team do dream room makeovers for children with pediatric cancer.

Jackie has worked at Sweet Pierre’s for nearly two years.

“I absolutely love it,” she said. “It is the absolute best place to work, especially as a chocoholic.”

Alex

Alex, a lifelong resident of Wilton, said he is excited to be a Warrior Words columnists this year.

“Becoming a member of The Bulletin is one more way that I am contributing and being a part of this great community that has raised me,” he said.

When he’s not in the classroom, Alex said, he can be found on a playing field.

“I love sports and spend a good part of my free time playing them,” he said, “whether it is competitively on the baseball field or recreationally on the basketball court.”

Alex also coaches recreational basketball and is an assistant basketball coach and trainer in Norwalk.

“If I am not somewhere with a ball, you can find me in my art studio at home, hanging out with friends or meeting new ones,” said Alex, who also enjoys writing and said he is taking a writing class at the high school.

“I have always been proud to be a Warrior, and now I am proud to be a member of Warrior Words.”

Jackson

To most people, Jackson said, he looks like “the average jock.”

“I play baseball and much of my life is devoted to the sport,” said Jackson, who played and started at second base on the varsity baseball team this spring. “However, I do have a slightly less athletic side.”

In addition to playing and training for baseball, Jackson is a clarinetist in the high school band and a member of Peervention.

Jackson is also a member of Wilton Library’s Poetry in Motion board.

“As a board member, it is my job to pick the theme and poems for the performance and organize the event,” said Jackson. “I enjoy both writing and performing my poetry every year.”

Along with his friend Hayden, Jackson said, he runs the Socks for Soldiers organization at the high school.

“Socks for Soldiers collects clean socks to send soldiers at forward operating bases where there is no way to clean socks,” said Jackson.

Jackson said he has had quite a “diverse high school career,” which will be sure to shine through in his Warrior Words columns this year.

Tyus

Wilton High School honor student Tyus was born in Manhattan and raised in New Jersey, where he developed an interest in drawing and writing.

Although he has been writing creatively since childhood, said Tyus, his primary arts interest is in music.

Tyus plays guitar in the high school’s jazz band, as well as several other performing groups, some of which, he said he has written music for.

“I have published a brief collection of original songs and expect to record and release more within the coming year,” he said.

Tyus has also participated in the nationwide poetry recitation competition Poetry Out Loud, in which he excelled to the state competition and represented Wilton High School last year.

“Outside of performing arts, I received my black belt in martial arts in January and have worked as an instructor to the discipline,” said Tyus.

“I look forward to writing for the column in the months to come and I hope to bring new insight into a topic as archaic as high school seniority.”