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Where there’s a Will…there’s another Will

It happens once every couple months.

I may have missed a class for a track meet or an illness, and when my teacher asks if I have the homework, I’ll respond that I missed class and couldn’t find the assignment on Schoology.

“Oh, but I emailed it to you, so you still could have done it,” he or she will respond with a tone that betrays a hint of an accusation, thinking they have just tried and convicted me on a charge of homework evasion.

The only problem is that I did not get any email. It wasn’t until the end of my freshman year, after several such incidents, that I realized why. My teachers were sending their emails to Will McDonald. Just not to the right one.

After getting several emails asking me to look into broken pipes or to attend a staff meeting, I realized that I did not have the distinction of being the only Will McDonald in the district. Instead, I shared the honor with a very kind custodian at Greens Farms Elementary School.

I sent him an email, and he informed me that he had been just as baffled as I was and would try to see if the district’s tech specialists could fix the issue. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the district’s email system, in which emails are based on first and last names, no solution was possible aside from one of us changing our names.

Making matters worse  is the fact that I’m entered into the system as William McDonald, while my custodian brother-in-name is registered as Will.

Since I’ve never gone by William for a day in my life, people seeking to email me inevitably see the option with “Will” in it and select that, without noticing that it isn’t even in the format that student’s addresses follow.

It’s truly a lose-lose situation for both of us. I don’t get most of my emails, while he gets most of his because people know him by Will and typically select the proper option. But this comes with a plethora of my correspondence, from Google Documents made for English projects to dozens of Inklings articles intended for me.

While I may never meet my name twin, if I ever do, I’m sure that all of my emails he has received will ensure that he’ll already know a solid chunk about me. Until then, if you need to email me, please take three seconds and make sure you’re sending it to the right Will first.

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Will McDonald
Will McDonald, Managing Editor
At first glance, one would never know the special title senior Will McDonald holds in the Inklings room. “Ms. McNamee says I have the worst handwriting she’s seen in 20 years,” McDonald says. He admits this with pride, and from the look of his notes, with confidence that he will maintain that reputation. McDonald also lives with the struggle of sharing his name with a school janitor. Between receiving email requests to fix pipes and teachers frustrated by a lack of response to their emails, the situation has become a big mess. McDonald wasted no time getting involved with Inklings as a freshman and now along with his impressive handwriting title he is the current managing editor. Before his current position he had been a sports and news editor. His favorite pieces of work would be his article “When Stealing’s Not A Crime” and his front-page graphic for the Sandy Hook edition. On top of his position on the Inklings staff, McDonald is also the captain of the boy’s cross-country team. He spent his summer working at the Sherwood Island Nature Center. Outside of work and school McDonald likes to read, watch movies, listen to music by Mumford & Sons and enjoy pancakes at his favorite restaurant, Chips. As McDonald approaches this year at Inklings he shares, “knowing that this is my final year is saddening, but at the same time exciting because of all of the great things that I know are still left to be accomplished”.

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