March 29, 2017

SADD promotes respect in speech

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) will hold a Spread the Word to End the Word Drive this year in order to raise awareness about treating those who have special needs with respect. “It focuses on everyday conversation and removing the word ‘retard’ from our lexicon, how we speak,” Kathy Konyar, SADD sponsor and biology teacher, said. In order to promote this, SADD plans on putting out public service announcements and have people take pledges to not use the R-word. “Ever since we started talking about it, I notice people saying it, and I’ve brought it…

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Italian curriculum evolves, focuses on culture


by Perla Jiménez, La Voz Editor Since Angela Hawkins, Italian teacher, began to teach Italian at WHS seven years ago, the Italian curriculum has undergone continuous changes. This year, it will begin to focus specifically on teaching the Italian culture along with the language. The changes have expanded the Italian program to the point where another Italian teacher was needed.   Fausto Frassine, Italian teacher, began working at WHS this year. “My students seem to have adjusted well. There couldn’t have been a better start,” Mr. Frassine said. Mr. Frassine will teach Italian 1. He has 13 years of teaching…

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NANO Connect promotes research


by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Prominent researchers in the nanotechnology field attended a forum at WHS on Oct. 9 to promote collaboration between students, educators and the government to support nanotechnology research in the STEM pathway, which helps aid a variety of scientific research from fighting cancer to aerospace products. Nanotechnology is the study of small materials. One nanometer is a billionth of a meter. The event grew international as Dr. WeonBae Ko, professor from Sahmyook University in Seoul, South Korea, attended along with Governor Pat Quinn and Congressman Robert Dold. “We’ve begun by thinking ‘How do we bring this down…

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Art Club hopes to raise funds for supplies

by Rossy Peralta, Staff Reporter Art club will host a tie-dye fundraiser on Oct. 23 in the art room to help engage students in different styles of art, as well as give the club the opportunity to purchase new art supplies for more activities. In the past years, art club has sold tie dye shirts during lunch periods, and both faculty and students had wanted to learn how to make them. This year, staff and students can pre-order shirts. Laura Taubery, art club sponsor, will prepare a Google form for the pre-orders. Everyone in art club contributed by giving $1…

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Circus holds annual fundraiser

by Kelly McKewin, Staff Reporter Anyone who looks to buy new books and support WHS’s literary magazine, Circus, can come to the Barnes & Noble in Arlington Heights on Saturday Nov. 10 for its sixth annual fundraiser, which will start at 9 a.m. Many students involved in Circus will help out at the fundraiser this year. “I’m going to be doing caricatures and gift wrapping,” Stephanie Rivo, senior, said. Other activities include cupcake decorating, as well as a storytime. For every purchase made with a voucher that day, Barnes & Noble will give a percent of each sale to help…

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Debate competes in first tournament, trains novices

by Megan Provost, Staff Reporter Although the team consists of mostly freshmen and sophomores, debate has already brought home awards in the first two tournaments of the season. “Everybody’s really enthusiastic and wants to improve,” Polly Draganova, junior, said. “It’s a good investment towards next year.” The first tournament recently took place at John Hersey High School Sept. 21 and 22 which Mike Hurley, debate coach, described as a “novice training tournament” because the beginning debaters could get an understanding of debate. WHS placed fifth, with two awards won by Mike Onyszczak, junior, and Omar Joya, senior. “Each grade has…

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District looks into more P.E. waiver options

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor District 214 voted Oct. 18 on a proposal that would allow students in marching band or Navy Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (NJROTC) to have the option of a waiver out of physical education during the semester they participate in that activity. Since students receive exercise in marching band and NJROTC, the school board made this proposal on Oct. 4.  Results of the vote were not available by press time. “It was brought up to the board on Oct. 4 in response from what we heard from parents, teachers and students about the amount of…

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School board passes controversial proposals on curriculum changes

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor The school board passed the proposals to drop information processing as a graduation requirement and to allow students in marching band and NJROTC the option of exemption from physical education during the semester they participate in that activity. Many teachers from District 214 schools’ P.E. and computer education departments, as well as other departments, attended the meeting. Dr. David Schuler, superintendent, said the board will work with the Education Association on this waiver and make sure P.E. is a choice for the family, not an “automatic default.” The Illinois School Code allows application for waivers…

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WHS hosts NANO Connect, featuring keynote speakers, student presentations


Photos by Frida Valdés, Katia Bryhadyr, Paige McCoy, Rossy Peralta and Daniel Ramirez

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Indian Trails Library hosts first film festival

by Kristina Piamonte, Photo Editor This year the Indian Trails Library will be hosting a short film festival on October 28, open for everyone between the ages of 14 to 20. “(The library is expecting students) from Buffalo Grove, Wheeling, and Stevenson (High Schools) to enter the festival. I’m looking forward to the outcome,” Sarah Heimsoth, teen librarian, said. To enter the festival, contestants must create an original video that lasts no longer than ten minutes and be submitted on a flashdrive or on a DVD. The winner of the festival will receive a $50 gift card along with other…

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