March 29, 2017

Homecoming Coronation Assembly 2012


Video by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Photos by Kristina Piamonte, Photo Editor, and Frida Valdes, Feature Editor

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Student Council plans Homecoming, Spirit Days


by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief After school today, WHS will begin to be transformed as Student Council decorates the foyer and classes adorn their respective hallways to prepare for Homecoming week. Student Council has planned a week of Homecoming activities for Oct. 1-6, based off the theme “Under the Skyline, Chicago.” Homecoming week will kick off on Monday with “Fancy Dress Day,” and a Coronation assembly in the gymnasium at 8:53 a.m. Senior stars and court will be honored during the assembly. Freshman, sophomore and junior classes have elected one boy and girl per class to represent their grade. Each class…

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Boxing Club ends after four years

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief “Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, the boxing club wasn’t able to run this year,” Dr. Stephen May, student activities director, said. “Our hope is that the program will be able to run again next fall.” Boxing club ran for four years from 2008 to 2012. Unique to extracurricular activities, WHS was the only public high school in Illinois with a boxing program. “I will miss working with the students,” Michael Burke, boxing club sponsor, said. “Many were not in other activities, and they found boxing club a positive outlet. I will also miss the fun…

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PBIS forms to promote positive behavior

by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor This year,  the Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) club has been incorporated into WHS. According to Dr. Kenneth Stiff, dean of students, PBIS is a nationwide program offered in many other schools. “(It focuses on) influencing the school culture by rewards to all kids who are trying to do things the right way,” Dr. Stiff said. PBIS will teach expectations to the students and teachers, collect data and figure out if teaching had a positive effect on behavior. During August, summer workshops took place at WHS in order to work on developing the “kick…

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Test registration procedures change

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor ACT Registration When students register for the ACT, they now have to upload a photo online and bring their photo ID and ticket on the test date. The ACT test ticket and the roster will include the students’ photos. When students check in, they must bring their photo ID and ticket to make sure they match the roster. These new procedures took effect starting with registration for the ACT on Sept. 8. “I understand the reasons for security because that’s for validity for the test,” Micki Kaufman, assessment center assistant, said. “I think for some…

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Latino Club, Student Council supports DREAMers

First day to apply for Deferred Action brings more than 13 thousand immigrants by Perla Jiménez, La Voz Editor The first day to apply for deferred action, Latino Club and Student Council helped the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) direct DREAM Relief Day. “People bring their children to this country without knowing know the situation for them to be punished,” Chris Gonzalez, senior, said. The day focused on completing applications for Deferred Action and providing information about the program. Although about five thousand people were expected, more than 13,000 arrived. “As a teacher, I’d like for all…

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Cross country gains new coach


by Mark Tannous, Broadcast Editor WHS has been a part of several changes this year in sports with new coaches in football, boys basketball, baseball but also girls cross country. Tim Nowicki, Special education teacher, has become the new head coach of the girls cross country team. Don Rowley, Girls Athletic Director, has become the assistant coach. According to both Rowley and Nowicki, they are excited for the opportunity. “Running is looked at as a punishment by some people, so I think its great kids can go out there and do it for their school,” Rowley said. Rowley previously coached…

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Activity fees rise to $50

One time activity fees prove beneficial to families by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor The activity cost this year has risen from $25 to $50 for students involved in sports and other competing activities. This year, the fee will be a flat total fee of $50 to join as many sports and activities as the student desires, instead of paying $25 per sport and a cap of $100. “This helps save money and allows more students to participate in multiple activities,” Dr. Steve May, assistant principal of student activities, said. Students can now participate in as many sports as they want…

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Anti-bullying book features letters from WHS students


by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Letters started flowing in to Michael Anthony, WHS 1999 graduate, after he began producing a documentary in Wheeling about bullying.   “The project changed from being about certain types of bullying to, ‘What is bullying you?’” Anthony said. “We tell people it gets better, but there are other things in life that happen that are just like being bullied whether it be health problems, financial problems, relationship problems, and those things just don’t get better. We shouldn’t tell them it gets better, we should tell them you are not alone.” After receiving over 1,000 letters about…

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WPAC, AP Government plan mock election


by Mark Tannous, Broadcast Editor With the presidential election right around the corner, WPAC (Wheeling Political Action Club) and AP Government classes start to prepare for a mock election. On Nov. 6, they will hold the mock election for WHS during the school day. From the time after voter registration to the day of the actual election, students will start to hang up ads and posters around the school promoting and informing kids about the election. There will also be commercials in the announcements that will discuss important events. “We want the students to understand the process of voting and…

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