March 29, 2017

Swierczek retires after years of working as dean

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor This year, Debra Swierczek, retired dean of students, has retired, and Dr. Ken Stiff, dean of students, replaced her. “She had a great relationship with students, staff and parents.  I think as deans we all strive to be proactive,” Dr. Stiff said. Prior to becoming dean, Dr. Stiff worked as the Associate Principal of Operations and Assistant Dean. According to Derek Swierczek, math teacher and son of Ms. Swierczek, Ms. Swierczek plans on spending her retirement traveling, visiting friends and spending time with his children.  Recently, Ms. Swierczek went on an Alaskan cruise. “I could…

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Healthier initiative spreads to cafeteria

Photo by Kristina Piamonte

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief A big change in the lunch lines across the nation has arrived, as schools including WHS, adjust to new nutritional standards. Previously, students could choose to  decline from taking their fruit and vegetable portions. Now, all students must take at least one serving when purchasing a lunch meal. New signs have also been hung in the cafeteria, giving specifics on where students can find meals. District 214 plans to include a variety of vegetables, more whole grains and a strict limit on calories, portion sizes, sodium and saturated fat. These changes are a part of the…

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The Fold performs at back-to-school concert


Photos by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor, and Rosalie Chan, Web Editor WHS invited The Fold, a Chicago-based band, to perform at the back-to-school concert on Aug. 22, the first day of school. The concert took place in the stadium at the end of the school day.  During the day, the school was on pep assembly schedule.  After 9th period, students and staff went out to the stadium.  The Fold, made up of Dan Castady, lead vocalist and guitarist; George Castady, guitarist and vocalist; Matt Pittman, bassist and vocalist; and Mark Rhoades, drummer, played both original songs and covers. The Fold has released…

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Students, teachers volunteer at Dream Relief Day


                            Photo used with permission by Sandra Chico by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Teacher and student volunteers from WHS met at 5:45 a.m. to leave for Navy Pier and volunteer at Dream Relief Day on Aug. 15, the first day undocumented immigrants can apply for deferment. President Barack Obama issued an executive order that allows undocumented immigrants to apply for deferment, which allows them to obtain a work permit and protected status in the U.S. for two years. At Dream Relief Day, undocumented immigrants could fill out…

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Freshmen attend annual orientation, activity fair

Activity Fair

Photos by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief, and Kristina Piamonte, Photo Editor Freshmen orientation took place from 7:25 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 16.  The peer mentors led the incoming freshmen in a tour around WHS, classroom activities and going through the mock schedule.  At the end, the freshmen attended an assembly and an activity fair, where students promoted different extracurricular activities and sports. To join Spokesman, contact John Uhrik, adviser, at or stop by Room 137 for more information.  The Journalistic Writing class is a 45-minute skinny all year round and takes place during first period.  Interested students can ask…

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WHS says goodbye, honors Cadle


by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief A standing ovation was held for Margaret Cadle, special education assistant, for her retirement after 69 years in education. Cadle was surprised to see staff members joined in the front of the school and forming two lines for Cadle to walk through. She was also surprised with flowers, balloons, and a limousine ride to a party celebrating her service  and the end of the school year. When asked to make a speech, Cadle looked out to the crowd and said “I love you all.” Cadle has worked with Township High School District 214 for 49 years and held…

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English classes use Kindles to raise interest in reading

by Mark Tannous, Asst. Sports Editor The difference between hearing a teacher say “Class, please pull out your book…” or “Class, please pull out your Kindle…” can vary for many students. Students in the classes of Megan Knight, Karen Sebesta and Anna Panagakis, English teachers, use Kindles to read instead of books. The students have full responsibility for the Kindles and can use them for anything school related. Students can take home the Kindles, but they must cover damage charges. According to Barry Hanrahan, librarian, students’ scores on the plan tests went up about a whole two points in Ms….

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Class boards change advisers for next year

by Khadeeja Salehbhai, Staff Reporter Next school year, Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior Class Boards will receive new supervisors. Carrie Mattingly, social science teacher, will supervise Senior Class Board, taking over for Karen Rinella, math teacher. Kristen Chico, learning center coordinator, will supervise Junior Class Board, taking over for Jessica Maciejewski, English teacher. Joann Chilver, math teacher, will supervise Sophomore Class Board, taking over for Ms. Mattingly. Jennifer Cederberg, CTE teacher, will supervise Freshman Class Board, taking over for Dr.  Richard Watson, counselor. “I liked that Senior Class Board had more set responsibilities, more laid out, spread out,” Ms. Mattingly…

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CNA students get certified in nursing

Angelika Bravo and Husna Alegoz, juniors, attentively takes notes during their CNA, certified nursing assisstant, class.  This has been the first year that Wheeling offers a CNA class from Harper.

by Lupe Herrera, Asst. La Voz Editor   For the first time through WHS, students graduated and became Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s) on May 20 at Harper College. After students officially graduate from WHS, they can work as a CNA. There are a series of three classes in order to become a CNA: Introduction to Health Careers, Medical Terminology and CNA.  In order to be certified as a CNA, students need to take all there classes. “I just think it’s an amazing opportunity for students that are interested in a medical field; this would definitely be the place to be,”…

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Band performs at Senior Awards Concert

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by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor

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