March 29, 2017

CSC wins third at nationals

by Erik Hernandez, Asst. News Editor Crucial Step Clique (CSC) won third at the Music Step Fest National Competition, sponsored by the National Step Show Alliance. “I’m very proud of them,” Crystal Ellis-Abdullah, assistant coach of CSC, said. “They are in the top 3.” The event took place in Nashville Tennessee on the days March 15 and 16. Out of the three schools that got into the top three, two of them were from Illinois.  

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DECA competes at state, students make finals

by Jackie Camacho, Staff Reporter DECA, a competitive business club, went to Decatur, Ill. to compete at the state level the weekend of March 7 to 9. Kelsey Nicpon, Ryan Steinberg, Miranda Vollmer, Jackie Camacho, Joe Dundovich, Cameron DeCoursey and Cameron Forst, seniors, and Alex Gleyzer and Anna Gleyzer, juniors, all competed in different events in the marketing field. The competition consisted of taking short tests related to business and presenting marketing ideas to a judge. Six Wheeling students made it to the top ten finalists for their events. Alex and Anna Gleyzer competed in a community service event by…

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Duel: Scholastic Bowl vs. Teachers


                  by Erik Hernandez, Asst. News Editor On Feb. 27, scholastic bowl held its annual tournament where the members compete against teachers. JV won with 180 points, teachers won second with 70, and varsity won third with 50. “It builds camaraderie,” Cynthia Carro, scholastic bowl sponsor, says, “It also displays our students skill and talent on how much they know.” The event was a way to end the year in a celebratory manner. In a year or two, Ms. Carro hopes to publicize the event on a higher scale.

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JV Scholastic Bowl takes second place


by Chris Nush, Asst. A&E Editor The WHS JV Scholastic Bowl made it to the MSL Championships and took home second place Feb. 21. The championship consisted of two conferences where the winners of the first and second conferences went against each other. “It’s pretty gratuitous,” Brian Dordon, freshman, said.  “It was a lot of work but our teamwork has been really good.” The JV Team, made up of freshmen and sophomores, faced Fremd High School from District 211. The final score ended up being 300 to 430, Fremd. “It’s really good especially for our school because it kind of…

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BREAKING NEWS: D214 closes school early


Due to inclement weather, all District 214 schools will close early today. With the exception of Rolling Meadows High School, all buildings will close at 1:15 p.m. Rolling Meadows closed at 12:30 p.m., since it shares buses with Elk Grove High School. All after-school and evening activities, events, and programs are cancelled as well.  STUDENT REACTIONS:  by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief  “I kind of anticipated it happening because I heard from a friend that the elementary schools had been let out due to snow, so I wasnt shocked, but I was still very excited,” Keith Cichowicz, senior, said. “I was really happy,”…

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Environmental science club hosts charity sale


by Erik Hernandez, Asst. News Editor The environmental science club is hosting its annual Jelly Belly sale for Clearbrook hospital and to help save rain forests. Last year the environmental science club saved over 12 acres of rainforest. “I’m just trying to save the rainforest,” Liz Aparicio, sophomore, said. “This has motivated me to do charity at church too.” The Jelly Belly sale is funding money for Clearbrook hospital for the mentally handicapped. Environmental science club has donated about $550 to Clearbrook so far. Charity work has inspired students participating in the sale. “I can relate to the people in…

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WHS keeps current security policy


by Megan Provost, Asst. Focus Editor WHS has not made any drastic changes in security since the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn. “There haven’t really been any changes since the shootings. Everything is the same: we just need to be alert and pay attention,” Annette Ambrus, security guard, said. Current security procedures include the Identisys program, used when visitors enter the building. “Visitors need a state I.D. with a picture that we put through a scanner, which uses Identysis to check if the person is a sex offender or has any other offences,” Judy “Mama”  Kraus, security guard, said….

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Dr. May receives State Award of Merit from NIAAA

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by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Steve May, assistant principal for student activities, is the recipient of the National Interscholastic Athlete Administrators Association’s (NIAAA) 2012-13 State Award of Merit for Illinois. “I enjoy working in the field of athletic administration and am honored to be chosen for this award by my peers in athletic administration throughout the state,” Dr. May said. Dr. May has held the position of athletic administrator at WHS for the past 12 years. He is a member of the NIAAA and the Illinois Athletic Directors Association (IADA). During that time, he has served on the NIAAA committee…

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Students successfully represent WHS at IMEA

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor After  an extensive audition process, the top placing students from Band were selected to compete and perform at the Illinois Music Education Association (IMEA) on Jan. 24, 25 and 26 in Peoria, Ill. Five WHS students were selected to compete at IMEA including Ronald Roth, junior, who placed fourth chair in the honor band out of 50 students. “I’ve played the trumpet for seven years. I felt great with that standing, but I do wish I would have practiced more. It is harder to make it twice in a row, but I hope I have…

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