May 23, 2017

Debusk’s passion takes off

Photo used with permission from Kaitlyn Debusk by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor “I like seeing everything from overhead, and I like the experience of doing something different, and seeing the city and everything from up above is really cool. When you’re in the air you can do whatever you want, go where you want.  All you have to do is talk to the control hour, and it’s okay,” Kaitlyn Debusk, senior, said. K. Debusk attends flying lessons and works at the Chicago Executive Airport within O’Hare. “Honestly, I never liked being on the ground.  I like adventure, and I live…

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Homeschooling offers flexible, in-depth education, prepares individuals for real world

Photo by Erik Hernandez by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor Imagine waking up at 7 a.m. everyday and getting homeschooled. Now, imagine all of the sudden having to wake up at 6 a.m. and getting ready to go to high school. It may seem like an abrupt change, but that is what Christie Ambrose, freshman, had to get used to this school year. Ambrose was homeschooled, and so was her older sister, Audrey Ambrose, junior, from 6th through 8th grade.  This is C. Ambrose’s first year in a public school According to C. Ambrose, her parents gave her and her siblings…

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Students receive recognition at Harper Art Show

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Harper Community College hosted its annual art show on Nov. 30 where District 211, 214 and Barrington High School all participate by entering 2-D and 3-D artwork to be judged by faculty. Jess Musto, senior, received first, second and third place in the WHS 3-D artwork category. “I was caught off guard and wasn’t expecting to win because only two students get the award,” Musto said. “This is my first year of taking art classes, so I didn’t think my chances were favorable.” Musto is the first student from WHS to win this award. She also…

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Rodriguez works nights, balances school, work, wrestling

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor David Rodriguez, senior, wakes up at dawn to go to work, yet he manages to balance working the night shift with school and his participation in varsity wrestling. Rodriguez first started working at 5 Aces Delivery in the summer, but now during the school year, he works the night shift between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m..  He works there for an average of three hours, and he delivers Chicago Tribune newspapers. “I started working there because my mom worked there,” Rodriguez said.  “The first week was kind of tough. After the first week I got…

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Freshman Eagle Scout reaches out to community

Plans missionary trip to Romania while gaining world perspective by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor While many may travel during summer vacations, spend time with friends, or sleep more, Charles Guest, freshman, will travel to Romania in order to provide families in need with medical and school supplies. Assisting Romanian families C. Guest, along with other religious missionaries, helps plan trips to Romania that will provide disadvantaged families with supplies, food and anything they need. “The plan is to help kids, so they go to the school for free and they get  two meals a day there, they get good teachers,…

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Water fountains, other measures save plastic, costs

by Megan Provost, Staff Reporter Within the past month, new environmentally-friendly water fountains have been installed around the school in the math wing, athletics hallway and commons area. The fountains have a spout for drinking normally like any other fountain. The factor that makes these new fountains different and environmentally-friendly is the additional spout in the back that allows for easy filling/refilling of water bottles. This not only benefits the school budget, but the environment as well, as less plastic bottles will have to be purchased by the school and less will end up in landfills. According to Kate Kraft,…

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Garza explores, practices street magic

by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor As Fernando Garza, senior, makes an entrance through a black door on the stage during the Variety Show rehearsal, cards cascade from his mouth. Audience members cheer him on as he begins to shuffle the cards for his magic trick. Garza performs street magic at mall centers, parties and around town. His involvement increased this summer, but he has been interested in practicing magic tricks since he was 15. He was driven by people’s reactions and amusement. As Garza stands onstage, he asks for two volunteers from the audience. He has each volunteer deal out…

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Scanlan develops ‘Duct Tape Works’ business

by Megan Provost, Staff Reporter What started as a class assignment has since become a hobby and developing business to Maggie Scanlan, freshman. It began in a seventh grade problem solving class, when Scanlan was posed with the problem of “How to Survive Long Car Rides.” Her solution; Duct tape. “I thought, duct tape. Duct tape fixes everything,” Scanlan said. She began by making simple woven wallets for herself. “This kind of blossomed into me selling stuff,” Scanlan said. Her self-run business took shape in late seventh and early eighth grade, about three to four months after she had discovered…

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Egger, Carvajal dedicate time helping children

by Megan Provost, Staff Reporter Students at WHS are volunteering their time by helping to teach the younger members of the community. Although clubs such as Operation Snowball and Students Help Accept Diversity in Every Situation (S.H.A.D.E.S) volunteer at elementary school, individuals also go out of their way to serve the community through church sevices and youth groups. Abbey Egger, freshman, has worked as a volunteer preschool teacher at Bridge Community Church in Des Plaines for the past three years and teaching Sunday school for two years. She started volunteering when she first began attending the church in 2009, and…

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Shafek begins career as a professional beautician

by Rossy Peralta, Staff Reporter Most students carry their backpacks and athletic bags to school, while Wessam Shafek, senior, can be seen carrying a cosmetology mannequin which she practices hairstyles on. Shafek leaves school during seventh period and heads to Empire Beauty School in Arlington Heights until 5:38 p.m. Shafek also takes an entrepreneurship class, where she sells beauty products. Beauticians deal with many styles of beauty treatments including hair styling, skin care, cosmetics and nail treatment. “I was surprised how difficult it is because of the techniques you need to learn,” Shafek said. Hair cutting and hair perming are…

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