March 29, 2017

Students, teachers run Hot Chocolate race, support charities

by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor After Maribel Aguilar, senior, missed the deadline to sign up for a 5K run, she decided to register for a 15K run; she thought she would become tired and would not finish the race. However, as she ran the first five kilometers with Kathy Burke, wife of Michael Burke, English teacher, she felt encouraged to keep on going. “I’m running with Mrs. Burke, and she’s like, ‘Well, you look pretty good, are you sure you don’t want to just keep going to the 15K?” Aguilar said. “I don’t know, the most I’ve ever ran in…

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Who’s beneath the suit?

by Mike Pink, Staff Reporter While other schools like Rolling Meadows High School and Elk Grove High School have a designated student to be the mascot and pump up the crowd during football games, basketball games and other school events, WHS does not. Willie the Wildcat has been the official mascot of WHS for as long as anyone can remember. He would make appearances during pep assemblies and games. With the upcoming basketball season, any students interested in becoming a mascot should head down to Students Activities and talk to Dr. Steven May, Assistant Principal and Dean of Student Activities….

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Kern signs letter of intent for softball scholarship


by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor, and Kelly McKewin, Staff Reporter Sara Kern, senior, had received a full ride scholarship for the University of Missouri in St. Louis for playing softball.  On Nov. 15, she signed her letter of intent. “It’s really exciting. I’ve known for a while now, but it’s good to sign my papers and make it official,” Kern said. Kern hopes to play softball starting her freshman year. “It’s something she’s worked really hard for, and she deserves it,” Mike Caringella, softball coach, said. “I’m very proud and very excited.” Kern is currently undecided about her major, but…

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Latino Club fundraises for senior scholarships through Halloween party


Photos by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor Latino Club sponsored a Halloween party Oct. 28, which featured activities for children.  These activities included Operation Snowball games, cookie decorating, a pinata and other Halloween-themed activities.  The funds from admission and donations for this party went towards Latino Club senior scholarships.  

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SHADES volunteers at annual Make a Difference Day


Photos by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor Students Helping Accept Diversity in Every Situation (SHADES) volunteered at Make a Difference Day on Oct. 27 at Riley Elementary School.  SHADES, along with other community organizations, set up Halloween-themed games and activities for children, including children with special needs.   Students in SHADES ran the prize table and Bozo buckets station.

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Genson, Kholodov focus on music, pursue careers at early ages


by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief While contemporary and electronic music do not seem to have much in common from a listener’s standpoint, comparisons can be seen between composers Michael Genson and Matt Kholodov, seniors. Contemporary Music Genson began composing music his freshman year. “As soon as I get home from school, I begin to compose,” Genson said. “I’m a big fan of contemporary and band music.” According to Genson, contemporary music provides the most variety of orchestration styles, techniques and complexity to alter with, as opposed to the 4-5-1, bass, guitar, drums and vocals of pop music. Genson plays the trombone…

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Laude continues dedication: Despite a tumor diagnosis, he continues as an active member of WHS athletics


by Mark Tannous, Broadcast Editor If you  know Nate Laude, junior, you would never believe the news he received on Sept. 10, 2012. “It’s called lymphangioma,” Laude said. “It’s a benign tumor that involved my spleen and my pancreas. It’s very rare.” Laude found out he had to get the tumor removed, and he would not be allowed to participate in any physical activity for about five weeks. Laude was a starting defender on the varsity soccer team and has been since last year. He also participates in  varsity basketball. “Nate always puts forth his best efforts. I have no…

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Daggett obtains Tae Kwon Do probationary black belt


by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor Alexandra Daggett, sophomore, began taking Tae Kwon Do lessons in second grade and this year obtained a probationary black belt. She takes lessons from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Wheeling Park District. According to Daggett, she wanted to take karate lessons but was not able to do so she had to take Tae Kwon Do. “It’s fun and challenging; it teaches you like physical and mental stuff that helps you in other areas,” Daggett said. “She’s in AP and honors classes and she knows how to manage her time…

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Students canvass for election: Delgado, Gonzalez go door-to-door to rally voters

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Janet Delgado and Chris Gonzalez, seniors, have spent the last two months with pledge cards and voting on their minds as they traveled from house to house canvassing for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR,) a non-profit organization that focuses on the rights of immigrants. Not many students can say that they have spent their fall months trying to make a difference in the Hispanic and Latino community. “We have to use our wording in a very specific way or people assume things,” Gonzalez said. After receiving an invitation from Zio Gil, ‘09…

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Latinos celebrate Dia de los Muertos, maintain tradition

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Although Dia De Los Muertos is widely celebrated in Mexico, some students at WHS still observe this holiday. Dia De Los Muertos takes place Nov. 1 to 2, which corresponds with All Saints Day and All Souls Day. People traditionally commemorate children on Nov. 1, and adults on Nov. 2. “It’s a combination of Catholic saints and indigenous cultures,” Rebecca Castro, ELL Coordinator, said. “It represents the mix of Mexican cultures.” Angela Ibarra, senior, celebrates this holiday with her family. To celebrate, people traditionally put out ofrendas, altars dedicated to the dead. “I like it…

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