June 23, 2017

Value of school emerges through Sandy shooting

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor When many of us think of school, we think of detentions, early mornings and homework. We focus on the negative aspects of school rather than on the good. This week, our nation has been heartbroken by the tragic event at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.  As of press time, there have been 28 confirmed deaths, including the shooter and his mother.  Unfortunately, there were 27 innocent people who woke up hoping for another fun-filled day of school, yet they were tragically silenced. School is supposed to be a safe haven for students and…

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Editorial: Custodians deserve more recognition

What goes on after school once we leave? The lights are shut down, and “save” is written on the whiteboard for tomorrow’s class announcements; however, as the life of WHS shuts down, the custodians’ night begins. At approximately 7:50 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, custodians were alerted that water was flowing near the entrance to the pool. Roel Acevedo, lead maintenance, and supervisors reported to the building around 8:30 p.m. to find the water flowing across the softball field and the southeast drive. A water main broke outside the pool facility, which almost canceled the next school day. The third…

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‘The Hobbit’ best film of year

by Erik Hernandez, Staff Reporter Whether  or not you have read the book, Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” is easily one of the best movies of the year. The movie is the first installment of  a trilogy that tells the tale of Bilbo Baggins, a home-loving hobbit from the Shire going on an adventure with 13 dwarves and Gandolf the Grey, a wizard, to restore the lost city of the dwarves, Erebor. Right from the beginning, you will notice how captivating the scenery and characters are. You feel like you’re in the scenes, not just viewing them. What was really well…

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Hakuya Sushi thrives despite competitive market

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor With the struggling economy, new businesses are hard to come by and hard to keep afloat, especially young resturants looking to survive the economic world. On March 26, a sushi restaurant called Hakuya Sushi opened on Dundee Road. The newly found resturant stood out from all other sushi bars in the area due to its rich family background and passion to make sushi. As a young boy, Chuck Yong, restaurant owner, began to take interest in making sushi and the Japanese culture due to his grandfather. Although Yong’s family was of South Korean descent, Yong’s…

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One Direction fails to show growth

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Preceded by a critically acclaimed performance on the X-factor, One Direction released its sophomore effort, “Take Me Home,” on Nov. 13. Despite the massive hype built around “Home,” the album fails to venture far from the debut, “Up All Night.” The lead single, “Live While We’re Young” closely resembles their previous chart topping singles, while also maintaining the success. The teen pop track features heavy production on a catchy chorus that exclaims the need to “Live While We’re Young.” Despite a peak at number three on the billboard hot 100, the group’s highest charting single…

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AC3 sets high gaming standard

by Keira Skenandore, Staff Artist Ubisoft sets the bar with the newly released video game, “Assassin’s Creed 3,” which has proven to be one of the best releases of 2012. “AC3” redefines the beauty of video games with its magnificent settings, thoughtful characters and excellent cinematics. The storyline follows Connor Kenway, a part-British, part-Native  American man who trains to become an assassin to ensure the safety of his tribe and to avenge the death of his mother. The timeline parallels colonial American history, and along the way, Kenway assists in liberating the USA from British tyranny. The game’s writers did…

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Editorial: Cyberbullying sheds negative light

Walking through the hallways, we encounter people from a wide array of backgrounds, but we are all linked by one factor: We attend WHS. A community has the ability and responsibility to take pride in its surroundings and hold each other accountable for their actions. Recently, Spokesman became aware of events specifically concerning two student-created Facebook pages that commit acts of cyberbullying crimes. The students at WHS have a social responsibility to govern one another. They should discourage the disgusting comments written online, for it reflects on the school badly. The pages featured pictures of girls and hatefully drew attention…

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Family ties help surpass obstacles

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor The Wheeling community is familiar with Wheeling Donuts.  The little doughnut shop by the train tracks owned by a petite Asian woman known as my mom. While some peers think it is “cool” to have a family business, I think it is quite the opposite. Back in 2010, my parents bought the doughnut shop from a family friend.  They were thrilled to have a shop of their own, and the rest of the family was willing to pitch in with shop hours, deliveries and more.  We were like a family-working machine. During my sophomore year,…

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October’s underrated treats: ‘Perks’ redefines adolescents

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Stephen Chbosky makes his directing debut in the coming-of-age teen drama, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” With an outstanding cast including Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller, Chbosky successfully delivers one of the best films of 2012. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, “Perks” follows 15 year-old Charlie (Lerman) on an emotionally thrilling ride as he embarks on a journey through his first year of high school. After leading a life of distress and loneliness, Charlie meets seniors, Sam (Watson) and Patrick (Miller), and quickly begins to break away from…

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October’s underrated treats: Goulding’s ‘Halcyon’ explores combination of new wave, pop

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor The highly anticipated release of Ellie Goulding’s sophomore effort, “Halcyon,” which was released on Oct. 9, drew immediate attention from critics and fans alike. The standard album features 14 tracks that resemble Goulding’s emotional experience with heartbreak. The lead single, “Anything Could Happen,” which is currently climbing up the billboard hot 100, introduces a new blend of sounds into the pop world. The hook, although it is simple, has been deemed as one of the best from the album. Fusing elements of pop and electro, followed by a basic chorus, “Anything” strays away from Goulding’s…

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