May 23, 2017

Romney for President

by Maggie Evans, Guest Writer In the upcoming election, Governor Mitt Romney is the clear choice.  In the past four years, under a democratic administration, our government has lost sight of what is important. Instead of decreasing the national debt, it has only been added to, and the U.S. debt stands at a terrifying amount of $16,171,995,333,316.56. Another problem would be the U.S foreign policy.  Its main goal has always been to lead, yet we have become weak.  Something has to change, and I believe Governor Romney is that change. He will “restore America’s naval credibility” by increasing the number…

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Obama for President

by Chris Nush, Staff Reporter Four years ago, our country was in a terrible financial state. Economists called it “the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.” Taxes and unemployment were high, while the U.S. was caught up in two wars. The American people wanted change. Since he arrived, President Barack Obama has cut taxes by $3,600 for the typical middle class family according to a speech he gave in Cleveland three months ago. As of September 2012, the unemployment rate stood at 7.8 percent according to the U.S.   Department of Labor. This is the lowest the unemployment rate…

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A leap for literacy

by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor When I came to the U.S. nine years ago, I was automatically placed into the ESL program at Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School (OWHMS.) The only prior knowledge I had was knowing how to count from one to ten. At the end of eighth grade, I was one of the only students in my class to graduate from the ESL program and gave a speech at the ESL graduation ceremony at OWHMS. Freshman year was a big eye-opener; I began taking classes completely in English. It wasn’t until recently that I wondered why some of…

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Breast cancer awareness brings family support

by Keira Skenandore, Staff Artist The Illinois Department of Public Health says breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Because of these dangerously high statistics, the nation has recognized October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in order to raise awareness, educate the public on the disease and raise money for research. This month means a lot to me in particular because my mother, now 51, had a year-long battle with breast cancer during her early 40’s. When I was young, my mom was a tall, high-energy blonde….

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Editorial: P.E. exemption waiver gives promise of options

District 214 may allow more options for receiving a physical education waiver starting in the 2013-14 school year. Several extracurricular activities, such as marching band and Navy Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (NJROTC), already participate in physical activities during the day, and the waivers can help students have the opportunity to enroll in a study hall and gain more free time. Due to marching band’s long practices on the turf and NJROTC’s after-school commitments depending on one’s division, class or position, it can be hard to get home and complete a full night of homework. With the new waiver, students…

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Students should take advantage of voting

by Antonia Arismendis, Staff Reporter When I turn 18 there is no doubt in my mind that I will vote. I believe voting can make a difference. We are really fortunate to have a country where we as individuals get the chance to make a change. Many people believe that if they vote they will not be heard, but voting is like having a voice: not only for yourself, but for your community.  Especially now, in this election, young people have the greater voice than adults.  This is because young adults consist of 21 percent of the population. Voting can…

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P!nk reemerges with ‘The Truth about Love’

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor With the release of her sixth studio album, “The Truth About Love,” P!nk continues to define herself as one of music industry’s most influential and talented artists. The 13-track album features the sultry lead single, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” which has found its place in the top 10 of the billboard hot 100. The anthemic single features a hard-hitting chorus about women empowerment and independence. “Try” is undoubtedly the strongest track on an album full of potential hits. “Where there is desire, there is gonna be a flame. Where there is a flame, someone’s…

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‘Skittles’ adds LGBT support, lacks union in community

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Whether it was the cancellation of Gay Straight Alliance or my first-hand experience of bigotry while buying my prom tickets, throughout my four years at WHS, I have noticed a lack of support for the LGBT community. When I entered the boys’ bathroom, I encountered a hanging flyer promoting a new LGBT club, and my perception was vastly changed. “Skittles” is the name of the new organization run by student services. Although I was excited for the creation of a new club at WHS that would support the LGBT community,  unfortunately, I found the name…

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WHS for granted

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor It has been almost a month since students have gone back to school, and already, I hear how “lame” the school is from freshmen and even the upperclassmen. Some students complain how much “cooler” other schools are because they do not have as many rules at football games and so on. Although WHS started with a poor reputation, it is not the school it used to be. First of all, STEM.Although students and teachers tease the amount of attention STEM gets, the program has redefined our school. WHS gives countless opportunities to students to taste…

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Continue to honor, remember 9/11

While WHS excellently hosted a play “With Their Eyes” and a summer reading theme to commemorate 9/11’s 10th year anniversary, the tragic terrorist attack was forgotten this year as no moment of silence or announcement sketch was made to honor our brave heroes and tragic citizens who died. Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the event, making it hard to turn on the news channels without special reports of the anniversary. In addition to WHS not honoring the day, other news sources such as NBC, did not as well. While ABC, CBS, MSNBC and other news channels aired the…

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