April 27, 2017

Current gun policy should not be changed

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor After the tragic event at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., our nation went into a controversial frenzy over the banishment of certain types of guns. Back in December, President Barack Obama directed a meeting with a Cabinet group to give recommendations on ways to tighten the gun regulations, according to the Chicago Tribune. A tighter regulation on guns will only cause more issues. People often find ways around the law, so what will prevent some hooligans from black marketing guns to civilians?  It’s these people who cause laws to change and new ones…

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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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WHS takes action by cancelling annual winter assembly

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief The annual winter holiday assembly was canceled this year due to the recent scare of the Sandy Hook shooting and student rumors of weapon threats on Twitter. “It was because of the context during that time. With the devastating incident in Newtown, Conn.; it really had the effect of putting everyone on edge across the country,” Dr. Lazaro Lopez, principal, said. According to Dr. Lopez, students at WHS and neighboring schools were tweeting and creating a threat to the school. “This was not the real case, but everyone was still in a heightened sense of fear,”…

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Different organizations fight against hunger

Rotary Club, various partners restock local food pantries by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief “I had a woman with me a few weeks ago, and I asked if she liked soup. She asked me ‘Is it food?’ I said ‘Of course…’ and she said ‘Then it’s not a question of whether I like it or not. It’s that I need it,” Jim Bradley, community service coordinator for the Wheeling Food Pantry, said. Open for just about one year and three months, the Wheeling Food Pantry has handed out more than 23,000 pounds of food to people in need. Over 530 families are…

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First Lady sets nutritional standards for schools

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief WHS witnessed first-hand changes to the school cafeteria program as students were told “You need another serving of fruit.” At the beginning of the year, all schools in District 214 adjusted to new nutritional standards set by Michelle Obama, first lady. While previously students could choose to decline taking fruit and vegetable portions, they now must take at least one serving when purchasing a lunch meal. Students that are purchasing from the a la carte line do not need to meet these standards. The lunch lines began seeing more variety of options with fruit, such as…

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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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Student Council donates more food to families

by Katia Bryhadyr, Staff Reporter Student Council distributed over 10,000 flyers on Saturday, Nov. 3, encouraging people to give food, coats and recycled electronics for this Thanksgiving season with the annual canned food drive to help families in the Wheeling community. People around Wheeling left canned food at their door, and on Saturday, Nov. 10, Student Council picked up the donations. “It feels good to give back to the community,” Isabel Chan, sophomore, said. “We don’t think about hungry people, and it’s good to be aware that there are families out there that need the support.” Eighteen groups of students…

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Ebony Club, WPAC, Student Council run coat drive

by Kelly McKewin, Staff Reporter This year on Nov. 5, for the first time ever, Ebony Club, the Wheeling Political Action Club (WPAC) and Student Council teamed up for the coat drive, which Ebony Club has ran for 15 years. With the collected donations, adult coats will be donated to an organization called Journeys in Palatine. All children’s coats will be given to District 21 to help provide for students at Walt Whitman and Mark Twain Elementary schools. “(This is) the first year Student Council has been involved,” Sandra Chico, Student Council and WPAC sponsor, said. “We wanted to do…

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WPAC, AP Government class host 2012 mock election

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor Wheeling Political Action Club (WPAC) and the AP Government class teamed up together to start a mock election for the 2012 election.  The purpose of the mock election was to educate students on how to actually vote. Voter registration took place during all lunch periods from Oct. 15 to Oct. 19, debates will be on Oct. 31 by Omar Joya and Katrina Gustafson, seniors, and the actual mock election will take place on Nov. 6. Students who wish to participate in the mock election have to fill out a mock applicant sheet and do a…

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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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