May 23, 2017

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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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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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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Almutawa twins adjust to WHS with help from friends, each other

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Ahmed and Mohammed Almutawa, juniors, moved from Saudi Arabia two and a half months ago, but their shared experiences and twin bond have helped them adjust to new people and places. The Almutawa twins enjoy playing video games and racing cars together.  Although they share many of the same interests and friends, they have a few differences in physical appearance and interests. “He’s (A. Almutawa) the first one, but I’m taller and stronger,” M. Almutawa said.  “Maybe I’m taller than him, and he’s faster than me.  I like photographs.  He likes to take videos.” However,…

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Provost’s Profile: Levites twins compete, bond in twin life

by Megan Provost, Staff Reporter Walking into room 137 Friday morning, I knew this wasn’t going to be your everyday interview. The Levites twins, the football playing blondes, were everything I expected them to be: high energy and well, boy-ish. I organized my papers as one brother plunked down in a chair and another hopped up on a tabletop. When I asked the obvious question of “what it’s like to be twins,” it became clear that although these boys were identical in appearance, their personalities were anything but that. They talked about sharing, how it gets annoying and how the…

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Dammeier siblings balance busy schedules, family time

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor While some siblings argue over who should use the bathroom first in the morning, the Dammeier siblings live in unisense. “We don’t really fight in general,” Darby Dammeier, senior, said.  “We tease each other, someone gets mad for around an hour, then they get over it, and we move on.  We need each other happy to be happy.” D.  Dammeier is the oldest, while Cole and Hailey Dammeier, sophomores, are fraternal twins born two minutes apart. D.  Dammeier tries to be a good role model for her siblings both in acedemics and participation in extra…

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Willingness to volunteer produces overseas teaching opportunity in Taiwan

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor Last summer, one of my friends, Caroline Kao, ‘12 graduate of St. Francis High School, volunteered for the Assisting Individuals with Disadvantages (AID) Summer Volunteer Program in Taiwan.  The program sends the volunteers, between the ages of 17 and 27,  to various schools throughout Taiwan to teach children English. Kao came back with tons of stories, photos and great memories, so after hearing so much from her, I decided to apply for this program as well. During February, I applied and had to fill out forms, get a transcript and write an application…

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Sobol travels, helps build schools in Angola

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor Getting Involved “It seemed like a very tangible thing to help another person on the other side of the world,” Mariola Sobol, Interact with Africa (Interact) sponsor, said. Ms. Sobol has been the sponsor for Interact since 2004. Sara Strauss, Interact sponsor, asked her to help cosponsor. “I knew that Ms. Sobol had an interest in traveling and a compassionate heart, so I sked her to cosponsor the club,” Ms. Strauss said. “Because I supervised her as a student teacher, I also knew that she worked well with students and was a strong leader.” The…

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Stankowicz helps perform surgeries in Honduras

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief “Throughout the course of the week, I gave shots, put in catheters, removed I.V’s and stapled a patient’s abdomen,” Joanna Stankowicz, senior, said. “It was an incredible experience to be able to hold a melon-sized tumor while it was still in someone or to be able to be a part of a laparoscopic operation.” Stankowicz received the opportunity to travel to Honduras with Peggy Ochoa, close family friend and nurse at Evanston Hospital. While there, Stankowicz performed gynecological surgeries, such as the removal of tumors and uteruses. Some days, Stankoicz helped directly in the operating room,…

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