March 29, 2017

Positive impact displays student research, inventive ideas

Maksymilian Piasecki- WHS hosted the annual Next Generation’s Innovators Challenge: Positive Impact on Friday, April 8, focusing on student’s work and innovation. The event, coordinated by Timothy McIntire, science teacher, involved students researching or creating projects that have a positive impact on society. Previous projects have included the creation of a hydroponic garden, a defense system and designing operating rooms minimizing infection risk. While Positive Impact was previously centered around solving community problems brought up by businesses and organizations, the event is now focused more towards school-selected topics. The main criteria for projects this year asked for what the impact is, the…

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Power of 15 offer college credit for students, varied curriculum for teachers

By Megan Provost Co-Editor-in-Chief In the words of Mercedes Herrera, senior, “college is really expensive these days.” Fortunately, last year, as students began to design and develop their class schedules for this school year, incoming seniors were offered the option of taking Power of 15 classes, dual-credit classes offered at WHS through Harper College. Beginning this year, students have the opportunity to challenge themselves with college-level classes and earn college credit for them while still in high school. “It’s a layer between the AP and just regular senior electives, so it gives students a chance to take a course that…

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Athletic history finds new life in digitized photos

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Photos of the WHS sports teams and athletes in the athletic hallways will soon be taken down and digitized. The photos, which are located in the boys locker room hallway and showcase alumni and their various sports achievements, have accumulated over the years and have been slowly consuming the amount of wall space left in the hallway. Steve May, assistant principal of student activities, has been talking about digitizing the photos for a couple years. He was influenced by parents and the other D214 schools who have already digitized their sports photos to finally implement the idea. The school has…

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Majority of students will receive iPads next school year

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Kelly McKewin – All freshmen, sophomore and junior students will receive an iPad at WHS next year as District 214 continues to expand and promote a digital curriculum. “Our students are growing up in a digital world. This is very different than how our parents grew up. We didn’t have access to these tools. Students are engaged and learning from each other in very different ways. The world is now at their fingertips. It’s exciting to know our students have these types of opportunities to help them be successful in their high school and future careers,” Keith Bockwoldt, D214 director…

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Harper offers free tuition through “Promise Scholarships”

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Max Piasecki- As of next year Harper College will be offering up to two years of free tuition to eligible students through their new scholarship program. The new Promise Scholarships give financially struggling students the chance to attend Harper for up to two years without having to worry about tuition. However, students must meet certain criteria in order to fully utilize this opportunity. These requirements include attendance, rigor, quality, persistence and community service. Eligibility for the scholarship begins during the second semester of their freshmen year. For each grade, a different set of requirements must be met. When it comes…

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One goes another direction: Zayn Malik quits boy band

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Chris Alvarado- When news broke late March that Zayn Malik of the pop sensation One Direction had decided to quit the band, fans took to social media to voice their sadness. The British boy band was formed in 2010 after the five auditioned for The X Factor and were made a group by the show’s judge Simon Cowell. From there, the band skyrocketed into one of the most successful bands of the decade. Zayn Malik, who is 22, said in a statement released on Facebook that he just wants to live a normal life. “After five incredible years Zayn Malik…

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Girls embarrassed to be involved in academic clubs

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Katie Chong- In the 2004 hit movie, “Mean Girls,” Cady Heron is told to not join Mathletes because Regina George thinks it is “social suicide.” When Cady eventually joins Mathletes, she is the only girl on the team. Unfortunately, her experience is where the line between movies and real life is blurred. As a member of Math Team, Scholastic Bowl and the Debate team, I proudly call myself a “nerd.” However, in my two years at WHS, I can’t help but notice the disparity between male and female student participants. Most students I interviewed, male or female, agreed that boys…

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Nano technology class conducts original research

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Students in the Introduction to Nanotechnology classes have been working on original research projects that they will be presenting tomorrow, March 7 in the IJAS Regional science fair. The students will be competing in the project session of the fair. Students in the Intro to Nanotech class spend their third term conducting research projects with the help of mentors from various universities, graduate programs and local industries. “We try to tie all the projects into research that they can do with the equipment in the lab. It’s a science fair project, but with the cool equipment we have in here….

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Battlebots bridges engineering and entertainment

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Students participating in battlebots competed in the annual district competition last week on Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28. One of the WHS’s four robots placed second in the district. “We went to the competition knowing we were going to try our best, but we knew that competition was going to be very difficult.  The accomplishment was truly amazing and it took a lot of teamwork to make it happen. It is definitely something we are all very proud of and could not be happier with the outcome,” Theodore Fousekis, sophomore, said. Fousekis was the leader of the team…

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Wrestling ends regular season ranked 22

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WHS wrestling has finished the 2014-2015 season with a record of 23-3, an achievement that has also earned the Wildcats a 22nd ranking of all class 3A wrestling teams in the state of Illinois. As a team, the Wildcats have had one of their most successful seasons in several years, according to Neal Weiner, head werstling coach. “I believe that this year sets the stage for us to be one of the better teams in Illinois in the next few seasons,” Weiner said. On Jan. 31, the Wildcats took 6th out of 13 teams at the MSL meet, a result…

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