July 23, 2017

NIU college visit should be optional, not required

Editors Note: The field trip has been postponed due to the predicted snow on Tuesday, March 5.  by Kelly McKewin, Assistant Web Editor This year as part of our seminar, all freshman are required to go on a field trip to Northern Illinois University next week. While I think it is a good thing that the school is promoting college visits and encouraging us to plan for the future, I believe that this field trip should be optional. I finished Algebra 2 in 8th grade, and so I am now one of the few freshmen in my geometry class. Missing…

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The Fight for Marriage Equality in Illinois

by Chris Nush, Assistant A&E Editor Just in time for Valentines Day, the Illinois State Senate has passed a bill to legalize gay marriage in Illinois, making it the tenth state to pass the controversial bill. “Marriage equality is coming to Illinois” Pat Quinn, Illinois governor, said confidently in his State of the State Address last week. Today, after the bill was passed on to the House, the governor said “Today we are one step closer to marriage equality. Couples across Illinois have even more reason today to celebrate their love for each other, thanks to the hard work of…

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District plans improvements in technology, academic programs

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief  During the week of Jan. 15, District 214 approved school and district improvement plans as required under the No Child Left Behind Act; some of the highlights within the plan include improvements in incorporating more technology into the classroom, adding more intervention for struggling students and increased professional developments. “We have been trying to invest in bringing mobile devices to the hand’s of students that will help their academics,” Dr. Lazaro Lopez, principal, said. “For example, we will be holding iPad training sessions for teachers and already hold many iPad pilots throughout the district, which is…

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Polar cats train for spring sports season

by Jean Pabon, Staff Reporter With the start of the Track Season, athletes have worked hard to prepare for the sport through Polar Cats, an informal club that was helped organized by Tom Polak, track coach. “It’s mostly motivation, and it’s not just track; it can be for people who just want to get fit and work hard,” Coach Polak  said. Outside, in the freezing air, members would run around the school to train for the upcoming sports, especially Track. Polar Cats started the first week of November and ended on Jan. 25 when the track season started. “I joined…

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International Thespian Society recognizes students involved in theater

by Katia Bryhadyr, Staff Reporter International Thespian Society (ITS) recognizes dedication to theater. Its an honorary organization internationally recognized. “Everyone in the entire school can benefit from knowing about it, because our program needs more interest and if people knew that there was someone recognizing them for that interest and is there to help promote interest, it would definitely help the entire program” Celine Dirkes, junior, said. ITS sponsors scholarships and you get international recognition. The club also they list job openings on their website. ITS helps all people involved in plays, speech team and fine arts, such as actors,…

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Scanlon family raises money for son with brain tumor

by Megan Brezka, staff reporter Scout Scanlon, a former Wheeling student, is also the fourth generation in her family as a Wheeling resident. Scanlon graduated from WHS a few years ago, and recently her eleven-year-old brother, Christian Scanlon, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 1, there will be an “All You Can Eat” buffet of spaghetti to at her church, St. Joseph The Worker on Dundee Road in Wheeling, to raise money. Dinner tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

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Student Council hosts Pack the Place week

Fast Facts: The theme of this year’s annual Pack the Place is “Let’s Go…!” A spirit wear tally sheet will be given to 3rd period teachers to keep track of who is dressing for spirit days. Spirit Wear Days:  Monday: “Let’s take a nap!” — Pajama Day Tuesday: “Let’s go to the game!” — Sports Day Wednesday: “Let’s go to the club!” — WHS Club/Activities shirts Day Thursday: “Let’s glow!” — Neon Wear Day Friday: “Let’s go the game!” — Extreme Blue and Gold Day  

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Hardwood Classic Broadcasts

WHS hosted the annual Hardwood Classic on Dec. 26 to Dec. 29.  Check out broadcasts below, with commentary and broadcasting by Derek Spallone, Guest Broadcast Reporter.

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Operation Beautiful aims to make positive impact on students’ self-image

by Mark Tannous, Broadcast Editor If you have been seeing post it notes in the bathroom or positive messages on the walls, this is from the new group, Operation Beautiful. Operation Beautiful began with a group of people who left positive messages in public bathrooms, at the gym and in grocery stores. The goal of Operation Beautiful and its website is to end negative self talk, and to leave positive messages in public places. Svetlana Fastovskaya, social worker, started Operation Beautiful at WHS with a group of students. For more info, see operationbeautiful.com

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Sophomores can buy parking tags

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Since the parking lot no longer has an overcrowding problem, WHS will now allow sophomores who have their driver’s licenses to purchase parking tags. According to Ramon Williams, dean, another factor for this administrative decision was that in order for students to receive their driver’s licenses, they must have had driving experience with their permit for nine months. “For sophomores in the past, we always said no because it was about overcrowding and responsibility and safe driving,” Dr. Ken Stiff, dean, said.  “Safe driving is a skill, and it takes maturity.  We really decided that…

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