May 28, 2017

Godlewski breaks school’s backstroke record

by Jess Musto, Sports Editor Last year, Theresa Godlewski, sophomore, broke the 100 yard backstroke record at Sectionals with a time of 1:01.5, which was considered a “great achievement” for the then freshman. The now sophomore started the season off by breaking her record at the first home meet by 0.02  seconds with a time of 1:01.48. “When I was swimming it, I wasn’t thinking about the record, but when I finished and saw what I did it made me feel good that I did it so early in the season,” Godlewski said. According to Lisa Poyner, varsity girls swimming…

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Latino Club, Student Council supports DREAMers

First day to apply for Deferred Action brings more than 13 thousand immigrants by Perla Jiménez, La Voz Editor The first day to apply for deferred action, Latino Club and Student Council helped the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) direct DREAM Relief Day. “People bring their children to this country without knowing know the situation for them to be punished,” Chris Gonzalez, senior, said. The day focused on completing applications for Deferred Action and providing information about the program. Although about five thousand people were expected, more than 13,000 arrived. “As a teacher, I’d like for all…

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Live Broadcast: Wildcats defeat Hawks

Watch the following videos below for commentary on last night’s football game versus Hoffman Estates by Mark Tannous, broadcast editor, and Mike Pink, staff reporter. Part 1: Part 2:

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“White Nights” by Oh Land

The bouncy happy feel of this song is perfect for a relaxing day off of school, due to Labor Day. “White Nights,” released in 2011, continuously stays playing on my iPod due to the lead singer’s unique voice along with the drum patterns throughout the song. “Has it been a day or a week? As my eyes begin to close, I am walking in my sleep. Living in a state in between do the signs begin to show? See the eyes fare in the dark, as they glow as they glow. These dreams under my pillow In the twilight of…

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Swierczek retires after years of working as dean

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor This year, Debra Swierczek, retired dean of students, has retired, and Dr. Ken Stiff, dean of students, replaced her. “She had a great relationship with students, staff and parents.  I think as deans we all strive to be proactive,” Dr. Stiff said. Prior to becoming dean, Dr. Stiff worked as the Associate Principal of Operations and Assistant Dean. According to Derek Swierczek, math teacher and son of Ms. Swierczek, Ms. Swierczek plans on spending her retirement traveling, visiting friends and spending time with his children.  Recently, Ms. Swierczek went on an Alaskan cruise. “I could…

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AID provides meaningful experiences, summer memories

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor After hearing so much about AID from my friend Caroline, I decided to apply for AID this year.  From what she said, it seemed like it would be a fun experience, meeting new people, traveling around Taiwan and teaching English to Taiwanese children.  I was very excited to begin the AID program, but at the same time, I was nervous.  What if I didn’t get along with my teaching group?  What if I can’t handle teaching children?  What if AID isn’t as great as I thought it would be? Turns out, AID went…

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Final weeks in Taiwan

by Rosalie Chan, Web and News Editor July 22 Teaching has officially ended, and the tour around Taiwan has begun.  I am currently at the Sun Moon Lake Youth Hostel Activity Centre.  But before I arrived here, we had to say our goodbyes, and a lot of crazy things have happened. On the last day of teaching, Friday, we had our closing ceremony.  Our class sang its songs, the levels 3 and 4 classes did RT (readers’ theater) and the level 2 class ended up demonstrating the fly swatter game because RT was too hard for them.  We got so…

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Pingtung, Taiwan – July 16

by Rosalie Chan, Web and News Editor July 7 I’m finally at Pingtung, where the school I will be teaching at, Cheng Wen Elementary School, is located.  It is a total change of scene from Taipei.  In some ways being here is better than being at Chien Tan Center, but in some ways it’s worse.  For the most part though, it’s better. One thing that I like is…no more sitting through boring classes and lectures!  Not much has happened at Chien Tan since I last posted.  On July 4, Independence Day, which frankly, I forgot about due to being in…

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Chientan Youth Activity Center, Taipei, Taiwan – July 1

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor June 30 Tomorrow, I will be starting the AID program and leaving behind the familiar.  For the past two days, I have been staying at my mom’s friend’s house in Taipei, and the nights before that in Taiwan, I’ve been staying at my grandma’s house. On Wednesday evening, my grandma took me to the library across from her apartment.  It was nice because it had air conditioning, and it really was a good library, with plenty of shelves for books and plenty of tables to read or study at.  Unfortunately, I can’t read…

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Taiwan – June 27

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor I’m currently in Taiwan, and it’s very different from the Philippines.  For one thing, everything’s in Chinese.  For another, it’s less humid, although it is still hot.  It’s hard to believe that yesterday morning I was in the Philippines.  I had breakfast, and afterwards, I did last-minute packing and said good-bye to my aunts, uncles and grandma.  My uncle dropped me off at the airport.  Checking in and going through immigration actually took a very short time because my uncle checked me in online, so until boarding the plane at 12:45 p.m., everything…

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