March 29, 2017

Photo Slideshow: Fall Play of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Photos by Jessica Livingston, Staff Photographer Shakespeare’s widely renowned play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” follows a group of four Athenian lovers, who are made to fall in love with the wrong person by a group of fairies.  

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Students chosen to represent WHS at IMEA


by Chris Nush, Staff Reporter Twenty-four students from the music department were selected to perform ensembles for the Illinois Music Educators Association’s (IMEA) district VII this fall. After auditioning for IMEA, Kaitlyn Nielsen, senior, felt that her performance did not go as well as she hoped. “It was a catastrophe,” Nielsen said. “I was disappointed because I missed a note in the scales.” When she discovered she had been chosen for IMEA, she said she felt really excited. Nine jazz band, 11 concert band, one orchestra and three concert choir players have been selected from WHS. IMEA is a conference…

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SHADES presents annual variety show, “Good Time”


by Erik Hernandez, Staff Reporter The annual variety show, on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18, keeps the tradition of being a way for students to express themselves through acts. “There are many different acts such as acting and singing, they all let kids express themselves,” Daniel Glowa, senior, said. This is his fourth year in the variety show, and he did the variety this year a custom of four years in the variety show. ”We give out $1,000 scholarships to two shades club members who we feel deserve them,” Bertha Sanchez, student advocate and Students Helping Accept Diversity in Every…

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Circus Literary Magazine holds annual fundraiser at bookstore


Photos by Kelly McKewin, Staff Reporter Circus Literary Magazine hosted its annual fundraiser all day on Nov. 10 at Barnes and Noble.  Customers can use vouchers with their purchase, and 15 percent of the sale goes towards Circus.  Circus uses this money to print the magazine.  In addition, students ran activities in the morning, such as story time, crafts, caricatures and cupcake decorating.  Students raised over $400.  

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Picks of the Month: October

Movie: Paranormal Activity 4 The fourth installment of the massively successful series will follow another individual who is stalked and attacked by a paranormal force.  The movie was released on Oct. 19, and it will follow the events that occurred immediately after the end of the second film.   Album: “Red” by Taylor Swift Taylor Swift will re-emerge with her latest album, “Red,” on Oct. 2 to all major retailers, including iTunes.  The album ventures far from Swift’s previous albums as it fuses elements of pop into the country genre.  The album is expected to debut with large sales.  …

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Orchestra sponsors 34th annual POPs concert


Photos by Kristina Piamonte, Photo Editor The Orchestra program presented their 34th annual POPs concert on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. The performance featured Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir and Jazz Bands.

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Art department wins pumpkin contest at Randhurst Village


by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief The WHS Art Department won the pumpkin contest at Randhurst Village with 173 votes, while Hersey High School came in close with 165 votes. The department will receive a $1,000 prize. The contest was hosted to celebrate Randhurst’s 50th anniversary. Prospect, Wheeling, John Hersey and Saint Viator High Schools participated.

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Silverstein poems inspire Fusion 17 performance: Robots, Crocodiles and True Stories


Photos by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor, and Kristina Piamonte, Photo Editor

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October’s underrated treats: ‘Perks’ redefines adolescents


by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Stephen Chbosky makes his directing debut in the coming-of-age teen drama, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” With an outstanding cast including Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller, Chbosky successfully delivers one of the best films of 2012. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, “Perks” follows 15 year-old Charlie (Lerman) on an emotionally thrilling ride as he embarks on a journey through his first year of high school. After leading a life of distress and loneliness, Charlie meets seniors, Sam (Watson) and Patrick (Miller), and quickly begins to break away from…

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October’s underrated treats: Goulding’s ‘Halcyon’ explores combination of new wave, pop


by Robert Perales, A&E Editor The highly anticipated release of Ellie Goulding’s sophomore effort, “Halcyon,” which was released on Oct. 9, drew immediate attention from critics and fans alike. The standard album features 14 tracks that resemble Goulding’s emotional experience with heartbreak. The lead single, “Anything Could Happen,” which is currently climbing up the billboard hot 100, introduces a new blend of sounds into the pop world. The hook, although it is simple, has been deemed as one of the best from the album. Fusing elements of pop and electro, followed by a basic chorus, “Anything” strays away from Goulding’s…

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