November 24, 2017

Students, teachers volunteer at Dream Relief Day

                            Photo used with permission by Sandra Chico by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Teacher and student volunteers from WHS met at 5:45 a.m. to leave for Navy Pier and volunteer at Dream Relief Day on Aug. 15, the first day undocumented immigrants can apply for deferment. President Barack Obama issued an executive order that allows undocumented immigrants to apply for deferment, which allows them to obtain a work permit and protected status in the U.S. for two years. At Dream Relief Day, undocumented immigrants could fill out…

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Freshmen attend annual orientation, activity fair

Photos by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief, and Kristina Piamonte, Photo Editor Freshmen orientation took place from 7:25 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 16.  The peer mentors led the incoming freshmen in a tour around WHS, classroom activities and going through the mock schedule.  At the end, the freshmen attended an assembly and an activity fair, where students promoted different extracurricular activities and sports. To join Spokesman, contact John Uhrik, adviser, at john.uhrik@d214.org or stop by Room 137 for more information.  The Journalistic Writing class is a 45-minute skinny all year round and takes place during first period.  Interested students can ask…

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Musto competes in Nationals, wins silver medal

                            by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Jess Musto, senior, headed to Orlando, Fl. and won a silver medal in a “Star Competition” for fashion during the week of July 9, after qualifying at Regionals and State for the Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) design competition. “It was definitely nerve-wracking because you are at high stakes and want to do your best, but at the same time you know you have made it to Nationals, which is an accomplishment in itself,” Musto said. Accompanied by her parents,…

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WHS says goodbye, honors Cadle

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief A standing ovation was held for Margaret Cadle, special education assistant, for her retirement after 69 years in education. Cadle was surprised to see staff members joined in the front of the school and forming two lines for Cadle to walk through. She was also surprised with flowers, balloons, and a limousine ride to a party celebrating her service  and the end of the school year. When asked to make a speech, Cadle looked out to the crowd and said “I love you all.” Cadle has worked with Township High School District 214 for 49 years and held…

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Often misused word wrongfully undermines disabled people

Hanson’s work ethic has become an inspiration in my own work habits as Editor-in-Chief.  His employment agency shows Hanson off as a model to other workers on good behavior in the workplace. By the way, Hanson has high functioning mental retardation. To contrast his excellence, you hear a word in the hallway, when someone thinks something is “stupid,” or feels embarrassed over what they did.  Retarded. How did the words “stupid” and “bad” become replaced with this word? The inappropriate misuse creates a world that does not filter the feelings of others with disabilities. Watching my cousin Zoe Davidson, who…

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Marquez fundraises for Relay For Life, other cancer charities

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor     Ever since she has become cancer-free, Amanda Marquez, freshman, has raised money for cancer research because of her inspiration to give back to the community. “I feel that I need to give back since they (doctors, hospitals, cancer organizations) helped me.  It would help future patients get better,” Marquez said. Recently, Marquez participated in Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society event.  She raised and stayed overnight at the Wheeling Relay for Life event on May 19, where she participated in the survivor’s walk. Marquez was diagnosed in 2006, but now…

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Reinhart releases first album: ‘Listen Up’ to local idol’s sultry debut

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor   Rating: 4 stars out of 5   Haley Reinhart does more than enough to prove herself as an up-and-coming jazz/soul singer on her debut album, “Listen Up.”  The debut record follows her third place finish on the 10th season of American Idol. The 10 track album features sultry riffs and poetic verses that combine to establish an incredible debut from Reinhart. The opening track and rumored second single, “Oh My!,” features rapper B.O.B. and is the most radio friendly track on the album. It contains influences of pop, hip-hop and jazz. Other standout tracks…

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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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First AVID class graduates

by Kristina Piamonte, Photo Editor The first class of AVID students will receive their diplomas this Sunday. “The current seniors have come a long way since their freshmen year. They achieved at a high level while at Wheeling, as evidenced by their good grades and high ACT scores,” Kevin Lennon, business and AVID teacher, said. The AVID program helps students prepare for college from the help of college tutors to the opportunities of college visits. Every year the AVID program interviews eighth graders, who applied and looks over their Explore scores, grades and their motivation for college. “All of the…

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CNA students get certified in nursing

by Lupe Herrera, Asst. La Voz Editor   For the first time through WHS, students graduated and became Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s) on May 20 at Harper College. After students officially graduate from WHS, they can work as a CNA. There are a series of three classes in order to become a CNA: Introduction to Health Careers, Medical Terminology and CNA.  In order to be certified as a CNA, students need to take all there classes. “I just think it’s an amazing opportunity for students that are interested in a medical field; this would definitely be the place to be,”…

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