December 12, 2017

Gymnastics places, starts strong

by Kelly McKewin, Staff Reporter Every day, the six girls on the varsity gymnastics team practice, condition, and work on routines and tricks, hoping that their efforts will pay off when it comes time for their meets. This season, it appears their “hard work” has. This year, the team won the first home meet, and Anne Janulis, junior, received first place in the all-around at a meet against Rolling Meadows High School. Other girls have placed individually in the dual meets. “We keep improving at every meet. My hope for the team is to get at least ninth place in…

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Zuunbayan impresses team despite freshman status

by Mark Tannous, Broadcast Editor Tulga Zuunbayan, freshman, has been deemed as an “amazing wrestler” by the senior members. Zuunbayan, in weight class 138, currently has a record of 17-6. According to Neil Weiner, wrestling coach, he is the leading scorer and has the best record on the team so far. “He has improved tremendously over the course of the season,” Coach Weiner said. Zuunbayan recently arrived to WHS from California, and he placed third in the Wildcat Invitational on Dec. 8. The Wildcat Invitational is a well-regarded tournament, according to Coach Weiner. WHS placed ninth overall. It is easy…

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Freshman Eagle Scout reaches out to community

Plans missionary trip to Romania while gaining world perspective by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor While many may travel during summer vacations, spend time with friends, or sleep more, Charles Guest, freshman, will travel to Romania in order to provide families in need with medical and school supplies. Assisting Romanian families C. Guest, along with other religious missionaries, helps plan trips to Romania that will provide disadvantaged families with supplies, food and anything they need. “The plan is to help kids, so they go to the school for free and they get  two meals a day there, they get good teachers,…

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Water fountains, other measures save plastic, costs

by Megan Provost, Staff Reporter Within the past month, new environmentally-friendly water fountains have been installed around the school in the math wing, athletics hallway and commons area. The fountains have a spout for drinking normally like any other fountain. The factor that makes these new fountains different and environmentally-friendly is the additional spout in the back that allows for easy filling/refilling of water bottles. This not only benefits the school budget, but the environment as well, as less plastic bottles will have to be purchased by the school and less will end up in landfills. According to Kate Kraft,…

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New folkloric dance club created, promoted

by Perla Jiménez, La Voz Editor In recent years, students from various cultures, both Latin American and otherwise have participated in unofficial folkloric dances for WHS. This year, Latino Club will attempt to bring these students together under the instruction of Minerva Solano, dance teacher. To attract interested students, two dance workshops were planned. The next workshop will run on Monday, Nov. 19. Ms. Solano has several activities planned for the workshop. In addition to teaching the basic steps of a folkloric dance, she also plans to model various traditional folkloric costumes and teach a bit about Latino culture. Gabriela…

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Garza explores, practices street magic

by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor As Fernando Garza, senior, makes an entrance through a black door on the stage during the Variety Show rehearsal, cards cascade from his mouth. Audience members cheer him on as he begins to shuffle the cards for his magic trick. Garza performs street magic at mall centers, parties and around town. His involvement increased this summer, but he has been interested in practicing magic tricks since he was 15. He was driven by people’s reactions and amusement. As Garza stands onstage, he asks for two volunteers from the audience. He has each volunteer deal out…

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Scanlan develops ‘Duct Tape Works’ business

by Megan Provost, Staff Reporter What started as a class assignment has since become a hobby and developing business to Maggie Scanlan, freshman. It began in a seventh grade problem solving class, when Scanlan was posed with the problem of “How to Survive Long Car Rides.” Her solution; Duct tape. “I thought, duct tape. Duct tape fixes everything,” Scanlan said. She began by making simple woven wallets for herself. “This kind of blossomed into me selling stuff,” Scanlan said. Her self-run business took shape in late seventh and early eighth grade, about three to four months after she had discovered…

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One Direction fails to show growth

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Preceded by a critically acclaimed performance on the X-factor, One Direction released its sophomore effort, “Take Me Home,” on Nov. 13. Despite the massive hype built around “Home,” the album fails to venture far from the debut, “Up All Night.” The lead single, “Live While We’re Young” closely resembles their previous chart topping singles, while also maintaining the success. The teen pop track features heavy production on a catchy chorus that exclaims the need to “Live While We’re Young.” Despite a peak at number three on the billboard hot 100, the group’s highest charting single…

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AC3 sets high gaming standard

by Keira Skenandore, Staff Artist Ubisoft sets the bar with the newly released video game, “Assassin’s Creed 3,” which has proven to be one of the best releases of 2012. “AC3” redefines the beauty of video games with its magnificent settings, thoughtful characters and excellent cinematics. The storyline follows Connor Kenway, a part-British, part-Native  American man who trains to become an assassin to ensure the safety of his tribe and to avenge the death of his mother. The timeline parallels colonial American history, and along the way, Kenway assists in liberating the USA from British tyranny. The game’s writers did…

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Egger, Carvajal dedicate time helping children

by Megan Provost, Staff Reporter Students at WHS are volunteering their time by helping to teach the younger members of the community. Although clubs such as Operation Snowball and Students Help Accept Diversity in Every Situation (S.H.A.D.E.S) volunteer at elementary school, individuals also go out of their way to serve the community through church sevices and youth groups. Abbey Egger, freshman, has worked as a volunteer preschool teacher at Bridge Community Church in Des Plaines for the past three years and teaching Sunday school for two years. She started volunteering when she first began attending the church in 2009, and…

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