March 29, 2017

Girls cross country adjusts to new coaches


by Mark Tannous, Broadcast Editor With two new members of the coaching staff, Tim Nowicki and Don Rowley, girls cross country coaches,  the team still managed to send three girls to Sectionals. “The season went great. We improved so much with the new coaches (Rowley and Nowicki),” Marta Dzundza, junior, said. “The best runner on the team was me, but Melissa Rodriguez (freshman)  beat me at Sectionals.” According to Dzundza, the girls were more “committed” this season. “We were a lot more serious and committed this season than we were last season. New coaches brought a lot of good changes…

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Wrestling season starts with division title goal

by Mark Tannous, Broadcast Editor With fall sports in the history books, winter sports have now arrived, which means wrestling season is underway. The Wildcats’ first meet takes place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at home, and according to two wrestlers, Wheeling will win their division. “I’m excited because every drop of sweat, every drop of blood and all the hard work will pay off when we bring Wheeling back to a division title,” Ricky Muro, sophomore, said. Jacob Del Toro, senior, agreed with Muro. “We’re going to be division champs. It’s that simple,” Del Toro said. Last…

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Family ties help surpass obstacles

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor The Wheeling community is familiar with Wheeling Donuts.  The little doughnut shop by the train tracks owned by a petite Asian woman known as my mom. While some peers think it is “cool” to have a family business, I think it is quite the opposite. Back in 2010, my parents bought the doughnut shop from a family friend.  They were thrilled to have a shop of their own, and the rest of the family was willing to pitch in with shop hours, deliveries and more.  We were like a family-working machine. During my sophomore year,…

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Godlewski advances to State


Photo used with permission from Rachel Ropski by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Theresa Godlewski, sophomore, not only continued knocking seconds off her record breaking backstroke time, she also qualified for State in two events during Sectionals. Godlewski heads to State today at Evanston High School to compete in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke events. “When Theresa qualified for state in the 100 free everyone was just so excited and happy for her,” Lisa Hanrahan, swim coach, said. “Our fans in the stands were going crazy as were I and the other girls.” After breaking the school record at her first…

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District 214 ponders insurance options

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Gridiron Alliance, local advocates who reach out to paralyzed high school athletes, asked District 214 to consider a paid insurance policy that would cover student athletics in case of “catastrophic” accidents. The discussion arose at the school board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18. “The district should look into more insurance policies because there are many families who may not have insurance at Wheeling, and it would be nice to have more protection at athletic events,” Chad Mikosz, senior, said. District 214 already offers optional student athletic insurance for in school and out of school hours. A…

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Ebony Club, WPAC, Student Council run coat drive

by Kelly McKewin, Staff Reporter This year on Nov. 5, for the first time ever, Ebony Club, the Wheeling Political Action Club (WPAC) and Student Council teamed up for the coat drive, which Ebony Club has ran for 15 years. With the collected donations, adult coats will be donated to an organization called Journeys in Palatine. All children’s coats will be given to District 21 to help provide for students at Walt Whitman and Mark Twain Elementary schools. “(This is) the first year Student Council has been involved,” Sandra Chico, Student Council and WPAC sponsor, said. “We wanted to do…

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WPAC, AP Government class host 2012 mock election


by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor Wheeling Political Action Club (WPAC) and the AP Government class teamed up together to start a mock election for the 2012 election.  The purpose of the mock election was to educate students on how to actually vote. Voter registration took place during all lunch periods from Oct. 15 to Oct. 19, debates will be on Oct. 31 by Omar Joya and Katrina Gustafson, seniors, and the actual mock election will take place on Nov. 6. Students who wish to participate in the mock election have to fill out a mock applicant sheet and do a…

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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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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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Genson, Kholodov focus on music, pursue careers at early ages


by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief While contemporary and electronic music do not seem to have much in common from a listener’s standpoint, comparisons can be seen between composers Michael Genson and Matt Kholodov, seniors. Contemporary Music Genson began composing music his freshman year. “As soon as I get home from school, I begin to compose,” Genson said. “I’m a big fan of contemporary and band music.” According to Genson, contemporary music provides the most variety of orchestration styles, techniques and complexity to alter with, as opposed to the 4-5-1, bass, guitar, drums and vocals of pop music. Genson plays the trombone…

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