May 23, 2017

Band sets high standard for future generations

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor The WHS marching band completed their 2012 season at the Marengo Settler’s Day competition on Oct. 7th with a first place finish, marking the first time the WHS marching band has had an undefeated season since 2009. “It felt amazing to win each competition and go undefeated. The feeling is so thrilling when you hear WHS name called during award ceremonies.” Kylie Gember, senior, said. “I would hold my breath every second just waiting, and when we were finally called for first place, I was so relieved and excited.” Not only did WHS place first…

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SADD promotes respect in speech

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) will hold a Spread the Word to End the Word Drive this year in order to raise awareness about treating those who have special needs with respect. “It focuses on everyday conversation and removing the word ‘retard’ from our lexicon, how we speak,” Kathy Konyar, SADD sponsor and biology teacher, said. In order to promote this, SADD plans on putting out public service announcements and have people take pledges to not use the R-word. “Ever since we started talking about it, I notice people saying it, and I’ve brought it…

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Italian curriculum evolves, focuses on culture

by Perla Jiménez, La Voz Editor Since Angela Hawkins, Italian teacher, began to teach Italian at WHS seven years ago, the Italian curriculum has undergone continuous changes. This year, it will begin to focus specifically on teaching the Italian culture along with the language. The changes have expanded the Italian program to the point where another Italian teacher was needed.   Fausto Frassine, Italian teacher, began working at WHS this year. “My students seem to have adjusted well. There couldn’t have been a better start,” Mr. Frassine said. Mr. Frassine will teach Italian 1. He has 13 years of teaching…

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NANO Connect promotes research

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Prominent researchers in the nanotechnology field attended a forum at WHS on Oct. 9 to promote collaboration between students, educators and the government to support nanotechnology research in the STEM pathway, which helps aid a variety of scientific research from fighting cancer to aerospace products. Nanotechnology is the study of small materials. One nanometer is a billionth of a meter. The event grew international as Dr. WeonBae Ko, professor from Sahmyook University in Seoul, South Korea, attended along with Governor Pat Quinn and Congressman Robert Dold. “We’ve begun by thinking ‘How do we bring this down…

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A leap for literacy

by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor When I came to the U.S. nine years ago, I was automatically placed into the ESL program at Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School (OWHMS.) The only prior knowledge I had was knowing how to count from one to ten. At the end of eighth grade, I was one of the only students in my class to graduate from the ESL program and gave a speech at the ESL graduation ceremony at OWHMS. Freshman year was a big eye-opener; I began taking classes completely in English. It wasn’t until recently that I wondered why some of…

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Breast cancer awareness brings family support

by Keira Skenandore, Staff Artist The Illinois Department of Public Health says breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Because of these dangerously high statistics, the nation has recognized October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in order to raise awareness, educate the public on the disease and raise money for research. This month means a lot to me in particular because my mother, now 51, had a year-long battle with breast cancer during her early 40’s. When I was young, my mom was a tall, high-energy blonde….

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Editorial: P.E. exemption waiver gives promise of options

District 214 may allow more options for receiving a physical education waiver starting in the 2013-14 school year. Several extracurricular activities, such as marching band and Navy Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (NJROTC), already participate in physical activities during the day, and the waivers can help students have the opportunity to enroll in a study hall and gain more free time. Due to marching band’s long practices on the turf and NJROTC’s after-school commitments depending on one’s division, class or position, it can be hard to get home and complete a full night of homework. With the new waiver, students…

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Students canvass for election: Delgado, Gonzalez go door-to-door to rally voters

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Janet Delgado and Chris Gonzalez, seniors, have spent the last two months with pledge cards and voting on their minds as they traveled from house to house canvassing for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR,) a non-profit organization that focuses on the rights of immigrants. Not many students can say that they have spent their fall months trying to make a difference in the Hispanic and Latino community. “We have to use our wording in a very specific way or people assume things,” Gonzalez said. After receiving an invitation from Zio Gil, ‘09…

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Students should take advantage of voting

by Antonia Arismendis, Staff Reporter When I turn 18 there is no doubt in my mind that I will vote. I believe voting can make a difference. We are really fortunate to have a country where we as individuals get the chance to make a change. Many people believe that if they vote they will not be heard, but voting is like having a voice: not only for yourself, but for your community.  Especially now, in this election, young people have the greater voice than adults.  This is because young adults consist of 21 percent of the population. Voting can…

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Art Club hopes to raise funds for supplies

by Rossy Peralta, Staff Reporter Art club will host a tie-dye fundraiser on Oct. 23 in the art room to help engage students in different styles of art, as well as give the club the opportunity to purchase new art supplies for more activities. In the past years, art club has sold tie dye shirts during lunch periods, and both faculty and students had wanted to learn how to make them. This year, staff and students can pre-order shirts. Laura Taubery, art club sponsor, will prepare a Google form for the pre-orders. Everyone in art club contributed by giving $1…

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