March 27, 2017

Activity, registration fees rise for next year

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief All District 214 students will face fee increases in the 2013-14 school year as the school registration fee increases by $30, and student activity fees will be raised $15 each year for the next three years. According to Jim Perkins, school board president, the change is brought on as federal and state budgets are being cut, which make up 10 percent of the district’s budget. “We are trying not to make any effects on the classroom because of our budget. We have great partners that are helping us cover technology costs, and it helps that we’ve…

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WHS rises in rank

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Listed as 39th on The Washington Post’s Most Challenging High Schools of Illinois list, students and staff of WHS have made improvements that caused WHS to rise 11 places in rank. “It’s a considerable jump,” Erin DeLuga, associate principal of instruction and curriculum, said. “The reason I say the move up is intentional is because of incredible students, staff and leadership in the building.” Last year, WHS ranked 50th on the list. “While I know we are not defined simply by a number, I view it as another indicator, among many, that we are on…

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Positive Impact gives students opportunities for research, design


by Jacquelin Camacho, Staff Reporter WHS hosted the Midwest Research Competition: Positive Impact, an engineering contest that allows high school students to take on real world challenges through research, design and presentation, on April 12. One WHS team placed third in the Next Generation’s Innovator Challenge (NGIC) of the competition. Omar Joya and Kat Dobrowski, seniors, and Cole Dammeier, sophomore, competed in designing an operating room that minimizes the risk of infections for patients. They focused their design on air ventilation systems that allow an increased amount of airflow into operating rooms. “The highlight of the day for me was…

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Dr. Lopez says farewell to WHS, moves higher into Dist. 214


by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief As students from WHS settled into class on Friday, April 5, Dr. Lazaro Lopez, principal, announced his promotion as he moves higher into District 214 as the Associate Superintendent for teaching and learning. His promotion is effective July 1. “The opportunity is very bittersweet; I really enjoy being principal of WHS as it’s been my identity for the last six years and I would gladly do it for many more,” Dr. Lopez said. “In reality, I’d love to do both jobs. I’m excited about the role I can play to foster partnerships, external experiences and career…

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Pro-start hosts food contest


by Katia Bryhadyr, Staff Reporter WHS held its first Pro-Start cooking contest during block C-2 Friday, March 8. Students were faced with the challenge of creating a main dish and a side to match the National School Lunch Program. While the 10 members of the Pro-Start class prepared dishes, Student Council’s Executive Board judged the school program standards. Hector Juarez, senior, received the award for his taco dish. He received an iPod Classic and a chance for his dish to be served in the school cafeteria. “The tricky part or the challenge about this is that the students have a…

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‘Spider Gym’ offers students alternatives, training


by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Donned in white martial arts robes, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu students watch as the instructor demonstrates the guard position with Isaac Reyes, ‘10 graduate and sophomore at Harper.  Lying on the ground, the instructor cross his legs behind Reyes’s back, preventing him from moving. Reyes goes back to the outside circle as the instructor demonstrates the move again with another student.  Then, the students pair up to practice on the mats.  Jose del Real, senior, and his partner decide to step into the cage to practice. Reyes and del Real go to Spider Gym on Wheeling…

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Tomb Raider reboot revives gaming standards

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Every plot has its beginning and that’s exactly what the latest installment of the “Tomb Raider” series has. The 10th addition to the highly established franchise follows lead heroine, Lara Croft, and her origins as a tomb raider. Rather than extending the series, Crystal Dynamics, the creators of the Tomb Raider series, chose to create a long overdue reboot. The recreated storyline finds Croft stranded on an island alongside her crew. While on the island, Croft must gather food, maintain her health, defend herself from unknown entities, and must find a way for her and…

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Review: Ginza’s grand buffet

    by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor Buffets are basically all-you-can-eat sanctuaries; you pay a single price and eat whatever you want.  Now imagine an all-you-can-eat buffet, a full sushi bar and a supervised but also open bar. Yes, a place like this does exist, and it is located in Golf Mill. Ginza Steak, Seafood & Sushi Buffet opened its doors in early February.  It is a new contemporary buffet with a cool, calming environment and serves a variety of Asian cuisines prepared fresh everyday. The buffet has more than 300 different dishes to choose from, over 50 different kinds…

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Discovery of S.O.S. helps voice personal struggles

by Rossy Peralta, Asst. La Voz Editor Over the years, discussions of mental illness have increased because of awareness programs and people opening up about their struggles. This year, freshmen were given information about a program called Signs of Suicide, also known as S.O.S. This program for teens teaches about the symptoms of depression, specifically suicidal thoughts. According to Elyssas Mission, an organization that provides the resources to support at-risk teens and to prevent suicide, some of the warning signs of suicidal thoughts include expressing the belief that life is meaningless, having a lack of motivation, feeling hopelessness and more….

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Editorial: Relay negatively interferes with AP testing

Relay For Life promises a fun overnight event with friends while being able to give back and raise money for cancer research. For the past four years, members of Spokesman have participated on a publication team. However, Relay’s event planning has a conflicting problem. Relay’s planned event for Saturday, May 4, conflicts with the upcoming week of Advanced Placement (AP) testing starting on Monday, May 6 and brings forward the issue of sleep schedules and distractions with test preparations. Spokesman is concerned with how pulling an all-nighter the weekend before tests will affect AP students. At 6 a.m., students hazily…

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