March 29, 2017

Three returning starters bring hope to team


by Kelly McKewin, Asst. Sports Editor The boys volleyball team starts its season in hopes of competing for a Conference title and beating its rivals, while also maintaining its team chemistry and attitude. “This season is going to be different in the sense of how it’s played and the at- titudes of the players. This team is willing to invest more than previous ones,” Jason Kopkowski, volleyball coach, said. “They’re usually fun, energetic and passionate. They play with a lot of passion, which is the way the game should be played.” This year’s team only has three returning varsity starters. Tim…

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Loquercio balances multiple sports along with school work


by Paige McCoy, Asst. Feature Editor Running and swimming are demanding sports that take up time and energy. Justin Loquercio, freshman, has been trying his best at both. “My favorite part of sports is being with your team or improving your time from before,” Loquercio said. Loquercio began run- ning in sixth grade at Holmes Middle School and swimming when he was ten. Throughout his running ca- reer, Loquercio’s best race was when he placed sixth in the 800 meter race at State in seventh grade. “There is no ‘I’ in team, but there is an ‘I’ in win. Which…

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Polo faces early season challenges

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor By press time, girls water polo held a record of 2-3, winning against Palatine and Prospect High Schools. Boys water polo has yet to win a game, but the team waits on some members to finish their club swim seasons before returning to polo. Boys water polo has a record of 0-6 and a record of 0-1 in Conference. However, they did not play any games with the full team until March 15. “I think we’re playing great. We need to learn from every win, every loss,” Bob Savitt, varsity girls water polo coach, said….

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Dr. Lopez awarded Principal of the Year


by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Lazaro Lopez, principal, has been named the 2013-14 High School Principal of the Year by Horace Mann and the Illinois Principals Association. The award recognizes principals who have dem- onstrated a “positive impact on their students and learning community.” “I’m humbled and appreciative, and in every respect I acknowledge that it is a reflection of the collective efforts our of students, staff and community,” Dr. Lopez said. “I am driven and dedi- cated to providing the absolute best student experience that leads each one to their future.” Dr. Lopez is currently serving his sixth year…

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Engineering contestants advance to nationals, plan to travel to D.C.


by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor, and Frida Valdés, Feature Editor A team of WHS students who designed an unmanned aircraft system won the Illinois State-level Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) on Jan. 18, which qualified them for nationals in Wash- ington, D.C. On April 19 to 22, the team will travel to Wash- ington, D.C. for free to com- pete in nationals. If WHS’s group wins, the members will meet President Barack Obama and possibly win scholarships. “I’m very excited to be going to D.C. The kids will do a good job. I’m ner- vous,” Lisa del Muro, sci- ence…

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WHS alumnus interns at White House

by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor Lindsay Ford, ‘09 WHS alumni and senior at DePaul University, currently interns at the White House, working in the Internship Office under the Office of Management and Administration. According to Sandra Chico, social studies teacher, Ford’s communication skills, organization skills, dedication and commit- ment are attributes that can give her an advantage to become successful. While at WHS, Ford participated in many extracurricular activities, but she attributes Student Council with “instilling my passion for working in pub- lic service. Ms. Chico was a great mentor and taught me important organization- al and time management skills,”…

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Wheeling town center in development, promises theater, shops


by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Teens of WHS will have a new hangout zone in 2014, as a new development rises to Wheeling. The proposed town center will include retail buildings, an apartment complex and a movie theater. The shovels have yet to hit the dirt though, as the Village of Wheeling and developers Urban R2, struggle with an agreed term sheet. Urban R2 was given a deadline of March 15. Results were not know by press time. If they agree, construction will begin this summer. The proposed theater company is based in Texas and the Wheeling theater would be their…

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Wildcats start warming up track

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by Patrick Ryan, Staff Reporter When the snow starts to melt and the weather warms, the track teams begin their seasons. The boys and girls teams have prac- ticed indoors since February, and both are itching for the chance to get outside. “We have the biggest team we’ve had in 10 years,” Mike Theodosakis, girls head track coach, said. “The girls are hardworking and have good personalities. Our goal for this season is to keep setting personal bests, to be as strong as we can in all areas and to keep a positive mindset.” According to Tom Polak, boys head…

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Gang representation creates gray areas, unfair judgment

by Jacquelin Camacho, Staff Reporter For many years, the Chicagoland area has been home to dozens of dangerous gangs. Gang violence and representation has been a recurring concern in our area.  WHS has had issues with gangs, and it has maintained a strict dress code to discourage students from getting involved in gang activity. Like many other high schools, WHS has to keep up with the changing color combinations, numbers and symbols of gangs. Deans and security guards must constantly keep watch to stop students from using certain clothing and reinforce WHS’s intolerance of gang activity and image. It is…

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Editorial: P.E. vocab requires retention for impact

While Spokesman commends the physical education (P.E.) teachers for incorporating vocabulary into more departments of the school besides English, the terms need to be incorporated in more meaningful ways and be used more often to create a lasting impact on the students. The P.E. classes’ curriculum now incorporates learning the 100 most commonly used words on the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE). After looking through WHS’s test scores data, the idea seems genius. Only 42.4 percent of WHS students met reading standards on the PSAE. However, the idea lacks in one major area: overestimating students’ ability of memorization. Though the…

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