March 29, 2017

Picks of the Month: February

Album: Tegan and Sara’s latest effort, “Heartthrob,” combines elements of indie pop, rock and new wave. The album has been positively reviewed from fans and critics. The album’s singles, “Closer” and “I’m Not Your Hero” are sure to be hits among T&S fans.   App: The widely renowned multi-player app, “Fun Run,” follows a group of  woodland creatures that must overcome an obstacle course set up by opponents. The App is currently one of the highest grossing apps at the iTunes store.         Movie: After much anticipation, “Warm Bodies” saw a worldwide release on Feb. 1. The…

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Hollywood lacks originality with movies

by Megan Provost, Asst. Focus Editor What to look forward to in 2013: sequels, sequels and the occasional 3-D remake. Is it the audience’s unconditional love for these movies or the lack of original ideas in the cinematic industry that keep these same titles returning to the box office? Tired Plots The Hangover Part III, Release date: May 24 It was funny the first time…and the second…and the third? It’s already hard enough dealing with the same relentless plot consisting of drunk friends and crude humor almost every comedy out there today, and now do we have to watch the same…

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Bieber releases ‘Believe Acoustic’: Latest release abandons computer enhanced beats for acoustics


by Robert Perales, A&E Editor With the distribution of Justin Bieber’s latest re-release, “Believe Acoustic,” the question of whether or not the original release was good enough to even get a re-release arises. While the answer might be a simple no, “Believe Acoustic,” does much more for its audience than first anticipated. Although some tracks benefit from the different instrumental breakdowns – “Boyfriend” and “Take You”  – the majority of the re-released songs represent dry and depleted versions of the original tracks. The opening track, “Boyfriend,” is the only track on the album to fully display Bieber’s immense potential through…

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Current gun policy should not be changed

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor After the tragic event at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., our nation went into a controversial frenzy over the banishment of certain types of guns. Back in December, President Barack Obama directed a meeting with a Cabinet group to give recommendations on ways to tighten the gun regulations, according to the Chicago Tribune. A tighter regulation on guns will only cause more issues. People often find ways around the law, so what will prevent some hooligans from black marketing guns to civilians?  It’s these people who cause laws to change and new ones…

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WHS keeps current security policy


by Megan Provost, Asst. Focus Editor WHS has not made any drastic changes in security since the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn. “There haven’t really been any changes since the shootings. Everything is the same: we just need to be alert and pay attention,” Annette Ambrus, security guard, said. Current security procedures include the Identisys program, used when visitors enter the building. “Visitors need a state I.D. with a picture that we put through a scanner, which uses Identysis to check if the person is a sex offender or has any other offences,” Judy “Mama”  Kraus, security guard, said….

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‘Stampede’ stands strong despite school sponsorship

by Mike Pink, Staff Reporter Wheeling, Hersey and Buffalo Grove High Schools “typically” never get along, especially in athletics. Fans taunt opposing players and schools whenever they play against each other resulting in bad blood throughout the conference. That is all forgotten about on the ice. The three schools have combined forces to make a powerhouse of a hockey team, nicknamed the “Stampede,” which is coached by Bob Wagner, head hockey coach. The Stampede competes in the IHSL High School Hockey League where its biggest rival is Warren, according to Austin Lockwood, senior and junior varsity player. “Warren is our…

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Peterson moves to varsity level, stands as most improved player

by Kelly McKewin, Asst. Sports Editor Moving to Varsity Coming into a team of seniors, Maryssa Peterson, junior, has “fit in well” with the rest of the varsity girls bowling team. She scored her highest game ever, a 242, a high series of 531 and averaged between a 150 and 165 the entire season. “That 242, I’m really proud of that. Before my high game was like a 225, so I really did  improve,” Peterson said. This year was Peterson’s first year on the varsity team, and according to Beth Anderson, bowling coach, she has improved immensely. “Her average from…

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Musto, models exhibit fashion show at Millennium Park


by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Jess Musto, senior, enlisted her friends to create a team consisting of models and a camera-crew to travel downtown and present a guerrilla fashion show at Millennium Park. “The jewelry I designed fit the feel of Millennium Park, and I knew Millennium Park was a public place that allowed filming,” Musto said. “Not many designers my age would be gutsy enough to ask a bunch of people to walk around in sharp jewelry that hurts and then wear it out in public. I just wanted to do something bold.” The video created was published on YouTube…

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Students successfully represent WHS at IMEA

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor After  an extensive audition process, the top placing students from Band were selected to compete and perform at the Illinois Music Education Association (IMEA) on Jan. 24, 25 and 26 in Peoria, Ill. Five WHS students were selected to compete at IMEA including Ronald Roth, junior, who placed fourth chair in the honor band out of 50 students. “I’ve played the trumpet for seven years. I felt great with that standing, but I do wish I would have practiced more. It is harder to make it twice in a row, but I hope I have…

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WPAC sponsors ‘Teens for Jeans’

by Erik Hernandez, Asst. News Editor The Wheeling Political Action Club (WPAC) hosted a Teens for Jeans drive, in accordance with Aéropostale, a clothing store, to collect jeans for teens in need within the township of Wheeling who would otherwise have difficulty purchasing clothing items. “Even when life may seem stressful, we should be aware of the struggles of others,” Tyler Levy, senior, said. There were bins set up in the back and front of the school for whoever would have liked to donate their gently worn jeans from Jan. 28 to Feb. 8. “It’s a simple and easy way…

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