August 22, 2017

Students plan, design engineering projects

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Nine students currently work on designing engineering solutions for the Positive Impact – Next Generation Innovators Challenge, with projects ranging from a prosthetic leg to an operating room. “Part of our project is how we can impact the world, so even if we have the smallest impact, that would be good,” Dan Crabbe, senior, said. Participating students received problem statements, where they had to design a solution to the problem that followed the prompt’s criteria. Crabbe and Christian Galvan, junior, received a prompt to create a prosthetic leg. “We’re building a prosthetic leg for a…

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Orchestra gains fourth director in four years

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Orchestra welcomed its new director Sarah Struebing, current Orchestra director,  after the departure of Alex Meza, previous Orchestra director, in late January. With the arrival of a new director, Orchestra welcomed its fourth director in just four years. However, Jami Kahn, senior, felt Ms. Struebing represents “stability and control” for the Orchestra program. “She really knows what she’s doing and is extremely prepared to take the reigns of the program, which is great because we really just need some stability and control right now. It’s only been a couple of weeks, but I’m definitely expecting…

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District plans improvements in technology, academic programs

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief  During the week of Jan. 15, District 214 approved school and district improvement plans as required under the No Child Left Behind Act; some of the highlights within the plan include improvements in incorporating more technology into the classroom, adding more intervention for struggling students and increased professional developments. “We have been trying to invest in bringing mobile devices to the hand’s of students that will help their academics,” Dr. Lazaro Lopez, principal, said. “For example, we will be holding iPad training sessions for teachers and already hold many iPad pilots throughout the district, which is…

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Wieder: ‘We haven’t reached full potential’

by Jean Pabon, Staff Reporter Despite the one game win out of last year’s season, Jason Wieder, new baseball coach, plans to change the whole program and keep a positive attitude for the future and the players. “The team is made up of some of the best players I believe haven’t reached full potential, and I‘ve also seen great senior leadership and some good underclassmen talent,” Coach Wieder said. According to David Shapiro, senior and varsity captain, Coach Wieder knows what he is doing and connects with his players. Coach Wieder also wants to improve the team chemistry and promote…

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Sports scandals shed negative light

by Mike Pink, Staff Reporter The recent discoveries of Lance Armstrong getting caught for doping along with Manti Te’o getting “catfished” sheds a negative light on the integrity of sports and strays from the true meaning. In this day in age, seeing a major athlete get in trouble for performance enhancing drugs (PED) is not uncommon. Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds and Shawne Merriman are a few of the major athletes who were caught. The younger generation of athletes are coming in faster and stronger. The older athletes need to keep the competitive edge, so they resort to PED’s. I don’t…

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P.E. classes teach vocabulary

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor In order to help students learn vocabulary, the physical education classes’ curriculum will now incorporate learning commonly used words on the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE). “As a school we always look at our data, and the one area we wanted to improve upon was reading,” Kevin Muck, division head for career and technical education and physical education, said.  “We (the P.E. department) decided to help and came up with the vocabulary plan.” All sophomore, junior and senior P.E. classes will learn a list of 100 vocabulary words to improve on vocabulary for standardized testing. …

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‘Pack the Place’ promotes school spirit, fundraising

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Last week, students continued the traditions of “Pack the Place” week through spirit days, the pep assembly, a basketball game and Honor Pack’s fundraising. Sports, clubs and organizations nominated students to become Honor Pack members. Honor Pack helped raise money for a WHS family in economic hardship. Social workers help identify a family in economic hardship. This year, Honor Pack raised money for the family of Karen Delgado, junior, and Perla Delgado, sophomore. “She’s (my mother) no longer working. She needs to take medicine,” K. Delgado said. “She hurt her back and neck. She has…

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Piatek discovers passion for drums, plays in numerous bands

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief “Everyone has their own hobbies whether it’s book club or knitting, but my hobby is playing sweet music,” Timothy Piatek, English teacher, said. “When ev- eryone on Saturday is off doing their own things, I like to get into my own world, close my eyes and get into the music.” Mr. Piatek does not spend his Saturday nights grading WREN assignments. Instead, he is out playing in the Oswego-area in his band, The After 5 Band. “What I like most is when you can get people moving on the dance floor and having a good time,” Mr….

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Kras aims for police career despite dangers: Graduates early to attend Harper

by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor “When I was watching on the news how everyone was there, like police, fire department and ambulances, and that just made me think, ‘Oh that can happen anywhere; it could happen here, and if that was my career, I would be able to be there and help people and investigate,” Amanda Kras, senior, said. The recent school shooting in Connecticut has increased Kras’s interest into becoming a police officer. “Whenever I would see a police officer chasing someone, I always thought that it was so interesting, and I always watched those kind of shows, like…

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Debusk’s passion takes off

Photo used with permission from Kaitlyn Debusk by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor “I like seeing everything from overhead, and I like the experience of doing something different, and seeing the city and everything from up above is really cool. When you’re in the air you can do whatever you want, go where you want.  All you have to do is talk to the control hour, and it’s okay,” Kaitlyn Debusk, senior, said. K. Debusk attends flying lessons and works at the Chicago Executive Airport within O’Hare. “Honestly, I never liked being on the ground.  I like adventure, and I live…

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