June 27, 2017

Circus Literary Magazine holds annual fundraiser at bookstore

Photos by Kelly McKewin, Staff Reporter Circus Literary Magazine hosted its annual fundraiser all day on Nov. 10 at Barnes and Noble.  Customers can use vouchers with their purchase, and 15 percent of the sale goes towards Circus.  Circus uses this money to print the magazine.  In addition, students ran activities in the morning, such as story time, crafts, caricatures and cupcake decorating.  Students raised over $400.  

Busy schedules, insomnia affect sleep

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor On average, most students receive six to eight hours of sleep a night, even though they actually need nine to ten hours of sleep. Patricia Baima, psychology teacher, suggested that better time management can help students get more sleep. “When you sleep, you form new memories,” Ms. Baima said.  “If you’re not sleeping, you’re not getting stuff stored in your long term memory.” Homework, activities, work, insomnia, technology and other factors can keep students from getting enough sleep and cause them to lose energy during the day. Sports and Homework Because of sports and homework,…

Dammeier siblings balance busy schedules, family time

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor While some siblings argue over who should use the bathroom first in the morning, the Dammeier siblings live in unisense. “We don’t really fight in general,” Darby Dammeier, senior, said.  “We tease each other, someone gets mad for around an hour, then they get over it, and we move on.  We need each other happy to be happy.” D.  Dammeier is the oldest, while Cole and Hailey Dammeier, sophomores, are fraternal twins born two minutes apart. D.  Dammeier tries to be a good role model for her siblings both in acedemics and participation in extra…

Boxing Club ends after four years

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief “Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, the boxing club wasn’t able to run this year,” Dr. Stephen May, student activities director, said. “Our hope is that the program will be able to run again next fall.” Boxing club ran for four years from 2008 to 2012. Unique to extracurricular activities, WHS was the only public high school in Illinois with a boxing program. “I will miss working with the students,” Michael Burke, boxing club sponsor, said. “Many were not in other activities, and they found boxing club a positive outlet. I will also miss the fun…

Activity fees rise to $50

One time activity fees prove beneficial to families by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor The activity cost this year has risen from $25 to $50 for students involved in sports and other competing activities. This year, the fee will be a flat total fee of $50 to join as many sports and activities as the student desires, instead of paying $25 per sport and a cap of $100. “This helps save money and allows more students to participate in multiple activities,” Dr. Steve May, assistant principal of student activities, said. Students can now participate in as many sports as they want…

Freshmen attend annual orientation, activity fair

Photos by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief, and Kristina Piamonte, Photo Editor Freshmen orientation took place from 7:25 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 16.  The peer mentors led the incoming freshmen in a tour around WHS, classroom activities and going through the mock schedule.  At the end, the freshmen attended an assembly and an activity fair, where students promoted different extracurricular activities and sports. To join Spokesman, contact John Uhrik, adviser, at john.uhrik@d214.org or stop by Room 137 for more information.  The Journalistic Writing class is a 45-minute skinny all year round and takes place during first period.  Interested students can ask…