May 23, 2017

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….

Lack of parental involvement in the student lives of children

Latino Family Nights and PTO might join forces by Perla Jimenez, La Voz Editor Latino Family Nights and the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) have always worked separately, for different goals. Recently, Erin DeLuga, associate principal, said they should work together to bring parents closer to the school and make them more involved in the student lives of their children. “Parents are the best people to touch base on (about students’ emotional needs) and how we can make parents feel more informed,” Ms. Deluga said. “It would be ideal to have more people contributing from the point of view of Latino…

Family ties help surpass obstacles

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor The Wheeling community is familiar with Wheeling Donuts.  The little doughnut shop by the train tracks owned by a petite Asian woman known as my mom. While some peers think it is “cool” to have a family business, I think it is quite the opposite. Back in 2010, my parents bought the doughnut shop from a family friend.  They were thrilled to have a shop of their own, and the rest of the family was willing to pitch in with shop hours, deliveries and more.  We were like a family-working machine. During my sophomore year,…

Breast cancer awareness brings family support

by Keira Skenandore, Staff Artist The Illinois Department of Public Health says breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Because of these dangerously high statistics, the nation has recognized October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in order to raise awareness, educate the public on the disease and raise money for research. This month means a lot to me in particular because my mother, now 51, had a year-long battle with breast cancer during her early 40’s. When I was young, my mom was a tall, high-energy blonde….

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,…

The Philippines – June 25

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor It’s been a very busy week, mostly consisting of going out with my aunt and also seeing other family members.  On Tuesday, Auntie Myra and I went to Makati, a newer and more modern city near Manila.  She showed me around Ayala Avenue and a park called Ayala Triangle, and then had breakfast at Jollibee’s, a major fast food chain in the Philippines.  After that, we visited a new children’s museum called the Mind Museum, and many schoolchildren were there on a field trip.  In the Philippines, students begin school in June and…

The Philippines – June 18

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor I feel so tired, though I’m not sure whether it’s jet lag or the fact that the past few days have been packed with activities with the family.  But it’s been fun.  Last Saturday, I went with some of my relatives to the “Masters of Illusion Live” show, which featured many magicians doing different types of tricks, such as disappearing acts and tricks with fire.  It was highly entertaining, and I enjoyed the show.  Later that night, my dad’s entire side of the family went out to eat at a fancy restaurant called…

The Philippines – June 15

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor At 12:35 a.m. earlier today, I arrived in Manila, Philippines.  I flew from Chicago to Hong Kong, and from Hong Kong, I connected flights to Manila.  I almost did not get a seat on the plane because apparently, the flight was overbooked.  Luckily, I did, and flying went well overall. As I sat in the plane, an approximately 15-hour flight, I felt strangely lonely.  I had always flown with family, but this was my first time traveling alone.  I read the book “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth until the plane turned off all the…