July 24, 2017

Junior qualifies for speech Nationals, raises money through bake sale

by Jean Pabon, Photo Editor  Students, staff and faculty, walking in the main hallway on Wednesday, May 8th, and Thursday, May 9th, had the chance to purchase homemade treats, where 100 percent of the funds raised would go towards sending Michael Onyszczak, junior, to speech team nationals in Alabama.   Since Onyszczak qualified for nationals, he decided to have a bake sale in order to raise the approximately $600 needed.   According to Onyszczak, he’s raised around $400 so far.  To reach these numbers, he’s calculated sales, donations, and costs of materials.   U.S. Extemporaneous National Forensic League, is the official name…

Team wins ‘Best App in State,’ qualifies for nationals

by Megan Provost, Asst. Focus Editor After winning “Best App in State” in the Verizon Wireless Innovative App Challenge, a team of five juniors from WHS will move on to nationals. The contest requires the team to develop an app that addresses a real-world problem in their community and can be solved using the STEM principles: brainstorming, logical thinking and research. Kate Weber, pre-calculus teacher, discovered the contest by chance on an internet advertisement. She then introduced the project to all of her classes, and found interest in Skyler McLenahan, Kamila Sikova, Gosia Markiewicz, Jessica Mamalio and Pranati Mondkar, juniors,…

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…

CSC wins third at nationals

by Erik Hernandez, Asst. News Editor Crucial Step Clique (CSC) won third at the Music Step Fest National Competition, sponsored by the National Step Show Alliance. “I’m very proud of them,” Crystal Ellis-Abdullah, assistant coach of CSC, said. “They are in the top 3.” The event took place in Nashville Tennessee on the days March 15 and 16. Out of the three schools that got into the top three, two of them were from Illinois.  

Musto competes in Nationals, wins silver medal

                            by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Jess Musto, senior, headed to Orlando, Fl. and won a silver medal in a “Star Competition” for fashion during the week of July 9, after qualifying at Regionals and State for the Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) design competition. “It was definitely nerve-wracking because you are at high stakes and want to do your best, but at the same time you know you have made it to Nationals, which is an accomplishment in itself,” Musto said. Accompanied by her parents,…