March 29, 2017

Journalism students compete at Sectional competition


WHS journalism students competed at the IHSA Sectionals at Northern Illinois University on Saturday, April 20.  WHS took 4th place overall, and six students qualified for the State competition. Megan Jones, senior, placed first in Newspaper Design. Emily Walker, senior, placed first in Yearbook Layout: Double Page Spread. Annalisa Baranowski, freshman, and Keira Skenandore, senior, placed first in Yearbook Theme Development. Rosalie Chan, senior, placed second in Copy Editing. Kristina Piamonte, senior, placed third in Feature Photography. All six students will be representing WHS this Friday, April 26th at the IHSA State Finals at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL.

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,…

DECA competes at state, students make finals

by Jackie Camacho, Staff Reporter DECA, a competitive business club, went to Decatur, Ill. to compete at the state level the weekend of March 7 to 9. Kelsey Nicpon, Ryan Steinberg, Miranda Vollmer, Jackie Camacho, Joe Dundovich, Cameron DeCoursey and Cameron Forst, seniors, and Alex Gleyzer and Anna Gleyzer, juniors, all competed in different events in the marketing field. The competition consisted of taking short tests related to business and presenting marketing ideas to a judge. Six Wheeling students made it to the top ten finalists for their events. Alex and Anna Gleyzer competed in a community service event by…

Orchesis piece selected for IL State High School Dance Festival

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief  “Almost Never Clearly Obsecure,” a piece choreographed by Robert Perales, senior, was selected for the Illinois State High School Dance Festival, which will be held in May. “The piece is about someone’s inability to love,” Perales said. “My character basically turns to drugs and alcohol and by doing so, he hurts his relationship. These two people who belong together are corrupted by an entity that goes beyond their control. It’s just people hurting each other because they don’t know how to love one another anymore.” Melody Beltran, junior, performed as Perales partner in the duet. “She’s…

Godlewski advances to State, places 25th in backstroke


Theresa Godlewski, sophomore, advanced to State, which took place Nov. 16, competing in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle. Once again, she broke the school record for the 100 backstroke, with a time of 58.43 seconds. At State, she placed 25th for the backstroke. In the 100 freestyle, she placed 41st, with a time of 53.68 seconds.

Godlewski advances to State


Photo used with permission from Rachel Ropski by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Theresa Godlewski, sophomore, not only continued knocking seconds off her record breaking backstroke time, she also qualified for State in two events during Sectionals. Godlewski heads to State today at Evanston High School to compete in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke events. “When Theresa qualified for state in the 100 free everyone was just so excited and happy for her,” Lisa Hanrahan, swim coach, said. “Our fans in the stands were going crazy as were I and the other girls.” After breaking the school record at her first…