December 12, 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….

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….

‘Skittles’ adds LGBT support, lacks union in community

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Whether it was the cancellation of Gay Straight Alliance or my first-hand experience of bigotry while buying my prom tickets, throughout my four years at WHS, I have noticed a lack of support for the LGBT community. When I entered the boys’ bathroom, I encountered a hanging flyer promoting a new LGBT club, and my perception was vastly changed. “Skittles” is the name of the new organization run by student services. Although I was excited for the creation of a new club at WHS that would support the LGBT community,  unfortunately, I found the name…

Sanchez supports students’ aspirations, cultures

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Despite having an busy schedule, Bertha Sanchez, social worker, continues to help students succeed throughout their high school careers. Ms. Sanchez works with various clubs at WHS including Students Helping Accept Diversity in Every Situation (SHADES), Latino Club and the Mentor Program. “She (Ms. Sanchez) wants to keep students involved. She helps students not only in education, but she also does her best to help students fit into the community. We want them to graduate and walk out of here with more than just a solid education, “ Marilyn Harrison, Instructional Assistant, said. In the…