March 29, 2017

Boys soccer starts season strong

The WHS boys soccer team has started the season with a 5-0-1 record. The team won the Glenbrook South Invite, by beating Stevenson High School 2-0 and has been ranked as the 9th best team in the state by the Chicago Sun-Times. The team’s next game will be an away game on Monday against Schaumburg.

School dismissed early due to power outage

During second period, Dr. Lazaro Lopez, principal, and Kate Kraft, associate principal of operations, stand with ComEd workers to examine the current power outage status.

Students were dismissed from school today at 9:20 a.m. due to a power outage during first period. ComEd worked with WHS building faculty during second period to try and solve the problem, however an announcement was made to release students and staff at the beginning of third period. Photos by Erik Hernandez 

Gangnam Orchestra performs at WHS


by Erik Hernandez, Editor-in-Chief  The Gangnam Orchestra from South Korea performed at WHS’s theater on May 1. The performance consisted of the symphony orchestra playing two pieces, followed by the Gangnam Orchestra playing six. Their performance left the audience applauding and standing up for almost ten minutes. The Gangnam orchestra is a world recognized group that has played in countries such as Italy and Germany. “The performance was completely unbelievable” Chelsie Coren, senior, says. “I felt unworthy to start before them.” The Korean Culture Center of Chicago decided that it would be best to hold the event at WHS. However,…

Volleyball says goodbye to seniors, sets expectations for next year

By Erik Hernandez, Editor-in-Chief The varsity volleyball team lost to Prospect High School on May 2, 2013. After the game, they celebrated the seniors work on the team. While they did not receive the win they wanted; they are looking into improving their plays for next year. “We did not play to our full potential,” Zach Nauert, senior, said. “I hope next year the team will be more consistent.” Next year will present many challenges to the varsity volleyball team as they are losing all of their seniors. The team hopes to have three returning members, three members from the…

WHS rises in rank

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Listed as 39th on The Washington Post’s Most Challenging High Schools of Illinois list, students and staff of WHS have made improvements that caused WHS to rise 11 places in rank. “It’s a considerable jump,” Erin DeLuga, associate principal of instruction and curriculum, said. “The reason I say the move up is intentional is because of incredible students, staff and leadership in the building.” Last year, WHS ranked 50th on the list. “While I know we are not defined simply by a number, I view it as another indicator, among many, that we are on…

Positive Impact gives students opportunities for research, design


by Jacquelin Camacho, Staff Reporter WHS hosted the Midwest Research Competition: Positive Impact, an engineering contest that allows high school students to take on real world challenges through research, design and presentation, on April 12. One WHS team placed third in the Next Generation’s Innovator Challenge (NGIC) of the competition. Omar Joya and Kat Dobrowski, seniors, and Cole Dammeier, sophomore, competed in designing an operating room that minimizes the risk of infections for patients. They focused their design on air ventilation systems that allow an increased amount of airflow into operating rooms. “The highlight of the day for me was…

Dr. Lopez says farewell to WHS, moves higher into Dist. 214


by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief As students from WHS settled into class on Friday, April 5, Dr. Lazaro Lopez, principal, announced his promotion as he moves higher into District 214 as the Associate Superintendent for teaching and learning. His promotion is effective July 1. “The opportunity is very bittersweet; I really enjoy being principal of WHS as it’s been my identity for the last six years and I would gladly do it for many more,” Dr. Lopez said. “In reality, I’d love to do both jobs. I’m excited about the role I can play to foster partnerships, external experiences and career…

Pro-start hosts food contest


by Katia Bryhadyr, Staff Reporter WHS held its first Pro-Start cooking contest during block C-2 Friday, March 8. Students were faced with the challenge of creating a main dish and a side to match the National School Lunch Program. While the 10 members of the Pro-Start class prepared dishes, Student Council’s Executive Board judged the school program standards. Hector Juarez, senior, received the award for his taco dish. He received an iPod Classic and a chance for his dish to be served in the school cafeteria. “The tricky part or the challenge about this is that the students have a…

Varsity boys volleyball loses to Hersey


Photos by Jacquelin Camacho, Staff Reporter Varsity boys volleyball played against Hersey on April 9 at home.  The scores were 25-20 and 25-23, Hersey.

Students inducted into world language honor societies


by Jacquelin Camacho, Staff Reporter On April 9, WHS’ World Language Division honored students who have achieved academic excellence in learning a new language. Two different awards were given to the students: the achievement award and honors award. The qualifications of the achievement award include having taken a language for three years, maintained a weighted B average, and showed interest in the language along with its culture. To receive the honors award, the students must have maintained a weighted A average for three consecutive years. “I am proud of the fact that the honorees take pride of their language and…