March 31, 2017

NSBA visits, observes, experiences technology integrated curriculums

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor With the full integration of technology, the National School Board Association (NSBA) was invited to visit four District 214 schools on March 14 and 15 to observe how the schools use technology; WHS took this opportunity to premiere the plans for the future nanotechnology lab. According to Erin DeLuga, associate principal, the overall visit will put WHS and the three other high schools, Elk Grove, Prospect and Buffalo Grove, on a national level. “The visit will be able to highlight WHS and give it recognition to the technology department and across content areas.  It will…

First nanotech lab gives WHS advantage in science

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by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Nanotechnology, a science in its infancy, will allow WHS students to be on the cutting edge and have an advantage among others as they work with equipment and technology within WHS’s nanotechnology laboratory, the  first public high school research and development nanolab in the country. As part of an “Introduction to Nanotechnology,” senior science elective class, students will have the ability to participate in authentic research and use equipment similar to manufacturers in the area. “WHS is a leader in STEM education in the country, and I want our students to be the researchers, discoverers and…

Artist of the Month: Lemus prepares for college through art program

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by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Throughout WHS, the art department plays a pivotal role in the dynamic of the student culture. To ensure that there is the same amount of recognition in the WHS art department as there is in many of our sports and core academic classes, Spokesman has decided to list an artist of the month as students from WHS continue to embark on producing new artistic pieces of work. This month’s artist of the month, Nikki Lemus, senior, is currently working on a new piece of work as she prepares to finalize her last few months as…

Boys volleyball loses to Buffalo Grove

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Photos by Jacquelin Camacho, Staff Reporter Varsity boys volleyball lost against Buffalo Grove on April 4 at home.  The scores were 25-13 and 25-20.  

Scotese to head student services

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor When Dr. Holly Ravitz, assistant principal for student services, retires this year, Tom Scotese, dean of students at Hersey, will assume the position. “He worked for me when he was a social worker, so I’m excited,” Dr. Ravitz said.  “I think he will be a wonderful asset.” Mr. Scotese will assume his position on July 1. “I think it’s exciting for me because it (my new position) puts the three parts I did before together.  There’s a good feeling about coming back to Wheeling,” Mr. Scotese said.  “I know a lot of the staff and…

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

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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,…

Operation Snowball plans, hosts post-prom

by Chris Nush, Asst. A&E Editor This year, Operation Snowball will host Post-Prom for the first time. Prom will take place May 31 at the Lincolnshire Marriott.  Post-Prom will take place in the same room as the dance. “There’s a stigma that things happen after prom that students might engage in at risk behavior, and it’s that mentality that it’s their last night being a high school student so they can do it and get away with it because it’s been done in the past, so we’re trying to get away from that,” Raymundo Galarza, Operation Snowball adviser, said. The…

Three returning starters bring hope to team

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by Kelly McKewin, Asst. Sports Editor The boys volleyball team starts its season in hopes of competing for a Conference title and beating its rivals, while also maintaining its team chemistry and attitude. “This season is going to be different in the sense of how it’s played and the at- titudes of the players. This team is willing to invest more than previous ones,” Jason Kopkowski, volleyball coach, said. “They’re usually fun, energetic and passionate. They play with a lot of passion, which is the way the game should be played.” This year’s team only has three returning varsity starters. Tim…

Polo faces early season challenges

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor By press time, girls water polo held a record of 2-3, winning against Palatine and Prospect High Schools. Boys water polo has yet to win a game, but the team waits on some members to finish their club swim seasons before returning to polo. Boys water polo has a record of 0-6 and a record of 0-1 in Conference. However, they did not play any games with the full team until March 15. “I think we’re playing great. We need to learn from every win, every loss,” Bob Savitt, varsity girls water polo coach, said….

Dr. Lopez awarded Principal of the Year

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by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Lazaro Lopez, principal, has been named the 2013-14 High School Principal of the Year by Horace Mann and the Illinois Principals Association. The award recognizes principals who have dem- onstrated a “positive impact on their students and learning community.” “I’m humbled and appreciative, and in every respect I acknowledge that it is a reflection of the collective efforts our of students, staff and community,” Dr. Lopez said. “I am driven and dedi- cated to providing the absolute best student experience that leads each one to their future.” Dr. Lopez is currently serving his sixth year…