December 12, 2017

Students chosen to represent WHS at IMEA

by Chris Nush, Staff Reporter Twenty-four students from the music department were selected to perform ensembles for the Illinois Music Educators Association’s (IMEA) district VII this fall. After auditioning for IMEA, Kaitlyn Nielsen, senior, felt that her performance did not go as well as she hoped. “It was a catastrophe,” Nielsen said. “I was disappointed because I missed a note in the scales.” When she discovered she had been chosen for IMEA, she said she felt really excited. Nine jazz band, 11 concert band, one orchestra and three concert choir players have been selected from WHS. IMEA is a conference…

Conferences lack in parent participation

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Parent teacher conferences took place Nov. 7, and while many parents now use the option of registering online, staff noted that the conference attendance has stayed relatively low every year. “Well, it’s usually the parents of the kids who are doing good who show up.  It would be better to see parents of low-performing kids show up,” Joann Chilver, math teacher, said. According to Kathy Valin, secretary to the associate principal for instruction, parents’ working at night also affects participation at conferences. In order to spread the word about parent teacher conferences, WHS sends out a…

Programs help close Hispanic Achievement Gap

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Throughout the Northwest suburbs, Hispanic students have improved on standardized test scores, but an achievement gap remains between them and their peers.  However, WHS has worked to close this achievement gap. On average, Hispanic students at WHS have performed better on standardized testing for math than Hispanic students in the district and state, with 56.3 percent of them meeting or exceeding expectations on the math portion of the PSAE, compared to 50.5 percent of Hispanics in District 214 and 36.2 percent in the state. WHS works to close this gap by offering courses with career…

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.

Girls cross country adjusts to new coaches

by Mark Tannous, Broadcast Editor With two new members of the coaching staff, Tim Nowicki and Don Rowley, girls cross country coaches,  the team still managed to send three girls to Sectionals. “The season went great. We improved so much with the new coaches (Rowley and Nowicki),” Marta Dzundza, junior, said. “The best runner on the team was me, but Melissa Rodriguez (freshman)  beat me at Sectionals.” According to Dzundza, the girls were more “committed” this season. “We were a lot more serious and committed this season than we were last season. New coaches brought a lot of good changes…

Wrestling season starts with division title goal

by Mark Tannous, Broadcast Editor With fall sports in the history books, winter sports have now arrived, which means wrestling season is underway. The Wildcats’ first meet takes place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at home, and according to two wrestlers, Wheeling will win their division. “I’m excited because every drop of sweat, every drop of blood and all the hard work will pay off when we bring Wheeling back to a division title,” Ricky Muro, sophomore, said. Jacob Del Toro, senior, agreed with Muro. “We’re going to be division champs. It’s that simple,” Del Toro said. Last…

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…

Girls basketball faces off Fenwick

Check out the broadcasting of the girls basketball game on Nov. 16.  Broadcasting by Derek Spallone, Megan Jones and Jess Musto.

Varsity girls swimmers make personal bests at MSL meet

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Varsity girls swimming placed 11th out of 12th at the Mid-Suburban League Swimming Meet on Oct. 27 at Barrington High School. Some highlights of the meet included the personal best times for Theresa Godlewski, sophomore, and Adrienne Rozmus, freshman. Godlewski broke the school record for the 100 yard backstroke once again, with a time of 1:00:46. She also made a personal best in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 54:81. “I felt pretty good because it was more than a whole second off my previous record,” Godlewski said. “When you look at the…

Interact with Africa surpasses fundraising goal through Hoops for Africa

Photos by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor Interact with Africa sponsored the third annual Hoops for Africa on Oct. 25. Students played basketball against staff, and the students won. Members of the club sold tickets, t-shirts, bracelets and concessions during lunch periods and during the game. IWA raised more than $1,300.  The funds go towards building schools in Angola, Africa.