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Volume 17, Issue 5

Feb. 28, 2014

The Voice

Who will be crowned Mr. HHS?

Eight Huntley students

will battle it out for their shot at glory. (2)


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Huntley wrestling deserves the same recognition and admiration as other popular sports. (7)

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Feb. 28, 2014 Community

Meet the contestants of Mr. HHS

With a new year comes a new set of male role models for the student body By Mawa Iqbal

Staff Writer

Although there is no high school talent show in the district, we do have our very own school beauty pageant to look forward to. The pageant is finally here, and it will be hosted on Thursday, March 13, in the Performing Arts Center. Just like any other beauty pageant, the school’s pageant will open with a group dancing number and will also be showcasing a wide variety of events including talent, swimsuit, formalwear, HHS spirit, and question portions of the contest. The only difference is that the contestants are all guys. It all started about five years ago, after members of the Student Council saw other schools holding their own male pageants. Rebecca Davison, who’s had some experience helping out with the Miss Crystal Lake Pageant, is in charge of the contest, along with Student Council advisor Tom Kempf. Although there are some big prizes that are going to be awarded to the winners, the show is focusing more on the entertainment aspect and just letting the boys have a good time doing it. “It’s more of a fun, relaxed environment,” said Davison. “Although I want them to take it seriously and try hard, I also want them to have fun doing it.” When the pageant first came about, there were not that many boys who were willing to try out because they were a little nervous at first. But as the years went on, more and more boys started stepping out of their comfort zones, and they ended up surprising a few people in the process. “It’s kind of cool to see more boys stepping out of their comfort zone,” said Davison. “Sometimes they surprise us. You don’t realize that someone who is a varsity football player is also an expert piano player.” The contestants for this year’s pageant are juniors Spencer Bingham, Matthew Clemetsen, Darek Makowski, and Colin Worden, and seniors Peter Campbell, Mitch Mollica, Mark Skonieczny, and Alex Stevens. According to Davison, the most anticipated and definitely the most memorable event for the judges and the teachers will be the talent portion. These acts can be a variety of different things from singing, stand-up comedy, to even beat-boxing covers of popular songs. “I am singing ‘Over the Moon’ from Rent, which is a very strange piece,” said Bingham. “I’ll be changing some of the lyrics to make it more Huntley-esque. I have two backup singers, and we do have a cow and a moon that we could also use.” Although the talent portion is the most

memorable among the teachers and the judges, the swimsuit portion is by far the most anticipated event among the student body. Knowing that most of the boys will not be comfortable coming out wearing a tiny speedo, they’ve decided to change it by having the contestants come up with their own creative swimwear. “I’m just going to go full d-bag for the swimsuit portion,” said Clemetsen. “I have snapbacks, Aviators, and a tank top... it’s exactly the opposite of who I really am so it should be pretty ironic.” When it comes to the Mr. HHS pageant, it does not matter how attractive you are or how toned your body looks in a tiny swimsuit; what matters is how good of a role model you are to others and how “wellrounded” of a student you are. “It has nothing to do with what you [look] like,” said Davison. “It’s about how you represent HHS, [and] the community in general. We’re looking for people who are all-around role models.” And sometimes, the most “popular” guy at school does not end up winning at all. There have been boys in the past who were not really as outgoing as some of the other contestants, but ended up winning the contest by catching the judges’ attention and having the qualities they were looking for. According to Davison, the pageant is definitely not a popularity contest. The most well-known person does not always win. “We’ve had winners in the past that people didn’t really contemplate being a winner, but they ended up being the winner because they showed that ‘Hey, I am the best person here for this honor.’” So what kind of qualities does a contestant need in order to be a model HHS student and a representative for the high school? The contestants themselves all had different views of what the winner should be like. “A collective identity of the student body,” said Clemetsen. “Someone who’s intelligent, respectful, someone who cares about the school and about the community and someone who is willing to show everybody who they are.” “If we’re in an ‘80s movie, it should be the quarterback of the varsity football team and the boyfriend of the head cheerleader,” said Bingham. “Who helps out and tutors seventh graders from broken homes. But this is the 2014 Mr. HHS, and I think they should be a sarcastic a-hole.” “I think it should be someone who has struggled their entire life,” said Worden. “Somebody perhaps from the ghetto, who rose from the bottom to the top. And of course, that’s not me because I’m rich, entitled, and white,” he adds sarcastically.

Mr. HHS comes to a theatre near you for a one-day only event March 13


Darek Makowski

Colin Worden

Spencer Bingham

Matthew Clemetsen


Mitch Mollica

Peter Campbell

Mark Skonieczny

Alex Stevens

Photos by K. Gallegos

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Feb. 28, 2014 Community


When pink hits home

Jennifer Heuck still fights cancer with courage and dedication By Trisha Fritz

Staff Writer

right lymph nodes under the right arm, and only ccording to, about one in eight spread from there. Even U.S. women (just under 12%) will develop invasive though it was only attached breast cancer over the course of their lifetimes. to the right breast, Heuck Actually, about 232,340 new cases of evasive breast cancer removed both out of perwere expected to be diagnosed in 2013 alone. sonal preference. But one of them, Jennifer Heuck, can stand in front of “I knew I was strong beher physical education class and proudly say she has been fore…” said Heuck. DeBolt cancer free for almost a year, with her anniversary being cut in by adding, “But God June 1. only gives you what you can Heuck, who actually had a double mastectomy, would like handle.” to share a new side to beauty. Only being at Stage Two The 45-year-old said her world was turned upside down of breast cancer DCIS, the day she answered a phone call on a bitterly cold January it was necessary to start day that would leave her breathless and on the floor. chemotherapy in March, It all started with a routine mammogram on Dec. 12, but luckily she never had to 2012. start radiation, which would While in the North with daughters Hannah, 17, and have taken place every day Emma, 12, and her loving husband Phil for a little break, for 20 minutes over five they sat together for 48 hours with heavy hearts. weeks. All they could do was wait. “One of the roughest And the time came, around 2:00 on Jan. 2, 2013. The points was losing my hair biopsy revealed something heartbreaking. Heuck tested but once you go through positive for breast cancer. this, you realize a whole dif“I can’t explain it; there were a lot of tears,” said Heuck ferent side to beauty,” said with a shake of her head. Her family barely had time to grieve. Her father, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in October of 2012, had fought a grueling fight for months before passing away in August of 2013. “I felt like everything and every step she took ended up wrong,” said fellow gym teacher Kristy DeBolt solemnly. The cancer was deemed invasive DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in Suta). It started inside the milk ducts and grew to surrounding breast tissue. From there it attacked the


Seniors Blake Jacobs, Jon Los, Mike Andrews, and Tyler Vasconzez pose with Jennifer Heuck on the bleachers of the stadium.

I hope this article will bring awareness to everyone in this school on the importance of early detection through yearly mammograms. Everyone can relate, we all have moms, grandmothers aunts and sisters. Jennifer Heuck

Photos courtesy of J. Heuck


Heuck with a sigh. Four months of long days and hard weeks of constant fighting have paid off. Only in June of 2014 will she be deemed cancer free, which comes along with doctor visits every three to six months. Now Heuck is on a drug called Tamoxifen, an estrogen blocker, which must be taken almost every day for the next 10 years. “Tamoxifen helps put a stop to breast cancer, but can cause uterine cancer,” said Heuck. “Ironic, isn’t it?” Actually, with the loss of both of her breasts, the chance of cancer coming back is slim, but is still there, and if it does come back, it would probably show up somewhere like the uterus. But with all the negative in her life, she manages to pull through every day with a big smile and the great sense of humor that HHS students all know and love. The entire physical education department has also been there for her every step of the way and support everything and anything she does. “I’ve lived it, now that I have been through it, I know that you CAN get through it,” said Heuck.

1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer.

The chance of dying from breast cancer is 1 in 36.


in cancer deaths among women in the U.S.

There are 2.9 million breast cancer survivors alive in the U.S. today - the largest group of all cancer survivors.


About 80-90% of breast cancers in women without symptoms in the U.S. will be detected by mammography. Facts from Susan G. Komen of the Greater Kansas Area

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Feb. 28, 2014 Community

Bowl-Hi competes with corporate businesses Owner Donald Zielinski strives to keep his small-town business thriving By Adam Reckamp


Sports Editor

onald Zielinski sits at the counter and looks over at his bowling alley, Bowl Hi-Lanes. He hears the crash and crack of the white pins with the thin red stripe in the middle being violently knocked down. He hears the thuds and whooshes of a heavy bowling balls flying down each of the 12 smooth wooden lanes. He hears rock and roll music coming from one of the many live bands playing on Saturday nights. He hears laughter coming from the many families enjoying themselves. As the owner of Bowl-Hi Lanes, these are sounds Zielinski has heard all his life. Huntley Bowl-Hi Lanes is a family-owned and operated bowling alley on Route 47 in Huntley. The original alley was built in 1957. Zielinski’s father Lenny purchased the place in 1972 and Donald became the owner and primary operator in the late ‘80s. Zielinski’s son, Daniel, is the main operator of Bowl-Hi Lanes now. Zielinski runs the alley with his family and another employee named Matt. “My son Danny comes in and does 80 hours a week. I’m down to about 30 hours a week.” He puts in a lot of time here. Being a family business, I got both my daughters working here too; everybody takes turns running the bowl counter, bartending, giving lessons. I have a pro that comes in that sells bowling balls, gives lessons and runs a

hosting fundraisers and charity events. “I think the biggest thing that I get enjoyment from is that we help the community. We do a lot of fundraisers here at our bowling alley. We just had the little league teams here, that was good. We also had the Fire Department. They raised $13,000 to buy jackets for people in need of them,” Zielinski said. The establishment of bigger, corporate bowling alleys such as Brunswick Zone XL has been tough competition for the smaller, local bowling alleys. Zielinski sees his alley and bigger commercial centers as two completely different kinds of bowling alleys. “The bigger centers are really putting a grip on a lot of the little centers because they can offer more. It’s hard to compete, especially for the little kids. They have the laser tag and game rooms. They are trying to do more of Chuck E’ Cheese with bowling. We are more of a bowling center with other entertainment. Our main thing is bowling.” Bowl-Hi Lanes has hosted the biggest singles and doubles tournament in the Midwest since 2000, a tournament that brings people in from all over the country to compete. There is a $50,000 prize fund and it is an all-amateur tournament where each bowler bowls six games. The tournament runs from February through May on weekends. Zielinski’s best bowling memory was when













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Bowling burns 100 calories per hour, and bowling three games is equal to a MILE of walking.

A ham bone is four strikes in a row. (A. Wong) junior league,” said Zielinski. Bowl-Hi Lanes is one of the few small businesses in Huntley and has been a fixture in the town since 1972. It is a great place where friends can relax, meet up, and have fun bowling. It helps many smaller local bands showcase their talents, as there is a live band playing at the alley most Sundays. “We try to go for a family atmosphere and league bowling. We do a lot of Sun City leagues, once-a-month leagues where people can come out and enjoy themselves,” said Zielinski. Bowl-Hi Lanes is more than just a bowling alley; it is an integral part of the community. Zielinski gives back to the community by

he bowled a perfect 300 two years ago, a feat he has been unable to replicate. His favorite non-bowling memory was when he hosted an outdoor concert in the bowling alley’s parking lot. Bowl-Hi Lanes also is the home alley of the Huntley High School bowling team. Zielinski hopes that more high school kids try bowling. “The main thing I want to tell high school kids is that if you haven’t tried bowling before or you want to do something competitive, sign up for the high school bowling team and give it a try. Not everyone can play football or basketball. It gives a different endeavor for people to play a sport. If you haven’t tried it, come out and try it.”

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Feb. 28, 2014 Editorial



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PBIS’s “Be Brave” program needs improvement Huntley High School’s PBIS program has made a habit of creating videos that are meant to improve the school’s environment. Some of the videos, and the themes they present, may seem rather pointless, but on Feb. 5, the organization released a video that has created a lot of discussion and controversy. PBIS’s “Be Brave” campaign seeks to combat bullying at Huntley High School. The campaign encourages students to report bullying through either school faculty or a number called Safe Text. “We care about all of our students and want everyone to be safe,” said Dean of Students Danyce Saul. “This is why we spend time getting information out to students, like in the Raider Way video, to let them know the avenues they have to report bullying.” While “Be Brave” is certainly a noble cause, there is a possibility that it has a major flaw. Many anti-bullying events like Bullying Prevention Month are only temporary and even though they send out positive messages, most students will simply forget about what they learned. Unfortunately, the PBIS programs seem to follow this trend. Every quarter, a new video is released with a new focus for the following months. That means the “Be Brave” campaign could be scrapped for a new program once fourth quarter starts. Bullying is a year-round issue and needs to be treated as such. Focusing on it for just a couple of months will not even come close to resolving the issue. If Huntley remains committed to its “Be Brave” program, it could be successful. “We want everything to keep going,” said anatomy teacher Gerry Marchand. “We don’t want it to be a fad, where we are just like ‘yeah let’s talk about bullying for four days and it’s over two weeks later.’”

However, the school needs to understand that there is a very good possibility that it will not see the results it wants. A huge portion of students find the campaign ridiculous and think bullying is not necessarily a problem. That means the program may need to be adjusted to gain student support. While providing students with means to report bullying will certainly help improve the situation, the school will need to go beyond this to truly resolve the problem. In addition to the resources provided by the “Be Brave” campaign, the school should focus on distributing information about the impact of bullying and how to deal with it. If students understand what bullying can actually do, they might be more accepting of an anti-bullying campaign. Also, in the grand scheme of things, it is unrealistic to expect that all bullying victims will report their problems, even with access to the programs provided by the “Be Brave” campaign. Safe Text and the bullying tip line cannot help in these situations. Sometimes, students observing bullying are the only ones to report it. “We rely on bystanders to speak up in the moment they witness it, and if it continues, to confidentially report it to an adult they trust,” said Saul. “Be Brave” should also include resources that teach students how to deal with bullying in situations where reporting is not an option. This can include teaching students how to avoid bullies, how to deal with any emotional distress, or how to get up the courage to ask somebody for help. While the “Be Brave” campaign may have some issues and areas it can improve upon, it seems like a good program. Hopefully, it will make Huntley High School a better environment.

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Feb. 28, 2014 Opinion

Wrestling Recognition RadioRant Why wrestling should have more appreciation By Rachel Brands Content Editor


am not a sports fan. I never have been and more than likely never will be. I am so far gone that I do not have the faintest idea why anyone likes sports. Baseball is boring. Football is tolerable, but fails to capture my interest. Basketball makes me wish for a slow and agonizing death. I only like hockey when there is a fight breaking out. Do not even get me started on golf. (J. Bednarczyk) The only sport that I actually do not hate Coach Robinson and Coach Bertelsman is wrestling. It is not the sport I can put up with the most or that I hate the least. “On the football team, you can sit on the bench all I genuinely like wrestling, which was weird for me at first. four years and still say you’re on the football team,” said Me? Liking a sport? Me? Bertelsman. “In wrestling, we’re going to throw you out It captures my attention and each match sucks me in. I like there. In wrestling, you have to go out there and at least watching wrestling. I like cheering on Huntley at the few compete.” meets I go to. I like getting all worked up over two wrestlers Compete they do. This year, varsity only lost four who are evenly matched in a fight that is extremely close. I matches out of 24. They also had six sectional qualifiers, like learning the names of all the wrestlers. I like feeling like the highest number they’ve had yet. Wrestling has had an exceptional year, yet there’s been almost no mention of it anywhere. Except here, of course. Why is that? The wrestlers work just as hard at practice as football or baseball or basketball players do. Wrestlers strive to be better, just like they do. They have the same amount of passion in their hearts for their sport. “For those six minutes or less, it’s all about me and my match. Nothing else. No one else,” said varsity wrestler Nate Urban. Wrestling by no means deserves more recognition than other sports. Just because it is my personal favorite doesn’t mean it is better or any more special than any other sport at Huntley. I am just a little peeved that there has been no mention of it anywhere, (J. Bednarczyk) by anyone in the school, teachers and HHS Wrestling team students alike. I know them, even though they don’t know me. Silence is bad and can be really discouraging. The worstUnfortunately, a majority of the school remains oblivious case scenario is the famous comment that is every wresto the sport that I fell in love with. Some do so by choice. It tler’s pet peeve: “Wrestling isn’t even a real sport.” is not news to me that wrestling can sometimes be dubbed Thankfully, I’ve never heard that said at Huntley. If that as odd. time comes, it is safe to say that I will be more than a little “Wrestling is considered a weird sport,” said varsity wresupset. tler Christopher Jaggers, “as it mainly involves two men ‘grabbing at each other,’ as most people would put it.” I know that wrestling consists of much more than that, and the wrestlers certainly know that, but do the students at Huntley? Part of the reason wrestling does not have a large fan base is because of the lack of knowledge of the sport. “[Wrestling] is not understood very well by people who don’t do it,” said varsity coach Benjamin Bertelsman. Wrestling is not a sport that many take the time to get to know unless they themselves are participating in it. If the sport was given the opportunity to be understood, it could be a lot more successful with the fanbase, and increase the number of people wanting to join the team. There are many misconceptions about not just wrestling, but any sport that is not as popular as football or baseball. One of the most infamous misconceptions is that wrestling is “easy.” Wrestling is a discipline sport. (J. Bednarczyk) The wrestlers are constantly pushing themselves and cut- HHS wrestling team ting back on food in order to make weight.

Less than satisfactory music By Kevin Klar Staff Writer


t’s a trap that you fall into at your most vulnerable state of boredom. A choice that you must make while going from point A to point B. Radio music is the one thing on a car ride that can compensate for half of our brains blowing fuses when we forget to bring our phones or iPods. It literally makes us wonder if driving to our destination is even worth it. At this point, when you aren’t listening to 15 minutes worth of advertisements (I know your theme song already, Gary Lang, and I know I’ve paid too much) you fall into some sad state of “oh no” limbo for your ride. Half of the songs have been repeated past their “best if used by” date or just revolve around the same cliché themes of love, life, drugs, partying, and money. You see where I’m going with this? Nothing new, just old and recycled topics that many have already been done. Radio music throws you into a boat that sails endlessly in the flow of mainstream music. If I could listen to a song about mowing lawns over whatever Taylor Swift wants to sing about, I would. Sorry, but I already know he was trouble when he walked in, I’ve known for about 30 repeats of listening to that song. It surprises me how some people are even able to listen to the radio these days. Justin Bieber, for starters. This “swaggalicious boy candy” has been the cancer of the radio from day one. His song concepts are completely unoriginal and repetitive, and are overplayed on the radio just as much as anything else. But at least Bieber can speak English. Lil’ Wayne, on the other hand, tends to forget that there is such a concept as the human language. The guy literally makes sounds synonymous to that of a dying cat just to make his songs go on longer instead of actually putting forth the effort to add one more lyric. Why he continues to make this nonsense is beyond me. But hey, who am I to judge? If the world is turning into an era where we all talk like an illiterate bunch of criminals, then allow me to be the first to turn the radio off. As much as I love traveling down regret lane with Miley Cyrus and her “Wrecking Ball” single, I’ll have to pass. Radio music is nothing but a terrible mix of the same generic songs, packed into a ball of overused topics and lyrics.

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(MCT Campus)


Feb. 28, 2014 Opinion

Hallowed be thy hypocrite

What is wrong with the so-called role models of today’s youth?

By Kyle Sommerfield Content Editor


fter Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach on Jan. 23, fans of the troublesome pop star were quick to defend him. The “Beliebers” want to believe that the media is wrongfully scrutinizing all of Bieber’s actions in an attempt to make him appear to be something other than a “normal teenage boy.” But normal teenage boys don’t get arrested for driving under the influence, throw eggs at their neighbors’ houses until the police intervene, and pee in mop buckets in restaurant kitchens. The reality is Bieber is progressively moving down a path of self-destruction. And all of his fans, including the children who look up to him, are witnessing it. Unfortunately, Bieber’s behavior isn’t a surprise. More and more celebrities and popular figures are proving to be terrible role models for their adoring fan bases. These people receive huge amounts of money and attention from society and lose their responsibility because of it. Besides Bieber, perhaps the best example of this type of person is Miley Cyrus. The pop star who was once the teenage sensation “Hannah Montana” has repeatedly promoted drug use and danced around half-naked on a stage. What seems apparent in Cyrus’ case is that she wants attention. And perhaps the reason this has become such a problem is because the public constantly gives these celebrities the attention they desire. Whenever Bieber abuses his fans or Cyrus decides to twerk it out on national television, the media is there to inform the public. And that includes all the kids who adore them. The best method for solving this problem is to realize that misbehaving celebrities are not a staple in our society. If we stop giving attention to these celebrities, the children of our country will not be exposed to their antics. Only when that happens will the problem of bad role models truly be solved. But in reality, people will always pay attention to those

who break the rules. It’s simply a matter of human interest. And they will still wonder why these people have such an impact on our society. A person’s moral code starts with their home life. Parents shape their children’s behavior and help determine who their child is going to be. That means letting them know if they do something wrong and punishing them for it. A parent’s guidance is far more powerful than the actions of any popular figure. But providing a child with guidance doesn’t mean just slapping them on the wrist every time they do some wrong. To really help their children, parents need to set a good example themselves and show them how they should act. And one of the best ways to do this is to introduce their children to celebrities who are well-behaved. Instead of focusing on troublemakers like Bieber and Cyrus, we should focus on people who set good examples. Perhaps the best example of this type of person is Russell Wilson. Wilson has taken up the “good boy” image and is quick to

The best method for solving this problem is to realize that misbehaving celebrities are not a staple in our society.

(MCT Campus)

doesn’t mean completely ignoring their work or rejecting their existence. It simply means informing children that a person’s talent doesn’t necessarily make them a good person. A child can listen to Miley Cyrus’ music as long as they understand that her personal life isn’t exactly exemplary. While the public may never be able to give up its need for misbehaving celebrities, there are certainly ways for parents to prevent their children from losing their moral standing. Bad role models are certainly a problem in our society, but sometimes we need to take responsibility.

(MCT Campus)

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flaunt it in his interviews. Instead of advocating drug use like Cyrus, he encourages his fans to work to better themselves. However, in the grand scheme of things, children probably shouldn’t idolize celebrities at all. While there are the good eggs like Wilson, an alarming amount of celebrities act the exact opposite way that we teach our children. The risk of exposing a child to elicit activities is far greater than the reward of giving them a good example. But keeping celebrities from becoming role models

It’s possible to lead a cow upstairs, but not downstairs.

(MCT Campus)


Substitute Teachers Interviewing by Jaclyn Polit and Kanchan Sachchidanand Design by Kierra Renwick Photos by Menley Urban

Ann Campbell “

I was in banking for eight years, and then once my kids were born I stayed at home with them. Once they went off to school I thought, ‘Okay, so now what?’ So since I already had my bachelor’s degree in business and middle school math, I decided to become a substitute teacher. I sub for middle school and up and once I was subbing in middle school and this girl came in, bawling her eyes out, and of course, I tried to calm her down and asked her what was wrong. She blubbered out that some girl had on the same nail polish as her.

Michelle Ferrante “

I’ve been a substitute teacher since 2007 in District 158, and I was an English teacher before in a junior high school. I really enjoy being a substitute because it’s a lot more flexible, I can leave my work at work and I can easily keep in contact with my sons’ teachers. I also sometimes sub for one of my sons, but they don’t always like that. I know this one time I subbed for my youngest son’s class and I was trying to be cute and put a little note in his binder, but I didn’t realize his friend right next to him would see me and make fun of him for it.

I have been subbing for one and half years now. Before this I taught high school physical education for 10 years and then I became a stay-at-home mom, and then once they started school I decided to go back to teaching, but since I could not find a full-time job, I figured substitute teaching was the next best thing. I sub a lot for elementary school kids and I love when they come up and give me cute little compliments, like, ‘Oh, you’re so pretty,’ and ‘Oh, I like your hair today.’

Natalie Rysavy Michael Biba

I was subbing for a class of elementary school kids and I told them about my trip to Ireland. I told them how the cars are very small and I asked them why they were that small. And one little boy raised his hand; he knew his answer right away. So I called on him and he said, ‘I know why, Mr. Biba, it’s because of all the leprechauns.’ That’s one of the things I love about teaching, the kids. I have always wanted to be a teacher, so I took all the classes, got my master’s degree, and had 45 hours of special training. Then I became a teacher in an all-girls Catholic school. I’ve been substituting for six years now since I retired as a full-time teacher.

Richard Holloman “

I’ve been substitute teaching for ten years now. Before now I was in sales businesses. I got into substituting after I retired. I have four kids and six grandkids, so I just wanted to connect with the younger generations, along with having a lot of time on my hands, being retired and all.


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Feb. 28, 2014 A&E

How am I gonna be an optimist about this? “Pompeii” is a disaster, but it does its job of providing edge-of-your-seat-excitement By Holly Baldacci


Editor in Chief

irector Paul W.S. Anderson’s historical epic “Pompeii,” which hit theaters last Friday, is certainly not the first film of its kind. Laden with cliché one-liners, dramatic sword fights, and clunky plotlines, Pompeii seems like more of a spewing disaster than Mount Vesuvius circa 79 A.D. Unlike gladiator movies of the past, “Pompeii” takes a slight twist on the backstory of its main character, Milo (Kit Harington of “Game of Thrones” fame). Instead of simply being a poor, unfortunate Roman, Milo is actually Celtic. When he was only a child, Romans conquered his homeland in Britannia and slaughtered his people, though Milo managed to escape into the nearby woods where he met an almost equally gruesome fate: he was captured and sold into slavery, eventually becoming a gladiator thanks to his fighting prowess. The story takes off when Milo catches the eye of Cassia (Emily Browning), a wealthy merchant’s daughter, by putting one of her horses out of its misery after it takes a nasty fall. Apparently, in the Roman Empire, proving your strength by snapping a horse’s neck is a romantic way to court a noblewoman. Aside from the obvious issue of their class difference, the couple faces another challenge as well; Cassia has also captured the eye of a corrupt Roman senator, Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland), who threatens to kill Cassia’s family if she rejects his hand in marriage. Meanwhile, as the people of Pompeii squabble over class divides and politics, a much greater problem is brewing on the horizon: Mount Vesuvius, bubbling and smoking ominously, is shown periodically throughout the movie. And there’s violence. Quite a lot of violence. The carnage isn’t nearly as extreme as the bloodshed in Zack Snyder’s “300,” but there are a few graphic moments. Gladiators seem to be quite fond of stabbing each other through the biceps, and Milo even bites some of an enemy gladiator’s fingers off. There are also a few strange inaccuracies in the plot. Milo is shown to be a master horseman like the rest of his Celtic tribe, but he was captured into slavery as a small child and presumably never had any opportunities to ride during his imprisonment. According to “Pompeii,” we’re just supposed to assume that his great skill is genetic.

Additionally, after we’re shown the violent eruption of Vesuvius, its grim aftermath is made clear. There’s a gruesome wide pan of the city showing every street to be filled with bodies. However, all of the dead seem to conveniently disappear in time for Senator Corvus to drive his massive chariot through the city in a dramatic, slow-motion chase scene. Though overly dramatic, from a historical standpoint, there are actually some surprisingly accurate details. The film opens with a dramatic quote from Pliny the Younger’s letters to his uncle describing the chaos of the eruption,

setting the mood in a sobering way. The film’s $100 million dollar budget also allowed for the building of elaborate, historically accurate sets, right down to the traditional paths of Roman stepping stones that allowed people to cross streets without ruining their clothes in the muck of the roads. The budget also allowed for exquisitely beautiful and detailed costumes, as well as lavishly decorated scenes found in the houses of wealthy Roman citizens like Cassia’s parents. Seeing the luxurious interior of their sweeping villa is like taking a peek into “House Hunters International” of the ancient world. The film’s CGI is incredible as well, and it’s really amazing to see such a detailed, realistic rendering of what Pompeii might have actually looked like. The film’s biggest scene stealer (literally) is Vesuvius itself, which is rendered in such incredible detail that Rosaly Lopes, a planetary research scientist, told USA today that Pompeii comes close to getting a volcanic eruption totally right, though some artistic liberties were taken. Unfortunately, the film’s cast wasn’t quite as stellar. Harrington held his own as Milo, even putting on over 28 pounds of muscle in five weeks to portray the character, but his chemistry with Browning was lackluster. The friendship between Milo and fellow gladiator Atticus (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) is actually more engaging, and it’s interesting (though predictable) to see how the two progress from rivals to friends. Sutherland is perfectly slimy and ruthless as Corvus, and Sasha Roiz steals multiple scenes as Corvus’s sword-wielding hired muscleman, Proculus. Overall, Pompeii definitely isn’t a cinematic masterpiece, but it achieves what it sets out to do: leave its audience entertained, and immerse them into 105 minutes of clichéyet-charming fun.

(Images courtesy of pompeiimovie.tumblr)

A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death.

Feb. 28, 2014 A&E


The fourth time around The Fray releases their album “Helios” with power, rock, and 11 new songs By Kat Gorospe


Entertainment Editor

ou hit “play” on your iPhone, turn the volume up, and put the car in drive. Whether you’re heading to school, back home, or to the mall, it can be tough to find a few songs that suit your mood- and it’s even tougher if there are other people in the car with you. However, the band The Fray seems to be a favorite of many people since they started in 2002. When they released their first studio album “How to Save a Life,” the second track “Over My Head” gained lots of popularity. The single got its spot at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and

number two on the Adult Top 40 chart. Fans of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scrubs” might recognize their second single “How to Save a Life” from the commercials and a few episodes in seasons two and six. It was not originally released as a single, but it passed up “Over My Head” and reached number three on the Hot 100 chart. The band’s third single of the album, “Look After You,” is one of my favorites. I find comfort in the song and the deep meaning behind the lyrics probably makes it one of the best tracks on the CD. However, it was the first single to

not reach the Top 40 chart. For a first album, it wasn’t bad. Unfortunately, a lot of the songs just sound the same, and I found myself skipping every other song unless it was one of the three singles. But keep in mind, this is coming from someone who has listened to The Fray before- but didn’t even know it. Sure, I’ve known about the band for years but never took the time to listen to their music. Once I did, I found out I recognized a lot of their songs from their self-titled album. Songs like “Absolute,” “You Found Me,” and “Never Say Never” have been background

music for television shows such as “90210,” “One Tree Hill,” and the movie “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” If I can recognize a band’s music after only hearing it once several years ago, they must be doing something right. Their music speaks to so many different people, because regardless of how “different” all of us may be, we have felt the same emotions and gone

through similar situations at one point or another. Similar to bands like The Script and One Republic, The Fray is able to take life’s frustrations and turn them into music that people want to hear and can relate to. And when I say “frustrations,” I’m not saying the Denver-based artists are a group of four angry men with long hair and leather pants that create screamo music. Thankfully. The quartet has shown a great sense of style in their music over the years, not losing any of the important meaning and

passion, but also knowing how to get an important message across without making our ears bleed. The band’s fourth studio album, “Helios,” was released Feb. 25 and is definitely the full package. With 11 new songs and dark, intriguing album art, it is clear The Fray has improved in its versatility in sound, compared to their music in 2005. Lead singer Isaac Slade sings about the important people in his life in the song “Hold My Hand.” The lyrics “Hold my hand/I can hear the ghosts calling/help me stand/even if the sky is falling/and I want you to know I can’t do it alone,” are easy to relate to, because I feel like everyone has experienced a

time in their life where they need someone to help them stay strong. Rather than pointless lyrics that talk about drugs, sex, and alcohol, each song seems to tell the story of how the artists have been affected emotionally by life’s experiences. As great as the album is, almost every song seems to have, unfortunately, a melancholy vibe. If I’m driving around with friends and trying to have a good time, I want to listen to music that’s going to brighten the mood and pump us up. I would rather listen to this album on a chill, late-night drive, or when I’m looking for music to relate to when I’m feeling down. The only thing that seems to bring the CD down is the song “Give It Away.”

It doesn’t match the rest of the album at all, and within the first minute I wanted to turn it off immediately. The lyrics don’t make sense at all, and the beat is just annoying. With it being only the third track, I was afraid the rest of the album would be the same. Fortunately, the rest of the album was great. I thought the third album “Scars and Stories” would be a hard album to top, but “Helios” does just that. (Images courtesy of Wikipedia)


Helios Tracklist 1. Hold My Hand 7. Our Last Days 2. Love Don’t Die 8. Break Your Plans 3. Give It Away 9. Wherever This Goes 4. Closer to Me 10. Shadow and a Dancer 5. Hurricane 11. Same as You 6. Keep On Waiting

How to Save a Life


Bootleg No. 1 (EP)


Bootleg No. 2 (EP)


Live from SoHo


Scars and Stories




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Feb. 28, 2014 A&E


Disney Channel then and now Take a quick look at Disney Channel through the ages By Angelica Cataldo

Opinion Editor

Shia Labeouf (the star of “Even Stevens”) is now a movie actor. He starred in the Disney movie “Holes,“ and then took his career further when he starred in the “Transformers” movies.

Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire) married NHL player Mike Comrie, and they have a son, Luca Crus Comrie. After her time with Disney, Duff released numerous solo albums and is now retired.

Christy Carlson Romano (voice of Kim Possible) was also a character in “Even Stevens.” She is now married and works on other films outside of Disney productions.

Raven Symone is still doing voice acting for Disney animated films. After “That’s So Raven,” Disney aired a spinoff called “Corey in the House” starring Kyle Massey, Raven’s on-show brother.

Ask anyone, and they can tell you all the TV shows they loved as a kid. Despite the ever-changing culture of entertainment, Saturday morning cartoons and sitcoms are still highlights of everyone’s childhood. Here is a look at the coming and going of popular Disney Channel shows.

“Austin and Ally” started back in 2011 and is still airing. It’s about two singersongwriter kids who go through their journey to fame together.

Bella Thorne and Zendaya star in Disney Channel’s “Shake it up.” Zendaya, who plays Rocky Blue, also competed in a recent season of “Dancing with the Stars.” “Shake it Up” ended in 2013, but both Thorne and Zendaya are still active with Disney productions.

“Phineas and Ferb” is one of Disney Channel’s most popular cartoons and is still airing today with the voice talents of former Disney star, Ashley Tisdale.

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Feb. 28, 2014 Sports

Just keep swimming, Nick Senior Nick LoPiccolo swims his last year on the HHS varsity team By Megan Wilson

Community Editor

A clean splash can be heard across the pool. Senior Nick LoPiccolo dives into the pool and races for the best time he can beat. The sprints are quick and easy, so he hits under time with ease. Each practice is just a breaststroke in LoPiccolo’s 13-year career. Water is his home, and swimming is his lifestyle. Since LoPiccolo was 6 months old, he has been swimming. It started off like any other lesson, with teacher and student. You learn the basics and how to keep afloat, but his teacher was someone he held dear to his heart: his grandmother. He first learned how to swim at the Elgin YMCA with his grandmother coaching him along the way. His grandmother has been working as a swim coach for almost 30 years since she came to America from Germany, and has been putting her grandson into races since he first hit the water. “When I was 3 years old, I started [competing] on teams,” said LoPiccolo. Every year he gets better and better. When he hit high school, he was put on the varsity swim team and has been a varsity swimmer until this very day. He has made it to sectionals all four years, but was a little too slow to make it to state. This is his last year to try to make it to IHSA State before heading off to college. “I’ve been swimming my whole life, so it’s kind of become a thing for me,” said LoPiccolo. “I like to do it.” According to LoPiccolo, his coach puts him in on the sprinting heats, which are fast and easy. He says that the sprinting heats start the team’s standings off well. The night before a competition, the swim team binges on carbs to ready themselves for the next day’s festivities. “We have pasta parties. There’s tons of different types of pastas, and you just eat,” said LoPiccolo.


LoPiccolo (left) gets ready to dive into the pool at the start of the race.

[swimming] conditions you,” said LoPicsaid LoPiccolo. colo. According to LoPiccolo, the swim team According to LoPiccolo, he will be coachpractices eight to nine times a week for ing at the Elgin YMCA alongside his grandhour-and-a-half long periods, and twice a mother week they while do yoga. going “It’s time I’ve been swimming my whole through consuming, life, so it’s become a thing for me. college. you don’t I like to do it. He’s been get to do a tossing lot of things around outside ideas on of school what he with your wants to friends,” major in. said LoPicHe has colo. “When thought about becoming a police officer or I’m not swimming, things still take up going into sports marketing. much of my day because I have work right “I’m probably just going to go to a college after school and don’t get home until 8:00 and hope to keep swimming with the colat night, so there isn’t much time to spend lege or club swimming with my grandma,” with my friends.” said LoPiccolo. Although he loves being on the swim Ever since he was little, his grandmother team, college is right around the corner. has been by his side, teaching him the best LoPiccolo would like to go to a community ways to glide through the water and win his college for two years and then transfer to a meets. bigger university. Although he would like to be in a division-type swim league in college, “We’re close. She’s been there for me through a lot of stuff, and she’s a good he will continue to swim until his body coach [who] pushes you to the limits,” gives out. “It definitely keeps in me shape. It works said LoPiccolo. “Even though she’s my every muscle in your body and keeps you fit grandma, I’m also one of her swimmers, so (A.Wong) for anything. If you swim, you can go run, she doesn’t take it easy on me; she probably LoPiccolo (second to left) stands with his teammates after receiving a medal. you can do other sports with ease because pushes me harder.” Before the start of a race, LoPiccolo readies his mind and focuses on what is ahead of him. “[I] just kind of clear my mind actually and focus on what’s going to happen, and just go,” said LoPiccolo. Mid-race, his mind switches to a different focus. “It kind of focuses on planning on how to do this turn, or I gotta make sure and see where everyone else is at, and who I need to beat, and who I need to catch up to,”

Porcupines float in water.

Nick LoPiccolo Senior


Feb. 28, 2014 Sports

Huntley’s karate kid Freshman Rebecca Fishman wins bronze medals at Karate World Championships By Shravan Panchal

Staff Writer

Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith were part of the blockbuster remake of the original movie “The Karate Kid.” Jaden Smith played a boy who had just moved to China and was looking to win a girl’s heart by beating an elite, black belt student. “I do not think karate receives enough worldwide attention,” said freshman Rebecca Fishman. “Most people only know of the sport because of the well-known karate movie ‘The Karate Kid,’ which actually isn’t karate.” Fishman recently competed in the World Karate Federation’s ninth Karate World Championships. This tournament attracted 1500 participants from all around the world to display lots of different forms of karate. Fishman won the 13-year-old Lightweight Championship in Kumite, although earning that medal wasn’t easy. “Melbourne was a very important tournament for me, and it was extremely nerve racking,” said Fishman. “All I could do was train to the best of my abilities and let that lead me to success.” All that hard work was put to use, as she also won a bronze medal performance in Kata, another fighting form. She just had to remember why she was there. “I remind myself of things I learn throughout trainings and things my coaches told me to do,” said Fishman. “I also think of all the people to please, and more importantly, to please myself.” Not everyone has the ability to do what Fishman did. But all this started when she was only 5 years old. “At the age of five I started karate, but only because I

tried every other sport and it did not work out,” said Fishman. “Once I started karate, I loved it, and the people who welcomed me just made me feel like a part of a family, and I have been doing it ever since.” Determination is a major aspect of this sport. “To do a sport such as karate, determination is a necessity,” said Fishman. “Karate takes up a lot of time and effort, and if you are not determined and motivated to do karate, you are not going to go very far.” Fishman shows that as she practices one to three hours before and after school almost every day. Not only does this improve her strength and self-defense skills, but it also makes her a better person. “Karate has been such a big part of my life, and it has taught me so many things,” said Fishman. “Out of all the things I have learned, the most important are respect and discipline. Both things are so important in life and I am so grateful that I learned these things at such a young age.” Of the 1,500 participants in the tournament, there were 65 from the United States, and among them, only a handful of athletes from this area. Winning something to represent our country is a huge accomplishment to our school also. “It felt amazing,” said Fishman. “It was the first World Championships I attended, and I was honored to wrap the USA flag around me as I stood on the podium.” The WKF is just the beginning for Fishman as she strives to become better each and every day and is hoping to make the USA national team again this year and travel in October. The highest level Fishman can reach right now is the World Championship, which is one of her many goals.

(Courtesy of R. Fishman)

Rebecca Fishman poses with her medal.

Dancing through life Conley teacher Jason Lebar teaches ballroom dance in his spare time

By Daniel Rivera Staff Writer Dancing has become a tremendous portion of his life. With his love of music, he discovered his passion for dance. Currently a physical education instructor at Conley Elementary School, Jason Lebar has always found enjoyment in the art of dance. While studying radio broadcasting at Ball State University, Lebar and a couple of friends had an excellent idea to create a college swing dancing group called the Ball State Swing Society. Those interested in participating in the club slowly increased as time passed. By the third year, the members of the organization decided to advertise their group during large seminars to recruit more members. At the end of each year, the dancers would construct an end-of-theyear Swingers’ Ball, in which they would get the college band to perform while they danced. Lebar became president of the Ball State Swing Society during his sophomore year of college, and that is when the idea of becoming a teacher began forming in his mind. “Helping people dance is great. It’s addicting to help others learn how to dance,” said Lebar. Since teaching others how to dance was something Lebar loved to do, he realized that perhaps radio broadcasting was not the career he wished to pursue. In the world of radio broadcasting, you must suck up to people, and Lebar did not do that well. While searching in a career catalog his university provided, he stumbled upon physical education. Lebar believed that

it would be interesting becoming a teacher. In high school, physical education is generally taught in such a strict way that it is not even fun for the students. Lebar believed that if he were to become a teacher he would make class entertaining. In order to become a Physical Education instructor, he needed a bachelor’s degree of science in Physical Education. “I don’t want my life to be easy. I want a challenge,” said Lebar. Since university, Lebar is now a Physical Education teacher at Conley Elementary School. “I love my job. I love working there. I wouldn’t want it anywhere else. Algonquin is my hometown. I grew up here,” said Lebar. While attending Jacobs High School, Lebar was heavily involved and teachers knew him well. He claims to not have been the most athletic student, but he participated in football and track. Lebar also enjoyed working in the choral and drama departments of Jacobs. Roughly five or six years ago, Lebar began teaching ballroom dancing at the Huntley Park District. Although Lebar no longer gives dancing lessons at the district, he does provide private lessons with his sister to individuals who wish to dance. The styles of dances he teaches are ballroom, East Coast Swing, and Lindy Hop. At the moment, Lebar is not actively conducting private dance lessons and is enjoying his free time. Dancing releases a vibrant energy throughout the body, and is something anybody can do.

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