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Volume 47 • Issue 4 • Kaneland High School • May 6, 2021


6 Advice




14 Feature


Letter from the Execs

With this being our final issue, we took the time to look back on what Kaneland means to us. Whether this was the first of your four years here or you are nearing the end, we hope that looking at this issue will bring us together as a Kaneland community. As this school year nears its end, we’d like to appreciate what Kaneland has offered us and commend each other for finishing a school year like no other.

May 6, 2021





t may be hard for some of us to realize when we are living through the depths of winter, but our mood can be positively affected by the colder seasons. Junior Hannah Wootton enjoys the variation of all four seasons, and she even prefers having some snow and colder temperatures throughout the year. “I enjoy the cold weather because I would get bored if it was continuously hot like in some states. Christmas and Halloween just wouldn’t be the same if it was hot and muggy outside. I also think when it comes to making outfits, cold weather is much better because you can layer,” Wootton said. She acknowledges that there are some drawbacks to the cold but also has plenty of tips on how to make the season more bearable. Wearing layers to elevate your fashion and comfort and going outside to enjoy winter activities like sledding are some ways to find the good in seemingly dull times. This year has been especially hard for some people because, even without the presence of seasonal depression, COVID made the winter months more difficult. Wootton does not think it was the cold that affected her mood this winter, but instead the lack of freedom due to the pandemic. “Due to the virus, I really only hang out with my friends outdoors. When it’s cold, it makes that a lot more difficult,” Wootton said.

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The Gilman Trail in Bliss Woods is just over 11 miles long and has beautiful scenery in the wintertime. The cold can be difficult, but going for a walk and embracing this weather can make it easier.

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iving in Illinois, we have experienced the ups and downs of the cold winter months. It is no secret that many of us prefer a warmer climate, but how much would the difference really affect us? 2020 Kaneland graduate Cassidy Motyka contemplated that same question before deciding to attend Florida Gulf Coast University, where the sun is always shining. “The warm weather definitely brings out a better mood because it’s sunny, there are birds chirping and there are always things to do. The cold weather always brought me down because of the lack of sun and activities during the winter,” Motyka said. She says her body and mood feel consistently better living in Florida versus Illinois. This makes sense considering a big topic of discussion during winter is “seasonal depression,” or seasonal affective disorder. Motyka admits that before going to Florida, this annual feeling of sadness was definitely something she faced. “It’s like a constant cloud over your head. Everything becomes extremely repetitive and mundane during the winters, and you lose all drive to do things,” Motyka said. One of the biggest causes of seasonal affective disorder is a lack of vitamin D. In Fort Myers, FL, the average high temperature in February, according to usclimatedata.com, is 77 degrees. However, in Chicago, the average temperature in February is 34 degrees. Living somewhere that allows you to be outside most days leads to more opportunities for sunlight exposure, physical activity and general happiness for those who prefer the warmer weather. “I’ll stand by the fact that where you live affects your mood 100 percent. It’s hard not to be happy when the sun is shining and the beach is nearby,” Motyka said.

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Florida is known for its and sandy beaches. The temperatures attract many the winter months seem a

year-round warmth beaches and high people and make lot more bearable.


o high school students, seasonal affective disorder could feel like lack of motivation to get school work done, disinterest in seeing friends or sadness in general. It is even possible to have physical symptoms like headaches, stomachaches and sleepiness. Counselor Laura Donavon from Joi Counseling Center in Yorkville explains that seasonal affective disorder is a very real and diagnosable disorder. “It’s the connection of your mood and emotion to changes in the season. A lot of people notice a decrease in their overall sense of well-being and contentment,” Donavon said. The actual temperature change is not what causes this dreadful feeling, but instead the sunlight deficiency. Donavon explains that if someone lived in a place like Alaska where there are only a few hours of sunlight a day, it might not affect them as much because that is all they have ever known. Because we live in Illinois where we experience all four seasons, it makes sense that changes can be a little hard; we are used to plenty of sunlight from the previous season, and then things change dramatically. Luckily, there are ways to make these feelings less prevalent. “[Vitamin D] helps promote a sense of well-being because of how it breaks down into your body and brain. Many people, myself included, take vitamin D [supplements] in the winter months because we’re not outside as much, and there’s a lot less sunlight,” Donavon said. Another way to ease the symptoms is by using a light box or light therapy. This light imitates natural outdoor light that causes chemical changes in the brain. Even getting some light exercise helps control symptoms and can offer a distraction to get through the long season. Depending on the severity of these negative feelings, talk therapy may also be beneficial. It is never a bad thing to talk to a professional about your feelings.

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Sun exposure has many benefits and can easily improve our moods. Unfortunately, the sunshine is something we don’t see often during the winter months.



Voices May 6, 2021

Glenn Lloyd

Raised By Wolves

Falling In Reverse

Grace Algrim

I Like It e Cardi B


Margaret Marks

This Is the Life

Two Door Cinema Club



Skylar Cadwallader

The Spins Mac Miller

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Mia Catanzaro

Cool for the Summer Demi Lovato

Isabelle Martinez

Pursuit of Happiness

Kid Cudi

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Carter Askew

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Kirk Blanco

Young Dumb & Broke Khalid




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2121 W Indian Trail Aurora, IL 60506

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he Vaughan Athletic Center offers a spacious and inclusive gym called Fox Fitness. The gym has a wide variety of free weights and strength and cardiovascular machines. For a student’s membership with Fox Fitness, it is $30 a month. That allows full access to the fitness center. If you are looking to also have access to things such as their basketball courts or pool, though, there will be an upcharge. Senior Blake Moeller, who has been working out at Fox Fitness for over a year, goes there to train and prepare for football. “They have pretty much everything you need, and it’s worth the money,” Moeller said. With Fox Fitness offering a variety of classes for all ages, it accommodates all types of people, whether you’re a beginner or an expert. The Vaughan offers an affordable membership to students and is in a great location for those who live in Sugar Grove, Aurora or Montgomery, as they offer special rates for those who are considered residents of the area.

21 S Main St Elburn, IL 60119

2065 Lincoln Hwy St. Charles, IL 60174

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lanet Fitness has a large selection of cardio and strength equipment, along with a section of free weights. The gym is great for beginners and offers a safe and comfortable place to work out. Planet Fitness offers two types of memberships: the Classic membership and the Black Card membership. The Classic membership is $10 a month and allows unlimited access to the gym equipment and free fitness training. For those looking for something with more perks, the Black Card is the best option. The Black Card also gives access to things like their tanning beds, massage chairs and much more. Senior Monica Escontrias has been going to Planet Fitness for about seven months and loves just about everything with the gym. “I think Planet Fitness is a super affordable place. It’s always clean and the staff is super nice,” Escontrias said. Something for people to keep in mind when choosing Planet Fitness is that they do not have squat racks, but instead they have Smith machines. Other than that, Planet Fitness is a great place for those at any level of fitness and for those looking to go to the gym on a budget.



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rossFit 466 in Sugar Grove offers crossfit and boot camp classes during the early morning and evening hours. The classes are usually run by one coach, and the class begins with a warmup followed by some strength work. The great thing about crossfit classes is that they are only an hour and are perfect for those with tight schedules. Senior Rose Roach has been doing crossfit for five years now and has managed to get in the gym three or four times a week. Since her freshman year, she has been going to the 5:00 A.M. classes before school or the 4:30 P.M. classes afterwards. Roach loves the environment at Crossfit 466 and the people she works out with. “I would absolutely recommend going to CrossFit 466 because it has made me stronger and really helps get me ready for what life will be like in the future,” Roach said. A full monthly membership at CrossFit 466 will cost you $120, but they offer a discount to high school students for $75.




769 Heartland Dr Sugar Grove, IL 60554


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ound 4 Pound Fitness offers personal training, group classes and the opportunity to get a workout in by yourself on your own time. The gym has a variety of trainers who focus on both nutrition and exercise. Pound 4 Pound has various types of equipment, such as strength and cardio machines and free weights. For full access to the gym, not including classes, the monthly fee is $30. With classes and anytime gym access, memberships start at $79.99 a month. Since it’s local, many Kaneland students, like junior Payton Micka, go there. Micka has been coming to Pound 4 Pound since December of 2020 and enjoys working out there and loves its location. “I would 100% recommend Pound 4 Pound for high school students who are looking for a close place they can work out,” Micka said. According to Pound 4 Pound’s website, their mission is to provide a customized approach that includes exercise, nutrition and overall wellness education to their members and clients. Pound 4 Pound is a good option for those looking for personal trainers, body transformations and various other fitness services.

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May 6, 2021 Editorial

Kaneland High School 47W326 Keslinger Rd. Maple Park, IL 60151 (630) 365-5100 www.kanelandkrier.com

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By the time students’ reach graduation, they should be ready for the next stages of their lives. High school offers a place for students to strengthen their skill sets and make the most of their education.



he majority of your high school experiences are in some way controlled by you. Whether this is good or bad, most decisions in regards to coursework and relationships have your say in them. Most of what you do within these four formative years are applicable to the rest of your life. It is up to you to seek what you want out of high school. The resources needed to improve your future are there, so all you need to do is use them. The environment teachers set in the classroom is supposed to bring out each student’s individuality and help them achieve. This can only be done successfully when students are also actively striving to better their relationships with the staff. Teachers provide glimpses into their lives, reminding us that they experience the same successes and struggles that we do. This is a twoway street. Actively engaging in conversation with teachers can help create relationships that benefit your high school experience. When it comes time for recommendation letters, the process becomes easier when you have close bonds with teachers. If you ask, the majority of teachers will be there to help you when you need it. The way you treat your high school experience can help you later in life. Whether this means finding a job or networking after college, knowing how to form relationships for mutual benefit is an essential life skill. The ability to land an internship or job is dependent, to varying degrees, on how well you communicate and differentiate yourself from other candidates. Forming meaningful relationships is definitely an acquired skill, but it’s one you can start building and improving now while you’re in high school. Being able to


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have a conversation with your teachers in high school will make it easier and more comfortable when standing face-to-face with a prospective employer. Most teachers will happily engage in conversation with students. Take advantage of this by developing important social skills and also getting to know the Kaneland staff. Although Kaneland might not have every sport and club that a larger school may have, its uniqueness is shown in other ways. Right on campus is the Fox Valley Career Center, where students are able to take classes that are specific to the career field they are interested in. With a smaller student body, teens are also able to work closely with their counselors to create a class schedule that is suited to their needs. Taking enhanced and AP courses is a great way to prepare yourself for college and expand your thinking. Kaneland’s clubs, sports and activities are widely available to all students, and they accommodate different skill levels. Having said that, these opportunities are only available to those who actively make an effort to seek them. Stepping out of your comfort zone and trying a new club could teach you how to acclimate when surrounded by new people and ideas. These skills that you can learn from taking opportunities given in high school then carry over into life in college and beyond. Kaneland is a unique place that many students take for granted. The high school experience we have is one that allows us to explore all parts of our personalities and interests, should we care to create those opportunities. Our time in high school is one where we can define ourselves as we choose, as long as we are willing to look for ways to make it meaningful.


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rom and graduation have been made a reality for Kaneland High School students due to the planning of the Prom Committee and administration. Prom will take place on Saturday, May 22, at 7:00 P.M. at the high school, and graduation will occur on Sunday, May 23, at 5:00 P.M. at Northern Illinois University’s Convocation Center. Neither prom nor an in-person graduation happened last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but everyone involved worked to find ways to hold these events this year. While hosting the dance was obviously a big priority to members of the Prom Committee, they obviously wanted to keep everyone safe too. “We really wanted to [have a prom this year] because we could not last year, but we also did not want to have something that would create more of a chance to spread anything causing people to have to quarantine afterwards,” Prom Committee sponsor Douglas McNally said. To encourage social distance, only 300 tickets are available, and attendance may be limited to just Kaneland students. The theme of the dance is Midnight Rose Garden, and the Prom Committee has worked hard to plan a fun night. “I think there will be a lot of people hoping to get a traditional prom, but it’s just not going to be like that because we have to keep the number of people per area limited. I think we have a lot of fun things planned,” McNally said. Junior Megan Smith is a member of the Prom Committee, and she understands the importance of holding an event like this, particularly in a year that has presented so many challenges. “Having a prom this year is super important for the students because it gives us a sense of normality this year,” Smith said. “It will be a little different because of COVID-19, but everyone on the Committee is trying their best to pull together a good night.” This year, like any other, prom will be a fun way to celebrate the seniors’ high school careers. But with the event taking place the night before graduation, this may create unique situations for the seniors, unlike typical years. “I think it makes it harder for the students because usually people have sleepovers after prom, and sleep becomes an issue which will make us really tired for graduation,” senior Ellie Kurz said. The opportunity to hold an in-person



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The Kaneland Class of 2019 holds their graduation ceremony at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center in May of 2019. This year, graduation will look similar, however with attendants wearing masks and social distancing enforced. Each graduate is allowed four tickets for guests to attend the event.

graduation ceremony is something else that seniors and their families have been hoping would be possible. Last year’s graduation was a virtual celebration, but the preference for most people involved is to see everyone in person. “The chance to get everybody together one last time is something I would definitely miss if we were unable to have a graduation, so I am glad that we do,” senior Kylie Holubecki said. Graduation is a celebration for the seniors, and not having this event last May was difficult for last year’s seniors and their families. Principal Jill Maras saw and felt the impact and remains sad about the inability to hold an in-person graduation last year. “Graduation is something we all look forward to. It is a celebration and closure that we all missed [last year], and I think not having it made it difficult for us to move forward in a lot of little and big ways,” Maras said. “It’s an event families look forward to for years, often with family traditions attached that were also lost or redesigned.” Beyond the obvious of the seniors’ high school careers concluding, graduation allows people to reflect on their experiences and look towards the future. “It’s a chance to reflect, celebrate, close a chapter and send students off with well wishes,” Maras said. “It’s a chance to say goodbye.”


• May 13-14: Rent-a-Senior Day

• May 18: “B” Day Seniors’ Last Day

• May 19: Virtual Graduation practice

• May 20: “A” Day Seniors’ Last Day

• May 20 (7 P.M.): Virtual Senior Honors Night

• May 21: Senior Sunset and Powderpuff Game

• May 22 (7 P.M.): Prom @ KHS

• May 23 (5 P.M.): Graduation @ NIU

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Foundations of education takes place in an old science classroom at Meredith. Students in this class are able to get hands-on experience regarding what life as a teacher is truly like.


hen Harter Middle School opened its doors in the fall of 2009, the building next to the Kaneland High School campus and located on Meredith Rd. was no longer a middle school. The original intent was for District 302 to have two operating middle schools for its students. “When Harter was being built, we had about 1100 students [at the Meredith facility], and the building was designed for 700 students. We were really overcrowded. The original plan had been to open [Meredith] as a middle school and Harter as a middle school. The district has grown a lot,” Fox Valley Career Center (FVCC) director Rick Burchell said. With space tight at the Meredith building, it had to undergo renovations because there needed to be spaces and upgrades that were comparable to the new middle school that was being built. “You could not build a beautiful new building and not upgrade Meredith. The year that the [Meredith] building was shut down, the library became enclosed, the kitchen area and all the equipment was replaced and all the flooring was taken out so the building was expanded and now could probably hold 800-900 students,” Burchell said. The original plan that was intended for Meredith, however, fell through because of the economy crashing. The district decided it was best to run one middle school since Harter was built for more than 1200 students. “What happened was the economy

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crashed, and the district said it was a lot cheaper to run one building than two, and that building was big enough for everyone. That’s when we closed [the Meredith building] down,” Burchell said. After the old middle school was no longer operating as it used to, it stayed open to operate for other purposes. The main use of the building now is for FVCC classes. With Fox Valley being a part of the community for over 50 years, transferring their classes to the vacated middle school was the next step for the program. Burchell explains that Fox Valley took the opportunity to move the fire science program first because they could use extra space. “The building stayed running with fire science, and later on we moved our law enforcement program over there. Now we teach classes such as nursing and foundations of education,” Burchell said. Fox Valley is currently running numerous programs out of Meredith in the northeast and southeast corners of the building, and the program brings about 250 students a day to the facility. Students from Kaneland, Batavia, Burlington Central, St. Charles, Geneva and West Aurora have access to FVCC classes. Foundations of education, one of the now many courses offered at the facility, gives students the opportunity to learn about the teaching career. “The purpose of our class is to learn about how to inspire kids and become an extraordinary teacher. We plan lessons and teach lessons, and we receive feedback right away on how we can improve

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The fire science program stores their uniforms in a classroom at Meredith. The classroom is referred to as the bay floor, which provides storage space that wouldn’t be available elsewhere.

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The law enforcement program offers students an opportunity to learn to be prepared to work in policing. The program also covers the philosophy of law enforcement and criminal justice systems.

our teaching. The goal of this class is to prepare us for our future as educators,” senior Taylor Carlson said. Carlson also finds the Meredith building to be very beneficial for the program. “There is a lot of room to learn, and it is very spacious to teach lessons. We do not use the building in any other way besides the classroom. We are actually expanding our room into a new, bigger classroom next year,” Carlson said. The fire science class teaches students how to be ready for a career in the firefighting service. They use Meredith to learn in a classroom setting, and this is where they keep all of their gear. “With fire science, we learn a lot of hands-on skills and learn a lot about the fire service. We have a classroom and a bay floor which is where we keep all of our gear, tools, air packs and props that help us train,” senior Hannah Murabito said. “It is a lot easier being at Meredith because there is a lot of space for us, and it separates me from actual school. We also have a training site that we use that’s located near the student parking lot where we do most of our learning and training.” Not only is Meredith being used for FVCC classes, Kaneland uses the gym for practices and the library is used for meetings. “Kaneland still uses the gym for practices and games, and the Kaneland Curriculum department has moved into the library. They do a lot of professional development with teachers here,” Burchell said.




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“The garden outside my school is what first stood out to me. I think that will be something I remember.”

- junior

Biancka McKinley



t Kaneland, we may think of ourselves as being rea nities. As much as we may be alike, there are many futures. Attending school in one of the largest dis than most high school students around us. Kaneland is an We have grown up together and have shared countless riences that have helped shape who we are today. As o our memories of Kaneland will resurface. This is how som

“When I moved to Kaneland, I found it nice that people don’t judge you by your class level, and it wasn’t competitive.”

- junior


Archita Joshi Centerspread

“The last day of middle school was such a chill day. We all played games and dunked our teachers in dunk tanks.”

- freshman

Aidan Bobe

“Kaneland is a and not many o have lived n

- sopho

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ally similiar, as we all come from small, close-knit commuy differences between us, such as our upbringings and our stricts in Illinois has made our experiences here different nd has been a part of our lives since we were very young. memories, but we each have lived through unique expeour future approaches and we reflect on our childhoods, me of our classmates remember Kaneland over the years.

a big district, of my friends near me.”


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“I didn’t feel like I was cut out for the school system growing up, but this year I got help and it made school a lot easier.”

- sophomore

Ethan Ickes

“Coming together as a class in middle school opened so many doors to meeting new people.”

“My mom went to Kaneland, and it’s fun to compare our experiences and hear what school was like for her.”

Riley Kuffel

Emma Feltes

- senior

- senior




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any argue that the cancel culture phenomenon is largely unnecessary in society. People say that trying to cancel celebrities over scandals can go too far, to the point of demolishing careers, and the fact that people learn from mistakes and then apologize as reasons not to try and cancel a public figure. Canceling someone, according to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, means to “stop giving support to that person. It could entail boycotting an actor’s movies or no longer reading or promoting an author’s books.” While some people get canceled for minor transgressions and others for big mistakes, pointing them out is important to help the person responsible grow from their actions and face the fact that they made a public mistake. With the large scale impact of today’s social media, this concept of canceling individuals is necessary to keep public figures in check so that they can learn from their mistakes and fans can continue to look up to them without the burden of their transgressions weighing on whether or not they should support that person anymore. The main reason people get canceled on the internet is due to a public mistake they made, whether it was something from their distant past or something more recent. While it is an informal declaration usually made on social media, these mistakes are deemed inappropriate or offensive to the majority of the media. Some say it is dehumanizing, but canceling people would not exist unless that public figure did something offensive to others in the first place. For example, in 2020 alone, big-name celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres and J.K. Rowling have been canceled for inappropriate, rude behavior towards staff members and for speaking out against the transgender community. Minor slip-ups have also happened, such as famous Tik Tokers Charli and Dixie D’Amelio gagging at and degrading a meal in front of their private family chef, or actor Sebastian Stan blocking a few fans after they called out his new girlfriend’s past insensitive Instagram posts. Sure, in some cases there is only hearsay, but when it can be proved true and interpreted by others, a sincere apology is the best way to move on from the situation and be forgiven. Though some of the time celebrities may give a half-hearted apology and in some cases fake their emotions, at least trying to



reconcile with the public is worth it in the end. Careers can be destroyed by cancel culture, and it is not always the best way to go about things, but not owning up to mistakes is what will keep a career dead and prevent a successful comeback. Being canceled does not mean a career is permanently gone. Sometimes, the public tries to cancel someone in order to make them realize the significance of whatever it was they had done. While certain topics are not given a second thought by some people, others may take it more seriously. Weighing in on topics you are not entirely familiar with is simply not in the best interest of anyone besides professionals, and staying out of it altogether can be for the best, especially in cases such as actress Scarlett Johansson. She claimed she should get to portray any race or gender in film despite being white. The aforementioned Rowling spoke out against the transgender community when she is not a part of it herself. Some subject matters are just not up for celebrities to decide on themselves or speak about, and when something like that happens, minor backlash is inevitable. Trying to cancel someone is not done at random. When something offensive comes up from a public figure, support will be lost no matter what. We all make mistakes, but a public figure making them causes more of an

uproar in society. Being well-known and in the public eye is a lot of pressure on a person and mistakes are almost unavoidable, but not taking responsibility is what ultimately leads to a downfall. This is the root of cancel culture. It’s who we are as a society now, and while it can go too far sometimes, in the end we try to cancel people to get others as well as the transgressors to realize the extent of their mistake, particularly because some have a younger fanbase. Apologizing for mistakes is what makes us human, and canceling someone is not trying to take that away from them. When a person has a big following, their mistakes are reflected upon in their fanbase, and not acknowledging when you do something wrong may lead others to believe that whatever action was done, whether it be inappropriate jokes or rude behavior at a restaurant, is socially acceptable even when it is not. In part, we learn from watching other people do and say certain things that are out of line. Our celebrities need to understand that their actions mean more to the public than they realize, and although making mistakes is part of being human, being held accountable for them is also part of the deal. Being in the public eye unfortunately means being held to a higher standard, and celebrities, no matter who they are, should treat it as such.

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While the term “cancel culture” was coined very recently, it is something that has always been a part of society. According to the New York Times, cancel culture is not a movement and has neither leaders nor membership. Our generation’s tendency to cancel public figures does hold value.

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eneration Z is growing up in a world different from any generation before us. We have, for example, technology at our fingertips at an earlier age than ever. Having this access brings many benefits: We can connect with others online, watch videos that will help us in class, find endless amounts of entertainment and do so many more things than our parents and grandparents could ever have imagined doing at our age. Our generation’s tendency to dedicate time to focus on public figures’ lives takes time away from the other benefits that social media offers us. Cancel culture is immature, toxic and must come to an immediate end. Cancel culture is defined as “a way of behaving in a society or group, especially on social media, in which it is common to completely reject and stop supporting someone because they have said or done something that offends you,” according to the Cambridge Dictionary. A simpler version of this is “a digital silent treatment.” Many social media influencers receive an unnecessary amount of hate and, in some cases, even death threats after a slight slip up on camera or poorly phrasing their words during an interview. This often leads to such influencers becoming “canceled.” Once canceled, celebrities are oftentimes never forgiven and their reputation can be completely destroyed,

no matter how small their mistake was in the bigger picture. In November of 2020, famous influencer sisters Charli and Dixie D’Amelio were quickly canceled after posting a video of their family having a dinner party cooked by their private chef. The chef prepared food most wouldn’t gravitate towards, such as raw snails. Dixie spit the food out, while Charli asked for a different meal entirely. People online were quick to call out the two as ungrateful and spoiled for not enjoying the food. Is it really necessary for us to hate on children who don’t want to eat a snail? Most of us would not be overwhelmed with joy if the roles were reversed. The situation could have been handled better, of course, but these are kids and they make mistakes. In fact, some of the time celebrities don’t even make mistakes, and minor events are just blown out of proportion to make a good cover story. Take, for example, singer Demi Lovato. Fans thought they found an account Lovato used to make fun of another singer, Selena Gomez. After a #DemiIsOverParty trend on Twitter and many threats to Lovato, people found out there was actually no evidence the account was hers and that it most likely belonged to an internet troll. Arguably the worst type of canceling is when members of Gen Z dig up mistakes from the past. To be more specific, 20

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Cancel culture can lead to misinformaiton being shared and content being misinterpreted. People who choose to exploit public figures’ personal information can also face consequences. Those who take an active role in cancel culture are often attributed to the extremes of the poltical left.

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years in the past. That is what happened to NBC’s Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon. In May of 2020, a video of Fallon during a Saturday Night Live skit in which he was impersonating Chris Rock while in blackface resurfaced. The thing is, this clip aired in 2000. Obviously, people must be held accountable for their actions, but at this point fans aren’t even worried about helping the celebrity learn and grow, and all they want is to completely destroy a career. The obsession over the need to cancel someone has created even bigger issues like doxing and false accusations. According to Dalvin Brown of USA Today, “When people voice controversial opinions online, they get doxed, or have their private information researched and posted, by a digital vigilante.” Cancel culture has influenced people who take part in it to try and find out every piece of information about a public figure even if it’s private and especially if it’s controversial. What Gen Z needs to learn is that social media influencers and celebrities do not exist simply for others to tear them down online. Celebrities should be able to turn to their supporters when looking for guidance or realizing that it is time to fix their mistakes. But how can they when the second a mistake is made, all we want to do is completely bring them down? Cancel culture is immature and degrading, and it can blow things out of proportion. How would we learn and grow if we weren’t given chances to apologize and change? We need to focus on helping people improve so that they can make better decisions in the future, but in order to do that we need to give them a future to work with. No matter your social status, people will make mistakes. In normal circumstances, we are supposed to learn from them, apologize and move on. Today’s celebrities are given nowhere near as much wiggle room when it comes to slip ups. In a New York Times article called “Everyone Is Canceled,” courts reporter Jonah Engel Bromwich wrote, “It only takes one thing — and sometimes, nothing — for fans to dump a celebrity.” We need to be less harsh on our social media stars. We need to start forgiving and moving forward rather than holding long-lasting grudges that prevent people from growing. After all, when your mother says something controversial, is your immediate reaction to “cancel” her?




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cience teacher Joanna Edelman enamily and consumer science teacher areer and technical education joys spending the summer outdoors Judy Fabrizius uses the summer to (CTE) teacher Joseph Conroy with her husband and two sons. take care of the dogs she breeds and spends many summers working with his hands-on projects around his El- During past summers, she has been to In- then transition them to their new owners. diana, Wisconsin, South Dakota and Col“I am very blessed. I love what I do [at burn house. Kaneland], and I love what I do on the “Since moving to Elburn in 2015, I have orado. “[8-year-old] Maddox has been my farm. I have two litters right now, a litter of wanted to build a shed for extra storage. Last summer presented the perfect time hiking partner since 2019. That’s when Jack Russell Terriers and a litter of Labrato do it. We had some ideas but no real he did his first 14-er (a 14,000-foot eleva- dors who have already been born. I breed plans. [Senior] Porter [Conroy] and I spent tion hike) with me, as a six-year-old. Our all summer long,” Fabrizius said. Living on a farm, Fabrizius has a passion a month building it, with him doing a ma- goal is to hike two more 14-ers this June,” for animals, and she has loved the opporjority of the work as he learned how to Edelman said. As well as hiking, Edelman and her tunity to meet so many different people, connect what he has learned in school to family also enjoy UTVing and photogra- including celebrities. this project,” Conroy said. “It is really cool because sometimes I get Not only did Conroy and youngest son phy. This summer, Edelman plans to do to meet famous people. I had a lady email Porter accomplish the building of this even more hiking throughout the U.S. “This summer, we are heading to Colo- me and say she wanted to silently auction shed last summer, but they also repainted rado for some hiking, and two additional from California for one of my Chocolate and repaired Porter’s car. “[Porter’s] Nissan Sentra was gold, and 14-ers are in the plans for me. And UT- Labs. The man who owns Pixar’s wife wanthe chose to paint it black. Since we had to Ving, then camping in Indiana for eight ed it, so she ended up buying my dog. It strip it down to bare metal, it proved to be days, then finally traveling to the North- was cool because I got to see pictures of challenging but not impossible,” Conroy woods in Wisconsin for a week to stay at her and my dog,” Fabrizius said. “I have our cabin,” Edelman said. sold a Rottweiler to a Bears football playsaid. er, and I also have dogs After leaving the college being sold to owners in basketball ranks in 2013, Colorado, Georgia, New Conroy continued his York and all over.” coaching passion by runFabrizius attributes what ning the Players Advantage she does today to some Basketball program during of her previous life expethe summer, and many riences. When Fabrizius Kaneland players particiwas 23 years old, she pate with this team. took the opportunity of “Players Advantage is an a lifetime in Australia. For AAU program that comthe entire summer, Fabpetes in the spring and rizius traded Chicago for summer with players from the Australians’ version all over northern Illinois, of winter. with many players from It was amazing to expeKaneland. The COVID sumrience such a different mer brought about many life. For six weeks, I was challenges, but we found teaching in Brisbane, and a way to practice and comin public schools over pete in six tournaments there, it is totally differthroughout June and July,” ent. They wear uniforms. Conroy said. You say jump, and they This summer, however, say, ‘How high?’ It is a difConroy has plans to watch ferent level of respect out the Kaneland track team there, which was cool.” compete, as this will be his From teaching in Austrason’s final season with the lia to breeding dogs right team. here in Maple Park, Fab“I can’t wait to watch Porrizius cherishes the time ter and his track teammates she has in the summer, compete this summer. It will be awesome to watch Photos courtesy of Joanna Edelman (top), Judy Fabrizius (left) and Joseph Conroy (right) but she is always excited the meets in June when it’s Science teacher Joanna Edelman hikes at Mt. Evans in Colorado. The elevation of Mt. to get back to teaching warm and I don’t need a Evans is 14,265 feet. Family and consumer science teacher Judy Fabrizius breeds vari- at Kaneland as the new blanket and winter jacket,” ous types of dogs on her family farm in Maple Park. Senior Porter Conroy works on the school year brings new roof of his shed. Conroy spends his summer with his dad doing various hands-on repairs. faces. Conroy said.



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Warehouse 55 has a unique ambience for the antiques displayed within. Small art dealers set up their own individual displays to entice buyers.

arehouse 55 is located in Aurora’s downtown area. From the outside, the building looks somewhat run down with boarded windows and stained red bricks. Its exterior is completely befitting of its “warehouse” name. The interior is an altogether shock. Dozens of small art dealers have their work artistically displayed within Warehouse 55. Each room and winding hallway is filled with antiques and peculiar objects showcasing the dealers’ talents and inventory. “Each month, dealers take a shift overseeing the store,” art dealer Maura Jane said. Each room has a different theme to it, which is entirely dependent on the art dealer’s taste. Some spaces are filled to the brim with gold-dipped furniture and over-the-top light fixtures, while some

take on a more classy and sophisticated look. No matter the aesthetic, there is always a perfect opportunity for a unique picture. “You’ll see a lot of vintage in here. In my opinion, it’s a very design-driven type of store. Dealers can have their own little shop in a sense. It’s like a new take on an antique mall,” Jane said. The store is relatively new and has only been open for two years. Even though a significant amount of this time was spent during the COVID-19 pandemic, Warehouse 55 managed to keep business active. “Warehouse 55 has taken off in such a big way that we expanded to a second location that opened on April 23 in Chicago. It’s a little smaller than here, but it’s a part of the design district so it’s perfect,” Jane said.

houlish Mortals in St. Charles was established three years ago after Dove Thiselton and her family moved to the Chicagoland area from the Los Angeles area in California. While Thiselton was not originally planning on opening her own business, she was disappointed in the lack of horror stores in Illinois. Although Thiselton had no prior business owning experience, she signed the lease on a building she claimed to have instantly fallen in love with. “If we’ve done anything wrong, it would be that we weren’t conveying [our items] as art. A lot of people, when they see ‘monster and horror store,’ think collectables, but I want to focus on the art and the handmade aspect of it,” Thiselton said. Thiselton said that Ghoulish Mortals car-

ries wholesale pieces in combination with consignment items. Her shop carries over 90 artists, 65 of them being from the Chicagoland area. Thiselton also runs an Etsy shop and attends many horror conventions with her own line of art called “Infection Collection.” “I make two things for my shop that I sell. I also sell them on Etsy and at various horror conventions. I sell Infection Collection, which is essentially flayed tattoos; I take pictures of people’s tattoos and then I transfer them to leather and then I cut them out, bloody them up and I string them up,” Thiselton said. “I also make heads in jars where I take pictures that [makeup] artists have done and sculpted of monsters. I photograph them, and then I make it look like a head in a jar.”

Ghoulish Mortals has elaborate displays to showcase their merchandise. The current display, Nightmare on Elm Street, features a lifesize Freddy Krueger.

n the more kid-friendly side of local businesses, Rocket Fizz is also a hot spot in downtown St. Charles. Although there are 79 Rocket Fizz locations nationally, there is only one in Illinois and it will have been open for six years as of June 2021. They specialize in crazy drinks, such as ranch-flavored soda, as well as retro, antique and international candy that isn’t found just anywhere. “I would say the purpose of the store is to bring joy to the community. [Candy] brings out the joy in all of us. It’s hard to be upset in a candy store,” employee Payton Bird said. Bird said he loves seeing customers’ reactions to the crazy flavors of soda and

all of the nostalgic candy, such as candy cigarettes. Although the store is very successful, shipments have been slow to come in due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and because of that, stock and variety is temporarily sparse. “Right now, it’s been really hard to offer a lot of [international products] because international shipping has not been doing too well because of COVID,” Bird said. “The factories for the more retro and independent candy have been struggling a bit too, but things are starting to get back on the rise again, and later this month we’re going to start bulking up again, getting more candy and sodas in.”

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Rocket Fizz in St. Charles is filled with the nostalgia of 20th century candy stores. There is a variety of old candies and sodas for sale.

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203 Yorktown Shopping Ctr Unit 157-B Lombard, IL Honey Berry Pancakes and Cafe is a breakfast place located in the Yorktown Shopping Center. They are currently open for indoor dining, and their menu offers a variety of savory and sweet breakfast options. The restaurant has modern decor and pops of color, which make it an aesthetically pleasing spot to enjoy breakfast and then go shopping.




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42 W Countryside Pkwy Yorkville, IL


Grace in Yorkville has a very friendly staff who are passionate and ready to assist you with any of your needs. The restaurant has a fireplace and sitting area, which promotes a conversational atmosphere. They have outdoor dining and various foods, ranging from baked goods to salads. They also have different drinks, including coffee, smoothies and teas like the ones photographed to the left. Photos by Karmyn Hookham

27 W 229 Geneva Rd Winfield, IL


Hummingbird Restaurant is a modern diner with a unique marble flooring design. Their menu includes a range of cuisines and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner foods. The environment is family friendly and relaxed. Hummingbird Restaurant also offers contact-free payment and curbside pick-up.


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16 E Golf Rd Unit E Schaumburg, IL Bearology is a very unique drink spot. They offer drinks that come in glass bottles, or you can request your drink to be in a flask. Some of their most popular menu items that you may have seen on social media are the shimmering drinks, which are inspired by the Powerpuff Girls, or the butterfly lemonade. They have different addins you can incorporate into your drink, like tapioca boba, lychee jelly and aloe. Bearology also makes an effort to reduce plastic waste.

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41 W Jefferson Ave Unit 109 Naperville, IL Cinnaholic offers over 20 unique frosting flavors and a variety of toppings on their cinnamon rolls. All products are 100% plant based and are customizable. Aside from cinnamon rolls, Cinnaholic has Cinnacakes, cookies and cookie dough. Some unique flavors they have are the Cookie Monster, Campfire Smores and Caramel Apple Pie combinations.


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aneland High School’s boys track team officially began their season on April 5. Even though it is a new year and a new season, it is hard not to acknowledge what happened last year. The team had an unexpectedly short season last year due to COVID-19, which was very disappointing for both the athletes and coaches. Head boys track and field coach Andy Drendel was disappointed they were unable to have a complete season last year. As a result, he has learned to not take this season for granted. “It’s extremely disappointing that we had only two or three weeks in the season last year. Last year all my seniors did not get a chance to compete,” Drendel said. “But now after what happened last year, any day or week we can practice together or we can actually have a meeting together is a good day. I don’t ever want to lose my season again.” Members of the team were also disappointed they did not have a full season because last year’s seniors were good athletes, and they had the potential to have a successful season. “I think we had a way better team last year than this year. Most of the good runners last year were the seniors, so it was very hard to see them leave,” junior Logan Cunz said. Drendel agrees with Cunz and acknowledges that the group of athletes who graduated last year were extremely talented and influential. He recognizes the impact and leadership the seniors would have shown the underclassmen.

Senior ing in on the a track


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Aidan Gatz practices pole vaultpreparation for his second season varsity track team. Gatz has been athlete for the previous six years.


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Sophomore Elliot Lechocki leads his teammates during practice this spring. Track athletes have been practicing together to prepare for their season since April 5. Practicing in groups separated by their events helps keep the athletes socially distanced.

“We were really good last year, and my seniors last year were very talented. I’m extremely sore about losing that season. If we were able to have a season, the impact that those seniors would have had on our younger teammates would’ve been great,” Drendel said. Drendel has high expectations for this year’s track season but also recognizes that the expectations are different because of the loss of last season. “I will say that my expectations and my outlook has definitely changed since we had last season taken away. [This season, I want my team to] be a competitive team trying to win the conference,” Drendel said. Senior Porter Conroy did not let the cancelation of last season interfere with his training. Conroy has high expectations for both himself and the team this season. “I have some high expectations for this season,” Conroy said. “In the offseason, I made sure that I was focusing on getting stronger by lifting weights and staying in shape by running, and I worked a lot improving my speed and explosiveness.” All sports seasons, as proven last year, are not guaranteed even if they have already started. Furthermore, meets within the season may be different from regular years because of COVID-19 guidelines. “[The team] wants to have our varsity and a freshmen-sophomore meet together, but we might not be able to do it. We might not be able to have that many kids

there at the same time because of the current capacity guidelines of how many kids can be outdoors,” Drendel said. “So it’s just being really flexible, and then if something changes you just have to roll with that. It is out of our control.” The team’s morale could easily be negative because of the struggles of COVID-19, but instead they are excited to have a season. “The team’s morale is high right now, as we are all excited to have a season this year and get back to competing since it has been over a year for most of our athletes,” Conroy said.

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Senior Porter Conroy high jumps at practice to get ready for the season. Conroy has been on varsity since his freshman year and has been high jumping for seven years.

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s summer approaches, the question of whether or not the typical Kaneland summer camps will be taking place is on the minds of students and parents alike. For obvious reasons, there is some degree of uncertainty about when or if all of the usual camps will be occuring. With the end of the school year getting closer, there is optimism, though, that athletic and activity groups will be able to hold their summer programs. “As of June 1 of this year, any athletic camp that is approved by the IHSA can start their summer camps as long as the high school says okay,” Athletic and Activities Director David Rohlman said. Last summer’s camps were in many cases cut short or unable to run entirely. In order for athletic and activity camps to occur this summer, the IHSA must grant permission and provide guidelines that schools must follow. “The high school won’t do anything more than the IHSA allows, but we will make some changes and add our own restrictions,” Rohlman said. “It is very important to us that we keep our students as safe as possible.” This year, several sports that have traditionally been classified as spring sports have moved to a newly created summer season. This means that the sports that were moved to the summer will have to

wait until their season-ending tournaments conclude to finalize this summer’s camp dates. The risk level classification of the sport, as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will dictate which sports are allowed to have a state series, which will then affect the dates for summer camps. Activities camps were also impacted by COVID-19 last summer, but this summer’s band camp will probably look more like normal. Last year, the band could not perform a show on the football field because, to conduct the show there, they would need to stand closer together than the necessary six feet. So they spent summer practices standing in a socially distanced block. This summer, however, distancing restrictions have changed to three feet, which will make band camp look more like it has in non-pandemic years. “We are able to play outside with cur-

The camp helps us not only prepare for our big dinner, but it also brings us together by geting to know everyone and becoming an ensemble. - senior Johnna Rohlman

rent restrictions and guidelines, and unless those go backwards, we could start band camp tomorrow,” band director Aaron Puckett said. The Kaneland Madrigal Choir is another group that is hoping for a return to social gatherings in order to prepare for their annual events like the Madrigal Dinner. As the highest level choir at Kaneland, spending time together during the summer to build familiarity with one another and truly become an ensemble is incredibly important. “In a usual school year, our camp helps us get to know each other but more importantly allows us to work on our songs for our Madrigal Dinner in the winter,” junior Cameron Neis said. “We would need to have around 20 different songs memorized for the performance, so the camp gives a great head start.” The Madrigal Choir also participates in a retreat in the fall that they were not able to do this school year. The retreat takes place at Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center in Oregon, IL. “It’s the first time we are all together as a choir, and we get to know each other and start learning music,” senior Johnna Rohlman said. “The camp helps us not only prepare for our big dinner, but it also brings us together by getting to know everyone and becoming an ensemble.”

2021 Marching Knights Summer Schedule 5/24-25: 6-9 P.M. Mini Camp

- All 2021 Winds, Percussion & Color Guard

6/29: 5-9 P.M. Summer Session - All competitive Winds, Percussion & Color Guard

7/6, 13, 20: 5-9 P.M. Summer Session

- All competitive Winds, Percussion & Color Guard

7/23: 9 A.M.-1 P.M. New Member - All new members and Leadership Team

7/26-30: 5-9 P.M. Band Camp - All competitive Winds, Percussion & Color Guard

8/2-6: 8 A.M.-5 P.M.

- All competitive Winds, Percussion & Color Guard

8/2, 3, 6: 8 A.M.-12 P.M. Photo courtesy of Beth Miller

The Kaneland girls tennis team was able to hold their first practice in July of 2020. Last summer, teams were given the opportunity to hold conditioning practices with members split into groups, but due to legal and safety issues, the Kaneland campus had to remain closed until July 2020.

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- All non-competitive Winds & Percussion

These dates are what band practices are projected to look like this summer. At the time of our print deadline, there are no definitive dates for Kaneland’s summer camps.



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