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Busy summer, easy school year Are grades the main priority in most students lives? One would think they would be in this day and age when GPA’s and test scores are so important in getting into college and becoming a successful person in the real world. In some students lives grades come second or even third to sports, jobs, and extra curricular activities, but it seems that in summer being in these activities can actually help them get ready for school. Kids with summer jobs can be more prepared when school comes around compared to the average couch potato. Summer seems to organize students and keep them ready for school. “No matter what season I am in, having a sport keeps me organized because I know I have less time,” senior Matt Brant said. Most student athletes or extra-curricular activity members agree that it is easier to go back school once they have a summer job. Some students believe it is an all around positive. Many would argue that a student with a summer job is more prepared for the year to start because they have adapted to being on a schedule. Scott Bakal

Features Summer actions prep for school year August 23, 2011

Kevin Hyde up at a reasonable time, so that when we have As the summer sun comes to a seemingly permanent horizon, students are beginning to show signs of preparation for the ten months of schoolwork that will ensue. Whether it be taking summer classes or becoming more organized, it is clear that students have been partaking in variety of activities that will help in the preparation for the school year. Summer reading has been a resounding reminder of the demise of summer, as students are beginning to buckle down and prepare for their English classes. “I started my summer reading book pretty early, so that I would have time to space out my reading time. I think that it has just been a reminder that school is in fact coming, but I am actually kind of glad that we have to do this, so that I won’t be totally out of it when school comes,” junior Michelle Bolker said. Summer education has not only been exemplified in the form of summer reading, but also in the attendance of summer school. Some students have expressed interest in obtaining credit hours as well as preparing for a regular school day. “I took summer school mainly to get my information processing requirement out of the way, but it really helped in the long run because it forced me to get up at my usual school year time. All in all, I do feel a little more prepared since I took the class over the summer and now am not going to be as shell-shocked when I get back to school,” junior Jensen Smith said. Since waking up early seems to be the bane of most students’ day, a few are preparing themselves a new sleep schedule to ease them back into their routine. “Lately, me and my friends have been coming home earlier and trying our hardest to wake

to wake up at 6:00 a.m. everyday, it won’t be as grueling, and we can actually pay attention in class,” Bolker said. Although students seem to be preparing themselves over the summer, the administration and staff have also been making preparations over the summer. Some of these instances include the freshman orientation day and the freshman mentor program. “We really want to make a smooth transition for both our incoming freshmen, as well as our upperclassmen [mentors],” assistant principal Rich Golminas said. “By being a freshman mentor, it is preparing me by having to refresh myself with all the rules and regulations that I will have to tell all of the freshmen,” junior Tori Valadez said. “I definitely think that getting up early will also be a big ‘wake up call.’” Staff and administration has also been receptive with preparing course changes and Swap-O days. “Once I got my schedule, I was able to find out exactly when I was able to change my classes if need be. As for the actually Swap-O day, it went pretty smoothly and I felt like everything was prepared nicely,” senior Molly Jahrling said. All in all, there has been a general sense of preparedness with students. Through ways like summer reading, summer school, and rearranging of schedules, students have proven to show attempts at preparation for a smooth school year. Administrators have also shown preparations through orientations, programs, and course changes. “I feel prepared, but now the only hard part will be waking up and actually staying on top of everything,” Smith said.

Boy scout ‘paves’ his way to Eagle status through volunteer work



Maxwell Bestivina Garret Matchen While most students were snuggled up in their beds in their air conditioned houses, junior Andrew Jaeger was out in the blistering heat making the school more attractive for his Eagle scout project. His goal, along with the help of many friends and family members, was to clean up the flower boxes and the giant “H” brick work out in front of the school. He cleaned out the old wood chips and revived the front. Jaeger and his co-workers came out at nine in the morning in order to finish his project. Jaeger ran on the same schedule for the next three days, and took a total of 18 hours to complete. “Everyone working together helped made the project easier and get done faster,” Jaeger said. “Yeah it was a lot of fun. Andrew and I have been friends for years so most of his friends are my friends. When you’re surrounded by people whose company you enjoy, it’s not really work anymore,” junior Diana Cleveland said. “We took the brick work out in front and



unior Andrew Jaeger and volunteers spent three days fixing up the curb appeal.

cleaned it up since no one ever noticed it. We also took the planter box in front and cleaned it up and added new longer lasting plants that can sustain sunlight easier,” Jaeger said. The job had its ups and downs. “Brick work sucks, it’s hard and not as fun as it looks and takes forever to get done,” Jaeger said. “No, my part wasn’t difficult. I was just rolling sealer on with a paint roller,” Cleveland said. To clean the giant “H”, steps included removing grass and weeds between cracks, power washing bricks, and adding a new layer of sealant to protect it. As for the planter’s box, Jaeger and the

volunteers removed most of the old and dead plants, prepared the flower bed and replaced the old plants with newer plants. Jaeger and everyone who helped was quite proud in the work they all put in. “I chose the school to help out because I wanted to do something I could visually see every day.” Many people pitched in to help. “The Hannans helped a lot everyday and provided most of the supplies. Besides that there was my family and a whole lot of friends that all pitched in,” Jaeger said. Eagle Scout projects are always big and any help is appreciated. Boy scouts perform Eagle scout projects to obtain Eagle status. Deciding to help out at school can be much appreciated by anyone who walks by to enjoy the scenery. “Scouts are always doing projects, so were always looking for help, just ask,” Jaeger said. As for future projects for Jaeger, it seems as if there is nothing planned yet. “Nothing (is planned) as for now, but hopefully in the future,” said Jaeger.


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October 7, 2011

Students seek alternative Friday nights activities

Brites Junior leaders train in Lake Geneva Phy s i cal education teacher Jeanine Konkolewski took two junior leaders gym classes to Covenant t,FWJO)ZEF Harbor in Lake Geneva, WI on Sept. 29 for an all day field trip. The students were at school at 5:30 a.m. to take attendance and get on the bus for the hour car ride. Once there, the classes were split into six groups. Each group went through team building and problem solving tasks all day through challenges and ropes courses. “The beginning problem solving stuff was so much fun,” junior Karlie Bless said. “I loved working with my group the whole time.” t&NJMZ4XBOTPO

Increased cookie prices incite district revolutions, changes

When students came back from the summer, they got a surprise: cookie prices had doubled. At Wheeling High School, students have made shirts and Facebook groups protesting the increased cookie prices, which has done something good. Sometime toward the end of Sept., smaller, reduced price cookies were offered in the cafeteria. “It might not be as good as the old 25 cent regular sized cookies, but it’s better than no cookies at all,” junior Jessica Jreisat said. The reasons over the addition of this cookie can be varied. Some might see it as another way to make money, but others might see it as a way to keep students from protesting over prices. It could be both. “They’ll get some sales back from old buyers,” sophomore John Pham said. Either reason, that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. t.BUU4UBEOJDLJ

B96 blasts beats during lunch hours DJs from B96 performed at all three lunch periods on Sept. 28. The popular music was played loudly and pumped up the students in the cafeteria for Homecoming. Friendly dance competitions took place among students, surrounded by about a hundred other students, to win free tickets to homecoming. “I liked watching the dance competition because the music was good for getting people pumped up for homecoming,” sophomore Reilly Philipps said. Many enjoyed the jam and it did get students excited and enthusiastic for Homecoming. t.JSBOEB'BOFMMB

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After a long week of drama and studying all night long, Friday is usually the most anticipated day of the week. It’s a time to forget about all the problems faced during the week and to hang out with friends. “[I like Friday because] it’s the end of school and the beginning of the weekend,” junior Ala Folta said. However, when students get together with their friends, they oftentimes can’t think of anything to do. This usually results in spending their night bored. However, a wide variety of fun activities to take part in are available to students. Most students enjoy hanging out with friends on a Friday night. Depending on what mood a student is in, the opportunities to do something fun are endless. If students feel stressed and don’t want to go out, putting on some music and dance with friends is an easy fix, bake a batch of cookies, or play board games such as ‘Monopoly’ and ‘Life.’ Another good idea is to play video games; Wii Sports or Xbox Kinect are both adventurous way to spend time with friends, while getting exercise at the same time. When excitement is desired, cosmic bowling, playing laser tag, and playing glow-in-thedark mini golf is available. “I like to go bowling, it gives me time to hang out with my friends,” sophomore Diana

Jasionek said. Going up at a football game and showing school spirit to cheer on the school is a great way to spend a Friday night in the eyes of students. “I like going to football games because it’s a good place to hang out with friends,” Folta said. Sometimes students don’t feel like going out anywhere or hanging out with anyone. If this is so, students could use this time to pick up a new hobby including painting, cooking or learning to play a new instrument. Going to a craft store such as Michael’s or JoAnn Fabrics can inspire one’s creative side and provide ideas for a craft project such as scrap booking, making jewelry, or sewing a pair of fleece pajama pants. These crafts could also be enjoyed with friends if desired. Whatever the choice is, there’s always something to do after eating dinner with friends. Dinner could be found at a newly discovered restaurant, or one could save some money and cook dinner at home. By looking through recipes online, students can find a new dish every weekend and have fun preparing it with friends, for the Friday to come. Whatever mood students find themselves in, something can always be done. By planning something to do ahead, Monday will come with a new routine and there will be something to look forward to on Friday. “I always look forward to a fun weekend,” Jasionek said.

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Carol Gresens exceeds role of “The Van Lady“ Carlos Andina Connor Hargett The Van Lady: A name notorious throughout the hallways and parking lot of this school. However, most students know little about the woman with the stickers. “I don’t know much about her except a lot of people get annoyed with her in the parking lot. She just seems to be doing her job,” senior Hannah Johnstone said. Her name is Carol Gresens, and she has been warding off parking lot intruders for 19 years. While she is often unappreciated and linked to student frustration, her job is an important one. “If we didn’t have outside security there wouldn’t be any parking spots,” Gresens t.FHBO#PZMF said. If parking passes were not enforced, then arol Gresens, or “the van lady” keeps watch over students would be free to illegally park in the cars throughout the day. lots which would increase crowding and take spots from students who actually pay for their One problem that seems to come around every spots. year which may seem surprising, is the duplication “I guess even though it can be annoying having of parking passes. her driving around, she keeps the lot from becom“Every year people try to duplicate passes,” ing overcrowded by people without passes,” junior Gresens said. In order to make sure each car is legal Erin Johnson said. to park in the lots, Gresens must often take extra Students who try to park without a pass will time on suspicious cars. have a tough time getting past Gresens, who has “Officer Hamrick runs the plate if there’s developed a keen eye for cars in the lot. “By now I know almost all the cars in the lot,” any questions as to whose car it is,” Gresens said. And chances are, if she doesn’t recognize the car, Gresens said. Gresens even notices when cars (and their li- it is either new or illegally parked. However, this cense plate numbers) are passed down from sibling year students have been relatively disciplined. “The students have been excellent,” Gresens to sibling. Identifying all the parking passes from a van said. Her ever popular nickname, “Van lady”, is may seem impossible, but Gresens must often pa- has even grown on her. trols the lot by foot in order to ensure each car is “[I don’t mind being called the van lady] valid. at all, before kids used to call me other things,” “I’ll walk the lot to see if people have their Gresens said. “Now people wave with five fintags,” Gresens said. gers. They used to wave with one.”



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February 11, 2011

Foreign exchange program mixes cultures and creates family experiences Abby Fesl Erin Kinsella

Imagine moving to a country for a full year during high school. Imagine the feeling of not knowing the language, leaving family behind, and staying with a foreign host family. Not everyone can do it, but for foreign exchange student Gabriel Leon, it became a reality this year. He has traveled quite the distance to study, visiting from Ecuador and staying with the MullenMuhr’s. Leon is the third foreign exchange student for senior David and sophomore Anna, who have had two other guests from Germany and Colombia. “Our family thinks it is important to do this because we like experiencing other cultures and meeting people from other places,” D. Mullen-Muhr said. Their commitment to enriching their lives with other cultures began long ago, as their mother, JoAnn Mullen-Muhr, hosted exchange students in her family when she was growing up. In fact, the Mullen-Muhr’s first guest was the son of one of the students her family had housed when she was a child. The two families have forged a unique relationship over the years; one that has lasted through time and great distance. “I went to Colombia for three weeks last summer to visit our first

student and his family. It was really fun traveling to a new place and learning about a new culture from that point of view rather than hosting a student here,” D. MullenMuhr said. It seems as though the exchange part goes both ways, as both the host family and the guest seem to learn and share a lot about their respective cultures. “Having a foreign exchange student is like a movie because you get to experience a new culture in your own home. It’s fun because they bring new things that they do in their country,” A. Mullen-Muhr said. Leon has brought more than his culture into the Mullen-Muhr home. A member of the varsity soccer team in the fall, Leon unfortunately suffered a knee injury and had to have surgery. It’s difficult situations like these that make this program more than just a vacation. These students are thrown into a new place, a new culture, and a new home without the comforts of family, friends, and language. “It’s a hard experience, but it is nice to visit new places. The hardest part is learning English, the culture, and the rules,” Leon said. But the Mullen-Muhrs are doing their best to make him feel like part of the family and get accustomed to America. Leon struggles especially with language, often resorting to speaking Spanish with his family and friends from Ecuador when the language barrier

becomes overwhelming. The student who stayed with the Mullen-Muhr’s last year was from Germany, Jakob B au n g a r t e n e r, picked up on the language very easily, and even took the AP US History course. The family hopes for similar success for Leon. After all, Baungartener was virtually at the same place linguistically when he arrived, speaking rough and choppy English. Abby Fesl By the time abriel Leon, foreign exchange student from Ecuahe left a year latdor, had quite an experience this winter, witnessing er, he was fluent snow for the first time. in the language and had made idea what it was,” Leon said. deep connections with both the Leon had the opportunity to Mullen-Muhr family and various also visit Colorado with the Mulfriends that he still keeps in contact len-Muhr’s and go skiing. with through Facebook. Both Leon and Baungartener Leon has experienced much in were random placements through America other than language, such the organization NWSE. Leon aras seeing snow for the first time in rived in August and plans on stayhis life. And a lot of it. ing until June, graduating with Da“[When it first snowed,] I vid and the rest of the senior class. went to play in the yard, I had no


Match up time Emily Swanson People have many cheesy stories about how they found their perfect match. It’s possible for a student to find her sweetheart in high school. Data Match is a survey that is willing to help students in finding their special someone. Students filled out the survey during second period on Jan. 26, 27, and 28. Data Match requires a student to fill out her grade, gender, and certain questions that will match her up with other students sharing her interests. “Data Match is fun to fill out,” sophomore Tori Valadez said. “The questions are humorous, and the results are so unrealistic. It brightens up the dreary winter.” Data Match was founded in 1983 and has been actively giving surveys to different high schools across the country since. Schools across America also use this survey as a fundraiser for their school. Hersey uses Data Match as a fun fundraiser for Post Prom. “It’s a fun way to see how someone’s likes and dislikes compare to other kids around the school,” assistant principal John Novak said. “It’s fun and light hearted. It’s a good way to have fun with a fundraiser.” “It’s a simple fundraiser that easily gets the majority of the school to help with,” freshman Me-

gan Salt said. “I think it’s fun to see who has the same interests as I do at Hersey,” sophomore Emily Kagan said. “I don’t think the results are legit, but that doesn’t matter. It’s funny anyway.” Many students don’t believe that Data Match will actually work. “I don’t think it’s accurate at all, but it’s fun to do,” sophomore Anna Freitag said. “I filled it out because I wanted to see who I would get matched up with.” “It’s not an accurate way to choose your next boyfriend or girlfriend because it doesn’t touch on any of the things that really matter in a relationship,” Valadez said. When Data Match is handed out, it is an optional quiz for students. It doesn’t matter if they take it or not. “It was interesting how the kids handled Data Match,” instructional assistant Katie Pardun said. “When I was talking about data match and explaining it the students laughed and made fun of it. “When it was time to pass them out I put them in front of the class and said they could take one if they wanted one. The kids took them and filled them out as if the quiz was their first priority.” Data Match results will be released in two weeks during the 4, 5, and 6 lunch periods.

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February 11, 2011

Features World Vision enables child sponsorship Shea Anderluh

More than 60 years ago, a man named Bob Pierce met a young girl living in poverty in China. Kicked out by her parents, she was penniless and homeless. Pierce began sending $5 per month to sponsor the little girl in need. From that act of kindness grew World Vision. Today, World Vision has grown into a global ministry, helps 100 million people in 100 countries, and provides hope for four million children through child sponsorship. Connecting with needy people around the globe may seem impossible for our community. It’s one thing to send a wad of cash to aid “poverty in Africa,” and another to actually see how the donations are being spent, and how they help one special person as he or she grows up. World Vision child sponsorship allows sponsors to do just that. That’s why The Correspondent has made the decision to sponsor a little boy. Pushpendra Govind Prasad is 6-years-old, and lives in Sitapur, India. Pushpendra lives with his parents, one sister, and one brother. His father is a farmer, but despite both of his parents’ efforts, it’s difficult to meet the family’s needs. “We felt that it was time to put our words into action, and help in any way we could,” junior Lauren Kelley said The $35 a month will be pooled with donations from other sponsors and spent towards the betterment of his community. With 40 thousand staff worldwide, World Vision takes on impoverished areas individually and doesn’t leave until the root causes of poverty have been diminished in ways that enable the whole community to make progress. “The staff collectively felt it was necessary to expand our charitable reach beyond just our immediate communities and into the international community,” senior Mike Lechowski said. The Sitapur program was established by World Vision in 2005 and has made many accomplishments already. Establishing libraries has enhanced the learning environment. Cel-

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Brites Scholarships provide students with opportunity

Shea Anderluh ebrating Independence Day has bolstered national pride. Health education and water sanitation have provided healthier lifestyles and safe water. Two thousand children have been honored with World Vision birthday parties; a chance to feel special and loved. Come Nov. 21, Pushpendra will turn 7-years-old, and the journalism staff will celebrate with him. The financial donations sponsors make are just the tangible help. Communication with the children, kind words, and thoughtful gestures are just as important to bridge the gap between poverty and those with the means to help as the donations are. “We’re looking forward to getting to know Pushpendra and learning about his community and his life,” Kelley said. “It’s a small price to pay to change someone’s life for the better.” The Correspondent’s relationship with Pushpendra is just beginning, but it will be an enduring one. Underclass members have pledged to continue and get the cooperation of incoming staff members for years to come.

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Now that the college application process is mostly completed, the focus for most seniors has shifted. Gaining the title of “second semester seniors” is a big deal, but now they need to put their newfound status to good use. Lucky for all seniors, the college and career center (CCC) has many resources for getting the dream college education funded. One lesser known of feature of the CCC is its resources for scholarships. Online, there are complete listings of scholarship applications that will be received in the CCC, and blank applications are available for any student to choose from. The college resource section online also features links to popular scholarship search engines, and Naviance provides students with scholarship matchups. In the building, students can visit CCC assistants Kathy Emery or Nancy Davis with questions. “I used the college and career center to find scholarship applications,” senior Kim Ferraro said. A binder filled with listings of all the scholarships they are projected to receive is also available. Using the CCC is a quick and easy way for all students to relieve the stress that comes with paying for college. Rachel Lundstrom

Sophomore follows passion for forensic science Kevin Hyde

According to the Princeton Review, only about 15 percent of high school students know what they want to pursue in college. With business management and administration being the top major for college freshmen, there oftentimes seems to be a lack of diverse career choices among high school and college students. This is not the case for sophomore Sarah Zidek, however. Though popularized by television shows like “NCIS” Ashley Hawkins and “CSI,” the world of detective work and forensic science is not what most teens think of when choosing a career. Zidek, however, finds the world fascinating and fitting for a possible career choice. “Right now I am really interested in becoming a detective, but I am also looking into forensics,” Zidek said. In addition to watching shows portraying the profession, Zidek holds respect for real life detectives. “I think it’s really cool what de-

tectives and forensic scientists do for their community,” Zidek said. As far as inspiration, Zidek began taking advantage of popular displays of forensic science and other related fields. Zidek also has taken advantage of the resources the school offers in the working world. “I started watching the show ‘NCIS’ which really sparked my interest in forensics. Then, last year I went on the forensics career trek. The trek also got me involved in the detective side of things,” Zidek said. In order to succeed in any job or aspect of life, it is important to have the support of people who are close, and Zidek has just that, which makes the decision that much easier. “My family and friends think it’s a cool thing to do and completely support my career choice,” Zidek said. After high school, Zidek plans to attend college in order to help better her knowledge of forensic science and detective work. Zidek explained that going to school for such a career is a must and that she hopes to learn as much as she can in order to attain a high ranking position. “Determination is definitely a key part in becoming a forensic scientist or a detective because all of the training and schooling you have to go through,” Zidek said. Rather than settling for a field that plenty of students decide to go into, Zidek has set her sights on becoming the best she can be in whatever field she may choose. “I know there are a lot of people who want to be teachers, and I know for sure that that is just not for me. My ideal goal would be becoming head detective of a city police department,” Zidek said.

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October 15, 2010

Number crunching woes: Teens lives are dictated by numerical values academically and socially


Kevin Hyde sophomore Annie Weber said.

Choir hosts hallway friendly trick or treating for kids Every year, hundreds of kids look forward to the age old tradition of going house to house and getting candy. However over the years, parents have become more and more weary of the crazies out there, so the Choir program here brought a solution, Happy Hersey Halloween. “It’s so much fun. We get to dress up and lead games and crafts for the children. Also, we get to work with our friends so it’s really cool,” senior Anna Voinovich said. Happy Hersey Halloween takes place on Oct. 29, transforming the English hallway to another world. Children go door to door in the hallway where students are ready to give them treats. Dressed up like childhood favorites, such as a pirate, a fairy, and a ballerina; they have bagfuls of safe candy to hand out to the kids. Diana Crispin

Numbers are vital in both academic and social settings. ACT scores, GPA, class rank, SAT scores, and grades are all simple numbers that carry a great deal of importance in the lives of students. The ACT is one of the most important tests a student here will take. The ACT is scaled out of a 36, with 36 being a perfect score. The number a student scores on this test is recorded and sent to colleges across the country, supposedly showing the student’s academic merit. Whether or not a student likes how the system works, this number can be the determining factor in getting into a university, receiving a scholarship, or even getting a job. “My ACT just sums up how I perform on one day in my life, even though it still is so defining of our high school career,” junior Molly Jahrling said. Coupled with ACT scores, a student’s GPA is a source of academic. A student’s grade point average tells them how they are performing academically compared to their peers. “GPA makes me have more drive and determination to do better on tests and homework,” sophomore Anna Howard said. Other students feel their grade point averages are vital on their college endeavors. “I feel pressure to do well and get a high GPA to do well and get into the college I want,”

A student’s course load can be another their defining factor. A more rigorous schedule will look better on a college application; however, much more work is needed. “Having a lot of honors and AP classes is tough, but manageable. The payoff is worth it,” sophomore Elizabeth Odegard said. As a result of these numbers, students may find themselves frustrated. “I find it a bit ridiculous, especially because my ACT and GPA don’t match. I think all standardized tests are pointless because they are only good for seeing who’s a good test taker and who isn’t,” Jahrling said. These self-defining numbers do not lie only in areas of academics. Many events in a student’s life can be considered a turning point. One of these events is obtaining a drivers license, as well as getting a car. “I turned 16 on Nov. 9, but didn’t get my license until the spring of 2010. Once I got my license, I was lucky enough to get a car, so 2010 is a year I will always remember for being the year I really started to grow up,” junior Erin Hartwig said. A student’s personality reigns unique for herself. Whether or not she knows it, numbers can exemplify these personalities. “I wake up at 6 a.m. every morning. Since it is at that same time everyday, I think it shows how precise of a person I am,” senior Maggie DeLeon said.

What number defines you?

Junior Ryan Hoppe

“Zero. Since I’m thankful I haven’t broken any bones.”

Senior Maeva Waterman

“Nine. It’s my soccer number and the number of siblings I have.”

Freshman Danny O’neill

Sophomore Asha Worthy

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“Three. I’m three years apart from each of my siblings and I have three flowers in my tattoo.”

“Twelve since that’s how many times I’ve been to a Chicago Bulls game.”

Windy city offers unique get-a-way for students Annie Bruce days when general admission is free. To find out During the school year, it is hard to find a place to get away from all the stress; however, an easy way to get a quick escape from the reality of school is in our own backyard. Chicago. While most students have been to the top of the Willis Tower and have taken enough photographs at the Bean to fill an entire scrapbook; there are plenty of different ways to have new adventures in Chi-town. With Halloween approaching, a popular idea is to take a haunted cruise. Cruises are available on Friday and Saturday nights in October for $30 and last an hour, according to the Chicago Traveler website. Looking for something a little less expensive? The Lincoln Park Zoo is free. “My favorite part of the zoo would probably have to be the dolphins, because I think it is so crazy that they can teach the dolphins such amazing tricks,” senior Katelyn Derrig said. In addition, museums, such as the planetarium, art institute, and the field museum, have

when these deals are offered, students can check the museum website. Another free place for fun is Millenium Park. “Millenium Park [is one of my favorite places], the scenery is amazing, and they have concerts there over the summer,” senior Mary Deasis said. Senior Natalie Gaynor also cites the concerts at Millenium Park as a Chicago favorite. “I really like the outdoor [concerts] at Pritzker Pavillion, usually it’s the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or the Grant Park Symphony. In the winter I go to Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts at the Symphony Center,” Gaynor said. A Chicago classic is, of course, Navy Pier. “The ferris wheel is definitely the best part, even though I am afraid of heights,” Derrig added. For the rest of October, Navy Pier has fall fireworks on Saturdays at 9 p.m.. Also, they currently have a “Fright Fest,” which includes night shows for twenty dollars on Thursdays through Sundays. However, if with a student ID, they will take five dollars off the price of admission, according

to the Navy Pier website. For those who are unscathed by insane heights, check out the Willis Tower Skydeck on the one-hundred and third floor of the 1,450 foot building. According to the Skydeck website, “Each ledge is comprised of three layers of half-inch thick glass laminate into one seamless unit.” Intense, right? “It was great to see the city from so high up; it’s pretty cool and not that scary,” Gaynor added. Even though Chicago is a mere twenty miles away, it’s easy to forget the many options it presents. Getting down there isn’t hard. “The train is a great way to get downtown, especially with the student discount! As long as you pay attention to the announcements for which stop you’re at, it’s hard to get lost,” senior Anna Voinovich said. Take some time this year to rediscover the magic of Chicago and discover some of the hidden secrets the city has to hold.


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