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The Correspondent

October 15, 2010

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

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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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