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Celebrating Volumes of Student Journalism • Volume 50 Issue 9 • April 20, 2018 • John Hersey High School

1900 East Thomas Street • Arlington Heights, Illinois • 60004 •

Mandarin, activities dropped as district cuts Students protest decisions at school board meeting Joshua Irvine

The appearance of dozens of students, parents and locals at District 214's March 22 board meeting was an event unlike anything seen in the usually restrained meetings. Students from multiple high schools stood in protest of plans to cut a coach from swim and dive teams across the district and the phasing out of the Mandarin program at Hersey and Buffalo Grove High School. Protestors brought forward statistical and anecdotal data to critique the board's actions. "Less than 0.4 percent of American K-12 students are currently studying Mandarin, and as schools rapidly try to pull together a program to meet the growing demand for bilingual speakers, D214 wants to cut theirs,” senior Olivia Marunde said at the March 22 meeting. The complaints often took on a biting edge; "I would advise the board to heed the advice found on page 8 of the 214 Academic Handbook that calls them to respect successful programs and practices, provide high quality resources for students and staff, and encourage continual improvement through risk-taking and innovation," junior Lucy Bornhorst said. But while the fervor was fresh,


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the events that had led to the cuts to Mandarin, swim and dive, and numerous other activities, classes, and payrolls had been years in the making, as the district continued a nearly decade-long battle to stay ahead of rising expenditures. But regardless of the district's success, •Joshua Irvine students will likely face increasingly reophomore Claire Dwyer, seniors Olivia Marunde and Emmy Passtricted options in cual, and juniors Kate Zotos and Kate Kalafatis argue for the extra curriculars and Mandarin program at the district's March 22 board meeting. academics. "It's gonna hurt" "it's less things to do on Friday," vated and the positions restored, The planned removal of a coach freshman band member Lucas though not all those who had been from girls swimming and diving Sprague said on the demise of pep employed prior to the layoffs were was only one part of a multi-thou- band - others have provoked stu- rehired. sand dollar budget cut proposed by dent ire. A second round of stipend deacStudent Activities offices across Junior and de- tivations occurred a few years later; the district. bate participant Dr. Novak recalls the most promiAssistant Charlie Goldberg nent of those removals was the ly Principal Dr. d i p responded to cuts elimination of one of the school's a r ools John Novak, to speech and then-eleven football coaches. That "As sch l together ul p along with m o a t r debate with cyn- stipend has not been reactivated. g o try rin] pr ing his countera d icism. "So they This most recent request for stin a a [M grow e parts at Dish t cut our buses pend reductions originated in the t to mee for bilingual trict 214's other one year, they past two years, Dr. Novak said, d ants w deman high schools, 4 1 cut our coachwith the district requesting "savings 2 rs, D had agreed to cut speake t theirs." es the next of $35,000 per school. $35,644 in stito cu year - we'll In the prior two reductions, assispends from each e d n see what's tant principals had tailored stipend u r a livia M O of their departr o i next," Golddeactivations specifically to their n •se ments for the 2018berg said. schools, but according to Novak 19 school year. Dr. Novak said this had proven ineffective. Stipends are used this was the third time in The associate principals from to pay coaches and recent years that the district had re- each school ultimately collaborated sponsors of the schools' various ac- quested Student Activities "look at to create the package of cuts now tivities and sports teams; they are efficiencies and programs" to meet planned for enactment next year. negotiated with the teachers' union decreased budgeting for the departOutside of stipends, Novak said and pay at varying rates depending ment. that activities were going to have on the contribution to the activity. "[The district is] very fearful of to make adjustments to reduce their The $35,644 includes the re- the fact that in the next couple of expenses, such as keeping uniforms moval of a coach from girls swim years we could see for the first time in rotation for longer periods. and dive, the elimination of cheer's ever our expenditures outpace our junior varsity coach and likely the revenues," Dr. Novak said. • continued JV squad with it, Dr. Novak said), In the first of on page 3 the end to a stipend for the speech the three reand debate teams (Dr. Novak sug- ductions, the gested the two teams would "split" stipends had a stipend with a part-time coach for s u b s e q u e n t l y each team), the elimination of both been reactipep band's stipend and the program with it, and the deactivation of pair of intramural stipends that paid teachers to monitor students who used the weight room to work out after school. An unused non-specified sti... and more pend that was not paid out to co me but included in the budget was also removed. Though some cuts have been met with relatively little response -


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D d you Juuls in school: KN W?


Willow Creek pastor steps down

Willow Creek pastor Bill Hybels announced his resignation amid sexual misconduct allegations on April 10. Willow Creek is among one of the largest megachurches in the United States with around 25,000 visitors every weekend. Hybels founded the church in 1975. “It is pretty crazy, he has been there for 40+ years and now he is gone,” junior Josh Harden said. Last month the Chicago Tribune ran an investigative report revealing Hybels had allegedly “made suggestive comments, hugged for too long, gave an unwanted kiss, and invited a staff member into his hotel room.” Hybels called these allegations “flat-out lies.” Hybels planned to retire in October 2018, but he felt the controversy was distracting from his purpose as a pastor. “He was not only influential around the community but also throughout the country,” Harden said. Hybels has written books about facilitating Christian organizations and was the spiritual advisor to Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandals.

•Quinn Cunningham

Reed controls Masters Golf season’s biggest week of the year, the Masters, did not let down. The first three days of the tournament seemed to be in control by Patrick Reed. Reed was dominate through three rounds, ending his 56 hole score at fourteen under par. Everyone seemed to doubt there would be an intense, close Sunday to the Master, which is what we all live for. But Reed played even par golf for almost the entire round, ending the round at fifteen under. Reed wasn’t alone at the top anymore. Rickie Fowler, who started the day five shots back of Reed, went five under and was only one back of Reed, coming in second all by himself. Jordan Spieth made a huge run, starting at five under par, and shooting an eight under, 63. Spieth was at fourteen under before bogeying the 18th hole. “I have never seen a guy play so free and so well on Sunday at the Master. Spieth looked so comfortable, like he belonged,” senior Joey Carlson said. Reed won by one shot, holding off the rest of the field to take home the first major of his young career.

•Tommy Lumsden

Grace Garlick

Controversy over minors’ use of e-cigarettes popularly known as vapes has risen concerns, as law enforcement have started cracking down on vape shops selling to minors. “In school, I’ve definitely encountered kids drinking, vaping, and under the influence of cannabis as well as catching them outside smoking,” Officer Hamrick stated. The deans reported that 18 students had been caught vaping this school year so far, as of this month. Officer Hamrick disclosed some of the ramifications if a student or minor is caught in possession, under the influence, selling, or using drugs. “The usual consequence is handled by the school. It might be an in school or out of school suspension, some sort of drug counseling,” Hamrick said. Because of the recent ‘juul in school’ craze, schools have taken the time to educate their teachers on what to notice when a student is vaping: the smell and the type of vaporizer. An in-service on the topic was held here for teachers and staff on April 2. Controversy over the effects ecigarettes have on health has been long debated, but the concern of how vapes have become so easy to access to kids has recently gone under investigation. “In Arlington Heights, we do compliance checks, where we’ll have teens go into the shops trying to buy. We let the shops know we’ll be doing this so they make sure their employees are doing their jobs,” Hamrick said. If the shop fails the compliance check, the shop will be fined, have to go to court, and the employee responsible will lose their job. Many blame the shops for being too inattentive on checking who they sell too, but this has been criticized aswell. “I think they should be investigating it, but the way they’re doing it now only hurts the shops. The shops get fined while the kids actually buying stuff never get caught,” senior Usman Memon said, Paul Hansel, an employee at Vapor Haus in Mt. Prospect, said about the blame. “It’s not the owner or the shop that’s selling. It’s the incredibly lenient employee who doesn’t know what they’re doing, but the owner will have to pay a $5000 fine,” Hansel stated. He also expressed his annoyance for when minors come into his shop with excuses like ‘I forgot my I.D’. In many cases, the shops aren’t solely to blame. It’s well known for people over 18 to buy from the shops and then sell to minors. Hansel also added an overlooked contribution to the issue: online buying. “Kids also buy vapes online which is where most of the traffic happens, not the stores. Online shopping doesn’t confirm age and

April 20, 2018

Teenage vaping raises health, safety concerns

the items are cheaper,” Hansel said. Online buying can be potentially more dangerous due to lack of awareness about the quality and safety of the product. Along with asking how vapes became so accessible, comes the question of why they’ve become so popular. Some think it’s because of the buzz from the nicotine that’s easier to mask, but many point to peer pressure. “Cigarettes were made to attract minors and young adults, but now vaping has become so popular because people don’t think it’s harmful, everyone has one and passes them around. Teachers and parents have started noticing because kids talk about it all the time,” sophomore Danielle Smolinski said. “Like cigarettes, vaping has a stigma of ‘being cool’, but is a healthier alternative because you can control how much nicotine you want in them or choose pure water vapor with no nicotine,” Hansel said. Many a s k whether e-cigarettes companies tar get m i nors. “ I know cigarette companies t a r get minors, but I have a friend who owns a shop and they definitely don’t target kids. I think it’s the large amount of customers that come in at once, and they forget to check IDs.” E-cigarettes are often compared to cigarettes because of the similar concept, but they were originally created to steer users in the opposite direction. However, they’ve gained the reputation of a gateway drug. “I don’t think vaping is healthy because the chemicals in them can be dangerous and potentially lead to worse,” Smolinski said. The comparison to cigarettes has made teachers, parents, and local law enforcements anxious on where this popularity will lead

and the effects they’ll have. “Vapes aren’t entirely like cigarettes. Kids smoked cigarettes trying to be cool but then it became a necessity because they were addicted, but vaping is like a fad to kids, once it passes they’ll give up on it. They might not get addicted, but it’s against the law either way,” Hansel said.


April 20, 2018


Students petition for outdoor graduation Kayleigh Padar

Many seniors signed a petition requesting the administration to host graduation outside this year. Despite this petition, graduation will still be held inside. “I decided to create the petition because I realized that lots of surrounding schools hold their graduations outside. It seems kind of ridiculous that Hersey tried to limit the amount of tickets a student can get,” senior Lexi Richards said. After graduation tickets were assigned, many students were disappointed that they weren’t able to receive all the tickets they requested. “I decided to sign the petition because I know that others, including myself, had a hard time finding tickets for even their immediate family,” senior Alexis Beidleman said. Among other reasons, the administration decided that the cost of hosting graduation outside was not worth the benefits. The cost is so high because the school would have to rent a stage and sound equipment, then pay custodians overtime so that they could set everything up. “It was determined that the cost of all that outweighed the benefits of having it [graduation] outside,” activities director John Novak said. Despite this decision, students have given a lot of thought to reasons why graduation should be outside. For example, many believe that an outside graduation would be more pleasant. “I think the gym is too small and closed in, an outside graduation would have more space and better atmosphere,” senior Jane An said. Others believe that having graduation outside would be more convenient for attendees. “I think graduation would be so much better out-

side because it would be so much easier for people to get in and out and there would be so much more room for family,” senior Kendall Kruger said. Some believe that having the •Katherine Wiemold theater as an he class of 2017 gathered for graduation indoors. This year, overflow for the current seniors created a petition arguing for the event the event is pointless. “My two sons graduated from Prospect, which “It’s almost as if staying home and watching it has its graduation outside. In my personal expeat another time or on TV would be easier for rience, you couldn’t see anything because the people who are given theater tickets,” Richards stage was so far away. All you could hear was said. the wind going through the microphone,” NoDespite these complaints, the administration vak said. believes that the drawbacks to hosting graduaAlthough graduation will not be held outside tion outside outweigh the advantages. The unre- this year, some students have hope it will be liable weather causes an array of problems. The held outside for future classes. “With the sizes decision to host graduation outside couldn’t be of the classes that will be graduating in the foldefinitively made until the night before, then lowing years, it’s crucial to make graduation custodians would have to set up the entire event outside,” Richards said. early Sunday morning. Many petition signers recognize that changIf it rained and they decided to host gradua- ing the location of graduation would be too tion inside, there would be no additional tickets difficult for this year, but they hope that their at all. Families would only receive the origi- actions might influence future decisions. The nal four and there would be no option at all for administration has not had any official discusoverflow. sionss.about moving graduation outside for fuSome administration members also have ture classes. concerns about the quality of an outside event.

•continued from page 1 “We are now getting to the point in our district when they are making these reductions, they’re gonna start hurting, they’re gonna start affecting programs, they’re gonna start doing other things,” Novak said. “It’s gonna hurt.” “A steady move” The situation surrounding the removal of the Mandarin program is different in several ways, though students are no less incensed. “I think it is just unfair to incoming students who want to take Chinese,” sophomore Jenna McCormick said. But like the stipend reductions, its not a matter of fairness, but of money. The cutting of Mandarin is unlike the stipends in it is not the product of a district wide agreement, but one between Hersey, Buffalo Grove, and Thomas Middle School. The three schools are currently the only ones to host a Mandarin program, with previous programs at Rolling Meadows and Prospect High Schools and South Middle School having been eliminated in years prior. Furthermore, the elimination of the Mandarin program will not directly affect the district budget as with student activities. Rather, the phasing out of the Mandarin program will free up what is known as Full Time Equivalency, a unit of measure of hours of teacher employment. FTE is the school’s budget for teachers, and as the district cuts down on its budget, the amount of FTE allocated to schools decreases. According to Principal Gordon Sisson, schools in the district are encouraged to be “proactive” in managing FTE. The Mandarin program had only two teachers, shared between this school and Buffalo Grove, but the proportion of FTE to students was still considered too extravagant. “The interest [in Mandarin] has not been to a level that justifies the financial expense,” Social Science and World Language Division Head Tom Smith said.

budgeting for often unused overtime hours - which then go into the reserve fund. In fact, the district’s reserves are so plentiful that the district has been required to spend down the reserve fund in the form of construction projects like the building of Prospect High School’s new pool. Johnson explained that those reserves could not be used to bolster the budget due to financial risks. “There are so many variables when you are talking about a 280 million-some dollars,” Johnson said. “We need to be conservative because we’re using taxpayer dollars.” As the result, the district has been consistently reducing the budget since 2009. •Claire Dwyer For the most part, students have been unaflags hang in the language lab to reprefected, but the cuts to stipends and Mandasent the languages offered at Hersey. rin suggest this may not be the case much longer. In addition, political maneuvers at But, all in all, Mandarin is just one part of the state level - most notably Governor Bruce school-wide cost cutting that has persisted for Rauner’s “freeze” on property taxes - could years; it and the $35,644 stipend reduction are prove devastating to the district. just another loose end. But it seems unlikely the district can - or will “There has been a steady move to reduce attempt to change its own fortunes. certain portions of the financial budget for aus“There are limited places we can go to interity measures for as long as I’ve been here,” crease our revenue stream,” Johnson said. She Sisson said. cited three: calling a referendum to raise prop“We need to be conservative” erty taxes, which the district hasn’t done in The annual budget has produced a consistent over 40 years and, according to Johnson, would surplus as far back as 2010, with only occasionlikely be rejected by local voters; raising enal deficits in individual subcategories. It’s the work of Associate Superintendent of rollment fees, which would similarly incense Financial Operations Cathy Johnson and those locals; or pursuing federal grants. The last of in the district’s business office that help give those is handled by the district’s Teaching and that impression. Johnson has handled the bud- Learning Department, but the grants vary in get for the last five years, producing the finan- size and may be restricted in how and where cial projections that are used to calculate the they can be used. “We continue to assess [the situation] and forthcoming year’s budget. look at it, but the reality is that education fundMost of the district’s revenues come from loing has plateaued,” Johnson said. cal property taxes. She did express hope that state legislators In recent years, those revenues have failed to would be called to action by the deterioration keep pace with the rising costs of maintaining of public schools, but this would come after the the district. Not helping matters are numerous district had entered a far more dire state. extraneous costs the district must consider in its For now, the district will continue to cut its budget, including holding at least 50 percent of annual budget, leaving the fate of activities and the district’s operating budget in reserves and classes - and the students in them - uncertain.


Budget reductions impact programs




April 20, 2018

Cutting Chinese program limits competitive edge Claire Dwyer In a brief email to students and families, it was announced that the Mandarin program at Hersey and Buffalo Grove would be phased out. Incoming freshman and current students will be able to complete the program, but after that, students will only have two foreign language options to choose from. The abrupt decision blindsided many within the Chinese program. Students are left confused as to why the district decided to cut Mandarin, the most widely spoken language in the world. As students scramble to find a better solution, we are still left with more questions than answers. When the class of 2023 enters high school, they will only have two options for a foreign language, French and Spanish, both Western, romantic languages that have many similarities. Chinese was the only unique option for students to take. This is not to say that French and Spanish aren’t important, just that Chinese is equally important. Not only does this decision impact student’s opportunities, but it also damages our district’s reputation as a competitive and innovative school district in the state and in the country. Our school is one of the best in the state, yet we will fall behind with only two foreign lan-

guage opportunities. Competing districts such as District 225 and District 203 both offer seven different languages. District 211 offers four and District 125 (Stevenson High School) offers six. All of these districts offer Chinese as a foreign language option. Chinese is a quickly growing language, and both the CIA and the FBI list Chinese as a “mission critical” language, and the agencies look for employees who can speak the language. For college and future job opportunities, Chinese offers countless possibilities for students. Taking away this opportunity would greatly limit the options students of this district have. How are students expected to compete academically with students from these schools when •Nathan Kim we are given less opportunities than them? aper lanterns made by the students of Are we really being prepared Chinese culture club are seen hanging in for college and future jobs if we room 124D. This celebration of New Year’s will lack the foreign language skills be phased out in the upcoming years. that many other high schools have readily available? on a competitive level, but we must be given the Students that attend a school as strong as ours should be given equally strong opportunities to do so. opportunities. Students are ready to work hard


Hulu offers greater entertainment options than Netflix Gracie Scannell

Netflix has been the craze for the better half of ten years now. Most people under the age of thirty babe it, and with the $10 per month minimum charge, good TV selections are expected. Unfortunately, since its peak in 2013 the list of television series that people so famously binged on on Netflix is rapidly disappearing. New movies that Netflix coined as ‘Netflix originals’ are just basic story lines that have the basic concept of every made for TV movie ever created. Hulu, the lesser known streaming website, has a seemingly unlimited amount of TV shows available to watch; at $10 a month–the same price as Netflix–Hulu has more TV shows and thankfully, interesting original movies or TVshows. Hulu makes up for its lack of movies in its plethora of different genres of shows. From popular old school films to current hit TV shows, Hulu has got it covered. Hulu keeps

their content updated so viewers can catch up on all of their favorite shows without waiting for the entire season to air, whereas on Netflix they have to wait until the show has run its course on TV. And don’t even get me started on the movies. Netflix is truly lacking in the movie department, having high quality movies on there for a few weeks and then taking them off later. It seems like they know exactly when we want to watch a certain movie and then decide to snatch it away from us. This doesn’t happen with Hulu. Granted, Hulu does have shows and movies that expire eventually, but it is not as frequent as Netflix. Realistically Netflix shouldn’t still be in business. Students need to make the better decision and ditch cable along with Netflix and turn to Hulu. Hulu is a company that obviously cares about its customers and tries to better itself with new shows and less money hungry schemes like original shows. So when craving a binge session dump Netflix and Chill and join us on the Hulu bandwagon.

Marius Dohotar Senior

“How do you feel about the school district phasing out programs due to budget cuts?”

Tiffany Lee Freshman

•Trent Sprague

tudents frequently use their S school issued iPads to watch TV shows and movies on various

streaming softwares. Many students prefer Netflix over Hulu.

Sam Margalit Junior

Chloe Stenson Sophomore

“The school “I don’t think it’s a good “I feel sad for the “I didn’t really hear about thing at all because people who are inter- it before, but I don’t think shouldn’t get rid of them; they should those programs are what ested in those prothey should get rid of grams, and now they programs that students bring more awareness make Hersey unique and and maybe have funhelp students find their don’t really have the enjoy.” draisers to keep these passions or learn new chance to take them clubs and classes skills.” anymore.” active.”


Staff Speaks

Seniors share pride, regrets from time in high school

Joshua Irvine: “AP Physics. Guess As the seniors become closer to graduation, they begin to reflect on how which.” they spent the last four years. Senior Tommy Lumsden: “I am proud that Correspondent members share aspects of high school they are proud of or that I got to spend so much time doing so many amazing things at Hersey with so they regret. many different people.” Jamie Anderluh: “I’m proud that I Martin Manosalvas: “I’m proud I devoted time to the things that mattered to me, rather than stressing over tests was able to manage and prioritize my time with being involved in sports, folike the PSAT.” cusing on academics and dealing with Kayleigh Padar: “I’m proud that I medical issues.” was able to prioritize my time. I spent Katie Lindgren: “I am proud of myso much time in the English wing doing what I love even though that sometimes self in general because I love myself. meant getting lower grades in other However I regret ever doing AP Physics.” classes I wasn’t as passionate about.” Caroline Stiefbold: “While I’m proud of all I have accomplished in high school, I regret that I didn’t do all I could to make my senior bowling season the best experience it could have been. And I regret that I didn’t turn on dynamic spelling.” Jennifer Lechowski: “I’m proud that I went out of my comfort zone when entering high school to be a part of so many different clubs and activities in which I met my very best friends.”

Heidi Freitag: “I regret nothing... #noregrets, however I am really proud of the person I’ve become and all the amazing people who I’ve met along the way.” Lauren Theisen: “I am proud of all of the opportunities and events that I was apart of through SOS and other activities I was in at Hersey, and that I was able to gain so much real world experiences.

Nathan Kim: “I am proud of how Quinn Cunningham: “I am proud I much I’ve changed and grown as a perwas able to balance devoting a lot of son and of the different relationships time and effort to cross country while and experiences I’ve had here.” still being able to challenge myself in Alex Rivera Grant: “I’m proud of classes like AP Physics C and Calc.” how far I have come as a speaker and Katherine Wiemold: “I regret not be- performer. Three years ago I would have coming more active politically and so- never been able to do half the things I cially. I wish I would have been more do now.” outspoken in my younger years.” Trent Sprague: “I regret not going to Gracie Scannell: “I regret caring so more school events, and not taking admuch about my ACT score. I sacrificed vantage of the opportunities for growth a lot of time and energy worrying about that Hersey offers.” it.”

Seniors should make the most of their final year Jennifer Lechowski

other year. It’s hard to believe that in less than two months I will be a high school graduate. As As of today, there are each day goes by, I encourage seniors to spend only 37 days left until the this time with friends and enjoy these last high class of 2018 graduates. The school moments. Seniors should thought of go to more footmoving ball games, school on from musicals, dances, this school etc. They shouldn’t and saying hesitate whether or goodbye not to attend school to all the people I have met is functions. They will bittersweet. be gone in a flash, I’m most upset to leave and there is simply my best friends. The people I no time for regrets. got to meet throughout high At the beginschool are what have made the ning of senior year, last four years enjoyable. I’m I couldn’t wait for lucky enough to say many of high school to wrap my friends will be going to the up, but as the end same college as me. is nearing I wish it Senior year has given me •Jamie Anderluh would all just slow the chance to be a lot more ineniors Jennifer Lechowski, down. Soon enough dependent. I got to choose my Kayleigh Padar, and Carowe will all go our classes, spend more time with separate ways. This my friends and choose the col- line Stiefbold make the most of is the last time in our lege I will be attending. No, their senior year in San Franlives that we will be this year was definitely not a cisco. able to see each other blow off, but a time to appreciate current relationships and make many impor- everyday and go to the same school. Seniors should take in everything high school has to oftant life-changing decisions. Senior year has also flown by faster than any fer and enjoy the last of their high school career.





April 20, 2018

College should be student’s choice Katie Lindgren

As May 1 comes around, for seniors that means it is college decision time. College is going to be someone’s home for the next four years of her life. Students shouldn’t let anyone tell them where they should go. Parents have big influences on our college choices, but in the end it is the child’s decision. Money is the determining factor usually when it comes down the making the final decision. Yes, no one wants to be in debt, but if it is going to mean one’s happiness for the next four years, then maybe going to the more expensive college isn’t so bad. Everyone should be able to pay off her college loans eventually once she establishes a job. So students should not let anyone tell them where they “should go”. If it’s not the place that’s going to make them happy, it isn’t the place for them to attend college.

Limiting tests during the week of SAT ideal for students

Grace Garlick

The week of SAT state testing can be a stressful week for many students during high school, specifically juniors. Students will be prepared for this single test their entire high school career until they finally take the test, which sets up the anxiety as the testing day comes closer. Juniors stack up on SAT prep and for some, ACT prep. The SAT shares the week of the ACT and AP tests. So for people who are taking all three, the week is busy enough where studying for a physics test or a skill check can feel like breaking their brain, not to mention someone with test anxiety. This test is made out to have one of the most impactful scores we’ll receive, so yes, students are anxious enough. I understand the district does its best to ensure fairness during testing weeks as well as accommodations to keep stress as low as possible, but if teachers could rid the week of any unit tests or skill checks, students would be given more time to focus on state testing and less time in a heap of stress. is published 10 times a year by the journalism students of John Hersey High School, 1900 East Thomas Street, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004. Call for advertising rates. Phone (847) 718-4945. The Correspondent welcomes a free exchange of ideas. Letters to the editor may be sent to Because school officials do not engage in prior review, and the content of The Correspondent is determined by, and reflects only the views of the student staff and not school officials or the school itself, its student editorial board and responsible student staff members assume complete legal and financial liability for the content of the publication. The Correspondent will not publish any material determined by student editors or the student editorial board to be unprotected, that is, material that is libelous, obscene, materially disruptive to the educational process, and unwarranted invasion of privacy, a violation of copyright or a promotion of products or services unlawful (illegal) as to minors as defined by state or federal law. All unsigned editorial area the opinion of The Correspondent staff. Materials in this newspaper are the property of The Correspondent 2016-2017. The Correspondent is a member of numerous press associations. One thousand eight hundred copies are made each issue to be distributed to students during their second hour classes. Editors-in-Chief,

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April 20, 2018

Working out ne 5 Minute Ab Workout with senior Hannah Graff 1 minute 1 minute 1 minute Bicycle Crunches Planks Sit Ups

1 minute Russian Twists

1 minute V-Ups

Students embrace cycling, spin classes Heidi Freitag

Snowing in April is no surprise to students as the weather in Illinois goes through the four seasons within four days. Even though summer is approaching students fitness schedules are being interrupted. Prom diets and morning and evening workout sessions are becoming a must; students are discovering new ways to get in shape. Cycling has been a common workout in the fitness world and students are beginning to take classes that service their fitness goals. “I went to Cycle Bar in Deer Park and the employees were super energetic and motivating,” senior Abby Johnstone said. Finding a medium between places that are comfortable yet motivating can be difficult. Spin classes are high intensity classes that in•Reggie Defilippo clude movements that fire up the lower body such ycling places such as Soul as glutes and hip flexors. “The class itself was one Cycle have become a trend of the most high intensity things I’ve done, and I’ve among students. been a swimmer forever,” Johnstone said.


For some people distance is the goal at the end of a workout, but for others calorie burning is essential in order to end a workout. “I burned 700 calories in 45 minutes,” Johnstone said. Cycling can provide a range of benefits to workout enthusiasts such as fat burning and muscle gain. Riding a bike is always a healthy option as well, but in a spin class calculations and tracking can be shown. “They send you all your progress you made in the class in your email, so it’s a very calculated class,” Johnstone said. The atmosphere is also a key component in enhancing the workout experience. Outside factors can affect a good workout. That’s why cycling is a perfect opportunity to create a positive attitude towards fitness. “The room was dark with red lights and very cliche music was playing in the background,” Johnstone said. Spin classes usually have a layout and amenities that help beginner and advanced cyclists get in the grove of cycling. Spin goes to show that workouts can be fun and can help people get fit.

“I try to get as much sleep as I possibly can, I play volleyball and workout, I run when I can, and I eat a lot of fruits ley Elenz – senior Ash

...What do you do to stay healthy during the spring?


April 20, 2018


ew fitness plans Summer motivates healthy lifestyles

Marie Bechtoldt

The past six months of hibernation can seem endless and usually cause many struggles to get students out of their winter mind set and in to the summer mood. In the winter it is not common to slack off in usual heath and fitness routines, especially that most New Year’s resolutions have faded by spring and that motivation to get fit and active has simmered away. The cold weather can equal eating more and eating unhealthier. “It’s easy for my body to fall into a unhealthy pattern in the winter months due to the atmosphere and really the weather. The cold definitely tends to cause me to eat more and unhealthier,” junior Ashley DaSilva said. Going to the gym or working out can also be difficult to do when the weather is so terrible. Now that April is upon us, many use this time in spring to shift into healthier habits and begin to pick back up on some physical activity to prepare to look and feel their best in the summer. “I always try to eat as clean as possible and workout at Planet fitness as much as I can,” junior Mary Barnes Said. Exercise can be much more enjoyable as the weather gets warmer. Outdoor activities open up possibilities for fun and healthy activities that can contribute to healthy habits. “I enjoy swimming or going on hikes with my dog and

exploring cool places. Exercise can be a fun adventure as well as a way to stay fit, especially as the weather get nicer there are so many more options,” junior Kat Mandziara said. Fitness and healthy routines prepare the body for summer tasks and often is the time to refresh the lifestyle. “I usually try to get to the gym more as summer approaches. And if the weather is warm , I love running outside and rollerblading around lake Arlington,” junior Jenny Hrametz said. Whether getting outside going on walks or jogging or doing yoga outside, it can bring the mind and body a refreshment and prepare for spring and summer. Some see spring as a time to get in shape, since those layers and winter coats will be no longer. “I just think it’s important for myself to feel my best and feeling healthy and active going into summer is the best way to feel confident in myself,” DaSilva said. Motivation to get fit for summer can kick start plans to create a new fitness routine or simply incorporate heathy habits into everyday life. Whether it is getting outside and exercising, or hitting the gym a little more frequently, forming a fitness routine in the spring to restart and prepare for summer is a healthy habit that can kick start a new fitness and health journey.


•Courtesy of Julia Murray

enior Julia Murray participates in an outdoor yoga class in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Warmer weather (soon?) promotes outdoor workouts Lauren Theisen

As the weather gets warmer, or just a little less awful, more opportunities to get active arise. It can help students get out of the gym and the same equipment routine and allow for them to get outside and try something new. With a slim array of ways to work out during the fall and winter months, utilizing the outdoors during the spring and summer time is essential. “I like biking and going on hikes. The most effective workout I do though is ab workouts. I do reverse crunches, mountain climbers, V-Ups, planks, and sit ups occasionally. You can literally do it anywhere, and you don’t have to go to a gym or need any workout equipment in order to do it effectively,” senior Katrina Segalla said.

“I work out six days a week for football, and I always try to eat healthy.” cper – junior Ka z ic w ie Rutk

When the weather clears up, it stops snowing, and we stop having four seasons every week, biking and running outside can be a great way to stay fit. With lots of trails and bike paths near by to use, it can be fun to go different lengths and distances depending on how much time students have to work out. “It’s nice to be able to workout for free, sometimes I’ll run around t h e Lutheran Home. It’s nice because I feel safe in the area, and it’s not a boring place to run,” senior Leah Ryg said. Also, unlike a gym or workout place, the outdoors are always open. It is easily accessible and from the moment students wake up till the time they go to bed, workout opportunities are always available. “Working out on my own has it’s benefits because it allows me to go at my own pace without seeing others go faster, and I can

sweat however much I want without seeing me. Simply running in my neighborhood gets the workout done with and is some nice alone time,” senior Taylor LaFayette said. Swimming can also be an easy and affordable way to stay active as well. Whether students are life guarding at a local pool and get the constant exposure to the water our community provides or they just like swimming, it can be a fun way to stay cool while working out. The change in season can also make working out less painful and overall just more enjoyable.

“Activities like cheerleading will keep me in shape and eating healthy. I also try my hardest to make healthy choices because of it,” Jillion –sophomore Davis



April 20, 2018

‘Cafes are magical’ Chicagoland brews up groovy hot spots

Jamie Anderluh This year, I discovered that cafes are magical. I once misjudged them, imagining multiples of Starbucks masked by different names. I was entirely wrong: independent cafes are more than warm, wonderful drinks (which is already worthy of celebration). They often serve breakfast and lunch; they’re open early and stay up late; they can be a creative hub for live music, local products, and art displays; and the best of the best have couches (I repeat: couches). Sitting back in a squishy seat, sipping a strange but extraordinary latte of the month, and stuffing

myself with crispy pastries is an ideal way to catch up on homework, converse, read, or just eat and eat and eat contentedly. After traveling from suburb to suburb, I humbly present my favorite cafes. 1. Owl and Lark Before venturing inside, the name “Owl and Lark” is strange and misleading. Is it a kitschy jewelry shop? A store for bird enthusiasts? Of course not; it’s the most extraordinary cafe! Tucked within the often forgotten town of La Grange, this coffee shop/juice bar is small but mighty. On the menu are avocado toast, smoothie bowls (I recommend the peanut butter bowl–it changed my life), and comforting drinks. Baked goods are available, too, and all of the above is heart-meltingly wonderful. 2. The Coffee House at Chestnut & Pine Apologies in advance. This one is a hike. The drive to Burlington, Wisconsin is just over an hour, but it’s worth it. Burlington itself is a Wisconsin gem, stuffed with antique stores and a chocolate museum (!!!!!!!) (consider also: Burlington’s Chocolatefest, in late May). The Coffee House makes the list, though, because it’s an experience in itself: Open Mic night every Thursday, weekend live music, and breakfast all day are reasons enough to visit. But, of course, there’s more: pie, doughnuts, and bagels (maple bagels, might I add), to name a few of the baked goods that make this cafe glorious. If only more places could be like Burlington.

3. Cupitol Coffee and Eatery This coffee shop is a favorite for Northwestern students and Evanston locals alike. It’s the perfect balance of restaurant, cafe, and bakery, complete with fresh pies, a “chocolate bar” (where dreams come true), juices, and breakfast and lunch fare. The options are extensive, all of which are delicious (of course some of this is only a presumption–I couldn’t eat everything) and most of which are relatively healthy (salads here are a gift). The atmosphere is warm and bustling, and the location is ideal for exploring downtown Evanston, tea or coffee in hand. 4. Courageous Bakery and Cafe Courageous does cupcakes. But that’s not at all. Indulge in breakfast and lunch “sammies”, as they call them, french toast sticks (hooray!), and omelettes, among other things. Of course, the list of cupcake creations here is overwhelming. Over 13 different cupcake varieties each day are only a sampling of the more than 50 cupcakes Courageous has created. 5. Three Tarts Bakery and Cafe What I love about Three Tarts is their selection of carbs. Artisan breads (which complete perfect sandwiches), scones, and the most perfect pies are the essence of “baked with love”. The freshly-baked smell welcomes customers at the door, and it is delightful. Grab a table by the window to enjoy the light (it makes the food look even more heavenly). To summarize: Three Tarts makes me feel warm and fuzzy. It’s like a trip to Grandma’s house, if Grandma lived in Northfield.


April 20, 2018


LGBTQ+ representation comes out in ‘Love, Simon’ Kayleigh Padar

who knows and when,” senior Nina Connor said. “It was also nice to see a movie in which “Love, Simon” is the first mainstream, studio his parents were very accepting and positive, produced movie to feature a same-sex romance usually in movies it’s the opposite.” This representation was felt so honest to and it has inspired students during the short some that it made them emotional. “I loved it so time it has been in theaters. “I saw it, and I couldn’t stop crying because much. I cried several times. It was so cute and I’ve never been able to relate to anything on a almost stressful to watch, but I’m very glad I screen as much as I was able to relate to ‘Love, watched it,” Mullen said. In addition to the subject topic, the producSimon’,” senior Joe Nudo said. Similar to other recent box office hits, like tion and soundtrack throughout the movie also “Black Panther,” “Love, Simon” shed light on made students feel sentimental. “My favorite band had the opportunity a minority’s experience to be the big artist of the that isn’t often seen on soundtrack. ‘Bleachers’ screen and gave many was the whole reason I students representation was able to get out of my that they felt they hadn’t depression. That band ingotten before. spired me to come out to “The movie shows the people around me,” underrepresented Nudo said. groups not only that In the past, LGBTQ+ there are others like students experienced stress them out there, but also due to the lack of representhat they can be in love tation that existed in the and there’s nothing mainstream media. “Unwrong with that,” senior til you see representation, Erin Mullen said. you will always feel like Many LGBTQ+ stuyou are a screw up because dents believe that this you’re not the same as evmovie represented their eryone. That was so hard experiences accurately. to overcome. The fact that “This is basically the there is now a movie that only movie I’ve seen accurately portrays the that doesn’t have a steLGBTQ+ population accureotypical flamboyant, rately is incredible,” Nudo over-the-top gay as cosaid. medic relief,” Nudo Maybe believe that said. “It just portrayed •courtesy of Lily Buchen movies like this are importhe gay experience more enior Erin Mullen showcastant. “I believe representaaccurately than I’ve ing her pride at the 2017 Pride tion like this is essential ever seen in any other Parade. “Love, Simon” reminded because this movie probmovie or TV show.” ably helped so many indiThe aspects of the many LGBTQ+ students of their viduals questioning their film surrounding the own experiences. sexual orientation. It really experience of coming out especially touched students. “Coming out just showed how important it was to be true to can definitely cause fear and distress because yourself,” Nudo said. Some would argue that film makers should no one ever knows how someone will react to something until it happens. I think the movie continue creating films with diverse, unique characters. “This movie was so important for so represents that fear well,” Mullen said. “I think the movie was a great portrayal of many people, and I just hope there will be many coming out, especially when the whole school more movies/shows that will represent all the finds out Simon is gay and he says something diverse members of he LGBTQ+ community in along the lines of it should be his own choice a positive way,” Connor said.


‘Coffee Haus’ tops coffee charts

Apple customer service disappoints patrons

This trendy and unique cafe is an amazing spot to get all different type of coffee creations and bubble teas. From the friendly environment to almost never ending menu, it’s a great place to check out when coffee lovers want to mix it up from the usual Dunkin’ and Starbucks drinks. Located on Golf Road in Schaumburg, Coffee Haus is easy to find and definitely worth going out of the way a bit. If the 20 flavors of tea, smoothies, and lattes are not enough, Coffee Haus also offers homemade waffles topped with ice cream and several creative tasty toppings to add. Whether in the mood for an espresso, green tea bubble tea, or a delicious desert, Coffee Haus is definitely a spot the tops typical cafes.

Apple products such as the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch are obviously all the rage. Apple’s constant updates allow for quicker usage in apps, better pictures, and more intelligent programming in the least in the newer ones. For many who own older versions of Apple products, because they don’t want to buy something new every year that essentially does the same thing, these updates cause a lot of problems. I called to have my MacBook screen repaired and I was put through a 15 minute waiting period only to talk to an operator who told me to “get a new one because fixing it would only cause more problems”. So with that, I took her advice and got a new Hewlett Packard laptop. Apple may be the crowd favorite, but their customer service couldn’t care less about the customer. •Grace Garlick

•Marie Bechtoldt

with Joshua Irvine

‘Rampage’ resolves this column There’s a special kind of juvenile energy in movies like “Rampage.” I won’t call it magic, because it still has the same processed sheen of a franchise-in-vitro, but there’s a certain edge of genuine mania that doesn’t come with the standard action drivel. The title comes from an obscure 80s arcade game, and the mania largely comes from Dwayne Johnson. Johnson is perhaps the only action star today - and that sentence could probably end right there - who can make charging through CGI set pieces believable, probably because the man’s very existence seems to defy reality. In “Rampage,” he’s a zoologist, but he’s also a former Special Forces operative and member of a UN anti-poaching taskforce, because Dwayne Johnson would play Jane Goodall as having a license to kill. His best buddy is George, an albino gorilla who come into contact with a mysterious space-borne object that makes him start growing continually like that fish in the children’s book. Through more plot machinations, the ape - along with a mutated wolf and crocodile - starts making its way toward Chicago in a twisted reimagining of “The Incredible Journey,” and its up to Johnson to stop them. Pretty much everything else about the movie is incidental (or has been thoroughly showcased in the film’s trailer), but a few details merit mention. There’s a collection of the standard action movie roles like Lady Scientist (Naomi Harris), Nuke-Happy Military Officer (Demetrius Grosse), and Sly Man in Black (Jeffrey Dean Morgan); the (human) villains are slightly more original creations as thin caricatures of Ivanka and one of the Trump brothers (I’m thinking Don Jr., though there’s some Eric in there). The best part of the movie comes in the third act, when the monsters finally take part in that titular rampage on downtown Chicago. The scenes of the massive beasts tearing up the Magnificent Mile are giddy cinematic fun, though they become uncomfortably resonant of certain iconography as the destruction of the city is drawn out. “Rampage” is an inherently dumb movie, but its stupidity comes in moderation. It’s a bit like a Happy Meal - machined, mindless pleasure in a small enough package to dodge the guilt of indulging. It has greater merits, though, in that it’s a middling enough film that I feel I can spare the column inches to say goodbye. This is the end of “R for Real Talk,” the (mostly) consistently named host of my last three years of film criticism/pretentious snark for The Correspondent. It is also likely the very last story I will write for this publication. When I wrote my first column three years ago, I ended it with the phrase “That’s not why I watch movies,” ‘cause I have a dramatic streak and figured I could make some grand reveal on why I do watch movies. But I watch movies for the same reason as anyone else; because they’ve made me laugh, cry, cheer and occasionally shout at the screen. They’ve given me a respite from reality that I didn’t necessarily need but have always relished. So so long, and thanks for all the flicks.



April 20, 2018

‘My teacher, my colleague, my friend’ JEA honors Levin with Lifetime Achievement Award

Caroline Stiefbold

Journalism adviser Janet Levin was honored with the Journalism Education Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her 37 years as a journalism educator, 33 of which have been here with The Correspondent. (The award is usually given to recipients who have been retirees for several years). “I’m not about earning awards. What I do, I do so my students get practical journalism experience, and the building gets good media,” Levin said. Levin was nominated for the award by her former student and current Prospect newspaper adviser Jason Block. “It was a really easy decision. Janet is someone who has dedicated her life to scholastic journalism, to so many students over the years

•Brian Loomis Class of 2014


anet Levin stands with a group of her ‘Corre Gals’ after receiving her award at the spring NSPA/JEA high school journalism convention in San Francisco April 14.

at Hersey and also around the country by all the contributions she has made at conventions and through national organizations, but especially to all her Corre Kids over the years where she has put their interests, their passions, ahead of everything and made sure that they had an outlet for their creativity, for their curiosity,” Block said. Levin received the award on April 14 in San Francisco at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention. “I was just so proud to say that that was my teacher, and that’s my colleague, and for some people it would be, ‘oh, that’s my mentor, and she is [for me].’ That person taught me, and now she’s my colleague and my friend. There she was getting national recognition that’s so well deserved and overdue. It was validating her entire career, all 37 years. It’s recognized on a national level,” Block said. Block and English teacher Amanda Ams were able to be with Levin when she was recognized at the convention’s adviser luncheon. Several Correspondent members were waiting just outside the doors in matching “Janet” tshirts. “I really was blessed to be able to be with Janet. It would have been amazing regardless of if I was in San Francisco, but to be with Janet, I was so blessed to see her face and to hear the words said about her and see her in that room and see everybody clap for her,” Block said. As the adviser of The Correspondent, Levin has taught and advised one Illinois Journalist of the Year (IJOY), two IJOY runners-up, 12 all-state team members, six IHSA state champions, and 19 IHSA state medalists. Her students have also earned 22 superior ratings and over 50 excellent and honorable mention ratings in

national JEA write-off competitions. In the NSPA story of the year competition, Levin has had students’ stories named Diversity Story of the Year and honorable mention for News Story of the Year. U n d e r Levin’s leadership, The Correspondent has •Amanda Ams earned four AllAmerican ratdvisers Jason ings and over Block and Janet 25 first-class Barker Levin celratings from the ebrate Levin’s lifeNSPA. The patime achievement per also placed award. Block, a forin the top ten in mer student of Levin, the NSPA best nominated her for the of show compeaward. tition at four national conventions, including a third place finish.


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Psychologist reinforces ideas at local conference


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Junior Ryan Kreie

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Junior Lavena Mikhail

Over 135 Psychology teachers from across the Chicagoland area gathered together in the Black Box for the Chitopss (Chicagoland teachers of psychology in secondary schools) conference on April 6. Students in AP Psychology volunteered at the event and were able to hear the keynote speaker, the author of our AP Psychology textbook, Dr. David G. Myers from Hope College. “I wanted to volunteer because I really enjoy psych and hope to eventually venture into a nursing, psychology field. I thought it’d be a good opportunity to meet a well known psychologist,” senior Sarah Lippstreuer said. During the conference, teachers worked together to share ideas on teaching psychology. They learned about different activities that they could take back to their students to help them master the content. “Often times, psychology teachers are isolated because they may be the only teacher in their building teaching the subject area. This allows teachers to make connections with other teachers like them,” AP Psychology teacher Tina Athanasopoulos said. In addition to interacting with other psychology teachers, attendees were able to listen to Myers give a keynote speech called, “Teaching

to write and research topics of interest, even at Psychology in a Post-Truth Age”. “Mostly he reinforced terms from my cur- 75 years old,” Athanasopoulos said. The conference was a unique opportunity for rent psych unit, but he also talked about findings within the field that support both liberal teachers and students alike to gather and learn and conservative ideologies,” Lippstreuer said. more about psychology. The speech was about analyzing data critically and being open minded to the findings. “It [the keynote speech] was captivating because he intertwined many of society’s problems with fake news or polarizing views and related them to the psych field,” Lippstreuer said. Student volunteers were able to learn a lot from listening to Myers. “I learned that people tend to believe everything that they are told, and when we really look at statistics our beliefs may not be true,” senior Maddy Wachowski said. After the speech, Myers met • Courtesy of Tina Athanasopoulos attendees, took photos, and had discussions with them. “It was exr. David G. Myers poses with student citing to hear him speak, take picvolunteers. Myers is the writer of the AP tures with teachers, and share his Psychology textbook. wisdom,” Athanasopoulos said. “Dr. Myers is truly a kind man and lifelong learner. He continues

Sophomore Mary Renner

Kayleigh Padar

11 Sports Tommy’s Take: Girls water polo scores MSL East title

April 20, 2018

Snow is not super cool Tommy Lumsden Living in Chicago, I think every athlete knows the struggles of spring weather and cancellations. Well this year, high school sports are not alone. The MLB is seeing some of the most cancellations they have ever seen through April. There have already been 24 cancellations as of April 17, and the Cubs and the White Sox are getting the worst end of the deal. The two teams got to share a weekend of almost no baseball thanks to constant rains and freezing temperatures. The Cubs and White Sox share a total of nine postponed baseball games according to ESPN. Chicago weather has really been a pain this spring. It is almost unbearable to step outside. It makes spring sports unpleasant and takes the joy out of many of the sports we are playing, but we all deal with it. When mother nature will get better is almost impossible to know, but we all hope it does fast. Not only do I want to get out on the tennis courts more, but I want to watch more baseball. It it is also easy to blame failures on the weather when in Chicago. While that doesn’t work because opponents are dealing with the same thing, it almost gives teams a reason for their poor starts or rough game. We all want it to be over and not deal with it anymore, but we are all in this one together. We will all rejoice when spring finally arrives, as we have seen one of the coldest Aprils in a long time. But just like the Cubs and White Sox, high school sports are going to need to deal with this cold weather, more and more cancellations, and inevitably, busier weeks to fill in these cancellations.

HUSKIES’ TAKE “It hasn’t been that hard. We’ve played eight games here already and only two have been cancelled for us. As long as you layer up, it isn’t that bad,” BASEBALL senior Cristian Rodriquez said.

Caroline Stiefbold

cause in the fourth quarter we were tied with Saint Charles North, but being able to win 9-5 felt The undefeated great,” Lutz said. girls water polo team The Lindgren sisters (20-0) will face off were named to the allagainst Conant in the tournament team in the MSL Championship Huskies third straight on May 3 at Prospect tournament championHigh School. ship. “It feels amazing to “To have won this win the East. It’s some[Hersey] tournament now thing that hasn’t even three years in a row is such been done for Hersey a huge accomplishment, girls water polo, and and being able to beat four the chance to play in really good teams all in the MSL Championthe same day is a great acship is great,” junior complishment,” BurkhalClaire Lutz said. ter said. The girls earned With their perfect retheir spot in the chamcord still in tact, the girls pionship after clinchare trying to focus on ing the MSL East title with their second •Trent Sprague their performance at every win over Elk Grove unior Tamara Mjladjenvic con- game, and less about the idea that they have yet to on April 16. They deverts her shot into a goal. lose. feated the Grenadiers “I don’t think about it 10-4. [being undefeated]. I just Senior Madison Burkhalter and freshman Annie Lindgren each have fun playing each game,” A. Lindgren said. scored four goals. Seniors Katie Lindgren and • story continued on Jessica Tichansky also each had a goal for the Huskies. Lutz contributed to the Huskie defense with five saves in the game. “It feels really good to clinch the East, especially since we still had two [East division] games left. At just about at every practice, we have talked about taking each game one at a time to fulfill our goal of winning the East, and it finally happened,” Lippstreuer said. The Huskies also beat Elk Grove in their first meeting and have two wins a piece over Rolling Meadows, Buffalo Grove, and Wheeling. They topped Prospect 12-5 in their first match-up, and will take on the Knights again on April 23. “Beating Prospect was amazing. In years past, they’ve been the team to beat, especially last year. I feel like we’ve dethroned them,” Lippstreuer said. The Huskies have also taken two tournament Check out coverage of BG/H/W’s championship titles. They won the Glenbrook state championship victory, South tournament on March 17 and won their VOLLEYBALL, and other stories on own tournament on April 7 by beating Hoffman Estates (16-2), Morton (11-3), Stagg (18-5), and St. Charles North (9-5). “It was nerve racking in our last game be-


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“It has been more challenging than years past because there is less competition, so it is harder to find a rhythm when actually playing. The cancellations have gotten me to appreciate the moments I do get to play and makes me bring my all because I do not know when I am going to be able to compete again,” TENNIS senior Dom Antony said. “It has been really hard for me because track is an outdoor sport and even a little bit of bad weather hurts us. Even if it is a little cold and the distance runners could run, short distance might have to get cancelled due to slippery conditions. It is just hard to get times you want when you don’t have the opportunity. It motivates us to work hard, but it is a set back,” TRACK senior Haley Skiko said.

Junior Will Stefaniak

Sophomore Erin Rodriguez



•Grace Garlick

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“Everyone on the team calls me ‘way’ because of the chant ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way.’ ” “Before we go compete, everyone has an individual chant they say.” “We have pasta parties before all of our home meets.”

•Claire Dwyer

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“We have traditions like Easter egg hunts or pasta parties. But this year it’s a Korean BBQ.” “We just have one cheer that has been around for a long time: ‘Huskie pride down and deep *stomp stomp* mush!’” “We do a thing called birdy buddies, which is essentially big sister/little sister.”



April 20, 2018


ophomore Chloe Sena steals the ball from a Wildcat defender. The girls take the field tonight at 6:45 against Elk Grove in the Roland R. Goins Stadium.

photos taken by Soccer Alyssa Kuncheria

photos taken Volleyball by Kierra Collins

unior Jakub Migus J setting an outside hitter in their match against the Prospect Knights. They play again tonight at the Palatine invite.

reshman Kaya AuF gustyn wins the ball from her opponent. Huskies won the game 7-0 against the Wheeling Wildcats.

eniors Cameron Saeed and Joe Nugent S and junior Jakub Migus go up for a block. They won the matches 25-21 and 25-19.


unior Laura Burkhardt strikes the ball down the field to her teammate. The team has six more regular season games before they head to regionals in May.

Issue 49, Vol. 50  

The April 20, 2018 issue of The Correspondent.

Issue 49, Vol. 50  

The April 20, 2018 issue of The Correspondent.