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Students complain about fluctuating temperatures Kevin Hyde Sophomore Jensen Smith sits attentively in her first period math class. Bundled up in multiple layers, Smith tries her best to focus, but her chattering teeth and sudden shivers hinder this goal. Smith is not alone, other students empathize with her, complaining about the frigid and varying temperatures throughout the building. Though a good number of students and staff would agree that the building’s colder temperatures seem to be growing ever more prevalent, the complex system of heating and cooling proves otherwise. Regardless of scientific evidence, students certainly voice their opinions on the temperatures throughout the building. “I really hate it. I walk through the halls shivering at random, which makes people think there is something wrong with me. I get the chills all the time when I am just sitting in class. It’s just bad overall,� sophomore Madeleine Brown said. Rather than having one uniform temperature at all times, the building is equipped with multiple ducts and fans in order to fine tune specific temperatures in certain rooms. “The building has a wide variety of heating and cooling systems such as air handlers, roof top units, cabinet heaters, and ventilators,� building and grounds supervisor Michael Pierce said. “The main ones we use are up in the far rooms for ventilation. We want to put out unwanted air, and pull in some outside air

to keep it somewhat refreshing.� Since each wing of the building has its own system of heating and ventilation, it is not always a consistent temperature that reigns throughout the halls. “I don’t like how some areas are colder than others, especially my physics room,� junior Maryann Hewiyou said. One of the main points of complaint amongst students lies in the actual fluctuation of temperature that occurs within each Emily Behn individual room. “I have one reshmen Mary Martin and Sara Douvalakis sit in the commons area class that gets really bundled up in layers due to the cold temperatures in the school. “My precold, and then all of a sudden, it will get school class is freezing. I had to get my jacket last week because I was so cold,� uncomfortably hot. Douvalakis said. It’s kind of confusing temperatures, students would find that the ing why the temperature changes so much in a problem lies within the students themselves. matter of fifty minutes,� Smith said. If investigating the cause of these fluctuatcontinued on page 3



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t the Obama administration described the plan as part of an effective strategy for keeping the invasive fish at bay while long-term biological controls are developed.

Tournabout trials come to an end

In recent months, the school has been buzzing about the fate of the annual tournabout dance. The talk stemmed from student council who had been discussing ideas ranging from a themed dance, to a spring formal, to no change at all. However, the decision has finally been made. Tournabout is now being dubbed a ‘Spring Formal.’ “We want to make it more inclusive. At homecoming, there’s groups of just boys and groups of just girls. We want everyone to feel welcome,” sophomore class board sponsor Kent Borghoff said. The spring dance is going to continue like it always has, only this year things will be a little different. Girls can ask boys, or boys can ask girls. The ultimate goal is for students to attend the dance and have a good time. “We don’t want to dump tournabout all together. It’s different, it’s fun. We aren’t trying to discourage girls to ask boys, we’re trying to encourage everyone to feel welcome,” Borghoff said. It’s still going to be a formal dance. The change came about with hope that attendance will increase. “I’m looking forward to the dance. There was a lot of pressure to ask the guys (with tournabout), but dances are always fun if you have a good group to hang with. I’ll probably go with my friends,” sophomore Ala Folta said. In the Huskie Poll, (front page) 52 percent of students selected the dance to remain the same, and 31 percent preferred a spring formal, so essentially, students are getting what they wanted. Ashley Hawkins

Debate team talks their way to the top Debate team captain senior Ted Schwaba has captured trophies, competition after competition, Schwaba has set a new school record, being the first debater ever to win trophies in both speaking and presiding in all invitationals from October to January. This includes both trophies from the most recent competition, the Deerfield Invitational on Jan. 8. “It makes me feel like we’ve got a good shot at state,” Schwaba said. “We have a really concentrated team, and everyone is doing pretty well,” Schwaba said. Another contributor to the team’s success is senior Ben Coulomb. Coulomb was awarded the Critics Choice Award at the Deerfield Invitational. This award presented to the highest point-getter in each chamber. Junior Moriah Mulroe was awarded the second place speaker award, collecting her second trophy of the season so far. Along with the success of the upperclassmen, the team also has powerful freshmen. Melanie Cohodes, is the first rookie to get an in individual trophy in years. “We have awesome freshmen this year that are dominating the freshmen from other schools,” Schwaba said. The debaters begin their postseason Feb. 4 to Feb. 5 at Wheeling. The top six speakers from the Tournament of Champions Qualifier will earn bids to the national tournament in Lexington, Kentucky in May. Teagan Ferraresi

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Girl Scout’s project inspires charity Teagan Ferraresi

As a 13 year member of the Girl Scouts of America, senior Anna Voinovich has spent years learning the importance of leadership and charity. The highest honor a girl scout can get, the Gold Award, is an honor that requires both of those skills. For her Gold Award project, Voinovich chose to host an event for the community in which various charities from around the area had representatives come to tell visitors all about their charities and how they can get involved. Voinovich held her service fair at Euclid Elementary School on Jan. 8. The fair included charities of all different types to ensure there was a charity to interest everyone. For the full story and a complete list of charities involved go to

Courtesy of Anna Voinovich enior Anna Voinovich spent a week this past summer in Appalachia rebuilding and repairing houses for the Appalachia Service Project (ASP). ASP is just one of the many charities represented at the service fair on Jan. 8.


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note from a 10-year-old boy lies in the memorial for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords i outside her Tucson, Arizona, office, on Tuesday, Jan. 11. Jared Lee Loughner began shooting. Giffords was shot in the head, thus putting her in critical condition by the time she arrived at University Medical Center. “No matter where you go, there’s always that risk of being in danger. Somebody can open fire anywhere in public,” senior Kendra Hallett said. Loughner also shot and killed six people and wounded 13 more before being overpowered by the crowd and arrested. Those killed include nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green, US district Judge John Roll, and Gabriel Zimmerman, one of Giffords’s aides. Giffords remains in critical condition at University Medical Center as of Wednesday. Loughner was constrained by members in the crowd before being arrested. In response to the shooting, President Obama called for a moment of silence on Monday at 10 a.m. Students took part in the moment during

Tr a g e d y struck Saturday morning when an Arizona man opened fire at an event held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) of Arizona. She was holding a “Congress at Your Corner” event at which she met with people of Arizona at a local Safeway in Tucson when 22-year-old

third hour class. Loughner appeared in court Monday being charged with two federal murder charges and three attempted murder charges. His next court date is set for Jan. 24. As of Monday, Giffords is one of two victims who remain in the intensive-care unit. So far, two victims from Saturday’s shooting have been discharged, and five remain in serious condition, according to Because of this tragedy, some think it may have an impact on politicians that come to speak here. However, given the security of the school, the opposite may be true, according to English teacher Dale Dassonville. “I think it’d be safer to see a congressperson at a school rather than a public place because schools generally have more security and supervision than any given public place would.”

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Senator Dick Durbin shares experiences

Kevin Hyde tion that Durbin has been pushAnnie Bruce ing in the United States Senate.

Illinois senator Dick Durbin came to speak before the student body during fourth period on Jan. 7, discussing topics such as immigration, the economy, health care, legalization of marijuana, and his thoughts on President Obama. As students filed into the theater, anticipation for the politician’s arrival started to build. Due to the his busy schedule, it was not until the day before that news of the senator’s speaking engagement surfaced. The speech was not mandatory to attend, however since it fell during a lunch period, many students decided to go. In addition, some teachers allowed students to take the time out of their class period to hear Durbin’s speech. The school is not foreign to state politicians visiting as part of their campaign trail, but Durbin wasn’t seeking votes of any sort. Instead, Durbin came to speak and allow students to ask questions about pressing issues that the country faces. He started off by telling students a little bit about himself, and while doing so he mentioned the Dream Act and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. These are two pieces of legisla-

The Dream Act is a work in progress, but is intended to help current non-citizens gain permanent residency by serving in the military service or attending two years of college. The act did not get passed by the Senate, however that does not mean Durbin is giving up on his fight for immigration rights. “When we talk about immigration, it troubles me that we are absorbed by all of the hate,” Durbin said. “We are striving for a more organized sense of immigration.” The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is legislation that Durbin wrote, after a constituent whose son died after eating an E-Coli. infested hamburger. It was officially signed into law by President Obama on Jan. 4.

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room, the temperature rises due to the higher volume of people. This is why students might “Each room is supposed to be set at 70 de- feel a little warm at times,” Pierce said. “When grees [Fahrenheit], and the fluctuation depends the system registers a temperature above 70 deon a few things. When more students enter a grees, the fans then kick in in order to cool the room back down to the desired 70 degrees. This is when students might feel the blowing, cold air.” Even though students may not realize, the shifting conditions are actually helping regulate the temperature, in order to make a more comfortable learning environment. One case in particular started some trouble with the heating system. At the annual holiday assembly that occurred on Dec. 17, a rise in the level of carbon dioxide in the Carter Gym took place because of the large amounts of people filling the space. Since the system sensed this rapid rise in temperature, the outside dampers opened a full 100 percent, meaning cold air started rushing into the gym more quickly than it usually would. Because of this, the units that feed into the gym shut down due to the programming in the system. The gym had then been exposed to two extremes in a matter of minutes. est. 1977 “Since then, we changed the system’s programming so that the dampers will not 50  S.  Arlington  Heights  Rd.(in  Arlington  Town  Square) open completely, and not shut down any of the units,” Pierce said.

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After these minor glitches, the heating system still causes a bit of strife with students, but some people are learning to work around the problem. “It’s not worth fixing the entire heating and cooling system, mainly because everyone is different. What’s cold to one person may be hot to another. It’s important for students to come prepared, with lots of layers,” Krajacic said. With that, students have started to take to that advice, knowing that the building’s temperatures are constantly fluctuating. “I don’t necessarily think it’s cold throughout the halls; it just ranges uncomfortably in temperature. It does force me to wear a sweatshirt and carry it to class,” junior Madeline Weber said. Students have even gone so far as to try to kick the heaters on themselves. “Last year in my Spanish class, we would put wet paper towels on the heat sensor so that the heat would kick on,” junior Molly Jahrling said. “This technique is doing more harm, if anything. It affects the balance and flow of the whole system,” Pierce said. Going along with the idea that each person is different and that some people are not really affected by the temperatures, sophomore Kyle Adams added, “It doesn’t really bother me because I talk a lot and move around, so I stay warm.” Even though students may not yield the full effects of the regulated temperatures, it is a rather large financial undertaking. “Heating and cooling is quite a big expense. When you have to heat or bring cold in, it’s expensive. We have taken measures to cut costs, like closing district buildings on Fridays during the summer,” Krajacic said. The district also strives to operate under pretenses to save energy, along with finances. “We actually increase the temperature in the building by four degrees in the warmer months in order to cut costs. We don’t need the air conditioning below that,” Pierce said. With the economy in a delicate state, having air conditioning is a technology that should be appreciated, according to the administration. “I’ve worked in schools where there was no temperature regulation. It’s a privilege that we have such a system,” Krajacic said.


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12 The percep- 9 6 Opinion tion of the average teen is that he goes home after school, sits on his couch and eats ‘Cheetos’ for seven hours, then heads off to bed. This assumption is about as far from reality as senior Michael Plankey is normal. Plankey doesn’t go home after school and sit on his couch for hours with his best bud Chester; Plankey ditches the salty snack and puts his time toward something he’s passionate about: playing the saxophone. This school is full of talented people; not just to be defined as “students.” They venture into the world of athletics, music, and other various activities and are too invested in them to call them hobbies. Famous athletes, artists, and musicians alike have always reported that they began doing what they do at an



early age. This school has people just like this toiling at their passion from 2:51 p.m. until perfection, every night. Some of these people are featured on the InDepth section in this issue and on CorrespondentLive. Juniors Jordan Barone and Sammy Krejnik have been figure skating since

they were just two years old, including synchronized skating at the age of seven for Krejnik. The rigorous work and dedication these girls and many others put forth toward their passion helps to break the stereotypical barrier thrust upon young adults. Not only is it important to dissolve that stereotype, it is vital for the student population to realize the talent that walks amongst them and appreciate what their peers offer. It’s inspiring to see hundreds of fans at sporting events, but what about concerts? This school has Orange Crush for sports, why not a group to support the arts? Top notch musicians should be appreciated on the same level as athletes. In order to form a new mold to describe teens, students need to appreciate one another.

Sorting through old “junk” kick starts childhood nostalgia Ryan Kloud

My family has spent the past few weeks going through the mountain of old stuff that encompasses the storage parts of our basement in hopes that one day it will disappear. My duty in all of this was to look at all of my junk that had been collected over my yearsall sixteen of them- and decide what was worth keeping and what would go out with the trash. I felt cold going through boxes and boxes of once precious keepsakes, and deciding they were no longer valuable; anything that wasn’t connected to a memory was trashed. Good-bye first five years of life. I may be young, but I can see how much my priorities on life had changed. These things that were valuable to me ten, five, or even two years ago don’t mean anything to me now. At the end of all of this, I had about one small box of things.

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During the excavation, my mom came down into the basement and discovered the box labeled “Give away.” She picked up a box of Pokemon cards and asked me why I planned to throw them away. I realized that I didn’t have an answer. I clearly didn’t care about these things now, although I did in the past to warrant saving them in these boxes in the first place. The same could be true for everyone: the things that defined me in the past have a huge impact on who I am in the present. All these things follow me throughout my life, almost like a permanent record. Changing priorities may seem depressing, like looking at a 5th grade graduation picture with old friends that I barely talk to anymore. Yet, those same pictures can bring joy by remembering the happiness we had together at the time. The window into my life can be seen throughout old collections, each object leading to a memory, “I know this book, I made my

mom read it to me about a hundred times when I was three.” Memories can come back after looking at some old “junk.” People change, both positive and negative, but the toys and papers from the past can let people see an unclouded view of the important stuff. The rescued Pokemon cards and parts of a large collection of stuffed animals that meant so much to me when I was little, do mean a lot to me now, because they were important to me in the past. Although when I’m older, and have a house of my own to store these things in, I won’t be planning to show them off, or any of the saved essays and other trinkets. They will be saved, hidden away in a closet, attic, or basement somewhere until I want to look through them again, and through that process, I look through the eyes of myself in the past.

J U S T S AY I N ’ Noisy lights make a ‘buzz’ in classrooms Besides learning how to format a MELCON, the only other major focus in my writing class is the audible buzz the lights produce. Contrary to the usual stereotyped class, first period can be silent as the grave- but only after the teacher asks for a response. Once he utters the dreaded words (What do you think the answer is?), everyone immediately clams up. Even if students don’t necessarily have a pearl of wisdom to share, it’s not a bad idea to participate. Chiming in during class raises grades and helps students understand material better. Opinions aren’t nuts, and students aren’t squirrels hoarding them for the winter. Winter’s here, and I’m getting tired of hearing the lights buzz. Just sayin.’ Melanie Cohodes

Detainment causes disdain on Thursdays

Let me start off by saying, I am a big fan of the weekly late arrivals on Thursday mornings. But, I am not a fan of being confined to the main hallways, library, and cafeteria. On any given day students are allowed to roam the halls for a good 45 minutes before the bell rings signaling the start of the school day. However, on late arrivals, students can only enter their lockers when 8:15 rolls around. This situation makes no sense. I understand that supervision is the main concern, but hallways are typically vacant on regular arrival days too. So, why should the late arrival be any different? Just sayin’. Annie Bruce Check out our new website for more Just Sayin! And then add your own. Go to the Hersey webpage ( and click on the link. OR

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Censorship takes away from classics Taylor Kasper

WA R N ING: This column contains re prehe ns ibl e language lacking any sort of educational value. All those who fall under one of these categories should stop reading immediately; persons prone to fainting, dizziness, uncontrollable bowels, and/or those who are over sheltered American citizens exposed to normal, clean media. Being an average teenager in America, I’ve been exposed to the raunchiest material known to man; I’ve seen a man get sodomized in the movie “Pulp Fiction”; I’ve witnessed countless news casts of young children being violated and murdered; I’ve even seen a belligerent creature known as a “Snooki” flash all of her goodies on national television. These features in pop culture are strutting around a neon-lit stage for the sole purpose of having dollar bills stuffed in their Gstrings. They aren’t here to enlighten, which is why I find it appalling that NewSouth Books Publishing Company has deemed the vulgarity displayed in the classic novel Huck Finn too hot for TV. According to the NewSouth Books website, Dr. Alan Gribben, a Twain scholar, has stated that he believes usage of such epithets are outdated and irrelevant for today’s classroom. But he’s taking that word out of context. Before I read the book in class junior year, Mr. Manthey showed a video that dealt with the controversy concerning Mark Twain’s use of the “N” word. I was exposed to both sides of the argument, and after reading the entire book for myself, I came up with a conclusion of my own; Mark Twain was not calling every black person in the world a “nigger” (Yes, we printed it, just like Twain). That word was used in normal conversation by people who were blinded by false superiority and he had no choice but to use it as a firework in the face. The only way to get brainless bigots to listen is to indirectly tease them; shove a fun house mirror in their faces. If Mark Twain had an agenda against black people, he would have made the character “Jim” a dishonest dope-fiend that raped

women and fed on the flesh of babies; but he didn’t. He’s contrasted an honest man of African descent with white trash like Pap and the Grangerfords. That has “egotistical sociopath” written all over it. Taking out the word is a big “Screw you!” from the publishing companies. The word “slave” doesn’t carry the same arsenic the other word carries. Using the more vulgar term was the most effective tool to display the grit the times offered. Sugar coating an idea as ugly as racial hierarchy is the same thing as putting gumdrops and icing on a gingerbread house made of dog poop; it’s astounding to me how many people are eating up all this crap. If censoring reality is necessary to protect the feelings of others, then the FCC has their work cut out for them. We’ve put so much effort towards embracing tragedies like the Holocaust, so it won’t happen again. So why are we neglecting the same respect to what happened here in the United States? If we can’t stop trying to scrape the bird poop off our window, that window is going to shatter and that bird is going to plant it on our faces; the incident will happen all over again. Replacing a simple word in a book has the potential to spark a horrible case of amnesia and allow us to redo the same mistakes. Perhaps I’d be more lackadaisical about this whole situation if it wasn’t for the way certain media conduct themselves. We’re allowing a prostitute midget to run around from bar to bar drunkenly putting down whoever crosses her path, but we can’t allow a word into a book for purposes of education. If classrooms aren’t ready for the “N” word because it’s too outdated and hurtful, then it’s not appropriate for anyone in the media to use. Time for Lil Wayne to make some rewrites. I’m scared for America. I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t indulge myself in late night reruns of “Jersey Shore” episodes or explicate joy out of Quentin Tarantino films. This is exactly the trash that we are all being perverted by. It bears no education and prompts those in charge to throw out gold: at least Twain had some class and refrained from making his characters wave their thongs around while taking body shots.


BLAHBLAHSomethin’ to BLAH talk about BLAHBLAHJHHS priorities need to change BLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH Save the music for the children BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH 2011 resolution: school appreciation BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHI’ve played hockey my whole life, practically learning to skate as I learned to walk. I’ve worked hard at it, as most athletes do. Recently, I have become annoyed with the lack of support for nonschool sponsored sports. Hockey, as well as rugby, and lacrosse are all not sponsored by the school. All of these sports require athletes to put in the same amount

of hard work as our ever-popular football team, yet these athletes receive only a fraction of the recognition. In fact, all three of these teams have had winning records. How has the football team done the past four years? Wait, don’t answer that. If our parents pay the taxes that fund this school and all it’s activities, I think the money should benefit a wider base of students than it currently does.

When I first heard that District 23 was proposing the elimination of music programs, I was appalled. Music has been a big part of my education in many respects. In elementary school I began playing the violin and the flute. I continued with the flute throughout middle school and

I also participated in the middle school choir. As a high school student, I am an avid participant in the band program, and I also sing and play the flute for my church choir. Without that music foundation, I highly doubt that I would be involved in the music programs in high school. Elementary and middle schools introduce students to activities that, in most cases, surround them the rest of Annie Bruce their lives...

One of my new year’s resolutions was to be more positive, and complain less. I figured that my columns would be a great place to put this in action. Conveniently, senator Dick Durbin appeared in my third hour class last Friday and sparked

a great idea. Some background on Dick Durbin: he was the guy who told Obama to run for president, and in his presentation it seemed pretty clear that he was on first name basis with the whole Obama clan. He’s also the second most senior member of the Democratic party, and has been serving since 1997. He’s taken part in all sorts of landmark legislation.... Emily Behn

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Doors swing open for jazz musician Caitlin Neilson

“My dad played it when he was a kid, and I liked how it looked,” Plankey said. Little did he know, picking up that saxophone brought to life an interest not soon to die. Plankey has progressed with help and encouragement from fellow players and music icons. “There was a student three years ago, Kevin Jacobi, that motivated me to keep going. My inspirations are old, dead guys like Lester Young, Hank Mobley, and Sonny Rollins. And my instructor Chris Madsen from Northwestern,” Plankey said. His skill with other instruments, the bass clarient and clarinet, along with saxophone, have gotten him recognized.

Last year he made all-state for bass clarinet and is locally recognized for saxophone as well as at competitions hosted at colleges. “I get some recognition locally, like I’m gigging at AltThai in Arlington Heights on Friday and Saturday,” Plankey said. All his hard work is soon to pay off when he auditions at Northwestern and Depaul, his two main options. Northwestern already has passed his pre-screening and all that’s left is the in person audition. With this, he plans to major in jazz studies. “I keep going because of the benefits I get and how I feel from what I get out of it,” Plankey said.

his coach, and his coach suggested I learn to skate as well. I’ve been doing it ever since,” Barone said. As the next step, Krejnik and Juniors Sammy Krejnik and Barone have both joined synJordan Barone haven’t known chronized skating teams. Krelife without figure skating. At jnik is currently on the age of two, their parents the Skokie signed them up for figValley Starure skating lights, and classes. Barone is on the ChiOver the cago Jazz. p a s t 1 4 “I got involved with years, Krejnik and Barone have synchronized skating when been continuing to improve I was seven years old,” Kretheir skating skills. jnik said. “It was something “I was too young to new that was getting started make my own choice, at the rink and a lot of at two it was decided my friends decided to for me. My grandma, get involved. It was mom, both aunts, and something we could uncle all have or still figall experience toure skate and coach to-courtesy of gether and a fun way day,” Krejnik said. Sammy Krejnik to make memories.” “My older broth“I found out er played hockey, about it [Chicago and he needed a Jazz] because it coach to teach was based at the him how to rink in Rolling skate. My mom was friends with

Meadows that I used to practice at,” Barone said. Because of their dedication and hard work, they’ve been able to travel all over the U.S. and internationally. “My achievements have varied throughout the years. Some years we’ve been undefeated and some have been more difficult to place with the top teams than others,” Krejnik said. “I have been a two time national champion, taken fifth place at our international invite in Rouen, France, and last year we finished off with ninth place competing against 16 other teams from all over the world. For a total of three years my team took home a gold medal from the midwestern championships,” Krejmik said. Even with her individual and team’s success, Krejnik is still unsure about her future with skating. “As of now, I’m not sure if I will skate in college. It is a huge commitment that I have not really decided to just yet,” Krejnik said.

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While some students go home to play their two hours plus a day of “Call of Duty,” senior Mike Plankey goes home to practice saxophone for about two hours a day. Plankey first sparked his talent when he chose to begin playing saxophone in the fifth grade.

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n Junior outlets talent in Indie band Becky Pauwels

Students have an interest in music. Few, however exhibit the passion that junior Tyler Zanona does. “My dad has been a musician all his life. When he got out of high school, he bought a bus and traveled the country for years with his band. I always found that sort of passion incredible, and it’s something I would love to be able to do someday as well,” Zanona said. Zanona has taken this inspiration and made a life out of it. “I was a classically trained pianist for six years before I picked up a guitar and began writing original rock and indie music,” Zanona said. Zanona spends a lot of time writing music. “I write alterna-

tive music for my band, The Bells, which is by far the biggest project. It doesn’t feel like a project to me, though. I’ve been writing original music since seventh grade and it’s just what I do.” “You do what you love, and I love writing. For a couple years I was working with a friend writing hardstyle and some dubstep as well. That was a lot of fun. Also, I am a member of Onstage and will be auditioning for the school musical on Monday,” Zanona said. Although music is Zanona’s life, he isn’t necessarily looking to make a career out of it. “Without a doubt I intend on having an all original band throughout college and hopefully into the future. As of right now, I want to pursue a double major in creative and television

writing and business. With a degree like that, I hope to meet up with other creative people who might want to collaborate and start working on something big, like our own company of sorts. I just want to write funny things, weird things, and creative things. It’s all cool,” Zanona said.

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Senior strings future together with violin Erin Kinsella

Twelve years in the making, senior Natalie Gaynor is on her way to becoming more than a successful high school graduate. As the star of Hersey’s orchestra, Gaynor plays the violin after picking it up in first grade through the Music for Youth organization; following in the footsteps of her brother who played the cello. Although she has had a lot of success, it doesn’t come easily. “I practice everyday anywhere from two to four hours, as well as having orchestra rehearsals. My violin teacher gives me a lot of music to prepare for competitions and auditions, and sometimes it becomes very overwhelming,” Gaynor said.

But, this seems to be a small price when looking at all of her achievements in the orchestra world, which include being named a James Glacking Competition Finalist, a three-year member of the IMEA District 7 orchestra, and a participant in the Allstate Music Festival in Peoria. The violin has opened for her the doors of experience; Gaynor has played in places many have yet to visit including Ravinia, the Civic Opera House, Symphony Center, Harris

Theater, and Jay Pritzker Pavilion (in Millenium Park). As a senior, Gaynor’s eyes are focused on the future. “In college, I’m planning to major in violin performance and minor in something related to science.” “But first I have to audition for six music schools and see where I get accepted. There will be great solo and orchestral opportunities at any school I go to,” Gaynor said.

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Movies my way Taylor Kasper

The underdog triumphs in ‘The Fighter’ I’ve always been a sucker for the underdog. He never gets kicked by the malicious next-door-neighbor nowadays, as it seems that every underdog movie comes up with some sort of happy ending; he wins, he loses, or he loses and finds a way to become a stronger person from it.... but these tales never cease to crack a smile on my face when I see the underdog standing victoriously in the center ring. “The Fighter,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, didn’t just tell the story of a dead-end boxer running out of time and winning a title despite his old age and worn out sense of “can-do”; it had far more depth. This was a story about family and how to deal when torn between the pressures family can pound on and the pull of pursuing a dream without them. Mark Wahlberg played the younger of the pair of brothers, Micky Ward. His mom is his over-the-top manager and his brother, Dicky, is his knowledgeable yet irresponsible coach. Dicky and his mom set Micky up with plenty of fights, but these fights are less like the ones seen on HBO or more like the ones seen on the playground; the kind where the 300 pound bully is crushing the 100 pound victim’s nose into his skull. Micky’s had enough with all the disappointments and decides to take up an offer that ultimately gets him a title fight, leaving his family life in shambles. The most intriguing part of the entire movie, other than the brotherly bond Bale and Wahlberg established, was the performance Bale gave, portraying the “one hit” wonder, boxer-turned-cocaine-fiend, Dicky Eklund. He not only underwent an intense emotional transformation, the man had to shed a sizable amount of body weight to go from his Hercules super hero physique to a lanky coke addict. He was able to show how devastating the effects of drugs can have on a person, but he still maintained a light, frothy personality that made his performance comfortable to sit through. The rest of Micky’s family gave me headaches, which meant they truly did their roles justice. All of his sisters were creatures plucked right out of a seedy brothel and placed into a cramped apartment in Massachusetts. Their unruly leader, Micky’s mom, lead the pack of trash with the attitude of a rusty nail; if anyone stepped on her, she’d bite back and it would be more dull and painful than the preemptive strike. The dimensions this bawdy bunch displayed on screen really showed how even the most dysfunctional of families can pull through for each other. I’m a crier. I cried during all 76 times I’ve seen “Titanic”; I cried the first time I saw “Bambi”; and “The Fighter” was no exception. The array of real emotions and honest family relationships rendered me helpless.

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‘Money Drop’ brings the suspense

On most game shows, contestants need to scrap their way through trivia questions, physical challenges, or even survey results to obtain the top prize. However, on Fox’s latest establishment, contestants are handed their winnings the minute they walk onto the stage. The objective? Hold onto as much of that money as possible. The “Million Dollar Money Drop” is probably the most stressful program ever aired on television. Pairs of contestants with a preexisting relationship are presented with seven trivia questions, and they are required to distribute the money given to them onto

trap doors each representing possible answers in a given amount of time. If the participants are unsure of an answer, they may place their money on more than one “drop.” The suspense of the whether or not thousands of dollars will slip through these hopeful’s grasp is beyond nerve-racking, especially when participants lose the majority of their money on a difficult. The adrenaline rush of the show is beyond worth it, though. “Million Dollar Money Drop” is definitely among my top prime time shows. Rhonda Bolker


‘Mantracker:’ Good premise; poor execution The Science Channel has taken the beloved game of tag and warped it into some sort of freaky survival game, in a show called “Mantracker.’” The “prey” have various tasks and a set destination point that they have to reach over a two day period. Mantracker also has two days to capture the prey. While the premise sounds invariably awesome, the execution is heinously poor. The show is basically an hour or so of two guys running through a forest, while two

guys on horses sit and talk about the other two guys and look into binoculars. Who likes watching tag? Maybe when “Mantracker” finally catches the prey and kills them, the show might get a little more exciting because that would be real danger. If “Man vs. Wild” and “The Crocodile Hunter” got together and had a baby, “Mantracker” would be their less exciting, failure of a son. Emily Behn

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‘Black Swan’ mesmerizes audiences Shea Anderluh I’m sure a few of us know the story: A girl is turned into a swan. She needs love to break the spell, but her prince falls for the wrong girl; she kills herself. “Swan Lake” is one of the most popular ballets of all time. This year, director Darren Aronofsky has put an even darker twist on this time-old story. Never before have ballet and horror been so masterfully intertwined as in the new movie, “Black Swan.” The psychological thriller debuted in select theaters on Dec. 3, but has now been released in all theaters since Dec. 17. The film revolves around Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman), a perfectionist ballet dancer who still lives with her over-bearing mother (Barbara Hershey), and dances obsessively for a company that seems unappreciative of her skill. After Sayers is given the lead in “Swan Lake,” the pressure to achieve perfection causes her to struggle with her grip on reality. Portman brilliantly portrays the self-centered nature of star performers, but she also exudes a delicacy and vulnerability that makes her downfall unsettling. Nina’s role of “Swan Princess” calls for her to portray both the innocent and delicate white swan and the sensual and carefree black swan. Portman’s Oscar-worthy performance was intensified by supporting actress Mila Kunis, who played Lily, the personification of the black swan. Nina and Lily effectively symbolize these two opposing roles throughout the movie, giving the feel of a story within the story. For men and others uninterested in ballet, who might hear about a “dance movie” and refuse to see it for that sole reason, scenes and elements were added to “Black Swan.” Throughout the film, Nina’s inner demons become tangible as she discovers that her worst enemy is herself. A number of nail-biting mirror scenes and stressful anticipation gives this movie the right to the horror genre, but the re-

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atalie Portman has received rave reviews as the leading actress in ‘Black Swan.’ Her performance as Nina Sayers has already earned her a Golden Globe nomination. markably unique characters and well-written and symbolic story set it at an noncatchable high over the typical horror movie. Even though horror and sexuality are enough for most of this generation, “Black Swan” goes the extra mile with the possibility of many different interpretations of its captivating story. The entrepreneur of movie-watching could go to this movie and leave completely satisfied. Though definitely not for the faint of heart, “Black Swan” weaves an intricate web of passion and madness that make it incredibly hard to look away. As the plot picks up and Nina’s life unravels, staying to discover the story’s end is unquestionable. This thought-provoking, beautifully choreographed, realistically acted, and completely seductive movie may even entice me into seeing it a third time.

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Top 10 of 2010



OF Kanye West tops music charts Emily Behn

Never has an album been more aptly named than “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” Kanye West truly outdid himself on this one. Throughout the album, West takes listeners on a wild roller coaster ride through his warped and twisted mind. One second, he’s working with Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z and Bon Iver, which is in itself one of the strangest, yet most awesome, testosterone fueled, spite filled musical collaborations, in the track “Monster.” Next, get hit by John Legends cool crone in “Blame Game,” a slow, much darker track where West delves into his relationship issues. The contrast between all the tracks leaves the listener yearning for more, and West certainly delivers.

Each song has a mind of it’s own and takes the listener through all different feelings and trials that only West could put into musical terms. From the pumped up, pissed off energy that “Power” emits, to the eerie, celestial vibe that “Runaway” gives out, there is a track everyone can relate to. But within the grandiose compilations, Kanye is still Kanye, making hilarious claims and staying true to his egotistical, fame obsessed roots. While West is known to be a huge jerk, it is undeniable that this album is genius, beautiful, and certainly deserving of the number one spot on the Top Ten albums.

‘Black Ops’ snipes competition

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Curiosity “springs” on Internet

Caitlin Neilson

A site completely anonymous, Formspring. Any question students want answered about anyone with an account can be asked without the person knowing they are asking. It’s a way people have decided to entertain themselves. All over Facebook, people post a link to their Formspring and invite anyone to ask them questions. It can be seen merely as a place to relieve boredom, but also a place where people take advantage of the anonymity. Although some complain about the fact that people hide behind the anonymity, questions continue to be answered and people continue to defend themselves against the insults. It is clear that the anonymous factor means little to many of the users. Any way that it is used, it is still used as just another way to waste time on the Internet.

‘Modern Family’ going strong Emily Behn school years.

Garret Matchen

Every year around November, Activision comes out with a new game in the “Call of Duty” series. This year came “Call of Duty: Black Ops.” “Black Ops”was the most sold game in one day, profits exceeding 5.6 millions dollars. This game was by far, not only the best “Call of Duty” yet, but also the best game of 2010. “Black Ops” had all new features all the way from customization to guns. The single player missions are fast paced and always getting players on the edge of their seats. The online mode is a filled with ear shattering gun shots and bright vivid maps. Online also features a new mode where two friends can play on the same counsel. “The Call of Duty” series has never failed to impress, and “Black Ops” surely continues that long streak. “Call of Duty: Black Ops” is the number one game of 2010.

‘Inception’ scares to top Taylor Kasper


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A simple idea: make a sitcom about the modern American family. Easy to come up with, incredibly difficult to execute. The makers of ABC’s “Modern Family” didn’t just do well, they did near perfection. The premise is about the life of the Pritchett family. The father, Jay Pritchett had two children from his two marriage, that are now grown and have families of their own. After Jay and his wife got divorced, he remarried a significantly younger woman named Gloria, an immigrant from Columbia, who already had a son, Manny who is in his middle

Leonardo DiCaprio was successful in cleaving my feeble mind out of my skull, slushing it in a blender, and sucking out every ounce of blind comfort that lead me to believe I knew what was real and what wasn’t. “Inception” is the complex story that poses the question everyone thinks about but no one really wants to address; where does reality end and begin? A successful businessman from Japan hires Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his crew of dream-snatchers to infiltrate the mind of a rivaling businessman and plant an H-bomb of an idea that will dissolve the other company into nonexistence. “Inception” won’t just alter sense of existence. Viewers will go from enjoying meager Level One adventures to Limbo; a filmic voyage that never ceases to tickle the satisfaction.... or mess with the brain.

One of his children from his first marriage, Claire, married Phil Dunphy, and had three kids of her own: Haley, Alex, and Luke. Luke is the same age as Manny. The other child from the original marriage, Mitch Pritchett is gay and has a life partner named Cam. Mitch and Cam decided to adopt a baby, Lily, from Vietnam. So, in a nutshell, the show attempts to depict the twists, turns, laughs, and tears that are associated with today’s new family structure. The real magic of “Modern Family” lies in it’s relate ability. We may not all have two gay dads, or two brothers and sisters, or an uncle who is our age, but most of us fit in somewhere. It makes the simple wonders of life fun, and funnier. Viewers can expect to burst out loud laughing at the shenanigans this family gets up to.


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Popularity in video games rises Video games have become a huge aspect of social life. When walking in the hallways, one can hear various chatter of “kill-streaks,” “head-shots,” and other various video game experiences. The first game system was released in 1958, and 53 years later, people are either playing with or against each other all across the world in places like Britain, Europe, and Japan. There are even video game contests held by sponsors in which the winner can win prizes. Video games can also provide jobs like program designing, software development, or even news. Sophomore Franklin Barker writes for an online video game website called ‘Game Winners.’ “I’m a news editor, which means that I update pages and announcements. I plan on going into journalism, but probably not in video games,” Barker said. Maxwell Bestvina

Cityville keeps Facebook users drawn to site Many students find themselves spending hours each day on Facebook. They can chat with their friends, look at pictures, and even play games. Plenty of games are featured on Facebook, but one in particular has taken Facebook users by storm. Cityville has replaced Farmville as the game to play, and allows people to plan and build their own cities. The game has reached 84.2 million monthly active users, according to insidesocialgames. com. Cityville encourages people to interact with their friends who are on the game as well. “Cityville is really addicting and it’s fun because I can play with my friends too,” Junior Brian Weiss said. Although there is some skepticism on how long Cityville will hold it’s reign, for now it is keeping students on Facebook even longer than usual. Megan Boyle

Signs lead students and visitors in halls Most students noticed something different around the halls on Jan. 3: signs. These were hung up all around the school over winter break to help students get through the halls. These are helpful to a lot of people even though the signs weren’t there the first day of school. “I really like how signs were put up on how to get to certain places in the school, but I wish they put them up before school started because now I pretty much know my way around,” freshman Amanda Durava said. The signs are in place to help students get around with less confusion, and for visitors to be able to find their way through the school. Mackenzie Francis


January 14, 2011

Anna Baratta shows Heart of Gold Emily Eisenhuth

rate dancing into her volunteer work. “Every year, I get to perform at nursing Senior Anna Baratta isn’t the typical hero. homes and assisted care facilities. This is both She can’t fly, she doesn’t have super strength, through my dance studio, McDonald Dance and she isn’t immortal. Yet Baratta, an honor Academy, and through orchesis,” Baratta said. She recalls that watching the faces of the roll student and a member of the orchesis team, truly is a hero. Baratta was among 10 other Ar- people she performed for was very impacting. lington Heights residents selected to receive the She said it was her favorite part. “There was actually a former professional Heart Of Gold award on Feb. 12. “I was nominated by Mr. (Mark) Gunther dancer at one of the homes we went to and she was so happy to watch for the us perform. It makes Yo u n g me so happy that I can Chamdo what I love, and pion cateshare that passion with gory, and others who may not ended up get to see shows like winning,” that anymore,” Baratta Baratta said. said. Gunther nominatThe ed Baratta somewhat Yo u n g for her C hampiwork in on Heart the SOS. Of Gold program, award is but more an award so for that recher work ognizes photos courtesy of Anna Baratta in Costa middle bove: Senior Anna Baratta reads with a Rica and school Costa Rican child while sitting against the Ghana. and high school walls. For the past two summers Baratta “ I school has volunteered with Cross Country Solutions went to s t u d e n t s in Costa Rica to teach young children. C o s t a who have ight: Baratta holds Daniella, a Coasta RiRica with g o n e can girl she taught during her trip. my family above and in the summer of 2009 through a probeyond to gram called Cross Cultural Solutions. I volunhelp their community and those in need. Since middle school, Baratta has loved vol- teered in a day care. There were about 50 kids, and only two adults. I basically organized activiunteering. “My youngest brother was in the hospital a ties for the children and maintained order in the few times as a toddler. When we would visit him, classroom,” Baratta said. Baratta also volunteered as a teacher in there were hardly any videos for him to watch. That was my inspiration for the project. It was Costa Rica. She helped Costa Rican adults with amazing to see the looks on the directors’ faces their English pronunciation and syntax. During the summer of 2010, Baratta dewhen we unloaded all of the boxes of videos and heard that we had raised enough to not only fill cided to volunteer for Cross Cultural Solutions the hospital, but also go to the outpatient and 24 again. This time, she went with a group of 15 to 17 year olds instead of her family. At first, Barathour clinics,” Baratta said. After Baratta’s positive experience at the ta was nervous since she didn’t know anyone. hospital, she was eager for more. She decided to Yet as the week progressed, she ended up makvolunteer at Camp SOAR, an overnight camp ing a lot of new friends. Her and the other teens for children with special needs. While there, she ended up planting over 300 trees in the course met Max, a partially deaf child who had a spe- of two weeks. “We also worked in an orphanage. We spent cial impact on her. “He was so happy and excited and loved to most the time just playing with the kids. We play. He was so inspirational to be around. He played a lot of soccer with them,” Baratta said. Baratta is glad that she was given the oploved to dunk people in the pool and it was so funny, even though he didn’t understand the portunity to volunteer, and urges others to do concept that he had to let people come back up so as well. “I know it sounds really cliche, but these exto breathe,” Baratta said. An avid dancer and a talented member of periences made me extremely grateful for what I the orchesis team, Baratta decided to incorpo- have,” Baratta said.


MyGradeBook mishaps cause trouble Claudia Caplan

MyGradeBook is a resource offered to students to check their grades at any time of the day. The system helps students keep track of their grades without the need to ask a teacher. “Usually when I’m at a computer I will take a quick glimpse at MyGradeBook to make sure none of my grades have dropped rapidly, and that I have no missing assignments,” sophomore Alli Harwell said. Teachers often enter scores into MyGradeBook sporadically, creating a situation where students are unaware of their actual grades. In many cases, students believe that they are doing well in a class because their MyGradeBook says so, but it is only because their teacher has not updated grades. “I occasionally go on MyGradeBook to check my test grades and missing assignments,” freshman Busayo Ajayi said. While many students do check MyGrade-

Book frequently for any mistakes, others hardly ever check their grades. When inconsistencies do appear on MyGradeBook, the solution is as simple as speaking with the teacher and getting the problem worked out. “When my worksheet grade got put into MyGradeBook, it was labeled as missing. I went to my teacher with the assignment and got it fixed,” senior Jeslyn Ellickal said. Sometimes there are errors on MyGradeBook that do not match up with the actual scores that the students received. “My grades didn’t match up with my hard copy test grade. When I went to look at my test score it was wrong, I met with my teacher and got it resolved,” senior Nicola Blair said. With technology glitches and human error, mistakes are inevitable. However, all that is needed to fix such a simple problem is a few minutes with a teacher.


January 14, 2011

Swimming sets sights on East division title

Emily Behn gin of 12 points. Their only loss in Emily Swanson the MSL was to Conant by a margin

Dick Mortensen and Tom Schwab have been coaching the swim and dive program for the past two years. Within these two short years, they’ve managed to capture three MSL East division titles, and are on their way towards their fourth. The team will face Wheeling on Friday, Jan. 21, and Buffalo Grove on Thursday, Jan. 28, which will be last two steps in claiming the sought after East division title. “[Mortensen] is like the pied piper,” Schwab said, referencing the exponential growth in student participation throughout the program. “He’s the best of the best.” Last year, the team won the East, and are in good shape to repeat. Cu r re nt ly, the boys are 4-0 in the East. They triumphed over rival Prospect with a mar-

of 30 points. “It’s a rebuilding year, but even in a rebuilding year we’re strong,” Schwab said. “Our main contributors would be sophomores Jeff Ruffin, Sam Kim, Jamie Hill, junior Alex Rozani, and senior Stephen Petro,” Mortensen said. Last year, the team graduated key seniors, however, the boys remained confident in their chances at recapturing the title of East Division champs. “We had a lot of experienced seniors last year and now we have a lot of experienced underclassmen,” Mortensen said. “Our goals are to win the East Division title, beat BG, and beat Wheeling. BG and Wheeling are both undefeated. Our depth isn’t as deep as I would like it to be, but we’re getting there,” Mortensen said.

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with...M i k e

L e chows k i 1. I am aware that I was one of the biggest

proponents to the revival of the HTV special “Hoppe is Burning.” I’ve got to say, I like the addition of senior Danny Cha, as well as the occasional guest, Brandon Clay; but the show seems to be a bit lacking. The Rogo-Cha matchup was a hit. We need more of that; there need to be more matchups, more shouting, and more action! If Brandon Clay is going to do a Stacey King impersonation, then I want to see Danny Cha being Neil Funk, black toupee and all.


Hats off to Andrew Luck for choosing to stay in college. Whether it was his commitment to his team or his commitment to his degree, Luck is passing up an opportunity to be a top NFL draft pick. Although I have to wonder, with the opportunity to make more than last year’s top pick Sam Bradford’s thirteen million per year, it’s evident that Luck is not a business major.


If there was ever a high school basketball game that should be made into a movie, it was played last Friday in the Ken Carter Gymnasium. The boys basketball game vs. Prospect featured all the components of a dramatic sports movie. There was a hard-working underdog, a comeback, and a last second game winning shot… that missed.


Nothing hurts my soul more than seeing the Green Bay Packers win a football game. With the Pack playing a series of games in which the impact of their game factors into the Bears fate positively, but only if they win, has left throngs of Bears fans in an interesting predicament; do we root for the Packers if it helps us? The answer is no. Never ever, not once can a Bears fan cheer on the Packers. Here’s the solution…don’t watch the game. I’d rather watch the replay of the Ravens-Steelers matchup for the thousandth time than be tempted to have good will towards our northerly Cheeseheads.


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No doubt Megan Rogowski is the best overall basketball player Hersey has seen in multiple years. I think the real question here may be, “Is Megan Rogowski Wonder Woman?” Although seemingly preposterous, Rogo was still able to compete at 100 percent, despite a broken finger. It makes me wonder…


ophomore Jamey Hill swims backstroke in preparation for upcoming meets against Buffalo Gove and Wheeling. enior Kevin Pedersen practices his starts as sophomore Tom Blythe gives him some encouragement. ill takes a big breath while swimming freestyle.

Cam Newton, you’re on top of the world. Arguably the best college football player, a highly touted NFL recruit, and a national champion, Newton has lit up the world of NCAA football this year. Looking ahead to the near future, the stripping of his Heisman Trophy might take Cam down a peg or two.




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Gymnastics gears up for big finish Annie Bruce Ashley Hawkins

After several setbacks early on in the season, the gymnastics team is hitting their stride. “Overall, the team is doing well. We have had successes at all three levels,” Coach Kori Schultz said. The varsity team is currently ranked second in the MSL East Conference, and hope to continue their success by winning the East Division. “We have amazing team chemistry,” senior gymnast Haley Scott said. With a variety of grade levels competing on the varsity team, the girls have bonded and achieved success. “We had three freshmen on varsity this year [Marisa Cussen, Hannah Bovino, and Annie Johnson], and they have meshed well with the other members of the team. This has really helped us be as successful as we have this season,” Schultz said. The girls worked hard to place at the Candy

Cane Invite, which was one of the teams’ season highlights. “The highlights of the season thus far have been watching the girls set goals for themselves and accomplishing them as well as varsity taking third [out of 12] at our very own Michael Meyer Memorial Candy Cane Invite,” Schultz said. Individually, the girls have continued to set and complete many of their goals. “The girls have accomplished about fifty percent of their individual goals, with plenty of time left to make progress,” Schultz said. Unfortunately, as with any sport, injuries were common throughout the season and put some goals on hold.

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ESPN recently did a scientific study on all thirty baseball teams; it’s call the Misery Index. The Index is based upon levels of despair, pain, and misery, both historic and recent. I would like to congratulate the Chicago Cubs on being the highest rated team on the Misery Index, good job guys.


Following a 55 point Cleveland Cavaliers loss Tuesday night, Heat forward LeBron James decided to mock his former home team by saying that Karma and God were responsible for the brutal loss. James proved that not only is he ignorant by citing clashing ideologies, but also that he’s just a downright bad person.


Nobody likes to be slapped in the face, especially Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita. Unfortunately, that’s how the thirty-one year old veteran perceives the NFL’s proposal to extend the season to eighteen games, “like a slap in the face.” The player’s union is worried about injuries that may be sustained in the additional two weeks, as if injuries do not occur during the first sixteen weeks. It’s time for Fujita and his gang to stop whining, saddle up, and just play football.


Park district basketball is taken seriously ‘round these parts, so I’m gonna give a shout out to all Hersey players on first place AHYBA teams. Top team players include; senior Kyle Ditthardt and juniors Nick Runge, Matthew Fay, and Zack Killam. I would like to wish all teams good luck this season, for they do not stand a chance against my Celtics.


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unior Justin Jobski takes it to the hoop in a successful attempt at a dunk. sa relatively young team, the boys are in the midst of a 4-0 conference run, hoping to continue the streak tomorrow at home against Elk Grove. “We’re young and starting to come together and play as a team. If we keep going at this rate we’ll hopefully win conference and make it to state,” Jobski said. oving along to next week, the team will face Rolling Meadows on Jan. 22.



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Jeff Koepke

Senior wrestler pins down the competition with hopes of making it to the state meet.

Koepke crushes competition Taylor Kasper

Senior Jeff Koepke has been wrangling up the mats as a varsity wrestler since he was a freshman. Koepke is looking to make a statement with it being his last year wrestling in high school. “I’m just looking to make it to state this year,” said Koepke. With 13 years of wresexperience under

tling his belt, the

chances of Koepke achieving his goals are looking good. Wrestlers often complain about certain aspects of training; vigorous conditioning workouts, strict eating guidelines, and practice in the sauna-like wrestling room. This painful, weary time period in the wrestling season can take a while to get accustomed to. This training differs little from what Koepke is up to all year long. “I wrestle all year long, so I kind of just stay in the routine, nothing really changes that much,” Koepke said. The hard work Koepke has put in will all come down to the end of the season when state is on the horizon. “There’s a lot of good wrestlers you have to go up against when it comes down to state, so that’s going to be pretty hard,” Koepke said. This season seems to have a lot of promise for Koepke, but his journey will most likely not stop once the final buzzer of his last match arrives. “[I plan on wrestling in college], but I don’t know where yet,” Koepke said.


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What professional athlete inspires you to do well in your sport ? Basketball

“Michael Jordan. He didn’t make his high school team, but he worked to achieve his goals anyway.”

Jeff Ruffin



“Michael Phelps because he’s a really good swimmer.”

McCall Reed



“Davis Rahal because he struts his stuff and no one shines more than he does.”

Abbey Petersen Gymnastics


“Nadia Comanci because she was one of the best in her sport.”




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