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Volume 46 Issue 1 August 21,2013•John Hersey High School• 1900 E. Thomas St.• Arlington Heights, IL 60004 •@Hersey_Corre

in the Halls



School loses trees to emerald ash borers


Jessica Lynk A total of 18 trees were cut down around the school over the summer. The trees were affected by the emerald ash borer disease which has taken many trees in surrounding areas. The trees could have been saved using TREE-Age, but the trees were too far gone. “The trees were in the process of dying and we didn’t want dead branches falling on people,” building and grounds supervisor Mike Pierce said. The changes are seen most obviously in the front. “It opens up the front. It will be a little more sunnier. There will be more room for frisbee playing,” Pierce said. Students who eat lunch in the front will notice the difference.“I wish there was still shade, but I will still enjoy eating out there,” junior Emily McClusky said. Other students did not even notice the trees were gone. “I didn’t notice because I have never stopped and stared at the trees,” senior Brin Joseph said. Some trees will be planted in the spring to replace the old ones. “We are going to do some planting in the spring when trees are more readily available,” Pierce said. “We are going to work with the village as far as choosing the trees as far as what works best with the neighborhood.”


Photos by Jessica Lynk

op: The wood chip remains of a tree sit near the front of the building ottom: Tree stumps sit near the baseball diamond waiting to be taken away after 18 trees were cut down this month.

Join a sports team Pay $65 activities fee

Begin Freshman year Pay $460 for registration

Prom! Pay $120 for you and your date

Pass drivers ed Pay $120 for basin parking pass

Pay $50 for yearbook

Parents join athletic booster club Pay $25

Graduation! Pay $40 graduation fees

Registration fees add up for essentials Brian Loomis A single student cost the district over $10,548 each year. With approximately 12,307 students in the district, this creates $129,814,236 of cost for the district according to the 2012 report card. Student registration for the 2013-2014 school year was $460, although the amount of students who ended up paying that amount for this school year varies. “Registration fees make up 1.3 percent of our budget,” director of business services Sherry Koerner said. Those who registered before July 31 only had to put $435 towards registration, and those who opted for an extra gym shirt spent $470. While those who chose to pay additional fees know exactly where the extra money was spent, those who paid the late $460 dollars can’t be sure exactly where their money went after their the check was cashed. With approximately 12,500 students in District 214 this year, and each paying around $460, this creates $5,750,000 each year, and all students has their own ideas on where those dollars go from there. “Necessary school supplies like books and band aids,” senior Maggie Petri gave as her guess. Other students think that the cash is funneled in other directions. “Paper or other administrative

fees like computers,” senior Kelsey Panfil said. The fees do include items like books, but extend much further beyond that. “The registration fee will include textbook rentals, instructional materials, and other supplemental supplies/services; workbooks; digital learning/technology; minimal lab, art, cooking, athletic, and student ID; one physical education T-shirt per year,” Koerner said. The lump sum of $460 can be easily dissected. During the school year a lost ID costs five dollars, a gym shirt costs ten dollars and the list goes on. However, the money benefits don’t stop there. Entry to regular season indistrict athletics with high school student ID, one physical education lock when entering district, and the assignment notebook are also added into the cost for school. Most students see this as a reasonable price for what the school provides to them. “I think it is a fair amount for all that the school does for us,” sophomore Brett Harris said. “Compared to certain private schools it is a very reasonable price for high school,” senior Jola Ignaciuk said, although she noted the slow rise in cost. “Everyone should be able to attend and graduate high school and if the prices keep rising this will be

harder to attain by many,” Ignaciuk added. The district does make concessions for families who are unable to or would struggle to meet the cost. The fees are waived based on the household size and income of a student’s family. Fees can also be waived when a family suffers a significant loss of income due to death, injury or illness. The district also aids cost for students in need with a discounted lunch program that is well used. “In 2012/13, 2,447 students were on a fee waiver, approximately 20 percent of our population,” Koerner said. Although each family puts forward $640, the 2010-11 Instructional Expenditure per Pupil is $10,548 according to the 2012 school report card. This number is in comparison to the state average of $6,824. Whether it be because of athletics, transportation, or being a senior, the price of school can fluctuate. For those involved in extracurriculars like sports, or onstage, an additional $65 fee is tacked on for unlimited activities, clubs and sports. Other fees that involve athletics include an optional $35 punch card athletic pass for parents as well as joining the Booster Organization for a $25 fee. Read on at


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Know? Did You

Snowden scandal: No end in sight

The ongoing drama over the fate of NSA leaker Edward Snowden has shown no sign of ending soon, or favorably for the U.S., as on August 1 Russia offered Snowden temporary asylum after he spent nearly a month in the Moscow airport. “Snowden needs to fall out of the public limelight because this pursuit for him is only detracting from the real issue: invasion of the public’s privacy,” senior Ben Goldberg said. Though Snowden has already caused controversy domestically over his revelations concerning government surveillance and data-gathering programs on American citizens, it appears as if his actions are working to destabilize U.S. foreign relations as well, particularly with Russia over its asylum decision. On August 7, President Obama canceled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin planned for next month because of the Snowden development. Overall, this incident only adds another complicating factor to U.S.-Russian relations.

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Googlers go gaga for George

Deemed one of the most famous babies in the world, George Alexander Louis, the son of Prince William and Kate, has become a worldwide celebrity at only a month old. According to the, within 24 hours of the birth announcement, prince George had 139,000,000 Google hits. “I think it’s funny that he is the most well-known baby throughout the world,” senior Julia Petrusan said. Much of the media coverage has to do with the prince’s name. A lot of work goes into naming a royal. It has to be approved by the queen, family and royal history have to be reviewed, it has to be traditional, and most importantly, it has to be a name fit for a future king. “I thought the name fit him because coming from the royal family, they wouldn’t name him anything drastically different,” Petrusan said. His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge may already be a celebrity in the public eye, but to Prince William and Kate, he’s just Georgie.

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August 21, 2013

‘iExperiment with my new iPad’ New technology hopes to improve academic performance i P a d s will be given to all levels of physics, AP French, AP Spanish and Spanish 4. “I’m very excited and maybe it will help me be able to use Julia Kedzior electronuniors Kevin Messer and Tessa Rasmussen receive their iPads in the writing well. Both will use the tech- ics,” junior Allison nology for physics. Blevins said, who will be using the iPad for physics. Nicole Cecala Because our school will be Entering into the new school getting more iPads than we’ve ever year, many students will be car- had before, the teachers in the disrying around their iPads. This is trict took a teaching with iPads from teachers writing to the Forest course through Internal University. “The course is designed to View Planning Team with proposhelp teachers start thinking about als of what they would like for their ways the iPad can allow them to classes. do things in their classroom they For this coming school year,


couldn’t do before. We believe strongly that it is the curriculum in our district that drives the use of technology,” technology coordinator Gabriella Stetz Jackson said. As for iPads in the future, it is still unsure when it will be something for every student, but the continual rise in numbers seems promising. “Since about one fourth of our students will have iPads this year, I am guessing that will go up to one half for the year after, three fourths after that and so on.” “But that is all based on speculation and will depend on how this year goes and how successful our pilots will be,” Jackson said. Considering other new technology entering into the hands of teachers and students, the technology staff will continue to push students to exceed in using Google Docs and GAPPS email accounts. “We hope to delve deeper into all that Google Drive and Google Docs has to offer the classroom,” Jackson said.

Marching band starts a ‘Revolution’ Julia Kedzior Sounds of Revolution-the marching Huskies’ new fall showcould be heard practicing in the basin parking lot during the first week of August. The name of the show comes from the show’s French Revolution theme. It displays the dedication and character of the band. During the next few months, over a hundred band members will perform the show to massive audiences, whether it be at football games or marching band competitions. The decision to choose Revolution for the theme was a collective one. “We put the staff together, and the whole group decided that it was a good thing for us to do. I like the creative aspect of it,” band director Scott Casagrande said. In order to make a huge show like this come together, constant cooperation is needed. The music itself reflects the theme of the French Revolution. “The music is a representation of the monarchy (the drum majors) and the peasants (the guard). The band is supposed to be troopers. We play music that’s the shift of power. It’s intense and elegant,” senior trumpet player Jimmy Schumann said. After getting the music figured out, the older members have to teach the new ones a few important aspects of marching. “We teach the freshmen the marching fundamentals and help them with music if they need it.

maximum potential,” Ries said. By the time school starts, the marching Huskies have weeks of hard work behind them. The hours spent in the sun, the countless practices, and the strong spirit of everyone involved makes a show that is often recognized on a larger scale. The band competes in three major competitions at Wheeling High School, Julia Kedzior Lake Park, and ISU. he marching band practiced its revo“There’s not a lot of oplution themed show during their band portunities where 150 peocamp August 5-9. ple come together like this. When a sports team wins in They also get help with marktheir division, they’re beating their coordinates on the field,” ing about six schools. When we Schumann said. place in these competitions, we’re The color guard is another beating over 30 schools,” Casasignificant part of the show. The grande said. guard stays in touch with the band And they do place. Casato make the performance come to- grande confirms that our school gether. has usually been in the top ten at “They [the band] give us a cut competitions like this. of the music. We have to consider What makes so many teenboth things. We also hold practices agers so efficient and impressive? together,” guard coach Sara Reich A lot of it comes from the mental said. aspect. Communication is key, but The guard actually dedicates the moments the band and guard a whole other week to working on spend together also improve relachoreography and making sure ev- tions. The band’s recent trip to Italy eryone knows what to do. this summer is an example of that. “We learn drills, and we have “It was great experience for to learn work to go with the drills,” them to have together,” Casagrande coach Megan McHugh said. said. Kaitlyn Ries, the captain of the guard, is witness to the process of preparing the show. “I create a positive environment so everyone can achieve their


Thought should precede popularity Mike Miller


T h e idea of popularity in media is, well, popu-

Everywhere, for nearly every medium, we can find lists and rankings and reviews that are supposed to tell us what’s approved by the masses. With music, iTunes has as its centerpiece the 100 most downloaded songs on its store, while Billboard has built an international following simply by keeping track of the most popular songs and albums. With movies, film studios take great pleasure in informing us that their newest blockbuster is the number 1 movie of the summer/ holiday season. And with books, the phrase “number 1 New York Times Bestseller” seems to be less of an accomplishment and more of a bare prerequisite for any decent reader to even consider a particular novel. Quite simply, people, consumers, love to know what’s “good”, or generally worthy of their time and money, and who can blame them? With all the entertainment options out there, popularity (and its quantification through lists) seems to be a decent litmus test for a work’s quality based on the judgments of those who have already experienced it. However, a new study by sociologists Matt Salganik and Duncan Watts shows that this attitude changes our behavior much more than we think. In their experiment, two groups received a list of 48 songs in order of most downloaded and were told to listen to and download their favorites.


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August 21, 2013

For the second group, though, the list was in reverse, with the least popular song at the top. Yet in both cases, the song listed at 1 was the most downloaded, regardless of its actual popularity. The appearance of popularity preceded likability for both groups. If this study is any indication, then we are subconsciously predisposed to liking things that are popular (whether it follows that hipsters are psychologically different remains to be observed). The implications of this tendency is best seen in a new YouTube video. This video is one recent installment of Jimmy Kimmel’s segment called Lie Witness News, in which Justin Bieber fans (of all people) were asked to comment on madeup news about Bieber that they somehow thought was real. One by one, they passionately justified his decisions to put baby seal-skin tires on his Bentley and punch his grandma, among others. Of course this is an extreme example, but it shows nonetheless how toxic popularity run amok can be. When arbitrary lists and rankings cease to be guides and instead become mandates, we lose the freedom to choose what we like and reject what we don’t. The end result is more than just an army of disillusioned Beliebers: it’s a hollower enjoyment of movies, music, and books in general. Don’t abandon thought and reason for the allure of popularity. Just remember, the sea of pop culture is choppy, and it’s easy to fall overboard. The choice is yours: think or swim.

Dino Ljubijankic

Commercials that hire celebrities go down a two way road: they are either great or awful-no in between. Ray Lewis was great in his Old Spice commercials. Why? Because those commercials are crazy. My personal favorite ad is the Nike commercial starring Charles Barkley. For every non-basketball fan under the age of 30, Barkley was a pretty big deal in the 90’s. He broke a couple bar windows, and spat on a kid or two, but he was a generally popular guy. In this commercial, Barkley talked about role models. He questioned athletes being forced into this role. He asked why parents are asking star players to raise their kids. With all the recent problems certain athletes have been having, it made me think back to this commercial and what it really means. Look at Ryan Braun. He was a MVP of Major League Baseball, and when people started questioning if he was using performance enhancing drugs, he seemed like a pretty normal, genuine guy. He was lying. Another example is Aaron Hernandez. This one drives me nuts. How can someone who makes more money in a year than the average person makes in their lifetime think about killing a guy? If anyone wants to see a human spit out pure rage, walk up to me and say “Aaron Hernan-

As a staff, we have taken it upon our• Don’t come to school smelling selves to give a little advice to incoming and looking gross. students, as well as returning. We don’t want any kids to be THAT kid. So, on • Don’t try to out-speak the teacher. the first day of school....... • Don’t stand in the middle of the • Don’t ask for a pencil. hallways and look at a map.

• Don’t use stuff that isn’t needed just because it’s there (germ-x, tissues). • Don’t sign up for a million clubs if it is not a priority in the schedule. • Don’t get caught texting. • Don’t obsess over where to eat. • Don’t stand in large groups in the middle of the halls.


issin’ Role models disappoint, & fans resent ishin’

‘Don’t be that guy’

• Don’t go out of the way to pick on the freshmen.

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• Don’t go up the wrong upstairs. • Don’t take ten minutes choosing a snack from the vending machine • Don’t flaunt an iPad. •Don’t answer every question the teacher asks. If all of these rules, or suggestions are followed, the first day of school, and every day after should run successfully.

dez,” and watch me say things I cannot say now. It’s not just professional athletes College football player Johnny Manziel has been living life in the fast lane as of recently. And that is just talking about current sports dramas. A list of 10 guys off the top of my head: OJ Simpson (bloody glove), Ron Artest/Metta World Peace (fighting fans in the stadium), Allen Iverson (multiple small incidents), Michael Vick (Pokémon battle gone wrong), Pete Rose (gambling), Chris Benoit (dark stuff I do not want to go into), everyone from the steroids era in baseball (Thanks George Bush 1!), Gilbert Arenas (guns), Dennis Rodman (bonus points for the Kim Jong-Un incident), and Kris Humphries (that Kardashian wedding was physically painful to watch). I understand that not everyone in sports are like these people, but look at that list again. Aside from Humphries, everyone on that list was above average in the game he played. Hell, Iverson and Vick were making brands for themselves. Role models are hard to come by when they have so much pressure on them already. Which is why athletes should not be the first place to look. I want a commercial with the song from those dead dog commercials, showing athletes after they mess up their lives. That would be a great commercial, would it not?

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Take it

‘Breaking Bad’ is makin’ it good I have been thoroughly entertained by AMC’s hit television series, “Breaking Bad” So entertained, I watched every single episode in about two weeks. Yes, that did require me to stay up until four in the morning a few nights, but the show was worthwhile. The anticipation for the new season, which premiered August 11, has grabbed a hold of millions of television fans and has brought ‘Breaking Bad’ even more into the limelight. From the shows stars, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, appearing on late night talk shows, to the dramatic advertisements with the slogan “All Bad Things Must Come To End”, I am beyond thrilled to witness one of the greatest television show’s conclusion. I am taking it on to the final season of “Breaking Bad.” Go get em’ Heisenburg. - Tim Griffin

Entertainment Comedy Central is one of those channels that I hold near and dear to my heart. “South Park” never gets old, re-runs of “Chappelle Show” make me laugh to tears, and it is nice to finish off the day with “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report.” So whenever they try to hype up another show, I give it a try. Last time I did that, with the cartoon “Brickleberry,” it was absolutely disgusting. “Drunk History” can not be that bad, right? I was wrong. The idea is good: try to comically modernize the plot of historical figures. SNL pulled it off perfectly with Louis CK as Abraham Lincoln and that sketch destroys anything I have seen from Drunk History. Hire Louis and some of the SNL guys, - DINO LJUBIJANKIC and I will watch this show.

Leave it

‘You gotta AMC this place’

All Photos by francesca Hernandez Graphic by Jessica Lynk

Students spend summer at local theater From front row recliners to back row booths, the AMC movie theater at Randhurst offers variety. This cinema contains 3-D shows, soda machines with over a hundred flavors, a bar, and a snack counter with a large range of treats. “My favorite part about the movie theater is how comfy the seats are. I like to be comfortable when I am watching a long movie,” sophomore Abbey Chester said. Whether students attend the movies every week or every other month, AMC’s prices to some students are a little expensive. “I think that it is way too pricey. I spent twenty dollars for just my ticket and a drink,” sophomore Katie Rozanski said. When it comes to sweets, AMC has a huge selection varying from frozen yogurt and smoothies to a large selection of candy. “When I go to the movies my favorite snack to get is skittles,” sophomore Kelli Konsewicz said. On the other hand some people think differently, “The food at AMC is decent quality but


‘Drunk History’ proves sloppy

I love buffalo wild wings because I just love the workers. They are just so nice. -Junior, Spencer Kasper

Kenzie Killam Colette Tangney

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very expensive, I don’t usually buy it,” sophomore Adam Schill said. When it comes to beverages many options;are available Students can visit the Coca Cola Freestyles where they can pick from over 100 different drink choices. “The beverages are a little pricey, but the wide variety makes up for it,” junior David Peterson said. AMC Randhurst also features an ETX theater, which stands for ‘Enhanced Theater Experience.’ The two main differences between the ETX and a normal theater are that the ETX has a larger screen and it has surround sound to create effects that make viewers feel as though they are in the movie. “AMC has excellent surround sound and the screen is so clear, it’s always fun to go there,” sophomore Dana Smosna said. Whether students are horror junkies or hopeless romantics, AMC has all types of movies for any age.

Brain’s World with Brian boyle

Summer offers savvy selections

For the past three school-free months, my mother has been nagging me about one of three things: A) working, B) workingout, or C) just being productive in general. Instead, I wisely spent my money on trips to the movies, concert tickets and an embarrassing amount of comic books. Here’s my top five entertainment experiences: Summer 2013 Edition. “The Last of Us”: The latest PS3 exclusive from Naughty Dog Studios, of the famed “Uncharted” series, can be summed up in one word: masterpiece. This third-person, post-apocalyptic, action/adventure game is an emotional roller coaster.‍ The game is unbearably tense and relentlessly bleak. The story, writing, and character development are on par with the best of Hollywood. “The Last of Us” reduced me to tears. Twice. “The Book of Mormon”: Quite possibly the most I laughed all summer was during my viewing of “The Book of Mormon.” This Broadway musical is from the creative minds behind “South Park,” and it is more than evident. “The Book of Mormon” is raunchy, vulgar, and most importantly, hilarious. Weeks after my family saw the play, I still find my 21-yearold brother belting out some of those catchy show tunes. I often find myself joining in too. “The Mowgli’s”: Back in June, I attended Milwaukee’s annual concert venue, Summerfest, with the “Imagine Dragons” head-lining performance in mind. When I left, I found myself much more impressed by the up-andcoming eight-piece alterative/folk band, “The Mowgli’s.” Their happy-go-lucky attitude, excellent stage presence, and instantly sing-along-able songs quickly won me over, making their music an MP3 mainstay on my iPhone. “Hawkeye”: Remember that lame, throw-away character in “The Avengers” movie played by Jeremy Renner with a bow and arrow? Well, that character, Hawkeye, currently has his own monthly comic book and, as nerdy it may sound, it’s totally awesome. Writer Matt Fraction delivers a solid and often humorous character study on this powerless superhero, focusing mainly on his time spent away from hanging out with heavyhitters like the Hulk and Iron Man. It’s an incredible amount of fun and accessible to non-comic book readers. “The Way, Way Back”: My favorite movie of the summer didn’t feature explosions, superheroes, or end of the world scenarios. Instead, it revolved around an awkward 14 year-old and the summer he spent at his mom’s jerky new boyfriend’s summer home. “The Way, Way Back” may rely on some cliche’s of the coming-of-age genre, (i.e. the stressed family life, cute girl next door, and an awardworthy Sam Rockwell performance as the wise adult mentor) but it does so with such charm, humor, and confidence that it didn’t matter. Check out this indie-gem before it leaves local theaters.


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Foreign trips enhance students’ learning Spanish classes and band visit Europe Mili Pandya Throughout the summer, students venture out on vacations with their families and maybe a friend or two. However, not many get the opportunity to travel to Europe with classmates. Two trips, one to Italy and the other to Spain, gave students just this experience. From June 10-20, students in band journeyed to Italy, accomCourtesy of junior Carly Benson panied by band direche band played American and Itlaian tor Scott Casagrande songs in the Chiostro Del Buon Pastore in and some parents. The Rome. group stayed in Rome, Florence, and Venice, panied by local musicians and guest but also visited many conductors. While some American other small towns. “We saw famous sites such as music was played, the band also cathe Colosseum, the Vatican, the tered to their crowds in Italy. “We played a mixture of music Leaning Tower of Pisa, the David originating from America. One of Statue, and the Sistine Chapel,” the pieces was titled ‘Chicago’ and sophomore Maribeth Broms said. the other ‘Saint Louis Blues.’ We “It was so great getting to see a also played classic Italian pieces completely different style of living geared toward our Italian audience, and experience the unique culture,” hoping that they would appreciate junior David Kuntz said. As it was a band trip, the musi- it,” Broms said. Not only was this trip a learncal angle included the band playing ing experience for the students, three concerts, which took place in they also came home much closer Sacrofano, Chiostro del Buon Pasto each other than when they left. tore, and Vittorio Veneto. “I definitely got closer with so At times they were also accom-


Mary Martin •

Having been involved in showchoir for all her four years, Mary Martin is finally an onstage senior.

“My favorite part about show choir is definitely the competitions. They’re always so exciting and before you go on to perform you get butterflies in your stomach and a rush of adrenaline,” Martin said.

many people; it was hard not to because of the amount of time spent with other people on the plane, bus rides, and just when we walked around the city,” junior Shannon Cunningham said. Students from the Spanish classes also became closer when they visited Spain from July 13-27. They got to

in a different country,” senior Megan McKee said. Two students were paired up with a host family and had to communicate with them in a mixture of Spanish and hand gestures to get their point across. Students attended class everyday for three hours and learned a variety of subjects. “We learned some grammar in class, but we also learned a lot about the Spanish culture and practiced our communication skills,” junior Emma Hopkins said. But it wasn’t all work, no play. The students were able to take advantage of their free time and enjoyed participating in various activities. “We went to Zumba, salsa dancing class, surf class, and tours around the old part of the city. We also went to the beach Courtesy of senior Michael Miller panish students traveled to Spain to en- twice every day,” Hophance their Spanish language skills and kins said. their expand their cultural exposure. Whether it was Spain or Italy, both trips gave students the experience Spanish culture first- chance to gain experiences that hand by learning what it was like to they wouldn’t in school. live in this European country. “I learned a lot about Spanish, “We had so much fun and also but I also learned a lot about the got to have a lot of once in a lifeSpanish culture. It was awesome to time opportunities,” McKee said. be able to experience day to day life


SameDifference Each issue this year, two students who are seemingly similar will be compared to show that while they may be involved in similar activities, they are more different than they may appear.

Jimmy Mendelsohn •

Senior Jimmy Mendelsohn has been a part of show choir, specifically onstage, for all four years.

• She is also involved in SOS and is joining cross country this year.

“I like showchoir because it’s just great to be in such a creative, supportive, and positive group. My favorite part of show choir is competing and all the adrenaline that rushes before we go on,” Mendelsohn said.

• With music being a large part of her life, Martin prefers to listen Courtesy of Mary Martin to country music for pleaartin sings at a solo sure. competition.

Also within the music program, Mendelsohn has been involved in theater, but is additionally a boy scout outside of school.

Singing as a tenor, which is one of the highest of the male voice types, Mendelsohn prefers any type of music except country.

• Not only is Martin involved in show choir, but she’s been involved in the musicals since her freshman year, children’s theater, the fall play, Dicken’s carolers, and heart and soul.


Courtesy of Jimmy Mendelsohn endelsohn performs with OnStage at the Chicagoland Showcase.


•All information by Isabella Murray

August 21, 2013


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High altitude training gives boys cross country high hopes

Courtesy of Boys cross COuntry he boy cross country team traveled to Estes Park in Colorado. Coach Jay Renaud took 12 varsity athletes to run at elevations from 800 to 11,000 feet. The team took this as an opportunity


Scott Bakal Though it may be early in the season the boys cross country team has their goals set on the state meet. Combined with the training in Colorado and the experience the team has gained in recent years, they believe their goal is realistic. Some even have bigger goals for the team. “Team wise, we’re looking for a top three finish at state and as a stretch potentially qualify to nationals,” senior captain Andy Philipose said. The team has worked hard all summer so that they can accomplish their goals. “Our top varsity athletes have been running 70-80 miles per week on a consistent basis,” coach Jay Renaud said. Renaud believes the team has greatly im-

to improve for the season. “We’re going to be at the top of our game and go as far as we can push ourselves,”senior Jacob Komenda said.

proved from last year. “We were a little young last year and this team is led entirely by seniors and juniors. We also improved through the experiences we gained last year. All the guys have run in the state meet which will help us greatly as we step on the line at the state meet this year,” Renaud said. The team travelled to Colorado to train. “I took 12 varsity athletes to Estes Park in Colorado in late June for a team trip to run at altitude. We ran routes anywhere from 800 to 11,000 feet of elevation which was incredibly tough. The team also spent a day at the University of Colorado,” Renaud said. The new class of seniors has impressed Coach Renaud early on. “We lost key senior captains Robert Somary and Ryan Kearns. The team recovered nicely

as our current seniors have really stepped up to fill their leadership void,” Renaud said. Team members have also set individual goals for themselves, in hopes that they will achieve them at some point during the season. “I hope to be top ten in the state of Illinois,” Philipose said. “My individual goal is to run below 15:30 for three miles, which is a difficult goal, but I believe the work I’ve put in over the summer will help me achieve that,” junior Kevin Ziegenhorn said. Individual goals set aside, the team is hoping to be successful together. “The team is looking forward to having its most successful season in school history. We are going to work hard but have a lot of fun along the way,” Renaud said.

Girls cross country prepares by training off-season Isabella Murray In anticipation of her first meet in her final cross country season, senior Lauren Solberg trained with the team Monday through Saturday during the summer and ran about 30 miles each week. “The kids run all summer, doing long runs, strength, and core training, and becoming better athletes,” head coach Jim Miks said. “Last season I had iron deficiency, but I’ve had time to train and get my iron up over the summer, so I’m ready to come back strong,” Solberg said. The off-season training and experiences from last year are preparing the team for the season. “From last year to this year I learned that coming to practice is essential for a good season. You’ll only succeed if you put the right amount of effort into your season,” senior Maddi Lipow-

ski said. Beyond their first meet on Sept. 3 against Schaumburg, invites like the Peoria meet on Sept. 21, and any meets in October are highly anticipated. “We always look forward to October meets the most, because we’re had a chance to fully develop and we make each season a process,” Miks said. The Peoria invite is an important meet, and it additionally stimulates team bonding. The team will go down to Peoria on Sept. 20 and stay overnight to prepare for the meet the next day. This is just one invite of the season. “I think the invites should be a big hitter this year. Last year we were Francesca Hernandez the team that people were pretty uniors Mikayla Mix, Lauren Hess, Marilee Stonis, and worried Amanda Mix prepare for their first meet last year. about beMany girls trained over the summer to get ready for cause we their first meet. had some excellent ward to our cross country team hopefully makrunners. So hopefully ing it to state and hopefully getting my time this year we can be down into the 18 minutes,” Lipowski said. one of the teams to “I’m most looking forward to seeing the beat,” Lipowski said. team emerge in October, we have a lot of poThe girls have tential in the team, and if they believe in themhigh hopes for this selves, they could be really great,” Miks said. season, both individually and collectively as a team. “I’m looking for-




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Volleyball key players: Jola Ignaciuk Katie Krebs Megan Solans “We hope to win conference and qualify for state.” -Junior Kelly Hill

VOlleyball Tennis key players: Sara Magnuson Megan salt Michaela Slosar

“This year we plan on winning the MSL East division.” -junior Carolyn Niersbach

Home Opener:

Tennis Soccer key players: John Capucitti Daniel Gramer Alex Mueller

“We have ten seniors and a lot of experience, so we’re looking to win the east.” -senior Alex Mueller

all photos by francesca hernandez

August 31 vs. Downers Grove South 8 a.m.


last season record: Win- 9 loss- 8 tie- 3

Home Opener: September 10 vs. Elk grove 6:30 p.m.

Swimming key players: Nora Barnes Lenna Fotos Katie Lindholm

Home Opener: September 3 at Olympic Indoor Swim Center

Home Opener: September 6 vs. Palatine 7 p.m. “We have put ourselves in tough situations at practice so during a game, it will help us finish a close Game.” -senior Jack Warner

Swimming “We want to win the east for the 7th year in a row.” -junior Katie lutz

Football key players: Grant Burke Eddie miklasz Jack warner


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