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Volume 44 • Issue 9• John Hersey High School • 1900 E. Thomas St., Arlington Heights, IL 60004 •April 29, 2011

Juilliard Bound

Pay to play


Students to pay $25 per activity next year

Claudia Caplan Kevin Hyde Sophomore Anna Mullen-Muhr plays the trombone in the band, and is also a member of the volleyball team. Over the course of her high school career, Mullen-Muhr was fortunate enough to be a member of these activities free of charge. Next year, however, important changes will be made to the participation policy of certain sports and activities. This fall, the Board of Education passed a new policy where students will have to pay a fee of $25 for each activity they are involved in. The board’s motive for the new ruling comes from the idea that the district’s budget will benefit from the change. “The district believes that the ‘pay-to-play’ will be producing about $200,000, which will hopefully be enough money to not cut any teachers,” assistant principal John Novak said. After discussing possible budget cuts, the Board of Education reached an agreement that each activity would require a $25 fee. The board takes into account the amount of children per family that are involved in activities. So families will not be asked to pay more than $100 per year. If a family has two children involved in three activities each, they will only have to pay $100 for the whole year. If families only have one child who happens to be involved in more than four activities, the family will still only be asked to pay $100. For those families that cannot afford to pay for the fee, waivers will be available. “The Board of Education wanted to roll this out slowly, so it was recommended to them by the central administration that the fee for the first year would be $25 per activity, with a $100 maximum per family,” Novak said. “Students who are on a fee waiver will not be required to pay. The fee waiver process is a district wide process that is followed by all district schools.” Even though many activities and clubs are recognized by the administration, not all of them are going to be subject to the participa-


Poll: 49% 15% 36%

PAYtoPLAY $25 $25

$25 $25 tion fee. “Our recommendation to the district [as a group of activity directors] was to include all activities that are covered under our no pass/no play policy, which is the same that are covered by the co-curricular code. These are activities that have contests, performances, etc.,” Novak said. This includes all sports, as they compete in games and tournaments. Clubs like DECA will also be subject to the participation fee due to their attendance at competitions. Fine arts groups also fall under this ruling. Show choir, plays, and musicals will also require participants to pay. Each time there is a show, students will pay, such as the fall play or

Will the $25 required fee prevent you from participating in activities next year? I will stay in the same activities

I will cut down on my activities

spring musical. “Since theater has fall, winter, [etc.] seasons, each play will have a fee. That does not go for show choir competitions,” Novak said. Other clubs like student council and S.O.S. are a different story. Since they have no competitions, no fee is required. Despite speculation, the new fee is not related to the soon arriving synthetic turf field that is in the works. Although both involve a large sum of money, none of the money that will be made by the policy will be used to pay for the field. “That [the cost for the synthetic turf] is completely irrelevant and separate,” Novak said. Continued on page 3

I will not participate in activities due to cost

“I would pay, definitely.” - junior Blake Robinson 200 students polled


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Journalists shine in California Five Correspondent staff members took their talent to California April 14-17 for the Journalism Education Association’s/National Scholastic Press Association’s annual spring convention in Anaheim, Calif. Two members came home with top honors. After hours of sessions, the students competed in various two-hour contests against students from all over the country. Junior Shea Anderluh competed in the commentary writing category against 77 other students, and was one of two to be awarded a superior rating. “I felt extremely honored to get the superior rating,” Anderluh said. “Being recognized for something that I care so much about and enjoy doing so much, is a dream come true.” Sophomore Kevin Hyde was also honored with a superior rating in the podcast category. He was the only one of seven in the category to be awarded that rating. “I was so excited to get a superior,” Hyde said. “I worked for hours on my podcast, so I’m really happy that the judges noticed all the hard work I put into it.” Teagan Ferraresi


unior Shea Anderluh and sophomore Kevin Hyde celebrate their superior win at the JEA/NSPA convention in Anaheim, California.


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2+6=8, math team is going to state Rachel Lundstrom

regionals to move on to state. In the individual events, students take a test When senior Michal Obstoj started junior and try to get the highest score. In team events, year, his mind was set on joining a club that they work together to get as many answers correct as possible. brought him intellectual In the orals event, a competition and personstudent is given a quesal challenge. He found tion that he must present this in the math team. By his work and answer for. combining arithmetic, “I didn’t think I contests, and pizza, the would qualify because I math team has brought was unsure about half of success for many. my answers, but now I’m Back in February, excited to see how state math team members of goes,” freshman Rino all ages competed for a Nozawa said. chance to participate in Obstoj and junior the state meet at UniverGeorg Zinser are comsity of Illinois in Urbanapeting in the junior/seChampaign. Tomorrow, nior two person event. In fifteen students are headthis competition, pairs of ed down for their chanctwo are given three mines at state titles. illustration by Ashley Hawkins utes to answer a question. This year, individual They get more events as well as team points based on a correct events qualified. Freshmen Melanie Cohodes, Michael Frankiewicz, answer and how long it takes the team to get the Nick Huene, Matt Joo, Joe Koo, and Rino Noza- answer. “We have been practicing two times a week wa; sophomore Vivek Shah; juniors Eric Chung, Marie Hoeger, Amanda Kowalski, Moriah Mul- since regional, and I’m hoping to get another roe, Claire O’Donnell, and Georg Zinser; senior medal this year,” Obstoj said. Ankoor Shah, and Obstoj placed high enough at

‘Backbones’ walk offers hope and waffles

Shea Anderluh founder, when she sustained a life-changing in-

Ashley Hawkins

Death strikes close to home Students who live near St. Viator High School were awakened on April 14 by a seemingly never ending trail of sirens. The sirens were responding to the murder of George Nelleson that had occurred on April 13. The murderers were his son, Mathew Nelleson, as well as three other men from Chicago. For the residents of Arlington Heights, the police chase was a big surprise in an area that is assumed to be a safe place to raise kids. Students watch the news, and it is not uncommon for them to hear about a death investigation. However, the local murder provided a bit of reality for students who have not been confronted by serious crime in their neighborhood. “I thought it was crazy when I found out what happened, and that it was only a block away from my house,” freshman Alex Mueller said. In response to uncovering the victim’s body, Windsor and Olive Elementary Schools, Thomas Middle School, and Prospect and St. Viator High Schools went on a soft lockdown. Mathew Nelleson was found at Harper College and was arrested after a high-speed police chase on East Dundee. “It’s awful that it happened, and I was surprised we weren’t put on lockdown, ” senior Danielle Ludkey said. After an investigation occurred it was found out that the original purpose of the crime was to rob the father, but the crime went astray when his father said he would call the police. The event was a reality check for residents who enjoy the suburbs that crime can happen anywhere no matter how safe it seems. Brian Loomis

“Backbones,” a non-profit organizat ion dedicated to providing support for those with spinal cord injuries, began four years ago. The group was formed when a group of family and friends came together to support Reveca Torres, the president and

jury to her own spinal cord. Providing help for paralyzed victims and their families is the focus of Backbones. “Most importantly, we make sure that they never give up,” Torres’ brother and junior Jake Torres said. “Just because they’re disabled doesn’t mean they should limit themselves. We believe anyone can achieve anything they set their hearts to.” Reveca Torres serves as an inspirational example, being a fashion designer, organization president, and leading groups on international travels, all from her own wheelchair. The “Backbones 5K” walk will take place this Sunday. “It’s our biggest event of the year, and we want to get as many people in the community involved for a big group effort,” J. Torres said. “You can run it, walk it, or go in a wheelchair.” Awards will be given, and free waffles will be supplied.

Senior pledges to stop drunk driving Rhonda Bolker As a graphic designer, senior Patryk Szady has expressed passion for his work, especially in his design campaign PS Designs. Recently, he has been putting his passion into a public-service announcement with his design, “The iPledge Project.” “The iPledge Project” is a campaign against drinking during the prom and graduation season. An estimated 12.4 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 20 have reported driving under the influence of alcohol at least once during the past year, and one-third of all fatal traffic accidents were the result of alcohol as stated on These statistics inspired Szady to try and make a change. “Too many people die during prom and graduation season. It’s my way of getting the word out,” Szady said. A line up of sponsors have been developed for the campaign including the Arlington Heights Police Department and the SADD national office. Szady isn’t only doing this campaign to prevent the climbing statistics, but he is also do-

ing this project for a contest provided by Triton Graphics. The project will premiere during the spring of 2012. “It’s really late to do it this year because prom season has already started,” Szady said. Other members of Szady’s team include other members of the senior class. The members of his team include seniors Kelsey Coleman, Kaspar Povilanskas, Juliette Makara, Joshua Maravelias, Steven Grange, and Sam Rogich.

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Debate team places fourth in state final Emily Behn Northern Illinois University held the 2011 State Congressional Debate on April 15-16. The varsity team came in at an impressive fourth place. Each competitor had competed in over seven and a half hours of debate by the end of the two days. In order to participate in the tournament, each team member had to win an individual speaking trophy during the regular season. The team consisted of seniors Ted Schwaba and Ben Coulomb, junior Moriah Mulroe, and freshman Melanie Cohodes. Schwaba, the team captain, finished his four-year debate career by winning an individual award for “Best Presiding Officer,” and teammate Coulomb gained a second place award for “Best Legislation.”


These awards were just the cherry on top of a competitive season. “It’s been really interesting. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun. I even got a plaque for speaking. I’m super courtesy of the debate team excited for next year, too,” freshman Melanie he debate team poses for a picture after placing 4th at state at this year’s Cohodes said. competition at Northern Illinois University on April 15-16. Earlier this year, the debate team won two first place team ing that allowed us to go the state meet. I’m trophies, two All-State awards, 21 individual trophies, including four proud to say I am a member of this team,” sophomore Tommy McDonald said. awards won by freshmen. “We had good team work and great coach-


District policy stirs complaints, students voice opinions Continued from page 1 After learning of the news, some students are rather outspoken. “I think it’s a little harsh. I mean, it’s just really sudden, and I feel like it’s not really necessary. The school shouldn’t be spending money on signs that hang from the ceiling that don’t really serve much purpose if they are concerned about the budget,” sophomore Elizabeth Odegard said. “I see where they are coming from, but I just don’t know how well it will go over with other students,” sophomore Sara Bayerle said. “At least clubs like student council won’t be affected, so that’s good.”

“Since I am a senior, the new policy has no affect on me, but I still feel it is stupid to make the students pay to do activities that they have always played and done for free,” senior Lizzy Kautz said. Despite the gripes that students are expressing, some coaches and activity directors do not see the policy posing any dramatic changes. “Because there is a waiver fee for students that can’t afford to pay, I don’t think track will be affected and is taken care of,” head girls track coach James Miks said. Some students feel that even though there is a waiver available, it may hinder the participation in multiple activities. “I hope that it won’t make it so that kids

won’t be involved in a lot. After all, being wellrounded will get us into college,” sophomore Julia Swan said. According to research done by Indiana University professor Jack Dvorak, students involved in extracurricular activities are more likely to achieve high scores on the ACT, an important supplement in college applications. Regardless of what students and faculty members think, the administration wants to make it clear that the decision was agreed upon by district officials. “Whether I like it or not, the district is enforcing this rule,” Novak said.

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Students fail to take advantage of opportunities while free



How m any Opinion schools Athletics c a n Arts boast a club invented Clubs OLL solely for playing “PokeAY T O-PL T Y PA mon Stadium?” Not many. Fortunately, this school can. A variety of clubs and activities are offered here that may tickle any student’s fancy. From anime to fishing, clubs are as plentiful as mustaches Shea Anderluh in “Super Mario Brothers.” Despite the $25 pay to play fee to be instated next year, it cannot afford the cost, the school is crucial that students continue to will assist them. take advantage of all the activities Taking a date to a movie and the school has to offer. buying popcorn and candy will This school prides itself on hav- cost about $25, so why not save that ing well-rounded, involved stu- cash, and put it towards an activity dents. Some can say that they are in- that can be a great experience and volved in two to three sports, clubs, make a great impression on college or activities. With the economy the admission officers. way it is, it may be hard to scrounge Students spend too much time up the extra cash to continue par- frivolously gossiping, whereas if ticipation, but for those who truely they were involved in activities,

they could talk about planning the next big event, or a strategy for the next big game. Being involved enriches the high school experience, which has far more value than a measly $25. Not only can being involved in activities make a college application shine, it’s also a really great way to find new interests, make new friends, and most importantly, have fun while still enriching minds. Studies have shown that teens who are more involved are more likely to succeed and less likely to get into trouble. The opportunities offered here are solely for the benefit and enjoyment of students. Instead of going home and spending hours on Facebook or playing video games, why not put that time, (and $25 next year), towards a more beneficial experience.

Facebook fiends, trim the fat (forgotten friends) Michael Lechowski

Despite the vast differences among the teenage population, one unifying entity unites just about all of us: Facebook. We live, eat, and breathe Facebook. I have no problem making that claim which is self-evident through the intense activity that occurs throughout the day, peaking right after school and late at night when most students should really be doing more constructive things with their time, like homework or sleeping. I myself have fallen prey to the wonderful distraction of social networking, often catching myself on the site for multiple hours at a time. Despite the fact that Facebook has kidnapped just about every teenager from experiencing the outside world, the thing that bothers me most about the site is the over abundance of

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‘friends’ the sites users have. It’s annoying to see someone with eight hundred, nine hundred, or even a thousand friends. I know everyone at Jewel wears a name tag, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to run home and request their cyber friendship, even if they do happen to bag your cookie cake. I am willing to bet that if any avid Facebook user with an obscene amount of friends took a look at their list of ‘friends,’ they would find people that they no longer are in contact with, people they no longer even like, and people they don’t even know. The truth is, having more ‘friends’ doesn’t make people look cool; It doesn’t make them look popular. The amount of Facebook ‘friends’ is not directly related to how many friends people have in reality. If anything, they’re inversely proportional. As someone who is transitioning from an environment in which I have already met all the people I am interested in meeting to one

in which I will only know a handful of as I enter college, Facebook will be a valuable tool in meeting new people; which is what I have come to realize is the most valuable quality of the site. It’s not about conversing on a cyber level; it’s about seeing that hot girl across the room and using Facebook as a means to break the ice. If I asked someone who his good friends are, I’m guessing he wouldn’t list off 900 people; and if anyone can actually do that I will surrender my opinion on this issue. Something tells me he won’t be able to, and that’s okay. It means that he is one step closer to Facebook freedom. So I have a proposition for all Facebook fiends; trim the fat. Go on to Facebooks tonight and ‘unfriend’ one person; just one. Then tomorrow, delete two. Then on Sunday, delete three. This task is incredibly easy and somewhat rejuvenating. One day when looking at the now skinny yet potent list of friends, users will discover the true point of Facebook.

J U S T S AY I N ’ Chewing can make change Out of all the questions asked during a regular school day, “Do you have any gum?” is the most frequently asked. As we’ve heard from the news, many writing prompts, and people talking, schools are always worrying about selling unhealthy snack items in their vending machines. There are chips and candy in one machine, and fruit in the other. There’s diet soda in one machine and then that drink I’ve never heard of in the other. We have drink vending machines... do we really need five? I think a vending machine full of gum or a gum ball machine would be a perfect idea. Plus, everyone has been complaining about our school not having any money, yet we waste our dollars on signs and TVs in the hallway. If we have something as simple as a gum ball machine, those quarters would add up. Lauren Kelley

Author disrupts students Recently, I attended best selling author, Simone Elkeles’, presentation at school. At first, I was excited to see the presentation as I had read the author’s books before, and enjoyed them. However, after twenty or so minutes of the presentation, I’d had enough. The presentation was not directed or appropriated to high school students. I understand that the author writes about drugs, sex, and profanity, it was inappropriate for the audience’s age. She shouldn’t have done the presentation as if we were older. Keep things appropriate for the audience’s age. Just Sayin’ Abby Fesl 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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Shaving head shaves stereotypes Rhonda Bolker Throughout my entire life, I have probably changed my hairstyle more often than Lady Gaga changes her outfit. I have sported the foot-long waves, fried flat iron mess, uneven bangs, and a bob. The happenings of my hair are almost impossible to clearly decipher. Then came the conversation that changed everything. It was a mildly warm night in early October, and my friends and I were doing what most high school students have engaged in: hanging out in a basement chilling. Suddenly, my friend turns to me and says, “You know, Rhonda? Not going to lie, but you would look really cool with a mo-hawk.” That phrase never really left my head for months following. As a female, the thought of even shaving my head was terrifying. It just seemed like if I shaved my head into a stereotypical masculine hair style, I would be the laughing stock of the general populous, my friends would shun me, my family would disown me, and, a more frightening thought, I would be considered forever a weirdo. Fast-forward to March 17 of this year, or more specifically, my fourth hour lunch period. I’m perched in my uncomfortable plastic chair in the Titre Room, watching my female amiga, Caitlyn, shave off most of her hair for St. Baldrick’s Day, a foundation I’m sure most faculty, staff, and students know raises money for childhood cancer research. Prior to doing so, Caitlyn obtained donations for the foundation. During this period, physics teacher, Mary Kemp shaved her hair off as well. And that’s when it hit me. Just watching two fellow females shave off their hair for such a noble cause was absolutely inspiring. It felt like at that time, it was my turn to take the plunge and shave off my hair...or at least a part of it. Once the school-wide digital clocks struck 2:50, and I complet-

BLAHBLAHto BLAH Somethin’ talk about BLAHBLAHCurriculum lacks common sense BLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHEverything I need to know... BLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH Change causes discomfort BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHThis is it: my last couple months of high school. My last hockey game, my last deadline dinnerrun; my last column...don’t miss me too much. When I look back on these past four years, my mind explodes, reflecting on all the good times I’ve had. I have learned so

much, and come so far; all seniors have. The other day my sister (who will be a freshman next year) peppered me with questions about high school. “Brian, what’s the worst thing about high school? What’s the best? Will I get shoved in lockers? Is there a pool? How come you got to go out for lunch freshman year and I don’t? It’s so unfair!”

With my senior year rapidly coming to a close, I find myself in a figurative detention. I have morphed into Bart Simpson himself, standing in front of an infinitely expansive chalkboard copying the lines that read, “I will not write my last column about graduating. I will not write my last column about

graduating...” But let’s be real, my wrists hurt, and I always did have to learn the hard way. Trying to put how I’ve felt and what I’ve done and what it’s all meant into words is impossible. Or this feeling of finally saying goodbye, so instead, here are some valuable lessons I’ve learned: 1. If you’re involved in an activity that you hate, quit...

When I was younger, I was able to deal successfully with change. I guess that’s because kids have so many different experiences that are new — to avoid change would be never to encounter anything. However, as I’ve gotten older, and have begun to over think just about everything, I’ve noticed people change and do not

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accept each other like they used to. New, unpredictable situations make me anxious; it’s not that I can’t deal with them, but I find myself constantly wishing for the old, comfortable routine that is lost forever. I was looking back at the first column that I ever wrote. It was written at a time when I was completely confused about college. I didn’t know what I would study, and I had no clue where I would apply... Annie Bruce

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Do you honestly know all of your Facebook friends? Why or why not? Nick Hernandez

“Not all of them because I got a lot through mutual friends.”

”Yes because I’ve talked to them all at some point.”

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“No because I have so many people adding me every day.”


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ed my enjoyable ten minute walk home, I did a quick search to find an area participating in St. Baldrick’s, so I could join in the fun as well. The next thing I knew, I was sitting in a stylist’s chair, gazing upon my recently buzzed off hair as it toppled to the floor. I then had half-a-full head of hair. A few days later, my professional hair stylist shaved the other side into a mohawk. To be honest, I think that shaving a part of my hair off as a female was one of the most charitable and liberating acts I’ve ever gone through with. I felt so free from my problems after buzzing a part of my hair off, like all of the negativity in my life has been lifted off my shoulders. Not only that, but I also have a cooler, literally, summer hair style, so a heavy mane wouldn’t get in the way of blazing hot summer activities. And thankfully, none of my friends have disowned me for having a ballsy haircut. In fact, one of my friends randomly comes up to me during passing period and have tousles my hair back and forth just because it’s “the coolest thing ever.” Not just a new hair style came out of my plunge for shaving. While at the other host sponsoring St. Baldrick’s Foundation, my friend who came with me donated $50 to the charity which felt like my decision was much more worth it. More females should join the fight against cancer and shave their head as well. From previous experience with women who didn’t make St. Baldrick’s an impulsive decision, females usually bring in more donations compared to men. I really wish I could participate in St. Baldrick’s again, but my parents would probably have a cow if I ever did this again. Unfortunately, I’m required to grow it out even though I’m going to college in the fall. However, if I had the chance to do it again, I wouldn’t regret it especially for such a noble cause. The world needs pioneers to change the world. The world needs more donations to worthy causes. The world needs more bald women to save cancer victims’ lives.


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“Yes because even though I don’t talk to them all, I still see them at school.”


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Popular app builds vocabulary letter by letter Erin Kinsella

Of all the trends teenagers get hooked on, a new one is popping up that may actually be beneficial to the academic lives of students. While teachers struggle to get their classes to improve vocabulary and it is nearly impossible for some sophomores to open the infamous yellow book of root words, words seem to be catching on. Words with Friends, that is. A new application, Words with Friends is essentially an online version of Scrabble, one that can be played against friends near and far. The creator of the game, Paul Bettner, explains Words with Friends as “gaming meets text messaging. It’s a weird cross between communication and playing a

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game.” While apps are used by millions for things as simple as the weather forecast to tasks as obscure as checking in for a flight, this one in particular has taken the technological world by storm. “Words with Friends” creates a competitive yet friendly rivalry as players can add opponents by searching for their username or picking them up from a list of available players. It is common for players to be involved in many games at once; this way they can switch inbetween games while waiting for a particular opponent to play their turn. Because players are not playing face to face and there is no time limit on a word, it may take a long time for the other person to get

back to the game, as life tends to sometimes get in the way. This isn’t a damper on Ethe game at all though, PL the Word buffs. TRIto according D WOR E have a bunch of “I always SCORon at once, so Lthat games going I UB E can switch from one toDOtheRDother WO up when the board gets clogged E or SCORword my partner hasn’t played their yet,” senior Erin Kelleher said. When 1.6 million people play daily, this game has been ranked in the top 50 game apps for the iPod in 2011 by TIME. Users spend a full hour on average each day building words and trash talking, therefore, must LE Bthere DOU on R be some positive effect vocabuE T LET E lary. SCOR The app itself is similar to the original Scrabble board game, but the difference comes in the con-


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make sense when used in the real world. However, they have seemingly caused a bit of confusion among students. These words, now BLE a staple in a strange DOU ER dialect heard TT LEhere, through the halls E have become SCOR for adults and increasingly difficult certain students to understand. “Whenever I hear the slang, I’m always kind of taken aback. Is it good or bad?” Social science teacher Andrew Walton said. “Back in the day, words like bad became good. It’s tough to keep up with!” Words change constantly, tak-

“bangin’” in the 80’s, to “the bomb” in the 90’s, and finally to then current usage of “flame,” teenagers are always looking for new ways to express themselves with words. “ ‘Might’ means definitely not... ‘Might not’ means definitely yeah,” sophomore Joey Bealieu said. “Might,” like “bad,” has taken on an opposite meaning. Now, it’s sarcastically used to mean the opposite of what it should. For example, “The school colors might work well together. They might not completely clash,” junior

Words are used differently internationally, nationally, and locally. The same language is, at times, spoken incomprehensibly between countries: Americans use bathrooms, while the British use the Loo. On the national level, states show off their different flavors with variations in vocabulary as well. With all of these changes, it’s not unexpected that words differ from school to school as well. High schools are known to have vocabulary that may not always be understandable in the district over. Things are no different here. For Hersey, the words have

become a part of everyday vocabulary that most students understand. “The whole thing with ‘might’ is used in a smart aleck way, usually by boys,” Walton said. “I use those kinds of words because they make people visibly upset, and I find that funny,” senior Evan Reynolds said. Some people may find the slang annoying at times, but it’s an interesting way to spice up conversations. It’s also a fun way for students to express their individuality. “It’s awesome to talk like that,” Bealieu said, “Everyone started to do it. It’s fun to say, so why not say it?”



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Movies my way Taylor Ka sper

Baseball movies bring out ‘love of the game’ Baseball has been a part of my life from the time I was a tiny tyke assembling monstrous dirt piles at third base. I’m not sure if it was the all-you-can-eat supply of sunflower seeds, over-sized uniforms, or unrestricted access to a field filled with dirt, but the life of a ball player was really appealing to my six year-old counterpart. Obviously, my game plan has shifted ever since I graduated from the days when I did the “pee pee dance” in center field. My aspirations for baseball may have died, but I’m lucky enough to have found a time machine; thankfully, it doesn’t come in the form of an out house. Kevin Costner leads off my journey with a baseball film that, unfortunately, tends to get overlooked. “For Love of the Game,” is a movie about a pitcher Billy Chapel (Costner) who, although he has aged like a sexy willow tree, is losing his competitive edge with the canon attached to his right shoulder. Chapel is pitching his final game in Detroit. He is in the midst of pitching a perfect game. As he battles through the challenges the batters hack at him, he reminisces about the sheer love he has for the sport and makes peace with the fact that his career needs to end. Costner isn’t just a burly hunk with dreamy blue eyes. He gives off a performance that forces all fans to remember why we treat baseball like it’s the Nepalese monk with all the answers to life’s hardships; every dilemma can be given a solution, using nothing more than a baseball diamond, a bat, and some balls. The only other individual that was able to rack up a higher batting average than Kevin Costner was Tom Hanks. He accomplished it with one simple line that has forever since echoed from the bench: “There’s no crying in baseball.” If baseball movies had their own hall of fame, “A League of Their Own” would have its own shrine, complete with spotlights and “Marla Hooch” t-shirts. The film centers around the first AllAmerican Girls Professional Baseball League, started up in 1943 when Americans were on the brink of losing their favorite pastime at the hands of the Nazis. The Rockford Peaches play ball, against the perils of losing the league, losing husbands, and losing their sanity by the hands of a grubby little boy with a trumpet. My little league uniform can only be worn as a belly shirt now, and it’s no longer socially acceptable for me to sit in mounds of dirt, but I’ve come away from my baseball experience with a few handy life lessons; always pee before games, don’t dirty up your uniform if you don’t want mom to throw a fit, and never cry during a game.

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Meatheads serves up success

Woodfield is a part of a teenager’s typical weekend expedition, and most restaurants have become “tried-and-true” by now. But, when you reach the Streets of Woodfield, a new restaurant sticks out. Meatheads is a classy burger and fries place I will definitely be returning to. Upon entry, Meatheads has a large menu similar to that of Five Guys, but it expands to include even chicken and hot dogs.

Customers can choose from a large list of toppings, and can add signature sauces to top off a delicious burger. Add in some fresh fries and a milkshake, and Meatheads is the perfect dinner, all for a cheap price. When tired of the typical burger or pizza dinner, Meatheads will spice up the dinner options. Rachel Lundstrom


‘Paranormal’ trilogy falters The premise for “Paranormal Entity:” A guy takes a video camera, sets it up in his house, and films strange occurrences that happen at night. Eventually, the family discovers they are being haunted by a demonic entity. Sound familiar? This film is a mockbuster, a low-budget spoof off of “Paranormal Activity.” While the plots aren’t exactly the same, the similarities are so strikingly obvious. The

purpose of a mockbuster is to make fun of its predecessor, but even for a spoof, this was flat out disappointing. It could’ve easily surpassed “Paranormal Activity,” but it failed miserably. Seeing the third installment in this wretched series has made me never want to see a Paranormal-anything ever again.

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Horror movie disappoints: ‘Insidious’ lacks suspense, plot

Caitlin Neilson over his body and Dalton’s spirit would never

return. Suddenly it was revealed that the father Rarely are there movies released deemed as ‘scary’ that are actually frightening. The pros- had gone into this other world as a child as well, pect of seeing a movie that will keep me up at answering questions he had of a traumatized night is one that sparks my interest. On a bor- childhood. Finally both father and son’s spirits ing Saturday night, my friends and I decided to returned and both awoke. The movie didn’t end that go see “Insidious.” There way, it ended in a much more weren’t many people “Insidious” Facebook photo surprising, but ridiculous way. in the theater, but that It seemed as if the writer didn’t didn’t deter me, although know how to make the movie it should have. longer, so he added irrelevant and “Insidious” was unrelated events. It was a medley made by the makers of of various genres, causing confu“Paranormal Activity” sion. and “Saw.” Both of those Few screams accompanied were frightening as well the nonsensical plot line. The few as suspenseful with a scares present were not well-done lot of events that no one or impressive. They were the typiwould expect. cal, pop-out surprises that are Unfortunately, “Inscreamed at, but laughed at later. sidious” was nothing Also, the demons and monon that level of horror sters that were meant to frighten or thrill. The beginning audiences were partially why was dull and difficult to laughter followed the screams. get interested in, and the This was because the way premise of the film was the costumes were done were not rather perplexing. realistic in the least. They looked It’s not clear if the more like Halloween costumes movie was meant to be than actual movie outfits, somehorror or science fiction. he horror flick, “Insidious,” was what reminiscent of Darth Maul A young boy, Dalreleased on April 1. “Insidious” of “Star Wars.” ton, fell into a coma has made $50 million dollars so far, acThe expectations were high from an actual fall. cording to since the writer, Leigh WhanThis coma mysteriously nell, had also written “Saw,” “Saw lasted months, accomII,” “Saw III,” and “Dead Silence.” panied by supposed-tobe-terrifying things happening throughout the All these movies were well-known for being true house. There were demons and spirits through- horror. “Insidious” let audiences, who were previously impressed with Whannell’s work, down. out the house. Poor execution made ‘Insidious’ not only a Turns out Dalton was lost in a parallel spirit world. A paranormal expert called this The Fur- let down, but an overall catastrophic combinather, and he could not return from this world. tion of horror, science fiction, and suspense. The fear was that demons were going to take



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‘Drowsy Chaperone’ awakens audience Becky Pauwels

The second performance of the spring musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” hits the stage tonight. The show is a comedy about a star actress, Janet Van De Graff, who wants to leave show business to marry Robert Martin. The producer of the show, Mr. Feldzieg, must stop Janet from leaving the biz or else he’ll lose his job. “The show is a parody of musical cliches,” junior Brad Grochocinski said. This show marks a change from previous musicals performed here. “What it has that previous shows did not have is just a crazy, fun time. It has a lighthearted, fun feel that has not been present in years,” said Grochocinski. “Compared to other Hersey musicals, it will be just as good, if not better.” “The story is one of those where it’s stupid but also entertaining. It’s nice to get away from everything and laugh,” said junior Grace Petit, who plays Janet Van De Graff. Rehearsals started in February with practices Monday through Saturday. During the week, the rehearsals ran from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays it’s 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. As the show drew closer, rehearsals become more intense and go longer.

“We’ve worked pretty hard. Rehearsals have been a long process from learning, to practicing over and over, and then changing things,” junior Gabbi Jones said. Now that the show is finally live, cast members are looking forward to finally reaping the benefits of their work. “I’m excited to finally perform in front of an audience,” Jones said. “It’s such a different and better feeling, especially in comedy. There’s nothing worse than no laughter!” The cast expects the audience to enjoy it. “It is absolutely hilarious, there are amazing songs, and the characters as well as the costumes are ridiculous,” Grochocinski said. Costumes are a big part of what makes everything so exciting to be a part of, and to watch. “It’s cool to do a show like this where you have to look and act crazy and over-the top the entire time,” Jones said. Tickets are $10 and available during lunch periods and before the show. “I really want to see it, especially because my friend Caitlin is in it,” junior Caitlin O’Mara said. The show is still available to see tonight at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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rdht rsBrites gfsdRandhurst completion nears fgsdready to fill stomachs fgsdfgsduiThe gradual construction of the Randhurst mall in Mount Prospect has recently started to pick up its progress. New restaurants such as “Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza” and “Billy Goat Tavern” have started being constructed and so has the “AMC Theater.” A 7,000 pound oven was recently delivered and put in the pizzeria and the theater has added 12 new screens (including 3D) and skyboxes. Driving to Woodfield mall in Schamburg can be a hassle, so Randhurst’s progress is exciting to many. “There will actually be something to do and better places to eat besides Subway, in Mount Prospect,” said freshman Heather Wolnik. “It was a good investment to remodel the mall. It is going to add more possibilities,” senior Jacob Serola said. “I like that the mall will have a fresher and more modern feeling to it,” senior Leyla Meyanci said. The grand opening will take place in June. Many new stores, restaurants, and hotels will be featured in the mall. Mackenzie Francis

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test Loser t i F e h T Faculty ma kes life cha n ges, gets fit

Emily Eisenhuth spent at the gym. “My life has become more With obesity rates skyrocketing, the Daily Herald and Niche Publications decided to create a contest for overweight locals who were committed to getting fit. The competition, sponsored by Push Fitness, was a spoof off of the hit NBC TV show, “Biggest Loser.” Since the beginning of February, assistant principal John Novak has been competing against four other contestants to become the “fittest loser.” “I knew that I was grossly overweight, and I decided that I wanted to live a longer life,” Novak said. “I want to be able to spend some retirement time with my wife and watch my kids grow up.” Novak’s inspiration came from a former student who completed the “Fittest Loser” competition. The student expressed that the competition made many positive changes in his life, and Novak grew curious. After checking out the competition, he decided he wanted to make a change in his life. Novak’s daily life has changed drastically since the start of the competition. Students have been noticing the change in his body and commenting on it. When he has a spare moment, it’s usually

hectic because I have to schedule workouts in on top of my personal life and professional life,” Novak said. Not only has Novak had to change his exercise habits, but his eating habits have also been completely modified. While he used to grab food on-the-go, he now takes time to prepare healthy meals the night before. An occasional cookie is okay, but fast food isn’t an option for Novak anymore. “I’m on a restricted diet. I eat five times a day but I’m only allowed to eat certain types of food,” Novak said. Throughout the competition, Novak’s biggest support system has been his family. His wife and his two sons have gladly changed their exercise routines and their eating habits to accommodate Novak and help him reach his goal. “They’ve really encouraged me; they told me they were proud of their dad,” Novak said. The “Fittest Loser” contest ends today, and the winner will be announced May 11. While his main priority is to get healthy, Novak’s goal was to lose 75 pounds by the end of the competition, but he would like to lose 100 pounds overall. “It has been a real life changing experience, and I’m glad I did it,” Novak said.

Senior dances her way into Juilliard admittance among hundreds of other danc-

Teagan Ferraresi ers. With only an eight percent acceptance


enior Shelby Moran dances ballet, modern, jazz, tap and hip-hop. Next year, she will continue her studies at Juilliard.

When it comes to schools for performing arts, not many colleges compare to Juilliard School in New York City. Many aspiring musicians, dancers and actors dream of the day they receive an acceptance letter from this world renowned school. For senior Shelby Moran, this dream became reality on March 16. Moran has been dancing for 12 years, and for as long as she can remember dancing has been a dominate part of her life. She started dancing at Bataille Academy in Mount Prospect, but after it closed down she went to Dance Center Evanston and have been there ever since. When it comes to what types of dance Moran does, she doesn’t exclude much. “I do ballet, modern, jazz, tap and hip-hop,” Moran said. With all this dance, Moran doesn’t get much time off. “At the heaviest part of the season, I dance every day except Fridays,” Moran said. Moran’s dedication and love for dance are what drew her to Juilliard. “It’s been my dream to go to Juilliard since I was a little kid,” Moran said. Moran pursued her childhood dream on Feb. 20, when she was able to audition for

rate, according to, the odds of Moran getting accepted were slim. “Over 500 applicants auditioned from around the world, and 24 were accepted: 12 boys and 12 girls,” Moran said. “It was a long day. It started out with 50 people, and eventually was cut down to four to have interviews,” Moran said. The audition process happened in various stages. The first part of the audition was ballet, and after that it was cut down to seven people. “The remaining seven performed solos and choreography and then were cut to only four,” Moran said. The four remaining then had personal interviews with the admissions directors. Moran waited for nearly a month before she received a letter from Juilliard. “I kept telling myself that I wasn’t going to get in, just to expect the worst,” Moran said. But contrary to her thoughts, Moran was shocked to open a letter from her dream school welcoming her to join next year. “Everyone was so excited when they found out. My mom was crying and calling everyone to tell them, and everyone at my dance studio was really happy for me,” Moran said. As for her future, Moran is unsure what will happen. “After I get out of school I don’t know exactly where I want to dance. I want to dance professionally and do concert dance in a company.”


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unior Tyler Perkowitz swings during a game that took place on Monday. They defeated Barrington 6-1. tinue to work towards their goal of winning conference. With an overall record of 7-6, the boys are just over .500 but are 2-1 in conference. Dealing with all types of adversity ranging from injuries to inclement weather hasn’t stopped the senior-led and junior-dominated team. They have been preparing for this season for much longer than the time it actually lasts. For many, the baseball season is all year-long, not just a few weeks in the spring.

“Lifting-wise we got much stronger which helped us with batting, throwing, and having quicker feet. Baseball-wise, taking batting practice has helped get our timing and mechanics down. Throwing and fielding practice has helped a lot with knowing what to do on the field,” junior Erik Stoltzner said. With weight lifting and free plays having been in session since December, the advantage is more than just in being physically ready. As a team with two seniors planning on playing college baseball, this program has done a lot to prepare them for athletics at the next level. “We have a very intense coach who also happens to be a perfectionist, so I already know how to keep my cool while being yelled at. It’s also been a big time commitment like it will be at the college level. Unless you love baseball like I do, it’s a big sacrifice,” senior Sean Thompson said. Thompson is undecided where he will attend next year, but he will be catching on a scholarship. Senior Joe Perricone will also be playing next year, pitching at Coastal Carolina, ranked 27th in NCAA Division 1 Baseball for the 2011 season. “We look up to our seniors, Perricone and Thompson, who demonstrate how it’s done when they’re on the field,” Stoltzner said. Perricone threw for 13 strike-outs last Saturday against Maine West, yet the Huskies weren’t able to pull out the win as they fell 3-2 after holding the Warriors for the first 5 innings. But the season is far from over as multiple early season games were cancelled due to poor weather conditions and scheduled for the coming weeks. The boys head into the most crucial part of their season now, facing tough conference opponents that will decide the rankings and who will come out on top of the conference. “Everyone wants to win conference and to do that we’re going to have to execute plays and minimize errors. We also want to win twenty games this season,” junior shortstop Tyler Perkowitz said. With a focused squad as well prepared as this one, these goals don’t seem so far away. As they enter this all important stretch of their season, the team has the opportunity to smack this one out of the park.


Fast times at Hersey High aren’t quite over. Track seniors Dana Markech and Haley Scott both broke school records in the last week. Scott set a record in the triple jump and Markech ran the 100-meter hurdles in fifteen seconds flat, also a record. I say this in the least offensive and most impressed way; these girls are quite fast.


The show goes on. The Chicago Bulls defeated the Indiana Pacers in the first round of a fairly interesting series that epitomized the Bulls ability to adjust late in the game as well as nearly give us all heart attacks. The only thing more embarrassing than losing a series to the lowly Pacers is being replaced in goal during the first round of the NHL playoffs by a rookie; Gotcha Robby.


The show is over; the curtain has fallen on our beloved Blackhawks. After probably the most intriguing playoff series I have ever seen, the Hawks finally succumbed to the shaky Canucks. Even though the season is over, there are plenty of things to look forward to next year: the maturing of Ben Smith, bringing Lord Stanley’s Cup back to Chicago, and making Roberto Luongo cry.


Congratulations Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis on winning the Madden NFL 12 cover vote. After some key upsets against Ray Rice, Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers, the 10-seed Hillis finished off his Cinderella story with a strong showing against Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick. Hillis denied Vick of becoming the first athlete to grace the Madden cover twice. I think Vick has finally learned not to mess with the “Dawg Pound.”


The water polo team underwent a few major changes during the off-season, two of them being a new lineup and new caps. I’m not sure what part of the equation isn’t quite working out for the team, but they haven’t had the most successful season, earning a record of 4-15 as of Wednesday. My guess is it’s the new caps; lose ‘em.


The Cleveland Indians have the best record in the American League as well as one of the worst home attendance records in the league. While in a nearly opposite situation, the Cubs have one of the worst records in the National league yet have maintained an average crowd of over thirty-nine thousand fans a game. Although I am a man of strong faith, through good times and bad, I believe that there is no better protest than to stop stuffing the pockets of the Ricketts.


Twenty-five draft hopefuls were in attendance at yesterday’s NFL draft. The record high number is a surprise due to the ongoing feud between money-hungry team owners and a feisty players union that has their own list of demands. The rookies are caught up in a situation where they don’t want to upset their future bosses, but also don’t want to alienate themselves from their future teammates. Come on guys; even though you’re divorced, there’s no need to stick the kids in the middle of all this.


Girls soccer weathers storms

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Rain, hail, thunder, and lightning have been storming through the area and causing problems. However, the soccer team has not allowed the bipolar weather to affect them or their dominance on the field. Practices have been rescheduled or moved indoors, but the same amount of time is spent preparing for games. With a record of 11-4-1, the hard work is paying off. “Daily Herald Top 20” ranked the team at 14 best in the area. A good team not only comes from hard work but also from a sense of team. “We always practice hard so we can utilize all of our players,” sophomore forward Kaitlyn Smetana said. Made up of players ranging from freshmen to seniors, the team seems to be unstoppable. “The team gets along ex-


man midfielder Gina Giancola said. The team faced off against Palatine High School. Although the game was close, the team fell just short with a score of 2-1. The only Hersey goal came from senior Maeva Waterman. Wednesday will be the next game when the team will go up against Hoffman Estates. With their goal of winning the division, Hersey will have to play as hard as they do in practice to keep their successes going. “On the field, we all come together and work well as a team. We always give it our all,” Giancola said. “If we continue to play hard and win the division, we will have a good chance of making it to state this year,” Smetana said.

Scouting players in their freshman and sophomore years is a practice that every varsity coach does; actually playing those rookies in a varsity game is another story. Some coaches have gone to the extreme on this issue, starting younger players over deserving senior players. To their credit, it is important to focus on the young players with great potential. But is it okay to start them over hard-working seniors who just want to enjoy their final season playing the sport that they love?


To go along with the wardrobe issues of the water polo team, the volleyball team has had their own uniform issues to face. In a game against Buffalo Grove on Tuesday, the “2” fell off of senior Matt Hellstrom’s jersey. Multiple players have reported that the fairly new jersey’s have been falling apart all season. With a record of 3-3, it’s fair to say that sometimes you are what you wear.


This last one goes out to all my fans, all my critics, but most importantly, all my readers. I was no Dan Diaz. I was no Martin Diaz. I was Mike Lechowski, and I would like to thank you for the opportunity to write this column. Like an old man who married late in life, I am sad I only got to write this column for one year. But like a no-name southpaw, I’m getting called up to the big show, well, until I throw out my arm out or something.

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ophomore Sara Platt winds up for a pitch against Loyola on March 31. uniors Melissa Cecala and Alex Tinaglia stand in ready position preparing to field the ball. his is one of the few games spring sports have played due to poor weather conditions. he girls face off against Glenbrook North today at GBN. They will take on Schaumburg and Conant next week.



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