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Volume 45 • Issue 10• John Hersey High School • 1900 E. Thomas St., Arlington Heights, IL 60004 •May 20, 2011

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Stopping Abby Fesl


tudent resources officer Pete Hamrick shows a student the cafeteria from the security cameras to help him find his stolen item.

Advanced technology causes and solves crime Abby Fesl Ashley Hawkins

Sophomore Sarah Zidek learned the lesson of “Lock your P.E. lockers” the hard way. At the start of her freshman year, she only had one lock but wasn’t able to fit her backpack and clothes into one locker. Assuming no one would take her belongings, she locked up her clothes in her P.E. locker and stuffed the backpack in one of the larger lockers without using a lock. She returned to the locker room after class and noticed nothing out of the ordinary, but once she got on the bus realized her iPod was no longer in her backpack. She searched her pockets, her jacket, and all over her home, but never found her iPod. It was stolen. Unfortunately, Zidek isn’t the only student to have fallen victim to theft. “Theft is definitely the most common problem, especially in the locker rooms with unlocked P.E. lockers,” dean of students Matt Norris said. Theft is a tough problem to overcome. If an item has been stolen, it’s not easy to recover it. However, resources are available to try and help students attain what they had lost, though

it’s not always effective. “When my iPod was stolen, I went to the attendance office and talked to someone. They said they’d look into it and see if my iPod turned up. But since it was stolen in the locker room, it was hard to investigate. We never got it back,” Zidek said. When a student discovers she is missing an item, she goes down to the attendance office and files a lost/stolen report with school resource officer Pete Hamrick. Once Hamrick has seen the report, he meets with the student and tries to determine if there are any leads to investigate. “I get a couple reports a week, coming from the locker rooms, classrooms, cafeteria, and library,” Hamrick said. “If a report was filed from the locker room, I go in and check the lockers around the area. I’ll check with the coaches to see if they’ve found anything.” The hallway cameras and an increase in technology has helped quite a bit in catching thieves. “The cameras are a good deterrent. They’re great in the hallways. They’ve helped solve a few cases. I wish we had more of them to focus on the dead spots, such as near the bike rack because it would deter theft,” Hamrick said.

Cell phones, iPods, and other devices have become easier to find due to tracking devices. “Cell phones have trackers now. We’ve found two to four stolen cell phones in someone’s locker because of a tracker,” Norris said. Locker rooms is the most common place for things to be stolen from since no cameras are allowed in the locker rooms. It is impossible to catch a thief on film without the cameras present. But that doesn’t mean the locker room is not patrolled. The security guards, coaches, and Hamrick roam the locker room periodically, looking for anything suspicious. “The males patrol the male locker rooms. The females patrol the female locker room. They’re really our eyes and ears. The presence of them usually deters theft,” Norris said. “I feel like the security guards are always watching and they really keep their eyes out for people and stop theft,” sophomore Taylor Schill said. Even with precautionary measures taken, theft is still a problem. Students need to take responsibility for their own possessions in order to stop the theft from occurring. “Don’t bring valuables into the locker room. Laptops and Kindles have been stolen. It’s hard to catch,” Hamrick said.


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AP weeks put students to the test Students waking up earlier than usual, forgoing their backpacks and textbooks for sharpened #2 pencils, and trudging off to Forest View Educational Center at 7:30 a.m. is not an uncommon sight at this time of year. AP testing began May 2 and continued all the way until May 13, with each and every day in between sans weekends devoted to two or three different AP tests. The number of students participating in the tests this year seemed infinite, with a familiar face from every school in the district to be seen. The line for morning tests curved out of the doorway and far down the sidewalk on some days. On such days, classrooms were filled to the brim for the four consecutive hours of the tests. “I think that if they expect us to be there on time and ready, then they should be prepared also,” junior Coco Hamman said. “I had much more people in my room for one test than I did in my other, and it was definitely more distracting. There were a bunch of people sniffling and coughing.” For many, AP tests are just another part of high school. With all of the work devoted to AP classes themselves, the tests can even seem to fall short. “All of the work we spend just to be tested with less than 60 questions and a couple of essays,” junior Sara Ramirez said. “[It] just doesn’t seem worth it somehow. The tests were pretty manageable. I wouldn’t say enjoyable though.”

News Randhurst Village delivers options

May 20, 2011

Shea Anderluh For years, a long travel time has been the key to an enjoyable and successful shopping trip. This has been especially true since the closure of most designer brand stores at Randhurst Mall, followed by the closing of the shopping center itself. The lot has essentially been a ghost town ever since, with the exception of movie goers and the sporadic shopper every now and then. Indifference, however, has been replaced with eager anticipation for the redevelopment of this expired mall. Randhurst Village has been in the works for months, and has finally began to take shape into the vibrant, mixed-use center that it will be this summer. “I’m glad I won’t have to drive all the way to Woodfield [to shop],” junior Stefanie Kintzle said. “I’ll have everything together and really close to my house. I hope it will become a fun place to just hang out.” The miniature skyline of the outdoor mall is an aesthetic wonder. Its inviting streetscape and mature design are akin to a fusion of Deer Park and Rodeo Drive. The main issue is actually getting to the mall through a series of confusing and labyrinth-like roads that make up the parking lot. “I think it’s gonna be really nice. I like all of the modern buildings, just not the parking lots,” junior Catherine Kemp said. “It doesn’t make sense. You have to drive all over the place just to find the right exits and entrances, only to get blocked again.” Phase one of the Randhurst redevelopment has brought with it the opening of AMC Randhurst 12, and the promise of Tony Sacco’s, Billy Goat Tavern, Old Navy, Charming Charlie, Carter’s, Sport’s Authority and Subway in 2011. The majority of these restaurants and retailers

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exist on regional, and for some, even national scales. The addition of these exciting new stores should bolster the success of the few remaining stalwarts such as Jewel, Home Depot, Carson’s, Bed Bath & Beyond and Costco. “I’m excited for some cool new restaurants and stores that I don’t get to go too often, like ones in Woodfield,” junior Taylor Peterson said. “I hope it will get a lot of business.” The first business to open in this development was AMC Randhurst 12, which celebrated its grand opening on April 29. It offers luxury accommodations that its now-closed counterpart lacked. There are box seats and front-row recliners in the screening rooms and everything from a lounge to a cocktail bar in the lobby. However, despite its luxuriousness, ticket prices were unexpectedly ten dollars, only fifty cents more than the old AMC Randhurst. “The coolest part [of the theater] is a tie between the touch screen pop machine where you can make any drink you want, and the front row reclining seats,” junior Avery White said. The renovations have bolstered hope for many residents of Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect, who also hope successful business will come with Randhurst Village. Among other things, the new stores and restaurants will offer jobs. “I think a lot of high school kids are going to be looking for jobs as new places open. I know I am.” Kintzle said. The remaining stores promise to be open as soon as soon as they are completely furbished. In the meantime, it’s enjoyable to watch everything come together piece by piece. “I hope that the mall has a lot of good stores that people will want to shop at, and that it’s a success,” White said.

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Percussionists to drum out entertainment Melanie Cohodes The Night of Percussion is a one-night event. “We started showcasing the percussionists in 2002 because of the diversity of music that they perform throughout the year and their affinity for ‘acting out’. The students at that time approached me and asked if they could start this, and I thought it was a great idea,” band director Scott Casagrande said. “It’s a lot of fun, it lets people see what goes on with percussion outside of band,” sophomore Abby Johnson said. From marimba to cymbals, almost every instrument in a drummer’s arsenal is used for this fun-filled event. “I’m going to be doing mostly snare and drum set,” junior Chris Murphy said. Starting last week, the percussionists have been rehearsing their skits and getting ready for the event on May 27. “We have to do steel drums

and the marching feature,” Johnson said. “Other than that, the students figure everything out.” “We started using ‘MC’s’ about five or six years ago which added a very funny comedy angle to the entire evening,” Casagrande said. This year Matt Leff and Ty Zanona will take on the bulk of the ‘MC’ duties with alumni Maria DiVietro and Chris Workman returning to help out. The students come up with the ideas for skits, and improve on performances from previous years. “The day after the Night of Percussion, we’re always talking about what we can do better, how to change it up,” Murphy said. The Night of Percussion is a great chance to see the students who are normally at the back of the band shake it up. “I think percussion is such an important factor in the band,” Johnson said. “It’s cool to separate us for a night.” Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from any percussionist.


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ercussionists junior Shawn McLaughlin and senior Nick Kellerhals practice snare to prepare for Night of Percussion on May 27.

Seniors earn state titles for ‘The Correspondent’ Emily Swanson Senior Teagan Ferraresi was announced as one of ten members on the Illinois All-State Journalism Team on May 6. Ferraresi submitted three of her best stories that she has written this year. Along with the stories, she wrote paragraphs describing the process of writing each story, and an essay explaining why she should be on the team and how she makes an impact on her journalism staff. In addition to these, journalism teacher Janet Levin wrote a letter of recommendation. “It was hard to pick three stories that I wanted to submit because I wanted to make sure it was my best,” Ferraresi said.

“I feel honored,” Ferraresi said. “It feels great to be picked to be a part of the team.” , Ferraresi will attend a banquet with the other members of the team on June 4. For the last six years, a member of The Correspondent has made the all-state team. Ferraresi continued the tradition. Senior Taylor Kasper received sixth place in state for feature writing on May 6. Kasper competed against 21 other journalists. She traveled down state to Eastern Illinois University. “I was really surprised in the end,” Kasper said. “I went into the competition unsure of how I measured up to everyone else so it was nice to do better than what I expected.” Kasper has written many opinion stories

for The Correspondent, but never published a feature story. “I was really nervous,” Kasper said. “I wrote a total of three feature stories in my life. One was a practice for the competition, the second was my story at sectionals, and my last was for the state competition.” “This is a great accomplishment,” Levin said. “Taylor and Teagan really work on their journalistic efforts and it great that deserving students actually earn recognition.” Other competitors from here were sophomore Claudia Caplan in advertising and senior Emily Behn in the info graphic contest .

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May 20, 2011

Bin Ladin’s death causes inappropriate celebrations



American patriotism Opinion ruled the day as President Obama announced the long soughtafter death of Osama bin Laden. Not to speak ill of the dead, but it was a momentous occasion: the man responsible for the attack on not only the twin towers but the very psyche was finally brought down, serving as an act of justice for every American family that suffered a loss on that fateful day in New York City. The death of a mass murderer is inarguably an achievement and gave a boost to the morale, pride, and hope of the people. However, some of the celebrations that took place afterwards weren’t suitable for the occasion. While many reflected on the past events; others got drunk and

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sang “God Bless America.” Furthermore, America’s disrespect took form in the social network. In the nights following his death, news feeds were clogged with rampant nationalism. Taking a look at America’s various reactions and general attitude towards this victory leaves no surprise that retaliative threats have been issued

by Al Qaeda. Facebook has far too often become the venue for spreading negativity and crossing the line with so-called patriotic songs, like the theme to Team America: World Police, and inappropriate statuses bashing bin Laden. In this case, Twitter users also deserve some responsibility for acting excessively self-satisfied. This death, although the death of a horrible person, is still a human life extinguished. In fact, it’s only one death in a series of casualties both foreign and American. Something that should have brought the country together in somber reflection was instead turned into an excuse to get drunk. The day that Americans learn and adopt respect and understanding will be the day that we in turn will be respected and understood.

Don’t fast forward, pause or stop, hit play to live your life Nick Diaz With May already in full swing, the biggest thing on people’s minds is the close of the school year. Yet again, another year of school has flashed before our eyes. Although it may have been longer for some than it was for others, most students and teachers can agree that the years are going by with increasing speed. I, myself, am feeling this just as much as everyone else if not more. Although I’m still young and I’m sure this sounds incredibly naive and foolhardy, I can’t help but feel just a tad nostalgic. Thinking about my earlier days and all the things I’ve been through, all the people I’ve met, and all the things I’ve accomplished brings out a sort of melancholy in me. I’ve watched both my brothers graduate high school and am about to witness one of them graduate college. What he must be feeling

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I can only imagine. To be free of school and set loose into the world must bring a storm of different emotions to the plate. Those same feelings of nostalgia must frequently cross his thoughts as well. And yet, time doesn’t seem to care about that. It only passes by with more velocity and shows no sign of slowing down. Time really is flying by and a lot of people don’t realize it. It won’t be long now before the kids of today will become the adults of tomorrow. Instead of worrying about grades and keeping up with the social scoop, they will be worrying about getting a good job, paying taxes, and maybe caring for a family. The carefree, fun-and-games lifestyle we live in will eventually come to end. With that in mind, it’s crucial that these days aren’t taken for granted. If the time given to be young is wasted on pointless activity, the time as an adult will be plagued with thoughts of regret and remorse. That is a curse that rivals even the worst

tragedies. Being young is a gift not to be ignored and one that doesn’t last very long. Time will soon take it away and will never consider returning it. So before Grandfather Time steals the youth of this era, use it up to the point where he’ll have no use for it. As boring as school may seem, it really is one of the greatest opportunities to make use of the strength and heart that comes with being young. Being part of a team, club, or other organization offers students chances to strive for something and make use of their passions. Those feelings of accomplishment, progress, and hope can fill the memories of the adults of tomorrow and create all the positive feelings they should have. In the end, that’s what is important. Being able to look back at the past and smile about it signals a successful life. Time flies, my friends; ride it into the sunset with a grin on your face.

J U S T S AY I N ’ Girls can wear shorts, too As the humid days of summer roll in, students change outfits to fit the weather. The age old choice of what to wear is actually more restrictive than many think- not because of the dress code, but by clothing based on gender. When it’s too hot for jeans, girls can wear short shorts or a skirt, and guys stick with knee-length board shorts. But are mini shorts really worth it? They keep wearers cool but reveal too much leg. So why are there no girls walking around in- dare I say it- baller shorts? Knee-length, mesh, and extremely comfortable, these perfect summer shorts seem to be reserved only for boys. I like staying cool, but I don’t like wearing minimal shorts in 80-degree weather. I’m not above borrowing a pair of my brother’s basketball shorts. Just Sayin’. Melanie Cohodes

Get out that old bike and ride With gas prices climbing to new heights, students struggle to find enough money to fill up their cars. However, the warm weather should encourage students to find a different way of transportation: the old bicycle. Bike riding in warm weather is enjoyable as well as energy efficient. Instead of wasting gas to drive a couple blocks away, students could just as easily ride their bikes. The fresh air will provide a nice change for students who usually coop themselves up inside all summer. Gas prices are high, but complaining will not fix anything. Wipe off the dust, pump up the tires, and enjoy the outdoors. Just Sayin’. Megan Boyle 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

May 20, 2011

Opinions Students stay strong with optimism Ashley Hawkins

The world history test was awful, I forgot to bring money for lunch, I stepped in a puddle and ruined my new boots; today sucked. We’ve heard it all before. The world is full of such negativity. Everywhere I go, I see people moping around, dragging their feet as they walk with sour expressions planted on their faces. Everyone has bad days, but at some point in time, dwelling over the little incident that went wrong isn’t good enough. Pessimism will only get a person so far. Recently, I’ve tried to develop a more optimistic view on life. The little issues that got me down started to become such a drag; I’d lose focus on everything because of one stupid event. I couldn’t let these mistakes hinder me any longer and realized I needed to change. I gathered a few of my friends and decided to make a list of ways to take a more light hearted approach to life. The list is as follows:

1. Look in the mirror and say ‘You’re really great.’ 2. Sing silly songs. 3. Daydream about the best thing possible. 4. Look up pictures of puppies. 5. Draw something ridiculous. 6. Puddle jump. 7. Dance in the rain. 8. Tell stupid jokes. 9. Smile. 10. Laugh. Life’s too short to get caught up on petty things. I’ve started to casually integrate some of these steps into everyday life, and it’s made quite a difference. Singing songs is the best. Whether it’s Ke$ha, 3OH!3, or Rebecca Black, driving in my car with the windows down and the radio blasting always makes me happy. Daydreaming is nice every now and then; a break from reality is good at times. Dancing in the rain is my all time favorite thing to do. Talk about being carefree and letting go. Jokes are always great, whether they are cliche or have no punch line at all. The last two on the list are the most important. Smiling just lightens the mood, and laughing really does make everything better.

Future looks grim for dropouts Claudia Caplan When asked, I’m sure most students find school to be somewhat of a bore compared to hanging out with friends or playing video games all day. But at what point in life will that be too much of a routine? Whether we like it or not, school is our friend, not our foe. We need education to make a life for ourselves: a life that is meaningful and productive. Yes, many people have made a life for themselves without a proper education, but that percentage is too small to depend on. A proper education is the largest stepping stone to living a prosperous life. If your hope is to be a fry cook, then quitting school will put people on the right track to the dream job. But if you want to reach higher than that, graduating high school is a must. Graduating high school and college is what most students strive for. Giving up schooling and dropping out is setting yourself up for failure.


BLAHBLAHBLAH Somethin’ to talk about BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH Grade grubbers beware BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH I’m sitting in my math class as the last few minutes of third period sluggishly drag by. In my typical early morning state of being out of it, I take on the role of listener. I focus on one of the surrounding conversations just in time to hear “I’m not dumb, I just don’t try,” which was answered with “I’m dumb, but I try really hard.” As the truth behind those words sunk in, I realized that this exchange was a brief and vague summary of most of the high school population. There are the naturally gifted students that breeze through the curriculum, and the students that work their butts off just to get by. Having placed myself somewhere comfortably in between those two groups, I am now prepared to take on the role of thirdparty observer, and of course, inject my commentary on the subject. To make this more relatable, let me draw up a scenario. Imagine a test landing on your desk, face down. You count the red dashes on the back page and feel anxious butterflies unfurl their wings in your stomach. As you flip over your test to the inevitable, you notice the class genius has received their test too. You studied for hours, “B-” grade. Genius didn’t study, “A+” grade. I’m talking about the trait that allows those few lucky students to ace tests that they haven’t devoted a lick of thought or preparation to receiving their “A+” with wide-eyed surprise and a cringe-inducing exclamation: “I didn’t even study...” I have no problem whatsoever with these straight-A students, other than a hint or two of jealousy. Alas, I respect their intelligence, and admire their accomplishments. If I could pass my classes with flying colors without the time consumption of studying, I would. The fact of the matter is that extremely smart students are an inevitability in high school, especially in one as fortunate as ours. Comparing myself, or anybody, to their relentless intelligence is silly. To those who don’t fit into the “breeze through the curriculum” category, don’t waste time pondering the mental capacity of others. Instead, spend some time thinking about the benefits of hard work and determination. From hours of studying, there is responsibility. From repeated failures, there is success to be found. The obstacle-ridden path to graduation will result in a perspective that others lack. And for those of you who do find this high school world a breeze, congratulations. You’re very smart. This is where I would insert a smiley face, but since smiley faces aren’t grammatically correct, I’ll leave it at that. Just because amazing grades don’t come easily to everybody doesn’t make them any less possible to achieve. The way I see it, an “A” that’s worked hard for is an “A” deserved. And I’m not just saying that, as it’s no longer an ungodly hour in the morning.

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With parental consent a 16 year-old is permitted to drop out of high school, but any parents who would willingly allow their child to drop out of high school needs work on their parenting skills. Parents should always be supportive, but still push their kids to be the best people they can be, first by completing education Thinking ahead in what students want to be in life tends to be associated with purchasing a nice house, riding around in a nice vehicle, and popping out a couple kids. None of those are possible without a good living. Without a successful job, the wallet is more than likely to be empty, and without high school and then college, the chances of getting a high-income job are slim. With this economy, trying to find a job where good money pours in is tricky without a Bachelors or Masters degree. Dropping out of high school might seem beneficial for the first week, but expect little money, a small apartment, and a 1970’s station wagon for the rest of your life.

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May 20, 2011

“[I would want to go zorbing] because it looks like fun. I’d travel across the country to do it.”

Confessions of a gum addict Megan Boyle

A distinct difference exists between liking something and being addicted. Junior Nikki Gierman would consider herself “addicted” to chewing gum. “It keeps me occupied and it also helps me not bite my nails,” Gierman said. During one AP test, Gierman chewed through four pieces of gum, and she admitted that was a low number. Gierman confessed that she usually goes through a pack and a half of gum a day. That would add up to ten and a half packs of gum a week. One pack of gum usually lasts a student for a good two weeks. Seeing that she chews approximately 22 sticks of gum a day, one would think that there would never be a time where Gierman wasn’t chewing gum. “S omet imes I’ll just be sitting there and I’ll swallow a piece and then I’ll

never remember to put another piece in, but other than that, I almost always have gum in my mouth,” Gierman said. Gierman said that she doesn’t prefer a specific type of gum, but will just chew whatever she has with her. “ O n e time I ran out of gum for like five days, but I just made sure to get a piece from my friends,” Gierman said. Usually addictions can be costly, but so far money has not gotten in the way of Gierman and her gum. “My parents buy it in bulk, so I don’t really use my own money on it,” Gierman said. Students are always asking friends for a piece of gum. So if ever in need of a piece, Gierman’s the girl to ask.

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“I chew bubble gum when I’m bored and hungry, but also when I’m batting and taking tests.” -Freshman Lauren Anderson

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Students feel tr Jordan Graff Everybody wants a little elbowroom, but some students seem to have a bigger bubble of personal space than others. Personal space is something that no person wants to have violated. Living in their own personal bubble, students seem to be offended when someone “pops” their bubble. Popping that bubble of space can genuinely agitate students. “Generally in the morning is when my personal space bubble is at its biggest, because I’m tired and my irritation level is at its highest,” junior Justine Redmond said. The hallways are especially awful, considering students are packed in, and managing that situation is just really cramped and irritating.

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Zany activity offers thrilling experience Mackenzie Francis Originating from New Zealand, zorbing is quickly becoming a popular extreme sport across the world. Whether people want to see it as one or not though is their decision. Freshman Eileen Bustamante said, “I’d consider it a sport.” A zorb is a giant


olling down a hill in a giant water-filled bubble represents a dream for some, and a legitimate fear for others.

transparent bubble and zorbing is rolling in that bubble down a hill. “It would be fun when you fall,” freshman Davinder Singh said. This isn’t just an ordinary hill though, there are multiple specially designed tracks that can feature obstacles such as ramps in the riders path. Depending on the level of e x -

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tremism each track also has a different slope, ranging from a gradual incline to a steep incline. There are two different tracks to ride down too, a zig-zag or straight track. “I think the different track options is cool,” Bustamante said. Not only do the riders have the choice of incline and track when riding, but they also have the choice of riding with a harness or no harness. “It sounds like a hamster experience,” freshman Katie Krebs said. The zorbs with harnesses are dry inside the bubble and the one’s without have water inside. The idea of rolling down a hill submerged in water makes many skeptical. “[It] depends how much water is in it, I wouldn’t want to drown,” Bustamante said. Despite these fears, zorbing is safe, and age groups ranging from children to the elderly. The prices to ride in a zorb ranges from $30 to $90, depending on the location, track, and harness option. “Hell yeah [I’d want to go zorbing], it sounds like fun. This is

priceless, so [I’d travel] where ever life takes me,” senior Mike Kozina said. Location options aren’t convenient for most though, because there are only two specially designed tracks in the whole USA. “It’s a once in a life time [experience], and I’d drive anywhere to do it,” Bustamante said. The nearest current location to zorb is Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. A moderate length road trip is all it takes to experience one of most exhilarating trips down a hill there is. The zorb company has thought about individually selling zorbs because of this, but has opt out due to safety reasons. The creators of the zorb and workers at each track highly recommend taking a ride in the bubble, because they ensure it’ll be the best 40 seconds of your life. Bustamante said, “I would want to do that, it seems fun.” “If anyone doesn’t want to roll down a hill in a giant ball,” freshman Ben Goldberg said, “then something is wrong with them.”

Bubble Trouble:

Scantron bubbles cause problems Julia Kedzior

“I have bubble shooter on my phone and I’m addicted. I play like everyday, it’s so much fun” -Senior

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s getting up close and personal on’t know, and when they are next to each other with barely ath, not only is it just really unquite claustrophobic. e get annoyed with the crowdat’s when the possibility of real When people start pushing and st give them a really dirty look, back because I don’t want to Redmond said. g is what alarms students the them out. The thought of just all the school and being tramying, even if it wasn’t them who

s laugh and are upbeat at the them who just got flattened, the

one who fell is mortified and frustrated. The hallways are not the only place where students could feel personal bubble violations. The locker room is probably the most awkward and invasive of situations. People are falling over one another trying to get their pants on, while others are screaming obnoxiously. Getting through the locker room, especially if a student’s locker is in the middle of the aisle is really difficult. “ I wish we had more space [in the locker room} because it invades my privacy,” freshman Diego Perez said. Making others frantic by pushing them over to get through always happens. Its just way to close for comfort.

Students encounter the dreaded Scantron tests often in their high school career. The classic multiple choice tests offers what feels like a never-ending supply of numbers, questions, and bubbles. Upon receiving tests, the long process of filling in the bubbles begins, one by one. Students drift into a sort of parallel universe, where small things like ticking clocks become annoying distractions. Once the test begins, knowledge is put to the test, and the only letters that matter are A through E. Before students know it, the time is up, and the test is collected

until the next time, when a fresh, one appears. One of the things that makes these notorious time periods so monotonous are the bubbles. There are typically only two types of bubbles seen on the tests. There are the simple, round ones that are preferred, and the small, squareshaped ones that aren’t liked very much. “The circles ones [bubbles] are easier to fill in, and I don’t like the square ones,” freshman Shaniah Duff said. It seems like the constant looking back and forth between the actual test and the form is maddening enough without the help of the minuscule squares that are a pain to pencil in. “I turn the Scantron sideways to make it easier to fill in,” Duff said. It’s not exactly a major school crisis, but it’s something to think about. As with the boring tests, there’s an obvious preferred answer.

“I don’t really mind people invading my space, I don’t really have a space bubble.” -Sophomore

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Music Our Way Ashley Hawkins and Kevin Hyde

Fight over ‘Friday’: Rebecca Black vs. ‘Glee’ Ashley: “It’s Friday, Friday. Gotta get down on Friday. Everybody’s looking forward to the weekend, weekend.” The depth of Rebecca Black’s lyrics to “Friday” is as shallow as a kiddie pool, but who’s to say those little plastic pools can’t be fun every once and a while? By now, everyone knows the song. It’s unavoidable. My friends ridicule me for knowing the words, but I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the final day of the school week by blasting this awfully irresistible tune. I’ve come to the aide of Britney Spears, Ke$ha, and 3OH!3, and I’m following suit with Little Miss Black. The girl is 13-years-old. Give her a break. In no way is “Friday” the best song ever written. It’s cheesy and utterly ridiculous. As high schoolers, we know that Friday is followed by Saturday, and Sunday comes afterwards. Rebecca Black became the center of distasteful and unhumorous jokes because of the song “Friday.” The child dared to show up on the Tonight Show and performed for the audience. Instead of hiding. she’s keeping herself out in the public. And to all the people who are crying over Rebecca Black and her catchy song: the music industry is an endless cycle. An artist can be the top dog one day, and the next day she’s thrown onto the streets. Rebecca Black is a one-hit-wonder. Six months from now, no one will be talking about her. Kevin: It seems as though “Bieber Fever” has caused a full out epidemic, giving young little girls false hope. No, not on the basis of thinking that they can actually get with a celebrity, but on the basis that they think that they can sing. Rebecca Black must have been to one too many Bieber concerts, thinking that she is entitled to release her own music. Shallowness and fledgling teendom take a new form in the poorly mastered tune, “Friday,” that launched this absolutely atrocious singer into the limelight. To add extreme insult to major injury, the cast of “Glee” took it upon themselves to remake the new phenomenon. Let me just say that I am not a big fan of passing twenty-something actors as high school students, so I am usually one to scoff at these types of programs. I will temporarily jam my foot in my mouth after hearing their rendition of “Friday,” as it has permeated my highly selective ears. I wouldn’t say it’s a Grammy-worthy tune, even though I’m sure most “Gleeks” do, but it is much more manageable than the pre-pubescent teen’s. “Glee” has given it a more soulful, marketable sound that might even trickle into the parties of the best of them, but certainly not mine. For the time being, I will let the “Glee” version of “Friday” stay on my iPod, but I will willingly take on the post as ring-leader of Rebecca Black’s musical demise.


a t t Go in six games.

May 20, 2011

NBA playoffs exhibit excitement

Dunks, upsets, and drama are just some of the words to describe the hectic and sensational 2011 NBA Playoffs. It all started with the eighth seeded Memphis Grizzlies defeated the top ranked San Antonio Spurs

And even though the Grizzlies would lose their next series, these underdogs stuck out their series for all seven games until they were shut down by Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. With only the Conference Championships left to watch, all should be watching as the Chicago Bulls continue their run against the Miami Heat to try to bring an NBA Championship back to Chicago for the first time since 1998.

OR Gaga strives for attention, yet again

Offensive or not, Lady Gaga’s newest single “Judas” has called the attention of many ears. Basically, her song is relating to the end of religion. Gaga allegedly “sold her soul” years ago, and expresses that through this song. When she sings “I’m just a holy fool,” it means religion didn’t work out for her. She now turns to Judas instead of Jesus, and it could be in a metaphorical way. Gaga could be using Judas and Jesus as examples of something that occurred in her own life, like a breakup or bad relation. Listeners are confused, and I still don’t

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get the whole meaning. According to YouTube, the audio version has received over 15 million views, 99 thousand likes, and 29 thousand dislikes. Comments from the video are either saying “gotta” or “notta”, and I’m definitely going with “notta.” I think the song is weird, it doesn’t offend me, but my ears hurt afterward.

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‘Water for Elephants’ keeps audience afloat Shea Anderluh

Waltz, the jerk from “Inglourious Basterds.” Throw all of them together on a train, plus a Ever since I was little, I’ve been enchanted by four ton elephant named Rosie, and there you the idea of the circus. It began with my worship have it. Pattinson and Witherspoon have definite of the movie “Dumbo,” and grew into an obsession that I had forgotten about until the movie chemistry together, despite their age differ“Water for Elephants” hit the big screens. Once ence. After the occasionally painful acting of the again, my love of the circus drove me straight to “Twilight Saga,” Pattinson has, proved himself a capable actor. The romance was passionate and the theater, and I was not disappointed. The beauty of the big top and its dazzling believable, while the sets were exciting and reperformers, paired with the dark undertones of alistic. Perhaps the best danger and mystery that part about this movie, seem to make it all poshowever, was the obvious sible have, once again, research devoted to life made me fall for the cirin a circus in the 1900s. cus. Shortly after seeing Everything from the desthe movie, I devoured peration of the era to the the book that it was vernacular speech was based on, and have since spot-on. then resumed my study There was an eviof all things stupendous, dent hierarchy between fantastic, and flamboyroustabouts and perant. formers. Grimy workI’m not saying that ers quenched their thirst this movie is only fit for with moonshine, while freaky circus fanatics others enjoyed glamorsuch as myself, however. ous parties in tuxedoes It’s quite the contrary. and cocktail dresses. But In fact, with appeals to in the end, everyone was pathos, action, and rojust trying to scrape by mance, this movie has during the difficult times what it takes to satisfy of Prohibition, and Wamost audiences. ter for Elephants capHere are the basics: tured the essence of that It’s the 1930’s. There is perfectly. the handsome Jacob Something about Janckowski who is faced with tragedy and runs ater for Elephants picture featuring Rob- the wonders of the circus, creating heaven off with the circus; He’s ert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. during the day, and played by Rob Pattinpacking up and loading son, and may I just say that non vampire-hood suits him. There is the onto a train as night falls, really touched me. I beautiful star performer, Marlena; She’s played was periodically laughing, crying, and clenchby Reese Witherspoon who’s lovelier than ever. ing my fists for the entirety of this movie. By the Finally, there’s her slightly psychotic ringleader end I was completely hooked, and just about of a husband, August; He’s played by Christoph ready to run off with the circus myself.



May 20, 2011

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‘Soul Surfer’ takes high tide Capt. Jack sails back Susannah Sinard

The shocking news story left many in awe, as it stated a young surfer was attacked by a 14- foot tiger shark while surfing. Bethany Hamilton, at the age of thirteen, was the new face of survival. With her left arm missing, nothing is holding her back from doing what she loves. Even though the event occurred on October 31, 2003, her story was not forgotten in five minutes. More recently, her journey has led her to writing an autobiography titled “Soul Surfer”, which has turned into a major motion picture. The movie left many leaving the theater inspired that they too can conquer anything. Bethany Hamilton has been the perfect role model in today’s society not only because she is a pro athlete, but also because she puts others first, instead of herself. From all the drama brewing in the world, there’s nothing like a good note on the piano. Bethany takes time to share her experiences with others to teach how it is necessary to live each day as if it were your last. With an abundance of awards, like the “Most inspiring person of the year” urfer Bethany Hamilton taking on a gnarly wave finalist by and


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many appearances, like on “NBC: Today Show,” Bethany doesn’t take to her accident lightly. What has really moved Bethany in her lifelong conclusion is her faith in God. As stated on her personal website,, what really made her believe was after her accident when the paramedic told her that God will never leave nor forsake you. Having the perseverance to move on from the tragic event has led her to many successes. At age 21, she was a New York Times Bestselling Paperback author, and continues to succeed in alpha surfing competitions. Bethany hasn’t just put out a movie all the sudden, we need to look back at everything she has done and continues to do today. Chances are she’s out riding the waves now, living a normal, right-handed life.


he “Pirates” series has grossed over $2,681,440,232, with a total of three movies so far. Captain Jack is back in “Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the latest installation of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series. Fans can expect to see a new cast of characters (no William and Elizabeth this time), but with a few familiar faces like Gibbs and Captain Barbossa. The new film will include, according to its official website, zom-


bies, mermaids, the infamous pirate Blackbeard, and Angelica- an actual love interest for Capt. Sparrow. “I think the new one is gonna be pretty great from the trailers,” freshman Kayla Wightman said. “I’m really excited even though Orlando Bloom won’t be in it.” The movie should be able to expect a hefty revenue, considering the amount brought in by the last trilogy. “The other three movies are amazing,” Wightman said. In 2003, “Curse Of The Black Pearl” was, worldwide, the fourth highest grossing film of the year; in the US alone it was the third highest. The second movie beat out all other movies in the world in 2006 to snag about $1,066,200,000 in ticket sales- $300,000,000 more than the next highest, “The Da Vinci Code.” “Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End” was the highest worldwide gross when it came out as well, bringing in more ticket sales than the fifth Harry Potter movie. The trilogy’s ending was highly anticipated, and many of the viewers for “Stranger Tides” will be old fans. “I love Pirates,” sophomore Jenn Nemoy said. “I’m going to run to the theater when it comes out!” Even though a lot has changed in the Pirates’ universe, “On Stranger Tides” is a must-see for old and new fans alike.

iTopFive What are your TopFive favorite songs? Freshman Ali Greenfield 1. “Give Me everything” Pitbull 2. “Hit the lights” Jay Sean 3. “Starstruck” 3OH!3 4. “The Show Goes On” Lupe Fiasco 5. “Born This Way ” Lady Gaga “I can’t stop dancing to these!”


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Summer rdht rsBrites School gfsdTests earns Gotta get graduation fgsdcollege credits credits out of way fgsdfgsduiB Weeks leading up to the AP exams are extremely stressful and nervewracking. The year’s worth of learning is all tested in a short lived three hours with a multitude of questions and various essays. However, the stress has finally come to an end. “Studying for the test takes up a lot of time and it’s really stressful with the amount of information,” sophomore Anna Freitag said. Many of the students who take the exam strive to get a 5. “AP is stressful, but at least the work is worth it in the end. I’ll be happy when it’s over though,” sophomore Marianna Bonadonna said. By attaining college credit, some students are able to enter college as sophomores. In the past, there have been many students that entered at this grade level, inspiring younger test takers. “I know a lot of older students that got to enter college as a sophomore, so it makes me want to do really well,” sophomore Michelle Bolker said. Although the year’s work means so much, the time after the AP exam will be a relief of stress for all the students who participated in the course. Abby Fesl

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The beginning of freshman Natasha Cook’s summer will consist of waking up at 7 a.m., eating breakfast, getting dressed, and going to Prospect High School. She will repeat this every morning Monday through Thursday for three weeks straight. Turning on her computer, she will begin to type and listen to the teacher’s instructions for the day. This is a typical summer school student’s schedule. “I’m mostly just taking it this summer, because I have other electives in mind for junior year and I don’t want information processing to get in the way of me not doing it,” Cook said. Summer school is taken for many different reasons, for instance, to repeat a class for a better grade or take a required elective to free up a student’s schedule. This option is popular among students. “I’m taking summer school to get the elective [information processing] out of the way, so I can take more electives I want to take,” freshman Tia Lindholm said. Aside from seeking to fulfill graduation requirements, some students see the benefits that summer school yields. “It’s better to take classes over the summer instead of during the school year. That way, students can take more electives that interest them, but it makes a student feel like they never got out of school. It takes up a lot of the summer, but it’s good to get it done and out of the way,” freshman Maddie Chwalinski said. Students who take required classes during the summer are just trying to free up their

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y taking courses over the summer, students are able to fulfill graduation requirements in only three weeks.

schedule like Lindholm and Cook. The fact that summer school is four days a week and at 7:30 a.m. did impact their decisions, though. “I think you have to take it some time, why not be this summer when I’m not going on many vacations. Plus, me and my friends are all in it,” Cook said. In school, students would have to take a required elective for about 20 weeks and in summer school, that’s cut down to three weeks. Information processing and all other types of summer school do take up time out of a students summer, but, “It’s easier than taking up a full semester of school,” Lindholm said. Summer school does have some negative outcomes, though. In summer school, students may have to type for many hours straight compared to less than one hour if taken in school. “In information processing, students usually type for three hours and learn about computer programs and typing techniques for the other two. Typing for those three hours every day really hurt my hands and made me tired,” Chwalinski said. “It’s bad waking up at 7 a.m. and learning for five hours straight,” Chwalinski said. “But it’s better to complete the class in three weeks as opposed to 20.”

Local singing star makes top three on ‘Idol’ most Idol and got first runner up,” junior Joe Lenhert said. Because she advanced into the top three, Reinhart was able to return to her home town of Wheeling for a celebration. For the celebration, Reinhart visited an AT&T stores in Deerfield, where she met with fans and Becky Pauwels answered questions, and Wheeling High einhart invited her mother Patti, to the left, and her father Harry, to the School, where she met right, to perform with her. Her younger sister, Angela, a sophomore at with current students. Wheeling, accompanied Reinhart on the guitar in later songs. There was then a parade in her honor. Becky Pauwels After these festivities, Reinhart headed to The Northwest suburbs and District 214 Arlington Park for a sold-out mini-concert. Achave produced another American Idol star: cording to the Daily Herald, almost 30,000 peoWheeling graduate Haley Reinhart has made it ple attended. The concert was delayed, leaving many aninto the top three of this year’s “American Idol” gry fans in the rain. competition. “It was inconsiderate of her to be 50 minPrior to becoming a star on TV, Reinhart utes late, especially since we’d been standing in was a star in the district. Last year, she was the rain for two hours,” junior Michelle Grochoplaced second overall at the D214 Almost Idol cinski said. competition. Before the concert started, the president of “It’s cool that she competed in D214 Al-


Wheeling village, Judy Abruscato presented Reinhart with a giant “key” to Wheeling. District 214 Superintendent David Schuler commemorated Reinhart for being a valuable member of Wheeling’s music program. Reinhart thanked her fans. After the day was proclaimed “Haley Reinhart Day,” she said, “Haley Reinhart Day, is that insanity or what? I’m almost at a loss for words except that I need to tell you all how much I appreciate you.” For the concert, Reinhart performed five songs, starting with a cover of Elton John’s “Benny and the Jets.” Family members joined her up on stage for various numbers. “She was really talented, and it was cute how her family performed with her,” Grochocinski said. Reinhart continued in the “American Idol” competition this week. At the time of press, the results of unknown, but students will continue to support Reinhart even if she does get voted off. “It would be cool to have another ‘Idol’ from here, but even if she doesn’t win, I hope she continues her music career,” junior Ashley Holada said .


May 20, 2011

Girls track sprints down-state Ashley Hawkins Kevin Hyde

Jumping hurdles, outrunning opponents, and breaking records are just a few aspects the girls track team has proven to finesse, and as a result of hard work and dedication, the team is heading to down to the state competition at O’Brien Stadium at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. With individual goals in mind, six girls raced to success, qualifying for the state track meet. Seniors Haley Scott, Dana Markech, Michaela Dwyer, Danielle Perkins, Laura Kempf, and junior Katie Croak will be moving on to state. With a successful season behind them, the state-bound girls are determined to finish strong. The girls qualified in five events, and the team is hoping for the best. “We’re preparing by getting rest, eating well, sleeping. Trying to stay stress free,” Markech said. The girls are hoping to make it as far as they can, but in the end, they’re content with how the season turned out. “It’s really exciting. Going to state Maddi Lipowski caps off the season,” Dwyer said. “We are ix track team members warm up in going to try to make the finals.” preparation for their trip to the state The girls have had an outstanding competition in Chareleston, Illinois today season, and the coaches couldn’t be more and tomorrow. proud. “They’ve been doing great. One of the best teams we’ve had in years,” coach cord, and the 4 X 100 broke the school Danielle Freeman said. The track team has made a multitude record. Last week, the team competed at of accomplishments this season, including achieving many individual goals. Dw- the Niles West sectionals. Performances yer was the long jump conference cham- sealed the girls finishing the season at the pion, Scott broke the triple jump record, state competition. Markech broke the 100 meter hurdle re-


Volleyball hopes to serve at state match David Milligan

With the volleyball team going to the Maine South Invite starting this weekend, the team is using it as a confidence builder before beginning the state tournament next week. “We’re hoping to play well against teams we’re going to see at regionals,” senior David Mullen-Muhr said. Their first team to face at the invite, Maine East, is also going to be their first regional opponent. The boys have a record of 16-13 this year, with regionals, sectionals, and state still left in the season. While the season is still going on, the team feels like they missed out on one opportunity in particular: the Bartlett Invite on May 7. “We were the defending champs,” head coach Jodi Blazek said. The boys had a great morning, starting 3-0, but as the day progressed, the team’s play was depleted. “Towards the end of the day, we didn’t play as well as we could have,” Mullen-Muhr said. After three matches and a lunch break, they had two more games. In their second to last game of the invite, they played conference rival Schaumburg in an intense match. The third game ended in heartbreak with a final score of 17-16. “In the heat of the battle, it’s a hard way to end,” Blazek said. “It would have won us our tournament to beat them,” senior Jacob Portugal said.

One of the team’s highlights of the year was winning their own tournament: the Hersey Invite. They started the day 3-0 just like in Bartlett, however, there was no lull while playing in their own gym. They came out strong after lunch and finished the day 5-0. On top of that, they did not drop a set the whole tournament. “We won every match in two games, (the quickest way to win,) and we became back-to-back champs,” Blazek said. On Monday, the all-conference choices were announced with two familiar names on the list. Mullen-Muhr and junior Matt Cayton were named to the team, each for their first time. Cayton, who has been a varsity setter for three years now is getting a lot of attention. “I think he is definitely one of the best setters in the area,” said coach Nancy Lill. Mullen-Muhr was a consistent outside hitter and passer all year long. He was also a leader for the team, on and off the court. The team is in a favorable sectional and still has high expectations for the year, hoping that their best volleyball is yet to come. “Hopefully [the highlight of the year] hasn’t happened yet,” Portugal said, “We want to get to at least the third round of state.” “We’re taking care of wins we should have been getting all season, but our best is yet to come,” Mullen-Muhr said.

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The gymnastics team placed first in the MSL East Division and fourth overall at the Conference meet Friday night. Sophomore Kate Prorok and Katie Janonis tied for fifth on floor. This marked Hersey’s second division championship in the past two years. So, if you do the math, that means they’re back-to-back champs. And with the core group returning next year, a three-peat is very possible. Matt David (‘02-’03)


Last years “Golden Class” managed to come through in spades. I’d list all the teams that had great seasons, but that’d be a lot of work, so I won’t. I’d list the teams that didn’t do well, but that’d just get me in trouble, so I will. Bowling was brutal, but badminton was worse. The girls track team also did poorly, but they were plagued by injuries. The boys water polo team was the opposite of good. I think that about takes care of it. Anyway, back to the point; the challenge this year is whether or not this year’s varsity teams can match last year’s teams success. I’d say yes, but that’s just the optimist in me. Matt David (‘03-’04)


. The rivalry took off. It was almost as big as the weekend sales for Star Wars: Episode 3! Well, maybe not that big. Either way, the Sox took the first exciting series 2-1 at Wrigley. But the Cubs should be OK and comeback. That is as long as their pitchers throw three complete games and don’t let the ball EVER get to the bullpen. Yeah, then they’ll be fine. Dan Diaz (‘04-’05)


The third longest World Series dry spell was broken last year by the Boston Red Sox. The longest was broken this year by the White Sox. Who else is left but the Cubs? Who knows, if the Sox can keep it up we may even have a Windy City World Series. On second thought, that might not be such as hot idea. A crosstown series would probably be the most destructive thing Chicago has seen since the fire. Dan Diaz (‘05-’06)


A flattering (and I use that term generously) black dress with silver sparkles revealing a pair of long, athletic legs and a pair of stunning, silver hoop earrings complimenting a prim blonde pony-tail; that’s what 19 year-old tennis star and aspiring super-model Maria Sharapova wore during her U.S. Open Championship match. In fact, that’s probably the only thing any guy can remember from that entire tournament. And who says tennis is boring? Dan Diaz (‘06-’07)


Last issue I bluntly stated that nobody likes hockey. Well, now that Blackhawks president William Wirtz has bitten the dust (or ice), the Blackhawks will be televising their home games. Sports fans in Chicago can actually watch and care. Martin Diaz (‘07-’08)


The Orange Crush could be the world’s most feared fan section. The merciless nature of Crush, along with the masterful orchestrating of club master Robert Murphy, assures that even when Hersey doesn’t win, the other school is the one that goes home crying. Martin Diaz (‘08-’09)


After a long, anxious wait, the next varsity football coach has been named; and what a name it is. Former Harper coach Dragan Teonic has been given the job, and the potential for some real fun comes with him. I mean, with no disrespect, his name is Dragan! Imagine his introduction; flames would shoot, and the bench players would wear one of those Chinese dragon suits and run around the track. Ah, the possibilities.... Martin Diaz (‘09-’10)


Baseball head coach Bob Huber doesn’t believe in sleep. Huber has been bringing the baseball team in for 5:15 a.m. practices for the past two weeks. My guess is that this energetic insomniac has hung a bar in his office in which he hangs on upside down with his eyes wide open until the crack of dawn. He then proceeds to whip a group of sleep-deprived athletes into shape; after doing one million crunches, of course. Mike Lechowski (‘10-’11)


I really didn’t want to be the person to explain this to the whole school, but here we go. Top Ten has died. Top Ten has lived for nine long years in the sports section of The Correspondent. Written by all stars Matt David, Dan Diaz, Martin Diaz, and the one year rookie, Mike Lechowski. They made sports fans of the area cringe at the next big burn on cocky professional athletes. But now at my seventh inning stretch I don’t want to sing no take me out to the ball game but would like to retire the legacy of Top Ten as it leaves the lives of us forever. But who knows, it could make another million comebacks like Brett Farve. Anthony Bellafiore

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Between the Lines eniors David S Mullen-Muhr and Eric Masini team up to block the hit of a Wheeling player on May 10.

he team beat T Wheeling in two games. The first game

the Huskies were victorious 25-21. The second game the Huskies pulled through with a win of 25-22.

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omorrow the team will compete in the MS Invite which will be followed by regionals next week.

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Robin Shin Junior smashes competition

Abby Fesl Junior Robin Shin bas played for the varsity tennis team for two years. During his years of playing tennis, he has steadily improved as an all-around player through his strong work ethic and intense drive. His beliefs have helped him to overcome obstacles. “I think our biggest competition is ourselves, and our goals should be to constantly improve,” Shin said. Although the matches can be played as a single player, it is often beneficial to play a match with a partner. “I prefer doubles over singles because you can rely on your partner,” Shin said. “It has more teamwork and communication involved.” Trust evolves between partners as well, but in the end, the team depends on each other no matter what to perform well during all of the matches. “The team goal is to earn every spot in their match in a dual meet,” Shin said.


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Ryan Havel


What has been your favorite Hersey sport memory?

Even though the team is competitive, the attitude that the players have during practices is enjoyable and excited for practice, as well as an environment that’s easy to succeed in and build confidence. “I enjoy the sport because it’s fun to practice every day,” Shin said. The team has a record of 14-11 as the season wraps up. The state run will start with sectionals on this Saturday, May 21. “For the rest of the season I’m looking forward to doing well in sectionals and having the chance to go to state.” Shin said.

Cross Country

“My favorite memory was making it to state in the fall”

Melissa Schuh



“When Mat [Obstoj] came to dive with us, and he hurt his shin, but the next day I did the same thing. It was karma at its best. ”

Tim Kordecki



“Playing in the Friday night football games.”

Erin Reiff



“Winning the conference championship this year. ”


Shea Anderluh



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May Issue 2011