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West Teachers Vote: 5 Must-See Movies Before You Graduate By Mary Swikle ’18 Columnist

West’s emphasis on growth mindset, our World Languages Department befittingly decided on a movie that “ultimately shows how dedication leads to success,” as put by Sra. Casey. ¡Gracias, maestros!

In need of a new novel to cozy up with? Talk to the librarians. Craving an exciting and vibrant new recipe? Check in with Guy Fieri. Wanting a new movie to watch? Hypothetically, you could simply Google up a list of hot and trending movies released in the past year. However, I completed the research for you! Below is an assembled list of topnotch films chosen by the best of the best: Glenbard West teachers. That’s right! An all-star list of movies that every GBW student should watch before they graduate and leave their years at the castle behind them. In our educators’ perspectives, we, as a generation of students, would not be complete as human beings without relishing in the vibes of the following films. In no particular order, here are some of our departments’ movie recommendations: Hidden Figures - Math Department Our school’s sharpest thinkers within the realms of calculus, algebra, and geometry set their calculators aside and have together determined that all high school students should see Hidden Figures (2016). Following the story of a team of African-American, female scientists, this movie “has something for everyone... civil rights, the space race, and of course, smart women doing mathematics,” says Math Department Chair, Ms. Williams. Ms. Williams adds, “Any movie in which Euler’s Method saves the day can’t afford to be missed!” Nominated for three Oscars, this movie is a definite must-see for all students. Big Fish - English Department The poets and dreamers of our teaching staff, under the direction of Department Chair Mr. Peterselli, debated relentlessly before arriving at a conclusion. Directed by Tim Burton, this early 2000s film follows the whimsical tales of a dying father’s life as his son struggles to mend their relationship while simultaneously attempting to discern between his father’s storytelling and his true past. In Ms. Kammes-Bumm’s perspective, Big Fish is “a stunning example of magical realism, and its message about storytelling and truth is profound.” Ms. Gwizdala agrees, explaining that “through a fantastic world, Big Fish explores the power of storytelling and how it can transform the way we see each other.” Behind the scenes of films such as Batman (1989), James and the Giant Peach (1996), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2016), director and producer Tim Burton never fails to entertain his popcorn-munching fans.

Photo illustration by Emma Blackwell ’18.

The Science Department’s movie bracket. Check out the Social Studies’ bracket on our website.

The Pursuit of Happyness - World Languages Department Literally born and raised in West Philadelphia, Will Smith Jr. is always spectacular on screen. The only actor to have eight consecutive movies gross over $100 million in the domestic box office and have eleven consecutive films gross over $150 million worldwide, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air surpassed incredibly high expectations in

his 2006 film, The Pursuit of Happyness. Sra. Alajoki and her team agree that the film is applicable to all students, as Spanish teacher Sra. Casey explains, “This movie demonstrates the power of grit and perseverance. We voted for this movie also because we think it relates to the power of growing from mistakes.” Keeping in tune with Glenbard

Forrest Gump - Social Studies Department With the same tenacity and format as a March Madness bracket, the Social Studies Department tackled this challenge with passion and grit - each wing of subjects fighting to protect their favorites. Ultimately concluding on an American classic, they determined the stellar performance of Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump (1994) deserves honorable, and well-deserved, recognition. This winding tale of history (from John F. Kennedy up to the Watergate scandal), through the perspective of a benevolent, Alabama man, has captivated audiences for decades. Recipient of 6 Oscars, Forrest Gump will leave every student with the nagging craving of a box of chocolates. To see the rest of the “Sweet Sixteen” movie options that didn’t quite make the cut, check out the department’s bracket on our website: gwhsnews.org. Planet Earth - Science Department The first nature documentary series ever filmed in high definition, Planet Earth is a product of five years worth of filming and eleven episodes full of a myriad of biomes and habitats from all corners of the world. On behalf of the science teachers, Department Chair Mr. Byrne selected Planet Earth as the film all Hilltoppers should see, claiming, “You can’t watch this series without getting excited about the diversity of life on our planet. Whether it inspires you to learn more about plants and animals, filmmaking, or travel to other planets, it has something for everyone.” Utilizing an intense bracket complete with 8 different genres, our greatest scholars in terms of chemistry, biology, and the beyond have also provided 31 more fantastic films worth diving into.

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Visit To Washington State Inspires Senior MaryBeth Feeley to Pursue Materials Engineering By Emma Blackwell ’18 Editor-in-Chief Imagine you are standing on a balcony situated some two stories above the ground floor. There you stand next to a railing, the only thing between you and a large open space. On the opposite wall from you sits another balcony. From there, you scan upwards counting one...two...three more of them, each stacked on top of the other as people peer over the railings. Your eyes are directed upward to the top of this enormous building, only to be greeted by blinding brightness emitted from rows of LED lights. From the left to right appears to stretch an area equivalent to almost 97 football fields, making your tiny spot in the whole expanse an insignificant dot among the masses. Yet, in this vast expanse, you are closest to some of America’s finest aircraft. Just a leap away below you, their white bodies seemingly rise out of the ground. This is Boeing Everett Factory, the largest building in the world...and it’s one amazing place to be. MaryBeth Feeley, senior at Glenbard West High School, had the opportunity to get an inside look at this place over the summer during her to visit to Washington state. She recently shared more details about this experience and how it has impacted both her summer and future studies. The experience itself was “overwhelming,” but it was also an opportunity to better understand the process of making these planes. The best part about it was that this process could be observed in

real-time right in the Everett manufacturing plant. Part of what made the experience so unique for MaryBeth was that there were three to four 747 Dreamliner planes - massive airplanes made to fit 600 plus passengers - in the warehouse, one of them ready to be sent out. The rest were in varying stages of production (the process takes approximately 3-4 months according to airliner. net) Expressing her amazement at how many materials are needed, MaryBeth also mentioned that her intended major is materials engineering, which is directly related to Boeing. The occupation itself involves an array of job types, but essentially involves the study, creation, and testing of materials based on their atomic level components. MaryBeth attributes her uncle, an electrical engineer, and her interests in math and science as some of the main reasons for her choosing her major. However, her experience at Boeing gave her additional motivation. “Going to Boeing showed me how useful [materials engineering] actually is,” she said. “I think that it would be really cool to go into something so big that you could see it every day. Anything in that field is pretty interesting.” Although MaryBeth is uncertain whether she will want to work at a place as huge as Boeing, she aspires to have a job that involves making useful and impactful materials. To see for yourself what kind of work materials engineers do, check out the tours offered at Boeing Everett Factory. Tickets go fast and it’s an opportunity no one should miss!

Photo courtesy of MaryBeth Feeley.

Will Boeing Be the Loser in Newest Merger? By Johnathon Tews ’18 Contributing Writer Boeing may end up losing some business from a very large customer. For the past few decades, the battle between Boeing and Airbus has heated up. The companies are the two biggest aircraft manufacturers in the world, with their home bases in Everett, Washington and Toulouse, France, respectively. As most of the attention has been shifted to the battle of the newlycreated, extremely fuel efficient, 737max and the a320neo aircraft, there may be a lesser known battle playing out in Seattle. On March 22, 2017, Seattle-based Alaska Airlines acquired San Francisco-based Virgin America. While this will give Alaska the lead on all West Coast flights, it will also give Airbus a new lead on an American airline. Many have said that Boeing will be the big winner in this merger. However, this may not be the case. In 2008, a similar move was seen between Delta Airlines and Northwestern Airlines. This move was done as Delta tried to be the major carrier in Milwaukee, just as Alaska has done in San Francisco. At the time, Delta had a fleet consisting of only Boeing and McDon-

A Boeing 737 aircraft. Photo courtesy of Boeing.com. nell Douglas aircraft (McDonnell Douglas was bought by Boeing in 1996). Northwest had a fleet built up largely of Airbus aircraft, with the exception of some aging Boeing aircraft. Delta now has 147 Airbus aircraft on order, compared to only 49 Boeing aircraft. While they still fly a large number of Boeing and McDonnell Douglas aircraft, they are set to be retired and replaced by ordered Airbus aircraft. In 2013, American Airlines had a large merge with US Airways. Again, at the time of the merge American Airlines flew only Boeing and McDonnell Douglas air-

craft. US Airways flew mostly Airbus, including one of the largest a321 fleets in the world. American Airlines currently has 124 Airbus aircraft on order, only a few more than the 121 Boeing aircraft on order, showing American may have begun shifting to an Airbus fleet. They are now the largest operator of the a321, and the second largest operator of the a319. However, American is making some shocking moves, as they continue to defer delivery of ordered Airbus aircraft, going against the Airbus favor they show in their number of ordered aircraft. The major plane they have

on order is the a321neo, this plane is set to place many of the aging Boeing 757s and 767s in their current fleet. Alaska Airlines currently has a fleet of 154 Boeing aircraft, with 49 on order. Virgin America has a fleet 65, solely Airbus aircraft, and 38 on order. The question of what manufacturer will become the major supplier in this merger will be hotly debated. Whether Alaska will follow the path of the legacies (United, American, and Delta) or set a new path is unknown, and only time will tell.

Did you know, according to Guinness World Records, the Boeing Everett factory is the largest building by volume in the world?

Features By Michelle Bishka ’21 and Genevieve Ick ’21 Contributing Writers


West Welcomes New Staff Members

Meet the new staff members of this school year! Deandra Bass - Social Worker College education and previous education experience: Ms. Bass has been a social worker before, including working abroad. Ms. Bass got her degree at Illinois State and completed an internship at Glenbard North. On Glenbard West: Ms. Bass likes the friendly environment of West, and it already feels like she has established a family here. The inspiration to become a social worker: Ms. Bass enjoys working in schools to promote education and finds it pleasing to work with students. Tracy Dohrer - World Languages Department Classes: Spanish 2, Spanish 4, and a temporary Spanish 1 Class for Heritage Speakers. College education: Ms. Dohrer completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and has completed her graduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Previous education experience: Ms. Dohrer previously taught at Main West High School in Des Plaines for seven years. In addition, she has also tutored for ten years. Ms. Dohrer enjoys both very much, but they are very different, so it is difficult to compare. Favorite language: Despite being a native English speaker, Ms. Dohrer’s favorite language to speak is Spanish, due to it sounding very pretty. Favorite country to live in: Ms. Dohrer would love to permanently live in Spain. She has previously lived there and has visited Spain multiple times and loves it there. Favorite Spanish subject: Ms. Dohrer enjoys the Spanish culture and food. Kelly Egan-Pater - Special Education Department Classes: Special Education for

Algebra, Geometry, and a Study Methods class. College education: Originally, Ms. Egan-Pater had a degree in elementary school education as well as math and science, but earned an additional degree in special education. Previous education experience: Ms. Egan-Pater has taught for twenty years at Crete Monee High School and Evergreen High School. Although Ms. EganPater is considered to be a new staff member at Glenbard West, she has taught here since last October. Favorite subject: Ms. Egan-Pater loves math and considers it to be a strong subject for her. She also enjoys science and has taught both science and English before.

Allison Filipak - Special Education College education: Ms. Filipak attended Illinois State. Previous education experience: Ms. Filipak taught at Giant Steps, a school for students with autism, for three years. Teaching inspiration: Ms. Filipak volunteered in a high school that helped students with special education needs, and she had a lot of fun with the program. Alicia Hollander - English Department Classes: English 1 Honors and English 3. College education: Ms. Hollander graduated from a college in Venezuela for her undergraduate degree and Northwestern University for her graduate degree. Ms. Hollander has an additional degree in public relations. Previous education experience: Ms. Hollander taught American Literature to seniors at her hometown in Venezuela for one year. Favorite novel: 100 Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez. If that seems too intimidating, Ms. Hollander also enjoys Bel Canto. Favorite author: Gabriel García Márquez Amanda Minogue - Social Worker Intern

Ms. Minogue meets with several students to have conversations, either scheduled or not, and helps them through any problems they may have. Inspiration: Ms. Minogue enjoys helping teens and has previously taught Special Education in DeKalb but decided to switch to social work. Ms. Minogue enjoys her job because of the many ways she can help students College education: She is still a student at Aurora University and hopes to become a full-time social worker after her internship. Favorite subject: Ms. Minogue enjoys science and taught the subject for four years.

Sydney Morse - Science Department Class: Physics College education: Ms. Morse has studied both Calculus and Physics at IIT. However, Ms. Morse does prefer Physics more than Calculus. Previous education experience: Ms. Morse has taught Physics, Physics Honors, and AP Physics. Favorite Physics Formula: F=ΣMa. Rachel Nolan - Math Department Classes: Algebra 1, Algebra Enriched, and Advanced Math Applications. College education: Miami University. Favorite course based off material: Ms. Nolan prefers Advanced Math Applications. Favorite formula: I=Prt, due to her background in teaching finance. Diane Robinson - English Department Classes: English 3 at Glenbard North and English 2 and Senior Composition at Glenbard West. Previous education experience: Ms. Robinson has taught in California, where she also taught journalism. However, English is her first love. Favorite novel that she has taught: Ms. Robinson enjoys Lord of the Flies and is on board with an all female version of the novel. Favorite novel and author: John

Steinbeck’s work, including Of Mice and Men, although East of Eden is her true favorite novel.

language, even if they believe that they are bad at it.

John Sigmund - Special Education Department Inspiration: After pursuing many careers from physical education to business, Mr. Sigmund believed it would be a rewarding and interesting challenge to pursue a special education career. Favorite subject: History is Mr. Sigmund’s favorite subject, including all genres of history, including both world and European history.

Rachel Urista - Math Department Classes: Algebra 2, Algebra 2 and Trigonometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry Honors. College education: Ms. Urista is currently attending graduate school but has taken courses at eight colleges. Previous education experience: Ms. Urista has taught Algebra Intervention to College Algebra in several schools. Favorite class based off of material: Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. Favorite formula: The circumference of a circle because a lot of other formulas originate from it.

Michael Souza - Dean College education: Mr. Souza earned his undergraduate at Illinois State and completed his Master’s in Administration degree at Northeastern Illinois University. Previous education experience: Mr. Souza taught math for eight years before becoming a dean. However, math is not his favorite subject-- physical education is. For the past five years, Mr. Souza has taught in the Directions Program in our district, where he realized he would like to become a dean and pursued the open position at Glenbard West. Mr. Souza does miss the direct interactions with his students in the classroom. Emily Trowbridge - World Languages Department Classes: Spanish 1 and 2. Previous education experiences: Ms. Trowbridge teaches the same classes at North, currently. Favorite part about Spanish: Ms. Trowbridge prefers the interactions with others and being exposed to another culture besides your own. Favorite Spanish unit: Ms. Trowbridge’s favorite unit is the fashion unit of Spanish. Favorite language: Ms. Trowbridge’s favorite language is Spanish because of the way it sounds. Favorite country to live in: Ms. Trowbridge would love to live in Spain, like Ms. Dohrer. Recommendations for Spanish students: Ms. Trowbridge wants her students to always speak the

Robert Sanders - Social Studies Department Classes: World History Honors and US History. College education: Creighton University. Mr. Sanders chose to teach history because it is a story, not a date. “It is the best movie ever seen, except it is real,” Mr. Sanders says. Previous education experience: Mr. Sanders taught before in Nebraska for two years. Preferred historical figure to meet: Mr. Sanders would like to meet Voltaire, the French philosopher, due to the way Voltaire defined how nobility is earned and the way he writes. Favorite ancient civilization: A surprisingly easy question, Mr. Sanders’ favorite ancient civilization is the Romans, due to their work ethic. Sarah Walsh - Psychologist Intern College education: Ms. Walsh has earned her undergraduate and a Master’s degree but is working on another Master’s degree for education psychology. Reason to become a psychologist: Ms. Walsh loves both science and data, and being a psychologist helps Ms. Walsh pursue both of her passions.

Finding the Right Club for You: West Offers Over 60 Options! By Ben Serrato ’18 and Joey Romo ’18 Contributing Writers As a student walks through the hallways of Glenbard West, they will, on average, pass about 41 different advertisements promoting clubs West provides. With over 60 clubs, finding the one for you can be more than overwhelming, as one of the biggest mission statements at the school is to “Get Involved!” So why exactly is getting involved so important for students? According to Christopher Mitchell, Assistant Principal for Student Services, many studies show that students who are involved in extracurricular activities are more likely to succeed in school and simply enjoy school

more. Having something to do outside of the classroom gives students a stronger drive and sense of fulfillment. These are just some of the many benefits of participating at West. One of the biggest rewards to joining a club is the opportunity to make a new group of friends with similar interests to you. Nick Flores, president of both FIFA Club and G.L.O. Club, states, “The relationships I’ve made with people in both of these clubs over the past few years have been influential on my personality in a positive way, the bonds created are irreplaceable.” There’s something at West for everybody, and when brought into a community of shared interest, a student is welcomed into an atmosphere of both fun and connectivity with others,

normally leading to many new friendships. With over 60 clubs, it can seem a bit overwhelming to find a club that fits your interests, but odds are you will find a club, as over 70% of Glenbard West students have. Mr. Mitchell says, “With this many opportunities to get involved, you almost have to try to not be involved.” So, how can students begin the search for a club? A safe bet would be either talking to a teacher who is involved with a club, or asking a guidance counselor. From there, going to a couple different club meetings can show you whether or not the club is a good fit. You might even find yourself getting involved in things you thought you’d never like. Madeline Motz, Vice Presi-

dent of the Ultimate Frisbee club, agrees with this statement, encouraging students to “broaden [their] horizons, take the first step to try out a club, and who knows, it could be one of [their] favorite things.” The majority of the clubs at West, including Ultimate Frisbee, G.L.O, and FIFA Club, don’t have any requirements for new members, which make them a great opportunity for students who want to try something out without having to make too much of a commitment. However, there are some clubs at West which do have requirements, such as National Honors Society (NHS) and Spanish Honors Society (SHS), which are for invited students who have academic accomplishments at West. There are also competitive

clubs, such as Student Council, in which students must run against each other for a spot on the board. The variety of clubs to join prove the fact that there is a right fit for everyone, whether it’s open entry or competitive. Take initiative, explore all that Glenbard West has to offer, and get involved in a club or two. Mr. Sanchez, sponsor of SHS, perfectly states, “You’re going to spend four years here, find something to enjoy, so that you can look back on the experience with no regrets and no ‘what if’ statements.” As said before, there’s something for everyone here; the only thing stopping someone from finding it is not trying.



An Inside Look Into West’s Most Challenging Art Classes By Molly Molloy ’18 Columnist

Glenbard West’s award-winning Art Department inspires many through unique and critical classes in some of the most beautiful classrooms. The school offers a series of art classes at various levels. Most students begin freshman or sophomore year in beginning art classes, such as Drawing or Graphic Design 1, and then are eligible to advance to more challenging classes: such as AP Studio 2-D or 3-D, AP Art History, Sculpture, Graphic Design 2, and so on. In these more challenging art classes, students must face the challenge of not only having their work appeal to the visual eye but also to an AP rubric. Colleen Doyle, AP art teacher at Glenbard West, explains that, unlike most AP classes there is no test at the end of the year but rather a submission process. AP Studio students send in various pieces from the year to be critiqued by AP graders in order to earn their scores. To prepare for this challenging assessment, AP students have a “crit workshop” every Monday where they have to present their work to the class, explain it, and listen to comments and suggestions from their peers. “In this class we go through a rubric that basically breaks down what makes an art piece good,” clarifies award-winning art student and senior, Eileen Billings.

A great piece would include “a subject matter usually intriguing but also done in an unique way like on unconventional material or just really well rendered. There are a lot of aspects to making great art. There isn’t just one way to say this is good this is bad,” shares senior Bryn Lily. With this complex task, even the most talented art student still finds it hard to step outside the box. “In a perfect world, I wouldn’t use rubrics,” shares Mrs. Doyle. She explains that a large part of grading art is looking collectively at a student’s pieces and making sure they are challenging themselves by stepping outside their comfort zone. She continues, “A kid out there just said to me ‘oh my god I’m so scared about this’ and I love that because that means that they’re trying something new.” To some, the critical grading dynamic of West’s advanced art classes may seem intimidating. Students explain that the classes themselves are comfortable and inviting due to the family-like composure. The atmosphere is mostly due to, according to Bryn Lily, the “motherlike figure” of Mrs. Doyle. She succeeds in creating such a close bond with her students. Mrs. Doyle says she “takes the time to have conversations with them and then sees those conversations reflected in their art.” Junior Sebastian Pratt describes that he has been taking progressively more difficult art classes every year and has liked them more every year. Mrs. Doyle explains that

Painting courtesy of Eileen Billings, senior, from AP Studio Art Painting.

this is a common trend. Many of the students come into West and take a basic art class freshman year, fall in love with it, and become frequent art students. Students fall in love with the inviting atmosphere and accepting environment, as Mrs. Doyle explains, “This becomes more like a family setting, a comfortable place

to be, a safe place to be.” “Everyone should take art,” states Mrs. Doyle, “because not only is it a reprise from your school day, it’s a way to learn not only how to draw but have a creative thought process that figures into all of your classes and anyone can learn to draw if they are taught.”

Eighteen Things Every High Schooler Should Hear

By Julia Lane ’19 Entertainment Editor 1. Enjoy The Little Things: Sometimes when our schedules get busier we forget to appreciate all of the things that make high school fun. Whether that is cheering loudly in the student section at football games or winning a close game with your soccer team, don’t let yourself take those moments for granted. 2. That One Grade Doesn’t Matter: We’ve all been disappointed by a grade before. After studying for hours the night before, you still don’t do as well as you’d hoped. Here’s the good news: everyone has been there, and we’ve all survived. You can talk to your teacher or change your study method, but when it comes to your anger, it is absolutely pointless to hold on to it. Also don’t even think about cheating to make up for it because the consequences of

getting caught are way worse than a bad test grade. The best thing you can do is just move on. It’s that simple. 3. Over-studying Isn’t Better Studying: As necessary as it may feel to stay up until 3 a.m. to cram for a test the next day, it’s not. As an avid crammer, I’m not going to lie to you and say I never do it. However, at a certain point you’ve got to put the textbook down and go to bed. Wake up early if you really need to keep studying, but staying up until the crack of dawn is never the answer. 4. Don’t Be Afraid To Hang Out With New People: Glenbard West is a massive high school filled with people you have most likely never met, so get out there and meet some of them. It’s such a frustrating stigma that you can “only hang out with people inside of your friend group,” because that is not remotely true. Having

friends outside of your circle is healthy, and can even lead you to meet some of the closest friends you will ever have. So break the stigma, and make some new friends. 5. Nobody Likes A Bragger: Everyone knows those few people who constantly brag about themselves. Maybe those people attempt to make it subtle or maybe they just flat out boast. Regardless of the type of bragging, it’s annoying. There’s a fine line between sharing good news and bragging, and it’s all about the delivery. If you say,”Ugh, I only got a 95 percent on that paper,” it is very obvious that you are bragging, and your comment will likely not be received well. Here’s the bottom line: skip the bragging for your own good. 6. It’s Perfectly Normal To Feel Sad Sometimes: High school is hard sometimes. Hormones are raging, stress levels are high, and on some

days it’s just too hard to handle. A lot of times it can feel like you are the only one struggling to keep it all together, but you aren’t. Don’t feel like you have to contain that frustration either; talk to someone. You should never be ashamed for feeling this way because everyone has bad days. 7. Start Taking Responsibility For Your Life: It’s incredibly easy to become reliant on your parents for things that you should be doing independently, but it’s also extremely self-destructive. You won’t always have someone to do everything for you, so don’t make it a habit. You may not even realize it’s happening, but the moment you do is the same moment you change your future for the better. 8. Everyone Struggles With Friends, Not Just You: One of the hardest parts of high school is friendships. They are something that almost

everyone struggles with but rarely talks about. Some people have friends, but don’t like them, and others want friends but have difficulty making them. No matter the issue, you should know that it gets better. Situations are constantly changing so don’t let it bring you down. Do things that make you happy and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. 9. Work The System: In order to give yourself the best opportunities for success, build strong relationships with your teachers and peers. I am in no way condoning the use of cheating to get ahead. In high school, being on your teacher’s good side is key. I know the idea of becoming a “teacher’s pet” isn’t exactly appealing, but a strong relationship with your teacher is incredibly beneficial. Find the other nine things you should know on our website: gwhsnews.org!