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Volume 47 Issue #3 November 19, 2010

Skombis buys JK’s, makes changes as manager Solinna Chong Columnist

Kristina Piamonte Nicole Skombis, co-owner of JK’s, takes Maria Castillo’s, sophomore, order of chicken, fries and Mountain Dew. Along with each meal, customers receive complementary fruit. Also, when Wheeling students present their student ID, they receive a 10 percent discount on their meals. “(JK’s is) much more efficient than before...I like the complementary fruit. It makes me feel loved,” Castillo said.

Gaby Najera A&E Editor The State of Illinois granted the Wheeling High School Science Department $5,000. According to Kathy Konyar, science teacher, she heard about the grant through iBio which sponsored a professional development weekend. Ms. Konyar; Nancy Heintz, science division head; and Barry Hanrahan, head librarian, attended the weekend for the Illinois Innovation Talent Program. “The program is designed to promote career awareness and better prepare students with the skills they need to remain competitive in today’s innovation and technologybased economy,” Ms. Konyar said. WHS will work with Abbott Laboratories regarding cancer development, such as costs,

benefits and their social responsibilities. “We will be able see how business works and what kind of things a company has to consider as they run their business,” Ms. Konyar said. Ms. Konyar will work on the project with her second semester Honors Biology class. “We are hoping that once we have our process more defined, that we might be joined by classes in other areas. We haven’t done this before and so we are playing around with the possibilities,” Ms. Konyar said. According to Ms. Konyar the program creates a unique experience to work with the industry, government and community experts. “Students interested in science, technology, engineering and math careers will get an idea about how...research works in the real world,” Mr. Hanrahan said.



District 214 implements new Identisys security program Megan Jones Focus Editor A new security system called Identisys, which checks identification cards to prevent sex offenders from entering the building, will now run in all District 214 Schools. Identisys, a visitor management system, runs through a national database system of police records. “We decided this from our district office during the summer. It’s another safety guard that we can use to help protect our students,” Ramon Williams, dean, said. The program consists of a laptop that checks through the database, a scanner to scan ID cards and a small printer to print out visitors own guest ID.

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New WHS guest ID’s are printed out for all visitors after they have passed through the national database. Visitors, including parents, who do not have a state identification card, license or passport can not enter the building. The system does not accept work identification cards due to not being able to scan into the national database. According to Annette Ambrus, security guard, she has come across parents without ID cards before and did not allow them inside. “We are beginning to tell more people to bring them. If people are going to be impatient about signing in they will just have to wait,” Ms. Ambrus said. “Anything we can do to

keep our kids safe is a good thing. I think this program is a good thing, but schools should create their own type of ID to issue to those specific parents so everyone is treated fairly,” Debbie Dale, mother of Kayla Dale, sophomore, said. According Dale there are ways to go about the security system while still including parents without IDs. “I think this (the new security program) is an easy helpful way to allow security to be tightened up,” Gregory Delijewski, father of Claire Delijewski, sophomore, said. “The immigration problem is a different story. If you are illegal then why are you sending your kids to school that our taxes pay for? If you don’t put to the

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Focus Pops Concert pg 10

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back then you shouldn’t take from it.” According to Ambrus the program has other benefits such as letting security guards know people that are not allowed in the building due to orders of protection. The system also keeps a running total of all visitors inside the building. According to Jim Gumz, security guard, the new system creates a longer time for people to sign in because they have to check through the system. “The time that we loose is what we gain in safety. It shouldn’t be an inconvenience to anyone. As a parent, you always want to know that your child is safe in the location they are in so this is a good step in that direction,” Mr. Gumz said.

Photo Night

Marching band competes at ISU WHS holds first photo night

Hoops for Africa pg 12


Science department receives $5,000 grant

Jim Skombis, current JK’s manager, bought JK’s Gyros in September and made changes to the restaurant, such as a new discount and new ingredients. “I’ve always been in the (food) business and saw this (managing at JK’s Gyros) a great opportunity,” Mr. Skombis said. Since Mr. Skombis has managed JK’s, the changes include having fresh ingredients every day, starting all meals from scratch and using homemade recipes for soups and sandwiches. “We use fresh ingredients because it’s better quality, the food tastes better and it’s healthier. Also, because the people enjoy it more,” Mr. Skombis said. In addition to the changes in ingredients and recipes, Mr. Skombis said he hopes to promote healthy choices to the Wheeling community by giving complementary fruit with every meal. Also, students who present their student ID’s at

the restaurant will receive a 10 percent discount. Zygis Jasiunas, sophomore, goes to JK’s once every two weeks. “(With the discount) people will go there more because they can save more money,” Jasiunas said. Michael Genson, sophomore, said that he dislikes the new management and refuses to eat there again. “I got there early before marching band at fifth period. I went to JK’s and ordered chicken. I was almost late to class and started to sprint while eating,” Genson said. Along with the current changes, Mr. Skombis said he hopes to make future changes to the restaurant such as remodeling the JK’s sign. “I want to remodel the sign so it could look more modern,” Mr. Skombis said. Mr. Skombis plans on repainting the interior of the restaurant in the winter time, and the exterior next spring. “Hopefully people will see the changes and like them,” Mr. Skombis said.

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Spokesman November 19, 2010

Seniors break WHS National Merit history

Thirteen seniors recognized as National Merit Scholars; four seniors as semifinalists

Thirteen seniors made WHS history this year by having the most people recognized as Merit Scholars. In the beginning of junior year, juniors take a PSAT. If a student scores in the 99th percentile, they get higher than 99 percent of the students who took the test, that student becomes a National Merit Semifinalist. David Greer, Tom Schwermin, Emily Tran and Sami Zuba, seniors, scored in the 99th percentile, making them National Merit Semifinalists. Antonio Castillo, Michael Chmiel, Colin

Clark, Kimberly Grunde, Ulyana Nepokulchytska, Nathan Rubin, Chris Schwarz and Sejal Shah, seniors, scored in the 96th percentile, making them National Merit Commended; Samantha Bell-Brown, senior, won the status National Achievement Scholarship; and Castillo earned a National Hispanic Recognition. “(Being part of WHS history) feels pretty awesome, but it’s also not a surprise at all. All through high school, our class has pretty much proven that we’re the smartest: highest average ACT, most national merit scholars, pick an award we’re gonna win it,” Schwermin said.

According to Zuba, she, Greer, Schwermin and Tran found out about the National Merit Semifinalist position two or three weeks before the public knew. Therefore, they had to keep the news silent until the formal announcement. “At first, I just didn’t believe (that I was recognized as a semifinalist) because I’m not a good standardized test taker,” Tran said. According to Zuba, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will look at the semifinalists school record and decide if they should become a finalist. “It’s just something nice to put on an application,” Zuba said.

David Greer, senior

Tom Schwermin, senior

Emily Tran, senior

Sami Zuba, senior

Photos by Jess Musto

Publications win awards at the National Journalism Conference From left to right, Daniel Brount, junior, Sandra Gruen, yearbook adviser, Megan Jones, sophomore, Karen Barrett, Spokesman adviser, and Jessica Ausnehmer, sophomore, leave one of their sessions where they learned tips on how to improves their publications on Nov. 13. Spokesman won seventh place in Best in Show. Brount won an honorable mention in page design. Lester Caramba and Mike Ciavarella, juniors, won excellent in yearbook contests.

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National Merit Semifinalists

Speech, Acting members win four awards in tournament Mary Jo Cameron Staff Reporter Speech and Acting team competed on Nov. 6 at the Warren High School tournament winning four awards in all different events. Chris Schwarz, senior, took tournament championship in the Extemporaneous Speaking event. Luke Sokolowski, senior, took fourth place in Original Comedy. Nick Samata and Tom Schwermin, seniors, took fifth place in Humorous Duet Acting. Schwermin won 6th place in Impromptu Speaking. Speech and Acting team competed at Prospect High School’s Speechpalooza invitational tournament on Nov. 13. Awards followed the end of the third round. Wheeling placed in two events. Meghan Ausnehmer,

sophomore, won sixth The judges scored based place in the Prose Reading on performance, tone, pitch event while Kasia Suchojad, and quality depending on sophomore, and Bernice the event. Diaz, junior, won sixth place Scores ranged from one for Dramatic Duet Acting. to six, one being the best. In the morning, students Between each round, review their lines waiting teams would meet in the for the cafeteria for first of approximately t h r e e 30 minutes rounds to discussing start. the previous “I stumbled a “I’m round. lot...and my ner vous, R y a n hands were I’m going Andersen, shaking, but to mess s p e e c h I made it to up my coach, gave eight minutes lines... Au s n e h m e r and had a (or) I’ll go advice on really good too fast,” how to cut Katherine down her ending.” Wa r g o , time in Radio freshman, Speaking to said. the required Wargo’s teammates, time. Suchojad and Celine Dirkes, “We had only new freshmen, gave her tips to members competing this perform better. time around and we did The tournament a good job at our second consisted of three rounds competition this school judged by different judges year,” Mr. Andersen said. each time. Katherine Wargo, freshman

Krista Sanford News Editor

Students help with canned food drive

Valerie Westin Mauli Patel, sophomore, makes a sign for the canned food drive. Students helping with the canned food drive used the signs to help sort the canned food based on the kind of food available. After they sorted the food, students put them into boxes that they will give to families in WHS that need them. Student Council, Poms and kids from Cooper Middle School helped with the canned food drive. “I feel that the canned food drive was a great success. It felt great that we could help out the families in need,” Patel said.

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Identisys brings WHS both detriments and benefits District 214’s new security system, Identisys, will scan visitors’ state identification cards, licenses and passports to protect the schools from sex offenders and other criminals. Visitors who do not have any kind of identification cannot enter the building during school hours. Although the system has a beneficial purpose overall in protecting district students, it also brings some unfortunate disadvantages to students with parents or visitors that are unauthorized immigrants. According to <dhs. gov>, in 2009 an estimated 540,000 unauthorized immigrants lived in Illinois. In addition, Illinois ranked as one of the top five states with the highest unauthorized immigrant population in the United States. With such a large illegal immigrant population in the state, the fact that there are illegal immigrants in Wheeling is inevitable. For

WHS students with illegal parents, they lose both connection to school and educational assistance. One area that students will lose educational assistance is parent-teacher meetings during the school day. Outside of conferences, teachers and parents still meet often during school hours to discuss issues involving the student. In addition, parents meet for individualized education plan meetings as well as discipline meetings during the school day. Without the opportunity to take part in these meetings, parents and students lose an essential part of their educational experience. A parent’s citizenship status is rarely the result of a student’s action or decision. Students need not face punishment for a decision their parents made and how the government addresses the immigration issue. Another error in the usage of Identysis resulted from schools only using

it during the school day. Crime can still occur after school hours and students participating in after-school activities need protection for all hours in which they are at school. In order to remedy the errors the Identisys system brings about, Spokesman feels that parents should be allowed to enter the building when they are accompanying their own child. If that is not secure enough, the school can issue a new identification card to unauthorized immigrant parents or all parents to be fair. Spokesman also feels that the hours of Identysis usage should extend to cover all hours that the school’s doors are open in order to provide continuous protection. By adding a new parent or guardian identification card and extending Identisys hours, the system will still protect students through scans, and no student will suffer from that protection.

Congratulations to the WHS Technology Education program for being named the “Outstanding Technology Program” in Illinois by the Technology Education Association of Illinois.

Thumbs up to all the students participating in the variety show this weekend. Best of luck!

Choose your words wisely

In remembrance of those who serve our country Although Veterans Day happened a week ago, I wonder why we only leave one day a year to honor the men and women who risked Chris Schwarz their lives, and in many cases, gave Forum Editor their lives for our country. On Tuesday, Nov. 2, I had the honor of meeting a World War II Veteran while I was working at the election polls. His name was Irvin Lanier and he and his wife changed my life. It was around 2 p.m. when this elderly couple walked through the doors to the gym where the precinct was being held. I could immediately tell that they would struggle walking all the way across the gym to get to the poll booths. So, along with my coworkers at the precinct, I brought ballots and chairs to this couple, so that they could comfortably fill out their votes. When I was checking each of their voting registrations, I noticed that the man was 90 years old, and immediately I wondered if he had served in World War II. When he and his wife finished their ballots, they asked if I could help walk them to the car. I said “of course, I’d be glad to,” and we were on our way. After much mental debate as to whether I should ask or not, I had to satisfy my

curiosity and I asked, “Sir, did you ever serve in the military?” He answered “yes,” and explained to me that he fought in the Pacific during WWII for over three years. Imagine that. A man who spent three years fighting in the jungles of the Pacific, who is 90 years old and can hardly walk still came out to vote. That’s devotion. That’s commitment to one’s country. That’s something that each and everyone of us should admire and honor on a daily basis, not just once a year on Veterans day. Our country is struggling right now, we all know that, but at least we have our freedom. At least I have the right to speak freely, to believe in whatever I want, even the right to go to school. But without men like Mr. Lanier, we would not have those freedoms anymore. Our daily struggles are so minimal when we take into perspective what was done to secure and maintain our freedom. Today, thousands of young men and women, not so different from any student at WHS, risk their lives everyday to keep us safe. I ask the Wheeling community to honor these men and women more than just once a year. It doesn’t have to be extravagant; in fact, it should not be. But when you meet a veteran, simply say “thank you for serving our country.” That “thank you” will mean much to them, I know it did for Mr. Lanier. I will never forget what he and other soldiers did for our country, and I will never forget what he did for me.

Brianna Bitout Web Editor Walking down the halls of the school every day, I constantly hear the phrase “That’s so gay!” or some variation of it. Every time, I can’t help but wonder to myself: do people actually realize what they’re saying? Sometimes, I’ll approach the person, casually saying, “Oh I didn’t realize your (insert object here) had a sexual preference,” hoping they’ll get my message: it’s not okay to replace “stupid” with “gay.” Using the word gay when someone really means stupid is offensive to those that are actually gay. Instead of it merely representing a sexual preference, the word now has a double meaning. Being gay does not mean that someone is stupid or any other insult. Yet people use the word

gay instead and associate that negative meaning with gays. This association misrepresents the gay community. This misuse of the word gay is extremely offensive to those who are homosexual because it’s like slapping us in the face. I don’t want to be criticized or insulted because I happen to like people of the same sex. When I hear someone utter “that’s gay,” I want to shout at that person, “Why would you say that?!” However, I always feel as if the point would be moot; a complete stranger will not care what I have to say. Even worse, I sometimes am just plain afraid. I’ve seen people give me looks, sneering and snickering, sometimes even having the audacity to call me a “dyke.” I know that my life will never be perfect; every day that I wake up, I will have to face those that object to my sexuality, and so will others that are gay. I ask that the WHS community really think about what they’re saying when they say “That’s gay” because one never really knows who they could offend.

Thumbs up to Interact with Africa for raising over $1,000 through Hoops for Africa.

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Thumbs down for the locker rooms being miniature obstacle courses. Mobs of sweaty people, crammed into a tiny space make exiting the locker rooms a nightmare.

Thumbs down to the lack of soap in the bathrooms. A sanitary school is hugely important as we approach flu season.


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Students choose vegetarian lifestyles Starting Out

“I decided to become a vegetarian for a number of reasons; It killed me inside to think that I was eating a poor little animal who once lived and breathed and had thoughts and a personality just like me,” Josie Alcantar, sophomore, said. Alcantar has lived as a vegetarian for four years now. Unlike Alcantar, Sejal Shah, senior, has lived as a vegetarian her whole life because of Sikhism, her religion. Shah has never broken her vegetarian diet. “I’ve never gone against it since it would go against my religion,” Shah said. “It’s not something I’ve really cared about (trying another diet).” Alcantar has encountered problems while trying to stick to her vegetarian life. “Yeah sometimes it becomes a problem because even my own family forgets that I’m vegetarian...So my friends forget too. But it doesn’t bother me,” Alcantar said.

The Solutions

When around her friends, Alcantar has found that eating before going to parties makes it easier to avoid “awkward” situations when she goes to a party without vegetarian meals. “I think people should become more conscious about what they feed their guests because they want them to be content, or they should,” Alcantar said. “One thing that I have been doing for a while is that I try eating before-hand (for parties), and if I’m out with friends I will just go buy my own

food.” Alcantar also makes her own shopping lists to make it easier for herself to find something to eat at home. Alcantar usually eats fruits, vegetables, cereal grains, nuts and seeds. She also drinks protein shakes once in a while to help. Unlike Alcantar, Shah has not encountered problems with her diet at parties. According to Shah, her friends make at least one vegetarian meal for parties. “They go out of their way, I really appreciate it,” Shah said. According to <>, living a vegetarian diet brings benefits. Vegetarians have a lower risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease, hyper tension, type two diabetes, diverticulosis, kidney disease, some cancers and gallstones. Although Shah admits not knowing of the specific health benefits from a vegetarian diet, she sees other benefits in the diet. “Personally, I think it (vegetarian diet) is a benefit because you’re not hurting any other animal. I’m not sure(of the health benefits), I think it (vegetarian diet) is pretty healthy as long as you don’t eat junk food and get enough vitamins,” Shah said. Unlike Shah, Alcantar has noticed the benefits in her diet. “Yeah, it’s actually helped with a lot of things. I’ve noticed that I have lowered levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, and that I have a lower risk of getting a heart disease or cancer. It has also helped with my depression. And my intake on food in general. I’ve cut out a lot of fatty foods,” Alcantar said.

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According to Andrea Mugler, school psychologist, most high school relationships she hears about last two to three months. “A lot of high school students do have healthy relationships. I do know that when I hear students talking about relationships longer than a year, I’m surprised,” Ms. Mugler said. “It’s (long term relationships) okay, but not for everybody. A lot of people are still developing who they are.” Unlike most high school couples, Jose A. Ortiz and Brittany Racky, juniors, have dated since eighth grade. “It’s been a while. You don’t see a lot of relationships that are longer than a year,” Ortiz said.


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somewhere, she can always good about balancing her go with Ortiz. time between friends and “When we go Jose.” somewhere, we can always go, not like a best friend Communication who’s like, ‘I don’t feel like Sergio going,’” Racky N u n e z , said. junior, and According Ju l i an a “Something to Ms. Maldonado, Mugler, in a I really like sophomore, relationship, dated in is that we’ve one must been together m i d d l e balance the s cho ol, for a long relat ionship broke up time. It with other and got back makes me commitments, together proud to be such as school. again. They together with “I think have dated her for a long for a year that if students time.” choose to be in and a half a relationship, since they it’s good to have a friendship got back together. and to find balance to do “Something I don’t think commitments,” Ms. Mugler a lot of relationships have is said. that when we fight, we sit Sara Kowynia, junior down and talk about it. We and friend of Racky, said usually talk about things that Racky balances her and try to fix it. We try not time well between her to argue,” Nunez said. friends and boyfriend. According to Ms. Mugler “I think Brittany (Racky) and Mark Menich, school and Jose (Ortiz) are meant psychologist, a healthy for each other,” Kowynia relationship must involve said. “Brittany is really communication. Sergio Nunez, junior

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“In any kind of relationship, (there needs) communication, respecting each other as individuals, being able to trust an individual, being honest-lying’s an absolute killer,” Mr. Menich said.


According to Mr. Menich, a long relationship for high school students lasts three to six months. “You often see relationships ending very quickly. It’s very rare to see relationships lasting for a great amount of time,” Mr. Menich said. “Any relationship takes a lot of work. At times, teens don’t have the staying power to work at it.” Nunez and Maldonado said they liked their long term relationship. “I don’t like those short relationships where you’ve been together for a week and you hate each other,” Maldonado said. “You can only be in a long-term relationship if you love each other.”

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Tannous, Klein start tea company Rosalie Chan Feature Editor Patrick Tannous, COO and ‘06 WHS alumnus, and Dan Klein, CEO, founded Tiesta Tea, a business that sells customblended teas and tea accessories online and in specialty shops. “Our goal as a company is to have as many people drink Tiesta Tea as humanly possible. We make things simple. Tea is hard for people to understand. The product is very complex...What people want nowadays are simple new products,” Klein said. Tannous and Klein decided to sell custom-blended teas after a trip to Prague in 2009, where they saw loose leaf teas brewed in a tea house. They decided to bring the idea to the United States, and on March 12, 2010, they opened Tiesta Tea. “It (Tiesta Tea) started on an idea. We went to Prague, and we saw something different in Czech,” Tannous said. “It’s (brewing loose leaf tea) something you don’t see in the U.S.” According to Tannous, by the end of the year, Tiesta Tea should have their products sold in 125 stores. Nine stores, including Oh! Olive in Libertyville, currently sell Tiesta Tea products.

Visit to WHS

Photo by Jess Musto Patrick Tannous, COO and ‘06 WHS alumnus, and Dan Klein, CEO, talk to the students in AVID class during eighth period on Nov. 12 about how they started their business, Tiesta Tea. Tannous and Klein also talked to the business education class.

“He (Tannous) was interested in all aspects of business,” Tricia Anderson, entrepreneurship teacher, said. “I think it’s awesome that they came up with an idea and came through with it...I hope they’re successful and that they take what they learned and become successful with it.” On Nov. 12, Tannous, Klein and other members of Tiesta Tea visited WHS to speak to business education and AVID classes about starting a business. “As a Wheeling graduate, Wheeling really shaped me as a person. My basis started here at Wheeling. I wasn’t the best student, but I will be one of the most successful because I want it the most. That’s what this place taught me,” Tannous said.

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Tiesta Tea developed from a program at U of I that gives loans for businesses. To start the business, the company had to file the business with the state, pick a name, pick a product and find a way to sell it. “We funded it (Tiesta Tea) through university loans. Most colleges have loans where you give business money. We promote it ourselves. My goal isn’t to make 5 million, 10 million. Starting a business isn’t about money,” Klein said. Tannous and Klein went to their friends for support and hired other students from the university. “It’s (Tiesta Tea) great because you get to work with friends. You don’t feel like it’s work. I’m a full-time student at Champaign, I have a part-time job, I’m full-time with this business. I love it,” Alex Sosnov, VP of business development and ‘06 WHS alumnus, said.

Promoting and working for Tiesta Tea

Tiesta Tea now has 17 employees. Bobby Moynihan, creative director, became the first employee of Tiesta Tea. “We have different skills that compliment each other nicely...Your opinions are way more valued than in a large company,” Moynihan said. “I come up with any sort of design for packaging, flyers...I also come up with slogans.” Tiesta Tea also promotes its business by telling people they know and using web sites such as Facebook and Twitter. “I do marketing. Any way we can get our brand name out,” Gene Milman, VP of marketing and ‘06 WHS alumnus, said. “We’re reinventing the world of tea...That’s why we have bags, cool bring something new to the table.” According to Klein, he wants to stay with the business as long as he can, and he hopes that Tiesta Tea becomes a household name. “Everything you actually do matters,” Konrad Sadkowski, VP of finance, said. “...The money will be falling from the sky.”

Tiesta Tea offers five categories of tea based on the tea’s effects:

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Students find positives, negatives in their heights Liz McDaniel Staff Reporter


“It is better to be tall because in basketball you can shoot over people and dunk the ball. Also in volleyball it helps being tall so that you are closer to the net to block the ball and spike, because you have more height and a bigger range of motion,” Nate Lichtenberger, senior, said. Lichtenberger plays on the varsity boys volleyball team. According to Lichtenberger, his height of 5’11” benefits him in shooting and dunking when playing basketball with his friends outside of school. However, Kaitlyn Debusk, sophomore, also finds advantages in basketball with her height. Debusk plays on the

sophomore girls basketball team. “Being short is an advantage because you can get around people faster and you are lower to the ground which gives you an advantage in stealing the ball,” Debusk said. Debusk said she feels proud of the fact that she is 5 ‘1” tall and can still compete against other schools with students who are around six feet tall. Debusk said that she dislikes everyone looking down to see her. “It gives more people a reason to bully you,” Debusk said. Lichtenberger said he does not feel uncomfortable looking down to see people. “It is not that bad looking down on people; what’s really bad is getting into cars, fitting in small places, and reaching objects

that are low to the ground,” Lichtenberger said. According to Debusk, she felt a little depressed about the fact that short people like she could not see over people. “One time I had to get my friend to put me on their shoulders so that I could see what was going on,” Debusk said. “If I was tall for a day, I would dunk a basketball and I would look down on others just to see how it feels.” According to Lichtenberger, he enjoys the privileges of his height. “I don’t ever wish I was short, I never really think about it. Taller people are allowed to go on more amusement park rides, get to reach high places and are usually stronger; we have more body mass. Why would I want to be short?” Lichtenberger said.


Infographic by Mike Ciavarella

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Spokesman November 19, 2010

Q &A

with Dean Debra Swierczek

Interview by Karen Rodriguez and Jocelyn Torres

How many accidents have been recorded while you have worked here? We really don’t have too many accidents. So far there have only been three while I have worked here. We take every accident very seriously. We’re a school; we’re about education. The only thing more important is that everyone is alive. Our kids take it seriously. The consequences are very stiff. We have had rear end accidents in the front lot before. What is the situation with the parking fees? Students have paid $165 per year. In District 211, the schools charge $300. Money is scarce. The money we charge for the parking covers the costs to plow, repave, hire and to take care of the parking lot. The price usually increases by $5 to $10 each year.

Having only two la congestion proble

Why aren’t sophomores allowed to obtain parking passes? They don’t get their licenses until later. There needs to be more practice, more maturity. We want new experiences out of the lot. We want the safest in our parking lots. What do you think about the organization of the parking lot? Students (driving in the parking lot) don’t have (traffic) lights. If we had four lanes then you’re not in panic but we don’t, so the students have to be careful. What is Georgia Blythe’s, security guard, job like out in the parking lot? She makes sure the cars have parking tags. She is like a hawk out there. She’s our first line of defense. She makes sure people drive safely and makes sure that no one we don’t know enters the building.

Comparing Accident Point of Views

Photo Opinion

What happened afterwards?

How did the accident occur?

Time: Approximately 3 p.m.

Date: Nov. 4

Wendy Relich, English teacher

Location: WHS back parking lot

Joe Chaisri, junior

I was returning to WHS after buying supplies for the debate team and I stopped to turn into my designated parking spot when unfortunately he (Chaisri) ran into the back of my car.

I was pulling out of the parking lot. I guess she (Mrs. Relich) was in front of me. I dropped something in my car and reached down to pick it up. I felt like I hit something and thought, “did I hit something?” I looked up and saw that I hit her. There was just a big dent, nothing fell off.

It was simply handled by our insurance companies. He apologized and was very nice. Thankfully no one got hurt and the cars were not damaged too badly. I reported the problem to the WHS administration but the insurance company took care of everything. It was all simply an accident.

We traded insurance information and phone numbers. My insurance is paying for it. She was nice.

Infographic by Megan Jones and Daniel Brount

What are your thoughts on the organization of the parking lot?

Do you think it is unfair that only juniors and seniors can buy parking passes?

“The traffic isn’t that bad. I use the back parking lot often. Some parking spaces are very far away from the school which is the worst part,”

“I guess it is fair because not a lot of sophomores even have their licenses,”

Marta Dzundza, freshman

Nick Ricciardi, sophomore

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Delayed reaction in paying parking fees causes confusion

anes cause ems in parking lot

Chris Schwarz Forum Editor About a month ago, I made the effort to clean my car; anyone that knows me will confirm that I clean my car at most three times a year and that it typically is extremely untidy. Naturally, I grabbed every crumb, receipt, bag or piece of paper in sight and threw them all away. Somewhere in the mix was my parking tag. I didn’t even realize it was gone until a week later. At the same time I realized

that I had been parking for a week without that tag and I had not been notified or punished. So the rebel in me (I know it sounds strange, but I can be rebellious) decided that I would beat the system and not buy a new parking tag. After all I had already gone a week without getting caught. I was wrong. In fact, Georgia Blythe, campus security guard, noticed my civil disobedience immediately. She just waited to see me in person to inform me of my crimes and her awareness thereof. I didn’t have much to say when she asked why I’ve been parking for three weeks without a tag. I told her the truth and accepted that I have to buy a new parking pass. Lesson learned: the system does work, plus it exists for a reason. After talking with Ken

Stiff, associate principal, I found that half of the money collected from parking tag purchases goes to the maintenance of lots in District 214 and that the other half goes straight back to WHS students programs. Part of my inspiration for my disobedience was the apparent uselessness of parking fees for WHS students. Once again, I was brutally wrong. We pay for parking tags for a reason and a good one at that. The money goes where it belongs, and it’s something that I, and many other students, just need to accept. One of the perks of high school is the ability to drive oneself to school; but this is truly a privilege, not a right. If we want the parking lot to work for us, sometimes we have to work for it a little bit. Learn from my mistake and respect the system.

Survey Sidebar

Do you think the price ($165) for a parking tag/pass is reasonable?

Which parking lot do you use more often?

Yes 19

Front 42 No 96

Back 121

Do you think it is fair that only juniors and seniors can park in the parking lot?

No 59 Photos were taken in the back parking lot on Nov. 16 between 2:50 and 3 p.m. Many cars waited in a long line to exit the parking lot or enter the line of cars picking up students. Speed bumps run all throughout the parking lot to slow down cars. The speed limit in the parking lot is set to 10 mph.

Congestion Photos by Dilsia Miranda, Jes Martinez and Jas Hernandez Do you think speed bumps help the parking lot? Do people follow the 10 mph speed limit? “Yeah, (speed bumps help) because they make most people drive slower. But no one follows the speed limit especially after school,”

Yes 106

Do you follow the 10 mph speed limit?

Yes 98

No 67

165 people surveyed *Some questions were unanswered

What do you think about the parking fee? “I think it’s ridiculously over priced. During the winter, WHS barely even snow plows it. Then cars get boxed in,”

Arturo Sotelo, junior Kate Jocson, Senior

Photo Opinion by Megan Jones and Jennie Alcantar

La Voz 8

Spokesman el 19 de noviembre

Detalles minúsculos contribuyen a tema que protagonistas emiten

Karen Rodriguez La Voz Editor





“Voz del cielo, voz del pueblo.” Eso es fue lo que dicen las cuatro mariposas que tratan de hablar contra la corriente de injusticia política que su país traspasea. “En el tiempo de las mariposas” por Julia Álvarez se establece en una era donde no hay ningún tipo de libertad para el pueblo;

las familias son cruelmente silenciadas. Todos en la Republica Dominicana son controlados por el dictator en ese tiempo, Rafael Trujillo. Pero las cuatro hermanas Mirabal: Dede, Minerva, Maria Teresa, y Patria audazmente deciden rebelar y obtener su libertad. Este período de tiempo ejempifica la censura de la libertad y el temor constante en que personas vivían. Dede empieza a narrar en tercer persona ya que ella es la única sobreviviente del martirio que el dictador de su país comete. Despúes, cada capitulo es narrado entre las cuatro hermanas contando su historia asi como sus experiencias. En otra ocasión, tal vez leyendo otro libro, el cambio de narradores me hubiera

confundido. Sin embargo, en lugar de eso, Álvarez agrega personalidad y una voz distincta que añade variedad y emoción. Cuando empecé a leer el libro, estaba un poco confundida por el estilo de Álvarez. Despúes del tercer capítulo, sin embargo, comencé a ver el poder que las hermanas Maribal emitían. Admito que fue un poco difícil ya que era algo que en realidad pasó y me afectó personalmente. Pero ella describe cada detalle con tanta vivacidad que me hacía volver a leer con mucho interes. El escenario se centra en los 1900s y aunque haya pasado en la realidad, no necesite saber mucho históricamente. No nada más me

entretenía con la historia de las cuatro mariposas y su lucha para hacer una diferencia en su país, sino que cada capítulo que leía cada hermana explicaba en su punto de vista, las experiencias horrorosas que Trujillo las hace pasar. En realidad, “En el tiempo de las mariposas” llenó mi estomago de emoción porque no sabía que iba pasar con las hermanas. Me llevarón con ellas a lo largo de sus vidas humillantes. Álvarez me dió la oportunidad de ver atravez de Minerva, quien fue la que presionó a sus hermanas para que se unieran a la causa de hablar y destruir las cadenas de dictatura. Al final, las mariposas volaron para cumplir su llamado a la libertad.

Museo de Arte revive interes histórico A la izquierda la Señora Rebecca Castro, maestra de Español, escucha atentamente a el guía turístico mientras introduce la tradición de ofrendas en México. Es el segunda año que Elida Barrera, senior, visita el Museo Nacional de Arte Mexicana pero con diferentes tipos de ofrendas. A la derecha una ofrenda de parte de la Universidad Autónoma de México & ESECH muestra se apoyo por afectados de los terremotos en Haiti y Chile. Las calaberas muestran que la ayuda no siempre evita la muerte. “Fue interesante porque siendo de México, yo ya sabía de la tradición en mi cultura, pero verla aplicada en ciertas cosas te da a entender que estas ofrendas no solamente son para muertos, sino para apoyar causas internacionalmente.” Vanessa Valencia, junior, dijo. foto por Jocelyn Torres

foto por Jocelyn Torres

Musica en movimiento

Jocelyn Torres Graphics Editor Nada más con decir su nombre me da escalofríos. Juanes siempre me ha encantado. Con esa voz encantadora y ritmo colombiano con una fusión de rock, quien no le gustaría escuchar su musíca? Aunque su nuevo disco no sale hasta los principios de diciembre, todavía siento la impulsión de alabarlo en su totalidad. Admitelo, cuando vez a Juanes ragueando su guitarra y cantando “Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor,” tienes que sentir tu corazón derritiendose “La Vida es

una Canción” para Juanes, y quien no quisiera que no fuera? Aunque ella reclama que está loca, su nuevo disco, “Sale el Sol,” es lo más lejano de loco. Con ritmos latinos, un toque de latidos electrónicos, y un montón de guitarra, siento como que ella tomó la ruta segura esta vez. Lo que me gusta es que ella regresa a la básica Shakira. No hay Lil’ Wayne o canciones producidas por el famoso Timbaland. Los latinos ahnelamos escuchar a la Shakira anterior. Claro, nada puede compararse con sus épicos discos de “Laundry Service” o “Pies Descalzos,” pero si escuchas con “Un Poco De Amor,”la sensualidad de “Sale el Sol” de dejará “Siega(o) y Sordomuda(o).” Ahora, si quieres hablar de suave, escucha un poquito de este jovenazo y te quedaras en un trance.

Su canción más popular en este momento, “Stand By Me,” me dejó facinada. El ritmo latino al principio te engancha instantaniamente. Tiene ese ritmo urbano clasico de bachata y voz suave. En su CD, Prince Royce, tiene canciones bilingues que intercambian entre español e ingles mientras sutilmente susurra algo sexy. Ni un poco de Limón y Sal podra amargar sus letras pegadizas. Sus canciones son perfectas para escuchar en cualquier ocasion. Puede ser mientras andas en la bicicleta en camino al parque en un dia caloroso. O tal vez abrazando a tu cobija junto a las llamas de la chimenea tomando un cafcito. Todos deben granizar su talento unico porque hasta ella misma dice que, “es probable que lo merezco pero no lo quiero.” Gracias por esas humildes palabras, Julieta.

Recomiendo: “Que mis ojos se despierten con la luz de tu mirada yo a Dios le pido que mi madre no se muera y que mi padre me recuerde..” Juanes - A Dios Le Pido

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Recomiendo: “El espejo que da su reflejo en todo lo pinta tal como es, mi cuerpo que no tiene peso si escucho tu voz llamandome..” Julieta Venegas - Eres Para Mi Recomiendo: “Por milenios y milenios permaneciste desnudo y te enfrentaste a dinosaurios bajo un techo y sin escudo...”

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Laxner directs one act for winter play Daniel Brount Editor-in-Chief Eddie Laxner, senior, will direct and act in his play, “Simply John,” one of four plays being performed for this year’s winter play. During his freshman year, Laxner took Intro to Literature with Orin Xavier, English teacher. Since then, Laxner shared a lot of his writings with Mr. Xavier. “I’ve always been attracted to writing, but I was never really good and never put the effort in until my freshman year,” Laxner said. When Laxner talked to Mr. Xavier about writing a play, he suggested that Laxner write a one-act for the winter play. “It’s just amazing that I’m able to (write the play). The opportunity for me is extraordinary. This will help my writing a lot and might help me get published too,” Laxner said. According to Laxner, “Simply John” follows a day in the life of John, a high school student with “some emotional problems.” In the play, John has a crazy day, which is normal for him.

“I like it (“Simply John”). It’s done; he finished it last term... He’s open to revising it as we go along, but I think it will be a fine production,” Mr. Xavier said. Mr. Xavier said that one advantage to a studentwritten play is the “freedom to adapt it as it goes along.” Despite the available adaptability, Sean Kolodziej, senior, said it could have negatives. “Depending on what it (revisions to the play) is, it could be really beneficial. But when you write something and someone tells you to change it, it hurts,” Kolodziej said. Kolodziej also acknowledged that the play “might lack a little bit of play quality.” In order to help prevent that, Laxner did research before writing. “I haven’t been involved in theater much at Wheeling,” Laxner said. Mr. Xavier gave Laxner advice throughout the writing process and showed Laxner screenplays to help him prepare. Auditions for the four plays will take place on Nov. 22 and 23. The performance of the plays will occur on Jan. 27, 28 and 29.

Circus raises $500 at annual fundraiser Jess Musto Sports Editor

Dilsia Miranda Above: Catriona Byrne, senior, plays the cello along with her sister. They are both part of the Irish Ensemble. Below: Clancy Nush and Kasia Suchojad, sophomores, help kids choose a fake tatoo. The selections included peace signs and cartoon characters.

Rachael Laing

The Circus literary magazine raised an estimated $500 in this year’s Barnes and Noble Fundraiser, only about half of what they raised last year. Circus hosted its fourth annual book fair on Nov. 6. Circus earned 15 percent of every purchase by customers who presented the Circus fundraiser flyer when they checked out. The fundraiser started on Saturday and continued until the Wednesday after the fair. “This all goes toward the Circus Literary Magazine and the children that want books for the holidays,” Hannah Park, senior, said. Besides the Barnes and Noble book fair, Circus ran other activites on the side like a raffle and the Winter Holiday Drive, which was a way the magazine gave back to community. “We contact WHS counseling staff for less fortunate kids in the Wheeling area that would like a book for the holidays and we try to fill as many as we can,” Laura Wagner,

English teacher and Circus literary magazine adviser, said. The money that Circus raised goes toward paying the costs to publish in color. According to Ms. Wagner, if the magazine doesn’t raise as much money this year they will probably end up printing fewer copies. “The most important part (of the book fair) is the students in Circus get to do something they created and are excited about getting to give back and connect to the community,” Christine Pacyk, English teacher and Circus adviser, said. Popular events at the Book Fair included activities like Where’s Waldo, balloon making and Find Cinderella’s Shoe. “There’s a lot of the WHS staff members here with their kids. It’s nice to see all the kids participate in the activities,” Ms. Pacyk said. As of press time, the final total for the fundraiser was not available. Circus raised money through online sales as well as in-store sales. Circus raised $300 during the first year, $600 the second year, and $1,000 the third year.

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Krista Sanford News Editor For this Top 30 countdown, I walked around the cafeteria during lunch and asked people, “What is your favorite song?” After getting 30 nonrepeating songs, I put them in order from what I didn’t like to what I did like.

29) Don’t Rain On My Parade by Barbra Streisand Toward the middle of the song, I started to like the song a little more than I did when I first started listening; but the song overall was just okay. I think it fits into the musical, but not really on my iPod. 28) Us Placers by

Lupe Fiasco I really like the “Us Placers” lyrics. They are the strongest part of the song. But just like “Life Goes On” by Tupac, the constant repetition of the beat has me wishing for something more to happen. 27) Right Above It by Lil Wayne Although I’m not a big fan of Lil Wayne, I found this song tolerable. I wouldn’t say that I love the song, but I don’t hate it. Overall, I think it sounds just like any other rap song. 26) Soundtrack to My Life by Kid Cudi I like how Kid Cudi has a

mixture of rap and hip hop. Due to this, I found the song very enjoyable to listen to. With the breaks from him rapping to singing, the song isn’t just the same throughout the song. 25) Till I Collapse by Eminem When I heard this song, I loved that it was rap and it didn’t have that repetitive beat along with half spoken/half sung words. Eminem added background singers and different instruments along with his rapping. Read the full story... <wheelingspokesman. com>

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The Night Before Halloween Photos by Jennie Alcantar

Left: Michael Taylor, junior, plays with the Jazz Band I. They were the sixth group to perform. Both Jazz Bands, Orchestra, Concert Choir, Caught Off Guard and Acoustic Nerve all played throughout the night. Bottom Left: Erin Leland, freshman, played “Phantom of the Opera” along with the orchestra on Oct. 30 during the Pops Concert. The members of the orchestra wore phantom masks during the performance. Bottom: Adam Korber, sophomore, and Nia Evans, junior, play selections of “Harry Potter” with the symphony orchestra.

Orchesis performs ‘Tuistamma’ piece in Dance Chicago show Stevi Anderson Associate Editor Orchesis performed in the Dance Chicago show on Nov. 4 at Stage 773 in downtown Chicago. “It was really cool to see what goes on after high school and work with the other dance studios, and just see what else is out there,” Melody Sylvester, junior, said. Orchesis performed a piece entitled, “Tuistamma,” meaning “still voice.” Corey Nagel, professional choreographer, choreographed the piece. The modern piece also included props, such as mirrored balls and candlesticks. “There is also a section of the piece when each individual choreographed their own, based on inspiration from Corey. It made it interesting, but it also made it more difficult because we couldn’t ask each other for help,” Chloe Huebner, senior, said. Performing the piece was Sylvester, Leah Valenti, Danielle Bitout, juniors, Huebner, Libby Fisher, Maegan Draka and Julia O’Brien, seniors. According to Huebner, the piece is about “finding yourself through the power of your inner energy.” “I thought it was a very different piece, and it was fun to be a part of that,”

Draka said. Diane Rawlinson, dance teacher, and Ms. Nagel taught the dance and chose dancers for the piece before the end of the previous school year. In order to arrange a rehearsal schedule that fit with every dancer’s schedule, the group rehearsed the dance in summer sessions and rehearsed again approximately one week before the performance for review. “It only took us about six or seven hours to actually learn the dance. Corey came in and we had a class with her, and then we had to audition and she picked who would be in it,” Huebner said. Ms. Nagel also gave each dancer a pendant to hold in front of her solarplexis. The pendant spins one direction if the person holding it thinks the word, “yes,” and spins the opposite direction if the holder thinks, “no.” These pendants were meant to help the dancers connect to the piece according to O’Brien. The group will perform the piece again in the Winter Showcase. “I probably had more fun this year because last year I didn’t really know anyone (at the performance), and this year I knew more (of the other dancers),” Bitout said.

IMEA selects 17 WHS students Rosalie Chan Feature Editor The Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) selected 17 students from WHS for the District VII music festival. Approximately 2,000 students auditioned for the festival. “If you make it, you know you’re one of the top. I’m really honored actually to make it this year. The hard work really paid off,” Chelsie Coren, sophomore and clarinet player, said. IMEA selected 11 students for the jazz band, the greatest number of students from any school in District VII. “I feel honored. It’s hard to make it,” Michael Taylor, junior and tenor saxophone player, said. “I actually did better last year. It was a fun experience. We got to play with the other best players in the district.” The IMEA Band, Jess Musto Chloe Huebner, senior, and Leah Valenti, junior, perform a group piece for the Dance Chicago show. Groups performing in the show included several dance studios, but Orchesis was the only school group to perform. “It was my first piece I’ve ever performed, since this is my first year in Orchesis, so that was very exciting,” Valenti said. Huebner attended the show last year as a spectator. Along with Valenti, Julia O’Brien and Libby Fisher, seniors, participated in Dance Chicago for the first time.

Orchestra and Choir performed on Nov. 13 at Glenbrook South High School. The IMEA District VII Jazz and Vocal Ensembles will perform on Nov. 20 at Lake Zurich High School. “It’s a great honor because I made it as a freshman. All the hard work I put into it paid off,” Cesar Mendoza, freshman and trombone player, said. “I practiced a ton and worked hard for it. It’s (auditions) basically what we do in jazz band.” On the day of the performance, selected students work on their music and perform at a concert. Students received sheet music to practice for the IMEA auditions and performance. “I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it,” Maria Marin, senior and alto in vocal jazz, said. “You’re working with the best kids in the district so you know they’ll be good.”

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Fall sports range in success from 0-11 to 2nd in conference photo opinion question: How do you feel you or your team performed this year? Football

Fall Sports Records: Football:

“Decent. We started, three low but ended on a two game winning streak,”

Overall Record: 3-6

Girls Golf:

Overall Record: 3-11

Boys Cross Country: Overall Record: 2-5

Tyler Brady, junior

Girls Golf

Boys Soccer:

“Better than last year, I did better than I hoped to at our matches,”

Girls Tennis:

Overall Record: 6-16-1 Overall Record: 7-10

Girls Volleyball:

Overall Record: 18-17

Conference East Division: 2-3

Girls Swimming “I thought we did really well together, a lot of team work, a lot of girls improved on times,”

Conference: 9th of 12 places Niles West Invite: 8th out of 40 Made first round of playoffs Conference MLS East: 6th Conference MLS East: 2nd

Michaela Rocmus, freshman

Boys Golf “We did alright. We had some good matches. We almost won once; we almost beat Barrington by 3 strokes,”

Jackie Resnick, sophomore

Girls Cross Country:

Toughest Loss: Elk Grove, 26-29

Jack Ferguson, sophomore

Boys Cross Country

Boys Golf:

Girls Cross Country

“We performed better than previous years and we hope to keep doing better in conference,”

Girls Swimming and Diving:

Terence Moran, sophomore

Overall Record: 9-7 Overall Record: 0-11

Conference: 5-6 Conference: 11th

Pictures and Quotes by: Jess Musto, Derek Spallone, Mary Jo Cameron and Jennie Alcantar Information gathered by: Jess Musto, Mary Jo Cameron and Derek Spallone Designed by: Daniel Brunt

“I don’t think we had a good year this year... In the beginning of the season I was okay and at the end, it didn’t go as I expected,”

Lorie Delfin, junior

Boys Soccer

Girls Tennis

Girls Volleyball

“We’re gonna be pretty good next season,”

“I think we did a good job; there were a lot of improvements from last year,”

“I met a lot of personal goals this season but I couldn’t do it without my team mates and team chemistry,”

Adan Gonzolez, junior

Kim Grunde, senior

Kayla Jordan, senior

Girls swimmers set personal bests at Sectionals, place 11th Rosalie Chan Feature Editor

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Varsity girls swimming placed 11th in Sectionals, where the majority of WHS swimmers swam their personal bests. Barrington High School won Sectionals, which took place on Nov. 13 at Stevenson High School. “The meet was very competitive, and the girls stepped up and raced. The majority of the girls got personal records,” Lisa Hanrahan, head girls varsity swim coach, said in an e-mail interview.

Callie Schoeneman, senior and captain, swam the 100-yard butterfly in 1:07.18. Leah Malsom, junior and co-captain, swam the 500-yard freestyle in 5:32.16. They both made their season bests in their respective events. “When we get closer to our championship meet (Sectionals), we focus more on speed and tweaking their technique. We work on every aspect of their race. The start, middle and finish,” Coach Hanrahan said in an e-mail interview. Two freshmen on the team, Michaela Rozmus and Emily Zieger, made

Sectionals. “That’s really good ‘cause I looked last week (on the roster) and out of 140 people, there were only five freshmen,” Zieger said. While Schoeneman, Malsom, Rozmus and Kayla Dale, sophomore, did not beat the WHS record for the 200-yard freestyle relay as they had hoped to, they dropped 4 seconds from their previous time. “We missed the 200-free relay by a second and a half,” Coach Hanrahan said in an e-mail interview. “The girls swam awesome though and dropped 4 seconds from their previous time.”

Girls basketball starts season with new head coach Hernandez Megan Jones Focus Editor Valerie Westin Staff Photographer Due to Shelly Wiegel, math teacher, adopting twins and removing herself from the position of coach, Julissa Hernandez, math teacher, is the varsity girls basketball coach this year. According to Coach Hernandez, the team plans to surprise people and make a big statement. “We are getting a lot done through hard work but as the season starts

we will see if it pays off. Because of losing players to graduation and a coach, the expectations are not as high as previous years. We want to come out and show them that this is not true,” Coach Hernandez said. Last year coach Hernandez, or “Ju-Ju” as the girls call her, served as the assistant coach for the team. “There is definitely pressure because of our accomplishments in the past,” Coach Hernandez said. According to Alyson Fallon, senior, the team is adjusting to Coach

Hernandez well because she aims at making practices fun. Despite this, she also pushes the girls very hard to improve their skills. “At first they (practices) were intense, but now we are focusing more on our offensive and defense strategies. I believe we will be successful because we get along well and our players are talented,” Kelli Kuzmanic, junior, said. To replace Coach Hernandez’s previous job, Vincent Pena, a former coach for a team in Elgin, will become the assistant coach this year.



Upcoming Events Girls Bowling

4:00p.m. on Nov. 22 at AMF Rolling Meadows

Boys Basketball

6:00p.m. on Nov. 22 vs. Maine West at home

Wheeling High School 900 S. Elmhurst Rd. Wheeling, IL 60090 <>

Volume 47 Issue #3 November 19, 2010

Interact raises $1,200 with Hoops for Africa Staff beat students 64-57 despite tieing at half-time Chris Schwarz Forum Editor

Top: Kelsey Maczko and Matt Hart, seniors, practice before the Hoops for Africa game. While both staff and students tied their scores at 29 points during half-time, staff won with a final score of 64-57. Far Left: Shannon Chambers, science teacher, shoots a free throw after Ellie Grinter, senior, fouled her. Left: Emily Walker, sophomore, and Kim Voltaire, junior, cheer during the Hoops for Africa game from the bleachers. Photos by Jessica Livingston

Interact with Africa held its second annual Hoops for Africa basketball game to raise funds for schools in Angola, Africa on Tuesday on Oct. 25, 2010. Students and staff volunteered to participate in the Hoops for Africa basketball game. Staff defeated students with a final score of 64-57. Julissa Hernandez and Derek Swierczek, math teachers, were chosen as the staff team’s most valuable players. “It’s neat to see students come out and support something so remote to them,” Mariola Sobol, Interact with Africa sponsor and math teacher, said. According to Ms. Sobol the club raised about $1,200 at the event, approximately the same amount as last year. She said that Interact with Africa consistently raises about $1,000. “Hoops is a popular event because a basketball game between the student and staff is more entertaining to the student body, so people are more likely to come,” Shivani Patel, senior and member of Interact with Africa, said. However, according to Ms. Sobol attendance at the event has been lower than desired due to other events happening on the same date as Hoops for Africa. “Last year we had the Lee Dewyze concert the same day as Hoops, and this year (it was) on a Tuesday a few days before finals,” Patel said. Even though Hoops for Africa raised over $1,000, Patel still believes that the club has areas to improve for next year. “I think next year we will work on attempting to find a better date to hold the event. Another thing we need to work on is the advertisement for this event in particular,” Patel said. Interact With Africa also sells donuts on Thursday mornings, and will be hosting its annual “Walk Through Africa” for more fundraising.

High School Vs. College Matt Hart Height: 6ft 4in Weight: 215 pounds Year: Senior Position: Forward/Center High School: Wheeling High School

Mike Davis Height: 6ft 9in Weight: 225 pounds Year: Senior Position: Forward College: University of Illinois

What do you hope to accomplish this year?

What’s different about this year compared to last year?

Improve from last year and win the MSL Title.

Playing hard every play; every game freshmen push us to be better.

What’s different about this year compared to last year?

What other colleges recruited you?

New Head Coach, Coach Clancy. We are more experienced. We have more seniors who can lead us. Last year we were more of a junior ran team.

Prep School, Maryland, West Virginia, Auburn, and Clemson

Who’s your favorite basketball player?

Why did you chose Illinois over the other colleges?

Horace Grant because he wears the goggles like me.

Came for my visit, felt like home. School is prestigious and the coaching staff is great. Infographic by Derek Spallone and Jocelyn Torres

Issue #3 WHS Spokesman  


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