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WPAC reaches out through Shave for the Shore

Photos by Megan Jones Sandra Chico, WPAC sponsor, asks Donald Rowley, social studies teacher, how his family will react to having his head shaved for Shave for the Shore on Dec. 7. Maggie Evans and Tyler Levy, seniors, watched with gifts for the participating teachers. Giuseppe Briguglio, father of Angela Hawkins, Italian teacher, gave free haircuts to the seven teachers whose heads were shaved. According to Mr. Rowley, he was prepared for the shave because his hair used to be short, so he knew what to expect. He participated because he believes that you should always help other people. “(With my head shaved) I am more arrow dynamic. I look tougher and much cooler,” Mr. Rowley said. Inset Photo: Mr. Rowley receives a buzz cut.

Paige McCoy staff reporter Wheeling Political Action Club (WPAC) hosted “Shave for the Shore” on Dec. 7, an event to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity, which will be used to help rebuild homes that were ruined by Hurricane Sandy. “Shave for the Shore is awesome. It shows their (WPAC’s) compassion and willingness to show people what matters. It’s an opportunity to be creative and think of the best way

to raise money,” Sandra Chico, WPAC adviser, said. With the help of WPAC and seven teachers, WHS gave back to those affected by Hurricane Sandy as they raised $549.16 in “Shave for the Shore.” “The best part of it was knowing that a small group of people made such a big difference somewhere else,” Alexandra Daggett, sophomore WPAC member, said. To raise money, students in WPAC sold Cinnabons and walked around during the school day with jars for donations.

After raising the money, seven teachers volunteered their heads to be shaved by Giuseppe Briguglio, father of Angela Hawkins, Italian teacher. Jeff Bott, Project Lead the Way teacher, thought that “Shave for the Shore” was a creative way to raise money. Even though he says that it is colder with no hair, Mr. Bott does not regret shaving his head. “It’s hair; it grows back. It also takes a lot less time in the morning to get ready,” Mr. Bott said.

Hurricane Sandy: the Aftermath Deaths: Hurricane Sandy caused the deaths of at least 125 people in the U.S. and 71 people in the Caribbean. Damage: Hurricane Sandy caused about $62 billion in damage, mostly in New York and New Jersey. This number could increase. Sandy is the second-costliest storm in American history after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Disaster Aid: New York seeks $42 billion in federal aid, including about $9 billion for projects to reduce damage in future storms. New Jersey seeks about $37 billion in aid, including $7.4 billion for future projects. Magnitude: Tropical force winds extended 820 miles at their widest. It reached 5.8 on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 0 to 6 scale. Infographic by Rosalie Chan Information from The Huffington Post

Water fountains, other measures save plastic, costs H20

Bottles saved as of Dec. 9: 10,000 Other “green” measures: *The lights have been altered to use F-32 25-watt light bulbs to reduce electrical energy waste. *Recycling bins were placed in the stadium last year.

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New Water Fountain Features Screen that counts how many bottles have been saved Water spout for bottle Sensor for water bottle

Megan Provost staff reporter Within the past month, environmentallyfriendly water fountains have been installed around the school in the math wing, athletics hallway and commons area. The idea for the fountains began with suggestions from the staff after seeing them while working out in the YMCA. The product was then researched to ensure that they were compatible with the water systems at school. Afterwards, the three fountains were ordered and installed. “The water fountains were an easy decision because not only are they environmentally friendly, but they save so much money, they’ve already payed for themselves,” Kate Kraft, associate principal, said. “Every time a student fills their water bottle, it takes away the need to buy one.” According to Ms. Kraft, students and staff have responded positively to the new

fountains. “I think the students are more motivated to hang on to their water bottles throughout the day and drink more water in general,” Ms. Kraft said. According to Lisa Del Muro, AP environmental science teacher and environmental club sponsor, the new fountains are not only environmentally-friendly but cost and health-friendly as well. “Students are carrying around these plastic water bottles when it’s actually cheaper, easier and safer to just get it out of the tap,” Ms. Del Muro said. Environmental topics and concerns within the schools are discussed on the District 214 board Energy and Environment. In addition to the new fountains, starting this spring, WHS will use compost made at Field Elementary School for planting in the gardens. Read more at <>


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The Holiday Assembly will take place today. Students must report to their third period or Block B classes, and they can then go with their class to the assembly. There will also be early dismissal at 1:50 p.m. because of the start of winter break. School resumes Jan. 7. Snapchat and Instagram have been banned on District 214 devices, such as iPads. The Hardwood Classic basketball tournament will take place at 9 a.m. each day from Dec. 26 to Dec. 29 at home.

Latino Club will sell hot chocolate from Jan. 17 to 18 to fundraise for senior scholarships. Band Solo and Ensemble will perform at 5 p.m. on Jan. 10. Speech team will compete on Jan. 12 at the Schaumburg and Buffalo Grove Mitten Tournament. Orchestra, Choir Solo and Ensemble will perform at 5 p.m. on Jan. 14. The Activity Fair for the Class of 2017 will take place at 6 p.m. on Jan. 15. Students can promote the extracurricular activities they participate in to incoming freshman. Finals will take place Jan. 17 and Jan. 18. There will be nonattendance days on Jan. 21 and Jan. 22, because of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and an institute day, respectively. Second semester will begin Jan. 23.

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Dec. 21, 2012

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With the legacy of working as principal for 25 years, Dr. Tom Shirley, former principal, passed away on Dec. 2 at age 82. In 1956, Dr. Shirley started teaching math at Arlington High School. He became assistant principal at WHS when it opened in 1964. In 1965, he started working as principal, a position he held until he retired in 1990. “He really made Wheeling High School what it was for the first 25 years of its existence. He was actually principal longer than all the rest of us combined,” Dr. Lazaro Lopez, principal, said. Dr. Shirley’s legacy also includes WHS becoming the first suburban school in 1969 to start a Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program, as well as the creation of the school library, which was named in honor of him in 2001. Neal Weiner, physical education teacher and wrestling coach, was hired by Dr. Shirley in 1987, and he recalls Dr. Shirley’s support of Wildcat athletics. “He really supported the Wheeling athletics and came to the wrestling matches,” Mr. Weiner said. “He hired me, so I owe him some gratitude to coach for the district. I could not have found a better school.” After Dr. Shirley retired, he still attended events, such as the Hometown Celebration and Hall of Fame Nights. He will be inducted in the Athletic Hall of Fame on Jan. 25. “I’m sure he would’ve been proud he would be inducted,” Dr. Steve May, associate principal of student activities, said. “His life for all those years was Wheeling High School.”

Sophomores can buy parking tags portunity to demonstrate their readiness for this adweb editor ditional responsibility,” Dr. Stiff said. “I also hope Since the parking lot no that kids who drive will do longer has an overcrowding so in a way that does not problem, WHS will now al- lead to increased tardiness low sophomores or increased acciwho have their dents.” driver’s licenses Max Chung to purchase parkand Bryan Saring tags. gent, sophoAccording mores, both to Ramon Wil- The temptation have their drivliams, dean, to leave campus ing permits and another factor hope to purfor this adminis- in the car will be chase parking trative decision a test of respon- tags when they was that in or- sibility for some get their license. der for students people. Chung also to receive their added that he driver’s licenses, Dr. Ken Stiff, would want to they must have out for lunch dean go had driving exif he buys a perience with parking tag. their permit for nine “I’m actually months. pretty happy about that,” “For sophomores in the Sargent said. “Some adpast, we always said no vantages are I can come to because it was about over- school in a car, and I don’t crowding and responsibility have to take a bus.” and safe driving,” Dr. Ken Parking tags cost $185. Stiff, dean, said. “Safe driv- In order for a student to ing is a skill, and it takes purchase a parking tag, he maturity. We really decided or she must have a driver’s that since overcrowding license. is no longer an issue, we In addition, the car has would be able to extend to be insured, registered the opportunity to sopho- and owned by the student, mores.” parent or guardian, and a According to Dr. Stiff, parent or guardian must sophomores who purchase sign the form. parking tags must act re“It’s pretty empty back sponsibly because if they do there (in the parking lot), not, the administration may so we have plenty of spots,” rethink this opportunity. Dean Williams said. “The “Well, my hope: number expectations are that they one, is that sophomores organize safe driving on the will recognize this as an op- lot and on the street.”

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Top: During the 1978 Homecoming week, Dr. Tom Shirley, former principal, is driven in the Homecoming Parade, a tradition WHS used to hold. Left: Dr. Shirley’s portrait from 1978. Photos from Lair 1979, Volume 15.

Last year, the idea of competing in “Moody’s Math Challenge” came to the mind of Victor Gonzalez, math teacher; however, there was not a sufficient amount of students willing to join. This year Mr. Gonzalez is ready for the challenge by preparing four students for the competition. These students include Kat Dobrowski, Omar Joya, Chris Knill and Sina Ith, seniors. The team is currently still recruiting students to participate. “We have very, very talented and wellrounded students,” Mr. Gonzalez said. On March 2 and 3, the team will receive a real world problem, which they will then download to solve. These problems can range from a census issue to an economic stimulus plan. The team has from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. to research and analyze the problem. Judges will decide the winners based on a presentation about the topics. “They gain knowledge in areas such as working for the city, science, business and government,” Mr. Gonzalez said. According to Mr. Gonzalez, the goal of WHS participating in this challenge is to gain real world experience. “It’s a good way for us to practice our skills in mathematics, research and other stuff,” Ith said. The program awards $115,000 in scholarship money to winning teams. Schools win scholarship money according to the place they get in the competition. Thousands of juniors and seniors from 29 states will be participating in the challenge. “It’s pretty exciting,” Knill said. “I’m in a good team and I feel prepared.”




Dec. 21, 2012

Students receive recognition at Harper Art Show Megan Jones editor-in-chief

Used with permission from Kent Dyer Top: Michael Konyar, freshman, Jess Musto, Katlyn O’Donnell, Klaudia Leniart, seniors, Alexis Counts, junior, Stephanie Rivo, senior, and Liam Gonzalez, sophomore, hold their awards won during the Harper Art Show. Bottom Left: Musto stands with Dr. Lazaro Lopez, principal, during the reception. Bottom Right: Photographed is Musto’s first place 3-D piece, which features X-Acto knives.

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Harper Community College hosted its annual art show on Nov. 30 where District 211, 214 and Barrington High School all participate by entering 2-D and 3-D artwork to be judged by faculty. Jess Musto, senior, received first, second and third place in the WHS 3-D artwork category. “I was caught off guard and wasn’t expecting to win because only two students get the award,” Musto said. “This is my first year of taking art classes, so I didn’t think my chances were favorable.” Musto is the first student from WHS to win this award. She also received the Harper faculty art award. “This is a huge achievement for the art department and for Wheeling High School,” Kent Dyer, art teacher, said. Musto will receive a free three-credit hour class at Harper College. “Jess entered, and she actually has a very distinguished role in the show this year. Jess’s piece was chosen as the best for the 3-D, so she beat Districts 211, 214 and Barrington, so it’s a big deal,” Rebeccah Silver, art teacher, said. Out of the 40 students who participated, WHS received first, second and third place for both 2-D and 3-D, as well as six honorable mentions. Alexis Counts, junior, won first place in 2-D. and Klaudia Leniart, senior, won second place in 2-D. “It’s a chance for students and faculty to not just see the Harper campus, but to have the opportunity to really share student work with each other. and I think it’s a phenomenal opportunity for our students,” Ms. Silver said.

a&e editor After countless hours of rehearsal, Orchestra members Asher Crawley, Jami Kahn, Katrina Gustafson, and Connor Leuck, seniors, took their musical knowledge beyond the Orchestra room of WHS and performed at a local wedding on Dec. 15, 2012. According to Gustafson, the members practiced, “about thirty minutes to an hour a week since October.” Aside from the amount of practice the Orchestra members received, Kahn felt that the job was a growing experience. “We were actually pretty independent. We ended up having to arrange the wedding march ourselves because we weren’t able to get a copy for three violas and a cello,” Kahn said. “We really did as much for ourselves as we could.” The quartet consisted of a two song set list and was met with critical appraise by attendants of the wedding ceremony. “We performed Pachelbel’s Canon and Here Comes the Bride,” Crawley said. “Everyone loved the performance. It was scary because a number of people in the bridal party were musicians, but we got really positive reviews.” Crawley came across the opportunity through her mother’s co-worker. All four members agreed that the experience was “rewarding.” “It was a step into the real world. Taking everything we’ve learned since the fourth grade and being able to apply what we’ve been working on is really fulfilling,” Kahn said.

Orchesis celebrates Alumni through Winter Showcase

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Chris Nush Top left: Chelsie Coren, senior, performs alongside eight others in Brandon Dicriscio’s, guest choreographer, piece, “Fio-Fio Floetta”. The piece was featured at Dance Chicago. Top right: Iliana Rivera, senior, performs in “La-La,” a piece choreographed by Coren. Bottom right: Kaitlyn Nielsen, senior, performs her solo in a student choreographed piece, “Fatal Omniscience.”

staff reporter After their performance in Dance Chicago’s Future Stars concert, WHS’s Orchesis program announced it’s annual Winter Showcase. The main theme of the Winter Showcase was to show how WHS alumni were continuing their careers in dance. “There’s a lot of alumni out there doing pretty cool stuff and continuing careers in dance,” Diane Rawlinson, Orchesis director, said. “And so this year, I decided I

wanted to celebrate a number of things our alumni are doing.” The showcase was dedicated to Scott Bartell, a guest choreographer for Orchesis. He was diagnosed with brain cancer and passed away in December 2012, at the age of 26. Bartell was a close friend of the WHS Orchesis program. He came out as a guest artist three of the last four years and also taught master classes to all of the dance students. “He was a very young, up and coming artist, choreographer and teacher that we had a really neat relationship with here, not just at Wheeling but personally,” Ms. Rawlinson said. “You hate to see a young person pass away, and then you’ve got such a young talented dancer who was on his way to making a big difference.” WHS also shared the stage with York High School’s dance program, directed by WHS alumni, Anna Sapozhnikov, ‘94 graduate. The following night, the WHS Orchesis held its annual Children’s workshop where children age 3-13 were able to participate in afternoon workshops with Orchesis members. There were 13 different workshops for children to work on. The children then performed at the evening Showcase concert after practicing for two and a half hours. “The kids really like it because they get to create something really special to them,” Harlan Rosen, senior, said. The showcase concert featured current WHS Orchesis members, the Children’s Workshop participants, WHS alumni dancers and students currently enrolled in dance classes.

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Piatek discovers passion for drums, plays in numerous bands

Used with permission from Timothy Piatek Left: Timothy Piatek, English teacher, plays the drums at the age of three in his living room. “My parents knew I had a passion when I was young,” Mr. Piatek said. “Lucky for me, they agreed to pay for my first full drumset when I was in 5th grade. They were always supportive. Both my mom and dad paid for drumset lessons when I was in middle school.” Right: Mr. Piatek plays the drums at JJ’s Primetime in North Aurora.

Megan Jones editor-in-chief “Everyone has their own hobbies whether it’s book club or knitting, but my hobby is playing sweet music,” Timothy Piatek, English teacher, said. “When everyone on Saturday is off doing their own things, I like to get into my own world, close my eyes and get into the music.” Mr. Piatek does not spend his Saturday nights grading WREN assignments. Instead, he is out playing in the Oswego-area in his band, The After 5 Band. “What I like most is when you can get people moving on the dance floor and having a good

time,” Mr. Piatek said. “When the drummer hits that solid beat, everything seems to fall into place. The drummer holds an important responsibility because if his timing is off, the wheels start to fall off. I like having that added responsibility on my shoulders and making sure everything is in the right place.” During fifth grade, Mr. Piatek began playing the snare drum and by eighth grade, he could play on the full drum set. He first began playing with the Charleston Sound Machine, which currently only plays once a year. He also plays for his church once a month. “I’ve seen him play over many years when he plays in Arlington

Heights,” Sandra Gruen, English teacher, said. “Normally it becomes a Wheeling event because a lot of teachers go to the show. It’s a nice way to get to know teachers outside of the building, while supporting a colleague as well.” According to Mr. Piatek, he has always had a sense of and been attracted to rhythm. “Some of my earliest memories of life are pulling out pots and pans and banging on them,” Mr. Piatek said. “I have an uncle and grandpa who play as well, so it kind of runs in the family.” Mr. Piatek practices with The After 5 Band once a week. “It is not very time consuming,” Mr. Piatek said.

According to Adam Mosier, The After 5 Band’s keyboard player, Mr. Piatek is an excellent drummer and brings a whole new level or entertainment. “Whether he is drumming or singing, he brings a whole new element,” Mosier said. “He gets really technical with timing and beat, but he is also able to just enjoy and feel the music while playing, which is something not many can do.” The After 5 Band is a rock and roll cover band, covering music ranging from the 70’s to what is on the radio today. According to Mr. Piatek, they always try to have a little something for everyone. “I started playing for the

Charleston Sound Machine and we played in many famous clubs in Chicago,” Mr. Piatek said. “Once, we played at the Taste of Chicago which was an amazing experience. We used to play much more, but a lot of the members are now settling down with kids and families.” Once The Charleston Sound Machine started dying down, Mr. Piatek decided to join The After 5 Band which he has been playing in for seven years now. “I met the guys while playing foozeball. It was great timing because we were both finishing up with our current bands. It made sense to start a new one,” Mr. Piatek said.

Freshman Eagle Scout reaches out to community

Plans missionary trip to Romania while gaining world perspective Frida Valdés feature editor While many may travel during summer vacations, spend time with friends, or sleep more, Charles Guest, freshman, will travel to Romania in order to provide families in need with medical and school supplies.

Assisting Romanian families

C. Guest, along with other religious missionaries, helps plan trips to Romania that will provide disadvantaged families with supplies, food and anything they need. “The plan is to help kids, so they go to the school for free and they get two meals a day there, they get good teachers, and they get an education, which normally they couldn’t get. Usually the two meals they get that day are the only two meals they’re going to get that day,” C. Guest said. At Community Presbyterian Church (CPS) of Mount Prospect, C. Guest helps plan annual trips to rural areas in Romania, which take place during the summer. Richard Corso, grandfather of C. Guest, has travelled to Romania and will take C. Guest along with church missionaries. “They originally started at different places, and then they kind of just went to Romania by itself; Romania is in general a good place since they came out of a dictatorship,” C. Guest said. Debra Guest, mother of C. Guest, also participated in this community project while in high school. “They always like to bring younger faces because whenever they go, it’s always older people, and the little kids don’t really get to see a young American boy or girl; its usually what they enjoy seeing,” C. Guest said. Brian Guest, father of C. Guest, appreciates his son’s dedication towards reaching out to the community. “We’re really proud of him; any parent would be happy to see their son or daughter, you know, put other people’s needs in

front of their own; even if only kind of validates that as a parent that we’re doing the right thing,” B. Guest said.

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goal since first grade. “Not everything is that bad; it’s just you have to think that eventually, if you work hard enough it’ll be good. I felt like if I had a goal and stuck to that goal, anything’s possible, and it worked, and the hard thing is that other people have not stuck to those goals, so they take more of their time,” C. Guest said.

Currently, C. Guest helps the church members by spreading awareness about this cause and encouraging people to donate. According to C. Guest, sometimes a doctor comes along Family Support with the church misCorso plays an imporSome of these kids have nev- tant role in his life and sionaries. “Before they go, er seen an American person. provides him with supI usually help them They’ve never seen what they port. make sure they have would call rich, even though we “He’s helped me everything they need throughout my whole can be considered low or middle to go, money...translascouting career. He’s; gener- class in another country. They’ve taught me important al medicine,” C. Guest never seen that, they’re not used lessons, even though he said. to it. They think we dress weird, we might be a little nutty The trip lasts two talk weird. It’s just a new experi- at times. He’s going to three weeks, and to camp with me, even companies, along with ence for them to see something though he’s over the other churches give different they don’t always see.” age of 60. He’s hiked donations and supa mountain and he’s plies to members of just there; he helps,” C. the CPC. Guest said. Charles Guest, “They’ve built a Because Corso has freshman school from scratch, diabetes, Guest takes so they’ve done miscare of him whenever sion trips to give them his grandmother is not medical supplies. present; this has helped They’ve brought doccreate a bond between tors over, and they help the more needing them. families with sometimes just chores,” C. “Whenever he comes by us, I have to Guest said. take care of him, make sure he’s okay because whenever I come, my grandma’s not there, so it’s my job. Sure I’d like to be like Community Work Since sixth grade, C. Guest has cleaned him; I’d like to have his personality. It’s not like it’s abnormal. Everyone should have Palatine road at least three times a year. C. Guest has worked on over eight Eagle a bond like that with their grandparents; Scout, church and out-of-school service they’re family,” C. Guest said. According to C. Guest, he would not projects, such as cleaning out rivers. C. Guest wanted to become an Eagle have accomplished everything he has so far Scout before age 18 and has worked on this without his grandfather.

“I wouldn’t be an Eagle Scout; I wouldn’t be doing any of the things I’ve done. I’d just be someone in a game of life that doesn’t really do anything,” C. Guest said. C. Guest’s parents have always taught him to “do the right thing,” which has influenced his desire to help others. “His mother and I have both told him it’s very important to support other people and to help other people because he’s definitely benefited from a lot of things that other people don’t get that he’s taken for granted, but instead of that, he’s helping other people out,” B. Guest said. B. Guest feels content about that family bond because he also had a similar relationship with his own grandfather. Spending time with his grandparents has positively influenced C. Guest, according to B Guest. “I was very close to my grandfather so I’m very happy that his grandfather is involved and doing stuff that I may not have the time to do or may not have the ability to do as well as he does,” B. Guest said.

World perspective

“Once you go to a place that has less than you, it turns everything you think around; it makes you feel like the little things that you think are small, it makes them bigger for you. You enjoy the little things more because you see that they don’t have those little things,” C. Guest said. C. Guest wants to learn more about the Romanian language and culture. “I feel like it’s a lot better than being in a culture class and reading out of a textbook about the culture. I feel like if you’re going to learn about it, you should feel it,” C. Guest said. When asked if he could only take one thing with him, C. Guest said, “something that has pictures to show because I feel like if I show a kid that is not in Romania that may not be as fortunate as I am, they can see some of the great things you can do.”




Dec. 21, 2012

Rodriguez works nights

Balances school, work, wrestling Rosalie Chan web editor David Rodriguez, senior, wakes up at dawn to go to work, yet he manages to balance working the night shift with school and his participation in varsity wrestling. Rodriguez first started working at 5 Aces Delivery in the summer, but now during the school year, he works the night shift between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. He works there for an average of three hours, and he delivers Chicago Tribune newspapers. “I started working there because my mom worked there,” Rodriguez said. “The first week was kind of tough. After the first week I got used to it because it’s my schedule...I’ve worked there before but not really at night and never during school.” In order to wake up early for work, Rodriguez goes to sleep at around 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. “I take sacrifices,” Ro-

driguez said. “I go to sleep early, and I try to conserve my energy, so I can get enough for throughout my week. During school, I feel tired because I take a nap sometimes before school and after work.” Eric Kaplan, junior, worked with Rodriguez over the summer at 5 Aces Delivery. “(The hardest part is) waking up early so you can do stuff the next day,” Kaplan said. According to Rodriguez, he becomes more tired in the afternoon. However, Tim McIntire, science teacher, said he felt “impressed” that Rodriguez can balance school, work and sports. “When I met him, he told me he had a night shift job he would work a few days a week,” Mr. McIntire said. “He’s got some days where he’s more tired, but he’s able to do the work in class.” Although Rodriguez said he often feels tired due to

his work and sleep schedule, he feels more active after physical education, and he also dedicates time to wrestling. “David actually supports himself and helps support his family. The fact that he’s having a successful wrestling season, I respect him for that,” Neil Weiner, wrestling coach, said. “When you’re on a sports team, you have a family. In such a competitive sport, coaches and members become very close. It draws everyone together because of the training.” Rodriguez has participated in wrestling since freshman year. Recently, Rodriguez placed second at the Wildcat Invitational on Dec. 8. “He’ll be successful because of the adversity he had in his life. He’s overcome a lot,” Coach Weiner said. “The fact that he’s successful in school, work and life, he will be successful as an adult.”

Doomed predictions? Many people have wondered about the predictions of December 21, 2012. Will there be a major natural disaster? Will a new disease take over the world? Or will global warming strike?

Who’s in the halls? Name: Oleksandyr Rybak Grade: Sophomore ID: 415?? Students are selected at random by drawing student ID numbers.

Participates in: Wrestling and volleyball Motivated by: “I feel the future and all the things I can do with it motivates me.” Philosophy in life: “I feel that in life, you should do what makes you happy, and your life will be good.” Something many may not know: He does volunteer work at an animal shelter. Dream job: Doctor Passionate about: Helping others If he won the lottery: “I would probably save it (money) for my future education and donate what I don’t need” Favorite subject: Chemistry, because “it’s interesting how the world works and what makes our everyday life possible.” Information gathered by Mark Tannous

There are many theories about the “doomsday” and one of the most popular is that Earth will collide with the mysterious Planet X discovered in the 1980’s. Another theory is the disruption of gravity by the same Planet X. The planet will “I can’t contemplate existence, without not collide with Earth but will me in it,” come really close causing gravity Michael Burke, English teacher, said. disruption and massive global disasters. According to <www.history. com> the Mayans created a mathematical system about the solar solstice, and Dec. 21 is when the calendar ends and when a solar solstice will occur.

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First Lady sets nutritional standards for schools Megan Jones editor-in-chief WHS witnessed firsthand changes to the school cafeteria program as students were told “You need another serving of fruit.” At the beginning of the year, all schools in District 214 adjusted to new nutritional standards set by Michelle Obama, first lady. While previously students could choose to decline taking fruit and vegetable portions, they now must take at least one serving when purchasing a lunch meal. Students that are purchasing from the a la carte line do not need to meet these standards. The lunch lines began seeing more variety of options with fruit, such as apples, bananas and carrots.

The changes were implemented due to the National School Lunch program initiative to prepare healthier meals. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP), created in 1946, is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture adopted new standards to limit the amount of calories, fat, salt and sugar that food can obtain. Schools across the state and nation that participate in the National School Lunch Program must comply with these new standards. These changes to school meals are the first in 15 years and were encouraged through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act signed by President Barack Obama and M. Obama.

• Michelle Obama, first lady, initiated the Healthy, HungerFree Act (HHFK) in 2010 • HHFK bans foods like whole and 2 percent milk and rationed others like potatoes • HHFK limits the calorie count of school lunches to 850 • The federal government spends about $11 billion on the national school lunch program • Taxpayers pay up to 39 percent of the money going towards school lunches Information gathered by Megan Jones from the Washington Times and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Infographic by Nycole Garcia

Different organizations fight against hunger Rotary Club, various partners restock local food pantries Megan Jones editor-in-chief “I had a woman with me a few weeks ago, and I asked if she liked soup. She asked me ‘Is it food?’ I said ‘Of course...’ and she said ‘Then it’s not a question of whether I like it or not. It’s that I need it,” Jim Bradley, community service coordinator for the Wheeling Food Pantry, said. Open for just about one year and three months, the Wheeling Food Pantry has handed out more than 23,000 pounds of food to people in need. Over 530 families are signed up to receive food, and 1,531 individuals have come to the pantry. The Wheeling Food Pantry is run by donations and volunteers. They receive money through a grant


fund by the Wheeling Rotary Club and discounted food through the Greater Chicago Food Depository agency. The food pantry is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday. “With the opening of the pantry, the need for food rose quickly. We have now stabilized our numbers, but more good is given out every week,” Bradley said. Families can come into the pantry once a month and get a bag full of nonperishable food items to last them four or five days. Other volunteers that help out at the pantry include WHS, OMNI Youth Services, St. Joseph the Worker Church and Wheeling Township Elementary District 21.

Megan Provost

Throughout the week of Dec. 3 to 7, Spokesman investigated the federal school lunch policies and observed students who threw out whole pieces of food and cartons of milk during fifth period lunch.

Above: Paulina Stolarska, freshman, works as a bagger for her team at the Nicaragua station on Dec. 11 for Feed My Starving Children. Stolarska and other students went on a field trip with the Talent Development Program to help out. Feed My Starving Children is a nonprofit organization that feeds children worldwide. Right: Members of Student Council load the Community Economic Development Association’s (CEDA) truck to be delivered to a food pantry in Mount Prospect on Nov. 14. Student Council hosted a canned food drive in November. The club promoted an in-school drive, as well as collecting food from the community by dropping flyers off on Nov. 3 and collecting food on Nov. 10. With the help of the Rotary Club and students from Jack London Middle School, Student Council collected enough food to feed 300 families this year 30 of which were WHS families.

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Q& A

with Annette Ambrus, security guard, about the status of wasteful actions toward food

3. Why do you think students take but do not eat fruits, bread rolls or milk?

“Because they are forced to do so. I usually stay by the garbage cans and ask if kids are gonna throw stuff out, and if so, I take it and give it to someone else.”

1. Is the school doing well with providing healthy options to eat? What is the importance of eating healthy?

4. As part of their lunch, students are required to take fruit and milk. Should students be required to do so?

“The cafeteria is serving partially healthy options, but more kids are choosing unhealthy options. It seems to be the same menu everyday: pizza and cheese sticks.”

“No because they just throw it (whole pieces of food) out. It’s so wasteful. It’s a shame that all this food is going to waste.”

2. While monitoring the cafeteria, do you see students throw out whole fruits, bread rolls or milk?

5. To prevent further wasteful actions of food, what should students and/or the administration do?

“Yes, I think it’s terrible. Our taxpayers’ money is going down the drain. Kids are forced to take fruit and milk because of the government.”

“The cafeteria should have better options, unlike having fruit that is not ripe. They (cafeteria supervisers) should give students more options of fruit snacks, fresh fruit or even juices.”


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“We should all be eating healthy; everyone should be.”

Jessie Cenobio, sophomore

Red means go? The vending machines at school are on a sticker system: red means unhealthy, yellow means okay, and green means healthy. In WHS’s vending machines, there are 38 red dots, 12 yellow dots and seven green dots.

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“There really aren’t any healthy options because it’s a few apples and oranges. The pizza is really greasy, and there are a bunch of carbs. The vegetarian pizza isn’t even vegetarian.”

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Do you appreciate the healthy options that the cafeteria offers and why?

“I appreciate healthy food in general. Because of this, I choose to bring my own lunch for more variety. I always appreciate healthy food.”

Alexis Counts, junior

“I like that not all of it is sugar and that there is actual fruit now.”

Zach Washack, senior

“I greatly appreciate it. I love being able to get hummus or the protein platter.”

Wendy Relich, English teacher

Photo Opinion by Kristina Piamonte

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Católicos festejan Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe Licencias sin documentación

Antonia Arismendis staff reporter

Confusión sobre las licencias para indocumentados

Rossy Peralta staff reporter Cada año en el Cerrito de Tepeyác, Des plaines, Illinois, se celebra el cumpleaños de la virgen santísima como en ningún otro lado. Des plaines tiene una réplica de la escena donde la milagrosa virgen se apareció al frente de Juan Diego por la primera vez. “No solamente en México, pero gente afuera de otros países, centroamérica del sur, y de Europa vienen a ver, porque la virgen no es sólo de México, sino que creo, no hace un año, el papa Juan Pablo II la declaró ‘La virgen de las Américas,’” Manuel Valdespino, maestro de español, dijo. Diferentes culturas tienen diferentes tradiciones. En México y en E.E.U.U se celebran de una manera distinta. Ambos países celebran con una misa en iglesia y le cantan a la “Patrona” de México las mañanitas. Según Bertha Sanchez, defensora de estudiantes, La leyenda de como la virgen de Guadalupe se fue a conocer cuando el indígena Juan Diego levantó, estando en el cerro, de repente vio ante él la imagen de la Virgen. La Virgen le reveló a

Actualmente, no existe nuingún tipo de licencia para inmigrantes ilegales. Lo que existe es la Licensia de Manejar Temporaria para Visitantes (TVDL). Esta licensia es para los inmigrantes que vienen al país con Visa temporal. Inmigrantes indocumentados no pueden solicitar una TVDL. El proyecto de ley SB 957 permitirá que los inmigrantes ilegales también puedan solicitar una TVDL.

TVDL Actualmente: Antonia Arismendis Él 12 de diciembre, miles de católicos se congregaron en el Cerrito de Tepeyác an Des Plains, Illinois para albar a la Virgen de Guadalupe. La gente se arrimó al altar para rezarle y ver las danzas dedicadas a la Virgen.

Juan Diego sus deseos de tener un templo. La virgen le dijo a Juan Diego que fuera a la casa del obispo de México y le dijiera todo lo que la virgen le dijo. Juan Diego fue a ver al obispo, pero el obispo se reía de él y la Virgen le dijo que volviera a la casa del obispo, y juan diego cumplio sus deseos, y esta vez el obispo pidió una señal.

Juan Diego no podía cumplir este encargo porque un tío suyo, llamado Juan Bernardino estaba enfermo. La Virgen le dijo, “Sube, hijo mío el más pequeño, a la cumbre donde me viste y hallarás que hay diferentes flores; córtalas, recogelas y en seguida baja y tráelas a mi presencia”. El día 12 su tío se recuperó, vio a la vir-

gen y él le rogó que lo dejara ir a ver al obispo. Es por eso que cada 12 de diciembre se celebra la aparición de la Virgen de Guadalupe. Miles de peregrinos caminan desde todo el país para ver a la Virgen. Cuando llegan al Cerrito son bienvenidos por el padre. Antes de celebrar la misa se le canta las mañanitas a la virgen a

Receta Navidena Ingredientes: manzana pera guayaba tamarindo agua flor de jamaica azúcar caña canela

TVDL con SB 957:

• Pasó el senado con un voto de 41-14-1 el 29 de noviembre de este año • Llegará a la camara de representantes el 3 de enero, 2013 • Con SB 957, inmigrantes sin documentos podrán solicitar una TVDL


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la medianoche. La misa también es celebrada a diferentes horas durante el día. En la misa, grupos de baile y bandas presentan para hacerle un homenaje a la virgen. La virgen es un símbolo muy importante especialmente por los que creen en ella. “La fe se siente y se lleva en el corazón,” el Sr. Valdespino dijo.

• Imigrantes legales sin seguro social pueden solicitar una TVDL • no funciona como identificación

Erik Hernandez

Instrucciones: • Pon a hervir agua con canela por 20 minutos en fuego mediano. • Agrega la caña y el tejocote y ya que el tejocote este cocido, se agrega las otras frutas como la manzana, pera, guayaba y tamarindo. • El ponche se coze de 45 minutos a una hora en total. • Si quieren se le puede poner también unas flores de jamaica y por ultimo azucar al gusto. Es un ponche rico de frutas naturales. Es una bebida mexicana típica de la temporada nadvideña. Se cocina y se consume más que nada en navidad.

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Hakuya Sushi thrives despite competitive market Menu Two Guys Sashimi......................................................$11.95+ Philadelphia Roll.......................................................$6.95 Spider Roll...............................................................$6.95 Dragon Roll..............................................................$12.95 Spicy Tuna Roll........................................................$5.95 + means that prices may vary depending on number of pieces ordered

Kristina Piamonte Top: Hakuya Sushi offers a wide array of items on their menu, and it is located on 161 W. Dundee Rd in Buffalo Grove, Ill. Right: Spider Rolls include Deep-fried soft shell crab, cucumber and avocado.

Solinna Chong With the struggling economy, new businesses are hard to come by and hard to keep afloat, especially young resturants look-

ing to survive the economic world. On March 26, a sushi restaurant called Hakuya Sushi opened on Dundee Road. The newly found resturant stood out from all other sushi bars in the area due to its rich family background and passion to make sushi. As a young boy, Chuck Yong, restaurant owner, began to take interest in making sushi and the Japanese culture due to his grandfather.

Although Yong’s family was of South Korean descent, Yong’s grandfather was heavily influenced by Japanese culture, from which he became interested in making sushi. Hakuya Sushi is not just another restaurant where the waiters seat you and never come back again. Instead, the owner himself greets his guests as soon as they walk in and seats them himself. The restaurant has tables and booths to seat guests comfortably, a private room

for parties and other social gatherings, a karaoke room and a full bar. Also, the prices of the foods and drinks are not as pricy as one would expect for sushi. Prices range from $4 for an a la carte sushi roll to $55 for a plateful of Sashimi and Nigiri (raw entrees). The last meal I had there only cost me $11 for two entrees. I would highly recommend the Philadelphia roll to those who have never tried sushi before. The rolls consist of sliced avocado, raw tuna and creamy original Philadelphia cream cheese, all wrapped in a blanket of seaweed roll and rice. This entree is perfect for those who love sushi but not the fishy taste, since the avocado and cream cheese mask the taste of the tuna.

Another spectacular choice at the restaurant is the Two Guys Lonely Sashimi. This entree consists of all raw fish, tuna and salmon. This meal is perfect for veterans of sushi, like myself, who can handle raw foods. Also, the presentation of the meal is so intricate that one does not want to eat right away. All meals ordered at the restaurant are accompanied by a common Japanese soup called miso soup, salad with a citrus dressing, caramelized potato rolls and if you’re lucky, free dessert. I highly recommend all sushi lovers and lovers of great food to try Hakuya Sushi. The hospitality for the guests and passion for making sushi is why it is successful to this day. To set up a reservation or learn more about the restaurant, go to <http://> or visit their Facebook page, “Hakuya Sushi.”

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Erik Hernandez Whether or not you have read the book, Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” is easily one of the best movies of the year. The movie is the first installment of a trilogy that tells the tale of Bilbo Baggins, a home-loving hobbit from the Shire going on an adventure with 13 dwarves and Gandolf the Grey, a wizard, to restore the lost city of the dwarves, Erebor. Right from the beginning, you will notice how captivating the scenery and characters are. You feel like you’re in the scenes, not just viewing them. What was really well done with this movie was how the characters grew throughout. It was interesting to see the bravery of Bilbo grow, or his friendship with the king of the dwarves, Thorin Okenshield. A great connection can be felt with the characters as they show

moral lessons of courage, trust and friendship. The actors who portrayed the characters were indeed excellent. Martin Freeman as Bilbo was simply a delight. Sci-fi movie characters are often difficult to relate to; however, that is not the case with Bilbo. As Bilbo goes on the journey and faces many challenges, he develops into a strong, relatable character. The biggest comedic factor to the movie was the 13 dwarves. From seeing the clumsiness of Stephen Hu nter por traying Bombur to the mute William Kircher as Bifur, each one of them brought emotion to the movie. O n e character was especially unique: Ian Mickellen as Gandolf. In the “Lord Of The Rings,” Gandolf didn’t have as much screen time as in “The Hobbit,” so it was nice to see his origins. “The Hobbit” ran at 48 frames per second which

takes some getting used to as it seems that scenes are in a sense fast forwarding, but at about 20 minutes your vision adjusts. Another technical advancement in the movie is the computer graphics. For the first time, Gollum looked real. In the past, he looked gritty and obviously fake, but in “The Hobbit” the makers did a brilliant job of creating and displaying the character. The environment also looked real. It brought more of a colorful tone to the movie. The creators of the film utilized their technology to its best extent. Howe ver, the longevity of some scenes left a negative effect on the movie. Despite the repetitiveness of the movie, “The Hobbit” is spectacular. The characters and environment felt real, and the new technology implemented in the movie made it feel refreshing. Overall, this movie is a must-see, whether or not you have read the book.




Dec. 21, 2012


Custodians deserve more recognition What goes on after school once we leave? The lights are shut down, and “save” is written on the whiteboard for tomorrow’s class announcements; however, as the life of WHS shuts down, the custodians’ night begins. At approximately 7:50 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, custodians were alerted that water was flowing near the entrance to the pool. Roel Acevedo, lead maintenance, and supervisors reported to the building around 8:30 p.m. to find the water flowing across the softball field and the southeast drive. A water main broke outside the pool facility, which almost canceled the next school day. The third shift custodians worked past their typical protocol

and through the night with service 11? Many students did not hear technicians to fix the water main. about the incident. The custodians Mr. Acevedo, Doug Dietrich, work in a “behind the scenes” fashbuilding and grounds supervisor ion that many do not see and thereand Ted Birren, custodians, stayed fore shed respect to. at WHS on their own time to make While some students might have sure the problem was fixed in a been upset that their “free day off” timely manner. had not come, Spokesman The leak was located would like to thank the 8 out of 8 around 2 a.m. A pipe maintenance and custodial members of staff for their hard work. sleeve, designed for water main repair, was Staying until 4 a.m. the editorial placed over the split in board agree. went above and beyond the pipe and bolted into their duties. place. Spokesman staff encourThe hole was filled back in, ages students and staff to thank the area was cleaned and about an the custodians for their hard efhour later, swimmers were able to forts. The wrappers we leave on the use the pool again. floor do not magically vanish. Did you know that we almost did Custodians are one of the many not have school on Tuesday, Dec. “unsung heroes” at WHS, and our

days would not function smoothly without them. “This situation is a perfect example of how they pitch in and lead us in a way that might never be otherwise seen,” Kate Kraft, associate principal, said. “I am sure (especially in the middle of the night), it would have been a lot easier to shut off the water and close the pool for a period of time. One of the best aspects of Wheeling High School is how seriously the professionals in the building take on their responsibilities.” So while you are sitting at the holiday assembly today, just take a minute and think about the preparation that had to be done by custodians just for one event. In the hallways, thank them.

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Thumbs Up...

To the amount of interest students showed during the AP Showcase. Students are willing to challenge themselves by choosing more rigorous courses. To all the people who donated to Shave for the Shore, and the teachers who shaved their heads. They sacrificed some change and a bit of their precious locks for something bigger. To Operation Beautiful for posting positive notes on the bathroom mirror and around the school. What a great way to lighten up someone’s day. To all the people who donated blood at the Blood Drive. With the holiday season near, it’s thoughtful to give. To WPAC and Student Council for sponsoring the signing of cards to be sent to Newtown to show Wildcat support.

Thumbs Value of school emerges through Sandy shooting Down...

Solinna Chong When many of us think of school, we think of detentions, early mornings and homework. We focus on the negative aspects of school rather than on the good. This week, our nation has been heartbroken by the tragic event at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. As of press time, there have been 28 confirmed deaths, including the shooter and his mother. Unfortunately, there were 27 innocent people who woke

up hoping for another fun-filled day of school, yet they were tragically silenced. School is supposed to be a safe haven for students and teachers alike. It is a place where you know you are safe and surrounded by people who love you. My little brother, currently in the third grade, wakes up every morning at 6:30 a.m. just to have breakfast with me. He gets so excited in the morning talking about school and meeting all of his friends and teachers. My little brother participates in the school’s math team, creative writing club and school band. As young as he is, I can definitely see him growing up to be a talented person. Children love school, and they should not be stripped of that privilege. To think that there are certain individuals willing to attack a child’s haven is beyond my belief. On that note, 20 young kids were taken from us that day, but let us

not forget the seven faculty members who were also taken away. These remarkable people protected the 700 other students who could have suffered the same fate, but did not thanks to the educators’ brave actions. I remember reading a story from the Daily Times about a first grade teacher named Victoria Soto who hid her students in the closet and cabinets to keep them safe. The shooter approached her, and she lied and said her kids were in the gym. Soto sacrificed her life for the sake of her students. Another heroic story was of a janitor who ran up and down the halls yelling, “Lock your doors!” and even led some students to the safety. These are just two stories of the remarkable teachers and people there that day, and there are probably many more. Although tragic, we should not forget the heroism exhibited that

day. It is hard to see goodness out of an event like this, but be proud of those who risked lives. Sadly, what happened at Sandy Hook is not the first time our nation has seen such vile actions. After Columbine in Littleton, Colo., you would think people would learn: nothing good comes from hateful violence. President Barack Obama expressed this message through a special report aired on almost all local television stations. Although there is little I can do now except send my prayers, my attitude toward school has changed. After this tragic event, let what happened at Sandy Hook be a lesson to all students. Let school be an honor to attend rather than an obligation. Let Mondays be enjoyed rather than hated on. Let tests be taken with confidence rather than with anxiety. Let us not forget.

To yogurt parfaits at school being the same price as 2 McDoubles at McDonalds. We sure have to pay the price to eat healthy. To no more feminine hygiene products available in the school.

Spokesman Staff 2012-2013


Focus Editor

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Solinna Chong *Perla Jimenez Megan Jones Megan Jones

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*Mark Tannous

Megan Jones

Keira Skenandore Antonia Arismendis Chris Nush Erik Hernandez Katia Bryhadyr Kelly McKewin Megan Brezka Mike Pink Megan Provost Paige McCoy Rossy Peralta

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Graphic Designers Henry Gonzalez Nycole Garcia


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CorrectionsMatthew Browne is a sophomore, not a junior on Page 3. Bryan Marban’s name is misspelled on Page 3. Maggie Scanlan’s name is misspelled in the cutline on Page 5. The Rotary Club was misidentified on Page 7.




Dec. 21, 2012

Gymnastics places, starts strong Basketball loses players to injuries Kelly McKewin staff reporter Every day, the six girls on the varsity gymnastics team practice, condition, and work on routines and tricks, hoping that their efforts will pay off when it comes time for their meets. This season, it appears their “hard work” has. This year, the team won the first home meet, and Anne Janulis, junior, received first place in the all-around at a meet against Rolling Meadows High School. Other girls have placed individually in the dual meets. “We keep improving at every meet. My hope for the team is to get at least ninth place in conference at the end of the year,” Alyssa Pink, senior, said. According to Nicole Maila, math teacher and gymnastics coach, getting ninth place in conference would be great for the team. “I think it’s a possibility,” Malia said, “And I think it would be a great accomplishment.” There have been eight meets so far, and the teammates aim to continue improving their record and meeting all of their personal goals. Their conference record is 1-2. “Over winter break the team tries to get more skills and improve. We’re going to be practicing everyday,” Pink said. It is Ms. Maila’s first year coaching, taking over for Bob Esposito, previous coach. In terms of points, Ms. Maila believes that this year lives up to previous standards, and she hopes that the team becomes even better. “We’re working on improving our skills, improving our routines and having our overall score increase. We’re going for overall improvement,” Ms. Maila said. Pink, who has been in gymnastics for 13 years, hopes to achieve her personal goals this season; she wants to get a 32 all-around score and is working on new tricks, such as a full.

Kristina Piamonte Jessi Zuba, senior, and Hailey Dammeier, sophomore, complete physical therapy training in the training room. “I could wear a brace and try to play, but I was told my season was over,” Zuba said. She decided to take the brace, which she received Dec. 10. Until then, she can not play until her trainer says so.

Antonia Arismendis

staff reporter

Kristina Piamonte Yesenia Martinez, junior, practices her floor routine during practice. She believes that this year has been a learning experience for her. “I learned a new floor routine and I tumble now. I also learned a lot of new things on the bars,” Martinez said. “I hope to advance in bars, that the team wins more meets and to have fun with it this year.”

The girls basketball team experienced injuries this season resulting in a loss of four players, which caused the team to broaden their experiences with new roles. Jessi Zuba, senior and three-year varsity player, is one of those four. During the first 41 seconds of their first game, Zuba was driving the ball to the basket, and an opposing team member stepped on her foot. Hailey Dammeier, sophomore and two-year varsity

player, could relate. Dammeier fractured her tibia while playing defense at the fifth game. They both still attend practice and do the same stretches, but they are in rehab to gain more strength. Julissa Hernandez, math teacher and girls varsity basketball coach, said it was unfortunate to lose these players. According to Hernandez, these “season ending injuries” made game plan changes. “It brings our numbers down; losing two starters out of five definitely makes a difference,” Coach Her-

nandez said. Although Dammeier and Zuba miss playing, it provides the other players an opportunity to experience different positions. “I can’t say one person plays my position now, but since there’s multiple people injured, everyone on the team has had to step up and take on new roles,” said Zuba. The team currently has a record of 4-7. “The team adjusted well with different players in different roles. I think we’re doing a good job,” Coach Hernandez said.

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Zuunbayan impresses team despite freshman status Mark Tannous broadcast editor

Kristina Piamonte Tulga Zuunbayan (left), freshman varsity wrestler, practices in the balcony against David Gonzalez, sophomore, for agility and strength. “Wrestling Tulga in practice is awesome because he is so good and so fun to wrestle against,” Ricky Muro, sophomore, said. “It’s really a challenge when it comes to wrestling him. The practice is intense; the coaches expect more out of you.” According to Zuunbayan, having wrestling partners like Gonzalez and Muro have made fitting into the team very easy.

Tulga Zuunbayan, freshman, has been deemed as an “amazing wrestler” by the senior members. Zuunbayan, in weight class 138, currently has a record of 17-6. According to Neil Weiner, wrestling coach, he is the leading scorer and has the best record on the team so far. “He has improved tremendously over the course of the season,” Coach Weiner said. Zuunbayan recently arrived to WHS from California, and he placed third in the Wildcat Invitational on Dec. 8. The Wildcat Invitational is a well-regarded tournament, according to Coach Weiner. WHS placed ninth overall. It is easy to tell where the “freshman prodigy” gets his “talent” from; his father wrestled in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia and in the 2001 World Championships. “I used to think it was nothing (his dad going to the olympics), but now I think its really cool,” Zuunbayan said. According to Sal Dominguez, senior, in the future, he thinks Zuunbayan will be a state qualifier and “hopefully a state medalist.” “I think Tulga is a really good wrestler, and he always comes through in the clutch, giving us a lot of points,” Dominguez said. Zuunbayan has already set a goal of making it to State as a freshman. “He’s a talented individual that over time, has a great future, and I can’t wait until he’s a senior to see his full potential.” Jacob Del Toro, senior, said. The next wrestling meet, the Carmel Quad, will take place on Thursday, Dec. 27 at Carmel Catholic High School. “The meets are always exciting, especially when they are close,” Zuunbayan said.

Wrestling Statistics as of 12/14 Sam Blair Joe Brezniak Johny Carvajal James Cooke Jose Cruz Jacob Del Toro Sal Dominguez

Won 5 Won 0 Won 9 Won 13 Won 4 Won 10 Won 7

Lost 9 Lost 3 Lost 12 Lost 7 Lost 12 Lost 6 Lost 6

Alex Gonzalez David Gonzalez Brandon Harris Juan Hernandez Ed Levine Steven Montesinos Ricky Muro

Won 1 Won 6 Won 7 Won 5 Won 1 Won 4 Won 8

WHS Recruited Athletes

Lost 10 Lost 7 Lost 11 Lost 4 Lost 2 Lost 10 Lost 8

David Rodriguez Jesus Rodriguez Ricky Sotello Tulga Zuunbayan Varsity Level

Won 12 Won 5 Won 0 Won 17 Won 114

Lost 7 Lost 6 Lost 1 Lost 6 Lost 127

Information gathered by Mike Pink

Nowry recognized in Sports Illustrated

Listed below are the Wheeling athletes who are being recruited to play a specific sport in college. If it says “(Signed)” next to their name, they have signed a letter of intent to officially play that sport at the school. Baseball: Bren Spillane, sophomore University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, University of Illinois Chicago Bubba Bendewald, senior Dominican University, Beloit College, Elmhurst College David Shapiro, senior - Augustana College, Beloit College, Elmhurst College Ian Gilliam, senior- Trinity International (Signed) Nick Ricciardi, senior - Elmhurst College, Monmouth College Boys Basketball: Chris Pierro, junior - North Park University Jeremy Stephani, junior - Aurora University, Washington University in St. Louis, West Point, Girls basketball: Deanna Kuzmanic, sophomore Indiana University, University of Iowa, Princeton University Jessie Zuba, senior - Hamline

University, Macalester College, North Central College Football: Henry Gonzalez, senior - Aurora University, Concordia University, Cornell College Jesus Gonzalez, senior - Minnesota State University Sal Dominguez, senior - Cornell College Softball: Sara Kern, senior - University of Missouri - St.Louis (Signed) Soccer: Alfredo Jimenez, senior - Aurora University (Signed) Golf: Jack Ferguson, senior - Illinois Wesleyan University (Signed) Swimming: Bryce Maczko, junior - University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin Information gathered by Mike Pink

SEEN IN PRINT: Max Nowry, ‘08 graduate, was featured in the “Faces in the Crowd” section of Sports Illustrated. He was chosen after winning the gold medal at the Greco-Roman wrestling competition in Finland.

Mike Pink staff reporter Max Nowry, ‘08 graduate, is not a well known name like Jay Cutler, Derrick Rose or Patrick Kane, but the 5’2” 121 pound senior at Northern Michigan University is definitely on his way. Nowry recently won a gold medal at the GrecoRoman wrestling University World Championships on Oct. 5 in Finland. After Nowry won that medal, he was chosen to be in the “Faces in the Crowd” section in Sports Illustrated. The “Faces in the Crowd” section is a page where Sports Illustrated picks the best eight to ten high school

or collegiate athletes of the month around the United States. To understand how much of an accomplishment this is, some athletes who have made it into this section of Sports Illustrated include Emmit Smith (1986), Tiger Woods (1990), Vince Carter (1995), Paul Pierce (1995), Ben Roethlisberger (1999), Joe Mauer (2000), Michelle Wie (2001), Jennie Finch (2002) and Tim Tebow (2004). The acceptance into the “Faces in the Crowd” section is expected to increase national attention for the sport itself. After Nowry graduated WHS in 2008 with a couple of state championships in his back pocket, he decided

to further his education at the U.S Olympic Education Center. While at NMU, he has not only done well in wrestling, but also academically by making it onto the dean’s list. Nowry wrestled when he attended WHS, but his accomplishments grew during college. “His technique was really good,” Derrick Wiase, senior, said. “The power that he had for his size was amazing.” Nowry came in first two times in the Junior World Team Trials and the Junior Nationals while finishing first only once in the University World Team Trials, and the 2010 and 2011 University nationals.

Spokesman Issue 4  

Issue 4 of WHS Spokesman

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