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Oct. 22, 2012

Wheeling, Ill. 60090

NANO Connect promotes research

Megan Jones editor-in-chief Prominent researchers in the nanotechnology field attended a forum at WHS on Oct. 9 to promote collaboration between students, educators and the government to support nanotechnology research in the STEM pathway, which helps aid a variety of scientific research from fighting cancer to aerospace products. Nanotechnology is the study of small materials. One nanometer is a billionth of a meter. The event grew international as Dr. WeonBae Ko, professor from Sahmyook University in Seoul, South Korea, attended along with Governor Pat Quinn and Congressman Robert Dold. “We’ve begun by thinking ‘How do we bring this down to the high school level,” Dr. Lazaro Lopez, principal, said. “This brings forward the idea that they (the students) live beyond these four walls.” The event aimed to demystify nanotechnology and

show ways nanotechnology education could be integrated into high school science curriculums. Students gave demonstrations on nanotechnologies applications such as 3-D printing, invisibility and molecular gastronomy, while keynote sessions took place throughout the day. “I think it’s really cool that we get the chance not only to learn about a completely new topic, but also to present to a relevant audience,” Nisha Karwal, junior, said. “Nanotechnology is going to be apparent in our future, and it’s important to have an understanding about the basics.” According to a study by the National Science Foundation, 6 million nanotechnology workers will be needed by 2020. “I told Laz that nanotechnology is here to stay in Illinois. We want to be the leaders and invest in this,” Governor Quinn said. “As a state, we hope to launch a nanotechnology initiative that I want WHS to be a part of.”

Incorporating Nanotechnology Biology Students did a Mini-Me lab and learned about microscopy and scale. They also created 3-D and paper molecular models. Chemistry Starting next semester, students will do a ferrofluids lab, studying the effect of particle size on magnetism. Physics Students have learned about the applications of nanotechnology. Future classes WHS will have nanotechnology electives, where students can receive dual credit from Harper.

Infographic by Rosalie Chan

Top Left: Governor Pat Quinn speaks during the keynote sessions in room 125, talking about the importance of science and technology in education, Illinois and the U.S. “We want to have a comprehensive education that is holistic. Nanotechnology is here to stay in Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. Top Right: During the student presentations, Sherry Aguilar and Itzel Cuevas, juniors, demonstrate molecular gastronomy by using strawberry syrup to create food that assembles itself. Before the students presented, they watched a video about molecular gastronomy. Bottom: During student presentations, Maryssa Lee, junior, uses strawberry to create food that assembles itself. Photos by Rossy Peralta

District looks into more P.E. waiver options Rosalie Chan

web editor District 214 voted Oct. 18 on a proposal that would allow students in marching band or Navy Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (NJROTC) to have the option to waiver out of physical education during the semester they participate in that activity. Since students receive exercise in marching band and NJROTC, the school board made this proposal on Oct. 4. Results of the vote were not available by press time. “It was brought up to the board on Oct. 4 in response from what we heard from parents, teachers and students about the amount of homework students have and how they have to stay up late after practice to get their homework done,” Dr. David Schuler, superintendent, said. If the board approves of this policy, the

P.E. waiver will be available starting the 2013-14 school year. “I hope District 214 can find a balance between the needs of our students and the importance of P.E.,” Brian Logan, band director, said. “I think in principle it sounds like a good idea, but I have many questions about how it will look and work so students are still involved in the outstanding P.E. program at our school.” Currently, juniors and seniors in a varsity sport can waive out of P.E. during the term of that sport season. However, many still take P.E. or Advanced P.E. Even though Victor Vazquez, junior, participates in NJROTC, he said that he would still take P.E. next year. “I think it’s good and bad. It’s bad that people will get out of P.E. because they think they can get an easy way out. It’s good for ROTC because we are lacking num-

bers for ROTC,” Vazquez said. Students who qualify for exemption from P.E. do not have to waive out of P.E., but they would have that option. “The band kids in my class are always the best to work with,” Michael Tice, P.E. teacher, said. “I think it’s a reasonable proposal, but I hope the band kids choose to stay in P.E.” According to Dr. Schuler, the board has received positive reactions to this proposal. “Yes, we need them. They don’t realize how much work we put into each and every day,” Katherine Wargo, junior, said. “A lot of kids who don’t have a study hall or are in a fall sport can get that extra time.” However, Tim Falconer, P.E. teacher, believes that the district should not reduce activity level for students. “I think we need to understand the importance of where we’re at as a country in

terms of obesity levels. I don’t think it’s a good time to be reducing activity levels for kids,” Mr. Falconer said. In addition, he has concerns over the effects of this waiver for teachers. “If 200 to 300 kids are going to waiver, many teachers are concerned they will lose their job,” Mr. Falconer said. Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Morse, senior naval science instructor, said he had mixed feelings about the proposal. “I’m mixed because we have a really good P.E. program,” Lt. Cmdr. Morse said. “When kids take ROTC they end up having to overload. This might alleviate them from having to overload.”

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Oct. 22, 2012

news Debate competes in first tournament, trains novices flash Megan Provost

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Chelsie Coren and Omar Joya, seniors, were named National Hispanic Scholars. Circus Literary Magazine is currently accepting submissions. Students may submit up to three pieces of writing and three pieces of art. To submit, pick up a form from room 147 or 141 and turn in the submission to room 147.

Although the team consists of mostly freshmen and sophomores, debate has already brought home awards in the first two tournaments. “Everybody’s really enthusiastic and wants to improve,” Polly Draganova, junior, said. “It’s a good in-

strong debaters,” Wendy Relich, debate coach, said. “But we have great senior leadership. Our seasoned debaters are really helping out our younger debaters.” As for their tournament on Oct. 12 and 13 at Stevenson High School, WHS placed fourth, and Joya, Onyszczak, Draganova, and Grace Konyar, senior, received indi-

vestment towards next year.” The first tournament took place at John Hersey High School Sept. 21 and 22 which Mike Hurley, debate coach, described as a “novice training tournament.” WHS placed fifth, with two awards won by Mike Onyszczak, junior, and Omar Joya, senior. “Each grade has two to three

vidual rewards. A new section of debate this year is rapid fire, in which the speaker and questioner go back and forth for 60 seconds. At the minute point, the questioner sits down, and a new questioner jumps in. “We’re more trying to get up to speed with speaking and topics,” Mr. Hurley said.

Italian curriculum evolves, focuses on culture

Finals will take place Oct. 25 and Latino Club will host a Halloween fair for children on Oct. 28 in the cafeteria to raise money for its annual scholarship. NJROTC Orienteering received second at the Freeport Invitational. Victor Vazquez, junior, took seventh place in a field of 80 competitors. Oct. 29 will be a non-attendance day. PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) seeks support. See Dr. Ken Stiff, dean, for more information. Speech Team will fundraise on Oct. 27 at the Eleventh Hour Haunted House in Elk Grove. Student Council will host the annual food drive. Any student can create a team to drop off fliers and pick up food donations in the community from 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. A team consists of a car, a driver and 2-3 students. Team forms are available at the School Store or room 245. They must be returned by Oct. 31.

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Frida Valdés Anna Izzo, Italian teacher at Elk Grove High School, Jenny Mendieta, sophomore, Stacy Wojtkiewicz, junior, Harlan Rosen, senior, Adamari Gonzalez, 8th grader at Holmes Middle School, and Jonathan Enriquez, junior, participate in the Columbus Day parade on Oct. 8 in downtown Chicago.

Perla Jiménez la voz editor Since Angela Hawkins, Italian teacher, began to teach Italian at WHS seven years ago, the Italian curriculum has undergone continuous changes. This year, it will begin to focus specifically on teaching the Italian culture along with the language.

The changes have expanded the Italian program to the point where another Italian teacher was needed. Fausto Frassine, Italian teacher, began working at WHS this year. “My students seem to have adjusted well. There couldn’t have been a better start,” Mr. Frassine said. Mr. Frassine will teach Italian 1. He has 13 years of teaching expe-

rience in Italian 1 through honors Italian. “He’s also a native speaker. He’s bringing that ‘Italianness’ to the program,” Ms. Hawkins said. Mr. Frassine said he would like to teach more classes but for now, he only has time to teach one class. “He’s a lot different than Mrs. Hawkins. He has different teaching techniques, but I think he’d do a

great job,” Olivia Damascz, senior, said in an e-mail interview. Damascz has been in the Italian program for three years and enjoys learning about the language as the program changes. Ms. Hawkins changed the program to allow students to connect their learning to real life. “Now you’re not just learning, you’re applying,” Ms. Hawkins said.

SADD promotes respect in speech Rosalie Chan

signing the pledges. “I feel that it’s really helpful for the school. It SADD (Students Against will make the school have Destructive Decisions) will a better environment for hold a Spread the Word to students,” Grace Konyar, End the Word Drive this senior, said. year in order to raise awareSADD also plans on sellness about treating those ing Spread the Word to End who have special needs the Word T-shirts in Novemwith respect. ber. The proceeds will go “It focuses on everyday towards helping to finance conversation the Special Olymand removing pics. the word ‘re“We’re not a tard’ from our really big group, lexicon, how we which is part speak,” Kathy of the reason Konyar, SADD It’s a way of why we chose sponsor and bi- educating about to do this. We ology teacher, people dealcan make a difsaid. ference even ing with special In order to though we’re not promote this, needs, primarily a big group,” Ms. SADD plans about treating Konyar said. on putting out those people During the public service with respect. course of the announcements SADD Kathy Konyar, year, and have people members plan on biology teacher volunteering for take pledges to not use the RSpecial Olympics word. events or events “Ever since we started that help children prepare talking about it, I notice for the Special Olympics. people saying it, and I’ve “Some might think it’s brought it up to people. (using the R-word) funny, People often misuse that but there may be someone word,” Marta Dzundza, ju- who has a disability or nior, said. maybe that know someone From November to who is disabled,” Medina March, SADD will have Abat, SADD sponsor and a pledge that people can science teacher, said. “They sign in the main foyer. The can hurt their feelings withmembers have looked into out knowing it. Hopefully using computers or iPads in the future, they will not for people to sign the online use this word and be more pledge. SADD hopes for thoughtful about people 100 percent participation in with disabilities.” web editor






Oct. 22, 2012

Frida Valdés

Robots Crocodiles True Stories

Kristina Piamonte

Top Left: Teri Gansinger, senior, performs “Signals”, from the book, “A Light In The Attic.” Fusion had performed numerous amounts of short stories from Shel Silverstein’s novels. Fusion directed, designed and choreographed the play Robots, Crocodiles and True Stories. Top Right: Lisette Rodriguez, junior, performs the first version of “Masks”, from the novel, “Everything On It.” Bottom Left: Anika Friedman, sophomore, Kayla Egle, senior, and Lisette Rodriguez, junior, helps set up before performing. Bottom Right: Isabel Montoya, sophomore, Lisette Rodriguez, junior, Anika Friedman, sophomore, and Liz McDaniel, senior, perform the opening scene as they lead into the skit, “Newspaper Sidewalks.” By creating a sidewalk that leads into the audience and out of the entrance doors, the cast and crew created the stage into the mindset of Shel Silverstein’s novels. Kristina Piamonte

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Band sets high standard Fine Arts Fundraisers for future generations Circus holds annual fundraiser Robert Pearles

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Kelly McKewin staff reporter Anyone who looks to buy new books and support WHS’s literary magazine, Circus, can come to the Barnes & Noble in Arlington Heights on Saturday Nov. 10 for their sixth annual fundraiser, starting at 9 a.m. Many students involved in Circus will be helping out at the fundraiser this year. “I’m going to be doing caricatures and gift wrapping,” Stephanie Rivo, senior, said. Other activities include cupcake decorating, as

well as storytime. For every purchase made with a voucher that day, Barnes & Noble will give a percent of each sale to help Circus. The vouchers can be found online on the district’s website. Frida Valdés Circus also partnered with the Wheeling social workers to help children in need in the Wheeling community by donating books purchased at the fundraiser. The fundraiser has proven to be a success in previous years, and has really benefited the magazine. “I have no worries about it,” Rivo said. “The whole time I’ve been at Wheeling

it’s only been getting better.” While the first year was difficult, bringing in only about $300 dollars, each year that has gone by has raised more money. “We shoot now for the thousand dollar mark,” Laura Wagner, Circus sponsor, said. “We use it to print a free copy for all the students at Wheeling.” Circus showcases students’ work annually, which includes poems, short stories and different forms of artwork including drawings and photos.

Art Club hopes to raise funds for supplies Rossy Peralta staff reporter Art club will host a tiedye fundraiser on Oct. 23 in the art room to help engage students in different styles of art, as well as give the club the opportunity to purchase new art supplies for more activities. In the past years, art club has sold tie-dye shirts during lunch periods, and both faculty and students had wanted to learn how to make them. This year, staff and students can pre-order shirts. Laura Taubery, art club sponsor, will prepare a Google form for the preorders. Everyone in art club contributed by giving $1 to

receive their own T-shirt. “Last year’s fundraiser was awesome, it’s a fun way to express your creativity by doing the shirts yourself and you sell them yourself,” Tatiana Rosales, senior, said. They will also provide additional colors for the tie dye, as before they only had primary colors. Since making the shirts take time, they will sell about 55 shirts. Their goal is to sell all of them. “It’s a lot of work to set up the room, pre-order the shirts, and getting the chemicals to dye the shirts, but it’s totally worth the time because everyone has a great time,” Ms. Taubery

said. Ms. Taubery will have a trial run with Maggie Evans, senior, just to refresh her memory on how to do them. In the past, the club had problems with shirt sizes because the sizes were too large. This year art club will make sure there are shirt sizes for everyone. Art club has provided artwork for this year’s mock election, and in the past it has helped with musical and orchesis sets, as well as some prom decorations. Some future events include a “learn how to use a camera” workshop for Art Youth Month, which takes place in March.

The WHS marching band completed their 2012 season at the Marengo Settler’s Day competition on Oct. 7th with a first place finish, marking the first time the WHS marching band has had an undefeated season since 2009. “It felt amazing to win each competition and go undefeated. The feeling is so thrilling when you hear WHS name called during award ceremonies.” Kylie Gember, senior, said. “I would hold my breath every second just waiting, and when we were finally called for first place, I was so relieved and excited.” Not only did WHS place first for the fifth consecutive time in class AA, they also received the honor of Grand Champion at the competition. “The final competition was about as nerve wrecking as any other, but when they finally called ‘Wheeling’ as the grand champs, I don’t think I was as surprised as last year. We’ve definitely gotten better, and I knew our last competition would be our best yet. We earned that title,” Xavier Bravo, sophomore, said. Maria Castillo, senior, attributes the success of the WHS marching band to the dedication and hard work they put into each performance. Aside from winning first place in class AA and over-

Kristina Piamonte Matthew Kulczak, junior, plays his clarinet with Marching Band during the opening of the football game. During halftime, marching band returns to the field and performs their award winning ensemble, “Big City Jazz.”

all grand champion, WHS also took home a wide array of awards: best drum majors, best color guard, best percussion, best brass, and best woodwind. “I don’t think the honors were a huge surprise because our band works really hard, which pays off. When you work hard, people notice and that is exactly why we got so many awards this year,” Castillo said. Although the competitive season has come to an end, Castillo was proud of the accomplishments WHS has reached. “The only other year we were undefeated during my time at WHS was my freshman year, so being undefeated my senior year is just unbelievable,” Castillo said. “I’m so proud to call myelf a member of the WHS marching band. The WHS marching band will venture to Disney World during spring break to perform its routine. Around 80 members of Marching Band plan to attend the performence.




Oct. 22, 2012

Daggett obtains Tae Kwon Do probationary black belt

Photos used with permission from Alexandra Daggett Left: Alexandra Daggett, sophomore, tests on Sept. 30 in order to pass the probationary black belt test. Daggett was tested on all the techniques she learned throughout years of training. Top left: Daggett breaks wooden board and she demonstrates the foot patterns she was taught throughout the years of training. Top right: Daggett was expected to break wooden pieces, which required her to adequately use her force while efficiently showing the necessary skills.

Frida Valdés feature editor Alexandra Daggett, sophomore, began taking Tae Kwon Do lessons in second grade and this year obtained a probationary black belt. She takes lessons from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Wheeling Park District. According to Daggett, she wanted to take karate les-

sons but was not able to do so she had to take Tae Kwon Do. “It’s fun and challenging; it teaches you like physical and mental stuff that helps you in other areas,” Daggett said. “She’s in AP and honors classes and she knows how to manage her time and she gets good grades; She knows how to work with everything that she does like very ef-

ficiently,” Courtney Kalash, sophomore, said. According to Daggett, out of the five tenets of Tae Kwon Do (perseverance, courtesy, integrity, indomitable spirit and self-control), indomitable spirit has helped her the most. “If you’re having a horrible day, you keep going, don’t give up and don’t snap at people,” Daggett said. The probationary test took place in Feb. but Daggett could not attend because her grandparent’s funeral took place the same day. Because of this, she thought she would be behind, “but then I realized it’s not a race.” Daggett said. Daggett tested from noon to 4 pm. on Sept. 30. and felt accomplished once she had tested. “You do everything you’ve ever learned,” Daggett said. “You know you’re doing the technique right, and you have the power.” According to Daggett, color belt ap-

Alan Wahlert, social science divison head and teacher Motive: “While it’s important for us to make kids aware of what’s going on here, it’s also important to make kids aware of what’s going on around the world. I think it’s important to show the great obstacles they’re facing in Africa and I think this is a great way to do it.” Predicted Results: “I think the students will be ready to beat us. Teachers are older and slower, but wiser; in the end we will be successful and prevail.”

prentices receive their results the following week after they test, but black belt apprentices are told their results the day of the test in front of everyone; “I was pretty confident I passed. My mom ordered a black belt uniform. They usually don’t let you test unless you’re gonna pass. I felt pretty awesome; you’re just like ‘yes, I finally made it.’ My mom and grandma were crying,” Daggett said. She learned hand techniques, foot techniques, patterns and self-defense. Daggett does says Tae Kwon Do is not about “beating people up,” but about self control. Additionally, Daggett feels glad about working towards passing the test. In some places, according to Daggett, people can pay and obtain a black belt probation certificate. “I actually earned it; it’s nice to be this young and have earned it,” Daggett said. Daggett has taken Tae Kwon Do

Face-off: Staff vs Students Interact with Africa will host Hoops for Africa on Oct. 25 after final exams at 11:30 a.m. in the gym.

lessons for nine years and will continue to do so. There are nine degrees of black belt. “When you get your black belt that’s when the real training begins. It’s gonna be tough but rewarding,” Daggett said. Kalash feels surprised that Daggett, being young, is so involved and passed the probationary black belt test “I think it’s cool, impressive because usually people who do that are like 20,” Kalash said. Daggett manages her time between band, debate and (WPAC) Wheeling Political Action Club, which limits the amount of time she has time to complete homework and other daily activitites. “I think it shows her that if you work hard, you get results; she works hard at everything that she does,” Kalash said.

Elizabeth White, junior Motive: “It’s a good cause, and I’m in basketball. It makes me feel good knowing that I’m helping other people by doing something that I like to do.”

Predicted Results: “Students (will win) because we’re not old, and we’re still in shape. I think it will go well; a lot of the students are basketball players.” Infographic by Rosalie Chan and Frida Valdés

Genson, Kholdov focus on music, pursue careers at early ages Megan Jones editor-in-chief While contemporary and electronic music do not seem to have much in common from a listener’s standpoint, comparisons can be seen between composers Michael Genson and Matt Kholdov, seniors.

Contemporary Music

Genson began composing music his freshman year. “As soon as I get home from school, I begin to compose,” Genson said. “I’m a big fan of contemporary and band music.” According to Genson, contemporary music provides the most variety of orchestration styles, techniques and complexity to alter with, as opposed to the 4-5-1, bass, guitar, drums and vocals of pop music. Genson plays the trombone and “somewhat” the piano. “My favorite part about composing is listening to

the song afterwards, once it sounds good,” Genson said.

on Soundcloud makes him happy.

Electronic Music

Making Money

Kholdov has been composing for three years, consisting of compilations he releases as extended plays online and posting music on Soundcloud. “I had a fascination with electronic music and started messing around with it,” Kholdov said. “I love the drum and bass and house music. It has a great tempo to work with.” Without reading the notes on the guitar, Kholdov taught himself how to play in fourth grade by using the tabs and frets. Kholdov’s favorite piece he has composed is called “Majora.” “Since 2008, I’ve started to get into my own style and this is the first piece to me that really showed it,” Kholdov said. “I usually like my pieces, but I think it’s a good piece when others like it more than me.” According to Kholdov, seeing “a bunch” of views

Genson has taken his composing to a professional level as he creates pieces for specific clients. When he does not have music to compose of his own, he finds people online who need pieces. “Lately, I have been creating video game music for work,” Genson said. “If they want a certain style, I will search the video on YouTube and get a feeling in my head, which just takes over, and I begin to write.” Genson submitted a piece for the trailer of an upcoming Harry Potter Kinect game for Xbox 360. “Entering the competition marked a significant time for me because it exposed me to the ‘sounds of my competitors,’ which is very different than the notes themselves,” Genson said. He received $250 for being the top third piece

voted on. This probed Genson into investing $800 into Vienna Symphony Library in order to produce significantly more realistic sounds. Even though Genson has just began composing for others, he has earned $500 so far. Kholdov earns money through DJing by booking live gigs and getting commission. He typically plays underground dubstep. “People enjoy my live edits,” Kholdov said. “It took me four years of doing chores and lending hands Frida Valdés for easy pay to get money Michael Genson, senior, plays trombone during orchestra. “I don’t have a favorite piece that I’ve composed,” Michael Genfor the equipment.”

Pursuing Music Careers

Genson hopes to double major in music education and music composition. He currently looks into Illinois State University and Elmhurst College. Specific examples of Genson’s work can be found at <http://gmc. yoyogames .com/index. php?showtopic=545439>.

son, senior, said. “It changes every time I write one because my favorite piece is always the one I’ve just finished.”

Genson has left a mark on WHS by helping to co-found Music Theory Club with Alexander Meza, orchestra teacher, along with Adam Korber and Matt Erickson, seniors. After WHS, Kholdov hopes to re-sign to Circus Records and finish his only EP for “mau5trap,” which should be released in the fall of 2013. “I really want to continue my work after high school. I’ve got a couple of record offers, but I’ve been trying to talk things over with Lifted Music and Circus Records,” Kholdov said. Kholdov’s music can be found at < skychilli>.



Oct. 22, 2012

Dyer brings new perspective to art program Frida Valdés feature editor Since an early age, Kent Dyer, art and photography teacher, had an interest in art. “I had a really awesome art teacher,” Mr. Dyer said. During his senior year, his high school received computers and began offering graphic design classes. According to Mr. Dyer, when he was young, he took art lessons at a local museum and also during high school. Mr. Dyer was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but grew up in Denver, Colorado. He moved to Chicago in 2009, where he still resides. His favorite art medium is digital photography because “(it is) a great form of art, very mobile, compact; allows you to capture a moment or an event instantly.” Mr. Dyer attended Tulsa University, received a bachelor in fine arts and attained a double degree by receiving a bachelor’s in printmaking and graphic design. He also studied art education for four years and obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching at the School of Art in Chicago in 2011. After finishing college he worked as a contract artist doing commission works. Later on, he taught at Aurora Public School. Before working at WHS, Mr. Dyer taught art at an elementary school in Skokie. “(WHS is) a much more diverse school and with a lot of amazing resources,” Mr. Dyer said. According to Laura Taubery, art and photography teacher, because of Mr. Dyer’s schooling, age and being from a different part of the country, “he brings a different point of view. He’s excited to be here and wants to make an impact; I think

we’ll see a little of him this year, but the next four years we’ll see more,” Ms. Taubery said. John Uhrik, Enlglish teacher, along with Mr. Dyer sponsor the Film Festival. “I think there’s a lot of art mediums to exhibit that creativity and talent; (film festival) it’s a phenomenal experience,” Mr. Dyer said. Mr. Dyer is excited to see “where it (film festival) takes students; will they use it more in college or use it in real life?” Students will work on writing a story for their film, submitting it, preparing for people to view the film, having students vote for their favorite films and hosting an award night for final movies. “(WHS staff has been) extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful; many people have gone out of their way to make the transition as smooth as possible,” Mr. Dyer said. Selena Muro, senior, feels that if she had another teacher, the class would not have been as interesting. “He does it (teaching) out of him and if we don’t understand he’ll explain it,” Muro said. Accoriding to Ms. Taubery “he’s (Mr. Dyer) very patient, he’s always thinking of making things different, better.” Skiing, backpacking, rockclimbing, running and camping are among his hobbies, but he also spends a lot of time doing art, photography and graphic design work. Oftentimes, Mr. Dyer attends art shows and museums, and he researches new curriculum for his classes.

Kristina Piamonte Kent Dyer, art and photography teacher, demonstrates an art project by experimenting with the color wheel. Mr. Dyer’s block B art class showcased their artwork in the main hallway.

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Activities: Plays trombone in marching band and Jazz Band 1. Dream Job: Engineer, because he enjoys being involved with technology. What motivates him: “Knowing that I can do better because you can never be too good at something,” Marban said. One word that describes him: “Smiles,” Marban said. “I like to have a fun time.” Is passionate for: Music is his way of getting away and to get his mind off things. Something not many people know: He gets good grades and graduated with high honors from middle school. Dream vacation destination: “Spain, because there are lots of places to go there, and it’s a nice country.” Favorite music: He enjoys electro and jazz music. He said he likes them because they are each distinct, much like his personality. Looks up to: He aspires to be like his dad. “He overcame a lot, and he achieves all of his goals that he sets,” Marban said. If he could switch places with one person for a day: The President; he would want the chance to see how hard the president’s job is on a regular day, and he thinks he can handle the stress of being in that position. Information gathered by Megan Brezka




Oct. 22, 2012

Students should Who would qualify as a better president? take advantage Barack Mitt Romney Obama of voting

Antonia Arismendis When I turn 18, there is no doubt in my mind that I will vote. I believe voting can make a difference. We are fortunate to have a country where we, as individuals, get the chance to make a change. Many people believe that if they vote, they will not be heard, but voting is like having a voice: not only for yourself but for your community. Especially now, young people have a greater voice than adults. This is because young adults consist of 21 percent of the population. Voting can help improve our country in many different ways. What many people do not realize, especially young voters, is that voting is an important concept in our country. Young voters see it as something that does not relate to them whatsoever, but as they get older, they will start to realize the change. For example, gas prices go up for their cars; taxes increase because of the economy; once they graduate, they have a life to figure out; and they realize that healthcare is an important issue. When young people finally see that maybe this president is not right for the job, they will want to vote but will have to wait another four years until the next presidential election. The presidential election in 2000 is a good example of how voting can make a difference in the outcome of an election. George W. Bush, former president, won by 500 votes; imagine if his opposing candidate had received those 500 votes that Bush obtained. This shows how a vote can impact our whole country. I would encourage seniors or anyone who is eligible to vote to go and make a difference. Always remind yourself, the next time you think of not voting, our people have fought for our rights to vote. I know many people who want to vote but cannot because they either do not meet the age requirement or are not legal citizens. Go vote, be heard and make our country a better place.

What are the benefits of voting for the upcoming election?

Background: • Democrat • Born in Honolulu, Hawaii • He served as a civil rights lawyer and teacher. • He attended Occidental College in Los Angeles for two years. • He transferred to Columbia University in New York, graduating with a political science degree • Entered Havard Law School in 1988, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1991 Policies: • Rebalance national defense capabilities for 21st century and strengthen military partnerships and alliances • Lower healthcare costs, guarantee more choice and ban insurance company discrimination of patients by pre-existing condition • Increase border security • Upholds the DREAM Act • Work with multilateral organizations and allies to achieve objectives

Background: • Republican • Former Massachusetts Governor • Estimated net worth: $202 Million Policies: • Modernize air and naval forces, weapon systems and equipment • Increase number of troops and ensure their needs and care • Repeal the current healthcare plan • Initiate market-based reforms that empower and reduce healthcare costs • Oppose resident college tuition and driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants • Eliminate chain immigration • Construct foreign policy that broadcasts American exceptionalism • Act unilaterally to accomplish the United States’ goals Infographic by Megan Jones and Megan Provost

Obama for President Romney for President

Chris Nush Four years ago, our country was in a terrible financial state. Economists called it “the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.” Taxes and unemployment were high, while the U.S. was caught up in two wars. The American people wanted change. Since he arrived, President Barack Obama has cut taxes by $3,600 for the typical middle class family according to a speech he gave in Cleveland three months ago. As of September 2012, the unemployment rate stood at 7.8 percent according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This is the lowest the unemployment rate has been in the past four years. Towards the end of 2011, the president also officially declared an end to the war in Iraq: a war that has cost this country billions and added to the national debt. Another major milestone for the president was repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a controversial policy, which prohibits openly gay people from serving in the Armed Forces. The “Don’t

Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010” served as a major milestone, not just for the President, but for the LGBT community and its supporters. This shows how our president truly believes in equal rights for everybody. According to the Huffington Post, the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would support a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. This obviously shows that he does not fully support equal rights. So many conservatives are complaining about how President Obama did not do everything that he promised to do in the four years he has been President. This is because there is no way he could have fixed everything in only four years. Because of the mess he inherited from George W. Bush, former president, it is going to take a long time to fix everything wrong. President Obama has done as much as he possibly could to improve our country. Our president has done great things in four years from lowering unemployment to becoming the first sitting president to come out in support of same-sex marriage. President Obama has shown that being an American means having equal rights whether you are rich or poor, gay or straight, or any ethnicity.

“You get your say in politics, if you vote for the losing candidate, then it doesn’t do much because of the electoral college. You feel like there is someone listening to what you think.”

Chas Guest, freshman

Maggie Evans In the upcoming election, Governor Mitt Romney is the clear choice. In the past four years, under a democratic administration, our government has lost sight of what is important. Instead of decreasing the national debt, it has only been added to, and the U.S. debt stands at a terrifying amount of $16,171,995,333,316.56. Another problem would be the U.S foreign policy. Its main goal has always been to lead, yet we have become weak. Something has to change, and I believe Governor Romney is that change. He will “restore America’s naval credibility” by increasing the number of ships the government produces per year from nine to 15. Another very important thing he will accomplish is “strengthen and repair relationships with allies” by fixing relationships with Mexico and Israel and strengthening the relation-

ship with the U.K. On a lighter note, he would like to “launch campaign for economic opportunity in Latin America,” which will focus on free-trade, and will support our economy. Our economy needs a new leader. Someone who has dealt with economic and foreign situations before. Someone who knows the U.S economy inside and out. Governor Romney is this someone. He was able to turn the Massachusetts economy back in 2003. In conclusion, I have confidence that he would be able to do it again. His main ideas include the following: “cut federal spending and cap it at 20 percent of GDP,” “block grant medicaid and pursue further entitlement reform,” “reduce the federal workforce,” “restructure the federal government” and “pursue a balanced budget amendment.” I also like the idea of what these ideas stand for, which is decreasing the scope of government, and I am a strong believer in this. Romney has faith in America and its people. Because of his faith, because of his plans, because of his ideas, and because of his experience, I have faith in Romney, and what he can do. He will fix our country’s economy and restore America to its number one position.

“You voice your opinion on who you want to run the country and based on your beliefs on who will be a better candidate.”

Amy Nava, sophomore




Oct. 22, 2012

WPAC, AP Government class host 2012 mock election Solinna Chong associate editor

Kristina Piamonte Nancy Heintz, math and science division head, registers for the mock election. This year, Wheeling’s Political Action Club (WPAC) is holding a mock election where students will get to hear a debate from WPAC members Omar Joya and Katrina Gustafson, seniors, about the candidates in the presidential election.

Wheeling Political Action Club (WPAC) and the AP Government class teamed up together to start a mock election for the 2012 election. The purpose of the mock election was to educate students on how to actually vote. Voter registration took place during all lunch periods from Oct. 15 to Oct. 19, debates will be on Oct. 31 by Omar Joya and Katrina Gustafson, seniors, and the actual mock election will take place on Nov. 6. Students who wish to participate in the mock election have to fill out a mock applicant sheet and do a survey. Participants can be from any grade. “It’s important to vote because the decisions that the government makes will impact the lives of our youth,” Sandra Chico, AP Government teacher and WPAC sponsor, said. The reason the mock election was created, according to Ms. Chico, is to educate the most un-

Students canvass for election

Delgado, Gonzalez go door-to-door to rally voters this year Megan Jones editor-in-chief Janet Delgado and Chris Gonzalez, seniors, have spent the last two months with pledge cards and voting on their minds as they traveled from house to house canvassing for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR,) a nonprofit organization that focuses on the rights of immigrants. Not many students can say that they have spent their fall months trying to make a difference in the Hispanic and Latino community. After receiving an invitation from Zio Gil, ‘09 graduate, Delgado and Gonzalez attended an informational meeting about ICIRR. Other WHS members also became involved as they attended Dream Relief Day, an event at Navy Pier to help complete applications for deferred action. Canvassing is a tool, typically used in political campaigns, where people will knock on

doors of residences, engaging in personal interactions with community members. The major policies canvassing focused on was to help Latino families register to vote and to get them to sign a petition for the Driver’s License Act of 2012. “I always thought that if people were eligible to vote, they would,” Delgado said. “But when we went up to people, many of them didn’t even have it in the back of their mind, so being able to convince them and seeing them realize they can make a difference was a really good feeling.” They typically spent two hours a day canvassing around the Wheeling and Prospect Heights neighborhoods. Delgado also canvassed with her sister, Adilene Delgado, ‘10 graduate, and Maria Marin, ‘11 graduate. According to Gonzalez, through canvassing he learned how people can be genuinely concerned about their community and the people in it. “I had many long conversa-

“You get your voice heard on which candidate you like.”

Nicholas Gross, junior

tions with people that just had to sign a piece of paper, and they extended that to asking more questions and asking they wanted to help and be involved more,” Gonzalez said. ICIRR does not represent any political parties. According to Gonzalez, many support the driver’s license petition, and they hope to receive support from Carol Sente, 59th district representative. “On her roster she states she is pro-immigrant, but when it comes to immigration laws, she always votes against them,” Delgado said. “We are trying to get her to see how much Hispanic and Latino support we have and how many are eligible to vote, which means they won’t vote for her if she doesn’t start voting ‘yes’ on immigrant laws.” Delgado feels the act would help many families financially and emotionally. “I know a lot of families that get deported for things like traffic violations, and that would eliminate those problems,” Delgado said.

representative group in terms of voter turnout: the youth. “Some students may not care. They think there’s no meaning to the mock election, but every person’s vote counts and needs to express their opinion in the political world,” Tyler Levy, senior, said. For the mock election, WPAC made posters and announcements to promote the voter registration. “If I were 18, I would vote. I would love to officially be a part of the ‘people,’” Simi Kang, sophomore, said. As for the AP Government class, students have organized ways to present information about the candidates and voting. Zygi Jasiunas, senior, has done research about the issues and candidates involved with the election. “We are giving someone the job of leading the whole country. It’s important to vote for who you believe is the better choice,” Jasiunas said. For the past month, students

How to vote for this year’s election

have been hearing news and debates about the candidates, what they stand for, what they will do to improve the nation and so on. “Students should do research, listen to debates and be aware of economic, social and foreign issues,” Ms. Chico said. “They should not be swayed by TV ads, which are aimed at selling a product and not informing voters.” Along with Ms. Chico, Mike Hurley, English teacher is also involved with helping the mock election. Likewise, Ms. Chico, Crystal Ellis-Abdullah, math teacher and John Uhrik, English teacher, are volunteered registrars for the actual election and can legally register students who qualify. “It’s extremely valuable in educating all students about the election process and their rights, duties and the issues our nation faces,” Ms. Chico said. “As long as I have the opportunity to teach government, I will promote the mock election.”

1. Register Register at the Village Hall before Oct. 9

2. What to bring All voters must bring a government issued photo ID

3. Meet Requirements Voters must be at least 18 years old, reside in the jurisdiction for 30 days prior to election and be a U.S citizen 4. Vote Voting takes place from Oct. 2 to Nov. 6 at Arlington Heights Village Hall and Northbrook Village Hall

5. Keep in mind Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6

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“You choose you own destiny. If you decide not to vote, then you don’t care about your future in America .”

Tia Allen, senior

Infographic by Solinna Chong and Megan Provost

“Some countries don’t allow voting, and in America you have the option to elect your government leaders. To me, voting is power.”

Rocco Tieri, Athletic Trainer

Photo Opinion by Kristina Piamonte

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Oct. 22, 2012

Primer Evento del Club Latino: Fiesta Familiar de Halloween Perla Jiménez la voz editor Este Domingo, 28 de Octubre, el Club Latino llevará a cabo un evento nuevo, la fiesta de Halloween. La fiesta será para personas de todas las edades, pero se enfocará en los niños. Los miembros de Latino Club esperan que la fiesta recaude fondos parauna beca más que el año pasado. Gabriela Medina, trabajadora social, dice que también esperan que la fiesta afecte a la comunidad Hispana en un nivel familiar. Ella dice que el Club Latino siempre está buscando “eventos que promueven conciencia familiar.” Caroline Tinoco, senior, dice que el evento será un éxito y que espera que llegue bastante gente. “Las mandé (invitacio-

nes) a todos los maestros aquí y a toda mi familia,” Tinoco dijo. En la fiesta, la gente participará en juegos para niños, rifas, cuentos de miedo, comida, películas, entre otras actividades. Carolina Figueroa, sophomore, dice que a pesar de que las actividades sean enfocadas en niños de la primaria, también invitaría a los estudiantes de WHS. Dice que será una oportunidad para enseñarles a los niños que “en realidad no somos monstruos grandes y espantosos.” La Sra. Medina espera que la fiesta promueva “la habilidad de conectar con los hijos en esta economía y a pesar de que los padres siempre están trabajando.” Frida Valdés Alberto Gama, sophomore y Carolina Figueroa, senior, escojen decoraciones de varias revistas para usar el día de la fiesta. Planean el diseño de la cafeteria para acomodar las actividades, las decoraciones y los invitados durante el día.

Candidato Mitt Romney

Presidente Barack Obama

- Promete mantener la Acción Diferida en su presidencia -Promete buscar una solución permanenta para los inmigrantes - Dijo que Obama prometio una reforma migratoria en su primer período presidencial y no cumplió

- Implementó la Acción Diferida -Apoya los DREAMers

Romney contra Obama Los argumentos sobre Immigración

- Implementó la reforma de prestamos estudiantiles - Dijo que Romney apoya las leyes contra-inmigrantes de Arizona Información por Perla Jiménez

Latinos celebran el Día de los Muertos, mantienen tradición La Ofrenda Cielo - La Cruz de la religión Católica

- Velas guían al espíritu

Tierra - Fotografía del difunto y sus objetos

personales para que pueda recordar su vida

Inframundo - Papel piquado representa la alegría

- El Arca es la entrada al mundo de los muertos

Infographic por Jessie Livingston

Rosalie Chan web editor El Día de los Muertos se celebra ampliamente en México, pero algunos estudiantes de WHS todavía celebran esta festividad. El Día De Los Muertos ocurre de Noviembre 1 a 2, y corresponde con el Día de Todos los Santos y el Día de los Difuntos. Tradicionalmente la gente conmemora los niños el día primero, y los adultos el día segundo. “Es una combinación de los Santos Católicos y las culturas indígenas”, Rebecca Castro, Coordinadora de ELL, dijo. “Representa la mezcla de culturas Mexicanas”. Angela Ibarra, senior, celebra este día de fiesta con su familia. Para celebrar, la gente acostumbra poner ofrendas. “Me gusta porque honra-

mos a nuestros abuelos. Ya que era muy cercana a mis abuelos, tomo un día para recordarlos”, Ibarra dijo. Su familia creará un altar con fotos de los fallecidos, velas encendidas lugar y alimentos como pan de muerto sobre el altar. Toda su familia se reúne y dice oraciones. Ibarra dijo que no conoce nadie en la escuela quien celebre esta fiesta. “Es un día donde nos juntamos y recordamos a nuestros ancestros del pasado. Mucha gente no lo toma tan en serio como deberían,” Ibarra dijo. Ofrendas deben tener tres niveles y elementos que representan tierra, viento, fuego y agua. La flor tradicional para esta ocasión es un tipo de caléndula llamada zenpasuchitl, que se utiliza para decorar las ofrendas.

“Pones lo que le gustaría al difunto. Lo hice (una ofrenda) una vez, y fue realmente bueno para pensar, ¿Que le gustaría a la persona fallecida o que comeria?” Sra. Castro dijo. El 7 de noviembre, Sra. Castro tomará sus clases de español en una excursión al Museo Nacional de Arte Mexicano, que tiene una exposición de ofrendas desde septiembre 14 hasta diciembre 16. El Club Latino ha creado ofrendas para las víctimas de acoso escolar que todavía están en exhibición en el pasillo principal. “Normalmente no lo celebro porque requiere tanto. No he perdido a alguien personalmente. Si yo... pierda a alguien, definitivamente lo haría,” la Sra. Castro dijo.




Oct. 22, 2012

October’s underrated treats

Goulding’s ‘Halcyon’ explores ‘Perks’ redefines adolescents combination of new wave, pop Robert Perales Robert Perales a&e editor The highly anticipated release of Ellie Goulding’s sophomore effort, “Halcyon,” which was released on Oct. 9, drew immediate attention from critics and fans alike. The standard album features 14 tracks that resemble Goulding’s emotional experience with heartbreak. The lead single, “Anything Could Happen,” which is currently climbing up the billboard hot 100, introduces a new blend of sounds into the pop world. The hook, although it is simple, has been deemed as one of the best from the album. Fusing elements of pop and electro, followed by a basic chorus, “Anything” strays away from Goulding’s previous singles. However, the track does follow the major theme of the album. Filled with explosive hooks and poetic verses, “Halycon” is possible stronger than Goulding’s last effort, “Lights,” which features the top 10 single of the

same name, which has sold over 3 million digital downloads since its release. Other standout tracks include “Only You,” “Explosions” and the emotionally driven track, “Dead in the Water.” The former track, “Only,” illustrates Goulding’s struggle to cope with her emotional battle. The inclusion of the hook adds to an already explosive track. The rumored follow up single, “Figure 8,” follows in the footsteps of “Anything.” The inclusion of a wide variety of elements continue to establish Goulding’s new wave of pop music. With an impressive debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, “Halcyon” will certaintly leave a long lasting effect in today’s music industry. The album is reaching success all around the world as it has hit the top 10 in several countries including the U.K. Goulding will embark on a worldwide tour to promote the album, which will reach the U.S. on December 1.

Picks of the Month: Oct. Movie:

Paranormal Activity 4?

The fourth installment of the massively successful series will follow another individual who is stalked and attacked by a paranormal force. The movie was released on Oct. 19, and it will follow the events that occured immediately after the end of the second film.


“Red” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift will re-emerge with her latest album, “Red,” on Oct. 2 to all major retailers including iTunes. The album ventures far from Swift’s previous albums as it fuses elements of Pop into the country genre. The album is expected to debut with large sales.


Whale Tale Similar to the concept of Robot Unicorn Attack, guide Willow the Whale through a maze of clouds, while collecting bubbles along the way and avoiding the electrified storm clouds.



$25 off any driver ed program at the Buffalo Grove or River Woods location now through 5/10/13

Educational math and logic puzzles

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Stephen Chbosky makes his directing debut in the coming-of-age teen drama, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” With an outstanding cast including Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller, Chbosky successfully delivers one of the best films of 2012. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name, “Perks” follows 15 year-old Charlie (Lerman) on an emotionally thrilling ride as he embarks on a journey through his first year of high school. After leading a life of distress and loneliness, Charlie meets seniors, Sam (Watson) and Patrick (Miller), and quickly begins to break away from his troubled past. Along his journey, Charlie encounters a wide array of ways to cope with his emotions including a growing relationship with Sam. The film did more than compensate for its minimal budget by successfully adapting the novel into a film. Although it was virtually impossible for Chbosky to transfer all aspects of the 213 page novel into a 102 minute movie, he did manage to hit most of the major as-

pects of the literary work. While the novel was written in a letter format, the film successfully found a balance in which the characters thoughts could fully be developed. The strongest component of the film may very well be attributed to the actors of the film. Logan Lerman delivers a performance that perfectly resembles the novel. He manages to successfuly deliver Charlie’s emotions. Both Watson, who has begun to break away from her roles in the successful franchise, “Harry Potter,” and Miller successfuly play supporting roles in the film. The film manages to meet most major strides that young adults may experience: depression, drugs and alcohol abuse, sexual orientation, etc. while still finding a pleasant and entertaining way of presenting such an emotional journey. The highly recommended film has made a total of 6 million dollars worldwide as of Oct. 16. As one of the best films of the year, “Stephen Chbosky’s “Perks” is a must see for all age groups. The film displays the emotional and physical difficuties of a youth’s journey to adulthood.




Oct. 22, 201

Breast cancer awareness brings family support

Keira Skenandore The Illinois Department of Public Health says breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Because of these dangerously high statistics, the nation has recognized

October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in order to raise awareness, educate the public on the disease and raise money for research. This month means a lot to me in particular because my mother, now 51, had a year-long battle with breast cancer during her early 40’s. When I was young, my mom was a tall, high-energy blonde. Her brilliant smile illuminated any dismal mood and always brightened my day. I was eight years old, and life seemed to be a smooth ride. However, in December

of 2003, my mother was diagnosed with first stage breast cancer at the age of 42 and had to endure radiation treatments three days a week for three months. I began to notice the beautiful, high-energy woman with the bright smile that I had known begin to fade. She was no longer always in a good mood, or had the energy to make me laugh. She used the little energy she had left after radiation treatments to work and attend classes at Harper. Our family had hit a rough patch on the road of our smooth lifestyle. After a year of struggle

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and conflict, my mother was able to fight against cancer and become cancerfree after treatments. She began to act like herself and had a positive attitude about life again. She made it, thanks to the support we found through our family and friends, as well as the Northshore Glenbrook Hospital, where my mother had been treated. During this month, we should all take a look around at our family and friends who are dealing with breast cancer and give them support. My family believes that without the support we

received, we would not have been able to handle the emotional hardship of knowing my mother may not have won the fight. My mom wants to let other families know, “There is always hope. Breast cancer is not a death sentence. We can make it through this together.” I am lucky I still have my mom with me, and we all have to remember that this will not always be the case. Please support other families dealing with this hardship, and help fundraise this month for research to help end this fight against breast cancer.

A leap for literacy

Frida Valdes When I came to the U.S. nine years ago, I was automatically placed into the ESL program at Holmes Middle School (HMS.) The only prior knowledge I had was knowing how to count to ten. At the end of eighth grade, I was one of the only students in my class to graduate from the ESL program and gave a speech at the ESL graduation ceremony at OWHMS. Freshman year was a big eye-opener; I began taking classes completely in English, and I could not speak in Spanish since all the other students spoke English. In the end, this helped me learn better.

It wasn’t until recently that I wondered why some of my old friends had not graduated from ESL even though they have lived in the U.S. their whole lives and spoke more English than when I got here. The majority of students in the ESL program speak Spanish; therefore, they can communicate with each other without being forced to learn English. Often, too much help is given to students who have the capacity to do more than they think. Students staying together in the same classes consequently leads to students being segregated and not exposed to native English speakers. The ESL program needs to reform in order to incorporate all ESL students into the school’s curriculum. If non-native speakers, like myself, are encouraged to raise the bar, they will achieve more than they thought they could. As a nation of immigrants, it is a duty to offer an equality in opportunity to everyone.

editorial P.E. exemption waiver gives promise of options District 214 may allow more options for receiving a physical education waiver starting in the 2013-14 school year. Several extracurricular activities, such as marching band and Navy Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (NJROTC), already participate in physical activities during the day, and the waivers can help students have the opportunity to enroll in a study hall and gain more free time. Due to marching band’s

long practices on the turf so much time completing and NJROTC’s after-school fundamental drills that concommitments, depending sist of marching back on one’s division, class and forth while or position, it can be 6 out of 10 being coherent hard to get home and members of of those around complete a full night the editorial them. They then of homework. With run through the new waiver, stu- board agree. their ten-minute dents can add a study show at least five hall to their schedule, times a practice. which will allow them to NJROTC has its own participate in these activi- physical component with exties without harming their ercises once or twice a week grades. for day class through mile Marching band spends runs, push-ups and situps,

and the night class engages in intense workouts twice a month. With the exercises they receive during the class periods, the need for an additional physical education class does not stand as a dire need. The waivers can also help enrollment in these specific activities. Without having to fit P.E. into the schedule, adding an extracurricular will not seem so daunting. Spokesman feels the

District 214 board should vote “yes” on this proposal, which was up for bid on Oct. 18. Results were not available by press time. Just think, with Marching Band’s undefeated season this year and NJROTC’S second place in the Freeport Invitational, they will have the opportunity to succeed at even further lengths with students being able to participate in those activities instead of P.E.

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To the students who stepped up their game for Homecoming Week. The hallway decorations and participation in activites were excellent. To Students Helping Accept Diversity in Every Situation (S.H.A.D.E.S.) and Latino Club for helping out in activities for children, such as the Halloween Fair.

To the Medical Careers Club for holding a bake sale, selling trinkets and T-shirts to support breast cancer awareness month.

To the NanoConnect event for getting a politician the stature of the Governor to WHS for the first time since the 1970’s. To the Math team for tying third in five schools at their MSL Competition on Oct. 10.

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To the juniors for randomly placing signs everywhere during Homecoming Week and to the seniors for their responses.

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Oct. 22, 2012

Boys cross country places Fans rush field after BG defeat second at Warren invite Erik Hernandez Staff Reporter As a team, boys cross country placed second at the Warren High School meet and third at the Lake Park meet. The runners included Cole Dammeier, Edwin Hernandez, Steven Abraham, Drew Schwartz and Brian Hernandez, sophomores, Justin Loquercio and Elliot Nabatov, freshman. Boys’ cross country also had three top five finishes in invites throughout the season. No school records were broken this year, but many personal records amongst the runners were broken. “I’m grateful for all the freshmen and sophomores that are on the team. This

year there was a greater sense of family,” Tom Polak, cross country coach, said. Noted by Coach Polak, he is particularly proud of Dammeier, Abraham and Loquercio for their outstanding work this season. “A major improvement to boys cross country was the concept of being one team,” Edwin Arteaga, junior, said. “I have a great dedication to the team; they’re like my second family.” Cross country season might be over, but all the great memories remain in the runners thoughts. “This cross country season was fun, tough, motivating, but overall a good experience,” Mauricio Zavala, freshman, said.

Girls tennis ends season at Sectionals

Jessica Livingston WHS students rush the football Field after the varsity football team pulls off a last minute win against Buffalo Grove High School. “These guys are setting a foundation that is going to pay us off many many years down the road. These guys are a special group and they’ve gone through a lot of things. Five years down the road we are going to look back and have fond memories.” Brent Pearlmen, varsity football coach, said. The Wildcats won with a score of 12-8.

Mike Pink staff reporter

The girls tennis season ended on Saturday, Oct. 13 with Sectionals. The team won its first match against Mundelein, but lost the second game against Highland Park. “I improved so much this year because of the competitive environment and harder competition,” Alexandra Fister, junior, said. See full story online Kristina Piamonte

The Wheeling vs. Buffalo Grove football game on Friday Oct. 5 before the Homecoming dance lived up to the hype. Brent Pearlman, varsity football coach, and the Cats went into the game hoping to improve to a 3-4 record and send the Bison home with a 1-6 record. That is exactly what they did. “I think our kids fought, and our defense kids really fought,” Coach Pearlman, said. “They really showed tremendous resilience. Our goal for tonight was to fight and be better as far as competing every single play, and from what I saw at the sideline, I think we are doing that.” The game was scoreless for virtually the whole first half until Isaac Branch, sophomore running back, ran for a 30-yard touchdown with one minute left. After the halftime festivities and fireworks concluded, the Cats and Bison went right back to the basics by playing tough defense. Just as things seemed to be going in the Cats’ direction, Amani Dennis, sophomore quarterback and wide receiver, threw a pic-six at the end of the third quarter tying the game at

6-6. resulting in a game-winning On WHS next drive, a 69- touchdown by Sam Yoshino, yard touchdown run was ne- junior running back and linegated due to a backer and wide holding penreceiver. alty that result“I couldn’t ed in Buffalo have been Grove recovermore proud,” ing a fumble at Mike Yoshino, the Wheeling senior quarterWell, obviously, I’m 17-yard line. back and wide Afterwards, really glad that we receiver, said Dennis was got a win. It’s another “Prior to the sacked in the game, I told endzone for a game where we come him (Urban) to safety, result- right down to the end, have a special ing in a 8-6 Bi- and the games that night, and that son lead. was one heck “It was we’ve come down to of a way to get great to have the end and had a that done.” a step in the chance to win, we’ve Bison had right direcball-security istion for our won. So that’s a great sues the whole program, even sign for us. But we put game resulting though we ourselves in a lot of in 10 fumbles; didn’t play our four of which best football,” tough spots that we were recovered Jack Ander- shouldn’t.” by The Cats. son, senior “I just feel wide receiver really good Brent Pearlman, for the kids,” and defensive varsity coach Coach Pearlback, said. The game man said. seemed to be “They have all but over once the Cats were worked really hard.” forced to punt the ball back to Fans rushed the field once the Bison with three minutes the clock struck zero, sending on the clock. the WHS students to HomeTwo plays after the Bison coming with pride in their back got the ball back, Tyler Ur- pockets. ban, sophomore wide receiver and defensive back, recovered a botched quarterback pitch

Girls volleyball holds off Hersey Seniors finish season strong despite record Chris Nush Staff Reporter

Antonia ArismenStaff Reporter “The record might not show it, but we think we had a really good season,” Amanda Mullin, senior and team captain of the varsity girls volleyball team, said. The volleyball team currently holds a record of 9-14. A highlight of their season was their close game against Hersey High School. “It’s a moral victory,” Jason Kopkowski, varsity volleyball coach, said. “Hersey is very very very good. We put up more points against them than any other team who they have competed against.” The team almost won one of the games with a final score of 25-22. Sydney Keith, senior, added that they have had a lot of close games. “We’re really close,” Keith said. She adds that she likes getting together with the girls during practice and games. “They have good chemistry and cooperate really well together. The girls grow every year. They grow with productivity,” Coach

Kopkowski said. According to Keith, who has been a part of volleyball since her freshman year, the team seems to have gotten better over the years. According to Coach Kopkowski, some players who have stood out more this season are Keith, Mullin, Jessi Zuba and Sara Kern, seniors, and Diana Kuzmanic, sophomore. “The seniors have a lot of experience,” Coach Kopkowski said. “They are really comfortable with each other.” Coach Kopkowski’s favorite part of being a coach is watching the girls grow and complimenting them on the good things they do. Keith, whose favorite moment of the season was when they won against Prospect High School, is “very excited” because it is her senior year. “I’m really happy to be a part of the team,” Keith said. “I’m excited to end the season as being a senior and being a part of the team for four years.” Keith said she feels very excited because it is her senior year and she’s really happy to be a part of the team. She adds that she is excited to end the season.

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Laude continues dedication

Despite a tumor diagnosis, he continues as an active member of WHS athletics Mark Tannous broadcast editor If you know Nate Laude, junior, you would never believe the news he received on Sept. 10, 2012. “It’s called lymphangioma,” Laude said. “It’s a benign tumor that involved my spleen and my pancreas. It’s very rare.” Laude found out he had to get the tumor removed, and he would not be allowed to participate in any physical activity for about five weeks. Laude was a starting defender on the varsity soccer team and has been since last year. He also participates in varsity basketball. “Nate always puts forth his best efforts. I have no doubt his work ethic will help him overcome this obstacle,” Jennifer Zorn, English teacher, said. When Laude explained his first reaction to the news, he said “that’s crazy” and laughed it off. According to Laude, he did not feel worried about it. His parents did not have the same attitude as he did about the situation, though, and Laude said he heard it all from them.

On Sept. 13, Laude had surgery to get the tumor removed, and he says it does not bother him anymore. “I don’t really feel anything because my nerves are damaged. But they are regrowing,” Laude said. This was not Laude’s first injury. He has suffered a concussion and a broken arm, but it seems like to most people, he is always just a respectful man. “I’ve always found Nate to be very respectful and kind in every interaction. He’s also very competitive and active in everything he does. I do respect him, very much so,” Darren Llewellyn, psychology and world history teacher, said. Donald Rowley, girls athletic director and human geography teacher, had praise for Laude too. “I’ve heard many coaches say Nate is an excellent leader. For example, last year he was a very verbal leader on the soccer field,” Rowley said. “I think he’s a good influence on other students, in particularly, athletes. Two characteristics of Nate is that he is positive and hardworking: he leads by example.”

Kristina Piamonte Nate Laude, junior, sets up the camera to tape the varsity soccer game up in the stadium box. He is currently out for the remainder of the soccer season due to medical reasons, but he contributes by helping tape and give moral support. Laude will be seen back on the courts this coming basketball season. “Nate Laude is 40 percent human, 40 percent beast, and 30 percent ladies man. I know that’s 110 percent, but Nate is that awesome that 100 percent is not enough,” John Clancy, former WHS and current Niles North physical education teacher, said in an e-mail interview.

Boys Golf team places 7th at Sectionals

Girls golf finishes Ferguson, Nauert receive all-conference honors season with win Megan Jones Jess Musto

“It was good to win, it’s one of the biggest in the sports editor whole state with all the best Although this year’s golf players,” Ferguson said. season ended with Jack Ferguson also won the Ferguson, senior, unable medalist of honor at Reto return to State, the team gionals, becoming Wheelfinished seventh in Confer- ing’s first player to do so. ence, and the “Jack’s- sucteam’s seniors cess was demhaving a record onstrated in his year. “I say overall individual overall we had average, which better than prewas historic bedicted season,” “I think ining about a 74,” Ferguson, said. dividually it Mark Menich, Ferguson and boys varsity golf helped build Zack Nauert, coach and social my confidence senior, tied for worker, said. eighth at Confer- up, the three Unfortunateence, qualifying of our scores ly, the success them for all-con- contributed a ended when Ferference honors. guson was unlot, helping us The two golfable to requalify jump up a few ers scored a 76 for state again at Conference. places.” this year at SecThese scores, as tionals. well as Jeremiah “Jack would Levin’s, senior, Zack Nauert, have really liked score of 82, senior to return to helped the team State,” Menich jump three places said. at Conference. The boys Although Ferguson was golf team ended up placing unable to return to State seventh out of 12 teams. senior year, this does not “I think the team did mark the end of his golf well; we knew we were a career. According to Coach young team,” Nauert said. Menich, The young golfer The team’s success did will continue his career at not stop there. Ferguson Weslyan University. also won the Wheeling “(I plan to) just keep getWildcat invitational in Sept. ting better and hopefully by shooting 68, 4 under par. make it to professional golf He competed in this invite someday,” Ferguson said. against 125 indvidual players.


Jess Musto sports editor

season sum up Placed seventh out of 12 in Conference Jack Ferguson, senior, won the Wheeling Wildcat invite Ferguson and Zack Nauert, seniors, placed 8th at Conference with a score of 76 Ferguson and Nauert made all conference Ferguson was the first Wheeling golfer to win a medalist honor at Regionals Infographic by Jessie Livingston and Jess Musto

“The best moment of the season was when we were at our last match because we had good team moral, finally came together and played like we all should,” Kaitlyn Debusk, senior, said. The girls golf team finished the season with a win against Hoffman Estates and a win against Schaumburg High School at Conference. “We all improved a lot especially varsity and the new players,” Jackie Resnick, senior, said. “We beat the teams we set out to.” According to Joanne Mcnamee, girls golf coach, Resnick was the most consistent and lowest scoring player with a score of 31. Resnick won three medalist awards at the Sept. 11, 18 and 19 meets. “That was the highlight of the season,” Peggi Allsworth, girls golf coach, said. Debusk missed Sectionals by two strokes, “so I did well, but it rained so it wasn’t very fun.” According to Peggie Allsworth, girls varsity golf coach, it was a tough year because the team had three returning seniors and needed four players to compete at the varsity level. Debusk hopes that more freshmen come out for the season next year, due to the “We finished loss of three seniors. the season “We are very off with a win, pleased with our three freshmen as in- which was coming players and nice.” are looking forward to next year,” Mcna- Jackie Resnick, mee said. senior

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