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Dive into Homecoming 2023

A look at this September’s Homecoming festivities.
Photo by Lifetouch
Last year’s Pep Club roots for the Wildcats at the Homecoming football game.

Following an “Under the Sea” theme, West Chicago Community High School will host their annual homecoming week for WEGO students from Sept. 25-29. 

“Based off of previous ideas from past years, Student Council put our heads together to come up with a colorful theme that people would enjoy, and that would allow for Spirit Days. Picking a theme is always hard, with so many opinions,” junior Sophia Garcia said.

One major event for homecoming week is the football game, during which time the Wildcats will go head-to-head with the Streamwood High School Sabres on Sept. 29 at 7:00 p.m.  The game will be played at Memorial Stadium (WCCHS) with Pep Club’s theme set for neon. Last year against the Sabres, WEGO experienced their first victory of the season with a score of 46-23.

Another major event is the Homecoming dance, which will be held in Bishop Gym at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. To attend, one must purchase Homecoming tickets online for $35 per person prior to Sept. 29. Guest passes will be available for purchases as well.

A crowd gathers at Entrance C to check-in to the Homecoming dance in September 2022. (Photo by Lifetouch)

Student Council is asking for song recommendations to be played at the dance.

Students expressed excitement for this beginning-of-the-year tradition, and the thought of spending time with friend for a night.

“I probably just like the mosh pit[s] and hanging out with friends” junior Zach Kreitzer said. 

Yet some students are concerned about the food, beverages and space.

“To have [the dance] in a less confined space would be nice. It was hot, sweaty, and gross last year. We were given half a single cup of water, so that wasn’t good. And salty pretzels,” senior Mary Smith said.

Lead-Up to Homecoming

To begin the festivities, Pep Club organized a window-decorating event in downtown West Chicago on Saturday, Sept. 2. Fall clubs and sports were invited to paint the windows of various businesses, such as El Coco Loco and Kindred Coffee.

“I think it’s something different, you know. It’s cool, and really watery and aquatic. Yeah, it looks chill,” Marvin Garcia, senior, said of the painted windows.

Homecoming Week

The decorating will continue at the high school later in the month. Clubs/sports are responsible for their own materials during Sept. 25’s hall decorating.  Due to new window materials, window painting is not allowed, but clubs/sports can hang things from windows if they would like. Hallway decorating is a way to promote the various extracurriculars at WCCHS, and increase excitement for Homecoming. 

“[Hallway decorating is] very important because it represents our school,” sophomore Khloee Zomparelli said. 

Movie Night, held at the football field at 7:00 p.m., will also premiere on Sept. 25. Although the movie has not yet been officially announced, it will likely involve the theme of “Under the Sea”. This is a free event for students to attend, allowing them to support school clubs and teams selling items such as foam footballs, glow bracelets, necklaces, and glasses.

Update: the film selected by students was revealed on Friday, Sept. 8, after publication, via Student Council’s Instagram: “Jaws“.

Some of the food items that will be made available include pizza for $3 a slice, popcorn for $2, Kona ice for $4-$8, cookies for $1-$2, and hot cocoa for $2. Students should know that prohibited items on the football field are gum and candy (i.e. Sour Patch Kids, taffy, etc.). 

The consensus for last year’s Movie Night was positive, and many are willing to return this year.

“I think it was good. I think the movie was good,” Kreitzer said. 

Teachers battle the seniors in the annual tug-of-war competition at the Homecoming pep assembly in 2022. (Photo by Lifetouch)

Later in the week, on Friday, Sept. 29, all students and staff will attend the Homecoming pep assembly, coordinated by Pep Club. The assembly will again feature a Powder Puff game between junior and senior girls; sign-ups for both coaches and players will be available Sept. 11-15 during lunch periods.

Word has yet to be released as to whether the Pom Boys will make an appearance.

That same day, student organizations will offer a variety of food and drinks for West Chicago Community High School’s Food Fest. Any groups interested in setting up shop may still sign up. The event will be held on Wood Street, between the school and the football field, before and after the yearly parade. 

The parade will feature clubs like the Student Council, Art Club, Anime Club, FCCLA, and WEGO Global, as well as athletics, such as the football and cheer team. The marching band will also perform.

“I think it will be fun,” Geoffrey Fleming, a freshman football player, said.

In the years prior, the parade has had a strong turnout. As usual, the parade will go down Joliet Street and toward Leman Middle School. Unlike last year, Gary Elementary students will be able to attend.

“It’s a ten. It’s always off the chain. It’s the best day of the year. The sun is great, we go for the parades, we have a blast, we throw candy at kids, it doesn’t get any better than that,” AVID teacher Rich Kost said. 

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Qssam Alwan
Qssam Alwan, Reporter
Qssam Alwan is a senior, and this is his first year in the journalism program. Qssam enjoys going out with friends, working out at the gym, and watching TV shows with his three older brothers. After high school, Qssam is looking forward to attending college or university to major in pharmacy or electrical work.
Eshan Amir
Eshan Amir, Senior Reporter
Eshan Amir is a senior who partakes in watching movies, filmmaking, and photography in his free time. He strives to accomplish his best at West Chicago Community High School and acknowledges that WEGO provides a great space to meet new people and prosper social skills. After school, he plans to pursue a career in film making or the law industry. He is currently drafting a screenplay, learning the basics of criminal law, and intends on taking journalism to get better at communicating and listening to people.
Fernando Arroyo Garcia
Fernando Arroyo Garcia, Photo Editor
Fernando Arroyo Garcia is a senior who enjoys hanging out with his friends at the gym outside of school. At school, he is involved in AV Club and the newly-formed Drone Club. His favorite shows consist of "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul", though he believes the latter is the better show of the two. His most enjoyable experience over the summer was buying his Canon T6i camera, which he used a lot over the summer.
Devin Larimer
Devin Larimer, Reporter
Senior Devin Larimer is interested in pursuing a career as a pilot. If that career path does not work out, then his plan B involves majoring in journalism in college. Devin is currently in the chess club, and enjoys writing, which is why he was interested in working for the Wildcat Chronicle: he wants to improve his writing skills for school. When Devin is home, he enjoys spending time with his two cats, Hunter and Allie. Most often, though, he is busy working at Jewel Osco, and occasionally listening to his favorite artists: Half Alive and Young the Giant.
Anjali Rai
Anjali Rai, Reporter
Anjali is a senior at West Chicago Community High School. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and exploring various different types of music. Apart from dance and music, she likes to spend her time reading romance novels. Anjali is an optimistic person and strives to have a successful life ahead of her. 
Kristian Perez
Kristian Perez, Reporter
Kristian Perez is in his senior year at WCCHS. He enjoys going to the gym, chilling, and hanging out with friends. People who know Kristian would describe him as funny, quiet, and tall. After high school, Kristian plans to attend college and work in real estate. He would like to attend a college in Aurora since it is close by, but he is still undecided. Even though Kristian is a Wildcat, he says he is most like a tiger because when he finds something that he really likes he is determined to put his mind to it.
Drew Zeman
Drew Zeman, Senior Reporter
Drew Zeman is a senior, and this is his first year as a reporter for the Wildcat Chronicle. He has been involved baseball since he was six-years-old, and still plays for the high school. In his free time, he likes to hangout with friends and play video games. His plan after high school is to study finance at Illinois State University, then become a financial adviser. 
Brianna Romero
Brianna Romero, Reporter
Brianna is currently a sophomore, and is passionate about reading and writing. She aspires to be an English teacher or journalist after she graduates. Brianna currently has a dog, and describes herself as more of a dog person despite previously having 20 cats. Yes, 20! She is very environmentally-conscious and would like to join Club Green and WeGo Global this school year. 
Isaac Perez
Isaac Perez, Reporter
Senior Isaac Perez is in his first year as a staffer on the Wildcat Chronicle. Isaac prides himself on being a funny guy who always has jokes to make other people's day. He is into fashion, and his style is unique and vintage. In his free time, Isaac likes to hang out with friends and goof around.
Josue Varela
Josue Varela, Reporter
Josue Varela is a determined, ambitious senior at West Chicago Community High School with a wide range of passions, from music to skateboarding. He prides himself on honesty and being true to himself. For this reason, he feels represented by Spongebob, seeing those same qualities in the yellow sponge. After all, who wouldn’t want to visit the Krusty Krab and work for a boss who would sell their soul for sixty-two pennies?  Josue's interest in journalism stems from a desire to improve his interpersonal communication skills and learn new perspectives. In his time outside of school, he enjoys skating, going out with friends, and listening to any and all genres of music, even country. In the future, Josue sees himself pursuing careers in fashion or audio technology. 
Daniela Perez
Daniela Perez, Reporter
Senior Daniela Perez is a first-year reporter with the Chronicle. She enjoys walking outside with her dog, Santi, and spending most of her time with her friends. Daniela’s sister influences her the most because she is smart and motivates her to do better.
Sami Moesch
Sami Moesch, Senior Reporter
Sami is a sophomore; this is her first year as a reporter for the Chronicle, and she joined because she wanted to try something new. When she is not busy reporting, Sami plays Varsity soccer in the spring at WEGO, and throughout the year with a local club team. When Sami is relaxing, she usually listens to Taylor Swift, but also tunes into other artists such as The Neighborhood, Gracie Abraham, Clairo, and Lana. She passes the time by watching two of her favorite shows “Gilmore Girls” and “Pretty Little Liars”. Her future is uncertain: Sami does not yet know what she wants to do as a career, but keeps her doors open for possibilities.
Aidan Ostapa
Aidan Ostapa, Reporter
Aidan Ostapa is someone who enjoys spending his time watching basketball and sometimes playing golf. As a result, Aidan has developed a baller personality through his athletic experience. He is not just about sports, though: Aidan also enjoys some leisure writing time in English class when it comes to analyzing books and putting his thoughts into paper. Whenever he is not moving around, he jams out with his dog while listening to Quadeca. Aidan’s dedication to Quadeca is unmatched, followed only by his future prospects as a Wildcat Chronicle reporter.   
Lizbeth Padilla
Lizbeth Padilla, Reporter
Lizbeth Padilla is a senior at West Chicago Community High School who loves to go to the mall and hang out with friends. In the future, she plans to become a chef because she enjoys cooking and grew up in the kitchen. It is no surprise, then, that Lizbeth enjoys trying different and new restaurants - she prides herself on knowing all the hidden gems in the area. 
Eric Deguzman
Eric Deguzman, Reporter
Eric Deguzman is a senior who likes to hang out with friends and family. Eric also used to play baseball for the school, but stopped because he was busy all the time. In Eric’s free time, he likes fishing with his dad and learning piano from his mom. He also enjoys watching TV shows with his younger sister and catching the latest sports games. His favorite sports teams are the Celtics, White Sox, and Bears. Aside from all that, Eric wants to be successful and influence people so he can feel like he lived life with a purpose. He plans to go to College of DuPage for two years, and then a university after.
Fernando Calvillo-Morales
Fernando Calvillo-Morales, Multimedia Content Creator
Senior Fernando Calvillo-Morales has put a lot of his time into clubs and sports including, Rock Climbing Club, the Varsity tennis team, Robotics Team, yearbook, and Compass. Fernando is clearly a leader within the West Chicago community. He has always been very dedicated, and applied himself to being the best he can be. A significant part of Fernando is his humor: most would say he is quite a jokester. He can never fail to make someone laugh and instantly improve their day. Loyalty is also an especially important quality to Fernando, and he is a firm believer in helping others find success. When Fernando is not found drinking chia water, he is listening to NF. His favorite part about NF is his ability to sing and go in-depth about the highs and lows of life, and how to overcome obstacles. 
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