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Winter pep assembly ushers in second semester

Upperclassmen attended the annual event during den time on their first day of class in 2024.

The upperclassmen of West Chicago Community High School united for a pep assembly on Tuesday, January 9, the first day back at school after winter break. The assembly was held in the Bishop Gym during the den period.

The assembly was introduced by the school’s Pep Club, whose members guided the juniors and seniors as to where to sit, and oversaw the player entrances for the students versus staff basketball game, the first event of the assembly. Students had their own entrances, as did the teachers: all were greeted by music and an energetic call out from English teacher Dave Jennings. 

The game got started almost immediately: A team of juniors turned into a team of seniors at the half. Senior Mason Williams went up for two dunks in the game, which made the crowd erupt in cheers. Mason Williams got one off of a breakaway, and another off of a backboard feed from senior Jack Walsh. Although a valiant effort from the teachers, they would take the loss, 13-2. 

“I think this assembly is really fun. I do feel a little bad for the teacher since it’s a little unfair to them in the basketball game, but it’s really fun,” junior Khashika Narain said.

Both teams expressed their excitement for the matchup.

The game was so positive with smiles the whole time, both teachers and students were having a great time, and hearing the students in the crowd get into it was awesome. I really enjoyed it and hope to participate again next year,” junior Jaxon Williams said.

After the basketball game wrapped up, the scavenger hunt started. This game consisted of a big circle of chairs – all with students sitting in them – situated in the center of the gymnasium. Jennings called out what items the participants needed to look for in the crowd, before sending them off to find said object and bring it back to their seat. The last person to their seat was eliminated. 

Some of the items that the contestants looked for included people with red nail polish, and humanities teachers. Tension was high when it came down to the last two people: they had to find the principal, Dr. Will Dwyer, who was hidden within the crowd. Senior Fernando Calvillo-Morales spotted Dwyer first and sprinted to center court. His opponent, senior Jayden Huesca-Rodriguez could not find anyone, and another even swiped a chair out from under another contestant. 

The final part of the assembly included a dance that the students and teachers collaborated on. All of the participants lined up and squatted in two columns; each pair performed a duet and then squatted back down. The song choice was “Scream and Shout” by

“I thought the assembly was pretty fun. There were some funny moments like dunking on the teachers, and then the dancing. Mr. Hayes was pretty funny and Mr. Chisholm did a good job in both,” senior Graham Johnson said.

After the dance, the assembly wrapped up. Although the event was brief, Student Activities Director Marc Wolfe believed the pep assembly had a significant impact on students.

“It’s great way to bring all the students together have some fun celebrate being back together and just enjoy being at school and kick off this semester on a good note,” Wolfe said.

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Ryan Zalak
Ryan Zalak, Sports Editor
As a WEGO baseball player currently in his senior year of high school, Ryan Zalak enjoys going to the gym and would love to learn and speak Spanish. This is his first year in Journalism, and Ryan has enjoyed meeting new people. Ryan’s future plan is to go to COD and decide whether to pursue a career in automotive or as an electrician.
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Sebastian Alarcon is a senior at WCCHS and a first-year journalism student. Formerly, he was a dedicated soccer player for 14 years. Sebastian is a very sociable, friendly, and charismatic individual who loves connecting with others. Currently, Sebastian works at Sonny Acres and is also in the process of deciding which college to attend out of state. When he is not studying or working, he plays tennis and does some boxing on the side. In his free time, Sebastian likes to listen to music for example rap, and Spanish rock, and also watch movies.
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Emily Ziajor is a WEGO senior in her second year of journalism. She attended the National High School Journalism Convention last November, and thoroughly loved the experience. She is a Polish-American (she finished her final year of Polish School in the spring of 2023) with a creative soul and high aspirations. When it comes to writing, she has a sharp imagination, and one of her true passions is photography. Emily is a multi-year member of the AV Club at West Chicago Community High School.
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Sasha is a senior, and this is her third year being a part of the Wildcat Chronicle. She found a swift passion for journalism during her sophomore year, learning how to write for fun and in many different ways. She has continued with the paper since 2021. Outside of journalism, Sasha is a member of the WEGO Dance team, a ROAR mentor and a member of National Honors Society and WEGO Global at the high school. Sasha’s main hobbies outside of school include working at a retirement community serving guests in the dining room, spending time with friends and family, and finishing up work for the Wildcat Chronicle. In the future, Sasha plans to attend college for psychology to be able to help people on a daily basis. 
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