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Social worker Jeff Anderson walks along with a safe house director while being given a tour in Romania.

Raising a cup to help end human trafficking

By Leslie Najera-Rivas, Editor in Chief April 19, 2021

From donating money to sponsoring organizations, social worker Jeff Anderson is working to end human trafficking around the world with A Cup for a Cause.  “A Cup for a Cause is a nonprofit that exists...

My favorite songs in 2020 (so far)

My favorite songs in 2020 (so far)

By Leslie Najera-Rivas, Editor in Chief October 3, 2020

2020 has been a chaotic year, yet the music never stops. As someone that wakes up and plays music to start the day, there is rarely a single moment where I don’t listen to music. 2020 can’t be over...

While being a refugee his entire childhood in Tanzania, junior Moise Niyokwizera now resides in West Chicago.

A past filled with horror becomes a future with positiveness

By Leslie Najera-Rivas, Editor in Chief February 18, 2020

After being born in Kigoma, Tanzania, life for junior Moise Niyokwizera was unexpected after becoming a refugee.  “Being a refugee was kind of scary because you didn’t know whether your life would...

Language arts teacher Leslie Fireman recently became a national board certified teacher after working for over two years in the process.

Hard work pays off for new national board certified English teacher

By Leslie Najera-Rivas, Editor in Chief January 30, 2020

While spending more than 70 hours on just the writing, language arts teacher Leslie Fireman became a national board certified teacher in her second year at the school.  Teachers must prove that they...

Senior Jimmy Quechol performs at the school for Tunes with the Cat in 2019.

Love for music becomes chance to perform at Premios Lo Nuestro

By Leslie Najera-Rivas, Editor in Chief January 30, 2020

From performing at schools and talent shows, senior Jimmy Quechol will get the opportunity to perform at Premios Lo Nuestro as well as publish two books this year.  Quechol found out about performing...

ESL teacher Mark Poulterer along with other teachers wore the University of Tennessee shirts on Wednesday to support a boy that was bullied after designing this shirt on paper and wearing it pinned to his shirt.

Teachers support bullied boy by wearing Tennessee shirt

By Leslie Najera-Rivas, Editor in Chief November 13, 2019

After hearing the story of a boy being bullied on the radio, ESL teacher Mark Poulterer was inspired to share an anti-bullying message. After the Florida boy’s school had a college wear day and he...

Senior Eulises Serriteno began playing football in fifth grade and now in his senior year, is the football team captain.

Childhood game turns into a passionate sport for senior

By Kathy Garcia, Contributing Writer October 31, 2019

Being a football team captain can seem intimidating but not if you are truly passionate about football. Senior Eulises Serriteno, captain of the football team, has to keep the team on top of things...

Football coach Tyler Belding returns to the football field as a head coach after playing as a Wildcat when he was a student.

Love for sports turns into a love for coaching for Tyler Belding

By Denise Carreto, Reporter October 28, 2019

After the resignation of the previous football coach Jack Rustman, special education teacher Tyler Belding has taken the reins as the new head football coach. “Coaching is great, it’s one of the...

Custodian Alfonso Rivera will be recognized with the Illinois State Board of Education’s highest honor on Oct. 19 in Normal, Illinois.

Custodian celebrates his 40th year with Award of Excellence

By Leslie Najera-Rivas, Editor in chief September 23, 2019

While dedicating weekends to students to helping with pool equipment, custodian Alfonso Rivera will be recognized with the Illinois State Board of Education’s highest honor, the Award of Excellence,...

Principal Will Dwyer visits the orchestra and chats with students while answering questions.

High school inspiration helped Dwyer become principal

By Leslie Najera-Rivas, Editor in Chief September 19, 2019

After a new high school principal impacted him in his high school years, Principal Will Dwyer hopes to do the same in his new role here.  “He (the new principal) came in and did a great job. He really...

Science teacher Hank Murphy will retire after teaching for 15 years. Special education teacher Catherine Thielberg hopes to work for the Obama Foundation after she retires from her career here.

Seniors won’t be the only ones leaving school once and for all

By Leslie Najera-Rivas, Isabela Casimiro, News Editor, Perspectives Editor May 24, 2019

As the year comes to an end and students prepare for the summer, teachers will be finishing school as well. Science teacher Hank Murphy and special education teacher Catherine Thielberg will be retiring...

Superintendent Douglas Domeracki will retire after working for six years here.

After many contributions to the school, superintendent says goodbye

By Leslie Najera-Rivas, News Editor May 23, 2019

As the year comes to an end, Superintendent Douglas Domeracki will be retiring after six years here. “For most of my career, I wanted to be a principal and kept that idea for a long time. Until 2007/2008,...

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