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

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 at the end of the year. Since starting at the school, Murphy has been encouraged by the diversity from the ...

After many contributions to the school, superintendent says goodbye

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, I began to develop an interest in district leadership as opposed to building leadership,...

Senior helps to make a change in the community

Senior helps to make a change in the community

By Leslie Najera-Rivas, News Editor

May 23, 2019

After being passionate to learn more about her community, senior Guadalupe Arriola was inspired to help the Local Government Academy for Latino students. “The goal with this (community) event is to bring awareness to Latino students on how the city functions and to promote leadership, and the ...

Science teacher Eduardo Montoya rides to raise money for children with cancer

Science teacher Eduardo Montoya rides to raise money for children with cancer

By Leslie Najera-Rivas, News Editor

May 22, 2019

What was once a passion for biking that started five years ago is now a way science and math teacher Eduardo Montoya helps raise money for children with cancer. “This is a big part in which about 2,000 cyclists get together, and they organized this event to fundraise. After that, we get togethe...

Athletic director calls timeout, retires after 11 years

Athletic director calls timeout, retires after 11 years

By Ariana Alcantar, Editor in chief

April 16, 2019

The friendships made, the multicultural environment, and the passions for sports are characteristics that athletic director, Doug Mullaney is going to miss when he retires Oct. 1. “I love the multicultural school, there is no doubt the lessons that I have learned here,” Mullaney said. “I (al...

School internship turns into a love for drama

School internship turns into a love for drama

By Leslie Najera-Rivas, Features Editor

March 21, 2019

While exploring different paths and doing an internship, drama teacher Mark Begovich developed a passion for drama. “I (actually) saw myself on a different path for a long time. When I was growing up, I wound up doing some tutoring and then I was an intern,” Begovich said. “I had to teach ...

Student Council adviser Christopher Lukas to receive outstanding award

Student Council adviser Christopher Lukas to receive outstanding award

By Leslie Najera-Rivas, Features Editor

March 20, 2019

Dedicating time to Student Council for over a decade paid off for adviser Christopher Lukas as the Illinois Directors of Student Activities (IDSA) named him Outstanding Activity Adviser. Lukas was nominated by activities director Marc Wolfe. “It’s a great honor, I was caught off guard by the ...

Athletic director job comes true for David Pater

Athletic director job comes true for David Pater

By Isabela Casimiro, Perspective Editor

March 12, 2019

Working his way up from being a teacher to director of student services, David Pater will become the new athletic director starting in July. “I’ve always wanted this position and this is a position that even going into college I knew I wanted to do something with sports,” Pater said. “I’m s...

Without fear Yazidi student brings awareness of her people to the community

Without fear Yazidi student brings awareness of her people to the community

By Isabela Casimiro, Perspectives Editor

February 22, 2019

In Iraq, life for junior Ameena AlHammo was calm and simple. “We as Yazidis live our life simple. We didn't have electricity, internet, or schools but we were okay with it,” AlHammo said. And then ISIS arrived. Her family had heard of ISIS coming to their town from refugees whose towns w...

Senior moves on from classrooms to battlefields

Senior moves on from classrooms to battlefields

By Ariana Alcantar, Editor in chief

January 22, 2019

Following in his lifelong dream, senior Mark Perez enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and will head to boot camp after graduation. “I’ve always wanted to do it as a kid and I’ve never changed my mind. Now that I’m age appropriate to join, I just did it,” Perez said. The Marines...

Senior athlete enjoys running lifestyle

Senior athlete enjoys running lifestyle

By Ariana Alcantar, Editor in chief

October 19, 2018

Three-year varsity cross country runner and captain senior Kamal Patel is enjoying his last season as a high schooler. “I would say that running is so great that it almost helps our body in every situation. It’s a lifestyle, it keeps the body in good shape, helps you concentrate, focus on study...

Undefeated golfer heads to state tournament

Undefeated golfer heads to state tournament

By Isabela Casimiro, Perspectives Editor

October 12, 2018

Four-year golfer, sophomore Kendall Farm remains undefeated for the season and is now heading to state Friday and Saturday. Farm won first place on Sept. 24 at the Upstate Eight Conference, regionals on Oct. 4, and sectionals on Oct. 8. Farm shot a 79 in the conference at The Bridges of Popla...

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