Wildcat Chronicle

A past filled with horror becomes a future with positiveness

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

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 be gone in an instant (since) we were always living in a constant war zone,” Niyokwizera said. ...

Hard work pays off for new national board certified English teacher

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

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 have skills and reflect on their teaching to reach a certain standard and become a national board...

Love for music becomes chance to perform at Premios Lo Nuestro

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

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 at Premios Lo Nuestro, a Spanish award show that honors Latin music presented by Univision, in early Ja...

Teachers support bullied boy by wearing Tennessee shirt

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.

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 didn’t have a University of Tennessee shirt, he decided to create his own and the day he wore it, ...

Childhood game turns into a passionate sport for senior

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

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 in the field and off the field.   “I make sure that the team is motivated during the game, I take care of players o...

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

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

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 funnest parts about being a teacher being able to work with kids outside the classroom,” Belding...

Custodian celebrates his 40th year with Award of Excellence

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

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, on Oct. 19 in Normal, Illinois. “I was not expecting it at all. There were people who told me ...

High school inspiration helped Dwyer become principal

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

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 engaged with the community, with the student body and teachers,” Dwyer said. “I remember think...

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

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.

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

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

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 Guadalupe Arriola holds Local Government Academy certificate and plans local government academy for Latino students that will occur from June 17 - 27.

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 and math teacher Eduardo Montoya’s family gathers around him at the Trek 100 2016 event.

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...

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