The student news site of West Chicago Community High School

Wildcat Chronicle

The student news site of West Chicago Community High School

Wildcat Chronicle

The student news site of West Chicago Community High School

Wildcat Chronicle

2023-2024 Staff

Sasha Baumgartner
Editor-in-Chief

Sasha Baumgartner

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 continue...

Karidja Monjolo
Managing Editor

Karidja Monjolo

Karidja Monjolo is a senior, and this is her third year on the Wildcat Chronicle. She participates in WeGo Drama, Speech Team, Roar, and more! Her hobbies include reading, writing, and listening to music. In the future Karidj...

Dhanveer Gill
Managing Editor

Dhanveer Gill

Dhanveer Gill is a senior at WCCHS and this is his second year on the Wildcat Chronicle. Dhanveer is a dedicated Math Team member, NHS member, and senior engineer of WeGo's Robotics Team. Outside of school, he loves to be in the...

Alexa Morales
Features Editor

Alexa Morales

Although Alexa is a senior at WEGO, she is the captain of the dance team. Something unique about Alexa is that she was an exchange student in France for a week and a half last spring. Alexa's favorite music artist at th...

Michael Birdsell
Reviews Editor

Michael Birdsell

Michael is a senior, and a second-year member of the Wildcat Chronicle. He has been involved with the West Chicago golf, tennis, and scholastic bowl teams throughout his time in high school. In his free time, he enjoys reading lite...

(Photo by Dave Jennings)
Opinions Editor

Jonathan Saucedo

Jonathan is a junior at West Chicago Community High School. He joined Journalism last year and has learned many important lessons - especially that deadlines can be tricky. This year, Jonathan is an up-and-coming opinions section editor....

Ryan Zalak
Sports Editor

Ryan Zalak

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....

Emily Ziajor
Multimedia Manager

Emily Ziajor

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...

Fernando Arroyo Garcia
Photo Editor

Fernando Arroyo Garcia

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 "Bett...

Carlos Allen
Senior Reporter

Carlos Allen

Carlos is a senior and it is his third year in journalism. In his free time, he likes to listen to music his favorite artists are Lil Baby and Rylo Rodriguez. Carlos is also the biggest Packers fan you'll ever meet so ladies in the ...

Eshan Amir
Senior Reporter

Eshan Amir

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 ...

Sami Moesch
Senior Reporter

Sami Moesch

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 th...

Miley Pegg
Senior Reporter

Miley Pegg

Sophomore Miley Pegg plays guitar and is on the cheer team, but her inspiration for taking Journalism stems from the show “Gilmore Girls”, one of her favorite shows. When she is not busy with school and extracurriculars, sh...

JaNyah Villa
Senior Reporter

Ja’Nyah Villa

Ja'Nyah is a sophomore this year and in her first semester of Journalism production. She is very driven and dedicated to her schoolwork and extracurricular activities. Outside of Journalism, Ja'Nyah is an active member of Wego...

Zach Wiegele
Senior Reporter

Zach Wiegele

Zach’s first go at journalism during his senior year brings an exciting addition to the Wildcat Chronicle’s staff. As a Varsity football and basketball player, Zach wanted to play in the NBA when he was little, but is now u...

Drew Zeman
Senior Reporter

Drew Zeman

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 wi...

Sebastian Alarcon
Multimedia Content Creator

Sebastian Alarcon

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 other...

Fernando Calvillo-Morales
Multimedia Content Creator

Fernando Calvillo-Morales

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 Chicag...

Brandon M. Heath
Multimedia Content Creator

Brandon M. Heath

Brandon M. Heath is involved in the swim team, marching and concert band. He got into music because his middle school band director inspired him - and his sister also played a role. Brandon enjoys making friends through music, a...

Nancy Sanchez
Multimedia Content Creator

Nancy Sanchez

Nancy is a senior at West Chicago taking Journalism for the second time. She speaks English, Spanish, and French, but decided to learn Mandarin to communicate better. She plays an "unremarkable" number of instruments in her free ...

Micah Weber
Multimedia Content Creator

Micah Weber

Micah is a senior and second-year journalism student. He is involved with Jennings' AV Club, and is drowning in debt. Beyond school, Micah is a motivated video editor, and plans to pursue a career in the production industry afte...

Qssam Alwan
Reporter

Qssam Alwan

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 f...

Michael Angeles
Reporter

Michael Angeles

Michael Angeles is a passionate performer in WeGo Drama's theatrical productions. He is a senior and is currently in his fourth year in the performing troupe. Michael has always been very interested in interacting with others and ...

Alyssa Apostoli
Reporter

Alyssa Apostoli

Alyssa Apostoli is a celloist of nine years, and an aspiring forensic scientist who plans on using her skills to potentially pursue a career as an investigator with the FBI one day. As a senior at WCCHS, Alyssa is known for her bubbly de...

Melanie Ballines
Reporter

Melanie Ballines

Melanie Ballines strives to go to college and become a vet tech once she completes her last semester as a senior. COVID put up a new challenge for her during the freshman year of high school, but her cat, Dante, was there right...

Yadira Barrera Arenas
Reporter

Yadira Barrera Arenas

Yadira Arenas is a senior, and a first-year member of the Wildcat Chronicle. As a self-titled “outgoing” person, Yadira took up Journalism after years of stressful classes and is looking to improve upon her writing skills. ...

Tyler Buikema
Reporter

Tyler Buikema

Tyler Buikema is going into the union for plumbing after finishing at West Chicago Community High School.  Tyler loves a challenge, whether that is in school, at the gym, or at work. He aspires to become a family man, with Go...

Gabriella Castro
Reporter

Gabriella Castro

Introducing Gabriela Castro, a sophomore from West Chicago  who, up until this year, had an extensive music career. She was involved in music throughout middle school, and participated in orchestra for eight years, but decided to ...

Giselle Cortez
Reporter

Giselle Cortez

Giselle Cortez is a senior at West Chicago High School and is taking journalism for the first time this year. Giselle has a passion for soccer, but likes to bake in her free time. She is still undecided as to whether college feels rig...

Dania Cureno
Reporter

Dania Cureno

Even though Dania Cureno loves WEGO, she sees more opportunities in the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, as she would like to pursue something in the science and mathematics fields. As a freshman, Dania hopes to atte...

Logan Daniel
Reporter

Logan Daniel

Logan Daniel is a senior, and this is his first year on the Wildcat Chronicle, Logan is a smart, handsome young man who likes to spend their time hanging out with friends and doing hobbies he enjoys. Some hobbies Logan likes to i...

Eric Deguzman
Reporter

Eric Deguzman

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 learni...

Maribel Dominguez
Reporter

Maribel Dominguez

Those close to her would describe Mirabel Dominguez as caring and understanding. She spends a lot of time with her friends, and enjoys going out shopping and working. Maribel also looks after her pets at home, including her dog...

Aly Dusing
Reporter

Aly Dusing

Alyson (Aly) Dusing is a highly outgoing and engaging sophomore who enjoys listening to music and hanging out with friends. This is her first semester on the Wildcat Chronicle staff. Once she graduates high school, Aly plans to ...

Reporter

Amna Fasihi

Amna Fasihi is a senior interested in studying psychology to become a therapist at an inpatient facility. While that sounds quite serious, Amna’s dream pet is a raccoon because she feels they look alike: she spends lots of ...

Joseph Flores
Reporter

Joseph Flores

Joseph Flores is a senior at WCCHS,  and it is his first year on the Wildcat Chronicle's staff. Joseph is  a strategic thinker who knows how to make an impact - but Joseph's talents extend beyond the classroom. He is also a pas...

Elvis Garcia
Reporter

Elvis Garcia

Elvis is a future business administrator with desirable goals, such as owning his own dream house and preferred vehicle (a 2024 Porsche 911). Fundamentally, his scheme is to acquire knowledge from a college/university and commen...

Ivon Garcia
Reporter

Ivon Garcia

Ivon Garcia is in her fourth year at West Chicago High School. After being a fixture in Wildcat Chronicle slideshows and videos, Ivon is now heading behind the camera as a reporter. In her spare time, Ivon likes to do her acry...

Daniel Guzman
Reporter

Daniel Guzman

Daniel Guzman is a dedicated athlete who is entering his fourth season as a wrestler at WCCHS. He enjoys weight lifting and hanging out at the gym.

Olivia Heredia
Reporter

Olivia Heredia

Olivia Heredia is a senior in high school. This is her first year and last year at West Chicago. She is excited for new possibilities and what this school has to bring. Olivia loves listening to music, playing the sims and spe...

Julian Hernandez
Reporter

Julian Hernandez

Julian Hernandez is a senior at West Chicago Community High School, starting his first year of journalism. He is an active soccer player, playing for the past 10 years, and involved in his school’s Varsity team. Outside of school...

Karen Huerta Garnica
Reporter

Karen Huerta Garnica

As a first-year journalist, Karen enjoys how she is able to express herself more in this class. She is currently a senior at West Chicago Community High School, and likes to do her makeup and watch a very well-known Netflix show,...

Ava Koch
Reporter

Ava Koch

Ava Koch enjoys getting bit when Miloh, her blue crossover quaker (a bird), gets angry. When she is not being playfully attacked, she is fulfilling her last year in high school by going all-out for the football game themes. S...

Antos Kumar
Reporter

Antos Kumar

Antos Kumar is a very hands-on person: if anything is fixable, he is on top of it. As a sophomore at WCCHS, he already has plans to go into the Marines after high school. If that does not work out, Antos plans on going to trade s...

Jayden Lang
Reporter

Jayden Lang

Jayden Lang is someone who can be found writing poetry, taking inspiration from a poet named Kwota B. In the future, he wants to write and publish a book and use his poetic style to be a motivational speaker. When he is not writing...

Devin Larimer
Reporter

Devin Larimer

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...

Ubaldo Lopez
Reporter

Ubaldo Lopez

Ubaldo is in his first year of journalism and is looking forward to using his social skills and creativity for articles and interviewing fellow classmates. He has some past experience with photography, and has taken picture of vehicl...

Diana Mackintos
Reporter

Diana Mackintos

Diana Mackintos wants to become one of the best interior designers, despite her insane love for sports. When she is not picking out paint colors or looking at fabric samples, she wants to run a marathon because her  passion ...

Adam Mackovic
Reporter

Adam Mackovic

Adam Mackovic is a future engineer who enjoys a good horror game. He likes a good bike ride in the warm weather, and when indoors, he enjoys cooking a good meal. This Renaissance Man also owns a 50 lb. labrador mix. It is ...

Marcos Marcos-Minor
Reporter

Marcos Marcos-Minor

Marcos Marcos-Minor is a soft-spoken senior who is looking forward to understanding the innerworkings of the Wildcat Chronicle.

Leo Mendez
Reporter

Leo Mendez

As a sophomore, Leo Mendez is involved in football, a sport he wishes to continue with for the rest of his years in high school. Leo can regularly be found in the weight room as he continues to work hard during the off-season...

Ayline Montoya Ramirez
Reporter

Ayline Montoya Ramirez

Ayline Montoya Ramirez is a sophomore in high school who loves science.  Ayline Montoya Ramirez is a sophomore at WCCHS and this is her second time on the Wildcat Chronicle. She has deep affection for writing and reading,...

Yace Morejon
Reporter

Yace Morejon

Yace Morejon is a very independent senior who is more than up for a challenge: she is also a junior graduating a year early at the WCCHS. This is her first semester of journalism, and Yace hopes to have the best experiences an...

Vincent Muci
Reporter

Vincent Muci

Well-known as WEGO’s Varsity quarterback, Vincent Muci, a hardworking senior, is now exploring the world of journalism. He will, most definitely, though, continue his passion for football throughout college, and is looking forward...

Julisa Munguia
Reporter

Julisa Munguia

Julisa Munguia is looking into the careers of cosmetology and interior design as she is a senior, soon to graduate. She enjoys being creative, and considers both fields as a means of expressing herself through a form of art. ...

Oscar Munoz-Granados
Reporter

Oscar Munoz-Granados

There is no doubt Oscar Munoz-Granados has a strong sense of humor: the smile on his face is seemingly plastered on there. He frequently jokes around, though he knows when to get serious. He is currently mourning the loss of a...

Jayem Nato
Reporter

Jayem Nato

Jayem is entering her first semester of Journalism, but is thrilled to be entering her final year here at WEGO. After high school, she plans to attend college and study medicine. In her free time, Jayem plays the guitar and enjo...

Trent Noland
Reporter

Trent Noland

Trent Noland is wrapping up his senior year at West Chicago Community High School; he is hard-working, and teachers would describe him as a "serious" and "kind-hearted" student.

Aidan Ostapa
Reporter

Aidan Ostapa

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: ...

Lizbeth Padilla
Reporter

Lizbeth Padilla

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 n...

Shee Nay Paw
Reporter

Shee Nay Paw

Shee Nay is described by her former teachers as "one of the sweetest people you will ever know." She is a senior at West Chicago Community High School, and is trying out journalism for the first time.

Juliet Payton
Reporter

Juliet Payton

Despite her passion for sports communication and the hopes of being on ESPN, sophomore Juliet Payton can be described as a person who is calm and goes with the flow. She enjoys hanging out with her friends and sleeping in her...

Chris Pena
Reporter

Chris Pena

Christopher Pena is a senior, this is his first year on the Wildcat Chronicle. He is an outgoing person who is involved with many groups outside of school, and so he is rarely home. You can find him working at his job, hanging...

Daniela Perez
Reporter

Daniela Perez

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...

Isaac Perez
Reporter

Isaac Perez

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 ...

Kristian Perez
Reporter

Kristian Perez

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 atten...

Fabio Piloni
Reporter

Fabio Piloni

Fabio is a future business owner with the goal of living on his own in the near future. He plans to go to trade school to become an electrician, and then attend college to study business. As a senior at West Chicago Community High S...

Anjali Rai
Reporter

Anjali Rai

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. An...

Luis Reyes
Reporter

Luis Reyes

Junior Luis Reyes loves to play sports-oriented video games, but draws the line at any baseball-themed games. He enjoys drawing, and would consider himself to be artistic. In his spare time, Luis goes to the gym, and is really...

Violeta Rivera
Reporter

Violeta Rivera

Violeta is known for her sweet personality, and desire to help others. One day, she hopes to become a nurse. Right now, she has her sights set on graduation in May 2024.

Brianna Romero
Reporter

Brianna Romero

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 des...

Austin Sanchez
Reporter

Austin Sanchez

Austin is a WEGO senior and a unique person who seriously likes the color red. When Austin isn't playing video games and/or listening to music, his interests include music, horticultural science, and agricultural design. He wou...

Ryley Salazar
Reporter

Ryley Salazar

Ryley Salazar likes filming and editing videos, and is good with a camera, having created several YouTube videos back in middle school. Since then, Ryley has become active in WeGo Drama, and has performed in a number of shows,...

Jesse Sanchez
Reporter

Jesse Sanchez

Aside from school, Jesse Sanchez works as a part-time Chipotle employee, always lending a warm hand in customer service with a smile. In honor of being a 2024 graduate, Jesse makes the most of his last semester by involving hims...

Giselle Suarez
Reporter

Giselle Suarez

Giselle Suarez is a sophomore at West Chicago Community High School. She enjoys creative writing and drawing, particularly landscapes. Friends and family would describe Giselle as "nice" and "quiet". This hard-working student hopes...

Albin Tosterud
Reporter

Albin Tosterud

Soccer player Albin Tosterud is a senior, and this is his first time being a part of the Wildcat Chronicle. His hobbies include playing basketball and, of course, playing soccer - as well as listening to music. His favorite arti...

Josue Varela
Reporter

Josue Varela

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 repre...

Mariah Varnado
Reporter

Mariah Varnado

Junior Mariah Varnado has a passion for performance. She is a strong contributor on WEGO's competitive dance team, and a regular feature in WeGo Drama's theatrical productions. She not only acted in the "The Great Gatsby" and "...

Osmar Vilchiz
Reporter

Osmar Vilchiz

Osmar Vilchiz is the first to say he has successfully achieved everything he wanted to in high school. Now, this forward-thinking mechanic is looking to find an internship at a body shop so he can learn the skills of the trade....

Scotty Zentner
Reporter

Scotty Zentner

Scotty Zentner is a senior and 2023 is his first time on the Wildcat Chronicle. He enjoys wrestling, and is looking forward to his final year in the sport, and making it to the state competition. While Scotty would describe his skills a...

Teni Fajemisin
Guest Contributor

Teni Fajemisin

Teni Fajemisin is a junior, this is his first year of participation in the Wildcat Chronicle. This is Teni’s first time trying to actively participate in an activity in West Chicago High School, although he has gotten some wor...

Arely Jacobo
Guest Contributor

Arely Jacobo

Arely Jacobo is a senior at WCCHS and a first-year freelancer for the Wildcat Chronicle. Arely has been involved with the school’s Math Team, WeGo Global, and LifeSmarts. She does the New York Times daily mini every day, is an ...

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