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Stories from York Community High School
COVID-19 Forces Seniors to Say Goodbye to Their Sport Too Soon
Coronavirus

Joey Leonardo | April 27, 2020

On April 17, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker called a press conference to announce that all schools statewide would remain closed for the remainder of the academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With…

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Creators under quarantine: Students keep their passions alive during the pandemic
Coronavirus

Laurel Baumann | April 15, 2020

As of Friday, March 20, Illinois is under a ‘“Stay At Home” order until the end of April. York’s performing arts department is full of creative opportunities and outlets for students. Due to students…

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No days off: Spring sport athletes continue training despite the suspension of their seasons
Coronavirus

Hannah Brody | March 27, 2020

During the month of March, students witnessed the rapid growth of a virus, formally called COVID-19, across our country, waiting to see how it would impact them.

The week of March 9 consisted of many…

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JV hockey reclaims Scholastic Hockey League title in double overtime
Sports

Murphy McFarlane | March 4, 2020

Last Wednesday night, York JV hockey competed against Glenbrook North in the Scholastic Hockey League Championship. With the best of three series tied 1-1 and the SHL trophy on the line, both teams hit…

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Students become the choreographer in YDC
Video

Erin Quaid | March 3, 2020

Friday mornings, while most students are still at home getting ready for school or still asleep, York Dance Company members are in the black box studio by 6:45 a.m. getting ready to show off their best…

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York Hockey celebrates 50 years at senior night
Sports

Murphy McFarlane | January 30, 2020

Last Friday night, York Hockey held their annual senior night to not only recognize the nine players graduating with the class of 2020, but to additionally celebrate 50 years as a program. The night reflected…

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Understanding the demands of a gracefully gritty sport
Sports

Murphy McFarlane | January 30, 2020

Secluded in a balcony adjacent to the South Gym, a select group of York students practice astonishing stunts and audacious skills that the average person could not imagine pulling off. During the winter…

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“Circles” impacts fans, Mac Miller’s legacy
Arts & Entertainment

Ryan Lynch | January 30, 2020

When artist Mac Miller passed away on Sept. 7, 2018, the music world was sent into immediate shock. In the following hours of his passing, colleagues like J.I.D, Chance the Rapper, Wiz Khalifa and J. Cole…

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Quigley highlights impeachment at annual visit to York
News

Ethan Thomas | January 29, 2020

On Jan. 22, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) made his annual visit to York and had a discussion with AP United States History students. During his discussion, he highlighted the impeachment situation and talked…

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Students weigh in on marijuana legalization in Illinois
News

Mary Kett | January 21, 2020

Illinois became the 11th state to legalize the recreational sale of marijuana on Jan. 1 after Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the bill into law in June. Adults over the age of 21 can now purchase marijuana…

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Letter to the editor: York must silence America’s most hurtful word
Opinions

Black Student Union | January 7, 2020

Some may recall a survey on thisisyork.org in January 2019 regarding the use of the  N-Word. This survey was quickly taken down due to its offensive nature and failure to obtain the voice of York’s…

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Writing on the wall: racial hate notes found at York, Elmhurst College in late October
News

Mary Kett | January 7, 2020

On Oct. 24, a hate note with racial overtones was found in a boys restroom at York. While the note indicated it was meant to be a joke, York administration and the Elmhurst Police Department investigated…

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Revenge Tour 2019; XC State Meet
Sports

Grace Moriarty | December 17, 2019

Cross country is not typically known for its fan section; however, this year the narrative changed completely.
Over 250 fans made the trip down to Peoria to cheer on the boys and girls teams running in…

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CNN awards Matthew Billenstein with the positive athlete award
Sports

Katherine Steahly | December 16, 2019

Junior Mathew Billenstein reached for structural support as he stepped onto the diving block for the first time since he started swimming six years ago. It was generally assumed that Billenstein would…

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Conservation of our Illinois prairie begins at home, but migrates far
News

Paige Szipszky | November 25, 2019

The Illinois Prairie Path that runs through Elmhurst provides residents with a quaint place to reconnect with a small bit of nature in the hectic Chicago suburbs. The name is not accidental; the prairie…

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York Drama Kicks Off Their New Season of Spreading Empathy With ‘Twelfth Night’
Features

Laurel Baumann | October 22, 2019

Since the start of the school year, York Drama has been in the process of preparing for their production of Twelfth Night. This will be the first full-scale musical done in the fall at York. The musical…

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Under pressure: Students face stress over post-high school plans
News

Grace Moriarty | October 1, 2019

“What are your top schools?” is a question most high school upperclassmen learn to despise as their road to graduation shortens. At every social gathering possible, students brace themselves for the…

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Brewpoint Coffee: from CraigsList browser to coffee shop owner
Features

Murphy McFarlane | September 30, 2019

If you’re a student at York or even just an Elmhurst resident, chances are you’ve heard of Brewpoint Coffee. Maintaining a laid back environment, Brewpoint is the perfect place to complete work, hold…

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Lighting up Friday night
Features

Paige Szipszky | September 25, 2019

Football games aren’t just about the team playing on the turf, in reality it takes more than one team to create the atmosphere at Friday night football games. The dance team, cheer team, marching band…

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Language as a Bridge, Not a Barrier
Features

Mary Kett | May 30, 2019

It’s hard to imagine moving to a new place with a culture and language completely different from what you’re used to, especially as a high school student. English learner (EL) students experience this…

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New department chair Ismael Zamora approaches math from a different angle
Features

Rachel Perry | May 22, 2019

Although math can oftentimes be a difficult subject for students, a new teacher and department chair is teaching a generation of students different approaches to math and learning as a whole: Ismael Zamora….

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Chris Lee and Billy Paschen drive York’s hockey program to elite level
Sports

Murphy McFarlane | May 15, 2019

It’s been three years since York hockey has been inducted into arguably Illinois’s most competitive high school hockey league, and, since then, the program has seen great success. This season, JV won…

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Under the Monocle: Emma Johnson, seamstress extraordinaire
Features

Emily Walker | April 18, 2019

For most people, the way we dress is fairly straightforward; whether we buy our clothes at a boutique or at Target, most of us rely on forming our personal style with clothes that are made for us to purchase.

However,…

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ID Scanning implemented as new lunchroom policy
News

Rachel Perry | March 28, 2019

For the past year, entrance into lunch has been granted by a simple flash of a student’s ID, yet a policy put into place Monday, Mar. 18 has raised eyebrows. Instead of a student showing their ID to…

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Life Through the Filter: VSCO’s Unrealistic Reality
Opinions

Sarah Pinkowski | February 25, 2019

Like many girls my age, I have a secret guilty pleasure: VSCO. First created in 2011 by founders Greg Lutze and Joel Flory as a way for users to organize and edit their photography, the app has become…

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