The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from York Community High School
COVID-19 in Elmhurst: A year in the making
News

Abby Conners | March 15, 2021

This Saturday will mark the anniversary of Elmhurst CUSD 205 schools’ closure due to COVID-19. On March 13, 2020, York sent students home excited for an extended spring break. However, two weeks of spring…

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Sia’s “Music” faces heavy controversy around wrongful portrayal of autistic individuals
Arts & Entertainment

Kathryn King | March 4, 2021

Best known for her bobbed wig with long bangs that shield her eyes, Australian pop star Sia has never been one to involve herself in Hollywood drama or invoke a controversy. The singer has been writing…

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York administration confronts nooses found on football field as a hate crime
News

Lucy Valeski | January 29, 2021

On Jan. 17, a group of adults playing soccer in the York High School Football Stadium found two rope nooses attached to the metal bleachers. Two taped messages reading “Let them play!” and “Hear…

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David Fincher’s “Mank” celebrates the magic of motion picture (review)
Arts & Entertainment

Lucy Valeski | December 22, 2020

While it hardly appears fair to compare one of the most analyzed movies of all time with David Fincher’s comeback feature “Mank,” it also remains impossible to review the new Netflix movie outside…

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AP Art student Matthew Milani produces sculptures surrounding theme of “man and technology”
Features

Mustafa Valika | December 21, 2020

Fifteen pieces. As art students work hard to meet this requirement for AP Art classes, they often struggle to choose a theme to base all of their artwork on. One senior art student, Matthew Milani, came…

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Under the Monocle: Kayla Tutunji Takes On Full-Time Quarantine Project and Business
Features

Jackie Cimino | December 8, 2020

Whether it was knitting, mastering the art of baking sourdough bread or binging all of “Selling Sunset” on Netflix, quarantine has given the world an abundance of time for new hobbies. Junior and entrepreneur…

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Entrepreneurs from York found Kroy Railway Group, a company focused on solving traffic backup from trains
Features

Finnegan Belleau | December 4, 2020

Kroy Railway Group, an LLC that first started through York Community High School’s INCubator program last year, is working on creative ways to solve the issue of train blockages for everyday people and…

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Under the Monocle: York juniors Allyson Hiser and Sophie Grabau take on the World (of Dance)
Features

Olivia Rosenberg | December 1, 2020

In June, juniors Allyson Hiser and Sophie Grabau made their national television debut on NBC’s “World of Dance.” The competitive dance show is a platform for dancers to showcase their abilities with…

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“Ratched” review: an unconventional backstory for a famously unconventional villain
Arts & Entertainment

Kathryn King | December 1, 2020

In both the literature world and previous year’s curriculum for a tenth grade English student at York, Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is a classic. It tells the story…

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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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