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No more Mockingbird?

No more Mockingbird?

By Taylor Porter, Homewood Flossmoor High School

January 8, 2015

For decades, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee has been one of America’s most popular novels. However, there is a possibility that the Homewood Flossmoor English Department may clip its wings. No official decision has been made, but English Department Chair Jake Vallicelli says it’s time to ...

Yes, there is such a thing as a dumb question

Yes, there is such a thing as a dumb question

By Will Most, Lyons Township HS, LaGrange, Ill.

December 5, 2014

No crowd is more vexatious than those on college tours. It’s an endless barrage of dumb questions, dealt out by both prospective students and their helicopter parents.

Indie comedy ‘In A World…’ shines and challenges

Indie comedy 'In A World…' shines and challenges

By Meghan Bennett, Normal Community HS, Normal, Ill.

November 17, 2014

"In A World…" stars Lake Bell, who wrote and directed the film, as Carol Solomon, a vocal coach hoping to break into the male-dominated Hollywood niche industry of voice-overs. She competes with her egotistical father, played brilliantly by Fred Melamed, and his protege (Ken Marino), for a sought-...

Does #activism make a difference or does it just turn issues into viral trends?

Does #activism make a difference or does it just turn issues into viral trends?

By Zoe Davis, Whitney Young Magnet HS, Chicago

October 24, 2014

Think of any viral video, meme or trend on social media. Where does it comes from? Tweets and posts start to appear on your feed as your friends start to tweet and comment. You are expected to join in because, why not? It’s viral. Every day it seems like a new trend arises on social media, causing...

Addition of ‘Frozen’ characters opens new doors for ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time’

A scared and confused Elsa finds herself in Storybrooke and, fearful of the intentions of its residents, creates a powerful snow monster for protection.

By Martika Theis, Palatine HS, Palatine, Ill.

October 21, 2014

“Welcome to Storybrooke.” With those three words, bail bonds person, Emma Swan, is catapulted into a world beyond her wildest imagination. On the day of Emma’s birth 28 years before, the Evil Queen cast a dark curse upon the fairy tale denizens of the Enchanted Forest, ripping away their homes...

Think before you ‘Gram’

Think before you 'Gram'

By Gabbie Gresge, Lyons Township HS, LaGrange, Ill.

June 12, 2014

Posting pictures of life events threatens teens’ ability to live in the moment. Rather than live through a smartphone screen, ignore the craving to post pictures and simply enjoy life as it comes.

Media brings back an unrealistic fantasy of dead rapper

Media brings back an unrealistic fantasy of dead rapper

By Tyler Dixon, Evanston Township HS, Evanston, Ill.

May 27, 2014

Tupac has returned. Tupac Shakur, renowned hip hop artist and actor, died on Sept. 13, 1996. After being dead for 17 years, Tupac Shakur graced the stage alongside fellow hip hop artist Snoop Dogg at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. How can the dead live again? It was an ill...

Stacked summer: Midwest music festivals impress and implore

The crowd watches R. Kelly perform at Day 3 of the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival, July 21, 2013 in Chicago.

By David Colton, Evanston Township HS, Evanston, Ill.

May 19, 2014

Music festivals, though they have been around for decades, have seen a very recent spike in popularity. Now, the Midwest is home to almost 10 festivals of all genres.

At annual ethnic fair, students explore cultures

At annual ethnic fair, students explore cultures

By Anna Konstant, Hinsdale Central HS, Hinsdale, Ill.

April 22, 2014

Students, teachers, and parents explored different cultures, such as Egyptian, Indian, Greek, Polish and Latin, at this year’s Ethnic Fair. Sponsored by International Club, people were able to learn about these different cultures through bulletin boards displayed in the cafeteria. Students, teachers,...

Sharfaei’s shop

Sharfaei's shop

By Cole Meyer, Hinsdale Central HS, Hinsdale, Ill.

April 11, 2014

Senior Armond Sharfaei has a passion for mechanical work. Over the past several years, Sharfaei has been modifying his 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited in his garage at home. Sharfaei installs the mods himself and has become an extremely proficient mechanic. He has fit the Jeep with many luxuries ranging...

High school food pantry a labor of love

High school food pantry a labor of love

By Sarah Foster, Mattoon HS, Mattoon, Ill.

April 7, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of articles about the elevated poverty rates in Coles County, Ill. “Is that all today?” 76-year-old Madonna McKittrick sighs as she watches another one of her students hide a bag behind the shelves, like its concealment seems more important than taking home ...

Through financial struggle, hope still shines

Through financial struggle, hope still shines

By Sarah Foster, Mattoon HS, Mattoon, Ill.

March 11, 2014

To others, it would be considered far from perfect. But for them, it couldn’t have been better. The Gentry family, circled in a cluster of chairs, looks back on those days. It’s felt as if a century has passed since they ate dinner in a restaurant. They used to go bowling whenever they wanted...

Tanning beds banned for teenagers under 18 in Illinois

A tanning bed in use.

By Emily Zhen, Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.

February 21, 2014

High school students who previously tanned in tanning beds for school dances and other special occasions must now find alternatives. Previously, with the permission from a parent or guardian, those under 18 could tan. But Gov. Pat Quinn recently signed a bill that bans teenagers under the age of ...

Pharmacist takes a shot at vaccination misconceptions

A nurse vaccinates a student at Walgreens. While flu shots help to protect against certain strains of influenza, some believe that patients who receive flu shots have a greater chance of developing the flu.

By Esther Suh, Glenbrook North HS, Northbrook, Ill.

December 20, 2013

During the winter of 2010,  junior Katie Beall caught what she did not expect to catch. Suffering through physical pain and throbbing headaches, she was infected by the seasonal influenza. Prior to her sickness that year, Beall followed her mother into her pediatrician’s office to receive her an...

Beverage ban is all wet

By Taylor Wieneke, Civic Memorial High School, Bethalto, Ill.

October 29, 2013

Starting this school year, Civic Memorial students have not been allowed to bring outside drinks into the building or drink beverages in the classroom, a change that could be harmful to students’ health. Many of these students are outraged; some need their coffee to start off the morning before...