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Caught up in comparisons

Maddie Harris, Nora Callahan, Executive Lifestyle Editor, Lifestyle Editor

February 14, 2020

Comparing her life to others’ as she scrolled through her Instagram feed was a common occurrence for sophomore Caroline Sullivan. Feeling frustrated, she decided to break away from her typical posting habits by opening up about...

Stage crew in the spotlight

Stage crew in the spotlight

February 14, 2020

Writing your wrongs

Sophie Sperber, Lauren Dyer, Managing Editor, Lifestyle Editor

February 14, 2020

Since she was a teenager, Lori Day, educational psychologist for Lori Day Consulting, has kept a pad of paper and pen next to her bed. Whenever something keeps her awake, whether it be family, friends or work, she writes it down.  ...

Freshmen press play on DJ startup

Sarah Boeke, Caitlyn Lofland, Opinions Editor, Features Editor

February 14, 2020

With the cars cleared out, a disco ball spinning and the music queued, freshmen Ryan Kreiter and Adam Shaw began their first DJ gig in an empty garage. They did not know it yet, but this would be the beginning of their entertainment career together. “It was the ...

Junior demonstrates passion for music and performance

Baeyoung Yoo, Staff Writer

December 13, 2019

From taking the podium with raised arms leading the marching band as drum major to carrying the tune with fellow members of the choir, junior Zach Torf’s passion for music and performing makes a statement in all of his commitments....

Senior advocates for migraine awareness and legislation

Mady Zirlin, Staff Writer

December 13, 2019

When senior Ayla Kaufman began to get symptoms of strokes and seizures caused by her extreme headaches in seventh grade, she had to miss school for weeks at a time. She could not be treated for her migraines for two years after the first showing of symptoms since doctors were still unsure of the causes. She had to ...

Behind the scenes with Comedy Sportz

Sophie Sperber, Ellie Pazol, Managing Editor, Executive Features Editor

December 13, 2019

Standing with her arms pointed straight to the ceiling, senior Caroline Lee was “The Hair That Would Not Curl.” Her teammates kneeled next to her swaying and twisting their arms, representing the kind of curly hair Lee’s character so desperately wanted to be. This...

Fishing Club hooks student interest

Ellie Pazol, Executive Features Editor

November 8, 2019

A loud laugh shattered the silence in the science resource center as junior Songyu Ye announced that he had never caught a fish in his life. Ironically, Ye is one of the three co-presidents and founders of the Fishing Club, along with juniors Adrian Knyazev an...

One call from the runway

Maya Fridman, Grace Kang, Features Editor, Copy Editor

November 8, 2019

One mid-August morning at 9 a.m., senior Urie Han, half-awake, answered her phone. On the other line was a Miss Illinois Teen USA pageant representative who revealed that Urie was nominated to be a contestant in the Miss Illinois Teen USA pageant. To ...

Engineering club crafts prosthetic hand

Lucy Cho, Features Editor

September 27, 2019

Through a program called e-NABLE, SWEN was matched with 59-year-old Ric McKenzie, who lost all his fingers to frostbite 20 years ago. e-NABLE is a global program in which people volunteer to make 3D-printed hands and arms for people in need. The club members used blueprints and formulas from e-NABL...

Get to know the woman behind the register

Grace Kang, Copy Editor

September 27, 2019

Three cash registers jingle with coins. Students with their unpaid school lunches form an amoeba-like crowd around the Quest Food Management Services Cashiers: Jaqueline Younatham, Eva Odisho and Arianna Cox. The cafeteria is ...

Olympian embarks on field hockey club

Samrah Abbasi, Editor-at-Large

September 27, 2019

Katie Beach, owner and director of Windy City Field Hockey, is an Olympian and former Division I head coach for field hockey at Colombia University. She joined the U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey team and competed in glo...

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