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  • January 16Conquering College Costs Presentation, Hosted by DGN at 7 p.m.
  • January 16Girls Varsity Bowling vs. Hinsdale South on Jan. 17 at 3:30 p.m.
  • January 16Varsity Wrestling vs. Leyden on 6 p.m.

Timeline: My wisdom teeth horror story

Timeline: My wisdom teeth horror story

Jacob Casella, Social Media Director

January 17, 2020

A week ago, I got four wisdom teeth removed from my beautiful face. My teeth are my best asset, and after two years of braces, hundreds of dollars spent on Crest Whitening Strips and a prior oral surgery to fix a tooth that wouldn’t grow in, I was not about to let wisdom teeth ruin my million-dollar...

Why post-winter break is the worst time of year

Why post-winter break is the worst time of year

Kate Riley, Online Features Editor

January 15, 2020

School is back in session, and the hours I spent sleeping away my winter break have worn off. This time of year seems to drag the most, with months until graduation and no end in sight. The return back to school after winter break is the worst of them all. Winter break is just long enough to give...

Why picture-perfect vacations don’t always need a social media post

Why picture-perfect vacations don’t always need a social media post

Madeline O'Neil, Copy Editor

January 13, 2020

Summer vacation: the perfect opportunity to hang out with friends, family, and post about it everywhere. Yes, you heard me right. All of these things didn’t happen unless you get a picture. Or at least that’s what social media expects. I went to Italy on vacation this summer. It was the biggest...

No, it’s not winter yet

No, it’s not winter yet

Paul Szmanda, Online Co-Editor-in-Chief

December 19, 2019

Every year around December, my know-it-all senses routinely become triggered by one declaration. It’s December, it’s cold, there’s snow on the ground -- winter is here! False. This is a public service announcement to all the people who believe that snow ‘equals’ winter. The fact of...

How folklor has affected my life

How folklor has affected my life

Jovana Kuzmanovic, Online Entertainment Editor

December 17, 2019

I remember my first dance practice like it was yesterday. I was five years old, I had my cute, pink gym shoes on and my Justice tracksuit. My teacher placed us in a half-circle, and ever since then I’ve been dancing my heart away. Little did I know that this small hall with a little, old basketball...

Too ‘e-Z’: Z4/Z5 policy makes finals a breeze

Too ‘e-Z’: Z4/Z5 policy makes finals a breeze

Kira Matheson, Online Opinions Editor

December 17, 2019

With the semester coming to a close, I find myself stalking Home Access Center three times a day. My most frequented tab is the Roger Hub Finals Calculator, and I, like most AP students, am aiming for the perfect exam score to keep my grades safe. This year, there is an unsung hero of finals season,...

Mall santas — freaky or fun?

Mall santas — freaky or fun?

Marjorie Lichner, Head Copy Editor

December 17, 2019

I feel like everyone has had at least one experience with a mall santa. Whether it was waiting in line for over an hour for one lousy picture or getting a picture with your screaming siblings… almost everyone has a story. I feel like mall santas themselves are problematic. Having your children sit...

Why winter break should be longer

Why winter break should be longer

Drey McGrew, Print Sports Editor

December 16, 2019

Ten days, 240 hours, 14400 minutes, yet every year winter break feels like it flies by within the blink of an eye. I personally think winter break should be longer simply because students and staff both need that time for relaxation in between the school year. We should get a whole month of winter...

Wacky finals schedule creates confusion

Wacky finals schedule creates confusion

Marjorie Lichner, Head Copy Editor

December 13, 2019

With finals on the horizon, students are preparing to take their tests before winter break. I will be taking five finals this semester, four of which will be on actual testing days. Finals right before winter break is an issue for me. Having to multitask between working long hours, studying hard for...

When does Christmas season really start?

When does Christmas season really start?

Teagan Smith, Print Opinions Editor

December 12, 2019

I am a firm believer that Christmas season starts the day after Halloween. On Nov 1., as soon as the pumpkins are taken off the front porch, it is time to replace them with colorful lights. Many people think this is way too early, but I assure you it’s not. As spooky season comes to an end, the...

My conspiracy theory on the Amazon Alexa

My conspiracy theory on the Amazon Alexa

Alyssa Deplaris, Social Media Director

December 11, 2019

The Amazon Echo, otherwise known as “Alexa”, has become a popular device on which Americans rely to wake them in the morning, play their favorite music and tell them the daily weather. It sounds like the perfect item that makes life a little easier. Last year for Christmas, my brother bought me...

A personal account: Running with one shoe

A personal account: Running with one shoe

Brenna Cohoon, Online Sports Editor

December 5, 2019

It’s not every day that you find yourself trying to run a race while wearing just one shoe. Sure, it happens from time to time, but the odds of it happening two weeks in a row? I may not be a statistician, but those chances seem pretty slim. It all began at our sectional cross country meet. I...

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