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A teacher’s journey

Sivakami Ramakrishnan

February 13, 2017


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Gregory Sherwin sits in his office, planning out the schedule for the school day. Sherwin, an AP Human Geography teacher, is well-known for his love of the Cubs and for effectively getting a student’s attention. “I went to DePaul University and I remember the professor was struggling to relay ...

Educating youth behind bars

Educating youth behind bars

Sami Sparber, Editor in Chief

February 9, 2017


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It’s 8:30 am. Tuesday. The students at Stevenson High School and the residents of the Hulse Detention Center at the Robert W. Depke Juvenile Justice Complex are ready to begin their school day. Located on Milwaukee Avenue, a mere 2.5 miles away from Stevenson’s sprawling campus, the Depke Cen...

School at home

School at home

Maya Parekh, Staff Reporter

February 9, 2017


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Fifteen year old Arianna Tilson can wake up whenever she chooses, decide which assignments she wants to do on which day and can do her studying while lying in bed. Tilson is one of less than the four percent of children that are homeschooled in America According to Congressional Quarterly Researche...

Alternative education opportunities offer second chance

Alternative education opportunities offer second chance

Aman Grover, Managing Editor of Production

February 5, 2017


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Twenty years ago, a student caught selling drugs at an Illinois school could be expelled, marking the end of their high school career. Other than resorting to a private school if they could afford it, they would have no means to get a diploma, nor any way to truly make up for the education they lost ...

Reflecting on worth of AP courses

Yogin Patel, Staff Reporter

November 28, 2016


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As first semester comes to a close, students are starting to think about finals and their future in their classes. After the No Homework Night that took place during the second term, students have been encouraged to think about their futures, whether it be in college or in Stevenson, and the difficulty...

Public speaking course teaches practical skills

Sivakami Ramakrishnan, Staff Reporter

November 16, 2016


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Stevenson has given its students a unique opportunity to develop their public speaking skills by offering a class called Public Speaking. The class teaches students how to talk to an audience, or even just a few people in a public setting. “I feel like public speaking is one of those few classes...

New math teacher reflects on changing schools

Yana Bushuyeva, Staff Reporter

November 1, 2016


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The bell rings. Students shuffle out of the class. Tina Nocella gathers her papers, books, laptop, and purse, making sure she doesn't leave anything behind. Nudging a few stray chairs toward their closest tables, she makes her way toward the classroom door, and, with great caution, slips into the channel...

Guest columnist Abbie Sise reflects on time as band drum major

Guest columnist Abbie Sise reflects on time as band drum major

Abbie Sise, Guest Columnist

October 10, 2016


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Just like any sport, band is a large commitment that ends up taking over your life. I’ve been in band since my freshman year, so I’ve experienced so many new things with the band. My freshman year was the first official year with our head director, Dr. Petway, and our associate director, Mrs. Mc...

College Career Center offers students unique resources

Alisa Mufti, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2016


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The fall season proposes the starting and closing of a chapter for students. Freshmen prepare to start high school and seniors prepare to end it. But for those ending high school the College Career Center is there to help. “Right now we are working with seniors and helping with applications, deadlin...

The $100 million budget

The $100 million budget

Maya Parekh and Ellie Baden

October 7, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase

Annika Rehberger ’19 walks through the Wood Commons, taking in her surroundings: shiny new tile, fresh wooden decorations, water with lemon slice—the perfect vision of a school. But when Rehberger walks into a nearby bathroom, it is like she has crossed into another world. The tile is peeling, on...

Hobbies create masterpieces

Hobbies create masterpieces

Ashley Mandel, Staff Reporter

October 7, 2016


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Math teacher Bob Pinta takes a bowl gouge, slowly shedding away at the spinning maple wood to reveal a purpleheart and bloodwood interior. The finished product is a medieval goblet freshly coated in polyurethane. As a student, Pinta remembers being assigned to make a model bridge. “Nobody would...

The time for independence

Bella Greenspan, Features Editor

October 7, 2016


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The day before junior year began, I drove to Target to buy school supplies. That was the day I became, in my mind, a full fledged “adult.” I bought everything with my own money and did not forget my debit card at the register! I remember driving home and thinking “wow, it doesn’t get more independe...

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