Features

  • Josef Neumayer: Taking Steps Towards Sustainability
    8:16 AM

    Room 2415, a seemingly standard classroom in the biology wing at Niles West, has a lot more to it than first meets the eye. A closet-like area that’s nearly hidden in the back of the room opens up to reveal several towers of greenery, all taking in bright, blinding sunlight from the three walls of

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  • Teacher Thursday: Pamela Foerch
    11:27 AM

    As Pamela Foerch wraps up her last period class she rushes over to the gymnastics gym to open up the doors for the girls. Not only has she been teaching here for so many years, but she has also been the girls gymnastics coach. After 28 long years of teaching at Niles West, the Physical

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  • Where Are You Going Wednesday: Maeve McCaffrey
    11:37 AM

    There is only one bad thing about birthdays, and that is trying to think of a wish. With family and friends hovering over the cake, paired with the end of the “Happy Birthday” song slowly creeping up on you, making your annual wish can be stressful. Unlike most girls, who often choose between wishing for

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  • Teacher Tuesday: Mark Medland
    8:39 AM

    For the past four years of my high school career, Mr. Mark Medland has made a substantial impact in my life. I distinctly remember walking into the first track practice of my freshman year which was held on Martin Luther King day. Two months into the season, when Medland singled me out and asked for my name,

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  • Where Are You Going Wednesdays: Sebastián Villegas Mejía
    6:29 PM

    There were not many Spanish-speaking students attending Fairview, one of Skokie’s middle schools, in the 2012-2013 graduating class. Amongst the three or four students that spoke Spanish, none took English Language Learning (ELL) classes, leaving senior Sebastián Villegas Mejía as the only ELL student. With Villegas just immigrating to America that year from Spain, it’s not difficult

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  • Teacher Tuesday: Dana DesJardins
    11:30 AM

    Beloved Niles West English teacher Dana DesJardins will be retiring at the end of the current school year after teaching  for 26 years. During her decades long career, DesJardins taught nearly every English department class the school offers, including classes at every grade level. Upon leaving Niles West, DesJardins feels she will miss the diversity of

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  • Meet Me in a Minute: Nicole Cho
    11:28 AM

    The spotlight shines brightly over senior Nicole Cho as she takes a deep breath before going to perform her solo. Whether she is singing for her a cappella group High Fidelity or her church’s praise band, you can always find her center stage. Before she goes to rehearsal, Cho hears her coach blow the whistle

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