Scratch Paper http://wthsscratchpaper.net The Student News Publication of Warren Township High School Mon, 24 Feb 2020 15:29:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 The “Feminine Sorry” http://wthsscratchpaper.net/the-feminine-sorry/ http://wthsscratchpaper.net/the-feminine-sorry/#respond Mon, 24 Feb 2020 15:06:12 +0000 http://wthsscratchpaper.net/?p=12762 Sorry. Defined as “feeling sorrow, regret, or penitence” by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary. It’s a word that has become a staple in the English language. Why would a word of such grieving denotation be so common? Are we all truly that sorry or has its frequency devalued the word’s meaning? Is it possible that some say it more than others?

Last semester, it was brought to my attention that I unnecessarily apologize for my actions. I apologized for my excessive apologizing and went on with my day, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that people probably never believe I’m ever truly sorry. As I sat down at my desk in AP Psychology, my peer accidentally knocked a pencil off my desk. I said sorry. I frankly couldn’t stop myself!

Naturally, I looked for help from Google. After some research, I came across Ph.D. holder Maja Jovanovic’s Ted Talk called “How Apologies Kill Our Confidence.” Ted Talks being the primary source of all my information, I had to watch it. It came to my attention that there may be an indicator as to how much we say sorry. Gender. A societal schism that transcends time, it comes at little surprise that it invades our everyday tongue.

True to my skeptical nature, however, I decided to do some research, and, throughout the nation, we see women saying sorry at alarmingly higher rates than men. But, with the major advancements taking place in society today, could Generation Z display different traits? I decided to take a quick survey amongst my peers to analyze how many times they say sorry in a day.

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So, females still say sorry more in our generation, but the rate of saying sorry has been on a steady decrease over the past few years. My purpose for conducting this survey and writing this article is not to find if our generation is less apologetic. It’s the hope that bringing the prevalence of saying sorry to the forefront of our attention will decrease the amount of apologizing done over both genders. Apologies are important for when we need them and are truly sorry. Every other time we apologize, we are hurting our self-esteem and devaluing our true intentions.

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Lake County Law Exploratory Program http://wthsscratchpaper.net/lake-county-law-exploratory-program/ http://wthsscratchpaper.net/lake-county-law-exploratory-program/#respond Tue, 18 Feb 2020 20:33:02 +0000 http://wthsscratchpaper.net/?p=12741 Have you ever watched a show about law and wondered how the criminal justice system really works? With the Boy Scout’s Law Program at the Lake County Court House, you can do just that. Even though this is part of the Boy Scout’s Explorer program, anyone, regardless of gender, is free to join. The program is run by attorneys who’ve done almost every aspect of the justice system, from probation officers to defense attorneys. For example, at the last meeting on January 30th, we met with a probation officer who talked about how they give each person a fair trial and the gain from that. Each meeting is from around 6:30 to 8:00, and it’s a really fun program that gives you an opportunity to explore the law in a fun, thought-provoking way. Past the fun, they also let you ask the questions that you want to, which allows you to truly learn. If you’ve ever been interested in criminal law, I definitely recommend giving this program a shot by going to the next meeting, which is on February 27th. It’s important to know your rights, not just for your own safety, but for the betterment of society.

 

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Groundhog Day http://wthsscratchpaper.net/groundhog-day/ http://wthsscratchpaper.net/groundhog-day/#respond Wed, 12 Feb 2020 01:40:19 +0000 http://wthsscratchpaper.net/?p=12723 This passing February 2nd was the popularly known Groundhog Day, and the groundhog predicted that that spring will come early this year. But what does Groundhog Day signify? Where did Groundhog Day come from? And why a groundhog?

Well, Groundhog Day comes from a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, where if the groundhog comes out on a clear day and sees its shadow it will retreat into its burrow and signify that groundhogs day will last for another six weeks. If it was a cloudy day then the groundhog will not see its shadow and be frightened, but instead, go and explore, signifying an early spring. 

This all started in 1723 when the first white settlers arrived in Punxsutawney, where this tradition all started, and attempted to take over the land from the Native Indians. The natives did fight hard, but they did not win. Though they did get jobs in building shelters for a little bit before they were eventually kicked out and forced out of their homeland. Though one Native decided that they will keep their home while everyone else left: the groundhog. And before the Natives left the setters did take something from their traditions. Groundhog Day. They now watched the groundhog every sunset of February 2nd to see when spring will come.

Groundhog tradition comes from Punxsutawney and was integrated into American culture during the short time that the Native Americans and white settlers spent working together, attempting to make a peaceful place to live, that in which did not happen.

Well, it’s a groundhog because that was the only animal at the time that the Punxsutawney residence saw that had this type of behavior and came up from the burrow every year in the same exact pattern.

So every year at  Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania more than 20 thousand people gather at the place where the groundhog will come up and drink and eat till its the sunrise of February 2nd. There they wait for the results for when spring will come. Then they will drink and eat and celebrate the results for that year.

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Warren FBLA Committee Serving the Homeless http://wthsscratchpaper.net/fbla-community-service-project/ http://wthsscratchpaper.net/fbla-community-service-project/#comments Sat, 08 Feb 2020 21:52:48 +0000 http://wthsscratchpaper.net/?p=12726 Every year, Warren Township High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter creates a Community Service Committee to serve surrounding areas with a new project. This year, Lucia Rodriguez and Krista Zimmer were appointed its leaders and began their brainstorming process in July. Upon the discovery of an idea that turns recycled plastic shopping bags into mats, the two leads found their project’s baseline for the year. After research, the committee decided to create these mats and donate them to homeless shelters in their community.

Starting in August, the leads, Lucia and Krista, contacted a variety of local businesses in the Lake County area to obtain recycled plastic bags. Seven businesses allowed members to frequently pick up the recycled bags for use in their project. The committee also gained support from the Gurnee Park District and Walgreens by allowing them to place boxes within their locations, so customers conveniently could contribute to this cause.

From August to the present, there have been over 65 Warren FBLA members and four advisers assisting in the execution of this project. To begin with, the members started by decorating boxes and creating flyers to distribute to local businesses. Next, members gathered many recycled bags and sorted through the items. Any items or other plastic bags that were not usable for the mats were recycled. Currently, the group has created an assembly line to make the plastic yarn, known as plarn. Warren students are welcome to join our efforts by attending our workdays on Tuesday’s February 25th, March 10th, and March 17th from 6 to 7pm in room 117 at the Almond campus

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The Upsurge of FOMO http://wthsscratchpaper.net/the-upsurge-of-fomo/ http://wthsscratchpaper.net/the-upsurge-of-fomo/#respond Tue, 04 Feb 2020 04:43:33 +0000 http://wthsscratchpaper.net/?p=12611 The fear of missing out, also known as FOMO, has been around for a long time. The feeling a person gets when they are left out of activities is definitely one we all can relate to. Despite the long history of FOMO, it seems to be on the rise. In our age of displaying our lives on social media, this idea of being left out is felt every day. All you have to do to experience FOMO is to open up Instagram and look at all the amazing things all your friends are doing. 

Social media is where many millennials and Generation Z show off the highlights of their lives. It is also where everyone else gets to see those highlights and only the highlights. We all post only the best parts of our lives and never expose the more vulnerable parts. This emphasis on the good exacerbates the idea that you are constantly missing out on all the fun other people are having. This feeling is most felt “when people post on vacation or when your friends invite you somewhere and you can’t go” stated Meg Rubino, a junior here at Warren. This idea was echo by almost all of the people I spoke to. 

Many people my age feel like they are restricted from many activities for a multitude of different reasons: parents, homework, money, etc. Many sacrifice vital things like sleep in order to hang out with friends and not miss out. This trade-off is a tricky one. No one wants to feel like they are missing out, but there are only 24 hours in a day which forces us to decide what is more important, obligations or fun. The difficulty of this balance was mentioned by Meghan Ramsayer, a senior at Niles West, “I just do so much that I don’t have time to just chill. I barely have time to do homework and hang out with friends.”

FOMO is also on the up due to the expanding insecurity, particularly in teenagers. According to Business Insider, “People may be more susceptible to FOMO if they are insecure.” This is of note because the overall insecurity levels are on the rise as well. In a study in the UK, the overall level of insecurity rose 17% in the past 5 years among those between the ages of 12-18. These two things working together create the perfect storm for feeling left out. Another student, who preferred to stay anonymous, stated: “I always feel like crap when my friends hang out without me, like am I not good enough.” This fear of missing out will only continue to rise as insecurity rises, especially in the youth.

It is on us to change the culture surrounding FOMO. We have created the environment for this fear to thrive through social media, overscheduling, and increasing insecurity. To change this fear, we all must take a step back and make sure we are using the limited time we have in the best way possible.

 

Sources:

https://www.businessinsider.com/why-we-experience-fear-of-missing-out-2018-4

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4644723/

 

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The Sleep Deprivation Crisis http://wthsscratchpaper.net/the-sleep-deprivation-crisis/ http://wthsscratchpaper.net/the-sleep-deprivation-crisis/#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2020 04:43:10 +0000 http://wthsscratchpaper.net/?p=12650 How many people do you hear complain each morning “I’m so tired” or “I only got four hours of sleep”? Despite knowing the many negative effects of sleep deprivation, the majority of us still don’t get the recommended 8-10 hours. The reasons for this vary, but the lack of sleep can be attributed to the early start times, large amounts of homework, extracurriculars, jobs, and even technology. Sleeping late due to all of these factors can lead to increased drowsiness in the morning. Many people find that their first-period classes have the least amount of participation and it is harder to stay awake; all you can think about is resisting the urge to fall asleep on your desk. You feel tired all day and can’t wait to go home and sleep but this isn’t possible because of all the other commitments you have once you get home. It’s a system that’s impossible to escape.

According to a Stanford Medicine article, “sleep deprivation increases the likelihood teens will suffer myriad negative consequences, including an inability to concentrate, poor grades, drowsy-driving incidents, anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide and even suicide attempts. It’s a problem that knows no economic boundaries.” The consequences are disastrous, yet the situation persists. At Warren, many students blame the early start times, with 0 period at the Almond Campus starting at 7:25. It can be argued that the earlier start times mean more time after school; however, the great amounts of homework, extracurriculars, and other commitments result in sleeping at the usual late hours of the night, despite the supposed extra hour to sleep. In fact, getting a minimum of six hours of sleep is seen as an accomplishment to most high schoolers. Ironically, even if some teens do get the full amount of sleep, they may feel “uncool” or “left out” because of how commonplace it has become to stay up. 

In order to solve this problem, parents may suggest dropping activities or taking technology away. However, high schoolers would rather lose sleep than sacrifice a club, sport, or a grade. Staying up late to study for a test is much more important than sleeping, isn’t it? Finally, after hours of homework, most high schoolers turn to their phones to text friends or scroll through social media. In teens, the circadian rhythm, or internal alarm clock, shifts to a later time, meaning we are biologically programmed to stay up late. Nevertheless, increasing social pressure reduces the time we have to sleep even more. Many students can’t stay off apps like TikTok, scrolling for hours on end. I get it though, I’ve fallen victim to these traps before too. This is why there needs to be a balance between how much time is wasted procrastinating and how much responsibility we are assigned and take upon ourselves from school. 

There is no easy solution to this crisis, but we can all take our own steps to help. For example, participating in class and drinking water can help wake you up. Getting up and moving around can help cope with a lack of sleep as well. There are numerous tips to help deal with the effects of not sleeping; however, the long term consequences can only be addressed if we realize our priorities and make an effort to get more sleep.

 

Sources:

https://www.rand.org/blog/2017/05/tired-but-wired-youth-a-toxic-combination.html

https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2015/10/among-teens-sleep-deprivation-an-epidemic.html

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OP Campus News – Episode 1 http://wthsscratchpaper.net/op-campus-news-episode-1/ http://wthsscratchpaper.net/op-campus-news-episode-1/#respond Tue, 04 Feb 2020 04:42:13 +0000 http://wthsscratchpaper.net/?p=12612 Check out the first installment of OP news with Mrs. Bertola!

 

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Nolan Ehlers – Varsity Scholar Athlete http://wthsscratchpaper.net/nolan-ehlers-varsity-scholar-athlete/ http://wthsscratchpaper.net/nolan-ehlers-varsity-scholar-athlete/#respond Tue, 04 Feb 2020 04:41:33 +0000 http://wthsscratchpaper.net/?p=12640 Ever since he was a very young boy, Nolan was always enthusiastic and curious about his ability to succeed. He grew up in a well-rounded neighborhood with plenty of children his age to play with on a day to day basis. Phones were not that relevant when he was a kid, so the only way to hangout with friends was to just ride a bike around the neighborhood to see who was playing outside. Since everybody knew this was the way to stay in contact, they were always outside with each other creating and learning new games such as ghost in the graveyard, tackle football, and street hockey. Activities became a large part of his everyday life because he was always moving. He was consistent with his energy and it was obvious that all of his friends were affected by it as well. 

I remember growing up with Nolan and I always had fun with him regardless of what we were doing or where we were. No matter the weather we would be outside and making memories. Even during the cold winters we would throw on our snow gear and walk over to the Warren Township sled hill where a majority of the kids in the area would also be headed. We would make giant ramps that we would let everyone fly off because Nolan wanted everyone to have just as much fun as he was having. He never left anyone out of the excitement and that is why he is such a great friend. Overall, the neighborhood became a playground for him and an aperture for further growth.

As Nolan attended Woodland Middle School, he started to develop his athletic ability and by the end of eighth grade, became the athlete of the year, competing in three different sports. He knew that he had potential and he wanted to prove to everyone that the award wasn’t a fluke. He went into high school with the confidence that he could achieve anything he puts his mind to and trained hard every single day. He became captain of the varsity soccer team as a junior and continued as a senior. His teammates looked up to him as a leader and as the person he is: the pressure never gets to him. He encourages them to try harder and put in the effort like a good leader would. He chose to pursue soccer over anything else because it touched him the most emotionally. Additionally, his grandfather also had a large influence on him and he says, “everything I do, I do it for my grandpa.” Family is a major part of Nolan’s life and his mother has always been very involved in his sports life. She would always supply snacks and be the team mom. Olivia, his little sister, would attend his games and be supportive of his efforts. His role of leadership, skill and persistence led Nolan to commit to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for his college career in sports and more importantly, academics.

Regardless of his athletic ability, he always knew that school could not hold him back, and for that reason he kept his studies his main priority. Constantly being an A level student in honors and AP level classes, Nolan’s parents harped on him to keep up his work ethic in school because they believe that education is a necessity.  Going into college he will be majoring in either finance or marketing. As a senior he is preparing himself for his departure by taking AP Statistics. 

One of the difficult parts of college for Nolan will be leaving his long time girlfriend, Jesette. They have been inseparable for the past year and a half and care about each other very much. Nolan has always been a very caring individual, so the relationship they have is not surprising. Over the last year, she has seen a lot of positive changes in Nolan’s personality such as “becoming more confident in himself, having a stronger determination to achieve his goals in life. He also has definitely matured and became much more responsible taking care of himself and the people he cares about, but of course still has that little boy in him.” Their relationship has helped shape Nolan into the man he is today and their everlasting friendship will be very motivational moving forward.

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#whatsyourstory – Mrs. Kali Janczak http://wthsscratchpaper.net/whatsyourstory-mrs-kali-janczak/ http://wthsscratchpaper.net/whatsyourstory-mrs-kali-janczak/#respond Tue, 04 Feb 2020 04:39:51 +0000 http://wthsscratchpaper.net/?p=12620 This is another piece in the web series #whatsyourstory by Rebecca Benjamin, featuring Almond campus Math Teacher Mrs. Kali Janzcak.  Check it out!

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Super Show – Recap 2020 http://wthsscratchpaper.net/super-show-recap-2020/ http://wthsscratchpaper.net/super-show-recap-2020/#respond Tue, 04 Feb 2020 04:39:25 +0000 http://wthsscratchpaper.net/?p=12622 Koalas in Care Inc. http://www.koalasincare.org.au/pages/work.htm

Astonishing Performances 

Full Send 

This band is performing “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” by Train. This song is animated and upbeat. It is sure to start the night off with a thrill! This band consists of Sean Rector, Tony Montesa, Jennifer Lee, Dylan Montellano, Adrian Ruiz, Travis Wallander, Courtney San Pedro, Drew Kilcullen, and Erryn Relayson. A lot of the members originated from band and choir, and have been brought together to bring about a fantastic musical ensemble. Full send had performed last year in Super Show, but unfortunately, they are the only band this year.  Tony Montesa will also be performing with drumline, and he hopes that Super Show will “bring back the bands!” in the following years. 

Jennifer Lee

 

 

Jennifer has played the piano for over 10 years now, and she will be playing the song “All of Me” by Jon Schmidt. She wanted to join Super Show to end her final year of high school strong. She saw it as a great opportunity to showcase her skills as a pianist, and she hopes that everyone enjoys the music that she remarkable plays. Jennifer is also a part of the band “Full Send”. 

Hannah Wimberly

Hannah sings “She Used to be Mine” by Sara Bareilles featured in Waitress for her performance. She decided to audition for Super Show because she is graduating this year, and she wanted to step out of her comfort zone and test her abilities. She had never performed in front of her peers before, let alone a massive crowd!  Hannah has always been a fan of Waitress but this song in particular resonated with her on a personal level. In the song, it begins saying “It’s not simple to say, that most days I don’t recognize me.” This line, in and of itself, holds a lot of power. She definitely has had days where she looks into the mirror and feels as if she is staring at a person who is not her. It is as if she has become a complete stranger. To convey the character’s confidence as the song progresses has allowed her to gain her own sense of confidence, and understand herself in a new light. She hopes that the audience grasps her passion through the lyrics of the song and enjoy her melodious vocals.

Las Dalias 

Las Dalias are the national flowers of Mexico. Their vibrant colors correlate with the vibrancy of Jocelyn Parra-Avila and Anna Herrera’s traditional Baile Folklorico. It represents the local folk culture in Mexico with ballet characteristics. Through this dance, they want to display what lies in their roots. Jocelyn is a part of a group of dance performers, and Anna was inspired to join her along the way. Super Show was the perfect opportunity for them to convey the beauty of Mexican culture. They hope that others will also embrace a part of their identity. 

Brianna Rivera and Thomas Phillips

Thomas and Bri met their freshman year in Spanish Class. When he would hum a tune, she would join alongside him, and that’s how their talents collided! During her junior year, Bri texted Thomas, asking if they could perform a song by Daniel Caesar for Super Show, and although he had never performed in front of such a large crowd, he was determined to try it out. They both auditioned and gave a fantastic performance during Super Show 2019.   Given that Bri will be graduating this May, Thomas wanted to seize the opportunity to perform with her one last time. They will be singing the song “Japanese Denim” by Daniel Caesar. The pleasant flow of the song revives the energy from 2019.   Brianna has been singing since she was very young, and she has recently started releasing her own music on Spotify. Check out some of her songs such as “Cheap Thoughts”, “your mind”, and “Made Me Wait.” Her vocals are ethereal!  Bri and Thomas want people to take from their performance that “if you put your heart and soul into it, anyone has the ability to make beautiful music.” Although Thomas doesn’t release his own original music like Bri, he is able to match her melody. Their perfect duet is sure to fill the auditorium with awe. 

Kate Marquez

 

Kate’s performance consists of her singing “Natalie” by Bruno Mars. Generally, she sings songs that are soulful and melodious, but for her act, she wanted to try something different. Ever since she was young, she immersed herself in the art of singing. As a middle schooler, she was involved in musical theatre, and she wanted to audition for Super Show during her freshman and sophomore year. Finally, as a junior, she built up the courage to share her stunning vocals with the crowd! She hopes that, through her singing, people will be inspired to step out of their comfort zone and discover their abilities. 

 

Motion Sickness  

This dance group consists of Bella Cook, Mitch Maxfield, Ashia Marshall, Ian Ravara, Rosario Garcia, Lena Groth, Aleena Uddin, Camila Currea, Claudette Gonzalez, Geanette Galano, Stephanie Ortiz, Erin De La Cruz, Oliver Morales, Jacqueline Diaz, Gabriela Escobedo, Coralis Perez, Rebecca Escobedo, Yadira Rodriguez, Layla Jordan, Angie Zea, Arlette Robles, Kathy Spadaro, Jocelyn Parra, Malayah Celicious, Jermaine Rosete, Layla Jordan, Leslie Martinez, Donte Williams, and Audrey Hawkins. Rebecca Escobedo and Coralis Perez are the co-officers and choreographers for Motion Sickness.  Motion Sickness has been around for eleven years, and it consists of a distinctive set of skills, from members with years of experience to members who have never danced in their lives. Every Tuesday and Thursday, everyone is brought together to have fun at practice. Rebecca and Coralis work together to practice and perfect a specific routine. Generally, Super Show is their greatest performance every year, and they practice for almost the whole semester. 

They put so much time and effort into their routine: practicing regularly, training, collecting information, and staying positive. Their soul is poured into their performances. Coralis and her sister, who was a former leader, joined Motion Sickness and now she has taken on the responsibility. Rebecca’s best friend’s sister was a part of Motion Sickness, and from her enthusiasm, she compelled people to join. Rebecca always wanted to dance, but her shyness initially inhibited her. She wasn’t even able to grasp the first dance for months, but Motion Sickness allowed her to improve not only in her technique but also in her confidence.  Motion Sickness is not only a dance group, but it is also a family. They foster an atmosphere of endearment and promote diversity like no other club or athletic group at WTHS. They remain in unison in their routines and also in their hearts. 

Angel Nygard 

 

Her career started when she auditioned for the film Bohemian Rhapsody, and her voice actually made the final cut. She sees music as what connects the world together. Angel passionately sings “The Show Must Go On” by Queen. She chose this song because of its message to move forward and go on with the show. As she leaves high school, she wants to hold on to her youth and charisma, and she wants the audience to also feel this sense of hope and determination through her act. 

Peara Savath

Peara is a dance performer who will be carrying out freestyle dances to a medley of old and popular songs from his personal favorites. Movies such as “Step Up 2: The Streets” have inspired him to pursue his passion for dancing. Peara is self-taught and has perfected different styles and techniques from rigorous practice. He wants people to learn “if you want to do something, just go out and do it!” Don’t be afraid to follow your passion!

 

 

Dhoom 

Dhoom is a cultural dance group consisting of Sohini Dash, Aneri Shah, Darsh Gupta, Kashyap Ramachandrula, Rutvik Sayankar, Sohom Dash, Ishaan Shah, Sravya Jayanti, Diya Tibrewala, and Shikha Patel. They will be performing a Bollywood Fusion Dance consisting of a medley of Bollywood songs. They wanted to incorporate an element of diversity in WTHS and display the true purpose of Super Show. India is well-known for its elaborate films and musicals, so they wanted to uplift everyone’s spirit through their projection of Indian culture. 

Dhoom hopes that the audience will get a sense of their roots and feel moved by the vibrancy of their act. Ishaan Shah, one of the dancers, has danced alongside his dad for years during Diwali, and throughout his childhood, he has expanded on his technique and has been a crucial component in strengthening the group as a whole. Diya Tibrewala, a WTHS Devilette, has trained the group to bring about an extraordinary performance that does not disappoint!

Jay Roche

Jay sings and plays the ukulele! Last year, they performed in an acapella group with friends Josh, Zach, and Art. Jay had never heard of Super Show before, but couldn’t have asked for a better experience! They will be performing the song “Rude” that they wrote with a friend, Julia. This song conveys the hard times Jay had to endure during a point in their life. Jay was surrounded by toxic people that trapped them to the point they couldn’t escape, and Julia was able to bring about certain emotions through the song. Jay only met Julia this year, but they’re so close it’s as if they have known each other for a lifetime. Their friendship is very special. 

This performance will be the first time Jay has ever performed an original song. They have been playing the ukulele for over 3 years with a concert ukulele, named Jimmy, and a baritone ukulele named Diana. Jay has also been songwriting for almost 5 years (originally on piano). Now that Jay has finally gained the confidence to perform in front of a crowd, they want people to grasp the message of the song: it gets better.

Jay has grown so much in the past few years and learned so much about people. Just because someone makes you feel worthless, it doesn’t mean that you have to listen to them. Jay wants everyone to be aware that it is your own choice about how you view yourself. Jay finally acknowledges to their inner self that they are valuable, they are loved, and they deserve to be happy. 

Christian Falls and Wendell Marshall

Christian and Wendell will be dancing to a medley of hip-hop songs. They came back from last year full of vitality and spirit, and they hope to get the same energy from the crowd. This is their third year dancing, and thanks to Ms. Washington, they took the initiative to audition for Super Show. They hope that from their performance, people will learn to believe in themselves. These guys are far from ordinary. Watch them get down and get lit in their performance!

Ethan and Micah Reyes 

Ethan and Micah Reyes perform a mash-up of three songs. “Almost is Never Enough” by Ariana Grande, “Love” by Keyshia Cole, and “Lemonade” by Jeremy Passion. “Lemonade” fits the title of “Filipino Anthem,” and connects with Ethan and Micah’s roots. They are twins and by growing up in a family that was musically inclined, they sang together and uncovered their raw talents. Ethan Reyes is extremely grateful to be able to perform in Super Show for a second time and views it as a great opportunity to share the spotlight with his brother. 

Giggles ‘n Bits 

Giggles ‘n Bits is a sketch, comedy, and improv group consisting of Riley Schroeder, Joey Diamond, Elizabeth Usher, Lulu Damon-Davis, Rachel McCulloch, Marissa Jimenez-Caplain, and Wilson Hines.  Supervised by Mr. Miller, it has carried through for over a decade. When auditions were held this year to be a part of this improvisational group, everyone had a one-minute original monologue they had to perform. Now they are all here to make you laugh your heart out.

Initially, their interest to audition for Super Show was driven by Mr. Miller. They split in half, and while one half performed a sketch, the other constructed an improv game. The complexity of Giggles ‘n Bits lies in the hands of the students. They are in control of the sketches and exercises. The independence to create such a comical performance is what makes Giggles ‘n Bits so phenomenal. Joey Diamond summarizes it perfectly: “All we want is to bring some comedy to the stressful world of WTHS.” 

The past weekend they attended the Illinois High School Theatre Festival in ISU, and they were able to perform as Giggles ‘n Bits. It was an opportunity to not only improve on their improvisational techniques and communication skills but be able to discover their own individuality through other people. 

Logan Lake 

 

 

Logan has been playing the drums for nine years. He has been on drumline for the past four years, and he participated in Super Show during his freshman and sophomore year. He has now returned for his senior year. His performance consists of a drum solo with a variety of upbeat songs. He also helped organize the percussion ensemble that will be performed by drumline. It has given him the opportunity to project his passion for drumming, and he hopes everyone will enjoy the show!

Drumline

This percussion ensemble consists of Logan Lake, Jack Nordentoft, Dylan Montellano, Braden Whiteside, Tony Montesa, Wes Tunelius, Abby Gerena, Joe Tamulaitus, Jacob Adrian, Kayla Tagudar, Anders Johnson, and Xavier McCauley. 

Drumline not only plays the drums during their performance, but they also incorporate an ostinato and an exclusive component with buckets that leaves the audience in awe. It has been a tradition to play at Super Show every year, but most importantly, the love and support from the student body have driven them to give it a shot this year!

Jack Nordentoft has been on drumline for three years. Initially, when he played the trumpet, he wasn’t familiar with the people in the band. After the formation of a brand new group, everyone immediately started to interconnect. Many of the members have carried through to their last year, so Super Show was a great chance to incorporate a unique touch to their performance.

Due to Kayla Tagudar’s raw talent, she was able to join drumline as a freshman. She has felt a strong sense of acceptance from the group ever since she has become a part of it. 

Braden Whiteside originally played trombone. Although he wanted to be a part of drumline, he was initially denied. After he took lessons, he made the tenor line. During their marching show, they were able to carry through with an amazing solo, and overall, perfect their musical technique throughout the years. 

Xavier McCauley is originally from Waukegan, and he moved to the Gurnee last year. He is currently a sophomore, but his inspiration began as a freshman. He attended an assembly and desired to be a part of the drumline’s spectacular display. In Waukegan, there isn’t a strong drumline, but here he feels a part of the family. He is truly appreciative of the group. 

Anders Johnson initially heard about Drumline through his sisters. He joined percussion in the third grade, and as he continued on into middle school, there were only around 40 people in the band. Being a part of WTHS’s huge musical program has allowed him to expand his passion, and the group is so welcoming. He couldn’t have asked for a better experience. 

EMCEES

Maryam Rafiah Beverly (script editor)

Maryam is one of the leaders of International club. Last year she worked backstage, but this year she chose to be an MC. As a sophomore, she always wanted to be a part of Super Show, and she would look up to the seniors at the time who always got involved in the performances. Throughout high school, she was always a part of the same clubs and extracurricular activities as her sister, but she took the initiative to join International Club, and she has immersed herself into its activities ever since. 

Neha Joshi

The real reason Neha wanted to be an MC is that she wanted to wear her fancy Indian clothes! However, she also sees it as an opportunity to enhance her public speaking skills. 

Mashon Erica Bounds

Backstage Crew 

Brigit Schwabe (sweeping)

She applied for International Club last year because she loves to travel, and she saw it as an opportunity to experience different countries. She thought Super Show was interesting, and despite her stage fright, she saw backstage as an opportunity to help out. The show cannot function without the backstage crew!

 

Sarika Kumar (sweeping)

Sarika will be working backstage. She chose to be in International Club this year because one of her friends was doing a presentation about her culture and family. She described a lot of traditional Korean fairy tales, and Sarika was extremely interested. International Club promotes diversity and awareness of different cultures. Given that our school is so diverse, she feels that it correctly projects a variety of customs and ways of life around the world. 

Oli Schoblocher (curtains)

Kiara Robinson-Holland (mics, amps, piano)

Jolina Johnson (stools, amps, piano)

Juan Cardenas (mics, piano)

International Club Leaders

Maryam Rafiah Beverly 

Neha Joshi

Mashon Erica Bounds

Oli Schoblocher

Brigit Schwabe

 

 

 

 

 

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