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Ratcliff rocks his way through life

Ratcliff rocks his way through life

Kara Pearson, Contributor

January 23, 2020

The mass roared, echoing throughout the Metro in Chicago, as Colin Ratcliff walked up onto the stage. His vision was in a blur as he stared into the crowd in disbelief of all the faces surrounding him. Every move he made, every stroke of his guitar, and every word he said into the microp...

Sophomore pursues musical talents

Sophomore pursues musical talents

Elena Wilson, Contributor

January 17, 2020

Sophomore Gustavo Cardone nervously types ‘Soundcloud’ into the search engine, excitable energy rushing through him. As he clicks enters and is taken to his song, he watches as the number of streams goes higher and higher, excited comments flood his inbox, sending jolts of happiness and energy th...

Meet Angel, the comfort dog

Meet Angel, the comfort dog

Emma Klein, Contributor

January 16, 2020

Through a tightly packed ball of murmuring and a series of awws, elated students are all piled around a dog that can barely see through all of them. They’re running their fingers through her soft, cream coat. She is delightfully passed out on the floor lying on her side fully expecting, and indubitabl...

Balancing a semi-professional gaming career with a high school lifestyle

Balancing a semi-professional gaming career with a high school lifestyle

Noah Epstein, Contributor

January 16, 2020

  With final exams looming, junior Kajus Miliunas sits in his room, with the door closed, his eyes glued to a computer screen. Profusely sweating, Miliunas is currently competing in the highly competitive game of Counter Strike Global Offensive.   Paying attention...

Student climbs to top after starting as a volunteer

Student climbs to top after starting as a volunteer

Calista Ottebrerg, Contributor

January 4, 2020

The wind rushes through the heavy hospital doors, cold to the touch. The smell of hand sanitizer is pungent, but disperses once the students reach the main lobby. A high arching ceiling hovers over the lobby, making the teens look miniature. This vast amount of open space above is representative of t...

Senior embodies her love for dance while skating competitively

Senior embodies her love for dance while skating competitively

Julia Paulson, Contributor

December 31, 2019

In 2010 after moving from Minnesota to the busy life in the Chicago area, Anna Becker, senior, started to question her current activities. Gymnastics and soccer didn’t meet her standards anymore, as they are the typical sports every mom wants their kids enrolled in. After figure skating at a frien...

School security and its growing ubiquity

Steven Pappas, Contributor

December 27, 2019

It’s another brisk morning during the school week for students. Kids walk onto the premises and inside the school, hands brushed together to keep warm, their breath hanging in the air. As they walk into the school, people in gray polo shirts with a small logo on the top right act very welcoming...

Coaching beyond the mat

Coaching beyond the mat

Michael Gentleman, Contributor

December 26, 2019

All lights are focused on just one mat and two competitors. Two rivals facing off in the ultimate competition of strength and endurance. Both completely focused, unable to hear the roaring coming from both sides of the mat. Coaches screaming different moves, doing everything they can to help their wrestler...

Social Chair balances social and athletic duties

Social Chair balances social and athletic duties

Avery Levine, Contributor

December 22, 2019

Ranging from adroit chess players to built, athletic football players, hundreds to thousands of students flood the Hinsdale Central hallways each day with some sort of special talent or ability at hand. Among all of the gifted students at the highly acknowledged high school, Alex Ovan, senior, is not on...

Meet BPA through the eyes of a dedicated member

Meet BPA through the eyes of a dedicated member

Kelsey Condon, Contributor

December 20, 2019

  Spencer Hovervorst types quickly on his Chromebook in the hall before first period, his fingers grazing the keyboard and his eyes focused on each individual word he types. When he is done typing, he stops and looks back over every word again. He runs a hand through his well-brushed, brown hair as he rereads h...

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