The Pride The Student News Site of Wheaton Warrenville South High School Sun, 06 Oct 2019 23:21:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tiger Golfers Continue Season with a Conference Win Sun, 06 Oct 2019 23:21:25 +0000 The Wheaton Warrenville South Golf team played in a Conference Match on Tuesday, Sept. 10 with a big win against Batavia and St Charles East. The Tigers played well as they beat their opponents 156-161-164 at Pheasant Run Golf Course. This conference win puts them in a great place to continue their push onto a State Championship.

The golf team had a big week as they topped West Chicago on Monday which gave them a lot of momentum going into Tuesday. Both Dhilan Desai and Jason Prince shot even and Ben Klimenko, Aiden Mccoyd and Jack Turner all shot 41. Coach James Selleck was very excited about the win. One thing that he pointed out often was how crucial club selection was in every match, but this match in particular. 

“We have been working on choosing the right clubs off the tee box to promote hitting the fairway,” said Selleck. “Choosing the wrong club off the tee box, it can lead to a bogey or double bogey.” 

Selleck also touched on how important the captains have been in leading the team and how despite there being two captains with Prince and Desai, the other seniors play a big role in leadership. 

“Yeah, with how many seniors we have, it’s important to have leadership and help mentor the future seniors, which can lead to future success after we graduate,” said senior Jack Turner. 

With Tuesday’s win, the Tigers will look to carry this momentum for the rest of the season as it nears its end in October. With regards to the end of the season, both Turner and Selleck agreed it is too early to tell what they will be able to accomplish, but both said that they can still improve in order to have a strong finish as they push for a State Championship.

Rezoning Sparks Controversy Amongst Wheaton Residents Sun, 06 Oct 2019 23:14:04 +0000 WHEATON﹣Residents have been at odds this fall over an assessment of the Roosevelt Rd. corridor, issued by the City of Wheaton that proposes rezoning the majority of Wheaton’s land along Roosevelt Rd. The plan–formally known as the“East Roosevelt Road – Comprehensive Plan Update”–has yet to be decided on, though many citizens have voiced their concerns about the plans.

Drafted February 2019, the proposal suggests rezoning sections along Roosevelt Rd. between Carlton Ave. and Lorraine Rd., removing architectural restrictions and increasing the maximum building height. Designed to stimulate economic growth in Wheaton in the era of e-commerce, many fear the changes would dramatically alter the look and feel of Wheaton.

The proposed changes to the corridor have been widely opposed. Wheaton Central High School alumna and 65 year Wheaton resident Shelly John said, “I cherish my home and the small-town aspects of Wheaton and it’s neighborhoods. The proposed zoning changes will remove the charm and unique qualities [of Wheaton] many of us enjoy.” John also fears the changes may negatively impact property values in the very neighborhoods the proposal advertises as “attractive, stable…and [that] represent a key component of Wheaton’s overall image and character.”

Other concerns according to Diane Moore, Wheaton resident and business owner, include “severing the south side’s pedestrian access to Downtown Wheaton,” as well as “increasing population density and traffic around these neighborhoods.”

Wheaton City Council’s next Planning Session has yet to be announced, however, they intend on reworking the original proposal to better accommodate the community’s wellbeing.

More information on the comprehensive plan can be found on the City of Wheaton’s “Agenda Center” website, as well as the “Concerned Citizens – Roosevelt Road” Facebook group.

Quote of the Week: Oct 6th – 12th Sun, 06 Oct 2019 13:00:02 +0000

“It always seems impossible until it is done.”

-Nelson Mandela

Tiger Crew Holds First Meeting of Year Tue, 01 Oct 2019 00:48:26 +0000 Tiger Crew, a club at Wheaton Warrenville South that organizes events for the special needs community, held their first meeting Tuesday, September 10.

Tiger Crew has been a critical part of Wheaton Warrenville South’s community for many years. Through the club, South’s large group of special needs students have been able to form relationships with other classmates and feel included as highschoolers.

Allison McNicholas, a senior, is now president of Tiger Crew. McNicholas believes that Tiger Crew does so much for the special needs kids, but believes she has been just as impacted by the club. “They[special needs students] always put us in a better mood and have taught me the importance of kindness and acceptance and that we are all similar as highschoolers.”

Tiger crew meets the first Tuesday of every month to plan parties for the kids. They also hand make invitations to give out before each party. Through this next year, McNicholas hopes to expand the club and form stronger relationships between members and students. She encourages students to say hi when they see special ed kids in the hall or going to eat lunch with them in their classroom.

The impact of Tiger Crew can be seen evidently throughout the halls of the highschool. “I think it just makes the school a friendlier environment and a warm environment,” said McNichoals, “the club really develops a strong bond and sense of community in the school and is a daily reminder to people to be nice to everyone and also teaches us to value friendships. I think it has made South a more inclusive place.”

The first party of the year will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25 right after school on the senior patio. It is an ice cream party and McNicholas hopes to have a big turnout.

Quote of the Week: Sept 29th – Oct 5th Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:00:51 +0000

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

-Winston Churchill

Culturally Connected: Wheaton’s Festival of Cultures Tue, 24 Sep 2019 21:40:02 +0000 On September 15, Downtown Wheaton held the Festival of Cultures. This family-friendly event consisted of booths based on different countries and ethnic music. Celebrating cultural differences helps people be well-rounded and aware of what’s going on around the world today.

During the festival, people could visit one of the twelve booths and learn about that culture or country. Children and adults played with artifacts, participated in activities inspired by the culture, and had opportunities to win prizes such as candy or tattoos.

The majority of booths had displayed pictures of the country they’re from, said basic phrases in their native languages, and shared customs and traditions that they grew up with in their homeland. Artwork was displayed from Italy and had descriptions about major influences of their country such as Vivaldi and Leonardo Da Vinci. People at the booths themselves were playing little bits of music from their countries while also selling jewelry, paintings, fans, and other tourist souvenirs that reflected their lifestyle. 

College Student, Julie Bawm was working the Bangladeshi booth. She told the audience about her ethnic background while wearing a traditional dress from Tripura and jewelry made from their coins.

“This fair helps us tell our stories; we want people to know about our cultures and where we’re from,” said Bawm. “…talking about our differences helps people not feel like an outsider”

Gros Pokossi & Band were performing live jazz music in the back. Gros Ngolle Pokossi, the founder of the group, is from Cameroon and composes African-inspired music and rhythm to their original hits. Another group that performed was a South Asian storyteller group which shared one of their cultural children’s stories. 

Many guests stayed for the majority of the festival and tried new foods at stationed food trucks while also talking to others about their ethnic backgrounds. Overall the guests who went to Festival were enlightened about different cultures.

“The world is getting closer; the connectivity between different ethnic backgrounds makes the world a better place” said Bawm.

AP Bio Students Travel to Chicago Tue, 24 Sep 2019 21:16:37 +0000 On Tuesday, Sept. 10, 86 Wheaton Warrenville South AP Biology students took a field trip to visit the Plant Chicago and DIRTT Environmental Solutions to study advanced technology. 

This field trip proved essential as its purpose was to expand the student’s perception of the modern technology used to benefit the environment. 

Plant Chicago is a nonprofit organization that is working to make cities more efficient by developing innovative methods for sustainable food production. In the visit, students witnessed the process behind their methods of material reuse and cycling energy. Through controlled conditions and advanced engineering, Plant Chicago developed indoor farming, or hydroponic gardening, that cycles fish waste into feeding material for plants which can cycle back to the fish. Through the field trip, students were able to witness organizations working towards sustaining the planet we live in. 

DIRTT Environmental Solutions is a company that reinvented the idea of rebuilding. Generally, if an owner is not satisfied with the design of their building, the next step would be to destroy the product and throw the materials away. This process poses a huge issue as it wastes a surplus of materials. However, DIRTT found a unique solution inspired by Legos which develops reusable materials that can be easily added and removed to structures. Their unique solution is becoming a huge success and is inspiring young, bright students to pursue aiding the environment in creative ways.

One of the teachers, Gloria Latta, is proud of founding this field trip. Mrs. Latta explained, “[The field trip] is very important as it applies to everyday life and provides general background on taking care of the environment. The trip can inspire young students to pursue a career in this field but also may extend beyond the classroom and teach students how to become a good citizen.” 

What’s most important is the impact the trip had on South students. Student, Sarah Burau, joined the field trip and claimed that her favorite activity was using the virtual simulators at DIRTT. Burau described the activity: “You are transported into a room and are able to build a simulated interior of a building in order to have a clear picture of the design.” By having hands-on experience with these new inventions, Burau and others are motivated to help restore the planet into a healthy environment for the future.

Tigers Crush Geneva Vikings Tue, 24 Sep 2019 12:16:33 +0000 On Friday, Sept. 13, the Wheaton Warrenville South Tigers dominated the Geneva Vikings 45-3 in their first Dukane Conference matchup of the season.

Junior quarterback Parker Brown got the Tigers on the board with their first offensive possession connecting with junior wide receiver Kaleb Clousing for a 58-yard touchdown. Early in the second quarter, Jack Olsen booted a 30-yard field goal to make the score 10-0. After a Geneva field goal, Brown led the Tigers offense down the field to finish it up with a QB sneak from the 1-yard line to make it 17-3. Late in the second quarter, junior defensive end Jaylen Brown and the Tigers defense blocked a punt in the red zone to set up the offense for an easy touchdown to make the score 24-3 before halftime. In the second half, the Tigers poured on another 21 points and held the Vikings offense to nothing making the final score 45-3.

In the second quarter, Jaylen suffered a brutal leg injury on the 10-yard line. “They ran the ball up the middle and I just came up for the tackle,” said Jaylen. “Then the whole pile toppled me which messed up my hip and ankle.” Jaylen has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain but should be back for the home opener against Batavia.

Only playing the first half because of his injury, Jaylen recorded 6 tackles. “I thought I played pretty well and I’m very proud of our defense’s overall performance,” said Jaylen. 

Only holding the Vikings offense to 3 points, Brown stated that, “ Coach Muhitch and the coaching staff gave us a great scouting report on Geneva and all their tendences which really helped us prepare.”

As the Tigers are now 3-0 they head back to the film room to prepare for another Dukane matchup this week at St. Charles East and are hoping to make another deep playoff run this year.

Wheaton Hosts Festival of Cultures Tue, 24 Sep 2019 12:09:02 +0000 The sound of warm music and pounding drums filled downtown Wheaton on Sunday, Sept. 15, for the Festival of Cultures. More than 30 booths were set up representing countries from all around the world, allowing adults and children to immerse themselves in different cultures and people.

Culture is all around in Wheaton and to celebrate that diversity Wheaton Community Relations Community (WCRC) has brought together people within our community who have rich ethnic ties and allow for the whole community to learn from their stories, art, rituals and activities. “Thirty maybe even 40 cultures are represented,” said Anthony Asta, a member of WCRC, including “Somalia, Liberia, South Sudan and Italy.”

At the festival, food trucks lined the street with ethnic foods as well as frozen treats from Kona Ice truck. Along with plenty of food, there is also live music and performances from a dance group from India, mariachi band and Ethiopian dancers performing the ashenda. One dancer stated, “I just want to show people that in your own community there are people with very unique ways of life.”

Many artists, who create ethnic genre, sell their work to further display the vibrant diversity in a warm community like Wheaton. Workers at the Ten Thousand Villages sold beaded bracelets and necklaces made from a Peruvian nut called the Tagua. One worker explained, “The nut has little purpose, as it’s not edible, however, they have found ways to use it by making jewelry and colorful stones. People don’t realize it’s not plastic.” 

Erica Nelson, member of WCRC, said the purpose of the event is “coming together to celebrate the relations that make a great community.” Those in the community have more opportunities other than the Festival of Cultures to be an active part of the community, there is also Make a Difference Day that is every fourth Saturday in October. In this event the WCRC partners with the People’s Resource Center and collects canned goods to give to the poor in the community.

Quote of the Week: Sept 22nd – 28th Sun, 22 Sep 2019 13:00:35 +0000

“I cannot do all the good that the world needs, but the world needs all the good that I can do.”

-Jana Stanfield