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“Forever Young” theme chosen for homecoming

“Forever Young” theme chosen for homecoming

September 23, 2010

By Katie Meuer, General Staff Ready to fly away to Neverland with Wendy and Peter Pan? On Oct. 2, KHS students and guests can return to the magical world of Peter Pan’s Neverland for homecoming. Tommy Whittaker, senior class president and decorations chairperson, said,  “The colors are green a...

Heavy backpacks, bags may strain back

September 23, 2010

By Melissa Bohorquez, Reporter Ever wondered why your back hurts so much? Or if that pain is ever caused from a heavy backpack or duffel bag?  According to a recent issue of Spine, teens commonly carry school backpacks that weigh anywhere from 10 to 22 percent of their body weight. School nurse B...

Blagojevich to be retried in January

Artwork by Sophia Blank

By: Rachael Clinton, Editor

August 23, 2010

Last month, a jury deadlocked on 23 of the 24 charges against former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who had been accused of scheming to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat and pressuring organizations for campaign donations, among other things. Blagojevich was convicted for lying to the FBI on Au...

Fast food menus to display calories, by law

Fast food menus, like those at McDonald's, will soon have to display calorie information. Photo by Jessica Corbett.

May 17, 2010

By Julia Angelotti, Reporter Seven hundred and forty calories--that's how many calories are in one McDonald's Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese. However, unless people scour their website for the nutritional facts, no one would never know that this burger with cheese contains nearly 40 percent o...

Kaneland nurses use several criteria to determine whether a student is sick enough to go home

May 17, 2010

By Kelsey Bishop, Reporter "I'm sick, can I go home?" is probably the most frequent question Kaneland High school nurses get asked. "On average, about 140 students stay home or get sent home [each day]," attendance secretary Cathy Matthews said. Are all of the illnesses real? School nurse Barbara Gies...

The skinny on orthorexia: when healthy eating goes too far

May 10, 2010

By Kelsey Bishop, Reporter Eating disorders affect up to 24 million individuals in America, and 70 million worldwide. There are many different types of eating disorders, and another has been added to the list: Orthorexia Nervosa. Although it hasn't been officially classified as an eating disorder yet...

Revised guidelines help to personalize the food pyramid

Revised guidelines help to personalize the food pyramid

April 30, 2010

By Elaine Cannell, Reporter A quick fix. That's the American approach to a healthy lifestyle, culinary teacher Tara Wood said. "If you go on a diet, you will fail," Wood said. "You have to make a complete lifestyle change." So how can the average person know how to complete a diet and lifestyle makeo...

UGGs and moccasins continue to be popular at KHS

November 9, 2009

 By Carolina Tovar, Reporter Whether they are worn with jeans, skirts or sweats, UGG boots and moccasins are often seen in the Kaneland halls. "[Moccasins and UGGs] are too cool to go out of style," sophomore Frankie Furco said. UGG boots continue to be popular, particularly when paired with skinny j...

VanDelinder starts jewelry business

November 9, 2009

By Sarah Arnold, Editor Teachers Jennifer O'Hara and Emily VanDelinder spent their summers getting in touch with their artsy sides by making unique, handcrafted jewelry and starting their own online business. VanDelinder, an art teacher, has always loved making jewelry. "It is incredibly creative an...

Letters of recommendation can improve college resumes

November 7, 2009

By Sarah Arnold, Editor With college tuition higher than ever, college-bound students look for scholarships and grants to help cover costs. A simple way to increase the chances of receiving that scholarship is to get a letter of recommendation. A letter of recommendation is a statement from an indiv...

Plaids, flowy tops, belts popular for fall

November 7, 2009

By Julia Angelotti, Reporter  Despite the record low temperatures this summer, it's officially time to say goodbye to summer dresses with flip-flops and hello to fall fashion.  "Gladiator shoes have definitely gotten way more popular since last fall, along with colorful skinny jeans," sophomore ...

Music, food and more for a memorable Halloween party

November 7, 2009

By Alison Flory, Reporter Throwing the perfect Halloween party is all about picking the right theme--and the classics continue to be popular.  Junior Amber Drefke said that vampire-themed parties would interest her this year. "Not the 'Twilight-type' vampires; the old-fashioned, Dracula vampires," Drefke...

Young coffee drinkers at risk for health problems

November 7, 2009

By Caroline Eichelberger, Reporter Junior Mike Hammermeister has drank a cup or two of coffee every day since eighth grade, but has never considered the health effects.  "It just helps give me an extra boost in the morning. I can tell if I don't have a cup of coffee," Hammermeister said. Even if it's only ...

Stress: getting to the bottom of it

October 27, 2009

By Maria Kernychny, Editor  It's 5 a.m. and the alarm in junior Emily Darrow's bedroom just won't stop buzzing. The sun isn't up yet, but Darrow is. It's another Monday morning, and she's feeling the exhaustion before she rolls out of bed. She'll wake up. Go to school. Attend dress rehearsal with the ...