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After working 33 years at John Hersey High School, Assistant Principal John Novak retired at the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year. As a former student of Hersey, Novak has become an integral part of the Hersey community and will be missed dearly.

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Prom season is the time where senior girls get excited to dress in elegant dresses, have a makeover, get their nails done, and go to the hair salon. They get to dress up for the boys or girls that they think are the love of their lives. It’s the night they’ve dreamt of since they were little…

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Nearly a month after Hersey opened its doors to all students interested in returning to in-person learning, COVID-19 cases within the building are causing a decrease in attendance. As of April 30, the District 214 COVID-19 dashboard reported six cases within Hersey, making up nearly half of …

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected many activities that people once enjoyed, possibly the most noticeable things that have been cancelled are major events. March 13 is a day that many students probably remember, as it is the day that a majority of schools decided to clos…

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The end of the season is almost finished for Hersey Water Polo, visit their next home game on May 1st!

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After a narrow vote among staff, Hersey will be moving to a pilot program to test a block schedule. The decision comes after Hersey implemented a block schedule in response to COVID-19 last March, when learning was moved to an online platform. After many students responded positively to this…

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The 2021 school year has consisted of various types of learning — fully remote, hybrid, and about 25% of students being fully in person — but beginning April 5, full time in-person learning is now being extended to all students. With just 7 weeks remaining in the school year, students are in…

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Shutting down his ax throwing business before it even got started, Ali Akbar decided to change directions and saw a need for more COVID testing facilities in the Chicagoland area. Seeking to test as many people as possible, he began to open mobile tents that allow various communities and its…

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Most people have had enough of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many have been eager to do more activities that used to be done. But although the U.S. has developed a working vaccine, it seems like it will still be a while before we can have activities with no risk of transmitting the virus. 

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The 2021 variety show was made virtual this year. Anyone who auditioned recorded themselves at home and sent their videos to Mr. Novak. I was one of those people and I made it in. After the performers were chosen, they were given the option to record their finals at home or come into school …

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Overall, 2020 was a rollercoaster for every one of us, but let’s not forget how the political stances between the two presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Joe Biden, have changed thousands of people and their relationships with each other. 

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On Jan. 27, EmpowerMe Club plans to host a virtual town hall open to all students and aimed at increasing gender equality within Hersey. The town hall comes after reports of gender inequality have begun to circulate on the @d214forjustice Instagram account. “I think sexism is an issue that i…

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Back In July, the Washington football team was under turmoil to change its team name and team logo, which has long been considered to be racist. The team’s owner had been pressured to change the name for years now, but amid all of the protests of systematic racism, he finally gave in. It now…

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     It’s finally the time of year to put up all sorts of decorations. You can cruise around your neighborhood and see the festive lights. You start feeling the excitement of Christmas coming through your bones. Northbrook’s Let It Shine light show definitely takes the holiday jolly to the n…

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     Senior year is thought to be the time when students can sit back and party all day long. Although it is a really fun time, there are a lot of responsibilities students have to get ready for college, such as college tours. College tours are necessary to help pick your college. This year …

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At a roaring 11.3 million positive COVID-19 cases in the U.S. High School District 214 has remained to stay in hybrid learning. Schools have been preparing to open back up since March 13. From the new temperature scanners in the main entrance to the one way hallways to separating the student…

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Covid-19 has brought on many struggles that have affected everyone but have also given us the opportunity to grow as people. Back in March when we were very restricted with what we could do, we had to get creative with what we did. Creative times call for creative measures, as they say. Soph…

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New technology within District 214 to assist the remote learning process is currently in the process of being implemented, yet teachers and students have raised concerns regarding the use of the systems.their location, is included in the classroom. “We can have a physics classroom and have a…

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Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and A Soldier's Journey Home partnered up to make a dream become a reality for Cpl. Melroy Cort and his family, building them a home in two weeks.

Hersey's Dicken's Carolers perform at the Arlington Heights Tree Lighting and The Lutheran Home.

Completing their sixth build in as many years, A Soldier's Journey Home (ASJH) built this house for LCpl. Alex Edwards and his family in McDonald, Tennessee. ASJH had help this year as they partnered with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation in order to make Alex's dream become a r…

On this Veterans’ Day, Hersey and District 214 would like to honor those who have served and are currently serving in the United States military. Over the years Hersey has supported our troops through its partnerships with various organizations such as A Soldier's Journey Home, Nine Line Fou…

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This month we headed to the Chicago International Film Festival to give students a sneak peek at the most anticipated films of the year.

On Friday, September 27th, Hersey students from the CLS Program crushed it in a basketball game during the pep assembly. The Big Game was to promote inclusion for all students and also helped raise money for Gerry's Cafe, a nonprofit coffee shop looking to open and employ only adults with de…

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Hersey student Hope Fenwick details her fame on the social media app TikTok. She shares how she got her start and gives viewers and inside look into her creative process.