Red Ribbon Week

By: Anmol D.

This year’s Red Ribbon Week has been explosive. A whopping 25/25 doors were decorated. The winning advisories were 5th grade: Mrs. LaRoi, 6th grade: Mrs.Frantom, 7th grade: Mrs.Rickert, and 8th grade: Mr. Joneikis and Ms. Bosley/Mrs. Gaunky. Thank you to all the kids who dressed up for Red Ribbon week. Over a third of the students dressed up. Also a huge thank you to all the staff who helped with Red Ribbon Week. Our school also had the pleasure of a K9 dog and officer visit, as well as an inspiring video.

Virtual Reality Helmets

By Advik N. and Sashank C.

Sony is making a virtual reality helmet for the PS4. We think it looks pretty awesome. When you wear the helmet it looks like you are actually in the video game. The helmet rest on your head. Then you tighten the straps to make it stay there. There are two controllers that let you hold objects and let them go. For example if your are playing a medieval video game, then you could hold swords. To swing objects around you just swing the controllers up and down or side to side. You have a controller for each hand, and there is a button on each controller.  You press and hold the button to hold objects and you let go of the button to let the objects go. The front of the helmet that you look into is very bulky. A lot of people think the helmet is conspicuous. It is very comfortable, but there are a lot of lights that cover it. Those lights combine with the light from the controllers. Once you are in the game you might not feel like you look weird, but a giant helmet with lights on your head is not an everyday sight. There is no release date for this product yet. Sony has nailed this type of technology. If you have a Playstation 4 and you’ve always wanted virtual reality to become a reality then you can look forward to this technology.


http://www.polygon.com/2014/3/19/5526966/project-morpheus-sonys-playstation-4-virtual-reality-helmet-is-much

Who Won the Midterm Elections This Year?

By: Zach C.

The first Tuesday of November is a day that makes our country great, election day. This midterm, the Republican Party gained majorities in Senate and in the House of the Representatives. Our great country has new elected representation in Washington, and in our state, Illinois. In the governor race in Illinois Republican, Bruce Rauner beat out Pat Quinn, a Democrat. In the race for national representative a Republican, Robert Dold, won against Brad Schneider in District 10. Our state did not contribute to the Republican majority in the Senate, for we elected Dick Durbin, a Democrat, over Jim Oberweis, who owns a milk company in the area. Leslie Munger, a local Republican, lost in a state representative race to Carol Sente, who won in our local election. This year there was no presidential election, but in two year’s time we will vote to bring a new president into the White House. Hopefully, until then Congress will create positive change in our fantastic country.

Weekly Sports Poll

Top 5 Fantasy Hockey Players of each Position

By: Brennen and Dylan

Forwards:

  1. Sidney Crosby is by far the best forward in the NHL, with 80 games played he has 36 goals and 68 assists.
  2. Alex Ovechkin is just behind 1st place, playing 78 games, owning 58 goals, and 21 assists.
  3. Steven Stamkos made it to 3rd place with only 37 games played, 25 goals, and 15 assists. He made it to 3rd place mainly for his value as a great sniper.
  4. John Tavares is in 4th place with 59 games played, he currently has 24 goals and 42 assists.
  5. Claude Giroux is in 5th place of the NHL with 82 games played he has 28 goals and 58 assists.

Defense:

  1. Erik Karlsson is easily leading the NHL’s defense due to his assists. With 82 games played he contains 20 goals and 54 assists.
  2. Shea Weber is in 2nd place with 82 games played he has 23 goals and 33 assists.
  3. P.K. Subban just barely in 3rd place with 82 games played, he holds 10 goals and 43 assists.
  4. Kris Letang is just in 4th place with 37 games, 11 goals and 11 assists.
  5. Mark Giordano is in 5th place with 64 games played, he has 14 goals, and 33 assists.

Goalies:

  1. Tuukka Rask is the best goalie of 2014 with 58 saves.
  2. Jonathan Quick is in 2nd place with 49 saves.
  3. Carey Price is in 3rd place with 59 saves but has less wins than Jonathan Quick.
  4. Henrik Lundqvist is in 4th place with 62 saves but has less wins than Carey Price.
  5. Pekka Rinne is in 5th place with 24 saves, he is a good goalie but had a minor injury.

Dexter’s Diction

By: Dexter D.

Sometimes vocabulary can go insane, but it can also spice up your word choice in formal writing or casual conversations. Here are a few examples of advanced vocabulary you might run into.

acquiesce

(v.) to agree without protesting

Though Mr. Pospieszny wanted to stay outside and work in his garage, when his wife told him that he had better come in to dinner, he acquiesced to her demands.

alacrity

(n.) eagerness, speed

For some reason, Simon loved to help his girlfriend whenever he could, so when his girlfriend asked him to set the table he did so with alacrity.

demure

(adj.) quiet, modest, reserved

Though everyone else at the party was dancing and going crazy, she remained demure.

gluttony

(n.) overindulgence in food or drink

Helen’s fried chicken tastes so divine, I don’t know how anyone can call gluttony a sin.

hypocrisy

(n.) pretending to believe what one does not

Once the politician began passing legislation that contradicted his campaign promises, his hypocrisy became apparent.

indolent

(adj.) lazy

Why should my indolent children, who can’t even pick themselves up off the sofa to pour their own juice, be rewarded with a trip to Burger King?

incisive

(adj.) clear, sharp, direct

The discussion wasn’t going anywhere until her incisive comment allowed everyone to see what the true issues were.

Wright Way Club Food Drive

By Sydney G.

In honor of Thanksgiving, the Wright Way Club from Daniel Wright JHS is hosting a food drive for the Vernon Township Food Pantry from November third to fourteenth. Students and staff, please bring in nonperishable foods, pasta, instant potatoes, crackers, baked beans, kleenex, toilet paper, dish soap, paper towels, cookies, jello cups, pudding cups, fruit juice, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and much more. The full list of suggested donations is located in the link below. Food in glass containers and homemade goods will not be accepted. Hunger is a frequent problem, even in our own backyards. By donating even just a few cans YOU can help make a difference. When your parents run to the store this weekend please think about the families who are in need of a nice dinner and grab a few nonperishable items. Each student who brings in food will have the opportunity to be part of a raffle. The winner will get to throw a whipped cream pie into the face of a teacher they can pick off a selective list. Thank you for participating and good luck!

Link for suggested donation items

http://www.vernontownship.com/Vernon_Township/Food_Pantry_files/Food%20Pantry%20Flyer-1.pdf