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Maine Township Government Day

45 students, 15 from each Maine school, went on a field trip today to learn about the government process and how specific agencies receive funding. "I thought it was really interesting learning about all of the agencies and learning that the township supports many organizations. It was also interesting to learn of how the funding works in the Maine Township," senior Maja Kozerski said.
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On the 11th day at the 11th hour…

Sempre Fi. Army Strong. The few, the strong. Born ready. No matter what branch, Armistice day -- more commonly known...
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On the 11th day at the 11th hour…
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Business As Usual

Members of DECA were provided with the opportunity to enhance their skills on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Donald E...
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Business As Usual
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V-Show 2018

Maine West’s annual Variety Show (V-Show) kicked off yesterday with two more performances to go: one on Nov 2 and...
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V-Show 2018
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Science Day 2018

The first Saturday of November saw Maine West’s annual science fair. Over 200 middle and elementary school students came to...
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Science Day 2018
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Wake up, Warriors! Why We Need Announcements

The 2018-2019 school year is definitely a year of great change and, naturally, with great change comes great discontent among...
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Wake up, Warriors! Why We Need Announcements
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Maine West Football Historical Victory

History was made again by the Maine West football team Friday night, as the Warriors defeated Benet at home and...
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Maine West Football Historical Victory
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Block-ed opportunities

We’re all getting used to the block schedule and how it affects us, teachers included. There are so many different...
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Homecoming Bingo

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“Dreaming in Color” places in the Lincoln-Way Band Invitational

Congratulations! Performing their program "Dreaming in Color", featuring music from Piazzolla and Coldplay, the band competed in the Lincoln-Way Marching Band Invitational. With great scores competing with 11 marching bands, the band placed 9th, colorguard 8th, and drumline 4th. "Going up against bands known as Bands of America who are well founded and have sponsors from various well-known businesses, overwhelmed me and made me feel like we wouldn't win. Earning higher scores than more than half of them and placing well was a great way to end my senior year marching band season," senior section leader Ivan Sanchez said.
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Starting off the Season
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Starting off the Season

Maine West takes an easy win against Mundelein at 42-0. A great start to the season even with a few minor player injuries.
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Staff Unites to Sing “Sweet Caroline” at First Assembly
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Staff Unites to Sing “Sweet Caroline” at First Assembly

Staff and students sing “Sweet Caroline” together at the assembly. Mr. Aldworth said “When I get home I’m going to tell my family about this. I got goosebumps.”
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George Morrison and Maine West Drumline Hype up “I Am A Warrior Day”
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George Morrison and Maine West Drumline Hype up “I Am A Warrior Day”

The class of 2022 gets an energetic welcome from the drum line and senior George M as they are introduced to the best of Maine West assembly traditions at “I Am A Warrior Day.”
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“I am the Warrior Way”
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“I am the Warrior Way”

Decked out in gold, student leaders get ready for the "I am the Warrior Way" event planned specifically for freshmen. Throughout the day, freshman students will be paired with a leader who will take them through different activities and traits that make a good Warrior. Qualities such as finding a balance, kindness, team building, digital citizenship and successful study habits will all be discussed. The freshmen will also be provided with free gold t-shirts to prepare them for today's assembly and first football game of the year! "The purpose of what we're doing here is to give the freshmen a sense of belonging and to show that we're all warriors together even thought they've only been in the building for two weeks. We want to make them feel a part of the west side, feel a part of everything we're doing and try to take away some of the anxiety that comes with being a new student, especially in an assembly that is as crazy as ours", said Aldworth.
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Preparing for the First Game
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Preparing for the First Game

The Maine West football team continues working hard in preparation for the first game of the season against Mundelein. Senior Daniel Daood even stated, “I feel like this will be one of the best seasons in Maine West history. Our seniors were key last year but we’ve got a good core group returning with a lot of young talent.” Make sure to come out to the game on Friday at 7 and support your warriors!
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Kickoff to Girls Volleyball
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Kickoff to Girls Volleyball

Varsity volleyball started off their season with a win at Elk Grove 26-24, 25-23 in an intense match. Sophomore Krysta B. is pictured crushing a ball to add to the lead. Freshman Clare O. adds “This was a great way to start my volleyball career off at West.” Come support the girls at their first home game Thursday at 6!
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Girls Tennis First Away Game
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Girls Tennis First Away Game

Girls Varsity Tennis: First doubles team Marie B. and Hana D. beat Fenton today during the first away game of the season. "It's still the beginning of the season, so I have a lot to improve on, but I'm off to a good start," sophomore Hana D. said. Overall, the Maine West team won against Fenton 5-0.
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Voice for the Nameless Members go to Inspiration Corporation
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Voice for the Nameless Members go to Inspiration Corporation

Getting ready to serve dinner, Voice for the Nameless helps out at Inspiration Corporation. "This has changed from being a simple volunteer opportunity to an ongoing experience that has helped me be a better person, but more importantly, it makes people's lives better," senior Abdi Mustafa said.
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Marching Band at Practice
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Marching Band at Practice

MW’s marching band practices before the start of the football season. Drumline is excited to boost spirit as senior Ivan Sanchez said, “Let’s make this drumline our own.”
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Start of Girls Tennis Season
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Start of Girls Tennis Season

Girls tennis, along with other fall sports, are starting their seasons already! Come support our varsity girls tomorrow at 4:30 at their first home game. “I’m really impressed with the new players on varsity, and I think this season will be great because I’m only seeing improvement,” junior Alex M. said.
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Maine West and Maine East – Top 50 in Illinois High Schools
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Maine West and Maine East – Top 50 in Illinois High Schools

In May, US News released the 2018 list for best high schools statewide - ranking Maine West as the top...
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Taste of Des Plaines 2018
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Taste of Des Plaines 2018

The Taste of Des Plaines was held over the course of two days, Friday and Saturday in downtown Des Plaines. The festival featured free live music, different games, food from local restaurants, wine, and even a climbing wall. Many were able to enjoy their time listening to the live bands in the designated seated area, while others with children were provided a family area full of different games.
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Memorial Day Ceremony 2018
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Memorial Day Ceremony 2018

Des Plaines honored fallen soldiers during today's Memorial Day Ceremony at Lake Park Memorial Pavilion. Wearing contemporary uniforms, students freshman Carter D., senior Brett P., senior Matthew M., senior Derek P., sophomore Liam B. and freshman Miguel P. portrayed soldiers and their family members from the Civil War through the Vietnam War, reciting a short speech about each soldier's death and the impact it made on their family, while juniors and buglers Claire F. and Davis P. played a rendition of "Taps". A recording is available on the Des Plaines City Council's website.
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Seniors Leave Their Mark
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Seniors Leave Their Mark

The seniors leave their mark in the new Westerner office by putting their handprints on the wall. #2018
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Pi Sigma Pi 2018 Annual Picnic
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Pi Sigma Pi 2018 Annual Picnic

Today students gather outside the Pool after school to celebrate their involvement in Pi Sigma Pi, Maine West’s Social Science Honors Society. “I really enjoy spending time with my classmates at the yearly picnic while we enjoy hotdogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, chips, and refreshments while receiving our induction certificates,” sophomore Kensey Reeves said.
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Moving to a New Westerner Office
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Moving to a New Westerner Office

The Westerner office is packed up and ready for its new home in C200A for the upcoming school years. “I hope it’ll be comfortable and even better than the previous Westerner office. I’m also excited to see what it holds for us in the future,” junior Zac A. said.
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Honors Assembly: Class of 2018
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Honors Assembly: Class of 2018

The annual Honor’s assembly is awarding the outgoing class of 2018 with both new and old awards. “I think that this assembly motivates the underclass men to strive for the greatness that our seniors have laid out for us,” junior Bishop N said.
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First Day of AP Testing
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First Day of AP Testing

Hope your first day of AP testing went as well as Westerner editor Chris R.'s did. Good luck for the rest of AP testing! Make sure to study hard, sleep well, and eat a great breakfast!
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ACS Relay for Life with Maine West NHS
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ACS Relay for Life with Maine West NHS

NHS members went to a ACS Relay for Life on Saturday to participate and plan for a future NHS project.
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Maine West’s Math Teams go to ICTM math competition
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Maine West’s Math Teams go to ICTM math competition

Maine West's junior and senior math teams traveled to the University of Illinois to compete in the annual ICTM math competition on Saturday. The junior-senior two-person team comprised of seniors Bhagirath M. and Brett P. ranked 9th out of 27 teams. Bhagirath and junior Daniel J. also obtained 6th out of 35 teams for orals, the highest finish the MW math team has ever had. Mehta also placed 14th in the state in individuals out of the 192 students competing.
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