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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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Maine West and Maine East – Top 50 in Illinois High Schools
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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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Taste of Des Plaines 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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Memorial Day Ceremony 2018
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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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Seniors Leave Their Mark
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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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Pi Sigma Pi 2018 Annual Picnic
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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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Moving to a New Westerner Office
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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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Honors Assembly: Class of 2018
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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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First Day of AP Testing
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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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ACS Relay for Life with Maine West NHS
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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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Maine West’s Math Teams go to ICTM math competition
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Hack Attack: Unsound Bytes

With the rise in everything from baby monitors to smart TVs to home thermostats connected to the Internet, security risks...
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High Flyers

With competition season underway, the cheer team will hit the mats with a co-ed challenge at Belvidere North on Dec....
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Gung-ho Guardians

Parents can serve as motivational voices for their children, pushing them to be the best they can be, but sometimes...
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Method to the Maddoness

First, man conquered the skies; then radio broadcasts became available; then televisions illuminated homes; then computers transmitted ideas; then man...
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Dancers’ Precision Provides Key to Wins

With new choreography, Warriorettes, the Maine West dance team, is striving to step up their scores in their winter competition...
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A Christmas Calamity

All I want for Christmas...is to have Halloween, Thanksgiving and autumn back in stores! It’s just not fair. Don’t get...
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Moving Forward

In a shocking turnaround, Donald J. Trump won the presidential election. Many things have changed. Our foreign enemies and friends...
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A Life Without Social Media

168 hours. That’s how long it would take to send a letter across the country by horse. That same message,...
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Enough with the Sexism and Disrespect

From the very beginning of his campaign, Donald Trump’s comments about women drew attention to the objectification and lack of...
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Is it Worth the Work?

The new freedoms and opportunities of high school come with responsibility, but they also come at a cost — literally....
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Dinner Takes All

We’ve stashed our costumes, hidden the ghost decor, and eaten the last of the candy corn. With Halloween long-gone, families...
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10 under $10

There is no need to spend a fortune this winter to make it a memorable one. From staying indoors and...
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Surround Sound

While students likely know the typical Michael Buble and Mariah Carey holiday tunes almost by heart, the Maine West Fine...
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Addition to Tradition

Providing a taste of Hispanic Christmas culture, the annual Posada Dance, will take place on Dec. 16 from 7-10 p.m....
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Merry Melodies

Tri-M Music Honor Society aims to continue a Maine West tradition by caroling throughout downtown Des Plaines this December. Simultaneously...
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When the Secret Gets Out

‘Twill be the night before Christmas when after midnight, parents sneak out of bed to a place out of sight...
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Rush to a New Holiday

While some think it is acceptable to be listening to ‘Deck the Halls’ the day after Halloween, others differ by...
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Thanks but No Thanks

In the midst of holiday indulgences and Black Friday specials, Americans commonly drift farther and farther away from the true...
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Bugged Out

As technology is incorporated into more and more aspects of Americans’ lives, they face greater threats when it comes to...
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Partners in Pilgrimage

Huge crowds will pack River Road in Des Plaines for the feast of our Lady Guadalupe.
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