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  • How Childhood Books Impact our Adult Lives

    By Damira B. As we grow up, some of our favorite book series become embedded into our personal lives through the lessons they teach us. Different genres can play a huge role in perspective; whether a dystopian book demonstrating bravery or a fantasy book teaching the importance of friendship, there is always something to be…

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    Community-Wide Plastic Bag Drive

    By Abby W., in-depth reporter    Clean Up Give Back, a local non-profit environmental group is hosting a clean-up challenge during April in celebration of Earth month called the Community-Wide Plastic Bag Drive. The challenge is a plastic bag collection campaign sponsored by Trex, Jewel, and others supporting environmental causes.  Trex will take the plastic…

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    From Online to In-Person

         Although the state of Illinois has averaged almost 10,000 new COVID-19 cases a day for the past three weeks, students began to trickle back to West on a hybrid class schedule before Thanksgiving.        With this in mind, strict restrictions were in place to limit the risk for all: both students and…

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    COVID, College, and Testing Crisis

         Nervous test-takers rejoice! For the past two years, college admissions counselors and the folks from the Career and College Resource Center (CCRC)  have been hinting at a shift away from the focus on standardized testing in the college admissions process. With hundreds of thousands of seniors unable to take the SATs and ACTs…

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