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Get Real

     Whether it’s bar fights and brawls in “Jersey Shore” or beach dates on the “Bachelor,” reality TV has...
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Get Real
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Leaped Ahead

     One Maine West student has finally turned four.      Counting down the days to a birthday is...
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Leaped Ahead
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Parkland Two Years Later

     February 14th marked the second anniversary of the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in...
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Parkland Two Years Later
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Check this out! West’s favorite books dive into contemporary issues

You can tell a lot about a person by their choice of books. The same is true for a school.  Unsurprisingly,...
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Check this out! West’s favorite books dive into contemporary issues
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Science Day

Science Day, hosted by Science National Honor Society, brought dozens of Des Plaines and Maine West families to Maine West...
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Science Day
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Warriors On and Off the Mat

There are many aspects of our Warrior community that unite us. Whether its connection to our teachers, to our fellow...
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Warriors On and Off the Mat
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No Planet B

     Climate change has become one of the most pressing global issues of our generation. Man-made pollution has the...
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No Planet B
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Chicago Public School Strike

For the second time in the last ten years, the teachers of the Chicago Public School system are on strike,...
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Chicago Public School Strike
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AP Testing

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5 “Fresh” Takes

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5 “Fresh” Takes
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Senior Kamilia Szwedo Featured in Vogue
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Senior Kamilia Szwedo Featured in Vogue

Senior Kamila S. recently posed for the cover of Vogue Poland along with her dance group Polonia. “It was an amazing experience I never thought I would have the chance to be apart of,” said Kamila “What surprised me was they even knew about our dance group here in Chicago. Now every time I look at the cover I’m even more proud to be Polish.”
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New Season for Math Team 2018-2019
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New Season for Math Team 2018-2019

Nearly 50 people showed up for the math team pizza party, to the coaches' happy surprise. In the annual pre-season contest, the freshmen beat the seniors 21-19. Senior Jessica B. said, "I'm so proud of the freshman. I hope this means math team will prosper once we leave."
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Senior Class Coming Loud and Proud to Fenton
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Senior Class Coming Loud and Proud to Fenton

Class of ‘19 came out loud and proud to show support for the Warriors’s away game at Fenton High School. “The energy of the game is fantastic. The stadium is electric, with lightning and all,” senior Olivia Perkins said. Go Warriors!!
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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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