GCHS students impacted by view of body image

Abby Goldberg, Staff reporter

February 18, 2014

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Life as a teenager can be hard with homework, school, activities and more. A lot of teenagers, not just girls, face problems with a poor body image. According to Life Fitness instructor Jenna Beerbower, 44% of teenage girls... Read more »

Advocate Condell offers students opportunities

Carly Sullivan, Staff Reporter

December 16, 2013

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Advocate Condell Medical Center is not only a place where students can go to get medical assistance, but it is also a place where students can start their careers in the medical field.  Students at GCHS are getting a head start... Read more »

Coping with bad conditions

Alli Smith, Staff Reporter

December 15, 2013

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Severe weather has recently occurred in the Midwest. Snow, heavy rainfall, and tornadoes have all sprung up within the course of a month. As Illinois residents, people must know how to prepare ourselves for rainstorms, tornadoes,... Read more »

Disaster in Phillipines; How to provide aid to those affected

Daniel Skinner, Entertainment/Opinion Editor

December 15, 2013

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During early November, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with its harsh winds and destroyed much of the housing there, killing nearly 6,000 people. Despite the severity of the storm, GCHS teachers have been using the event to... Read more »

Students affected in, outside of school by shifting climate

Erika Miessner, News Editor

December 15, 2013

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As the season of autumn comes to a close and winter starts approaching Grayslake, weather patterns become inconsistent and many people, including GCHS students, are struggling with the conditions. Some students are unhappy with the current weather conditions. “The weather is bipo... Read more »

Food Drive collects 62,476 Lbs

Danielle Voss, Staff Reporter

December 15, 2013

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GCHS Student Council held the annual Food Drive and collected 62,476 pounds of food, well over their goal of 50,000 pounds of food. They distributed on Saturday Dec. 7 during bad weather for families in need. “It is scheduled... Read more »

Winter illness becomes a problem at GCHS

Danielle Voss, Staff Reporter

December 15, 2013

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This year, there have been a lot of absences due to illness within GCHS. The school prevents these illnesses by encouraging students to wash their hands, and keeping tables and other important areas in the school clean. When... Read more »

GCHS English Department gets ready for Writers Week

Abby Goldberg, Staff Reporter

December 15, 2013

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This upcoming April will be Grayslake Central’s second annual Writers Week.  It was the English Department’s idea to bring Writers Week to Grayslake Central. “Writers Week is a weeklong celebration of writers of all... Read more »

Changes to AP Science Ciriculum

Andrew Rosenthal, Sports Editor

December 12, 2013

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AP Physics students next year will start with a new system of science education to launch the College Board’s new AP science curriculum. Students will learn more relevant material and spend more time on the content to un... Read more »

Traveling world broadens students’ horizons

Carly Sullivan, Staff reporter

November 19, 2013

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The first steps off of an airplane are always the biggest, it is a feeling of being someplace new that can invigorate students who travel to places abroad. “[Traveling] helps students have a more grounded perspective on the world,” said English teacher Jeff Barry. Programs such as the “Exploring World Cultures” class, at both GCHS and GNHS, allow students greater access towards traveling abroad.  Not only can students travel to foreign countries like China, where Mr. Barry and five other teachers will be taking students this upcoming summer, but it also allows students to learn through doing. Students “can realize what [they] have and use that towards helping others...We do have a relative privilege, some people in other places need help,” said Barry. Traveling can be such an extraordinary experience for some people if they experience it the right way. “Traveling…[has] made me grateful for what I have.  It has made me more understanding of the world,” said junior Nicole Jones. “I learned to appreciate what I have here with my family and friends,” said junior Emma Mitchner. It is one thing to read about a different culture, place, or even race, but it is another thing to immerse oneself in it. “I took Human Geography last year and I learned about the culture, the landscape and current issues about other countries. It wasn’t until I went to South America myself that I really started to understand the world outside of my homeland,” said Jones. “Traveling makes the world a smaller place.  [Students] can imagine relationships with other people more effectively,” said Barry. “I learned that people of the world are extremely different; however, I also learned that we as humans are really more similar than we are different,” said Jones. “Now when someone says poverty I always picture the people in Ecuador that were dirt poor and manually worked to make all of their own food and necessary products,” said Mitchner. When traveling to a different place people can sometimes feel culture shocked because different countries can do so many things differently than what some students are used to.  Sometimes, students can also be faced with language barriers. “Language barriers are always hard, but you can always find ways of communicating,” said Barry. “Morse code[?]  Sign Language[?]  Interpretive dancing[?]...I do believe that I need to learn the basics of [a] language.  I’m the one invading their land why should I expect them to understand my language,” said Jones. Although the return home from a long trip can feel sort of like a grieving process for some people because they have to get back into their daily routine of working, going to school, doing homework, and cleaning, for others, returning home means reflecting back on special moments, new memories, and flipping through what seems like an endless feed of photos. “I probably think about it at least once a day.  I have this huge photo board of just this school trip in my room.  Every time I look at it I remember some small little detail that I haven’t thought about in months,” said Jones. Where Jones described her trip to Ecuador, Barry described his first time traveling to Paris, France. “[It] allowed me to appreciate another perspective…[it] [still] has me question how we do things,” said Barry. Not only is traveling really about “traveling” but a large part has to do with the takeaway of it. Traveling “makes people more real... it takes a certain level of maturity to be willing to see travel through a different perspective,” said Barry. “I learned that life really begins at the end of your comfort zone.  People shouldn’t be content to just stay at home.  I think that everyone needs to see the world to be happy,” said Jones. While traveling abroad does have it’s hardships, like language barriers, it can have an effect that can last a life time.

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