Hayley Breines

Hayley Breines, A&E Editor

Pronouns: She/Her

  1. What section do you edit? Arts & Entertainment
  2. If you could have lunch with one person from the past or present, who would it be? Dolly Parton
  3. If you were stuck on an island and could only bring 3 things with you, what would you bring? Books, my dogs, and music.
  4. What are your goals for this year? For us to make engaging content students from all grade levels to enjoy.
  5. What is your favorite thing about being an editor? Working with the staff and seeing their growth throughout the semester/year.
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The proposed location for the Casey’s will be on the corner of Lake Street and Route 120, where Lake Street Motors is currently.

Casey’s Develops Forward Despite Nuanced Issues

Hayley Breines, Arts & Entertainment Editor May 16, 2022
"Some of the complexities of local government is that we’re not always answering a yes or no question,” Mayor Rhett Taylor said.
Actors Ava Bruce, Zoie Bero, and Brooke Danca block a scene for the contest play “Antigone Now.”

CPGI Bounces Back for 2022 Shows

Hayley Breines, Arts & Entertainment Editor March 16, 2022

Encore! is back this spring with its competition contest play and group interpretation shows after a year-long lapse due to COVID-19 restrictions. The company–jointly called CPGI–has been preparing...

PSP members, student performers and Guido the Ram all perform and celebrate on stage during Talent Show rehearsal.

PSP prepares 2022 Talent Show

Hayley Breines February 16, 2022
“Working on this talent show has probably been one of the best–if not the best–experiences of my highschool career. All of the time spent on this project built a strong connection between me and my classmates involved in the show. I would definitely recommend joining PSP, and I’m going to miss seeing everyone after this year."- Senior Jake Beshel
George posing happily

Pandemic pets provide comfort

December 14, 2021

George posing happily

On Nov. 6, Environmental Club hosted a pumpkin smash to reduce the amount of potentially harmful toxins released from pumpkins in landfills. Photo provided by Jesus Ortiz

Environmental Club plants seeds for a greener GCHS

Hayley Breines, A&E Editor December 10, 2021
“GCHS’ Environmental Club’s mission is to make a change in the school, Grayslake, and Lake County as a whole,” senior Jesus Ortiz explains. “We want to build leadership skills and other essential skills through the projects we do so that students can grow while also aiding the environment.”
The dance team performs for the IHSA playoff game against Cary Grove.

Dance leaps into competitions

Hayley Breines, A&E Editor November 27, 2021
“We normally have a home competition so be on the lookout for when that date is. That's really fun- we typically have a pretty big number of different schools that come, so just come to support the dance team because we love it when people come to our competitions to show support"- Grace Verciglio
The debate team competes on Sept. 25. Photo provided by Calen Benson.

Debate reasons into season

Hayley Breines, A&E Editor November 23, 2021
“Everybody has a voice and everybody's voice deserves to be heard. It's up to you how you want to use your voice, and this club is a really good way to be able to use your voice."- Coach D'Amico

GCHS welcomes nine new teachers for the 2021-2022 school year

Hayley Breines, A&E Editor October 29, 2021
New teachers are expected every year, but this year has added many new members into the Central teaching family. Meet some of the new teachers below!
The new block schedule moving into Phase 4 COVID restrictions still keeps students at home, but a hybrid future seems likely.

Phase 4 COVID-19 policies affect schools

September 18, 2020

The new block schedule moving into Phase 4 COVID restrictions still keeps students at home, but a hybrid future seems likely.

For the upcoming school year, seniors will have more options regarding English elective courses for a wider range of topics.

Senior English transforms for 2020-2021

February 12, 2020

For the upcoming school year, seniors will have more options regarding English elective courses for a wider range of topics.

The color lavender, a staple of the spring palate, is emerging as a major player for spring fashion.

Fresh trends spring into 2019

April 23, 2019

The color lavender, a staple of the spring palate, is emerging as a major player for spring fashion.

Cast and crew members work on their elaborate set pieces for the Les Miserables production.

An inside look into Les Miserables inner-workings

November 25, 2018

Cast and crew members work on their elaborate set pieces for the Les Miserables production.

Although the weather is getting nicer, a negative body image can hold us back from enjoying the summertime.

Body image distorts summer enjoyment

Hayley Breines, A&E & News Editor May 13, 2021
“My suggestion for students to focus more internally is to think about who you want to be; not what you want to be and what you want to look like, but who do you want to be,” yoga teacher Abbey Erlenbaugh said. 
Within his first 50 days of office, President Biden has successfully rolled out legislation to speed up pandemic recovery through the American Rescue Plan. However, many bills relating to other campaign promises remain stagnant in Congress. Photo by Martin Falbisoner courtesy of WikiMedia Commons under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Biden’s presidency checkpoint reveals successes, misfires

Hayley Breines, A&E & News Editor April 8, 2021
Due to COVID relief being such a large aspect of Biden’s initial presidency, other promises could be fulfilled in the future when the pandemic is less of a looming issue.
Having a list of books to read can help motivate you to try new books during spring break.

Popular reads provide new worlds for an at-home spring break

Hayley Breines, A&E & News Editor March 3, 2021
Hopefully, this spring break is filled with trying out these popular reads and many more books in the future!
On Feb. 18-20, the dance team creates a video for their competition instead of physically going to one. The season has seen many changes like these, but the team keeps tradition to uplift morale. Were just writing notes to each other to encourage each other and try to get to know each other more,” senior captain Megan Schrimpf said. Photo provided by Megan Schrimpf.

GCHS dance continues team culture despite changes

Hayley Breines, A&E & News Editor March 3, 2021
"There are so many experiences that I've had on the dance team where it really makes it, like we’re all so close because of all of the time we spend together and because of those little traditions,” Bruce said. 
Joe Biden was elected as the 46th president of the United States and inaugurated into office on Jan. 20. Photo by George Skidmore, provided by WikiMedia Commons under the Creative Commons license. This photo is not altered. See photo license: Creative Commons Legal Code at bottom of story.

Biden’s early plans draw comparisons to the past

Hayley Breines, A&E & News Editor February 4, 2021
“Biden is going to keep bringing back that message of unity too. He's going to much more prefer people who are willing to have conversations with somebody across the aisle, than just this continued polarization,” Wankmuller said. 
The LRCs Independent Novels page is a student-accessible resource to get into reading.

Reading transforms in the midst of pandemic

Hayley Breines, A&E & News Editor December 17, 2020

When thinking of something that brings peace and tranquility to silence a loud mind, books and libraries don’t normally come to mind. When we think of books, the immediate response goes towards the English...

Kamden Marshall safely dances in a mask. Photo by Hayley Breines

Dance improves mental health

Hayley Breines, A&E & News Editor November 23, 2020
“I dance to let out all my emotions because sometimes it's hard to talk about your emotions. It's just better to dance them out, [and] it really helps your mental health...especially now, more than ever."- Lizzie Hoffman
The Lake County fairgrounds in Grayslake are open for early voting. Photo by Hayley Breines

Young voters impact 2020 election

Hayley Breines, A&E & News Editor October 22, 2020
As the 2020 election nears, learning about local and federal government candidates is essential for young voters to make informed decisions once Nov. 3 arrives. 
A view of Downtown Grayslake from the lower patio at First Draft. Photo by Hayley Breines

First Draft Opens its doors to Grayslake

Hayley Breines, A&E Editor & News Editor September 18, 2020
Although the colder weather is coming in, First Draft is a welcome addition to Grayslake and needs to stay up and running. That being said, make sure to support this local business, especially during these challenging times.
Although its physically closed, This Old Books online book service is a great way to get new books and support a local business.

Books, shows fight boredom

Hayley Breines, A&E Editor May 22, 2020
Motivation to read and continue reading throughout the summer can be difficult to maintain. Setting a goal, creating a reading challenge on the Goodreads app, or participating in the GCHS summer reading challenge are some options to motivate yourself into summer reading.
The online library resources are a great tool to find new books. Photo provided by d127.org.

Media continues to entertain in isolation

Hayley Breines, A&E Editor May 4, 2020
"There is good news: Entertainment will never go away and can help us escape or just keep the boredom away."
Reading is a great way to pass the time. Photo by Hayley Breines

Media entertains during social isolation

Hayley Breines, A&E Editor April 9, 2020
We can all agree that fighting boredom in a time where we have no school, sports, or clubs to look forward to can be a daunting battle. However, finding new things to watch or read can keep the boredom at bay, as well as award new knowledge.
The Encore! group interpretation (GI) cast prepares to perform at competition through team-building and creativity. Photo provided by Lily Bassett

CPGI builds storytelling for competition

Hayley Breines, A & E Editor March 11, 2020
“...They’re two very empowering, really great shows that I’m very proud our company’s doing."- Sophomore Amanda Barry
The Village of Grayslake is one of the towns to opt out of marijuana sales.
Photo by Hayley Breines

Illinois implements new marijuana law

Hayley Breines, A&E Editor February 12, 2020
“I think that since Chicago is one of the biggest cities in the country, and it’s more of a liberal place, I think that’s one of the reasons why it was pushed through,” Plaza said.
Ram Central Station advertising clubs and activites to cater to all students. Photo by Hayley Breines

Ram Central Station chugs into student life

Hayley Breines, A&E Editor December 12, 2019
“We really want the students to feel like it’s a place where they learn outside of the classroom..." -Beth Remedi
Denise Carr, the Chromebook specialist at Central. Photo Courtesy of D127.org

Common Chromebook issues solved

Hayley Breines, A & E Editor November 1, 2019
 GCHS students face many day-to-day issues with their Chromebooks. However, Chromebook specialist Denise Carr in the tech office, room 2620, is ready to solve these problems for students.
Erica Hearvin serving the tennis ball. Photo by Jakob Killian

Fall sports prepare for beginning of seasons

Hayley Breines , A&E Editor October 7, 2019
"The amount of time that the kids in this building put into what they do, whether it be in theater or soccer, it’s just really cool to see,” Hamilton said.
A tie dye shirt styled by Emily Breines.
Photo by Hayley Breines

Advice to spice up your summer

Hayley Breines and Madelaine Steffan May 17, 2019
Diet, fitness, fashion, and planning tips to have your best summer yet.

Celebrities grace the 2019 Oscars in rosy looks

Hayley Breines, Staff Reporter March 14, 2019
The Oscars 2019 provided viewers with a wide array of memorable pink-toned looks that either really worked, or didn’t quite get there.
Gala flyers created by student council members. Photo by Hayley Breines

New traditions for 2019 Gala

Hayley Breines, Staff Reporter February 19, 2019

District 127 schools, Grayslake North and Grayslake Central, are collaborating this year to conduct the 3rd annual Gala dance on Feb. 23 at North from 7 to 10 p.m. The Gala provides students with a meal...

Alli Hacker at the piano playing Vienna by Billy Joel. Photo by Hayley Breines.

Cabaret Night hits the right note

Hayley Breines, Staff Reporter December 18, 2018
"We saw a lot of personality and a lot of different people because they did have the freedom to choose what they wanted to sing, and how they wanted to present their form of art."
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