"Cell phones top discipline issue"
Hoffman EstatEs HigH scHool 1100 W. Higgins Rd. (847) 755-5600 The Hawkeye View octobER/novEmbER 2008 volumE 36 issuE 4 International Fair is huge success William Creedon formance was a break dance rou- on a virtual march; they discussed Staff Editor tine followed by the cupid shuffle the history of empowering women for all to enjoy. and the issues that women still This year’s International “Asia is unified in dance at Hoff- face. Fair on Friday, November 7, 2008 man, even though the continent The I-Fair “truly cel- was another success, with students itself is highly diverse,” and that ebrates the underappreciated di- from all backgrounds coming to- couldn’t be more true of all the versity that is HEHS,” said Jasmin gether with huge smiles and end- word’s societies as well,” said Edri- Chung, English Department. less laughter. an Fernandez (‘10), Asian Pacific As part of the multicultur- Walking in, one was im- Islander dancer. al experience, not only were highly mersed in an endless parade of Other performances in- informative displays arranged for color and motion. From the Indian cluded Maiko Matsubara’s Japa- over a dozen countries, a new I-Fair Saris to the bright floral Korean nese singing. The music and lan- record, but traditional and popular Hanbok, beautiful fabrics danced guage were a moving testament to dishes and desserts were also pre- around everywhere. And the dis- the ancient and spirited culture of pared by the sprightly human rela- play boards were full of pictures Japan, which has been represented tions students. The foods of India and the bright pageantry of proud for the first time at this year’s I-Fair. and Pakistan were truly one of a and vibrant nations. The Cambodi- Izzi Ezra, (‘11) also sang “Nandito kind with their robust, fresh, and an and Filipino slide shows startled Ako,” meaning “I’m here” with pia- sweet flavors. The most fun fare viewers with breathtaking images no accompaniment on behalf of the to eat was the delicious “ggon poon and other-worldly landscapes, add- API delegation. ki” chicken from Korea. ing further awe to the realization “One of the great things There also were clas- that those places are a part of the about I-Fair is all the hidden tal- sics from HBSU, including Mac diverse and amazing planet we all ent that comes out,” said Renee and Cheese and barbeque ribs. inhabit. Johansson, Social Studies De- To wash all these delicious foods Every culture in the world partment. “Many students feel a down was “Sago and Gulaman,” a Jigisha Dalal (‘09) and Trupti Patel (‘10) from API dress Ms. Bess in a traditional includes an element of dance, from greater sense of acceptance when fruity, refreshing tea from the Fili- sari at Hoffman’s International fair on Friday, November 7. The I-Fair was a suc- salsa and flamenco, to hip-hop and sharing their culture at the I-Fair, pino exhibit. Almost all of the food cess, with many students of different backgrounds attending. A vibrant atmost- breakdancing. All of those dances resulting in some tremendous per- was donated by local restaurants. phere was prevalent at the I-fair, with food and dancing abound. Photo by Ms. Davey could be seen at the I-Fair. The formances.” Thanks to India House, Stir Crazy, evening began with a presentation Not only was the fair Thai House, Uni-Mart, and Woory Black Students United, Latinos It is never too late to join of Cumbia by Latinos Unidos, and pleasing to the senses, but it was Market for their cotributions. Unidos, Asian Pacific Islanders, any of the Human Relations clubs. the dancing was almost non-stop very educational as well. Women’s The I-Fair was presented Women’s Empowerment, Indo-Pak New members are always wel- the rest of the night. The last per- Empowerment took the audience by a variety of clubs: Hoffman Club, and European Club. come. Cell phones: top discipline issue solution,” said Gilbert. office that allows any student to Steve Deku While the staff believes make a phone call during any point that the policy is not strict enough, of the day,” explains Gilbert. Tech- Staff Reporter some students think that it is too nically, there is no excuse for cell rough. phone usage in school. Love or hate cell phones, “How can they make it Students have a few ideas they have become a large part of worse,” said Alex Hadesman (‘09). of their own when it comes to the everybody’s daily lives. Regard- “In this day in age, you need to cell phone policy. less of the policies, students con- have a cell with you.” “I think we should be able tinue to bring and use their cell Not all students agree to have them on us in case of an phones during school hours. with Hadesman, though. Some be- emergency, but not use them oth- The administration has lieve that cell phones do not have a erwise,” said Tednes. been trying to crack down on cell place in the school. Tataris thinks that it is phone use, but with the amount of “I think it’s good to have disrespectful to talk during class, occurrences continuously rising, stricter rules,” says Leah Tednes but that students should be able it becomes increasingly difficult (’09). “We need to be more focused to use them for texting at certain for the staff to control. on class, and you can talk to friends times. “Cell phones are the before and after classes.” A question is also raised number one disciplinary issue,” “I don’t think it even mat- as to why only cell phones are said Jacquese Gilbert, assistant ters,” said Stefany Tataris (’09). being pursued, while other elec- principal and head of the Disci- “Ninety percent or more of stu- tronics are not being looked at as pline Committee. (This is the same dents will have cell phones with much. committee that created the tardy them.” “All electronics carry the sweep policy). “While all other Joey Lesniak (’10) be- same policy as cell phones, but cell school issues have significantly lieves that cell phones are every- phones are our main concern as of been reduced, cell phone related where and that one cannot stop now,” said Gilbert. issues have raised from 351 occur- people from using them. “There For now the Discipline rences in 2006 to 621 occurrences also could be an accident where Committee is working towards a in 2007.” you would need them,” he said. solution. Student cell phone usage has become the top discipline issue at HEHS. As of late, school administrators are cracking down on students caught using their This uncontrollable in- This brings up a good “We do not have a solution cell phones during class. The Discipline Committee hopes to have a new policy crease has caused much concern question: are cell phones even yet, but there is a proposal coming is place soon. Photo courtesy of Hawkeye View Staff for the faculty. “The Discipline needed at school? soon, which will aggressively cut Committee is working hard on a “We have a phone in the cell phone use,” says Gilbert. News Arts Opinion Sports Vi E w ke D e aw I ye H S IN e th 2 Hawkeye View October/November 2008 News District 211 appeals the Illinois Board of Education about PSAE scores Afsara Zaheed All high school juniors and approximately 90% of incoming currently do not know how to help with a criterion-referenced exam, Staff Editor take the PSAE every April to District 211 freshmen meet those the students in their senior year non-college bound students will Every year, nearly all measure academic achievement standards. This number drops because the PSAE does not report display their knowledge and pass eleventh graders in Illinois take in reading, writing, math, and when those same students take the specific areas of failure. the PSAE on that basis. the ACT/WorkKeys-based Prairie science. The scores are to assess the EXPLORE, a precursor to the The way the PSAE is There also seems to be State Achievement Examination students’ ranking against state ACT, also a norm-referenced test. reported has also impacted the problems with the administration (PSAE). District 211 has filed an standards. Last year, the state Bob Coakley, English English curriculum. There has of the ACT. Approximately 98% of appeal to the Illinois Sate Board of required 62.5% of juniors to meet Department Chairman, believes been a focal shift; students are now Illinois high school students take or exceed standards. District 211 being taught the skills they will be the ACT (with an average of 20.7 Education (ISBE) regarding last April’s PSAE scores. believes that because of the way “ It’s ridiculous to tested on the ACT. Instead of using out of 36) comparing to only 9% It is troubling that many the test is scored, it is impossible skills to focus on content, students in Maine. The students taking the students learn that they did not for more than half of the students to achieve that goal. get a 29 on the are now using the content to focus on English skills. ACT in states outside the Midwest are generally highly academic pass the PSAE despite high scores on the ACT. Both components of the ACT but fail the After high school, college-bound students hoping to PSAE are norm-referenced exams, students are expected to either join get into a prestigious high school “It’s ridiculous to get a 29 on the ACT but fail the PSAE; meaning that an individual’s score PSAE. ” the university or the workforce. in the Midwest. Because of this, the this absurdity must be taken out,” is determined by his ranking among The ACT is a way for colleges average ACT score in Maine (22.7) everyone else that took the test. the test is inaccurate. Coakley and universities to evaluate a is higher than that of Illinois. This said former Superintendent Roger The District 211 appeal asks for a feels that the test should clearly student’s academic abilities. is unfair because the top academic Thorton. criterion-referenced test similar to identify the objectives and state District 211 believes that ACT students of other states are being However, many students the Illinois State Achievement Test the successes and failures of the should remain a part of the PSAE. compared every student in Illinois, who reportedly fail the PSAE (ISAT) in place of WorkKeys. A student in each of those objectives. WorkKeys is administered for some of which are economically receive ACT scores high enough criterion-referenced test scores out The system currently does not students to demonstrate academic disadvantaged. to gain admission to prestigious of a set standard; a student’s score report the specific areas of failure. achievement to employees. “It’s like a race where universities across the United reflects their ranking against the “It’s like getting cut However, District 211 everyone has to run three miles, States. For example during the test, not against all test takers as a from basketball tryouts and being believes that fails to serve its but some people enter a mile 2007 PSAE administration, 440 norm-referenced test would. told you can’t play basketball, not purpose. “No Illinois business uses ahead,” said Thorton. students received scores of 19 or Students take the ISAT in the fact that you’re just weak at WorkKeys,” says Thorton. A meeting with the ISBE higher (often up to the high 20s) elementary and junior high schools layups,” said Coakley. Teachers By replacing WorkKeys but failed the PSAE. has not yet been scheduled. Upcoming Career Treks Career Treks help students choose a path Allie Amato Date Type Business Number of Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre. Some students actually end up Occupations Staff Reporter Students “It was a lot of fun, and I working in the careers that they 11/21 trek Harrington Fashion Design Director 40 Students at Hoffman Es- learned a lot about theatre that I had gone on treks for. tates High School have been expe- didn’t know before,” Knapik said. “A lot of the kids I took 11/26 speaker CISCO Union Apprenticeship 20 riencing an inside look at careers Career treks give stu- on policemen treks have gone on 12/04 trek Project Lead the Way Engineering 20 they have an interest in through dents an inside look at careers to become policemen,” Henderson Aveda Cosmetology 18 career treks. that interest them. Knapik enjoyed said. 12/08 trek Helen Henderson, Ca- many parts of the trip, but one part Career treks are an op- 12/12 trek UOP Business, Chemical Engineering 10 reer Resource Center, has been stood out in her mind the most. “I portunity for students to get a pre- 12/16 trek St. Alexius Med Center All Medical Fields 44 taking kids on career treks during loved being able to see the actors view of jobs in which they may be the three years she has worked at offstage. That was really cool,” she interested. There’s no follow up on 12/17 trek Zurich HR, Insurance, Business 20 HEHS. said. these treks, so no essays or reports 01/29 trek Barrington Orthopedic Orthopedic, Physical Therapist 20 “Career treks are an Many upcoming treks are assigned. incredible opportunity for every- have been a huge success in the “We talk about the trip on 02/02 trek Bob Chin’s Restaurant Culinary, Restaurant Manager 15 past such as Aveda Cosmetology, one,” said Henderson. the way home on the bus though, 02/05 trek HEHS Secondary Education 15 Career treks are mostly St. Alexius, and UOP (United Oil and the students usually have a lot chosen according to student inter- Products). to say,” says Henderson. 02/11 trek Arcon Architecture 15 ests, so there is a trek for every- “I loved Aveda Cosmetol- Career treks are offered 02/23 trek Sam Rhine Science/Genetics 40 one. ogy,” said Henderson. “It was defi- year round and are always very “Students usually come nitely ranked a 10 on my list.” popular. “I know about the trips 02/26 trek UIC Pharmacy 15 to me with suggestions for trips,” Henderson also enjoyed about 3-6 months in advance,” says 02/27 trek Harper Early Childhood 25 Henderson said. “Treks are pro- the career trek to Bob Chin’s res- Henderson. “Students can come to moted through flyers, announce- taurant. “I loved the trek to Bob me at anytime.” 02/28 shadow Northwestern Woman in Engineering 25 ments and teachers, but most of Chin’s because they fed us” she Space fills up for career the time the students come to me said. “When you feed people, treks, though, so do not hesitate to 03/04 trek Promo Works Advertising Business 15 and ask about the treks.” they’re happy.” reserve your spot for a trek. 03/11 trek Behavorial Health Psych. Soc. Worker Pschiatrist 20 The most popular career Career treks also vary With so many different treks are usually in the medical from year to year. Half of the trips career opportunities, Henderson 03/13 trek Metropolis Theater Production 15 field, as well as the Brookfield Zoo stay the same, while the other half believes that every student should 03/17 shadow All Business All Occupations 75 and Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre is changed every year. Therefore, go on a trek. NW Community treks. there is a trek opportunity for ev- “Career treks are an in- 04/03 trek Medical Careers 8 hospital Many students have al- eryone. “Many career treks are set credible opportunity,” she said. 04/16 trek Claire’s Fashion Merchandisng 35 ready been on career treks this up through existing connections I “They teach you so much about a year, such as Becky Knapik (’12), have with companies,” said Hen- career that you could have never 04/30 trek High Voltage Game Design 15 who went on the theatre trek to the derson. learned anywhere else.” Election excites student body and electrifies the nation ing ambivalent about the future their curriculum. Many have had dress clothes and argued about the just like the ones used in the actual Samantha Kubota of America under Obama’s lead. in-class discussions and passed war in Iraq, the economy, abor- voting process, which hopefully Senior Editor “It’s kind of unfair of me to judge out articles to help students make, tion, illegal immigration and other helped seniors voting feel more Obama; he hasn’t really had a as the media termed it, “Decision important issues facing the nation. confident. Barack Obama is the chance to prove himself yet,” said ‘08.” Participants were very positive The school also had the country’s President-Elect and stu- Christina Oda (’09). about their experience. opportunity to host a press confer- “ dents at Hoffman Estates High “[I’m] a little optimistic “The debate was a real- ence for the County Clerks Office School have been preparing for about the next four years,” said It’s just awe- istic experience and it was fun be- to kick off the election season. this moment. On November 5, students in Obama shirts flooded Marshal Macri (’10). Other students were very some how one ing the underdog,” said Alex Oda (’10). Rolling Meadows High School, in the end, hosted the County Clerk the halls and were buzzing with enthusiastic about Obama’s elec- election can prove “I learned more by par- because HEHS had another as- talk of a “change we can believe tion. Megan Evans (’09) and Ali ticipating in the debate than had I sembly that same week. in,” “hope,” and what type of dog Hair (’09) could be heard exclaim- that the foundation just been researching on my own. Some students even the future president should get his ing “a change we can believe in” in of our democracy The debate was a pretty education- traveled to Chicago’s Grant Park ” daughters. the halls during lunch. al experience,” said Will Creedon, for Obama’s victory rally. Bailey This election, more than “I feel like it’s a great lives. (’09). Armstrong (’11) said that when any other, has excited the student thing regardless of his political Even those who were the race was called for Obama, “[it body. The never-ending race to stances and party; it’s just awe- Extra credit was offered to not yet eighteen could vote in the was] crazy.” the White House has finally ended some how one election can prove some students for participating school’s mock election. Hoffman Justine Samek (‘09) and, since HEHS is composed of that the foundation of our democ- in the school debate (October 20- had 1,141 students vote and Obama said, “Everyone...was ready for students from very different back- racy lives, and show the world the 21). Students were to prepare for won with 926 votes to McCain’s change.” grounds, the HEHS student body uniqueness of our nation,” said Da- the presentation on their own, re- 158. With a ratio of 9:1, Obama de- Students who attended has a myriad of different opinions vid Perez (’09). search important issues and for- molished McCain. Kimberly Ryon, the rally said they went so they on the election outcome. In class, many teachers mulate their premises. At the ac- Social Studies Department, said could be in the, as Samek put it, Some students were feel- had incorporated the election into tual debate, students donned their that students were given ballots “front row in history.” News Hawkeye View October/November 2008 3 NHS: giving back to the community New cafeteria compliments Hoffman years back, the officers wanted to Amruta Bhatt promote participation in school ac- Leila Mustafa dealt with,” said Lori Hafner, stu- Zach Lentino (’11). tivities. Staff Reporter dent supervisor. Classes were switched, seminars Staff Editor “We’re really involved in Originally the coun- were changed, and now there is the community,” said Sam Kubota Our cafeteria: one of the selors had tried to make all four enough room for everyone to have As the new school year (’09). “For example, we did the Dis- few places we can’t wait to get to lunches equal when schedules a seat. begins, the same time rolls around trict 211 heart walk. We passed out after long hours in class. Although, were first being made, but things Now, since everyone for the National Society Members water to people walking. We really with all the construction, walking did not turn out that way. There understands the line system, the to be recognized. enjoy helping out others.” into the new café can even make was a much bigger problem for A cafeteria monitors have noticed “NHS is a great oppor- The events that NHS seniors feel like freshmen again. and D lunches: overcrowding. The a great improvement. The lunch tunity to give back to your com- sponsors are the Heart Walk, Par- There are the confusing first week was rough. The tables lines seem to be moving much fast- munity.” said Mary Thomas, Math ent Open-House, Market Day, and lines that took some of us days to were packed, and sometimes stu- er, compared to last year. However, Department. Math Tutoring. understand, the traffic directing in- dents were left with nowhere to sit many students feel very different The selection procedure In the past, NHS has par- side the actual area where you buy and eat. about the new cafeteria. Still some for choosing students is very for- ticipated in the Aldrin Fun Fair and your food, and the tables that seem “A lunch is so funny. I miss the old cafeteria. mal. Students are selected based other various community organiza- to be out of order have it both days, and there is “Its way slower than be- on qualities of character, leader- tions. “It’s really rare we run such a big difference. On A days, fore, and I know a lot of people are ship, scholarship, and service. “I participated in the Au- into problems (in terms of seat- it’s tough getting around every- stealing way more. I just like the Students are eligible for consider- tism Speaks, the Community Hal- ing). But any new structure has thing in the café. But on B days, old cafeteria much more than this ation if they have a non-weighted loween Event, and caroling in a some problems that need to be it’s just much more peaceful,” says one,” says Maheen Hussain (’11). cumulative grade point average of nursing home,” said Stephanie Kim 3.00 or better at the end of their (’09). “There are so many different sophomore or junior year. This year, 25 seniors and 45 juniors were inducted. volunteer opportunities.” The staff members are extremely excited to have the new Hoffman’s new library worth the wait When inducted into NHS, stu- members inducted. school,” said Kulsum Ishrati (’10). The library did not lose Syeda Fatima According to others the dents must acquire a certain num- Every year, new members or gain any space, but it looks ber of points by volunteering at are inducted into NHS with a cer- Staff Reporter location is a problem. “Due to like there is more space. That is either school-sponsored events or emony in the school auditorium. the location, it seems like there due to the division of the library activities outside of school. Speeches are heard from the NHS The Hoffman Estates is less space inside the library,” into different sections. There are “It’s a great opportunity president, Ms. Busch, and the key- High School Media Center was a said Zehra Hussain (’10). Com- three formal classroom areas. for students to make a positive note speaker. This year, the keynote mystery earlier this year because pared to last year’s entrance, this One area is for American Studies, contribution to the community,” speaker is Kirk MacNider, English it was not open the same day as the one is smaller. “Once you get in, the other one is for ESL and the says Apurva Bhatt (’09). Department. school opened. Many students were it is awesome but the trick is get- third one is devoted to Literature. Each hour put in at “I am honored to have eagerly waiting for the library to re- ting in,” said Octavio Rodriguez, “The new library provides school is equal to one NHS point. been chosen. It means a lot to me,” open, and when it did the students Foreign Language Department. more space for classes and more Two hours accumulated outside said Macnider the day before the knew that it was worth the wait. The look was what options are available to bring class- of school equals one point. A few ceremony. The reopening of the li- amazed many. “Appeal is impor- es in for research,” said Jeff Man- brary was a quiet one which was tant; the library has a modern look del, Social Studies Department. Girls’ cross countr y qualifies for “ done deliberately. “We wanted to The AV Department has see where the students would go been moved out of the library and state for first time since 1993 when they first came in,” said Mary Appeal is now has its own separate room. The girls’ cross country Spevacek, head librarian. This year The computers are divided into two Jaime Notzen team has had a spectacular season more students have been seen at important; the sections: there is a classroom area the library. This year students must and drop-in lab for the students to Staff Reporter as well, at 130 wins and 10 losses. “The whole team has sig- scan their IDs to get in and out of library has a modern use anytime. Some of the stand- The Hoffman Estates nificantly improved throughout the the library. This process is for the school to keep track of the stu- look which draws up computers have been removed High School girls’ cross country season, showing more and more of and added to the drop-in lab. There team is now one of the top teams their potential along the way,” said dents. “It’s nice to be able to know the students in... are only four stand-up comput- where a student is, if we get a phone ers, which can only be accessed ” in the state. After placing fourth Kirk Macnider, head coach. at sectionals, which qualified the This year, the team call from a parent,” said Spevacek. to use the electronic catalog. This team for the IHSA state meet for achieved the best season division Also this year there are was specifically done to increase the first time since 1993, the girls record in 20 years at HEHS. The two new librarians on the staff. which draws the students in the use of electronic catalog. are now ranked 12th in the state. girls won three major invites, in- Cindy Taylor is a former Eng- here,” said Tom Beebe, Social The other half of the library is for The girls competed in cluding winning the Peoria Invite lish teacher from McHenry West Studies Department. “It’s more so- students to use anytime. That area Peoria, Ill. on November 8. The for the first time ever. Four top five High School, where she taught cially acceptable to come into the is on one entire side and includes team came in 2nd place at region- records have been broken this sea- for four years. Liz Palumbo is library. If they can add a Starbucks fiction books, newspapers, a sitting als, where Melissa Schmidt had son as well. also new to Hoffman. She worked in here, it would be awesome.” area, magazines and a drop-in lab. a second-place finish, along with Coach Macnider is proud for a Market Day corporation “It is awesome,” Also, the library has a new Hannah Worman in 7th and Gaby of his team captains, Duenas (‘09) before coming here. This is her continued Rodriguez. “It’s display cases, including one for Duenas in 9th. and Kathy Kenley (‘09). first time in a school atmosphere. just as good if not better magazines. Magazines have been “I’m excited to see how “I knew that they would The media center is than some college libraries.” reduced, however, due to a need to much the team has changed since be team captains ever since their located near the child devel- Students are enjoying invest more in online databases. I was a freshman,” said Gaby freshman year,” he said. The cap- opment room. Hoffman’s staff the windows that are in the li- There also are posters Duenas (‘10), team captain. “Now tains, along with Worman (‘10), and students had different brary. “The excess sunlight helps of the very best of American art. we’re one of the best teams in the Melissa Schmidt (’10), Duenas views on the location. For some, learning and thinking when the The art is meant to be educational. state. Next year I hope that every- (‘10), and Kati Mattes (‘10), pro- the location does not matter. students are in the library, also There are also going to be posters one continues to do the right thing vided the team a good foundation “The location is actu- the students read more and get of pop culture in addition. and keep the tradition going.” for a season. ally nice because it’s like a den go- their homework done. More stu- The library is open Mon- ing into the corner. We are away dents are in the library because day through Thursday from 7 a.m. from all the commotion in the of the look,” said Ishrati (’10). PALS/HOPE offers help and hope until 5.30 p.m. than welcome to come,” said Jas- Ellea Zinck min Chung, English Department Staff Reporter and PALS/HOPE sponsor. “We’re always looking for new members PALS/HOPE is an orga- throughout the year. We are re- nization here at Hoffman Estates ally good about working around High School that focuses on help- sport and activity schedules.” ing others in need and making the Ryan Brown, English De- community a better place. partment and PALS/HOPE spon- Throughout the year sor, said that he is “amazed at every PALS/HOPE participates in many event how the students step up.” different events such as Socks for This program has always Soldiers, Adopt a family, JDRF been about community service, but Walk to Cure Diabetes, Invisible now the club makes sure that all Children and many more. All of ninety-four students on this year’s these events focus on students roster know that it’s their com- here at HEHS making real dif- munity. All the activities will be ferences in the lives of others. ones that are close to their hearts. “I think what makes “Our students have huge PALS/HOPE different is that hearts and will give everything… we’re more student friendly. If you giving even more of themselves Although it didn’t gain any space, the new library uses its current space more efficiently. Students enjoy looking out the have a passion for helping people just to help others in need,” said windows as they work at the private study desk; others use the tables to study in groups and some use the new computers. and can come to a few meetings Chung. “The amazing part of Apurva Bhatt (‘09) says, “It’s better than the Schaumburg Library in some respects. I like going to the library.” and a couple events and bring a this club is how willing the stu- dents are to go beyond the call.” Photo by Samantha Kubota positive attitude then you’re more 4 Hawkeye View October/November The Arts The Arts Hawkeye View October/November 5 Hoffman art students are best in show Fall play is “suite” These were appraised by judges to Building in Washington D.C. Julia Hamlin Denise Gilber t, Eng- rected Act T wo; and Meghan Sayali Sakhardande be of the best quality in the show. Kirsten Hansen, now a freshman Staf f Editor lish Depar tment, was the di- Redding (’09) directed Act Staff Editor This year’s “Best In Show” artists at the American Academy of Art rector of the show. She said Three. While Bounassar was included Natalie Cortese (’08) in Chicago, went to D.C. to see her This year’s fall play at there were many challenges purely a director in the show, Hoffman Estates High for Three-Dimensional Design, art placed. Hof fman Estates High School to directing the fall play as Sauber t and Redding also School art students received Kulsum Ishrati (’10) for Drawing, “It was awesome to see was Plaza Suite, a comedic opposed to the spring play, played lead roles in the acts recognition at the 2008 Schaumburg Kristine Boteva (’09) for Painting, my art on that wall. People kept three-act show full of talent and the show she nor mally di- that they directed. Township District Library Visual Andrew Danforth (’09) for coming up to me to talk about my surprises. rects. “When it comes to Art Exhibition and Competition on Commercial Design, and Kirsten picture, and it just felt great to get Plaza Suite is about a “Students tend to directing, my viewpoint is September 24 for their hard work Hansen (’08) for AP Drawing. that type of recognition,” Hanson luxur y hotel in New York City. overextend themselves in the slightly dif ferent than that of during the 2007-08 school year. “My love for football said. All three acts take place in the fall,” said Gilber t. “The cast Mikey or Meghan,” said Bou- Art & Design, Photography, 3-D and art inspired me to create the As people walked through same suite in the hotel at dif- is a lot of fun to work with nassar. Design, Drawing, and Commercial ‘football guy’ vector-based Bezier the exhibit at the Schaumburg ferent points in time. This show and there’s a great mixture “While at first it Design students displayed their art illustration,” said Danforth. “It was Public Library, it was clear that one is unusual in comparison to the between veteran actors and seems as though you’re at the show. hard work, but winning this award of the major hits was the “before past few plays at HEHS because newbies in this show.” watching three separate “It is important for art made it all worthwhile.” and after” drawings. These self of its three-act str ucture. Gilber t said the cast shows, Neil Simon actually students at Hoffman Estates High Student artists were also portraits, by Art & Design students, Although most aspects chemistr y was great and that challenges his audience to School to gain public visibility recognized for accomplishments came in pairs; one drawing was of this show are ver y compli- it helped a lot that the sea- find the underlying theme in and compete professionally with in other major competitions over made by the student during his cated, scene changes are not. soned actors could help those each act,” Bounassar said re- outside judges. Visibility to the the past year. Thirty students or her first week in class, and the Lucky for the tech and r unning who are new to the stage. garding the str ucture of the public allows the community to view participated in the 10th Annual other was made after learning the crew, the set remained the same There were also show. Regional Chicago Area 4x5 Art basics of detail, shape, and shading Winners Andrew Danforth (‘09), Kristine Boteva (‘09), Kulsum Ishrati (‘10), throughout the show. However, three student directors in- The play made its de- student growth and progress,” said Amita Prabhu(‘11) emerges from the bathroom to meet her father, Exhibit, three of whom received value. The difference between the Kirsten Hansen (‘08) proudly receive their art awards. Cynthia Surtz, Art Department Photo courtesy of Art Dept. the set ef fectively made one volved in this show. Natalie but on November 13 and had Thomas Squires (‘11), in Hof fman’s production of Plaza Suite. Art work was hung awards for their work. Recognition two was astounding. feel as if he or she was a fly on Bounassar (‘09) directed Act two other per for mances on Photo cour tesy of Halcyon during the last week of August and went to Kirsten Hansen for “The idea behind the This is a completely different form work as the string ensemble, the wall in this ‘plaza suite.’ One; Mikey Sauber t (’09) di- November 14 and 15. Drawing, Dan Hernandez for 3-D A band with drive was on display for one month. The before and after portraits was of art than the regular drawing and which Dung Pham directed, played show is an annual event that Surtz Design, and Sayali Sakhardande to show the progress made my painting. smoothly in the background. organizes. for Mixed Media. students,” said Katherine Kaiser, “What sets us apart from “It was fun to play at an Judges evaluated the art Six advanced students Art Department. “By simply every other art class is fire. Be art show,” said violinist Millie Fang under various categories ranging gained recognition for the breaking down complex shapes it ceramic or metal, nothing can (’10). “It gives us a chance to let Congressional Art Competition. into geometric shapes, students be made without fire,” saidJuan people hear our music, and we get Joseph Winner they’ve covered so far are from acrylic and watercolor “Fluorescent Adolescent” by painting to jewelry design. Each Out of these six, Kirsten Hansen’s were able to create some amazing Medina, Art Department. Each 3-D to see all the awesome artwork.” Staff Editor Graphite and Colored Pencil and self portraits.” piece was exquisite and individual Now, as classes are in the Arctic Monkeys and “Wait- category had a first, second, and Ever yday, there is ing on the World to Change” third place winner, along with Justin Simanis’s Charcoal Drawing Another hit of the show was and a highlight of the evening. session, new works of art are were first place winners. Both The atmosphere of the much talent that goes unno- by John Mayer. awards for honorable mention. the variety of Three-Dimensional being created so that next year’s student’s art work are on display for show was very pleasant. Parents ticed in the halls of Hof fman; The band also played At the end, five works of pieces, includingjewelry design, show can be as successful as this the entire 2008 year in the Capitol were free to view their children’s however, the band Arbor at this year’s Variety Show. art were awarded “Best of Show.” ceramics, sculpture and more. one was. Drive is making its mark on “As a whole, the band Marching band keeps the beat Student band is our school. sounds awesome,” says Liz Arbor Drive consists Koh (’09). of four Hof fman Estates se- The band has already niors: Mike Kenney (’09) on made several notable accom- truly “winning” guitar, Elijah Johnson (’09) plishments in its shor t histo- on dr ums, Patrick Gatbunton r y. Last year, Arbor Drive won (’09) also on guitar, and final- HEHS’s Battle of the Bands; ly R yan Beach(’09) on guitar members Beach and Gatbun- and vocals. ton (along with Mike Liang, Agnieszka Bar imagine what that suit must smell Guitarist Mike Ken- ‘09) also won two years ago. Staff Reporter like now.” ney classified the band’s In addition, the band came in When writing songs, the genre as rock/indie. Some of second place at the Seascape Specializing in sarcasm band follows a very unique and their immediate musical in- Battle of the Bands this past and armed with a new lead singer, strict routine. fluences are The Arctic Mon- August. Who’s Really Winning is not the “We go in a room, turn off keys and The Strokes. “We are first and fore- typical local band. the lights, light some candles, write “Check us out,” says most just about enjoying the “We’re all about never songs, and don’t use them,” Leiser- Mikey Sauber t (‘09) and Angela Wnek (‘09) rediscover their passion for each other in Plaza Suite Kenney. “It’s wor th a tr y; we- music,” says Beach. meaning what we say,” says bass- ing and Galang explain.“Then we Photo cour tesy of Halcyon could always use new fans.” As for the future, the The marching band gets ready to per for m at a Hof fman football game. ist Justin Casas (’11), and with turn on the lights and write actual At all of the band’s band is looking to star t writ- A noteworthy performance Photo cour tesy of Halcyon song titles like “That Lone Back- songs.” per for mances so far, they ing some new original songs Meran Liu sound. This means each marcher packer Look Works Good For You” The band’s influences have only played covers. and even star t recording. The “The football games [that has to be careful with not only their and “Karma starts with a D”, that vary from bands like Say Anything However, they are ver y in- band also is going to spend a Staff Reporter come before Homecoming] musi- marching steps but also with what much is clear. to fellow local band Here Comes terested in star ting to write lot of time getting ready for cally and physically prepare the uses to train his singers. He The Concer t Choir they play. The band formed in the the Neighborhood. Cierra Gould some original songs soon. the next Battle of the Bands Walk onto the field, blow band members for the Homecom- uses methods like solfege to wrapped up the evening with During the football sea- winter of 2005 when Mike Leiser- They recently got a new Staff Reporter Some of the songs at HEHS in March. air into your instrument, and hope ing game,” said Robert Erickson, make it easier for students to four memorable songs, in- son, planning for what the band ing (’10) and Rudy Lorejo, a ju- lead singer, replacing Miura with the right notes come out. Sounds band director at HEHS. sight read. The solfege meth- cluding “At the Round Ear th’s would play was multi-game, which nior at Schaumburg High School, Tyler Tuminaro, a junior at Lake simple, right? Ha…so wrong. Of course, football games The Hof fman Estates od has students sing each Imagined Cor ners.” is different from football planning found out they have a similar taste Park High School. Tuminaro jok- It’s easy to overlook the amount also mean a lot of work for the band High School choir displayed note to a dif ferent syllable. “I really enjoy choir because football players have to in music. They soon joined with ingly says the band forced him to of work that goes into marching director—especially since there their talents on October 28th The show began with and bettering my voice,” prepare differently for each oppo- Justin Casas, Nico Miura, and Ru- sing for them by kidnapping his band. Music is music, after all. But are three different band classes to at the annual fall choir con- the National Anthem sung by says Christian Irizar r y (’10), nent. Besides the inclusion of the dy’s cousin Nilo Galang, a senior parents. when you factor in the marching, put together. Before every game, cer t. The hard-working group the Concer t Choir, followed a Concer t Choir member. other team’s fight song, this isn’t at Bartlett High School, to form In the future the band turning, and timing, it can get re- the band only has about two hours of students per for med in a va- by a few pieces per for med by “Choir has been a lot of fun true of band planning. Who’s Really Winning. either sees themselves on a Dis- ally confusing, so the work starts after school to practice as a whole, riety of ensembles directed by the Women’s Chorale. this year.” “It has a flow, a process,” “Justin thought of the ney tour or as a country folk band even before school does. and even then, not everyone is Hof fman’s new choral instr uc- A definite highlight of The concer t was the said Erickson. For example, this name and we never thought of playing with Keith Urban and Neil Two weeks before the there due to various club meetings tor, Matthew Schlesinger. the evening was the Madrigal first of many this year and year’s Olympics theme was chosen anything better so we just used it,” Young, but for now they are just en- first day of school, every band and sports practices. The overall atmosphere singers, who maintained en- preparation begins for each because the HEHS band teachers says Galang. The band would also joying being a local band. member comes to work on march- This makes it even hard- of the night was ver y welcom- thusiasm and pitch through- show immediately. felt the Olympics are an important like to point out that Who’s Really “We have fun at band ing maneuvers and songs. It’s a er to ensure that everyone knows ing and the large variety of mu- out their lively Renaissance The students star t part of United States culture. Winning is a statement, not a ques- practice and playing shows for mix of hard work and fun. where to be and what to do. Know- sic was easy to enjoy. songs. practicing by first reading This caused them to tion. infants,” says Galang, the bands “The first day of band ing where you’re supposed to fit “The most rewarding Another highlight through each piece of mu- think about the 2016 Olympics and Since 2005, the band has guitarist. “We also like chilling at camp was sort of confusing, but it in is really important because, as experience [from directing was vocalist Sydney Johnson sic they will be per for ming. the cities that are competing for played several live shows, which shows with bros.” And it is obvious was still really awesome,” says Avni Erickson often reminds the band, music] comes when we can (‘12), who showed her amaz- They read the lyrics and fo- the honor of hosting the games. were usually accompanied by that their fans enjoy hanging out Bavishi (’12), who plays the flute “The audience listens with their sing the song the whole way ing talent when she belted cus on what the song is tr y- In turn, thinking about these cities Charlie Plaia (’10) dancing in a with them, too. in Hoffman’s band. “Even though eyes.” through and really make music out a hear t-felt solo in the ing to say. This way, they are (among them our very own Chi- polar bear suit. However the song “The band makes me we had to work hard to learn the Even the slightest little as opposed to just singing the haunting gospel song “City really able to sing the song cago, as well as Rio de Janeiro and “Charlie killed the Polar Bear” pro- laugh when they’re on the stage, different steps and turns, we got a mistake is easy to spot when ev- song,” said Schlesinger. Called Heaven.” whole-hear tedly while still Madrid) gave them ideas for dif- claimed the end of that tradition. and I really like talking to them af- good hour’s break to eat lunch and eryone is supposed to be doing the Before coming to Hof f- The Vocal Ensemble getting the notes right. ferent songs we could play: “Sweet “Charlie was sweating too much,” terwards,” says Kate Soriano (’10). talk to friends.” same maneuver. Then there’s the man, Schlesinger taught at displayed its use of solfege The choir’s motto is, Home Chicago,” “I Go to Rio”, and Galang confesses. “Watching them play live shows is All the effort the band music itself. An audience might Plainfield High School and was hand signals to show how “The secret to fulfillment is “España.” “The polar bear suit is also pretty cool.” puts in leads up to the highlight of ‘listen’ with their eyes, but they still a private voice instr uctor at they lear n new pieces in excellence. To do something The HEHS marching pretty disgusting since it has never Check out the band at the marching season: the Home- listen with their ears too. Brittany Naper ville Nor th and Naper- class. Students can also get well is to enjoy it.” The over- band also performed a variety of been washed and everyone that www.myspace/whosreallywinning coming game. The Homecoming Papworth, former HEHS drum ville Central. help with music from the all goal of each show is for patriotic songs on November 11 wore it quit because they sweated and come by the Elk Grove Com- Elijah Johnson (‘09) plays the dr ums as a member of the band Arbor game is traditionally the biggest major, tells the band, “99% right is At the concer t, choir website, which of fers the audience to leave with for the Veterans Day parade here too much,” adds Michelle Kelley munity Center on November 14th Drive. marching event, with many differ- 100% wrong”—basically, a single Schlesinger incorporated many music files that students can something they have en- Photo cour tesy of Halcyon in Hoffman Estates. (’10), a fan of the band. “So just to see their first show with Tyler. ent songs and the most marching. wrong note can ruin the band’s of the lear ning techniques he listen to at home. joyed. 6 Hawkeye View October/November Opinion School spirit still has place at HEHS Election 2008: young voters’ voices heard Ariel Ropp news, I could hear political pundits Senior Editor screaming in my ears and feel poll results clogging my brain. I was ready to just cast my vote and call it November 4, 2008 start- a day. Nevertheless, Election Day ed like any other day. My alarm proved to be very exciting. clock went off at 6:30 a.m. (not that All morning I waited with I heard it), and my mom had to anticipation, telling anyone who practically drag me out of bed (you would listen that I was voting that could say I’m not exactly a morn- afternoon. When school finally end- ing person). Suddenly, though, I ed at 2:45 p.m., I quickly headed felt energized. “It’s Election Day,” I over to my precinct at Campanelli remembered. This is my chance to Elementary School. There wasn’t a be a part of history. line, so I went straight to the elec- OK, so maybe that sounds tion judge table, showed my voter a bit cheesy. But you see, I’m one registration card, signed my name, Motivational speaker Mark Scharenbroich inspires Hoffman students with his speech in late October. of those nerdy kids who get ex- received a plastic card for the elec- Photo by Alex Oda cited when they turn eighteen not tronic voting machine, and headed because they’re allowed to buy over to vote. My heart pounded fe- Lexi Wozny leaders from both schools. sports,” said Wietlispach. cigarettes or go to certain clubs, verishly. Here I go, this is finally it. “The important thing Some students already but because they’re old enough When I got to the voting Staff Editor to do is to create a culture,” said are excited about school activities to vote. I’m like the nerd in The machine, it only took a few min- Upon entering high Scharenbroich. He said that “con- and sports. One student’s action Breakfast Club who has a fake I.D. utes to cast my ballot. The whole school as a freshman, I felt out of necting the dots” or looking at really stuck out in my mind when so he can use it to vote…except not thing felt surreal. Everything had place. I was torn away from my little similarities we share with one it comes to organizing the Blue quite that desperate. happened so quickly that I barely close friends who went off to other another is what brings people to- Crew. Mike Mertel (’10) set up a Unlike him, I made myself had time to process it all. I was ac- schools. For me, the process of ac- gether. He also noted that school network group on Facebook to get wait until I legally turned eighteen. tually voting! My voice would mat- cepting where I was going to school spirit is not just about cheering at the word out about Hoffman’s up- My birthday was less than a month ter! Afterwards, I proudly placed a was a long journey. The Hoffman a sporting event. coming basketball games. He cre- before Election Day, so I was for- sticker that said “I voted!” on my Blue Crew made it easier to adapt Hoffman Blue Crew has ated the group because he was sick tunate to make it just in time. To shirt and waited for my mom to fin- to high school and gave me a sense been around for almost ten years of no one coming to the games and all my friends whose birthdays fall ish her ballot. When she was done, of belonging. and was one of the first cheer- wanted to see a bigger Blue Crew. after November 4, I owe you a sin- we headed over to Starbucks to cel- From my perspective, ing crowds in the Mid-Suburban Mertel even included cere apology. I probably shouldn’t ebrate democracy. Hoffman does have a reputation League (MSL). Mike Wietlispach, themed events for every game. have rubbed it in your faces as Throughout the after- amongst the other schools. I have Science Department, helps spon- There were posters, props, and at- much as I did. But rest assured noon and evening I had butterflies friends who attend other schools sor the Blue Crew and organize tire for the games. My personal fa- that I took my role in the political in my stomach. I anxiously watched who constantly put down my the classic Blue Crew spirit wear. vorite was the Orange Raid against process very seriously. as the electoral votes came in and school. I respond by saying, “You “We [Student Council] Conant last year in our Main Gym. In the days leading up to celebrated when the results were have absolutely no idea what you think it’s important for students He set up the group because some the election, I actively watched the announced. (No need to relay how are talking about.” to get Blue Crew,” states Wietlis- of his friends were a part of the bas- news and the presidential debates. I danced and screamed around the Our school has a variety pach. ketball team, and he was involved It was—and is—important to me house like a complete nutcase). of people. We are a melting pot Blue Crew is a club that is in a winter sport. that I make informed decisions. I This certainly was cause for cel- and I feel blessed to have it that open to anyone who attends HEHS. If he could, Mertel would didn’t want to simply vote just like ebration: it was a historic election, way. Race, religion, or class does Blue Crew is non-profitable. Stu- like to have a club to reach out and my parents, so I did some research and I had been part of it. More than not segregate us. We are all con- dent Council doesn’t receive any support other events and sports and tried to understand the plat- 120 million Americans cast their nected by one thing: our school. money from the shirt sales. Some- that go on in the school. forms of both major presidential ballots in this election, with a sig- Mark Scharenbroich times they even lose money from “[School spirit is] making candidates. It wasn’t easy (I’m a nificant increase in first-time voter came to visit students at Schaum- the sales. Student Council hopes to your school a better place to be and die-hard Democrat) but on Elec- turnout. Like me, these people felt burg High School and Hoffman see more and more fans come out showing your pride,” said Mertel. tion Day I wanted to feel absolutely that their vote mattered, that their Estates High School in late Octo- to games and support the student Everyone at HEHS plays confident in my decision. voice could make a difference. ber. He presented his message of athletes. But not only athletics, the a part and should take part by join- By the time November And for me, that is democracy at teamwork and community to the other various activities that Hoff- ing a team/club or by supporting 4th rolled around, I was starting to its best. That’s what made my first whole student body at each school. man has to offer as well. one. Together our student body feel a little sick of the whole elec- voting experience something I will He had a special conference Scha- “I’d love to see kids get can be successful if we encourage tion. After months of following the never forget. umburg High School with student excited about school activities and and support one another. Keep cell phones off desks, out of sight Alex Oda been affected by one or more of the students obeying the rules to hiding their fingers beneath a desk A little bit, but in the end it all came the following: You are taking a test, be punished for an occasional cel- or “looking for breath mints in a down to self control, focus, and ma- Staff Editor when suddenly, a ringtone goes purse.” Sound familiar? It should. turity. Try to resist the temptations lular slip-up? Also, who’s really to off. No big deal right? But then, the blame for the problems, the quirky The student answer to of texting and maybe try walking With today’s growth in student doesn’t know how to turn students, or teachers who ignore this problem is found in a three- and talking to your buddy six seats technology, people can expect cell off the phone without answering the situations and refuse to take step solution. Find the button on away; but hey, listening might be a phone abuse to slowly grow more it, setting it down to vibrate, and your phone that says “off.” Click good idea too. apparent in our everyday lives. shoving it back into a purse. A few it. Put the phone in your locker. As for teachers, you’re After all, emailing, texting, and instant messaging are becoming minutes later, the phone begins to vibrate again, and the teacher can’t “ Find the button That’s it. Go through your day like you usually would without a phone. not all off the hook either. Of the teachers I’ve seen, some of the fac- convenient methods of commu- hear it. on your phone that Can’t handle seven hours without ulty members are either unaware nication amongst students. How- The process repeats un- your precious phone? Too bad. or don’t care about texting in ever, technology starts to become til the class is over. You lose your says “off.” Click it. This method has been tested by classes. The basic idea of the cell a problem when it interferes with focus, and you forget the answer yours truly. phone policy is good; if a teacher education. Being “cell phone-less” of your free response question. Put the phone in When I had just received sees a student using a cell phone in for 16 years left me indifferent to the majority of problems that most How about another scenario? Your social studies teacher is lecturing your locker. ” my new cell phone, I was excited and definitely brought it to all my class, he/she has the right to take the mobile device away. Teachers teachers complain about- until re- about a topic you don’t understand, classes, in my pocket, turned on. need to take control of their abil- cently. and you know you’ll bomb the next disciplinary action? Bad idea. I was tempted to use it ity to stop cellular usage. An occa- Yes, I didn’t have a cell test if you don’t listen. Suddenly, Generally, both are to and whipped it out every so often sional excused slip up is fine; noth- phone (gasp) until three weeks your teacher stops talking and blame. It pains me to see peers to play with the keyboard; I didn’t ing is wrong with a small accident. ago, and I’ve been on both sides yells at the guy texting beneath his unable to resist the temptation to remember much of what I learned However, when it keeps happening of the fence. As the administration desk. Class ends, and you miss out play with the mobile object in their that day. Days later, I left the phone and a teacher isn’t doing anything explores disciplinary action in re- on the notes for your test. pocket during a teacher’s mono- in my locker and did things nor- about it, the situation is equivalent sponse to cell phone abuse, it isn’t Most students are fed up logue or movie presentation. And mally. Was I inclined to grab the to beating a dead horse. It’s going too hard to see why. I’m sure that with these situations, but that’s not it hurts just as much to see teach- phone in my locker and play with to take a collective effort to lower everyone reading this has at least the worst of it. Is it really fair for ers oblivious to the crafty student it when the teacher wasn’t looking? the usage of cell phones in class. Sports Hawkeye View October/November 7 Girls’ gymnastics off to great start events, the girls have to spend a cember 2. To prepare to compete, Molly Smith lot of time on the equipment and there is open gym right now. Staff Reporter “have to overcome fear,” Calisch “We do a little skill said. “We do something so much work,” Calisch said. “We’re trying that it’s called ‘muscle memory’.” to work on basics and trying to It’s finally here: girls’ gym- Once the girls know how get our timing back. Gymnastics nastics started November 10 and to do the trick, they start working takes a lot of timing.” Hoffman Estates High School is get- on little details and make it even The girls’ gymnastics ting ready for the upcoming season. better. teams will be practicing every “The key to success is rep- Hannah Kong (’10), who weekday and Saturdays, break etition,” said David Calisch, head has been practicing gymnastics included. The varsity team will be coach. “Everything up until section- for three years, said that vault is practicing from 3 to 6:30 p.m. ev- als is practice.” her favorite event. “It’s the easi- ery day. “If you want to do well, est,” she said. “Hoffman is most look- then spend time in practice,” he said. When asked what she ing forward to competing against Trina Pasco (’10) took this advice to is most looking forward to about Schaumburg,” said Calisch. heart when she qualified for section- the season, Kong said, “just all the “There’s always a nice ri- als last year. friends.” valry between Hoffman and Scha- “She has a good chance to “Some of the girls took umburg,” he said. “However, our qualify again,” Calisch said. “We’ve classes when they were young but biggest competition is ourselves.” upped her tumbling skills, her floor haven’t done it in a while,” Calisch Calisch said that the and bars have gotten better, and I’m said when he was asked if most team is moving toward its goal hoping that her drive will be a little girls had done gymnastics before. as long as they have more points more contagious this year.” Calisch For those who haven’t than the last meet, even if they is hoping to get more people want- had prior experience, they do didn’t win. ing to be successful. drills and try to maximize their “The lesson I would like The event that is most time. for them to learn is that we have challenging for the girls are the “Catching up and learn- talent, but I think we need to raise bars. “It’s completely new and is all ing is all about breaking down our own expectations,” Calisch upper body strength,” said Calisch. skills. Learning parts and put- said. “Our goal is to see what He also says that floor and beam are ting them back together,” Calisch works and what doesn’t.” Calisch Katrina Pasco (‘10) practices on the bars. The girls’ varsity gymnastics team has difficult. said. said that setting goals creates a practice every day after school from 3 to 6:30. Photo by Sayali Sakhardande To prepare for these The first meet is De- more powerful team. Swimming to success Eiftu Haile freshman team. the HEHS girls’ swimming team. Staff Reporter The first meet of the sea- “There were so many tal- son was against Prospect, which ented swimmers that I felt needed As the fall sports sea- was “a team to watch,” said Josh to be moved up,” said Schumach- son came to a close at Hoffman Schumacher, head coach of the er. Estates High School, one sport in varsity team. The HEHS girls’ swim- particular continued on a bit lon- Even though the team ming team also had many leaders ger than most - girls’ swimming. faced many competitive challeng- at the varsity level, one of them be- This season was a successful one ers, the Hawks gave “a valiant ing Michelle Allen. for the girls as they took on teams effort,” said Sam Kubota (’09), a “She will be swimming that were highly competitive and member of the varsity team. all of the events,” Shumacher challenging. Throughout the season, said. The amount of leadership The season began on a the team proved that it was not that comes from the seniors for high note for the Hawks as they comprised of quitters but persever- the whole team is also admirable. built up their teams. There were ant leaders. Each swimmer had a “sister” on 50 girls total on the team that came “Even though our record the team to encourage and support to the first team practice one week wasn’t the greatest, what matters one another. before the start of school. Each is that we all did our best,” said This year, swimmers real- level of the team, freshmen, JV, Kubota. ized that being on the HEHS girls’ and Varsity had 10-15 meets total This year, there are many swimming team was a privilege; this year. new and fresh faces at the varsity each one of the girls embraced this “For the freshman, their level, with a large number of soph- at every practice and every meet. meets were more learning expe- omores and juniors. There are six As the season came to a close, the Team seniors lead pre-game cheering. The team members worked hard at every seniors, five juniors, and seven Hawks were proud of their hard meet to improve their individual times. riences than competitions,” said Photo by Marshal Macri Tom Fidler, head coach of the sophomores. This is unheard of for work and dedication. Alaine Coleman and Amruta Bhatt: swinging sensations Steven Chin wanted to improve her game. Junior year, Amruta Bhatt has a special love for schedule. Bhatt finds herself getting home Staff Reporter she wanted to qualify for sectionals. Senior tennis. She finds it relaxing and challenging. late every day and having to spend all night year, she wanted to go as far as she could. As a sophomore on varsity, she has high ex- doing her homework. Alaine Coleman (‘09) has been one Every season, though, she has be- pectations to play well. Ever since her fresh- At conference she hurt her wrist, of the most successful golfers to come to come a better golfer. In the off-season, Cole- men year, Bhatt has been living up to those but she didn’t give up. Bhatt played through Hoffman Estates in the past few years. This man worked on all improving all aspects of expectations. the pain and ended up placing well at confer- year Alaine qualified for sectionals. her game. This year she took first place at ence for first singles. This year at the Highland Course During this season, Coleman hurt the Larkin Quad and Stevenson Quad. What Overall, her season was very suc- in Dundee-Crown, she shot her lowest score her wrist, but she continued to play anyway. makes this year different from last year, cessful, and she only hopes to get better. ever, 41. She hopes to continue her success As the season progressed, Coleman was though, is that Bhatt has shown off some She’s working to improve all aspects of her in college. Coleman wants to play Division II playing better and better. new techniques and strategies. game for the next season. golf. Her scores dropped while her “This year I worked on using more “As a team, I felt we did strong. I These past four years of golf have short game improved. In the final rounds of backhand shots, slices, and more offensive am happy with how my season went overall,” been a joy for her. Just golfing and being her season, Coleman played very well. At re- play,” said Bhatt.“My freshmen year, I played said Bhatt. “I am going to miss the seniors, with her teammates is the most fun she has gionals on the Prairie Isle Golf course, Cole- defensive. Now, I’m attacking at the net and though. Leah and Jayal always made me ever had. man shot a 96 and advanced to the sectional finding myself scoring more points.” laugh.” “The van rides were the best. Ally meet. Coach Rouse told the girls’ team “I’ll especially miss my sister, and Angela crack me up. Mr. Bryant would Golfing everyday in the fall made to always go for their shots and play their Apurva,” she continued. “We have played so always make us laugh when he said ‘Stop Coleman feel great. She loves to golf, but own game. Bhatt tries to play that way every long together and next year she’s going to yourself’ or tell us never to call him Fred,” she comes out there everyday for the team. single game. college.” said Coleman. She knows the team is behind her 100% of This year certainly hasn’t been Bhatt will be a junior next year, so Every year, Coleman has had a the way. Coleman wouldn’t give up her girls without its challenges, though. Whether it’s watch out for her on the tennis courts. She different mind set. Freshmen year, she was and the coaches for anything. She’s going to balancing a tough homework load or play- hopes to keep her dream alive: qualifying for out there to have fun. Sophomore year, she miss them when she goes to college. ing tennis all day, Bhatt always has a busy the IHSA State Tennis Meet. 8 Hawkeye View October/November Fall Photos