Drops of Ink

“Ask Amy” Belstra- College Q&A

Ava Polzin, Features Editor

November 12, 2013

So, apparently demonstrated interest can be almost detrimental to students. How much would you say is too much?   You never want to stalk the college. You know, different colleges handle demonstrated interest in different ways. Some really do track it. Others (the more prestigious, like Univer...

Details of the Government Shutdown

Photo Credit: MCT Campus/Olivier Douliery

November 12, 2013

The national government, having been shut down for 16 days last month, now faces a new crisis of how to deal with the aftermath of the future for Americans. The Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, requires that all Americans must have health insurance by January 2014. Citizens wil...

Same-sex Marriage Law Passed in Illinois

Same-sex Marriage Law Passed in Illinois

Becky DeAcetis, Staff Writer

November 12, 2013

Same-sex marriage was legalized in Illinois on November 5; Illinois is the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage. The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which legalized same-sex marriage, will be put into action on June 1, 2014. This law changes the definition of marriage from an act between...

Obamacare: What You Need to Know

President Obama addresses the talking points of Obamacare in front of the White House.

Nick Vittore

November 8, 2013

Thousands anxiously stood outside of the Capitol building for hours to witness the decision: would Congress deem the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act constitutional? Enacted on March 23, 2010, the statute was taken all the way to the Supreme Court over the summer. Chief Justice John Roberts...

LHS to Finish Solar Panel Construction Soon

LHS to Finish Solar Panel Construction Soon

Tom Ackerman, Opinion Editor

November 6, 2013

This September, four solar panels were added to LHS above the auditorium entrance on the roof as a result of a grant that VHHS received as well. According to Ms. Diane Phillips, Director of Community Education, Grant Management, and Rentals for District 128, the grant, sponsored by the Illinois Cle...

What Happened to the Lip Sync Contest?

Class of 2012 graduate Nick Coutre plays the air piano in the Lip Sync Contest two years ago.

Ryan Jackson, Staff Writer

November 4, 2013

Seniors at Libertyville are upset that their voices aren’t being heard, in a way. Technically, it’s the voices of various musicians that accompany the dances and moving mouths at Libertyville’s lip sync competition. But all technicalities aside, students are itching to get out and strut their ...

PARCC Testing to Start Next Year

PARCC Testing to Start Next Year

Alex Zoellick, Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2013

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career exam will be replacing the Prairie State Achievement Examination, or PSAE, tests in Illinois public schools starting in the 2014-15 school year. The PARCC exam would be a series of standardized tests taken by freshmen through juniors...

New Classes at LHS

Sophomores Jack Bloom, Spencer Wells, Connor Clausen and Junior Tommy Watson work on various projects in PTLW

Connor Polk, Staff Writer

October 16, 2013

LHS is constantly looking for new ways to please and challenge its thousands of students and often is most successful in doing this by adding to the curriculum; this development happens continuously year to year and has most recently been changed with the addition of Media Literacy and Project Lead The Way...

Syria: a global crisis

Syria: a global crisis

Elise Houcek, Editor-in-Chief

October 13, 2013

 1.     How did we get here?The conflict in Syria stems from a long history of civil unrest and unsettling diplomacy. In March 2011, a wave of political protest surged in the nation as rebels of the Arab Spring, a pro-democracy movement currently revolutionizing North Africa and the Middle East, ma...

Rocky’s Law

Rocky's Law

October 11, 2013

   This past August, Governor Pat Quinn signed “Rocky’s Law”, requiring school districts to provide Catastrophic Accident Insurance for injured student athletes. The law, taking effect on January 1 2014, will demand that a school’s minimum policy will cover $3 million in aggregate benefits or ...

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