1881 Penny!

Noah H. grade 6
Middle School North

During the week, I took a trip to the "Hawthorn Coin & Card" store, in the Hawthorn Mall. While there, I purchased an Indian faced Penny from the year 1881 for $1.50. Although commonly considered the "Indian Head Penny", This coin actually shows lady liberty wearing a crown of feathers. The crown of feathers, as you may have guessed, makes it look like a Native American, hence, the "Indian Head Penny".


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2011 Chicago Mayoral Election

By Tanner D. grade 7
Middle School North

The 2011 Chicago Mayoral Election is the first time in 60 years that a sitting Chicago Mayor is not on the ballot. And the first time in 22 years that Daley is not on the ballot. This election is supposed to have a voter turnout of just over 50%. When Daley ran in 1989, there was a 60%voter turnout. Candidate Rahm Emanuel was the former Chief of Staff at the White House.


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The Social Network

By: Kristen Guglielmi, Grade Eight
Middle South

A worldwide phenomenon, allowing people to interact with the click of a button, is known as Facebook. The website was first created for college aged students, but the idea of talking with friends on the internet quickly spread to younger (and older) people. Now anyone “13 years” and older is allowed to have an account on Facebook. Facebook allows people to post photos, videos, and information about themselves so that any of their friends can view each others posts.


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Wacky Jobs

By: Kaitlin Gramins, Grade 8
Middle South

You have heard of a sports coach and a sports trainer, but here is a new one: a veggie coach. A veggie coach’s goal is to get people interested and wanting to eat vegetables and other healthy foods. An example of one is Barb Rundle from Warrington, Pennsylvania. She works at Wegmans’ grocery store demonstrating new recipes daily. She is one of 77 veggie coaches in the Wegmans’ company. A veggie coach is one way to promote healthy eating. Much of America is obese so this job is one that can help bring down the levels of obesity. A veggie coach may not be familiar to you, but their job could be life changing for somebody.


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The Chicago Prodigy

By: Kristin Guglialmi, Grade Eight
Middle South

Derrick Rose has been leaving petals all over the NBA this season, possibly getting himself in the running for the 2010-2011 MVP award. Being a third year veteran of the Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose has increased his average points per game to 24.7, 4.7 rebounds, and eight assists per game. Rose was born on October 4, 1988. He reaches six feet and four inches from head to toe, and weighs 190 pounds.


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The Lost Hero

Noah H., Grade 6
Middle School North

I have recently read the new book by Rick Riordon called The Lost Hero. This is a really good book. It is about 550 pages. What is nice about this book is that you do not have to read the Lightning Thief series, and you jump right into the camp half-blood fun! The story still has Annabeth, Percy, and others from camp, plus you get introduced to three other kids that end up there as well, Jason, Leo, and Piper, who are sent on an adventure to save Hera, Zeus' wife, from a mysterious danger that, if not stopped, will cause severe damage. Will they accomplish this challenge? Find out in The Lost Hero!


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Bears vs. Packers; the amazing show-down for the claim to the NFC champions.

Tanner D.
Middle School North
7th grade.

If you haven't been paying attention, then you wouldn't know that the Bears and the Packers are playing in the NFC championship game. If you don't know what that means, it means that whoever wins that game will go to the Superbowl ! If you don't know what the Superbowl is, then just forget about it. Now, this is a amazing show-down between two NFC North teams who have been rivals for as long as the NFL has been around.


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2011 Hawthorn North Geography Bee

By Rob W., Grade 8
Middle North

The Geography Bee at Hawthorn Middle North consisted of 10 finalists; Zak B., Justin Y., Sam G., Tucker R., Ryan W., Adam W., Seri L., Rob W., Ellen S., and Nikita K. Questions were asked about various areas of geography, such as history and maps and which state hosted the Battle of Chattanooga? (The answer is Tennessee.) The finalists were Seri L. and Ryan W.


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Volleyball is back!

Kristen Guglielmi, Grade Eight
Middle South

With the new teams being made, all of the volleyball players in the school are practicing their passing, setting, hitting, and serving, all in preparation for the 2011 season. Both boys teams and the seventh grade girls teams have already had tryouts and are now getting used to their new teams. The eighth grade girls are currently having tryouts, but the team will be finalized next week.


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The Final Chapter: Part 1

By: Kristin Guglielmi, Grade Eight
Middle South

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows thrilled people all over the world when it came out at midnight on November 19. People raced to the theaters for the premier to watch the first part of the conclusion of the eight movie phenomenon. As of December 1, the movie raked in $608,609,158 worldwide. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) starred in the movie.


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