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Youth and Government Students Showing Success


By Sophia Jech

Katrina Schlenker: record-breaking runner goes into her last season at BHS


By Sophia Hayden, Emma Hirschauer, Olivia Gebhardt Every evening before a meet, Katrina Schlenker is already thinking about her approaching race. Her routine is intricate: after she gets home from a slow three-mile pre-meet run, she goes home and does yoga. Before bed she stretches and rolls out her legs, always making sure to get […]

NEWS: Building the future together in BPS 101


NEWS: Building the future together in BPS 101

By Eli Balisi and Brynne Albert Batavia Public Schools is currently planning a multi-year project called the Building Our Future Together Plan that, if passed, will see renovation and reconstruction of Batavia school buildings. If the plan is approved, Alice Gustafson, H.C. Storm, J.B. Nelson, and Louise White Elementary Schools will all be completely rebuilt, […]

NEWS: BHS goes mask optional


NEWS: BHS goes mask optional

By Olivia Gebhardt Recently, a court order in Southern Illinois was passed making masks optional in around 170 school districts; however, the Batavia school district was not one of those. Batavia can make an individual decision on masking, and as of Thurs., Feb. 10, masking became optional. There are so many opinions on masks in […]

Girls’ Track and Field feels prepared headed into season


Girls’ Track and Field feels prepared headed into season

By Madison Wilson and Isabelle Konopacki Batavia track and field started just last week, riding off the high of a sectional win last Jun. that qualified 12 events. The team later went on to the state meet, finishing with three athletes placing in the top nine. Batavia had placed 20th at last year’s state meet, […]

NEWS: Swing Singers start the season


NEWS: Swing Singers start the season

By Emma Hirschauer Over the years, show choirs across the country have experienced a surge in interest and popularity. Shows like Glee have brought them into the limelight, but they also can serve as an inclusive and welcoming space for many high school students. BHS is no stranger to groups like this. Usually, it has […]

Rock the runway: a blissful experience


Rock the runway: a blissful experience

By Sophia Hayden Feb. 4 marked Batavia High School’s 14th annual Rock the Runway show, a wearable art show in which student designers must create pieces that align with a particular theme. The catch is designers cannot use any actual clothing, resulting in exponentially creative uses of everything from bubble wrap to butter containers. This […]

NEWS: Fuqua retiring after 30 years of teaching


NEWS: Fuqua retiring after 30 years of teaching

By Mackenzie Corcoran and Nick Klann Varsity dance coach and PE teacher, Angela Fuqua, is retiring at the end of this year after 30 years of teaching. This is the end of her coaching career and now the dance team needs a new head coach. If Fuqua’s got to choose, her top picks are Ryanne […]

BHS’ best teacher by department


BHS’ best teacher by department

By Ariana Venecia Not necessarily based on teaching ability English: Cassandra Castro Mrs. Castro is easily the best English teacher to have. Especially since she teaches English 1, and makes you feel accepted to the school as a freshman, makes her classroom a fun and welcoming place, and sets the bar for English teachers high. […]

The COVID vaccine: The real experience from a real patient


The COVID vaccine: The real experience from a real patient

Recently, many have been encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, as an effort to, of course, maintain nationwide safety and finally retain some form of normality. While some have a negative opinion on the injection, the vast majority of the population agree that this is, very much so, a good thing. However, the specific views […]