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The student news site of Jones College Prep High School

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The student news site of Jones College Prep High School

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Championing chess at Jones

Noah Barbas '24, Editor-in-Chief Web/Print | February 29, 2024

From Feb. 9-10, the Jones chess team competed in the state finals of the IHSA chess competition in Peoria, IL, where they ranked 70th out of 128 teams. The weeks leading up to the finals included training and preparations for qualifying tournaments. “The buildup was that we played in a sectional tournament,” said David Franklin, a parent volunteer chess coach. “It’s sort of like a Chicago-and-its-suburbs...

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A final goodbye

Sadie Barash '25, Section Editor | February 27, 2024

After spending three years with the school, Assistant Principal Yvette Torres departed from Jones on Friday, February 9th.  Her resignation follows the arrival of newly hired principal Kerry Dolan as well as other administrative staff. She heads to Greeley Elementary to continue growing as a leader. “The decision wasn't easy, but I am thinking of my future career, and having experience in...

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Girls Who Code, after graduation

Noah Barbas '24, Editor-in-Chief Print/Web | February 27, 2024

The Girls Who Code club at Jones College Prep, which aims to involve girls in the computer science field, began online in 2020 and has since put accomplished students in college making a difference and gaining opportunities very early in their computer science careers. Kathryn Harper ‘23, a first-year student at Harvard University and Computer Science major, credits Girls Who Code as an organization...

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Ice advice

Eliza Beresh '25 and Harper Rzepczynski '25 | February 1, 2024

It is difficult enough for Jones students to force their bodies awake at an ungodly hour five days a week and drag themselves to the CTA without the added risk of ice covering the pavement. The slippery status of the sidewalks has turned what is already a grueling trek into a fight for your life.  Thankfully, there are easy ways to conquer the ice and make it to school safely. First, it is important...

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1/30 walkout photos

January 31, 2024

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Anticipation of assistance

Emmanuel Ofosuhene ‘24, Reporter | January 9, 2024

From Nov. 1 through Dec. 22, 2023, the Chicago Teachers Union Fund was hosting “Giving Tuesday” to help donate to Students in Temporary Living Situations. The CTU with this fund is helping students needing housing aid and all other students who need financial support. “The CTU Fund is trying to raise money to help pay for emergency aid for students in need,” said Jones CTU representative...

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Championing chess at Jones

Noah Barbas '24, Editor-in-Chief Web/Print | February 29, 2024

From Feb. 9-10, the Jones chess team competed in the state finals of the IHSA chess competition in Peoria, IL, where they ranked 70th out of 128 teams. The weeks leading up to the finals included training and preparations for qualifying tournaments. “The buildup was that we played in a sectional tournament,” said David Franklin, a parent volunteer chess coach. “It’s sort of like a Chicago-and-its-suburbs...

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Athletic advocates

Alma Marshall '24, Producer | February 27, 2024

In collaboration with administration, Jones students have recently developed a new athletic committee seeking to assist and gain support for our athletics departments. “Goal number one is just to understand what the athletes feel is going well and what needs improvement,” said English teacher and new assistant athletic director, David Gilmer. “From there, [we will be] working to keep our athletic...

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Senior night strikes

Annette Walker ‘26, Reporter | February 27, 2024

On Jan. 22 at Waveland Bowl, the Jones College Prep girls bowling team won their senior night game against Mather High School. Senior Night was one of the team’s biggest wins against Mather High School, and seniors thought of it as a favorite memory from the season. “Senior Night was fun! It was a great experience with a lot of my friends and I bowled the best I had the whole season,” said...

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Dear class of ‘24

Isabella Guzman '25, Section Editor | February 27, 2024

Dear seniors,  First of all, I would like to acknowledge how proud we all are of you guys. We have had front-row seats to the stress of college applications, the relief of getting into a college, and the heartbreak of being rejected from your dream school. Your hard work is finally paying off and we could not be happier for you. However, just a quick question, what are we supposed to do without...

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Opinion: The virtues of virtual

Samantha Dombar ‘24, Copy Editor | February 27, 2024

Paying for a higher-level education is arguably the most expensive investment teenagers and their families make. But if $90,000 annual tuition isn't enough, $50-$75 application fees, along with flights, hotels, and tour fees quickly pile up for students and their families. Thus, the question becomes: is traveling to visit colleges during the college admissions process really worth it?  In-person...

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For the first time in forever

Luke Gies '24, Reporter | February 2, 2024

The Detroit Lions have been one of the most unsuccessful football teams in the history of the NFL. The last time they won a playoff game was the 1991-1992 season, only their second win since 1957. This year is a change of pace for the team, securing their first-ever NFC North title, winning two playoff games, and going to the NFC championship for the first time since that unforgettable ‘91-’92...

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