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Dylan Wehmeyer

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter

Dylan Wehmeyer is a senior at Normal Community High School and is involved with Best Buddies and FMP. This is his third year working with the Inkspot; he is a senior staff reporter.

A book that moved me is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

A slogan I live by is "You never know what someone is going through. Be kind. Always."

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Baseball season recap: Iron 15-5 midway through ’23 campaign

Baseball season recap: Iron 15-5 midway through ’23 campaign

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Apr 26, 2023

At the halfway point of the Ironmen baseball team’s 2023 campaign, Community is 15-5 and 8-1 in Big 12 action–good for second place in the Conference. Power Pitching Head coach Mr. Ryan Short’s three-headed pitching monster has been chewing up batters.  The trio of Ethan Eberle, Troy McLeese...

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Blasting Off: Baseball victorious in season opener

Blasting Off: Baseball victorious in season opener

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Mar 25, 2023

The 2023 baseball season took off with a 10-0 Ironmen win over the Limestone Rockets on March 15. The Ironmen hope that their run-rule decision over Limestone is a sign of things to come this season. Jacob O’Day and Ethan Eberle threw a combined no-hitter in the season opener, which was called...

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Kenny Wills (left) has his sights set on qualifying for the State 500 freestyles championship final next year; Fujimoto (right) will continue his scholastic swimming career as a University of Kentucky  Wildcat next year.

Fujimoto, Wills & Community make history at IHSA Swimming and Diving State Finals

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Mar 23, 2023

Champions. That’s a title Josh Fujimoto and Kenneth Wills can forever boast after competing at the IHSA Swimming and Diving State Finals on Sat., Feb. 25. The pair showed their mettle in the 500 freestyle finale, medaling in the competition’s longest individual race.  Fujimoto finished...

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Jaheem Webber goes up for a dunk against Peoria Manual on December 9 in a 40-36 loss.

Boys basketball face Moline in 4A Sectional after Regional Title victory

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Feb 28, 2023

The Ironmen boys basketball program secured its third consecutive 4A Regional Title on Friday, Feb. 24, with a 61-45 win over the Yorkville Foxes. After a quarter of play Friday, the Iron (20-13) trailed Yorkville (26-6) by a score of 12-9. In the second period, something clicked.  The Ironmen...

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After winning his opening match in the State Tournament on Thursday, sophomore Caden Corrells 48 wins currently stand as the wrestling programs season-single win record.

Wrestlers compete at State Tournament with records in sight

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Feb 17, 2023

Three members of the boys wrestling team -- Caden Correll, Cole Gentsch and Cooper Caraway -- compete at the 3A IHSA State Wrestling Tournament in Champaign this weekend, each entered Thursday's opening round ranked among the State's top five competitors in their weight class. Seeded second in the...

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Sweet Spot: Volume Five

Sweet Spot: Volume Five

Mallory Thomison's Valentine's Day Cake Pop Recipe review
Dylan Wehmeyer and Anna Dunne Feb 14, 2023

In the February Issue of the Inkspot magazine, Mallory Thomison offered up an easy and affordable Cake Pop recipe. Like Valentine's Days from years gone by, Thomison brought her cakey creations into class to share. This edition, the Sweet Spot breaks the regular mold -- veering away from the norm....

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Dylan: Hit the Spot

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Feb 14, 2023

Valentine’s Day brings to mind images of Cupid, heart-shaped cookies, candygrams and conversation hearts. When Mallory Thomison’s brought her homemade Valentine’s Day cake pops to the Inkspot classroom -- I was quickly reminded Valentine’s Day is about personalized acts of love. And what...

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The ultimate romance movie marathon

The ultimate romance movie marathon

Marielsie Iglesias and Dylan Wehmeyer Feb 13, 2023

Romance movies make us feel like we, too, have a special someone waiting to be found, a soulmate out there for us — even if just for a couple of hours on a Saturday night. From the comfort of our couch, we can experience love’s ups and downs, its giddy highs and crushing lows, moments of joy and...

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The six seniors walk arm-in-arm after talking to their coach on Senior Night.

From State Championships to Friendships

Six senior volleyball players' rivalry turns to camaraderie
Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Dec 1, 2022

“It was definitely like we were appointed to be enemies”—the Cavaliers locked in an eternal struggle with the Eagles—swords and talons drawn.  At least, that’s how it felt to Community’s libero Anna Dunne before her freshman volleyball season. Dunne, now a senior, attended Kingsley...

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The 2022 girls cross country team finished 27th as a team at the 3A IHSA State meet, the teams first appearance in eight seasons.

Girls X/C team finishes 27th at State

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Nov 10, 2022

The girls cross country team placed 27th at the IHSA 3A State meet on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Peoria’s Detweiller Park. While the race conditions were unlike any the girls had experienced all season -- a muddy, rainy, windy day -- junior Abigail Ziemer and her six teammates were mentally prepared for...

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The boys cross country season came to an end at Sectionals. The team finished outside of the top seven and were unable to advance to the State meet.

Boys X/C season ends at Sectionals

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Nov 2, 2022

The boys cross country season came to an end at the Normal Sectional on Oct. 29 after the team finished 14th. With 393 points, Community trailed Oswego High School, the last of the seven teams to qualify for State, by nearly 200 points. Plainfield South won the meet with 32 points. Jack Thomas was...

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Ali Ince leads the field at the start of the Normal Community Sectional. Ince would finish 14th overall as Communitys first runner across the finish line at Maxwell Park.

Girls X/C team returns to race at State

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Nov 2, 2022

The girls cross country team qualified for Saturday’s IHSA 3A State meet after finishing among the top seven teams at the Normal Sectional on Oct. 29.  Racing on their home course, the Iron finished 6th in the 18-team race with 178 points, 115 points behind Sectional Champions Minooka.  Ali...

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Sweet Spot: Volume Three

Sweet Spot: Volume Three

Insomnia Cookies’ Glampire Loaded Brownie review
Abby Ruebush and Dylan Wehmeyer Oct 26, 2022

Each week, the Sweet Spot puts desserts from eateries around town to the test, deciding whether they hit the spot or miss the mark. Two Inkspot staffers review each product based on taste, presentation and value - separating the savory sweets from the crummy confections. This week, Abby Ruebush...

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Dylan: Hit the spot

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Oct 26, 2022

Michael Myers. Freddy Krueger. Jason Voorhees. Ghostface. All fear-instilling figures. All the stuff of nightmares. After opening the Insomnia Cookies' box, I could add another name to that list -- the Glampire Loaded Brownie. One glance, and I, too would be having nightmares. Gazing at the brownie...

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By the Numbers: Community vs. Peoria Manual [video]

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Oct 18, 2022
Community takes on Peoria manual in Week 9 football action. See how the teams match up.
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Combo of Augstin, Beaty contribute to Iron’s resurgence

Combo of Augstin, Beaty contribute to Iron’s resurgence

Jeffery Woodard and Dylan Wehmeyer Oct 14, 2022

The Ironmen improved to 4-3 on the season with Saturday’s 47-26 victory over Dohn Community High School, keeping Normal’s playoff hopes alive.  Junior Brady Augstin was a decisive factor in the Ironmen’s win, playing a pivotal role on both sides of the ball.  In the first half of the “Clash...

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On the Spot: Ep. 4 – ‘What’s your favorite Halloween candy?’ [video]

Dylan Wehmeyer and Mallory Thomison Oct 12, 2022
Dylan Wehmeyer and Mallory Thomison asked Community their favorite spooky season sweet. Give the answers a watch.
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By the Numbers: Community vs. Peoria Notre Dame [video]

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Oct 12, 2022
Community takes on Peoria Notre Dame in Week 8 football action. See how the teams match up.
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By the Numbers: Community vs. Dohn Community [video]

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Oct 6, 2022
Community takes on Dohn Community in Week 7 action of football -- see how the two teams compare.
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By the Numbers: Ironmen vs. Danville [video]

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Sep 29, 2022
See how the Ironmen match up against Week 6 football opponent Danville.
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By the Numbers: Ironmen vs. Bloomington [video]

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Sep 22, 2022
See how the Ironmen stack up against the Bloomington Raiders in Week 5 football action.
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On the Spot: ‘Long Live the Queen’ [video]

The Queen of England, Elizabeth II, passed away on Sep. 8 at 96. The Inkspot asked Community students and staff about their thoughts on the Queen’s passing. Check out their 'On the Spot' answers.
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By the Numbers: Ironmen vs. Peoria High [video]

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Sep 13, 2022
Check out how Normal Community matches up against Week 4 opponent the Peoria High Lions [video].
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New Faces of Normal 2022-23

New Faces of Normal 2022-23

A Q & A with Community's nine new instructional staff members

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By the Numbers: Ironmen vs. Normal West [video]

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Sep 6, 2022
Check out how Normal Community stacks up against rival Normal West [video].
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By the Numbers: Ironmen vs. Champaign Central [video]

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Aug 30, 2022
Take a look at how Normal Community matches up against Big 12 opponent Champaign Central [video]
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[Video] By the Numbers: Ironmen vs. O’Fallon Panthers [video]

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Aug 25, 2022
Check out how the Ironmen stack up against week 1 non-conference opponent the O'Fallon Panthers.
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Sports Briefs: Postseason Preview

Sports Briefs: Postseason Preview

Dylan Wehmeyer, Eli Schneider and Jonah Kramer May 20, 2022

Baseball  After sweeping a doubleheader against Sacred Heart-Griffin and Joliet West on Saturday, and defeating Mahomet-Seymour on Monday, the Ironmen baseball team extended their win streak to 13 games.  Closing out the season with a 9-3 Big 12 record, sitting at third in the conference, the...

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Sports Briefs – April 12-25

Sports Briefs – April 12-25

Eli Schneider, Dylan Wehmeyer and Jonah Kramer Apr 26, 2022

Boys Tennis The Community boys tennis team is 5-0 to begin the season with team wins over Big-12 rivals Bloomington, Peoria Notre Dame and Normal West by a combined score of 24-3.  On Saturday, April 23, the Ironmen continued their domination, swinging their way to a first place finish at the JD...

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Sports Briefs: Week of April 5

Sports Briefs: Week of April 5

Eli Schneider, Dylan Wehmeyer and Jonah Kramer Apr 12, 2022

Girls Track Ali Ince’s time of 2:05.42 in the 800 meter race at the Arcadia Invitational in California broke the all-time record for the event at the prestigious national meet. Ince joins elite company as an Arcadia Invitational record holder. Two time Olympic gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin and...

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Coach Dave Witzig will make his way into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame this month, but what makes him a hall-of-famer?

Game Changer: Coach Witzig, after 28 years, scores a bid to the IBCA Hall of Fame

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Apr 8, 2022

  It was 2000 -- Witzig’s second game in his sophomore season as head varsity coach. His team just suffered a 47-33 season-opening loss to another crosstown rival, Normal West. The season seemed to be repeating a rather forgettable 4-22 campaign the year prior. A season in which the Ironmen...

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Sports Briefs: Week of April 1

Sports Briefs: Week of April 1

Softball The Lady Iron (1-3) won their first game on Friday, April 1, defeating the Chatham Glenwood Titans (3-2) 6-5. Community jumped out to an early lead, scoring four runs in the first inning and adding two in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead. Emma Conover (’23), Leigha Luering (’22) and Kara...

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Sports Briefs: Start of Spring Sports

Sports Briefs: Start of Spring Sports

Dylan Wehmeyer, Eli Schneider and Jonah Kramer Mar 30, 2022

Girls Soccer The Lady Iron opened their season with a 4-0 victory over Metamora (1-2-1), with freshmen Sarah Thompson (’25) and Rayna Powers (’25) scoring goals in their high school debuts. Teagan Fahy (’24) and Reese Anderson (’24) also sent the ball to the back of the net. In their second...

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Sports Briefs: March 4-5

Sports Briefs: March 4-5

Girls Track & Field Members of the Lady Iron track and field team kicked off the indoor season at the Illinois Meet of Champions in Gately Park, IL on Saturday, March, 5.  Ali Ince (’24) teamed up with two commits from Stanford and one from the University of Arkansas to break a distance medley...

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Athlete of the Week: Josh Fujimoto

Athlete of the Week: Josh Fujimoto

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Mar 7, 2022

Season Stats: Josh helped his team win Intercity and Conference. He placed 1st in Sectionals in the 500 Yard Freestyle and finished 4th in State in the event. Favorite Subject: Chemistry Favorite Movie: "The Shawshank Redemption" Fun Fact: Josh has no other swimmers in his family. Biggest...

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By the Numbers: Boys basketball vs. Moline Maroons [video]

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Mar 1, 2022

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By the Numbers: Community vs. Bradley-Bourbonnais [video]

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Feb 25, 2022
See how the Ironmen stack up against their Regional Championship opponent Bradley-Bourbonnais
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Ironmen to face Bradley-Bourbonnais, Freeman in Regional Championship

Ironmen to face Bradley-Bourbonnais, Freeman in Regional Championship

Ironmen advance to the IHSA Regional Final, tip-off against Bradley-Bourbonnais at home
Eli Schneider, Dylan Wehmeyer and Jonah Kramer Feb 25, 2022

After a 35 point victory over the Pekin Dragons, Community (31-1) faces three-seed and Southwest Suburban Conference Champion Bradley-Bourbonnais (23-7) in the Regional Championship at 7 p.m. tonight. In search of his 10th Regional Championship, Head Coach Dave Witzig said that Bradley-Bourbonnais’...

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By the Numbers: Lady Iron vs. Edwardsville Tigers in 2022 Sectional Championship

See how the Lady Iron compare to the Edwardsville Tigers heading into the Sectional Championship game
Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Feb 24, 2022

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Sports Briefs: Week of Feb. 14

Sports Briefs: Week of Feb. 14

Jonah Kramer and Dylan Wehmeyer Feb 22, 2022

Boys swimming The Ironmen hosted Sectionals on Saturday, Feb. 19., winning the team title and advancing athletes to State in three events. The Ironmen will send individual competitors in the 200 yard-freestyle and 500-yard freestyle and a 400-yard freestyle relay to the State meet in Westmont on...

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By the Numbers: Girls basketball v. Bloomington [video]

Eli Schneider and Dylan Wehmeyer Feb 10, 2022
Check out how the Lady Iron match up against the Raiders in their final home game of the season.
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By the Numbers: Boys basketball v. Rock Island Rocks [video]

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Dec 14, 2021
The boys basketball team takes on the Rock Island Rocks at home. Here is how the two teams match up.
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Sports briefs: Weeks of Nov. 22 and 29

Sports briefs: Weeks of Nov. 22 and 29

Girls Basketball The Lady Iron are 7-0, outscoring their opponents by double digits in six of those games. They opened the season by sweeping the Intercity Tournament, winning the title for the first time since 2017. Community plays host to Rock Island on Tuesday Dec. 7 before their first Big-12 game...

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Students wet their arms and hands with copious amounts of water to absorb the heat created when the methane gas was lit, protecting them from burns.

Mad scientists: Chemistry teachers demonstrate Halloween-themed experiments [photo gallery]

Victoria Wilson and Dylan Wehmeyer Nov 9, 2021

Mr. Jeff Christopherson and Mr. Mike Roller demonstrated Halloween-themed experiments for their chemistry classes on Friday, Oct. 29, scaling the annual event back from previous years. In his 5th-hour Honors Chemistry class, Christopherson exploded jack-o'-lanterns, lit students' hands on fire, and...

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Volleyball faces Edwardsville Tigers in Sectional final; By the Numbers match preview

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Nov 3, 2021

The last time Community's Lady Iron met the Edwardsville Tigers in post-season play was Nov. 3, 2016. Five years ago to the day, Community defeated Edwardsville in two sets to win the Sectional Final. Community has not faced the Tigers since. Max Preps ranks the Tigers 10th in the state, taking...

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By the Numbers: Football vs. Jacobs High School Golden Eagles (Algonquin)

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Nov 3, 2021
Community will face the Jacobs Golden Eagles in round 2 of the IHSA playoffs on the road. See how the two teams match up.
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By the Numbers: Volleyball vs. Bradley Bourbonnais

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Oct 28, 2021
Take a look at how the Lady Iron volleyball team compares to Regional Finals opponent Bradley Bourbonnais
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The cast of Zap! ran through their final dress rehearsal Thursday, Oct. 14 in preparation for their first show on the Community stage since February 2020.

Theatre program ‘Zaps’ back on stage

Charlotte Calmes and Dylan Wehmeyer Oct 15, 2021

The Theatre program returns to the NCHS stage with "Zap!"'s premiere on Oct. 15. Friday's opening night marks the first in-person production at Community since February 2020's staging of "Clue."  Last November, the Theatre program collaborated with the three area high schools and ISU to produce...

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By the Numbers: Week 7 – NCHS vs. Granite City

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Oct 6, 2021

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Boys, girls cross country finish 2nd at Intercity

Boys, girls cross country finish 2nd at Intercity

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Sep 24, 2021

The varsity boys and girls cross country teams finished 2nd in the Randy Sharer Intercity meet Tuesday, Sept. 21, with each race decided by a tiebreaker. Varsity Boys After Community and U-High's first five runners crossed the finish line, the teams were tied for 1st place with 38 points apiece. Jonah...

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TikTok craze turned crime

TikTok craze turned crime

Social media trend influences rise of theft, vandalism
Dylan Wehmeyer and Eli Schneider Sep 21, 2021

A TikTok trend popular amongst high school students led to a drastic increase in petty theft and vandalization of school property nationwide. The "#devious lick" trend originated when TikTok user jugg4elias uploaded a video depicting the removal of a box of masks from his backpack, captioned: "A month...

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New Faces of Normal: A Q&A with NCHSs new hires

New Faces of Normal: A Q&A with NCHS’s new hires

In addition to welcoming over 500 new students at the start of the 2021-2022 school year, Normal Community welcomed 19 new staff members. The Inkspot hosted a Q&A with the new hires that would allow Ironmen to familiarize themselves with the New Faces of Normal.
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30 years later and the lambs are still screaming

30 years later and the lambs are still screaming

The lasting legacy of Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling
Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Sep 14, 2021

Anthony Hopkins flawlessly executed his portrayal of world-renowned psychiatrist-turned-serial-killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter in 1991’s "Silence of the Lambs". For 30 years, Hopkins’ performance has had viewers craving second helpings of the iconic character. It was a performance so mouthwateringly good...

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Students, staff spotlight their favorite cinematic duos [video]

Students, staff spotlight their favorite cinematic duos [video]

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Sep 14, 2021

Buzz Lightyear and Woody from "Toy Story", Doc Brown and Marty McFly from the "Back to the Future" franchise, and Marlin and Dory from "Finding Nemo". These on-screen pairs are all classic cinematic duos. Whether providing comedic relief while looking for a lost fish, enjoying adventures in the past,...

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Inkspots most adoptable fictional spots

Inkspot’s most adoptable fictional “spots”

As stay-at-home orders were issued across the U.S. last year, animal welfare organizations saw pet adoptions spike during the second half of March. Industry data from PetPoint estimates that the national adoption rate of 58% at the beginning of March 2020 jumped to 85% by the month’s end.  But...

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The Fiesta Ranchera location on College Ave. is one of the Fiesta locations run by the Canchola family.

Local business restrictions impact NCHS students

With Illinois reverting to Phase 3 of the ‘Restore Illinois Resurgence Mitigation Plan’ on Friday, Nov. 20 for the unforeseeable future, small businesses face another round of mitigation requirements. The requirements, coming as a new wave of COVID-19 surged statewide, “aims to limit gatherings...

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