• Echo photo courtesy of Danny Moloshok, AP.
    May 1, 2014

    What the Donald Sterling situation says ...

    Times like this weekend made me sad to be considered a human being. Sometimes when I hear of any occurrence of discrimination, racism, or any sort of ...
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    April 30, 2014

    Christians Connect

    The Fellowship if Christian Students, FCS, is one of the many options for students interested in participating in religious clubs. FCS meets every Tue...
  • Does the high academic standards of Neuqua contribute to high rates of depression? Echo photo courtesy of Ashley M.
    April 30, 2014

    Depression in Our Generation

    As Generation Y, the group of people born between the 1980s and the 2000s, continues to develop, something worrying has risen. A 2012 study from the A...
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    April 30, 2014

    Books with deeper meanings

    Books and movies have a lot to offer when it comes to entertainment. However, sometimes people will not get the complete gist of the story after readi...
  • April 30, 2014

    Promotional Presence; meaningless media

    Social media sites provide a great platform for comedians, singers, and entertainers alike who wish to put themselves out there. But this can come at ...
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    April 30, 2014

    Generation Why?

    Born between the late 80’s and the cusp of the 20th century, Generation Y have become the first generation raised on rapidly changing technology. In...
  • This quiz highlights all the different dialects in America. Echo photo by Alexis Fischer.
    April 30, 2014

    Difference in dialects

    English. A class in school, a language, an accent. The United States official language is English, but slang and dialect as well as pronunciation is v...
  • Fashion trends are becoming a blast from the past. Echo Photo by Paige Donahue.
    April 30, 2014

    Fashion Fads

    Something old, something new. Something borrowed, something blue. It may be part of a classic wedding tradition, guaranteed to bring good fortune for ...
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    April 30, 2014

    Parking Wars

    The Neuqua Valley student parking lot can be a war zone at times. Student drivers rushing to beat the buses, swerving to avoid ice patches, stopping l...
  • UNICEF executive board vice-president Fahad Khan, members Lauren Rouck, Nora Sammani, and Alaya Bodepudi, and sponsor Ms. Filkins attend the Benedictine University UNICEF fundraiser banquet.  Echo photo courtesy of Fahad Khan.
    April 30, 2014

    Standing up for the world’s childr...

    “We believe in zero.” The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, or UNICEF for short, works to make the number of children dyin...
  • April 30, 2014

    Neuqua kids coaching kids

       Knowing and loving a sport is one thing. Teaching kids how to play the sport is completely differ. Many Neuqua students take the opportunity and ...
  • Anyone with a new idea can take advantage of Kickstarter and start their own business. Echo photo courtesy of Kickstarter.
    April 30, 2014

    Kickstarting businesses and careers

    For entrepreneurs and inventors around the world, finding a way to fund ideas can become a stressful and difficult process. One website aims to help e...
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    April 30, 2014

    Chasing down young athletes

    So you’re at a sporting event and there are a few scouts interesting in your athletic performance. Sure you are probably very flattered, but at the ...
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    April 30, 2014

    Teens and Toons

    If children everywhere can be entertained by cartoons, people can expect older audiences to enjoy them as well. In a world where television is almost ...
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    April 30, 2014

    Diminishing the socioeconomic gap

    Last year, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art decided to charge its undergraduates tuition. The school, which used to provide eve...
  • The high cost of Google Glass, is preventing some from purchasing the new, innovative software. Echo photo courtesy of Google Glass.
    April 30, 2014

    Through the looking glasses

    In the last 10 years, technology has become such an important factor around the world. It seems to be crucial in the development of large companies, t...
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    April 30, 2014

    Easy ways to offer a helping hand

    In a technology-driven age, there are many lucky places to be in the world. But at the same time, there remain many under-developed and impoverished r...
  • Students are expected to spend the entire year preparing for their AP tests in May. Echo photo by Shreya R.
    April 29, 2014

    Advancing our knowledge

    Students at Neuqua have numerous opportunities to explore their interests at a college level by taking Advanced Placement courses. With over 20 course...
  • April 28, 2014

    New supporter!

    Be sure to go get your hair the way you want it at Killer Cuts, just off of S. Route 59!
  • April 22, 2014

    Echo Writing Contest Runner-Up: Dreams a...

    The following article was written as a submission to the Echo Writing Contest. Runner-up, Meghan A. was voted the runner-up of this contest by the Ech...
  • April 22, 2014

    Echo Writing Contest Runner-Up: The Teen...

    The following article was written as a submission to the Echo Writing Contest. Runner-up, Shannon K. was voted the runner-up of this contest by the Ec...
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    April 22, 2014

    The early way to success

    Graduating early from school has become an increasingly trending goal for high-school students, but should high-school students be allowed to leave sc...
  • April 22, 2014

    Echo Writing Contest Winner: An Apocalyp...

       The following article was written as a submission to the Echo Writing Contest. Winner, Yvonne W. was voted the winner of this contest by the Echo...
  • The Heartbleed bug is a microcosm of the issues that comes with a technologically savvy society.
    April 17, 2014

    Heartbleed points out problems with tech...

        The beginning of the 21st century was marked by hysteria with the Y2k bug. The Y2k bug, though quickly solved, showed the dangers of an technol...
  • Willy the Wildcat joins in on the excitement of G Week.
    April 10, 2014

    G Week takes Neuqua by storm

      Look around the athletic hallway and lightning bolts and bold-faced ‘G’s can be spotted everywhere. From the vending machines to the hands ...
  • Senior Spectacular is one of the most popular events at Neuqua Valley. Echo photo by Alaina W.
    March 28, 2014

    NV’s Biggest Bash for the Senior C...

    Outgoing senior’s experiences culminate each year with the Mardi Gras-themed Senior Spectacular celebration. After four years of high school, senior...
  • These prestigious awards are given to only the best, and some celebrities have won multiple due to their success in all forms of entertainment.
    March 28, 2014

    Celebrities changing industries

    Most serious celebrities are known for being experts in one specific form of entertainment. While students are probably familiar with watching numerou...
  • Movie theater snacks and tickets are continuously ripping people off. Echo photo courtesy of amctheaters.com
    March 28, 2014

    Evolution of the movie theater

    Dating back to the 1910s, the first Hollywood full-length film, The Squaw Man, wasn’t released until 1913. Back then, a ticket only cost 10 cent...
  • Neuqua is making it's first return to Fiddler on the Roof since 2003. Echo photo by Davide T.
    March 28, 2014

    Picking and choosing musicals

    Every year, Neuqua puts on quite a spectacle in their auditorium with the spring musical. But a lot of time and collaboration goes into choosing such ...
  • Standing up for the Pledge of Allegiance shows a fundamental respect to America. Echo photo by Cheryl Liu.
    March 28, 2014

    Showing respect for your country

    The Pentagon recently mandated that all American flags purchased by the U.S. military must be 100% produced and processed in the country. This raises ...
  • Boys tennis anticipating a great season. Echo photo courtesy of tennisworld.com
    March 28, 2014

    Boy’s Tennis ready to take the cou...

    The Boys Tennis team at Neuqua looks to make a great start to the 2013-2014 season. With the new season just about to start, members of the team are l...
  • Miley’s new behavior leaves a group of girls without a path to follow. Echo photo by Maranda Brown
    March 28, 2014

    Former child star gone too far

    Miley Cyrus, who little girls all over the world knew to be a sweet, respectable, young woman, and a role model during her Disney years, starring in t...
  • The athletic hallway is a familiar sight for those who participate in spring sports.
    March 28, 2014

    Taking the “break” out of Sp...

    Spring break often conjures up mental images of beaches, ski slopes, or- for spring sport athletes- the inside of a gym. The majority of spring sports...
  • The criteria for receiving a Wildcat Pride award reflects Neuqua's core beliefs, showing how much of an honor it is to recieve one.
    March 28, 2014

    To have pride: The Wildcat Pride Awards

    It’s one thing to have school pride; it’s another thing to have Wildcat Pride. Neuqua offers a departmental award to students who demonstrates qua...
  • March 28, 2014

    NV’s representative

    Twice a month, District 204 holds school board meetings to discuss various matters ranging from the budget to cafeteria food providers. The videos of ...
  • In concurrence with the common saying, mind really does trump matter.
    March 28, 2014

    Does mind over matter really matter?

    In the competitive field of sports, athletes are constantly advised to push themselves to both their mental and physical limits in order to succeed. B...
  • March 28, 2014

    Aspiring Teachers

    Walking the halls of Neuqua Valley, some students dream of becoming the idealistic and inspirational role models to younger children. To be a teacher,...
  • Neuqua Valley is hosting the band BillyElton which features some Neuqua staff, in order to benefit the memorial funds of two beloved staff members. Echo photo courtesy of Reid Spears.
    March 28, 2014

    Billy Elton benefit concert 2013

    Neuqua Valley is known for its influence of celebrating the arts through various events during the school year. On March 21st, Neuqua Valley’s audit...
  • Recruitment is hitting high schools across the country. Echo photo courtesy of ierf.org
    March 28, 2014

    Facing recruitment

    Recently, the military has made some efforts to recruit people in college, high school, and in some cases, middle school. In an effort to to try and b...
  • March 28, 2014

    Confessing too much?

    College is meant to be a time in one’s life when they learn, have fun, and most of all find themselves amid all the chaos. Through television shows,...
  • Students nationwide will be affected by this new healthcare innovation. Echo photo by Davide T.
    March 28, 2014

    You’re Covered: A look inside the ...

    For Neuqua Students, health care may not be the first thing to come to mind when they think about their adult lives. However, some recent changes to o...
  • Orchestra students going to Spain will visit a vast array of cities (starred in the map above). Echo photo by Caleb Diaz
    March 28, 2014

    Orchestra goes to Spain

    The Neuqua Valley Music Department is taking its talents abroad. This year, its orchestra is traveling to Spain to perform in a series of concerts for...
  • We cannot afford to forget our history, lest it be repeated. Echo photo by Scott G.
    March 28, 2014

    Saving our history

    For many students, history class is just that. A class. As the last World War I veteran passes away, and as the World War II generation shrinks each d...
  • 3-day passes for Lollapalooza are expected to go on sale in the next coming weeks.
    March 18, 2014

    Panic-Palooza

    The warmer weather is bringing smiles to everyone faces at Neuqua Valley. To sports lovers it means March madness and the start of a new season. For m...
  • The SAT is already a stressful thing, but hopefully these changes will help will alleviate some of it. Echo photo courtesy of the Washington Post.
    March 12, 2014

    Big changes on the way for the SAT

    As springtime approaches, warmer weather is not the only thing that students are thinking about. In the United States for decades, April has tradition...
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    March 4, 2014

    The 2014 Oscars- Fashion at its Finest

      All of the glitz and glam of the red carpet is crafted ever so intricately it’s almost ridiculous the amount of time and effort spent for ju...
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    March 3, 2014

    Movie Review: Non-Stop

    Liam Neeson never seems to disappoint when it comes to action/thriller films. “Non-Stop” is no exception. The movie is about Bill Marks,...
  • March 3, 2014

    NV Echo and TCBY Writing Contest

    Like food? Like free food? Like free food for a year? Then sign up for the Neuqua Valley Echo and TCBY writing contest. Click the link below and submi...
  • The hard work of Neuqua's music students has clearly paid off. Echo photo courtesy of Brianna Schullo.
    February 26, 2014

    Let’s Hear it for Music

    Imagine hearing the voices and playings of Neuqua music students in the hallways over the intercom. Now imagine the hundreds of kids involved in choru...
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    February 26, 2014

    A World Away

    Students took a trip across the world in 45 minutes. At the freshman campus on Thursday, January 23rd, a Spanish class was able to talk to kids from P...
  • One of the event IPEF sponsors is the VEX Robotics Tournament. Echo photo courtesy of Susan Rasmus.
    February 26, 2014

    Educational foundation finally getting a...

    Neuqua Valley, and the Indian Prairie School District as a whole, are well-known throughout the state and the country for their outstanding fine arts ...
  • Although uncommon, some teachers and students are related. Echo photo courtesy of Javi V.
    February 26, 2014

    Beyond the classroom

    For some students, teachers have a profound impact on their lives while for other students, teachers are seen as merely educators- nothing more. But f...
  • February 26, 2014

    The Ultimate Sport

    While sports like football, basketball, and wrestling are quite popular at Neuqua and are exciting events, there are other sports; Club sports that ar...
  • Brian Sella of The Front Bottoms sings at Dirty Nellies in Palantine, IL. Echo photo by Alexis Fischer.
    February 26, 2014

    Anticipated lineups for 2014

    Neuqua Valley students have the privilege of lining outside concert venues every year to wait for their favorite artists as they tour the country. Aft...
  • February 26, 2014

    Leading the way in P.E.

    As seniors in high school, Neuqua Valley students have multiple opportunities to help underclassmen. One such opportunity is the P.E. Leaders program,...
  • University of Florida students protest tuition hikes at their school. Echo photo courtesy of University of Florida.
    February 26, 2014

    The cost of college sparks controversy

    It is an old proverb that in America, attending college brings success. For many, this is still very true, and the benefits of a university education ...
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    February 26, 2014

    Neuqua Valley’s guys of 2014

    For the class of 2014, second semester school events are an opportunity to break out of the shell one has secluded themselves in from freshman to juni...
  • Administrators work  to ensure that sudents, be they filling the halls or not, are safe. Echo photo by Davide Tomei.
    February 26, 2014

    Emergency Days Uncovered

    Through four years at Neuqua Valley, this class of seniors has endured snow days, rain days, and frigid polar vortex days in their final year. But a l...
  • The most creative department now becomes the busiest at this time of year.
    February 26, 2014

    Two Shows, Two Stories

    The theater department is at full throttle all year long, but the spring is when it is at its busiest. Students have the opportunity to participate in...
  • Prom is extremely expensive for all individuals involved. From the prom dress to the tickets, prom is by far a heavy investment. Echo photo by Kathleen C.
    February 26, 2014

    Seniors: spend it or save it

    Looking forward to the spring, students are anticipating the upcoming dances; Spring fling and for the seniors, Prom. But since both dances are very c...
  • Writers' Week will take place in Neuqua's auditorium, where students, teachers, and community members will have a chance to share their thoughts. Echo photo by Cheryl Liu.
    February 26, 2014

    Neuqua voices take center stage

    All students at Neuqua are required to take four years of English; however, for some, writing is more than just a class. Writers’ Week, which runs t...
  • Sophomore Taylor Davis dedicates time out of her day to meet her daily word count. Echo photo courtesy of Taylor Davis.
    February 26, 2014

    A novel idea

      Some people are just not satisfied enough with what their reading. Neuqua students Taylor Davis and Chrissie Grevenites improvised by writing t...
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was chosen by the Library Advisory Board for this year's One Book, One School. Echo photo by Alexis Fischer.
    February 26, 2014

    Love for literature

    Behind the scenes of Neuqua Valley’s LMC, selected students and library directors collaborate to better the LMC and fill it with books that students...
  • The team hopes to bring home another state championship. Echo Photo Courtesy of Neuqua Media
    February 26, 2014

    Special Olympics Head to State

    As the Special Olympics basketball team heads off to state on March 14th and 15th for at least the 8th time, a question has risen over what exactly ha...
  • Seen through the lens of a camera, documentaries express directors' opinions. Echo photo by Abbie Teeling.
    February 26, 2014

    Inside Documentaries

    News reports, newspapers, and websites such as twitter and facebook, are used to spread information and issues to the general public. By watching the ...
  • Put the odds of a perfect bracket in perspective with these crazy comparisons. Echo photo by Paige Donahue.
    February 26, 2014

    What are the odds: perfect bracket possi...

      A little strategy, a bit of luck, and a whole lot of accuracy could make one basketball fan a billion dollars richer by the end of this month. ...
  • Neuqua Valley track values intregrity and working together to achieve their goals. Echo Photo by nvtrackandfield.net
    February 26, 2014

    Running for a win

    Like other Neuqua sports, track and field deserves a share in the spotlight. They have placed high in state and have brought home many great wins for ...
  • February 26, 2014

    New Music Program

      Beginning next year, District 204 is implementing a plan to move the grade level that students will begin to play instruments from fifth to sixth g...
  • There are so many options to choose from at the library or your own collection of books at home. Echo photo courtesy of Brianna Schullo.
    February 26, 2014

    Reading in between time

    The books Macbeth and Siddhartha are not the first choice of books that kids want to spend their time reading. A balance of school, work, sports, and ...
  • Many popular American foods originated in other countries. Echo photo by Dimitris M.
    February 26, 2014

    Ethnically America

    There’s a lot of food in the United States, but most of it is from outside of the country. Some of the world’s biggest food chains, like McDon...
  • Freshman Todd Kuebelbeck has his very own 3D printer which he uses to create various objects.
    February 26, 2014

    From digital to tangible

    The 21st century is riddled with exciting and innovative technology. This technology is now able to be enjoyed by the masses, thanks to the wonders of...
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    February 10, 2014

    Movie Review: The LEGO Movie

      I have never really been a fan of LEGOs when I was a kid. I never really got into building things like spaceships, pirate ships, or skyscrapers. ...
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    February 7, 2014

    BU supports The Echo!

    Not only is Benedictine University a great local school, it is also one of the fastest-growing schools in the nation! The Echo wants to thank Benedict...
  • The entire ensemble is scheduled together for three nights of dazzling performances
Echo photo courtesy of Orchesis Dance Company.
    February 7, 2014

    Orchesis Dance Company Shines

    The Orchesis Dance Company Showcase of 2014 is a performance of a magnitude that leaves no audience member disappointed. The audience consisted of a w...
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    February 4, 2014

    Restaurant Rotation Program

    Chipotle, Portillos, Panera, oh my! Neuqua’s standard lunch menu is in for quite a change due to Aramark’s new plans. The school’s curre...
  • February 3, 2014

    The Echo wants your opinion!

    This month, we want to hear what the student body has to say about the Sophomore Health curriculum. Click on the link below to tell us your opinion. h...
  • January 31, 2014

    Engineering the Unbeaten Path

    It is hard to work in a field dominated by men, but Senior Jackie Kowalski thrives in the field of engineering. “I remember the first day showing up...
  • The Chicago Bears celebrate after a big win. Echo photo courtesy of chicagobears.com.
    January 31, 2014

    Chicago sports success

    For as long as we can remember sports have brought people together. Giving people something to root for and something to look forward to are just two ...
  • January 31, 2014

    Students bullying teachers

    Bullying is defined as use superior strength or influence to intimidate [someone], typically to force him or her to do what one wants. The action of b...
  • January 31, 2014

    Keeping up senior grades

    For the class of 2014, second semester is a time of reflection on the last four year of students’ lives. Taking a look back on all of the accomplish...
  • Former SNL alums will be taking their respective desks for NBC's Late Night slots. Echo photo by Alyssa Alamillo.
    January 31, 2014

    Weekday Update

    Will Ferrell. Tina Fey. Amy Poehler: All major stars that got their start at the same comedic institution — Saturday Night Live. The 38 year old...
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    January 31, 2014

    Mythbusters: January Edition

    Why doesn’t my sport get enough money? The science behind the athletic budget is complex yet perfectly measured out to make the best of the mone...
  • Change.org is attempting to make a difference in the world by letting anybody create and sign petitions.
Echo photo by Claire Dietz
    January 31, 2014

    Changing the world, one petition at a ti...

    The task of world change and progress towards a greater life for generations to come may seem daunting, but a website called change.org may be putting...
  • Patricipation points have been a more paramount area this school year. Echo photo by Alexis F.
    January 31, 2014

    Participation points pack a punch

    Neuqua Valley students can shy away from the spotlight no more with the new core curriculum standards that has spawned a separate category for partici...
  • January 31, 2014

    Slowing Down Life

    In the past decade, society has been moving faster and faster, especially in America. Technological advances and the rise of huge corporations have ge...
  • Many Naperville schools, including Neuqua, have made milestones to be proud of. 
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    January 31, 2014

    Sports Outside of Neuqua

    Neuqua Valley High School is not the only school that has had a good reputation in the athletics department. Naperville Central High School, one local...
  • Caption: The Heisman Trophy has been falsely represented for two seasons, most recently by Jameis Winston. Echo photo courtesy of Joshua S. Kelly, USA Today Sports.
    January 31, 2014

    Jameis and Johnny: Famous or Folly?

    Jameis and Johnny: Famous or Folly?                 The Heisman Trophy is given annually to the athlete “whose performance best exhib...
  • New Years Resolution Visual- Paige Donahue- Intrigue
    January 31, 2014

    How To: Keep a New Years Resolution

    Graphic written and designed by Paige D.
  • Shakespeare has been a staple of education for as long as Neuqua Valley has been open. Echo photo by Davide T.
    January 31, 2014

    Should “The Bard” be barred?...

    With the new English final being exercised, formats of the required four-year course may have changed recently. But, the Shakespearian standards still...
  • The annual conference in Chicago proves to be as international as the real United Nations. Echo photo by Scott Gregus
    January 31, 2014

    An International Affair

    If you have not heard of the Model United Nations of the University of Chicago (MUNUC), you might want to look into it. High school students from lite...
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    January 27, 2014

    Movie Review: Lone Survivor

    We all have had an idol to look up to when we were little. It could have been a superhero, like Batman or Superman. Other times, it would be a...
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    January 21, 2014

    Movie Review: The Legend Of Hercules

    I was really anticipating the release of this film, because I thought that it would be nice to re-tell the story of one of Greece’s greatest myt...
  • Cameron Diaz stopped by Neuqua Valley on January 8th to promote her first book, "The Body Book."
    January 16, 2014

    The Echo sits down with Cameron Diaz

    Sydney K.: What has been the most rewarding part of doing a book tour for you? Diaz: Well I just started this week actually, and it’s not as long as...
  • January 14, 2014

    2014-2015 Staff Applications

    If you are interested in applying for a position on the Echo staff, click the link below to fill out the online application. http://goo.gl/dB4h0A Plea...
  • Diaz spoke with students for over an hour yesterday, answering numerous questions about her first book, The Body Book. Echo photo by Sydney Kalich.
    January 10, 2014

    Diaz does Neuqua

    Cameron Diaz came to Neuqua Valley yesterday (Thursday, January 9th) to promote her first endeavor into writing: The Body Book. The primary message b...
  • January 8, 2014

    Movie Review: Frozen

    It has been a while since Disney created what people would like to call a “classic”. When people think of classic animated films, movie ti...
  • Pan dulce, Spanish for "sweet bread," gave the Spanish Club a huge victory  in the first ever Iron Chef competition. Echo photo courtesy of the Austin Public Library.
    December 13, 2013

    Pan dulce leads Spanish Club toward vict...

    World Languages hosted their first Iron Chef Competition on December 12th, with appearances from Spanish, German, and French club. The cutthroat compe...
  • Nelson Mandela was 95. Echo photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Guardian Express.
    December 6, 2013

    Mandela respected

    Yesterday, the flag at Neuqua Valley remained at half-mast out of respect for the late South African President Nelson Mandela. For twenty seven years,...
  • December 6, 2013

    And the winner is…

    After much deliberation, The Echo would like to congratulate sophomore Elizabeth Leibel for her logo that will represent the newspaper both online and...
  • December 6, 2013

    Students get a taste of the business wor...

    Virtual Enterprises International, a new class that popped up at Neuqua at the beginning of last year, is beginning to gain popularity among business ...
  • Neuqua students stress over Scantron tests and projects leading up to the end of the semester. Echo photo by Abigail Teeling.
    December 6, 2013

    Destressor or distractor

    Finals week is one of toughest weeks of the school year. Exams, essays, and projects can be tough on students so they often try and find little things...
  • Juniors have two tests to worry about: The ACT and the SAT. Echo photo by Dimitris Michelis.
    December 6, 2013

    SAT vs. ACT

    Many students at Neuqua Valley High School do not know which test they should be more focused on – the SAT or the ACT. Both tests are important,...
  • Although it can be a difficult field to break into, being in the professional sporting business can pay major dividends. Echo photo by Davide Tomei.
    December 6, 2013

    Staying connected with sports

    In a school with four thousand students, there are bound to be a boatload of students not playing collegiate athletics who want to have a life in spor...
  • Many major music festivals, like Lollapalooza and Pitchfork, offer many opportunities for fans to win tickets. Echo photo by Alyssa Alamillo.
    December 6, 2013

    Playing your luck

    Those who were not lucky enough to snag tickets to the once in a lifetime show or did not get enough money to meet the 10 AM deadline should pay...
  • Thousands of teens come out to Vans Warped Tour each year to listen to their favorite artists. Echo photo by Alexis Fischer.
    December 6, 2013

    New year, new festival survival kit

    Come summertime, Neuqua Valley students load up their cars and head off to local music festivals. Frequent festival goers know that proper preparation...
  • This is perhaps the most important book students see at Neuqua. Echo photo courtesy of IPSD.
    December 6, 2013

    2014 Class Selection

    There is no doubt that picking classes is an important time in students’ academic careers. These choices influence future careers and decisions whic...
  • The set during the filming of the movie The Transformers, that took place in Chicago. Echo photo courtesy of Scott Gregus.
    December 6, 2013

    Movies filmed in and around Chicago

    Gone are the days of Hollywood’s monopoly over the film industry. As places like Toronto, Vancouver, and even New Zealand begin to assert themselves...
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    Echo Eats: Jet’s Pizza

    Chicago is known for its deep dish pizza. By living in the Chicagoland area, Naperville residents are given a cornucopia of options when choosing a pi...
  • Mr. Desmond is one of the teachers at Neuqua who has taught at another high school in Illinois. Echo photo by Alaina Wilson.
    December 6, 2013

    Different School, Different Experience

    The differences between high schools in the suburbs like Neuqua and high schools in Chicago like Proviso West are drastic, but often go unnoticed. At ...
  • Students can use their four-year plans and required classes as a guide during their years at Neuqua. Echo photo by Shreya Rao.
    December 6, 2013

    Required classes at Neuqua

    With all the different classes available at Neuqua, many students have a difficult time deciding which ones to take. While some students have known th...
  • For 15 years, Neuqua has participated in Alliance for the Children which helps children in less fortunate areas around the country. Echo photo courtesy of Google Maps.
    December 6, 2013

    Neuqua helping the Alliance

    Every year, Neuqua Valley holds an event called Alliance for the Children. Students and staff from all over the school take part in giving to other co...
  • G.I. Joe, Dillon Tartaglia, rehearses an intense scene with his co-star, Rachel Becker, who plays Barbie. Echo photo by Dimitris Michelis.
    December 6, 2013

    Rising Stars in Neuqua Theatre

    Max Martin Max Martin, another freshman actor involved in Freshman One Acts, has no problem performing on the big stage of Neuqua. His dream of perfor...
  • December 6, 2013

    Savvy spending

    With pressure to find the perfect present, gift giving can be a not only difficult, but also an expensive challenge. Accounting and Finance teacher Mr...
  • Whether the musical is big or small, it is a good way for students to get connected with Neuqua's theater. Echo photo by Abigail Teeling.
    December 6, 2013

    And the show goes on

    Winter is quickly approaching and the cold air and snow brings out mittens and scarves, as well as awaited plays and musicals in Chicago. This season,...
  • Students at Neuqua Valley listen to a variety of music styles. Echo photo by Alyssa Alamillo.
    December 6, 2013

    Music Tastes Kept Secret

    It is no secret that during the adolescent years, people either have judged someone or have been judged themselves. This habit has expanded to student...
  • Mawi Learning, a recently introduced online class, teaches students leadership skills and helps them achieve their goals. Students have to complete online modules and participate in monthly discussions with peers and advisors. Echo photo by Cheryl Liu.
    December 6, 2013

    A different kind of class

    Beginning this year, Neuqua students have received the opportunity to take part in a unique program, spearheaded by principal Dr. McBride. Mawi Learni...
  • Students can spend time with their family and friends without having to deal with awkward situations. Echo photo by Paige Donahue.
    December 6, 2013

    Surviving the Holidays

    With family gatherings, high expectations, and rock-hard fruit cakes, the holidays are a recipe for awkward situations. The holidays are a time for fa...
  • Jazz and hip hot students learn a new routine. Echo photo by Rebecca Schneider.
    December 6, 2013

    What’s hot, What’s not, Gym ...

    From racket sports to dance to weight lifting, students at Neuqua have many options to choose from for their P.E. class. For every student, the most p...
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    December 6, 2013

    Staying current with Worldwide Wildcat

    Neuqua students have Wildcat Weekly and NVPulse, but a medium is missing that brings current events to Neuqua.  This is accomplished by the advent of...
  • Hashtags and slang are popular on Instagram. Echo photo by Brianna Schullo.
    December 6, 2013

    Swag should be sorry

    Worldwide trends of the words Gucci or Versace are far from talking about the luxury clothing lines. Slang use is nothing new to the world. Staying in...
  • Wish lists are superior to giving surprise gifts. Echo photo by Sydney Kalich.
    December 6, 2013

    Holiday Well-Wishing: Surprises Overrate...

    The moment that every holiday season gift giver simultaneously dreads and looks forward to come holiday season is when someone opens their gift. Will ...
  • December 6, 2013

    Mu Alpha Theta

    Neuqua Valley is known for housing one of the widest varieties of clubs and associations that are all attributed to the interests of the students. The...
  • The NaperBridge facility aims to be place for teens to feel accepted and empowered. Echo photo by Alaina Wilson.
    November 26, 2013

    NaperBridge Teen Center Opens

     A new opportunity has presented itself to teenagers in Naperville.   ‘A Place to Belong’ is the mantra for NaperBridge, the new community cent...
  • J.J. Starr speaks to Neuqua Valley media students in the auditorium. Echo photo by Alaina Wilson.
    November 26, 2013

    Neuqua Valley Alumni- J.J. Starr

      Neuqua Valley alumni, J.J. Starr, has made a name for himself in the documentary industry.   Graduating with the class of 2006, Starr was your a...
  • The winning team prepares a delicious apple tart. Echo photo by Riley Wagner.
    November 22, 2013

    Bon Appétit

    When walking into the room where French club is held, you are greeted with a friendly Bonjour and are delighted with the smell of authentic French foo...
  • November 21, 2013

    TCBY becomes new supporter!

    The Echo is proud to announce that TCBY of South Naperville is now a supporter of our publication! Click on the following link, print out a coupon, an...
  • Dr. Robert McBride commemorates those who serve and have served in the armed forces on November 7th. Echo photo by Paige Donahue.
    November 21, 2013

    Neuqua Valley honors armed forces

    Dr. McBride had asked everyone to stand up and say the name of a veteran or soldier that was on their mind. The chorus of names echoed around the audi...
  • The three stars of the Harry Potter films at the time of the first film's release. Echo photo by Cheryl Liu.
    October 31, 2013

    The evolution of Harry Potter stars

    To the generation currently at Neuqua, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint are familiar faces who have accompanied them through their chil...
  • : Naperville reminds burglars of their Neighborhood Watch Programs. Report any suspicious activity to your local police department. Echo photo courtesy of Alexis Fischer.
    October 31, 2013

    Burglaries abound in Naperville

    Neuqua Valley families are on edge because of the recent burglaries in the Naperville area. The safety of Naperville families has been compromised in ...
  • Here is our current logo, used in our first issue of the 2013-2014 school year.
    October 31, 2013

    The Echo is looking for a new logo!

    EchoLogoContest-SubmissionForm We looking for a new logo for our publication! Above is the attached submission form. Submission is open from November ...
  • Students can get experience teaching the preschoolers and having fun at the same time. Echo photo by MacKenna Schwarz.
    October 31, 2013

    Wee Wildcat Preschool

    When walking down the main hallway by the A-Wing of the school, one may see little kids running around in the hallways and wonder where they came from...
  • Senior Sara Saggar celebrates Diwali wityh sparklers. Echo photo courtesy of Sara Saggar.
    October 31, 2013

    Practices around the holidays

    At Neuqua Valley, a set of select people work alongside the actors with every production put on. These are the set construction and light and sounds s...
  • Dudek makes a circus catch against Naperville Central in Week 2. Photo courtesy of the Sun-Times.
    October 31, 2013

    Dudek into rare air at Neuqua

    If there’s one student-athlete in the state who can do it all, he plays for Neuqua Valley. But the 5’11” 177-pound wide receiver is just getting...
  • This year's pink out t-shirt shows Neuqua's support with the cause.
    October 31, 2013

    Wearing pink with pride

    Every October people get together as a community to spread awareness of breast cancer. Many fundraisers are created to raise money for the disease and...
  • April 30, 2014

    College of Dupage

    The long list of benefits of attending a community college, especially a local one, are often overlooked by students. At least ten percent of Neuqua g...
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What the Donald Sterling situation says about humanity

Times like this weekend made me sad to be considered a human being. Sometimes when I hear of any occurrence of discrimination, racism, or any sort of illogical prejudice, I…

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Christians Connect

The Fellowship if Christian Students, FCS, is one of the many options for students interested in participating in religious clubs. FCS meets every Tuesday morning at 6:45 in the black…

Does the high academic standards of Neuqua contribute to high rates of depression? Echo photo courtesy of Ashley M.
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Depression in Our Generation

As Generation Y, the group of people born between the 1980s and the 2000s, continues to develop, something worrying has risen. A 2012 study from the American College Counseling Center…

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Books with deeper meanings

Books and movies have a lot to offer when it comes to entertainment. However, sometimes people will not get the complete gist of the story after reading/watching it the first…

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Promotional Presence; meaningless media

Social media sites provide a great platform for comedians, singers, and entertainers alike who wish to put themselves out there. But this can come at a price. People who self-promote…

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Generation Why?

Born between the late 80’s and the cusp of the 20th century, Generation Y have become the first generation raised on rapidly changing technology. In addition, Generation Y kids have…

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Difference in dialects

English. A class in school, a language, an accent. The United States official language is English, but slang and dialect as well as pronunciation is varied based on where someone…

Fashion trends are becoming a blast from the past. Echo Photo by Paige Donahue.
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Fashion Fads

Something old, something new. Something borrowed, something blue. It may be part of a classic wedding tradition, guaranteed to bring good fortune for the bride-to-be, but old and borrowed also…

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Parking Wars

The Neuqua Valley student parking lot can be a war zone at times. Student drivers rushing to beat the buses, swerving to avoid ice patches, stopping last minute for pedestrians…

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Standing up for the world’s children

“We believe in zero.” The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, or UNICEF for short, works to make the number of children dying from preventable causes zero. In recent years,…

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Neuqua kids coaching kids

   Knowing and loving a sport is one thing. Teaching kids how to play the sport is completely differ. Many Neuqua students take the opportunity and coach kids either during…

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Kickstarting businesses and careers

For entrepreneurs and inventors around the world, finding a way to fund ideas can become a stressful and difficult process. One website aims to help everyone, from high school students…

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Chasing down young athletes

So you’re at a sporting event and there are a few scouts interesting in your athletic performance. Sure you are probably very flattered, but at the same time there’s a…

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Teens and Toons

If children everywhere can be entertained by cartoons, people can expect older audiences to enjoy them as well. In a world where television is almost a necessity in every household,…

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Diminishing the socioeconomic gap

Last year, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art decided to charge its undergraduates tuition. The school, which used to provide every admitted student free tuition, was…

The high cost of Google Glass, is preventing some from purchasing the new, innovative software. Echo photo courtesy of Google Glass.
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Through the looking glasses

In the last 10 years, technology has become such an important factor around the world. It seems to be crucial in the development of large companies, the education system, and…

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Easy ways to offer a helping hand

In a technology-driven age, there are many lucky places to be in the world. But at the same time, there remain many under-developed and impoverished regions that could use a…

Students are expected to spend the entire year preparing for their AP tests in May. Echo photo by Shreya R.
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Advancing our knowledge

Students at Neuqua have numerous opportunities to explore their interests at a college level by taking Advanced Placement courses. With over 20 courses ranging from Statistics to European History, many…

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New supporter!

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Echo Writing Contest Runner-Up: Dreams are for Losers

The following article was written as a submission to the Echo Writing Contest. Runner-up, Meghan A. was voted the runner-up of this contest by the Echo Staff. This is her…

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Echo Writing Contest Runner-Up: The Teenage Menace

The following article was written as a submission to the Echo Writing Contest. Runner-up, Shannon K. was voted the runner-up of this contest by the Echo Staff. This is her…

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The early way to success

Graduating early from school has become an increasingly trending goal for high-school students, but should high-school students be allowed to leave school, an institution designed for the teaching of students…

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Echo Writing Contest Winner: An Apocalypse of the Sleep Deprived

   The following article was written as a submission to the Echo Writing Contest. Winner, Yvonne W. was voted the winner of this contest by the Echo Staff. This is…

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Heartbleed points out problems with technological society

    The beginning of the 21st century was marked by hysteria with the Y2k bug. The Y2k bug, though quickly solved, showed the dangers of an technological society. Now, it’s…

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G Week takes Neuqua by storm

  Look around the athletic hallway and lightning bolts and bold-faced ‘G’s can be spotted everywhere. From the vending machines to the hands of Neuqua students, Gatorade has an unavoidable…

Senior Spectacular is one of the most popular events at Neuqua Valley. Echo photo by Alaina W.
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NV’s Biggest Bash for the Senior Class

Outgoing senior’s experiences culminate each year with the Mardi Gras-themed Senior Spectacular celebration. After four years of high school, seniors have been through eight semesters of cramming for tests, writing…

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Celebrities changing industries

Most serious celebrities are known for being experts in one specific form of entertainment. While students are probably familiar with watching numerous Disney stars try and fail at becoming actors,…

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Evolution of the movie theater

Dating back to the 1910s, the first Hollywood full-length film, The Squaw Man, wasn’t released until 1913. Back then, a ticket only cost 10 cents. Today, to see a movie…

Neuqua is making it's first return to Fiddler on the Roof since 2003. Echo photo by Davide T.
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Picking and choosing musicals

Every year, Neuqua puts on quite a spectacle in their auditorium with the spring musical. But a lot of time and collaboration goes into choosing such a production. From Les…

Standing up for the Pledge of Allegiance shows a fundamental respect to America. Echo photo by Cheryl Liu.
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Showing respect for your country

The Pentagon recently mandated that all American flags purchased by the U.S. military must be 100% produced and processed in the country. This raises a question that has been heavily…

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Boy’s Tennis ready to take the court

The Boys Tennis team at Neuqua looks to make a great start to the 2013-2014 season. With the new season just about to start, members of the team are looking…

Miley’s new behavior leaves a group of girls without a path to follow. Echo photo by Maranda Brown
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Former child star gone too far

Miley Cyrus, who little girls all over the world knew to be a sweet, respectable, young woman, and a role model during her Disney years, starring in the hit series…

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Taking the “break” out of Spring Break

Spring break often conjures up mental images of beaches, ski slopes, or- for spring sport athletes- the inside of a gym. The majority of spring sports either require or strongly…

The criteria for receiving a Wildcat Pride award reflects Neuqua's core beliefs, showing how much of an honor it is to recieve one.
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To have pride: The Wildcat Pride Awards

It’s one thing to have school pride; it’s another thing to have Wildcat Pride. Neuqua offers a departmental award to students who demonstrates qualities that a teacher believes showcases all…

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NV’s representative

Twice a month, District 204 holds school board meetings to discuss various matters ranging from the budget to cafeteria food providers. The videos of previous meetings and the schedule for…

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Does mind over matter really matter?

In the competitive field of sports, athletes are constantly advised to push themselves to both their mental and physical limits in order to succeed. But when in pursuit of these…

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Aspiring Teachers

Walking the halls of Neuqua Valley, some students dream of becoming the idealistic and inspirational role models to younger children. To be a teacher, you have to have the mental…

Neuqua Valley is hosting the band BillyElton which features some Neuqua staff, in order to benefit the memorial funds of two beloved staff members. Echo photo courtesy of Reid Spears.
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Billy Elton benefit concert 2013

Neuqua Valley is known for its influence of celebrating the arts through various events during the school year. On March 21st, Neuqua Valley’s auditorium will host “Billy Elton” for the…

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Facing recruitment

Recently, the military has made some efforts to recruit people in college, high school, and in some cases, middle school. In an effort to to try and bring in more…

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Confessing too much?

College is meant to be a time in one’s life when they learn, have fun, and most of all find themselves amid all the chaos. Through television shows, older friends’…

Students nationwide will be affected by this new healthcare innovation. Echo photo by Davide T.
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You’re Covered: A look inside the Affordable Care Act

For Neuqua Students, health care may not be the first thing to come to mind when they think about their adult lives. However, some recent changes to our government’s policies…

Orchestra students going to Spain will visit a vast array of cities (starred in the map above). Echo photo by Caleb Diaz
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Orchestra goes to Spain

The Neuqua Valley Music Department is taking its talents abroad. This year, its orchestra is traveling to Spain to perform in a series of concerts for students and members of…

We cannot afford to forget our history, lest it be repeated. Echo photo by Scott G.
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Saving our history

For many students, history class is just that. A class. As the last World War I veteran passes away, and as the World War II generation shrinks each day, much…

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Panic-Palooza

The warmer weather is bringing smiles to everyone faces at Neuqua Valley. To sports lovers it means March madness and the start of a new season. For music lovers, it’s…

The SAT is already a stressful thing, but hopefully these changes will help will alleviate some of it. Echo photo courtesy of the Washington Post.
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Big changes on the way for the SAT

As springtime approaches, warmer weather is not the only thing that students are thinking about. In the United States for decades, April has traditionally meant test month, and over 3.3…

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The 2014 Oscars- Fashion at its Finest

  All of the glitz and glam of the red carpet is crafted ever so intricately it’s almost ridiculous the amount of time and effort spent for just a few hours…

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Movie Review: Non-Stop

Liam Neeson never seems to disappoint when it comes to action/thriller films. “Non-Stop” is no exception. The movie is about Bill Marks, a former police officer who is now an air marshal….

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NV Echo and TCBY Writing Contest

Like food? Like free food? Like free food for a year? Then sign up for the Neuqua Valley Echo and TCBY writing contest. Click the link below and submit a…

The hard work of Neuqua's music students has clearly paid off. Echo photo courtesy of Brianna Schullo.
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Let’s Hear it for Music

Imagine hearing the voices and playings of Neuqua music students in the hallways over the intercom. Now imagine the hundreds of kids involved in chorus, orchestra, and band not being…

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A World Away

Students took a trip across the world in 45 minutes. At the freshman campus on Thursday, January 23rd, a Spanish class was able to talk to kids from Pátzcuaro, Mexico….

One of the event IPEF sponsors is the VEX Robotics Tournament. Echo photo courtesy of Susan Rasmus.
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Educational foundation finally getting applause

Neuqua Valley, and the Indian Prairie School District as a whole, are well-known throughout the state and the country for their outstanding fine arts and athletic programs. However, what many…

Although uncommon, some teachers and students are related. Echo photo courtesy of Javi V.
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Beyond the classroom

For some students, teachers have a profound impact on their lives while for other students, teachers are seen as merely educators- nothing more. But for a select handful of students…

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The Ultimate Sport

While sports like football, basketball, and wrestling are quite popular at Neuqua and are exciting events, there are other sports; Club sports that are gaining popularity within the student body….

Brian Sella of The Front Bottoms sings at Dirty Nellies in Palantine, IL. Echo photo by Alexis Fischer.
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Anticipated lineups for 2014

Neuqua Valley students have the privilege of lining outside concert venues every year to wait for their favorite artists as they tour the country. After being trapped indoors for harsh…

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Leading the way in P.E.

As seniors in high school, Neuqua Valley students have multiple opportunities to help underclassmen. One such opportunity is the P.E. Leaders program, which allows seniors to help teach physical education…

University of Florida students protest tuition hikes at their school. Echo photo courtesy of University of Florida.
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The cost of college sparks controversy

It is an old proverb that in America, attending college brings success. For many, this is still very true, and the benefits of a university education are very real. Despite…

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Neuqua Valley’s guys of 2014

For the class of 2014, second semester school events are an opportunity to break out of the shell one has secluded themselves in from freshman to junior year. For some…

Administrators work  to ensure that sudents, be they filling the halls or not, are safe. Echo photo by Davide Tomei.
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Emergency Days Uncovered

Through four years at Neuqua Valley, this class of seniors has endured snow days, rain days, and frigid polar vortex days in their final year. But a lot goes into…

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Two Shows, Two Stories

The theater department is at full throttle all year long, but the spring is when it is at its busiest. Students have the opportunity to participate in a plethora of…

Prom is extremely expensive for all individuals involved. From the prom dress to the tickets, prom is by far a heavy investment. Echo photo by Kathleen C.
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Seniors: spend it or save it

Looking forward to the spring, students are anticipating the upcoming dances; Spring fling and for the seniors, Prom. But since both dances are very close in dates, is it worth…

Writers' Week will take place in Neuqua's auditorium, where students, teachers, and community members will have a chance to share their thoughts. Echo photo by Cheryl Liu.
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Neuqua voices take center stage

All students at Neuqua are required to take four years of English; however, for some, writing is more than just a class. Writers’ Week, which runs this year through the…

Sophomore Taylor Davis dedicates time out of her day to meet her daily word count. Echo photo courtesy of Taylor Davis.
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A novel idea

  Some people are just not satisfied enough with what their reading. Neuqua students Taylor Davis and Chrissie Grevenites improvised by writing their own novels. “It was my friend who…

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was chosen by the Library Advisory Board for this year's One Book, One School. Echo photo by Alexis Fischer.
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Love for literature

Behind the scenes of Neuqua Valley’s LMC, selected students and library directors collaborate to better the LMC and fill it with books that students cannot put down. “There is such…

The team hopes to bring home another state championship. Echo Photo Courtesy of Neuqua Media
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Special Olympics Head to State

As the Special Olympics basketball team heads off to state on March 14th and 15th for at least the 8th time, a question has risen over what exactly has contributed…

Seen through the lens of a camera, documentaries express directors' opinions. Echo photo by Abbie Teeling.
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Inside Documentaries

News reports, newspapers, and websites such as twitter and facebook, are used to spread information and issues to the general public. By watching the news or reading a newspaper, different…

Put the odds of a perfect bracket in perspective with these crazy comparisons. Echo photo by Paige Donahue.
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What are the odds: perfect bracket possibilities

  A little strategy, a bit of luck, and a whole lot of accuracy could make one basketball fan a billion dollars richer by the end of this month. Thanks…

Neuqua Valley track values intregrity and working together to achieve their goals. Echo Photo by nvtrackandfield.net
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Running for a win

Like other Neuqua sports, track and field deserves a share in the spotlight. They have placed high in state and have brought home many great wins for Neuqua Valley. The…

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New Music Program

  Beginning next year, District 204 is implementing a plan to move the grade level that students will begin to play instruments from fifth to sixth grade.   The school board…

There are so many options to choose from at the library or your own collection of books at home. Echo photo courtesy of Brianna Schullo.
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Reading in between time

The books Macbeth and Siddhartha are not the first choice of books that kids want to spend their time reading. A balance of school, work, sports, and other activities quickly…

Many popular American foods originated in other countries. Echo photo by Dimitris M.
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Ethnically America

There’s a lot of food in the United States, but most of it is from outside of the country. Some of the world’s biggest food chains, like McDonald’s, Taco Bell,…

Freshman Todd Kuebelbeck has his very own 3D printer which he uses to create various objects.
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From digital to tangible

The 21st century is riddled with exciting and innovative technology. This technology is now able to be enjoyed by the masses, thanks to the wonders of industrialization and capitalism. The…

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Movie Review: The LEGO Movie

  I have never really been a fan of LEGOs when I was a kid. I never really got into building things like spaceships, pirate ships, or skyscrapers. However, that didn’t stop…

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BU supports The Echo!

Not only is Benedictine University a great local school, it is also one of the fastest-growing schools in the nation! The Echo wants to thank Benedictine University for becoming another…

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Orchesis Dance Company Shines

The Orchesis Dance Company Showcase of 2014 is a performance of a magnitude that leaves no audience member disappointed. The audience consisted of a wide age group. Some audience members,…

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Restaurant Rotation Program

Chipotle, Portillos, Panera, oh my! Neuqua’s standard lunch menu is in for quite a change due to Aramark’s new plans. The school’s current lunch provider, has proposed a new program,…

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The Echo wants your opinion!

This month, we want to hear what the student body has to say about the Sophomore Health curriculum. Click on the link below to tell us your opinion. http://goo.gl/4g8qGC Thanks…

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Engineering the Unbeaten Path

It is hard to work in a field dominated by men, but Senior Jackie Kowalski thrives in the field of engineering. “I remember the first day showing up to my…

The Chicago Bears celebrate after a big win. Echo photo courtesy of chicagobears.com.
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Chicago sports success

For as long as we can remember sports have brought people together. Giving people something to root for and something to look forward to are just two reasons why ….

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Students bullying teachers

Bullying is defined as use superior strength or influence to intimidate [someone], typically to force him or her to do what one wants. The action of bullying does not discriminate-there…

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Keeping up senior grades

For the class of 2014, second semester is a time of reflection on the last four year of students’ lives. Taking a look back on all of the accomplishments that…

Former SNL alums will be taking their respective desks for NBC's Late Night slots. Echo photo by Alyssa Alamillo.
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Weekday Update

Will Ferrell. Tina Fey. Amy Poehler: All major stars that got their start at the same comedic institution — Saturday Night Live. The 38 year old sketch comedy show is…

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Mythbusters: January Edition

Why doesn’t my sport get enough money? The science behind the athletic budget is complex yet perfectly measured out to make the best of the money the district is given….

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Changing the world, one petition at a time

The task of world change and progress towards a greater life for generations to come may seem daunting, but a website called change.org may be putting the task of world…

Patricipation points have been a more paramount area this school year. Echo photo by Alexis F.
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Participation points pack a punch

Neuqua Valley students can shy away from the spotlight no more with the new core curriculum standards that has spawned a separate category for participation in classes. The bar has…

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Slowing Down Life

In the past decade, society has been moving faster and faster, especially in America. Technological advances and the rise of huge corporations have generally increased the lifestyle pace of Americans,…

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Sports Outside of Neuqua

Neuqua Valley High School is not the only school that has had a good reputation in the athletics department. Naperville Central High School, one local high school in the Naperville…

Caption: The Heisman Trophy has been falsely represented for two seasons, most recently by Jameis Winston. Echo photo courtesy of Joshua S. Kelly, USA Today Sports.
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Jameis and Johnny: Famous or Folly?

Jameis and Johnny: Famous or Folly?                 The Heisman Trophy is given annually to the athlete “whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.” For the past two…

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How To: Keep a New Years Resolution

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Shakespeare has been a staple of education for as long as Neuqua Valley has been open. Echo photo by Davide T.
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Should “The Bard” be barred?

With the new English final being exercised, formats of the required four-year course may have changed recently. But, the Shakespearian standards still remain. As times change, cultures are altered, but…

The annual conference in Chicago proves to be as international as the real United Nations. Echo photo by Scott Gregus
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An International Affair

If you have not heard of the Model United Nations of the University of Chicago (MUNUC), you might want to look into it. High school students from literally all over…

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Movie Review: Lone Survivor

We all have had an idol to look up to when we were little. It could have been a superhero, like Batman or Superman. Other times, it would be a…

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Movie Review: The Legend Of Hercules

I was really anticipating the release of this film, because I thought that it would be nice to re-tell the story of one of Greece’s greatest mythological heroes. Unfortunately, my…

Cameron Diaz stopped by Neuqua Valley on January 8th to promote her first book, "The Body Book."
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The Echo sits down with Cameron Diaz

Sydney K.: What has been the most rewarding part of doing a book tour for you? Diaz: Well I just started this week actually, and it’s not as long as…

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2014-2015 Staff Applications

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Diaz spoke with students for over an hour yesterday, answering numerous questions about her first book, The Body Book. Echo photo by Sydney Kalich.
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Diaz does Neuqua

Cameron Diaz came to Neuqua Valley yesterday (Thursday, January 9th) to promote her first endeavor into writing: The Body Book. The primary message behind the book seemed to inspire young people,…

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Movie Review: Frozen

It has been a while since Disney created what people would like to call a “classic”. When people think of classic animated films, movie titles like “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty…

Pan dulce, Spanish for "sweet bread," gave the Spanish Club a huge victory  in the first ever Iron Chef competition. Echo photo courtesy of the Austin Public Library.
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Pan dulce leads Spanish Club toward victory

World Languages hosted their first Iron Chef Competition on December 12th, with appearances from Spanish, German, and French club. The cutthroat competition was narrowed down to four separate teams after…

Nelson Mandela was 95. Echo photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Guardian Express.
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Mandela respected

Yesterday, the flag at Neuqua Valley remained at half-mast out of respect for the late South African President Nelson Mandela. For twenty seven years, Mandela was imprisoned for battling the…

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And the winner is…

After much deliberation, The Echo would like to congratulate sophomore Elizabeth Leibel for her logo that will represent the newspaper both online and on the print edition. She will be…

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Students get a taste of the business world

Virtual Enterprises International, a new class that popped up at Neuqua at the beginning of last year, is beginning to gain popularity among business students. The concept of the class…

Neuqua students stress over Scantron tests and projects leading up to the end of the semester. Echo photo by Abigail Teeling.
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Destressor or distractor

Finals week is one of toughest weeks of the school year. Exams, essays, and projects can be tough on students so they often try and find little things to help…

Juniors have two tests to worry about: The ACT and the SAT. Echo photo by Dimitris Michelis.
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SAT vs. ACT

Many students at Neuqua Valley High School do not know which test they should be more focused on – the SAT or the ACT. Both tests are important, and some…

Although it can be a difficult field to break into, being in the professional sporting business can pay major dividends. Echo photo by Davide Tomei.
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Staying connected with sports

In a school with four thousand students, there are bound to be a boatload of students not playing collegiate athletics who want to have a life in sports. The majority…

Many major music festivals, like Lollapalooza and Pitchfork, offer many opportunities for fans to win tickets. Echo photo by Alyssa Alamillo.
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Playing your luck

Those who were not lucky enough to snag tickets to the once in a lifetime show or did not get enough money to meet the 10 AM deadline should pay…

Thousands of teens come out to Vans Warped Tour each year to listen to their favorite artists. Echo photo by Alexis Fischer.
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New year, new festival survival kit

Come summertime, Neuqua Valley students load up their cars and head off to local music festivals. Frequent festival goers know that proper preparation is the key to having the ultimate…

This is perhaps the most important book students see at Neuqua. Echo photo courtesy of IPSD.
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2014 Class Selection

There is no doubt that picking classes is an important time in students’ academic careers. These choices influence future careers and decisions which will impact the rest of students’ lives….

The set during the filming of the movie The Transformers, that took place in Chicago. Echo photo courtesy of Scott Gregus.
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Movies filmed in and around Chicago

Gone are the days of Hollywood’s monopoly over the film industry. As places like Toronto, Vancouver, and even New Zealand begin to assert themselves as centers of the movie business,…

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Echo Eats: Jet’s Pizza

Chicago is known for its deep dish pizza. By living in the Chicagoland area, Naperville residents are given a cornucopia of options when choosing a pizza joint. However, Jet’s Pizza…

Mr. Desmond is one of the teachers at Neuqua who has taught at another high school in Illinois. Echo photo by Alaina Wilson.
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Different School, Different Experience

The differences between high schools in the suburbs like Neuqua and high schools in Chicago like Proviso West are drastic, but often go unnoticed. At Neuqua, many students do not…

Students can use their four-year plans and required classes as a guide during their years at Neuqua. Echo photo by Shreya Rao.
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Required classes at Neuqua

With all the different classes available at Neuqua, many students have a difficult time deciding which ones to take. While some students have known their four year plans since elementary…

For 15 years, Neuqua has participated in Alliance for the Children which helps children in less fortunate areas around the country. Echo photo courtesy of Google Maps.
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Neuqua helping the Alliance

Every year, Neuqua Valley holds an event called Alliance for the Children. Students and staff from all over the school take part in giving to other communities around the country,…

G.I. Joe, Dillon Tartaglia, rehearses an intense scene with his co-star, Rachel Becker, who plays Barbie. Echo photo by Dimitris Michelis.
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Rising Stars in Neuqua Theatre

Max Martin Max Martin, another freshman actor involved in Freshman One Acts, has no problem performing on the big stage of Neuqua. His dream of performing on the Neuqua stage…

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Savvy spending

With pressure to find the perfect present, gift giving can be a not only difficult, but also an expensive challenge. Accounting and Finance teacher Mr. Geers knows the ins and…

Whether the musical is big or small, it is a good way for students to get connected with Neuqua's theater. Echo photo by Abigail Teeling.
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And the show goes on

Winter is quickly approaching and the cold air and snow brings out mittens and scarves, as well as awaited plays and musicals in Chicago. This season, Broadway lovers can expect…

Students at Neuqua Valley listen to a variety of music styles. Echo photo by Alyssa Alamillo.
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Music Tastes Kept Secret

It is no secret that during the adolescent years, people either have judged someone or have been judged themselves. This habit has expanded to students’ music taste, and has led…

Mawi Learning, a recently introduced online class, teaches students leadership skills and helps them achieve their goals. Students have to complete online modules and participate in monthly discussions with peers and advisors. Echo photo by Cheryl Liu.
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A different kind of class

Beginning this year, Neuqua students have received the opportunity to take part in a unique program, spearheaded by principal Dr. McBride. Mawi Learning is an online course began by Mawi…

Students can spend time with their family and friends without having to deal with awkward situations. Echo photo by Paige Donahue.
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Surviving the Holidays

With family gatherings, high expectations, and rock-hard fruit cakes, the holidays are a recipe for awkward situations. The holidays are a time for family, as well as the uncomfortable hugs…

Jazz and hip hot students learn a new routine. Echo photo by Rebecca Schneider.
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What’s hot, What’s not, Gym class

From racket sports to dance to weight lifting, students at Neuqua have many options to choose from for their P.E. class. For every student, the most popular class could be…

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Staying current with Worldwide Wildcat

Neuqua students have Wildcat Weekly and NVPulse, but a medium is missing that brings current events to Neuqua.  This is accomplished by the advent of Worldwide Wildcat. Worldwide Wildcat was…

Hashtags and slang are popular on Instagram. Echo photo by Brianna Schullo.
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Swag should be sorry

Worldwide trends of the words Gucci or Versace are far from talking about the luxury clothing lines. Slang use is nothing new to the world. Staying in the “loop” of…

Wish lists are superior to giving surprise gifts. Echo photo by Sydney Kalich.
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Holiday Well-Wishing: Surprises Overrated

The moment that every holiday season gift giver simultaneously dreads and looks forward to come holiday season is when someone opens their gift. Will they like it or hate it?…

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Mu Alpha Theta

Neuqua Valley is known for housing one of the widest varieties of clubs and associations that are all attributed to the interests of the students. There seems to be a…

The NaperBridge facility aims to be place for teens to feel accepted and empowered. Echo photo by Alaina Wilson.
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NaperBridge Teen Center Opens

 A new opportunity has presented itself to teenagers in Naperville.   ‘A Place to Belong’ is the mantra for NaperBridge, the new community center in Downtown Naperville, which opened its doors…

J.J. Starr speaks to Neuqua Valley media students in the auditorium. Echo photo by Alaina Wilson.
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Neuqua Valley Alumni- J.J. Starr

  Neuqua Valley alumni, J.J. Starr, has made a name for himself in the documentary industry.   Graduating with the class of 2006, Starr was your average high school senior. With a…

The winning team prepares a delicious apple tart. Echo photo by Riley Wagner.
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Bon Appétit

When walking into the room where French club is held, you are greeted with a friendly Bonjour and are delighted with the smell of authentic French food. You hear laughter…

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TCBY becomes new supporter!

The Echo is proud to announce that TCBY of South Naperville is now a supporter of our publication! Click on the following link, print out a coupon, and stop by…

Dr. Robert McBride commemorates those who serve and have served in the armed forces on November 7th. Echo photo by Paige Donahue.
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Neuqua Valley honors armed forces

Dr. McBride had asked everyone to stand up and say the name of a veteran or soldier that was on their mind. The chorus of names echoed around the auditorium,…

The three stars of the Harry Potter films at the time of the first film's release. Echo photo by Cheryl Liu.
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The evolution of Harry Potter stars

To the generation currently at Neuqua, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint are familiar faces who have accompanied them through their childhood. The stars of the popular Harry Potter…

: Naperville reminds burglars of their Neighborhood Watch Programs. Report any suspicious activity to your local police department. Echo photo courtesy of Alexis Fischer.
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Burglaries abound in Naperville

Neuqua Valley families are on edge because of the recent burglaries in the Naperville area. The safety of Naperville families has been compromised in the last two months. Starting in…

Here is our current logo, used in our first issue of the 2013-2014 school year.
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The Echo is looking for a new logo!

EchoLogoContest-SubmissionForm We looking for a new logo for our publication! Above is the attached submission form. Submission is open from November 1st to November 15th. Below is our current logo….

Students can get experience teaching the preschoolers and having fun at the same time. Echo photo by MacKenna Schwarz.
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Wee Wildcat Preschool

When walking down the main hallway by the A-Wing of the school, one may see little kids running around in the hallways and wonder where they came from. For several…

Senior Sara Saggar celebrates Diwali wityh sparklers. Echo photo courtesy of Sara Saggar.
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Practices around the holidays

At Neuqua Valley, a set of select people work alongside the actors with every production put on. These are the set construction and light and sounds specialists, the people who…

Dudek makes a circus catch against Naperville Central in Week 2. Photo courtesy of the Sun-Times.
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Dudek into rare air at Neuqua

If there’s one student-athlete in the state who can do it all, he plays for Neuqua Valley. But the 5’11” 177-pound wide receiver is just getting started. Mikey Dudek is…

This year's pink out t-shirt shows Neuqua's support with the cause.
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Wearing pink with pride

Every October people get together as a community to spread awareness of breast cancer. Many fundraisers are created to raise money for the disease and campaigns are made to continue…

College of Dupage

The long list of benefits of attending a community college, especially a local one, are often overlooked by students. At least ten percent of Neuqua graduates enroll at the College…

Early commit; the right fit?

At a young age, athletes have shown remarkable and unique abilities in their sports. Now, being high school students, they face committing to the college of their choice. Many students…

Social Media Etiquette

We’ve all done it. A new tweet from our favorite celebrity appears on our timeline and in that one second you think “This is it. This is my moment” —…

Dynamic Duo

Yet another student made music group is taking Neuqua by storm. Following in the footsteps of infamous senior DJ Kersey D., the relatively new group Dionysus, has entered the third…

The merits of #1

Graduation celebrates the students who have accomplished a number of years in school, so it does not make sense to rank those students by how well they did during their…

A primary issue

As primary election season ends and Americans have about eight months to decompress until the general election in November, many people are reflecting on the campaigns across the nation. Indeed,…

Devoted fans turn to distressed fans

With many new programs available for T.V. show lovers out there, such as Netflix, On Demand, Hulu Plus, and more, it comes quite the addiction to watch TV shows from…

How To Beat Boredom This Summer

As summer is approaching faster than anticipated, people are glowing with excitement. For some of us out there, we are the planners; the ones who always got an itinerary in…

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Movie Review: Captain America – The Winter Soldier

Marvel has had some awesome films throughout the past few years, with the Ironman series, to the Avengers. “Captain America – The Winter Soldier” is definitely one of their best….

Chicago’s Jazz Tradition

  Chicago has a long standing tradition of harboring a thriving jazz scene. Rivaled only by New York, it is one of the most ample cities to hear authentic jazz. Everyone…

America’s Take on Cultural Pride

The month of March sees the introduction of many green things — Shamrock shakes, Oreos, the Chicago River. Since the late eighteenth century, the United States has celebrated St. Patrick’s…

The new civil rights movement

In the weeks leading up to March’s warmer weather, Arizona governor Jan Brewer felt the heat when it came to the state’s new ‘SB1062’ bill. Many other state legislatures are…

Boys rugby sets high expectations

   As a club sport, the boy’s rugby team goes unnoticed by many kids at Neuqua. A dominant team in the state with many good players, the team is working…