This year, the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) has new teacher sponsors that are bringing an advancement to the club. The new sponsors, Jessica Yandun and Gianna Purdom, desire to emphasize the importance of “leadership and Latinx representation” at OH as well as in the community. LASO meets twice a month on Thursdays at 2:30 pm, and meetings are around 45 minutes to an hour. The club has a friendly environment, and with its members all wanting to make a positive impact on OH and the community.
On Monday, October 30, students were informed as they arrived at OH that a pipe broke on the second floor and had flooded classrooms and parts of the first floor of the building. As students arrived, administration moved kids towards the gym and fieldhouse. Students were confused as it might have meant that school was effectively canceled.
According to the U.S. Department of State, approximately 6.3 million people unwillingly participated in forced commercial sexual exploitation at any given time in the United States in 2021. This issue is present everywhere, but Illinois specifically is a hotspot for sex trafficking and human trafficking in general. Ink180 is a prominent business in the Oswegoland community that helps people recover from traumatic experiences, promotes community activism, and increases awareness about the dangers of sex trafficking, both locally and nationally.
A new school year brings a multitude of new changes, and the rebranding of the Panthers Rally Cafe is a big one for OH students. The new menu adjustments aim to provide the student body more nutritious and diverse options for school lunches. According to Rick Cliffe, the Lead OH cafeteria professional, “The menu changed drastically from last year to this year, just going from basically heat-and-serve to actually putting things together this year with the test kitchen.”
Oswego High School will once again host its annual Homecoming dance on Sept. 30. All students must check in no later than 8:00 p.m. with the new theme “Las Vegas.” This year’s Homecoming dance will be at Oswego High School’s auxiliary gym. The field house will also be open to students for coat check, games, the photo booth, and tables to sit down and relax at.