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Postive Post-its

Photo: Words of kindness spread through the halls of Kaneland High School this past week with brightly colored post-it notes displayed on each of the students lockers. Inspiring, quirky and cute uplifting phrases were written with the intent to encourage each student of the acts of Kindness in Kaneland. Kaneland senior Bryanna Stoiber (right) came up with the idea, and was helped by fellow seniors Riley Coyle (left to center) and Lanie Callaghan, and sophomore Jack Coyle (not pictured). Photo by Lynn Logan

KHS students greeted by warm messages
KANELAND—”Smile today.”

That was the message Maddie Heinzer, a Kaneland High School senior, recently found on a Post-it note placed on her locker.

“I thought it was very cute,” Heinzer said. “And I thought it was good how somebody put that much effort to even try to bring a smile to someone’s face.”

10.Fellow senior Bryanna Stoiber had been inspired to do just that by checking out a photo on Twitter. She noticed that a person had written more than 1,000 Post-its that read, “You’re beautiful.”

“They were sick and tired of hearing people calling themselves not beautiful and not pretty and just being down all the time,” Stoiber said. “So, I just kind of had the idea of it being like something in the positive. Especially at school, it feels like there’s so much negativity.”

Stoiber and her friends, seniors Lanie Callaghan and Riley Coyle, worked together to create positive messages. Coyle recruited “little brother” Jack Coyle, a sophomore, to help.

“We just want students to realize that they don’t know what’s going on in everyone’s life,” Jack said. “Maybe they seem happy at school, but really, you don’t know what’s going on at home or anything. So even the smallest compliment about how their hair looks that day or that you like their outfit can improve someone’s outlook.”

According to Stoiber, the group made 1,400 Post-it messages. They stuck rainbow colors of pink, green, yellow and blue on the lockers of all 1,332 Kaneland High School students. The extra notes went on some KHS staff members’ doors.

Messages found along the hallways included: “You’re cuter than a kangaroo in a sweater”; “You definitely know the difference between your and you’re”; “Your opinion matters”; “Chuck Norris wishes he was you”; “Your smile is beautiful”; and “You are loved.”

Diane McFarlin, assistant principal at Kaneland High School, called the students’ actions “stunning.” It was McFarlin who gave the students the green light to put up positive messages around the high school.

“They really wanted to do this and make a difference,” McFarlin said. “And I thought, ‘Holy cow. That’s just awesome.’”

Callaghan would like students to get something out of reading the messages.

“I hope they realize that a compliment can go a really long way,” she said. “And realize that we put a lot of effort into just like making their day a little bit brighter.”

Senior Mitch Bateman, who was recently named Mr. Kaneland 2014, did get something out of his message, which read, “At least you’re not in the ‘Hunger Games.’

“It was random,” Bateman said. “But I got a laugh out of it. So I was pretty happy with it.”

Bathrooms: the most germ-infested place at Kaneland? Think again

Photo: Amber Winquist-Bailey demonstrates what biology students do when they swab for bacteria. Photo by Delaney Stryczek

by Bryanna Stoiber
MAPLE PARK—Brin Wilk doesn’t consider herself a germophobe; however, small gestures some people make during lunch can really set her off.

“I don’t like the idea of someone else’s saliva touching my food,” Wilk said.

But the areas with the highest levels of bacteria at Kaneland are not the bathrooms, as many would expect.

According to science teacher Jennifer O’Hara, some of the most germ-infested places at Kaneland include wrestling mats and cell phones.

Biology students conduct tests every year to determine which areas have the most bacteria. O’Hara said that some of the places students swab are bathrooms, doorknobs, lockers, drinking fountains, railings and keyboards.

“The surprisingly clean areas at the school are the bathrooms and drinking fountains, because they are cleaned daily,” O’Hara said.

Yet O’Hara cautioned that the bacteria aren’t necessarily dangerous.

“Just because there’s a lot of bacteria on something doesn’t mean that it can be harmful bacteria,” O’Hara said.

Nationwide, the places with the most germs are also often unexpected places, a new study by the Kimberly Clark Healthy Workplace Project showed.

A team of hygienists swabbed hundreds of surfaces around six U.S. cities to see what everyday objects are breeding grounds for bacteria.

The most germ-infested places nationwide included gas pumps, mailbox handles, escalator rails and ATM buttons.

“It comes down to the fact that nobody cleans the things that you’re going to touch on a daily basis,” said Dr. Kelly Arehart, program leader of Kimberly-Clark’s Healthy Workplace Project.

Other highly contaminated areas around the U.S. include parking meters, kiosks, cross-walk buttons and vending machine buttons. Bathrooms didn’t even make the list.

The testers evaluated the swabs of the surfaces for levels or adenosine triphosphate, which indicates what kind of bacteria it is.

The results released by a Kimberly-Clark study show that more than 60 percent of gas pumps and mailbox handles and more than 40 percent of escalator rails and ATM machine buttons can be highly contaminated, potentially exposing people to illness-causing bacteria.

“People do not realize the amount of contamination they are exposed when going to work each day and doing everyday things like filling their gas tank or riding on an escalator,” Dr. Charles Gerba, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Arizona, said.

Between five percent and 20 percent of the U.S. population catches influenza each year.

Experts recommend frequent handwashing with soap and warm water as one of the best ways to avoid becoming ill.

Senior ‘goofy ID pictures banned

Photo: Senior Kelly Evers is one of the few seniors who got away with a goofy ID photo this year. Evers crossed her eyes just before the photographer snapped the picture. Photo by Marshall Farthing.

by Bryanna Stoiber
Kaneland Krier Reporter

Senior Kelly Evers got away with the impossible this year: a funny ID picture.

Evers was one of many seniors planning on taking a funny picture for her ID. Even with tight lookout in the hallway outside of the cameras, Evers managed to mess up her hair once she got in the picture area.

“At first I was smiling normal. But just at the last minute, I smiled funny. The photographer looked at the picture for a couple of seconds and moved on,” she said.

After the pictures were taken, KHS staff checked the IDs, and some seniors had to retake their pictures, but not Evers.

The administration has stepped up this year in safety of the students seriously, as IDs were taken in more serious focus this year. As seniors wait in line to take their ID photos, KHS staff members take precaution of the “goofy” ID’s by making each student look presentable before taking a picture, as well as photographers keeping an eye out.

Although no disciplinary action was taken, keeping the IDs simple and appropriate was a way to make sure the students are safe, Assistant Principal Diane McFarlin said.

McFarlin said that the funny senior ID photos were making it challenging for KHS teachers and other staff to identify students at times.

In previous years, issues had arisen that caused difficulties for administration, McFarlin said. About three or four years ago, four boys dressed alike, with their hair slicked back and wearing 3-D glasses. There had been new security in the school that year, making it difficult to tell them apart. The four boys were wearing glasses were hard to identify, “especially because the eyes identify,” McFarlin said.

“It doesn’t have to be the part of a senior checklist of what to do senior year,” she said.

The administration’s possible plan for this year is to communicate with the current juniors at KHS to let them know the senior picture expectations for next year, McFarlin said.

In the past years the standard wasn’t officially set for the seniors’ expectations on picture day.

“We would like to communicate in a pretty good fashion,” McFarlin said.

Even though a majority of the seniors knew that the “funny” pictures were discouraged, “everybody’s obviously gonna try anyways,” senior Katy Dudzinski said.

According to Dudzinski, most of the seniors were planning on taking a funny picture.

“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” she said.

Evers said that she felt strongly that students should be allowed to take a funny picture for their ID.

“We should be able to take a goofy picture, as long as they can see their faces,” she said.

Students of the Term named by KHS

Kaneland—The following students have been recognized for Term 2 as Students-of the-Term:

CTE (Business), Alejandra Salinas; CTE (Orientation to Family Consumer Science), Erich Turk; English, Bryanna Stoiber; Fine Arts (Foreign Language), Katelyn Dray; Fine Arts (Music), Anna Novotny; Math, Luke Kreiter; Physical Education/Health, Adam Grams; Science, Melissa Schmidt; Social Studies, Kelsey Gould; Student Services, Charles Amato.

Students-of-the-Term exemplify effort, commitment, character, leadership and academic achievement, improvement and contributions. They will receive a certificate, T-shirt and plaque.

Freshmen Fever!

On Feb. 8, Freshmen girls won the conference tournament championship, beating Rochelle 35-33 in triple overtime en route to a 24-0 season. (Front row) Jennifer Alderman, Rachel Mathys, Lauren Zick, Caroline Heimer-dinger, Jenna Unruh and Jessica Jablonski (Back row) Sydney Strang, Brittany Olson, Coach Matt Harvell, Bryanna Stoiber, Sarah Childers, Katherine Brinkman, Coach Dan Long, Brittany Kemp, Kelly Wallner and Amber Winquist-Bailey
Courtesy Photo