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Nicole Lizak is a senior at Palatine High School that is very passionate about many things when it comes to health, nutrition, sports, and being healthy. She took journalism because she likes writing and...

Cutlass attends Northwestern Day of Journalism

Charles Whitaker, the dean at Northwestern Medill, opens the event by stating how important journalism is. “You know, we are in a horrible situation right now, where people get to burrow unto their own echo chambers and cling to information that may not be factual, but because it confirms their belief system. That’s not good for the democracy.”

PHS Cutlass visited Northwestern University’s high school Day of Journalism on Sept 29. In total, 19 other high schools in the Chicagoland area attended the event.

Charles Whitaker, the dean of Medill, Northwestern’s school for journalism, welcomed the high school students.

“Journalism is a pillar of democracy,” Dean Charles Whitaker said. “It’s a bulwark against authoritarianism. It’s the thing that really helps bind us together.”

Students each attended 2 workshops of their choice that highlighted different forms of journalism.

“You can actually change the world,” Northwestern professor Karen Springen said when giving advice to future journalists. “You can write about something, shine a light on a wrongdoing. And get out the word.”

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, a professor of at Northwestern University shared her experiences in a country where there was no freedom of speech.

“That to me is the important thing about journalism,” Tan said. “Writing a story that will make people see the world in a different way.”

“When I went into my school newspaper, it was very intimidating,” editor-in-chief of Maine South newspaper Aleksandra Majewski said. “Shortly after, maybe two months, I was already building this community and I see these people every day.”

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Tanya Gerdzhev, Opinions Editor
Tanya Gerdzhev is a senior at Palatine High School. She joined PHS Cutlass last year to expand her writing skills and write quality stories for people to read. Gerdzhev is part of the PHS marching band, senior class, National Honor Society, the musical, foreign exchange, and plans to join wellness club as well. Gerdzhev listens to a variety of musical artists like Metallica, ABBA, and The Backseat Lovers. She hopes to pursue a career in finance, but her dream job is to act or to write books. Gerdzhev plans to apply to UIUC and the National University of Ireland. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends, watch movies, and read books. 
Andre Faber, Reporter

Andre Faber is a sophomore student athlete at Palatine High School. He loves to travel and try new things. Some of his interests include weightlifting, running and basketball. He values his family and friends very much and he values being healthy and working hard. He wishes to become an entrepreneur one day and inspire kids to go after their dreams and be successful.

Chloe Chidichimo, Reporter
Chloe Chidichimo is a freshman at Palatine High School. She has liked journalism since she was a kid and has been writing since she was able to hold a pencil. Chidichimo enjoys English and engineering, along with computer science. Outside of school, Chidichimo enjoys hanging out with friends, playing softball, and listening to music. 
Didrik Caleja, Copy Editor
Didrik Caleja is a freshman at Palatine High School. When he was younger, he was interested in journalism and pursuing it as a career. In his free time, he plays video games on his PlayStation, listens & sings to music and learns song choreography. 
Gabby Pomplun, Reporter
Gabby Pomplun is a sophomore at Palatine High School. Pomplun signed up for journalism because she enjoyed writing and hopes to learn more about the class. In the future Pomplun hopes to be able to visit Bali, Colorado or Hawaii. Pomplun is passionate about weightlifting, sports and plans to be a part of a yoga club. Outside of school Pomplun plays basketball and is a part of the team at PHS.
Lindsey Christopher, A&E Editor
Lindsey Christopher is a senior at Palatine High School. This is her first year on PHS Cutlass as an editor. Along with being involved in journalism, Christopher is also an athlete, having done cheer for the past 10 years. She is very passionate about her sport, as well as reading, exercise and wellness. Christopher has also been involved in tennis, freshman and sophomore class, and the principal advisory board. She is also a very independent person and always strives for perfection. In her free time, she enjoys baking sourdough bread, spending time with friends, and watching movies with her family. She hopes to attend NYU to study law.
Luke Jorden, Reporter
Luke Jorden is a senior at Palatine High School. He is a play by play sports broadcaster in the broadcasting club here at PHS. Jorden also has jobs with two other sports franchises and a high school hockey network. He is very passionate about anything sports, whether watching or playing, as he enters his final year on the District hockey team and the lacrosse team here. Being a journalist is something Jorden enjoys because he can tell stories on paper in a way he can’t on video. He aspires to be a play by play announcer for a major team or network one day.
Siomara Valdez, Sports & Photography Editor

Siomara Valdez is a senior at Palatine High School. Valdez is very passionate about photography as it is a hobby of theirs. Valdez went out of their comfort zone to take on new opportunities in photography becoming the color guard photographer for the season. They are a part of the eSports team playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and made it to state last year. Valdez is a big fan of the band Foo Fighters and wants to one day photograph at one of their concerts. They got recruited into Cutlass at Chipotle and went to the meetings in hopes to improve their photography. After high school, Valdez wants to pursue accounting as their career and continue photojournalism at Winona State University.

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