A single man stands alone on stage facing more than a hundred students. His tired features are shadowed by the dappled lights above him as he begins to speak in a calm yet gruff voice. John Baylor doesn't hesitate; with the charisma of a young child, he tackles the task at hand: to prepare these students for the ACT.
Most people can't fathom why anyone would want to run for fun. Other people, like Rebecca Cords, can't imagine having a different hobby.
"How am I going to make this dream happen?" This is the ongoing question that lingers in Nate Knapke's head as he thinks to himself in his office, overlooking rows upon rows of empty red chairs, enough to seat every one of his quiet thoughts which fill the cool air within the vacant performing arts center.
On a normal, kick-back-and-relax day, Dan Jennings plays softball, basketball, and goes to the city to meet friends. But those days do not happen often.
In May 2012, Huntley High School varsity cheerleader Lexi Gardocki approached the Huntley Cheer Association with an idea for a new cheer team, a special needs cheer team. The board agreed to the idea and Gardocki set out to form the team.
“H-U-N-T-L-E-Y!” chant the shrill voices of the color guard. All voices are at high octaves and feminine, all bodies are dressed up in skirts, and faces are adorned with makeup, all except for one. One voice chants a smooth bass, distinctively male. One person dresses in a suit. That voice and uniform make up Huntley’s one and only male color guard member, sophomore Nick Stanek.