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.
Andrew Johnson is currently teaching Conceptual Physics and AP Physics C in Huntley High School. He also does lectures at Waubonsee Community College every Tuesday and Thursday evening as a side job. For those fortunate enough to have had him as an instructor, you are well aware of what a respectable individual he is. As of right now Johnson’s life seems to be revolving around school mostly, but that doesn’t seem to bother him at all because he loves what he does.
She hates Starbucks. Headphones in, she collapses into an oversized brown leather chair. Her music is playing just loud enough for those nearby to get a listen. It is something upbeat.
On Jan. 6, 1998, a little miracle was born in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. His mother was only 21 years old at the time, and his father was nowhere to be found.
“I want to hear your ki’ai! Louder! Turn into your punch!” bellows a dark-haired, 5-foot-5-inch man.