Lanphier High School

This I Believe 2015
7:45 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Unique Flavors

Kanisha Granderson - Lanphier H.S.
Credit Rachel Lattimore / WUIS / Illinois Issues

I believe in ice cream. Different flavors, different colors and smells. Some taste good and some not so good. The happiness you get when you find the flavor you like. The first bite and joy. I loved the flavor Jamoca. It was my favorite. Its coffee taste, brown color and smell - so deeply good. I wanted to try something new. I tried butter pecan. It was the new best. Its vanilla coating, walnuts on top and inside. I had switched. Like the click of a light switch but I wasn’t always so comfortable or confident about trying new things.

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This I Believe 2015
7:45 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Pickled Hysteria

Brett Palmer - Lanphier H.S.
Credit Rachel Lattimore / WUIS / Illinois Issues

On a frigid January evening, I, along with other members of my church, decided to donate time to serving a hot meal to people planning to spend their night sleeping on a childlike cot in a warm, temperature controlled Salvation Army homeless shelter. I have no idea what to expect on a night like this. So many misperceptions of homeless people that had been drilled into my brain throughout my life were reappearing in my consciousness yet again. “Are they gonna take my money? Where are my keys?” Confused, nervous and skeptical, I begin to wonder why I’m here.

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Illinois Issues - The Scene
12:04 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Springfield Author Has "North-End Pride"

Author Ken Mitchell
Credit Rachel Otwell/WUIS

North-End Pride: The Story of Lanphier High School, Its People and Community. That's the title of a newly released book that takes a first-of-its-kind look at an area of Springfield that's not always on the top of the list when it comes to what makes Springfield residents proud of their city. But the book's author, Ken Mitchell, was born and raised there with people he describes as "salt of the earth." He started the book as a memoir about his high school days and it quickly morphed into a deeper history. Mitchell joined us for this interview: 

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District 186
5:22 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Student Brings Gun To Lanphier High School

There will be heightened security at Lanphier High School Wednesday after a student brought a gun to class on Tuesday afternoon. The weapon was apprehended without incident and the 16 year old male student was arrested. Police say he allegedly had the gun for protection and at no point displayed or threatened to use it. Superintendent Jennifer Gill says there will be more police officers at the high school in the coming few days:

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This I Believe 2014
7:35 am
Fri February 28, 2014

26 Letters

Amelia Paries - Lanphier HS
Credit Dan LoGrasso / WUIS

From the moment we're born, we're bombarded with an endless array of words. Long, short, pretty, ugly—but all meaningless. Until we’re taught to read and write. But, even before then, we have to learn the alphabet. It's amazing, truly, how many ways those 26 little letters can be manipulated; the seemingly endless combinations that make up the language we know and take for granted. I love words. I love how they can take simple bedding and turn it into softly ruffled sheets, bathed in sleepy whispers and sweet dreams.

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This I Believe 2014
7:35 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Independence Creates Happiness

Stephanie Dunn - Lanphier HS
Credit Dan LoGrasso / WUIS

In middle school I asked  myself a lot of questions. Why do I have multiple teachers? Why is my body changing so much? Why do I feel attraction to all these boys? One thing I thought I knew was love; I loved my family so I completely understood what love was and what it took to love someone for life, right? In eighth grade I started “dating” Joe. It was the stereotypical boyfriend/girlfriend, middle school relationship. Our parents drove us to and from our houses watching movies, playing video games, and going to the park to kick a soccer ball around.

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Health Desk
8:59 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Kids And Concussions: Advocate Pushes For Limits On Hits In High School Sports

Coaches in Illinois are required by state law to remove from a game or practice any athlete suspected of suffering a concussion.

But responding quickly after a hard hit isn't enough for a former football player from the Chicago area who now advocates nationwide to prevent injury to still-developing brains.

In the latest report from the WUIS Health Desk, Peter Gray reports on a push for Illinois to follow the NFL and other states in limiting days of full contact football practice.

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This I Believe - 2013
7:45 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Tough Times in Life Teach You How Strong You Really Are

Renay DeFrees - Lanphier High School
Credit Randy Eccles / WUIS/Illinois Issues

 

Scared.  Utterly terrified.  That is the only way I can describe how I felt when I was told my father was going to die. I was eight years old when my father was diagnosed with cancer. That was November 18th, 2002. A few weeks passed and everyone held their breath. On December 16th we were told the cancer was terminal. The carcinoma had metastasized and had already spread throughout his whole body. The doctors did not expect him to make it through the week. “It is time to say goodbye”, they said.

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This I Believe - 2012
7:45 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Dreadlocks

Travis Lascody - Lanphier High School
Credit Randy Eccles / WUIS/Illinois Issues

 

I believe that what you look like does not define who you are as a person, whether you have tattoos, piercings, or a crazy hairstyle. You should not be judged for how you look, but on what you do. The doctor that performs your next surgery could be covered in tattoos underneath his scrubs. My sophomore year of high school I decided to dread my hair, knowing that to many people it would be frowned upon.

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This I Believe - 2009
7:45 am
Fri March 13, 2009

Creating Your Own Unique Path

Ryan Cookson - Lanphier High School
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

For many people, going into high school is a defining moment. Will you be a jock, a studyholic, a partier? The choices are everywhere. For me, this was definitely the case. Which path would I choose? Would that path be the one that made me the happiest? I went into high school with that mind set, and it took quite a while for me to find the answer.

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This I Believe - 2009
7:45 am
Thu March 12, 2009

A Smile Can Save a Life

Hannah Alzugaray - Lanphier High School
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

I was in the seventh grade the first time I contemplated suicide.

From the outside, and by all superficial accounts, really I’ve lead a pretty easy life. I have two caring parents and two caring step-parents, a nice roof over my head, food on the table each night, and a good group of friends. I’ve always been a bit of a bookworm, and even in elementary school, I was considered “the smart kid” by my peers. None of that changed the fact that I wanted to kill myself.

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This I Believe - 2009
7:45 am
Tue March 10, 2009

Strength

Meyasha Clemons - Lanphier High School
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

What do I believe in? The answer is the strength within a woman. I have been blessed to witness the personification of "strength" throughout my life, as I watched and learned from my mother, Sharon Deon Williams. My mother gave birth to me on October 9th, 1991, when she was but a child herself. Yet, she filled her heart with not only love, patience and understanding, but with focus and persistence.

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This I Believe - 2009
7:45 am
Mon March 9, 2009

Second Chances

Dylan Sanders - Lanphier High School
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

I believe that the greatest gift is willing to accept reality and allow for a second chance when times get tough. Everyone makes mistakes – usually hurting the people that they love the most. Nobody is perfect and it’s hard to understand the difference a second chance will make. Sometimes you have to accept reality for what it is worth and give a second chance, even when you don’t want to. This is what I believe.

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This I Believe 2008
7:45 am
Fri February 22, 2008

An Unlikely Hero

Alfred Brown - Lanphier High School
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

When most of us think of a hero, we tend to think of superman rescuing some innocent woman from danger or a heroic firefighter saving someone from a catastrophic fire. You don't have to be a firefighter to be considered a hero. I believe a hero lies within us all. I feel this way because my life was forever changed by the actions of one fearless girl.

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This I Believe 2008
7:45 am
Fri February 15, 2008

The Power of Forgiveness

Sasha Elmore - Lanphier High School
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

I believe forgiveness is very important. In too many instances, people hold grudges and the inability to forgive ruins their relationships. I believe in saying "Forgive and Never Forget." You can remember the things that somebody did and know that they affected you without severing all ties with that person. From forgiveness we can learn and grow as individuals.

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