Warrior Update; Episode 4; 10/4/2019

Warrior Update; Episode 4; 10/4/2019


Today on Warrior Update, Waubonsie raises awareness for recycling, the student becomes the teacher, and we visit
Aurora’s police chief. It’s Friday, October 4th, I’m Aliah Mendoza and this
is Warrior Update. What’s it like to be the police chief
from the second-largest city in Illinois? WVTV’s Erin Pachapa finds out.
Aurora’s police chief leads the day-to-day operations in the community.
She’s responsible for maintaining peace and order. For Chief Kristen Ziman, the
title and job means a lot to her. It’s an honor to be the chief in the city that I
grew up in and the police department that I also came up in through the ranks. Being the chief of this Police Department means that I serve the entire
city of Aurora and the police officers that work here. So when I think of that
title, it just reminds me that I’m responsible. One of Zeman’s influences
came from her father being in the Aurora police force. I can remember being like
12 years old and him you know stopping the car and telling me to stay in there
because he went to help someone who was in an accident. I wanted to be a police
officer because I felt like you know everyone else kept driving, but police
officers always stop and help people and it felt like something to do to be able
to make a difference. However, the road to being chief hasn’t
always been the smoothest journey. Chief Ziman talks about perseverance
and the challenges of being a female police chief. I think the one common
denominator in our profession is that when guys come on, it’s automatically
assumed that you know that they’re going to be accepted. Where it feels like women
have to prove themselves a little more. I’ve been very blessed and that I
haven’t had a lot of challenges that have, have really been roadblocks for me
being a woman. This is a very progressive Police Department that rewards good work. Overall, Chief Ziman just loves her job and the department. Policing is cool
because it’s never the same thing twice. You know, every day is different and when
you get in your squad car you have no idea where a 911 call is going to send
you and and I love that adventure of the whole thing. For Warrior Update, I’m Erin Pachapa. A familiar student face is back at Waubonsie, but this time as a teacher.
Rosie Schroeder reports. A 2015 alum makes her return to Waubonsie Valley, but this
time as a teacher instead of a student. I chose to go into
teaching because of this school actually because of the staff and the teachers at
this school. When I was here, I loved seeing all the teachers kind of like
just the community feel that all the teachers had and I wanted to be a part
of something like that. And also just because I love to help people I love to
find what students are good at and kind of help them find their passion just
like this school helped me find mine. even though it has only been four years
since she walked the hallways, the school is not exactly how Miss Johnson
remembers it. She has seen Waubonsie grow in many ways. A lot of physical
changes like the gym the bleachers but then also a lot of kind of inside
changes, things like all the different opportunities for extra support and
clubs. There’s so much more like the after-school homework club, like there’s
a lot of different things that weren’t available that are now available to
students. Being back in the hallways as a teacher now instead of a student was
definitely a weird feeling. It’s kind of funny seeing old teachers them like
double looking me and being like ‘oh is that her?’ and so I’m like ‘yes it’s still
me.’ During her time as a warrior, Miss Johnson participated on the varsity
cheer team. The best part about Waubonsie cheer for me was definitely um probably
some of the football games and basketball games, cheering in front of my
peers was something that I really enjoyed. Iit kind of brought me out of my
comfort zone and it kind of made me feel like part of the school. She is now back
coaching the JV cheer team. I really like to play off the girls’ personalities and
their strengths and their characteristics, kind of help facilitate
the practices and the things we do. And I really want to help them, not only be
the best athletes would be the best human beings they can with cheer. For Warrior Update, I’m Rosie Schroeder. And now a word from our sponsors. There’s a new hallway display that is
catching the eyes of students and staff. Elenzie France has more. This year Waubonsie science students took environmental issues into their own hands through an
awareness project. Basically the whole project started with Mr. Farnan really
telling us, ‘I want you to take a list for the next 24 hours of all the plastic you
basically use during the day’ and when we all came back the very next day we were
all kind of inspired and shocked about our results and how much that really
impacted, not only an individual but in a class and also in a world manner, and how
that can really affect our oceans and the nature around us. We started to think
about like what different ways we can bring awareness to plastic overall in
the usage of plastic, and how we can also reuse and reduce the usage of plastic,
because we also did in our research that around only 10% of all things recycled
is really recycled overall. The display, which sits between the LMC and math is
designed to show the different types and amounts of plastic that are used. Recyclables used to be sent to China, but now China doesn’t accept them, which is
why most of the recyclables end up in oceans and landfills and God knows where. Basically our goal for Waubonsie is just not initially to recycle but also to
just see how much plastic you’re using, and try and reduce that and maybe switch
to like reusable things like bottles, maybe even straws. Over the course of
just two periods students took plastic out of recycling bins. The mere fact that
we only took this on all the plastic for only two periods really showcases the
amount of plastic that we use on a daily basis. If it’s only in one meal, what more
can we say about three meals, and what more can we say about a week’s worth of
plastic and multiply that by the city or even the world overall. For Warrior
Update, I’m Elenzie France. That’s all for Warrior Update. I’m Aliah Mendoza. Thanks for
watching. The student becomes the teacher and
we visit Aurora’s Police Chief. Malia Mendoza and this is Warrior Update.
You see the fly in the shot? Elenzie France has more. What’s it like to
be the police chief of the second largest city in Illinois. WV…WVTs…Vs…

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