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During the first week of March, the York Live student musicians pre record their pieces. Senior Ryan Demotte performed

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March 26, 2021
During the first week of March, the York Live student musicians pre record their pieces. Sophomores Quinn Olson and Alyssa Poli performed their original song

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March 26, 2021
During the first week of March, the York Live student musicians pre record their pieces. Junior Nikita Sidoryk sang

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March 26, 2021
During the first week of March, the York Live student musicians pre record their pieces. Senior Kathryn King sang

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March 25, 2021
During the first week of March, the York Live student musicians pre record their pieces. Senior Lily Crow sang duet vocals on Stevie Nicks'

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March 25, 2021
During the first week of March, the York Live student musicians pre record their pieces. Senior Katie Reidinger sang vocals for

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March 25, 2021
During the first week of March, the York Live student musicians pre record their pieces. Senior Anthony Poli played drums for

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March 25, 2021
During the first week of March, the York Live student musicians pre record their pieces. Taylor Headley accompanied junior Grace Stewart's vocals on the harp. The duo performed Beyonce's

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March 25, 2021
During the first week of March, the York Live student musicians pre record their pieces. Senior Gavin Hughes performs his original song

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March 25, 2021
During the first week of March, the York Live student musicians pre record their pieces. Junior Elle Jacobsthal accompanied her vocals on the guitar with Billie Eilish's

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March 25, 2021
During the first week of March, the York Live student musicians pre record their pieces. Seniors Ayden Visser and Lucas Freitag performed a sea shanty duet for York Live.

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March 25, 2021
The York Classic Cinemas movie theater sign appears dark after Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order on March 20, 2020. March 20, 2020.

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March 25, 2021
Elmhurst local business Brewpoint Coffee instates an outdoor pickup order window to maximize of their employees and customers during the stay-at-home order. March 21, 2020.

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March 25, 2021
York Live

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March 25, 2021
Freshman Dawson Dettman awaits direction in his scene as a news reporter who is covering the Laramie news regarding Matthew Shepard.

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March 25, 2021
Prepping for the next set of scenes, student director and junior Owen Espinosa gets his equipment into place. “I’ve had a lot of fun being a part of the directing in The Laramie Project,” said Espinosa. “I’ve always had a fondness for direction in plays and film and so to be a part of both processes in my high school career is really informative in my development. Not only can I understand if I have a true interest in this art form but also I can gain groundwork for direction if it becomes something I would want to take part in as a career. Plus, I’m just having fun being on set everyday, so of course I am loving this opportunity!”

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March 25, 2021
Greg Perotti, played by student director and senior Charlie Kungl, interviews and listens intently to his scene partners. “It’s very interesting for me to play the person behind the camera,” Kungl said. “It gives you a new perspective to the performance because while you’re still acting and playing a character, what you do has no relevance to the story. You have to craft your character just right so they are complementary to the interviewee.”

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March 25, 2021
Freshman Oliver Roy rehearses his first scene before the cameras start rolling.

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March 25, 2021
Student director Jillian Caforio observes freshman Declan Fahey as he begins to shoot his first scene as a reporter. “Directing has been a lot of fun for The Laramie Project,” Caforio said. “Having the opportunity to work with a director in Los Angeles and produce a film is such an amazing experience, and we all have learned so much!”

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March 25, 2021
Senior Kathryn King waits for the directors to call action as she portrays a news reporter in the scene, “Gem City of the Plains”.

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March 25, 2021
Playing a Mormon home teacher, senior Katie McCann gets into position to begin her scene work at Elmhurst University. “Acting on film is different from acting on stage, and it takes a minute to adjust,” McCann said. It’s been really cool to see how just a blink can change an entire scene and it’s such an amazing experience to have while still in high school.”

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February 2, 2021
Romaine Patterson, played by freshman Delia Marianetti, reflects back on her friendship and experiences with Matthew Shepard.

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February 2, 2021
Director and alumni Matt Bourke and Charlie Kungl follow a scene with their cameras to get the perfect shot. “The easy differences to spot are that instead of in an auditorium we are outside in Elmhurst filming”, junior and stage manager Kayla Willey said. “We need a lot more hands: a hand to work one camera, a hand to hold the other camera and a hand to show everything that is happening.”

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February 2, 2021
Jedadiah Schultz, played by sophomore Ben Plaisted, explains his experience in Laramie at his local university.

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February 2, 2021
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February 2, 2021
Parents and students from D205 gather in the district office parking lot to protest the full return to remote learning. Students stood on the side of York road with signs reading “Let us choose”. Passing drivers honked and shouted in support of the protesters; however, a few motorists expressed opposition to the protest. Oct. 27, 2020.

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December 1, 2020
Parents and students from D205 gather in the district office parking lot to protest the full return to remote learning. A protester held a homemade sign featuring the phrase “our kids our choice.” Oct. 27, 2020.

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December 1, 2020
Parents and students from D205 gather in the district office parking lot to protest the full return to remote learning. Attendees listened to a speech from York parent Scott Malaga. Oct. 27, 2020.

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December 1, 2020
Parents and students from D205 gather in the district office parking lot to protest the full return to remote learning. York parent Scott Malaga spoke on “logic” and how it must be applied to school reopenings and student athletics. “Logic has to overcome fear,” Malaga said. “Fear of the pandemic. Fear of Governor Pritzker's guidelines and the IDPH’s guidelines. Fear of criticism. The logic needs to be used to support our kids. These kids are taking the brunt of everything that has happened. They are the most penalized age group, I feel, of any age group out there, and they are the least at risk.” Oct. 27, 2020.

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December 1, 2020
Parents and students from D205 gather in the district office parking lot to protest the full return to remote learning. One protester lifted a homemade sign in agreement with a speaker’s statement at the Tuesday protest. Oct. 27, 2020.

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October 28, 2020
Parents and students from D205 gather in the district office parking lot to protest the full return to remote learning. Signs reading “Open D205” were distributed prior to the protest. Participants emphasized the importance of their kids’ education and wanted the protest to remain apolitical. “I am by no means a COVID expert,” parent Shirley Stilson said. “However, I am a physician and the mother of two District 205 students. As all of you here, I am deeply concerned with our kids' education and their academic growth (that they have a healthy learning environment), as well as their emotional and neurocognitive development. We are here to ask the board to reconsider the metrics being used to structure the school year. Let me also say: this is not a political event.” Oct. 27, 2020.

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October 28, 2020
Parents and students from D205 gather in the district office parking lot to protest the full return to remote learning. Parent Shirley Stilson spoke to the crowd about their belief in a lack of on campus transmission across school districts in the nation. “Teachers with risk factors should be able to stay at home, and by the same token, parents who choose to keep their kids in remote learning should have that option as well,” Stilson said. Oct. 27, 2020.

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October 28, 2020
Parents and students from D205 gather in the district office parking lot to protest the full return to remote learning. Speakers at the event spoke on the lower level of education students may be receiving with remote learning, a sentiment reflected in a protester’s sign reading “Screens are not school.” Oct. 27, 2020.

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October 28, 2020
They Fell 2

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October 29, 2020
York sophomores join the freshmen for hybrid learning. The hallways remained uncrowded before fourth period as students found their classrooms. Sept. 28, 2020.

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September 29, 2020
York sophomores join the freshmen for hybrid learning. Hand sanitizer bottles were located throughout York hallways. Sept. 28, 2020.

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September 29, 2020
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