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The RoundUp

The Student News Site of Barrington High School

The RoundUp

Vidya Madana

Vidya Madana, Editor-in-Chief

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Sophomore Anika Shinde and junior Zaina Shethwala hold baby chickens.

Chicks!

Vidya Madana, Editor-in-Chief
Published May 25, 2023

Chicks Week 1: Seniors Alyssa Farbaky and Bella Gallo smile and hold a baby chick during class. Farbaky, who is in AP Biology, loves learning more about the course through the baby chicks. “The...

Sophomore Anika Shinde watches the hatched chicks as they slowly start to move.

AP biology classes hatch and raise chicks

Vidya Madana, Editor-in-Chief
Published April 25, 2023

AP Biology teachers Laura Turngren and Julie Baylor are raising and hatching chickens with the biology students. Turngren, along with the help of science teacher Vanessa Fennig, is hosting 36 eggs in her...

Illustration by Anjali Wadhwa, ‘23.

RateMyClasses

Vidya Madana, Editor-in-Chief
Published April 10, 2023

RateMyClasses, a recent Business Incubator startup led by five students has had a wide-range of feedback from students and teachers. Officially launched on February 13 of this year, RateMyClasses. However,...

Freshman Marco Stabile and senior Evan Howe raise money for the Trevor Project during their lunch period fifth hour.

High School Democrats of America and Gay-Straight Alliance co-host fundraiser for the Trevor Project

Vidya Madana, Editor-in-Chief
Published December 13, 2022

The High School Democrats of America (HSDA) is hosting a fundraiser for The Trevor Project in partnership with the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) during lunch hours on Monday and Tuesday. “I think especially...

Chris Pflanz and the Jankowski family cuts the ribbon.

Greenhouse grand opening highlights new renovations

Vidya Madana, Editor-in-Chief
Published December 7, 2022

Monday, December 5 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. the school hosted the Greenhouse Grand Opening as a celebration and unveiling of the new greenhouse. The Barrington Educational Foundation donated $200,000...

From Little League to D1 softball: Senior Ainsley Muno commits to Northwestern University for softball

From Little League to D1 softball: Senior Ainsley Muno commits to Northwestern University for softball

Vidya Madana, Editor-in-Chief
Published November 17, 2022

After picking up a bat for the first time at 6-years-old, senior Ainsley Muno’s life quickly revolved around the thrill of catching a softball and running the field. Muno plays first base on both her...

Photo by Food Photographer | Jennifer Pallian on Unsplash

Cookie craze: Ranking the top five cookies

Vidya Madana, Editor-in-Chief
Published October 7, 2022

Personally, I think cookies go hard. They're my all-time favorite dessert, and I stand by that. Plus, you can find them on any dessert sign-up sheet or at any potluck event. A crowd favorite and a good...

Staff members Amy Winkelman and Janet Anderson sit at the GSA club booth.

Activities Fair to be held during lunch hours throughout week

Vidya Madana and Marilyn Mando
Published September 7, 2022

The annual Activities Fair is being held Wednesday, September 7 to Friday, September 9 during lunch hours in the cafeteria hallway. The fair advertises various clubs throughout the school. Wellness department...

Meet the editor: Vidya Madana

Meet the editor: Vidya Madana

Vidya Madana, Editor-in-Chief
Published November 12, 2021

Hello! I’m Vidya, one of the three editors-in-chief for this school year! I’ve been a part of the RoundUp staff since my freshman year of high school, two years ago, and I immediately knew that this...

Highlighting diversity: Who is Barrington?

Highlighting diversity: Who is Barrington?

Vidya Madana and Sarah Quig
Published October 27, 2021

Every assembly, bellowing to the crowds, Principal Steve McWilliams shouts, “We are Barrington!” We are Barrington, yes, but who are we? Our school is filled with stories of diverse and unique individuals....

The school needs to redecorate

The school needs to redecorate

Vidya Madana, Editor-in-Chief
Published October 18, 2021

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”  Walking through the Fine Arts hallway freshman year, I’d see this quote almost daily. It’s always stuck with me, to be...

Volunteers work on the farm to harvest beets. Volunteer work is a really important part of Smart Farms start and growth. It was a really fun experience, Alexia Lee, 23, said.

Farming smart: A Q&A with Mia Spaid

Vidya Madana, Editor-in-Chief
Published September 14, 2021

Mia Spaid works as the farm program manager at Smart Farm in Lake Barrington. The farm, created as a means to help with food production and helping distribute healthy produce, has continued to expand...

Socially-distanced tennis practice

Socially-distanced tennis practice

Vidya Madana, Editor-in-Chief
Published May 17, 2021

Sophomore Sahil Mittal sits at tennis practice with his teammates listening to his coaches. Due to COVID-19, tennis, along with many other school sports, was delayed and limited in efforts to enforce...

Music, HanWay Films/Atlantic Films, 2021

Why I’m not watching Sia’s movie and you shouldn’t either

Vidya Madana, Editor-in-Chief
Published April 14, 2021

In case you missed the news about the garbage-fire-train-wreck that was Sia’s movie, Music, here’s a quick recap of it: it’s painfully ableist and severely offensive. I have never watched-...

Hybrid-learning struggles

Hybrid-learning struggles

Vidya Madana, Editor-in-Chief
Published March 12, 2021

English teacher Katherine Filosa teaches both hybrid students in-person and virtual students via Zoom. A little over a month into hybrid learning at BHS, teachers continue to struggle with finding balance...

Finding her rhythm: Q&A with gymnast Gergana Petkova

Finding her rhythm: Q&A with gymnast Gergana Petkova

Vidya Madana, Editor-in-Chief
Published February 28, 2021

   Featured video courtesy of Gergana Petkova

Social distancing robotics season brings new challenges

Social distancing robotics season brings new challenges

Vidya Madana, Editor-in-Chief
Published December 5, 2020

As the pandemic continues to rage on, so does the undwindling passion of robotics students’ this year. With new safety guidelines, masks, repeated hand sanitizer breaks, and social distancing, this new...

Squirrels take over as Barrington continues remote-learning

Squirrels take over as Barrington continues remote-learning

Vidya Madana, Editor-in-Chief
Published November 22, 2020

Winston Munck, a loose squirrel in the East 300 wing, crawled through a hole in history teacher Dr. Jose Santamaria's classroom according to popular theory. Teachers have spotted him multiple times...

Masks on and hair down: 11 Pandemic-Friendly Fall Activities

Masks on and hair down: 11 Pandemic-Friendly Fall Activities

Vidya Madana, Editor-in-Chief
Published November 15, 2020

Despite the fall season’s beauty and magic around Barrington, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to draw on into a time otherwise-filled with love and joy. While the pandemic is no longer a new topic of...

POTW: Chemistry eudiometer labs

POTW: Chemistry eudiometer labs

Vidya Madana, Editor-in-Chief
Published October 9, 2020

Sophomore Iqra Hussain (right) watches as AP chemistry teacher Mrs. Jolie Galovich shows how to find the volume of a gas. On Wednesday, October 7th, students in AP chemistry classes returned on campus...

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