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D211 Post: Fremd Teacher Makes Triumphant Return Following Cancer Battle

            During a homecoming pep-rally at William Fremd High School on September 20, 2013, special education teacher T.J. Valacak said he wasn’t feeling very well.  This day was the latest in a series of days feeling fatigued.  When he spoke to his doctor the next day, he received a shock.             “I got a call from my doctor after they had run some blood work, and he said ‘hey you have to get to the hospital.  It looks like you have leukemia,’” Valacak said.  “At the time I didn’t know what that ...

Student Spotlight: FHS’ Edward Samson

Fremd junior Edward Samson hasn’t had your typical high school experience. His enthusiastic and contagious school spirit thrives as he serves the FHS faithful as Victor E. Viking, the school mascot, and emcee at school functions. He’s a driven writer and photographer, enthusiastic about doing celebrity impersonations, and what teachers call a pleasure to have in the classroom. “He is a great addition to a classroom. Teachers love him, and there are a lot of smiles from Ed Samson,” said his teacher TJ Valacak. Although Samson is admired for his school spirit and infectious laugh, many teachers and peers have noticed his incredible ...