The Pioneer Senior Issue 2011
The Senior Issue of The Pioneer, Maine East High School's student newspaper
The Pioneer Senior Issue Page 2 The Pioneer World Egypt On May 18th, Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing between itself and Gaza, ending the four year blockade of the latter. The reopening of this border is expected to bring economic and humanitarian relief to the 1.5 million people that live in the Gaza strip. Egypt will allow all women and children to pass through freely, while men between the ages of 18 to Yemen Fighting between protestors and soldiers from Syrian president Ali Saleh’s government has intensified. Saleh, the first and current president of Yemen who has ruled for three decades, faced an uprising at the same time the Egyptian uprising was occurring. Saleh had agreed to step down on several occasions, but had then revoked his statements regarding when he would step down. Libya NATO forces have initiated an aggressive bombing campaign of Libya’s capital specifically targeting the several compounds of Muammar Gaddafi. The military intervention in Libya which began in March 19 of 2011 has intensified significantly to the point where instead of having purpose of enforcing a no-fly zone, the NATO SENIOR ISSUE 2011 News By Syed Matin 40 will require a permit. Palestinians faced rising food prices as many supplies formerly had to be smuggled across the EgyptGaza border. Palestinians in need of medical attention were unable to receive any as proper resources were not present in Gaza. The smiling faces of men, women and children were seen as they prepared to cross into Egypt. This move of Egypt to allow the reopening of the Rafah border is a boost for Hamas, the militant group that has controlled Gaza since 2007. Israel has always protested any open border crossing between Gaza and Egypt, as the Israelis claim that the opening of a crossing would allow militants to go into Egypt and replenish themselves with ammunition and weapons. The move of Egypt to open the border has stirred controversy within Israel as different political parties blame the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for failing to prevent this move by Egypt. The U.S. and Israel have pressured Egypt to closely monitor the border to ensure that militants do not pass through. The opening of this border is just one of the many policy changes that have emerged as the new caretaker government of Egypt takes power. In order to maintain power over Yemen, Saleh fired his entire cabinet to appease the protestors, a move which failed to satisfy the latter. Consequently, violence has ignited all across Yemen as Saleh’s forces clash with protestors. This uprising has given an opportunity for a new group to emerge, Al-Qaeda. The militant group was known to be hiding in Yemen, but now at a time when Yemen was in such disarray and so close to civil war, the group has chosen to emerge and ask that their demands be met. Al-Qaeda militants have taken control of several key cities and demand that an “Islamic Emirate” be established over all of Yemen. The protests are happening just a few miles away from the biggest oil refining facility located in Saudi Arabia. If damage was to occur to this facility due to the protest in Yemen, the results would be disastrous. Yemen is one of the U.S.’s greatest allies in the Middle East and the outcome of this uprising will affect U.S. standing in the Middle East significantly. mission now has the purpose of eliminating Gaddafi and his forces. NATO aircraft have flown over Tripoli this week targeting high value establishments which belong to the Libyan military and some to Gaddafi himself. Despite the increased offensive measures by NATO, Gaddafi’s soldiers continue to fire artillery shells on cities controlled by the rebels. The conflict, which looks a lot like a civil war has resulted in the deaths of several thousand people and has brought the Libyan economy to a standstill. While all NATO nations reject the possibility of negotiating Gaddafi’s resignation, Russia has offered to negotiate the reduction of Gaddafi’s power. Although Libya has lost most of its attention as the world media has moved on, the result of the intervention could have a huge impact in international affairs. Questions are surfac- ing regarding whether or not the intervention should last and whether the U.S. should stay involved. Despite his flawed moral character, credit must be given to Colonel A Yemeni protestor outside a government building. Gaddafi for his persistence in continuing to attempt to hold power in a conflict that has lasted for more than two months and has claimed several thousand lives. SENIOR ISSUE 2011 Page 3 The Pioneer Bin Laden’s Death and what it means By Syed Matin Osama Bin Laden is dead. The Al-Qaeda leader was killed on May 2nd, 2011 at the age of 54. Laden was killed with a shot to the head after a team of Navy Seals stormed his compound in the early hours of morning in Abottabad, Pakistan. After a trillion dollars spent and thousands of lives lost, the Al-Qaeda leader is killed. But, there have been several questions surrounding the death of OBL and the fact that these questions have arose is to no surprise. So, here are the answers: Does the death of OBL mean that the U.S. will pull out of Afghanistan? Although the US has now killed OBL, the mastermind behind Al-Qaeda and the 9/11 attacks, the US has not eliminated AlQaeda itself. Although the killing of OBL was a huge blow to Al-Qaeda, all it really did was eliminate Al-Qaeda’s top leader. AlQaeda remains functional. An organization like Al-Qaeda which is constantly moving people up in the ranks, will most likely find a replacement for OBL very soon. In the words of Macbeth, the U.S. has “only scorched the snake and not killed it.” Whether the U.S. will pull out of Afghanistan depends on the ever-changing international political landscape. All these considerations point to one thing: Pakistani involvement in the operation. Despite this, Pakistani military involvement in the operation is something that could not be admitted by the Pakistani government seeing that there are several tens of thousands of Al-Qaeda sympathizers in the country. Is it likely that pictures of OBL’s dead body will be released? One thing is for sure, the killing of OBL will certainly not be a determining factor in deciding whether to withdraw forces from Afghanistan or not. Was OBL really killed? There are many stories surrounding whether OBL was actually killed or not. These stories range from claims that OBL was killed long ago and frozen to simply that OBL was not killed and that the raid in Abottabad was just a stunt by the U.S. to appear successful to war-weary Americans. Al-Qaeda officially acknowledged the death of OBL and one of OBL’s daughters who was in the Abottabad compound during the time of the raid described to Pakistani investigators the scene of her father getting shot by U.S. forces. With all this taken into consideration, yes, OBL was really killed. Were the Pakistanis sheltering OBL and did they know he was living where he was? Pakistani involvement in the case of OBL has been very shady. Questions had been asked to both the US and Pakistani governments and answers have not surfaced. While U.S. lawmakers claim that elements within Pakistan’s military and intelligence agency were sheltering Bin Laden, the actual story may be very different from the story in the public’s eye. First, According to recently revealed details, Pakistani officials had cordoned off the town of Abottabad the evening before the raid so no one could get in or out. Secondly, Navy Seals raided the Abottabad compound, 800 yards from the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA). Considering the distance of the raid site from this prestigious military academy, it seems inconceivable that some action would not have been taken after spotting a rogue helicopter in the area. Lastly, one of the helicopters in the raid malfunctioned and crashed in the compound. The Navy Seals did the best they could to destroy the advanced stealth helicopter, but the helicopter was not fully destroyed and if a one wanted to, they could make stealth helicopters of their own by just examining and analyzing the remains of the malfunctioned helicopter. The remains of this helicopter in Abottabad were just returned to the U.S. by Pakistan at the request of the former. One would expect the seemingly outraged Pakistani government to refuse to return the helicopters, but that is the exact opposite of what has happened. The reason the U.S. government gave for not releasing pictures of OBL was because the former did not want to incite anger in Al-Qaeda members and Al-Qaeda sympathizers, potentially putting U.S. troops in Afghanistan and all over the world at risk. It seems unlikely that the pictures will be released anytime soon, but with all the stories surfacing about the death of Bin Laden being fabricated, one can never know. Does this mean that the US will cut off aid to Pakistan? It is still unclear whether the elements in Pakistan’s military and intelligence agency were sheltering OBL or not, but even if they were it would be very unlikely for the U.S. to cut off aid to Pakistan. In fact, in the coming years, U.S. tax payers should expect to see the see BIN LADEN, next page Page 4 The Pioneer Why democracy in the Middle East is nearly impossible By Marcin Jaskolski The Middle East is a difficult region for the West to understand. When revolutions start, we always cheer on the rebels who are fighting for democracy. However, the original purpose of the BIN LADEN, from page 3 U.S. increase aid to Pakistan. The fact of the matter is that the U.S. cannot stay in Afghanistan or withdraw from Afghanistan without the assistance of Pakistan. Supplies for about 100,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan go through Pakistan’s main city of Karachi, as Afghanistan is a landlocked country, and this is something that the Pakistanis have found is great to use as leverage against the U.S. Any cutting of aid to Pakistan, be it any amount, would upset the Pakistanis and cause them to consider shutting the NATO supply route through Pakistan. This would leave over a 100,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan without any supplies and without supplies, NATO cannot win the war. Putting the issue of the NATO supply route aside, Pakistan, the revolution is often forgotten, and the prevailing chaos is turned into support for a political force which then takes over the country. This happened when Iran was taken over by Islamic extremists after the Iranian Revolution in U.S’s biggest ally in the war against terror, has the fifth largest military in the world, possesses the largest growing nuclear arsenal in the world, and has the sixth largest population in the world. Jeopardizing an already tense relationship is not something the U.S. can afford to do. Is it true that pornography was found on OBL’s computers? It is indeed true that pornography was found on the hard drives and flash drives confiscated from OBL’s compound in Abottabad. It is unclear whether Bin Laden was aware of the pornography or not or even whether the pornography was for viewing or just a record of indecency in Western culture, but the Western media has capitalized on this story to poke fun at Bin Laden and AlQaeda. SENIOR ISSUE 2011 1979. At this point, we are left wondering how the revolution’s original goal of democracy so suddenly turned into violence and dictatorship. The answer is this: Middle East democracy is impossible. You can’t just “copy and paste” democracy into any random oppressed country in the region and expect everything to work perfectly. American power and influence can only go so far in the Middle East. Iraq has struggled to become a democracy because that democracy has been enforced by invaders and not fully accepted by Iraqi society. Turkey’s democracy, on the other hand, has been built from the basics within Turkish society, resulting in a fully functional system accepted by society. The Middle East is a region that has often been controlled by foreign powers. They have learned not to trust anyone but themselves, and so have pledged their loyalty to the only law that will remain loyal to them: the law of Islam. We often wonder why Middle Easterners are so much more religious than the rest of the world. It is because Islam is their cultural binding force, a set of truths and ideals by which they can survive whatever obstacles the world throws at them, be it a poor economy, a hostile dictator, or a foreign invasion. Whatever propaganda the West throws at them will not change their own religious and cultural loyalties. In order for true Middle Eastern democracy to develop as it has in Turkey, it must be accepted as compatible with Islam by society. After all, it is ultimately Islam that is the law of the land. With no end in sight for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it appears that Islamic law will maintain its importance in society and continue to inspire rebellion against the American invaders. The Pioneer Staff SENIOR ISSUE 2011 EDITOR IN CHIEF Yogi Patel EDITORS Emily Lapinski Ryann Lynn Aneta Karkut Syed Matin REPORTERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS Kajal Chokshi Jessica Cholewa Ashley Daul Gathoon Garmoos Paul Jaroslawski Marcin Jaskolski Jasmin Martinez Giovanni Nicpon Ashley Roman Lensa Sedeta Aimee Sweet Tony Enwiya General Pioneer Staff • 2010–11 Benson Alexander Randy Anderson Nikki Badilla Deja Beaird Michelle Choi Jessica Cholewa Daria Chrosna Keila De La Vega August Gamboa Michelle Gonzalez Micki Laws Maria Protic Ebony Little Kevin Gau Emily Rafalik Giselle Gayapa Samra Matin Brandy Rubin Sade Howell Xavier Manappallil Alex Sliwka Najlah Iqbal Rachel Nieva Farhad Sattariaghdam Teadora Ivanova Deep Patel Sam Sieghart Jiten Patel Julie Joseph Rafaela Stoyanova Iryna Klishch Monik Patel Jake Swoboda Erik Kuffell Parth Patel Bill Youkhana THE PIONEER • Maine East High School • Park Ridge, Illinois The Pioneer is dedicated to reporting on news, entertainment, and sports events for Maine East High School and the surrounding community. The Pioneer is distributed to students, staff, and a limited mailing list. Submit story suggestions, photos, letters to the editor, or comments regarding the content of the newspaper to sponsor Matt Miller or assistant sponsor Dave Hessert via email: firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com The Pioneer does not accept outside advertising. FOLLOW THE PIONEER ON TWITTER: @mehspioneer THE PIONEER WEBSITE: http://bit.ly/ThePioneer SENIOR ISSUE 2011 Page 5 The Pioneer Tri-M auctions painted violins for Peter Fox Benefit Fund; Baker’s Square donates to SBHC By Aneta Karkut Recently one of our seniors, Peter Fox, was diagnosed with Leukemia and is now being treated at Lutheran General Hospital. Our School Based Health Center was instrumental during the early stages of Peter’s diagnosis and helped him get the immediate testing and treatment he so desperately needed. In return he had a wish, to give back to our Center. He and his family have worked closely with the Maine East Fine Arts Department and TriM Chapter #1 and held a silent auction of painted instruments. The auction ran May 18th- 24th. Maine East Art students and teachers created these beautiful painted instruments, and all proceeds from this auction went to the Peter Fox benefit fund at US Bank. In total, the auction raised over $1,400. Also, during the month of May, Peter teamed up with one of his favorite restaurants, Bakers Square, where on certain days part of the proceeds went toward our SBHC. It’s wonderful to see how many people from our school and community came together for such a great cause. Peter is a “highly motivated, physically determined and mentally tough young boy who is working hard and doing everything he can to come through this” says Mr. Chovanec. As a school we wish Peter a speedy recovery and would like to thank him for everything he has done. It is so wonderful to see how he made a bad situation into something positive and we should all take example from his courage. It’s also wonderful to see how willing everyone has been to help and how we came together as a school. Maine East, you should be proud! Orchestra says goodbye to amazing group of seniors By Emily Lapinski We raise our bows to you Seniors !!! This year has been quite the year to be a senior in the Maine East Orchestra. There have been the annual concerts, the Atlanta trip, and the final performance at the senior sendoff assembly. Many of these outstanding musicians have been part of orchestra all four years. Music is an extraordinary way of expressing yourself and, just by working with them for the past two years, I have noticed so many things by which I could individually identify each senior. Shawn is infamously known for his “very quiet” playing even though he is perfectly in tune; Farhana is always late but always laughing and making it fun for all; Veni is an amazing section leader with really good ideas; and the one and only JoJo is the man with all the patience in the world. This is only to name a few but if you stop me in the hall, I could tell you something about all of them. “I am really proud and honored to have worked with such an amazing group of artists,” said orchestra teacher Mrs. Djordjevic. “They all have the capability of being amazing and I am so glad that they chose to stick around all four years and share their love of music.” I know for certain that the players left behind have gained a lot from these few individuals whether it was personally through friendships or through group work in class. We will really miss our Seniors and all they have had to offer. We thank them for being part of our lives and joining us in doing what we love: creating music. Congratulations to the 2011 Senior Orchestra members: M.J. Cunanan, Joseph Choi, Peter Fox, Taku Hirunuma, Bensy Joseph, Shawn Kim, Farhana Lalani, Jasmin Pillai, Jason Rhee, Jason Thomas, Veni Vijayakumar, Nida Ashraf, Katie Domines, and Paula Viloria. The Pioneer Page 6 SENIOR ISSUE 2011 Senior Sendoff Assembly SENIOR ISSUE 2011 Page 7 The Pioneer Page 8 The Pioneer SENIOR ISSUE 2011 Senior Honors Night Maine East honors its best and brightest Illinois State Scholars Presidentâ€™s Award for Educational Excellence Jelena Bulatovic Edwin Chaharbakshi Joseph B. Choi Aaron Cristino Catherine Cwieka Samantha Dosek Monika Dzierzanowski Sean Foley Weronika Gajowniczek Pawel Geneja Douglas Hansel Joana Hidalgo Justin Hofmann Justyna Kaczmarzyk Jessica Kaminski Faith Keady Dominika Koziol Michelle Kuruvilla Jacqueline Lam Kelli Lam Soo Lee Angela Lewosz Marybeth Madsen Samra Matin Sara Murphy Melissa Nguyen Eliza Nieweglowska Johanna Orr Krizia Pallarca Jason Rhee Jinal Shah Jamie Short Magdalena Sobieraj Angela Thomas Jason Thomas Benjamin Vazquez Reilly Vohasek Brian Wajda Matthew Wiegel Zenya Yap Jelena Bulatovic Jesvin Chacko Catherine Cwieka Monika Dzierzanowski Weronica Gajowniczek Pawel Geneja John Gewargis Gouglas Hansel Joana Hidalgo Justyna Kaczmarzyk Michelle Kuruvilla Jacqueline Lam Kelli Lam Soo Lee Angela Lewosz Marybeth Madsen Samra Matin Melissa Nguyen Elia Nieweglowska Lashly Palakkattu Jinal Shah Angela Thomas Benjamin Vazquez Zenya Yap Top 5% of the Class of 2011 Khaja Ahmed Kiran Amlani Sana Ansari Amanda Azizah Tomin Babu Ewa Balutowska Sylwia Baran Ewa Bednarczyk Oskar Bednarek Judyta Bielaga Meghan Blyth Jelena Bulatovic Inocencia Cabrales Reichelle Calabas Su Min Cha Jesvin Chacko Joseph B. Choi Joseph Choi Aaron Cristino Catherine Cwieka Ashley Daul Israel Dela Cruz Jacquelyn Dela Cruz Joseph Disclafani Claire Doetsch Gabrielle Dominguez Samantha Dosek Monika Dudzik Monika Dzierzanowski Sean Foley Weronika Gajowniczek Pawel Geneja John Gewargis Bakir Hajvaz Douglas Hansel Kanwal Haque Joana Hidalgo Takuya Hirunuma Karen Ho Justin Hofmann Kamil Izak Sijo James Krzysztof Janowiec Justyna Kaczmarzyk Jessica Kaminski Ramanjit Kaur Lindsey Kelly Dominika Koziol Michelle Kuruvilla Jacqueline Lam Kelli Lam Soo Lee Angela Lewosz Ma Alyssa Adelle Llegado Rae Carlo Lucena Marybeth Madsen Aleksandra Makal Annita Mathew Samra Matin Eva Morales David Moy Sara Murphy Queenilyn Napata Melissa Nguyen Eliza Nieweglowska Johanna Orr Lashly Palakkattu Krizia Venice Pallarca Anna Pamula Ami Patel Deep Patel Dhara Patel Nataliya Patytskaia Raymond Pineda Jason Rhee Paulo Santos Jinal Shah Rushi Shah Shail Shah Jamie Short Magdalena Sobieraj Beata Surma Angela Thomas Cynthia Thomas Jason Thomas Shahtaj Usmani Pratik Vaidya Benjamin Vazquez Ana Vazquez Veni Vijayakumar Paula Bianca Viloria Reilly Vohasek Brian Wajda Zenya Yap Nina Zakharia SENIOR ISSUE 2011 Page 9 Community Scholarship Awards Clark Duncan Scholarship Judyta Bielaga D.A.R. Good Citizenship Award Zenya Yap Ron Heiser Memorial Scholarships Karolina Blaszczuk Edwin Chaharbakhshi Maine Township District 207 Educational Foundation Scholarship Monika Dzierzanowski 1983 Scholarship Eonnna Giannakopoulos Marine Corps Academic Achievement Award Eliza Nieweglowska The Pioneer Athletic Awards Sam C. Marzulo Achievement Award Rotary International Club of Glenview Justin Hofmann SJB Scholarship Judyta Bielaga Pawel Geneja Jacqueline Lam Elaine Nekritz General Assembly Scholarship Judyta Bielaga Fredric Bacon Memeorial Artist Scholarship Daisy Palma Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award Nina Zakharia Petar Tijanic Charles Himel Scholarship Irena Dyduch Sean Foley Semper Fidelis Award Pawel Geneja Robert Grottola Scholarship Nataliya Patyskaia Benjamin Vazquez Sam C. and Ruth E. Marzulo Achievement Award Queenilyn Napata Al Carstens Athletic Leadership Award Samantha Dosek Rushi Shah Fine Arts Boosters Scholarships Art – Amalia Kanelos Music – Samantha Dosek Speech Arts – Kasey Dann National Merit Scholarship Northwestern University Catherine Cwieka Senior Service Scholarships Joseph Disclafani Sean Foley Veni Vijaykumar DECA Service Scholarship Judyta Bielaga Helen Dobbins MTA Scholarship Ewa Balutowska Megan Harford Stephanie Herr College and Organization Scholarship & Award Winners Michelle Gandhi Kelli Lam Kiran Amlani Weronika Gajowniczek Michaela Laws Ashly Chacko Douglas Hansel Sara Murphy Edwin Chaharbakhshi Justin Hoffman Queenilyn Napata Julia Cholewa Bensy Joseph Kristin Nicholson German Cruz Jessica Kaminski Eliza Nieweglowska Catherine Cwieka Faith Keady Alex Nitti Kasey Dann Jacqueline Lam Johanna Orr Monika Dzierzanowski Lashly Palakkattu Daisy Palma Ami Patel Jasmin Pillai Raymand Pineda Rendell Pineda Jason Rhee Jessica Ruiz Ryan Serpa Abhay Shah Jinal Shah Rushi Shah Monique Tan Shataj Usmani Benjamin Vazquez Zenya Yap Page 10 The Pioneer SENIOR ISSUE 2011 DEPARTMENT AWARD WINNERS The graduating senior who has excelled the most in a particular department at Maine East earns the Department Award, voted by the faculty of each department. This highly coveted honor recognizes truly exceptional accomplishment throughout several years of study. Applied Technology William Shaw Business Education Family & Consumer Science Kimberly Manno Eliza Nieweglowska Dhara Patel Jelena Bulatovic Daisy Palma Joana Hidalgo Johanna Orr Douglas Hansel Zenya Yap Eliza Nieweglowska John Gerwargis Zanya Yap Foreign Language Physical Education Nikesh Shah Art Science Music Social Science English Speech Arts Female Athlete of the Year ESL Mathematics Karol Grzebien Male Athlete of the Year SENIOR ISSUE 2011 Page 11 Department Merit Awards The Pioneer Each department at Maine East may grant up to three Merit Awards to individuals who have completed at least two credits of course work in the department. Recipients have demonstrated either excellent performance, unusual service, special accomplishment, or significant improvement in the department giving the award. APPLIED ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY Applied Technology Woo Rim Byun Jakub Koziuk James Hackl Business Division Judyta Bielaga Jinal Shah Aman Tahiliani FINE ARTS Art Department Kasey Dan Antonette Puleo Amalia Kanelos Music Department Takuya Hirunuma Faith Keady Jamie Short Speech Arts Department Family & Consumer Sciences Dominika Koziol Monique Tan Monica Sweet Eonna Giannakopoulos Ludith Vazquez Irena Dyduch FOREIGN LANGUAGE ENGLISH Pawel Geneja Justyna Kaczmarzyk Justyna Kaczmarzyk Karolina Blaszczuk Eliza Nieweglowska Tajana Lukic Good Will Awards MATHEMATICS John Gewargis Soo Hun Lee Deep Patel PHYSICAL EDUCATION Peter Fox Karol Grzebien Mayra Tirado SCIENCE Samra Matin John Gerwargis Catherine Cwieka SOCIAL SCIENCE Eliza Nieweglowska Jacqueline Lam Binita Gandhi Good Will Awards are given to those students of the senior class who have done the most, as determined through nomination by the faculty and election by the senior class and faculty, to promote good will at Maine East and in Maine Township. Sean Foley, Pawel Geneja, Karol Grzebien, Rushi Shah, Benjamin Vazquez Irena Dyduch, Queenilyn Napata, Alex Nitti, Zenya Yap, Nina Zakharia The Pioneer Page 12 SENIOR ISSUE 2011 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony Established in 1921, The National Honor Society (NHS) is one of the nationâ€™s premier organizations to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, the NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada. Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS, challenging themselves to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service. For more information, visit the NHS website: www.nhs.us. SENIOR ISSUE 2011 Page 13 The Pioneer SENIOR SUPERLATIVES Best Hair Amalia Kanelos Mark Wieczorkiewicz Most Genuine Jazmene Butler Rushi Shah Best Smiles Best Actors Micki Laws Jeff Levinson Best Dancers Tasha Verma Dwight Alaba Best Singers Sara Han Abiola Adun Faith Keady Jon Levinson Most Artistic Best Musicians Daisy Palma Jahde Smith Sam Dosek Jason Thomas Best Athletes Zenya Yap Vlad Vilme Most likely to become supermodels Cutest Couple Audrey Klepadlo & Victor Ivory Karolina Blaszczuk Karol Grzebien Most likely to succeed Nina Zakharia Joe Disclafani Most likely to become President Most likely to teach at Maine East Alex Nitti John Gewargis Judy Bielaga Abe Aziz Most likely to become billionaires Class Clowns Aldin Nusinovic Adriana Lukovic Melissa Nguyen Jinal Shah Biggest Gossips Camille Clamana Marlon Cruz Most Service to Class Jacquelyn Dela Cruz Sean Foley Best Dressed Agnieszka Wisniewski Takuya Hirunuma Biggest Flirts Audrey Klepadlo Danny Weinstein Best Eyes Jessica Kaminski Jose Guzman Most Competitive Aleks Premovic Petar Tijanic Page 14 The Pioneer SENIOR ISSUE 2011 COLLEGES â€“ ALPHABETICAL BY COLLEGE AMERICAN MUSICAL DRAMATIC ACADEMY Los Angeles, CA CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY River Forest, IL Marybeth Madsen Marlon Cruz Bianca Barrera ATHENS TECH COLLEGE Athens, GA Shereena Lakhani BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY Lisle, IL Khaja Ahmed BRADLEY UNIVERSITY Peoria, IL Angela Thomas Annita Mathew BUTLER UNIVERSITY Indianapolis, IN Claire Doetsch CARTHAGE COLLEGE Kenosha, WI Jose Guzman Petar Tijanic Brian Wajda DePAUL UNIVERSITY Chicago, IL Alina Antony Angela Lewosz Johanna Orr Lindsey Kelly Mayra Lopez Tirado Michelle Gandhi Monik Patel Pratik Vaidya Ratib Ahmed DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY River Forest, IL Jelena Bulatovic Megan Mistretta DRAKE UNIVERSITY Des Moines, IA Bensy Joseph EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY Charleston, IL Magdelene Ifianayi EDGEWOOD COLLEGE Madison, WI Jacquelyn Dela Cruz CHAMBERLAIN COLLEGE Addison, IL Hamamalini Rajendran COLLEGE OF DuPAGE DuPage County, IL Leticia Obeng COLUMBIA COLLEGE Chicago, IL Dwight Dher Alaba Leah Foster Amalia Kanelos Pedro Lopez FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY Miami, FL ELMHURST COLLEGE Elmhurst, IL Jessica Ruiz Kristin Nicholson Monique Tan Raymond Pineda Rendell Pineda Sara Beth Murphy Zenya Yap EVEREST COLLEGE Skokie, IL HARPER COLLEGE Hoffman Estates, IL Nikhil Desai HARRINGTON COLLEGE OF DESIGN Chicago, IL Flor Hernandez THE ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF ART Schaumburg, IL Agnieszka Wisniewski Ryan Serpa ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY Normal, IL Deanna Vasilopoulos Matt Perchess Matt Wiegel Samantha Dosek Sarah Han Stephanie Herr Vladimir Vilme JAGIELLONIAN MEDICAL COLLEGE Krakow, Poland Irena Dyduch LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY Appleton, WI Weronika Gajowniczek LE CORDON BLEU Chicago, IL Aleksandra Premovic Tyrika Walls LEWIS UNIVERSITY Romeoville, IL Nigel Toye LOYOLA UNIVERSITY Chicago, IL Ashley Daul Cynthia Thomas Edwin Chaharbakhshi Jessica Kaminski Jiten Patel Karol Grzebien Ratib Ahmed Reethu Saseendran Robert Miszczyszyn Sana Ansari Shahtaj Usmani Susanne Purc Vanessa Joyce Samson MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY Milwaukee, IL Joana Hidalgo Justin Hofmann Rushi Shah MILITARY Army Florida Dozie Pedro Cambron Marines Aseye Noudoda Giselle Gayapa Jasmin Martinez Maggie Olejko MILLIKIN UNIVERSITY Decatur, IL Michaela Amanda Laws MILWAUKEE INSTITUTE OF ART & DESIGN Milwaukee, WI Jahde Smith MITCHELL COLLEGE New London, CT John Kaczkowski NILES SCHOOL OF COSMETOLOGY Niles, IL Larsa Odesho SENIOR ISSUE 2011 NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY Chicago, IL Alexandra Nitti Beata Surma Bhumika Rathod Brittany Krawiec Danielle Badilla Faith Keady Jasmin Pillai Katherine Kniazuk Megan Harford Nickola Vukovojac Rachel Krawiec Sarah Krawiec Tim Bauer NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY Chicago, IL Alina Mollova Anthony DiNatale Ishtar Chalabi Mark Przybyslawski Monika Rasic Rita Baturin Shaun Kuriakose Sunny Pandya NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY DeKalb, IL Arrington Porter AshleyNaes De Venecia Brent Travers Cassidy Burns Jency Thomas John Parlich Kimberly Manno Lashly Palakkattu NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY Evanston, IL Catherine Cwieka PARKLAND COLLEGE Urbana-Champaign, IL Page 15 The Pioneer OAKTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE – Des Plaines, IL George Ryan Paloma Ramiro Perez Abraham Aziz Adriana Lukovic Alejandro Elizalde Ankur Desai Antonette Puleo Ashley Mazariegos Axl Ariza Bakir Hajvaz Bhumika Patel Binita Gandhi Brian Vistan Bryan Golenia Camelia Hammad Caressa Rodriguez Cristina Oliver Cynthia Garcia Danae Georgiou David Jozefczak David Ortigoza Dena Sehwail Dhara Patel Dhruv Patel Dipin Oberoi Dishank Sheth Dominika Koziol Eliza Kolakowski Eoanna Giannakopoulos Erik Kuffell Ermin Murati Fiby John Gabrielle Dominguez Gaby Ishak Gathoon Garmoos German Cruz Giovanni Nicpon Guadalupe Karina Cuevas Inocencia Cabrales Israel dela Cruz Jaime Perez Javeria Ali Jessica Cholewa Jethin Varghese Job Nadackapadam Joy Babi Kaitlyn Nicholson Kayla Ramsay Kellee Allison-Ronchi Kevin Yolangco Kevork Boyadjian Kiran Amlani Krzysztof Janowiec Leticia Cuevas Luisa Vasquez Maneev Abraham Manuel Gonzalez Martyna Mika Mateusz Micek Michael Argueta Michael DeBartolo Monika Jarosz Monika Sweet Mustafa Allam Nataliya Patytskaia Natasha Verma Neha Patel Olena Yousif Oskar Bednarek Patrick Dymora Paul Jaroslawski Peter Fox Peter Lazarz Priyanca Sehgal Purvish Patel Rafael Ramirez Raja Umair-Amjad Ramiro Perez Rashid Murray Robert Yousef Rolando Bautista Roman Rudey Ryan Fernandez Samantha Ray Panganiban Samantha Sieghart Sandra Koljovic Sandra Stankiewicz Sean Walker Shony Jose Stacey Cherukara Stepan Ukrayinets Stephanie Malak Sulika Szczech Tajana Lukic Tomin Babu Willie J. Gandy III Woo Rim Byun Younan Dinkha Zayra Martinez Zolboo Erdenekhuyag PURDUE UNIVERSITY West Lafayette, IN SHORE TRAINING CENTER Skokie, IL TRITON COLLEGE River Grove, IL Meghan Blyth Christopher Carter Inal Gamaonov SKIN CARE AND SPA INSTITUTE Skokie, IL UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA -- LOS ANGELES Los Angeles, CA Jonathan Levinson Aldin Nusinovic SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY Winona, MN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY Carbondale, IL UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Iowa City, IA THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Chicago, IL SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY Edwardsville, IL Fiona Vachachira ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY Chicago, IL Syed Jawad Hussein Sumeet Singh H.C. Patel Jakub Koziuk Andy Mendoza Abiola Adun POLITECHNIKA POZNANSZKA Wielkopolska, Poznan Marceli Szelag Daisy Palma Karolina Blaszczuk Farhana Lalani UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS –BOSTON Boston, MA Shereena Lakhani Page 16 The Pioneer UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO Chicago, IL Abhay Shah Aman Tahiliani Benjamin Vazquez Jr. Bilal Yazdani Caitlyn Hannon Deeti Patel Douglas Isa Grechil Z. Pasia Harshang Sheth Jasmin Markicic Jesvin Chacko John Carlos Garcia John Michael Fernandez Joseph Disclafani Judyta Bielaga Kelli Lam Matthew McCullough Natalia Lyda Nikesh Shah Parth Patel Paula Vianca L. Viloria Raag Shah Ramanjit Kaur Reichelle Calabas Sagar Patel Salina Robinson Sana Ansari Shawn Kim Sheil Patel Veni Vijayakumar Zeenal Amin UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA Norman, OK Jamie Short The clock is ticking, and graduation is right around the corner. You’ve made your decision about what school you’re going to in the fall. But what’s next? Going to college is a big step in your life. Are you prepared for all the things you may need? According to Collegeprep101. com, enrolling in classes early is a big must. Going to orientation early allows you to have more of an option when choosing classes. You don’t want to be the one stuck in the classes that have difficult professors because the others are full. When choosing your classes, be sure to look up your professor on http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/. This way, you will be able to see if the professor teaches well by looking at ratings given by students. Before moving in, make a list of the things you will need to bring with you. Be sure to coordinate UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS-URBANA Champaign, IL Aaron Cristino Anna Pamula Douglas Hansel Deep Patel Jacqueline Lam Jason Thomas Jinal Shah John Gewargis Joseph Choi Joseph B. Choi Justyna Kaczmarzyk Karen Ho Kathleen Domines Magdalena Sobieraj Michelle Kuruvilla Monika Dzierzanowski Pawel Geneja Samra Matin Shail Shah Soo Hun Lee UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA-TWIN CITIES Minneapolis, MN UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN–MADISON Madison, WI UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC Stockton, CA WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY Kalamazoo, MI Sean Foley Adam Socik Be prepared for next year: a checklist for college freshmen By Ashley Daul SENIOR ISSUE 2011 these things with your roommate if possible. Things you may need to bring are mini refrigerators, TV, a stereo, etc. With social networking, connecting with your roommate is very easy. Search them up on Facebook, and start sending your messages. Have a fear of getting stuck with a roommate you will hate? Join the Facebook page your college offers, and try getting to know your new classmates. You may find a roommate through there. It may not seem like something to worry about, but figure out the way that you will talk to your parents and stay in touch. Teach mom and dad how to use Skype before moving out. Try calling them every night, or every other night because they will miss you a lot more than you expect. After all, they are sending you checks with “Tuition” written in the memo every year. You can’t forget about them that quickly. Nina Zakharia UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN–MILWAUKEE Milwaukee, WI Jazmene Butler Be sure to go to a store like Target or Bed Bath and Beyond to buy all your dorm stuff. Things you can’t forget to bring are, bed sheets, towels, toothbrush, toothpaste, and under bed storage is a must have. Some stores have nifty college check lists on their websites to help Ewa Balutowska Audrey Klepadlo Joanna Lyszkowski Queenilyn Napata WRIGHT COLLEGE Chicago, IL Gabriela Szelag organize your shopping. And lastly, it’s your final summer before moving out, so enjoy every moment of it. Don’t sleep it away. Get out and hang out with those friends that you may not see until Thanksgiving break. Your home will be a dorm room for the next few years -make it fit your personality the best you can! SENIOR ISSUE 2011 Page Florida Dozie Gabriela Szelag Gabrielle Dominguez 17 Gaby Ishak Gathoon Garmoos George Ryan Paloma German Cruz Giovanni Nicpon Giselle Gayapa Grechil Z. Pasia Guadalupe Karina Cuevas H.C. 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Gandy III Woo Rim Byun Younan Dinkha Zayra Martinez Zeenal Amin Zenya Yap Zolboo Erdenekhuyag Elmhurst College Elmhurst, IL Loyola University Chicago, IL University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL SENIOR ISSUE 2011 Elmhurst College Elmhurst, IL Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL Loyola University Chicago, IL Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL Marquette University Milwaukee, WI Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL The Illinois Institute of Art Schaumburg, IL University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Illinois State University Normal, IL Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, IL Loyola University Chicago, IL University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL Elmhurst College Elmhurst, IL Illinois State University Normal, IL North Park University Chicago, IL University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL Loyola University Chicago, IL University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, IL Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Athens Tech College Athens, GA University of Massachusetts-Boston Boston, MA Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, IL Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL Illinois State University Normal, IL Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL Roosevelt University Chicago, IL Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL Loyola University Chicago, IL Roosevelt University Chicago, IL Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL North Park University Chicago, IL Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL Everest College Skokie, IL Loyola University Chicago, IL University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Illinois State University Normal, IL Lawrence University Appleton, WI Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Elmhurst College Elmhurst, IL Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL SENIOR ISSUE 2011 Page 19 Open Mic Night The Pioneer The Pioneer Page 20 Every spring Maine East students enter their best artwork into the All School Art Show. Many pieces advance to the CSL Art Exhibit. A small selection from this exhibit is shown in the Creative Self-Expression Show at the Great Frame Up, a specialty framing shop. All contestants get their pieces framed. Professional artists judge the pieces and hand out awards. If an artist wins “Best in Show” in a category, he or she receives a generous cash prize. The categories include painting, drawing, photography, mixed media/relief and design/digital. There is also a Best in Show Award. This year’s prize for Best In Show went to Aisha Bhatti, whose art will be entered in a state competition. The Great e m Fra UP SENIOR ISSUE 2011 SENIOR ISSUE 2011 Page 21 The Pioneer Memories of the past school year Leticia Obeng Senior The best part of the 2010-‐2011 school year? Being a senior and graduating. Leticia Obeng Meeting new people and making new friends Peter Liavas Namrah Nasir Freshman Making new friends, and the new cell phone policy Namrah Nasir Mr.Zielinski Social science Mr.Zielinski this year? Advice for next year’s students? The best part of the 2010-‐2011 school year? Alyssa iegado Work hard Lto improve your grades. D Senioro not make t rouble and Joining badminton ditch school. Advice for next year’s students? Mrs.Garvy Because Maine East is English so diverse, it’s easy to Hairspray learn about new cultures. The snow day that turned into two snow Because Maine East is days so diverse, it’s easy to learn about new Get involved in clubs cultures. and activities and join The snow day that Amnesty turned into two snow International! days A.Jin clubs May Ray 4th oR r oman Star Wars Get involved day should b e a and a ctivities and join Junior Sophomore holiday. Amnesty Speech team Chillin’ a t Cici’s with International! and v-‐show the baseball team after games Alyssa Liegado Teachers and friends How did Maine Senior are always there to Joining badminton East The bImprove est part yoour f help me with the lessons I didn't learning? the 2010-‐2011 understand The flooding of the school year? Your best pool Teachers and friends experience a t M .E. How did Maine are always there to this yImprove ear? East your help me with the Do homework, lessons I didn't don't learning? procrastinate, understand and just The flooding Advice f or n ext have fun! of the Your best pool year’s students? experience at M.E. this year? Jay tG arcia I suggest he school Have Ann lunch P3eter rd period. have m ore a ctivities Sophomore Senior similar to homecoming The blizzard when we Homecoming week week. had a 2 day snow day. Mrs.Garvy English The pool flood, flat Hairspray screen TVs and when the flag rope was replaced Taking accelerated Extra time to The SIOP program Sophomore Freshman Social cience classes; they made me study...people in the taught me hsow to Meeting n ew p eople Making n ew f riends, The p ool f lood, flat work up to my library and coach are teach ESL students. and making new and the there new ctell potential always o help screen TVs and when friends phone policy the flag rope was We moved to a new Competing in DECA I Learned how to swim replaced Spreading the word school y ear? Your best place. and winning awards and joined badminton. about Zombie There are a lot of Taking accelerated Extra time to The SIOP program experience a t M .E. Awareness Month How did Maine amazing teachers who classes; they made me study...people in the taught me how to this y ear? East Improve your are very helpful. work up to my library and coach are teach ESL students. Work hard to improve potential I suggest the school Have lunch 3rd always there to pheriod. elp May 4th or Star Wars learning? your g rades. D o n ot have m ore a ctivities day should be a Advice for next We moved to aand new similar Competing in DECA I Learned how to swim holiday. Spreading the word make t rouble t o h omecoming Your bsest year’s tudents? place. and winning awards and joined badminton. about Zombie week. experience at M.E. ditch school. Awareness Month How did Maine East The bImprove est part yoour f learning? the 2010-‐2011 There are a lot of Senior amazing teachers who Being a and are very shenior elpful. graduating. Peter Liavas Sophomore Jay Garcia I learned how to be Sophomore responsible and how The blizzard when to split my time for we had a 2 day snow day. school. Ann Peter There were Senior challenging classes Homecoming week that forced you to work hard and keep motivated. Graduating Ray Roman A.J Most of the teachers Youtube in computer Junior Sophomore were good at teaching. lab and phones Speech team Chillin’ allowed. a t Cici’s with and v-‐show the baseball team after games Performing for V-‐show The snowstorm that Hairspray; I went all canceled school for a I out learned how to abnd e I There were Most of the teachers week Youtube computer all the time and in the flood responsible a nd h ow challenging c lasses were g ood a t t eaching. lab a nd p hones enjoyed it. that canceled school to split my time for that forced you to allowed. Establish a p ositive Juniors, d on’t s lack o ff Collaboration d ays Make school for 8 school. work hard and keep relationship with a too b adly w hen y ou’re every W ednesday periods and don’t be motivated. Performing for they are Graduating V-‐show The snowstorm hat teacher; when a second semester all strict on the ttardies Hairspray; I w ent a ll canceled s chool f or a on your side, it helps senior. out a ll t he t ime a nd I week a nd t he f lood so much. enjoyed it. that canceled school Do homework, don't Establish a positive Juniors, don’t slack off Collaboration days procrastinate, and just relationship with a too badly when you’re every Wednesday have fun! teacher; when they are a second semester on your side, it helps senior. so much. Make school for 8 periods and don’t be all strict on the tardies Mr. A gets opportunity to howl at the moon Page 22 The Pioneer SENIOR ISSUE 2011 By Aimee Sweet and Jasmin Martinez Fine Arts teacher Mr. Ben Avci has taught choir and guitar, helped with musicals, and led the demonaires. He is one of the most talented teachers in our school – he can play piano, drums, guitar, and he has an awesome voice. Mr. A. chose to bring all of this talent here to Maine East last year, to share his gifts with the students. After a year at Maine East, he pondered his career and future, and thought that he might regret never trying to be a professional live performer. “I'm thinking about my life because I've always wanted to be a performer, and I thought this would be a good chance to go for it,” Mr A. told his class back in February. “Luckily, I got a full time job at Howl at the Moon dueling piano bar, where I will play piano, drums, guitar, and sing.” Mr. A will start training at the Chicago Howl at the Moon as soon as school lets out, and after a few Mr. Avci will work at Howl at the Moon performing live music beginning next fall. months he will go to Louisville, Kentucky, about a five hour drive away. The theme that drives Howl at the Moo is audience participation. Piano players take requests for songs and the audience sings along. Musicians that perform at Howl at the Moon work full time at least four nights a week. There are four or five performers a night who rotate. “I am going to have totally opposite hours,” Mr A. said about his new working hours at Howling At The Moon. Mr. A will also really miss Maine East “I really loved working here, I'm sad yet excited about leaving, its a bitter sweet moment in my life." Mr. A tells us.He also plans on continuing his teaching career in his future, he feels that he has a lot of potential as a teacher but also as a performer, because he is still young and has much more to learn. Mr. A will be greatly missed at Maine East, "I'm sad that he is leaving, yet I wish him the best of luck on his journey to the stars." said Senior Sam Ray Panganiban. Mr. A we wish you luck on your journey to success. Despite rain, Chiddy Bang and B.o.B. still performed at Dillo Day 2011 By Paul Jaroslawski Chiddy Bang and B.o.B. were some of the many artists who came to Northwestern this past Saturday to perform at Dillo Day. Even though the weather was not great, many fans still came and supported the artists. Chiddy Bang came on at 3:00 and performed many of their popular songs, such as “Hey London”, “Truth”, and their radio hit “Opposite of Adults.” In between Chiddy Bang and B.o.B. there were performances by school bands and DJs to keep the crowd going. B.o.B. was the headliner and came on stage a little past 8:00. On stage, he performed many of the songs that made him a mainstream success, such as “Nothin on You’” and “Airplanes.” “That was the best performance I have ever seen, said Angel Mandra- zhiev, a student who attended the concert, “he did a great job”. Dillo Day in all turned out to be a great day despite the rain. SENIOR ISSUE 2011 Page 23 The Pioneer Lens Yearbook Distribution Students gathered on Thursday, May 26 to pick up the 2011 edition of The Lens Yearbook: Veni, Vidi, Vici LOCAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDENTS SCORE WELL Congratulations to several Foreign Language students from Maine East who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2011 National Spanish Examinations. Barbara Skryzpek, Alex Plezia and Catherine Cwieka earned silver medals. Sofia Agalliu, Gaurav Agnihotri, Marija Djeric, Alexandra Grochowski and Justyna Kaczmarzyk earned bronze medals. There were ten honorable mentions. Jelena Bulatovic placed in the tenth percentile in French. “Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations or National French Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with 140,373 students participating in 2011.” Students from Maine East have a long history of high achievement on these exams and were taught by teachers, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Cintado, Mr. Harper and Ms. Englebert. The National Language Examinations are administered each year in grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and the American Association of Teachers of French. Tips for tackling junior year By Aneta Karkut So you are already halfway done with high school, congrats! But you are now approaching your hardest year, and the one that counts the most. You are now considered an upperclassman and with that distinction comes greater responsibility. You will be held more accountable not only by your teachers, but your parents, and maybe even a boss. Your worries start to shift to things that haven’t even happened yet like ACT’s, scholarships, college visits, and/ or finding a job. One of the biggest things you need to remember is to relax, but don’t forget to take things seriously. Pay attention to deadlines! You can’t expect your parents and teachers to remember everything for you anymore, you are practically an adult and it’s time to take responsibility for your actions. Take into consideration that everything you do next year will affect your future plans. Come to school on time! if you have 3 tardies, you won’t be able to apply for a gold card your senior year; little things like this count greatly! STUDY! You don’t have to practice for the ACT every single night, but keep in mind that it’s there and you should take some initiative to practice for it. Make it a priority to take some time out of your schedule even if it’s once a week to crack open those books for extra practice, and if you have a tough time doing it on your own, grab a friend and go to the library or a coffee shop. Focusing is so much easier when you have someone with you to keep you motivated. Sign up for classes! Whether it is ACT, or tutoring classes, the extra reinforcement always helps! Maine East offers a few during winter break, take advantage of those types of opportunities. Get involved! Colleges don’t only want to see someone who just goes to school and comes home, no matter how great your grades are; they want well rounded people. Join a sports team, or an ethnicity club, or your class/student council! Our school has such a variety of ways of getting involved so no excuses! Start taking college visits early! When you’re on break or have a free weekend, make an appointment with colleges around you to go visit the campus, starting early will help keep you from feeling overwhelmed your senior year. And lastly, have fun! You’re almost done with high school, and the year will fly by so fast! Go to the school dances, participate in events, and help out your community. You’re really going to grow up next year – remember to make the most of it! Page 24 SENIOR ISSUE 2011 Green Reach camping trip Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15 the ecology club took its fourth annual camping trip, this time to Viroqua, Wisconsin. There were 13 students along with four other teachers. The team went kanuing, hiking and had the chance to see ambush people. If you love the environment, please join Ecology club the next school year. Also feel free to contact Ms. Childress at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions. Photos and Reporting by Lensa Sedeta The Pioneer SENIOR ISSUE 2011 Page 25 The Pioneer WMTH students take prizes at annual Chicagoland High School Video Festival Graduation S 1 2 3 7 9 10 13 14 16 18 19 Peter Liavas (left) and Christian Stan (right) placed first in the Talk Show category with their movie review show, “That Screen Thang”. Ludith Vazquez placed second in the Public Service Announcement category with her anti-drug PSA “Acid 22 Dreams”. You can visit WMTH-TV.com to see their award-winning work. 25 Graduation Sensation 1 7 by Jessica Cholewa 3 4 6 7 8 8 Across 5 9 13 14 16 10 11 18 19 12 22 13 25 14 26 15 16 18 4 10 9 17 27 28 28 5 6 2. The top graduates at M.E.: Maine _____ 3. Maine East's colors: _____ and white 6. Club that went 11 on the Green Reach camping trip 12 7. Seniors' last meal together: Senior _____ 9. Popular community college for M.E. grads 11. Big dance event tonight 15 Department Awards in Science and 13. She earned English: _____ Nieweglowska 17 14. Treats with roasted marshmallows 17. Event involving caps and gowns 19. Library penalties 20. Friday 5/27 was Senior _____ Day 20 21 25. Mathematics Department Award winner: _____ Hansel 23 24 26. Male Athlete of the Year 27. 2011 Yearbook title: _____, Vidi, Vici 28. Senior T-shirts: Kiss our _____ goodbye 29. These were sold as part of a fund-raising auction: _____ instruments 29 19 22 23 25 Across 27 2 2 3 27 Graduation Sensation 1 23 26 26 28 2. The top graduates at M.E.: Maine _____ 3. Maine East's colors: _____ and white 6. Club that went on the Green Reach camping trip 7. Seniors' last meal together: Senior _____ Down 20Across 21 2. The top graduates at M.E.: Maine _____ 3. Maine East's colors: _____ and white 6. Club that went on the 24Green Reach camping trip 7. Seniors' last meal together: Senior _____ 9. Popular community college for M.E. grads 11. Big dance event tonight 13. She earned Department Awards in Science and English: _____ Nieweglowska 14. Treats with roasted marshmallows 17. Event involving caps and gowns 19. Library penalties 20. Friday 5/27 was Senior _____ Day 25. Mathematics Department Award winner: _____ Hansel 2926. Male Athlete of the Year 27. 2011 Yearbook title: _____, Vidi, Vici 28. Senior T-shirts: Kiss our _____ goodbye 29. These were sold as part of a fund-raising auction: _____ instruments 1. Amusement park in Gurnee 2. "Disease" caught by seniors in the Spring 4. Awards event: Senior _____ Night 5. Location of 2011 Graduation: _____ Theater Down 1. Amusement park in Gurnee 2. "Disease" caught by seniors in the Spring 4. Awards event: Senior _____ Night 5. Location of 2011 Graduation: _____ Theater 8. Next step after high school. 10. Formal name for the graduation ceremony 12. M.E. graduates' _____ are blue 15. Hangs from a cap 16. Female Athlete of the Year 18. _____ _____ Awards: for community service 21. This team won 20 matches this season 22. To make money, many students will get a _____ job 23. Department Award winner in Art: _____ Palma 24. Along with their diplomas, seniors will receive their _____ records PUZZLE SOLUTION ON PAGE 27 Dow 1. A 2. "D 4. A 5. L 8. N 10. 12. 15. 16. 18. 21. 22. job 23. 24. A their Page 26 The Pioneer Indian Classical Dancing SENIOR ISSUE 2011 Fall All-Conference Athletes Top Row, L to R: Tom Malitz, soccer; Monique Tan, volleyball; Meghan Harford, volleyball; Petar Tijanic, soccer. Bottom Row: Jose Guzman, football; George Zakharia, football. On Sunday May 22, 2011, junior Kajal Chokshi (top middle) and senior Jasmin Pillai (above left) had their annual Indian Classical dance performance at Taft High School. They performed a dance called Ananda Thandavam or the dance of pleasure in the Kuchipudi style of dancing. Kuchipudi originates in Kuchelapuram, a small village in Andhra Pradesh, South India. The dancers go to Natraj Dance Academy in Chicago. Kajal has been dancing for 11 years and Jasmin for 12 years. Kajal will be graduating from Natraj Dance Academy over the summer. By Gathoon Garmoos Shields triple jumped an impressive PR of 44 feet 4 inches gaining a respectable 3rd place at the 3A Niles West Sectionals. Shields was the indoor long jump champion along with placing second in the triple jump. Along with Shields, Senior Pedro Lopez excelled in the jumps as well. Taking the conference title at the long jump with a massive leap of 21-4 ½ inches, Lopez destroyed the competition, winning by 10 inches. “It means a lot to me to win a conference title since I haven’t competed at all outdoor season because of academics”. There’s plenty of potential in this young Demon team filled with promising freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Next season promises even more excitement from this group of committed and hard working track athletes. Winter All-Conference Athletes Boys track team led by Barroma and Shields This season hopes were high for Coach Peter’s track team. Coming off a successful season last year, the Demons were looking for even more success this season. Leading the way for the Demons was Senior Niles West transfer Rob Barroma, who specialized in the hurdles and also contributed to the sprint relays. Barroma came from a Niles West team that placed 7th in the State Meet last season in Charleston. His leadership helped the Blue Demons work hard in practice and help compete with the best teams in the area. Junior standout James Shields was the most improved athlete from the past season, just missing a state berth in the triple jump by 2 inches. Top Row, L to R: Florida Dozie, cheerleading; Angela Jones, basketball; Jessica Ruiz, cheerleading. Bottom Row, L to R: Kevin Tom, swimming; Marlon Cruz, cheerleading; Danny Sieghart Cruz, diving. Spring All-Conference Athletes Cory Evans, baseball; John Keinandez, gymnastics; Angela Thomas, soccer; Hillary Youkhana, soccer; Nina Zakharia, softball; Samantha Dosek, softball; Alyssa Gerena, track; Angela Jones, track; Victoria Walley, track; David Coldea, volleyball; Matt Wiegel, water polo; Maria Protic, water polo; James Shields, track; Pedro Lopez, track; Rob Barona, track. SENIOR ISSUE 2011 Page 27 The Pioneer Bulls win first game of Conference Finals, then drop four straight to Heat – where do they go from here? few shots up,” Luol Deng answered. “He came down and put me through one of the toughest workouts I’ve ever done. That’s when I knew it was going to be no joke.” The Bulls ended the regular season with an unexpected 62-20 record, the best record in the league. Going into the post season, the Bulls faced the physical and relentless Indiana Pacers. Although the Bulls were favored, the seemed unready for post season play; they performed poorly against the number 8 seed of the East.The Bulls finally pulled themselves out of their slump and winning the tough series 4-1. Next up for the Bulls would be the Atlanta Hawks, who upset the Orlando Magic. The series outcome would be unpredictable: the Hawks had momentum and the Bulls had been inconsistent in the first round. The Bulls had role players step up and they took the series 4-2. This moved them on to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1998. This time Miami was the sure favorite. They were coming off a series win against the veteran Boston Celtics team. Miami, the second best defensive team in the league was led by superstars LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh and seemed unstoppable. Many fourth quarter heroics came from 2-time MVP, LeBron James. After a loss in the regular season against the Bulls, LeBron told reporter Sam Smith, "I told my team, I'm not going to continue to fail late in games," James said. "I put a lot of blame on myself tonight. I told the guys that I just keep failing them late in games and I won't continue to do that." He stuck to his word. He helped the Heat pull out the series victory ,4-1, with his late game heroics. What’s next for the Chicago Bulls? This off season should be an interesting one, with rumors of Dwight Howard not wanting to stay in Orlando. The Bulls might look for a consistent shooting guard to help Derrick Rose. No doubt Co-Executive of the Year, Gar Foreman, will make some moves to help the Chicago Bulls become a better team and put them in the best position to bring a championship back to Chicago. Across L T L N E N P M W M D O U G L E O C O N G E 25 S F A 10 B R E E A K F E S I S I T I N B 3 L U S N E Z A G R Z S I K I I P T A T I S 11 O N E C O L 6 H S 4 O Graduation Sensation E S O G Y R 5 21 O N P R O M A R E N E N C S C H O L B 24 S A D U O N 8 E N H T L T E D L 15 L K T S G R E 2 20 17 R 9 I E E I X 1 A R O L T L A A D S O A A S 23 L E K 26 Z 13 S P 29 I S 16 S C A A N 19 G 28 L Y 18 O C Y 22 E Y A M M 7 H E I S M O R 14 Down R W O G 12 Taj Gibson posterizes Dwyane Wade in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat prevailed in the series, four games to one. 27 1. Amusement park in Gurnee [SIXFLAGS] 2. "Disease" caught by seniors in the Spring [SENIORITIS] 4. Awards event: Senior _____ Night [HONORS] 5. Location of 2011 Graduation: _____ Theater [ROSEMONT] 8. Next step after high school. [COLLEGE] 10. Formal name for the graduation ceremony [COMMENCEMENT] 12. M.E. graduates' _____ are blue [GOWNS] 15. Hangs from a cap [TASSEL] 16. Female Athlete of the Year [ZENYAYAP] 18. _____ _____ Awards: for community service [GOODWILL] 21. This team won 20 matches this season [TENNIS] 22. To make money, many students will get a _____ job [SUMMER] 23. Department Award winner in Art: _____ Palma [DAISY] 24. Along with their diplomas, seniors will receive their _____ records [HEALTH] CROSSWORD PUZZLE SOLUTION V The Bulls led by 12 points with 3:14 left after Ronnie Brewer made one of two free throws. The game seemed to be in the Bulls hands, until superstars Dwyane Wade and LeBron James led their team to an 18-4 run, combining 16 points in the last three minutes. The Bull’s unlikely season came to end last Thursday night with an 80-83 loss to the Miami Heat, Eastern Conference champions since 2006. Bulls’ center, Joakim Noah, talked to Bulls’ reporter Sam Smith after the game saying, “I don’t know. It seemed like we had the lead. We had decent shots. They played good D. ‘Bron hit a couple of shots. D. Wade’s four point play (to bring Miami within 79-76 with 1:30 remaining) was huge. It all was kind of a blur.” The team was led by outstanding superstar point guard, Derrick Rose. The hometown hero earned the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award, making him the youngest MVP in the history of the league at 22. The team was directed by defensive-minded coach, Tom Thibodeau. Helping the Bulls become the best defensive team in the league, he received the NBA’s Coach of the Year Award. Luol Deng tells Mike McGraw, from Daily Herald, how tough of a coach Thibodeau was. “The first day I came back from the England national team, I came in (the Berto Center) and thought no one was in here and I tried to get a 2. The top graduates at M.E.: Maine _____ [SCHOLARS] 3. Maine East's colors: _____ and white [BLUE] 6. Club that went on the Green Reach camping trip [ECOLOGY] 7. Seniors' last meal together: Senior _____ [BREAKFAST] 9. Popular community college for M.E. grads [OAKTON] 11. Big dance event tonight [PROM] 13. She earned Department Awards in Science and English: _____ Nieweglowska [ELIZA] 14. Treats with roasted marshmallows [SMORES] 17. Event involving caps and gowns [GRADUATION] 19. Library penalties [FEES] 20. Friday 5/27 was Senior _____ Day [SKIP] 25. Mathematics Department Award winner: _____ Hansel [DOUGLAS] 26. Male Athlete of the Year [KAROLGRZEBIEN] 27. 2011 Yearbook title: _____, Vidi, Vici [VENI] 28. Senior T-shirts: Kiss our _____ goodbye [CLASS] By Tony Enwiya SPORTS Seniors lead volleyball team to successful season By Paul Jaroslawski The Maine East boys’ volleyball team upset Deerfield in three games (26-24, 19-25, 2520) while hosting Senior Night. This year the volleyball team graduated five seniors: Karol Grzebien, Takuya Hirunuma, Paul Jaroslawski, Fiby John, and Brian Vistan. Senior Night was packed with Blue Demon fans who helped to cheer their volleyball team onto victory. The team had an up and down season, but they were able to end their season at home with a great win. Boys Tennis Team wins 20 matches for first time in 40 years The “Polish Wall,”– Paul Jaroslawski, Greg Siemienczuk, Artur Theil, Karol Grzebien, and Adam Bloniarz – helped the team with many blocks and kills, while the defensive specialists did an outstanding job digging and passing the ball to the setter. “I’ve never experienced such an amazing game before,” said Artur Theil, the team’s outside hitter, after the game, “It was a great way to finish our season at home and we’re just hoping this will lead to better things in the future.” Junior Shaz Laliwala (left) made it to the quarterfinals of the IHSA Sectional Tournament at New Trier High School. Seniors Billy Shaw (top right) and Joseph Choi were other key players on a boys tennis team that dominated many opponents in an historic season that saw the team finish with 20 match victories, the most wins in one season by the program in 40 years. Junior Artur Theil pumps up the team during the Senior Night game against Deerfield. The seniors led the volleyball team to another successful season.