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n this Spring issue, children are front and center. As we conclude Spring Break and enter the final phase of the school-year, the District 181 Board of Education recently approved the Advanced Learning Plan, which entails significant curriculum changes that would take place over the next several years. Our Print Managing Editor Mike Ellis took on the painstaking task of interviewing numerous educators and parents and taking copious notes from Board meetings to explain the topic from all sides of the issue, including parents’ questions and concerns. As a parent of three children in District 181, I value the information and ideas presented. The progress we make now will undoubtedly affect our children’s future. Your opinions are welcome in the Advanced Learning Discussion Group at www.Hinsdale60521.com, where you will find the full article and ongoing coverage. About 400 mothers and daughters from the Western Suburbs were in attendance at Robert Crown Center’s Happy to Be Me! luncheon, which was held at Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace. They received a very important message from nutrition and body-image expert Leslie Goldman. She explained to girls and their moms how media can distort the appearance of celebrities using airbrushing and digital facial alterations, creating an inauthentic and harmful view to young girls. I encourage parents to read her book The Locker Room Diaries. At the end of the article, you will read about Leslie’s tips for girls; with the bombardment of print, television and Internet messages, they offer common sense in a confusing, sometimes disingenuous world of media.

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Rounding out the Spring issue is our continued coverage of student athletes from the area. In our Spring Sports Preview, we took a look at four teams from Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South. HC Boys’ Tennis has its eye on a 22nd state championship, while HC Girls’ Lacrosse is shooting to build off of a fourth-place finish at state last year. Meanwhile, Hinsdale South track star Tavaris Binion is looking to improve on his own 100-meter state record, and HC Girls’ Softball is budding with young talent that you can watch at the softball field on Grant Street across the street from Hinsdale Central High School this spring. Pick up Hinsdale resident Sandy Williams’ new book, Hinsdale, and you will enjoy the pictorial history of our village. Sandy’s involvement in the Hinsdale Historical Society over the years has provided insight to our historic past, which she brings to us in a factual format. After reading her book, I am sure many Hinsdaleans and the general public will glean many interesting details that they never knew about our community. We would also like to salute the efforts of local charities such as the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club, the Misericordia Women’s League and the Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills Chapters of the Infant Welfare Society, all of whom recently held benefits to support a variety of local charities and good causes. Last but certainly not least, we would like to thank our returning advertisers, while welcoming our newest advertisers to the Hinsdale Magazine family. Without your support, we could not provide our community with the exceptional content our readers have come to expect.

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CONTENTS

Spring 2013

10 Advanced Learning

The Future of Education at District 181

18 Home & Garden Create the perfect outdoor living space

20 Inside60521

Dr. Jeffrey Weller

23 techKNOW

How technology will revolutionize the way your children learn

24 Chicago Philharmonic Musicians perform at Union Church of Hinsdale

26 Hinsdale Woman Sandy Williams

30 Health & Fitness

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Column by William Walker

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South Boys’ Track Central Girls’ Lacrosse Central Boys’ Tennis Central Girls’ Softball

STAFF Scott Jonlich Mike Ellis

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Take a look inside Hinsdale Middle School Differentiation Specialist Danielle Scacco’s sixth-grade ACE social studies classroom. In this class, students explored the history of the hostilities between Ancient Greece and Ancient Persia.

ADVANCED LEARNING The Future of Education at District 181

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ifted education has been a popular topic for a number of years at District 181, as staff members, the Board of Education, parents and community members at-large have long discussed designing a program that most adequately addresses students’ needs. “Raise the Floor to Raise the Ceiling” In 2011, the district contracted a program review with the University of Virginia under the leadership of Dr. Tonya Moon, a principal investigator for the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. Over a twoday period in December 2011, Dr. Moon and her colleagues visited 75 classrooms at eight of nine District 181 schools (Walker School excepted). Subsequently, they published a 61-page report assessing the state of current

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district programming, while providing a list of recommendations as to how to improve the curriculum and better align it with “best practices” nationwide. These recommendations included opening up “advanced” courses to a greater number of students, investigating the possibility of advancing all students at least one year in math district-wide, and the elimination or revision of the current ACE (Affective Cognitive Enrichment) program. After receiving Dr. Moon’s report, the Board of Education commissioned an Advanced Learning Task Force to look into implementing the recommendations. The 18-member Task Force was assembled in October 2012, and spent the next several months examining scholarly research and reaching out to other school districts such as District 86 and Butler, while formulating a plan to present to the Board of Education in early 2013. The Task Force was led by Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Services Dr. Kurt Schneider,

Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction Kevin Russell, and Director of Pupil Services Christine Igoe. As presented to the Board of Education on Jan. 28, the Task Force plan involves the gradual acceleration of education for all District 181 students. “Our goal is to create a culture of learning,” Dr. Schneider said at the Jan. 28 Board meeting, “and when we improve the education of our advanced learners, we know we create a higher ceiling for everyone to accomplish more.” “This plan keeps the bar very high for our advanced learners,” Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction Kevin Russell said, “and at the same time, we’re raising the expectations for all kids—which is exactly what Dr. Moon talked to us about, that our kids are capable of more.” Over the next half-decade, this proposal calls for changes to the language arts and mathematics curricula, and the ACE


“You don’t just have a gifted program, you don’t just have a special education program—you have a system, and everything needs to work together.”

- Kevin Russell, Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction program, which could in turn allow more students to access honors and AP courses at the high-school level. Dr. Bruce Law, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at District 86, noted in a letter to the district that the Task Force plan aligns with its goal to increase student participation in honors and AP courses. “Prior to the [Moon report], there was controversy in our district surrounding identification for our gifted program— who gets in, who doesn’t,” Russell said. “I think it’s fair to say you had parents who really liked the previous system and parents who were really against the previous system. When Dr. Moon came in and looked at our gifted program, she made the point that you can’t look at it in isolation, because you don’t just have a gifted program, you don’t just have a special education program—you have a system, and everything needs to work together.” Overall, the curriculum will become more rigorous, as all State of Illinois schools will replace the current Illinois State Standard with the Common Core in 2014-15. The Common Core will challenge students to think at higher The Language Arts vision as presented by the Advanced Learning Task Force at the Jan. 28 Board of Education meeting

levels than the state standard, placing greater emphasis on techniques such as analysis and synthesis, rather than merely assessing basic comprehension skills or solving particular problems. “People have made the analogy that the Illinois standards ‘take it a mile wide and an inch deep,’ and the Common Core might ‘take it a mile deep and an inch wide,’” Russell said. “The Common Core is really focused on diving deep into higherlevel thinking skills, versus quick, recall-type facts. You may hit fewer [topics] with the Common Core, but it’s definitely more rigorous in terms of the skillset it requires.” Curriculum Changes The Advanced Learning Task Force has proposed gradual changes to the language arts, mathematics and ACE curricula, all of which would be completed by the 2018-19 school year. Each transition is designed to begin at the elementary-school level, before the ultimate objectives are achieved at the middle schools. Language Arts Across District 181, language arts is divided into two tiers: “regular” and ELA (Enriched Language Arts), a program

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that follows a more rigorous curriculum designed by the College of William & Mary. According to the Task Force presentation, the two primary goals in Language Arts are: 1) All incoming sixth graders will meet the current performance-based criteria for ELA by 2016-17. 2) All graduating eighth graders will meet honors English criteria at District 86 by 2019. Nearly 400 students are currently enrolled in ELA at Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills Middle Schools. “One of our measures is increasing the number of students that qualify for Honors English at Hinsdale Central,” CHMS Principal Griffin Sonntag said at the Feb. 11 Board meeting. “That number has been typically around 50 percent. I don’t think that that’s successful; I think we should have more students, and I believe that this program will allow more students to [rise] to the level that will qualify them for Honors English.” District 181 said it plans to gradually complete this transition, starting at elementary schools through the development of balanced literacy. Task Force leaders said balanced literacy differs considerably from a traditional language arts setup. For www.hinsdale60521.com |Hinsdale Magazine 11


instance, instead of having all students in a classroom reading the same book at the same time, they might read a variety of texts according to their different reading levels. “What balanced literacy does, is [it] takes communication skills [reading, writing, word analysis, listening and speaking skills], and integrates them into one process,” Igoe said. “We look at it as a much more holistic approach.” At the March 11 Board meeting, Assistant Superintendent of Learning Dr. Janet Stutz proposed a curriculum called Reading Fundamentals (published by Schoolwide, Inc.), indicating that it is conducive with the balanced literacy model. This curriculum was piloted between January and March at select grades at all seven elementary schools, which was unanimously approved by the teachers that piloted it. The materials for Reading Fundamentals would cost about $379,000. At the Feb. 11 meeting, Board member Yvonne Mayer questioned the efficacy of replacing the tiers already in place at the middle-school level.

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“What is going to truly happen to the struggling learner who would never have been placed into ELA, and the advanced learner who is appropriately in ELA, if you now have everyone in that class together?” Mayer asked. Task Force members said part of the solution is an approach called flexible grouping, which would involve the collaboration of MRC directors, reading specialists and differentiation specialists, in addition to classroom teachers. “The entire grade-level [teaching staff] would come together,” Igoe said, “and they would figure out, ‘What are our learning targets?—What is it that we want students to be able to learn, and how do we go about getting these 90 students between the eight of us to that point?’” Russell said he does not believe the concept of flexible grouping is entirely novel at District 181, citing his own experience from his tenure as assistant principal at CHMS. “The thought of bringing social studies teachers, language arts teachers [and] MRC directors together—that’s been occurring in our school district,” he said.

“If you walk into a primary classroom at Prospect School, you will see the reading specialist, the differentiation specialist, the MRC director [and] classroom teachers switching kids all the time. “I don’t think this is a complete ‘180’ from what’s currently happening in our school district; in fact, I see it as a natural continuation of what’s going on [now].” Mathematics In Mathematics, the Task Force identified two primary goals: 1) All graduating eighth graders will place into at least high-school Geometry by 2019. 2) All incoming sixth graders will place into at least seventh grade Common Core Math by 2016-17. Stated another way, by 2018-19, the objective is to have all District 181 eighthgrade students taking Algebra. Under the current curriculum, three tiers of math are offered at the middle The Math plan as presented by the Advanced Learning Task Force at the Jan. 28 Board of Education meeting


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schools: grade-level, advanced (one grade-level ahead) and accelerated (two grade-levels ahead). “Advanced” and “accelerated” students are selected using tests taken at the end of second and fifth grades, which determine placement for the subsequent three years. More than half (835) of HMS and CHMS students

(1,458) are currently enrolled in advanced or accelerated math. The current middle-school program will continue through 2015-16. The following year, the grade-level offering for sixth graders will become seventh-grade Common Core math, putting all students from this class on a track to complete Algebra in eighth grade. Meanwhile, the accelerated tier will continue unchanged, these students already being paced to take Geometry in eighth grade. In order for all sixth-graders to be prepared for seventh-grade math, the transition must commence at the elementary-school level. Consequently, District 181 plans to add two Common Core units for kindergarten, first grade, second grade and fifth grade next year. As third grade already began implementing the new Common Core curriculum this year, this would afford all K-5 students the opportunity for advanced math by 2014-15. Mary Sprengnether, who teaches Algebra at Clarendon Hills Middle School, said she is confident that students will be better prepared for a more demanding middle-school math curriculum after receiving five years of more rigorous instruction at the elementary schools. “In that five years, I know their skills are going to be honed,” Sprengnether

said at the Feb. 11 Board meeting. “They will be much more successful advanced students, and be ready to take on the rigors of a high-school Algebra class.” The Common Core itself will also push students to think at a higher level than the current Illinois State Standard. For example, under the Common Core, students will be challenged to “assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation.” “Our current Illinois standards are very focused on the operation portion of math—very much like you and I remember going to school,” Igoe said. “Here’s the equation, and we’ll practice the equation; we’ll do 30 problems, and maybe I’ll take two or three story problems and apply that skill. The Common Core looks at it from a different perspective, and says that although [operational skills] are important, the bigger pieces are the conceptual pieces of math. It’s so much more about understanding how numbers work, rather than coming up with the correct answer [to a particular problem].” ACE Program ACE (Affective and Cognitive Enrichment) is a pullout program in which select students currently participate - Continued on page 14

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once per week. ACE students are selected towards the end of second and fifth grade; those selected in second grade remain enrolled from third through fifth grade; those selected in fifth remain enrolled throughout middle school. About 150 students at HMS and CHMS collectively participate in ACE. “If you qualified for the ACE program, one day a week you would be put on a bus and go to a different school,” Russell said. “Let’s say you’re in fifth grade— you wouldn’t go to your home school on Wednesday, you would go to Monroe.” “There was a conundrum over identification—who gets the service and who doesn’t—,” Dr. Schneider said, “versus saying, ‘How do we provide highquality instruction for all of our kids?’” The Task Force plan strives to: 1) Integrate the essential components of ACE into the general curriculum, such as application of higher level thinking and inquiry- and problem-based learning. 2) Address the academic needs of current ACE students by developing individualized learning plans. By 2016-17, the current ACE Social Studies course would be the standard for all middle-school students. In order to gradually attain this goal, additional sections of ACE social studies will be devised in each of the next three school years—2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16. “I think our social studies teachers at the middle-school level are already starting to get there,” Russell said. “[They’re] moving away from notecardtype instruction, and moving into higherlevel thinking.” So how, you may ask, does ACE social

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studies differ from a “traditional” social studies course? “When you look at traditional social studies classes, you find that they’re very textbook-driven,” Russell said at the Feb. 11 meeting. “They’re very fact based— memorize, take a multiple choice test at the end. ACE social studies is a little different; it is centered on themes. It’s not so tied down to chronological order.” For example, Russell said that while a traditional social studies course may examine Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise to power, an ACE social studies course, studying the same unit, might require students to write an essay evaluating the question, Was Napoleon a tyrant or a hero? At the Feb. 11 meeting, Monroe School Principal Dawn Benaitis said the needs of advanced learners must be met every day—not just once a week, as the current ACE program does. The aforementioned Moon report also noted that ACE is essentially a “part time solution to a full time need for services.” “Dr. Moon identified that [ACE] is just a small percentage of [advanced learners’] school-week,” Dr. Schneider said, “but they have that need every minute of every hour of every day.” The Task Force indicated that the differentiation specialist would essentially perform the role of a “case manager”— that is, constructing individualized learning plans to meet the academic needs of individual students. “Once the capacity for our staff has been built, and all the social studies teachers are teaching social studies this way, it frees up the differentiation specialist to be more of a coach across all grade levels,”

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Hinsdale Middle School Differentiation Specialist Danielle Scacco said at the Jan. 28 Board meeting. Questions & Feedback The question every District 181 parent wants answered is, Does this plan provide the best opportunity for my child to excel? According to a survey conducted by the Advanced Learning Task Force, District 181 teachers and staff members indicated they approve of the plan on the whole. 80 percent of staff members surveyed indicated they feel the Task Force proposal is likely to meet the needs of advanced learners—with 34 percent of respondents awarding the proposal the highest score of “5”. And 64 percent of staff surveyed indicated they believe the plan is likely to improve all students’ educational experiences. But some parents, teachers and staff members have expressed uncertainty about various aspects of the proposal. In the same survey, which requested comments and feedback, over 80 staff members presented questions as to how the plan would affect students currently performing below grade-level, or concerning the ability of students currently at grade-level to adjust to the proposed curriculum changes. “All children should be given the opportunity to reach as much of their potential as possible,” said Michele Kelly, a mother of two children at Monroe School and one at CHMS. “We need to foster these children who learn differently


[and] keep them motivated.” Igoe said she is confident that changing the manner of instruction will help teachers and staff better assist struggling learners. “If we were talking about providing instruction in the same exact manner that we currently are, then [I would have] some concerns,” she said; “but as we change the focus of our instruction, I think the flexible grouping model really addresses the needs of our struggling learners.” Dr. Schneider said the district will continue to employ Response to Intervention (RtI)—a framework designed to provide high-quality instruction to students in conjunction with ongoing data to determine whether students responded to instruction (Howard, 2009)—to accommodate struggling learners. “You have to come with an asset-based or strength-based belief that kids can do it,” Dr. Schneider said. “We know that the field and the research says that when you have that frame, kids rise to the challenge. That being said, there are times where a student may be performing off grade-level, either above or below. What the plan calls for is to individualize what [those students] need at those times. For a student who may be struggling, the

district has a strong depth of resources already.” In addition, nearly 30 staff members posed questions as to whether the needs of advanced learners would be met under the proposed curriculum. “I completely agree with the [Task Force], that we need to open the door for as many students as can achieve,” Yvonne Mayer said at the Feb. 11 Board meeting; “but if opening the door is going to result in watering down the top end, then we’ve completely defeated the purpose that we started out with. Not every child should be accelerated.” Dr. Nichole Dawson, a CHMS and Monroe parent and pediatric neuropsychologist who gives evaluations to both gifted and struggling learners, said advanced students learn differently, and thus their learning needs must be addressed in a different manner. Task Force leaders said differentiation specialists will work to develop individualized learning plans to accommodate the needs of advanced learners, and they do not believe opening the door to more students will water down the curriculum. “Differentiated instruction is proactive,” Dr. Schneider said. “It assumes that

different learners have different needs. The teacher proactively lesson plans to ‘get at’ one’s learning. It makes available different learning options for varied learners in the classroom. By using multiple approaches related to what students learn, how students make sense of information, and how students show us what they have learned, the needs of each student will be met.” Another salient question posed is how increased rigor will balance with the social and emotional needs of the student. One staff member asked if the “whole child”—i.e., as an entire person—is being considered under the current plan. Russell said District 181 always takes the social and emotional needs of students into consideration, and that no matter how learning is conducted, it always involves a delicate balance. “I can’t make a general statement that there are going to be huge social and emotional consequences from [our plan], just like I couldn’t make a general statement that there are huge social and emotional consequences from what we’re doing now,” he said. “Every child is an individual, and we’ve got great structure - Continued on page 16

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in our school system, through our classroom teachers and our social workers, to handle students when they feel like they’re struggling.” The proposed budget calls for the hiring of a math coach and an elementary literary coach in 2013-14, as well as a science/inquiry coach in 2014-15. (A more detailed account of the budget can be found at http://www.d181. org/data/files/galler y/ContentGaller y/ BOE_Report_Budget_130211.pdf.) But some staff members and parents believe additional costs will have to be applied in order for the plan to be implemented— including Oak School parent Dr. Warren Schillingburg, Superintendent of La Grange School District 102. “Having grand ideas is wonderful, but supporting them and making sure they work is a different story,” said Dr. Schillingburg, who also holds a Master’s degree in gifted education. “If this plan is approved and moves forward, I am quite certain there will be the need for more and more staff. You simply cannot do what [the District is] suggesting without a lot more staff to lead all of these various groups and these multiple RtI meetings.” “My biggest concern is, are the teachers going to be prepared for these flexible programs and this differentiated learning?” asked Suzanne Wychocki, an HMS and Madison School parent who has one child in ACE. “I don’t think The Task Force also included several slides concerning how the needs of students performing below grade-level would be addressed in its Jan. 28 presentation.

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it’s impossible; I think it’s completely attainable if the teachers are open to it, and they’re able to work with each other.” Task Force leaders acknowledged that it would take time to acclimate staff members with curriculum changes and prepare them to perform tasks such as in-class differentiation. The plan calls for the organization of District leadership, school leadership and grade-level teams to conduct regular meetings. “We can’t teach in isolation anymore,” Dawn Benaitis said at the Jan. 28 meeting. “This has to be a team endeavor.” Task Force leaders said they are working to devise schedules that would enable grade-level meetings to be held without interrupting classes with frequent

substitute teachers. “[In the past], the master schedule may have called for a teacher to have a planning period,” Dr. Schneider said. “There wasn’t necessarily thought as to whether it was first hour, third hour, seventh hour or sixth hour. Now we’re going to focus on, ‘What particular hour does this group of teachers need to have so they can naturally come together?’” Also, the role of specialized staff such as reading and differentiation specialists would evolve, as they would no longer be conducting pullout programs. “If the reading specialist isn’t pulling and seeing kids individually and in small groups, and she’s in the classroom and ‘coaching’—that’s where building capacity [happens],” Igoe said. “[Our current employees] will do their jobs differently to meet the needs of our kids.” Wychocki said, at bottom, she believes parents, teachers and administrators all have the same goal, and just need to continue working towards the best possible solution for everyone. “I view it as, we’re all on the same team—the board, the administrators, the parents, the staff,” Wychocki said. “So, what’s the goal?—It’s [making] the kids well-adjusted, good citizens and active learners.” Continue the conversation online in the Advanced Learning Discussion Group at Hinsdale60521.com. For more information about the Advanced Learning Plan, please visit www.d181.org > Academics >Advanced Learning.

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Careful Consideration “Thoughtful design and material selection—playing off the architectural lines and style of the house will create a patio space that looks and feels like an extension of the home,” said Jeff Johnson, Senior Landscape Architect for Green Grass Landscape. “Patio and wall materials should be chosen to match or complement materials already used on the house exterior or interior.” Favorite Place in the Yard “Take a underused space in the yard and make it a comfortable, tranquil escape. It could be a natural waterfall with friends and family gathered around warm fire tables and attractions,” said Jim Rose, President of JR’s Creative Landscaping. “Pavers can outline the area leading to a beautiful private path, transforming how you and your family live life outdoors.” Highlighting the Home “The outdoor living space should highlight the home’s prominent architectural features, defining the landscape from the inside,” said Thomas Joerger, Project Director for King’s


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hand how much I enjoy my work and how I help others.” After graduating from Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, Dr. Weller attended the University of Illinois Dental School. He then attended special programs at the Dawson and Pankey Institutes, which taught him comprehensive function. He has a Master’s level achievement from the Rosenthal Institute at NYU in Aesthetic Dentistry. Each year, Dr. Weller devotes a significant amount of time to postgraduate

“I love seeing how proud my boys are of me when I come into their classrooms to talk to their friends about dental health.” training. He has focused on the disciplines of cosmetic, implant and comprehensive rehabilitation dentistry. He opened his state-of-the-art facilities in October 1997, offering patients comprehensive, progressive, preventative and aesthetic dentistry.

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Dr. Weller also volunteers his time to Give Back a Smile, which helps battered women restore their lives by restoring their smiles, and is a generous supporter of a number of Chicago charities. “My wife Tina is involved in many local charities here and in Chicago, so one to two times a week I find myself at an event, supporting various causes, which also makes me feel good that I am able to give back,’’ he said. Reflecting back on his career in his spacious and cozy third-floor office building overlooking York and Ogden, Dr. Weller recalled a decisive moment in his profession. “My true passion for my work came about 15 years ago, when I found that hard work in developing my skills truly helped change someone’s life,” he said. “The patients I treated came into my office after getting engaged, married, starting a new job, a new commercial—or just a new love for life to thank me! This has affected me in a way that is hard to put into words. It makes me look forward to going into my office every day. I only hope that my kids will find a career that will give them the same enjoyment one day.”


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usicians from the Chicago Philharmonic performed a program of all female composers in front of roughly 40 attendees at Union Church of Hinsdale on Feb. 3. Violinist Mathias Tacke, cellist Andrew Snow and pianist Beatriz Helguera combined to play works by Maria Theresia Von Paradis, Germaine Tailleferre, Lili Boulanger, Amy Beach and Clara Schumann—all of whom composed between the late 18th and early 20th centuries. “For a long time, the works of these composers were neglected, because women weren’t taken seriously as composers,” Helguera said. Von Paradis’s Sicilenne for Cello and Piano is a wonderfully lyrical piece without words. The legato cello passages set the tone for an excellent concert. Written roughly a century later, Tailleferre’s Bereceuse for Violin and Piano is a more dissonant work, with greater disconnection between the soloists’ parts. After Snow demonstrated great range in performing Boulanger’s Nocturne for Cello Piano,

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the sanctuary received a vitality boost from the more upbeat Cortege for Violin and Piano by the same composer. Beach’s Piano Trio in A Minor opened very mysteriously on the piano before resolving to a late Romantic mood. At times, the first movement felt 20th century; at others, you could almost hear Brahms in the unison piano passages. Following a ten-minute intermission, Tacke, Snow and Helguera returned to perform Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio. Helguera said Schumann is regarded by some as the greatest female composer of all-time—and her prowess certainly showed in the first movement, spritely, yet still dark in the key of G minor. Tacke’s timely accents infused the piece with greater energy, while Helguera’s dynamical contrast on the piano was superb. After progressing somberly for several minutes, the finale suddenly brightened as the soloists climbed the scale in the final few bars, culminating the concert in a unison G. Chicago Philharmonic musicians will return to Union Church on April 7 at 3 p.m., showcasing three quartets by the beloved Austrian composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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Mike: What inspired you to write it? Sandy: Part of the historical society’s mission is to promote the history of Hinsdale. [A book] is a perfect vehicle for that, because it shows the breadth and the depth of our history. It was just a perfect opportunity to bring the history of Hinsdale to the forefront. We have a lot of new residents in town, and I think they deserve to know some of the history as well. I know they have not had an opportunity to learn about Hinsdale’s history, so that was the purpose of this book. I think it’s important to know where the village came from and how it developed. To be able to acknowledge the founders and our leadership over the years in Hinsdale is important, and I’m hoping that the residents who read the book appreciate the history—the time, the effort and the dedication that went into building Hinsdale. I think when you have that appreciation, you [form] a tighter bond in the community. Mike: The Western Suburbs are rich with history; what sets Hinsdale’s apart? Sandy: There is a chapter in the book about building an exceptional community, and I think that could be it. There were a lot of wealthy Chicago business leaders who settled in Hinsdale, and it was their personal mission to make this one of the most desirable places to live. In fact, I think they accomplished it through incredible amounts of time and money, in what they did to position things where they are, the architecture—it all factored in.

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Hinsdale resident Sandy Williams stands in front of historic Highlands train station with her new book, Hinsdale.

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ast month, Print Managing Editor Mike Ellis sat down with longtime Hinsdale resident and member of the Hinsdale Historical Society Sandy Williams to discuss her recently released book, Hinsdale—a pictorial history of the village dating back to the late 19th Century. Hinsdale is the first pictorial history of the town that has been published since 1897. Mike Ellis: Could you tell us about your book, Hinsdale? Sandy Williams: Since I was involved with the [Hinsdale] Historical Society, particularly in the archives, for so many years, it was natural for the publisher, Arcadia, to come to the historical society to find out if there was someone willing to do a book. After I left the organization, I decided that it was a good time. Working with the [historical] photos as much as I did, I knew exactly what we had, which helped me lay out the chapters in my mind which was a natural transition to writing [the book].

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Mike: What did you learn about Hinsdale’s history during your research? Were you surprised at anything you discovered? Sandy: Because of my involvement with the historical society for over 30 years, I was pretty familiar with most of it. I’m not certain that I learned much, but I hope I focused on what I thought would be interesting and important for the reader. Mike: What type of research was required? Sandy: A lot of fact-finding, fact-checking—I didn’t realize how much time that would take. I wanted to make this all very truthful,—and sometimes when stories are repeated, they become the truth, so I wanted to get to the original sources to confirm the facts. Mike: How has Hinsdale changed? Sandy: The teardowns are the biggest difference; [they] have changed the character of the community—not necessarily in a good or bad way, it has just changed. There’s always some necessary upgrading of a community, but it makes you cringe when some of those significant homes come down. When you have large houses going up next to smaller homes, it definitely changes the character. With the rebuilding, there also comes a change in


demographics; it seems the amount of wealth has escalated, and the village has become more one-dimensional. Mike: If you had to briefly sum up Hinsdale’s history since about 1873, how would you do it? Sandy: I would say, cautious, careful and well-thought-out development until more recently,—but all through the 1910s, ’20s, ’30s, ’40s, ’50s. The village leaders were so devoted to ensure that everything they did was well-thought-out for the future of the town. There was a time when the plan commission even had design guidelines for public and commercial buildings in a colonial-revival style, which we still enjoy today in our schools that were built during that time, the administration buildings, the post office and some of the commercial buildings downtown. That cohesive feeling was important. I think this has always been a community of volunteers working to better the community not just in public life, but [also] in organizations. [Residents] have always done their best to find causes that were worth their efforts, and many of those have been focused on the community—very much a community-centered feeling. Mike: Is there anything else you would like to add? Sandy: I am proud to be a Hinsdalean; I believe that all Hinsdaleans are justifiably proud of their community. I hope the book recognizes the dedicated, generous leadership the village has had over the years that brought us to this point: an exceptional place to live. Photos courtesy of the Hinsdale Historical Society

Hinsdale’s current train station, shown here about 1907, was completed in 1899.

Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this home was built in 1889 by George Robbins, the son of Hinsdale’s founder.

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Nutrition and body-image expert Leslie Goldman (far right) poses with a group of local moms and daughters at the Robert Crown Center’s Happy to Be Me! luncheon.

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edia images—they’re virtually everywhere you turn. From magazines to television to movies to the Internet, we are constantly consuming content—and some of the images we encounter aren’t exactly authentic. A question that has been raised is, How are these images impacting the way girls view their bodies? Happy to Be Me Last month, about 400 mothers and daughters from the Western Suburbs attended Robert Crown Center’s inaugural Happy to Be Me! luncheon at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace. Ladies browsed an assortment of clothes and accessories in the hall before settling into the conference room for a presentation by nutrition and body-image expert Leslie Goldman. Goldman, a Today Show contributor and author of The Locker Room Diaries, provided numerous examples of celebrities whose bodies had been distorted in the media. From airbrushing to digital facial alterations, some of the celebrities she showed were hardly recognizable in magazine photos. “Stop weighing yourself,” Goldman told audience members. “Why get so emotionally attached to a number, when it doesn’t mean anything at all?” Goldman even presented an example of four underwear models with the same body—that is, a computer-enhanced figure belonging to no one.

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“The women that we compare ourselves to don’t really exist,” she said. In the age of instant access to an infinitude of information, images like those Goldman presented can be found by simply scanning TV channels or browsing the Internet on a laptop or iPhone. “It’s a really difficult time to be in middle school right now,” Goldman said. “There are all kinds of influences; there’s pressure to look a certain way; there’s the influence of media;—every image these girls see has been airbrushed and ‘photoshopped.’” A Growing Problem? Some might suppose that bodily insecurity among young girls is just a transient phase, but studies and statistics suggest that it is a problem that should not be taken lightly. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, nearly 54 percent of girls between 12 and 23 years of age are dissatisfied with their bodies, and about 75 percent of girls nine years and older have dieted between two and five times in a single year. The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders indicates that at least 8 million people in the United States have an eating disorder, and about 90 percent of those are women and girls as young as eight. But is there really a link between the media and these discouraging statistics? Social workers at Clarendon Hills Middle School said they believe there is. “The girls have so much access now,” CHMS social worker Ele


Santini said. “A lot of them have their own computers, so it’s not just magazines. When I was growing up, I saw models in commercials and magazines; now there are other access points. There are so many opportunities to be exposed to the inaccurate image of what women look like, or ‘should’ look like. I think girls become aware of [those images] very early on—calories, being thin—and that [they are] important. It’s hard to erode how heavily media and the images that they see weigh on them.” Santini and her colleague Jenny Steinhebel echoed Goldman’s sentiment that “Hollywood” images are problematic, because they are unrealistic and misleading. “The kids love movies, they love music—those are really high interest points for the kids,” Santini said. “They like to emulate certain stars or certain musicians, and oftentimes those people are very beautiful and glamorous—and that’s hard to live up to. We just have to keep focused on making sure they know that there are other things that are more important.” “At lunch, I’ve noticed some girls counting [calories], and that some don’t even want to have lunch,” Steinhebel said. “As time goes on, it seems like issues are arising earlier and earlier.” When dealing with body-image cases, Santini and Steinhebel said they try to educate kids about the disingenuousness of many of the media images they encounter, as well as the importance of making healthy decisions. “We try to really highlight their intelligence and the other gifts that they have,” Santini said. Steinhebel said that building good self-esteem is essential to countervailing the effects exposure to distorted media images may have on body image. “The bottom line for kids is their self-esteem and their inner core—what they have within themselves—,” she said, “and that is built on having good role models at home, good role models

at school, [and] good friendships and relationships that they can build throughout their community.” Valerie Quinn, an administrative assistant for Cardiology at DuPage Medical Group, the platinum sponsor for Happy to Be Me!, said she wants girls to know that there are always people who will be there for them. “I hope the girls know that if they need anything or want anything, they have people they can talk to,” Quinn said. “Women are very strong people, and we can do anything in this world.” If you spot any photos in magazines that you believe have been airbrushed, please submit them to news@Hinsdale60521. com, and we may post them at Hinsdale60521.com or in our next issue, along with your name. Santini said CHMS social workers are available to see children with a variety of needs in their office every day.

Leslie’s Tips: 1. Make a “Greatest Hits” List. 2. Do unto yourself as you would do unto others. 3. Go on a media diet. 4. Ditch your scale. 5. Compliment one random woman every day. 6. Thank your body. 7. Be you. You don’t have to change for anyone.

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ver 2,000 people with cancer, their families, friends and volunteers will gather in support of people living with cancer through the annual Walk for Wellness House fundraiser on Sunday, May 5. This family-fun event will begin and end at Wellness House, located at 131 N. County Line Road in Hinsdale. For over 20 years, Wellness House has been providing programs and services to local families who are affected by a cancer diagnosis. Wellness House envisions a community where all people affected by cancer thrive. Offered at no cost and as a complement to medical treatment, programs educate, support and empower participants so they can improve their physical and emotional well-being. “I feel like I’m not alone,” said Megan Bucher, a 13-year-old participant in the teen program at Wellness House. “Everyone listens. We don’t only talk about sad things; we have fun.” Research shows it makes a difference… • Support and networking groups are designed to meet the needs of people with cancer, their families and friends.

• Stress management techniques help cancer patients feel a decrease in anxiety and an increase in control. • Information and education promote self-care allowing patients to better understand and comply with their treatments. • Exercise improves physical functioning, quality of life and decreases fatigue. • Nutritional counseling leads to fewer treatment related symptoms, improved quality of life and better food choices. This year’s event will be co-chaired by Hinsdale realtor Tracy Anderson and Brad Warble of La Grange. “I am really looking forward to this year’s Walk for Wellness House,” Anderson said. “It is an event I think the whole community looks forward to attending. This year, we thought we would add a different spin on it by embracing the “Cinco de Mayo” theme, since it is on Sunday, May 5. We are hoping that the attendees will have some fun with this. I have heard of some teams that are planning on wearing sombreros to the event— I love that idea.”

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ver 450 people from the Western Suburbs turned out for the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club’s annual benefit to support Hephzibah Children’s Association at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook on Feb. 9. The Gatsby Gala teleported guests back to the 1920s, as ladies sparkled in their “Roaring Twenties” attire. “The HJWC annual benefit gives our club and community members a unique opportunity to raise funds for a worthy and deserving charity, all while having an unparalleled night of fun and festivity,” HJWC Vice President Tracy Zoberis said. “Each year, the benefit committee plans and executes what we think is the event of the season. We try to offer guests a chance to support our beneficiary in a creative setting with careful attention to all details and elements.” The evening commenced with the Hinsdale Central Poms dancing the “Charleston”, which preceded a live auction that featured coveted prize packages such as a weeklong “experience” in Maui and a oneof-a-kind playhouse constructed by Donatelli Builders. While dozens took to the dance floor, an ongoing silent auction including an autographed Aaron Rodgers Super Bowl replica jersey kept others entertained throughout the evening. All of the proceeds from the Gatsby Gala were directed to Hephzibah Children’s Association, an Oak Park-based organization that provides foster care to children in need. 75 percent of Hephzibah House residents were the victims of sexual abuse prior to receiving shelter there. Only $100 is required for providing necessities for a new resident.

Tracy Zoberis, Amity Comiskey, Denise Howe

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“We have had an incredible experience working with Hephzibah Children’s Association over the past year,” HJWC President Amity Comiskey said. “The great success from the Gatsby Gala will allow them to enrich the lives of the children of Hephzibah House by providing much needed funding for their Education Enrichment Program. What could be a better gift to give a child than a brighter future?” HJWC Members Ali Rago, Anna Fiascone and Christie Cuthbert were responsible for organizing the benefit. The total raised will be formally announced in May.

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ver 230 people from the Greater Hinsdale area supported the Clarendon Hills Auxiliary Chapter of the Infant Welfare Society, while enjoying an evening at the Union Club of Chicago on Feb. 9. “We sold out our event,” publicity chair Peg Boutchia said. “This room really only holds 200 [people], so we squeezed in four more tables so we could [accommodate] everyone who wanted to come.” 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the auxiliary, and the Clarendon Hills chapter’s Have a Heart benefit did not disappoint, featuring OrDavid & Diane Cochran, Ann Schenck, Judi & Lou Thomas chestra 33, a Chicago-based band that frequently performs at weddings and corporate functions. A bevy of intriguing auction items were also up for bidding, including an autographed Michael Phelps Sports Illustrated cover, a signed Jack Nicklaus Masters’ scorecard, and a six-night stay at Eagle Ridge Resort in Galena. “We have a benefit committee of about 12 people that got involved and put everything together,” event coordinator Stacy Wyent said. All of the roughly $70,000 raised from Have a Heart will be directed towards the Infant Welfare Society’s healthcare facility in the Logan Square neighborhood. At this clinic, families without insurance can receive prenatal care and comprehensive dental care. “This is such a great cause,” Wyent said, “and for everyone to come together and pitch in from the solicitation and donation perspective to support the clinic is just a good thing.” Photos courtesy of Audrey Gozali and Diane Grundberg

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bout 400 people turned out to support Misericordia at Mis Amore on March 8 at Pinstripes in Oak Brook. Hosted by the Misericordia Women’s League, Mis Amore’s evening format included bocce, bowling, buffet dining, live music, live and silent auction items, and an art auction featuring the works of Misericordia residents. “It is heart-warming to see all the support for Misericordia from our community, and we appreciate everyone coming out and showing their amore of Misericordia,” Mis Amore cochair Michelle Vranicar said. Misericordia is a north-side facility that currently provides housing to about 600 adults and children with special needs. The money raised at the event will be used for the Personal Effectiveness Program (PEP) at Misericordia. Started in October 2011, this innovative program uses interactive technology and visually-supported tools to enhance the behavioral health of adult residents. At Mis Amore, Misericordia Executive Director Sister Rosemary Connelly spoke about the new financial challenges facing Misericordia due to state budget cuts. Misericordia is currently owed millions of dollars from the state of Illinois. Sister Rosemary also spoke about the desire to start a major capital development to house the aging residents, a new phenomenon facing Misericordia. “Misericordia warms everyone’s hearts,” Michelle Parsons said. “This continues to be one of many terrific events throughout the year with over 400 caring and generous supporters attending Mis Amore. We look forward to continuing the tradition next year.” For those unable to attend the event, donations are still being accepted at www.events.org/MisAmore. Photos by Marcello Rodarte

Front row: Patrick P., Sister Rosemary Connelly, Lois Gates Back row: Paul P., Jenny Frain, Patty Burke, Jill H., Michelle Vranicar

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follow the conversation. There is such a strong sense of been there, done that. As District 181 explores doing the most that can be done for its students, I am sure that conversation also brings back memories for many retired teachers and activist parents, now grandparents. My 1973 dissertation in pursuit of the holy grail of college teaching focused on the self-esteem of William Walker children exposed to varying Hinsdale Magazine Columnist educational programs. In the 1960s, non-graded programs were all the rage around the country. These programs featured groupings across elementary classrooms and even across grade levels for teaching students with similar aptitudes. Those who could soar were encouraged to do so and those to whom illumination came slower could benefit from a pace that was encouraging. Many schools built then featured open spaces for several classrooms with low dividing walls to facilitate the shuffling of students. After some large investment in transitions to embrace these non-graded programs, most research showed little difference, if any, when student progress was compared with students in traditional graded programs. Follow-up studies showed that lack of evidence of benefit may have resulted from impurities in the applications of the models. My own research found teachers in a traditional graded program passing some students from classroom to classroom for special groupings “because we (the teachers) agreed it was better for them; we’ve been doing it for years.” Likewise, in one school in a non-graded district, all of the language arts levels were being taught with the same materials in the same way. My research discovered that children scoring lower on early aptitude tests slightly benefited from group instruction with those more like themselves in aptitude, both in academic progress and in self-esteem. These benefits seemed to last throughout their public school careers. Maybe more importantly, they expressed greater enjoyment of their educational experience. More wanted to continue education and did. Interestingly, those who were most capable and tended to do well in any program emotionally liked the traditional program best. They seemed to feel balance in staying with their age peers and not being cut out for special experiences, especially at early grades. It was when their parents began to value their giftedness that they liked the special attention. It was when their parents got ahead of them on their abilities that they became confused. The confusion was brighter/smarter/swifter/stronger with better—winning versus doing your best. Those who resolved this confusion made long-term commitments in their areas of high - Continued on page 44

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aptitude. As District 181 makes decisions about curriculum, it is important how systematically the program is implemented, and how parents embrace and understand their children’s challenges. An effort to have more students reach higher goals more quickly must have the most solid of commitments. If you want to find greater depth in the educational experience, more students will need help in finding relevance in their dayto-day lives—television and the Internet have enhanced their awareness, but not necessarily their understanding. One clear message to me came out of my early career research and my 30 years of teaching and providing therapy. Those who are most challenged in school need to find passion for something in life the most. If it is a traditional academic subject, great; if not, perhaps greater! Several times a month, I ingest a great meal prepared by various individuals who finished or did not finish high school— struggled, but found themselves in food. My neighbor dropped out of school, could not put a sentence together—now he has

a great lifestyle: “I learned to write in order to put my ideas together for my blog.” Perhaps most insightfully, one of my first university student advisees, a kid who finished with a 3.9 GPA on a solid 4.0 scale, challenges us all to think about blending aptitude and interest. His record in elementary school featured two long and painful parent-teacher consultations about whether or not to promote him to the next grade, the first a “yes,” the second a “no.” “All of a sudden I hit sixth grade, and my reading teacher asked what we liked. My required reading for the first half year was all mysteries. At the end of the year, I knew I could read anything!”

As District 181 makes decisions about curriculum, it is important how systematically the program is implemented, and how parents embrace and understand their children’s challenges. -Bill Walker

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he track season is underway at Hinsdale South, and the Hornets’ Boys’ Track team is now heading to the outdoor track. After placing second in the West Suburban Gold last year, the team’s goal this season is to win conference. “As a team, we’re definitely hoping to win the indoor and outdoor conference titles,” senior Tavaris Binion said. Binion, who also plays football, began running track freshman year. After just two years, through dedication to sprinting and with the help of coaches working to perfect his running technique, he won the 100-meter state championship in 2012. Binion said his goals are to break his own 100-meter record and win the 200-meter as well. “Work ethic is a big part of [succeeding]— and believing in myself,” he said. “Our Athletic Director Kim Maloney always talks about two things: work ethic and ‘expect victory.’” Head coach Dean Norman said sprinting was the strength of last year’s team, but it will require better results in jumping and distance-running events to claim conference this spring. “Those are the areas where it would be very helpful to score some points at meets,” he said. Norman said his 2013 team is young, but talented. “We have very few seniors, but the seniors we have are very experienced,” he said. “The seniors are really good leaders; they have a big role in making the younger guys feel welcome.” Senior hurdler and relay specialist Manny Dunleavy said he has noticed a progression in effort early in the season. “Our team worked a lot harder in the first week than we have for the past three years,” Dunleavy said. “I believe we can accomplish more [as a team] this year.”

EXPECT VICTORY: Senior sprinter Tavaris Binion of Willowbrook looks to defend his 100m state title in 2013.

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acrosse remains a club sport in 2013, but don’t mention that to the Hinsdale Central Girls’ Lacrosse team. The Red Devils are looking to build off of a fourth-place finish at the state tournament last season, and senior attacker Amy O’Grady said she is confident her team can take the next step. “[My class] has really been working hard for the last four years,” O’Grady said. “It will definitely be a cumulative year for us. When you’re not looking to play [competitively] in college, the biggest thing you can aspire to do is win a state championship— and that’s definitely something we’re willing to put 100 percent into.” Last season, Loyola Academy proved to be an insurmountable hurdle for Hinsdale, beating the Red Devils comfortably at Dickinson Field and again in the state semifinals in Naperville. But O’Grady said she anticipates a more level playing field this season. “In the past, there’s always been a pretty distinct drop-off in skill-level [between the top teams and everyone else],” she said. “As lacrosse becomes more popular, everyone’s starting to level off.” At the end of the day, O’Grady said it all comes down to preparation. “During the season, I think what it’s going to come down to is a lot of focus [during matches] and being active off the field,” she said. “Anybody can work hard for a couple hours after school, but if you really want a state championship, there’s going to be more work involved.”

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SENIOR LEADER: Amy O’Grady is hoping to lead the Red Devils to a state title after a fourth-place finish last season.


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fter claiming its 21st state championship last spring, Hinsdale Central Boys’ Tennis is back with another stacked roster in 2013. With five of six athletes from the state-title lineup returning this year, head coach John Naisbitt said the expectation is another state championship or bust. “We have tons of talent,” Naisbitt said. “We’ve got many players that can step up and fill the sixth spot; we couldn’t be in a better place.” Sophomore Martin Joyce, who placed fourth at state as a freshman in 2012, is a contender for the singles title this season. Joyce has improved his game by playing in tournaments across the nation, and said he is ready to take the next step in 2013. Defending state doubles champions Peter Heneghan and Alex Hagermoser, both seniors, will have proverbial targets on their backs throughout the season. Naisbitt said he believes Heneghan and Hagermoser have what it takes to repeat. “They’re very talented; they’re very cerebral,” he said. “They know how to win.” As long as his team stays healthy and doesn’t get complacent, Naisbitt said he is confident that the Red Devils can add another trophy to the mantle this spring. “The only thing that would keep us from another title is ourselves.”

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RISING STAR: Can sophomore Martin Joyce turn a fourth-place finish at state into first in 2013?

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ptimism abounds for the 2013 Hinsdale Central Girls’ Softball program, as three freshmen who made significant contributions in 2012—shortstop/pitcher Annemarie Tracey, catcher Faith Koffron and outfielder Emma Day—return as sophomores this spring. Tracey said she believes the team’s offseason workout regiment will translate into better

results at the plate. “In gym, all of the varsity girls did weightlifting,” she said. “I feel like we all got stronger, so our hitting will be much stronger.” Tracey said the leadership of veteran coach Lee Maciejewski and his staff will also help the team excel. “[Our coaches] are like parents to me,” Tracey said. “They’re

BUILDING BLOCKS: Sophomores Annemarie Tracey and Faith Koffron will help lead a young but promising Hinsdale Central Softball squad.

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always trying to make us better, and they always do make us better.” After starting pitcher Kelly MacKenzie graduated last year, pitcher is the most salient void to fill on this year’s squad. “Kelly was a huge part of our team last year,” Tracey said. “I’m going to have to contribute a lot more [on the mound] than I did last year, and I’ve been practicing a lot with Faith.” Overall, Koffron said she is confident about the team’s direction. “I know we’re getting some incoming freshmen that will help our team,” she said. “I think our program is getting better and better. I’m really optimistic about where our team is headed.”


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