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ontroversy is brewing over New Trier High School’s Seminar Day On Race, with one group of vocal parents and residents urging District 203 administrators to add speakers with what they say is a different world view — or suspend the event, and another group rallying in support of the all-day seminar, which is scheduled for Feb. 28. The group opposing Seminar Day created a website called Parents of New Trier, with a tagline that states: “Balance — or else suspend — New Trier’s Seminar Day on Race.” District 203 administrators do not plan to change the lineup or postpone the event, the Chicago Tribune reported. Parents of New Trier maintain Seminar Day lacks speakers with varying points of view who may offer solutions to real-world Continued on PG 10

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ate Butkus has been passionate about science for more than half his life. His interest started when he was just three years old, and now, at age six, this budding scientist has his own podcast, where he asks science experts questions on topics he finds interesting. “Sometimes I come up with people I want on the show and my dad works on finding them,” Butkus told DailyNorthShore. Recent show topics include “alphanatomy,” climate change, evolution, ants, butterflies, vultures, radiation ... and sugar. To name a few. (The free podcast can be found on iTunes.) “I have already harvested some living cells,” he told one of his guests. It helps that Nate’s father, Eric Butkus, creates podcasts for a living for The Journal of the American Medical Association. One day Nate was visiting his father’s office and decided that he wanted to make his own podcast and call it The Show About Science. Nate’s first interview? His mom, Jenny Butkus. Nate said he peppered his mom with the same question over and over. “What else do you know?” he asked. Since then, Nate’s questions have evolved and so has his podcast. He’s branched out from family friends with science backgrounds to experts in the field such as Anna Rothschild, creator and host of the PBS YouTube series Gross Science. Nate gets many of his ideas from watching videos on the internet and sometimes his parents pitch their own ideas. But Nate has final say over what is on the podcast.

Nate Butkus and his parents set up a space for “The Show About Science” podcast in their Wilmette home. PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGE PFOERTNER

“Ultimately, Nate has to be excited about it. If he is not excited, then it is not going to be a good show,” Eric said. The family has dedicated a spot in their house where the podcast is recorded, and Eric edits the footage during his commute to and from work. He helps Nate by contacting scientists and finds that most are

receptive. “It is just so cool because everyone is so wonderful and generous to Nate,” Eric said. Nate said he likes learning about new science topics from experts but doesn’t come up with specific questions ahead of time. “I pretty much do not prepare. I come up with the questions out of the blue. It makes for a better

interview,” Nate said. Nate recently sharpened his interviewing skills on the other side of the table. On January 25, he was interviewed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show about his podcast. NBC producers had heard Nate’s podcast and contacted him to see if he was interested in being on the television show. His mom said Nate was

enthusiastic. “He is fearless,” Jenny said. “He feeds off the audience. He just loves it.” Indeed, Nate charmed DeGeneres and the live audience. And he wasn’t nervous about being on television. “It was awesome to be in front of a big audience,” he said. Continued on PG 10

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NEWS SCIENCE Cont. from PG 1 But he said his parents were a little bit nervous and were making funny faces at him from their seats in the audience. “They did not know what was going to come out of my mouth because they couldn’t correct me,” Nate said. DeGeneres was just how he expected. “I expected for me to

be excited and for her to be silly and she was super silly. She gave me a tie with her face on (it). I call it an Ellen tie,” Nate said. His parents confessed they were a little nervous before he was on the show. Just like the podcasts, Nate came up with everything himself — his parents never know what questions Nate will ask during an interview. “I had no idea what to expect when

he walked on that stage,” Eric said. Nate has just released his 25th episode of The Show About Science. His parents are proud of his hard work and pleased he has an arena to explore his love of science. “One of my favorite things about the show is that he has a place to channel his love about science and share it with others,” Eric said.

Nate Butkus in his Wilmette home studio. PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGE PFOERTNER

‘DAY ON RACE’ Cont. from PG 1 problems, such as gang violence in Chicago. The group has proposed alternative panelists such as Jason Riley, a Wall Street Journal columnist, Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, or NFL football player Benjamin Watson. Betsy Hart, a New Trier parent who is a spokesperson for the group, told DailyNorthShore that Parents of New Trier is forming as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with plans to be a voice for people in the community, bridge divides and make a difference in a tangible way. On Feb. 26, Corey Brooks will speak at a private home about his work with Project Hood, an organization working to end violence and build communities in Chicago. “Our issue is not at all with Seminar Day in talking about race. It is the world view that it is coming from,” Hart said. She added that the group’s concern is that the focus is not on real solutions, but rather workshops that she and others in the group view as divisive and

politicized. “It doesn’t take courage to talk to New Trier students about white privilege. That’s not courage, that is a cliché,” she said. On the other side of the issue is a group that supports Seminar Day. “As citizens, parents and community members, let’s show the New Trier School Board we support Seminar Day and our educators. We recognize these conversations may not be easy, but they are important,” reads a petition supporting the program. The petition was started by a group of parents and residents who were concerned about the vocal opposition on a seminar they view as important, a group representative told DailyNorthShore. Carol Callahan, a Wilmette resident whose daughter is a sophomore at New Trier, signed the petition. “My daughters found New Trier Seminar Day an eye-opening experience. They gained insight into how our history as a nation of immigrants of all races and religions

continues to impact us today. The array of subjects covered by dozens of speakers prepares them for study, work and living among people with different backgrounds and experiences, whatever path in life they choose,” she told DailyNorthShore. The theme of Seminar Day is “Understanding Today’s Struggle for Racial Civil Rights.” Students have the opportunity to choose from 100 workshops presented by New Trier staff, student groups and experts from the Chicago area. The workshops range from discussing representations of people of color in various forms of media to analyzing western bias in the field of science. In addition, two keynote speakers are scheduled to speak at each campus. Colson Whitehead, award-winning author of The Underground Railroad, will speak at the Winnetka campus, while Andrew Aydin, co-author of the award winning graphic memoir series MARCH about congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, will speak at the Northfield campus.

Lake Forest native lands White House job BY STEVE SADIN DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

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errit Lansing works for the President of the United States doing a job that did not exist when he was a student at Sheridan Elementary School in Lake Forest. Lansing, a Lake Forest native, is a deputy assistant to the president and chief digital officer for the White House, ensuring technology works efficiently there. His first day of work in the administration of President Donald J. Trump was January 21 in Washington. “It’s humbling and energizing,” said Lansing, 33, of his new job, where he averages a 75-hour workweek. “If I do my job right, I’ll help people who need government services and help the government spend less money. It’s definitely a privilege. There are two parts to the job. Lansing said he gives creative support to the communications department, and he also makes sure the computers and information technology systems work efficiently. While Lansing is part of the White House staff, he works in

the Eisenhower Executive Office Building across from the White House. The building houses most of the presidential staff, according to the White House website. Lansing said there was some form of the job he does in the early part of the century during the administration of former President George W. Bush, but it did not take its present form until after former President Barack Obama took office. He plans to keep improving things. “We have world-class high tech in government now,” Lansing said. “We continue to modernize the systems. We’re building on what the (Obama administration) did. We want it to be more efficient for people to use.” Working a high-tech job for the president was not something Lansing said he imagined as a classical languages major at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., studying Greek and Latin. Lansing’s first job out of college was as an editor for a blog for the Heritage Foundation, a Washington D.C., think tank. He said his academic training helped him pick up the technology he needed.

“Learning classical languages teaches you how to learn,” said Lansing. “It teaches you how to analyze.” A political job followed when Lansing went to work in the Washington office of Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton) as the director of new media in 2010. After other positions on Capitol Hill, he became the chief digital officer for the Republican National Committee in June 2015. During his time at the RNC, Lansing’s boss was Reince Priebus. Priebus is now President Trump’s chief of staff. When Priebus moved from running the RNC to his present job, Lansing said he saw an opportunity. “I put my hat in the running,” said Lansing of his first step to taking a White House job. “It was a chance to (help) do big things for the country and I didn’t want to pass it up.” Now Lansing is a deputy assistant to the president. He said there are 30 to 40 people who hold that title. Above him are 25 assistants to the president. Above that on the organization chart is the president of the United States.


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in our heads and came up with Norton – the sewer worker played by Art Carney — on The Honeymooners,” said Mages. Norton always wore a hat and if you look closely enough you can see it featured on the menu. Mages said, “When I first opened, a gentleman from Florida BY JULIE KEMP PICK said he represented Jackie DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM Gleason, [the star of The Honeyalking into Norton’s mooners and told me that I feels like traveling back couldn’t copy the name Norton. in time to the iconic So I went out and got jerseys TV Boston tavern Cheer’s, “where because there are ball players with everybody knows your name,” the name Norton and I got [piccomplete with regulars perched tures of Norton] motorcycles and on designated bar stools. I never saw the man again.” Mages lives in Deerfield and “Bud Light Bob has been coming since Norton’s opened in grew up in Wilmette. His busi1999, and Goose is another long- ness partner, Richard Holleb, time customer,” said Jeffrey grew up in Evanston and they’ve Mages, co-owner, who nick- been friends since sixth grade. named them after their favorite Mages said he and Holleb divide drinks. “Bud Light could be a their responsibilities equally, skinnier Norm from Cheers, and though Mages considers himself we have many regulars that to be the “fun partner.” remind us of the other characMages said his wife used to ters.” work at the restaurant “but she Cheers’ Norm was an accoun- got tired of yelling at me.” Holtant who always sat on the same leb’s wife continues to help out bar stool, and whenever he and Mages has known her since walked in everyone would yell out she worked at Irving’s For Red “Norm!” The Emmy award- Hot Lovers. “I started the first Irving’s in winning series ran from 19821993. Wilmette near Edens Plaza in Though Norton’s has a Cheers 1975,” said Mages. “Then we vibe, it was actually named after opened in two locations on a character from another classic Dempster Street: by Lutheran TV series: Ed Norton from The General Hospital and another by Honeymooners (1955-1956). the Skokie Swift. We had a “We just kicked names around couple stores in Chicago too.”

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Lake Forest High School swimmer uses springtime adage to motivate teammates in the wintertime BY BILL MCLEAN , SPORTS@NORTHSHOREWEEKEND.COM

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t might go down as one of the more unusual rallying cries in sports. But Lake Forest High School senior swimmer Wyatt Foss chose it — “April showers bring May flowers” — and exhorted his teammates to get behind it before a practice in January. Watt’s reasoning demanded an explanation, and he was more than happy to reveal it. “I wanted to pick a saying that everybody knew and then apply it to the sport of swimming,” says Foss, a Lake Bluff resident and four-year varsity swimmer. The gist of his comparison: “showers” represent the demands of the sport, including the interminable, painful practices in the middle of the season and the sound of a swimmer’s alarm clock that beats the sunrise before each practice. “The tough and unpleasant parts of the sport are like monsoons or typhoons, rain and wind everywhere, relentless conditions,” says LFHS swim coach Cindy Dell, who was thrilled Foss had selected what originally was a short poem — “Sweet April showers do spring May flowers” — penned by Thomas Tusser in 1157. “The ‘flowers,’ ” Dell adds, “come later, in the form of seasonbest times or helping the team win a relay or a big meet. The boys who work hard and persevere usually get rewarded in the end.” Foss collected his most beautiful ‘flower’ to date at a sectional in the home water last winter, when he served as the lead-off leg for the Scouts’ 400-yard free relay. The quartet also included current senior Kevin Donahue, Michael Hambleton (a Class of 2016 graduate) and Dylan Boyd, who transferred to North Carolina before the start of his senior year. “I wasn’t even sure we’d qualify to the state meet,” recalls the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Foss, one of four captains this year. They didn’t just earn a state berth with a time of 3:11.58 on

of the 200 free,” Dell says. “He’s driven, a student of the sport. Loves the sport. I also think of heart when I think of Wyatt. Wyatt has one of the biggest hearts I know. And when you’re around him, you notice so much humbleness. “Wyatt has always been all about the team,” the coach adds. Dell has something to do with that mindset. The program’s culture she creates for her boys each season begins and ends with the way she communicates with each swimmer. Plus the process of progressing as a competitive swimmer — as a Scout battling for his teammates — matters more to her than the times on the scoreboard. Or the shiny medals. “We’re all humble, because of Cindy,” Foss insists. “Cindy treats everybody on our team equally. It doesn’t matter if you’re the fastest swimmer or the slowest swimmer or anybody in between; Cindy looks at you and sees a swimmer.” See Wyatt Foss. Hear a poetic leader. Notable: The Scouts placed third (159 points) at the North Suburban Conference Meet at Stevenson on Feb. 11, behind senior HE’S THE FOSS: Wyatt Foss of the Scouts is all smiles after completing a race in the NSC Meet. He took fifth in the 100 free and 200 Kevin Donahue’s fourth-place free. He also was a member of two fourth-place finishing relays. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER effort in the 200 IM (2:03.31) and that February afternoon in 2016; zation’s missions is to identify no other,” Dell says of the three- player (Lynette, at a high school three top-four finishes in relay the foursome pared 13 seconds — through free heart screenings time LFHS Talent Show per- in Michigan) and a former races. Donahue swam on two of off its seed time — and won the on campuses — high school stu- former. “When I think of Wyatt gymnast and shot putter (Robert, the relays (200 medley and 200 event. dents who are at risk of sudden [the musician], I think of The a Glenbrook North graduate), freestyle). Will Paschke, Elliot “A lot of jumping up and down cardiac death. Eagles, a band that is a favorite Foss tried tennis, soccer, volleyball Hangos and Wyatt Foss joined Each cause received $2,000. of ours.” after that race,” he adds. “A lot of and baseball before opting to Donahue on the medley quartet (1:44.34), and Elliot, Wyatt and hugs on deck. The camaraderie The LFHS boys swimming The school’s Talent Show is stick with swimming. you get to experience during a and diving program also spent a slated for Feb. 24 — earlier than “My first race was a simple one, Carlos Minetti swam the other high school season is my favorite Winter Break afternoon to com- usual. This year’s state swimming either the 50 freestyle or maybe legs of the 200 free relay (1:33.91). aspect of swimming. We spend plete a project for Feed My Starv- and diving meet starts on Feb. 24 it was the 100 freestyle,” says a The Scouts’ 400 free relay of so many hours training together ing Children. and ends on the next day. Foss, a Lake Bluff Park District Minetti, Paschke, Zach Boveri Foss’s primary passion out of Chords or chlorinated water? swimmer before becoming a Lake and Jack McGlynn took fourth during the three months, and For Foss, that was an easy de- Forest Swim Club Duck. “I re- (3:31.51). The team’s other top-six then more bonding goes on the water is playing the electric guitar. His mother, Lynette, in- cision. member liking it right away.” during meets.” performances: Richie Mannarino “Even if I don’t make it to the They came together for a troduced him to music at the age His personal-best times in the (fifth place, diving, 312.6 points); couple of good causes on Dec. 27, of 2. Little Wyatt heard The state meet this year, I’ll be there 100 free and 200 free, through Foss (fifth, 200 free, 1:50.97; and the date on which each Scout Beatles, and the budding musi- to cheer for my teammates,” says late January, were 49.2 and 1:47.4 fifth, 100 free, 50.12); Donahue swam 10,000 yards in the school’s cian in the household eventually Foss, also a 100- and 200-yard respectively. The state-meet cuts (sixth, 100 butterfly, 56.26); and pool to raise funds for the Great played the piano for two years. freestyler. “There’s no way I’d miss in the events: 47.72, 1:44.48. Luke Lanigan (sixth, 500 free, “Wyatt attacks the front end 5:12.33). … LFHS vies for state Lakes Adaptive Sports AssociaHe is in his ninth year as a something as big as the state tion and the Max Schewitz Foun- guitarist. meet.” of races really well, and we’re berths at the Vernon Hill SecThe son of a former volleyball working on his finish at the end tional on Feb. 18. dation. One of the latter organi“Wyatt can play the guitar like


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The Lowell down: Trevian exacts satisfying revenge at wrestling sectional BY KEVIN REITERMAN, SPORTS@NORTHSHOREWEEKEND.COM

JAKE... TO STATE FARM (CENTER): New Trier’s Jake Lowell, seen here in the CSL Meet, claimed runner-up honors at the Class 3A Barrington Sectional. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JUDY FIDLOWSKI

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e had a chip on his shoulder that his gray singlet couldn’t possibly hide. For 365 days, Jake Lowell, as provocative as he is proficient on a wrestling mat, could find no peace. No resolve. The New Trier senior confessed that last year’s sectional loss to Harlem’s Dalton Hambrock rocked — and shocked — him to the core. Lowell was unable to unlock it from his mind. A pin — which took a mere 62 seconds in a 182pound semifinal wrestleback — was stuck there 24/7. “I thought about that match for a whole year. It killed me,” says Lowell. “I’d be driving to school, and that match would pop into my mind.” The setback barred him from competing at the IHSA Class 3A state meet in Champaign. “I still remember the noise [Hambrock] made after beating me,” Lowell says. The NT wrestler interpreted that irritating outburst as a pile on. The match wasn’t supposed to go down like that. “He wasn’t supposed to beat me,” says Lowell, who went 32-8 during the 2015-16 season. “But I choked like a baby.” So, you can imagine Lowell’s delight when he got The Rematch at this year’s Barrington Sectional on Feb. 11. In the semifinal

round of the 195-pound weight class, Lowell went up against his nemesis. He beat Hambrock 8-4. (Hambrock would bounce back later, taking third place to join Lowell as a state qualifier.) “That’s the beauty of this sport,” says Lowell. “You can get revenge. “This was personal for me,” he adds. “Beating the kid who sent me home last year — that’s the best feeling.” Several hours later, Lowell took his second-place finish in stride. For him, losing 5-2 in the championship match to an undefeated opponent, Warren’s Andrew Demos (43-0), was discouraging but not devastating. “I now get my name on the state-qualifying board [in the New Trier High School wrestling room],” Lowell says. It’s a cherishable accomplishment. He took it further. “I’m finally doing something with my life,” admits Lowell. “Finally doing something for my parents [ Jeff and Suzy] and for my unofficial third parent, Shannon Cummings, who is a good friend of my mom’s and who comes to all of my meets.” Lowell has experienced the highs and lows of varsity sports. Two years ago, as a junior fullback/linebacker, Lowell was named to the all-CSL South football team.

This past fall, Lowell, who had to deal with some injuries during the season, felt like he got “snubbed” in the all-CSL South voting. “I guess you can make a case for not giving it to a fullback,” Lowell says. “But, at New Trier, fullback is one of the most important positions on the team. “I’m still furious about it,” he adds. But the Trevians’ 17-10 loss to St. Charles East in the second round of the Class 8A state playoffs is far worse. “That loss is going to stay with me forever,” he predicts. Meanwhile, Lowell (20-5) is looking to make a memory at this weekend’s state meet at State Farm Center in Champaign. He will be joined by two teammates: junior Jack Tangen and junior Patrick Ryan. Tangen (35-7) qualified with a second-place finish at 126 pounds. He notched wins over Warren’s JT VanderVere 6-4 and Deerfield’s Aaron Brailov 8-4 before losing to Libertyville’s Danny Pucino 8-5 in the title match. Ryan (39-7) will be making a return trip to state after earning runner-up honors at Barrington. The 138-pounder dropped an 8-6 decision to Deerfield’s Kenny Kerstein in the final. His wins came against Barrington’s Luke Rasmussen by technical fall and Huntley’s Luke Loprieno by fall (5:06).

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LEANIN’ ON EAN New Trier can count on distance man Vandergraaf BY BILL MCLEAN, SPORTS@NORTHSHOREWEEKEND.COM

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f it’s league or conference weekend in the boys swimming and diving season, it’s also the time when most teams divide into three groups: Fully tapered boys. Partially tapered boys. Sore-all-over boys. New Trier junior Ean Vandergraaf was a partially tapered Trevian — “About 25 percent,” he said — at the Central Suburban League South Meet at Niles West on Feb. 11. “His taper might be a little higher than that,” NT swimming coach Josh Runkle said of the 5-foot-7, 145-pound Vandergraaf, a 200- and 500-yard freestyler. “Ean and [junior] Tommy Hackley hadn’t raced a 500 in a couple of weeks, because we’ve been hammering the team [during recent strenuous workouts]. “They’ve been plugging away,” the coach added. “They’re grinders. Ean is a competitor, a workhorse.” Vandergraaf had to race against a thoroughbred, Glenbrook South senior Sam Iida, in the 500 free at the league meet. Iida — the reigning state runnerup in the event — coasted to first place with a time of 4:34.02. But Vandergraaf beat everybody else in the field with a runner-up effort (4:50.84), after entering the meet with a seed time of 4:51.38. “Ean was aggressive in the 500 today, and he stayed aggressive the whole way,” said Runkle, whose varsity boys “Iida-ed” the six-team meet with a 402.5-point total, well ahead of runner-up Evanston (277). It was New Trier’s third straight CSL South title under Runkle, the program’s third-year varsity head coach. Vandergraaf, a first-year varsity swimmer, was an age-group butterflyer before finding his comfort zone as a distance swimmer. The start of the transition to the grueling nature of the 500 free didn’t exactly go swimmingly for Vandergraaf. “It was tough, and I wasn’t very fast,” admitted Vandergraaf, whose unique first name is a combination of his parents’ names, Eric and Anita. “But I kept with it, and my times went

of serial Olympics hero Michael Phelps surfaced during an interview with the Gridley twins after last weekend’s CSL South Meet. Their favorite swimmer, right? “My favorite swimmer is Murphy McQuet,” Patrick Gridley said of the 2015 NT graduate and Princeton sophomore. McQuet, Mason’s older brother, won the 100 and 200 free events at the 2015 state meet.

MOVING ‘VAN’: New Trier’s Ean Vandergraaf drives to the finish line in the 500 freestyle at the CSL South Meet. PHOTOGRAPHY BY TING SHEN

down. I like distance races now.” So much so that he swam a 5K freestyle race in Wisconsin as a New Trier Swim Club member in the offseason. Vandergraaf ’s personal-best time in the 500 free is 4:44, which is under the state cut (4:45.38). He also has a decent shot at qualifying for the state meet in the 200 free; he finished fifth in the event (1:48.62) at last weekend’s CSL South Meet. “My friends,” he said, “always ask me, ‘Why do you keep getting up so early [for practices]?’ I tell them, ‘Because I want to get better, be the best I can be.’ ” Two of Vandergraaf ’s biggest fans are New Trier junior twins Patrick and Ryan Gridley. Patrick (52.5) and Ryan (53.42) went 1-2 in the 100 backstroke at the CSL South Meet. “Ean likes to work, and he has the ability to hold that tempo,”

said the 6-3 Ryan, a half-inch taller and four minutes younger than his twin. “The 500 free, it’s all about tempo, tempo, tempo, never slowing down.” Ryan Gridley snapped his right fingers each time he uttered “tempo.” Added Patrick: “Ean is a driven kid, with a positive mindset. All of us notice how positive he is as a teammate. He’s a really good teammate.” Vandergraaf touched first in the 500 free (4:48) and second in the 200 free (1:48) at last winter’s JV CSL South Meet. And now he’s entrenched and motivated — as a varsity regular, as a swimmer poised to see what he can do as a fully tapered racer against the area’s best. In addition to his two individual medal swims last weekend at Niles West, he helped the Trevs’ ‘B’ 400 free relay place fourth (3:24.19, with

honors in the 100 breaststroke (59.88). Other top-six results involving Trevians: 200 medley relay (second place, 1:39.33; Tommy Wilson, McQuet, Ryan Escasa and Henry Yavitt); Jakob Kaminsky (second, 200 IM, 1:58.32; and fourth, 100 breaststroke, 1:01.94); Jack Walter Notable: Trevians junior Charlie (second, 100 butterfly, 54.19); 200 Scheinfeld sped to first place in free relay (second, 1:29.92; the 100-yard freestyle (47.68) and McQuet, Pierson Ohr, Yavitt and 100 breaststroke (58-flat) events Walter); Ryan Gridley (third, 200 and swam for the victorious 200 IM, 1:58.94); McQuet (third, 50 medley relay (1:36.32) at the free, 22.45); Ohr (third, 100 free, CSL South Meet at Niles West 49.16); Wilson (fourth, 100 back, on Feb. 11. His relay mates were 55.52); Jack Connolly (fifth, Patrick Gridley, Philipp Srivas- diving, 370.45); 200 free relay tava and anchor Ryan Gridley. (fifth, 1:31.45; Kaminsky, Patrick NT’s lone fully tapered swimmer, Drake, Tommy Hackley and sophomore Nick Torre, took third Torre); Hackley (sixth, 200 free, in the 200 free (1:48.08) and 1:49.01); Patrick Gridley (sixth, fourth in the 500 free (4:52.31). 200 IM, 2:00.69); and Walter Senior Mason McQuet pared (sixth, 50 free, 22.79). … NT vies nearly four seconds off his seed for state berths at the Niles North time when he claimed runner-up Sectional on Feb. 18. … The topic Hackley, Nick Torre and Jack Walter). “We’re more than just teammates,” Vandergraaf said of NT’s 15 varsity swimmers. “We’re a giant band of brothers, one big family. “I love being a part of it.”

Loyola Academy: The Ramblers captured the Metro Catholic Athletic Conference title, and LA’s Nathaniel Guenther — the 200yard IM champion (1:59.49) — shared co-Senior Swimmer of the Year honors with St. Patrick’s Dan Galante at Fenwick on Feb. 4. Coach Mike Hengelmann’s crew totaled 330 points, ahead of runner-up Marmion (317) and Fenwick (third place, 303). Hengelmann was named MCAC Coach of the Year. Guenther also touched third in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.5) and swam on a pair of top-five relay teams (200 medley, 400 freestyle). The quartet of Guenther, Ben Dukes, Zach Holecek and Tommy Barr took third in the 200 medley (1:42.33), before Guenther and senior Danny McGowan joined freshmen Luke Mauer and Everet Andrew to clock a 3:22.09 in the 400 free relay (fifth place). The 200 free relay of Holecek, Barr, Maurer and McGowan finished fourth in 1:30.79. Ramblers senior Christopher Canning earned runner-up honors in a highly competitive diving competition. Mount Carmel junior Eric Correa edged Canning 513.4-512.7 for the event title. Mauer, with a time of 1:59.57 in the 200 IM, collected the Ramblers’ other silver medal at the meet. LA’s other top-six efforts: Alex O’Toole (third place, diving, 435); Holecek (fifth, 100 butterfly, 55.16); Barr (fifth, 100 free, 49.45); McGowan (fifth, 500 free, 4:47.05; and sixth, 200 free, 1:45.27); Cole Morgan (sixth, 100 breaststroke, 1:03.95); and Dukes (sixth, 500 free, 4:48.58). LA also vies for state berths at the Niles North Sectional on Feb. 18.


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Bookend it! Burson, HP senior mates cherish 2nd CSL North title in 4 years BY KEVIN REITERMAN, SPORTS@NORTHSHOREWEEKEND.COM

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few 10ths of a second after his team wrapped up the CSL North Meet championship, Highland Park High School senior swimmer Jack Burson — in mid-sentence at the time — had to politely excuse himself. Pardon the interruption. He had to split. He had to get all-in on a victory plunge. His HP swim team had just turned in a splashy performance — winning the league meet for the second time in four years — and it was time to spatter some more precious H20 in the Maine East pool on Feb. 11. A full-fledged pool party was in full swing. The coaches — clad in blue jeans and shirts — and swimmers jumped into the water for a celebratory straight line “victory lap.” Moments later, Burson tried to resume an interview only to be inclined to make another apology. Like the best man at a wedding, he was being summoned by familiar faces for photo shoots. Time to mug for the iPhones. “Sorry for the disruption,” said Burson. Forget sorry. Burson, who was a freshman on HP’s 2014 championship team, had every right to soak it all in. “To win conference as a freshman and then to win it again as a senior is a real good feeling,” said Burson, a four-year varsity performer. The senior class, which also features swimmers Levy Nathan, Hugh Laedlein, Jake Kinczel and Adam Grobelny and diver Mark Fox, has been instrumental in turning around HP’s program. “I remember freshman year. We were considered a small-fish team,” said Burson. “And now … we’ve set a standard.” Now … the Giants are a deep team not afraid to swim in the deep water. Indeed, Burson has had a bird’s eye view of The Transformation. Which is fitting, considering that his coach, Tim Sirois, fondly calls him “Bird’s Nest Burson”. Why that? Kind of obvious. But here’s the explanation anyway: “He thinks my hair looks like a bird’s nest,” said the HP swimmer, with a half smile. Burson’s wavy blond locks were in full flow at the CSL North Meet. The same could be said of the Giants. They were the full-blown winners, amassing 416.5 points to

FOUR SCORED: Highland Park High School’s Jack Burson poses with Adam Grobelny, Bora Hopali and Ryan Tran after taking first place in 200 free relay at the CSL North Meet. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE HANDWERKER

convincingly beat rivals Deerfield (353) and Glenbrook North (299). Burson might be one of the unheralded swimmers on this squad, but according to Sirois, he’s also one of the invaluable ones. You can count on Bird’s Nest Burson. He usually comes up with best … about right now. “Jack’s reliable,” Sirois said. “He swims well all year. But he really steps it up in the big meets. At the end of the year, you just know that he’s going to be there. This is when he’s at his best.” A big meet sandbagger? Not really. But Burson, who also plays water polo for the Giants, admits that he cranks it up for the championship season. “I have a big change in my mindset at the end of the season,” admitted Burson, who also is an avid downhill skier and sailor. “I love this sport. But it’s a long season. Morning and afternoon practices. At times, it seems like the season is taking forever.” Burson’s shining moment at the league meet came in the 200 free relay, when he teamed up with Bora Hopali, Ryan Tran and Adam Grobelny to produce a winning time of 1:32.50. They had just enough to edge a foursome from Glenbrook North (1:32.82). “We’re not the big-name relay,” said Burson. “What we did in the 200 free relay was important. But every swim is important. Our team, as a whole, did a really good job of executing today.” “That relay did its part,” said Sirois. “All of the guys are solid. And having Tran on it really helped.” Burson also was a key member of the 200 medley relay. He joined forces with Kinczel, Grobelny and sophomore Richard Heller to take third in 1:43.39. Burson, Kinczel, Heller and Steven Sirois were fifth in the 400 free relay (3:31.17).

As expected, the terrific trio of Nathan, Laedlein and sophomore Andrew Vorobev were HP’s headliners. Nathan set a pool record (1:41.43) in his first-place performance in the 200 free. He also took first place in the 100 butterfly (54.19). Laedlein captured the 50 free title (22.15) and followed that up with a third-place effort in the 100 free (49.19). Vorobev was the meet’s top performer in the 200 IM (2:00.02) and finished second to Deerfield’s Scott Stern in the 100 backstroke (54.31). HP’s other win came at the meet’s conclusion, when Nathan, Vorobev, Hopali and Laedlein recorded a 3:17.33 in the 400 free relay. They beat runner-up Deerfield by a little more than seven seconds. It was a statement race for the Giants. In the opening event of the meet, Vorobev, Tran, Nathan and Laedlein had clocked a time of 1:39.72 in the 200 medley relay. It would have supplanted the previous pool record (1:40.81) — had Deerfield’s quartet not clocked a firstplace time of 1:39.56. HP’s other key contributors included Hopali in the 100 fly (2nd, 54.24), Kinczel in the 100 fly (3rd, 56.23), Heller in the 500 free (4th, 5:06.54) and 100 back (5th, 56.76), Steven Sirois in the 200 free (5th, 1:52.88), Grobelny in the 50 free (tied for 5th, 22.82) and 100 free (6th, 50.64), Konrad Schmid in the 200 IM (6th, 2:12.05), Colby Treschl in the 100 back (6th, 1:00.67) and Tran in the 100 breaststroke (6th, 1:04.43). The Giants finished 4-5-6 in diving with Timmy Steves (356.65), Fox (317.70) and Elliot Starkman (288.15). The team will compete in the Vernon Hills Sectional on Feb. 18.

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| SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18 | SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19 2017

THE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND

SUNDAY BREAKFAST

Buoyant Boynton spearheads productions at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

BY BILL MCLEAN ILLUSTRATION BY BARRY BLITT

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cabaret singer at the Inn at Whitefield in New Hampshire had lost his voice in the late 1970s. A fill-in was needed, pronto. The artistic director at the Weathervane Theatre — a former barn located just beyond earshot from the inn on Lancaster Road — asked the theater’s summer box office boy if he had any interest in belting out a few songs in front of strangers. Two days later, a 17-year-old boy named Rick Boynton got his big break in show business. It was quite a jump: the youngest of five Boynton children growing up in the northern part of the Granite State went from handing tickets to audience members at one venue to hearing applause from audience members at another. The next summer, the son of Herb and Pauline Boynton played Jesus in Godspell and later landed other plum roles. “I had a blast,” recalls Boynton, now 54 and the creative producer at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. “I got excited when I realized, ‘Oh my God, I can do this for a living.’ ” But he earned college credits first, beginning with two years at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, before finishing up at Northwestern University in 1984. “I immersed myself in theater at Northwestern,” says Boynton, sitting at a table at The Lucky Platter in Evanston, his hometown since 2002. “I designed shows and learned about everything else that goes into the production of a work, but I also

audited acting classes to get a different perspective. “What I learned during my college years, and what I continue to appreciate today, is the great power of all arts.” After collecting his degree and migrating back to the East Coast — New York this time — Boynton waited (on tables) and waited some more (to hear back after auditioning for roles). His savings? “Spent it all in a year,” a grinning Boynton says. He orders Jasmine tea and the Tofu Scramble, an eggless entrée with tofu, spinach, mushrooms and feta cheese. A fit man who started running regularly at the age of 50, Boynton — his eyes dancing above a perma-smile — exudes an infectious aura. I have known Boynton for no more than five minutes, yet it feels like I can’t wait to catch up with all he had experienced and accomplished in the last 10 years. It’s one of his gifts — the ability to put anybody at ease, just like that. He is as excited about the current production at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Book of Joseph (running through March 5), as he is about his house’s New Englandlike wraparound porch and the Evanston Library and “every kind of restaurant you can think of ” in Evanston. The Book of Joseph — staged by artistic director Barbara Gaines

States; he was unable to convince his family, including his mother and three sisters, to join him. The family members, all of whom would die in the Holocaust, wrote countless Swastikastamped letters to Joseph. After the death of his parents, Richard Hollander found a suitcase packed with stacks of letters in their attic. But the son waited 15 years before beginning his mission to pore over the contents. The play is billed as “frequently chilling, often humorous and deeply moving.” “The suitcase,” Boynton says, “is a metaphor for ‘putting something aside.’ ” In the late 1980s, having returned to the Chicago area, Boynton put his acting/singing career behind him to pursue a career as a talent agent. That led to his pursuit of a career as a casting director. “I called up a good friend at the Goodman Theatre and told her, ‘I want to be a talent agent.’” says Boynton, a multiple Jeff Award-winning actor and a former ad jingle and cruise ship singer. “She said, ‘You’re crazy,’ and I said, ‘Yes, I am.’ ” Boynton eventually landed the position of director/associate at Jane Alderman Casting. His Rick Boynton projects there included television series Missing Persons and ER and and adapted by Karen Hartman War II by the immediate family films While You Were Sleeping and from Richard Hollander’s book, members of Hollander’s father, Hoodlum. Every Day Lasts a Year — centers Joseph, in Nazi-occupied Poland. Alderman — who suggested on letters written during World Joseph had escaped to the United to the producers of the 1985

movie The Color Purple to consider Oprah Winfrey for the role of Sofia — died last fall at the age of 77. Winfrey was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Supporting Actress) for that role. “Jane gave me wonderful opportunities,” says Boynton, who was the artistic director at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire from 2000-2005. “She was passionate about actors and collaborating with directors and coming up with ways to tweak a director’s vision. We had like minds. She was hardworking and dedicated, like I am. Around her, you could always count on engaging in great artistic dialogue. “When I didn’t know if the opportunity at Chicago Shakespeare Theater would be a good fit for me because I hadn’t focused on Shakespeare in college, Jane said to me, ‘I can’t sing a note, but I can cast a musical.’ That made sense to me. I loved hearing that. … Don’t let fear steer your life.” Joining his husband, Criss, to raise their daughter, Chloe, has filled Boynton’s life with immeasurable joy. The 10-year-old’s favorite stages, though, can’t be found in a theater. Chloe prefers expressing herself atop mats and in pools. “Chloe is a gymnast and a swimmer, plus she’s unbelievably funny,” Boynton says. “Criss and I are lucky. Our daughter is an old soul, and her love for life is contagious.” The world premiere of The Book of Joseph runs through March 5 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Avenue. For ticket information, visit chicagoshakes.com or call (312) 595-5600.


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