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AWARDS | May 19, 2016

RECOGNITION of the class of

College Awards & Scholarships

Ariz ona State University Ne w American University Scholar Dean’s Award–Madeline Bergstrom, Auburn Un i ver sity D u d l e y Un i ver sity Endowe d S cholarship–Ryan Maloney, Augsburg College Honors Scholarship–Bridget Wagner, Ball State University Academic Recognition Aw a r d – M a d i s o n Wi l l o u g h b y, Benedictine College Award–Grace Witry, Bradley University Dean’s Scholarship–Thomas Denver, Jakub Wiszowaty, Bradley University Merit Scholarship–Kara Holder, Butler University Academic Scholarship– Adam Sarno, Butler University Bu l l d o g Achi e vement Award– Marisa Owen, Calvin College Dean’s Scholarship–Christopher Pappageorge, Carroll University Charles Carroll Scholarship–Bethany Lynn, Carroll University Voorhees Scholarship– Rebecca Mas, Case Western Reserve University University Scholarship– Georgia Loutrianakis, Chapman University Chancellor’s Scholarship– A n n a B e nu z z i , C o l l e g e of St . Scholastica Benedictine Scholarship– Anna Totsch, Colorado School of Mines Merit Scholarship–Declan Cannon, Concordia University of Wisconsin Regents Scholarship– Kristen Sako, Concordia University of Wisconsin Presidential Scholarship– Nicole DeMeo, Concordia University of Wisconsin Concordia Scholarship– Kristen Sako, Cornish College of the Arts C ornish Performance Production School–Sarah Biggins,

Cowley County College Athletic Scholarship–David Fleita, Creighton University Award–James d’Ambrosio, DePaul University St. Vincent DePaul Scholarship–Jonah Crandus, Isabella McKnight, DePaul University DePaul Award–Christopher Grau, DePaul University EDGE Program Award and DePaul Scholarship–Kathleen Howlett, DePaul University Dean’s Scholarship–Christopher Grau, DePauw University Merit Award–Julia Bork, DePauw University DePauw Holton Memorial Scholarship– Julia Bork, Drake University Drake Bulldog Scholarship–Isabel Diaz, Drake University Crew Scholar– Is ab el D i a z , Dr a ke University Presidential Scholar–Isabel Diaz, Duke University Trinity School Scholarship–Julia Araneta, Illinois Institute of Technology Camras Scholarship–Ruth Negru, Illinois Institute of Technology Henry T. Heald Scholarship–Elijah Irizarry, Illinois Institute of Technology STEM Scholarship–Elijah Irizarry, Illinois State University College of Fine Arts Cultural Scholarship–Kiara Irizarry, Illinois State University Redbird Academic Scholarship– MacKenzie McGrath, Illinois State University Talent and Potential Scholarship–Kiara Irizarry, Illinois State University Talent Scholarship– Elena Sasso, Indiana University Dean’s Scholarship–Matt Gallagher, Ryan Wonsowicz, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis IUPUI Service Award–Peter Manos,

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Iowa State University Award for Competitive Excellence - Matthew Dilfer, Robert Reinhard, Kalamazoo College Lux Esto Scholarship–Erin Radermacher, Lake Erie College LEC Athletic Scholarship–Jaimee Zajac, Lewis University Frank J. Lewis Scholarship–Alec Wojda, Loras College St. Joseph Scholarship–Riley Eckhart, Loyola University Chicago Dean’s Scholarship–Patrick Oleksy, Diana Raspanti, Loyola University Chicago Damen Scholarship–Caroline Wysgalla, Loyola University Chicago L oyol a S chol arship– Ste phan i e Delgado, Rhyanne Noche, Loyola University Chicago Presidential Scholarship–Emma Madigan, Karolina Jekielek, Grace Murphy, Brendan Jack Sweeney, Macalester College Wallace Distinguished Scholar– Alyssa Bulatek, Macalester College DeWitt Wa l lace Gr ant– A lyss a Bulatek, Marquette University Pere Marquette Award–Kelly Bauer, Anne Dysart, Katriana Hartmanis, Aileen Thornton, Marquette University 2016 J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication Essay Scholarship–Kelly Bauer, Miami University RedHawk Excellence Scholarship–Caitlin Bradford, Miami University Academic Scholars–Caitlin Bradford, Michigan Technological University Women in Leadership– Jenna Zamaites, Minnesota State University Soccer Scholarship–Taylor Barzowski, Minnesota State University In State Tuition–Taylor Barzowski, Missouri University of Science and

Technology David X., Sarah M., Aaron J., and Zelda A. Greenberg Scholarship Endowment–Elizabeth Porterfield, Missouri University of Science and Technology Annual Merit–Elizabeth Porterfield, New York University NYU Scholarship– Darragh Dolan, North Park University Honors Congress Scholarship–Joseph McCarrick, North Park University Presidential Scholarship–Joseph McCarrick, North Park University Valerie McCarrick–Joseph McCarrick, The Ohio State University National Buckeye Scholarship–Joseph McGrady, Kevin Scherer, Pepperdine University Pepperdine Grant Swimming Award– Cassandra Anderson, Purdue College of Agriculture J. Kelly and Margaret Ritchey O’Neall Scholarship–Tess Dobosz, Purdue University College of Engineering Merit Scholarship and admittance to Honors College– Casey Bomrad, Purdue University Presidential Scholarship–Conor Brosnan, Tess Dobosz, Roger Williams University Presidential Scholarship– Olivia Ryan, Sacred Heart University Athletic Scholarship–Alexa Laskaris, Sacred Heart University President’s Excellence Award–Alexa Laskaris, Sacred Heart University Thomas More Honors Scholarship–Alexa Laskaris, Saint Mary’s College Moreau Presidential Scholarship–Caitlin Gibbs, Southeastern University Regents Academic Scholarship– Stefanie Guercio, Southeastern University Athletic Scholarship– Stefanie Guercio, Syracuse University

Department Awards Applied Arts Award

Art Award

Business Award

English Award

Chris Pappageorge

Anna Campbell

Jennifer Betthauser

Annie Dysart

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Family/Consumer Foreign Language Sciences Award Award

Jennifer Ciupinski

Annette Lopez


Senior iSSue | AWARDS

Athletic Scholarship–Liam O’Sullivan, Tu l a n e Un i v e r s i t y Ac a d e m i c Achievement Award–Jessica Altman, Tulane University Presidential Scholar Award–Sophie Miller, United States Naval Academy Full Appointment– Raymond Sutschek, University of Alabama UA Scholar Scholarship– Dylan Burdelik, University of Alabama Presidential Scholarship–Isabella Goldman, University of Chicago Questbridge Match Scholarship– Melis Ozkan, University of Dayton Dean’s Merit Scholarship–Shannon Cummins, Evan Salmon, University of Dayton The Father Chaminade Scholarship–Kaylee Coyle, University of Dayton Trustee’s Merit Scholarship– Patrick Doherty, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Academic Scholarship–Stephen Moderhock, Un i v e r s i t y o f I l l i n o i s AC E S Achievement Scholarship–Brittany Handley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign AHS Scholar Award–Lily Ellyin, University of Il linois Urb ana-C hamp aig n AHS James Scholar–Lily Ellyin, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign Engineering Freshman Scholarship–Max Anderson, Paige Prendergast, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign International Engineering Scholarship–Paige Prendergast, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign James Scholar Honors Program–Max Anderson, University of Illinois LAS James Scholar–Alexander Yerkan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Merit Workshop Program–Monet S n i e z e k , Un i ver sity of I l l i n oi s Urbana-Champaign MSE Froberg Scholarship–Paige Prendergast, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign Research Apprenticeship Program Scholarship–Aiden Kamber, University of Indianapolis Richard Lugar Academic Award–Dallas

Mathematics Award

John Zaris

Baker, University of Missouri Mark Twain Non-Resident Scholarship– Natalie Hayes, University of Nebraska CASNR Scholarship–Kyle Cacciatore, University of Nebraska George Beadle Scholarship–Kyle Cacciatore, University of San Francisco Hilltop Award–Madeline Gruber, University of Tampa University of Tampa Dean’s Scholarship–Keanan Bender, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Titan National Scholar–Jennifer Betthauser, Valparaiso University Presidential Scholarship–Olivia Frink, Vincent Leonard, Western Illinois University Merit Scholarship–Ashley Mas

OutsideAwards&Scholarships American Legion Constitution Contest Elite Eight Finalist–Nikki Burdyn, Maura Burke, Sydney Coffey, Martin Doherty, Olivia Frink, Kevin Kowalski, Paige Prendergast, Alexander Yerkan, Twenty-First Star Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Peggy Ross American History Scholar Award–Gina Johnson, Brett J. Harman Endowment Fund Scholarship–Jacob Bess, Matthew Dilfer, Chris Harris Memorial Scholarship Award Award–Katherine Rohr, Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship–Sophie Miller, District 207 “Ken Reese” Senior Service Award –Margaret Kopoulos, Alexis Basso, Elyssa’s Mission Scholarship–Evalina Bournias, Kalo Foundation Don Pegler Scholarship–Anna Campbell, Ashley Mas, Maine South Art Club Scholarship–Christina Mihalopoulos, Maine South Hawk Boosters Scholarship– Julia Sirvinskas, Sophie Miller, Austin Derrick, Kaitlyn Nedza, Leigh Friedman, Claudia Wine, Maine South High School Goodwill Award–Kate Carvis, Alec Wojda, Austin Mose, Kiara Irizarry, Christina Wachowski, Caitlin Gibbs, Olivia Post, Declan Cannon, Anthony

Fioretto, Maine South High School Maine Scholar–Christina Karlson, Julia Araneta, Gina Johnson, Isabella Goldman, Lauren Grove, John Zaris, Maine South High School Outstanding Female Athlete–Julia Sirvinskas, Maine South High School Outstanding Male Athlete–Ibrahim Nasir, Des Plaines Ladies of the Elks Scholarship–Sophie Miller, MSHS Music Booster Org. Music Booster Scholarship–Max Anderson, Anna Benuzzi, Elizabeth Broeker, Nicole Burdyn, Anthony Dare, Isabel Diaz, Katharina Ehni, Christine Friel, Lauren Grove, Ethan Mellema, Bonnie Millener, Patrick Oleksy, Anna Spytek, Emma Wagner, Alec Wojda, MSPSC Maine South Parents Scholarship Club Scholarship–Jessica Altman, Jackson Bochat, Dylan Burdelik, Declan Cannon, Matthew Cox, Austin Derrick, Annie Dysart, Leigh Friedman, Olivia Frink, Isabella Goldman, Karolina Jekielek, Gina Johnson, Christina Karlson, Margaret Kopoulos, Emma Madigan, Sophie Miller, Grace Murphy, Melis Ozkan, Ralph Patejunas, Olivia Post, Paige Prendergast, Kyle Reeder, Kevin Scherer, Adriana Sclafani, Julia Sirvinskas, Kristyn Tarpey, Aileen Thorton, Ryan Thorsen, Claudia Wine, Tim Zelek, National Elks Club Most Valuable Student Scholarship Semifinalist–Patrick Doherty, National Merit Scholarship Corporation National Merit Scholarship Commended–Max Anderson, Julia Araneta, Conor Brosnan, Alyssa Bulatek, Austin Derrick, Darragh Dolan, Zachary Fishman, Caitlin Gibbs, Kevin Kowalski, Paige Prendergast, Julia Sirvinskas, National Merit Scholarship Corporation National Merit Scholarship Finalist–Anna Campbell, Declan Cannon, Christina Karlson, Charles Mistrata, Ralph Patejunas, John Zaris, Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce Park Ridge Chamber Scholarship– Adriana Sclafani, Park Ridge Kiwanis

Morning Scholarship–Adriana Sclafani, Jennifer Ciupinski, Anna Totsch, Isabella Goldman, Park Ridge Kiwanis Noon Scholarship–Adriana Sclafani, Patrick Doherty, Park Ridge Panhellenic Club Scholarship–Sophie Miller, Gina Johnson, Christina Mihalopoulos, Julia Sirvinskas, Adriana Sclafani, Anne Dysart, PEO PEO Star Scholarship–Sophie Miller, Robert V. Simonson Award Award–Brett Jaffe, Grace Witry, Scholarship Management Services Children’s Scholarship on behalf of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago–Julia Araneta, Sheriff Thomas Dart Teen Youth Medal of Honor for Community Service–Kristen Sako, Speech, Drama, Broadcasting Boosters Speech, Drama, Broadcasting Scholarship–Kelly Bauer, Anna Benuzzi, Madeline Bergstrom, Sarah Biggins, Elisabeth Broeker, Alyssa Bulatek, John Cahill-Lemme, Christine Friel, Jacob Hansen, Hannah Henley, Madeleine Hoffman, Kara Holder, Kathleen Howlett, Elijah Irizarry, Kiara Irizarry, Bonnie Millener, Stephen Moderhock, Patrick Oleksy, Caitlin O’Rourke, Kate Papciak, Natalie Reczek, Elena Sasso, Student Council Award–Sabrina Geraghty, Georgia Loutrianakis, Sophie Miller, Mariam Zaki, Twentieth Century Club and Foundation of Park Ridge Scholarship–Ryan Thorsen, Kailey Mullane, Kiara Irizarry, Kate Papciak, Anne Dysart, Aiden Kamber, Sophie Miller, Twenty-First Star Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award–Sophie Miller, Visual Arts Dept The Sophia Pichinos Scholarship–Patricia Smyrski, Western Golf Association Chick Evans Scholarship–Claire DeRosa, Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation Evans Scholarship–Victor Sibiga, Will Dushek Memorial Scholarship–Brian Sodaro, Francesca Figlioli, Anthony Fioretto

Music Award

Physical Education/Health Award

Science Award

Speech/Drama Award

Social Science Award

Bonnie Millener

Olivia Post

Griffen Rizzo

Eamon Hurd

Alex Yerkan

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COLLEGES

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Alabama

Auburn University Ryan Maloney University of Alabama Dylan Burdelik, Mia Dolson, Isabella Goldman, Gabbi Lazzara, Claudia Tomsia

Arizona

Arizona State University Madeline Bergstrom, Kathy Gaertner

California

Animal Behavior College Eileen Hynes Chapman University Anna Benuzzi Pepperdine University Cassie Anderson University of San Francisco Madeline Gruber

Colorado

Colorado School of Mines Declan Cannon Colorado State University Francesco Bartucci Colorado Tech Universty Jaziah Vargas University of Colorado-Boulder Jacob Geraci, Jason Giblin, Sam Trapp, Kara Webster

Washington, D.C.

American University Renata Balani, Sydney Coffey

Florida

Florida Gulf Coast University Kali Penze Ringling College of Art and Design Haden Beswick-Hale Southeastern University Stefanie Guercio University of Tampa Keanan Bender

Georgia

Georgia Institute of Technology Sarah Deitke

Illinois

Augustana College Mike Sell, Patrick Teahan Bradley University Cassidy Ferguson, Kara Holder, Leslie Rosas, Erdenetsatsralt Tserendavaa Chamberlain College of Nursing Alicia Alejos Columbia College Chicago Amanda Dragovic, Alex Gagliardi, Shayna Halvorsen Concordia University Chicago Alyssa Evans DePaul University Jamaal Baki, Jonah Crandus, John Diatte, Christine Friel, Joe Gardiner, Jerry Golf, Christopher Grau, Kathleen Howlett, Eamon Hurd, Isabella McKnight, Paulina Nakonieczna, Cristina Pecoraro, Gina Talerico, Olivia Vela Dominican University Jake Sidner Eastern Illinois University Lauren Jelke, Ryan McAleer

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Elmhurst College Alexis Basso, Amanda Prokos, Patricia Smyrski Harper Community College Tanner Fallon, Patrycja Jelen Illinois Wesleyan University Taylor Krueger Illinois Institute of Technology Anastasios Bouikidis, Elijah Irizarry, Jacob Knific, Ruth Negru Illinois State University Carly Abbate, Troy Beaugureau, Jennifer Ciupinski, Antonio Cristiano, Tommy Digan, Michael Ferenz, James Giblin, Rebecca Hamilton, Hannah Henley, Kiara Irizarry, Christina Kachiroubas, Nicole Kachiroubas, Julia Kocisko, Evan Koutavas, MacKenzie McGrath, Kyle Melerski, Kate Nedza, Luke O’Shanna, Allison Parisi, Claire Peters, Arlena Rinaldi, Maddie Rupick, Amanda Saavedra, Elena Sasso, Brian Sodaro, Matt Stam, Heather Wind, Abby Wolters, Samantha Wyrzykowski, David Zei Lewis University Megan Conoboy, Alec Wojda Lincoln College Julian Hudson Loyola University Chicago Kyle Bujak, Stephanie Delgado, David Gubala, Nicole Jaros, Karolina Jekielek, Karolina Koszczuk, Emma Lehr, Emma Madigan, Aidan Megally, Sheila Mullane, Grace Murphy, Rhyanne Noche, Patrick Oleksy, Kate Papciak, Diana Raspanti, Ruby Rodriguez, Michelle Soderlind, Brendan Sweeney, Magdalena Woziwoda, Caroline Wysgalla Northeastern Illinois University Elisabeth Broeker, Milica Kovacevic Northern Illinois University Ryan Gibbons, Alex Herman, Fiona Watkins North Park University Noelle Kretekos, Joseph McCarrick, Caroline Patterson Northwestern University Amelia Beck, Gina Johnson Oakton Community College Jessica Burgos, Basia Chruscinski, Samantha Gancarz, Michael Greco, Joshua Hatzigiannis, Eamon Kelly, Kordian Koc, Dimitra Kokosioulis, Olivia LaCoppola, Giovanna Marzano, Christina Mihalopoulos, Emi Mustafa, Monika Pajdzik, Lauren Papp, Azemina Sabanovic, Ilse Salgado, Austin Sanetra, Tim Schau, Vitaliy Shperun, Alexa Socha Parkland Pathway Community College Michael Stack Robert Morris University David Aniol, Hubert Berkowicz Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Riley Dolan Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Natalie Reczek Triton College Nick Cecala, Austin Ramirez University of Chicago Brian Collis, Melis

Ozkan, Ralph Patejunas University of Illinois at Chicago Julissa Galvez, Glenn Gronke, Alicia Gubarev, Annette Lopez, Jak Stoyanov, Katarzyna Szajewski University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Lauren Amabile, Max Anderson, Payton Arger, Brianna Assenato, Jacqueline Betthauser, Jackson Bochat, Marko Bogicevic, Grace Borkowski, Evalina Bournias, Nikki Burdyn, Isabelle Cho, Anders Cox, Josiah Davis, Kristi DeBruzzi, Atillia DiFranco, Clara Dylewski, Lily Ellyin, Zachary Fishman, Jeffrey Galiotto, Fiona Gardiner, Elizabeth Garvey, Joseph Grigus, Lauren Grove, Egan Guzaldo, Brittany Handley, Emily Kafkes, Aiden Kamber, Szymon Kaminski, Catriona Kelly, Margaret Kopoulos, Christina Laskaris, Kathryn Lee, Charles Lemersal, Andrew Lynn, Andrea Maric, Shelley McCarthy, Richard Mehl, Charles Mistrata, Stephen Moderhock, Charles Muck, Madison Muno, Claudia Nadler, Rachel Nidea, Catie O’Rourke, Claire Parker, Mason Patt, Nick Porto, Paige Prendergast, Dominic Purciarello, Adriana Sclafani, Ir-Jene Shan, Victor Sibiga, Monet Sniezek, Anna Spytek, Jeremy Starzec, Michelle Tang, Kristyn Tarpey, Angela Tzortzis, Elif Ulucan, Pinar Ulucan, Grace Waters, Claudia Wine, Alexander Yerkan, Tim Zelek Western Illinois University Ashley Mas Wright Community College Sabrina Ortiz

Indiana

Indiana University Emma Ahlbeck, Matthew Cox, Samantha Fagenholz, Francesca Figlioli, Anthony Fioretto, Matt Gallagher, Ethan Gebavi, James O’Brien, Ryan Thorsen, Nicholas Tyszka, Christina Wachowski, Alexander Warren, Ryan Wonsowicz Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Peter Manos Purdue University Casey Bomrad, Conor Brosnan, Tess Dobosz, Genevieve Peterson University of Indianapolis Dallas Baker Butler University Michael Galuska, Marisa Owen, Adam Sarno, Katelyn Streit DePauw University Julia Bork Saint Mary’s College Caitlin Gibbs University of Notre Dame Austin Derrick, Christina Karlson Valparaiso University Olivia Frink, Abigail Krischke, Vincent Leonard, Mariam Zaki Ball State University Bridgid Mulvany, Madison Willoughby

Iowa

Drake University Isabel Diaz, Bonnie Millener


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Iowa (continued)

Winona State University Luke Naudzius, Asia University of Pittsburgh Mary Depkon, Sarah McKee Szymanski Iowa State University Collin Baker, James Buscemi, Matthew Dilfer, Robert Reinhard, David Rutkowski Missouri Rhode Island Iowa Wesleyan University Emily Panchi Missouri University of Science and Technology Rhode Island School of Design Anna Campbell Loras College Danielle Brunner, Riley Eckhart Fritz May, Elizabeth Porterfield Roger Williams University Olivia Ryan St. Ambrose University Marissa Longo Saint Louis University Jessica Furgal University of Iowa Jacob Bess, Ryan Brosnan, University of Missouri Carly Berns, Megan Jana Duerkop, Samantha Golbeck, David Besler, Jill Bogard, Michael Chrisos, Elizabeth Tennessee Marquardt, Robert Mergens, Haley Novak, Etchingham, Kathleen Fortune, Kate Belmont University Joey O’Brien, Jake Porter McKenna Rothschild, Jason Semple, Tommy Gallagher, Natalie Hayes, Krystian Krypla, Vanderbilt University Olivia Post Stassen, Pauline Swiszcz, Kyle Zajdel Dominic Loise, Becky Pabon, Sarah Potts, Alex Poulos, Kate Sanchez, Jacob Taalman, Texas Jeremy Trojan University of Dallas Agnisia Rostkowski Kansas Washington University in St. Louis Jonathan Benedictine College Grace Witry Cowley County Community College David Arenas, Lindsey Blandin

Vermont

Fleita Middlebury College Ibrahim Nasir University of Kansas Martin Doherty, Sarah Nebraska Kohnke Creighton University James d’Ambrosio, Matt Washington Whitelaw Cornish College of the Arts Sarah Biggins University of Nebraska-Lincoln Kyle Kentucky Cacciatore, Cooper Clancy, Nicole Schmitz Murray State University Nick Martens

University of Kentucky Jacqueline Depkon, Olyvia Gryzik, Taylor Paczosa, Olivia Schaefer, New York Lexi Todde, Anna Vecchio Columbia University John Zaris Cornell University Kevin Kowalski New York University Darragh Dolan Louisiana Tulane University Jessica Altman, Sophie Syracuse University Demetri Katsiavelos, Liam O’Sullivan Miller

Massachusetts

Emerson College Madeleine Hoffman Boston College Maura Burke The Boston Conservatory Jack Cahill-Lemme

Michigan

Calvin College Christopher Pappageorge Grand Valley State University Layne Rotonda Kalamazoo College Erin Radermacher Michigan State University Connor Schaul, Julia Spuria Michigan Technological University Jenna Zamaites Northern Michigan Univeristy Donald Bucholz, Violet Sarasin University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Katriana Hartmanis Western Michigan University Michelle Cottrell

Minnesota

Wisconsin

Carroll University Bethany Lynn, Rebecca Mas Carthage College Brad Perry, Thomas Pilger Concordia University of Wisconsin Nicole De Meo, Kristen Sako Lawrence University Anthony Dare, Ethan Mellema Marquette University Kelly Bauer, Anne North Carolina Dysart, Sabrina Geraghty, Lia Grandinetti, Davidson College Julia Sirvinskas Alexa Nieder, Nicole Pinsky, Aileen Thornton Duke University Julia Araneta Milwaukee School of Engineering Kelsey Grossart Elon University Michael Gorman University of North Carolina at Greensboro St. Norbert College Jacqueline Ostojic University of Wisconsin-Madison Claire Emily Kedziora DeRosa, Erin Henley, Anna Kons, Claire Melidosian, Austin Mose, Kailey Mullane, Ohio Cara Nastali, Bob Sapienza, Piotr Wojsiat Bowling Green State University Brett Jaffe University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Izabela Case Western Reserve University Georgia Popek, Megan Senf Loutrianakis University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Jennifer John Carroll University Patrick Folan Betthauser Kenyon College Margaret Graboski University of Wisconsin-Platteville Nick Lake Erie College Jaimee Zajac Sajenko Miami University Caitlin Bradford, Jennifer Deren, Will Parilla, Emily Stevens Ohio State University Alexa Laskaris, Joseph Military McGrady, Kevin Scherer United States Naval Academy Raymond University of Dayton Kaylee Coyle, Shanon Sutschek Cummins, Patrick Doherty, Katie Harper, U.S. Air Force Emily Myers Evan Salmon, Liam Sweeney Xavier University Emma D yer, Sean Germany McKibben, Eliza Wilson Stuttgart University Alexander Kostiv

Augsburg College Bridget Wagner Macalester College Alyssa Bulatek Minnesota State University Taylor Barzowski University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Rachel Pennsylvania Lehigh University Leigh Friedman Cohen, Griffen Rizzo

Poland

Jagiellonian University Andre Babaghasheh

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UNSUNG HEROES

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Renata Balani

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have known Renata Balani since the 6th grade, and I am blessed to call her one of my closest friends. Some of my best memories include Renata. My favorites include playing house league soccer and having sleepovers at her house every Friday to watch the TV show “Young Justice.” Renata is one of the most kind-hearted people I know, and when she walks into a room, the mood instantly lightens. She has a great sense of humor that she is always willing to share with others, and she is always there for you if you need a helping hand. This helpful nature includes academics, in which Renata has excelled. If you have a question about anything school-related, especially in classes relating to history or government, Renata is your go-to. The reason Renata has excelled in academics is simple: her passion and drive for success are off the charts and she pushes people to do their best and to never give up. In addition to her kindness and positive attitude, Renata has been involved in many activities throughout her years at Maine South, bringing her cheer and compassion to so many different students. She was involved in band since her beginning years at Maine South, playing the clarinet. She is also president of the Model United Nations Club, a position at which she exceeds all expectations, and a member of the Constitution Team, for which she was an integral part of the team winning the state competition this year and moving on to nationals in Washington D.C. Renata is kind to others and is tremendously involved at Maine South. I have no doubt in my mind that she will do amazing things this fall at American University and that she will change the world for the better through her actions, hopefully through a position in foreign service, which is her dream.

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Andrea Maric

Kaylee Coyle

by Caitlin Gibbs

by Olivia Post

by Rhyanne Noche

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hanks to freshman year biology class, I met one of the sweetest people I have ever known. Through three years of being in the same science classes, Kaylee and I have gotten closer. Her hard work, motivation, and enthusiasm are unparalleled in the halls of Maine South. Throughout my four years of knowing Kaylee Coyle, I’ve realized what a unique and genuine person she is. Her personality shines in any group of people. She is friendly to everyone she meets, and with her bright smile and energy, she never fails to put a smile on other people’s faces. From her kindness and selflessness stems her passion for working with children. Every time she talks about the activities she is doing with the kids in her preschool class or shares one of her babysitting stories, it is evident how much she enjoys being with children. Her patience and creativity will certainly assist her as she pursues a career with children and education. Outside of school, she also tutors children in speech pathology. As a member of St. Paul of the Cross church, Kaylee is active in volunteer work and youth groups. From West Virginia to Jamaica, Kaylee has attended mission trips through the Park Ridge Community Church through which she immersed herself in new environments, communities, and cultures while doing charitable work. Her compassion for others shows in everything she does. Though she takes part in many clubs, her contribution to the Irish Club is especially noteworthy. As president, Kaylee demonstrates a great amount of leadership and responsibility. She fulfills her position by planning events in support of the club, working to advance the program, and showing her dedication to the Irish culture. Beautiful inside and out, I know that Kaylee is bound to achieve extraordinary things in life. The University of Dayton is lucky to have such a special, down-to-earth person who is sure to a make difference on and off campus.

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here’s a part of the story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” that says, “and the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day,” as the Grinch’s heart grows too large for his chest. This image pops into my head every time I see Andrea Maric. I don’t understand how such an extraordinary heart can exist in such a petite girl, but she is the biology expert here. I met Andrea in our years together at Field Elementary School, and we have remained steadfast friends throughout high school—which I take for granted every day. Andrea is perhaps the most selfless and genuinely kind person I have had the pleasure to know. Andrea was always compassionate as a kid, and has utilized her innate thoughtfulness to help so many others. Andrea has used her exceptional intelligence to tutor underclassmen, all while taking more AP classes than I can count on both hands. I can say for certain that she is likely the most tenacious and hard-working student I have ever met. Her intelligence as well as her compassion have proven invaluable to her internship at Resurrection hospital, helping in the emergency room. Besides her impressive repertoire of academics, Andrea excels in her athletic performance and leadership. I have played four years of volleyball with her, and her passion for the sport and her teammates resonated with the leadership of the athletic program, earning Andrea a spot in the South Stars program. She was also appointed as a “culture captain” senior year for our volleyball team, voted on by the players for her positive outlook throughout the season. Andrea’s compassion and altruism are never conditional. She’ll give math help as readily as a kind word or a smile to brighten your day. Her humble nature is what makes her unsung, but her actions truly make her a hero. The University of Illinois is privileged to have such a phenomenal student, leader, and friend.


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Charlie Lemersal

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by Bridget Yagihashi

o say that Charlie Lemersal has made my life better would be an understatement. His incredible personality has brought a light into my life that I would have never encountered otherwise. I am forever thankful that I have been able to experience his optimism, ambition, sense of humor, and kind heart. Baseball has been a big part of Charlie’s life. After being out for two consecutive seasons due to injuries and still making the Varsity team, it can easily be said that his level of determination is unbelievable. His athleticism reaches far past baseball, as he participates in other sports such as soccer, basketball and football in his free time. Charlie is extremely caring. He will stop everything to help out a friend. One of his closest friends is a neighbor who has Down syndrome. He has never failed to support him in everything that he does. When Charlie’s friend performed in the Maine South V-Show in 2014, Charlie did not miss a single performance. His dedication to helping others goes further than his personal life. This summer he is working at a special needs camp as an assistant camp director. He will be helping kids have fun in a safe environment. He shows leadership in the Hawk Links, PE Leader and South Stars programs. Charlie’s optimism is unparalleled. He can turn any situation into a good one just by bringing out his positive energy. He knows how to cheer up anyone in any circumstance. I can remember countless times where his presence has made my mood skyrocket, simply because of his contagious laughter and kindness. In the time that I have gotten to know Charlie, I have learned that he is truly one of a kind. I’m so grateful to have someone who is so selfless in my life. Charlie will be attending University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign this fall, where he will be going to the School of Liberal Arts as a communications major.

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by Ir-Jene Shan

e all have heroes we hear about every day, but there are some in the shadows whose greatness we never see. Enter Fritz May; a name few have heard. Yet this name is the trademark of an unsung hero who skirts around the edges of our school performing acts of great merit that we rarely see. The Maine South Science Olympiad made it to state this year for the first time in four years. It would be unfair to say that he built everything for the team over those four years; however, it can be said that more finished projects popped out of his house than the rest of the team combined. In the end, Fritz has helped the team achieve a great level of success. He is not only good with his hands, but is also very athletic. Fritz has played badminton throughout his high school career and is so passionate about this sport that he lends his knowledge to the girls JV badminton team as their manager, coming in at 5 a.m. every morning to assist the team and help run drills. Fritz has been very committed and welcoming to new players, making him an invaluable part of the team. Another important part of Fritz’s life involves his love of the arts. He has been a part of the Maine South orchestra for the majority of his high school career. He has never failed to disappoint in his musical abilities, dedication, and focus, inspiring the other musicians to work harder and do their best every performance. Fritz is great guy, and although he may seem reserved, he has a great sense of humor once you get to know him. Missouri University of Science and Technology’s class of 2020 should be honored to have him in their ranks. He is a genius with a bright future ahead of him. Whether we remember him as a leader, a coach, a hero, or a friend, we can all agree what makes the hero isn’t who they are, but what they do.

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Richard Eric Mehl

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ophomore year, I drove a boy home from school. As he walked away, I was only 70% sure of his name. It’s astonishing the difference two years can make, for in that time, I have grown to consider Richard one of my best friends, and it is a privilege to know him. He’s the kind of person who has a personality that can brighten any day. Whether he is making a joke, telling a story, or just winking at you from across the room, it is impossible to not enjoy every minute you spend with him. Richard is the definition of a well-rounded human. He is brilliant in all academics, inspiring others to do what he does so effortlessly. He motivates others to put their best work forward and there is no question that he will do remarkable things at the University of Illinois, and continue to do so for the rest of his life. Richard volunteers at his church, is a member of NHS, and has also worked hard for Student Council throughout high school. I have gotten to know Richard best while working with him at the Pickwick Theater. Richard also plays the saxophone and is a varsity tennis player. It’s obvious there is little that he does not succeed at. While quietly determined, Richard is extremely outgoing and hilarious when you get to know him. He cracks himself up, makes priceless comments, and hits the quan like no other—he is truly one of a kind. Richard is incredibly modest. He doesn’t realize, that without even trying, he’s the best person he could be and someone—anyone —would be honored to call Richard their friend. If you have never gotten the chance to get to know him, I am truly sorry, for you have missed out on one the best people imaginable. Richard Eric Mehl is a savage, and I love him for it.

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What goes on after the sun goes down.

1:1 computing for all freshmen and sophomores begins next year.. (See page 4).

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New chairs and a new look for iconic theater Page 4

Behind the scenes with this summer’s Olympic stars Page 7

Fresh Start

Why freshmen should have the first day to themselves Page 12

Cracking Down

Girls’ XC earns their uniforms Pages 14-16

Chicken Run

Elusive rooster captured in forest preserve Page 3

MS Recycling

The truth behind Maine South’s disposal system Page 11

Recruitment

Pay for Points

How the college recruiting process works Pages 14

How economic factors unfairly skew test results Page 12

Mr. Marsicano dyes his hair for his students Page 4

V-Show 2013 Life is ‘awesome’

What to look for in the ‘Reality TV-Show’ Page 6

Senior captain Regan Carmichael named Allstate Player of the Week

Maine South Orchesis Dance Company performs “Under the Big Top” in the Watson Auditorium, Jan. 11-12

Maine South boys’ cross country places fifth in state, with two Hawks winning All-State honors. Going pink

Face the flag

Mr. Disrude goes from stroke Why it’s still important to survivor to marathoner stand for the pledge Page 9 Page 11

Signing Off

The need for a sign grows at Maine South Page 3

Cheezborgers

Maine South alums manage Chicago’s famous tavern Page 7

Bad Publicity

Hit the Mats

Negative media attention Three South girls join wresshouldn’t define a district tling team Page 12 Page 16

Finals Change Mr. Beauprez

Calendar committee looks at moving finals Page 3

The story of Maine South’s beloved substitute Page 5

Feelin’ Blue

College Bound

A guide to ‘L’-accessible Society pressures some into food and entertainment the wrong college decision Page 9 Page 12

Come Together Make My Day Girls’ Choice assembly helps bring back spirit Page 3

Students use social media to compliment others Page 5

‘Faults’ Review

Just for Kicks

A look at John Green’s new Hawkettes take first in state, novel sixth in the nation Page 7 Page 12

Maine South’s student voice since 1964

Maine South’s student voice since 1964

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London Calling

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Maine South’s production of “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later” addresses issues such as prejudice and acceptance.

Restoration

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BORN TO

RUN

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Centennial Pool Spring Clothes Local pool undergoes major renovations Page 4

A guide to this spring’s fashions Page 5

Kleptomania

MS Superfans

Steps need to be taken to Student spirit at games on stop theft at Maine South the rise Page 12 Page 16 Maine South’s student voice since 1964 See page 2

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Vegging Out

The story of trying to go vegan for a week Page 13

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Boys’ Water Polo

Maine South water polo splashes to 13-1 start Page 15

We the People

Hard work carries C-Team to top ten Page 3

Stressed Out

‘Race to Nowhere’ shows educational faults Page 10

Under Pressure

Big lobbies wield more influence than voter opinion Page 12

Wild for Africa

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Going Strong

‘GONNA BUILD A MOUNTAIN’ Students practice the V-show finale on stage during rehearsal. The number has been performed as the closing act since the show was first produced.

Spirit soars

Homecoming assembly increases school spirit Page 6

Ready for battle

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IHSA limits student coverage of playoff games Page 5

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Disney dance-off Hawkettes place third at nationals in Florida Page 12

Support the cause Netflix nation Maine South prepares for the school-wide fundraiser Page 4

Digital revolt March Madness

The streaming service proves Social media’s role in riot to be a threat to TV networks and revolution Pages 8 & 9 Page 11

Predicting college basketball’s biggest tournament Page 14

Help me help you Positives of print

Science department creates peer tutoring program Page 4

Why paper reading is easier on our minds Page 7

Roomies?

Boys’ water polo

Seniors navigate how to select a college roommate Pages 8 & 9

Senior Makai DeNeve-Arnam leads team to victory Page 15

8th in Nation

C-Team celebrates its best finish since 1999 Page 5

Forget Lolla

Alternatives to Chicago’s most popular music festival Page 11

No biggie

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Bestselling author and alumnus returns to MS. Page 2

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College Crunch Game, Set, Match

Revealing the indiscretions of Seniors conquer the college Tennis team returns to Urban Outfitters. admissions process. State tournament. Page 7 Page 12 Page 15

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Fresh Start

Maine South’s New Year’s resolutions. Page 7

October 9, 2015

Fashion Police

Fashion offerings slated for reduction next school year. Page 10

Year in Review

Students select the best entertainment of 2014. Page 12

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En Garde

A look into the life of one of the nation’s top fencers. Page 16

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Furry friends

Maine South junior adopts dogs for a cause. Page 12

Girl power

Feminism deserves a new definition. Page 4

November 20, 2015

Empty theater

Trips to the movies decline in popularity among Hawks. boys’ basketball team. Page 10 Page 14

of emergency days. Page 3

Maine South installs new security cameras. Page 3

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than religious turmoil. Page 4

take trips abroad. Pages 10-11

Kick at Nationals Page 15

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The ‘Star Wars’ resurgence electrifies students and teachers alike as generations of fans unite for the return of the popular saga.

NIGHT Park Ridge steps up efforts to enhance the Uptown area.

Senior Greta Ramsey plays Fiona in the Fine Arts department’s widelyanticipated production of ‘Shrek The Musical.’

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Perfect Prom

Parents organize afterparty on a cruise ship. Page 3

Spring Fever

Navigating the fashion do’s and dont’s of the season. Page 7

Sweet Rides

The most unique student cars in the Maine South lot. Page 13

Senior Sluggers

Upperclassmen lead girls’ softball team. Page 16

Pay it Forward Picture Perfect

School-wide fundraiser receives record support. Page 3

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Golf Gurus

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Wall of Honor

Maine South adds two new inductees. Page 4

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Being Isis

Laugh it Off

Athletic TLC

Junior wrestles with the mis- Students prepare for the conceptions of her name. opening of “Candide.” Page 6 Pages 8-9

A spotlight on the trainers’ daily routine. Page 16

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Maine South is hosting the ‘Mr. Hawk’ pageant in order to raise money for the annual school wide fundraiser.

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Treat yo’self

Smaha Spotlight

Celebrate your birthday with A look at the Smaha family a month full of freebies. legacy at MS. Page 11 Page 16

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So you’re not traveling this Spring Break. Fear not—Southwords has your guide to the ultimate staycation.

Junior Megan Wilcox and senior Jack Cahill-Lemme star in this year’s musical, ‘Big Fish.’ See page 12

We The People Constitution Team makes some big amendments. Page 4

Got roomie?

Spontaneity when choosing a roomate may not be bad. Page 7

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Amateur stylists help ready students for dances. Page 11

Game Time

E-sports become more popular among Hawks. Page 12

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Not Done Yet

Eight seniors to continue playing baseball in college. Page 14

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Mr.Hawk Maine South is hosting the ‘Mr. Hawk’ pageant in order to raise money for the annual school wide fundraiser.

Camera Ready Aces on the Team

Maine South students share Seniors lead boys’ volleytheir experiences as models. ball into a hopeful season. Pages 8-9 Page 16

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The Free ACT Real World Skills MMA Madness

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Sizzlin’ Styles

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Junior Janitors

Students talk about their Beat the heat with these cool Boys’ golf kicks off another experiences as custodians. summer trends. strong season. Page 12 Page 8 Page 15

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Direct Hit

Inside the minds and lives of New band director is hitting freshmen. all the right notes. Page 8-9 Page 12

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With Thanksgiving approaching, Southwords heads to the Windy City to rate the best pies in town. See page 2

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AP courses are more than just a score. Page 7

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Maine South welcomes students with a brand new layout featuring Student Service Teams.

Time Change

New schedule may have unintended consequences. Page 6

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PIE STUFF

From exuberant costumes to thunderous chants, super fans redefine what it means to show true Hawk pride.

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Southwords uncovers a variety of unique foods and drinks at local establishments.

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After visiting us Declaring War

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Culver’s • McDonald’s • Gene & Jude’s • Chipotle • Hay Caramba • Taco Burrito King • Portillos • Five Guys • The Sandlot • Paradise Pup • Superdog • YA Loft- PR Library • Starbucks • Elementary School Parks • Panera • Taco Bell • Buffalo Wild Wings • IHOP • Eggsperience • Kappy’s • Denny’s • Cream of the Crepe • Mac’s • Lola’s Diner • Le Peep • Einstein’s • Maine South Weight Cage • Niles Family Fitness Center • XSport Fitness • Flahive Advanced Strength Training • Community Center • Planet Fitness • Charter Fitness • Corepower Yoga • New Prospects • Baked By Betsy • Lisa’s Italian Ice • Charcoal Pizza • Uncle Dan’s • Planet Smoothie • Oakton Pool • Mrs. A’s cupcakes • Jackie’s Nail Salon MSNails Students weigh • Spadida • Nail Beauty • Nice Nails • Lee • French 4 U&Me in on their favorite • Anthony Valentino’s • DeVine Salon •local Michael Vaughn Hair Sadestinations. Pages 6-9 lon • Anasa Salon & Spa • Indira Salon Spa • Sola Salon Studios • Trader Joe’s • Whole Foods • Mariano’s • Jewel • Garden on the Run • Happy Foods • The Sandlot • ParadisePup Five Guys • WildBurger • Wally’s • Brandy’s • Portillo’s • Tasty Pup • Buena • TGI Friday’s • Jersey Mike’s • Subway • Potbelly’s • Jason’s Deli • Tony’s Deli • Oberweis • Hinkley • Centennial Hill Full-court press Out in the Cold Higher Power World Traveler Dancing Queens • Tea Lula Restaurant Gumba Joe’s Hawkettes • CafetakeTouche Upperclassmen lead the District 207 has•runAffresco out Spirituality is more important •Foreign second in language students PHOTO ILLUSTRATION by jOSHUA LARRAgOITy

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Open Sesame

Church group volunteers in Fall play presents new New Orleans. interpretation of old tales. Page 9 Page 12

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Students fail to respect authority figures. Page 4

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The Maine South football team begins the 2014 season with an historic victory.

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District 207 responds to e-mail inundation. Page 2

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Freshmen Abigail Oyasu, Angelina Perrone, and Maggie Etchingham (left to right) demonstrate the power of kind words during the “Make Kindness Contagious” campaign.

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On a Roll

Local sushi restaurants are Francesca Figlioli places put to the ultimate taste test first at state competition Pages 8 & 9 Page 16

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Junior Prom is more drama Baseball moves forward than it needs to be with an impressive record Page 13 Page 15

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Namaste

Senior shares her love of yoga with the student body Page 7

ONE For the AGES

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Wage wars

This year’s V-Show calls on a wide array of talents, including the comedy of Trunk.

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two rescue dogs to Hawkfest on April 17. Both dogs, Colby (left) and Connelly (right), were a big hit with students.

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Sophomore Emma Thomson is in the spotlight for playing on the U-17 Women’s National Team.

Universal truths in Disney movies provide inspiration. Page 4

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Best in film

Predictions for the Academy’s A higher minimum wage most prestigious awards raises the living standard Pages 8 & 9 Page 11

KINDNESS COUNT

Wilkommen!

That’s a Wrap

Administration’s efforts Leia Atas drives to 12th misunderstood by students place at State Page 13 Page 16

PAWS UP Representatives from Wright-Way brought

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German students step foot on American soil. Page 3

CEC Club promotes acceptance at Maine South Pages 8 and 9

With the help of numerous clubs and activities, Maine South raised $19,403 for the Wright-Way Animal Rescue. See pages 8 & 9

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An in-depth look at Maine South’s first DJ Battle Page 6

Students prepare for the Fine Arts department’s widely-anticipated production.

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Sick beats

Back to the future

Maine South blueprints reveal plans for the school Page 27

Maine South students with Ukrainian roots struggle with the crisis in their tumultuous country. See pages 6 & 7

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Decoys placed to reduce goose activity on campus Page 4

Maine South drivers’ ed. is best in community Page 13

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Coyote Ugly Exceptional Friends Students Deflated Golfing Glory

‘Almost, Maine’ Student driver

Recent graduates enlist in the Classical contemporary play armed forces retells nine love stories Pages 8 and 9 Page 10

School-wide

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Hawk line-up

A timeline of a half century of athletic achievement Pages 18 and 19

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Fashion flashback

The rise and fall of style and trends over 50 years Pages 12 and 13

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OUTH'S MAINE SOUTH' S Even with only one built-in emergency day remaining for Maine South, more extreme weather doesn’t necessarily mean “gameover” for a full summer vacation. See page 5

Aerial view

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The lack of labeling on genetically modified products leaves consumers in the dark.

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Win streak continues for Maine South soccer Page 16

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years of excellence in education

A look at Maine South before it was built Pages 4 and 5

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What’s in your food?

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Through Their Eyes

SPECIAL EDITION

Water Works

December 20, 2013

Maine South’s student voice See page 2 since 1964

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Job Frenzy

Fashion Outlets bring jobs for City upsets traditions and Maine South students residents with new waterpark Page 9 Page 13

November 15, 2013

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Maine South senior Laick Sache is a model of determination— both on the field and in his journey to America.

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Junior experiences life in South Africa Page 6

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VarietyofTalent V-Show features numerous acts by students who don’t usually venture into the PA Wing.

Maine South students using the school’s Wi-Fi may not realize that their in-class browsing is being monitored.

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Hit it Home

Maine South baseball gears up for playoffs Page 14

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‘Blonde’ Ambition

A look at this year’s spring musical, ‘Legally Blonde’ Page 10

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Rain

While some students are flooded with excitement when record-setting rain shuts down schools, others deal with the devastation of the deluge

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April 19, 2013

Quick to Judge Man With A Plan The Oscar Draft Game Day Rituals

2012-2016

District open to paying for state ACT. Page 3

Students gain an early ex- MS custodian trains to beperience in the workplace. come an MMA champion. Page 7 Page 8

Boys’ soccer celebrates a noteworthy season. Page 16

AP Availability Military Bound Carol Competition Fencing Master

Freshman AP courses boost challenge index. Page 4

Emily Myers speaks about her future in the Air Force. Page 6

Holiday classics rival their Nationally-ranked fencer modern counterparts. competes globally. Page 13 Page 16

Ethnic generalizations harm society. Page 6

Clothing business booms Southwords predicts the 2016 Athletes share their unique for senior Jaziah Vargas. Academy Award winners. game day traditions. Page 11 Pages 8-9 Page 16


Senior Issue

| RETIREE COMMENTARIES

Athletics unite a community Mr. Steve Adams

The biggest arena where you see our future Hawks get excited being around our current thletics have been a part of my life for athletes has to be our summer camps. They as long as I can remember. My dad was can’t wait to spend the entire camp with their the high school baseball and basketball coach heroes. That’s right, Maine South athletes— while I was young, and going to practices or you are their heroes. You are the athletes they keeping the scorebook at the games were want to be like, not Mike. They worship you, some of my fondest childhood memories. So idolize you, and try to copy everything you do. What does this mean to you? It means that you could say I’ve been a fan of high school there’s one more reason that athletics for about fifty years. you need to develop the best My heroes were guys like “Athletics teaches work ethic possible. It means Kirby Moses, Phil Jensen, you to set goals, that you need to remember that and Gregg Eschweiler. These work with teameverywhere you go, someone guys were not professional is watching you and copying stars. They were regular high mates, develop school athletes who worked friendships for life, everything that you are doing. It means that Charles Barkley hard, played hard and had a and learn to win was wrong and athletes are lot of fun playing the sports with humility and role models. It means that that they loved. I have witnessed this lose with dignity.” athletics teaches you to set goals, work with teammates, same kind of admiration every year while I have been the athletic develop friendships for life, and learn to win director at Maine South. I have seen our future with humility and lose with dignity. It means Hawks come early to our football games to get that it’s your job to pass those traits on to those autographs from our players. I have helped younger than you. Maine South athletics has been my passion organize several mother/son events at our basketball, football, and soccer contests. The for the last twelve years. My sisters, brothers, students get so excited when they are able to wife, mother, & children are sick of me bragging about Maine South. I won’t forget high five the team after the game. Athletic Director

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the support that I have received from the community, administration, teachers, and staff at this great school. I will truly miss the tremendous effort and dedication displayed by our coaches. And finally, I will never forget my heroes, our high school athletes. Never forget that you are my role model!

A Hawk’s life on the fast track Mr. Lou Thetard

so don’t be in a rush to get through all of this. Be “in the moment.” I just want to say thank you to all of the t is difficult to encapsulate twenty-one years of being a dean into a few short paragraphs, wonderful people I have worked with in but I will try. I’ve been a Hawk, as I said, for my time in the deans’ office, and now SST’s. twenty-one years after being a Warrior for You are tireless advocates for the kids and, nine. I am proud of being both because it’s not quite frankly, you have made my job easier by being who you are and by about the physical school, but “Don’t be in doing what you do so well. the people you work with and a rush to get You are professional through the students you get to know. and through, and our students Before I became a dean, I was through all of in the Fine Arts Department at this. Be ‘in the are fortunate to have you as their teachers, counselors, Maine West, teaching art and moment.’” secretaries, LRC staff, safety photography and coaching football and track, loving every minute of it. monitors, security, nurses, and custodial I came to South in 1995, the year we won staff—I apologize if I missed anyone. You our first state championship in football. It are all the embodiment of what is means was a good way to begin a career as a dean to be a Hawk, and I will miss working with and as a Hawk, and it’s been on the fast track each of you. There are too many stories to recount, but ever since. To say it has gone quick ly is an it all boils down to one thing, and that is, take understatement, and a word of caution to care of the kids. Thank you one and all, and those who read this—tempus fugit, time flies, “GO HAWKS!” Dean

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Time flies when you’re having fun Kate Papciak Editor-in-Chief

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y parents warned me that high school would fly by, but I never thought they would be so right. The past four years went by in a blink of an eye and have left me writing this commentary with tears in my eyes and memories that will last me a lifetime. I was never a fan of change. When it came time to leave middle school, I couldn’t understand the reasoning for leaving such a comfortable place. I had my set group of friends, the workload was bearable, and my teachers adored me; was it really necessary to leave? At my middle school graduation party, all of my aunts and uncles gave me the same word of advice “Kate, high school is great, so make sure to enjoy every moment!” Starting my freshman year at Maine South, I questioned their advice on countless occasions. Everyone in my family was telling me to savor every moment of high school, but it was difficult when I didn’t even know if I wanted to. I was an awkward freshman who could barely open my locker within four tries, my backpack was large enough to cause injury if I made any sudden movements, and I was constantly overwhelmed by

SIT BACK AND ENJOY THE RIDE I’ve got my shades on, my sippy cup is full, and my Velcro shoes are secure. Life is good.

the number of tall people everywhere. The days seemed to drag and I began to worry that these would be the longest four years of my life. It wasn’t until I found myself venting to my older cousin Shannon that my outlook changed. My oh-so-wise cousin told me something I hadn’t fully realized: “You have four years—whether they

are great or horrible is up to you.” Like always, she was right. Shannon made it clear that the quality of my high school experience depended on me. It was my responsibility to put in the effort to have a good high school experience. Shannon, an alum of Maine South, made her high school experience amazing by getting involved in the PA wing. So, the next morning I signed up for Makeup Crew. My perspective on high school changed drastically. Makeup Crew opened my eyes to appreciate the time I had at Maine South. This one extracurricular sparked me to enjoy four years of adopting new skills, finding my passion, and spending time with sensational people. It’s no surprise that I continued to get involved in other extracurriculars after my freshman year such as Trunk and Southwords (of course). My experience at Maine South was nothing short of spectacular, and I owe it all to listening to my family’s advice. Now that time is ticking down and it feels as though I am moments away from receiving my diploma, I have realized the meaning of my family’s point: high school is not something to rush through—it is important to put in the effort to ensure that you graduate with happy memories.

After four years, we’re just getting started Monica Bielawiec

Editor-in-Chief or e a c h p e r s on , t h e h i g h school experience is different. Some people choose to follow the academically-rigorous path of high school, devoting their time to studying, preparing, and excelling in their classes. Others choose to indulge in the social aspects of high school, meeting new people and welcoming new perspectives that may be different from theirs. Some people find their niche in the PA wing or the V wing, while others may spend most of their time on the field or on the court. With such a diversity in high school experiences, it is no surprise that at the end of a four-year career, some students don’t want to leave the familiar halls of Maine South, while others can’t wait to break out. My high school experience was an interesting one. As I reminisce about by career here at Maine South, I can’t help but have mixed feelings about the experience as a whole. Freshman year was filled with transitions, as I grew accustomed to a new environment, new peers, and a new more rigorous academic curriculum. I wasn’t an introverted

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freshman, but still, I was overwhelmed by the influx of new ideas and perspectives from new settings. Sophomore year was defined by endless extra-curriculars. It was during this time that I found the courage to finally get engaged in outof-school activities, and I did so with the same mindset as I took on any other activity—all or nothing. By the end of sophomore year, I not only ran two clubs but was an integral part of many others. Junior year posed severe academic challenges. An intensive itinerary of honors and AP classes proved to be extremely demanding and stressful, and on top of that, preparation for the ACT added another layer of hard work. And just like that, it was senior year, a year filled with college applications, scholarship essays, and senioritis. A year just as exciting as it was stressful. A year that set me up for the novel experience of college. As many people say, four years passed by in a blink of an eye— and I’m happy about that. High school wasn’t all laid-back; it was filled with hard work, ambition, and determination. It held successes and

failures. But at the end of four years, I am equipped with a new inventory of skills that will prepare me for this next chapter of my life, such as being open to new people, following my passion, managing my time, and finally, letting go of the familiar and welcoming something new. Still, I will never forget the plethora of great experiences I’ve been blessed to have at Maine South. I will never forget the long nights in the Southwords office putting together incredible publications. I won’t forget the weekly meetings with Unit 1 of the Maine South Constitution Team as we prepared for the national competition in Washington, DC. I won’t forget the shrill and laughing voices of my classmates as we sang along to Spanish songs every Friday in AP Spanish 5. At a college interview earlier in the year, I was asked, “What’s your impact?” After pondering the question for a moment, I realized that not having an answer IS my answer. High school isn’t supposed to be the glamorized event we often see through media. It is supposed to be a learning experience, where you learn something about yourself and the world around you and come

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

I was always ready to cook up a tasteful mess in the kitchen—that ponytail meant business.

out more prepared to tackle new challenges. If high school isn’t perfect, don’t worry about it—it is only a minor part of finding your purpose. With my high school career ending, I’m now embarking on an adventure to find my impact, and I couldn’t be more excited.


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Oh, the places you’ll go and the people you’ll meet Rhyanne Noche

News Editor t is hard to believe four years have come and gone when it feels like I just met many of my friends yesterday. Though I am excited to graduate from high school and enter the next chapter of my life, I have to say that a part of me is not ready to leave Maine South. Over the last four years, many people have walked in and out of my life. Through different classes each year and extracurricular activities, meeting new people was inevitable. Some of these people became ones I just smiled and waved to in the hallways; however, others became ones I got close to and made the most memories with, in and out of school—ones I could call my true friends. Nevertheless, every individual that crossed paths with me had an impact on me in some way, shape, or form. Coming from Mary, Seat of Wisdom School, I only had about 50 students in my 8th grade graduating class. I remember stepping into Maine South on the first day of freshman year being utterly shocked at the number of people the hallways were filled with. But, what amazed me even more that day was entering the auditorium filled with only the incoming freshman—a class about ten times bigger than my 8th grade class. It is hard to believe that the people I am friends with now were once in that same room mixed in

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with all the people that were unknown to me at the time. Stepping into Maine South allowed me to expand my social bubble and find where I truly belonged. It tested my abilities to go outside of my comfort zone, find the right group of friends, and experience all that high school has to offer. When entering high school, I learned that it is all up to you. You can choose the kind of person you want to be. You can choose what kind of student you want to be. You can choose whom you want and don’t want to be friends with. In high school, you call the shots; you make your own choices. I chose to surround myself with people who made me feel welcome, comfortable, and happy. A big asset over the years that has helped me survive my classes and gotten me through the tough days of high school was just merely knowing that I’d get to see my friends and peers. Though I may not miss the workload, stress, and drama that comes with high school, I will definitely miss seeing my friends and seeing familiar faces around the Maine South hallways. High school has been an overall great experience, and it has definitely prepared me for the next step: college. Even though many of my friends and I are going our separate ways and will be miles apart, I know that many of us will remain close friends and that big things are in store for us

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all. In college, like high school, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet new friends and room to form new relationships on top of the old. I’ll never forget the people I have met, the memories I have made, or the lessons that high school has taught over the last four years. As the countdown to graduation is nearing zero, it will be bittersweet, but I know that there will never be a final goodbye—it will only be a “see you later.”

Why do we care about being remembered? Mariam Zaki

Commentary Editor ur wall of honor only has five faces to represent the nearly 30,000 students that have walked the halls of Maine South since its opening in 1964. With this figure in mind, I still find myself with the desire to have made an impact in the world that I have lived in these past four years. Before coming to Maine South, I couldn’t help but consider the notable alumni that our school has fostered, from gold-medal athletes to prominent politicians. From the very beginning, I knew that I wanted to become someone that people would be proud to have known. I thought this meant getting a title or percentile ranking. These qualifications define success, right? In some senses they do. The people that fill those categories are undoubtedly destined for greatness, but I now realize that there is more to the picture. I’ve come to understand my legacy in a very different way. I’ve achieved my goals and gotten where I’ve always wanted to be, but looking back at my years here, it’s not my title or my accomplishments that I take pride in. I’m proud of the group of people that come every Monday morning to

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Student Council meetings in order to make our school a better place. I’m proud of the late nights that we’ve spent in the Southwords office, where I’ve learned to resent the color purple. I’m proud of my Unit 2 family for staying in the back corner of Panera until they kicked us out and sitting in the cold for three hours for Andrew to not take a picture with us. I’m grateful for the people that have allowed me to get where I am today. In my freshman Acc. Biology class, Mrs. Schwan started our class one day with

this quote by Isaac Newton:“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” As of now, I can’t say that I’ve accomplished much, but one day I know I will, and it will be all thanks to the great people that have shaped my life. Thank you Don José for putting up wit h me for four ye ars of Student Council and having such an encouraging and positive presence in every situation. You are a role model in every way, and I am so fortunate to have been able to learn from your

leadership. Bien. Thank you Mrs. Scorza for being the Leslie Knope of Maine South. I’ve always wanted to be a person that can see a problem and fix it, and that’s just who you are. I’m really going to miss all the emails and recounts of your Mr. Hawk-related nightmares. But a bigger thank you goes out to the Scorza family for letting us take over your mother/wife’s life during all Student Council related events. Of course this wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention the person who gets mistaken for me half the time. Isis, you’re too loud and make me late to every meeting I’ve ever attended, but I wouldn’t have wanted to go through high school without you. I’ve always been proud to be your sister and I hope you know what an extremely gifted person you really are. Try not to cry too hard when I leave, okay? Cool, thanks. In the end, I’ve learned that there are only a handful of names that make it on the news or get called for awards, but I believe there is greater pride in knowing that you have done good for another. It is by these actions that we are remembered, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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Not everyone has a set plan after high school Lauren Papp

Entertainment Editor ou’d think by now, everyone has gotten accepted into his or her dream school and has after high school plans. Wait. Not everyone. Not me. I am still not positive what I want to do after high school, and I am sure not the only one. I’ve changed what I wanted to do with my future hundreds of times, and I still don’t know exactly what I want to major in. How can I pick a major if I can’t even decide what I want for dinner tonight? Not knowing what you want to do after high school can be one of the most stressful things, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether it be a gap year, working full-time, or only taking a few classes, a four-year college isn’t always for everyone. Even the first daughter, Malia Obama, is taking a gap year before attending Harvard University. For some people, a gap year can be the best option. They may not

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be popular in America, but almost 200,000 students take gap years in the United Kingdom each year. Some might think that the time apart from school makes the student lazy or apathetic, but that is not always the case. Gap years help students prepare for college and can even be the best option for some. School is stressful, and summer break is not always enough. Taking a year off can help with school stress, but that doesn’t mean sitting at home and bingeing on season four of “Orange is the New Black.” When taking a year off, it’s advised to do something you’re passionate about, such as volunteering or working. Working full time after high school can be a big responsibility, but it can pay off in the long run. Sometimes, part-time summer jobs are not enough to pay for your books, much less tuition. If you kick off your summer working full-time, you can

start to save up for the costs of college. Even after scholarships, the cost is still colossal. Many students choose to not attend their first semester, or even first year, because they do not want to go into debt. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have money for college saved up already, and this can be their only option. Working doesn’t have to be as boring as it sounds, and you can make lots of friends at a job while saving up. If school does stress you out, you aren’t sure what you want to do, but don’t want to take a gap year, community college is the best option. You can take only a couple of classes, save money with the low cost of a community college, and still stay close to home. Besides saving money, community college offers smaller class sizes than a four-year university, almost all credits are transferrable, and you still get a great education. Breathe. It’s okay to not know what to do after high school. College can

SALUTE TO FREEDOM After four long year of high school, I finally wave goodbye.

be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Four-year universities are not always for everyone. That doesn’t mean you’re unintelligent or lazy. Everyone has his or her own path, and not knowing it is part of the adventure.

Getting to the finish line, one way or another Olivia Post

Entertainment Editor y first period government teacher strolled into class the morning after Spring Break at 7:45 a.m. and listed the plan of action for the rest of the school year. After writing down a disgusting amount of material to cover and projects to complete, he turned around to address the students, most of whom I think were either unconscious or close to it, and said, “Don’t worry—all that’s left of your senior year is a sprint to the finish.” I felt nauseous. I could feel a convulsion surge through my body like I was rejecting some bad sushi. I had a physical aversion to my teacher’s words, and I couldn’t quite place the source. It wasn’t fear of college or “the future,” so it had to be “the sprint to the finish.” Oh yeah, there was the nausea again. Sprint. I had to sprint to the finish. Somehow, I, Olivia Post, had to muster enough strength to drag myself out of the quicksand of senioritis I had found myself trapped in. If high school was a race, freshman year was a brisk walk to get my bearings, sophomore year was a steady jog as I settled in, junior year was a tenacious run, and sometime during senior year I tripped on my shoelace and crashed headfirst into the sidewalk, leaving current Olivia at a desperate crawl to the finish. Desperate crawl is not synonymous with sprint. Why couldn’t I muster up the stamina to sprint, or at least jog? I concluded that at some

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SUMMER DAZE

I only get in this deep of thought when I drink Hi-C.

point in my race through high school, the adrenaline rush from freshman year stopped, the light jogging through sophomore year ended, and my second wind of junior year energy finally caught up to me. I was exhausted of school and there was no amount of willpower I could muster to convince myself to pick up my aching metaphorical feet. This is senioritis. Seeing a finish line, though being too debilitated to push through the pain and be productive. Of course, varying degrees of this

affliction occur throughout the senior class, from mild inconvenience to incapacitating trauma, though the inevitability remains. Senioritis can often be misdiagnosed as severe procrastination, or“time-management issues,” though there is a crucial flaw in that reasoning. Procrastination is when I wrote an entire threepage DBQ for Mr. Kura’s class the morning it was due. Procrastination is turning in your first semester art project in March. Procrastination is when I stayed up until 4:30 devising 16 pagelong journal entries for a quarter-long English project that I saved entirely for the night before. The difference between procrastination and senioritis? Caring about it. Although senioritis is a very real ailment with many casualties, I am not criticizing the secondary school system for the outbreak. High school is not a graveyard for ambition; it is a catalyst for harnessing your potential and running with it. Senioritis is a side effect of good habits that have been exhausted, of initiative that has compelled you through the last four years. So seniors, if you have as much senioritis as I do, do not fear; know that all your efforts to put one foot in front of the other during high school are reminding you that you are exhausted. Although the fatigue can be overwhelming, it a symbol of everything you accomplished from 2012 until now—and that is something to be proud of. Somehow, someway, we will made it to the finish line: sprinting, crawling, or something in between.


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Hard hits can lead to life lessons Michael Greco Sports Editor

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small, bright-eyed, energetic freshman steps out of his mom’s car and on to the field for his first Maine South football practice. Like all freshmen, this child has big dreams about playing sports, and no interest in writing—I mean how could writing ever be any fun? Little does he know that in a matter of four years, he will change completely and now, not only does he love sports, but he has a great love for writing as well. So, who the hawk could this freshman be? My friends, that child just so happens to be a young Michael Greco. Just like every other new kid in school, I walked into Maine South with high aspirations and even greater expectations. Originally, I had dreams of being a football player at Maine South and eventually having a career as an engineer. But just as any adult will tell you, you cannot plan for life. My dream of playing football ended after two years, as I injured myself nearly as much as Derrick Rose, and my aspirations of being an engineer ended as soon as I found out that engineering involves math (I really don’t like math—just ask Mr. Briody or Mrs. Heyden).

As my dreams dissipated before my eyes, I started to realize that I had a budding talent for writing. While discovering my new talent, I decided mid-sophomore year to join Southwords. Joining the school newspaper not only helped me to embrace my new-found talent of writing, but it helped me to keep in touch with the sports world after I was no longer an athlete. By taking the time to embrace a new avenue such as the newspaper, I was able to open a plethora of opportunities, with my best opportunity coming in the form of becoming the Sports Information Director for the Maine South boys’ basketball team. Through my time with the team, I learned more about being a beat journalist and what professional sports journalists do as they travel with teams while in the field. Not only did my opportunities help me to gain knowledge on what I want to do as a career, but it helped to me to further my skill as a writer and continue to grow my love for writing. I have been lucky to have had many of the opportunities that have presented themselves to me. And while I thought all I wanted to do in high school was play football, I learned that that was not quite true. High school is all about trying new

WELCOME TO MY CRIB

Before I was the infamous G-baby, I was just a regular baby.

things and discovering who you are as a person. For some people this involves trying different clubs, while for others, like me, it involves having the snot knocked out of you until you realize what you want to do for the rest of your life. So to all underclassmen, try new things, because even if you have to get to get knocked around a little, you will soon realize who you are as a person, and that will lead to new opportunities.

Sometimes growing up is hard to do

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My love for art started at a

Basia Chruscinski

Art Editor y time in Maine South wouldn’t have been as great as it was without my friends I met here. I don’t want to sound too cliché but that’s honestly how I feel. I think if I didn’t have the friends that helped me throughout my years in high school, I wouldn’t have developed to be the person that I am now. You all know who you are, and you mean a lot to me. High school wouldn’t have had such wonderful memories if I didn’t have you guys there. You’ve helped me through so much and cheered me on when I was in my low times and accepted me when I thought no one would when I first entered the hallways of Maine South. Even though I’ve grown, I still feel like a kid. I don’t feel like a complete adult yet, but I look forward to blossoming in the years to come.

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FEMALE ATHLETES

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Emma Wagner Badminton Emma Wagner, a two-year varsity member, has worked hard all four years as a member of the badminton team to become mentally strong and very strategic with her shots while on the floor. Her teammates describe her as a terrific role model who has served as a mentor to her younger teammates. Wagner has had great performances this season, such as placing first at the Rolling Meadows and East Aurora tournaments while posting a record of 14 wins and 6 losses in singles competition. Her leadership will be remembered by the many up-and-coming varsity members. Wagner will be attending Augustana to study Music Education.

Riley Eckhart Basketball

Riley Eckhart has been a member of the girls’ varsity basketball team at Maine South for two years. Eckhart has been praised for her hard work during the season as she often arrived early to practice and was usually the last one to leave, demonstrating how hard work yields positive results. She was the sole All-Conference player on the team this past season, with her biggest highlight coming in the form of 24 points against Lincoln-Way, while also providing the Hawks with consistent scoring with 9.7 points per game over the course of the season. Eckhart will be continuing her basketball career at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

Taylor Barzowski Soccer

Taylor Barzowski has been a four-year varsity starter at Maine South. She has been captain her Junior and Senior year, while also being named All-Conference and AllSectional twice. Barzowski has been the definition of a good leader on and off the field. “She is the eyes for us in the back —she’s always talking to her teammates so we all stay on the same page,” said Coach J.J. Crawford. She has been known for her great speed and touch with the ball, which has led her to have a large impact on the program. Barzowski will continue her soccer career at Minnesota State next year.

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Maddie Rupick Cheerleading

Maddie Rupick, a four-year varsity cheerleader, never wavered in her commitment to provide leadership and support to her teammates. Rupick is known by her teammates as a role model for consistently having a positive attitude and enthusiastic approach while performing at a high level throughout the season. In addition to being a four-year varsity athlete, Rupick served as a captain her junior and senior year. As a senior captain, she led the team to win the conference championship, along with a second place finish at Sectionals and a 12th-place finish at State. Rupick will be attending Illinois State in the fall to study Special Education.

Olivia Frink Softball

Olivia Frink was an AllConference softball selection last year, and this year, she was chosen to be the pre-season captain. She led the girls in pre-season workouts and tryouts leading up to their season, and continues to do so in-season. Her leadership is evident on and off the field, and her voice is always loud and positive. Frink also led with her tireless work ethic by being first to practice and last to leave. Frink’s versatility was valuable as the team asked Frink to play more than four different positions over her tenure on varsity. Frink will be attending Valparaiso University in the fall.

Casey Bomrad Cross Country

Casey Bomrad, a three-year varsity cross country runner for Maine South, has been a top-seven runner each year. Bomrad was one of three senior co-captains this year. She helped lead the team practices and was one of the team’s top performers all year long. “She helped take a team that did not make the state meet last year, and pushed the team through a difficult summer of training, and propelled them to a 12th-place finish as a team her senior year,” said Coach Jeff Downing. Bomrad was also the individual District 207 champion. She is viewed as a great teammate and leader and will continue her running career at Washington University.

Keanan Bender Swimming

Keanan Bender, a three-year varsity swimmer, always set an example of how leaders should act towards their teammates. As a sprinter and freestyle swimmer, she was the fastest sprinter and always anchored the fastest relays. Her teammates say she is a caring, hardworking, and positive person, who learned what it meant to work hard and strive for goals. During her career, Bender learned to embrace new challenges, and enjoyed the journey when striving for goals, instead of only focusing on the results. Bender will be attending the University of Tampa in the fall.


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Claire DeRosa Golf

Claire DeRosa, a two-year varsity golfer, is known for her great energy in practice and in tournaments. “She is an absolute bundle of joy, someone who lights up a room, makes every practice and match better, and someone they would not want to be without on a team,” said Coach Matt Ellefson. DeRosa had her best round of the year at one of the hardest tournaments in the state, the Pekin Lady Dragon Invite at Lick Creek Golf Course. She will leave behind a legacy of optimism and energy that will pass on to younger players. DeRosa will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall as an Evans Scholar, because of her work and dedication as a caddie.

Carly Berns Gymnastics

Carly Berns has been on varsity all four years and was a co-captain this year and last. She’s a great role model and helped her teammates on the sidelines when no one was looking. Berns has been a committed member of the team and is dedicated to the sport; she rarely missed a meet or practice. She’s also a hard worker and is self-directed. Berns has dealt with injuries but has never complained. She was an all-around performer throughout her high school career and consistently contributed top scores on bars and beam. She was always ready to step in and participate in any event for which was needed. In the fall, Berns will be attending the University of Missouri.

Kalina Gardiner Track & Field

Kalina Gardiner, a three-year varsity member, has been an integral distance runner on the girls’ track and field team during her time at Maine South. Gardiner has been named All-Conference on two occasions and has qualified for the state track meet. Gardiner had an important role for the team as she was the lead leg of the school record 3,200-meter relay team. She is described as being a respected teammate who exceeded standards in her role as the team captain. Gardiner is also known for her tireless work ethic, which has helped the Hawks’ long-distance program to be highlyranked in the state.

Alexis Basso Hawkettes

Alexis Basso has been a Varsity Hawkette her entire four years at Maine South, and she was a varsity captain her junior and senior years. Basso began her career as a freshman winning the first ever 3A IHSA State Dance Championship. She’s the only athlete in Maine South that currently has an IHSA state ring. Alexis continued her next three years with top-three placements at the National Dance Team Championship. She has been highlighted on ESPN for her many award-winning performances during the four years. Basso is a strong athlete who motivated her teammates and made sure they knew she believed in every one of them. She will be attending Elmhurst College.

Olivia Post Volleyball

Olivia Post, a two-year varsity athlete and the team’s senior captain was a leader for the varsity team. More importantly, she was a teammate who was the caring and cohesive player that is essential on any team. She was always someone who picked up the team when they were down. Post performed very well on and off the court from a volleyball perspective with her attitude, but what truly stands out is her high emotional intelligence to keep herself, her team, and the program moving positively in the direction it needed to. She will be attending Vanderbilt University in Tennessee in the fall.

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Christina Karlson Lacrosse

Christina Karlson, a four-year varsity lacrosse player, is not only great on the field, but also in the classroom, as evidenced by her perfect score on the ACT. Throughout her high school career, she has become a great lacrosse player and leader as a captain of the team which has led many to believe she will have a bright future.“Whatever Christina puts her focus to, she will continue to do great things,” said Coach Charles Solomon. Karlson leads the team this season in assists and is the most consistent player on the field, making stops on the defensive end and feeding the attackers on the offensive end. Christina will continue her education at The University of Notre Dame.

Leigh Friedman Tennis

Leigh Friedman, a four-year varsity member, “was one of the hardestworking athletes I have worked with,” said coach Gerald Smith. She was selected for team captain for her hard work and leadership skills. Not only was she a star athlete, she also took time to mentor younger athletes throughout the season. Her leadership will have a lasting effect on the underclassmen she played with. Friedman qualified for the state tennis tournament all four years of her career. She helped Maine South tennis reach their first sectional in 10 years. She will be continuing her tennis career at Lehigh University.

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Jimmy O’Brien Baseball

Jon Arenas Basketball

Brian Sodaro Cross Country

Brian Collis Football

Ji m my O’ Br i e n re m ai ns a consistent player for this year’s Varsity Baseball Team. He leads the pitching staff in wins, earned run average, and strike out to walk ratio. Additionally, he plays a fine corner outfield position, providing the team with stellar defense during each play. As a hitter, O’Brien has been great because he consistently puts the ball in play. Most importantly, he has kept an even-keeled and positive outlook throughout the season and has been a great teammate. O’Brien will be continuing his baseball career at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Jon Arenas was a three-year Varsity starter and two-year Captain. He contributed to 72 wins, a conference championship, a regional championship and a Sweet 16 finish. He was also a two-time CSL South All-Conference athlete and an IBCA Honorable Mention All-State selection his junior year. Arenas set the single-season and career steals record. He finished the season averaging 14.4 points per game to go along with 3.3 assists per game for the Hawks. Arenas was also the JKB Leadership award winner. He will be attending Washington University.

Brian Sodaro has been a member of the Maine South varsity boys’ cross country team for two years. Sodaro served as the team captain and was the team’s best runner at the State meet. He was named an All-Conference runner who ran over 800 miles between the summers of 2014-15. He will be remembered as a dedicated captain, who worked hard and led his team by example. Sodaro placed 26th for the team at the IHSA State meet, helping Maine South to its third-best finish in school history with a time of 14:55. He will be attending Illinois State University.

Brian Collis was a three-year starter for one of the most demanding positions in sports. During his tenure as quarterback, his teams accumulated 27 wins and 3 CSL South Conference Championships. Collis threw for more than 6,000 yards and 45 touchdowns. His calm demeanor helped the Hawks achieve six come-from-behind victories, topped off by an incredible lastsecond CSL Championship win against Evanston this year. Collis will be continuing his football career while furthering his education at the University of Chicago.

David Aniol Soccer

Victor Sibiga Swimming

Richard Mehl Tennis

Ralph Patejunas Track & Field

David Aniol was a two-year varsity player and team captain for the Maine South boys’ soccer team in 2015. He established himself as a player that his teammates look to as a leader both on and off the field. Aniol was one of their most complete players. “He combines highly effective pursuit of the ball with a strong competitive nature,” said Coach States. “He has outstanding field sense and intuition, along with excellent technical skills.” Aniol epitomized the role of studentathlete and will be attending Robert Morris University in Chicago where he will be playing intercollegiate soccer.

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Victor Sibiga was a four-year varsity swimmer who participated in the sprint freestyle for the boys’ team. Sibiga was described by his coach as a selfless, hard-working teammate who always gave his all. He was very good at working with and encouraging the younger athletes on the swim team. Sibiga always had the best interests of his teammates at the forefront of his mind while also accomplishing great feats, such as posting the fastest 50 and 100 freestyle times during the past season. Sibiga will be attending the University of Illinois next year where he will be studying to become an engineer.

Richard Mehl has spent two years on the Maine South boys’ tennis varsity team and four years in the program. Mehl has been described as the picture of consistency in the program, as he has shown commitment to the team not only in games, but in practice as well. He will be remembered for his quiet leadership, humble demeanor, and “never give up” attitude when it seemed that a match could be lost. Mehl ended his season by placing third in singles in one of the most competitive conferences in the state. He will be attending the University of Illinois this fall.

Ralph Patejunas has been a fouryear member of both Maine South boys’ cross country and track and field. Patejunas emerged as the topperforming distance runner for the Hawks this season as he finished 46th overall at the state meet where the team took 13th place overall. His biggest accomplishments this season include taking second place at the CSL Indoor Conference Meet in the 3,200 meter run and thirdplace at the distance medley relay at Lyons Township. Patejunas will be continuing his running career in cross country at the University of Chicago this fall.


Senior Issue

Tim Zelek Golf

Tim Zelek was a three-year varsity player who consistently competed with composure and confidence. He was voted All-C onference both his junior and senior seasons and advanced to the IHSA state tournament his junior year. “He led this year’s team with a 39.7 scoring average and shot a blistering score of one over par 73 at Regionals to advance to Sectional play,” said golf coach Mr. Steve Scholl. “Tim was a great all-around star, excelling in his role as leader of the team. His positive attitude, along with golf abilities made him, without question, a Hawk player to remember.” Zelek will be attending University of Illinois in the fall.

Lennon Fabian Gymnastics

Lennon Fabian, has been a varsity gymnast for two years, and has been the best gymnast all season long. He is the team captain and has shown great leadership skills with all the gymnasts—including the Maine East students on the team. Always a standout in the gym, everyone looks up to Lennon as a role model. He is one of the hardest workers in the gym because of his strong skills and work ethic. Being one of the most successful kids on the team, he excelled in his routines and did very well in all of the meets he participated in. This fall, Lennon will be joining the US Army Reserves and serving as a military police officer.

Declan Cannon Volleyball

Declan Cannon, a three-year varsity member, has been described as an all-around player. Always looked up to by his teammates, Cannon has served as the captain of the boys’ volleyball team while acting as a good role model and leading by example. Cannon has led the team in kills and passing percentage during the season, and is seen as the “go to” guy by his teammates. He has never been shy about letting his teammates know what expectations are. His teammates note that his character and leadership will be missed after he graduates. Cannon will be attending the Colorado School of Mines.

Nick Porto Hockey

Nick Porto, a three-year varsity member, started at center for Maine Hockey. Porto was viewed as one of the best forwards in the state this past season by not only his teammates, but also by other teams in the conference. He is described as using his goodhearted nature and love for the game of hockey to help him lead the Maine Hockey team as an assistant captain this past season. Porto was named a league All-Star this season and finished his career at Maine Township Hockey with over 145 points. He will continue his hockey career at UIUC at the ACHA Club Level while also attending the University of Illinois this fall.

Conor Brosnan Water Polo

Conor Brosnan has been captain of the boys’ water polo team for the past two years. Brosnan has been viewed as a versatile player who can score and play well on defense, earning the respect of players on both levels. “We think he is one of the best captains that we have ever had in the program,” said Coach Chris Deger. “His skills as a player, communicator, and leader are truly consummate.” Connor led the team in blocks, assists, turnover ratio, and steals this past season. He will be attending Purdue University this fall where he will be majoring in engineering while continuing his career at the club level.

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Egan Guzaldo Lacrosse

Egan Guzaldo, a four-year varsity lacrosse player, has had a large role for the Hawks as a midfielder. He is described by his coach as having an unmatched passion for the game and a great will to win. Guzaldo has bought into the message of the program and done whatever has been asked by his coaching staff. He has been a part of many successful teams, such as the 2014-15 team that played in the group B lacrosse championship game. Guzaldo was also able to guide them to another great season, despite being only one of three seniors on the team. In the fall, Guzaldo will be attending the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign.

Ibrahim Nasir Wrestling

Ibrahim Nasir, a four-year varsity wrestler, has been one of the best wrestlers for Maine South over the last few years, and was a captain his senior year. “Over the last two seasons, he has led the team both on and off the mat,” said Coach Kevin Hansen. “He exemplifies the winning spirit and dedication necessary to be successful in the sport of wrestling. Nasir is an example of the ideal wrestler: An athlete who takes the integrity and honor he displays in competition and carries them into his life as a student and a person.” Nasir will be attending Middlebury College in Virginia, starting this fall.

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Vol 52 Issue 9, Senior Issue  

Vol 52, Issue 9, Senior Issue Southwords Maine South High School student newspaper

Vol 52 Issue 9, Senior Issue  

Vol 52, Issue 9, Senior Issue Southwords Maine South High School student newspaper

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