Senior Issue May 29,1997
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Renee we miss you... We wish you were stiil here. Your spirit, your smile, you gave a great cheer. You had a face of an angel, ifs hard to say why, Your life was taken, now you're an angel in the sky. We'll never forget your ever soft voice. Death: Never fair, that wasn't our choice. We feel the pain, we cry our long tears. The memories we keep, all your sbrteen. The love for you is kept in our hearts. As you lay in peace holding your wooden cross. Sleep well our friend, your soul lives on. In all of our minds, you'll never be gone. -LaidaHo
Drama Department honors dedicated Thespians The International Thespian Society recently honored dedicated, hard working members of the Drama Department during its award ceremony on Wednesday, May 28. Those honored are as follows: Seventy-Five Point Club: Maria Ferschl, Matthew Kurinsky, Kenny Lindgren, Janet Lucchesi, Dave Seigel, Steve Tallungan Honor Bar: Heidi Barton, Aileen DeCourcey, Tami Gudukas, Mat Lake, Janet Peterson, Dominika Smereczynski, Kerry Wagoner Four Star: Jennifer Beacraft, Katharine English, Karen Hibbler, Andrew Schneider Three Star: Nick Castellanos, Vanessa Cerf, Kristin Durianski, Heidi Krug, MoUie Manrose, Frank Merle, Kate Ristau, Graham chmidt. Amy Sherman Two Star: Lee Adlaf, Lizzie Baldi, Dana # arabas, Margaret Byrne, Garret Chen, ^^< Kathryn Donehoo, Joanna Frigo, Matthew
Haak, Brenden Hennigan, Kevin Johnson, Mike Kline, Natahe Levendowski, JuUe Lucchesi, Neil McCabe, Ryan McKenna, Stephanie Reider, Kathryn Spindler, AlUson Stanhope, Christy Stevens, Mike Tomassi, Christina Trahanas, Erika Walters, Mike Walters, Dave Wilson One Star: Timothy Barounis, Liz Douglass, Sara Douglass, Kristen Economos, Amanda Eich, Jamie Foltz, Anne Fink, Luke Herman, Courtney Ischinger, Liz Jomdt, Cori Kabat, Annie Kotis, Diana Kostolansky, Jennie Leicht, Elizabeth Lobianco, George Luxton, Liz Michalee, Courtney Norwood, Alicia Rose, Julie Sapp, Nick Scafa, Dave Smith, Keri Travis, Alex Uzemack, Allison Wagoner Thespians: Monica Frigo, Christine Giovanelli. Matt Glavin, Bobby Hanson, Stacy Hachigian, Robin Humbert, Angela Janik, Bill Kazanis, Emily Knoblauch, Roxanna
Lulusa, Denise Mytko, Sarah Nommensen, Kathren S warzy nska, Alison Upton, Lisa Von Wahlde Possible Thespian Initiates: Christina Atanowsky, Cynthia Barounis, Havalah Backus, Erin Nugent, Mary Nuzzo, Natalie Berg, Kristen Church, Jeff Clapper, Liky Corcoran, Champ Cuesta, Aime EdisonSwift, Taso Fourkas, Jason Fechner, Matthew Farrell, Andy Farrell, Kim Grzesinski, Kevin Goss, Liz Hughes, Jon Hultgren, Theresa Heitz, Whimey Swanson, Mary Slankiewicz, Nicolette Stach, Dan Schwatrz, Dan Smith, Amanda Thomas, Susie Kostolansky, Jamie Kahnowski, John Klaes, John Kopjec, Jodie Kupsco, Anne Kelleher, Rachel Kuly, Maureen Walsh, Peter Wojtiowicz, Kelley Lake, Ahson Milnamow, Anna Lutgen, Nick Morris, Ryan Oboza, Mary Pindelski, Brian Pick, Mehssa Poulos, Natalie Mazzuca, Michelle
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Outstanding members of the appTauded at the Senior
Applied Technology Mikolaj Tworek
Exceptional members of the senior class were honored at the Senior Honors Awards Ceremony on May 21, 1997 in the Clyde K. Watson auditorium. The program began with Dr. Cachur's welcome and introduction of the class of 1997 president, MayaParekh. After Maya spoke and introduced the presenters, scholarships and awards were presented. Students receiving departmental awards were: Mikolaj Tworek (Applied Technology), Gregory Pawlik(Business), Stacy Hachigan (Consumer and Family Sciences), Karen Lekan (Art), Matthew Kurinsky (Music), Dominka Smereczynski (Speech/ Drama), Thomas Repetto (English), Kristin Durianski (Foreign Language), Johanna Zumer (Mathematics), Angela Janik (Physical Educaiton), Anna Szybowski (Science) and Michael Mueller (Social Science). College and University Awards Many colleges and universities awarded scholarships based on academics and athletics. They were as follows: Depauw University, Matthew Farrell; Eastern Illinois University, Renee Schaul, Richard Totsch; Arizona State University, Jamie MarteUo; Benedictine University, Donald Jones; Marquette University, Gina Anichini, Jessica Boudos, Michelle Dulski: Loyola University,
Alexandra Bialecki, Danuta Dzierzanowska, Anne Fink, Melissa Kipta, Roxana Lulusa, Elizabeth Rossi; Grand Valley State University, Jamie Kalinowski; Southern Illinois University, Todd Clemens; Indiana University, KeUy Newton, Sarah Nommensen; DePaul University, Frank Merle, Cristina Calenda; Winona State University, Deirdre Larsen; Valparaiso University, Brian Albin, Christina Hagerty, Suzanne Lanzafame; St. Ambrose University, Christy Rea; Michigan State University, Seiji Murakishi; Boston University, Danielle Nieciag; Fairfield University, Diana Kostolansky; Dominican University, Christina Giovanelli, Carolyn Weritz; Ohio State, Lawrence Logsdon;College of Wooster, Katherine Rybak; St. Olaf College, Elizabeth Douglass; Kalamazoo College, Elise Dent, Katherine Korytkowski; North Park College, Karen Hibbeler; Bethel College, Judson Murchie; Augustana College, Janet Lucchesi; Marian College, Sharmandoa Berles; Illinois Instistute of Technology, Christopher Kaas, Laura Huber, Kevin Conroy; Rochester Institute of Technology, Anna Szybowski. Local and Special Awards Illinois Student Assistance Commission Merit Recognition Scholarships, Maria Ferschl, Jen-
nifer Jemc, Melanie Manrose, Michael Mueller, Elizabeth Rossi, Johanna Zumer; Park Ridge Jaycees Young American Awards, Katherine Korytkowski, Lawerence Logsdon; Robert C. Byrd Scholarships, Thomas Repetto, Johanna Zumer; McNeil Consumer Products Company Tylenol Scholarship, Thomas Repetto; Golden Apple Foundation Scholar of Illinois, Lania Ho; Household International, Inc., Scholar Award, Katherine Rybak; The Gregorian Scholarship, Thomas Repetto; Lutheran General Hospital Service League and Internship, Angela Jaiuk; Lutheran General Hospital Sports Medicine Robert J. Paddock, Laura Huber; United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award, Matthew Simpson; Illinois Crossroads Girl Scouts Council Outstanding Senior Girl Scout, Laura Huber. ^ ^ National Merit Scholarship Pf^^^^ gram. Commended: Eric Anderson, Todd Clemens, Kristin Durianski, George Hartman, Elizabeth James, Nicholas Kacprowski, Mathew Lake, Frank Merle, Semi-Finalists: Rachel Stein, Rose Walczak, Johanna Zumer; National Merit Special Scholarships, Wilson Sporting Goods Company, Thomas W. Repetto, University of Texas at Austin Special Scholarship, Rose M. Walczak; Park Ridge Art League
J. Business Gregory Pawiik
English Thomas RepÂŤtto
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class of 1997 recognized and â€˘ Honors award ceremony Scholarships, Kann Lekan, Lona Popovic, Dave Siegel; Hawkette Booster Scholarships, Katie-Jo Herzog, Roxana Lulusa; Aid Association for Lutherans All-College Scholarship, Matthew Kurinsky; Lutheran Brotherhood Scholarship, Melanie Manrose. Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award, Diana Kostolansky; Sons of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award, Thomas Repetto; Park Ridge PanheUenic Club Scholarship, Melanie Manrose. Government of Maine Township Award, Michael Stanton; Helen Dobbins Memorial Scholarship, April Gaim; Maine South Mothers' Club Scholarships, Brian Albin, Izabella Cegielski, Kathryn Drozd, Kristin Durianski, Danuta Dzierzanowska, Rita Fallon, Maria Ferschl, Olivia Forys, Megan Fulara, Joanna Frigo, Maria Giakoumis, Maria Gullo, George Hartman, Mary Hoekstra, Laura Huber, Courmey Ischinger, Elizabeth James, Nikolas Kacprowski, Danielle Kain, Judy Kim, Katherine Kortykowski, Matthew Kurinsky, Mathew Lake, Lawrence Logsdon, Janet Lucchesi, Patrick Maigler, Melanie Manrose, Michael Mueller, Sarah Nommensen, Juhe Patras, Thomas Repetto, Amy Sherman, Anna Szybowski, Sarah Tamowski, Alexia Tsili-
Physical Education Angela Janik
petros, Matthew Wangrow, Johanna Zumer; Dr. Qyde K. Watson Award, Thomas Repeno; Virginia Feurer Scholarship, Danielle Kain; Family and Consumer Sciences Voacational Scholarship, Sarah J. Smith; Women's American Art Award for Excellence in Vocational Education, Judy Kim. Pip Foundation Scholarship, Kirk Alexakos; Twentieth Century Club Juniors Foundation Scholarships, Brian Albin, Kristin Durianski, Maria Ferschl, Megan Fulara, Maria Giakoumis, Maria Gullo, Karen Hibbeler, Nikolas Kacprowski, Patrick Maigler, Monica McQueen, Michael Mueller, Matthew Wangrow National Honor Society Tutoring Scholarship, Anna Szybowski; Student Coimcil Scholarships, Jason Fechner, April Gann, Matthew Kurinsky, Lawrence Logsdon, Patrick Maigler, Thomas Repetto; Student Council Drama/Music Scholarship, Matthew Kurinsky; Katherine Pierce Varsity Club Scholarship, Angela Janik; M Club Scholarships, Brian Albin, Michael Mueller; Air Force ROTC Scholarship, Mary Hoekstra; Flacon Foundation Scholarship, Laura Beckerdite; Army AthleteScholars, Laura Beckerdite, Thomas Repetto; Maine South Senior Service Scholarships, Michelle Dulski, Maria Ferschl, Matthew Glavin,
Social Science Mike Mueller
Angela Janik, Lawrence Logsdon, Michael Mueller, Thomas Repetto, Dominika Smereczynski; Chris Harris Memorial Scholarship, Dominika Smereczynski; Mike Hudson Memorial Scholarships, Kathy Korytkowski, Lawrence Logsdon; Tom Ziemek Memorial Scholarship, Matthew Glavin; Scott Wade Memorial Scholarship, Matthew Polley, Neal Sipkovsky, Michael WUkening. Certificates to Top 5% of Class of 1997, Sean Andrews, Christina Atanowsky, Laura Beckerdite, Shannandoa Berles, Todd Clemens, Michael DeLance, Danuta Dzierzanowska, Maria Ferschl, Jeimifer Jemc, Nikolas Kacprowski, Lawrence Logsdon, Patrick Maigler, Melanie Manrose, Natalie Mazzuca, Michael Mueller, Kelly Newton, Thomas Repetto, Elizabeth Rossi, Rachel Stein, Anna Szybowski, Rose Walczak, Johanna Zumer; Good Will Awards, Brian Albin, Gina Anichini, Andrew Gamer, Geroge Hartman, Lania Ho, Jaclyn Jacobsen, Patrick Maigler, Nicole Rizzo, Renee Schaul, Richard Tosch; Honorary Good Will Awards, Belinda HartNew Zealand, Niina Kiniemi-Finland, Petter Lerenius-Sweden, Michiel Van Kelecom-Belgium. Dr. Cachur offered closing comments and wished the seniors success in all their future endeavors. A reception followed.
Foreign Language Kristin Durianski
Speech/Drama Dominika Smereczynski
Mathematics Johanna Zumer
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Foreign Language students receive honors The Foreign Language Department recently honored students for their outstanding achievement. Receiving high honors: French IV Accelerated: Nick Colic, Sushila Dalai, Danuta Dzieranowska, Paul Frederiksen, Jeff Leist, Elisa Park, Tom Repetto French III Accelerated: Ashley Abraham, Cynthia Bauronis, Mary Hoekstra, Coriime Kabot, Jeff Lazzaro, Brad Metzinger, Brian Price, Liza Raap, Maria Sabjic, Mary Sosniak, David Wilson French II Accelerated: Som Dalai, Nenad Djordjevic, Martin Machnica, Carolyn Manrose, Matthew Palys, Monique Poslinski, Nicolette Stach, Elizabeth Subtowicz, Alexandra Uzemack, Susan Wilson French I Accelerated: Claire Cerezo, Katherine Dwyer, Nickolas Kacprowski, Colleen Matheu, Natalie Selk, Monalee Shah, Marta Skik, Young Song German IV Accelerated: Alexandra Bialecki, Alicia Dicks German III Accelerated: Carl Hughes German II Accelerated: Krista Diestel, Jennifer Husar, Anna Kulik, Andrea Lifton, Agnieszka Malicka, Barbara Rodecki, Karin Vonesh, Erika Walter German I Accelerated: Susanna Bass, Kararzyna Gruszkowska, Piotr Rewerski, Daniel Totsch Italian IV Accelerated: Christina Calenda, Nickolas Kacprowski, Jamie Martello, Michael Senese Italian III Accelerated: Monica Caporale, Michelle Fontana Italian II Accelerated: Floriana Battista, Robert Bello, Lisa Calenda, Kristin Durianski, Angela Evola, Elizabeth James, Michael Kline, Julie Lucchesi, Katherine Marcucci, Elizabeth Rossi, Adelina Sessa Italian I Accelerated: Katherine Aulisio, Adriana Bartucci, Michelle Destefano, Antonello Di Benedetto, Danielle Hernandez, Annalisa Marchiafava, Chalatom Warapanyaseni, Adriaime
PontareUi, Arma Pullara, Jeff Vaca Spanish V A.P.: Brian Albin, Christina Atanowsky, Kate Bacon, Elizabeth Douglass, Maria Ferschl, Olivia Forys, George Hartman, Michael Mueller, Elizabeth Rossi, Rose Walczak Spanish IV Accelerated: Diana Kostolansky, Joshua Klaczek, Larry Logsdon, Monica McQueen, Dave Popiel, Melissa Poulos, Annie Rose, Rachel Stein, Sarah Tamowski, Jeffery Vaca, Karin Vonesh, Matthew Wanat Spanish III Accelerated: John Bang, Rob Collura, Bridget Garcia, Elizabeth Gibbons, Fotini Giakoumis, Jennifer Jemc, Annette Kaczmarek, Vishal Kamani, Anne Marous, Radmila Pavichevich, Brian Pick, Pangiota Rapatas, Vanessa Rickert, Barbara Rodecki, Rachel Stein, Johanna Zumer Spanish n Accelerated: Brian Anderson, Timothy Barounis,LaurenBriantati,SabinaBrkic, Brooke Fillippo, Michelle Foy, Scot Kronenfeld, Lisa Maillie, Michelle Menotti, Anna Mieszaniec, Maureen Mulvihill, Jane Optie, Erika Schraw, Daniel Schwartz, Katherine Skwarczek, Joseph Slezak, Emily Smythe, Andrea Vigna. Spanish I Accelerated: Michael-Mary Conlon, Susan Ksiazek, Piotr Obara, Rita Veron Receiving Honors: French V Accelerated: Kristin Durianski, Maria Giakoumis, Anne Wysoglad French IV Accelerated: Eric GerouUs French IV: Katie Rybak French III Accelerated: Roxana Lulusa, Emily Manakee French II: Jill Baty, Brittany Calabrese, Lim Dinino, Rachel Kuly, Elizabeth Lovero, Jennifer Sheehan, Susan Puis, Walter Wodzien French I Accelerated: Elizabeth Haley, Andrew Trenkle, Angelica Tomasiewicz French I: Gregory Hawran, Stephanie Sosniak German V: Matthew Wangrow German IV: Michiel Van Kelecom German II Accelerated: Shannandoa Berles, Joaima Razowska, Amy Thomas
German I: Michael Hammersmith, Michael Linzer Italian IV: Eleonora BertoUi, Marcella Pivu Italian III: Bridget Bums, Antonio Di Lorenzo, Kristen Harmon Italian II: Lindsay Beyer, Mario Di Lorenzo, Jeff Frankowiak, Gina Kremer, Brett Olson Italian I: Maurizio Gulotta Spanish III Accelerated: Ann Marous, Fotini Giakoumis Spanish ni: Ciara Forrest, Cohn Johnson, Paul Johnson, Laurie Kondziolka, Kirsten Krone, Anna Kurtz, Gabriella Kusz, Erin Lichter, Timothy Magnuson, Aima Nawara, Paulina Paczocha, Angela Plewa, Paul Rogus, Nicholas Schmidt Spanish II Accelerated: Christopher Schutt, Laura Tinaglia, Jordan Wipf Spanish II: Margaret Albin, Christina Ananewycz, Mary Megan Anderson, Kim Barone, Elizabeth Bingier, Eva Braun, Christopher Buckley, Aime Carroll, Aileen De Courcey, Eliza Duncan, Roberta Fatta, Kurt Fleischmann, James Goodrich, Deirdre Gruba-McCallister, John Jacobs, Amanda Jasinowski, Emily Knoblauch, Diana Kubiak, Kelly Kurowski, Linda Lazar, Eric Macapugay, Christopher Marshall, Bexy Mathew, John Moran, Martha Motala, Mary Nuzzo, Mary Pindelski, Melissa Penovich, Liliana Provenzano, Piotr Rewerski, Joseph Fahrenbach, Ifegenia Fronimos, Alaina Frano, Alan Gajda, Lia Gerambia, Erin Green, Jason Iberl, Victoria Jagielka, Jason Kacprowski, Denise Kaulfers, Brian Kennedy, Courtney Kiefer, Lindsey Krukowski, Amy Lichter, Arma Mocarski, Ellen McGuire, Mary Ann Pekara, Edith Pietrzykowski, Angelo Poulikakos, Maren Ronan, Rodney Santiago, Nikoletta Sarantopoulos, Tim Seiwert, Bridget Sieck, Bonnie Skowronski, Brendan Smaha, Nicole Smith, Agnes Sodo, Zoran Stanoev, Colleen Van Hoesen, Rita Veron, Robert Westman, Angelica Wozniczka. Special Acknowledgment: Japanese: Ho Chen Liu, Apasara Warapanyseni.
Art Department presents awards to students The Art Department honored these students. Students of Mr. Greg Alderson: Gilhan Bender, Lauren Casaccio, Dominic Cimilluca, Erica Dietz, Cathy Fleeter, Chris Giovanelli, Kim Haak, Mary Hoekstra, Jackie Jacobsen, Laura James, Katarzyna Korzistka, Ken Kubik, David McDowell, Mike Mercado, Beth Petrie, Melissa Perry, Kathy Pietryka, Stephanie Rifkind, Marisha Stann. Students of Mr. Terrance Bragiel: Sarah Anderson, Colleen Barker, Nicole Bratt, Scott Blair, Bridget Bums, Dawn Cielocha, Kate Ferraro, Michelle Fontana, Maureen Gurming, Michael Jakubow, Sarah Keamey, Amy Lichter, Kelly
Lynch, Krista Payne, Danielle Puckett, Shayna Robinson, Lena Sankhavanija, Meghan Sexton, Jennifer Sheehan, Jillian Sigalos, Craig Stankiewicz, Kristin Stann, Whimey Swanson, Megan Terretta, Katherine Thompson, Ines Tiu. Smdents of Mr. Robert Cobb: Lee Adlaf, Tiffany ApoUnski, Christina Anderson, Lindsay Beyer, Eva Braun, Sabrina Brkic, Sandra Brown, Shiraz Dada, Kristen Dodt, OUvia Forys, Melissa Gay, Edmund Hansen, Susan Jaeger, Suzaime Kamaa, Niina Kiviniemi, Heidi Krug, Andrew Maggio, Alison Milnamow, Carmen Monaco, Martha Jill Motala, Derek Pasieka, Ursula Szczelina, Vanessa
Winkowski, Robert Weitsner, Walter Wodzien. Smdents of Ms. Marylee Moore: Jeimifer Caccomo. Erica Dietz, Asheley Kiefer, Lona Popovic, Mary Megan Anderson, Jose Gonzalez, Gina Kremer, Morgan Fantetti. Students of Mr. Rowland Ecker: Melissa Cocagne, Megan Dieschbourg, Chris Gach, Suzanne Galluzzi, Kim Kapusnik, Karen Lekan, Paul Lewis, Mary Manning, Russ McGiUivray, Brenda Metelka, Bryan O'Donnell, Rebecca Orsini, Jessica Palicki, Kathy Pietryka, Adam Puralewski, Lisa Rinaldi, Paul R o u s t a i ^ ^ ^ Julis Sears, Ted Sianis, David Siegal, Nick Skulic^^^ Grant Ullrich, Marcen Wojewoda.
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Social Science excellence recognized The Soaal Science department recently honored students for their outstanding performance. Students receiving honors: World Cultures: Bishoy Abo-Saif, Margaret Albin, Vanessa Baccay, Michelle Bonner, Brittany Calabrese, Courtney Cash, Elizabeth Cera, HoDy Fisher, Ifegenia Fronimos, Heather Frystak, Nicholas Giovanelli, Thomas Gorski, Michael Hammersmith, Heather Hatch, Siobhan Hickey, Margaret House, Michael Iberl, Victoria Jagielka, Tatjana Kecman, Saif Khan, Douglas KisieUus, Peter Krol, Erika Kronborg-Mogil, Kristine Krull, Laura La Cerra, Amy Lichter, Lisa Maillie, Annalisa Marchiafava, Kurt Marquis, Kathleen Meyer, Anna Mocarski, Margaret Niemczyk, Mary Ann Pekara, Erin Pick, Edith Pietrzykowski, Barbara Porras, Piotr Rewerski, Celestine Rivera, Jermifer Sagat, Nikoletta Sarantopoulos, Joanne Schornack, Jennifer Sherman, Panagiota Sianis, Matthew Sleyko, Anny Stanczyk, Laura Weibel, Dawn Wilson, Charles Zei World Cultures Accelerated: Jill Baty, Joseph Bello, Lauren Brinati, Michael-Mary Conlon, Roberto Fatta, Brian Fee, Elizabeth Maratea, Megan McHugh, Kevin Moot, Chris Schutt, Natalis Selk, Marta Skik, Chris Tedor History of the Western World: Amy Angarone, Lisa Calenda, Michael Chor, Wesley Davis, Marie Hickey, Beth Humbert, Robin Humbert, Brian Kennedy, Emily Knoblauch, Janusz Kopycionski, Gina Kremer, Petter Lerenius, Kelly Lynch, Martin Machnica, Matthew Madura, Megan Manning, Trista Raczyla, Joaima Razozska, Maren Ronan, Maria Sabljic, Rodney Santiago, Martin Sara, Adelina Sessa, Eileen Slattery, Brendan Smaha, Eliza Subotowicz, Peter Tamowski, Chalatom Warapanyaseni, Colin Yarck, Valerie Zoerink History of the Western World Accelerated: Susan Abraham, Ayn Balija, Cynthia Barounis, Jeffrey Cox, Derek Cwik, Jonathan Desmond, Patrick Hauser, Asheley Kiefer, Szymon Krzyzanowski, Anna Kurtz, Gabriella Kusz, Zennis Lee, Ho Chen Liu, Michelle Menotti, John Moran, Jennifer Mozdren, Maureen MulvihiU, Rebecca Rangel, Paul Rogus, Michael Santoro, Nicholas Schmidt, Michael Sebastian, Emily Smythe, Young Song, Nicolette Stach, Mary Stankiewicz, Rebecca Stein, Donald Walsh, Apasara Warapanyaseni, Amanda Wolf Advanced Placement European History: John Bang, Steriing Chung, Kristin Durianski, Natale Fuller, Jonathan Hilyard, Serena Hohman, Michael Kline, Jeffery Lazarro, Katherine Memcci, Bradley Metzinger, Brian Price, Joseph Slezak, Katherine Thompson, Allison Wagoner
Law in American Society: Maria Abrahamik, Cristina Arvidson, Laura Cummings, Kristen Economos, JuUe Folz, Jeimifer Levar, Jamie MarteUo, Marcela Pirvu, Denise Pollworth, Paul Rogus, Matthew Schmidt, Laura Selsky, Sarah Smith, Michiel Van Kelecom Modem History: Erin Bochenek, Shana Corbett, Susana Denovich, Nikolaos Georgiopoulos, Jaclyn Jacobsen, Jamie Kalinowski, Cheryl Schaul, Linsey Smith, Sarah Smith, Rachel Stein, Richard Tosch, Matthew Wangrow Sociology: Peimy Bilissis, Paul Bujak, Izabella Cegielski, Angelica Collet, Rachel Frizzi, April Gann, Nikolaos Georgiopoulos, Michael Holmes, Melissa Kipta, Niina Kiviniemi, Nicole Nelson, Brenda Peters Government: Gina Anichini, Matthew Atwood, Elizabeth Baldi, Filip Cejovic, Izabella Cegielski, Kevin Coiu-oy, Susana Denovich, Megan Fulara, Karen Hibbler, Laura Huber, Jaclyn Jacobsen, Laura James, Cara Jamriska, Aime Kelleher, Michael Krull, Kirsten Larsen, Jennifer Levar, Alyson Lofthouse, Marc Menet, Jamie Martello, Kerry McGuire, Alissa Meyer, Judson Murchie, Julie Patras, Brenda Peters, Cheryl Schaul, Renee Schaul, Christine Sherman, Neal Sipkovsky, Sandra Sliwa, Erica Smith, Betty Stasinos, Richard Tosch, Lisa Von Walhde, Paul Wright, Eva Wytaniec Government/Democracy Accelerated: Christina Atanowsky, Danuta Dzieranowska, Aima Kuhk Govemmant Advanced Placement: Laura Beckerdite, Shannandoa Berles, Christina Calenda, Michael De I-ance, Ebse Dent, Elizabeth Douglass, Kristin Durianski, Maria FerschlAnne Fink, Olivia Forys, April Gann, Charles Gosrisirikul, Courmey Ischinger, Angela Janik, Mathew Lake, Lawrence Logsdon, Janet Lucchesi, George Luxton, Agnieszka Malicka, Natalie Mazzuca, Frank Merle, Sarah Nommensen, George Pappas, Maya Parekh, Lona Popovic, Katherine Rybak, Julie Sapp, Laura Schomack, Amy Sherman, Sarah Tamowski, Rose Walczak, Anne Wysoglad American Studies: Heidi Barton, Mary Battista, Vanessa Cerf, Jeff Clapper, Katherine Donehoo, Michael Frett, Eric Geroulis, Alice Gleason, Kristen Goodman, Amanda Schrock, Michiel Van Kelecom, Kurt Lenard, Zoran Stanoev, Erika Walter United States History: Ashley Abraham, Roland Aguila, John Armour, George Athanasopou-
los, Katherine Aulisio, Sheree Baccay, Jennifer Beacraft, Gillian Bender. Norah Bielat, Kathleen Boychuck, Sandra Brown, Christopher Caimata, Marco Capasso, Dan Cheong, Melissa Cocagne, Josh D'Auria, Christine Demeo, Taylor Ehmcan, Ryan Fox, Maureen Gunning, Matthew Haak, Corirme Cabot, Michael Kemerer, Carol Kiely, Keimeth Kubik, Erin Lichter, Michael Lupo, Laura Morylak, Aaron Nardi, Anna Nawara, Elizabeth Nyman, Carrie Pasquale, Jeimifer Patel, Beth Petrie, Danielle Puckett, Katherine Rogers, Patricia Ryan, Karoline Salvador, Brian Sherman, Derek Smith, Whimey Swanson, Michael Tunzi, Timothy Zei United States History Accelerated: Erica Bailey, Penny Bilissis, Bridget Bums, Monica Caporale, Robert CoUura, Kevin Dawravoo, Michelle Destefano, Alicia Dicks, Sara Douglass, Michael Dreyer, Timothy Eberline, Michelle Foy, Mary Friesl, Bridget Garcia, Daniel Guercio, Jennifer Husar, Annette Kaczmarek, John Kopec, Amanda Madsen, Kevin Murray, Shapor Naghibzadeh, Michael O'Malley, Radmila Pavichevich, Panagiota Rapatas, Daniel Reidy, Mary Sosniak, Magdalena Szymczak, Ines Tiu United States History Advanced Placement: Tiffany Apolinski, Timothy Barounis, Lynn Bielski, Justin Eraci, John Fahrenbach, Michelle Fontana, Lynn Janik, Radley Kanaszyc, Ali Khan, Jeffrey Leist, Krysta Livens, Elizabeth Mocarski, Stephanie Rieder, Barbara Rodecki, Anne Rose, Graham Schmidt, Kathryn Spindler, Alison Upton, Nicholas Vassilos, Karin Vonesh, David Wilson Receiving High Honors: World Cultures Accelerated: Som Dalai, Deirdre Gruba-McAlUster, William Heerman, Elizabeth Lovero, Susan Puis, Katherine Skwarczek, Edward Uliassi, Grant Ullrich Advanced Placement European History: Anne Edison-Swift, Brooke Filippo, Katherine Greenslade, Carl Hughes, Anna Mieszaniec, Brian Pick, Elizabeth Raap Government Accelerated: Elizabeth Rossi Government Advanced Placement: Todd Andreoni, Jennifer Jemc, Nikolas Kacprowski, Patrick Maigler, Melanie Manrose, Michael Mueller, Kelly Newton, Thomas Repetto, Rachel Stein, Michael WiUcening. Johanna Zumer Advanced Placement United States History: Robert Bello, Sushila Dalai, Paul Frederiksen, Elizabeth Gibbons, Vishal Kamani, Joshua Klaczek, David Popiel, Melissa Poulos, Andrew Trenkle, Matthew Wanat
It's more than just books by Matt Glavin Walking through the halls of Maine South for the last four years, I have heard a lot of people put down the Home of the Hawks. Everything from the cafeteria food (with the exception of the ribwich) to the teachers who obviously don't like kids. Don't get me wrong, I too, participated in a good deal of conversations of this nature. However, with my days running down here, I have begun to realize that Maine South is not only a pretty good school, but an excellent one. Students here have had the opportunity to make what they wanted to of high school. By participating in a wide variety of activities, a student could have the chance to do things that students at other schools only dream of. A trip to the Orange Bowl and to Washington DC, have been two of the oppor-
tunities I know I will never forget. It is obvious that the point of school is to educate and once again Maine South chalks up big points. While I will probably forget the quadratic formula (sorry Mr. Andrews), I have learned many lessons both inside and outside the classroom that will stick with me forever. Of those taught in the classroom, few came from a textbook. Well after I forget all the Spanish I ever knew (although it never really was a lot), I will remember the lessons that Coach Fallico taught in his classroom. I still have no idea about physics, but Mr. Gotberg taught me a great deal about myself. Mr. Pressler taught me that sometimes you can turn something you despise into something youfindrewarding. If you like this article so far, you can thank Mr. Deines for he was the one who taught me to put my feeling and ideas
on paper, if you don't like it, he's completely to blame- well, maybe not completely. More impressive then the lessons I learned in the classroom were those I learned out of them. Coach McCann and Fallico taught me that hard work and dedication and not natural skill were the keys to being successful. I have learned that failure is only a stepping stone to success. This is because Maine South is blessed with numerous teachers who love their job because they get the chance to help others, and not because of the money. A list of people that helped me learn throughout my years here would not be complete without talking about the friends who have helped me along the way. Our friends have been there to lift us up and keep us going. Thanks to all of you, you know who you are, and espicialy to good ole' Maine South; I love ya' all.
All soul searchers like you and me by Kristin Durianski James Joyce once said, "The past has no iron memorial aspect." I'm assuming this means that the past will always be with me, a prospect thatldon'tparticularilyrelish. After all, who wants to carry memories of puffed-up with power parapros and less than gourmet cafeteria food for the rest of their lives? I certainly don't. I don't want to look back on my high school years and think of prison guards and gastronomical horrors. I'd like to think that I've gotten more out of high school than escape tactics. But right now, all I can think about is how happy I am to get out of this Republican haven of conservatism and restrictions. However, once the reality of graduation sets in, I think I'll be glad I have all the memories. Maine South lauds its so-called excellent education, but I'm probably not even going to remember the theme of a short story I read in Freshman year ten years from now. Instead I'll remember all the little things which are the culmination of my high school
expenence. These little things include the excitement that filled the air when Feichter found out the AP Hawks made the top ten, the hasty trips to Mc Donald's on half-days, thefi-anticcastparties following every show, Deger's flying eraser fights, and of course (my personal favorite) those sophomore boys. I could go on, but I'm sure the majority of you are already confused. So I have some vivid memories. Big deal. That and fifty cents'll get me a cup of coffee. What did I get intellectually out of high school? Well, right now, I'm so exhausted I can't even remember my own name, so I'm not exactly sure. But I know that there is a great difference between me as a freshman, and me now. As a freshman, all I actually cared about was my fingernails and my hair. I once skipped a day of freshman swimming because I liked the way my hair looked. Homework was definitely secondary. I did not challenge myself the way I do now. Now, I've probally challenged myself a lot more than I should have.
Freshman year, I did not grow intellectually because I did not give everything I had. This year, I gave everything I had and more. Maybe I've evolved. Or maybe someone finally gave me the kick in the seat of the pants that I needed. Take your pick. Has this school done anything for my emotional and mental state? I entered Maine South as a hyper, insecure founeen-year-old, and I will graduate as a hyper insecure eighteen-year-old. Not much change there. I am extremely frazzled, and suprised that my blood pressure is not sky high. My head is filled with deadlines for papers, not graduation and prom dresses. What high school has given me is this predisposition towards stress and worry. I do not know how to relax, and sadly I do not know who I am. I look in the mirror and can't tell. I see lots of things, but I cannot find my soul. My soul has been buried by what defines my now: grades, awards, and activities. Apparently, my soul is merely a resume. Graduating fi^om high school will allow me to define myself in a new way. Perhaps this will allow me to find' my soul.
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Advice for the rest of you by Sean Andrews I think I'll be serious this time. No comments on when the world's going to end, why people yell "Head's up!" when a ball is plummeting towards their face, or why people draw things certain ways. A few days ago I was thinking back about the beginning of my freshman year and how old the seniors seemed. 1 was also remembering that corny line the school kind of drills into your head those last days of August every year (no, not "Get Involved," although that's not a bad idea): "These are the best four years of your life." It kind of hurts now to think that the last of my "best four years" is over. All seniors got a letter home last month with a calendar and a bulletin explaining the last month of the year. The opening line of the letter read something along the lines of: "Now that your student's high school career has come to an end...." It's kind of depressing to think that the supposed best years of young life are ending. But I guess it's not too depressing if you never believed that propaganda stuff anyway. Personally, I went through my first three years at Maine South not enjoying myself too much at the given time, but then realizing how much fun I had in retrospect I know that most
people do that, and all it leads to is not looking forward to anything. If I could give one bit of advice to everyone it would be to live in the moment, no matter how corny that sounds. You don't want to sit back and complain while high school runs right past you, trust me. I think the biggest mistake I've made and the greatest regrets I have all stem from the fact that in order to realize how great myfirstthree years in high school were I had to think back and remember how much fun I had. As a senior, for some bizarre reason, I decided not to do that, and it's been the best year of my life. If you've done what I did (and I'm sure you have or are), stop it now and start thinking about the position you're going to be in when you're stuck in May and you feel rushed to have the time of your life. It's all about optimism and action. It's no fun to just think ahead and prognosticate that "this weekend' s going to suck" or not to go out and do something with your friends just because you think it's not worth your time or you're too lazy. Believe me, the let-downs come with the turf, but they're worth the optimism that comes along with them. Get up and do something before it's too late. I hated sitting there
and looking at people not noticing there's not much time left before everyone goes away to school. I've seen it every year and at the end of every summer I've watched everyone go away to school and all their friends cry because they didn't do everything they wanted to. Why wait? If you go out and do everything, anything, you've wanted to do, say, whatever, then you'll have no reason to regret anything when that time comes. Senior year is when it all comes together. It hasn't quite hit you yet, has it? Don't waste your time thinking about how bad you want to get out of here; think about what this school's done for you (you know, like college preparation, athletics, etc.). Don't waste your time thinking about what you're going to do when you or aU your friends leave for college; think about what you should do now to make sure that when you or they do go you guys will remember what a great time you had. Don't waste your time worrying about what's going to happen in three months; plan what you're going to do tonight to make sure you always remember it. 1 don't know, I guess it's kind of a rant, but I have a feeling that I'm right Just a little advice for you underclassmen.
You say goodbye, I say hello by Diana Kostolansky How do you say goodbye to something you've known so well for the past four years of your life? How do you hold on to the memories of the soon-to-be past without making them a barrier to your future?
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team to incredible dramatics to friends to memories to laughter, this school doesn't leave much room for complaint. Whether you'll ever realize or admit it, we couldn't have come as far as we have if it hadn't been for our teachers. And yes, even the ones who stopped you in the hall for wearing a hat or called your parents because you were "near failing"- they've all been a part of our Maine South experience. But back to us- seeing as this is our issuelet me leave you with a few thoughts to hold onto. We've been told that high school is the best time of our lives, and hopefully most of us can look back at these past four years and agree. But how can we really know the truth to that until we have more experiences to base this on? Although this is the end of a great chapter of our lives, it's lime to turn the page. With that I say: it's been a great four years, seniors. Thanks for the laughs and thanks for the memories. It seems too soon to say it, but goodbye. Goodbye Maine South.
I could have been the walrus by Michelle Dulski "Life moves pretty fast... if you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it." Ferris Bueller This article has to be one of the toughestassignments I have had to write during my high school days. Why, you wonder? Not only do I have to reflect upon four years of my life on a half page of this newspaper, but I also feel pressure to write something worthwhile; after all, this is one of the last articles you will be reading this year. 1 think just writing how I feel will satisfy both of the requirements for this article. I do not want to waste your time—that is one gift that is too precious. Time allows us to make memories and it allows us to reminisce upon past memories. Time should be treasured because we do not know how much we have of it. 1 think all too often people take time for granted, thinking it will go on forever. I also think that many of you have learned to appreciate time this year—especially the time that is spent with fiiends.
I know as a freshman it seemed that four years was an eternity. I decided that if I was going to spend eternity at this school, I might as well try to enjoy it. Maybe I made the mistake of spreading myself too thin at times, but I never regret thefriendshipsand memories I have made. I think those are two of the most important things you can take with you in life. Both help to shape your opinions and personality, yet still allow you to grow. Growing up is hard. Some adults say that we have got it easy—I beg to differ. The stress and problems that many of us experience have been somewhat lessened due to the environment that surrounds us. This school is not as bad as most of you think. Do not get me wrong—there are a lot of areas that definitely need improvement, yet it seems that more times than not, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Too often people walk through the halls and complain about this and that. Is it really worth wasting your time to complain about these little things? I may have thought it was worth my time as afreshman,but my perspec-
tive has since changed. Experience has taught me that it is not worth talking about things that need to be changed if you are not wilhng to try to make changes. It is also not worth listening to the people who only complain. As we seniors leave this building, we will be leaving behind the memories each of us have shared—whether these memories are from classes or dances, sporting events or pep rallies. 1 guess the sad part for me leaving is the fact that the opportunity to make memories here will no longer be there. I know I will have that opportunity at college, but it will involve an entirely new group of people. As this chapter of our lives closes, a new one will soon be beginning—filled with the chance to open new doors as others close behind you. What is important to remember, or rather never to forget, is the people and experiences that have gotten you to where you are today. If you do not like your past, there is always tomorrow to start a new future. If you are comfortable with the way things are, there is always tomorrow to continue on that path.
A new adventure awaits by Natalie Mazzuca When I will recieve my diploma in a matter of days, 1 can't say that I will cry or even be sad about leaving high school. I will miss many of the people I have had the opportunity toknow.andl'm sure I will reminisce of high school fondly in the future. But 1 know it's time to leave. I have had my turn with high school, but now it is time to progress. Despite what the adage says, the last four years will not be the best years of my life. It was a pleasant experience, to say the least. I liked high school, but, 1 think, to make it the pinnacle of my existence is selling my future short So I'm not going to reflect on these years with purely fond memories. I have had more than my fair share of gripes. I spent a lot of time being cynical and bitter. I suppose I will always be a pessimist, but if I learned any-
thing in the last few years, it is to take hfe a bit less seriously now andfindbeauty in the litde, everyday things. The same sentiment goes with school itself. If there was ever a word that I never want to hear again in my entire life, it's "senioritis." According to the definition of senioritis, I've had the "disease" for two and a half years. I don't really refer to a bit of balancing the importance with school with a life outside of Maine South as a disease or a downfall of sorts. Yes, I believe school is important. But dedicating my hfe solely to Maine South and related activities only made high school less fulfilling. When I balanced the two and began to try to maintain some perspective, life became phenomenally more enjoyable. It was quite possibly the most valuable thing I did in the last four years. All of these things, these lessons, are life
lessons 1 learned on my own during high school. Although I'm essentially the same person I was four years ago, these lessons that altered my outlook on life in general were more important than anything I was taught in the classroom. Attaining knowledge is important, but learning to be a well-rounded person and lead a happy life is infinitely more valuable. So as I take a look back, I can safely say that, although I could have been more studious or social, 1 do not regret anything. High school has been an experience to learn from. 1 am grateful for the opportunities I have received andfriendshipsI have made, but four years is a long time. I'm looking forward to the day when I will take that diploma and move on, without tears, but with memories of the good and bad, and a sense of perspective.
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The state of Maine South by Tom Repetto
strides. On previous councuks. Student Issues always seemed to get pushed aside until all of This message was delivered at the second the events were over. You cannot wait until January to start Student Issues, you must do it to last Student Council meeting. When you and the Maine South student from Day L Otherwise the program will not body elected me last year, you put onto my have a chance to formulate and develop. It will back a tremendous responsibility. Leadership ve lost in the shuffle. In other words, Student is difficult and burden-filled, but it does have Issues must be made a priority. The Senior Finals Exemption was probaits rewards. Every smile, every opinion has affected me and will be carried on forever in bly our finest hour. There were nay-sayers, my memory. Over the past year, I have expe- those who doubted that such a policy could rienced a great deal. Today I hopefully will pass. Everyone that I have met has echoed the try to share what I have learned so we can feeling of surprise. Previous councils tried to continue on with a little more insight on life. get this but failed. That is why we stand out. As a council, I believe we were tremenI believe the Open Forum is an excellent dous. Homecoming's two new facets, the idea and one that should be continued and Spirit Week and the #1 signs, achieved their expanded upon. On the first day of Upper purposes-- to promote school spirit. The V- House, I told everyone to write the one goal Show, although cut down, was still an enjoy- they had for S tudent Council and the one thing able show. Our assemblies were outstanding. that was written most often, "increase student I mean, how many schools can say they had involvement and awareness of what Student Mike Ditka speak in front of the student body. Council does." The Open Forum does just Probably our most successful activity was the that Outsiders come in and see the Coucil Food Drive. HOPE brought in more money talking with administrators, trying to make a than any previous food drive and had one of change. An Open Forum held twice a year the highest can totals ever with 1446 cans of would be a great idea to continue. food. This was a tremendous feat, and one we Upon dealing with this school this year, I kcan all smile about A big reason for our have felt the wrath of Conservatism. Many of 'success has been a great Senior Class and a the new ideas and great plans went by the tremendous Upper House. We have suc- wayside because of the fear that something ceeded and we should all be proud. might go wrong. Don't be conservative beIn the area of Student Issues, which I feel is cause you fear change, be conservative bethe greatest purpose of Student Council and cause you feel that the status quo is fine and no the function that separates Student Council new policy could improve. Personally, I befrom other organizations, we made great
lieve that improvements can always be made, and that no problem is beyond repair. Vote with your heart, not with your doubt. To next year's officers, I say Good Luck. To next year's Student Council I say Good Luck. The only thing I ask of you is that you care about this organization. There were numerous times where I have stayed up wondering if we would bring in the money for the food drive, or if the exemption program would pass. To be on S tudent Council you have to be restless. You have to worry. You have to care. You have to realize that this is the most important organization in the school. It affects not simply one crowd or one class, but all classes, all students.f you feel apathy, then we'll fmd someone else who cares, because as a part of Student Council dedication and commitment are essential. There is never a greater time ofjoy then the feeling of being in the Student Council officer when the Food Drive totals ring up to 5001 dollars. There is never a greater time of anxiety than the worry one feels while sleepong at night wondering if a Finals program will pass. I hope that next year there can be a Student Council as good as this years, although, and maybe I am biased, but I feel that no group of students can affect or will affect this school as this year's Student Council has. I feel this year has seen the best Student Council in Maine South history, and the best Council these walls will ever see. Underclassmen, it is your duty to prove me wrong.
What the future may hold by Katie Rybak Looking back on the four years which have led to my senior year, it seems as ifjust yesterday I entered Maine South's hallways for the first time. Just a few days ago I timidly wandered from classroom to classroom trying my hardest not to seem as terrified as I was. Now I smile in reaction to the realization of how naive I was. Yet as clear as those few memories are within my head, they are fading slowly. I can no longer clearly isolate ever}' embarassing moment which occurred during my first year here. I am forgetting. With this realization comes another: these Psars which have steadily built unto 18 are no longer clear and precise. My life has become
blurred around the edges, my past a set of moments which blend into each other to form an impression. I am composed of memories, moments which define who I am now and who I will be. As a senior, on the brink of an abyss of unknown challenges, looking back upon four years of strong, yet blurry moments, I cannot help but pause. I am not eager to forget such an important part of my life. These four years of laughing, singing, running, marching and even cramming will in ten years become a messy imprint, a set of feelings which will eventually blend. I'm scared of that forgetting, that losing of self. It is a bit like a fear of dying, a fear of being lost
to everyone who means so much. The person that I am now will in ten years be a simple feeling in other's minds. I will only be a faint etching, even to my closest friends. But I cannot stop time, or the world and I know that it is inevitable that I take that fu^t step. The forgetting and the fading must begin. Therefore I will leave you with these words: "and in a mystery to be (when time from time shall set us free) forgetting me, remember me" -e.e. cummings
Maine South honors Lois Berry Family & Consumer Sciences Ms. Lois Berry has dedicated 21 1/2 years to working at Maine South, and says she has enjoyed her time here. As a teacher of Child Development, Psychology and Consumer Education this year. Berry has also taught Preschool, Advanced Clothing, Individual Living, Foods, HERO and Child Care Occupations in the past. Berry has observed a "real spirit of cooperation among the staff and most of the students" at Maine South. She will miss the friends she has made and the way young people view things. "I have always been proud to work here at Maine South," comments Berry. Her retirement will provide her the time to travel and enjoy neglected hobbies. Perhaps Berry will be back at Maine South as a substitute teacher.
Jean Duberville Paraprofessionai Maine South will be without one very familiar face next year: Mrs. Duberville. Otherwise known as Miss Doobs, she has worked at Maine South for 24 years, spending 17 years in the faculty cafeteria working with teachers and the other seven years as a paraprofessionai. Maine South has been a great experience for her. While Duberville will definitely miss the students the most, she won't miss hassling them about hats, jackets and other clothing items. She will also not miss her beloved nickname. Miss Doobs. She plans to work for her daughter's downtown store. "Now I'm going to have to work!" stated Duberville, who is not looking forward to taking the El in sub-zero weather.
R. Carl Magsamen Driver Education Anyone who has taken Driver's Education at Maine South will recognize Mr. Carl Magsamen. He is retiring after teaching here for 32 years and acting as Lead Teacher for the past 12 years. Magsamen is pleased to have gotten the opportunity to work with students, and will surely miss them as the year ends. "I have had a good long run at a school that is certainly one of the best," says Magsamen. "[Maine South] is well-organized, with an excellent staff, good parents and good students." He will be back next year to coach football, but has no other definite plans for the future except remaining in the area.
Ann McGuigan Attendance Secretary Of the 20 years which Ms. Ann McGuigan has worked at Maine South, all have been spent as attendance secretary. Her favorite aspect of Maine South is the many friendly people she comes in contact with on a daily basis. "I will defintiely miss the paycheck," she says in retrospect. After retirement McGuigan is looking forward to never having to get up to an alarm clock again. "It was a nice experience," she comments, " but I'm ready to begin a new life."
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its retiring faculty Kenneth Reese Director of Personnel Services As Director of Personnel Services, Kenneth Reese has worked in the district for 36 years, 33 of them at Maine South. In his job, Reese serves as the Chairman of Guidance and also works with the various other elements that the Personnel Office deals with, like the Career Resource Center. Of the all the years which Reese has spent in the district, he truly enjoyed the 14 he spent as a college counselor. He will miss working with the students the most. "Its become a part of me," says Reese, "school is people." After he retires Reese hopes to do a little traveling and restore an antique tractor.
Richard Sass Applied Technology Maine South has been home to Mr. Richard Sass for the past 31 years where he has taught Cooperative Education. His favorite part of teaching Cooperative Education is his interaction with the students. "I will miss the classroom situation the most," remarks Sass, "the students are such a challenge." In reflection on his time teaching Sass says, "I have enjoyed [the years here]. Maine South has a very professional staff." Sass will continue to teach, do consulting and some construction work after retirement.
Gwen Stassen Deans' Office Secretary Mrs. Gwen Stassen, currently one of the Deans' Office secretaries has devoted 20 years of her life to Maine South and the Deans' Office. Mrs. Stassen's favorite part of her job is the kids, and when she retires she will miss the people that she sees daily. "I can't believe it went so quickly," she says in reflection back on her 20 years, "I enjoyed every minute of it." As far as her plans for after retirement go Stassen says, "I'm retiring so I won't have to get up every morning and do something. I'm looking forward to doing nothing."
Robert Yoshioka Head of Building and Grounds Robert Yoshioka has been Head of Building and Grounds at Maine South for 25 years. His job entails running the facilities and making sure everything works right. Of all the aspects of his job over these 25 years, Mr. Yoskioka will miss the people, students and teachers the most because they are his favorite part of his job. "Where did it all go," he asks, "I started out only intending to be here for two years and now I'm retiring." After retiring Mr. Yoshioka intends to relax and take it easy for once in a long while.
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Unsung Heroes George Hartman As a two year member of the M Club, George Hartman has been an active participant in Maine South athletics for four years. Freshman year George was a member of the wrestling team and the football team. He ran on the track team all four years, the cross country team junior and senior years and the swim team his sophomore, junior and senior years. Additionally, George demonstrates his leadership through his work as a gym leader. Through his hard work George maintained his academics as proven by his designation of scholar athlete. He has demonstrated his concern for his fellow students through his involvement in Peers Reaching Out, SADD and Snowball. George is also a member of Brotherhood. George is an exceptional student. He is a member of Mu Alpha Theta and has received the Student of the Month award. George is also a member of National Honor Society and has earned through his hard work a National Merit Letter of Commendation and a Hawk Honor Card. George has demonstrated his dedication throughout his four years at Maine South academically, athletically and in other areas.
Lania Ho Most people would associate Lania Ho with cheerleading, an activity that she has put much spirit into for her four years at Maine South. Lania has also been a four-year badminton team member. The student body chose Lania this year as a Homecoming Queen candidate. Although she did not win, she was a member of this year's Homecoming Court. Lania has been an active member in both Class Council, this year as senior Vice President, and Student Council, acting as Complex Leader and Organizations Chair. Lania has also excelled inside the classroom, winning various Student of the Month awards and Science as well as Social Science awards. She has been a member of National Honor Society for two years. Her dedication to her peers can be seen in her participation in Brotherhood and Snowball. She has also spent two years as a Peer Mediator, showing consistent dedication to her school over the past four years.
Matthew Kurinsky Matthew Kurinsky loves music and has demonstrated his extensive talent in a variety of Maine South activities. Recently he performed as a soloist in the band's Pops Concert, playing "Rhapsody in Blue" on the piano. He has been a member of Concert Band, Concert Choir and Concert Orchestra as well as the Marching Band, Symphony Band and Jazz Band Ensemble. The Musical has been home to his talents, both on the stage as a performer and in the pit orchestra. He has been in Stage Band for V-Show every year. Matt is also a member of Tri-M, Maine South's musical society. Matt's interests are far-reaching and varied. He has helped as a member of Stage Crew for several of Maine South's performances and as a Thespian. Various academic awards show his talent in the classroom. Matt works hard but does not demand recognition for his achievements. He has contributed extensively, but often his talents have gone unnoticed. Matt is a true Hawk, as well as a wonderful musician and person.
of 1996-1 Julie Sapp Julie Sapp is both an athlete and performer. She has been a member of the soccer team for all four years and is a Scholar Athlete this year. Julie participated as a member of the track team her freshman year. Her junior year she played Intramurals. She also leads underclassmen as a P.E. Leader. JuUe has been a member of the V-Show Cast for four years, as well as the Musical cast for the past two years. Her singing voice has been utilized in Mixed Chorus, Girls' Glee and Concert Choir. Her theater involvements have earned her a place in the Thespian Society. She also excels in the classroom. In the past Julie has been the recipient of a Social Science Award, Student of the Month Awards and a Hawk Honor Card. Two years ago she was inducted as a member of National Honor Society. All around, Juhe puts much time and effort into her school activities. She has committeed herself to a wide variety of activities.
Dominika Smereczynski Dominika Smereczynski has been an active force in Maine South's Fine Arts Department. She has participated in both plays and musicals as a member of cast and crew. The V-Show has featured her talents both on and off the stage. A part of the Color Guard, she traveled with the Marching Band to Orlando last year. She has also worked with her peers as a member of Peers Reaching Out, Snowball, S ADD and P.E. Leaders. Her concern for the world around her is demonstrated through her involvement in Ecology Club. Dominika is a Thespian who has worked extensively in the Broadcasting Department, on both the radio and TV stations. She has devoted much time to Speech Team and her efforts have gained her membership in the National Forensic League. In the past she has also participated as a member of the award-winning Mock Trial Team. Her broad spectrum of interests and her devotion to the activities she chooses to involve herself with put her a cut above the rest.
Steven Vassos Steven Vassos lead the way this year as one of Maine South's first male cheerleaders. His participation helped cheer on the football and basketball teams. Though he did not sport the pleated skirt donned by most Maine South cheerleaders, he did help put spirit into the crowd and cheer the Hawks toward victory. He has also been a part of the gymnastics team. His sports involvement has enabled him to participate in M-Club. As a National Merit Semi-Finalist, Steve also performs well in the classroom. Each year he has earned Student of the Month distinctions. His sophomore year he received a Science Award and his junior year he received a Social Science Award. Steve is also a two-year member of both National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. Steve has also participated with the German and Spanish Clubs. A leader in Maine South, Steve has made a statement about what our school could be like if more people dared to take a chance.
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Hey! Wait a minute. Where are Arizona Arizona State University: Jamie Martello, Mike Mercado, Amy Sherman University of Arizona: Cory Chiovari
California University of Redlands: John Hammersmith
Colorado Colorado State University; Shana Corbett
Connecticut Fairfield University: Diana Kostalansky Yale University: Johanna Zumer
Florida University of Miami: Paul Roustan
Georgia Morehouse College: Nick Lampley
Illinois American Academy of Art: Robert Weitzmer Augustana College: Brian Angarone, Tami Gudukas, Mark McVey, Michael Schimmel Barat College: Dan Curao
Benedictine University; Don Jones Bradley University: Vanessa Bartee, Megan Fulara, Alissa Meyer Columbia College: Paul Czapiga, Joe Denk, Billy Harris, Rick Pfister, Bruno Vanis Concordia University: Todd Edgar DePaul University: Cristina Calenda, David Carhno, Erica Crevuis, Jenny Levar, Tom Lynch, Kerry McGuire, Michele Senese Eastern Dlinois University: Lauren Casaccio, Kimberly Haak, Kathryn-Jo Herzog, Rick Tosch Elmhurst CoUege: Kristen Larsen, Julie Sapp Harper College; Anthony Ragona Illinois Institue of Technology: Kevin Conroy, Mike DeLance, Laura Huber, Chris Kaas Illinois State University: Cathy Floeter, Jennie Leicht, Kirk Royal, Ed Stoltz niinois Wesleyan University: Kris Economos, Matt Glavin Kendall College: Dominic Cimilluca, Andy Glamer, Matt Hagenban, Mike McGuire Lewis University: Kurt Kuempel, Jennifer Ptak Lincoln College: Scott Metzger, Mike Stanton Loyola University: Maria Abrahamik, Alexandra Bialecki, Suzanna Denovich, Danuta Dzierzanowska, Anne Fink, Melissa Kipta, Annie Kotis, Roxana Lulusa, Monica McQueen, Mila Potkovic, Sandra Picciuca, Lena Sankhavanija MacMurray College: Maria Gullo Monmouth College: Kyle Liebich
North Park College: Laura Hallgren, Karen Hibbeler Northeastern lUinois University: Joanna Frigo, Monica Frigo, Nora Glowen, Alexia Tsilipetros Northern Illinois University: Scott Elmlund, Alila Knapik, Jon Mossman, Allison Poulos, Christine Poulos, J.P. Veron, Kerry Wagoner, Joe Zuccarello Northwestern University: Sean Andrews, Nick Kacprowski, Mat Lake, Mollie Manrose, Mike Mueller Oakton Community College: Paul Andrzesewski, Remi Benkowski, Mary Bertling, Ryan Braun, Christopher Brennan, Jamie Cappello, Russ Corona, Joel Detloff, Greg Dybisz, Bill Edison, Julie Folz, Tim Franczak, Jennifer Fontana, Rubina Funteas, Patyle Gouder, Melissa Gelsomino, Jeff Gost, Danielle Hernandez, Mike Holmes, Kevin Hynes, Kyra Johnsen, Michael Kraft, Monica Kubiak, Christopher La Marca, Jason Lang, Tim Larson, Ken Lindgren, Leon Macapagal, Marc Menet, Chris Mikowski, Tomasz Myszkowski, Nicole Nelson, Ed Novak, Anthony Panzeca, Pete Perentes, Melissa Perry, Mike Perry, Julie Rose, Steve Sica, Nora Slattery, Sandy SUwa, Samantha Sorgot, Frank Stanke, Jeannette Stanke, Neil Stanoev, Matt Szenay/ Matt Wangrow, Dawn Wiley, Kara Wisniewski Pivot Pointe: Candace Lammersfeld, Maria Marchiafava Robert Morris College: Jamie Klaritis Rosary College: Nora BerteUi, Christina GiovaneUi, Patrice Schittino, Carolyn Weritz Southern Illinois Univerisity : Todd Clemens, Angle Collet, Mike Donaghy, Dan Fischer, Jenny Fritz, Brad Galvin, Derek Pietrzykowski, Dominka Smereczynski Triton College: Elizabeth Adamski, Anthony Cinquini, Chris Culbertson, Kristen Dodt, Tim Gavin, Jason Goss, Joanna Molnar, Agnieszica Malicka, Jolanta Mazur, Maggie Mazur, Nicole Parente, Corey Sylec, Mike Worasutr Universal Technical Institute; Brock Keuski, Adam Taraska, Nick Tworek University of Illinois at Chicago; Kirk Alexakos, Joseph Anderlick, Izabella Cegielski, James Cokinas, Laura Cummings, Rachel Frizzi, Nick Georgiopoulos, Andy Hansen, Anita Jurczykowksi, Anna Kerber, Anna Kulik, Luke Mathew, Tricia McVey, Robert Noose, John Sagat, Paul Salamondra, Eileen Sergo, Betty Stasinos, Sarah Tamowski, Ursula Wojciechowski, Eva Wytaniec, Chris Xamplas University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbanj in^^ Christina Atanowsky, Joe Cincinelli, Megh Erwin, Maria Ferschl, Olivia Forys, Maria Gi
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oumis, Charles Gosrisirikul, George Hartman, Lania Ho, Mary Hoekstra, Peter Lucchese, George Miami University: Matt Schmit, Jillian SigaPappas, Cheryl Schaul, Laura Schomack, Tim los, Mike Talaga Strauts, Jeff Vaca, Steve Vassos, Christina VourvOhio State University: Larry Logsdon, Michoulias, Mike WiUcening, Vanessa Winkowski elle Nyberg University of Dayton: Dan Cohen, John Nannini College of Wooster: Katie Rybak Ball State: John Blumenshine, Mike Klonowski, Ryan Medinah De Pauw University: Mark Cameron Penn State: Todd Andreoni Indiana University: Jose Gonzalez, Sarah Swarthmore: Rachel Stein Nomensen, Maya Parekh, Dana Siegel, Nat Tone Villanova University: Botmie Johnson Marian College: Shannondoa Berles University of Notre Dame: Tom Repetto Purdue Univerity: Kate English, Laura James, University of Texas at Austin: Rose Walczak Angela Janik, Lauren Mitchell, Mike Pontarelli Taylor University: April Gaim Valparaiso University: Brian Albin, Eileen Bulger, Jason Fechner, Chris Hagerty, Suzanne Eastern Washington University: SamSchumaLanzafame
Wisconsin Carthage College: Cara Jamriska, Erik Kuever Marquette: Gina Anichini, Jessica Boudos, Michelle Dulski, Vicki Miller, Danielle Kain, Katie O'Keefe, Christine Sherman Ripon College: Mikolaj Werner St. Norbert's College: Rita Fallon University of Wisconsin at Madison: Kate Bacon, Lizzie Baldi, Natalie Mazzuca, Timothy Woods University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee: Thomas Buszydlo University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh: Brian Ziegler University ofWisconsin at Stout: Sarah Smith
Military Air Force: Cate Ellefson, Thomas Kobus Army: MikeLinzer Marine Corps: John Gawne, Jason Trapp
Sweden Varmdo: Peter Lerenius
Iowa Grinell College: Kristin Durianski, G.W.G. ^Luxton, Tom Janas Loras University: Celine Cerezo University of Iowa: Erin Bochenek, Brian Fox, Anne KeUeher, Alyson Lofthouse, Julie Patras, Matt Simpson
Massachusetts Boston Uiriversity: Danielle Nieciag Tufts University: Pat Maigler
Michigan Grand Valley State: Jamie Kalinowski Hope College: Matt Tesch Kalamazoo: EliseDent Michigan State: Erin Corbett, Seiji Murakishi University of Michigan: Anne Wysoglad
Minnesota Bethel College: Beth Bransen, Brian Johnson, Jud Murchie St. Olaf College: Liz Douglass Winona State University: Kristina Arvidson, Deirdre Larsen
Missouri St. Louis University: Lisa Von Wahlde Wentworth Military College: Laura Becktdite
Washington. D.C, George Washington: Courtney Ischinger
Boys' MVP's recognized for
Nick Colic Nick Colic is the epitome of skill on the volleyball court. A two year varsity starter, and the only returning All-Conference player from last season. Colic went on to become cocaptain and CO-MVP. A smart setter, on and off the court, Nick was voted one of the best setters in the state by the Chicago Tribune. Colic has also participated in the Circus Volleyball Club in the off-season. Because of his skill, dedication and abilty to teach others, Nick has helped to bring Maine South volleyball to a new level.
Brian Angarone If you have seen any of Maine South's basketball games, it will come as no surprise that Brian Angarone was named the team's MVP. His skill and grace on the court make him a superb player. The three-year varsity letter winner lead the team in many categories, as well as being a leader off the court. His extremly hard work and dedication certainly paid off as the Hawks had one of their best seasons ever. Hopefully some of the skill that Angarone brought to the court will stay with the Hawks as the team trys to pursue their goal of a state championship.
Photo Not Available Jason Fechner Jason Fechner has been a vital asset to this years volleyball team. Voted "Most Improved Player" last season, Fechner led this year's team in blocks and kills. As co-captain and CO-MVP, Fechner was scouted by many universities. He plans to participate in Junior National play this summer, and was invited to play in the World Scholar Athlete Games. This two-year varsity starter put his heart not only into his volleyball career, but in everything he did, and he was well rewarded for his efforts.
Mike Kraft This year's MVP for the golf team has shown his commitment to the sport by both his outstanding skill and his excellent attitude. Mike Kraft's true mastery of the game helped lead the Hawks. As well, the mature play of Kraft has helped to mold this team into one of greatness. Because of Kraft's dedication and hard work the Hawks will hopefully stay on the road to success. This Hawks will surely miss Kraft's attitude and charisma in the years to come.
Brett Harman Brett Harman has been a key ingredient to the wrestling Hawks success this year. His grueling hard work and dedication have proved worthy as the sophomore was named the team's co-MVP. His skill and efforts were rewarded as he took second in one of the toughest regional in the state and was a sectional qualifier. Harman was one of three wrestlers to be named All-Conference. Luckily for all the wrestling fans, this phenom of a wrestler will be returning for another stellar season next year.
Photo N ot Available Mike Krull The soccer team faced many obstacles this year, but the man who help guide the team over them was MVP Mike Krull. His leadership both on and off thefieldand his excellent skills enabled the team to win the Barrinton Tournament and helped propel I the Hawks into a Regional title. His play gave the Hawks great acclaim and success throughout the season. After 4 years of Varsity experience and back to back All-Conference and All-State honors along with his stellar work ethic w i j ^ ^ be missed by the Hawks next year. ^W
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exemplary athletic achievement Photo N o t Available Anothony Kagona
If you look up the word defense in the dictionary, a picture of Anthony Ragona should accompany it. In Coach Magsamen's words, Ragona is "one of the top defensive tackles I have ever coached." Leading the team in sacks and tackles for loss, Anthony was a ferocious force on the defensive front for the Hawks. As a returning starter from the State Championship team, he has exceeded expectations. Ragona's hard work paid off, as he was name runner-up Defensive Player of the Year in the conference. Anthony Ragona ; the epitome of the Mojo Defense,
For the fourth consecutive year, Maine South's Cross-Country Team was able to capture the conference championship. Although the victory was a team effort, this year's MVP Tim Zei, paved the way for the Hawks during the course of the season. In only his second year on the team, the former soccer player led the Hawks not only in their near perfect dual meet season, but also inspired his teammates in practice as well. Whether training in the off-season, or striding down the home streach, Tim Zei found little use in words and let his performance do the talking.
Nat Tone with his determeination and hard work enjoyed many accomplishments throughout his four year Varsity swimming career. For three year's. Tone has been an AllConference selection, as well as being a conference champion in the 100 yard backstroke in his senior year. Tone was also named Pioneer Press Adilete of the Week, received AllRegional honors, and was on the recordbreaking Baywatch Relay Team. Tone led the team to one of its best records in recent history. Inspiring and guiding the team. Tone's competitive nature will be missed in the future years.
The hard work and dedication of Frank Stanke certaintly paid off this year. With the help of his grueling summer workouts, Stanke dominated opponents as the Hawks strongest pound for pound wrestler. Only 119 lbs. Stanke can boast and bench press of 240 lbs. more then twice his own body weight Not a character you would like to run into in a dark alley, or a wrestling mat for that matter. Stanke's hard work led him to an All-Confere selection as well as wrestling as a secÂŤ al qualifier. The team will miss his outstandings efforts on the mat in the future.
Awesome. That is the best word to describe Dino Gardiakos, this years track and field MVP. Dino truly to the competetion by storm and in the process accumulated an immense amount ofpoints for the Hawks. At the conference meet Gardiakos took first in the 100 yard dash, the open quarter, the 200 yard run and the 4 x lOOrelay. Because of his hard work Dino was recognized as an AllConference selection for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Gardiakos will compete in the state meet and will be returning for another year of record-breaking track and field.
Sipkovsky top skill and dedication to the tennis team are truly remarkable. The past four years, he has played well in both singles and doubles. His past two years, have been at fu^st doubles and first singles as a freshman and sophomore. Sipkovsky's overall record is impressive considering the level of competition he has played with. The team will miss his dedication and thirst for victory.
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Girls' 1996-1997 outstanding
Jessica Boudos Gymnastics Jessica Boudos has been a leader on the Varsity gymnastics team for three years. She is one of the highest all-around scorers on the team. This year she won a number of events at invitationals including bars and beam. She was the sole qualifier at sectionals firom the team for her performance on bars.
Laura Beckerdite Swimming Fierce competitor, silent leader, supportive teammateâ€”that is Laura Beckerdite. This All-Conference swimmer has been setting and accomplishing many goals of her own. Laura is the first ever in swimming to earn the title of varsity MVP for three years. This season she served as captain of the team.
Elizabeth Gibbons Cross Country Elizabeth Gibbons is a junior member of the cross country team. She has been a varsity member for the three years she has participated on the team. This past year she was an All-Conference athlete and she was able to place in sectionals. For the past three years, Elizabeth has been the MVP of the team.
Jotianna Zumer Cross Country Johanna was a senior member of the cross country team. She has been a varsity member for three years. This year, as co-captain, she has accomplished many things. Among these accomplishments is an All-Conference title. She was able to place third in the conference this year and also placed in sectionals.
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Deirdre Larsen Tracl< Deirdre Larsen is a four-year member of the track team. Two notable accomplishments include the second place finish she received in the shot put and the title of Conference Champion in the discus throw. Deirdre has served as a leader of the team as co-captain. This past season she was also named All-Conferenc|^^
Nicole Wrigtit Tracl< Nicole Wright has participated on Varsity track for two years. Her accomplishments on the conference level of competition include a victory in the 200m and an All-Conference title. She has the most points on the team this year and she was the MVP last year. This sophomore has a bright future ahead of her.
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achievers In Hawk athletics #
Abby Smith Tennis
As a sophomore, Abby Smith has played singles and doubles on the varsity level. Winning numerous matches and placing in tournaments, Abby earned the co-MVP award this year. She ended the season with a tenth place finish at state with her partner, hris Goodman.
Chris Goodman Chris Goodman played first and second singles in past seasons and first doubles towards the end of last season. Her contributions this year have earned her a co-MVP award. This year she returned to state and came home with a tenth place finish at doubles with her partoer, Abby Smith.
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Ursula Szczelina is a very talented athlete on both the volleyball and badminton courts. She was MVP in both of the sports in the past seasons. She has also earned three varsity letters in both sports, as well as all conference recognition this year. She has been a three year starter in both sports.
As co-captain this past season, Meghan Erwin's leadership and aggressive goal-scoring have helped the team in many of its wins. This season, Meghan has been recognized as an All-Conference player. The abscence of Meghan's leadership and dedication will surely be missed next year.
Julie Sapp This past soccer season, JuUe has been a true leader on the field. She has served as a cocaptain this year. Julie has also received AllConference recognition for the past two seasons. Juhe's leadership, hard work and dedication will be missed at future games and in future seasons.
Laura James Soccer Laura James is a very hard-working soccer player. Her talents have been recognized through the All-Conference title she has received for the past two seasons. Laura has also received All-Sectional recognition for the past two seasons as well. Her efforts have helped the team take home many victories.
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Maine South's athletes of the year VoUeybaU -Two year letter winner -All-Conference senior year -Scholar athlete
Basketball -Three year starter, three varsity letters -All-Conference junior and senior years -Scholar athlete -IBCA All State team (3rd team) -All-tournament teams BHL and CHBC, junior and senior years -Sun-Times Honorable Mention AllState team -Prairie State team -Junior National team -Career leader in 2 point and 3 point shooting percentage
Softball -Three year letter winner -Scholar athlete -All-Conference junior year
Rick Tosch Football -State championship team -Two year letter winner -Two way starter -All-Conference junior and senior years -All-State senior year -Scholar athlete -All-Star Game participant -Leading receiver junior and senior years
Basketball -Two year letter winner -All-Conference senior year -Captain senior year -Scholar athlete
Baseball -Two year letter winner -Scholar athlete