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In this issue: NEWS: Awards and Scholarships p.2-5 COMMENTARY: Senior Commentaries and Colleges p.6-9,18-19 FEATURES: Retiring Teachers and Unsung Heroes p. 10-15 SPORTS: Athletic Recognitions p. 20-24


2 Foreign Language A w a r d s ^ The Foreign Foreign Language Honors French I: Jan Wisniewski French II: Jennifer Bethard. Elisabeth Davies, Natalie Frederick, Monica Johnson, Matthew Kennedy, Lauren Lakomek, Kevin Manson, Carolyn Tallman, Kelly Warchol French II Ace: Sarah Griebler, Genevieve Larson, Jennifer Olson, Veronica Sosniak French III: Annie Eriksson. Allison Fullman. Brittney Hcnnigan. Jeanne Mollner, Jessica Newton. Kelli Priest, Alexandra Russell, Michelle Schmit French VAcc: Valerie Kac/marek German I: Megan Bradv, JaÂťun Marner, Eric Libner, Christopher Santee German II: Gregory Domashowetz German II Ace: Eric Wcisheit German III Ace: Henry Lifton German IV: Sara Pechcrek, Andra Slaks Italian I: Emily Livucari, Joseph Marous, Colleen Waller Italian III: Alycia D'Inverno. Kristina Grieco Italian IV: Angelo Cannizzaro,Antonio Fiore, Kristine Holowatyj, David Poli, Tiffany Wersching Spanish I: Cailin Bake, Kristin Burke, Ashley Carlborg, Katherine Cien, Robin Clement, Michael Collins, Adam Fee. Michael Forde, James Francis, Gregg Gajic. Monica Galica, Meaghan Guerrero. Eoanna Harrison, Caitlin Johnson, Andrew Juiris. Pawel Kaczmarek, Sarah Kennedy. Anna Latocha, Kristin Lavelle, Lisa Masuoka. Caitlin McAiliffe, Colleen McCurry, Lauren Nicholson, Joe Oliver, Alexis Paez. Anthony Perez, John Pomagier. Sam Romano, William Schmidt, Allison Scott, Kelsey Winn. Matt Wloczkowski, Evelina Wojnarowski, Brittney Zingsheim. Stephanie Zipp Spanish II: Kristen Allen, Amanda Affetto, Olga Anisimov, Matthew Annes, Michael Annes, Sylwia Bania, Adam Blandin. Liana Blum. Timothy Burnight. Christopher Catino, Craig Conrad, Kathleen Conway, Paul Dilfer, Mark France, Claire Gilpin, Lisa Greco, Patrick Gut, Dirk Haller. Melissa Hold, Eileen Kapolnek, Nathalie Kruzcek, Patricia Krysztopa, Jessica Kuhr, Kristin Kulsavage, Nicholas Lagattuta, Caroline Magnuson, Jon Manko, Caroline Masek, Piotr Matejcyk, Melissa Maxwold, Brittany McKay, Carl Michas, Mark

SOUTHWORDS • SENI(3R ISSUE 2003

Language Awards Milazzo, Siobhan Mischke, Kristina Pearson, Amit Pithadia, Jennifer Poliwka. Elizabeth Rawicki, Joseph Rossi, Marc Sarran, Margaret Schneider, Courtney Stevens, Daniel Takagi, Daniel Toni, Colin Wehman, Meredith Wisniewski Spanish III: Matt Balogh, George Banasiak, Monica Benson. Nicole Calabrese, Camille Connelly. John Corrigan, Amy Fink, Michelle Gibbons. Danielle Dleehammer, Olivia Kord\ s. Jesse Kramer, Michael Mangan, Brittany Nemeth.AmandaPekic. James Pikul, Philip Pomagier, Simon Prucnai. Robby Rasmussen, Nicholas Rice. Liniia Savaslio. Renee Slugocki, Claudia Siilkowski. Jennifer Szaflarski, Lisa Vanacora. Stephanie Woo, Hubert Wygonowski. Joanna Zak Spanish IV: Daniel Archer. Anna Banc, Margaret Darr. Kenneth Dollaske. Kira Fedyniak, Elizabeth Gorski. Emily Harbcrt. Veronia Katz, Agnieszka Klepacka. Caroline KochmiU Eleni Markos. Edward Mueller, Terrence Rickert. Courtney Romba. Christopher Ryan. Neil Sherlock. Ashle\ Tread way Spanish V: Kathleen Dorsey. Mary Johnson. Shawna Ohm. Kara Ross

Foreign Language High Honors French I Ace: Daryl Andresen. Emily Coltrell. Tomas/ Dzien. Jennilcr Jarrin, Jonathan Markowski, Alexander Nellcsscn, Elizabeth Thompson French II Ace: Kathryn Bratko, Grace Elderkin. David Krone. Am\ Lucas. Michael Mangialardi, Elizabeth Solomon, Stacy Vucich French III Ace: Donald Bungum, Alexandra Gillet, Grace Hollander. Lara Jacox, Kevin Kane. Julia Lisovi.ski, Jennifer Mancso, Natalie Matijiszyn. Jack Montgomery, Allison Mueller. Dorsa Samsami. Nadia Shamsi, Jill Walton. Stephanie Zimny. Asia Zunier French IV Ace: Agatha Bochenek. Kathryn Feiereisel, Matthew Lucas. Karen McCann, Carla Molina, Aleksandra Murzanski, Suzanne Schornack French V Ace: Karin Baty, Eva Bialecki, Cortney Keady. Joshua Walton German I Ace: Kathryn Bratko, Julie Davis, Aileen Farrell, Daniel Glowen, Larisa Greve. James Lange German II Ace: Agatha Bochenek, Kornelius Cebulla, Sebastian Frohm,

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Chelsea Petersen, Krista Porterfield, Robe; | Sosnowski, Jill Walton, John Wolf German III Ace: Karen McCann, Adrianna Stasiuk, Jessica Strains German IVAce: Olivia Chaniewski, Brian Husar, SeffenMirsky, Joel Porterfield GermanV Ace: John Hughes, Jason Strains. Joshua Walton Italian I Ace: Kevin Aumiller, Danielle Burian, Jessica Burnight, Mattew Di Nello.Milena Fatta, Daniel Feiereisl, Euslina Filipaos, Sebastian Frohm, Nancy GuUo, Mary Johnson, Colleen McCann, Danielle Minzenberger, Cristina Peri, Tania Pini, Emily Poratyn, Elizabeth Poli, Janelle Sanls, Sara Wolski Italian III Ace: Alberto DeCicco, Michelle Fiscer, Laura Garofalo, Sarah Landolfi,Teresa LoSuriello, Maria Lupo, Christina Palella, Joshua Walton Italian IV Ace: Marco Bartolomei, C ristina Curcio, Tiziana DiBenedetto, Jaime McKen/ie. Vincent Natali, Marina Peri, Elyse Russo Spanish I Ace: Jessica Abezetian, Steven Ballar, Laura Boysen, Victoria DeBelia, Evan Ducham, Melissa Hans^ Madeline Kiem, Anne Lardner, Tom Logsdon. David Nicholus, Jeremy Nuzzo, Christina Palella, Ellie Papadimitriou, Catherine Randazzo, Michelle Schmidt, Christina Solari, Charlotte Sorensen, Michael Szaflarski, Joshua Walton, Julie Williams Spanish II Ace: Lauren Allegretti, Joseph Brutto, Eliabeth Chao, Kimberly Coppn, Jessica Difendal, Katherine Hapeman, Christopher Lenzini, Matthew Len/ini, Meghan McKelvey, Ellyn Michalak, Jamison Ruben, Alexander Schallmo. Michael Verre Spanish III Ace: Kathleen Coppin, Jennifer Heffeman, Pamela Kaye. Siobhan Lau. Amanda Lewensky, Sarah Nicholus, Matthew Perille, Ryan Stegink, Christina Verhelst Spanish IV Ace: Julie Adamczyk, Annie Berndtson. Malgorzata Bursakowska, Mark Kruk. Rebecca Poliwka. Kathryn Solari, Alan Zarychta Spanish V AP: Stephanie Allen, Magadalena Budziakowska. Beth C>zr Zachary Lynn, Claudia Mallon, Katharine Paine, Brian Recsetar, Justyna Susfal, Ryan Westman


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the Social

Honors American Studies: Meghan Bruen. William DeMonte. Elize Dykema, Melissa Kosinski, Priscilla Kosloski, Emily Mott, Nicholas Northfell, Jacqueline Pikul, Amanda Raz, Christopher Ryan. Joseph Saltarelli, James Sapieka, Linda Savastio, Andra Staks, Clyde Walter Anthropology: Kathleen Andereoni. Katherine Dunn, Michael Dydyna, Bradley Hertzberg, Kenneth Johnson. Patrick Mangan, Stephen Rogers, Julie Shanahan, Stephan Stachurski Economics: Rebecca Banc. Malgorzata Bursakowska. Christian Cwik. Anthony Dinvemo, Mark Duric, Jacqueline Frano. Isabella Gwozdz, Jason Howard, Mark Jastczemski, Veronica Katz. Robert Klauck, Monika Kopec, Carolyn Olson, Kathryn Pekara, Robert Raczyla, Daniel Roche, Elizabeth Schimmel. Sarah Yunkcr European AP: Emily Cottrcll. Katharine Funkhouser, Pamela Kaye, Jack Montgomery, Ryan Morrisroe, Ashle> Rezaeizadeh, Jessica Strains, Corinne Ullrich, Elizabeth Upton, Matthew Walsh, Jill Walton Government: Sarah Andersen, Rebecca Banc, Melina Bartolomei, Lisa Belter, Eric Bowler, Jacqueline Bull, Susan Carroll, Danielle Chamoun, Jessica Cohen, Garret Cupp, Matt Delance, Anthony Dinvemo. Laura Dziubanski, Cristina Falbo, Sylvia Forys, Thomas Barcea, Sara Geishecker. Brad Hertzberg, Liz Jaroszewicz. Mary Johnson, Amanda Johnson, Megan Johnson, Daniel Kane, Monica Kopec, Patricia Krysztopa, Joseph Levand, Lara Madden. Joshua Matz, Kathleen Moor, Aleksandra Murzanski, Lisa Nicholus, Deanna Oleske. Elizabeth Ortega, Marina Peri, Christina Pilati, Peter Przekota, Robert Raczyla. Brendan Reidy, Kristin Runyon, Abby Sapp. Jenna Scott, Colleen Seiwert, Doug Simkins, Andrew Swantek, Kimberly Talaga, Dan Tedeschi, Alan Teipe. Marko Tomic, Jessica Weber, Lauren Wendorf, Elizabeth White, Sarah Yunker Government AP: Jaison Abraham. Julie Adamczyk, Timothy Bratko. Magdalena Budziakowska, Charles DiFranco, Thomas Ferrguson, Adrienne Frederick, David jreen. Matthew Heerman, Caroline Kim. # ' David Liss, Zachary Lynn, Claudia Maqllon, Patrick Mangan, Jaime McKenzie, Nicole Nellessen, Paulina Mis, Sara

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Pecherek, Alina Pyzowski, Joanne Rinaldi, Jason Strains, Ashley Treadway, Edward wWlczak, Joshua Walton, Kristal Williamson, Scott Wojteczko, Kaitlin Wolfe Government Ace: Ian Beacraft. Erika Follmer. Alison Jasinowski, Valerie Kaczmarek, Anna Matejczyk, Timothy Patel. David Poli. William Truly History of the Western World: Kristyn Anderson, Amelia Angelo, Daniel Barone, May Dajani. Jacqui Dow. Nicholas Draus, Michael Drazba, Annie Eriksson. Brittney Hennigan, Katie Kloess, Bemadetta Kopec. Anna Latcha. Jessica Leiby. Kaitlyn McCarthy, Kelly McKenna, Mark Nagelvoort, Sean O'Malley, Ellie Papadimitriou. Katherine Shotsberger. Victoria Simkhin, Paige Smith, Marcin Sulewski, Daniel Toni, Natalie \Vaz, Derrick Wiodarz History of the Western World Ace: Eustina Filipatos, Sarah Griebler, Ellen Guercio. Jessica Kertz. Timothx Michaels. Helen Sapieka. Asta Zumer Law: Tracy Borowsky, Claire Elderkin. Courtney Keenan. Kevin McKay, Peter Schwich. Andrew Swantek Modem History: Michelle Kucharski, Josh Matz, Abby Sapp, Daniel Tedeschi, Paul Teipe, Lisa Tinaglia. Elizabeth White Sociology: Jennifer Bagnal, Lisa Belter, Eric Bowler, Lindsay Bransen, Susan Carroll, Brittany Cash, Olivia Chaniewski. Jessica Cohen, Lauran Cordaro, Garrett Cupp, Claire Elderkin, Carol\n Ellefson, Marissa Frankos. Meghan CJlarner, Elizabeth Jaroszewicz, Mary Johnson, Megan Johnson, Agnieszka Klepacka, Adam Kravets. Justyna Kuczaj. Patricia Krysztopa, Mary Kwasigroch, Jacqueline Ljubenko, Karen Malcolm, Kathleen Moore, Lisa Nicholus, Corina Oala, Christina Pilate, Saraantha Porado. Joanne Rinaldi, Kristin Runyon. Colleen Seiwert, Mark Seske, Nicole Slaboch. Jessica Spitelli, KimberK Talaga, Stephanie Uy, Dawn Vlcek, Lauren Wendorf. Jennifer Wiatr US History: Sylwia Bania, Kristen Bartel, Marco Bartolomei, Kyle Betts, Sonya Blan, Lynn Brionez, Michael Cabaj, Mitzi Cardenas, Meghan Carlson, Robin Clements, Camille Connelly, Lauren Crowl, Alberto DeCicco, Tara Delaney, Thomas Drazba, Dira Fedyniak, Mark France, Gina

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Heiderman, Grace Hollander, Vanessa Kaegi. Nora Kaitis. Conrad Kania, Courtney Keenan, Katherine Krischke. Joseph Maassen, Megan Loughran, Joseph Luzio. Frank Macino. Melissa Mammel. Anthony Marte, Ste\ en Matumo, John Metropulos, Michael Palermo, Amanda Pekic, Alexander Petkofski, Emily Pobratyn, Nicholas Reid, Patrick Rowland, Ashley Schroeder. Adam Shalzi, Lauren Shesek, Adam Sodini. Jaclyn Spierowski, Thomas Tamowski, Lauren Tazioli, Megan Thorsen, Melissa Ylagan, Hubert Wygonowski US History AP: Matthew Bochenek, Andrea Famham, Emily Harbert, Jennifer Hefferaan, Mark Kruk, Sarah Landolfi, Henry Lifton, Elizabeth Nicholus, Lisa Nickele. Maciek Subotowicz, Sara Wolski US History Ace: Tania Aldaddah, Hilary Antosh, Matthew Balogh, Jorge Bu.stamante, Kevin Cassidy, Daniel Cirillo, Michael C lark, Kathleen Coppin, Jennifer Curry, Alycia Dinvemo, Allison Fullman, Anna Gartner, Neal Horan, Catrina Klimara, Kavid Landreth, Mike Lazarski, Traci Leslie, Amanda Lewensky, Amy Lewensky, Kathryn Lukas, Beata Lukasik, Laura Martini, Karen McCann, Alexus McQueen, Nicholas Naber, Christina Palella, Alexandra Rhine, Emma Sarran, Caroline Slezak, Ian Smith, Rio Smith, Kathryn Steiner, Jennifer Szaflarski, Mark Tabeau, Amanda Tworek, Marissa Vigna, Nicole Wasiewsicz, Monika Wozniczka, Daniel Zipp World Cultures: Olga Anisimov, Tanja Barac, Nathaniel Cercavschi, Kasia Ciaston, Tomasz Dzien, Ryan Famham. Rachael Fuller. Jaclyn Graney, Nancy GuUo, Steven Hintz. Caitlin Johnson, Emma Keenan, Kenneth Kohlndorfer. Eric Libner. Georgia Loomos, Lisa Masuoka, Carl Michas, Getgory Mitchell, Erin O'Connell, Kristina Pearson, Amit Pithadia, Michael Ross, Ryan Smith, Nicole Sobkowicz, Margaret Steiner, Michael Szaflarski, Carolyn Tallman, Stacy Vicich, Colin Wehman, Valerie Wersching, Jan Wisniewski, Jonathan Woo, Stephanie Zipp World Cultures Ace: Lauren Allegretti, Laura Boysen, Nick Brait, Tyler Carver, Greg Dittbumer, Dirk Haller, Joseph Kopec. Lauren Lakomek. Matthew Lenzini. Meghan McKelvey (continued on page IS)


4 Senior Awards

SCJUTHW'ORDS • SENIOR ISSUE 2003

Recognition of •

Applied Technology Award: Christian Cwik

Art Award: Sarah Pecherek

Business Award: Joseph Allegretti

English Award: Kathrvn Feiereisel

College and University Scholarships: Augustana College: Dean"s Scholarship-Ma/v Frances Kwasigroch Bradley University: University Scholarship-yo5/iM(7 Anderson Carthage College: Music Scholarship-A:a//!rv« Fechner Clarke College: Leadership Award-Scott Ciukowski Colorado State University: Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Scholarship-A/e/a«/e Richter, Non-Resident Distinguished ScholarshipMelanie Richter DePaul University: Academic Scho\dLr%\np-Elizabeth Ortega. Music PerformanceElizabeth Ortega. Presidential Scholarship-C/jcwnna Pilaii. Soccer Division 1 Scholarship-&vrn Riemer DePauw University: Academic Scholarship-5;W Hertzberg, Alumni Legacy Scholarship-5rac/ Hertzberg. Annual Fund Sc\\o\ari\\vp-Brad Hertzberg Dominican University: Booth Scholarship-jVa?a/;<? Civinelli. Honor Scholarship-^/e/o/jc^ro Garcia Earlham College: Presidential Scholarship-A/a?//ieM' Heerman Elmhurst College: Achievement Scholarship-r/i/ona DiBenedetto, Elmhurst Scholarship Award-Marina Peri Hope College: Distinguished Arts Scholarship-^Mc/rew Jarosz. Trustee Scholarship-zlTjc/reM- Jarosz, Presidential Scholarship-5/ep/iam'e Allen Illinois Institute of Technology: Alumni Scholarship-^n//!onv Gaddini, Biomedical Research Honors-/i«f/ionv Gaddini. Camaras Scholarship-.4/j//!om- Gaddini, Henry T. Heald Scholarships-M/c/iae/ Baier, Hermenegildo Sales Illinois Wesleyan University: Alumni Scholarship-yac(?«e/me 5M//, Hubert Cios, Fine Arts Music Awards-Paw/ Teipe Indiana University: Faculty Scholarships-Dea/jna Oleske, Kim Talaga Lake Forest College: Deerpath Leadership Scholarship-Caro/vn Salterelli Lawrence University: Lawrence University Scholarship-L/xa Belter. Presidential Conservatory ScholarshipMadolyn Machon, Presidential Scholarship-P/iZ/Z/p Keith Lehigh College: Asa Packer ScholarshipKatherine Paine Loyola University Chicago: Loyola Scholarship-^nna Matejczyk, Presidential Scholarship-A'az-a Ross, Trustee ScholarshipStephanie Uy Marguette University: Ignatius Leadership Scholarship-I/jo Vanacora Miami University OH: Honors Scholarships-C/ia//e5 DiFranco. Kaitlin Wolfe, Charline Jamieson Memorial Scholarship-A!'ai7///7 Wolfe, Miami

Family/Consumer Sciences Award: Janette Lau

University General Scholarship-ATa/?///? Wolfe Milwaulkee School of Engineering: MSOE Scholarship-^o/)e/r Klauck. Jr North Central College: Presidential Scholarship-Mo/t;/) Abezetian Ohio State University: Buckeye Plus ScholarshipMegan Johnson Ohio Wesleyan University: Music Scholarship-/i/?/7e Clapper, Regional ScholarshipAnne Clapper Purdue University: Academic Success Scholarship-^«ge/o Cannizzaro, Dean's Liberal Arts Scholar Program Award-Beth Czye Rochester Institute of Technology: Vice-Presidential Merit Scholarship-fi/ea«/)a Z)o/a« Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology: RHIT Endowed Scholarship-/?o^er/ Tauber Saint Francis University: Athletic Scholarship-Joie/j/i Szczudlo St. John's University MN: Dean's Scholarship-Perer Przekota, Diversity Scholarship-Peto- Przekota St. Louis University: Presidential Scholarship-ATa/Ze Solari Triton College: Triton College Trustee Honors Scholarship-Jen«o Scott Truman State University: Combined Ability Scholarship-A!^ar/i/ee« Dorsey, President's Leadership Scho\arship-Kathleen Dorsey University of Dayton: Department of C o m m u n i c a t i o n DNI Scholarship-Amanda Johnson, President's Scholarships-£'//za/'e?// Abezetian, DanielW^k Chamoun, Amanda Johnson, Nicholas DePill^^^ Scholarship-A^ev/« Coffey University of Illinois at U r b a n a / C h a m p a i g n : College of A C E S James Scholar Hor\ors-Margaretrose Dietlin, Etta and Laura Wright Scholarship-C/rm?/«a Curcio, James Baldwin Turner Award-Joanwe Rinaldi, College of Commerce and Business Administration James Scholar Honors AwardBrian Recsetar, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences James Scholar Honors Award-Caro//«e Kim, Schilling Scholarship-C/zn's'/ma Curcio, School of Music Scholarship-W////am Russel University of Miami School of Music: Bertha Foster Scholarship for Music Performance-A^e// Wehman University of New Mexico: Division 1 Athletic Scholarship-F//;ce/ir Natali University of Notre Dame: University Scholarship-Jojep/i Bruito Valparaiso University: Honors Scholarship-/l/;son Thalhainmer, University Scholarship-/Ce//v Doherty

Foreign Language Award: Joshua Walton


Senior Awards 5

SOUTHWORDS â&#x20AC;˘ SENIOR ISSllF 200i

â&#x20AC;˘ Class of 2003 Western Illinois University: Athletic ScholarshipJaines Friel. Track and Field Division 1 ScholarshipSusan Logsdon Organization Scholarships: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Internship-Dawn VIeck Park Ridge Rotary Regional Vocational Scholarship-Janette Lau Scholarships for Military Children Program-William Russell Target Scholarship-Erika Follmer The Columbian Club Charitable Foundation-The Joseph and Christine Caiccio Scholarship- Charles Di Franco Thrivent Insurance for Lutherans Scholarship- Emily Haak National Merit Scholarship Finalist-Slawomir Smolen National Merit Scholarship Seminnalist-Stephan Stachurski National Merit Scholarship students commended-Julie Adamczyk, Agatha Bochenek. Timothy Bratko. Joseph Brutto. Emily Haak, Andrew Jarosz. Kathryn Solari. Joshua Walton. Scott Wojteczko. Alan Zarychta Kiwanis Club Park Ridge-Noon Scholarships-Alexandra Czahor, Katharine Paine Maines South Mothers' Club Scholarships-Julie Adamczyk. Mark Anderson, Lisa Belter, Cassandra Bilson, Dina Bosco. Joseph Brutto, Jacqueline Bull, Angelo Cannizzaro, Tiziana DiBenedetto, Kathryn Feiereisel, Erika Follmer, Aus.tin Gibbons, Alison Jasinowski, Sarah Jordan. ElizaFheth Juiris, Valerie Kaczmarek, Caroline Kim, Agnieszka Klepacka, Magdalen Kmiec, Diana Kolettis, Patricia Krysztopa, Claudia Mallon, Megan McGuire, Shawna Ohm, Katharine Paine, Timothy Patel, Mark Seske, Neil Sherlock, Anna Sipkovsky, Renee Slugocki, Jason Strains, Andrew Swantek, Elizabeth White, Piotr Wojcik, Scott Wojteczko, Kaitlin Wolfe Dr. Clyde K. Watson Award-Alan Zarychta Virginia Feurer Award- Justyna Susfal Twenty-First Star Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution-DAR AwardKim Talaga Illinois Society of the Sons of the American Revolution-SAR Award-Matthew Heerman United States Navy ROTC Scholarship-Michael Baldi United States Naval Academy AppointmentsCourtney Keady. Daniel Tedeshi Maine Teachers'Association-Hellen Dobbins MTA Scholarship-Megan McGuire National Honor Society Tutoring Scholarship-Valerie Kaczmarek, Caroline Kim. Diana Kolettis, Megan McGuire, Kara Ross, Alison Thalhammer, Ashley Treadway District 207 Educational Foundation Board Coach Tutor Scholarship-Tiziana

DiBenedetto Rotary Club of O'Hare-Rosemont Daniel Dace Memorial Scholarship-Justyna Susfal Des Plaines Ladies of the Elks Scholarship-Austin Gibbons Harwood Heights-Margaret P. Fuller ScholarshipsJoanne Rinaldi. Erica Weaver Park Ridge Juniors Foundation Scholarships-Erika Follmer. Patricia Krysztopa, Anna Matejczyk, David Miniscalco. Kathleen Moore. Piotr Wojcik, Pawel Wojcik Park Ridge Panhellenic Club Scholarships-Kathleen Dorsey, Erika Follmer, Elizabeth Juiris Park Ridge Presbyterian ChurchRalph J. and Ellen Frost Scholarship-Madolyn Machon Harry Shaw Scholarship-Katharine Paine Student Council Scholarships-Anthony Gaddini, Matthew Heerman, Alison Jasinowski, Marko Tomic, Alan Zarychta P I P F o u n d a t i o n Scholarship-Thomas Gonzalez Speech/Drama and Broadcasting Scholarships-Kathleen Andreoni, Ian Beacraft, Nicole Corcoran, Katherine Dunn, Daniel Floriano. Matthew Holihan. Amanda Johnson, Claudia Mallon, Megan McGuire, Chris Prezas, Matthew Schwartz, Andrew Swantek. Marko Tomic The Township of Maine Scholarship-Justin Burtin Park Ridge Art League Scholarship-Sarah Pecherek Charles Vickery Memorial Scholarship-Eva Ozon Del Engblad M e m o r i a l Award-Melina Bartolomei Brickon Art Gallery Pam Whamond Memorial Scholarships-Melina Bartolomei. Eva Ozon Ted Bales Memorial Scholarship-Katherine Dunn Maine South Varsity Club-Kathryn Pierce ScholarshipKatharine Paine Park Ridge Youth Soccer AssociationScott Wade Memorial Soccer Scholarships-Kevin Crowley, Zachary Lynn, Kaitlin Wolfe Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation-Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship-William Russell Hawkette Boosters Scholarship-Jennifer Bozek Michael J. Hudson Scholarships-Kathryn Solari, Kim Talaga, Scott Wojteczko Bruce J. Talaga Scholarships-Christian Cwik, Phillip Keith. Megan McGuire. Kim Talaga Howard and Kimberly Blair Scholarship-Josh Kain Tom Ziemek Memorial Scholarship-Neil Sherlock Ken Reese Senior Service Scholarships-Lauren Adam. Nicole Corcoran, Emily Haak, Kim Talaga, Ashley Treadway, Scott Wojteczko, Kaitlin Wolfe Presidential Freedom Service Scolarships-Christian Cwik, Megan McGuire Chris Harris Memorial Scholarship-Megan McGuire William Dushek Memorial ScholarshipsMark Anderson, Steven Cielinski, Andrew Jarosz

Social Science Award: Alan Zarvchta

Science Award: David Liss

Speech/Drama Award: Nicole Corcoran

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Available Mathematics Award Erika Follmer

Music Award: Elizabeth Ortega

Physical Education Award: Douglas Simkins


6 Senior Commentaries ^.^^^^

SOUTHWORDS â&#x20AC;˘ SFNIOR ISSllF 2003

Memories, experiences, and mora Memories are what life gives you to look back on. Maine South has given me some of the best memories of my life. From my teachers to my friends, I have been surrounded by experiences that I will never forget. I want to thank everyone of my teachers because without them, I would not be where I am today. I want to recognize a few teachers who really helped me out. Mrs. Pichinos for always believing that I could do anything I put my mind to and pushing me past my lim- / ' its. I'd like to thank Mr. Kerth for giving -me the opportunity to work on CORE STAFF Southwards. I also want to give a speARTIST cial thanks to Ms. Albright and Mrs. McGowan for helping us through September 11th. I'd like to give a very special thanks to every teacher that I ever had. But most importantly, Mr. McCann for being the best counselor and helping me through all four years at Maine South. I want to thank all the guys-Dan, Benji, Joe, Chris, Kevin, Kyle, and the rest of you- for being there when I needed a friend. I would also like to thank my fellow coworkers from Maine South- Eric, Chris, Phil, and everyone else-for keeping me entertained during those long hours at Jewel. I want to acknowledge my girls who keep me grounded and keep me smiling when I need it the most. You know who you are. I am going to take the memories and experiences from Maine South with me to college and beyond.

SaLeNa rEtSoS

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Will you be satisfied? As I strolled the halls of my junior high, I noticed something: the school shrank! The hallways were smaller, the kids younger, and a mere two minutes is the time needed to traverse through the building. Paintings and pictures on the walls were no longer as "inspirational" as the ones on the walls of Maine South, but rather are the work of a K-8th grade crowd, complete with glitter, feathers and sequins. I realized that the school didn't change, but my perception rather. I'm used to the five-minute treks to arrive at class barely on time, ample hallways, and the constant cacophony of the plethora of people that filled them. Our school is only

around two-thousand, and next year, I'll be thrown into a completely different environment, where a bicycle will be a mode of transportation from class to class, there will be countless nameless faces, and all-nighters will be needed to finish work. Odds are, you will be in a similar situation. It seems like just yesterday that we were at our freshman orientation, learning about what the next years would contain. Looking back, those years hold many memorable experiences, and collectively, we have learned a great deal. Here is some general wisdom, you lucky person! -Be open to new experiences. They may prove to be the highlights ofyour life.-Try vour best at what you do, but don't burn vourself out. -Don 't fool around with anyone's heart, you are guaranteed to get a taste of your own medicine. -Give other people a chance, but be honest. - "Live the life you love, love the life you live"-

Basement Jaxx. -Smile. -Be happy! Appreciate what you have. -Don't pretend that you know everything. You can learn something new. Look upon your life today and emboss it into your memory. If you walk back through the halls of Maine South, your p erception CORE STAFF will change. ARTIST But will you be satisfied? This journey was in its infancy four years ago. Now we embark on the real expedition. Wherever life leads you, stay safe, and think positively!

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Senior Commentaries 7

Sunscreen anyone? 'I still have a few months left. That is plenty of time." You would be thoroughly surprised, though. Time never ceases to slow down. The four years of high school that I thought would be a marathon turned into a sprint. The only tip of advice that I can give you is to take advantage of your time. I know it seems cliche, but time shouldn't be forgotten. For the freshmen and sophomores of today, and the seniors of tomorrow, take risks. One would be surprised at the outcomes. Believe in yourself. Have selfconfidence. I can safely say that is one thing that I have lacked in high school, and I regret it. Never second-guess yourself and your abilities because all it does is limit your potential and is unneeded. A person can only achieve what they believe they can achieve. Make friends. Friends you can actually call your friends. As a freshman I was very timid and shy. Some girls tried to get me kto talk, but to no avail. Now those two girls 'are two of my best friends that will hopefully remain so for the rest of my life. There was a kid in my sophomore lounge that I thought was strange and now he is like my brother. You would be surprised at who you will end up with. Don't be afraid to try things. Let nothing hold you back

from something you want. It will harvest moments and friendships that will last a lifetime. I almost quit track freshman year because there was a kid on the team I hated because he called me "tacohead" but now he is practically family. There have also

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been amazing memories from a group of guys that have a left a lasting mark on me. Respect your elders. Your elders could prove to be your most substantial role models. My coach, Mr. Drennan, has left a boundless impact on me. The wisdom and truth he has instilled upon me has prepared me for the future and what lies ahead. He, despite an age difference, is someone who I can honestly say is a true friend. Friends come from all places, especially the unexpected. Keep your eye out, and stop to look every once and a while. You might never comprehend the things you will see

and the people you will meet. Sometimes, they may seem weird and twisted in the head, but if they make you happy, they can safely be called your friends. Friends are the most important things you will have in your life besides family. High school is the time of your life to form tightly knit bonds that will last an eternity. People come and go in life, but friends are the ones who will always be there for you. In the time you have, be yourself. Do not misuse the time you have been given. This opportunity is present for a reason. Even though as you commence your journey through high school it may seem like a long time, but don't be fooled. High school is a small proportion of your life and will go by in an instant. It is hard for me to comprehend that my high school years are over and that life is moving so fast. I know I will soon embark on the next chapter of my life, which will undoubtedly be the best four years of my life, but it will be over before I even step my foot in the door. I have my regrets, but I wish that you have none. Take chances, make friends, discover yourself, and take advantage of your opportunities. Time is not something that you can control; however, you can control the events and the situations that take place in the medium. It is your future.

Things I will never have to do again Things I will never have to do again: I will never have to have a magical white piece of paper that has my destination written on it. It will never again be handed to me to prove my existence in the hallways. I will never have to rip up a piece of paper in order to use as a "pretend" pass. I will never have to walk through the halls with a concentrated look on my face seemingly knowing where I am supposed to be going. I will never have a security guard tell me to pull my shirt down because my mid-rift iwas exposed one inch. I will never face a restriction during a hot summer day against my alluring shoulder (we all know what a distraction to learning shoulders can be) when wearing a spaghetti strap tank top.

I will never have to justify my reasoning for using a library computer. I will never again be told that I am not allowed to talk quietly in the library.

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I will never again have only one designated assigned period to be in the library. I will finally be allowed to check my e-mail from a school computer. I will

never use a floppy disk again when transferring files. I will never have only the choice of greasy cheeseburger or greasy pizza again. I will never have to smell ribwich again. I will never have exactly twenty minutes to eat lunch while having bells telling me when to start and stop eating. I will never again have to serve a detention for not buying an overpriced plastic ID before 7:50 am. However, I will have to don the cap and gown once more and need to study and work hard. But never having to carry a white magic piece of paper to go to the bathroom or having to keep absolute silence in the library will make this new adventure that much more fun.


8 Senior Commentaries

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In those very few seconds^ For me, starting high school was like tryI'll remember the person who taught me ing to get a child into a dentist's office: how to play the piano. I'll remember those nearly impossible, but had to be done. I who held me as I cried when I found out my didn't want to do it because I was afraid of grandmother died. I'll remember those who change. I was used to being watched over in taught me what friendship really means. I'll middle school. I was used to doing familiar remember those who taught me how to prethings. tend to wear an ID Fortunately, my down the halls. fear didn't overI'll remember all come me. And bethe times I've nercause I didn't let it, vously filled in I had the ability to scantron answers that I learn a lot of things was not sure of. I'll reCOMMENTARY from high schoolmember eating the EDITOR some useless and ' lunch "sijecial" and not some useful. wanting to know what High school has impacted me unlike any- was inside. I'll remember watching panic thing else I have experienced. On gradua- sweep the school as everyone watched the tion day, when I take those steps to the po- television on September 11th. However, dium. I will not know what to think. In those graduation will be the last of my memories. few seconds, all the faces and memories that It's funny because we all think that four I've shared will flash before me. years is a long time, but it is not. Being a

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freshman seemed like yesterday, but a person can grow so much in this time. They learn about themselves and the people around them. They learn more than can be imagined. So, before I leave, here are some things that I learned. Never eat too much cookie dough. Don't honk a car horn unless you want to cause trouble. Even though it's called "all-you-can-eat," you probably shouldn't try. Try not to leave more than a dollar's worth of change for a waitress' tip. Don't feed animals Swedish Fish. And most importantly, don't forget to zip your fly. Now. a heavy door is finally being shut on my high school years, and I feel just as I did when I started four years ago. I feel just as young, lost, and vulnerable. But, this time, I'm going to make it different. I now know that I can get through whatever may come my way. I now will be looking forward to everything new and exciting.

Knowing who you are The time has finally come—I will soon be walking across the stage to obtain my high school diploma, and my high school years will soon be a mere memory. Looking back, I characterize high school with just two words—finding myself. That's right; I have found myself. I have found the answer to numerous questions that have rested in my mind for countless years: Who am I? What do I value? Where do 1 want to be in ten years? It's not that I didn't know in junior high what I was like or what I liked and disliked. But during high school, I have truly developed into my own person. The uncertainties in junior high such as my values and worth have become clear to me. I now know what my strong qualities are—gentleness, encouragement, sensitivity—and what I need to work on— humility, wisdom, boldness. I now know that I want to be a journalist and write a novel before I turn 30-years-old. I now know what virtues I hold most important in a person: love, honesty, care, and trust.

At the cumulation of my high school future and to continue fostering my years, this—the vitality of knowing uniqueness. oneself—is the greatest lesson I've learned. In a larger perspective, knowing myself These past four years have been full of new is essential for my place in the world after knowledge, new situations and new college as I pursue my career and have a relationships. family. No one can I have learned ^.tfr—rTTr—prrrrrrrrT. survive in this world why objects fall, if he does not know what role citizens who he is; life take in society and would just pull him how to write in along. various formats. I However, despite have encountered all that I have FEATURES EDITOR sports events, N^ learned, I still have parties, and foreign significant growth cities. I have built ahead, and I will and lost friendships and other relationships. continue to learn more about myself and All those things allowed me to find about my place in the world. myself and develop into the person that 1 But for all those people—my family, now am. friends, acquaintances, and teachers—who That awareness of myself has given me have helped me to develop thus far, I tha the foundation I need to move on in my life. you. At last, as I leave Maine South, to thf: ^ With college just around the corner, I need who are also leaving and to those wh^ that confidence of knowing who I am in remain, I leave you with these final words order to not get lost amidst the crowd in the who are you?

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Graduation speech I'd like to hear Seniors, I have one pearl of wisdom that done fine and met Illinois state standards. I have learned from my high school In my opinion, I have seen too many people, experience, and I'd like to share that with including myself, staggering around on 2 you: "Outside of a dog. a book is a man's hours of sleep. This habit is unhealthy for best friend. Inside the human body, and it of a dog, it's too \ also makes people dark to read." unreasonably emotional (not that I am speaking Actually, this from experience). isn't my pearl of I realize that college wisdom, this is holds some all-nighters Groucho Marx's. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF in the future, but please, And, come to think of it, I didn't learn y/ keep them to a bare this through my minimum. schooling at Maine South, I learned it sitting I've learned from TBC that people who on my butt watching TV while I was disobey the rules and cut laps often get a avoiding doing my homework that was for break, and people who are honest are at a my schooling at Maine South. disadvantage. This is okay though, because Yes, in just a few moments we're finally in this particular case, honesty equates to going to walk across that stage for more calories burned while dishonesty lends graduation, and I guess that this would be itself to corpulence. the proper time to share with you the things It is almost always in one's best interest that I did learn in high school. So here it to be honest, and as an added incentive, goes.... perhaps this policy will always be slimming I've learned that we all could have done (I believe this about as much as I believe in about half the amount of work with about the ghost of the PA wing, but leave me to half the homework assigned and still have me daydreams....)

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I've also come to realize that although there are always going to be individuals with whom you do not get along, politeness is one of the greatest marks of maturity. Being respectful of others even when they are not of you is the most difficult thing to do that comes to mind, but it is the true mark of adulthood (keeping this in mind, you may meet many older individuals who aren't in fact adults, but don't let this discourage you.) Lastly, I learned that time spent with people whom you care about and who care about you is worth ten times more than any grade, audition, team, or anything else. Work hard, but don't let your ambition blind you as to what is really important. I learned this one the hard way. I wish all of us seniors the best of luck for our college years and beyond. With fresh peers, college is the perfect opportunity to reaffirm what we love about ourselves, and change what we don't. We will have a chance to start a new journey in our lives. If you remember nothing else I tell you, at least remember the dog thing, that one might actually help us out a bit....

It is merely the beginning It is that time of year again. The time that every high-schooler in the nation looks forward to with eager anticipation, and no one knows this better than the seniors. It is the end of our high school years and time for graduation. We are ready to leave! We have paid our dues and done our time. We are waiting to be released into the world to taste the sweetness of freedom! But wait! Through all this craziness I can hear the ghost of Newton calling eerily from the back of my head "all actions have an equal and opposite reaction." Whoo! That was creepy, but true. During the past few weeks while looking for' ward to summer, I have been a man of constant introspection. The issues that have weighed most on my mind have been: "Who have I become?", "Have I succeeded?", and

"What will I do next?" Questions like these often plague those post high school plans I had dreamed of. However, as I ponder these questions I begin to realize something-I'm not leaving

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anything behind. I am not ending a chapter in my life's book. I have merely written the prologue, the base, upon which my life will be formed, and my high school years have been the most significant part of that. These four years have not only provided

me with education, but with many experiences that have shaped who I am and who I will become. High school was time for me to realize the fact that my teachers aren't emotionless creatures of academia and that all-nighters aren't rare. There were things I shouldn't have done but did anyway. On the other hand, there were things that I should have done but didn't. High school was also a time for me to spend time with those who know me best and worked with me at school until 11 o'clock at night. It is things like these that no text book can give us and that no teacher can lecture. It's things like these that we will look back upon time and time again, and realize who we've become. We are not leaving anything. We are merely beginning.


10 Unsung Heroes

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"Unsung-having value thaV Every year the Southwards staff chooses three girls and three boys to honor as the Unsung Heroes of Maine is a result of volunteer work, extraordinary achievment, or a general sense of leadership, these seniors

Karin Baty

by Eva Bialecki Karin is the girl you see slapping high fives to everyone in the hallways, smiling and laughing one minute, and then frantically waving her arms around in panicked frustration the next. Her enthusiasm for life leaves a mark on everyone and because of her tremendous talent and involvement, she has left many marks these past four years. But there are other things that make up this extraordinary senior. Karin has been on the swim team all four years at Maine South and was a captain her junior and senior year because of her dedication and team spirit. She has also contributed all of her four years to concert, symphony and marching bands, playing numerous instruments. Also, the French club has voted her its vice president this year. She has been both a Junior and Senior Leader and has provided community service through National Honor Society, of which she has been a part for two years. Karin also works with the special ed students during their Adaptive RE. class. She helps stretch out their muscles and works mainly with Josh Kain, whom she teaches how to swim and with whom she plays games. In addition, her excellence in academics has endured, despite her busy schedule. Anyone who knows her will agree that what makes Karin stand out among her class is not only the way she could light up a room, but also that it remains lit, even after she has left it. Her endless devotion to Maine South and to all the friends she has made will not be forgotten, even after she walks away with her diploma on June 8, 2003. Her marks don't graduate, and even after Karin has left, the Maine South halls will still be shining bright.

Nicol Corcoran

b\ Katie Dunn This unsung hero has worked in the spotlight and behind the scenes throughout her four years at Maine South, and she has always strived to make our school a better place. Nicol has been a member of Pep Council/Hawkeyes since her freshman year. She has helped to boost the spirits of all our athletes and served as vice president of Pep Council during her senior year. Face painting, sign- making.^^^ and locker tagging are just a few of the things Nicol has done. ^-â&#x20AC;&#x201D;-^^^^^^ ^ ^ V In addition, Nicol has worked backstage during her time at Maine South. She has participated in over fifteen drama productions at Maine South and this year was selected to be on All-State crew along with three other Maine South students. She has been a leader backstage, holding such positions as Assistant Technical Director and Stage Manager. Nicol was a founding member of the Maine South Theatrical Technicians Guild, which is commonly referred to as "Varsity Crew." She served as vice president during her junior year and president during her senior year. She helped the group become involved in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Nicol has also been an enthusiastic member of Thespian Society. Each year she inspires Thespians to have the best Homecoming window and float. Last year she was elected to be historian, and this year, served as president. Other activities in which Nicol has participated include Peers Reaching Out, Suicide Awareness, and Senior Leaders. Last year she helped marching band raise money to send them to Orange Bowl by dressing up as an orange at several football games. Throughout her time at Maine South, Nicol has done everything she could to make the environment better for the people around her, oftentimes with no reward. The Maine South community will surely miss this diamond in the rough.

Christopher Hayes

by Austin Gibbons Not praised for his contributions, and unnoticed for all he does for the school, Chris Hayes is an unsung hero. His personality and character arc stronger than any person I know. Life's not always fair, and Chris knows how to handle every situation that may come his >^" '"^v way. He has been one of the most dedicated and most active students at Maine South this year. / jUttkk. \ Chris is the president of Ski Club, and he helps organize all the trips so that every student has the opportunity to experience skiing. He works hard for his school and maintains a solid grade point average. He has also been on the volleyball team, of which he has been on varsity for the last three years. Chris has always made sure he does nothing that could ever diminish his character and his personality. He puts others before himself in every action, never worrying about himself. That is the true quality of an unsung hero: it is never about himself. His most important job lies outside of school. Chris is the co-president of Teens Organized For Youth Services (T.O.F.Y.S.). He organizes and helps out with many service projects for the unfortunate that range from roadside cleanups, food drives, toy drives, help with the Avenues for Independence. Red Ribbon Week, and the new Organfc^ Donor Awareness Week. He is also an employee of the Park District as a trained lifeguard year-round. ^^f Chris approaches everything with a lust for life and looks to execute everything he does to perfection. He will be looking to pursue his dream career in the coming years: he will attend Creighton University to become an Emergency Medical Technician. Chris' friendship has been something that made high school what it was.


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that is not acknowledged" South. These individuals are people who enhance the atmosphere of our school and community: Whether it have had a profound impact on their peers. Congratulations to the unsung Heroes of the class of 2003!

Genevieve Kahrilas

b\ Zachary L\nn Genevieve Kahrilas has been a part of almost all that Maine South has to offer in virtually every arena. Some may know her from her participation in athletics. She has actively participated in both soccer and tennis throughout her time at Maine South. To her teammates. Gen's personality and sense of humor have always helped to build the camaraderie and spirit necessary to maintain team unity. The high level of dedication Gen has for music at Maine South has allowed her to excel in orchestra. As a violinist, she represented Maine South in the prestigious Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) contest in which she garnered the dinstinction of being among those deemed IMEA All-State musicians. Gen's violin playing has also involved her with acts in the variety show and the musical's pit orchestra. This past year, she served as first chair violinist as well as leading the orchestra as concert mistress. She has also been involved in National Honor Society at Maine South and is a card-carrying Hawk Honor recipient. Her participation in the Rube Goldberg machine building project has boosted her drive to pursue studies in physics next year while attending Northwestern University. Gen is special not merely because of her accomplishments and involvement, but more importantly, because she makes those around her feel special. Genevieve Kahrilas radiates an irresistible aura of cheerfulness that reaches all who know her.

Zachary Lynn b\ Genevieve Kahrilas It takes an amazing person to be a great friend, and Zach is just that person. He is a friend who will give you trust and laughter. He also has the strength to stick up for a friend even if he or she is not around, and those who know how easy it is to sit back and say nothing will agree that that takes character. Most of all, Zach has an incredible sense of humor. He has a fantastic wit and can quickly create mass outbreaks of laughter, leaving all those within hearing range sore-sided and out of breath. With his magnetic personality, many of you reading have probably at some point talked or laughed with him. Zach brings out the best in people by just being himself; it is for this and many other reasons that he is an unsung hero. But there's more-not only is Zach an outstanding peer, but also a responsible and involved individual. Among other things this year, he has participated in soccer, track, Model UN, AP Hawks Constitution Team, the Rube Goldberg competition, marching band, and much more, all while working Saturdays and Sundays and succeeding in five AP classes. Truth be told, it's hard to find a busier or more responsible person. To stay as dependable and responsible as Zach has done is quite tough and his success in this area is very worthy of respect. Zach has given back to the community of Maine South more than anyone I know, so it came as no surprise to me when I found out he had been voted an unsung hero. He's not one to boast about his accomplishments, and for that modesty he deserves much more than what I was able to write about him. It's what you do when nobody's looking that defines what type of person you really are; for that reason the most noble and deserving type of hero is an unsung one, and who better to fit that title than Zachary Lynn.

Alan Zarychta b\ Adam Cien When looking for a friend, one looks for an individual with personality. They must be caring, kind, friendly, and most importantly, have an opinion of their own. One such individual is Alan Zarychta. He is remarkable in that he spans many activities: athletics, non-athletics, service to his community, church, and home. He has maintained all of his commitments with a sense of great responsibility and care, as well as retaining his very stable, caring persona. He is an individual who respects others' opinions and uses calm, rational discussion when he finds a disagreement, contradiction, or distortion of a topic. Alan Zarychta has brought many qualities and distinctions to Maine South. He has been a member of the Maine South Swim Team all four years. His abilities in swimming were initially good, and he became not only a reliable swimmer as time went on, but also a great leader to the team. During his time on the swim team, Alan helped immensely in securing many medals and awards bestowed upon the team. His senior year, he was named a Central Suburban League Scholar Athlete and a shoe-in candidate for the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches' Association /NISCA) Academic All-American Award for 2003. Alan has been a part of Student Council all four years at Maine South. He decided to become a committee chair, rather than an officer. Along with this, he was chosen to the Homecoming Committee chair position, which is one of the most difficult, stressful, and time-consuming jobs. Alan was also responsible for the changes to the fall assembly, making it very similar to pep rallies. (contiuned on page 15)


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Retiring facultymembers bid Dr. Thomas J. Cachur, principal, 30 years of service / have worked as the principal of Maine South for the past seventeen years. I have been employed in District 207 for thirty years as Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent. Assistant Principal at Maine North, and Assistant Principal for Staff at Maine West. As a young administrator, I always aspired towards the goal of being a high school principal. During my years as Administrative Assistant for the Superintendent working in the Central Office. I had the opportunin- to visit the four Maine High Schools that were in existence at that time. I frequently told my wife if I ever had an opportunity to be a principal in Maine Township, I hoped it would be at Maine South because I thought it to be the best of the four high schools. Fortunately for me, my wish came true. I have always enjoyed my interaction with the students and staff. I have especially enjoyed watching students come in as freshmen and graduate as young adults. I also have enjoyed the atmosphere and culture of Maine South-friendly, energetic, and enthusiastic. After I retire, I certainly will not miss all the paperwork and meetings to which I have to attend. However, I know I will miss the interaction and camaraderie with my fellow administrators, with the staff, and certainly, with the students. Over the past seventeen years, there have been many memorable moments that I have encountered as a principal. I have enjoyed watching our students work in the classrooms as well as perform in our extra-curricular activities. Certainly, I will fondly remember the successes we have had both academically-such as the AP Hawks Constitution Team winning the National Championship; athleticalh— our Football Championships as well as the success we have had in other sports; artistically-IMEA District and All-State Musicians and Illinois Theatre Festival All-State Performers and Technicians. I know that I will always look back at my years at Maine South with fond memories. Nevertheless, I love to fish and I plan on fishing a lot. I also hope to travel and spend more time with my grandchildren.

Darrel A. Dickey, math teacher, 39 years of service / have worked at Maine South for 39 years as a mathematics teacher I am the last of the original group of teachers that opened Maine South in 1964. I have enjoyed working with good students and outstanding colleagues that recognize the value of good education. 1 have served as the scorekeeperfor the boy's basketball team and have seen every game except for one varsity game during these 39 years. My favorite memory of Maine South centers on the excitement of the Boys' Basketball State Championship year of 1979. I will miss the opportunity to interact with students and to see them grow as young individuals. My time at Maine South has been tremendously rewarding and will be remembered fondly.

Lorelei L. Lahsin, math teacher, 34 years of service / have been teaching mathematics at Maine South High School since 1969 -that's 34 years if you're counting! I originally was an MAT student while earning my master's degree at Northwestern University. At that time, I taught three classes each day at Maine South and traveled to Evanston for classes of my own. I was then hired full time the following year and have been at Maine South ever since. I believe my favorite part of Maine South is the people—both co-workers and students. That's what 1 will miss the most: interacting with all of the people I see each day in my job. One of my most cherished memories was the year I was the only female teacher in the mathematics department. I was the "princess. " It was a fun experience! Once I retire, I think it will be a much quieter and calmer day-to-day existence. I have no set plans right now; I will stay in the northwest suburbs, and I hope to do some traveling, reading, relaxing, and just getting. off a rigid schedule. It should be a wonderful retirement


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% farewell to Maine South William J. Drennan, English teacher, 33 years of service In the fall of 1970, 1 was finishing my third year teaching, completing work on my master's degree, and looking to make a move to the suburbs. Maine Township was opening Maine North and looking to hire nine English teachers at Maine South. Fortunately, I was among them. I have worked for all three principals, all four English department chairs, and all three athletic directors that Maine South has had. A most rewarding challenge to come my way was the opportunits' to create the Literature of Chicago course in 1972. Today, the course still serves to interest and excite Maine South students. Another contribution of which I am proud is Southfest, an annual day of cultural awareness and enrichment, which ran from 1985-1994. Each year, Southfest featured as many as 60 speakers and presenters who shared their knowledge and enthusiasm with our students and staff. A very significant part of my life at South has been 33 years of coaching cross country and track. For four years of high school, four years at DePaul University, and 35 of my 36 years of teaching, the school day began with classes and ended with practice. 1 have never regretted my involvement in athletics. The time and effort have paid off in terms of a free college education, a career in coaching, and most importantly, a lifetime of dedicated friends and colleagues. I am especially pleased with the former runners who are now themselves teachers and coaches at other schools. After 36 years of teaching and coaching, I will certainly miss the intellectual and social contact with many talented colleagues and students. But I have other interests including sharing in the lives of my two daughters and two granddaughters. My wife and I hope to travel domestically and internationally. And 1 can be very happy reading books, wandering the streets of Chicago, or drifting and dreaming in my canoe.

Michael D. Ritter, Applied Arts and Technology Department Chair, 8 years of service I have worked at Maine South for eight years as the Applied Arts and Technology Chair I came to work at Maine South because of the fine education District 207 provides for students. I have enjoyed working with students in my Desktop Publishing class and with the teachers in the Applied Arts and Technology Department. However, when I retire, I will miss the students and the staff tremendously. It has been fulfilling, over the years, to have the opportunity to work with the Applied Arts and Technology staff to review and update the curriculum to provide the students with the latest skills and materials. I will always remember my students and the skills they take with them. After I retire, I look forward to relaxing, traveling, and seeing our country. (continued from page 11) Along with being a part of Student Council, Alan has also helped out with journalism, covering areas of swimming for Southwards as well as judging literature published in Maine South's writing magazine. Equinox. He also helps the girls' swim team by officially operating the clock and scoreboard for their meets. With his presence at these meets, the Illinois High ^ h o p ^ s s o c i a t i o n ^ f i c i a l s have always (honors continued from page 3) World Cultures Ace: Jeremy Nuzzo. Sarah Schlegel. Kyle Schreiner. Christina Solari. William Wamock European History AP: Jacqueline Heffernan. Erik Johnson. Kevin Kane. Madeline Kiem. Daniel Leung. Allison Mueller. Alexander Schallmo. Ryan Stegink. Christina I Verhelst. Daniel Widing. Meredith Wisniewski Government AP: Joseph Brutto. Anthony Gaddini. Emily Haak. Shawna Ohm. Rebecca Poliwka. Michael Raap. Kara Ross. Slawomir Smolen. Kathryn Solari. Justyna Susfal. Alan Zarychta Government Ace: Mark Anderson. Malgorzata

given compliments to the table. Last but not least, Alan Zarchyta has a Alan also finds time to spend a great very strong sense of morality without being amount of time at his church, St. Paul of arrogant. He is one of the most trustworthy the Cross, for their youth group. His work people that I know and gets along with received recognition from the parish and the everyone. Along with these qualities, he archdiocese with an award for his service also has a great sense of humor and is in to his parish and peers. Alan is also a team essence, an easy person to be around. He is member for the American Cancer Society's a well-rounded individual, always willing Relay for Life, which takes place in June at to help out, and giving up his own time for Maine South. He has led and organized many activities. As Mr. Deger would say, teams that have raised significant amounts "He is a dying breed: chivalrous without of money for cancer research. ^bein^hau^n^ic^' ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ Bursakowska. Cristina Curcio. Breanna Dolan. Kathleen Dorsey. Kalherine Dunn. Michael Falcinelli. Elizabeth Juiris. Megan McGuire History of the Western World Ace: Nicole Calabrese. Christin Coffey. Alyssa Engle. Molly Keith. Kristin Kulsavage. Colleen Montgomery. Jessica Newton. Elizabeth Poli. Patricia Ristau. Audrey Russell. Emily White United States History AP: Kevin Aumiller. Anne Bemdtson. Claire Elderkin. Laura Garofalo. Laura Jacox. Jesse Kramer. Kathryn Lieber. Matthew Lucas. Kaitlin Moran. Nicholas Noble. Matthew Perille. Heidi Rose. Suzanne Schomack. Michael Vene

iniled States History Ace: Anna Banc. Jennifer Begich. Thomas Bellino. Kara Collins. Ellen Dwyer. Brian Filippini. Elizabeth Gorski. Robert Grob. Brian Husar. Danielle Kleehammer. Carla Molina. Edward Mueller. Mary Rooney, Michael Saelim. Julie Shanahan Brandon Simmons. William Schmidt. Adrianna Stasiuk. Claudia Sulkowskj. Krystyna Zwolinski World Cultures Ace: Adam Blandin. Kathryn Bratko. Elizabeth Chao. Grace Elderkin. George Gianakakos. Melissa Hansen. Katherine Hapeman. Andrew Juiris. David Krone. Jessica Kunke. David Nicholus. Krista Porterfield. Patrick Rhine. Amanda Swanson, John Wolf


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The Girls' Volleyball Team provided me with the most amazing memories, especially when they made it to the Sweet 16 last year. Also, the choir trips to Virginia and Indianapolis are favorite memories,

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^ y m o s t v i v i d memory of Maine S o u t h was when I h a d ( the opportunity to announce the Homecoming Queen a t the f a l l assembly. T h i s was a v e r y fervent a n d a t t h e same t i m e , e x c i t i n g moment. Hearing and watching the school erupt was v e r y powerful. My f a v o r i t e Maine S o u t h memory ^/r <o ~^~T^^^' i s going to Nationals in Dallas, tA^-^'^"^ /"T'^'^r^^^^^*^*'^ Texas, for cheerleading! \y


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your favorite memory of South? One of ny favorite msnories of Maine South v\es being i n the musical iry freshman year. I made so many friands, and i t vvos one ej^Deriaxe that truly solidified ny interest in acting and perf orrrance. I t vvos t r u l y an anazing efodsre.

My favorite memories from Maine South are from V-5how. My junior year, I performed with Orchesis to "Big Spender" and Advanced Dance to "Singing in the Rain." This year as a senior, I did f ootlighters and Senior Class Act. I danced with Orchesis to "Wild Thing" and with Advanced Dance to "One Singular Sensation." I will never forget all the fun times during V-Show.

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Doing burnouts in tlie paridng iot to sliow the difference between static and kinetic friction for a physics iab is my favorite memory.

Every manent on the lyfeine South stage has beaia thrill farrre. It'sdneesy, fcutthelL^Âąs, sounds, and audience k e ^ me uplifted and craving the stage more and more. Every seccnd that I ever eitertained the lyfeine South audiaices m i l alleys be a cherished memory; and every mcnent shared with those amazing actors has made me \Ah.o I am.


18 Colleges

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Hey you! Find out where Arizona

Arizona State University- Monica Melas Arizona Western College- Kristin Roebuck Universal Technical Institute- Mark Janas

California Azusa Pacific University- Jamie Tinaglia Loyola Marymount University- Tina Kuhr Otis College of Art & Design- Eva Ozon

Colorado Art Institute of Colorado (Denver)- Melina Bartolomei Colorado State University- Melanie Richter University of Colorado (Boulder)- A.J. LeBeau, Neil Sage University ofNorthern Colorado- Doug Simkins

Florida Florida Gulf Coast University- Rob Manauis University of Miami- Neal Wehman

Georgia Gerogia Institute of Technology- Bill Steiner

Illinois Augustana College- Brittany Cash, Alex Czahor, John Hughes, Mary Kwasigroch, Jessica Spitelli, Lisa Tinaglia, Jessie Weber Aurora University- Jessica Cohen Bradley University- Joshua Andersen Chicago School of Massage Therapy- Brandy White College ofDuPage- Julia Szatan Columbia College- Eva Bialecki, Carmen Londono, Dan Panek, Salena Retsos Sarah

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Southwards would like to wish all seniors the best of luck next year!

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Yunker Natahe Kowalczyk. Michael Lach, Ryan Singh, DePaul University- Jason Baljevich, Ian Beacraft, Susan Wyers Gosia Bursakowski. Alexandra Cichon, John Northern Illinois University- Lionel Chiero, Matt Chaput. George Evangelou. Cristina Falbo, Jim DeLance. Bill Dorrans. Shannon Frantz, Dan Fay, Andy Feeney, Marcin Gaio, Nicole Kane. Justin Kugler, Jon Meredith. Megan Roche, Grybalow, Isa Gwozdz, Anna Jablonowski, Kristin Runyon, Rob Sosnowski, Pat Stuckey, Wojciech Kalembasa, Aida Katanic, Theresa Jenny Wiatr, Adam Wojciechowski, Derek Losuriello, Mark Lrzeszowicz, Eleni Markos. Zakowski Greg Maslowski. Kevin McKay. Alex Michael, Northwestern University- Erika Follmer, Emily Danielle Mulligan, Ann Niski. Sarah Orlando, Liz Haak. Genevieve Kahrilas, David Liss, Sara Ortega, Christina Pilati, Chris Prezas, David Poli, Pecherek. Rebecca Poliwka, Alan Zarychta Kevin Reimer, Abby Sapp, Irena Tomova Northwestern Business College- Donna Liu Dominican University- Jennifer Bozek. Natalie Oakton Community College- Sommer Azzo, Civinelli, Alejandro Garcia, Roberta Garippo Laura Bacarella, Elaine Barnes, Neon Beecroft, Eastern Illinois University- Ashley Cuspilich, Doug Bratek, Connie Brewster, Andi Cecchini, Mike Denk, William Gianniotis, Nick Grill. Donna Denovich, Ewelina Fidowicz, Hollie Kirsten Gronset, Danielle Hildebrandt, Dan Grzenia, Kevin Jones, Andrew Hayden, Ashley Mathisen, Erin Morettes. Nicole Norman Karenke, Jackie Ljubenko, Josh Mandik, Josh Elmhurst College- Tiziana DiBenedetto, Dianna O'Brien, Tom O'Neill, Angela Parhizoar, BritFiore, Shauna Flynn. Katherine Masek, Marina tany Pearson, Joe Plewa, Liz Schimmel, Tamara Peri, Dawn Vlcek Selimi, Christopher Sherman. Melissa Skulski, Barbara Solewski, Noreen Walsh, Sara Weber, Harper College- Magdalena Wypyski Illinois Institute of Art (Schaumburg)- Russell Lauren Wells, Tim Victorine Olympia College- Elizabeth Borowinska Tagge Illinois State University- Chris Doheny, Katie Pivot Point Beauty School- Jessica King Dunn, Sara Geishecker, Paul Mazzarella, Katie Southern Illinois University (Carbondale)- J.P. Moore, Kelly O'Toole, Trevor Russell, Joe Allen, Nicole DesJardins, James Herman.| Sieczkowski, Colleen Seiwert, Elayne Store, Amanda Lounsbury Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville)Eddie Zegers, Lauren Zmija Illinois Wesleyan University- Jackie Bull, Hubert Lucia DiGioia, Meghan Slobodecki St. Francis University- Joe Szczudlo Cios, Tim Murray, Paul Teipe Trinity International University- Lauren Poierier Illinois Institute of Art (Chicago)- Joe Levand Illinois Institute of Technology- Mike Baier, An- Triton College- Amir Babula, David Frett, Marthony Gaddini, Hermenegildo Sales, Andy tin Padala, Justyna Paruch, Kathryn Politoupoulos. Jerry Schippers, Jerma Scott, Erica Swantek Weaver, Adam White ITT Technical Institute- Greg Foerster Joliet Junior College- Jessica Galante University ofIllinois (Chicago)- Carol Bartoshuk, Kendall College- Janette Lau, Matt McCluskey, Glenn Gierke, Kelly Hirsch, Piotr Kuczaj, Wanda Mae Suba Michelle Le, Matt Pudelek, Robert Panozzo, Annie Paz, Laura Szymanski, Molly Warchol, Knox College- Laura Hapeman, Matei Paun Lake Forest University- Carolyn Saltarelli, Jen- Mike Ying nifer Walchli University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)Lincoln Technical Institute- Jason Staadt Mike Baldi, James Ballard. Bart Baran, Loyola University Chicago- Kathleen Andreoni, Cassandra Bilson. Dina Bosco, Brittany Bums, Becky Banc, Magda Budziakowski, Christina Maggie Charicki. Brett Collins, Nicol Corcoran, Camacho, Adan Cien, Laura Dziubanski, Kristie Cristina Curcio, Maggie Dietlin, Anthony Holowatyj, Dave Isaac, Elizabeth Jaroszewicz, Dinvemo, Mike Falcinelli, Tom Ferguson, Dave Agnes Klepacka, Justyna Kuczaj, Pawel Green. Ken Johnson, Sarah Jordan, Beth Juiris, Lewkowski, Anna Matejczyk, Maggie Valerie Kaczmarek, Caroline Kim, Monika Pijanowski, Alina Pyzowski, Kara Ross, Renee Kopec, Zach Lynn, Claudia Mallon. Sylvia Slugocki. Stephanie Uy. Pawel Wojcik, Piotr Marciniec, Chris McCann. Paulina Mis, Cory Wojcik Mollet, Kathryn Pekara, Monica Rangel, Brian Recsetar. Ryan Rickert, Joanne Rinaldi, Bill Mitikin University- Derek Brenner Russell, Elyse Russo, Anna Sipkovsky. Morgan North Central College- Marty Abezetian Sokes, Slawomir Smolen, Anthony Szajowskjl^ North Park University- Lena Colletta Northeastern University- Shahenaz Abdelrahim, Marko Tomic, Ashley Treadway, Laurer Andriana Agase, Kevin Bogusz, Lori Buckely, Wendorf, Scott Wojteczko Justin Burton, Amanda Ciccone, Vito Cinfio. Western Illinois University- Kaitlin Butcher, Jon Jerome Corsello, Sylvia Forys, Sam Kordys, Carroll, Frank Edwards, Jamie Friel, John Haner,


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the Class of 2003 is going Susie Logsdon. Bill Lyne, Patrick McDonagh, Katie Moyer, Carolyn Olson, Kerri Plencner. Dan Prendergast, Jenny Rush, Jimmy Rosequist, Laura Sears, Jackie Swoboda Westn'ood College of Technology- Kurt Walter Wheaton College- Josh Walton

Indiana Indiana University (Bloomington}-C\ahe Bartel, Deanna Oleske, Mary Rubino, Kim Talaga Purdue University- Jaison Abraham, Dan Bisanz, Eric Bowler. Angelo Cannizzaro, Garrett Cupp, Beth Cyze, Sean Forrest, Tom Garcea, Ashley Hodges, Mike Kabat, Diana Kolettis, Tatiana Morales, Lisa Nicholas, Samantha Porada, Paulina Rabczak, Bill Truty Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology- Bob Tauber, Joe Wegehaupt University of Notre Dame- Julie Adamczyk, Joe Brutto, Megan McGuire, Justyna Susfal Valparaiso University- Kelly Doherty, Fred Rumney, Jason Strains, Allison Thallhammer, Christine Wyman

Iowa Clarke College- Scott Ciukowski Iowa State University- Sean Moran Loras College- Dom Angelo 5/. Ambrose University- Susie Carroll University of Iowa- Lauren Adam, Mark Bellen, Monica Benson, Lauran Cordaro, Tara Cordaro, Eric Epifanio, Jason Fahrenbach, Dan Floriano, Marissa Frankos, Adrienne Frederick, Matt Holihan, Katherine Kucharski, Michelle Kucharski, Lara Madden, Nicole Meihofer. Dan Roche, Stever Rogers, Cassie Sobota, Tiffany Wersching, Elizabeth White, Kevin Wolkober, Jon Ziols

Kansas University of Kansas- Lindsey Nashan

Kentucky University of Kentucky- Kenny Shotsberger

Louisiana Tulane University- Kristal Williamson

Maryland University of Maryland- Michael Raap

Massachusetts Berklee College of Music- Steve Cielinski Boston Architectural Center- Sarah Ohison , Harvard University- Neil Sherlock

Michigan Ferris State University- Kevin Crowley, Matt Schwartz Hillsdale University- Ryan Hurley

Hope College- Stephanie Allen, Lindsay Bransen, Matthew Cowie, Andrew Jarosz Kalamazoo College- Tim Bratko Michigan State University- Meghan Bennett Northern Michigan University- Devan Shah University of Michigan (Ann Arbor}Austin Gibbons

Minnesota Carleton College- Will Kruesi 5/. John's University- Peter Przekota University of Minnesota- Karin Baty, John Olson

Missouri St. Louis University- Meghan Glamer, Allison Jasinowski. Kathryn Solari Truman State University- Kathleen Dorsey University of Missouri (Columbia)- Pat Sheehan

Nebraska Creighton University- Chris Hayes

North Carolina Duke University- Katie Feireisel

New York Cornell Unviersity- LukeLaSota New York University- Agatha Bochenek Rochester Institute ofTechnologv- Breanna Dolan

New Mexico University of New Mexico- Vincent Natali

New Jersey Seton Hall University- Philip Montegna

Ohio Miami University- Chuck DiFranco, Karen Malcolm, Kevin Pick, Mark Seske, Kaitlin Wolfe Ohio State University- Megan Johnson, Jeanne Mollner Ohio Wesleyan University- Anne Clapper University of Cincinnati- Natalya Barsukova University of Dayton- Elizabeth Abezetion. Danielle Chamoun. Kevin Coffey, Nick DePilla, Amanda Johnson. Mary Kearney, Michelle Nagel

Pennsylvania Carnegie Mellon University- Tom Gonzalez Lehigh University- Kate Paine

Utah University of Utah- Tyler Battersby

Virginia University of Virginia- Jaime McKenzie College of William and Mary- Shawna Ohm

Washington University of Washington- Steffen Mirsky

Wisconsin

Carroll College- Steve Beil Carthage College-Kalhryn Fechner, David Massen, Peter Muscarello, Kathy Pankau Lawrence University- Lisa Belter, Phil Keith, Maddie Machon Marquette University- Sarah Andersen, Cindy Church, Carolyn Ellefson, Jaynee Lee Narrido, Robert Raczyla, Brendan Sullivan, Lisa Vanacora Milwaukee Institute of An <&. Design- Nicole Slaboch Milwaukee School of Engineering- Bob Klauck Mount Mary College- Marta Prokop University ofWisconsin (Madison)- Mark Anderson. Olivia Chaniewski. Camille Gitter, Mary Johnson, Magdalen Kmiec. Alex Murzanski, Nicole Nellessen, Edward Walczak University of Wisconsin (Parkside)- Kimberly Chalupa University ofWisconsin (Stevens Point)- Kenny Kisielus

United States Armed Forces U.S. Marines- John Buluran, Alex O'Connor U.S. Naval Academy- Courtney Keady, Dan Tedeschi

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Emily Haak Deanna 01e.ske Monika Bysiecki News Editors Ellen Dwyer Coitimentary Editors Kara Collins Michelle Le Features Editors Caroline Kim Sara Wolski Sports Editors Austin Gibbons Kristi Katz Production Editors Ian Beacraft Bobby Crismyre Core Photographers Kilev Borowski Allison Edgar Core Staff Artists Sara Pecherek Salena Retsos i^dvisor T.R. Kerth


20 Malu Athletes

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Maine South's 2002-2003

Tony Marc/nek Tony has had a sky-high four years of track. He is a four-year letter winner for the Hawks. He has recently broke two school records this season alone, with a 48.5 400M Dash and a pole vault of 15'3". He has received CSL All-Conference honors for the last three seasons. In his junior season he acheived All-State recognition, placing eighth in the 400M Dash. His leadership ability along with his point-scoring totals has made him one of the finest track athletes in history. He will continue on with track at the University of WisconsinLaCrosse.

Scott Wojteczko His burning emotion to succeed coupled with his love to win helped make the Hawks volleyball team what it has become. The southpaw's ability to play front row and defensive setter makes him the quality allaround player any team looks for. His power with the ball and agility around the court is an excellent combination of skills. His leadership held the team together through a very successful season, he will attend the University of Illinois.

Joe Szczudio Joe has just finished his fourth year in the baseball program. He is a two-year varsity starter and a captain on this year's team. Joe has worked extremely hard at improving his baseball skills. He is a quiet determined player who leads by example and strives to win. He was the top pitcher and one of the leading hitters his senior year. He will be a CSL All-Conference selection his senior year, and will also be nominated for various All-Area teams. Joe will be continuing his baseball career at St. Francis University. He is a positive example of dedication.

Mark Seske As he finishes up his third year on varsity gymnastics, it has been realized what an important piece the puzzle Mark was. With his excellent skills in all events, from the high bar, to the vault, to the floor, and especially the pommel horse, his skill was greatly needed. Mark received All-State honors in the pommel horse at the 200.3 State meet. Mark will be attending the Miami University of Ohio.

Dan Tedesctii As Maine South's lone three time statequalifier, Dan is one of the finest wrestlers to come out of the program. At the end of his final season he has compiled 130 victories, putting him second on the all-time list. He is an astounding leader as he provides a self-motivated and mentally tough core. He has been the team's co-captain in the 2002 and 2003 seasons. He was a three time CSL All-Conference selection. He garnered IWCOA All-Stat| honors his junior season, with a sixth place* finish Dan will be continuing his wrestling career at the U.S. Naval Academy.

WillKruesi

Will was a four-year letterman and MVP and co-captain his senior year. He received CSL All-Conference honors his junior and senior year. He also was an NISCA Academic All-American and a CSL Scholar Athlete. He qualified for state in four events and is a part of two school records. "Will has one of the finest strokes I ha^ ever seen and has been a pleasure to coacli^ He is still exploring his true potential," states Mr. Chris Deger.


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Senior

Neil Sherlock As one of the most decorated football players in Maine South history, Sherlock has led the Hawks. The team's captain and MVP earned an IHSFCA All-State selection, as well as an Academic All-State selection. He garnered the CSL Offensive Player of the Year as well as All-Conference honors. Sherlock holds the school recored for touchdowns in a seaon (25) and touchdowns in a career (32). He gained 1,997 yards of total offense while throwing for four touchdowns. The two-way starter holds a 4.6 G.PA. and ranks 16 in his class of 583. He will conitnue his football career next year at Harvard University.

Chuck DiFranco

As a three time varsity letter winner. DiFranco is one of the most superlative golfers in the program's history. He has been a consistent force for the last three years. He is always hitting in a good score to help the team. In his junior and senior season, he acl^claimed CSL All-Conerence honors. His leadership has not gone unnoticed, as each and everyday he has provided so much for the team.

Phil Keith

Through all the pain and all of the miles, Phil held strong throughout the cross country season. He was the leading force in every race but one. He was consistent in leading the hawks to the top. His leadership was unheralded, yet entirely part of the teams success. He was a CSL All-Conference runner, as well as a CSL Scholar Athlete. He acheived fourth place in conference and 30th in the hardest sectional in the state. He was this years captain and Co-MVP He will continue his running career at Lawrence University in Wisconsin in hope of becoming a Division III All-American.

Austin Gibbons Dedication: this is what personifies Austin Gibbons. The Maine South boys' crosscountry team would be lost without their fearless leader. He has been a dominating force on the varsity cross country team for the past two years. He was a CSL All-Conference athlete, as well as a Scholar Athlete. He was also named apart of the Pioneer Press All-Area Team. He will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall.

Steffan Mirsky Although it is difficult to evaluate Steffan's performance on paper, Maine South's varisty soccer team is indebted to his continuous presence as its midfielder over the past three years. His versatility has made him an invaluable part of their success. Steffan's tactical insight, uncanny anticipation, persistent defending and unremitting stamina has awarded him with honors such as IHSSCA All-Sectional Honorable Mention and the Sportsmanship Award recipient in 2(X)2. The combination of passion, intelligence, and pure talent will forever be remembered about Steffan.

Steffan Mirsky He took over the number one singles spot his junior season and never looked back. Mirsky has been the man to find on the Hawks tennis team in its recent years. He has also been the leader every coach looks for on their team. Mirsky was a CSL All-Conference his junior season. He qualified for state both his sophomore and junior years. He is nothing less than a great tennis player and a great person.


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Maine South's 2002-2003, r

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Susie Logsdon

Kim Taiaga

Susie has been very successful during her four years of track and field. In each of her first three seasons she has earned a varsity letter, CSL All-Conference honors and qualified to the IHSA State Meet. In addition to that Susie holds eight school records in a variety of running and jumping events. Her best finishes in state are 10th in the triple jump and 1 Ith in the long jump. She has been a natural leader since her freshman year and twice been a captain. Her presence will be sorely missed.She will attend Western Illinois for track.

Through the years at Maine South Kim has been an integral piece of the Maine South sports program. She has been on three sports all four years of high school. She was the co-aptain for the soccer and basketball teams, as well as a member of the cross country team. She received CSL All-Conference and Scholar Athlete honors in cross country her senior year. She was also the leading rebounder for the basketball team, as well as receiving All-Area honors. She will be attending Indiana University at Bloomington.

Susie Logsdon

Kate Paine

Susie has been in the volleyball program for four years now. She has been the team's leader for the last year. She has earned two varisty letters the past two years. Her leadership was coupled with her enthusiasm for the sport. Each and every day that carried the team further She was a CSL Scholar Athlete her senior year. Without her qualities and skill the volleyball team would not have been what it has become. She will be missed.

Kate has been a four-year letter winner, as well as a tri-captain and MVP her senior year. She was a CSL Conference and IHSA Sectional Medalist. She is a part of one school record. She is a CSL Scholar Athlete as well as NISCA Academic All-American. "Kate has come a long way, working hard these past few years. She was a model of motivation, perserverance, and a "can do' attitude," states Mr Chris Deger. She will attend Lehigh University in the fall.

Anna Sipi<ovsl<y In a very young and inexperienced tennis program, Anna served as the anchor. She provided unending leadership and enthusiasm each and every day of the season. She played both singles and doubles on and off for the team this season. She showed strong heart in each game she played, never giving in until the game had ended. She provided so much for this Hawk team and will be sorely missed. She was a CSl Scholar Athlete. Next year she will be at^ tending the University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign.

Saraii Andersen Sarah not only stretched her own abilities as a basketball player, she also stretched her team's desire to persevere during challenging times this past season. Her presence was and leadership led the team through each and every game they played. .3 Sarah was the leading scorer fpt the s e | | ^ son. She was a Pioneer Press All^^rea ^^^ lection, as well as a CSL All-Conference selection. Above all, Sarah was a CSL Scholar Athlete.


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Senior Female Athletes r Laura Hapeman As the Hawks 2003 leader, she led the Hawks deep into the state badminton series. Laura provided a deep and enthusiastic measure to the team. She was there day in and day out working hard on her skills, perfecting them for the next match. She played first singles for the team, and also played doubles at times. She will be sorely missed. She will be attending Knox .College in the comina year.

Joe Allegretti Joe Allegretti was the big man on the Hawks basketball squad, literally. He was integral force in keeping the Hawks together during this past season. Allegretti was a CSL All-Conference selection his senior year, and was the lone Hawk to represent them in the CSL ranks.Through the year Allegretti was the most consistent on the court and was their leading scorer, as well as their leading irebounder.

"On behalf of Southwards, we would like to thank all of the players, coaches, and the athletic department for their contributions. Your help has notgone unnoticed." Austin Gibbons and Kristi Katz Southwords Sports Editors

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9 Lauran Cordaro As the the Hawks 2002 co-captain, Lauran set a perfect example for those she is leaving behind. She has just finished her fourth season as a varsity runner. Her leadership and dedication to the sport have personified a true runner. She turned herself into one of the finest runners in the state. Cordaro has twice been a CSL All-Conference selection. In her senior season she was the Conference Champion. In the 2001 keasoii'she was the number two runner, but as the 2002 season began she assumed a new role as the leader of the team. She is a scholar athlete and will be attending the University of Iowa in the fall.

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Karen Malcolm

Alina was a four year member of the girls' gymnastics team. She has been on varsity for the past two years often earning excellent scores on the vault and uneven bars. Alina"s work ethic was strong on a daily basis. She was a three year role model for each girl on the team. She never sat down! She never stopped working or stopped wanting to learn . Up until regionals she was still learning new tricks on beam and bars. In three years that her coach has been coaching, she was on time to every practice. She worked with the freshman and JV squads, often making up routines. She will be greatly missed.

The Hawks 2003 season's co-captain in soccer has provided the Hawks with one of the top defenders in the state. The Chicago Tribune ranked her as one of the best. She has been a three year varsity starter and her heart and leadership are unmatched by her opponents. She received CSL All-Conference honors in the 2002 and 2003 seasons. She also garnered All-Sectional honors in each of the past two seasons as well. She has given her talent and skill for the Hawk team for three years and has been nothing less than one of the more rermarkable players in the school's history.


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SPORTS Senior Issue 2002-2003: MVPs for each sport • Male & Female Senior Athletes of the Year

Boys' Senior Athlete

Neil Sherlock

Football:

Participation: 1,2,3,4 Varsity letter: 3,4 Captain: 4 MVP: 4 All Conference: 4 All-State {8A): 4

Track: Participation: 1,2,4 Varsity Letter: 4 •Part of school record breaking 4x400M Relay that ran a 3:20.3, which beat the old record of 3:21.7.

Girls' Senior Athlete

Susie LogsdonVolleyball Participation: 1,2,3,4 Varsity Letter: 3,4 Captain: 4

Gymnastics Participation: 2 Varsity Letter: 2

Track

• A four-time CSL All-Conference Athlete. • A four-time IHSA State Qualifier in Track and Field. • Tenth and eleventh place finish in the triple and long jumps at the IHSA state track finals.

Participation: 1,2,3,4

Varsity Letter: 1,2,3,4 All-Confemce: 1,2,3,4 Captain: 3,4

• She is the holder of eight school records, including the indoor and outdoor triple jump marks. • The lone state qualifier of this year's track and field team.

•An IHSFCA 8A All-State Selection. •Chicago Tribune 2nd Team AllState. •Academic All-State. •CSL Offensive Player of the Year. •Holds school record for most touchdowns in one season (25). •Holds the career record for most touchdowns in a career (32). •Gained 1,997 yards of total offense.


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