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by Monika Bysiecki After September 11, 2001, the United States fell into mourning. The events that occurred that day did not only upset New Yorkers and people living in Washington D.C., but they had saddened and disturbed us all. Many Park Ridge families had relatives or friends who died as a result of the suicide missions. Because of the impact those events had on the residents on Park Ridge, the city planted two elm trees as a tribute to the deceased to show that they have not been forgotten. One tree was planted by the North Side Fire Station at Oakton and Greenwood Avenues. The South Side Fire Station on Devon and Cumberland was the site where the second tree was planted. Along with that tree, a plaque that told the history of the Liberty Tree was mounted. "The tree being planted was named after our country's first symbol of freedom, the Liberty Tree. The memorial will have a bench on which visitors may sit and contemplate the freedoms which we hold so dear," comments Park Ridge Fire Chief Ed Dubowski. The Elm Research Institute in Westmoreland, New Hampshire, a nonprofit organization, provided the disease resistant six to eight foot tall American elm trees to Park Ridge and 99 other cities in the United States, so that each community could


show their respects to the victims that died on that infamous day. They city paid $300 for the memorial and the institute matched

drawing by Selina Retsos the contribution. The ceremony at which the memorial was officially unveiled took place at 4 p.m. at the South Side Fire Station on the oneyear anniversary of the attack. The Park Ridge Fire Explorer Post 3536, a group of young adults who are strongly considering

fire fighting as a career, began the ceremony by presenting the flag. Then, Mayor Ron Wietecha, Police Chief Jeff Caudill, and Fire Chief Ed Dubowski addressed the residents in regards to the newly erected memorial. The plaque, commemorating the deceased, reads: "Liberty Tree Memorial planted in honor of those who lost their lives in the tragic events on September 11, 2001. The American Liberty elm was named after 'The Liberty Tree,' our country's First Symbol of Freedom. On August 14, 1765, Boston awakened to discover two effigies suspended from an elm tree in protest of the ' hated Stamp Act. From that day forward, it became known as 'The Liberty Tree.' It stood witness to countless meetings and celebrations and became the rallying place for the Sons of Liberty. In August 1775, as a last act of violence prior to their evacuation of Boston. British soldiers cut it down because it bore the name 'Liberty.'" As the United States reflects on the e v t ^ ^ that happened on September 11, we r e a l l ^ r that liberty is what we are still fighting for 230 years later. Although we are not fighting the British but the Taliban, many things are still the same. We are standing up for our rights, just like we did in the 18th century. And, like in the 18th century, we have paid for it with blood.

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September 13, 1788 - New York City becomes the capitol of the United States. September 13. 1906 - T h e first airplane flight in Europe takes place. September 13. 1940 - Mussolini invades Egypt. September 13, 1942 -German forces attack Stalingrad. September 13, 1949 - T h e Ladies' Pro Golf Association is formed in New York City. September 13. 1961 —An unmanned Mercury capsule is orbited and recovered by NASA. September 13. 1965 - The Beatles release the song "Yesterday." September 13,1993 - Because Yasir Arafat, leader of Palestine Liberation Organization, renounces the use of terrorism. Yitzhak Rabin, Israel's Prime Minister, agrees to begin peace negotiations.




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Athletic Hall of Fame by Ellen Dwyer On September 14,2002. Maine South is inducting Dick Davis. Tom Kerth. Jim Lonergan. and Bob Inserra into the Athletic Hall of Fame. This award honors coaches, athletic administrators, and trainers who have made exceptional contributions to Maine South Athletics. Each inductee's career has consisted of professional leadership and integrity. They have displayed values of Hawk Pride in their contributions to his or her sport, individual athletes, and Maine South. Dick Davis has served as an assistant and head ba.seball coach for twenty years. After his retirement from teaching in 1987. he coached baseball for four more years. He offered his skill as a football coach for eleven seasons. An all-around dedicated member of the Maine South athletic staff, Dick Davis" contributions go beyond records and trophies. Managing to stay positive through the challenges of family losses, he taught his players commitment, inner strength, and resolve in the face of adversity. After five seasons as an assistant coach for softball and boys' soccer, Tom Kerth switched his focus over to the newly created girls' soccer program. As an assistant coach for the first eight years of girls' soccer in Illinois, Mr. Kerth helped guide the Hawks to three unofficial state championships, and in 1989, a second place finish in the first official IHSA State Tournament. He has been head coach of the Hawks for the past twelve seasons. His teams have captured nine CSL titles in the past eleven seasons, made three Elite Eight appearances, and accumulated over two hundred victories. Under Tom Kerth's guidance, Maine South received the Team Sportsmanship Award at the 1999 State Finals. He has served as an IHSA Sectional Coordinator in soccer for the past five years, and has received the Illinois Region Three Coach of the Year honor three times in the 1990s. Mr. Kerth has taken fourteen teams abroad as a member of the Stars 'n Stripes international soccer program. Tom Kerth is a true advocate for girls' soccer. Jim Lonergan has made many contributions in both girls' and boys' sports. Starting in the girls' volleyball program at Maine South, his team was ranked in the Tribune's Top Ten in 1981. As an assistant coach, the Hawks advanced to Super-Sectionals last season. In boys' track, he has coached-twenty one IHSA state meet qualifiers in four different events. Mr. Lonergan founded the Illinois Pole Vault Coaches Association, initiated an IHSA rule change for safety, and played an important role in getting the IHSA to include pole vaulting for girls as a sanctioned event. Since the early 1990's, he has worked national vaulting clinics with world record-holders and officiated at Big Ten and Conference USA championships. He has been awarded the 1998 Assistant Coach of the Year. As the founder and initiator of these significant athletic achievements, Jim Lonergan's outstanding leadership is unmistakable. Father to seven Maine South alumni. Bob Inserra was an active member of the Hawk Boosters for 25 years, serving as a board member for six years and the Booster President from 1983 through 1985. He helped the emerging girls" sports programs gain equality within the Hawk Boosters, and as President, he started the soliciting of advertisers for the fall sports program to raise money for all of Hawk athletics. He is a perfect example of a Friend of Hawk Athletics because of his devotion and enthusiasm to want to help out. He has volunteered to run the scoreboard and clock for freshman football, refereed junior-varsity games, served as the team photographer for football and both girls" and boys' basketball, and has even led the crowd in the singing of the National Anthem. Throughout his battle with cancer, he has drawn strength from his devotion to the sports program at Maine South. Bob Inserra is the epitome of a true friend of Hawk athletics.

Maine Township College Night Maine Township College will again be held at Maine South High School this year. It will take place Thursday, September 19, 2002 from 7 to 9pm. Some colleges that will attend are Aurora University, Cargnegie Mellon University, Dartmouth, DePaul, DeVry, Elmhurst College, Kalamazoo College, Oakton Community College, Purdue, St. Xavier, Trinity, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Washington University. These are just a few of the colleges that are going to attend 200 colleges in all will be represented. There will also be two Financial Aid Information seminars held in the auditorium. Since this is a district event, there will be many people there, carpooling or riding the bus is suggested. The school recommends: • Bringing a writing utensil. • Making labels with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, high school name, possible major or extra curricular interests. It maximizes the amount of time a student will have to browse schools instead of spending all of their time writing down personal information. • Having a list of prosf)ective schools. • Preparing questions for those prospective colleges. All sophomores, juniors, and undecided seniors are strongly recommended to attend the Maine Township College Night.

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Game Review

Game of all games hy Deanna Oleske As a wee freshman I tended to gossip with my friends about who did the what with who and what detrimental thing happened ("His mom walked in and I screamed and she screamed and..."). Being a sophomore did not change much - the same old gossip and self absorbed conversations, but this time they consisted of who was beating up who where and when. Teachers wanted to do nothing with our lowly kind. Irritating them was easy with note passing and threats screamed down the hallway to an oblivious character. Non-stop pointless chatter made those educators want to reconsider their career choices. Junior year rolled around and those once freshman and sophomore gossip turned into worriment about a whole barrel full of standardized tests and college searching. Concern was in the voice of being a junior. However, stopping by in the morning or after school to talk to a teacher was no longer "un-cool." A great conversation with a mentor on life seemed to give those juniors direction. Suddenly. I am a senior. Life has gotten so much more interesting. I am feeling very adult-like with the great conversations about life, career, and school. I am getting sucked into these conversations about the future. Teachers are interested in the senior-adult-like-manner before second semester rolls around. There is still the occasional gossip but that no longer matters. I feel more important, more composed, more grown up, more ready to face the issues of the present and the future. I am feeling the need to go out and converse with my f>eers and ponder about life over a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. I want to just talk and be amazed by them and their passion to succeed. Talk to your peers, even the ones you have not seen since middle school, and watch before your eyes as they morph into young adults with futures and goals. You may have a great conversation that you will never forget.

by Sara Pecherek In late July, released "Fiefdom," a new game on the Internet. This game is tough. It requires strategy and a little bit of creativity, but once you get the hang of it, it can be very addictive and fun. The main point of the game is to build up your "fiefdom" by acquiring large amounts of land, either from fellow players or from any unclaimed land. The first thing you have to do is create a user-name and pick a realm in which to play. Then, you must name your "fiefdom," which is like your country. You are responsible for taking care of your serfs and the military, and avoiding conquest by other players. You start off with a certain acreage of land that yields a certain amount of grain which is used to feed the serfs. The serfs are the primary source of revenue, and the money you collect from them is used to pay for the military. In order to keep serf morale high, you must feed them well and keep reasonable tax rates. If the morale sinks too low, they will cause riots and may rob your bank, and if you do not feed them enough-they will starve. Your serfs are the heart of your nation and they require care. Even though you may have land, the grain that comes from it and the gold you collect from your serfs may not be sufficient to support your nation. That is why the world bank and world market are used. You can buy and sell food, or borrow gold, which will be paid back with interest. Your crop yield will im-

prove if you give gold to the "agricultural innovation" section. The crop yield also depends on the weather, which is subject to natural disasters. Overpopulation is also a problem, and there is only one way to fix it: conquer more land. The military is the most important tool you have at your disposal in your "fiefdom," and because of that you must build it up and take care of it. The army protects your land against attacks, and is used to gain more land for y o u r "fiefdom." There are several different methods of attack to use in military oper| tions, and ydl can develop military innovations like catapults and armor, which aid you in attack and defense by giving gold. Another highlight of the game is the ability to make treaties with other players and join world pacts, where several nations band together. In such treaties you receive defense, offer a percentage of your troops to other nations who need help, and you can draw on their forces for a massive offensive against another player. Treaties are essential for playing this game, but due to the obligations they carry, sometimes they can bring you down. Overall, this game is really fun and interesting, but highly addictive. Luckily, there is a turn limit per day, usually 10 or 25. If you normally like strategy games or war games, you will like "Fiefdom," guaranteed.

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by Kara Collins "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America." There is no doubt that all of you recognize these words as the first line of the Pledge of Allegiance. However, did you know that everyone is supposed to be reciting the entire Pledge of Allegiance in homeroom everyday? Over the summer, on July 3, Governor George H. Ryan signed Senate Bill 1634, asking all students in secondary schools that are run in some part by the government to recite the pledge daily. Elementary schools used to be the only schools that required the Pledge said each school day. There is a slight problem with this new Bill. It and current Illinois law do not have any penalties for not reciting the Pledge of


Allegiance. It is not even mandatory that everyone say it. This new bill sounds like a mere suggestion to me. The reasoning behind passing the law is that reciting the Pledge makes you more patriotic. I believe there are many other ways to be patriotic. We have many rules that are not enforced at Maine South and now we even have the Illinois Senate passing laws that have no penalty for violating them. At Maine South you are supposed to get a pass to class if you are late, wear your ID's at all times and wear school appropriate clothes. These rules are only randomly enforced. Our administration and our state government need to stop creating new rules and laws if they are not going to enforce them. Otherwise, what is the point?


by Michelle Le This is a movie worth seeing if you are a fan of Jennifer Aniston or in the mood for a disturbing , but moving story. The girl we know as "Rachael" on Friends decides to drop her humrous role and go for a dramatic and troubled character. The Good Girl is about a local food mart emloyee who seems to be going through a mid-life crisis. Justine hates her job, which she has been working at for as long as she can remember, is greeted every night by a husband who paints houses and comes home early just to smoke, and she doesn't seem to have many good friends in which to confide. Because of all this she turns to the new young employee to help her escape her problems. She learns that Holden. the boy, unfortunately, isn't the best route. As their relationship grows stronger, issues arise between her and her coworkers, husband, and even the police. The plot thickens when Holden becomes so obsessed becuase he now has Justine, who




'a "h's become a habit for me every year, so il doesn't really make a difference."


makes his life worth living, that he becomes suicidal when Justine tries to break it off for the sake of her marriage. Movie directors took these serious issues, and added a little humor, to lighten things up a bit. If you liked American Beauty, you will enjoy The Good Girl. Publicity has done its job well, in winning my decision to view The Good Girl. One critic even said that Jennifer Aniston would be a "shoo-in" for the Oscars, and that the movie was "laugh-out-loud funny." I, however, ws dissapointed when I saw the movie. Not only was it not as funny as the newpapers reported, but 1 was very close to leaving halfway through the film. This is one of those movies I would have saved for a Blockbuster night, not for a Friday night date. Aniston is one of my favorite actresses, and she's great in any comedy. I'd love to give Jennifer four stars, but I give The Good Girl, two out of four stars.

"I'm happy to recite the pledge because it is not only a sign or respect and pride for our country, but it is symbolic of who we are a Americans." -Ashley Treadway, '03

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"It's so stupid, why do they make us do it?." - Kate Funkhouser, •05


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'"I don't have any problem with il, 1 think it helps bring us together." -Kyle Bette


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—Student Opinion —

Summit car boot craz^ by Lauren Adam It is a do-nothing summer day, and my friend and I are driving about the town of "Action Ridge" because traffic outside the Park Ridge bubble is awful. We cannot get to the movies, we cannot get to a mall, and even Portillo's seems like an unrealistic destination. But all is not lost. Before we succumb to four o'clock prime-time television, there is a stop we can make: Cingular Wireless. So, we pull into Summit Square shopping center and park. Moving towards Cingular Wireless, I remember thati needed to pick up a rubber ducky, so we change direction and walk a few more feet to the Littlest Angel Shoppe located on Summit Avenue, just down from Planet Smoothie. Half an hour later we leave the store with my rubber ducky in hand. Back on track to Cingular Wireless, we turn the comer, and wouldn't you know itthere is big clamp on the wheel of our car. Yep, you guessed it: a car boot! As we gawk at the tire, a young man approaches us asking if this is, by chance, our car. "Why yes it is," I answer, "and would you mind telling me what this thing is on our tire?" He then explains in an all too practiced and perfected dialogue how we were viewed leaving the summit square shopping cen-

ter, heading west, and thus breaking the rule that to park in Summit Square you must be patronizing Summit Square stores. All the while he is gesturing to this atrocious sign beside us listing the rules. He then calmly tells me that a tow truck is on the way and ±at it will cost me ninety dollars to have

the truck cancelled and the boot removed. I attempt to argue that this store is part of the Summit Square shopping center since it is on Summit Avenue, but apparently it is not part of the center as specified on the monstrous sign. My argument now concerns not the specifications, of which stores are in Summit Center or the ninety dollars I just lost, but the way in which this new system was instigated. Not only did the attendant, no doubt smiling, watch us unknowingly

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leave "Summit shopping boundaries," but he was inexcusably smug about the whole affair. Not that he can be blamed entirely but Park Ridge can. Nothing in this town changes, nothing besides the number of Starbucks and Subways we have, and now something like these parking regulations have changed in a day. The old, rusted, and faded parking signs in Summit shopping center have been ignored at least since my birth. No one pays any attention to them or to their warnings, and it has never been a problem thus creating the assumption that this restriction has long since ended leaving only meaningless signs behind. Something this drastic should be advertised and warned. It should be in our paper instead of the story of a boy chasing a butterfly. There should be a week lee-way in which the word will undoubtedly get around, because word always does. At the very least it should not cost me ninety q | ^ ^ lars! ^ ^ I no longer park in summit shopping center because I am too afraid of tripping over some decided boundary and paying another ninety dollars. I will park anywhere else but. Perhaps if we all did the same, they would think twice before attacking their own customers.

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New members of the Maine South faculty Beth Ann Ball

George Dagres

Beth Ann Ball currently teaches Plane Once it was time to return to working, Geometry, Advanced Algebra, and Trigo- she wanted to become a teacher So, she went nometry. She is new to the teaching field back to school to get a teacher certification. and had previously done her Currently, she is finishing her study for a clinical and student teaching N master's degree in mathematics here. Ms. Ball loved the en- ' help students carry at Northeastern Illinois Univervironment and knew she over the logic and sity, and will complete it by the would enjoy teaching here as problem- solving end of this semester. well. Her primary goal, she states, techniques... into is to help students learn to carry Her bachelor's degree was earned in Chemical Engineer- solving problems... over the logic and problem-solving from Northwestern Uni- in their daily lives" ing techniques they use in math versity and she worked as a class into solving problems they chemical engineer for the encounter in their daily lives. eneral Electric Company in various loca- Her other interests include being outside, tions in the United States. When her three and particularly playing tennis or golf. children were young, Ms. Ball took a leave Other hobbies include cooking and reading. from her career to stay at home with them.

Stephanie Bennet

Daun Biewenga

Stephanie Bennet works in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department, teaching four classes of Clothing and one of Foods I. She chose to become a part of the teaching staff at Maine South because she heard so many wonderful things about the school district. Ms. Bennet has a fashion degree from Illinois State University and returned there to obtain her teacher certification in family and consumer sciences. Last fall, she was a substitute teacher for grades K-12 and student-taught / s last spring in "/ am very Naperville. Her excited to be expectations here teaching here. I are high for each and every stu- ^^ ^ dent.. Ms. Bennet says, "'I have tons of teaching goals, expectations, and high hopes about being at Maine South. I am very excited to be teaching here."

Daun Biewenga is the new Science Department Chair and teaches one class of Chemistry II. She chose to come to Maine South because of her interest in becoming the department chair. She had "/ really apprecibeen working ate all the help that at West, where I have been she taught chemistry and offered." math. In the past, Ms. Biewenga attended the University of Illinois at Urbana. Ms. Biewenga hopes to meet as many people as possible at Maine South and says. "Everyone I have met so far has given me a very warm welcome, and I really appreciate all of the help that I have been offered." She is extremely excited to dive into the new school year.

George Dagres is the new Dean of Students (A-G). He was drawn to Maine South for its strong academic and athletic programs. He was also Dean of Students at Libertyville High School, where he "One to had coached meet and get to wrestling and know the students football. Prior to and staff..." that, he had taught Chemistry and Math, and coached football and wrestling at York High School. One goal he has as a dean is to meet and get to know the students and staff here at Maine South.

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Getting to know the* Katie D w y e r Alexis Liakakos B e t h IVietke Katie Dwyer (soon to be Mrs. Kaye) recently graduated from Elmhurst College, majoring in History Education. At Maine South, she teaches U.S. History, Government, and Current Affairs. In addition, she is an experienced politician and campaign manager. Ms. Dwyer is the youngest elected official in Cook County, and managed her own campaign. She offers her political expertise to students who are interested in running for political office.

Ms. Liakakos is teaching Biology this year. She graduated from Augustana College last year, and began as a substitute teacher at Maine South. She came to Maine South because a faculty membere here at

"I'm looking forward to a fantastic year and hope to experience lots of Maine South traditions." V

Heather Ehringer Ms. Ehringer teaches a variety of classes, including those of Family and Consumer Sciences and Applied Arts Technology. She came to Maine South after teaching for three years at Grayslake High School. Ms. Ehringer was drawn to Maine South because of its exceptional esteem, and is excited to be here. She is also excited to meet members of the staff and student body.

Ms. Metke is a new addition to the Family and Consumer Science Department this year. She teaches Child Development, School Age child, and Consumer Education couses. She came to Maine South because she taught at Maine West and she met a lot of people in the Family and Consumer Science Department throughout the district. She liked the program that the district offers and thus decided to stay within the district. Her past experiences with child care


this school reported great things about the school to her. Ms. Liakakos filled in for Ms. Schwann, who had a baby last spring. Her thoughts on the rest of the year were bright, "I'm looking forward to a fantastic year and hope to experience lots of Maine South traditions." Ms. Liakakos is truly enthusiatic about the school year. Besides being a member of the Maine South faculty, Ms. Liakakos loves to travel and be outdoors. She spent two weeks in Greece this past summer.

She hopes to "bond with her students" this year. are many. Ms. Metke was a day care teache^^^ a school age director at YMCA, and a r e ^ B ferral director at a work life consulting firm. She hopes that she will form a bond with her students, and that they will learn to enjoy Family and Consumer Sciences as much as she does. She also hopes that her students will learn not only from what is taught in the classroom, but also from her experiences.

Ann Heltzel Joel Matter Glenn Olson Ann Heltzel teaches Algebra II for Freshmen. She hopes to give her students a solid foundation in algebra so that they will enjoy future math classes. Ms. Heltzel enjoys many aspects of Maine South, including the supportive and impressively proficient staff as well at the students. In fact, she says that they are her favorite facet of Maine South, acknowledging that she loves their bright attitudes and enthusiasm. Prior to coming to Maine South, Ms. Heltzel had taught Geometry in Wheaton and was a systems analyst for both Harris Bank and United Airlines. Her college education includes a B.S. in Computer Science from DePaul University, and she is currently completing her Masters Degree in Education at National Louis University.

Mr. Joel Matter is the associate director of bands. He will work with all band activities and will be directing one of the jazz bands this year. Mr. Matter will also teach two guitar classes. He applied for the teaching position at Maine South after attending a spring Pops Concert. It was then he exclaimed, "I was impressed with all of the bands' performances and introduced myself to Mr. Pressler that night!" Mr. Matter recently graduated from Illinois State University and briefiy taught in School District 81 at Lincoln Middle School in Schiller Park, Illinois. Mr. Matter is very excited for the school year and has specific goals for this year: the continued growth of the band program and an increased level of musicianship in every student.

Mr. Olson is a physical education teacher and is also an assistant sophomore football coach here at Maine South. He has been coaching basketball, baseball, and football in District 207 for the past three years. Mr. Olson had wanted to be a part of the district full time, so he decided to join the teaching staff in addition to his coaching positions. Mr. Olson recently graduated from Northeastern University. His plans for the future are to continue teaching health and physical education for a long time here at Maine South, and to eventually becon^^^^ a varsity basketball or baseball coach. H ^ ^ is extremely excited for this school year and is thrilled to be at Maine South. He has many aspirations for both himself and his students.

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additions to tiie staff... Tim Pappageorge

Tim Pappageorge is the new English Department Chair. Previously, he had taught English for ten years. He welcomes students to see him concerning any English Department questions. His office is in room CI32.

*'/ am excited to work with the stellar English teachers..." V —y In addition, he's a Park Ridge resident with Hawk pride and vivacity. He says "I am excited to work with the stellar English teachers at Maine South, and I'm proud to be a Hawk!"

students, an Orchestra Board has been added to the Maine South Orchestra program in order to increase the student's spirit and pride. Outside of the Maine South orchestra, Ms. Pascal was on Bold and the Beautiful last Summer She also spent the past Summer in the Henry Mancini Orchestra where she played music from a Simpson's episode and did a concert where Kevin Spacey was the emcee. Another interesting event she partook in was a week spent in a wheelchair in order to protest Northwestern's campus not being fully handicap accessible. Ms. Pascal is going to be a wonderful addition to the Fine Arts Department faculty here at Maine South, and has fresh ideas for the orchestra.

Scott Tanaka

Mr. Scott Tanaka is a math teacher and will be helping with the varsity basketball program. He decided to come to Maine South because of its rich academic and athletic tradition. He wants to 'influence as many young minds academically and personally as possible.' In the past, Mr. Tanaka taught for two years at Illinois State while obtaining his masters degree, and taught

He wants to "influence as tnany young minds academically and personally as possible."

Rebecca Pascal Barb Rleger Ms. Pascal is the new orchestra director Wd\ Maine South. When she found out that there was a job opening at Maine South, she called right away to be considered as a candidate. She wanted to teach for Maine South because the school is well-known throughout Illinois for having an outstanding orchestra. Pascal graduated from Northwestern in 2002 and represented her class at her graduation as a student speaker. She looks forward to working with the students. She has always wanted to be a teacher and is thrilled to have the opportunity to make music with students. With her help and that of

Not included in this biography: Georgia Giannakopoulos William Greenwald Jim Szymczak David Vassallo Compiled by Veronica Katz and Caroline Kim based on individual responses from the new staff members.

Ms. Rieger works in the Fine Arts Department as an Oral Communications teacher and Assistant Speech Team Coach. She is proud to be here, and is especially excited to coach Maine South's excellent Speech Team. The

She "jumped at her chance" to become...a faculty member. door of opportunity was opened to Ms. Rieger at a Fine Arts Assessment meeting, when Mr. Muszynski mentioned that there was an opening for a teacher in the Maine South Fine Arts Department. Upon hearing this, she jumped at her chance to become a Maine South faculty member. Before coming to Maine South, Ms. Rieger taught drama at the Kinzie School in Chicago, where she directed four shows every year. Ms. Rieger has also worked with numerous deaf and special education students at Kinzie. She has a degree in Deaf Education and Theatre from Illinois State University. She also has a Master's Degress in Education. In addition, she is a singer and has done a lot of professional theatre. Ms. Rieger's vast experience and knowledge will be a valuable asset to the Maine South Fine Arts Department.

for a year at Heartland Community College. Then for the 1999-2000 school year, he taught and coached at Oswego High School. For the past two years, he did the same at Mount Carmel High School. An interesting side note is that he lived in Hawaii for the majority of his life and loves to surf.

Hey you! Equinox is Maine South's literary magazine. It includes photographs, poems, sketches and other creative interpretations. Equinox has been very successful in past years due to the many student submissions that the magazine receives. If you are interesting in having your work published in Equinox, you may submit it to the magazine through your English Department teacher. If you have any questions, contact Beth Gorskie, editor-in-chief of Equinox. The magazine could always use your submissions!

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souTi iwoRDs • .si:nT:MBi:R 13.2002

Living up to high expectation^ by Jay Ziols Coming into the beginning of the boys" soccer season, the Hawks were immediately hit with high expectations receiving a #10 pre-season ranking in the Chicago Tribune. The pressure was now on the talented group heading into a very difficult tournament at Harrington High School. In their first game of the season against a well-respected and physical team from Libertyvillc, the Hawks found themselves tied halfway through the match, but the 0-0 score wouldn't last long. A perfect cross from defender Kevin Aumiller allowed Zach Bachmeir to blast a shot past the Libertyville goalkeeper and give the Hawks a 1 -0 lead. Later in the half, the Hawks struck again on a pass from Jay Ziols to a wide-open Mark Anderson in the middle. Anderson received the ball, took his time, and placed it into the goal. That's all the Hawks would need as the game ended in a 2-0 victory. Kenny Johnson also helped by delivering a shutout performance. The win took some pressure off the Hawks as they headed into their second game the following morning. Up against a top 20-ranked team from Lake Zurich, the Hawks found themselves in a similar spot, tied halfway through the match. Once again, the Hawks came out with a full head of steam in the second half Jeff Weiner was first to strike; delivering a shot the Lake Zurich goalkeeper was helpless against, giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead. Minutes later, Bobby Klauck's long throw

in from the sideline caught the Lake Zurich defense off-guard as Kevin Riemer crept through the defense unmarked and put a shot into the back of the net giving the Hawks a 2-0 lead. Mark Anderson would once again provide his services by placing a shot past the goalkeeper to give the Hawks a comfortable .^-0 lead. Kenny Johnson and Brandon Simmons also helped out, providing a combined shutout victory. Later that night the Hawks took on the host of the tournament from Barrington High School. Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Hawks couldn't find the back of the net in the second half and fell 1-0 in their first loss of the season. The disappointment was short lived however, when they found out their 2-1 record was good enough to put them in the championship game Monday night against a highly talented team from Geneva High School. The championship game was an absolute thriller. In front of a rowdy crowd of Maine South students, the Hawks battled hard against a great Geneva team for two scoreless halves and two draining sudden death overtime periods. One hour and forty minutes of soccer went by, the score remained a 0-0 tie. The game was to be decided in penalty kicks. After a round of five thrilling penalty kicks for each team, the Hawks still found themselves in a dead tie with their opponent. It was then time for sudden death penalty kicks. The first round of penalty

kicks went 3-3, the game was still undecided. It seemed like the suspense would never end. The fourth man to in the sudden death shootout was Jay Zukanovic. To the juniors on the squad, it was last year all over again. In the very same tournament, the sophomore team last year went into penalty kicks against the same team from Geneva. Zukanovic hit a heart stopping shot off the post that went all the way across to the other side of the goal that barely went in. He would continue his heart stopping ways once again as he pulled off the exact same shot off the post and into the goal to keep the Hawks alive. After that, the team could only rely on Kenny Johnson. After draining his penalty kick into the back of the net, all he needed to do was stop the next shot to win the game. It turned out he wouldn't have to, as the very next player from Geneva sailed one over the cross bar to give the Hawks a win and the Championship title in the Barrington Tournament. Kenny John^^^ was absolutely phenomenal in the g a i ^ ^ racking up 15 saves throughout the night. After a tournament victory under their belt, the Hawks can now look forward to a very challenging regular season, including a game against returning state champions and #1 ranked Sandburg. The Hawks are off to an amazing start and are looking to continue this trend in the next week against Palatine and Maine East.

B a c k in t h e s\A/ing

by Kristi Kat. The girls' golf team is back in swing, driving farther and shooting lower than ever before. But those long drives and low scores didn't appear out of thin air; the girls have been putting in overtime on the links. For the first time ever, Maine South has its own girls' golf team. For the past three years Maine South combined with both Maine West and East to form the golf team, but this year there was enough interest for Maine South to split from the other two schools. The team is led by returning varsity players, senior Erin Morettes. and juniors Kristi Katz and Dana Tourloukis. Joining the varsity squad are some talented freshmen in Katie Katz and Melissa Miller, along with

sophomore Meredith Wisniewski. Coach Hamann is hoping that the enthusiasm of the newcomers and the experience of the veterans will be a winning combination. The team has endured many late-night practices, in preparation for the short, but intense season. The loss of six seniors from last year's team didn't seem to affect the girls at their first meet of the season against Rolling Meadows. TTie Hawks were victorious with a 205- 209 upset over the Mustangs. Leading the way for the Hawks was Kristi Katz with the low score of the day, 40. Freshman Katie Katz came off the course with a smile on her face and a 50 on her scorecard, the team's second lowest score. Rounding off

the Hawks' 205 was Tourloukis with a 53, and Miller with a 62. The girls were not as successful at their first conference meet the next day. The Hawks fell to their conference rivals Glenbrook North in an upsetting loss. Despite the upset the team is looking toward the future and gearing up for their first home meet at Willowhill Golf Club against the Glenbrook South Titans. Also on the Hawks' schedule for this season is a n ^ ^ k against the defending state champions. ^ ^ Trier With many long nights ahead, the Hawks are thinking straight through the season and looking to succeed all the way to the end.

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Straight from the gun A strong start is essential to a good season in any sport. The boys' cross-country team has opened with a mediocre start. The Hawks are looking to pack it up and take it to the big meets in the near future. Team captains Phil Keith, Austin Gibbons, and Chris Mitchell have been leading the team through weeks of hard work preparing them for the main meets. On August 24, the varsity boys team took on the varsity boys from up to and including twenty-five years ago. With people returning from the classes of '75 and '77. The Alumni have dominated the Annual Alumni

Run in years past, but this year the actual varsity boys took the trophy. With Keith winning the race with a strong opening time of 15:35 on the 2.85-mile course, it set up the rest of the team for a victory. Gibbons followed close behind in third, in 15:58. Lee Camarano, Henry Lifton, and Mike Verre, followed it up with fifth, sixth, and ninth place finishes, respectively. After 11 years of trying the young varsity boys' took the trophy for the first time since 1991. Almost a week later, the Hawks were back to work. They headed off to Maine West to face the always-bitter rivals in the

District 207 meet. As it turned out, a Maine South runner was the only one who knew the course, leading a pack of about twenty people back on the course. The Hawks suffered a close loss at the hands of the Warriors. With Keith leading the way, followed by Camarano, Gibbons, Lifton, and Brian Ruder. Last weekend the Hawks traveled to the power-packed Lyons Invitational, where they took on teams such as Lyons, Sandburg, and Marist. The Hawks travel to Niles West on Tuesday, September 17 and is facing off with New Trier in the near future.

by Caroline Kim The girls" tennis season is now well under way. After last season's tremendous record of second place in state, the varsity team looks forward to another successful season. The only returning player is Vanessa ^Kaegi. Thus, the majority of the team, in:luding the coach. Coach Rosencrans, is new this year. The new varsity players are Julie Adamczyk, Annie Berndtson, Christine Dwyer, Ellen Dwyer, Kathleen Hayes, Genevieve Kahrilas, Kathryn Koralik, Axie

Russell, Anna Spikovsky, and Alison Thalhammer. The first meet was an invitational at New Trier where the team faced a demanding competition against powerhouses such as New Trier and Lyons. There were over 10 teams there, but Maine South only played 4 matches against Lyons, New Trier, Evanston, and Mother McCauley. Mother McCauley was unfortunately the only win, but the team persevered very well to the end.

A noted highlight was Chris Dwyer who played first singles for the first time during her 3rd and 4th matches. She won both rounds and her performance was impressive. Coach Rosencrans noted, "Our team has the ability, maturity, intensity, and desire to compete with any team. It's a fun and exciting team to watch and is comprised of mature, committed players who clearly love the sport as well as the camaraderie that comes with the team."

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Sep 16.

S e p . 17 @ Niles West 4:30PM

vs. York 4:30PM


(s> Maine East 4:30PM

vs. Palatine 4:30PM


Sophomore Hawk Invite

Boys' Golf

A Zion-Benton Invite


@ Buffalo Grove Invite vs. Maine East 4:30PM


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vs. Niles North 2:00PM


Boys' Soccer


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Cross Country


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Baseball • Softball • Outdoor Track • Badminton • Girls' Soccer • Boys' Gymnastics • Boys' Volleyball

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•Heffi bv Jenny Heffeman m^^ "Runners take your mark, set... BANG!" On a similar note, the girls' cross-country season has started. In training since June, these Lady Hawks are excited about going up against the competition. After a terrific stint last year as conference champions, sectional competitors, and state qualifiers, they have a lot to live up to, but remain undaunted. With another year of coaching from Mr. George Gabauer, Ms. Jill Ladendorf, and Mrs. Jen Reese, the fast girls feel very prepared for the grueling competition ahead. Such comp)etition includes the conference dual meets, several invitationals, and an exciting trip to Peoria in mid-September. For this meet, the top runners will travel to the site where the state finals are held for a prestigious invitational against quite a few well-ranked teams.

^^m^^^ Hopefully, this challenge will help them practice for a second consecutive run at the state finals. Veteran runners and newcomers alike are in for many challenges this year, in addition

to fierce competition. One such obstacle is the new IHSA standard of 3.0 miles for all races. This is a substantial jump from previous years, in which JV ran 2 miles and var-

sity ran 2.5 miles. With a great squad of runners, the Hawks are convinced that they can stand up to the new challenge. After the long Labor Day weekend, the girls headed to Maine West to take on East and West in the District 207 duel. The Hawks came out on top as they crushed Maine West and Maine East. Kim Coppin led the team, finishing second overall to all-state runner Megan Byrne. Following Coppin closely was Lauran Cordaro finishing in a close third. Kim Talaga, Morgan Sokes and Katie Copi^i rounded out the top fiv^^B After enduring strenuous Maine Park excursions, difficult track work Thursdays, and the infamous Centennial hill, Maine South's women runners are psyched to don their new candy-cane reminiscent jerseys (courtesy of Mr. Gabauer's excellent fashion sense) and show the competition that they can go the distance.

A tough opener by Bill TrunThe Hawks opened up their season on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in perfect weather conditions. The Hawks of Maine South took on the tough Griffins of LincolnWay East. A crowd filled Wilson Field to capacity, especially the fans that were there in the morning, tailgating to prepare themselves for the game ahead. It was an excellently played game between two hard-nosed teams. The Hawks did not obtain the outcome for which they had hoped for. The Griffins opened up the game eating up the clock like a prevent offense late in the fourth quarter, sucking 10 minutes off

the clock on opening touchdown drive. Later in the opening half the Hawks responded with a 68-yard touchdown run by Neil Sherlock, taking the option toss from sophomore quarterback Sean Price. The Griffins struck once more in the half rebuilding their lead to 14-6 at halftime. The Hawks started off the third quarter with a time consuming drive as they ate up 11 minutes. It paid off as the Hawks scored on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Price to Sherlock. The completed two-point conversion tied the game at 14 a piece. On the ensuing kickoff, the tables turned once again as the Griffins took it to the house, with a

99-yard kickoff return. That about ended the game and the Griffins pulled away, becoming victorious 33-14. The Hawks had some impressive points to the game though, with Price tossing 1934 passes for 234 yards and one touchdown. Also, Sherlock had 111 yards on the ground and 105 through the air. all for a total of 216 multi-purpose yards. Bill Truty and Joe Sieczkowski led the defense with 10 t a d ^ les apiece. The Hawks took on the alw^^B bitter rival Notre Dame last Friday at Notre Dame. And look to continue the trend of last year as they take on Niles North tomorrow at Wilson Field at 2:00 PM.

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