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August 25, 2003


In this issue: NEWS: Extended English class p. 2


COMMENTARY: Summer reading program p. 4 FEATURES: List of extracurriculars p. 7-9 SPORTS: Girls'volleyball p. 12

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News 2 Maine Township Youth Coalition


by Bridget Cameron There are many actions that students can take to prevent drug and alcohol use. However, now there is an association dedicated to this issue. Currently, the drug problem in Park Ridge seems to be a growing issue among teens. In response. District 207's Superintendent. Dr. Snider, instituted the Maine Township Youth Coalition this past March. The Coalition

consists of students and teachers from all three MaineTownship high schools and members of the community. Students are recommended by counselors for this organization, however students who display great interest are welcome. A few tasks that the Coalition takes on are attending strategic planning sessions and organizing groups of students to address

health classes at Lincoln and Emerson Middle School. The Coalition's mission is to prevent substance abuse among teenagers. Students who are serious about their interest in this organization or those with new ideas for carrying out this mission are highly encouraged to see Maine South's facilitator, Ms. Visee in ARC, room V-124 any day.

English class extension by Karen Magiera A change in the length of English classes could be affecting freshman and sophomores as soon as the fall of 2004. The District 207 has studied the performance of English students and come to the conclusion that improvement is needed. Administrators have been discussing this possibility in an effort to improve students' skills in the areas of grammar, reading, and vocabulary. This idea follows the reasoning that more time spent in class would help students to


progress in those areas. However logical that may seem, others may argue that extending English classes to a period and a half would take time away from their other classes, electives, studies, or even lunches. Other skills that are learned through electives such as music, art. or language are also very valuable. Although English is obviously an extremely important subject, the majority of students will not pursue careers as English professors.

Therefore, they need to learn the skills of other fields in order to be successful in college and afterwards. While the school board may discuss this topic, the final decision is ultimately made by the district administration. The only current student that have the possibility of being affectel by the resuhs of this issue are the freshmen. If this does occur, the new 70-minute English classes will be put into effect next year at the earliest.

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To a different drummer by Sara Wolski The Fine Arts Department at Maine This summer, the Maine South South has been very active this past marching band trained incoming freshmen summer. With the impending task of the All- during the Summer Band Workshop and State Theatre Production ^ ! participated in a fun-filled directed by Maine South Lake Geneva retreat. The "...fresh ideas faculty, the theatre department retreat is an enjoyable and creativity will summer event that includes is buzzing with preparation. certainly give Auditions for this prestigious working hard on new band Maine South's event were held in early June, music and marching and rehearsals, meetings, and patterns while getting to band an uplifting read-throughs have already know new people and zest." taken place. relaxing in beautiful Several Maine South Fine ' ^ ^^^^^^^ Lake Geneva. As an Arts students participated in impressive addition to the Maine South band, Mr. summer programs for music and drama, Joel Matter will be taking over as including Northwestern University, Director of the Marching Band this Carnegie Mellon University, Northeastern year. His fresh ideas and creativity will University, Elmhurst College, and certainly give Maine South's band an Tanglewood Academy. By gaining further uplifting zest. enrichment in music and the dramatic arts, The Fine Arts Department is these students will bring new knowledge, currently in full-swing, filling calendars skill and vigor to their studies of the arts with interest meetings and auditions. this year. Keep up with the announcements to

hear further information regarding fall Fine Arts activities such as Vocal Jazz auditions. Jazz Band auditions. Fall Play auditions, Speech Team auditions, and countless other activities. Dropping by the Fine Arts Office for more details on specific Fine Arts organizations is always an option too. Fine Arts is always looking for fresh faces.

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What is the point? by Moiiika Bysiecki Cotton candy and lemonade—the stuff that summer's made of. Although it's all over, that sugary taste lingers in my mouth, the sweetness that is summer. Traditionally, the beginning of the school year merits summer's official end. While precious sun time is wasted by the chore of learning, students and faculty alike feel the monotony begin and life losing thai sweet flavor that is summer. A week after returning to Maine South, high school students think of summer as gone forever. It is too far in the past to accurately remember and too far in the future to hopefully imagine. Seemingly taboo-like to say the '"s" word at this time, 1 long for nothing more than for summer's swift return. Slues of complaints are heard from students' mouths ridiculing too much homework or upcoming tests. The most painful part, however, is that an end is hidden beyond the horizon, unseen to the teenage eye. While it is easy to wish for the affectionate times with friends and family that engulf our summer days, it would be just as easy to spend those wishes on things within our reach. Why not spend the afternoons slurping smoothies or laying lazily by the pool after school begins? Why not go to a Cubs game or have a picnic on a bright Saturday afternoon? Does summer really have to end now? I've spent my childhood not understanding why all students become so hopeless after that bell first announcing class rings. For me, it's never really been over. With the knowledge that summer options are always open to me, I can return to school with some hope that all of the fun will not be absent from my life for the next nine months. My days of sunbathing and barbeques are not over. Squeezing every last sweet drop out of summer is my goal every year; school does not have to be its end. The days are still long and the lemonade will always be cold.

by Alycia Dinvenw What is the point of the summer reading program did not have this destructive program? Does the faculty fear that the intention, the structure of this program student body will become illiterate and makes it inevitable. Instead of encouraging they will have to re-teach us the English reading, they are inadvertently turning language in the fall (or should I say late students away from it by making it an summer)? Why can't we just get a break? obligatory activity that intrudes upon their We already go to school halfway through free time. We should be able to choose these June and start in August. It is not that two books ourselves. books is a tremendous amount to read, it To make a second point, what about all is just annoying. It is the students taking summer break! Not summer school? Do summer "lets read two they need two more books." If people books to read over the want to read over the summer? The answer is summer, they can. If no. Some people say that they don't, then why your high school years should they have to? are the best years of your The teachers are given life, but how can this be a break. No one has true if you're in school set aside work for for eleven months out ^ ^ ^ them to grade, so why the year? Even w o r s ^ ^ do we have to read during the one month two books that we will >-~.^_^^^ / ' <:^ when you're supposedly be tested on when we "'( ^ / I v < ^ not under the burden of come back in the fall? schoolwork, you have to And, if we must read read books in two books, then we (I (J ( { \ '^-^ preparation for school. should choose them We have no break. It's ourselves, since we will be the ones reading like school never actually ends. Because it them. Who wants to read a book about a looks like there is no way to escape this man in the Apache Mountains, like the program, an important modifcation needs to class of 2004 has to read? And although be made: students should be able to choose Tuesdays with Morrie is an outstanding what they read. book, it is a little depressing, and who \ wants to read a depressing book over the / summer? In addition, how many books do students read during the year-at least five or six? These books, like the summer reading ones, are chosen for us. While some of the books I've read so far in high school were good, others were so boring that I wanted to gouge my eyes out and wished that I actually was illiterate. I feared my life would end from boredom by reading some of the books we were required to read. This summer reading program will only strengthen the association students make between forced reading and school. While I'm sure the teachers who started this

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Student Opinion



Opportunities in a bigger place by Jackie Heffernan Going into high school, every freshman feels overwhelmed; going into high school from a small private school can feel like drowning. Most incoming freshmen are from the local public schools and already have a set group of friends. I was one of the small school girls. All of my close friends went on to private high schools like Loyola and I had very few acquaintances in my new class. I walked into a place of strangers. Freshman year was a struggle. 1 began to lose touch with many of the people I had gone to school with for the past nine years. Everyone else seemed to adjust to high school easily, making friends fast, and becoming so involved that I felt left behind. I continually felt lonely and attempted to force friendships, setting mental deadlines for when I should be adjusted to this new stage of life. I thought I was slow or stupid, I unable to make friends or overcome my

shyness. Though it is hard to believe, I went through my entire freshmen year with these feelings only slowly diminishing. Despite the insecurities I held throughout my freshman year. I learned some valuable lessons. I learned to let go of old friends and make new ones. I found that friendships cannot be forced or sped up; you must trust that they will happen and give them time to grow. I realized that this new big school wasn't so scary and that once you got involved, you made numerous friends without even being aware of it. High school had really brought me out of my small and protected world. It has given me insights into both the good and bad of our society. Most importantly, high school has given me great friendships. I may have lost the ties that bound me to my tiny private school, but change cannot be avoided and often brings with it new opportunities.

Stop, drop, roll, and hope for the best

by Kate Funkhouser just how quickly you get over everything. Freshman year, like all the other babies, You've just got to hope that people don't I got lost. I, however, had the soul privilege judge you too poorly or try to set you fire. of getting lost in the library. I wondered into If you do suddenly start smoldering, a comer and got completely disoriented, 1 you've just got to stop, drop, roll, and hope swear I had to yell "help" and have one of for the best. the librarians come. That fall was fiall of When I was lost in the library and great moments. sarcastically said to the teacher of my next Sophomore year, I was walking outside class, "What a great fart of the year," to the A-wing and I somehow tripped. My instead of start, I thought the world was backpack had my huge chemistry book in going to end. I know I'm going to do it, and I fell down and rolled three or four something like that this year. I hope that times, like a loser turtle. Similar again to a those around me will assume that I don't loser turtle. I couldn't get up at first. It was have the brains of a goat with brain lice. kind of embarrassing, especially since 1 was I hope for you that when you do stupid walking in front of both a bunch of things, people can laugh with you and not upperclassmen boys and friends from my at you. The only way that is possible is if middle school that I don't really talk to you yourself are laughing. Go ahead anymore. I'm sure they thought 1 was really laugh. It's the only way we'll get through cool. the year. You know you're going to Everyone does stupid things the first embrace all the stupid things you've done couple weeks of school, regardless of his and hope that they'll make nice yearbook or her year. The difference between entries if you make it to June. Let the freshman and the rest of the student bod is stupidity begin.

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Student Opinion

You're only here once, make it count by Amanda Brooks Welcome back, everybody. And to all freshmen, welcome to Maine South. To sum it up, my freshman year was confusing , exciting, different, but most importantly fun. See, after being promoted from middle school, you constantly hear from adults how different high school is. Honestly, with me, everything they said to me went in one ear and flew out the other I remember it was so much easier to relate to a peer who could tell me how high school really was, so I figured I should fill you in on a few things in general about your fouryear experience here at Maine South. Firstly, you are going to get lost. Yes, we've all been there. Last year it took me about three weeks to figure out how to get to the back gym. I always just figured there was one gym. Be aware that upperclassmen may call you "freshy" when they see you wandering the halls . Oh, and if you're late to class, you're late. Please don't run- it doesn't change any tardy marks, and that's how we identify freshmen. It's okay to take your I.D. off after school. The I.D. patrol will not come and arrest you! Secondly, your group of friends may change. It may be hard to think that your best friend and you separate - no way. High

school is a time to find out about the person you really are, and figure out what kind of people you connect with best. Don't be afraid to talk to new people. You may be surprised. Thirdly, get involved. This is a phrase you only hear about a million times at Maine South. Do not ignore it. For four years, you and some 800 students will be together. Getting involved allows you to get to know people- it may seem scary. It's nice to break outside your circle and meet new people. You probably only know a handful of students through your middle school. If you don't get involved, halfway through the year when you hear people discussing so-andso at your lunch table, you may wonder why you don't know your fellow classmates who everyone else knows. Plus getting involved is so much fun. Don't be afraid to try out for things. You never know until you try. Fourthly, don't just do things because everyone else is. Say your friend wants to try out for basketball, but you are leaning more towards the swim team. Don't just go for basketball because your best buddy is. Probably 99.9% of the time you will be unhappy doing something your friend dragged you to do.

Fifthly, be yourself Alright, we've all been there at some point in time where you feel like everyone is judging you. Chances are, if you say what you feel, and are confident about, there may be someone there who is thinking the exact same thing but was just too afraid to say it. Chances are, people will like you better if you are yourself You will meet so many new people and yes, you may feel as though you are being judged. Something I can tell you from experience is that people sense insecurity right off the bat. Everyone is nervous the first couple of weeks. Don't let it get to you. If I was insecure about my high school transition, 1 don't think I'd let someone print some 2,000 copies of this article. In conclusion, I can only encourage you. You are the one who has to get involved and make that extra effort. High school is what you make of it. If mid-way througl; the year you're having second thought! about if you really are enjoying high school, it's probably because you didn't take advantage of the awesome things around you. There is something here for everyone. You name it, Maine South has it. To the class of 2007:1 wish all of you good luck. You're only here once, so take it for what it's worth.

Revolution in tiiought by Henry Lifton

After three years of attending Maine South High School, I have had the opportunity to observe the passing of one era to another My freshman year was the year of the football state championship and the collective euphoria of the school was at the highest point imaginable. Now, three years later, where do we stand? Maine South is at a critical junction in its history and the school spirit is at its lowest point in many years. Can we blame the athletes? As an athlete myself, I try day in and day out, as do the hundreds of other student-athletes. The student body that was so vocal before is now like a whisper It really is a shame that the student population is too cool to

support the school. So this leads to the question why are people less inclined to cheer now as opposed to three years ago? This brings us to our next group: the teachers and administration. Earlier in the school's history the administration was more lenient in its support of Hawk Pride. At the assemblies there were pies thrown in the faces of representatives from the different classes and there were gatherings where the letters "M" and "S" were lit on fire. While such extreme measures are not necessary, something could be done to encourage students to support their peers. Our new principal, Mr. Claypool, will undoubtedly bring new ideas to our school.

but the students are responsible for change. As we advance into to the new decade, we have the ability to retake what we lost, but why should we do this? When we look back, what will we remember? Wasting our time doing homework during the assembly or supporting the institution that has given more than is known? If it were not for school would you have the friends to complain to?Without school, social relationships would be next to nothing, and. yet school is still not fun. High school wilf only be fun if we make an attempt to make it so. Otherwise, there is no reason, other than education, to even be alive these four years.

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This year's extracurriculars Sports

Fine Arts Clubs Art Club Chamber Choir Chamber Orchestra Chorus (Boys') Color Guard (Flag Corp) Concert Choir Crew Glee (Girls') Jazz Band Marching Band Photo Club Stage Band Theatrical Technicians Guild Thespian Society Tri-M Music Society Vocal Jazz Ensemble V-Show WMTH- Radio WMTH/TV ZOETROPE (Film Club)

Competitive Clubs Cheerleaders Chess Club Constitution Team First Aid Team Hawkettes (Pom Pon) Mathletes Mock Trial Team Scholastic Bowl Science Olympiad Speech Team

Service Clubs Amnesty International Audio-Visual Staff Brotherhood Society Key Club Lighting Crew Office Helpers Swim Timers Theater Tech Track Timers Trainers' Club Wrestle Techs

Other Activities Adventure Club Anime Club Auto Club Child Care Occupations (CCO)

Class Council Computer Club Coach (Tutoring) Cyber South DECA (Distributive Educational Clubs of America) Drug Free Schools Ecology Club Equinox (Creative Writing) Eyrie (Yearbook) FC A (Fellowship for Christian Athletes) French Club German Club Hawk Pride Health Unlimited Hellenic Club (Greek Culture) H.E.RO. (Famil/ Consumer Work Club) Intramurals (Co-Ed) Intramurals (Team) Italian Club Jobs for Illinois Grads Juggling Club Junior/Senior Leader Program Local History Society Maine Historical Society Marlin Synchronized Swim Club MClub Model UN Monday Morning Sports Announcers Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society) National Forensic League National Honor Society Orchesis (Dance Club) Peers Reaching Out Pep Council "Hawkeyes" Polish Club Project Connect (Mentoring) Quill and Scroll (Journalism) Reaching (Foreign Language Magazine) SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving) Skating Club Ski Club Southwards (newspaper) Spanish Club Sports Medicine Club SPUD (Students Promising Unity and Diversity) Smdio 207 (Sewing Club) Student Council Varsity Club VICA (Vocational Club)

Fall: Cross Country (Boys' and Girls') Football Golf (Boys' and Girls') Soccer (Girls') Swimming (Girls') Tennis (Girls') Volleyball (Girls') Winter: Basketball (Boys' and Girls') Gymnastics (Girls') Indoor Track (Boys' and Girls') Swimming (Boys') Wrestling (Boys') Spring: Badminton (Girls') Baseball Outdoor Track (Boys' and Girls') Soccer (Girls') Softball Tennis (Boys') Volleyball (Boys')

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Maine South High School i l l ! South Dee Road I'ark Ridge, IL 60068 Letters to the editor should be delivered to room V-131 or given to a member of the editorial staff. SOUTHWORDS reserves the right to edit material for clarity and brevity and to reject obscene/libelous submissions. Eiditors-in-Chief

Monika Bysiecki Kristi Katz News Editors Carly Calkins Ashley Rezaeizadeh Commentary Editors Annie Berndtson Kate Funkhouser Features Editors Kara Collins Corrine Ullrich Sports Editors Greg Mitchell Katie Waller Production Editors Bobby Crismyre Kris Johnson Core Photographers Kiley Borowski Kathleen Pinter Core Staff Artist Joyce Ann Santos Advisor T.R. Kerth




A closer look at some Amnesty International

organization, listen for it in the daily announcements or contact Ms. Flint in the English office.

by Monika Bysiecki

Class Council

Amnesty International is a humanitarian organization that attempts to achieve basic civil liberties for all. Members write letters to embassies and foreign officials pleading for the correction of injustices. A Special Focus Case dominates many meetings, which concentrates on attaining civil rights for a specific person. Throughout the year, Amnesty members write to the head of governments about the specific case. Members of Amnesty International around the world send thousands of letters to correct unjust laws and regulations. The letters show Amnesty's opposition to the government's policies; the sheer volume of letters sent demonstrates to the government the amount of opposition to the policies. Also, members organize a Student Action Week where they post banners, answer questions, and have petitions signed. The club meets every two weeks from 3: 00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Brotherhood by Mary Pat Rooney What is Brotherhood Society? Brotherhood Society is a student-led group of Maine South teens who participate in over 50 service activities throughout the year. During the school year this group coordinates activities and fundraisers with local and national organizations in order to better the situations of those less fortunate. From Make-A-Wish Foundation to Rest Shelters of Chicago this group goes to many lengths to support those wonderful organizations. Between carwashes, benefit dances, meal preparation, and meal serving, there is always something to help out with. This club not only provides students with the friendships that make high school special but also gives them that feeling the you helped someone that needed it. If you are interested in joining this great

^v Kiley Bo rowski If you are interested in getting involved with your peers and affecting your high school experience. Class Council is the perfect choice! Depending on the year, students receive the opportunity to plan numerous activities, including Homecoming and Girls' Choice dances. The Class Council will also create floats and paint windows for Homecoming. Reaching out to charity, each council will serve their time with a chosen organization. Each class is also responsible for completing one fundraiser. The councils meet once a week and are an easy way for freshmen through seniors to become active at Maine South.

Crew by Megan Brady Well, hello there, soon-to-be Crew serf It is I, the Powerless Crew Fairy, come to tell you about the joy that is Backstage Crew! Construction: They construct scenery for the show and fight about the platform that just cracked in two with actors standing on it. Painting: They cover flats, paint scenery, do homework, and still have time to write poetry to their current soul mate. Long live multi-tasking! Lighting: They design lighting and hang lights - all in the week before the show opens! Sound: They find and design music and sound effects while constantly bickering with Lighting over the CD player. Props: They design, make, and find props in one tiny room. Costumes: They create the costumes for the production. Makeup: They create makeup sheets and

designs for the characters. Publicity: They let everyone know about the shows. Without them, people would care less about seeing their children perform than they do now. So come meet this fun group of people and join crew.

Hawkettes by Kiley Borowski Maine South's dance team, the Hawkettes, consists of both varsity and JV squads. The team practices summer through winter, performing at football and basketball games. The Hawkettes also show their spirit and talent in parades and at Band-O-Rama. Their main focus, though, is competing. The Hawkettes are a part of the Illinois Dance Team Association (IDTA), which holds numerous competitions throughouti the year. With hard work, the team looks to' end their season at the state meet held at the University of Illinois. Tryouts are held in the fall and spring; all dancers are welcome. For further information, see Ms. Zelk, the head coach, in the English Workroom.

Key Club by Kara Collins Key club is one of the service clubs offered here at Maine South High School. They are looking forward to another exciting year filled with community service. Each year this club participates in many service activities: nursing home visits, senior citizen birthday visits, UNICEF Halloween fund raiser, and much more. Key Club stands for "Kiwanis Educators Youth." This is a nationwide service club. Anyone can join at the beginning of the year, and it is a good way to get involved. Not only is it a great way to help serve others, i but also a great way to meet many new' people. Come to one of the meetings after school on Tuesdays in room C-IOI or contact Ms. Rizzi.




of the extracurriculars Mathletes by Monika Bysiecki Mathletesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the club for those who love candy and free pizza. Mathletes is an IHSA club that practices solving math problems, hoping to do well at the "math meets." There are about 5 meets per year. The team is separated into mini groups by grade level and those groups meet weekly with one of the math teachers and complete practice tests. At these practices, candy and chips are always present to snack on while doing complex problems. There will be an announcement in the daily bulletin about the first informational meeting. If you're good at math and you like to snack, join Mathletes.

Mock Trial by Kristi Katz The Mock Trial team has also been referred to as the "Future Lawyers of America" club. If this sounds appealing to you, this is the place for you. The Mock Trial team is for all those who like to speak in front of people and argue or those who would like to improve those skills. The Mock Trial team is a competitive club that acts like a law firm. The team comes together after the fall sports season and is given one case for the entire year. The team prepares both a prosecution and defense side of the case, and competes against other schools to help strengthen their case. At the end of the season, the team goes to Springfield for the state competition. Maine South has traditionally had a strong team and does very well at the state competition. Last year, the team made it into the Elite Eight. The members of the Mock Trial team learn a lot about the law and about the law profession. See Mr. McArthur for details.

Model UN by Emma Sarran It's exactly as it sounds: a weekend of

simulated United Nations conferences with students from all over the nation. To become a part of model UN, students must fill out an application when asked. Once a member, there will be meetings to prepare for the conference. Students choose committees to be on and research the positions of the school's country. The conference, held in downtown Chicago, is a great experience, especially for students interested in Social Science and international relations. It is also a great way to make new friends and participate in a different and very interesting activity. Participation in Model UN does require work, researching and writing a position paper, but for students who are interested, it is highly advisable.

Orchesis by Kristin Burke If you're interested in the art of dance, then you may want to consider Maine South Orchesis Dance Company. Company members have the opportunity and freedom to choreograph a dance of their own. The annual show consists primarily of studentchoreographed works, and includes a professionally choreographed piece. Dancing techniques range from hip-hop, jazz, lyrical and modern. Orchesis encourages creativity, self-direction and teamwork. Company members meet 3:30 6:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the dance room from the end of September through March. Come try-out, make new friends, and enjoy the art of dance.

Speech Team by Kate Funkhouser In Speech Team, one picks an event performing a funny skit, giving a serious speech, reading a story or poem, among others - and competes with students from other schools. The people you meet on this team are amazing - amazingly strange but fun to watch, and some who are good are amazingly talented. Speech Team is a great activity if you want to learn how to talk to strangers your age. The time requirement

entails is one 30 minute meeting after school each week and Saturday meets which are bi-monthly from October to about February. Come to an informational meeting at the beginning of the year and try out for Speech Team, you'll love it.

Student Council by Kristi Katz If you want to have a decision in what happens at Maine South, then Student Council is the place for you. Student Council is an organization made up of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Student Council is responsible for activities such as the festivities during homecoming week, including the parade; all of the student assemblies; and the food drive in the winter. Student Council is great way to get involved with Maine South and meet new people. Meetings are held every Wednesday and Friday morning at 7:20 a.m. in room C-101.

WMTH by Marie Guillo The voice of Maine South is WMTH radio. You can tune into radio 90.5 FM to hear Maine Township students from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. You will hear talk, music, and even a request line to talk to your favorite dj and request a song. Tune in on Saturday afternoons to hear live broadcasts of Maine South High School football during the fall. You can also tune into to AT&T channel 17 starting in October to see broadcasting projects, football games, concerts, and much more; all of which are brought to you by WMTH. Maine South also controls the airways on Tuesday and Thursday nights. We share WMTH radio and TV with Maine West and Maine East, where the radio station is broadcast. If you are interested in becoming involved with WMTH contact, someone on the radio staffer Mrs. Metzinger.




A fresh Start*

by Man Penile The boys' varsity soccer team is still trying to forget a horrible finish to last year's season, losing to Schaumburg 2-1 in overtime of the sectional semifinals. The loss motivated the Hawks to train hard in the off season and even harder over the summer. The team continued to work hard and bonded at a week-long camp at Bradley. Many also completed Coach Spiegel's 9

week summer workout plan - a rigorous combination of sprinting, agility drills, and lifting to prepare for tryouts. Tryouts were right before the start of school and consisted of double sessions for a week. The Hawks survived this challenge and came out stronger. Although they lost several important players from last year, the future of the soccer program is still bright. Twelve returning seniors will be joined by key

additions from last year's J.V. team and the junior class. The team is eager to prove itself, with its first opportunity being to repeat as champions of the Barrington tournament. The Hawks will face stiff competition throughout the year, but they are ready to show that they'll be a force in state this year. So come out and support the boys" soccer team: their fresh start is sure to blossom into a very successful season.

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by h\ Kristi Kristi Katz Katr The girls are back in full swing. Although this is the first week of school, the Maine South girls' golf team has been preparing for the season all summer. The girls have individually been competing in tournaments this summer around Illinois, through the Illinois Junior Golf Association. Many of the girls did extremely well in the competition. The girls also made a road trip to Savoy, Illinois to compete in the Illinois

Women's Golf Association Championship at the University of Illinois's golf course. The team showed that they are ready for the real season to begin. Only losing one senior from last year's team, the girls are veterans and are expected to be strong competitors in the CSL conference. Lead by seniors Kristi Katz and Dana Tourloukis, the team is ready for the long season ahead. Also returning to the

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starting line-up are sophomores Katie Katz and Melissa Miller, along with junior Meredith Wisnewski. The season is filled with many long nights of practice, lasting past 7:00, but the girls are anxiously awaiting the competition. There will be many grueling battles along the way, such as defending state champion^ New Trier, but the girls know that their practice will pay off.

New changes taken in-stride by veterans

by Henry Lift on With the retirement of longtime head coach Bill Drennan, the Maine South cross country program will begin a new era starting in late August. However, the training for the season never stops. Many of the distance runners of the Maine South track team, fresh from their sectional championship, will have tallied over 500 miles by the end of the summer. For the die-hards, the running continues year-

round, and this year the runners have high goals. Never before has an entire team from Maine South qualified for the State Meet at Detweiler Park in Peoria. Two returning top seven runners, Lee Camarano and Henry Lifton, look to guide the Hawks to victory. There will be much competition even among the team for the top seven spots. Pat Moran, Mark Fulara, Mike Verre, Matt Walsh, Matt Lucas, and a multitude of

others look to rampage over the CSL South division. New varsity coach Greg Nordahl will bring a fresh approach to the old traditions of the Hawks and with new meets in Palatine, and at the state course meet in Peoria the Maine South cross country team will test their mettle against top teams from around the state. Come November the goal is to run downstate, and the Hawks are well on their way to achieving this end.

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by Emma Sarran It's that time of year again: the Maine South girls' swim team is hard at work practicing before and after school in preparation for another great season. Many girls have been swimming throughout the off-season to help guarantee a multitude of victories. The returning varsity swimmers will be especially helpful to the team. Seniors Tara Delaney, Abby Lenz, Emma Sarran,

Karolyn Schultz, Suzanne Schomack, and Nancy Wilkins will serve as great assets to the team using their experience to lead the younger swimmers through the season. Returning juniors Erin Keating, Leeann Olson, Kerry Keady, Jenny LeBeau, and Helen Sapieka will also be strong members of the team. Sophomores Hannah Artwick and Lauren Zillmer will be two more helpful returning members. Because of these

seasoned veterans and some talented newcomers, the swimming and diving teams are sure to make a splash this year. With meets against district rivals and highly ranked state teams the Lady Hawks will have their work cut out for them, b u t ^ ^ there is no doubt that they can go in s t r o n ^ ^ B and prepared and finish with an impressive record. The Hawks are looking forward to dominating the CSL Conference.

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by Steve Contorno Winning a state championship is one of the hardest things a collective team can do at the high school level. Capturing two state titles in five years is unheard-of and three times in ten years is near impossible. When the Hawks step on the field this season, their goal is nothing less than to accomplish this. On their road to state, the Hawks will face a tough schedule. No longer will they get the comfort of blowing out cross-town rival Maine West or shutting out Notre Dame. Most of the non-conference games are against opponents who made the playoffs last season, including Deerfield (Homecoming) which won their conference last year. And as always, there is New Trier. As soon as the fall season ended last year, the Hawks began their oflf-season weight lifting and speed training. This was part of their "Bank It" idea that whatever you invest in the team you will gain during the season. Their weight room commitment is one thing .that makes Maine South football Consistently competitive year after year. This year has been no different, many of the players have increased their bench press, squat, and power clean by large amounts. As motivation, clubs like the 250 Bench,

400 Squat, and 225 Power Clean along with Coach Kardacz's "Hot Dog Bet" (if they increase their maximum bench, squat or Power Clean by a certain amount, they get hot dogs) have made the Hawks stronger than ever. The Hawks lost many important starting seniors last year, include All-Staters running back/defensive back Neil Sherlock and offensive tackle Vince Natali. Doug Fosco will compete to replace the legendary Sherlock at running back. The offensive line void will be filled with Tom Drazba, Maciek Subotwicz, and Brian Zande along with Mike Cabaj at center. While the offensive line anchors the offense, it is led once again by junior quarterback, Sean Price. Last year, as a sophomore who started on varsity, Price injured his shoulder against Niles West (Homecoming) and was replaced by Mike Bello for the rest of the season. This year, the now veteran Price hopes to stay healthy and lead this team deep into the playoffs. Alberto DeCicco hopes to help him do that at the wide receiver position. DeCicco started last season as a junior and hopes to help the inexperienced offense. Defensively, the Hawks will be strong

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behind the leadership of All-Conference defensive tackle Don Durbin. Kevin Collins and Mike Labus will start at defensive end while Mike Bello, DeCicco and Fosco will head the secondary. Once again, the Hawks will be coached by Mr. Inserra. His crew of coaches includes offensive coordinator Charlie Bliss, Rick Magsamen as defensive coordinator, John Manchester and, of course, the legendary Phil Kardacz. Over the summer the Hawks strengthened themselves with the annual summer camp. However, several teambuilding activities took place. Much of the team participated in the Relay for Life here at Maine South. The Hawks hope that a close team will drive this team to be something great. The Hawks open up away, Friday, August 29 at 7:00 p.m., against LincolnWay East in a rematch of their bitter loss at last year's home opener. In the minds of many of the juniors, it will be a chance to revenge their only loss of the season until facing Conant in the playoffs. "We have been training for ten months," says Mike Cabaj. "With lots of practice andfilmwe should do fine."






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2Q03 SPORTS i Cross Country • Football • Golf • Boys' Soccer • Girls' Volleyball • Girls' Tennis • Girls' Swimming

There is an "eye" in "team"

h\ Adriaima Stasiuk This upcoming girls" volleyball season is sure to be an exciting one. Especially with Patti Iverson, the varsity team's head coach, returning from last year. Senior Alex Aufmann said, "1 kind of felt like an orphan at times." due to the long months the girls did not officially have a coach. But as fate had it, Mrs. "Eye" found her way back to the girls like a mother to her children. Mrs. "Eye" also coached the super studly varsity volleyball boys' team of

hy Kara Collins Yes, it's that time of year again; the time when you can see those crazy girls running mile after mile each day after school. The Maine South Girls' Cross-Country season is underway. After numerous practices during the hot, summer days, there is no doubt that these girls are ready to repeat the success that they had last year. Coming off a successful season, including a second place conference finish and 5 all-conference runners, these girls are hungry for some more competition. Returning top-seven runners will be Katie Coppin, Kim Coppin, Annie Eriksson, and Justina Orlando. Helping them out will be returning seniors Stephanie Righeimer, Claire Forde, Jenny Heffeman. Katie Lukas, Kara Collins, Caroline


Glenbrook South. The girls will undoubtedly follow the same path as that of the GBS boy's team, and plan to practice "like the guys do." as team member Katie Waller puts it, by raising the net to 9'4," the men's regulation height. The girls have decided to go on a strictly protein diet before the start of the season, consuming large amounts of chicken and egg whites so they can grow as strong as the guys. With huge hops and massive muscles, the

girls will be fired up and ready to play girl i volleyball, but this year under the new rally scoring system and allowing a "let serve," meaning the serve can hit the net if the ball goes over. Will this new scoring system be of help to the girl's team? The girls say "YES!." believing they can take any opponent they face. But come and see for yourself, come out and support Maine South's "new and improved" varsity volleyball team.

and help the team to victory. Evident from the above names of athletes, this team is blessed with lots of depth and will proo^> to be a strong one. ti^r The girls' hard work and dedicatia will definitely pay off at the many nvitationals that face the girls this season. They will also be tested as they run three miles each race for only the second season. These Hawks are already looking towards the state meet. Last year the Hawks weren't able to send any runners downstate, so this year they look to send some Hawks to fly downstate. This team The girls celebrate after a victory. ready for the challenges that they face Rhine, and Siobhan Adams. Some of the top 'this season and are definitely in for a returning JV members also look to step up successful run.

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by Annie Berndtson After a discouraging season last year, returning girls' tennis players are eager to begin a new season with a new coach. Guidance from the old coach of the Maine West team combined with the girls' desire to have fun and eat a lot of food will make for an exciting, satisfying season this year. Two returning players. Monica Milewski and Caroline Brzozowski, who are among the top players in the state, are sure to deliver impressive performances in the next few months. Their leadership and

athletic ability will surely prove inspirational to the rest of the team. The other dedicated players who have been training all year to improve their games, will undoubtedly have countless opportunities to show the benefits of all of their hard work they have put in in the off-season and the summer. Although the seniors who graduated in 2003 will be missed, the team this season will not be at a disadvantage, as promising younger players have been stepping up to the challenge of developing their competitive edges and filling the seniors shoes.

However, aside from a focus on competition, this group of girls enjoy eating, as already mentioned. At these friendly gatherings or pasta parties, the girls take pride in seeing who can eat the most food in the least amount of time. All of the girls get along very well as long as there's enough^ food to go around. ^^^ With the addition of a great new c o a ^ ^ the dedication of players both old and new, and the equal partitioning of tons of food, this girls' tennis season is sure to be a success.

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