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Maine South 2003 Homecoming Queen Candidates

From left to right: Kiley, Annie Bemdston, Stephanie Woo, b : , . : -ppler, Tama Aldaddah, Jemia Kelly, Jenny Curry, Amanda Lewensky. Megan Thorsen, and Jenny O'Donnell. Not pictured: Traci Leslie.

In This Issue:


A teacher to remember


The airport security problem



New faculty

Girls' golf




A teacher to remember by Carly Calkins These days, it's hard to find somebody who can say that they taught at the same institution for 34 years. Actually, it's practically impossible. Those who were fortunate enough to know Ms. Lorelei Lahsin know that she was a diamond in the rough. One of the last teachers remaining since Maine South's opening, Ms. Lahsin began working at Maine South in 1969.The summer dismissal of last school year marked her official retirement. Ms. Lahsin ended a fulfilling career of teaching math to many generations. Speaking of her retirement plans last year, Ms. Lahsin said. "I hope to do some traveling, reading, relaxing and just getting off the rigid schedule." Sadly, Ms. Lahsin was not able to live out her plans for very long. She died this past summer from a heart attack. However, she was truly a fighter. Even though it was clear that she was not well last year, she

came and taught to the best of her abilities. Ms. Lahsin was also a sponsor of Junior Class Council for many years. 1 feel lucky to have had her as a teacher during the final year of her career and life. When 1 heard of her death I was both shocked and filled with sorrow. There was this horrible feeling inside of me as I thought to myself, why did she have to go so soon after her retirement? It seems that most of her life was spent at work, teaching, and hopefully doing what she loved most. I know that Ms. Lahsin was not the coolest teacher or the most humorous, but I learned from her. I learned and remembered. Not all students respected Ms. Lahsin for her wisdom and experience as they should have. So to you, Ms. Lahsin, 1 write this. Hopefully you can overlook us ignorant kids and refiect on your career with a smile. You deserve the best where ever you are, a n d ^ ^ hope that you can say to yourself, "I d n l ^ what I did in my life and I have no regrets."

W a l k i n g to unite

by Sara Wolski This fall, the orchestra, under the successes. The organization thrives under direction of Ms. Becca Pascal, will the motto. "Unite to Cure Diabetes," participate in a unique endeavor, the Walk to Cure Diabetes. The walk will take place on October 5 in downtown Chicago. The purpose of this event is to unite juvenile diabetes patients with their supportive friends and families that work hard to continue fundraising for juvenile diabetes research. The money raised will directly support new treatments, technologies, and transplants. This lOK walk is sponsored by the ,'-V' % ' % . Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The JDRF also sponsors other programs such as the Children's Congress in Washington, D.C., which was held on June 21-24. There, two hundred delegates, ages 2-17, representing each of the 50 states, spoke to Members of Congress about their own struggles with diabetes. involving juvenile diabetes patients as well The JDRF has made dramatic progress as their adult counterparts in their practive of late, mainly due to these fundraising fundraising events.

"Diabetes is a tough disease to live with," says Maine South student and orchestra member Mary Bungum, "so many people don't even know they have it, and fundraised money for research will help them and their families cope with this disease." The Maine South Orchestra and Fine Arts Department encourages all students and faculty to participate in fundraising for the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Pledges made per mile and individual contributions are welcome. For additional information about the Walk to Cure Diabetes or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, please contact Mary Bungum or visit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation websiteat This collaboration to raij research money has already brought tl members of Orchestra together and will also unite the participating members of Maine South. The orchestra encourages you to join them.



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Prairie State Scholars

These are the students who exceeded the state standards of the Prairie State Achievement Exam, taken in 2003. These scores show that abnost 25'7c of the Class of 2004 went above the state standards on the tests. These students will he recognized as Maine South PSAE Star Scholars by the Illinois State Board of Education and receive a certificate for their achievement of the Scholar Award. 5-Star: Kevin Aumiller. Malt Balogh, Matt Bochenek. Elizabeth Bozek, Monika Bysiecki. Kara Collins. Jonathan Davis. Ellen Dwyer. Claire Elderkin, Andrea Famham, Rory Hand, Jennifer Heffeman, Brian Huser. Laura Jacox, Kristina Johnson. Jesse Kramer, Cheuk Lau. Traci Leslie, Kathryn Lieber. Henry Lil'ton, Matt Lucas, Frank Macino, Laura Martini, Michael McCortney. Edward Mueller. Lisa Nickele. Nicholas Noble, Eric Percak. Matt Perille. Joel Portertleld Simon Prucnal, Alexandra Rhine Courtney Romba. Michael Saeiim Joyceann Santos. Su/.anne Schomack Julie Shanahan. James Simmons, Monica Slanczyk, Michael Verrc, Dane Volden, Brian Zande. Krystyna Zwolinski

4-Star: Thomas Anderson. Hilary Antosh. Dan Archer. Alison Baiaskoviis. Anna Banc, Thomas Bellino, Anne Berndston. Craig Braun, Kevin Collins, Margaret Darr, Alycia Dinverno. Ken DoUaske. Megan DuPonl, Amy Fink, Mark France, Eric Gamble, Laura Garofalo. Elizabeth Gorski, Emily Harbert. Michael Helfgot, Marta Kowalcyk, Sarah Landolfi, David Landreth, Amy Lewensky. Megan Loughran, Melissa Mammel, Kaiilin Moran, .Sarah Nicholus, Ismene Potakis, Jan Prcjzner, Stephanie Righeimer, Mary Rooney. Heidi Rose, Nicholas Santoro, Robert Schaul. Peter Schwich, Raquel .Scianna, Caroline Slezak, Rio Smith. Adam Sodini. Adrianna Stasiuk, Corydon Storer. Maciek Subotowicz, Mallory Summers. Mark Tabeau, Amanda Tworek. Hayley Wolt'cale, Monika Woznicka. Markus Zei

Maine Township High School District 207 College Night

3-Star: Ah in Baetiong, Angela Baker. Jerzy Banasiak, Jennifer Begich. Kyle Belts. Craig Briars. Lee Camarano. Kevin Cassidy. Daniel Cirillo. Michael Clark. Kara Clifton. Angela Erne. Kira Fcdyniak. Brian Filippini, Anna Gartner, Kristin Geneseke. Dan Glowen, Robert Grob, Marie Guillo. William Haley, Grace Hollander. Kristina Kalz. Brian Keady. Prisciila Kosloski, Mark Kruk. Allison Lardner, Amanda Lewensky. Ashley Lewensky. Kathryn Lukas, Joseph Luzio. Andrew Maratea. Jolanta Marszalek. Carla Molina, David Muntean. Nicholas Nabcr. Eric Nelson. Margaret Norris, Nick NorthfelL Damian Oleksiuk. Michael Pagliari. Robert Riddle. Jennifer Sanders. James Sapieka! Emma Sarran. William Schmidt. Claudia Sulkowski. Matt Toisch. Richard Vucich. Jason Ziots


by Ashley Rezaeizadeh College Night is just around the comer, which many juniors, seniors, and sophomores plan on attending. It is strongly suggested that if students are juniors or seniors that they attend College Night because of the variety of colleges that will be there, along with personal conversations with representatives from colleges that enable one to ask questions that perhaps the pamphlets cannot answer. This year College Night, hosted by District 207, is being held at Maine East High School, 2601 W. Dempster St., on Wednesday, September 24 from 7:00- 9:00 p.m. The college buffs ^should gear up for over 200 colleges and universities; prepare by making labels for the college information cards since there will be a lot of ground to cover in just two hours. The college booths offer the student

an insight to college campuses, tuition, admission, and the curriculum. Some of the colleges that are scheduled to be there include Augustana College, Arizona State University, Colorado State University, DePaul University, Drake University, Elmhurst College, Harvard University, Knox College, Lawrence University, Marquette University, Northwestern University, Oakton Community College, and Triton College. In addition to all those colleges, there will be two financial aid seminars in the auditorium at 7:20p.m. and 8:20 p.m. by Carolyn Lindley, Director of Financial Aid at Northwestern University. Come prepared to talk and perhaps visit a couple of colleges that you don't know. Bring friends, car pool, and be sure to pick up a College Night program right away.

Homecoming Festivities Friday, September 19 2:00 p.m.- Homecoming Activities Assembly Saturday, September 20 10:00 a.m.- Homecoming Parade 11:30 a.m.- Football Begins (S-V) vs. Deerfield (Wilson Field) 7:30-10:30 p.m.- Homecoming Dance (Spectator Gym)


Com m e n t a ry

SOUTHWORDS September 13. 2003«VOL. 40, NO. 2

Student Opinion By Kristi Katz Reality has set back in. School has been back in session for a month now. and fluffy homework assignments we received during the first two weeks have vanished. Now the real work starts. Back to bell schedules, homework, practices, rehearsals, and club meetings. And for the seniors, there's that extra weight we are all carrying around along with our backpacks: college applications. In just a mere six months, most of us will know where we will be heading to for the next four years of our lives, but the real work comes in the mean time. Not only do we have to decide where to apply, but we also have to write the most amazing application essay so that the college of our choice cannot turn us down. And when that agony has passed, there is the excruciatingly long period of time we have to wait for the all important acceptance letters. Out of the entire process, by far, the hardest part will be deciding where to apply. When I was a junior, I started to think, "Where do I want to go to college?" but that question soon turned into "What if the college I want to go to doesn't accept me?" or "How do 1 choose the college that is right for me?" and the original question, more often than not, got swept under the rug. Don't let this be you. Don't let fear keep you from exploring your college options. I finally got over my fear this summer, and realized that it was time to start seriously considering my future. I went out on a flurry of college visits in a span of two weeks" time during August, but even then. 1 felt that I was very far behind. So, my advice to all of you sophomores and juniors, and yes, even freshmen, is to overcome your fear of the unknown, and start seriously looking at colleges now. Don't wait and be like me. The sooner you start thinking, the easier the decision will be when it comes time to choose a college. Go out there and find your college.

Money Well Spent By Annie Bernstein For me, the one thing that eased the pain of coming back to school this year was learning that the library got new carpets. Thank goodness. Wasn't that carpeting just disgusting last year? Those...water stains? Is that what some librarians claimed was the problem? Certainly the carpet's state of filth was much more distracting than the sparkling clean girls' locker room and the beautiful montage of pea-green and barforange lockers that line our hallways. And if one thing's for sure, that carpet was in sorrier shape than our immaculate washroom facilities. That toilet seat decorated with hundreds of cigarette-butt bums in the first-floor of the A-wing has become a special symbol at Maine South. Also, I for one am relieved that the passionate messages engraved in the bathroom stalls by so many of Maine South's most promising students are in no foreseeable danger of destruction. Heaven forbid those painstakingly inscribed legacies should be erased with the swift stroke of a paintbrush; or, even worse, replaced by stalls with full, functioning doors. While I have no problem with being on display to all passersby while trying to relieve myself, imagine the frustration I would experience if I were to glance at the place where my favorite message used to be, only to discover that is has been heartlessly destroyed? In addition to the aesthetic beauty of our bathrooms, 1 am glad we are not using our

resources to weed out those responsible for ensuring that our restrooms are perpetually graced with the refreshing scent of tobacco. Please, never crack down on smoking, or any other drug usage in the bathrooms. Without that sweet, heavy, illegal perfume infusing my hair and my clothes each day, I might forget about how grateful I am for our clean, fresh washroom facilities. All mockery aside, I acknowledge that I have no right to be so critical. I have no authority and no money or position or power to enact any changes. However, 1 do believe that the physical environment in which we come to learn everyday should be more visually pleasing, more esthetically respectful, and most important, cleaner. Therefore, I'm frustrated by the remodeling decision in the library that replaced gray carpet with—more gray carpet—and a few colored rectangles. I think the library s h o u j ^ ^ be the least of the school's worries b e c a u s ^ ^ it has always been an oasis of order and cleanliness in a visual wasteland. I don't know who decides what school renovations should be funded, or if there's even money to put plans into action; however, my hope is that someone is working toward a remodeling plan that will be both cost effective and more successful in creating an environment that announces unequivocally that Maine South respects and values all learners. I'm not holding my breath.


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Commentary— 5

Student Opinion he True Problem with Airport Security

by Dave Roraff "I am a retired Marine Colonel of 26 years. I have top-secret clearance. I was a commanding officer of my squadron in Desert-Storm. I am an expert marksman in three different pistols and two different rifles. I am also a captain of a large airplane, trusted with multi-million dollar, state of the art airplanes...But, I cannot carry toenail clippers that have a file on them." -anonymous. These are the words of a pilot I interviewed, that wishes to stay anonymous for obvious (ki^ reasons. With the attacks on the World Trade towers, one realizes that airport security must be improved. There are many options to go about solcing the kdilemma, but the path that the TSA is 'following may not be correct. As quoted from Gerald Dillingham, "The human is the final arbitrator, even with sophisticated machines. If you're not really skilled at it, you can miss it." Many of the screeners, that are supposed to protect the passengers, are working for just above minimum wage, at S8.97 per hour, with/^iv benefits. If most workers quit their jobs in the first year of employment, then how can security possibly call itself adequate? The average baggage-screener only gets 40 hours of training before being hired. There is no black or white solution to this, but many shades of gray. One very logical way to improve airport security is to give the screeners more training and a decent salary. How can the nations security be paid such low wages, and expect it to keep out any terrorists? When the 9/11 tragedy occurred, the terrorists thought that if they completed their mission, they would be rewarded with access to Heaven. If one compares the two sides benefits, the t Terrorists win. Increasing the buffer zone could protect the passengers... If the terrorists aren't near

the airport when they are discovered, they can cause no harm. That is the idea thought our by the O'Hare Airport officials in Chicago, Illinois. For lack of a better word, is wrong. As Daniel Biran, a former Israeli security official says, "The problem with the U.S. system is that the TSA has invested a lot of resources in customer friendliness, but not enough in the core of the s e c u r i t y business" Also, distance does not equal safety. As Richard Bloom, >•/ "-the director of terrorism studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University says, "I have real problems with the idea that the farther you move people back, the safer you are. It may help to thwart emotionally disturbed people who show up at the airport with a gun looking for an argument, but it won't have an effect on sophisticated terrorists like the Al Qaeda" The plan to expand the buffer zone is not a proper idea . Officials of Heathrow International in Europe agree that the U.S.'s approach to anti-terrorism is incorrect, and they have even offered to lend assistance to train the screeners of the future. Common sense is a practice seemingly outlawed in the United States. The people that come home injured from war are even badgered by our so called "airport security". "His jaw wired shut from a bullet that sliced through his cheek in Afghanistan, Army Lt. Greg Miller was taking a plane home to Texas this week when airport security in San Francisco stopped him. Doctors had given Miller a pair of wire cutters to carry, in case he was choking and needed to snap open his jaw. But Airport screeners confiscated them."

Thanks to the Chicago Tribune for information.



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The football team! I love playing for the Hawks! Blake Borowski, 2007

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Art- because it gives you the freedom to be creative! It's an awesome way to express yourself. -Kim Fallico, 2007

All the different classes and clubs. It's really fun. -Natalia Urbanek, 2007


Q0mfn e Fi t ary


- Student Opinion Before school spirit, we need to decide to have any spirit at all By Katie Funkhouser Summer was time. There was time to spend with each different group of friends. There was time to spend a day in bed, and paint your toenails three times before settling on the perfect color. Sitting in the grass and thinking for as long as you felt you deserved or needed. The chirping of the crickets and sipping of the lemonade and the sting of sunburnt lips has once again become a memory of the ephemeral beauty of summer. The culture shock of school resuming has hit us all. The happiness of seeing all The people we cared about (and didn't see in July or August) has been replaced the headache resulting from seeing too much orange in the hallways, and pushing our way through the sea of freshmen. Like searching for the memory of how to roUerblade after a long winter, we find ourselves trying to remember how to divide our time between different groups of friends. We curse our lockers, our locks, our books, our backpacks, and everyone sitting around us during class. The breakup of our

summer romance lingers in a corner of the mind; the smell of cigarette smoke permeates the stagnant bathroom air. The upperclassmen remind themselves that this is how they feel ever September. There's nothing different about this year, right? I disagree. This year, hiding in the tobacco smoke, the imitation Ebonics, the orange lockers and greasy air of the cafeteria is a chance for change. My freshman year, I was shocked at the fact that the people surrounding me in the halls (larger, older, cooler) actually liked school. It was okay to wear a sweatshirt that said "Maine South," and people actually cared when an athletic team won a game. There was warmth and a pride in our orange and glassy building. People blame the lack of pride to the loss ofthe football team's "state champion" title, to the fact that the grades entering the school are increasingly horrible, to a lack of respect from teachers to students and vice versa. Everyone has seen a deterioration of the

Student Profile What is your name and what grade are you in ? Steven Saltarelli What year are you in ? I'm a junior. Why do you deserve to exist? I don't. What's the best thing that happened to you today? Corinne [Ullrich] made fun of me. If you could be any vegetable, which one would you be? A zucchini... because it's cool. What are you afraid of? Drowning.

What's your favorite quote? "Friends are the people who annoy you with the least consistency." -Corinne Ullrich What makes you different from other people? My beautiful soul. What are you afraid of? Drowning If you could change one thing about the world we live in. what would it be? I'd make days longer. What can you do well? Obey Orders What's your favorite band? Godspeed Black Emporer.

school. As blatantly as things have gone downhill, it is obviously "someone else's" fault. Regardless of whom we can pin the blame on, we all feel the effects of the change of spirit in our school. Attending football games with painted faces will not curb what we are rapidly becoming. Rather, the vast majority of us would need to make a conscious decision to change the atmosphere of the school. What some would define as "school spirit" and others would call "making an attempt to keep school as bearable as possible" needs to be manifested. If we decide to treat everyone we see well, people will feel safer in the building. If there was ever a time for change, this would be it. We have a new principal and seven hundred million freshmen to show how we want school to be. There will be aspects of this school that I will never like. Our school is a cantaloupeuninteresting looking on the outside, a n c ^ ^ orange and sticky within. Yet I'm inside t h l ^ ^ rinds with over two thousand people in the exact same situation. There is a laughable quality to this place that can bind us together, if we're ready to stop complaining and change. Before a resurgence in school spirit, there has to be spirit in general. The majority of us are unhappy, let's change things. If everyone here gave five people a day a warm look, school would be a better place by October. Summer was time. Now, we decide what we want the fall to be. Why are you allowing yourself to be interrogated like this? I'm avoiding homework. What video or cartoon character do you find most attractive? Aeris from FF7. Which do you identify with most? Kmart. Kohl's, Wal-Mart, Target, Sears, Jewel, Walgreens, or Sam's club? Jewel, I work there. If you could be any animal, what would (J be? A monkey. What's your favorite color? Green




The new man on campus by Kara Collins The beginning of a new school year always brings fresh, new faces to Maine South. This year, along with over 600 new freshmen, there are twenty-one new faculty members at Maine South. Replacing Dr. Cachur as principal is Mr. David Claypool. Mr. Claypool graduated from Eastern Illinois and then went to graduate school at Northern Illinois. He became a teacher and a principal for the same reasons. He loves working with both teachers and students to promote learning. He worked at Reed-Custer High School from 1988 to 1994, where he taught English and coached football and girls' basketball. He then taught here at Maine South from 1994 to 2002. During his time at Maine South, he was an English teacher and football coach. He was also the English Department Chair ' here. Last year, he left Maine South to be the Assistant Principal for Instruction at Maine West. Maine South has an "incredible reputation for excellence- in the classroom and throughout the co- and extra-curricular programs," which is why he loves it here so much. Mr. Claypool is very excited to be reunited with the "most professional, creative and conscientious people I've ever known." Throughout the school year he hopes to be involved with the students' lives both in the classroom and out of the classroom. He

Mr. Claypool has been married for 14 years to his wife Katie and they have two kids: Conner, who is 8, and Lauren, who is 5. Whether it is watching his son play flag football or his daughter create art projects, he just enjoys spending time at home with his family. He loves sports, especially baseball and football, and even once was a T.V. sports reporter for an ABC affiliate in Decatur, Illinois. During the summer, he plays baseball in his backyard where he has a diamond set up. Mr. Claypool also enjoys all types ofjazz, from Miles Davis to Clifford Brown to John Coltrane. Mr. Claypool is very excited to be back at Maine South. He is ready to begin his time here as principal and hopes that together "we can take an outstanding school and make it even better!"

is already involved in the students' lives. He is currently visiting the English classes, meeting with students or attending Maine South sporting events. He also wants to work closely with the faculty at Maine South and get involved with the instructional practices. Improving the civility of our school is also important to Mr. Claypool. "I hope to instill a sense of community in Maine South." This growing sense of community can already be felt as Hawk Pride is displayed throughout the school.

New Staff Administrators: Mr. David Claypool, Dr. Patricia Duggan Applied Arts & Technology: Laura Frayn, Thomas Krause ARC: James Crawford English: Elizabeth Eckhardt, Melissa Groner. Alex Stacey Mathematics: Kevin Hurley, Tony Lavorato, Amy Kudlov, Kara Monier Physical Education: Jennifer Roddick-Small, Adam York Science: Lisa Hoogenboom Social Science: Michael Biondo, Andy Trenkle Special Education: Phillip Butera, Tessa Robinson, Kathleen Repple, Bonnie Russell

SOUTHNVORDS A student-produced newspaper of:

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




Introducing the

bv Kara Collins and Corinne Ullrich

Michael Biondo

At the end of the last school year, Mr. Biondo was a substitute in the Social Science department. Like several of the other new teachers, the "academic excellence" at Maine South drew him here. He teaches World Cultures, Accelerated US History and Law in American Society. Mr. Biondo attended Dominican University, and has held several jobs in historical fields, including one at the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.. He served internships at the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest. He is passionate about Social Science and hopes to inspire his students as well. Mr. Biondo likes to read, go to movies, watch "The West Wing," and play tennis.

than her own three kids. She is familiar with ^^^^ finding a position teaching Auto District 207 because she was a student at Fundamentals and Computer Aided Maine East as well as a student teacher here Designing. Mr. Krause attended Hinsdale last fall. Laura attended St. Joseph's Central and Illinois State University. He College and Roosevelt University. Some was formerly a teacher at East Leyden. of her hobbies are working out. gardening, After hearing many positive things about and spending time with her family, which Maine South, he decided he wanted to teach includes listening to her son's band, NLO. here. One of his main goals for the year is A goal for Mrs. Frayn is to help her students to get to know his students. He also wants understand the larger world and be prepared to share his knowledge with them. Mr. for it. Krause enjoys video games (his favorite is Gran-Turismo). He is "a die-hard Cubs fan" and also likes to watch college basketball. His favorite band is Led Zeppelin, and he ff thinks that the students are the best part of the Maine South experience.

Amy Kudlov

Ms. Kudlov attendec^^B Washington University and Northwestern and then Elizabeth i taught at Best Practice High Eckhardt School in Chicago before Miss Eckhardt has arriving at Maine South this become busy teaching year. She teaches math and English II and English III enjoys solving problems hrom left to Right: Ms. Roddick-Small. Mr Biondo, Mr Krause, Ms. Frayn and helping others to better while also coaching the girls' varsity tennis team, Photo b\ Kilex Borowski understand the world but she thinks that it is around them. She said, "I completely worth it. She finds her students wanted to be at a school that Lisa Hoogenboom to be "friendly and polite" and loves really is the BEST! That's why I came to Lisa Hoogenboom believes that being a Maine South." Not only is she an excellent coaching a group of "great girls." After teacher is the best job that there is. She teacher, but she is also a very athletic one. attending DePauw University and the teaches Chemistry II, and Lisa has always She enjoys running and playing soccer and University of Chicago. Elizabeth taught at liked the subject. She decided to take a job has already run three marathons! She is very Maine West. She hopes that Maine South at Maine South, because she had heard that happy to be here at Maine South. will live up to its wonderful reputation and it was a g reat school. Lisa attended that she can have fun teaching her students Northwestern and she previously taught at Tony Lavorato to appreciate literature. In her spare time. West Leyden and Loyola Academy. Her Miss Eckhardt sleeps as much as she can. Mr. Lavorato is not only a math teacher, hobbies include soccer, traveling, and eats sushi, and tries to train her puppy. shopping. Some of her favorite things are but also the new head boys' basketball coach chocolate, the color red. and watching at Maine South this year. Basketball is his Laura Frayn "CSI." She says that the students are the favorite spwrt.. He also loves Sports Center. Before becoming a teacher. Mrs. Frayn best part of the school, and she hopes that He went to Augustanaand Governor's State _ held an executive position at a they can enjoy chemistry as she does. University. He then taught at Rochelle Higli^A manufacturing company. She changed School and Homestead High School in F o r t ^ ^ careers and is now teaching Intro to Wayne. For the past six years he has taught TJ Krause Business and Entrepreneurship because she at Stagg High School. Now. he is teaching Before coming to Maine South and at Maine South and feels right at home wanted to have an impact on more teenagers




new staff members because his favorite colors are red and white, and he went to high school with Mr. Smith and Mr. Shepard. On the weekends he spends time with his wife and ten month old daughter. Mr. Lavorato is excited to be sharing his knowledge of both basketball and mathematics with the students here at Maine South.

Kara Monier

staff here and the wonderful students make her love Maine South and there is no doubt that they will lead her to success.

Jennifer Roddick-Small Ms. Roddick-Small came to Maine South after teaching at Holmen Middle School in Wisconsin. She graduated from

Comm. She was an undergrad at Elmhurst College and went to Governor's State University for graduate school. She likes working with children, and she formerly worked in Lincolnshire at the Lara Sprague Elementary School. Mrs. Russell lives in Park Ridge: her son graduated from Maine South last year and her daughter is currently a junior. She likes to eat homemade food, walk her dog, ride her bike, read, and show school spirit by attending football games.

Ms. Monier teaches at both Maine South and Maine West. She teaches Algebra I and Advanced Alex Stacey Algebra and Trig. Making Mr. Stacey student taught a difference in children's here and knew right away lives is why she chose to that he wanted to teach here, become a teacher. Kara where there are such intergraduated from the esting and exciting students University of Illinois at and staff. He graduated Champaign and then from Northwestern Univerktaught at Grayslake High sity and teaches English I 'School, where she and II here. "I want students coached the freshman to have fun learning about girls' soccer team, before the power and beauty of lanarriving at Maine South. guage and communication." She says, "I chose Maine He loves music, playing the South because of the guitar and used to write mureputation of excellence sic reviews for an entertainhere." She hopes that all From left to Right: Ms. Eckhardt. Mr. Stacey, Ms. Groner ment website. Baseball is of her students will be Photo bv Kilev Borowski his favorite sport. He can able to understand the be found at Wrigley Field importance of mathematics. Aside from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, during his free time. He is excited about being a math teacher, Ms. Monier loves to which is in her home town, and teaches having his first teaching experience here and work out and play sports. She can also be Health and RE. She loves teaching kids, hopes to share his enthusiasm with others. found watching her favorite TV show, running, playing soccer and watching the "Friends," or snacking on some chocolate Packers play football. The first time she set Adam York chip cookies. She already loves the foot in Maine South she said, "I could feel friendliness of the entire school, especially the positive energy in the air. I knew that "To be able to influence young people's the faculty. this was a place that I would feel good about lives is a very powerful thing," stated Mr. coming to work at everyday!" She hopes to York. He became a teacher to do just that. Tessa Robinson be able to motivate her students to learn and He has already taught at Proviso West High Ms. Robinson also student taught here grow. The pride displayed by everyone here School after graduating from Elmhurst and went to neighboring Maine West for is a quality that she loves. She will be able College and hopes to teach the values of high school. She graduated from to add to the "norm" of excellence that she fitness and sport while teaching P.E. at Northeastern University and teaches Special sees here everyday. Maine South. Mr. York is a busy man and is Ed. And English. Her goal this year is to getting married on Nov. 8. He also finds "help my students improve their reading and time to play sports, listen to country music, Bonnie Russell writing abilities." She loves teaching, watch "Seinfeld.'" eat pizza and just hang gymnastics, reading, relaxing, watching Mrs. Russell is a new speech pathologist out with his friends. He is looking forward "Seinfeld" and just spending time with in the Special Education department. She to spending time with the great faculty and family and friends. The family feel of the works in speech therapy and teaches Oral students here.

Sports 10 Pain, suffering, and the coach


by Henry Lifton Maine South cross country has set its sites once again on reaching the state meet in November, but without arduous labor on the track, trails, and paths around Maine South, little will be accomplished. Every member is committed to this ideal, unfortunately so is our coach. Coach Nordahl loves to drive the players into the ground with his workouts. The upside is that nobody, nobody is going to out kick

these boys. Also unfortunate is that the team was not prepared for their first race against Maine West and Maine East. On Tuesday September 2, the Hawks ran, lost to Maine West, and beat Maine East at the District 207 meet. The Hawk's first runner was Lee Camarano with a time of 16:23 and he was followed by Greg Udzielak, Pat Moran. Henry Lifton, Mike Verre. Brian Ruder.

Mark Fulara. and Matt Lucas, in that order. What the team recognizes was that the most important part of the season is the end, not the beginning. The Hawks will run on Saturday September 6 and Tuesday September 9 in the Lyons Invite and at home against Fenwick. The teamis going to run the last mile under four minutes and they dare anyone to stay with them.

by Kara Collins through shin splints to place second for the Una. Dos, Tres-Hawks Fly Together. This is the cheer for the Girls' Cross- second straight meet. Her time was also unbelievable at 19:27. country team here at Maine South. Flying through next was the sensational Tthese girls can actually fly... past their Annie Eriksson, who placed sixth overall. opponents. After opening the season with a second The Hawks were also helped with solid place finish on September 2 at Maine East, performances by seniors Claire Forde, the girls flew home to race Fenwick. The Stephanie Righeimer and Kara Collins. Hawks were led by Kim Coppin, who Freshmen Laura McGinnis and Jaclyn Aniol placed first for the second straight meet. She also had remarkable runs and contributed posted an incredible time of 18:59, a greatly to the Hawks success. Although they are yet to win first place, personal best and a Maine South record for the 3-mile run. Her sister, Katie Coppin, ran the Hawks aren't discouraged, especially

after the amazing performances against Fenwick. The varsity runners flew down to Peoria on September 13 to run in a 40- team invite at Detwiler Park, home of the state meet. After another extraordinary race in Peoria and at home on Tuesday, the Hawks will head to Downers Grove tomorrow hoping to capture a victory on Homecoming. Come out and watch these girlsflytl victory in the next and last home meet of the season, Senior Day, at 4:30 on Tuesday, September 30.

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H3\A/k Highlights 9/19



% 9/22

Cross Country Football

vs. Deertield 2pm


@ Highland Park 12pm

vs. GBN 4pm

@ Sandburg 1pm

vs. Maine West 4:45pm

Boys'Soccer Girls'Volleyball

@ ME Invite 5pm


vs. GBS 3:30pm @ Loyola 4:30pm

Hawk Invite 9am vs. Leyden 5 pm

vs. Loyola 4pm

@ New Trier 5 pm

@ ME Invite 5pm

Boys'Golf Girls'Tennis

9/23 @ Waukegan 4:30pm

@ Leyden West Ham

@ Evanston J 4:30pm


n 窶「Hawks start season strong SOUTHWORDSEPTEMBER 19, 2003ツォVOL. 40, NO. 2

by Steve Contomo It was decided before the game, before the season, that the Hawks must beat Lincoln Way East. The thought of last year's loss pushed them to lift more, run more and study more film. It worked. Lincoln Way East didn't stand a chance, even though for the first six minutes everything was going their way because of turnovers. But the Hawks didn't let it bother them. They quickly made up for it when Sean Price hit Alberto DeCicco for a 25 yard touchdown pass.

Price picked apart the Griffin's secondary, going 23 for 33 for 319 yards. Brian Schlitter turned in a great performance at wide reciever, having 7 catches for 115 yards. DeCicco finished with 72 yards and Mike Labus had 86 recieving yards. While the offense seemed like it was starting to find its groove, the defense looked like it had been playing together since the beginning of time. They only allowed 150 total yards, and only 22 after the first half. Don Durbin ended up with 11 tackles and 1 sack, Mike Labus with 6 tackles for loss,

and linebacker Rick Loera racked up 10 tackles. A solid secondary performance from Steve Truty and Mike Bello prevented the Griffins from making big plays. The final score was 17 to nothing after Matt Blair, who went perfect on extra points, kicked a 29 yard field goal. At the end of the game, as the visiting fans shook the stands, as the players HooRah'd, and as Steve Telkamp finalized the stats. Coach Inserra and his crew looked on, indoubtedly thinking one thing- it could be a good season.

Soccer tackles tough foes

by Matt Perille The boys' soccer season is now underway. The team began with the Barrington Tournament, the toughest preseason tournament in the state. The Hawks started off on the wrong foot, falling 1-0 to a mediocre eneva squad. Geneva scored on their only ^ . shot, while Maine South failed tofindthe back of the net. Their next game was the following night against the second ranked Barrington Broncos. After a rousing speech by Tony Cordaro and Zach Bachmeier. the Hawks put out a

Str/'ng/ng up by AnnieSerndston Under the wonderful new coaching of Ms. Eckhardt, the Maine South varsity girls' tennis team has gotten off to a great start. While the season hasn't kicked into gear just yet. the girls have been pracficing hard and preparing for the busy upcoming weeks. Even though swarms of bees, hornets , wasps, yellowjackets. and other vicious stinging insects have taken over the courts, the players keep at it. their desire to improve prevailing over their fear of huge bee stingers. The team captains, seniors Ellen Dwyer and Vanessa Kaegi, will surely live up to their duties of encouraging team unity and, of course, organizing pasta parties. As for I the junior varsity squad, coached by the extraordinary Mrs. Miller, they are an impressive group of hard-working girls窶馬o excepfions. By the looks of the girls on the team this year, girls' tennis is in good hands.

stellar performance for the rowdy fan sec- portunities to score, the Hawks were unable tion that night. The match finished in a 0-0 to finish and the match ended in a 1-1 tie. Revenge came that Saturday, as Maine tie, with an amazing individual effort by goalie Brandon Simmons, preserving the South beat Lake Zurich 5-0, with five difshutout. In their final game of pool play of ferent forwards scoring. the tournament, Maine South needed a "W" The varsity soccer team is looking ahead against #10 Liberty ville to advance to the in their schedule, where they will face very third place game. stiff compefition. Their next game is agaisnt After going down 1-0 following a ques- a tough Hersey squad this Saturday at Wiltionable penalty kick call, the Hawks battled son Field. If the team continues to score and work back as Jeff Weiner notched the team's first goal of the season. Despite numerous op- together, the sky's the limit for the season.

Let there be light by Greg Mitchell The first night football game in Maine South history will be played against Glenbrook South at 7 pm on September 25th. Eighteen portable lights will be rented through a construction company for the night. The costs for the lights will come from the fundraising efforts of the football team, not from the school's funds. There are a couple main reasons why Wilson Field does not have permanent lights. The first being that when the stadium was built in the 1960's lights were never considered, because back then nght games were uncommon. The second being that our wonderful campus is built on a landfill, thus the ground is very unstable. Because of this the cost of installing lights would be very costly. For example, a normal goal post is laid in a six foot concrete sleeve for support, however on

Wilson Field the goal posts are supported through 24 foot concrete sleeves. The concrete support sleeves for the press box go down 36 feet, three times as much space then there is above ground. The residential area next to the stadium also poses a problem to the issue of permanent lights. One of the main reasons behind night games are they draw more fans. However, since our football program is so succesful, attendence is not an issue. Nights games would also cause problems because there would more traffic and the need for more staff to help run the game. "Night football games would make the game like Graduation, crowd and traffic wise,' says Athletic Director Jim Rees. Also on this night, former principal Dr. Thomas Cachur will be inducted into the Maine South Coaching Hall of Fame as a friend of Maine South Athlefics.


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

To get nowhere, follow the crowd by Adrianna Stasiuk The girls' varsity volleyball team definately did not follow the norm in volleyball workout regimens this past week. Thirteen girls in bikinis walked into the Maine South pool only to get eyed f)eculiarly by the girls swim team. Who would work out in bikinis anyway? Junior right side hitter Brittany Zwolfer defended, "I couldn't find my one piece!" One piece or two, the volleyball team proceeded to work hard in the pool, using the water's resistance for plyometrics and strength training. "We have to start toning up to look good in our new uniforms," senior Katie Waller said of their new workouts. Senior defensive specialist Alex Aufmann, who was sick for tryouts, used the workouts to get back in shape: "Yeah, my heavy feet aren't weighing me down anymore." The girls will take their pool workouts a step further, and have volunteered to help the swim team out by being backups in case a swimmer is injured

or sick for meets. But don't be fooled, these girls play volleyball too. Practices have looked promising, and the girls had their first game on Tuesday. September 2 against Maine East. The girls energetically swept maine

East in their season opener. Senior transfer and co-captain Katie Lapinski, aclose relative of Tara Lapinski, '97 US National Skating Champion, was especially excited to play her old school. "Yeah, I don't think they like me very much," Katie said after receiving a particularly slippery handshake from her former teammate. Over the weekend of Sep-

tember 5 and 6, the girls competed in the prestigious Early Bird Tournament held at Conant and Fremd High Schools. On Friday, the 5th. the girls swept the competition, beating all three teams they played-including Shaumburg. Lake Zurich, and Harlem. Because of their great performance on Friday, the Hawks found themselves in the championship bracket the following day at Fremd. Here, the girls went head to head with St. Frances, and were unfortunately unal^ to pull out a win. ")! ' # girls then competed foT third place against Pius, and played an amazing match, taking them to three games. Fortunately, the Hawks pulled through for a victory and a beautiful 3rd place plaque to bring home to Mr. Claypool. With a game and tournament under their belt, the Hawks look for success in the Maine East Tournament they will be competing in over Homecoming weekend. These girls are serious and are not going to follow the crowd.

T h e s e girls a r e r e a d y to \A/in by Kristi Katz New golf bags, new polo shirts, new hats-the Maine South girls' golf team looks like an entirely new team. But new equipment and apparel aren't the only reasons why the girls look like a new team; their low scores are evidence that this year the girls mean business. Each match, the team's scores seem to drop lower and lower. Seniors Kristi Katz and Dana Tourloukis lead the team, with lone junior Meredith Wisnewski. not far behind. The bulk of the team, though, is made up of sophomores Katie Katz, Melissa Miller, Katie Holmes,

Veronica Polston, and Aileen Farrell. There is also a group of newcomers in the freshmen, who show immense promise; Emily Miller, Kelly Connell, and Liz Rizzo. This young team is hoping for a strong future, but the Hawks are not looking to the future for success. The team has high goals for the 2003 season, and they have every intention of fulfilling them. One goal of the team is to keep the team score lower than 200. So far, the girls have been achieving their goals. At the team's first meet agains Glenbrook South, the team shot a collective 192, with Kristi

Katz shooting a 42 and Katie Katz with a 48, and Melissa Miller coming in with a 49. Next came the Wildkits from Evanston, and the girls were ready for a victory, and that is exactly what they earned. Kristi Katz pounded out a 36. while Katie Katz and Melissa Miller both shot a 44, and Meredil i t l ^ Wisnewski rounding out the top four wit 57. for a combined score of 181. The HawkT have had some down time, but are now ready for the grueling schedule ahead. With two invitationals and the CSL Conference match in two weeks, the girls are ready to win.

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