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Recognition of College and University Scholarships

Applied Arts and Tech nology Award: Andrew Zwickv

Art Award: Dana Szafranski

4M Business Award: Brian Halloran

English Award: Kelley Hungerford

Augustana College-Art Scholarship-£//;afce//2 Ryan Augustana College-Dean's Scholarship-£//ca/?(?r/! Ryan Augustana College-Naeseth Writing SchoiarshipElizabeth Ryan Augustana College-Theater ScholarshipElizaberh Ryan Bradley University-Uni\ ersit\ Scholarship-/l/7//7o«v AndreanI Bradley UniversityLegacy Scholarship-Abigayle Walsh Bradley UniversityPresidential Scholar-Ahigayle Walsh Ball State University- Presidential Scholarship-£r/c Limdberg Baylor University-Dean's Scholarship-/^//^ Heftier Bethel University-Faculty Scholarship-Caro///;e Park Butler University-Fairvieu Scholarship- Lauren Bull Butler University-Founder's Scholarship-7oa/7/ja Parypinski Butler University-Honors ProgramJacqueline Kelts Butler University-McKesson Foundation. Inc.- Joanna Parypinski Butler UniversityTrustee Scholarship-7ac(7//e//;ie Kelts Carroll CollegeLeadership Scholarship-£/n//v Sc/zwa/rc Carroll CollegeSTAR Scholars Program-f/H/'/v Schmaltz Carroll College-Trustee Scholarship-£////7v Schmaltz Carthage College-Academic Honors Scholarship-Car/e/o/j 5. Gartner College of Sante Fe-Christian Brothers GrantCaitlin Covington College of Sante Fe-Dean's Merit Scholarship-Ca/7///7 Covington DePaul UniversityDean's Scholarship-La///-e/7 Rapliael DePaul University -DePaul Scholars Award-Martin Diamond. Ryan Gavin DePaul University-Presidential Scholar-A'a/e Zelic Dominican University-Dean's Scholarship-A'ara//> Tlwmpson Elmhurst College- Dean's Scholarship-MarA Corsello. Sarah Tyre Elmhurst College Grant-MarACorsello Elmhurst College-Presidential ScholarshipKenneth Kellner George Washington Universityl^residential Academic Sc\\o\ar-Annette Dean Gettysburg CoJIege-Dean's Scholarship-Andrew Lieber Hope College-Presidential Scholar-r/zereia Klepitsch. Hope College-Presidential Scho\ar-Jessica Kohnen. Illinois Institute of Technology-Henr\ T. Heald ScholarshipDavid Brady. Christopher Kleehammer. Richard Rokita Illinois Institute of Tec\mo\Qgy-Christopher Kleehammer Illinois Wesleyan University-Alumni Scholarship-Cara Deverman. Scott Maturno. Rhiannon Steffen. Robert Tazioli Illinois Wesleyan-School of Music Aw ard-Cara Deverman Illinois Wesleyan UniversitySchool of Music Scholarship-77mo//7y Berg Indiana

Family/Consumer Sciences Award: Britt Torger

University-Faculty Award-Eric Cameron, Michael Prendergast Indiana University-Kelly School of Business An ard-£r/c- Cameron. Ryan Mirow Indiana University-Hutton Honors Co\\c°e-Ryan Mirow Indiana UniversityIndiana Faculty Avvard-/?ya/7 Mirow Lawrence University-Ensemble Award-Claire Griebler Lawrence University-Legacy ScholarshipClaire Griebler Lewis University-Bishop Bernard Shell Scholarship-£//-a/)(?r/7 Rizzo Lewis University-Frank J. Lewis ScholarshipNicholas Terleckyj. Amanda Theel Lewis University- LaSallian Grar\\-Marin Roman Lincoln College-Academic Merit SchoiarshipDaniel Wolski Loyola University-Trustee Scholarship-/ka//!er/'/7e Mahler Marquette University-College of Business Administration Award-Katerina Burke Marquette UniversityIgnatius Scholarship for Academic AchievementKaterina Burke Marquette University-Ignatius Academic Distinction Scholarship Megan Mormon. Francesca Russo. Emily Smith Marquette University-Magis ScholarshipEmily Smith Michigan State UniversityPresidential Study Abroad Scholarship-Co//ee/J Muszynski. Jonathan Pawlik Michigan State University-llniversit} Scholars Award-Colleen Muszynski, Jonathan Pawlik Milwaukee School of Engineering-Academic ScholarshipMichael'L^nnarson Montana State UniversityAchievement Award-Charlotte Hrickson North Park University-Dean's Award-Jennifer Bulinski Northwestern University-£'u'e/(/7a L^wandowska Northwestern University-Honors Program in Medical Education-A'n5/e/7 Unti Seton Hall University- University ScholarshipNicholas Ryter St. Louis University-Dean's Scholarship-Me//.S5a Jeski St. Norbert CollegePresidential Scholarship-Cara Tazioli St. Norbert College-Reverend Dennis M. Burke Award-Cara Tazioli St. Norbert College-Van Dyke Award-Ryan Carmichael, Anne Mueller SL Olaf College-Buntrock Scholars Y*rooram-James Jaffe SL Olaf College-National Merit Scholarship Award-James Jaffe Stanford University-

Foreign Language Award: Maura Schelhammer


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General Scho\arsh\p-Anaslasia SvetUchnaya Taylor University-Dean's Scholarship-Ja^on Stegink University of Dayton-President"s Scholar-l^Mcew/ Ziols Universitv' of Illinois at U r b a n a — C h a m p a i g n - Chancellor ScholarMaiira Schelhammei: Alexandra Timm University of Illinois at Urbana—ChampaignJames Scholar Grant Honors Program-Da«/e/ Bergren, Christopher Dardi. Abigail Kiem. Maura Schelhammer University of Illinois at U r b a n a - C h a m p a g n e - P r e s i d e n t " s Award PTOgram-Danielle Toiirtillott University of • Louisiana-Academic Scholarship-A/a^/zeu' Campbell University' of Notre Dame-Robert Pacione University of t h e Pacific-NCAA Division 1 Athletic Scholarship for VolleyballKristaps Staks University of the PacificRegents" Scholarship- Kristaps Staks University of St. T h o m a s - S t . T h o m a s S c h o l a r s h i p Jennifer Cielinksi University of Tulsa-Provost S c h o l a r s h i p - 7 a c o 6 Wilson U n i v e r s i t y of Wisconsin—Madison-Vilas Equity ScholarshipOlya Witkowsky United States Air ForceAir Force ROTC Scholarship- David Brady Valparaiso University-Gift Award-£n>7 Doherty V a l p a r a i s o U n i v e r s i t y - I l l i n o i s Neighbor Award-£r/« Doherty Valparaiso UniversityTheater Scholarship-£n>7 Doherty. Valparaiso University- Presidential Scholarship-Andrew Schwich, V a l p a r a i s o U n i v e r s i t y - Alumni Heritage Award-Andrew Schwich, Wagner College-Dean's Scholarship for AcademicsCatherine DelMedico Wagner College-NCAA Division 1 Athletic Scholarship for SoccerCatherine DelMedio

Organization Scholarships Advocate Lutheran General Hospital- Service League Internship Kaitlin Annimzio, Charlotte Erickson A M V E T S Department of IllinoisKeith Nelson AT&T Foundation ScholarshipDaniel Bergren C h i c a g o F e d e r a t i o n of Musicians-A'e/r/; Nelson Comcast-Leaders and Achievers-KeIsey Keith Daughters of the American Revolution-Good Citizen AwardKelsey Keith Delta Kappa G a m m a Society International-Grace Chapman Recruitment

Mathematics Award: Brian Enders

Award-Alexandra Timm Des Plaines Ladies of the ElksJames Jaffe, Kelsey Keith, Alexandra Timm Discover Card Tribute Award-Kelsey Keith, Mitch Thorsen. Frank J. Lewis Scholarship- Nicholas Terleckyj. George M. Pullman Education Foundation-Pullman Foundation Scholarship-Deitei- Joern H a w k e t t e Booster BoardJessica Kohnen I C E F & Chemical Industry Council of Illinois-Illinois Chemical Education Foundation High School Scholarship-/l/e.va/7c//-t/ Timm Illinois Student Assistance Commission-Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholars-A^a//jen/7e Gaudyn. Anastasia SvetUchnaya, Jeffrey Wear Keenan/ Pierce Memorial Scholarship- Richard Macino, Kiwanis Club Park Ridge-Noon-A^e/^ev Keith. Natalie Thompson Liberty Bunk-Keith Nelson Maine South Mother's Club Scho\arships-Warda Baig, Laura Baker, Dan BallowTinnerello, Brett Beagureau, Timothy Berg, Robert Bosco. Sarah Collins. Keith Contorno, Kevin Contomo, Carly Derec. Zachaiy DiGuilio. Jessica Frank. Robert Hemphill, Kelley Hungerford. Maty Hungetford. James Jqffe. Steven Jaworski. Dewey Joern. Alexandria Johnson. Alexa Karas. John Keady Kelsey Keith. Matthew Kelly. Christopher Kleehammer. James Kiyger. Catherine Kitzmicki. Brian Landreth. Ewelina Lewandowska. Maureen Loughran. Richard Macino. Laura McGinnis, Colleen Mus:ynski, Keith Nelson, Lucy Orzechowski. Joanna Paiypinksi, Keith Patel. Mary Poliwka. Ryan Priest. Cecilia Rice, Edith Rodriguez, Esmeralda Rodriguez-Diaz, Maura Schelhammer, Rhiannon Steffen, Anastasia SvetUchnaya. Morgan Tarbutton. Alexandra Timm. Kristin Unti. Anna Wolonciej Margaret Fuller ScholarshipEwelina Lewandowska National Association of Women's Gymnastics & Judges-Ema Wachtel Scholarship AwardDanielle Tourtillott. J^adine Sterk Scholarship- Kevin Lim. National Merit Scholarship Corporation-Joanna Paiypinski, Anastasia SvetUchnaya. Kristin Unti Northwest Suburban United Way-George Gattas SchoXarshxp-Kelsey Keith Park Ridge Juniors Foundation-A't?;7/7 Nelson. Robert Pacione. Maiy Poliwka. Anastasia SvetUchnaya Park Ridge Pan-Hellenic Cinh-Laiira Baker Kaitlin Rozny. Alexandra Timm Park Ridge Presbyterian Church-Frost Endowment Scholarship-/?va« Priest Rotary Club of Chicago-O'Hare-

Social Science Award: Kelsex Keith

Science Award: Anastasia SvetUchnaya

Daniel Dace Memorial Scholarship-5ara/; Edens Sons of S p e e c h D r a m a \ \ N a r d : the American Revolution-Good Citizen Award-A^evm Mary Hungerford Lim Twentieth Century Foundation Scholarship-A^e/7/7 Nelson, Natalie Thompson WAABI-Chicago Charter-A^e/7/) Nelson Wal-Mart Foundation-Sam Walton Community Scholarship-A^e;7/7 Nelson

Music Award: Tun Berg

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Military: Scott Deering, Kristopher Rosiles. Eric Show ley Alabama: University of Alabama Maximillian Esparza. Rvan Priest Arizona: Arizona State Universtiy Anthonv Borsellino. KaitKn Crowle\. Jonell Lee, Martina Luskin Emhry-Riddle Aeronautical University Mark Szpak, University of Arizona Grace Goro. Kent Kaage. Lucas Pergande California: El Camino College James Coy Stanford University- Anastasia Svetlichnaya, Jeffrey Wear Taylor University Jason Stegink, University of the Pacific Kristaps Staks Colorado: Colorado State University Jennifer Patelski University of Colorado-Boulder John Schaefer D.C.: The George Washington University Annette Dean Florida: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Anthony Aiossa Miami University- Kristina Agase, Daria Rudavvsky, Kari Volden University of Tampa Natalia Urbanek Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design Caitlyn Soldan Illinois: American Academy of Art Martin Heratv Art Institute ofSchaumburg Nor\ in Ng Augustana College Y\ onne Kumon, Elizabeth Ryan. Robert Seivvert, Kelly Spreitzer Benedictine University Martin Gaynor Bradley University Anthonv Adreani. Elizabeth Connelh, Veronica Tolan, Abigayle Walsh College ofDuPage Paul Eafendyk Columbia College William Basso. Leila Bravo. Katelyn Daniels. Brendan Gajic. Daniel Holmes. Alana Madden. Natalia Sousanis, Britt Torger. Maria Valenciana DePaul t/rt/ve/-5ffv Alicia Apa, Timothy Aumiller. Warda Baig. Ageliki Bairaktaris, Garrett Camarano, Daniel Colapietro, Vincent Coiletti, Harrison Conners, Sabri Dade\ ski, Marin Diamond, Marcella Ferrigni, Ryan Gavin. Brian Greising, Alexandria Johnson. Ashley Koda. Susan Kulpinski. Ghia Mejicanos. Megan Meredith, Victoria Mitche\ ska, Nora O'Byme, Jillian

SoOTHwoRDS • Orlando, Lauren Pagone, Patricia Radaios, Lauren Raphael, Cecilia Rice, Mollie Sagerstrom. Kate Zelic Devry University Jorge Garcia. Brandon Kratzert, Michael Pretzer Dominican University Andrea Burton. Patryk Lewandowski. Danielle Nicholson, Edith Rodriguez. Natailie Thompson Eastern Illinois University Michael Atas. R>an McNeil, Katarzyna Paczkowska, Kimberl) Rowan Elmurhst College Ashley Arsenault, Mark Corsello. Carly Derec, Kenneth Kellner, Joanne McCluskey, Esmeralda RodriguezDiaz, Adam Tsikretsis, Sarah Tyre, Alexandra Wojciechowski Illinois Institute of Art Christopher Piszczek Illinois Institute of Techonology Da\'id Brady, Christopher Kleehammer, Richard Rokita, Jonathoan Roraff, Michael Sp\ tek Illinois State University Daniel BallouTinnerello, Michael Barone, Catherine Barrj, Amanda Brun, Keith Contorno, Kelh Cra\ens. Taylor Crow le\. Jennifer Dohert>, Tara Dovvnes, Katherine Freemon. Kerry Griffith. Steven Jauorski, Martin Jayne, Kelle> Lewnsk}, Michele Mackev, Jane Oberheide, Danielle Oberman, Amanda Sara, Alexandra Shalzi, Blair Smith. Kevin Stark, Kelh S\\eene>, Nicole Wnek, Nicolas Wolek Illinois Wesleyan University Nicholas Bursoni. Charles Capozzoli. Cara Deverman, Alexandra lorio. Scott Maturno. Daniel Rogers. Lukasz Sewera, Rhiannon Steffen, Morgan Tarbutton, Robert Tazioli, Kelsev Wechter International Academy of Design and Technology Isabelle Haas Judson College Joel Dykema Lake Forest College John Chwarzynski, Hanna Weinke Kendall College Andrew Civinelli Knox College Brigette Demke Lewis University Roman Marin, Elizabeth Rizzo, Nicole Skowronski, Nicholas Terleckvj, Amanda Theel Lincoln College-Normal Andrew Bellino, Kevin Boggs Loyola University- Daniel Altizer, Gina Czarkowski, Donata Lurka, Courtney Waller, Caitlin Wilde Mario Tricoci School of Beauty Tiffany Bartle), Kimberly Fallico North Central College Loukas Kalliantasis Northeastern Illinois University- Sharon Benavente, Gene Mueller, 01i\ ia Pefkofski, Conor Ryan, Christine Wendell Northern Illinois University Michael DeSantis, Maxwell Hester. Michael

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Michelini, Daniel Raz, Ryan Wachholder North Park University Jenmfer Bulinski, Monica Cholew inski, Brian Storce Northwestern University Bettina Chang, Sarah Collins, Mar\ Hungerford, Alexa Karas, Ewelina Lewandowska, Mar\ Poliwka, Caroline Tomas, Kristen Unti, Anna Wolonciej Oakton Community College- John Allegretti, Brian Barnes, Michael Bradle>, Sara Burghgraef, Joshua Chrisos, Deiky Colon, Grace Cruz. Sara Dow ning, James Ericksen, Gerhard Gitter, Leonard Greco. Ralph Greinke, Robert Guzaldo, Evelyn Izurieta, Karl Karrasch, Dominic Keica, Damiam Kossakowski, Kaitlin Kozubul, Nicholas LaBrose, Mark Lesny, Athina Lotito, Dominic Lundsberg, 01i\ ia Metelski. Erik Mosson, Benjamin Nelson, Joseph Nykoluk, Edward O'Connell, Elizabeth Perez, Peter Pierucci, Marcos Rios. Matthew Schneider, Ernesto Selles, Lisa Shanahan, Kile> Sotiriu, Christpoher Spunar, Elizabeth Tabin, Jeremy Wojcik, Richard Wurglitz, Eric Zingsheim Parkland College Kenneth Lounsburj Pivot Point Beauty Institute Sylwia Jozwlak Robert Morris College Marrisa Montegna, Brittan} Schultz Roosevelt University David Cupello, Vito Losuriello School of the Art Institute Chicago Louis Doulas Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Kristin Grabowski, Ashle> Grant. Fiona Hamilton, Noelle Osterberg St. Joseph College Seminary Thomas Biel Triton Community College Frank Gallo, Melisa Genis, Anthony Floss, Alexander Friel, Walter Iskra. Patrick Keenan. Konrad Kocioiek, Da\ id Niebrzydow ksi, Izabela Prokopowicz University of Chicago Elizabeth Kossnar Universal Technical Institute Daniel Henr\ ch, Christopher Keckle>, Keenan Joyce. Nicholas Tripoli University of Illinois at Chicago Daniel Baranski. Hannah Chin, Robert Christie, Mariella Cinquegrani, Jeffrey Cobb, Ashley Dichoso, Brian Halloran, Sam Helfrich, Patrick Masier, Richard Muelling, Steven Nardi. Luc\ Orzechow ski. Kelse> Pearson, Donna Ramirez, Matthew Rokita, Michele Saporito, Natalie Satko. Louis Sigioltzakis, Brent Sonin, Ashlev Tomzik, Paulina Zelkowska University of Illinois— Urbana—Champaign Michael Andreoni, Kellev Barrett. Douglas Bengston, Dwight Bennett, Timothv Berg, Daniel Bergren. Robert Bosco. Emily Bozek, Kendrahn Campbell, Kevin Contorno, Christopher Dardi. Kaitlin Dohert>, Brian Enders, Alec Fen\ niak, Mark Fiorito, Peter Gorski, Jessica Hanek, Dewev Joem,


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Scott Kardas. John Keady, Matthew Kelly. Mustapha Khan. Abigail Kiem. Kara Klaisle. James Kn.ger. Kevin Lim, Maureen Loughran. Richard Macino, Travis McChristiansen. Matthew Michaels. Zacharv Miller. Brian Montgomery. Patricia O'Donnell. Christine Oleksiuk. Matthew Saccomanno. Maura Schelhammer. Dana Szafranski Alexandra Timm. Danielle Tourtillott. Amanda White. Katrina Winogradzki. Marc Zande. Andrew Zw icky Western Illinois University Daniel Champion. Patrick D'Souza. Daniel Gerrits. Matthew Maloney. Angela Reiger, Daniel Suwinski. James Zenn William Rainey Harper College Kiley Getz Indiana: Ball State University Courtney Hoglund, Eric Lundberg, Karryn Swanson Butler University Lauren Bull. Jacqueline Kells. Krystyna Korcz, Megan Lewensky, Joanna Parypinski Indiana University at Bloomington Cara Aulisio, Eric Cameron, Philip Forys, Jessica Frank, Jonathan Gann, Sean Keady, Joe Micotto, Ryan Mirow, David Oulvey, Christine Pahlke, Brian Pientka, Michael Prendergast, Katherine Seiwert, Steven Sharp, Daniel Solomon Indiana University Northwest Alexander Previs Indiana Wesleyan University Lauren Rudd Purdue University Patrick Cassidy, Nora Dwyer, Michael Doian, Christopher Flynn, Christine Paloian, John Rademacher, Patrick Radziszewski University' of Notre Dame Gary Nickele, Robert Pacione, Lauren Restivo Valparaiso University Erin Doherty, Andrew Schwich Iowa: Drake University Alexandra Shotsberger, Morgan Sidner, Kendall Silverstein Iowa State University Michael Birch. Philip Casia, David Dziubanski Kirkwood Community College Timothy Mathisen, Ryan Schau. University of Iowa Daniella Ambrosino, Katherine Anderson. Tara Cahill. Alexandria Carli, Kathleen Caron. Michele Chiaramonte. Lesley-Ann Dare. Charles Fagenholz. Ronald Feiereisel. Jackson Fisher, Gentry Kaegi, Elyse Kafkes, Kaley Maloney, Julia Phillips, Jeffrey Resales, Catherine Saletnik, Julianne Streff, Amy Vanderkloot, Michael Voelker Kansas: University of Kansas Daniel Smolic, Brendan Staunton

Kentucky: Eastern Kentucky University Jennifer Ingbretson University of Kentucky- Kathleen Shotsberger Massachusetts: Berklee College of Music Keith Nelson Michigan: Kettering University Kevin Szymanski Hope College Kelsey Engle, Theresa Klepitsch, Jessica Kohnen, Michigan State University- Erika Garcia, Michael Ignaczak, Colleen Muszynski, Patrick O'Malley, Jonathan Pawlik, Andreas Tsevis Northern Michigan University- Evan Cheme University of Michigan—Ann Arbor Jaciyn Aniol, Laura Baker Western Michigan University Jaciyn Paso Minnesota: Bethel University- Caroline Park, Macalester College Robert Hemphill St. OlafCollege-iames JafFe University of St. Thomas Jennifer Cielinski Winona State University Matthew Dillon Mississippi: Mississippi Olivia Brown

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University of Miami Kristina Agase, Daria Rudawsky. Kari Volden Oklahoma: Oklahoma State University Kevin Sweetman University- of Tulsa Jacob Wilson Oregon: Linfield College Kelley Hungerford Pennsylvania: Gettysburg College Andrew Lieber Pennsylvania State University Adam Jepsen Rhode Island: Brown University Kelsey Keith Johnson and Wales University- Charles Haracz Rhode Island School of Design Katherine Kociuba Tennessee: Belmont University Muellner Anna Verhelst

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New Mexico: College of Sante Fe Caitlin Covington New Jersey: Princeton University Katherine Gaudyn Seton Hall University Nicholas Ryter New York: Cornell University Mary Lou Kutska New YorkUniversityTeresaLoera,NoraMullen Wagner College Catherine DelMedico Ohio: Case Western Reserve University Brett Beaugureau Ohio State University- Arthur Dinvemo Ohio Wesleyan University Augustin Steiner University of Cincinnati Ann Oliver University of Dayton Peter Bjelopetrovich, Angela Inendino. Shawn Lamb, Lucas Reboletti, Vincent Ziols

Wisconsin: Carroll College Emily Schmalz Carthage College Katherine Carskie, Allison Coleman, Sven Gartner, Joseph Gatti, Kristen Kinell. Patrick Walsh Lawrence University Kirby Corkill, Claire Griebler, Gregory Peterson Marquette University Katerina Burke, Marshall Dechambre, Kelly Gaughan, Peter Mallon, Jenna McGrath, Megan Mormon, Mark Parilla, Francesca Russo, Emily Smith, Thomas Sullivan Milwaukee School of Engineering Michael Lennarson, Eric Serslev St. Norbert College Ryan Carmichael, Danielle Kapolnek, Ann McDonald, Anne Mueller, Cara Tazioli University of Wisconsin—LaCrosse Mitchell Thorsen University of Wisconsin—Madison Kaitlin Annunzio, Trevor Betts, Blake Borowski, Julia Brenner, Kelly Connell, Benedict Guerra, Patricia Katsigiannis, Catherine Kuzmicki, Mara Lazer, Maria Parenti, Megan Wisniewski, Olya Witkowsky University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee Peter Eichenberger University of Wisonson—Richland Matthew Lardner University- of Wisconsin—Steven's Point Lindsay Olsen University of Wisconsin—Whitewater Therese Siomka, Nicole Vanacora


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Unsung heroes of Abby Kiem

Mary Poliwka

Sasha Johnson

by Jessica Hanek and Jacqueline Kelts

bv Lauren Restivo

b\ Claire Griehler

It is true that Spiderman's muscles can rescue a doomed train car from the ruptured railroad tracks that lay ahead, but Abby"s petite frame proves that you can be a hero everyday without the cannonball biceps. Abby Kiem is one of the exceptional people who displays humor, kindness, effort, and intelligence. Abby's never-failing sense of humor is remarkably natural, along with her contagious giggle. She has used this talent in the annual VShow by performing comedy skits with Trunk. The stage is not the only place where this quality surfaces. She is never too embarrassed to make herself the subject of a joke. Abby has consistently made the decision to devote time to volunteering without seeking the approval of colleges or her parents" allowance. As a dedicated member and former officer of the Council for Exceptional Children. Abby has helped the members of Maine South"s special education program become an active part of her school's community. Plus, as elected Vice President of Key Club, she organizes various service projects. Instead of giving herself the traditional four periods of senior lounges, she spends her seventh period volunteering as an aid to an Adaptive P.E. class where she is seen as a true friend, as well as a leader. The most visible aspect of Abby's one-of-akind character is her friendliness to those around her. She honestly appreciates the inner qualities over outward appearances and has stayed true to herself every day of high school. This is apparent through her habitual choice to wear comfy pants all of her senior year. Her selflessness has impacted Maine South and will travel with her as she attends the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to become a special education teacher. As a girl who naturally achieves life's most coveted qualities. Abby is someone you are bound to hear about in the years to come.

If life is the art of knowing oneself and expanding one's capacities by engaging in new experiences and challenging the unknown—if it is the art of interacting and changing with those around us and illuminating others" lives with the light we have found within ourselves—then Mary Poliwka has mastered the art of living in a mere eighteen years. Mary's love for life is infectious. Her determination and compassion are inspiring. Her intelligence and humility are beyond compare. But it is not only her personality that makes her stand out in a crowd. It's also her height. Just kidding. Mary. In actuality, it is Mary"s balance of schooiwork and extracurricular activities that makes her truly one in a million. This year. Mary managed six AP classes, a job at a veterinary clinic, and a voluntary position as tutor at a center in Chicago called Asian Youth Services, which she has held throughout high school. In addition, she contributed her musical talent to the Maine South Fine Arts department by being a member of band through junior year and by playing the oboe and the English horn in the pit orchestra for each of the past four musicals. In the fall, Mary will continue her education at Northwestern University, where she will study International Studies. Pre-medicine. and Global Health. With these degrees, she will be able to fulfill her lifelong dream of '"saving the world."" Literally. Marv- plans to use her education to live a life of service, a life of bringing healing, peace, and justice to the ill. war-torn, and oppressed people of our world. Her determination, selflessness, and intelligence will guide her to success, as she changes the lives of those around her, one person at a time. Wherever Mary chooses to go, she will follow the path of Mother Theresa and, "be a pencil in the hand of a God who is writing a love letter to the world.""

Sasha Johnson is a friendly, sweet, caring, and genuine person. Her positive outlook on life is contagious, and her smile is guaranteed to brighten anyone's day. In addition to being a great friend, Sasha is also an incredibly hard worker. It is Sasha's bubbly personality and determination that make her an unsung hero of Maine South. Sasha is not waiting on the world to change; instead, she is doing just the opposite. When Sasha was a junior, she decided to create a new club. Campaign For Action, in orderto educate others about global poverty. After finding a sponsor, attending meetings, and talking with school officials, Sasha's hard work finally paid off and her club was passed. As president of Campaign For Action, Sasha has organized a V-Show act. a float in the Homecoming Parade, Stand-Up Day, a screening of the movie "Invisible Children," and countless other activities. Through her club, Sasha has succeeded in educating others about world issues. Sasha's passion for ending global poverty can be seen outside of Maine South as well. Last summer. Sasha traveled to New York with Netaid. an organization designed to help end global poverty. In April, Sasha was chosen to travel with Netaid to Washington D.C. to speak with world leaders about access to education. In addition to her efforts to end world poverty. Sasha is also the concertmistress of the Maine South Symphony Orchestra. As the first-chair violinist. Sasha provides leadership for not only her section, but for the rest of the orchestra as well. At the orchestra concert in May, Sasha performed a solo violin concerto accompanied by the Maine South Chamber Orchestra. Sasha plans to continue her global interests and study International Relations next year at DePaul Universisty in Chicago.


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the class of 2007

Brian Montgomery In And\ Scfnvich

There are those who lead with a big mouth and a booming voice, and there are those who lead with a quiet demeanor and a good example. Brian Montgomer>' is one of the latter. As a senior leader, a Sunda> school teacher for preschoolers, a member of Brotherhood, and a varsity baseball player. Brian '"walks the walk'" rather than "talking the talk." All through high school. Brian has been solid. In baseball, he is a player guaranteed to provide a great glo\e and a dependable bat (in his second year of varsit\ baseball, he is hitting around .400). He has also represented Park Ridge as an All-Star in summer tournaments for the last few seasons. In the classrtx^m. he takes care of business. He understands the importance of hard work, but, just as impt:)rtant, he doesn't work himself to death in his schedule of multiple A.P. classes. Having a balanced schedule gives Brian time for friends and famil>. As an integral member of Brotherhood. Brian has dedicated his time to the school and communitv. He enjoys participating in service projects and gives his time to others who arc in need. Most important, Brian is a good guy. With quiet confidence and firm convictions, he is unlikelj to let something go wrong if he has any sa) in it. Brian has probablv touched every person at Maine South with his respect and kindness. He has a likeability that makes him approachable when he is needed: his red hair is a fiery beacon of hope. Going on to Universitj of Illinois at Drbana-Champaign next year, Brian is certainly on pace to continue his success. With infinite potential to do great things with his life, Brian is certainly an unsung hero of the senior class, and a man I am proud to call my friend.

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James Jaffe

Dan Bergren

hy Brett Beaugureau

by Tim Berg

James Jaffe is not the kind of man that you come across every day, unless you are one of those people who do come across him every da>-. in which case you are extremely lucky. Whether he's telling his never-ending supply of jokes in class, or swing dancing on Sunday nights (yes, he does, ladies). James puts a smile on everybody's face. He can and does get along with everyone. You would have a tough time finding someone in this school—student or teacher—who doesn't love and respect him. In addition to being one ofthe most personable and unique people you will ever meet, James has also enjoyed incredible success in the last four years. He was a state champion not just once, but twice: as a member of the chess team and as a member of the Consritution team. His enthusiasm for government was apparent as he competed in D.C. He is an Eagle scout. He's a captain of the track team. He plays the fi-ench horn. He goes on mission trips with his church. He's not only at the top of his class, but he aced the ACT. Impressive? Yes. but will you ever hear about these things from him? Probably not, as he is extremely modest about his accomplishments. Although his jokes and stories often make him an engaging and hilarious center of anemion, you will never hear a boastful word out of him. In his four years here, James has given us all an enticing taste of his future, teeming with possibilit\. Next year, this fine man will once again prove to every one he meets that there is more to him than meets the eye. A whole new group of people at St. Olaf University—where James will study chemistry—will be fortunate enough to experience the man, myth, and legend that is James JafTe, and join the scores of people who, like myself, consider themselves lucky to have known him.

Dan Bergren has achieved more in his four years at Maine South than most people can even dream of As a musician and a bassist, he has played in the top orchestral and band ensembles at Maine South, as well as Midwest Young Artists ensembles, five different musicals in four vears, more than 20 V-Show acts, and the IMEA All-District and All-State Orchestras. On top of all his musical endeavors, he still has time to be the co-president of the TriM Music Honor Society, maintain an active membership in NHS, become an Eagle Scout, receive a Varsity Letter for participation in Mathietes, and take more college-level courses than some college students. A person of his caliber in both involvement and achievement is so rare that what he does on a regular basis almost seems impossible. Both in school and out, Dan is the nicest kid you will ever meet. The world needs more people like him: excessively talented on the outside and genuinely modest on the inside. Although his comments during class may be rare, they are often the most insightful. Dan lets his actions speak louder than his words, and his quiet nature only makes the cliche seem more appropriate. Dan deserves the title of unsung hero because of his way of life. No one could achieve what he has done with less than 100 percent eflfort, and that is the only waj' to adequatel> describe his character. Even with the ridiculously long list of his extra-curricular activities, Dan still looks for more things he can do to get involved and help out. and. for this reason, he will be remembered as the person who gave his all every day in everything he did. Next year. Dan will continue all his hard work at the University of Illinois at ChampaignUrbana, where he plans to study mathematics in addition to playing music.


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"Marty winning Girls' Choici^ King."

"When we won the state cbampionship and our fans broke through security to get on the court after the game. Some of the guys were still in their tuxes from prom the night before."

-Dan Solomon

-Teddy Adamczyk

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"Being frozen, half-naked, and painted red at the boys' state soccer game." -Eric Cameron

-Colleen Muszynski

" T h e 2 0 0 6 boys' soccer season." -Robbie Bosco

"Brett and Mr. States had a cake-eating contest, and Mr. States was covered in

-Alex Shalzi

frosting for t h e rest of the period."

"Side splitting laughter..ow, ow, ow. C-Ieam '07.

-Maureen Loughran

-Amy Johnson

"Strutting around like I own the place."

"Beating Brian Landreth at tennis In gym (he's on the team). And he cried." -Steve Sharp and Mitch Thorsen

-Gina Czarkowski

"Jeff Wear, Senior Leader: standing up for justice for lap-walkers everywhere... then getting tackled for it." -Bettina Chang

-Liz Connelly

"Cross country meets with friends and going to all the football games." -Janey Oberheide "TWO-dODUt T u e s d a y . . .

It's taking th^ world by storrD." -Nora Mullen "The Girls' basketball team going downstate my junior year. I'll never forget the experiences and our team bonding on the bus ride home. Fve never been on a team that was that close, and our hard work paid off by getting us to the Final Four. " -Kristin Unti

"\ learned the nnotto I live by at

"Winning the regional Cham-

Adventure club:'You're not coming down f'^'t^'^, ^f^.^^'^^i^J' '^ ^^^t ^ for the first time in 26 years. until you go all the way up.'" -jon Gann -Jenny Patelski


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In the end the stats don't add up Entering high school, one would truly have to make an effort not to be affected by the constant references to grades, test scores, and college. It is so easy to get swept up into this little realm of competitive academia. and I have at times. Embarrassed as I am, 1 have freaked out over the difference between a highB and a low-A, 1 have studied for a math final for nine hours straight (Kaitlin Doherty can attest to it), and I have paid the eight dollars to see my ACT score one week before they mail it to your house for free. All 1 have to say about that is one thing: don't do it. I spent far more time and energy worrying about how each project, paper, or assignment would affect my future than I spent actually doing them. One test score or one essay grade will not

make or break you. When you look back on your time at Maine South, you won't want to remember whether you got a 76 or a 92 on the Chapter 8 Geometry test sophomore year. You will want to remember the people that sat in your pod, that did the homework with you, that joked around with you while the teacher Editor-in-Chief wasn't paying " attention, and that made you laugh when nothing was funny. By no means am 1 advocating a "slacker' mentality towards schoolwork, but 1 do think that it is important to find a balance between the subject-learning and the life-learning that occurs at Maine South. I have learned far more about myself, my peers, and the world from conversations and discussions I have had with people than 1 have from any text book

Kelsey Keith

or article 1 have read for class. Its too easy to neglect this type of learning because no one requires you do it; there are no grades for personal relationships. If I have one regret from high school, it is that I didn't spend enough time getting to know the people in my classes that weren't my ft'iends. 1 am not a shy or reserved person in the least, but it's the little things 1 could have done like talk to the kid I didn't know that sat behind me in the awkward minute after Hawk Talk ended instead of starting my homework or truly picking a random partner in a hawk pride exercise instead of my best friend. So, if there is one piece of advice I can bestow upon you from my experience at Maine South, it is this: the sports, the plays, the grades, the classes, the test scores, the extracurriculars don't mean anything without the people. The people that you encounter and interact with will make your high school career. Anything I have done at Maine South, I have truly enjoyed because of the kind, understanding, and enthusiastic individuals I have met. That is what I will take with me when I leave.

Four years through my rose-colored glasses I apologize to all my math teachers, but I don't believe in imaginary numbers, "imaginary" being key in that phrase. I also don't believe in conspiracy theories, Valentine's Day, or physics. I also refuse to believe my years in high school are the best of my life. After all, that would mean that, beginning to plunge into life, I can only go downhill, that pulling all-nighters writing papers, stressing out over due dates and grades, arguing with parents, being shoved through the meat-grinder that is Suicide-T, that these memories are to be my most prized experiences. That's a rather depressing sentiment. I'm not going to off"er any life lessons because, well. I'm 18 and have little to tell you that you don't already know. And you have all heard the usual cliches: get involved, don't sweat the small stuff, take risks, be true to yourself, etc. Instead. I will tell you this: • I mastered new levels of procrastination with the help of "aids" such as Facebook. • I went ft-om doing all of my homework

lounge, or, you know, not in lounge. • 1 made fi-iends and probably some adversaries, but they have all made me a better, more intelligent person. • I once only had to attend eight periods in the school day. And it wouldn't be a cut. • I took mental-health days. Some of them inexplicably happened to fall on the same day as a test. • I don't remember much fi'om freshman or sophomore year. And neither do most people. Features Editor • It's not possible to spend four years surrounded by students and staff virtually •^ bleeding Hawk Pride without being infused with some yourself until the night before they were due. The It may be hard for underclassmen to believe important thing is that they were finished. • I was involved in what seems like what nostalgia-inundated seniors say. but, everything. Otherwise, I would have to do my pardon the cliche: every experience is exactly what a person makes of it. I'm proud to say actual homework. there's nothing I would change about my • 1 read the Magna Carta. Sort of • I gave up some Frida\ nights to sleep, and experience. It's part of who I have become. Though I continue to hope they're not the I don't regret it. • 1 braved sub-zero temperatures to get to "besf of my life, my years at Maine South look pretty good to me through my roseclass on time. • I liked AP testing. It allowed me to stay in colored "lasses.

ail of the time to doing whatever homework I could finish in my other classes. • I learned how to navigate quickly through rough crowds. • I didn't finish my college applications

Katherine Gaudyn


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Lasting friendships: South's most important lesson Sometime after my freshman year, a familv are has to do w ith w ho are friends are. or w ho friend asked me who my best friend u as. It was we choose them to be. Sometimes it doesn't a simple question, but I had to ponder it for a matter how long you've been friends for. it's while. I stuttered a name, but began explaining the quality that how we hadn't really been friends for that long matters. It can be and didn't know each other that well. That was like "friends" at a lie. I met this "best friend" about two days first sight when into my freshman year, so at that point I had you can become know n her for o\er a \ear. better friends Howe\er, it didn't seem as if she was this with someone "best friend" in question. Because really, w hat you've known was a best friend? Was it someone to w horn you just a few weeks talked everydaj ? Or spent a lot of time w ith? rather than your Or shared secrets with? After my freshman whole life. year, and after that conversation, I reall> had For me. high school was about finding no idea. friends, true friends, in the most unexpected One of the hardest things in high school places. Whether it was the person who was the is choosing your friends. It doesn't mean only other junior in my psychology class, or the that among the 660 people in our grade there onl} person I had know n since third grade, or aren't tons of people who would make great, the person who told me to pronounce m> last fun friends. It just means that we can be name as "Eggplant." or the ladies w ho shared better friends with some people than others. room 148 with me, or simpl} "the one person So choosing these friends, whether it be the who has been there for me every step of the notorious "best friend" or not. is always a way, these friends have greatlx impacted m> four years of high school and changed the w a> difficult process. We are always told that high school is the time I think. we "find ourselves." As cliched as it sounds. I Just recently I heard someone saving that have really come to belie\e that over the past the> were prettv comfortable w here the\ were four years. And I think a huge part of who we right now and wouldn't mind another year of

high schcx)l. As scarv as college may seem right now. I don't think another year here would be appropriate - unless appropriate is synonymous w ith utter torture. Whoever came up w ith the concept of high school must have known what they were doing because the period of four years seems Features Editor just right. Another yearof high school "^ would j u s t be hindering the inevitable progression to the next step; yet having less w ould not have been enough time. Enough time for what, you ask? These four years ser\e as a time to not only discover ourselves, but to become comfortable with that discovery. Through its twisted, contorted ways, high school accomplishes this goal through overwhelming us with responsibilities and forcing us to decide to choose w hat is important. Most often, one of the significant life lessons students take with them is that the friends the\ make in high school serve as a guide to getting to know and becoming comfortable with themselves.

Anna Wolonciej

"Ryder" and "Ice" turn hip-hop on it's ear He> hip-hop fans, looking for something this summer to put Chicago area rap on the map for good? As the end of the school year approaches, keep \ our eyes peeled for the release of a mixtape entitled "Ryde or Die: Iced Out Volume 1." Co-created by seniors Matt Campbell and Nick Ryter, the album consists of LS songs written by "Ice" and "Ryder" performed over well known hip-hop instrumentals, creating their own personal sound. Working out of a homemade studio at Ryter's house, the tandem is gearing up for a release date during the week of Ma\ 21-27. "Progress on the album has been above and beyond expectations." said Nick Ryter know n as "Ryder" on the microphone.

"For years we've expressed an interest in making our own songs and never got serious about it. With graduation approaching. 1 think we sense a little bit of urgency to do it now or forever hold our peace." The relationship on the mic is going off w ith onl) one hitch, but it is a big one. "The computer we put our songs on is located in Nick's brother's room so we are limited as to how late we can record. We tried moving it into Nick's room. but his brother's room is the only Sports Editor one where it can y connect to the internet." said Matt Campbell, better known as "Ice" on the CD. Campbell explains how he got the name on the "This is Wh> I'm Hot" track. The guys currently sit u ithout a name to

Nick Ryter

represent them while they are together. It is easier to give a group credit then to identify name after name. "We want our group name to have a lot of •grab effect' in it. We both listen to a lot of the same artists, and everyone of them has slogans and catch phrases that they identify w ith themseh es. How many people knew w hat G-Unit was tefore 50 Cent began leaving his calling card on the songs he made?" Unless the\ get the album out before the end of school, the duo won't generate enough buzz. The mix-tapes will be for sale at a reasonable price of five dollars, a pretty good bargain for 15-20 songs. According to R> ter. the plan is a go. but the reaction is uncertain at this point. Sa\s Ryder: "I don't know how the public is going to respond . but we are working hard not to be the butt of all the w hite rapper jokes, and I think people might be pleasantK surprised w ith the rhythm of a couple of kids from Park Ridge."


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It's time to get a little less comfortable

A few weeks ago. 1 was at a college presentation w ith a panel of students answering questions for the incoming freshman class, and something one of the seniors said really changed m\ view of graduating from high school. Originally, 1 was excited, but also nervous, to embark upon a new frontier; however, my worried mind was put to ease when the senior said. "I have gotten an excellent education, made life-long ft-iends, and become extremely comfortable at the University of Illinois. But that is exactly the reason I must move on. As soon as you feel content and overly comfortable in your life, that is the moment you know it is time for you to challenge yourself and try something new in order to become uncomfortable again." The words she spoke were true for her, but also for me. As the years have progressed. I have received an excellent education at Maine South. 1 have also made wonderful friends. Unfortunately, I am very comfortable. I am comfortable walking the halls, taking a test, and even talking to Mr. States. Maine South has taught me to be confident and comfortable in my everyday life, and 1 have treasured the years I have spent here. And just like an actress accepting an award, there are a few people I'd like to thank for making my teenage years bearable. I have to start by mentioning my counselor. Ms. Clarke. She eased mv worries when I had

no idea what was going on and she helped steer me in all the right directions. The Constitution Team never failed to surprise me and always kept me laughing. Ouch. ouch, ril always remember Unit Six's dances, Brett's smile. the accidents we had at the pool, and the D.C. Four. Kelsey Keith. my co-editori n - c h i e f , has been one of the sweetest people I have known in high school. 1 am very confident that she will succeed in every endeavor she pursues because she is so intelligent, well spoken, and •"she's a maneater." I hate to use a corny quote, but in this case it is necessary to describe Emily. Tim. and Laura. Do you know how much you mean to me? If we went to a party as Batman and Robin. I would go as Robin. That's how much you mean to me. Laura. 1 hope you have a great time at Wash U and I can't wait to visit you. whether or not you know I'm coming. Not many know this, but Cathy Kuzmicki and I have been the boys' volleyball team's number-one fans for the past three years. Even when there were nothing but parents in

the stands, we were there cheering the team on as Volleyettes. My mom has been a huge part of my life, sometimes whether I like it or not. She is loving and nosN and I wouldn't have it any other way. When my family drops me off at college I don't think I'll be able to say goodbye to her. And last, but Editor-in-Chief c e r t a i n l y not least, there's Alex Wojciechowski. My partner in crime and my best friend, we have been through absolutely everything together. She has guided me through the most difficult times and has helped me create my most treasured memories. These people and many more have made me develop into the person I am today. Their guidance has made me comfortable and has also made me ready to move on. It is time to start down a new path. It is time to be uncomfortable again. Our friends and families will be here to guide us, but the transition must be made on our own. I wish all my peers the best of luck next year at whatever it is they're doing. As for the juniors, take care of Maine South and enjoy the comfort of home while vou still can.

Alexa Karas

Wishing to stay, but ready to go Four years ago when 1 came to Maine South, I thought it was going to be horrible, and I wanted to get out of that school as quickly as I could. I expected to be toppled with mountains of homework, smothered by p e n n i e s thrown by upperclassmen. and lost all of the t i m e . Fortunately. I started to find my way around Maine South ^" after my first week here, and over the course of four years. I've never been hit by a single penny. 1 did get toppled by mountains of homework, but 1 survived that too. and my four years at Maine South ended up being the four best years of my life so far. In fact. I now even wish that 1 could stay, just a little longer.

However. I'm pretty sure my time at Maine South would have been awful without the people in my life. In my senior commentary. I think that it's necessary to thank all of those people. So. thank you to my six amazing best friends. Amy, Cath, Katie. Kelsey, Nora, and Tara, you News Editor were a l w a y s there for me, and 1 couldn't have survived high school without you. Thank you to that teacher who saw something special in a confused freshman, and convinced her to strive for perfection in everv thing. Thank you to my parents for supporting me throughout all of my endeavors. And finally, thank you to every person who has ever spoken to me in

Annette Dean

the past four years. You have all shaped my life in your .own way, and I wouldn't have made it this far without you. Next year, I will miss you all dearly, and that is the hardest part about leaving for college. Yet. I have to go. You've made Maine South wonderful forme. And that is just the problem. It's too safe now, and there are no more risks, and there is no more room to grow. If you get anything out of this, appreciate the people in your life. Because, before you know it. it's time to say goodbye, and you can't reclaim the time that you didn't spend with those people. It seems like graduation is years away for freshman and sophomores, but really you're almost done. Don't miss out on your chance at high school, because you only get one. So now I have to leave. I have to grow up. and become an adult. And that is perhaps more scarv than high school. Then again, maybe four years from now. I'll be leaving college and w ishing to stay there, too.


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For those who don't want to hear it I have come to terms with the fact that no matter how universal of a lesson 1 try to communicate through this one last commentary, not all of you will absorb the intended message. Every person sees the world in a particular way and interprets things as he/she pleases. There is no one great piece of advice I could give that would benefit every single one of you in the future... except, of course, the ever-infamous and increasingly antiquated usage of sunscreen. That said, I would like to narrow my readership down to a certain group of people that I expect to receive my advice most unwillingly. 1 direct my senior commentary to those who go out of the way to do something nice, work all night on an optional assignment so the teacher will have something to go over the next day, or make cookies for someone who just seems down. This is for the people who spend so much time worrying about obligations and responsibilities that they don't have time for themselves. You know who you are. You're

saying to yourself right now, "Oh, that's not me... I take time for myself once in a while.'" Well, I don't believe you. Be selfish. If you usually are not. please do so. (And if you usually are, then please disregard this article, as it will only get you in more trouble.) I am basin" this friendly suggestion off the fact that every single one of you has been told Commentary to be selfless Editor and sacrifice yourselves for the greater good. I am not trying to oppose that advice; I am simply trying to take a different perspective. During the course of high school, it is far too easy to get caught up in responsibilities and deadlines. To some people, it comes naturally. They scribble in planners, plan out their schooldays, and schedule their weekends to make as many people happy as possible, forgetting that they. too. have wants and needs. But you do not have to be super-student, superfriend, and super-son/daughter all at the same time—even if sometimes, it feels like people

Bettina Chang

expect you to be. There are many things to be gained in life, but nothing should come at the expense of your mental well-being. You cannot accomplish what you hope for if you are constantly stressed out. So, I'm telling you to break the routine once in a while. Bake something for yourself for a change. Read a trashy novel with absolutely no literary value. Ditch your homework and catch the Cubs game instead. Go to sleep early. Wake up late. I'm not telling you to waste time—just be satisfied with the time you choose to spend on yourself Lastly, set one goal in life that has absolutely nothing to do with what you "should" do, or what people expect you to do. Make it silly, make it reckless, or make it just plain random. Whatever you choose, make it for yourself. Make it give shape to your aspirations as a human being. Make it enliven your life. Being selfish isn't as horrible as it seems, nor does it have to be as detrimental to life as some people make it. Looking back, high school goes by fast, but not while you're actually living it. As the days saunter by and you trek on. take care of yourself, because at some point—whether it is college or beyond— no one else will. And when that times comes, can you maintain your sanity? You will. Just don't forget to stop and smell the cookies.

Seniors: don't freak, stay cool

As the vast majority of graduating seniors proceed on to college, and the frantic college lifestyle, advice is being thrown at us from every different direction. "Stay on top of things," say alumni. "Keep out of trouble," order parents. But, I feel like there is one more thing that seniors need to hear: "Take it easy." That's what / say. Think over the past four years. How many times has each and every one of us freaked out about an essay? How many times have you torn your hair out over a project, always due "tomorrow"? But we're all here, we're all alive, and we're all going to be just fine. For the last four years, we've been taking days off our lives by driving ourselves up the wall

with worry. If there's one thing I've learned from those experiences, it's that I'm going to be fine, we're BII ^ going to be fine, and the bad will pass, along with the good. It's no use to worrv' about anything, as long as you know it will get done. Worrying is just going to give you an excessive burden to bear. How can you enjoy your college years, the peak of your life, if you've always got a

monkey on your back? People call the working world a "rat race,' but it seems to me that some people are already running it. Wasting our lives away in the college equivalent of a cubicle (our dorms) is not how things were meant Commentary to be. Like the most Editor famous high school senior of all time once said, "Life moves pretty fast, If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Truer w ords were never spoken. Mr Bueller.

Joe Micotto

SOUTHWORDS WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE GRADUATING SENIORS FOR FOUR YEARS OF READERSHIP! GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN IN LIFE!


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Anne Mueller

Ashley Tomzik

Colleen Muszynski

Track and Field

Basketball

Swimming

During her two years on the varsity track team. Anne improved to the most consistent hurdler this season. Her times have been noted as the top five in the school's history in the 100 and 300 hurdles. She used her improved abilities to become All-Conference this year. Anne will also be going to State after a stellar performance in the Sectional meet. But Anne would be nothing without her dedication, hard work, and supportive, go-getter attitude that the entire team admires. She will be attending St. Norbert Colleae in the fall.

As the powerhouse on the girls" varsity basketball team for the past four years. Ashley has shown what can be accomplished with high expectations for oneself and toughness. Not only is she academically in the top 10 percent of her class, she has 1,910 career points under her belt. She led the 2005-2006 team to the Final Four, and she was a member of the 2007 All-State team. She will be known as the best basketball player in school history. But thafs only the start: she will continue her impressive basketball career at UlC.

Colleen has proven, in her four-year stint as a varsity swimmer, to be a versatile swimmer, great team leader, and overall friendly person. She is always aiding her teammates and displays hard work and responsibility. In the pool, she was able to break the 200-fi-ee relay record, medal all four years in the IHSA State Sectional, as well as the Maine South Hawk Relay. Colleen also been recognized with the Coach's Award her junior and senior year, and she is a CSL Scholar athlete. She will attend Michigan State University in the fall.

Danielle Tourtillot

Donna Ramirez

Gymnastics Danielle has led the way for many a gymnast with her helpful attitude and leadership abilities. During her four years on varsity, she has shown talent all-around on the bars, beam. vault, and floor. She was able to make AllConference three years in a row and qualified for Sectionals every year. This year, she will also compete with the National team. She was able to not only improve personally, but help others along by teaching new skills, acting as a role model, and encouraging others to stay with gymnastics. She plans to continue gymnastics at the University of Illinois.

Badminton In her first year as a varsity badminton player. Donna was able to shine. She placed second in the Rolling Meadows Doubles Delight Invite. She also was exceptional with her team, acting as a compassionate leader with a true love for the sport. Sheer determination kept her going when faced with formidable opponents, yet she always maintained perfect sportsmanship. Within the team, she acted as the glue who kept everyone feeling involved and supported throughout the season. She will attend the University of Illinois—Chicago in the fall.

Golf Emily has had an impact these three years on the varsity golf team. She was the team's sunshine on a daily basis. Her smile helped others, but really gave her an edge in her golf by allowing her to focus without being weighed down by negative thoughts. She is currently ranked number six in career scoring average in Maine South's history. In all competitions this season, her scores were crucial to the team, and she medaled in three of 18 competitions. Emily could always be counted on to be consistent and played in the second or third spot. She will be attending Northwestern University in the fall.


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Kate Paczkowski

Katie Anderson

Tennis

Volleyball

With four years of varsity tennis under her belt, Kate ended her senior season as the number-one singles and doubles player. She was All-Conference four years and qualified for the State tournament in doubles her freshman year and in singles both her junior and senior years, where she had Honorable All-State mentions both freshman and senior years. These merits, as well as her good-nature, enthusiasm, hard work, and dedication, have have allowed her to lead the team exceptionally well and she will be missed bv manv.

During her two years on varsit). Katie has shown herself to be a fearless competitor, is demanding, and has "refuse to lose" outlook. Her efforts will,continue on in Maine South girls" volleyball because she effectively motivated others. While playing libero, she was named All-Conference this past season, led the team in digs, and had an impressive serving record of 92 percent for the season, placing her in the top-three serving aces in school history. Katie will be attending University of Iowa this fall.

Kelsey Engle Cross Country Kelsey is not only a strong runner, but an important leader to the very young girls" cross country team. She provided guidance while continuing to be the most consistent upperclassman on the team, which helped boost the team to an overall second place at the conference meet, where she ran in the number-five slot. She was again able to boost morale and scores at the IHSA regional. Her accomplishments and contributions will continue to be remembered within the cross country program for a long time.

Lauren Pagone

Michele Chiaramonte

Soccer

Softball

Lauren has shown amazing skills and character in her four years as a varsity player. As a forward, she has been named AllConference every year, and she has also been named All-Sectional. Her junior and senior year, she was also involved in the All-Palatine tournament team. This year, she is the leading points and goal scorer. She achieved so much through her aggressiveness and competition on the field. Next year, she will continue on to DePaul, a Division I school, where she will keep playing soccer this fall and will continue her tradition of success.

With four years on varsity at Maine South, Michele has managed to accomplish a lot. As a pitcher, she was a valuable asset to the team and made it possible for them to become conference champs. As captain, she led the team into games feeling loose, yet focused, and her desire to win pushed the team. Not only is she a fun, happy, hard-working girl, but she is e.xtremely talented. She has record pitching statistics, has pitched for 40 conference games, has won over 85 percent of them, and has been All-Conference all four years. Michele will be anending the University of Iowa this fall.


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Maine South's 2006-2007

Bob Christie

Chris Dardi

Swimming This funny, focused, caring, humble, and overall good-natured swimmer has made great strides. Once a quiet freshman, he's become a leader by example. In 2006, hisfi^eestyierelay team broke the varsity record. In his junior and senior years, he was an IHSA state medalist, and he was a Maine South Hawk Relay medalist all four years. This year. Bob was also recognized in the "Pioneer Press" All-Area team. Bob hopes to succeed as he goes on to the University of Illinois-Chicago, a Division I team, where he will attempt to make the swim team.

Jimmy Coy

Tennis

Football

For two years. Chris has been able to lead the varsity tennis team in several ways. Not only does he currently play first in doubles, but he has proven himself to be a considerably influential member of the team. While he consistently demonstrates sportsmanship, outstanding work ethic, integrity, and character, he also has helped to establish a basis of leadership among the younger players for the future of the team. When playing, he is an aggressive and intense player, yet he never loses control. Next year. he will attend the University of Illinois.

Karl Karrasch Cross-country Karl has ended his third year on varsity on a high note. He was consistently the fastest runner in nearly everv race this season, and he was able to place fifth in the conference meet and second at the regional meet, a much needed boost that helped get the team to Sectionals. He accomplished this through hard work and a competitive outlook, and he was always dependable. KarFs ambitious example has left an imprint in the minds of underclassmen as someone who was able to achieve so much with his work ethic, with which he constantly pushed himself and competed at practice.

Jimmy has played with a bad back and has been limited consequently to playing at the 70-percent level this year, a gutsy move. He was voted All-State by IHSFCA, was All-Conference, led the entire CSL in passing with 2,553 yards, in completions with 190, in attempts with 291, and in touchdowns thrown with 28. He led the team with some fast feet, a laid-back attitude, and the strongest throwing arm in the schooFs history. Jimmy will keep playing football at El Camino Junior College, a top-ranked junior college program.

Kristaps Volleyball Kris has wasted no time in high school. He spent four years starting on the varsity level of Maine South volleyball, and he has achieved a great deal in that time. With his talent and experience, the team was able to count on him. The leadership he provides in this position is universal. Kristaps has topped all Maine South setter records, as well as some at the state level. His teammates consider him the best setter in state, and he will go down as one of the top-five in Illinois history. Kris will be at the University of California-Pacific next year, a top ten-ten. Division I program.


MALE STHLETES SouTHWORDS •

SENIOR ISSUE

• 2007

17

Senior Male Athletes

Mark Corsello

Ryan Wachholder

Ryan Carmichael

Wrestling

Basketball

Baseball

Mark has earned a spot in the Hall of Fame as a state qualifier and as a Wall of Fame member for his having two seasons with over 30 wins, as well as having the most career wins in the program, with over 80. He has been AllConference and "Pioneer Press" All-Area twice. Throughout this success, this quiet giant has remained a dedicated, hard-working, unselfish, dependable teammate, who is always the first to arrive and the last to leave. Next year, he will be wrestling at Elmhurst College under former NCAA champion Steve Marianetti.

Ryan, a 6'2", 185 lbs guard, has been an integral part of the boys' basketball team. He has spent two years on varsity. He is wellliked by his teammates, who showed their appreciation when he was voted MVP of the season by them. This year, he stood out when he was All-Tournament at Downers Grove North. All-Area from "Pioneer Press." and a three-point sectional qualifier Ryan also managed to score 30 points against Maine East. He will continue developing his skills at St. Norbert College, a Division III school.

In his two years on varsity, Ryan has shown talent as both shortstop and pitcher. He has a .435 batting average, has 27 hits with 15 runs, has an ERA of 1.31, has made four saves, has an opponent batting average of .108, and has a fielding percentage of .973. This talent has led him to be All-Conference as a junior and senior, as well as an All-State nominee this year. On the field, he is a fierce competitor, yet he manges to lead the team quietly. Next year, he will be playing baseball at Northern Illinois University, a Division 1 school.

Tom Sullivan Soccer Tom was known to be the workhorse of the midfield, with 14 goals and four assists for the season, including the dramatic final goal of the season against Morton w ith three minutes left in the game, pushing the Hawks to third place in the state tournament. He was the spirit behind the team and wouldn't allow any quitting until the last minute had been played. He persisted, remained resilient, and portrayed never-ending emotional stamina. Tom received IHSSCA AllSectional Honorable Mention in 2005 and 2006. He will continue playing soccer at Marquette, a Division I school.

Matt Maloney Track and Field This sprinter, hurdler, and relay-racer has been a big part of the boys" track and field team. Not only has he been able to maintain a healthy balance of fun and hard work, but he also keeps the team motivated at practices and meets. His talent is obvious and he was able to make the Top Times List as a junior and also go to State. His high level of performance has made him one of the top scorers on the team this season. Next year. Matt will be going to Western Illinois and plans on going out for track, continuing his tradition of fast feet, huge jumps, and perfect hand-offs.


OUTSTANDING SENIOR ATHLETES SoiiTHwoRDs • SENIOR ISSUE • 2007

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•IHSSCA ALL-STATE 2006 •CENTRAL SUBURBAN LEAGUE ALLCONFERENCE 2006 •MOST VALUABLE PLAYER 2006 •SCHOLAR ATHLETE 2006 •TEAM GOAL SCORING LEADER (14) •TEAM ASSIST LEADER (20) - PROGRAM RECORD •TEAM POINT LEADER (48) - PROGRAM RECORD •QUINCY-NOTRE DAME ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM 2006

BASKETBALL •CAREER POINT LEADER •ALL-STATE TEAM •SEASON POINT LEADER •STATE FINALS 2005-2006 •FOUR-YEAR STARTING POINT-GUARD •CHICAGO SUN-TIMES TOP-50 PLAYER

TRACK •2007 STATE RELAY QUALIFIER IN LONG JUMP AND 4x200 RELAY

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