Ellie Sweeney, a seventh-grader at St. Athanasius School, won the 00 grand prize scholarship for middle-school students from the American Council for International Studies (ACIS) for her essay, “The Gift of Travel.” Her essay was selected from hundreds submitted by students nationwide. Photo courtesy of St. Athanasius School

Multicultural Fair at Dawes.

On March 18 Dawes students and their families came together to share music, food and objects from different cultures at the annual Dawes Multicultural Festival. Students learned about different countries and ethnic backgrounds while having fun visiting culture booths and answering questions on a trivia scavenger hunt. The Dawes PTA sponsors the annual festival.


ETHS Is GRAMMY Signature School Winner


Evanston Township High School is among 14 schools nationwide to be named GRAMMY Signature Schools for 2009 by the GRAMMY Foundation.


This is the third time ETHS has received this designation, which honors the strength of the school’s entire music program. ETHS will receive a $1,000 grant to benefit the music program. The recipients are determined by the Blue Ribbon Committee, a panel of top music educators and professionals.

 More than 20,000 public high schools are annually invited to apply for the awards and must submit comprehensive material about their music program, including recordings of school concerts, concert programs and repertoire, and other documentation.


The GRAMMY Signature Schools program is presented by the Gibson Foundation with support from the Ford Motor Company Fund.




Some parents of Evanston Township High School students who are bused or driven to school during the current school year (2008-2009) may file for a state reimbursement to offset some bus fare or car mileage expenses. Parents are eligible for reimbursement if the student lives 1.5 miles or more from the school.


Claim forms are available now in the ETHS Business Office, room H-110. Forms may be filled out in person or by phone (847-424-7110). The office is open from to from Monday to Thursday, and until on Fridays. The deadline for reimbursement is June 30.


   Please note that the reimbursements go directly from the state to the parents; ETHS does not control the timing or the amount of these payments. Additional information can be found at the Illinois State Board of Education website: www.isbe.net/funding/html/paren_ guardian_ transport.html.


Salute to 125 Years of ETHS Athletics


Alumni and all friends of Evanston Township High School athletics are invited to reserve a spot at the dinner and program on April 17, in Beardsley Gymnasium in honor of ETHS athletics and the school’s 125th anniversary.  


The program will include Athletic Hall of Fame members, and current and former coaches and athletes. There will be a gallery of photos from sports through the decades in the Beardsley Gym lobby, a buffet dinner, and speakers from many eras of Wildkit sports, and a chance to connect with former teammates and coaches.


   The cost is $20 per person. Call the Athletic Department, 847-424-7299.


Community Service Scholarships Available


State Representative Julie Hamos has announced the availability of eight one-year full-tuition scholarships to Illinois State Universities.


The scholarships are valid for either graduate or undergraduate studies and will be awarded to residents of the 18th Legislative District who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and an interest in making positive contributions to the social, economic, cultural, and political life of the community. A scholarship advisory committee will guide the competition.


Qualifications for the scholarship are residence in the 18th Legislative District, acceptance to the state university of one’s choice and present and future commitment to community service.


Applications for the scholarship are now available at local schools, community organizations, area high schools, the public libraries of Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, and Rogers Park, the district office of Rep. Hamos,

820 Davis St., Evanston, IL 60201

, and online at www.juliehamos.org. Completed applications must be received (not postmarked) no later than April 24, 2009 at the district office of Rep. Hamos.


    The scholarship does not include room and board.




ETHS Prsents ‘Into the Woods’


Evanston Township High School will present “Into the Woods” at on April 24-25, and May 1-2 in the high school’s auditorium,

1600 Dodge Ave.


Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical intertwines several Grimm’s fairy tales and delves into the minds of such characters as Red Riding Hood, Jack of beanstalk fame, Rapunzel, and Cinderella.

   Reserved-seat tickets at $10 are available through the Fine Arts Hotline, 847/424-7848. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the ETHS Fine Arts office, room A-119.  The Auditorium is accessible to people with disabilities. Parking is available in the rear parking lot.




Three Evanston Township High School teams of students won top honors at the Junior Engineering and Technical Society (JETS) regional competition held last month at Triton College. This year’s competition focused on the engineering of theme parks, and students had to work on eight different aspects of theme-park development and maintenance.
    Each team worked collaboratively on difficult questions and problems written by professional engineers. JETS students do original problem solving about problems they have not considered before they saw them, a stronger measure of a student’s education than a contest that expects them to remember and recall items they have practiced.  ETHS took a total of six teams (48 students), and brought home three of the six trophies.
    Taking first place overall (after winning a tiebreaker with Stevenson High School’s top team) was the ETHS Varsity A team, made up of seniors Megan Cutrofello, Gabriel Jacobs, Chris Graham, Mary Rolfes, Asher Stamell, Linnea Blaurock, Julia Ticus and Willie Barth.  
    Two of the ETHS JV teams tied for first place in the JV competition. Winning the tiebreaker was the ETHS JV C team, consisting of juniors Nate Walter, Joe Collins, Maire Gavagan, James Leiner, Claire Wagner, Eva Hellman, Lily Novak and Ben Honig.

Second place in the JV competition was taken by ETHS juniors Sarah Uttal, Sarah Peters, Jon Spalding, Colleen Harper, Aaron Damashek, Mark Specht, Maggie Hanson and Ashok Raife.

State and national rankings, based on regional finals, will be announced in a few weeks. ETHS JETS are coached by science teachers Drs. Mark Vondracek and Russell Kohnken.

            Twelve ETHS students competed in the DECA (Distributive Education Club of America) area competition on Feb. 3, held at the College of Lake County. ETHS was among 14 northwest suburban school competing. Two students, Caitlin Neary and Matt Marol, placed third overall in the category of Marketing Management. In addition, Dan Koroski placed first for his high score on an economics exam.


ETHS senior Benjamin Lash, an accomplished cellist, has been named a finalist for a Presidential Scholars in the Arts Award. He is one of 60 students to make the finals in the annual competition. Twenty students will be chosen as Presidential Scholars and will receive a visit to the White House, an exhibition at the Smithsonian, and a performance at the Kennedy Center in June.

ETHS finished in fourth place overall at the IIT Bridge Building Competition. ETHS entered four teams, and 55 teams competed in the region.


Two ETHS students are Illinois state debate champions. On March 13-14, junior Victor Sood won top honors in the Junior Varsity division, and freshman Winterer Lalley was the champion in the Novice (beginner) division.

In addition, ETHS had two Top 10 finishers in the Novice division. Kate Abengroth tied for fifth place, and Solomon Miller tied for ninth place. ETHS entered the Lincoln-Douglas events that featured argumentation on the issue of whether vigilantism is justified when the government fails to enforce the law. Richard Dempsey is the ETHS debate coach.


The WYSE  (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) team from ETHS placed first in the toughest sectional in the state. The state meet will be held in a few weeks. Individual medalists were Gabe Jacobs, first in chemistry (perfect score), second in computer science; Dan Frim, first in English; and Megan Cutrofello, third in English.

Senior Raquel Levy has been named a Golden Apple Scholar by the Golden Apple Foundation. These students, as many as 125 high school and college students each year, are chosen for their interest in pursuing a teaching career and are mentored and financially supported throughout their college career at one of 53 participating Illinois universities. In return, they must teach for five years in an Illinois school of need.