Workshop Winner

ETHS history teacher Aaron Becker is among 60 secondary-school social studies teachers to be selected to participate in the 2009 Korean Studies Workshop for American Educators.

Woman’s Club Grant

The Woman’s Club of Evanston has given ETHS a $3,000 grant to launch a new Leadership Development Program next year, under the auspices of the school’s Community Service Program. Fifty ETHS sophomores will be recruited to participate in a leadership training program developed with the assistance of Leadership Evanston. They will then be encouraged to use their leadership skills at ETHS and in the community.

New AVID Tutors From NU

Freshmen and sophomores in the ETHS AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program will benefit tutorial help from a new Northwestern University student group. The Social Entrepreneurship Network for Undergraduates, made up of students interested in socially conscious business models, will provide academic support to about 15 AVID students and mentor the students as they think about college study.

2009 National Latin Exam Results  

Annually, about 135,000 Latin students worldwide take a 40-question exam appropriate to their level of knowledge. Of the 102 students who took the exam at ETHS, 54 students (53 percent) earned awards. Fifteen achieved Summa Cum Laude awards and earned gold medals, indicating they missed only up to six questions on the exam. Elizabeth Williamson and Daniel Frim, had perfect scores. Eighteen students earned Maxima Cum Laude awards and earned silver medals. Ten students achieved Magna Cum Laude awards, and 11 students achieved Cum Laude awards.  Overall, 62 percent of ETHS Latin students scored at or above the international average for this exam.


The ETHS Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) team finished 10th in state this year. The state champion was once again Naperville North.  The state finals event was hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Individual honors went to the following ETHS seniors: Megan Cutrofello, fifth in English; Chris Graham, sixth in physics; Gabe Jacobs, first in chemistry (state champ) and fifth in Computer Science; and Sam Rosen, fourth in chemistry. The rest of the team was composed of Willie Barth, Linnea Blaurock, Anna Dunietz, Dan Frim, Maddie Giegold, Matt Omori and Jeffrey Prescott.

Poetry Awards

Two ETHS students were honored on April 19 for their winning poems entered in the 31st Annual Hirshfield Poetry Awards competition, sponsored by the Evanston Public Library. Claire Anderson took third place with “The Elephant Water Slide,” and Rachel Sanni earned an Honorable Mention with “Jazz Man.”

Merit Scholarships

Three ETHS seniors have received $2,500 scholarships from the National Merit Corporation. Megan Cutrofello has won a National Merit Scholarship, and Adrienne Slaughter and Preston Bateman have won National Achievement Scholarships.

Old Computer Round-up for ETHS Softball

Got an old PC, laptop, printer, monitor or cell phone that’s taking up space in your place?

The girls’ softball program at Evanston Township High School will be rounding up unwanted electronics for safe and secure disposal from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on

May 9.

Folks are encouraged to drop off unwanted gear during those hours at the northwest parking lot behind ETHS at

1600 Dodge Ave.

  No wheels? Call 847-722-4757 to arrange an at-home pickup that day.

Drop-offs will be charged 50-cents per pound (a typical PC CPU weighs 10 to 15 lbs.) and pickups 75 cents per pound, with a minimum donation of $5 dollars. Pickups outside Evanston Township will incur a small ($1/mile) surcharge.  Cash or checks only (no credit/debit cards) with proceeds to benefit “ETHS Softball.”

As for data security, Asset Recyclers of Lake Geneva, Wis. wipes clean re-usable

hard drives using Defense Department software and shreds non-reusable data storage devices for total security.    

“We’re offering a safe, ‘green’ way to get rid of bulky e-junk that often contains

hazardous materials like cadmium and mercury,” said varsity softball Coach Amanda Carlson. “It’s a chance to keep this stuff out of landfills, to recycle useable material and to help a good cause.”

Schools, governments, hospitals and businesses are welcome to participate, she said.

For more information contact Coach Carlson at 847-722-4757.

Middle school transition

On May 7, the Evanston Township High School PTSA is sponsoring a “Parent to Parent” program to give parents of incoming freshmen an opportunity to network with experienced ETHS parents and get a better sense of what to expect at the high school. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Terrace Room or Room S214 at ETHS, 1600 Dodge Ave. Signs will be posted.

ETHS Alumni

As part of Evanston Township High School‘s 125th anniversary celebration, ETHS and its Alumni Association are holding an All-Class Reunion on May 16.

Afternoon events, free of charge, include an intergenerational Scavenger Hunt with prizes and guided tours of the school. Evening events ($15 in advance, $20 at the door) feature meet-and-greet sessions for classmates to reconnect (6-7:30pm) followed in Beardsley Gym by rockin’ entertainment with entertainer Ronnie Rice (ETHS ’62) (7:30-9 p.m.) and a dance guided by popular DJ John Nance (ETHS ’71) (9-11 p.m.).

Refreshments (hot and cold hor d’oeuvres, sweets, beverages) will be served in a tent in Senior Courtyard with musical entertainment provided by ETHS student jazz combos.

For more information about making reservations check out the ETHS web site at or call the Public/Alumni Office at 847-424-7515.

New Faces at ETHS

Last month the Evanston Township High School Board of Education appointed Evanston resident Mark A. Metz to fill the unexpired term of member Omar Khuri, who resigned from for personal and professional reasons. 

Oscar Hawthorne will take over as assistant superintendent/principal when Marilyn Madden retires. Mr. Hawthorne brings considerable experience to his new job, all earned at teaching and administrative assignments in Chicago-area high schools, including ETHS, where he served as Dean of Students from 2003-05. 

Dr. Maria Smith will be the new Director of Special Education, replacing Aviva Tauman when she retires in June. Dr. Smith currently is the director of student services at Pleasantdale School in Burr Ridge, Ill.

The new associate principal for student services is Dr. Paula Miller. She currently serves in a parallel position as the assistant principal of pupil personnel services at Niles West High School.

ETHS Summer Music Camps

Evanston Township High School will offer summer music camps in band, orchestra, and jazz for all incoming sixth- , seventh- and eight-graders from June 15-19 at ETHS,

1600 Dodge Ave.

The cost is $200, and scholarships are available. Parents can enroll their students at or call 847-424-7130 for more information.

ETHS Musician

Semi-Finalist for

Presidential Scholar

Benjamin Lash, has been selected as a semi-finalist to become a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Seventeen year-old Benjamin Leash is a senior at Evanston Township High School and is principal cellist of the ETHS Symphony orchestra.

Benjamin has studied the cello since he was six years old. At the present time, Benjamin is also a member of the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy for pre-college musicians where he studies privately with faculty member Tanya Carey.  He also has competed in numerous  competitions and has had recent appearances on From the Top and WFMT’s Introductions.

 Mr. Lash’s achievement as a semi-finalist for Presidential Scholars in the Arts comes as a direct result of his participation in the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts Young Arts Week where Benjamin was a finalist. He plans to continue his studies next year at a conservatory.

The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a division of the U.S. Department of Education, will chose 46 semi-finalists, of whom 20 talented artists will ultimately be named Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

Third Annual

Youth Summit


The third annual  Evanston Youth Summit, “We are the Change that We Seek,” will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on May 13 in the Beardsley cafeteria at Evanston Township High School,

1600 Dodge Ave.

Among the scheduled events are; A roundtable discussion with young activists in the Chicago Area; Community Asset mapping sessions; Free T-shirts, food and prizes.

Registration is held until the beginning of the event. However, pre-register is required to be guaranteed a Youth Summit T-shirt. Pre-registration ends April 29, 2009. To sign up, call 847-448-8049 or Include name, e-mail/phone number and T-shirt size. Please provide any dietary restrictions.

Dreams Delivered


The Woman’s Club of Evanston is sponsoring a program for senior girls from low-income families or who have unusual circumstances to attend Prom in a gorgeous dress with all the accessories and a beauty package as well. Dreams Delivered will take place on May 4 and 5 at the Woman’s Club in downtown Evanston. Eligible students are referred by their grade-level social worker to the Woman’s Club, who in turn will contact those students to schedule an appointment to come for a fitting. For more information contact Martha Zarate-Ortega at 847-424-7230; Iris Monitjo at 847-424-7580; or Mary Collins at 847-424-7662. Students must have parental permission and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.