Evanston Township High School junior Rosa Novak was recognized at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference, held March 28-31 in Seattle. Rosa won the Potter’s Council Award for Artistic Merit and the Bailey Pottery Prize for her piece, “Five Strands On a Sycamore,” one of 150 pieces chosen from more than 1,200 works submitted for the K-12 ceramics exhibition juried by Louis Katz. Rosa joined ETHS ceramics teacher Marla Seibold at NCECA’s 46th annual conference called “On the Edge.”

ETHS senior Shamir Villeda has been named a 2012 Gates Millennium Scholar for his exceptional leadership, community service and academic achievements. The GMS award funds Shamir to attend any accredited U.S. college or university. He is one of 1,000 students nationwide to receive this scholarship out of more than 24,000 who applied, “the largest and most competitive group of candidates in the program’s history,” said Cathy Makunga, vice president of scholarship programs at GMS. 

Shamir enrolled in ETHS in 2008 when he moved to the Evanston home of his foster parents, Stephanie Russell and Alan Lindquist. He was volunteering with local community organizations by the time he was a sophomore. ETHS Community Service Coordinator Mary Collins nominated Shamir for the Gates Millennium Scholarship award.

Shamir said, “I’ve learned from volunteering that when you give of yourself, you get so much in return.” This fall, he will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the College of Business.More information about the Gates Millennium Scholars program is available on their website at www.gmsp.org.

ETHS senior Molly Crane was selected as the Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago scholarship winner for 2012. Molly receives $1,500 and she and her ETHS math teacher, Cory Gilroy, were honored at a banquet April 20.

The MMC scholarship is awarded to a high school senior who will pursue a career in the teaching of mathematics. “The membership of MMC is looking forward to having such a strong candidate join us in math education in about four years,” stated Kevin Wiland, MMC scholarship chairman.

Evanstonian Wins Journalism Awards

The ETHS student newspaper, The Evanstonian, placed third in the Illinois High School Association Journalism Sectionals in Romeoville, Ill., on April 21. Individual recognition also went to the following, who qualify for the state-level competition:

Anna Nelson –1st place in Yearbook Copy Writing

Molly Sevcik – 1st place in Yearbook Layout Design

Adlai Stevenson –1st place in Review Writing

Lucas Vasilko – 1st place in Photography

Ellen Schneider – 2nd place in Editorial Writing

Jessica Baum – 2nd place in News Writing

Emma Peters – 3rd place in Headline Writing

The Evanstonian received a gold medal at the annual Northern Illinois School Press Association’s 2012 Newspaper Contest. In addition, blue ribbon – first place – awards went to senior Casey Digan for News Writing, seniors Henry Bricker, Nikki Freihofer and Emma Peters for Editorial Writing, senior Maddy Caplan for Column Writing, senior Casey Digan for Feature Writing, senior Lucas Vasilko for Photography, junior Nancy Farr for Layout and Design and senior Rachel Schumm for Editorial Cartoons. An honorable mention was also awarded to junior Hunter Bailey for Sports Writing.