181 ETHS Students Recognized as Illinois State Scholars

In other school news: An ETHS senior won a 2013 National Scholastic Press Association award for cartooning, and two ETHS seniors took top spots at a speech tournament.

ETHS seniors Ben Moberly and Noah Eisfelder took top spots at a speech tournament in Hoffman Estates.
ETHS seniors Ben Moberly and Noah Eisfelder took top spots at a speech tournament in Hoffman Estates.

The following announcements were submitted by the city of Evanston:

Evanston Township H.S. announces Illinois State Scholars

Evanston Township High School is proud to announce that 181 ETHS students have been recognized as 2013-14 Illinois State Scholars. The prestigious award, given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), recognized 18,863 high school students from across the state as this year’s State Scholars.

Illinois State Scholar winners rank in the top ten percent of high school seniors from 749 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT and/or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work in conjunction with ISAC to determine the winners. 

The list of Illinois State Scholars, including ETHS students, is available on the ISAC website: http://www.isac.org/students/before-college/state-scholar/cook-county.html

In a press statement, ISAC Executive Director Eric Zarnikow stated, “We’re pleased to honor this year’s Illinois State Scholars. Not only do they represent the best in educational excellence in Illinois, they also are key to the state’s future economic well-being.” 

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is a state agency that provides students of all ages and backgrounds with the resources and support to help obtain financial aid for higher education. For more information, visit www.isac.org.

“The Sparrow” is presented at ETHS on December 12, 13 and 14

ETHS will present the thought-provoking drama “The Sparrow” at 7:30pm on December 12, 13, and 14 in the school’s Upstairs Theatre.

“The Sparrow” is a fantastical tale of Emily Book, an orphaned teenager, whose telekinetic powers are a blessing—and yet a curse—to her and her small town. First produced at the House Theatre of Chicago and later at Steppenwolf’s Garage Theatre, the play uses music, dance, comedy, and imagination to convey Emily’s mysterious talents and their effects on others. The show is directed by Aaron Carney and stars Talia Weiss, ETHS senior, as Emily.

Tickets at $8 for adults, $6 for students and senior citizens, can be reserved at www.ethstheatre.com or through the Box Office at 847-424-7848. The Upstairs Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Parking is recommended in the ETHS rear lot, off of Church or Lake Streets.

ETHS senior receives National Scholastic Press Association Award

ETHS senior Milo Krimstein is a 2013 National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Cartooning Award winner. An entertainment writer and artist for ETHS’s student-produced newspaper, The Evanstonian, Krimstein received third place for his comic strip, “Kingdom.”

National award winners were announced at the Fall Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association National High School Journalism Convention in November. As part of the honors recognized, the NSPA presented 233 Individual awards and 154 Best in Show awards during the convention, which hosted more than 5,500 high school journalism students and advisers from across the country.

In addition, former Evanstonian executive editor Yoni Hirsch (ETHS Class of 2013) received an honorable mention in NSPA’s Story of the Year contest for his entry, “Saying Goodbye to Dajae Coleman.” For more information about the NSPA awards, visit http://www.studentpress.org/nspa/.

ETHS teacher Rodney Lowe is the staff adviser for The Evanstonian, which is available online at www.evanstonian.net/.


ETHS Speech Team results: Hoffman Estates tournament

Two ETHS students took top spots at the “Turkey Tourny” in Hoffman Estates on November 23, 2013. Tournament results included first place wins for ETHS seniors Ben Moberly and Noah Eisfelder:

  • 1st Place in Extemporaneous Speaking - Ben Moberly
  • 1st Place in Declamation - Noah Eisfelder (also received) 5th Place in Humorous Interpretation

Complete tournament results are available online:https://www.speechwire.com/r-tournament.php?tournid=2097


ETHS choirs perform in holiday concert at Lake St. Church

Four student ensembles from Evanston Township High School and three adult choruses will join together to present the Lake Street Holiday Choral Concert at 2pm on Saturday, December 14, at Lake Street Church of Evanston, 607 Lake St. 

The annual holiday concert will feature the ETHS Concert Choir, Chorale, Bazao A Cappella, and Circle of 5ths, as well as The A-Men Barbershop Quartet, Northwave Men’s Barbershop Choir, and Sweet Adelines in traditional holiday fare. The combined groups will also perform a variety of choral music ending with the traditional sing-a-long Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.  The ETHS choirs are directed by vocal director Mary Theresa Reed. 

Tickets at $10 can be purchased at the door, not in advance. 


Evanston High School musicians ring in the holidays

More than 300 student musicians will help ring in the holidays when Evanston Township High School presents its Holiday Music Festival at 3:00pm on Sunday, December 15, in the ETHS auditorium. 

Two orchestras (String Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra); three bands (Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Wind Symphony); and several vocal groups including the Concert Choir, Chorale, Chamber Singers, Bazao A Cappella, Dazzling Dames, Circle of 5ths and the Handbell Choir will perform contemporary and classical pieces that will put everyone in a holiday mood. ETHS A Cappella groups will carol in the lobby before the concert.


The orchestras will perform varied holiday pieces, including “The Three-Minute Nutcracker,” and Benjamin Britten’s “Men of Goodwill: Variations on a Christmas Carol for Orchestra,” in honor of his 100th birthday. This work was composed for the BBC program that was broadcast on Christmas Day 1947, immediately before King George VI’s speech to the empire.


Band repertoire includes several holiday favorites as well as works by Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Allan Hovhaness, and “Blithe Bells” by J.S. Bach, arranged by Percy Grainger.


Tickets, available at the door, are $3 for adults, $1 for students, and free to senior citizens. Evanston Township High School is located at 1600 Dodge Ave., and the auditorium is wheelchair accessible. Parking is recommended in the lot directly across from the auditorium entrance on Dodge Ave. 

Scotirish December 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM
I suppose it's human nature that articles about crime in this community receive the bulk of comments from folks who want to rant and rave. But where is the outpouring of support for these 181 students who in the midst of all that goes on at Church and Dodge have excelled at such a laudatory degree. I know 3 of the students listed who attend the same church as I do and I can tell you I knew they would be on this list because they are as exemplary in their lifestyle as they are in the classroom. I would ask what the community at large and within city government are going to do to recognize what they contribute to our village.
IgnorantA December 10, 2013 at 12:28 PM
congrats to the 181 students and to ETHS!
E-Towner December 10, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Kudos to the 181 students - it looks like 25% of the senior class was recognized with this award. Great job!


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