The news site of Evanston Township High School's student newspaper

The Evanstonian

The news site of Evanston Township High School's student newspaper

The Evanstonian

The news site of Evanston Township High School's student newspaper

The Evanstonian

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As Witherspoon looks towards retirement, students express hope for replacement

Molly Riley and Elizabeth Wenning March 18, 2022

Superintendent Eric Witherspoon, who has been the ETHS superintendent for nearly 16 years, recently announced his retirement on Sept. 13, 2021, raising many questions surrounding who his successor will...

Students on the complexities of balancing work and academic commitments

Macyn Hoeveler and Lily Kellams March 18, 2022

All of us ETHS students will need to work at some point in our lives—whether it's to make a little bit of pocket change, to pay for food and rent or to support our families. As adults, we’ll be expected...

Students, staff react to updated COVID-19 guidelines

Students, staff react to updated COVID-19 guidelines

Eden Drajpuch and Jilian Denlow March 4, 2022

As of Feb. 28, ETHS has moved to a “mask-recommended” model, meaning that masks are encouraged, but not required within the ETHS building. This decision comes as a result of multiple lawsuits that...

To mitigate waste, ETHS students work to pilot environmentally conscious mask programs

Ahania Soni , Feature Editor February 28, 2022

One of the unforeseen harms of the pandemic has been pollution. Although people staying at home for a year were able to reduce their waste outputs, a new, very harmful pollutant sprung up in the form of...

Students reflect on course selection process

Students reflect on course selection process

Ahania Soni , Feature Editor February 28, 2022

Six months feels like a long time to do anything. And when it comes to course requests, it can feel especially strange to choose the courses for the following year when the second semester has barely begun....

2018 ETHS alum Sebastian Nalls on bid for alderman, running for mayor, and life as a long-time Evanstonian

Meg Houseworth , Assistant In-Depth Editor February 28, 2022

Recently, I sat down with my neighbor and prospective Ninth Ward alderman candidate Sebastian Nalls. At just 20 years old, Nalls already has a distinguished resume, including interning for Governor Pritzker...

Students recount mixed experiences with COVID-19 cases

Macyn Hoeveler and Molly Riley February 28, 2022

Personal experiences with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in no way follow a set outline. COVID-19 can manifest differently, and each person has their own experience with the sickness. Junior Ayla Conn...

‘Awkward and uncomfortable:’ Students document experiences with school-wide COVID-19 testing

‘Awkward and uncomfortable:’ Students document experiences with school-wide COVID-19 testing

Clara Gustafson , Mackenzie Greco , and Izzy Rudolph February 28, 2022

Following the surge of COVID-19 cases at ETHS in the weeks leading up to winter break, ETHS implemented an adaptive pause and went remote for the last week of the first semester. Upon returning to school...

Students recount experiences with winter burnout, lack of motivation

Lily Kellams and Madison Mann February 28, 2022

As the short days drag on and the freezing weather continues, there is no question that many students have started to reach the point of burnout—schoolwork piles up, motivation decreases and the months...

Local newspapers documented the push and pull between the groups in favor of District 65 Superintendent Gregory Coffin and his integration plan and those who wanted him removed from his position.

‘White frames of reference, “white is right” conclusions’: How integrating Evanston’s District 65 divided the city

Maddie Coyle, Ahania Soni , Amy Grill, and Kamau Ransom January 28, 2022
Gregory Coffin. A name that was once synonymous with hope, with a bright future for our kids—a nationally renowned educator singled out for his success. That name has now slipped away into obscurity. How did the shift from the only educator featured in Who’s Who in America to a name you can only find in old newspaper archives occur? And more specifically, why did it happen in Evanston? 
Since its founding, Evanston has been shaped by those in favor of a segregated town and those who have pushed Evanston to be more equitable and accepting.

‘Microcosm of the world’: Evanston as a political ‘proving ground’

Meg Houseworth, Jojo Wertheimer, and Jilian Denlow January 28, 2022
Evanston was shaped by both perpetrators and trailblazers, all of whom played an instrumental role in forming the city we call home. From real estate practices to voting tendencies, Evanston functions in the ways that it does as a result of its history with civic engagement and local policy choices. 
When Foster School oepned, it featured an all-white student body. Over the next half century, the demographics shifted entirely, with the school featuring an all-Black student population by the 1950s.

‘It was a pillar’: Examining legacy of Evanston’s former Fifth Ward school

Evanstonians remember Foster School, a site of communal strength, and later, desegregation hardships has recently become a focus for discussions regarding race relations in Evanston.