The Class of 2020 MVPs

Badminton – Monica Hill 

“The badminton program at ETHS has provided me with the opportunity to meet so many amazing girls, learn teamwork skills and become great at a sport while having so much fun.”

Baseball – Noah Leib

“Evanston Baseball transcends a team, a program or a sport. I feel similarly about leaving it as I do my home because it’s where I acquired so many of the values that I will have for the rest of my life: patience, discipline, effort, hard work and leadership. #nationlove”

Boys Basketball – DeVaughn Bell

“Basketball meant everything to me, because it helped me keep my grades up and stay active. Everybody on the team is sad and upset because we had goals, and a state championship was one of them; it just sucks it had to end this way.”

Girls Basketball – Kayla Henning

“Evanston girls basketball has given me four years of exposure to a family I will have forever. I am grateful for the support of the community as well. “

Boys Bowling – Zev Grodzin

“Bowling at ETHS taught me a lot of life skills and gave me a platform to succeed at school and feel like I can be good at anything.”

Girls Bowling – Asya Wright

“I’m really grateful for all of the lessons I’ve learned and the amazing friends I’ve made through bowling.”

Cheer – Mia Testa

“During cheer, I met almost all of my best friends and now that the season is officially over it’s really sad that I wont get to ever goof around with the team again.”

Boys Cross Country – Jack Rutstein

“Evanston boys cross country has molded me into a student, leader and athlete that I’m proud to present every day. It taught me what patience, trust and dedication looks and  feels like. I began far from the varsity squad. The trust that the coaches gave me as I improved was one that I did my best to repay, vowing to help mentor every single young athlete on the team.”

Girls Cross Country – Hannah Lipman

“My overall experience with high school sports was amazing; ETHS gave me a place where I could spend time with my best friends and work towards becoming a better person and athlete. Some of my best high school memories are from cross country and track, and I love that I can take those with me forever.”

Boys Golf – Jack Skidmore

“Playing golf and bonding with teammates really made Evanston golf great, and now that it’s over I miss it a lot.”

Boys Gymnastics – Chris Dakich

“For me, gymnastics at ETHS has always been about the community, about the team. Doing gymnastics has been a staple in my time at ETHS, and while I’m sad that it came to an end in such a way, I know I that the team will come back even stronger next year.”

Girls Golf – Katie Gemmell

“It was really amazing being a part of the golf team because over the years we got really close, and it was great to see everyone grow.”

Girls Gymnastics – Jamie Otwell

“Being a part of the ETHS gymnastics team was a great experience. It gave me an opportunity to become a better gymnast, to create a family, and improve my leadership skills. I will never forget my time on the team, and I will miss my teammates and coaches very much.”

Boys hockey – Charlie Rodriguez 

“Evanston hockey has created bonds and taught me lessons that I will take with me to the next stage of my life.”

Boys Lacrosse – Jack Sload

“Being on the lacrosse team has taught me the importance of perseverance and grit. I’m excited to take these skills to college level lacrosse.”

Girls Lax – Julia English

“From four years of being a part of the girls varsity lacrosse team, I’ve learned that season isn’t just about playing the game, it’s about friendship, leadership, hard work, pushing each other to be the best version of yourself and holding each other accountable. It forces you to learn the habits of your teammates and that makes you really close. At the end of the day, it’s never about winning or losing, it’s recognizing that you played your hardest together. Nothing compares to the feeling of being on the field with people you trust, and knowing they’ve got your back.”

Pomkits – Kennedy Crenshaw

“Pomkits gave me the best high school experience, it taught me things that I will use forever.”

Boys Soccer – Quinn Ackman

“ETHS soccer has pushed me to be my best self whether it’s building strong relationships, or maintaining focus on my goals.”

Girls Soccer – Callista O’Connor

“ETHS soccer taught me school spirit and what it means to have pride in your school.”

Softball – Molly Chambers

“The coaches have taught me to trust myself no matter the situation, and showed me that playing loose and having fun does not mean you’re any less of a player.”

Boys Swim & dive – Brendan Long

“I have had such a great time as a member of this team. Everyone is so supportive, dedicated, and spirited, and they make swimming fun. The coaches do a great job of supporting us and making sure we’re ready for the end of the season. It felt so rewarding to final at state this year, but I couldn’t have done it without this great group of guys.”

Girls Swim & Dive – Lane Raedle

“I can’t think of a better group of girls, the teams always there to push you athletically and it’s really a fun atmosphere. It really helped me become a better person, athlete and leader.”

Boys Tennis – Georges Durand

“The best memories were riding in the bus with the legendary Coach Marcus.”

Girls Tennis – Sophia Demopolis

” The tennis team helped me learn how to work as part of a team and support each other.”

Boys Track – Sacrad Michelin

“My time in the Evanston track program was special, from all the people I’ve met to all the lessons I’ve learned. Evanston boys track and field has been a great experience overall.”

Girls Track – Gabby Horton

“The track program has literally been a second family to me. Track was something I would always look forward to when I would be having a bad day; not only because I love running, but because I love all the girls on the team, and I knew that they would make my day better.”

Boys Volleyball – Chyne Temple 

“High school volleyball was a get away from everything else going on, and it gave me a chance to be good at something like everyone else.”

Girls Volleyball – Rileigh Farragher

“ETHS volleyball is how I met some of my best friends; it has helped me grow as a person and player so much.”

Boys Water Polo – Ben Coleman

“Water polo was such an amazing experience; I met so many great friends and made some awesome memories.”

Girls Wapo – Mina Dizdarevic

“I was able to find my best friends through water polo and share my love for the sport with them. Not only are we a team, but we are family.”

Wrestling – Max Morton

“Evanston wrestling has completely shaped the person that I am today. I am forever appreciative of the Evanston Wrestling program and coaching staff for providing the best possible four years I could have possibly had. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my high school wrestling experience here at Evanston.”