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

The Evanstonian

Ahania Soni

Ahania Soni, Executive Editor

By Ahania Soni
Clara Gustafson (left), Jilian Denlow (center) and Sophia Sherman (right) will lead the Evanstonian’s 107th editorial board.

The Evanstonian names new executive editors for ‘23-‘24

Meg Houseworth, Jessica Sehgal and Ahania Soni May 11, 2023

Nearly three years ago, three freshman girls sat behind their computer screens in their online Intro to Journalism class. Now, the three girls will unite again as accomplished seniors next year to lead...

Dear Evanstonian, thank you.

Dear Evanstonian, thank you.

Jessica Sehgal, Meg Houseworth and Ahania Soni May 11, 2023

Dear Evanstonian, Thank you. Thank you for being our platform. As journalists, we are in the unique position to tell stories that can drive real change by encouraging courageous discourse....

Opinion | Collage of memories

Opinion | Collage of memories

Ahania Soni, Executive Editor May 11, 2023

I think it's obvious from my smorgasbord of senior column ideas that I've loved a lot of different parts of high school. So much more has happened in 4 years than I ever could have imagined on my first...

Art by Kupu Sumi

Letter from the Executive Editors | How NU, ETHS, Evanston can hold John Evans accountable, ensure Indigenous cultures can thrive

Meg Houseworth, Jessica Sehgal and Ahania Soni February 27, 2023

Right as the sun broke on November 29th, 1864, 700 volunteer soldiers entered sacred land in Fort Lyon, Colorado. Home to the Cheyenne and Arapaho, this vast prairie had become a community for over 700...

Art by Ahania Soni

In years after Sand Creek Massacre, media, political operatives salvage Evans’ reputation

Ahania Soni, Bridget Baker, Aaliya Weheliye and Rosie Witt February 27, 2023
Although we now know it as the Sand Creek Massacre, for over a century the events of Nov. 28 were called a “battle.” The men who are now condemned as murderers were—in many cases —celebrated and revered. Despite the graphically disturbing testimonies of soldiers, and the eventual congressional investigation which led to the resignation from the governorship of John Evans’, the territorial governor at the time, the prevailing narrative in Colorado was one of brave American troops warding off dangerous Natives.  
Every day, over 3,400 students stream into ETHS.

Every aspect of the word: Safety at ETHS, a year after lockdown

Ahania Soni, Executive Editor December 16, 2022

A year ago today, ETHS went on hard lockdown. It started midway through first period with a code white, or a soft lockdown— students were already tense with COVID-19 cases spiking and the semester about...

Evanston Police Department, 1454 Elmwood St

[Photo] New police chief aims to build partnership with residents

Milo Slevin, Staff Writer December 16, 2022

Evanston Police Department, 1454 Elmwood St

The location for the Evanston mental health living room is just a block away from St. Francis Hospital.

[Photo] Bringing Evanston’s mental health living room to life

Milo Slevin, Staff Writer October 14, 2022

The location for the Evanston mental health living room is just a block away from St. Francis Hospital.

Both at ETHS and in Evanston, there are a number of options for students to find contraceptive care.

Getting comfortable with contraception

Ahania Soni and Calliope Green September 23, 2022

We’re living in a post-Roe world. Illinois may be—as of yet—unaffected, but looking forward to college decisions, to career paths, to places to settle down, we cannot escape the repercussions of...

Noah Reichlin delivers the morning announcements on Sept. 16, 2022.

Noah Reichlin: Unscripted

Naomi Alemayehu, Audrey Bodine and Ahania Soni September 23, 2022

At 8:27 AM every morning, all of the 3,731 students at ETHS in attendance that day hear a beep from the loudspeaker, followed by the energetic encouragement of Noah Reichlin, ETHS senior,  to “move...

Campbell talks new role, fresh vision

Campbell talks new role, fresh vision

Ethan Ravi and Ahania Soni August 15, 2022

As Marcus Campbell steps into the role of District 202 Superintendent, the Evanstonian spoke with him about his passion for education, his vision for ETHS, and his hopes for his time as superintendent. Q:...

Campbell: student, teacher, superintendent

Campbell: student, teacher, superintendent

Ahania Soni, Executive Editor August 15, 2022

In his junior year of high school, Dr. Marcus Campbell had his first experience in education. His teacher asked him to take over class for a day, to lead a discussion on Camus’ The Stranger, but that...

Twins going to the same college

Ahania Soni, Feature Editor May 12, 2022

College is often seen as a fresh start – living on your own, being in a new place, and no longer being with the same people you went to school with from the time you were five or six. But, what if you...

ETHS announces new principal, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

Ahania Soni, Feature Editor May 12, 2022

On May 10, the ETHS school board named Taya Kinzie as Assistant Superintendent and Principal and Scott Bramley as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, filling the positions left open after Marcus...

Local figure skaters reflect on culture, experiences

Local figure skaters reflect on culture, experiences

Ahania Soni, Feature Editor April 18, 2022

In the wake of Kamilia Valieva’s controversial appearance during the Olympics, in which the 15-year-old ice skater was publicly exposed for doping before the competition and then, controversially, allowed...

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....

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? 

Students contrast year of e-learning with first semester of in-person learning

Ahania Soni and Rosie Witt December 23, 2021

After a semester of being fully back to in person learning, looking back on the year we spent in zoom classes almost feels like a fever dream. But for many students, the effects that year had on our outlook...

Image courtesy of Kupu Sumi

AP Government classes emphasize political engagement

Ahania Soni, Feature Editor November 19, 2021

Our generation has lived through what are undoubtedly some of the most bizarre elections in American history. We’ve seen reality stars win the election, the electoral college disagree with the popular...

Three students reflect on intersection of fashion and self-expression

Ahania Soni, Feature Editor October 15, 2021

Jexa Edinburg  Being a freshman certainly isn’t easy, especially after COVID. The uncertainty around being in a new school doesn’t seem compatible with the level of confidence it takes to wear...

Illustration by Sabrina Barnes

New bell aims to rehumanize transitions throughout school day

Ahania Soni, Feature Editor September 17, 2021

School bells are closely tied with a lot of emotions. The feeling of elation as class ends or after a long week. The stress of the period ending before you finished the last question on a test or when...

Indivisible Evanston: political action over the summer

Ahania Soni, Feature Editor August 16, 2021

In 2017, just after Trump took office, as the world began to feel like it was spiraling out of control, Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin made a plan.  “They sat at their kitchen table, and they wrote...

Reimagining the Feature section

Reimagining the Feature section

Ahania Soni and Jilian Denlow August 16, 2021

A feature article, while a form of news, is more heavily catered towards human interest, both informative and captivating. The purpose of a feature story is to not only educate readers on a certain topic...

English Lisa Oberman retires after over three decades at ETHS.

English teacher Lisa Oberman reflects on long career

Ahania Soni, Staff Writer May 21, 2021

In 1985, when Take on Me dominated radio stations and The Breakfast Club had just been released to theaters, Lisa Oberman joined the ETHS English department. She’s spent several decades teaching freshman...

Ninth Ward

Ahania Soni, Staff Writer February 17, 2021

Cicely Fleming With her first term as alderwoman for the 9th Ward completed, Cicely Fleming is running for re-election in the upcoming election. Throughout her political career, both on the City Council...

Illustration by Lila Portis

On and off: perspectives about cameras on Zoom

Ahania Soni, Staff Writer December 14, 2020

Your environment always impacts how you learn. Who knew we would become nostalgic for the columns of laminated posters peeling off walls, and the rows of beige or steely grey desks, with their wads of...

Art by Valerie Larsen

Peas in a pod: e-learning pods alieve isolation

Ahania Soni, Staff Writer October 20, 2020

For students at ETHS, and across the country, staying motivated and engaged during e-learning has been a challenge. The solitude of quarantine and the overwhelmingness of the pandemic have left...

ETHS Environmental Clubs During COVID

Aryeh Lesch, Ahania Soni and Sofia Wagner October 20, 2020

Environmental activism has become increasingly important as the effects of climate change continue to be felt worldwide. For years, ETHS students have been working to create meaningful change in the Evanston...

Behind the political curtain: BLM, COVID-19

Eden Drajpuch and Ahania Soni August 17, 2020

As the Black Lives Matter movement has gained traction nationally, Evanston residents and ETHS students have continued to engage in conversations surrounding race and what it means to be an anti-racist...

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