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

Clara Gustafson

Clara Gustafson, Executive Editor

By Clara Gustafson
2: Lasting impact

2: Lasting impact

Each year, students across Evanston’s public school system learn about the destructive, racist system found throughout our country when Jim Crow laws started in the 19th century. Although these laws...

Clara Gustafson | My chosen family

Clara Gustafson | My chosen family

Clara Gustafson, Executive Editor May 8, 2024

Being an only child has been interesting for me. I often surprise people when I drop the bomb on them that it is indeed just me who lives with my parents. I always wonder if people are surprised in a good...

The Evanstonian announces ’24-’25 executive staff

The outgoing Evanstonian Executive Editors are proud to announce the 108th Editorial Board: Ethan Ravi, Ryan Wambo, Sam Froum, Izzy Paracuelles and Naomi Alemayehu. United in their love for journalism,...

Claras Column: Trader Joes Holiday Treats Edition

Clara’s Column: Trader Joe’s Holiday Treats Edition

Clara Gustafson, Executive Editor December 21, 2023

Hi! I’m Clara Gustafson, one of the Executive Editors of The Evanstonian. Every month for the rest of the school year, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on something new. For my first column, I decided to...

Founded in 2007 by Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss, Soundcloud has seen the rise of artists such as XXXTentacion, Juice Wrld and Playboi Carti, distinguishing itself as a platform for rappers to jump-start their career.

Head in the clouds

Sophia Sherman, Jilian Denlow and Clara Gustafson December 21, 2023

Situated in the depths of the arts wing on the first floor of ETHS lies a collection of recording spaces with a shared purpose: to offer the student body an opportunity to produce their own music. In the...

Eatin’ With Ethan Episode 3 – Soul & Smoke

Come along with our resident food critic Ethan Ravi to Soul & Smoke Evanston!

Summer in music

Summer in music

Clara Gustafson, Executive Editor August 15, 2023

This past summer, ETHS students enjoyed many different types of live music. Musicians such as Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Drake came to Chicago along with all of the performers at annual music festivals...

ETHS football kicks off their season on Aug. 25 at Lazier Field.

[Photo] Football hopes for quick learning curve as turned over roster prepares for the season

Owen Chiss, Digital Sports Editor August 14, 2023

ETHS football kicks off their season on Aug. 25 at Lazier Field.

District 65

District 65

Coming out of the worst of COVID-19, Evanston / Skokie Community Consolidated School District 65 has since been faced with multiple challenges. From lagging literacy rates, to decreasing enrollment, as...

Map by Clara Gustafson

Mourning and loss: the events at Sand Creek

Jessica Sehgal, Clara Gustafson and Frank Herman February 27, 2023
On Nov. 29, 1864, when the sun had just begun inching above the horizon, the rumbling sound of approaching hooves abruptly awoke the sleeping tribes. A few village patrons presumptively celebrated at what appeared to be buffalo in the distance. However, the truth of what lay in the distance that morning was far from the hopeful symbol of buffalo and instead grew to be one of the most gruesome and inhumane massacres in American history.
Photo courtesy of Isa De Los Reyes

Fourth Place: Bagel Art Cafe

Clara Gustafson, News Editor January 27, 2023

My Saturday morning ritual consists of waking up, picking up a friend or two (or sometimes flying solo), and heading to Bagel Art Cafe where I order my usual: Lox n’ Key and a Thai Iced Coffee, and then...

The challenge of scheduling lunch at the high school with the largest student body

The challenge of scheduling lunch at the high school with the largest student body

Clara Gustafson and Hazel Hayes January 27, 2023

With a student body of nearly 4,000 students, scheduling lunch in an effective way has been on the mind of ETHS administration since returning from virtual schooling. For students like senior Mason Denlow,...

Photo courtesy of Isaiah Turk

Third Place: La Principal

Clara Gustafson, News Editor January 27, 2023

No matter the time of year, a cold Mexican Coca-Cola, fresh chips and guacamole, followed by tacos, and finished off with churros sounds appealing to everyone.  Located at 700 Main St., you can find...

Evanstonians talk prevention, support during breast cancer awareness month

Clara Gustafson and Hannah Cervantes October 14, 2022

When October begins, so does breast cancer awareness month. In Evanston this means events to raise awareness and support for those with breast cancer, those who have beaten it, those working to help those...

No code necessary in new all-gender bathrooms

Clara Gustafson and Sam Consiglio September 24, 2022

Coming back to ETHS for the 2022-23 school year, students found a surprising addition:  All-Gender restrooms without passwords on the first floor of East wing. All-Gender restrooms were originally...

Community reels following Highland Park shooting

Clara Gustafson, News Editor August 15, 2022

With COVID-19 putting a pause on many social gatherings over the past two years, this summer's annual Fourth of July parade down Central Street was highly anticipated by many Evanstonians.  However,...

Four years in review

Clara Gustafson and Annabelle Harris May 12, 2022

2019 August 2019: New ETHS weight room debuted When the 2019-2020 school year began, students were welcomed with a newly updated weight room. Having this improved weight room has opened many doors...

PSAT testing reimplemented for underclassmen

Clara Gustafson and Hazel Hayes April 18, 2022

On Nov. 8, 2021, students and guardians received an email from ETHS explaining that the state of Illinois had mandated a return to both 9th and 10th graders taking the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test...

From appearances to safety, decision to unmask isn’t easy for students

Clara Gustafson, Izzy Rudolph and Rosie Witt March 18, 2022

With the recent change from masks being required to highly recommended at ETHS, many students have different opinions and thoughts as to whether or not they should wear a mask. While this decision is for...

‘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...

Evanstonians, ETHS community members reflect on opportunity gap, efforts to detrack at ETHS

Evanstonians, ETHS community members reflect on opportunity gap, efforts to detrack at ETHS

Over the years, ETHS has been consistently scrutinized for its opportunity gap. However, it wasn’t until 2010 when action was taken to detrack select ETHS courses. Despite the process continuing today, much controversy remains. 

Students reflect on first semester, transition back to in-person learning

Clara Gustafson and Nora Ruderman December 23, 2021

After being in isolation for over a year, students got used to joining a Zoom, not saying anything, and then leaving. Because of this, coming into the 2021-2022 school year has been challenging for many,...

Illustration by Mira Littmann

Students reflect on authenticity of social media activism

Clara Gustafson and Madison Mann November 19, 2021

With social media being such a prominent aspect of our everyday lives, it has also become a crucial outlet for activism for many users. Whether people use their platform to speak out against racism or...

Masks alter how language classes can learn and operate

Elizabeth Wenning and Clara Gustafson October 15, 2021

  On Aug. 26, a statewide mask mandate was reinstated in Illinois due to the rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant. While masks historically have been worn to stop the spread of diseases, never before...

Illustration by Lila Portis

Underclassmen reflect on first month of in-person learning

Jilian Denlow, Clara Gustafson and Sydney Hletko September 17, 2021

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the stereotypical fears of high school freshmen often included the intimidating upperclassmen, getting lost on the first day, being assigned overwhelming amounts of homework,...

Donate to The Evanstonian
Our Goal