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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

Elise Goulding

Elise Goulding, Staff Writer

Hello! I’m Elise Goulding (she/her). I am a junior and have written for the News section of The Evanstonian since freshman year. I write because I enjoy learning about what is happening in the Evanston community and interviewing new people. I’m involved in gymnastics, Student Ambassadors and a leader in Climate Action Club.  I also do club gymnastics and coach. In my free time, I spend time with friends, read, and watch TV.

By Elise Goulding
A view of downtown Evanston from Church Street.

Evanston’s Small Business Recovery Program offers lifeline to struggling local businesses

Elise Goulding, Staff Writer April 10, 2024

Although over four years have passed since the COVID-19 pandemic, many local small businesses are still feeling the effects on their profit. To mitigate those damages and support local business owners,...

Participants gathered in the auditorium to watch the drag performance that capped off the event.

LGBTQIA+ Summit hosts drag show, seeks student involvement

Elise Goulding, Staff Writer March 15, 2024

This year’s annual LGBTQIA+ summit was held on Feb. 21. The ETHS-run summit is attended by members of the LGBTQIA+ community as well as allies searching for more insight on the subject. The entire summit...

Fourth Ward Councilmember Jonathan Nieuwsma was in favor of the relocation.

City Council approves 15-year lease for temporary Civic Center amidst renovation debate

Elise Goulding, Staff Writer January 28, 2024

The Jan. 22 City Council meeting was centered on the necessity for renovation or relocation of  the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, due to current issues surrounding the building’s HVAC, electrical...

Ceramics donated by Evanston artists and ETHS students went up for silent auction. (Courtesy of Community Service Club)

ETHS Empty Bowl fundraiser raises over $3000 for local non-profits

Elise Goulding, Staff Writer December 14, 2023

The 24th annual Empty Bowl was hosted on Wednesday, Dec. 6 during both lunch blocks. The fundraiser, known for selling soup and hand-made ceramics, raised over $3,000 for local non-profit organizations...

Mayor Daniel Biss designated the week of Nov. 19 Restorative Justice Week.

Evanston City Council debates budget allocations, designates ‘Restorative Justice Week’

Elise Goulding, Staff Writer November 24, 2023

The Evanston City Council meeting on Nov. 13th began with a movement by Jonathan Nieuwsuma, Fourth Ward councilmember, to table three ordinances which would allow Northwestern University to rebuild Ryan...

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...

New way to track community service hours in SchooLinks

Elise Goulding, Staff Writer October 14, 2022

This year, ETHS has moved the platform that students track community service hours on from myETHS to SchooLinks, which is used primarily for College and Career readiness. Students can submit by clicking...

Leah Piekarz

Leah Piekarz

Elise Goulding, Staff Writer May 12, 2022

After 21 years ETHS counselor Leah Piekarz is retiring. She started her counseling career in Evanston and has stayed ever since. Her job consists of supporting students, academically and otherwise, introducing...

District 65 school board historically approves new Fifth Ward school

Elise Goulding, Staff Writer April 18, 2022

On March 14, the District 65 school board approved the creation of a new school. This school will be located in the Fifth Ward, as it has not had one since the closing of Foster School in 1967.  “We...

ETHS students, staff participate in 2022 LGBTQ+ summit

Elise Goulding, Staff Writer March 18, 2022

This year, the LGBTQ+ summit was be held on March 4th. The first summit was held in 2017 as a part of ETHS’ Social Consciousness Series, which is the school’s active effort to make sure every student...

ETHS administration, school board conduct formal superintendent search

ETHS administration, school board conduct formal superintendent search

Elise Goulding, Staff Writer February 28, 2022

In September of 2021, Superintendent Eric Witherspoon announced his retirement, effectively opening the role of District 202 Superintendent for the 2022-2023 school year. Shortly after Witherspoon’s...

Evanston holiday drive aims to give back to community

Evanston holiday drive aims to give back to community

Annabelle Harris and Elise Goulding December 23, 2021

  Every year around the winter holidays, Evanston holds its annual Mayor’s Holiday Food, Book, and Toy Drive. The city collects new toys and non-perishable foods for holiday meals such as stuffing,...

Four years in, little progress made on climate plan

Elise Goulding and Aryeh Lesch October 15, 2021

  The City of Evanston’s Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP), created four years ago by former Mayor Steve Haggerty, outlines ambitious goals for reductions in carbon emissions and waste...

District 65 reopening prompts student, staff response

Elise Goulding and Rosie Witt September 17, 2021

For the 2021-2022 school year, District 65 decided to reopen with all in-person learning. Middle and elementary schoolers will be back in the building at full capacity for the first time since the initial...

Eden Drajpuch

City Council rules beaches free on weekends

Elise Goulding, Staff Writer August 16, 2021

In an Evanston City Council meeting on May 24, it was decided that Evanston beaches would be free on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of every week for Evasnton residents. This was first brought to City Council...

Plans for graduation continue amid COVID-19

Elise Goulding, Staff Writer April 26, 2021

ETHS Class of 2021’s graduation will be a combination of in-person and online ceremonies, and although there have been many delays in ETHS’s official plans for senior celebrations, administrators hope...

ETHS works to vaccinate teachers before hybrid learning begins

ETHS works to vaccinate teachers before hybrid learning begins

Aryeh Lesch and Elise Goulding March 22, 2021

As ETHS approaches the beginning of hybrid learning, the administration has made clear its commitment to helping its teachers and staff get vaccinated for COVID-19. “Getting the vaccine for our employees...

Eighth Ward

Elise Goulding, Staff Writer February 17, 2021

Matthew Mitchell In this year's municipal election, Matthew Mitchell is running for alderman of the 8th Ward. Mitchell, born and raised in Evanston, hopes to win against incumbent Ann Rainey and current...

photo by Madison McGuire

Evanstonians react amidst COVID-19 third wave

Sari Oppenheimer, Elise Goulding and Gabi Karlan December 14, 2020

America’s third nation-wide surge of COVID-19 cases, dubbed the “third wave,” started in mid-November and has led to the reimplementation of statewide Tier 3 mitigation strategies, such as limiting...

Teaching the 2020 Election

Teaching the 2020 Election

Zachary Bahar and Elise Goulding November 16, 2020

2020 has been an eventful year. The constant news has led to countless classroom discussions about world events, with the election chief among them. As in years past, students and staff have used the election...

Halloween in a pandemic: celebrating safely

Halloween in a pandemic: celebrating safely

Elise Goulding, Staff Writer October 20, 2020

With a pandemic continuing to affect the City of Evanston, Halloween still approaches.  This year, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has labeled traditional trick-or-treating as a high-risk...

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