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The Evanstonian

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

The Evanstonian

Jilian Denlow

Jilian Denlow, Executive Editor

Hi! My name is Jilian Denlow (she/her). I am a senior and one of the Executive Editors, overseeing Feature & Sports. As a freshman, I immediately felt welcomed and encouraged to be a part of the community. My utmost priority is to make others feel like they belong in this space. In my role, I hope to depict a more inclusive, whole and authentic snapshot of the community at-large. Outside of the Evanstonian, I play soccer for ETHS and a local club team. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and going to the beach.

By Jilian Denlow
At 2715 Hurd Ave., in the heart of Evanston’s Sixth Ward, exists what was once a large and lively church dedicated to worship alone. Now, after learning of Evanston’s removal of Black families from his neighborhood in Northwest Evanston, Steven Rogers took steps to turn the church which sat on the lot where those families lived into a place for music and collaboration within the Black community.

The sound of service

Jilian Denlow, Executive Editor February 22, 2024

At 2715 Hurd Ave., in the heart of Evanston’s Sixth Ward, exists what was once a large and lively church dedicated to worship alone. The Second Church of Christ, Scientist, nestled among dozens of single-family...

Pavelec, Kit bowlers roll past Trevians in Monday evening matchup

Pavelec, Kit bowlers roll past Trevians in Monday evening matchup

Owen Chiss and Jilian Denlow January 22, 2024

Evanston head coach Ray Austin is always hungry for more. But when his team beat New Trier by 504 pins on Monday evening, he couldn’t help but crack a smile. “No coach is always happy. We missed...

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...

Senior Zuri Ransom posted 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in Evanstons victory over Depaul College Prep on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Ransom’s big day propels girls basketball to win over Depaul Prep

Owen Chiss and Jilian Denlow December 10, 2023

Zuri Ransom has had many stellar performances in her high school basketball career, but not even her own coach had witnessed anything similar to the takeover that the senior guard displayed on Saturday...

Eatin’ With Ethan Episode 3 – Soul & Smoke

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

The ETHS girls varsity flag football team kicked off their season on Sept. 14 against Lane Tech

A ‘league of their own’

Jilian Denlow and Owen Chiss September 22, 2023

On Sept. 14, just minutes before kick-off, the ETHS’ first-ever girls varsity flag football team formed a huddle. As the girls redirected their gaze to the sea of orange and blue, and pre-performance...

Girls field hockey exacts revenge over Latin in opening-game victory

Jilian Denlow and Owen Chiss August 22, 2023

After girls field hockey fell short in a 2-0 loss to Latin in last year’s final regular season game, coach Annie Lesch emphasized the hunger of her team all off-season coming into game one of the 2023...

Tennis players prepare for tryouts.

Game, set, match: Girls tennis looks to build off last season’s success

Jilian Denlow, Executive Editor August 14, 2023

Last fall, Evanston’s top doubles team—Maddie Pollard and Linden Wadsworth—finished their season just shy of the state tournament. Although tennis is a primarily individual sport, head coach Leanne...

Girls cross country running in the field house.

Girls cross country to take strides towards state

Jilian Denlow, Executive Editor August 14, 2023

Last season, Beth Arey stepped into her role as the new girls’ cross country varsity head coach and during her first year, Arey guided the young team far into sectionals, setting personal records across...

This is the first year of the ETHS girls flag football team.

The newest sport at ETHS: Girls flag football to kick off this fall

Jilian Denlow, Executive Editor August 14, 2023

In 2003, Lisa Cole founded the Chicago Force, the city’s first professional women’s tackle football team. Over a decade ago, ETHS PE teacher Luella “Lue” Gesky was a defensive lineman for the Force,...

Field Hockey looks to improve on a 7-9 finish.

Field hockey to rebuild after graduating top seniors

Jilian Denlow, Executive Editor August 14, 2023

After graduating two varsity captains and key members of the starting lineup, the field hockey program anticipates yet another period of reconstruction. “They’re big shoes to fill,” varsity head...

Boys cross country at tryouts.

[Photo] Young talent set to lead boys cross country back to state

August 14, 2023

Boys cross country at tryouts.

Jack Kaplan

Jilian Denlow, Feature Editor May 11, 2023

At just three years old, Jack Kaplan put on his very first pair of soccer cleats. Now, 15 years later, Kaplan prepares to continue his athletic endeavors at Oberlin College, a private liberal arts institution...

Photo courtesy of Mac Mettee

Mac Mettee

Jilian Denlow, Feature Editor May 11, 2023

With great speed and vision, senior wide receiver Mac Mettee will continue his football career at DePauw University, a private liberal arts college in Greencastle, Ind.. Having played football all four...

Photos courtesy of Omar Brown

‘More than just a basketball league’

Jilian Denlow, Feature Editor April 20, 2023

Saturday mornings at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center are nothing short of electric. This facility serves as the Fifth Ward’s local recreation center and holds the title as the oldest standing community...

Execs through the decades

Execs through the decades

Jilian Denlow, Feature Editor March 15, 2023

The Evanstonian office is situated at the intersection of the South Wing and H-Hall on the first floor of the building. At any given time, S103–the Evanstonian’s layout room–is lively and spirited....

Art by Ahania Soni, Clara Gustafson

Gaming the system: Evans’ power grab

Jilian Denlow, Christopher Vye and Jared Tucker February 27, 2023
Abraham Lincoln appointed John Evans as the territorial governor of Colorado in 1862. At the time, the Confederate South was overwhelmingly Democratic; the Union North, Republican. In the event that Colorado gained enough population to become a state, Evans knew that the industrialization, urbanization and modernization would essentially guarantee the state to become a Republican stronghold—with him at the top of the list of potential senators for the territory-turned-state.
Soup for the Soul

Soup for the Soul

Jilian Denlow and Isabella Martinez January 27, 2023

Guests enter the soup kitchen to the compelling sounds of a piano, each and every note guided by passion and purpose. It is 6pm, which indicates the commencement of Beth Emet’s Wednesday soup kitchen....

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[Photo] Insta-worthy?

January 27, 2023

Serving validation, connection ... and caffeine!

Serving validation, connection … and caffeine!

Jilian Denlow and Izabella Paracuelles October 14, 2022

Clusters of teenage girls collect at the tables in the corners, their notebooks and computers strewn across the furniture as they type and talk simultaneously. Nearly every seat in the cafe is filled;...

ETHS friends become college roommates

Eden Drajpuch, Jilian Denlow and Stella Morton May 12, 2022

As college aspirations become reality for current ETHS seniors, the process to find a potential roommate serves as yet another daunting task for several students who near this new chapter of their lives.  College...

Amid discussions on reading proficiency, Literacy Lab offers support

Amid discussions on reading proficiency, Literacy Lab offers support

Eden Drajpuch and Jilian Denlow April 18, 2022

ETHS’ Literacy Lab, located on the second floor of the Arts Wing, was initially opened in the 2019-2020 school year with the goal of providing an inviting space for students who needed additional reading...

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...

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. 

Mobilization of a city

Jilian Denlow, Assistant Feature Editor January 28, 2022

 The racial disparities that appear at the basis of Evanston’s institutions are commonly attributed to the presence of prejudicial behavior within the housing market. Often viewed as an indication of...

Emotions run high during, after two-hour lockdown

Emotions run high during, after two-hour lockdown

Jilian Denlow and Jessica Sehgal December 23, 2021
At 10:16 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16, the ETHS building went into hard lockdown, signifying a present threat in the building, resulting in staff and students hiding and locking the doors to all classrooms. At 12:39 p.m., the lockdown was lifted and students were dismissed for the rest of the school day. “For me, it was just fear the entire time,” junior Alice Lavan shares.
Seniors document college application process

Seniors document college application process

Jilian Denlow and Ingrid Halverson December 23, 2021

The college admissions process draws a fine line between student success and defeat. For years, seniors have struggled to navigate submitting their applications and, now, after countless months of structure...

ETHS student activists reshape civic engagement

Jilian Denlow, Molly Riley and Aryeh Lesch November 19, 2021

Students demanding change is not a new fixture, however it has become more prevalent in recent years. ETHS students’ efforts to tackle issues in their communities should not be underestimated. With that,...

Over time, the rivalry between New Trier and Evanston has shifted, but many of the underlying reasons for the divide remain.

ETHS, New Trier alums, students reflect on school rivalry

Jilian Denlow and Molly Riley October 15, 2021

From aggressive slogans and chants to hallway trash talk, almost every ETHS student has heard or voiced some bad things about New Trier. This isn’t a new fixture; even after nearly half a century,...

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,...

Students, staff examine e-learning

Jilian Denlow and Ingrid Halverson September 17, 2021

On Aug. 16, nearly 4,500 students and staff members entered the building for the first day of the 2021-2022 school year, a large percentage of which hadn’t physically set foot in school since March of...

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...

Students return to ETHS after an entire year and a semester of virtual or hybrid school.

Steps toward normalcy at ETHS

Jilian Denlow, Assistant Feature Editor August 16, 2021

For members of the ETHS community, the upcoming school year will feel like a breath of fresh air. While it is likely that no one is eager for summer to come to an end, today probably feels like a reasonable...

What’s next for the K(C)ates

Jilian Denlow, Staff Writer May 21, 2021

There are so many different Kates, Cats and Caitlin's in this year's senior class, and with them all reaching the end of their time at ETHS, a few of the similarly named students shared what's next. Katherine...

Hybrid learning offers unique experiences and considerations for freshmen, seniors

Hybrid learning offers unique experiences and considerations for freshmen, seniors

Jilian Denlow and Cheyenne Edwards April 26, 2021

On March 13, 2020, ETHS announced that the school would be closed for two weeks due to COVID-19. However, two weeks turned into an indefinite period, as the future of the return to normalcy looked unclear....

Students, staff react to hybrid return

Students, staff react to hybrid return

Jilian Denlow and Sydney Hletko April 26, 2021
August 17, the first day of the 2020-21 school year, was not the start anyone would’ve hoped for. A few weeks of online learning quickly turned into months, and now, as May approaches, ETHS has finally decided to take the next step, allowing students and staff to break routine and enter the building after many months of learning and teaching behind a computer screen. 
A thorn on Bachelor Nation: a lesson from contestant’s racist social media history

A thorn on Bachelor Nation: a lesson from contestant’s racist social media history

Jilian Denlow, Staff Writer March 22, 2021

Following the premiere of the 25th season of The Bachelor, an American dating and relationship reality TV series, it was unexpected that immediate fan-favorite Rachael Kirkconnell would be revealed as...

Students across country yearn for normalcy in school routines

Jilian Denlow, Staff Writer January 25, 2021

Across the country, five students with separate experiences share a common denominator—a strong desire to return to normalcy. These students have expressed the ways this school year differs from previous...

North Shore educators adjust to e-learning

Jilian Denlow, Staff Writer December 14, 2020

On March 13th, a day that will never be forgotten, local schools announced their official closing due to the sudden increase of COVID-19 cases across the country, leaving families and teachers with minimal...

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