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Maddie Coyle

Maddie Coyle, Community Impact Editor

My name is Maddie Coyle, my pronouns are she/her, I am a senior at ETHS, and the Community Impact Editor. I have written on The Evanstonian since 2018 out of a passion for writing and my community. Outside of The Evanstonian, I am the co-president of the ETHS Community Service Club. Also I am involved with student ambassadors, debate, mock trial, and the Connections for the Homeless junior council.

By Maddie Coyle
Self worth through personal character rather than academic achievement

Self worth through personal character rather than academic achievement

Maddie Coyle, Community Impact Editor May 12, 2022

For me, it seems as though my entire academic life has been on the basis of grades, more specifically how high they were. Earn this grade to make my parents proud, to get me into that higher math class,...

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? 

Opinion | Don’t allow unvaccinated students to opt out of COVID testing

Maddie Coyle, Community Impact Editor October 15, 2021

Monday, Sept. 14, ETHS sent out an email alerting students that they are able to opt out of routine COVID-19 testing done with the new University of Illinois SHIELD program. This would result in students...

Illustration by Claire Ripp.

Opinion | Rehumanizing ETHS comes with significant adjustments

Linnea Mayo and Maddie Coyle September 17, 2021

Linnea's thoughts Going into this school year, there were various expected changes awaiting students and staff, including the block scheduling, 85-minute class periods and no tardies that we had been...

Opinion | Why I didn’t opt into hybrid learning

Maddie Coyle, Opinion Editor April 26, 2021

On March 1, ETHS announced their plan to initiate a hybrid learning program, after students spent the last year learning virtually. The plan called for students to opt into the hybrid learning plan with...

Courtesy of Damperpedal via Creative Commons

Opinion | Local politics has greater impact on our lives than national politics

Maddie Coyle, Opinion Editor March 22, 2021

Politics have become a must-see event and the epicenter of many people’s thoughts and conversations. The showman qualities of our former president and elected officials, along with the increase of party...

Three visions of criminal justice reform in Evanston

Maddie Coyle, Opinion Editor January 25, 2021

70 percent of officer-initiated use of force is against Black people stopped by police in Evanston, yet only 16 percent of the population in Evanston is Black. Black people were nine times more likely...

The events of 2020 aren’t going away anytime soon

Maddie Coyle, Opinion Editor December 14, 2020

Over the past year, each month featured a life-altering event that changed the course of 2020. From the pandemic to the election, this past year has had many different events that have changed all of our...

Opinion | Transparent policing provides first step towards equity

Maddie Coyle, Opinion Editor November 16, 2020

“There is a misunderstanding between society and the criminal justice system in America. I feel that there have been some steps in the right directions, particularly in certain communities, to create...

Illustrated by Saskia Teterycz

Why ETHS needs to implement mental health days

Maddie Coyle, Opinion Editor October 20, 2020

As high school students, we all experience varying degrees of stress. Regardless of the specifics, though, it’s clear that the amount of activities, work and outside responsibilities placed on our shoulders...

Why normalcy is unattainable in a “post-COVID” world

Why normalcy is unattainable in a “post-COVID” world

Maddie Coyle, Assistant Opinion Editor September 24, 2020

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began to plague our world, everyone has wanted things to return to normal. Many thought the pandemic was something that would occur for a few weeks, and then would be over...

We need to teach Evanston history

Maddie Coyle, Opinion Editor August 23, 2020

Each year, many ETHS students learn about either US or World History. These classes teach important lessons about how the US and other nations were shaped into the countries they are today. History gives...

Illustration by Ellie Lind

We really are not all in this together

Maddie Coyle, Assistant Opinion Editor May 1, 2020

The COVID-19 virus has taken over our world. It has impacted people across the world and because of this,  many have seen this pandemic as a time where we can all come together. More people have been...

We need more proactive action on infectious diseases

Maddie Coyle, Assistant Opinion Editor April 3, 2020

 Over the past few weeks, the pandemic spread of the COVID-19 virus has taken over, impeding on everyday life across the globe. The first COVID-19 virus outbreak was in Wuhan, China, according to Aljazeera,...

Students view of Google Classroom.

[Photo] Drawbacks of e-learning and what can be done to improve it

April 3, 2020

Student's view of Google Classroom.

Illustrated by Valerie Larsen

We need to combat objectification and sexualization of women in media

Maddie Coyle, Assistant Opinion Editor February 28, 2020

“For most of history anonymous was a woman;”--this idea was illustrated in Virginia Woolf’s In Search of a Room of One’s Own  and is pertinent to understand how women used to live their lives....

Illustration by Saskia Teterycz

“New Year, new me” creates unrealistic expectations

Maddie Coyle, Assistant Opinion Editor January 31, 2020

2020, a new year, a new decade. Long forgotten are the pitfalls of 2019 and here we are, ready to welcome the new beginnings that 2020 may bring. Resolutions are a key aspect of the New Year. We use...

Normalizing gossip perpetuates ‘mean girl’ culture

Normalizing gossip perpetuates ‘mean girl’ culture

Maddie Coyle, Assistant Opinion Editor December 13, 2019

Gossip is best defined as “chatty talk, the spreading of sensational or intimate information,” according to Psychology Today. In mainstream media, gossip has become normalized through movies, TV and...

Illustrated by Valerie Larsen

Implications of Academic Pressure

Maddie Coyle and Gwen Tucker November 11, 2019

College Readiness       “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a simple, childhood question that many adults have asked me. I always had an answer: dog photographer, zookeeper or...

Students need to fast-food culture

Students need to fast-food culture

Maddie Coyle, Assistant Opinion Editor September 27, 2019

We live in a world dominated by fast culture. Almost anything we want we can get with the click of a button, and while this fast-paced world we live in can sometimes be extremely useful, other times it...

Illustration by Madison McGuire

Let’s talk, not text: technology should not be used to resolve conflict

Maddie Coyle, Assistant Opinion Editor August 21, 2019

Arguments. We all get in them. They can be extremely frustrating and problematic, especially when it is with someone we care about. Watching those three dots come up after you write a long paragraph telling...

Seniors continue passions post-high school

Maddie Coyle and Meena Sharma May 23, 2019

Throughout high school, many people participate in a variety of different clubs and activities to help set us up for success post high school. In doing so, many of us find our niche, something that we...

Education is necessary for environmental change

Maddie Coyle, Staff Writer February 15, 2019

Imagine a world where we see the coastal areas of our country flooded, we see massive polar and heat waves and we see a flood of natural disasters occur so frequently the world has familiarized themselves...

Social media activism does not make change

Social media activism does not make change

Maddie Coyle, Staff Writer December 28, 2018

You open up Instagram. You’re scrolling through your feed and then you see a flood of posts about the Kavanaugh hearing. All your friends are posting about it. You see long paragraphs about women’s...

Proposed closing of Fire Station 4 will bring more harm than good

Maddie Coyle, Staff Writer November 12, 2018

On Oct. 8, Evanston announced its 2019 proposed budget. The city has a $7.4 million deficit, which prompted the decision to make many serious cuts, one being the closing of fire station 4. They are also...

Disparity between boys’ and girls’ sports fan culture needs change

Maddie Coyle, Staff Writer October 26, 2018

On Sept. 8, Serena Williams and Japan’s Naomi Osaka went head to head in the finals for the US Open. During the match, a controversy erupted changing the tenor of the game. The umpire accused Williams’s...

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