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Michael Barthelemy

Michael Barthelemy, Sports Editor, Food Critic, Photographer

Hi, my name is Michael Barthelemy and I am one of the Sports Editors as well as the Food Critic for this year! This is my second year on staff and first on the Editorial Board and I am super excited to start this year. Outside of writing for The Evanstonian, I am on the tennis team, a part of Team ASAP, a Student Ambassador, and an employee at Hartigan’s Ice Cream Shoppe. The Evanstonian has provided me with a space where I am able to express my creativity and has led me to pursue journalism in college and beyond.

By Michael Barthelemy
Munchin with Michael: senior spirit foods

Munchin’ with Michael: senior spirit foods

Michael Barthelemy, Food Critic May 14, 2020

Sofie Kennedy - Popcorn kernel At first, Sofie is kind of intimidating. As a boss, she’s not afraid to get on you about your work, especially if you’re slacking off (a common experience for me)....

Lazier Field is empty following the statewide stay-at-home order that has cut short or cancelled many senior Wildkits  seasons.

A deep dive into how COVID-19 impacts senior athletes

Michael Barthelemy and Eli Cohen April 6, 2020

On March 12, our lives were put on hold. This was of course the day in which the email detailing the ETHS building’s closing and the school’s transition into e-learning was sent out in wake of the...

Munchin’ with Michael’s isolation eats: frozen pizza

Munchin’ with Michael’s isolation eats: frozen pizza

Michael Barthelemy, Food Critic April 3, 2020

The novel coronavirus may be shutting down our schools, workplaces and restaurants, but it will not stand in the way of Munchin’ with Michael. I can’t lie; it was difficult at first thinking how I...

Track: the race downstate

Michael Barthelemy, Sports Editor February 28, 2020

Consistent greatness. For the boys and girls track teams, that’s the name of the game. Year in and year out, both sides are able to send multiple runners to state competition no matter the event,...

Munchin’ with Michael: donuts

Michael Barthelemy, Food Critic February 28, 2020

My favorite dessert. A classic American treat. While the donut can first be dated as far back as prehistoric civilizations, it was far from what we see today. A sweet donut featuring a hole in the middle...

Munchin’ with Michael: chicken wings

Michael Barthelemy, Food Critic January 31, 2020

This feels like a clash of the titans. Chicken is my favorite food, and chicken wings are an exceptional product. Evanston alone boasts numerous options for wings, all fantastic in the eyes of the crowd....

Boys basketball continues to impress as a top team in the state

Michael Barthelemy, Sports Editor January 31, 2020

Dynasties are difficult to maintain, especially for high school programs. Regardless, ETHS has found a way to send out an elite-level basketball team every year. This year is no exception—the Kits are...

Learning to lead: a spotlight on ETHS basketball’s student managers

Michael Barthelemy and Sophia McCandlish January 31, 2020

In the shadows they lie. Keeping away from the spotlight of center court, they roam the sidelines looking to help in any way they can. They don’t do it for the glitz or the glamour; they do it...

Boys bowling rolls into new year with high expectations

Michael Barthelemy, Sports Editor January 31, 2020

With a season defined by two players qualifying for sectional competition in junior Aidan Cella and senior Zev Grodzin, and Grodzin qualifying for state, expectations are quickly rising. Headlined by...

Boys bowling anticipates strong season with added expectations

Michael Barthelemy and Kevin Thomas December 13, 2019

The bowling team is looking forward to a striking season this year, as they set higher expectations for themselves than ever before. “We want to get to that next level,” senior captain Joe Leibforth...

Munchin’ with Michael: Pie

Michael Barthelemy, Food Critic December 13, 2019

Friday is pie day. Wrapping up the fall season, this has been the time of year for pie. In my opinion, apple and pumpkin season provide some of the most elite forms on the pie market, with apple in particular...

The debate on which sport is “hardest” is stupid

Michael Barthelemy, Sports Editor December 13, 2019

We’ve all heard it. Whether it be in class, at the lunch table or in the locker room, everyone has taken part in the age-old debate: which sport is truly the most difficult? Everyone has an opinion,...

Munchin’ with Michael: Burgers

Michael Barthelemy, Food Critic November 8, 2019

The spirit of America. Our country’s proudest accomplishment to date. The source of joy for so many. The cheeseburger. While it may appear simple, the art of the cheeseburger has grown to become quite...

Mascots should not be racially influenced

Michael Barthelemy, Sports Editor November 8, 2019

In 1995, the Cleveland Indians were on top of the sports world. They were headlined by future hall of famers and all-stars, but the most recognizable part of the franchise remained their “lovable”...

Cheer flips its way through exciting fall season

Michael Barthelemy and Kevin Thomas November 8, 2019

With a highly experienced squad this season, the cheer team looks to create an exciting year through perfecting high level stunts and continuing to build a sense of community. “This year we have a...

Munchin’ with Michael: mac and cheese

Michael Barthelemy, Food Critic September 27, 2019

As the year progresses and we slowly transition into fall and eventually winter, comfort is paramount importance. As the temperature drops, you’ll see more and more sweatpants and hoodies make an appearance.  Relaxation...

Wildkits face off against the Fremd Vikings on Sept. 20th.

Addicted- the complex relationship between athletes and social media

Michael Barthelemy and Sophia McCandlish September 27, 2019

Wake up, check your phone. Get to school, check your phone. Finish practice, check your phone. Go to bed, check your phone. Repeat. Whether we realize it or not, in today’s day and age, we are sucked...

Ready to prove themselves: how the tennis team looks to create a season to remember

Michael Barthelemy, Sports Editor September 27, 2019

Coming into this season with a fairly young side, the girls tennis team has chosen to embrace the underdog role that has been thrown at them rather than to run from it. Playing into the role of a Cinderella...

Next season begins this summer

Michael Barthelemy and Hailey Fine August 21, 2019

A motto ETHS seems to live by, meaning nobody should be more prepared for the start of the year than the Kits. ETHS’ athletic department places great emphasis towards offseason programs for student-athletes...

Risin into Fall: Girls Golf

Michael Barthelemy and Hailey Fine August 21, 2019

With a growing desire to succeed and make a name for themselves, the girls golf team looks to new heights this season. Coming off of a disappointing season where the team finished 1-5, the team knew...

Fantasy sports shouldnt get in the way of fanhood

Fantasy sports shouldn’t get in the way of fanhood

Michael Barthelemy, Sports Editor August 21, 2019

It’s a cold Friday night at Lazier Field and Evanston squares off against New Trier in a battle for the CSL title. With less than a minute remaining, the Trevians face fourth-and-goal. A stop by the...

Risin into Fall: Girls Volleyball

Michael Barthelemy, Sports Editor August 21, 2019

The girls volleyball team will look to rely on a senior-heavy group to rebound off of a disappointing 2018 season. Coming off of a 13-24 record, expectations still remain high for the squad, in large...

Risin’ into Fall: Boys Golf

Michael Barthelemy, Sports Editor August 21, 2019

The ETHS boys golf team hopes that their newly found depth will propel them to new heights and push the team to state competition. Unlike years past where the team felt reliant on top players to perform,...

Munchin’ with Michael: frozen treats

Michael Barthelemy, Food Critic August 21, 2019

Ahh, the first day of school. A time to reminisce on all the memories you made over the summer and daydream your way back to those July days. Here at Munchin’ With Michael, we figured we would follow...

State Champion: Lucy Hogan

State Champion: Lucy Hogan

Michael Barthelemy and Hailey Fine May 24, 2019

Lucy Hogan will leave Evanston with one of the greatest legacies in ETHS diving history. The soon-to-be-graduate has placed within the top two in state all three of her years as an ETHS diver, including...

Fall sport season rundown

Boys XC By Gordon Redfield-Gale Staff Writer After losing top seniors to their respective college programs, it appeared as though the cross-country team would need time to rebuild. However,...

Seed shoots in a tournament last season.

Seed commits to UC- Santa Barbara

Michael Barthelemy, Sports Captain May 23, 2019

Senior water polo player Halley Seed is going out west, as she committed to playing water polo for the University of California- Santa Clara. Seed was deciding between Santa Clara and Bucknell, but...

Hogan leaps off the high dive.

Hogan commits to Michigan

Michael Barthelemy and Chloe Haack May 23, 2019

Star diver Lucy Hogan committed to the University of Michigan at the beginning of fall after being flooded with Division I offers. “Michigan is a great school with a great athletic program,” Hogan...

Munchin’ With Michael: the last supper

Michael Barthelemy, Food Critic May 23, 2019

Everyone has their own unique personality. It’s what makes each person stand out from the crowd. Without these distinctive traits, the world would end up looking like Bikini Bottom in the Spongebob Movie...

Spring sport season rundown

Badminton By Chris Werner Sports Editor 2019 was one of the most successful seasons in recent memory for the ETHS badminton team. Evanston beat New Trier in a dual match for the first time...

Winter sport season rundown

Boys Basketball By Chris Werner Sports Editor After a third place finish in 2018, the boys basketball team played in the final game of the IHSA basketball season in 2019. “Following [last...

Munchin’ with Michael: which slice was most nice?

Michael Barthelemy, Food Critic April 26, 2019

We’re back for seconds, and this time we’re exploring the realm of pizza. Living in the Chicago-land area, pizza is one of our city’s delicacies. Places like Giordano’s and Lou Malnati’s have...

Kerr sprints up the pitch.

One last ride

Michael Barthelemy and Gordon Redfield-Gale April 26, 2019

On March 21, 2016, three freshmen stepped under the bright lights of Lazier Field for the first time, facing Von Steuben High School in a non conference match. Despite a clear level of nervousness,...

The definition of a sport needs to be revised

The definition of a sport needs to be revised

Michael Barthelemy, Sports Captain March 23, 2019

Fourth quarter. Down by one. Game on the line. Immediately, you race up the court, weaving through what feels like an endless stream of defenders. As you see time quickly expiring, and huck up a desperation...

Senior Santi Ramos-Torrescano shoots on goal.

Boys water polo ready to dive back into season for the ages

Michael Barthelemy and Will Wambo March 23, 2019

After getting a taste of state competition last season, the ETHS boys water polo team has their sights set on winning it all, despite the loss of six seniors. The Kits finished eighth in state last...

Munchin’ with Michael: which burrito reigns supreme?

Michael Barthelemy, Food Critic March 22, 2019

Man’s greatest invention: the burrito. A perfect blend of taste and mobility is what makes it so unique and so beloved. Though the issue that arises from the greatness of the burrito is the plethora...

Seed shoots in a tournament last season.

New generation of polo players looks to push Kits over the hump

Michael Barthelemy, Sports Captain March 22, 2019

The ETHS girls water polo team aims to use their unique speed and youth to their advantage as they head into their highly anticipated season. This year’s team features two freshmen on the varsity...

Senior Mina June ices down an athletes legs after a practice.

Iced Out: The unsung heroes of ETHS athletics

Michael Barthelemy and Zach Myers February 15, 2019

 As junior runner Jack Rutstein entered the final lap of his one-mile race, he began to break form as he made his final push to the finish. Just as the end was in sight, Rutstein felt his hip “pop,”...

Freshman Ava Axelrood prepares for the dismount.

Gymnastics flipping their way into the record books

Michael Barthelemy and Chloe Haack December 26, 2018

Girls gymnastics hopes to continue an already memorable season, despite welcoming many new members to the team. The Kits improved greatly last year and are excited to build off their early momentum...

8 Kits commit to Division 1 athletics at Fall National Signing Day

8 Kits commit to Division 1 athletics at Fall National Signing Day

On Wednesday Nov. 14, eight ETHS seniors committed to Division 1 athletic programs. Seniors Annika Destefano, Rosemary Gibbons, Lucy Hogan, Lance Jones, Keara Kerr, Trevor Nelson, Olivia O'Donnell and...

Senior captain Halley Seed swims the freestyle.

New wave of swimmers look to find success at sectionals

Michael Barthelemy, Staff Writer November 9, 2018

Evanston Girls Swimming and Diving is looking to make a splash at their upcoming sectional competition, despite their lack of experience at that level. “We have a lot of great 9th and 10th grade swimmers...

Wildkit to Wolverine

Wildkit to Wolverine

Michael Barthelemy and Chloe Haack November 9, 2018

Flooded with Division I offers, senior and star diver Lucy Hogan committed to the University of Michigan at the beginning of fall. Deciding between Harvard, Ohio State, Michigan and Texas, she chose...

Connor, Hedges go 2-2 at state

Michael Barthelemy and Chris Werner October 22, 2018

Evanston’s doubles team of seniors Margot Connor and Annie Hedges reached the second day of competition at the state tournament after going 2-1 on Thursday, but were knocked out after losing their first...

Seniors Margot Conner and Annie Hedges congratulate one another after a winning point during a regular season match versus New Trier.

ETHS tennis doubles team headed to state competition

Michael Barthelemy, Sports Writer October 15, 2018

On Saturday, Oct. 13, Evanston seniors and doubles pairing Margot Conner and Annie Hedges advanced past the sectional round, qualifying for the state tournament. The tandem have been successful this...

Senior captain Tommy Barbato tees off at an early season tournament.

Boys’ golf hopes simple mindset leads to success in the home stretch of season

Michael Barthelemy and Eli Cohen October 2, 2018

Keeping it simple. With a group of golfers new to the varsity level, it has been important for the team to emit confidence. Golf is a mental sport, making a sound mindset key to success. The team’s...

Evanston Animal Shelter volunteers work to help cats and dogs

Michael Barthelemy, Feature Writer January 9, 2018

Bark! Woof! Meow! These are the calls that surround Evanston Animal Shelter volunteers the moment they walk through the door, seeing dogs and cats everywhere from the backyard to the bathroom. The...

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