Archived Stories is the alumni archive of The Forest Scout.This article was written in a previous year and the student has since graduated from Lake Forest Community High School.
Kyle Wix is honored to join The Forest Scout reporting for the In Between the Lines and In the News section covering important school and world issues. In addition to his writing duties, Kyle is the host of the Daily Dose. He enjoys playing baseball, watching sports, and flying as he is also a pilot.
Joe Thomas is a staff writer for The Forest Scout who has a burning passion for sports. He covers high school football, hockey and baseball along with the MLB and college basketball. He constantly dreams of being a writer for a professional sports organization when he is older. You can find the majority of his work in the In Between The Lines section.
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Chris Cavalaris enjoys football and lacrosse and plays for the Scouts Varsity team in both sports. You can find his writing, his on-point predictions, and future podcasts in the In Between the Lines section.
Will Davis is a junior at LFHS who enjoys playing baseball, basketball, and soccer for the school. You can find the majority of his work in the In Between the Lines section and the In Music section.
Elizabeth Porter is a senior at LFHS and is thrilled to be back writing for The Forest Scout this year. She is a proud Bluffer, Hamilton fanatic, quintessential middle-child, vegetable-phobic vegetarian, and math geek. You will find her writing in the In Our Opinion and In LFHS sections of TFS.
Bobby Winebrenner is a junior at Lake Forest High School. He plays lacrosse and football for the school and is also a defending intramural basketball champion. He's the beat writer for the Boys Basketball team this winter and is excited to write for the In Between the Lines and the In LFHS sections for The Forest Scout.
Drew Foley enjoys all types of creative writing and finds astro physics particularly interesting. You will find his writings in the In LFHS section of The Forest Scout.
Grace Scheidler is a senior at Lake Forest High School who is an active member of the cross country team. This is her second year as Editor in Chief of The Forest Scout, and you'll most often find her writing under the In Our Opinion section of the newspaper. She's a fan of cold-brew coffee, colorful pens, chocolate chip cannolis, Jane Austen novels, pearl earrings, and lazy Saturday mornings.
Mia Johnson is a senior at Lake Forest High School. She runs on the Cross Country team, is a fashion enthusiast, a smoothie buff, and her forte is captioning creative Instagram posts. You will find her writings in the In Style and In LFHS section.
Brett Chody is a 17 year old senior at Lake Forest High School who runs cross country and track for the high school. She loves Sushi Kushi, traveling, and can always go for an iced latte and a piece of banana bread. You can find her articles under In Our Opinion, In LFHS, and In Style.
Patrick Philpott is one of the writers for The Forest Scout. He enjoys all music and his favorite subject in school is English. Patrick is currently a senior at Lake Forest High School who hopes to intrigue you with some interesting music articles this year.
Katie Pierce is a junior and a drum major of the LFHS band. Not only is she an avid musician, but she also enjoys biking the trails during the summer. She likes tea, not coffee. She also founded and manages her own jazz ensemble, The Swing Sonatas, made up of LFHS musicians. She holds a firm belief that jazz is hipper than rap.
Erika Marchant is a senior at Lake Forest High School, participating actively in the school's orchestra, as well as the cross country and track teams.
Ava Caputo is a senior at Lake Forest High School who plays field hockey and runs track. She loves shopping, cats, and pasta. You can find her writing in the In Style section.
Jenny Ortega is a senior at Lake Forest High School. Outside of school you will find her at the beach or volunteering around the community. She is involved in Link Crew, Human Rights Club, NHS and peer tutoring. Not a day goes by without her drinking coffee and her favorite food is sushi. She also loves spending time with her family.
Carter Horan is a Junior at Lake Forest High School and an avid NBA fan who enjoys playing basketball, watching movies, and listening to new music. You can find his writing in the In Hollywood and In Music sections.
John Torosian is a junior at Lake Forest High School who keeps himself busy playing golf, tennis, and swimming. He teaches tennis, volunteers, and has never met a cheeseburger he doesn’t like. You can find his writing under In LFHS and In Between the Lines.
Eleanor Asma is a senior at Lake Forest High School and a writer for the Forest Scout. Eleanor is highly interested in health sciences and enjoys researching and delving deeper into the “hows” and “whys” of everything we encounter.
Scott Frevert is a four-year member of the varsity golf team and is the boys lacrosse beat reporter. He enjoys writing in the In Between the Lines section of The Forest Scout and donning 1/4 zip pullovers.
Grace Bentley is a runner, writer, student, Target enthusiast, bad pun advocate, and avid sleeper among other things. She enjoys watching sunrises but highly dislikes getting up early in the morning (how she gets up for cross country/track meets, she'll never know). Grace is currently a junior at LFHS, and lives in Lake Forest with her family and dog.
Ben Gibson is currently a senior at Lake Forest High School. He is a member of the varsity basketball team. He is an avid sports fan of the Chicago Cubs, Michigan Wolverines, and Chicago Bulls. You can find his writing in the In Between the Lines section.
Bridget McGreevy is a junior at Lake Forest High School. She is a varsity field hockey and badminton player who loves playing the cello, piano, and ukulele in her free time.
Julia Plotner is a senior at LFHS who takes pride in her wardrobe and her writing. She writes for In Style and in LFHS and she is obsessed with all food.
Emma Riley is a senior at Lake Forest High School. Emma spends her days golfing, thinking, and talking about fashion, or eating trendy foods.
Clara Finley can't listen to music without dancing. She eats more chocolate than she should. She spends a lot of time with her friends and family. She is aware she is loud and is sorry but if you can hear her talking you should count yourself lucky because she's usually saying something funny. She likes sarcastic comments. She likes to laugh. She couldn't live without writing.
Shane Lynch enjoys football and baseball, and plays for the Lake Forest High School Varsity teams in both sports. You will find his writings in The Forest Scout.
Holly Malnati is a senior at Lake Forest High School. You can most commonly find her at the pool as she is the JV Swim Captain and an active member of the Girls' Varsity Water Polo Team. She loves Broadway musicals, twice-baked potatoes, and her summer job as a lifeguard at the Lake Bluff Pool. Look for her articles under In LFHS and In Our Opinion.
Ryan Durburg is a senior at Lake Forest High School. He enjoys playing/watching sports and being outdoors. Ryan will be writing for the In The News column of The Forest Scout.
Michael Pasquella is a junior student at LFHS who plays for the boys varsity basketball team at the high school. He is the host of a music podcast with fellow hip-hop aficionado, Ethan Kurian.
Quinn Dailey is a varsity wrestler for Lake Forest High School and an active new media member. You can find him hanging out with friends outside of school or lifting weights.
William Steck is a Senior at LFHS and an avid NHL enthusiast. Among other things, he enjoys leading the LFHS Band’s percussion section, creating multi-media promotional content for the LFHS boys varsity football, basketball, and soccer teams, and coordinating tech for the annual Ted-X conference.
Julia Monfardini is a senior at LFHS who enjoys CROYA, animals, listening to music, and cooking/baking any type of food. She has some very strong opinions and is excited to be joining the TFS team. You will find her writing under In LFHS, and also In Our Opinion.
Maeve Lewis is a senior at Lake Forest High School. She is on the Varsity Cheer team and enjoys reality TV, early mornings, and grilled cheese. You can find her writing in the In LFHS section.
Lily Connery is a junior at Lake Forest High School and member of the cheerleading team. She's an avid lover of sushi, Orange Theory, and all things fashion related. You can find her writing in the In Style section of the Forest Scout.
Porter Weisberg is a junior at Lake Forest High School who has grown up around sports and is now a member of the football and basketball teams at LFHS. He is always listening to music and is usually stuck doing chemistry homework.
J.R. Naughton is a Senior at Lake Forest. He runs Cross Country and plays Baseball for the Scouts. He enjoys watching baseball and talking sports with fellow writer Kyle Wix in his free time.
Will Lincoln is a senior at Lake Forest High School who is the Captain of the Varsity Hockey team. He is also a member of the Flag Football team. You will find his writing in the In Between the Lines section and he is featured in the new video segment, The Forest 4.
Isabelle Moore is a senior member of the swimming and water polo teams at LFHS. She loves to drown herself in reading, writing, and ceramics. Between obsessing over dogs and being a…
Lily Gould is an 18-year-old senior at Lake Forest High School who has a passion for writing, singing, listening to music, and spending time with her friends.
Hadley Seymour is a junior at Lake Forest High School who loves spending her time listening to the daily mix playlists on Spotify, reading a new book, or just hanging out in her hammock. Whether it be kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, or any other outdoorsy activity, she’s done it, and will talk for hours about it if you give her the chance. Hadley also participates in choir, and when she is not singing during her 5th period class, she is probably struggling to take attendance.
Nick Wnuk is a junior contributor at large for The Forest Scout. Check out his podcast, Words With Wnuk, on The Forest Scout website.
Elisabeth Domittner is a senior at Lake Forest High School. She enjoys playing field hockey and lacrosse for the Scouts Varsity team in both sports. She grew up in an internationally-minded family with an Austrian father who instilled in her a love for traveling. She is also a musician who plays guitar and sings in her free time. You can find the majority of her articles under In Music and In LFHS.
Trisha Bhagat is a senior at Lake Forest High School who you can always catch smiling in the halls. She is the Senior Class President and a member of the LFHS choir, the badminton team, and the math team. You can always find her snapping pics of her friends, her food, or the places she travels and never goes a day without watching Chopped or scrolling through Buzzfeed.
Sophia Bienkowski is a conscientious student dedicated to speaking the truth and preserving the opinions of the public. She values both academic and athletic excellence and runs cross country in the fall and track in the spring at LFHS. You can find Sophia’s writing in the In LFHS and In Our Opinion of The Forest Scout.
Stuart Kelso is a senior at LFHS who spent his first 14 years of life living on the west side of Chicago. He is a committed member to the varsity swim and varsity water polo team. After his fourth year on the team, he was named the chess captain. Everyday of the summer you’ll find him caddying at Shoreacres Golf Club, making bank.
Ben Roemer is a senior author for The Forest Scout newspaper. He is on the CROYA Exec Board and runs track for LFHS.
Sean Trkla is a senior at Lake Forest High School who is on the varsity basketball team. He loves helping people feel comfortable in the LFHS community, being a Wellness for Life teacher's assistant, and a member of the Link Crew club. You can find his writing in the In Between the Lines and In Music sections of the Forest Scout.
Annalise Craig is a senior at Lake Forest High School. If she’s not in the New Media room, you can probably find her at a concert. She loves the brand Supreme, Jamba Juice, and her Mom.
Eddie Scheidler is a junior at Lake Forest High School who has a passion for football and is a member of the varsity football team. He’s an avid watcher of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, enjoys listening to the latest music, and is a member of student council.
Lily Parasiuk is a senior at Lake Forest High School with a passion for fashion.
Wesley Dixon is a senior at LFHS. He is co-captain of the LFHS golf team, is heavily involved in CROYA, and has as many needlepoint belts as anyone on the planet.
Teresa Fawcett is a senior at Lake Forest High School. She plays on the Varsity Tennis team and she is a contributor to the Young Idea magazine. She loves reading and creative writing.
Mattison Boveri is junior currently studying abroad in Thailand through a fully funded scholarship from the U.S. State Department. Her weekly observations will be posted in The Forest Scout.
Tori Velazquez is a senior at Lake Forest High School, actively participating in a numerous amount of clubs in LFHS. She has started a club called embRACE with another student and teacher. You can find her spending her time with family and friends, listening to music, and, of course, smiling and having a good time.
Cosette Bevis is a senior at Lake Forest High School who enjoys petting dogs, eating chicken, writing, and running cross country. You can find her articles under In Our Opinion and In Music.
Addie Sidles is a junior at Lake Forest High school who plays varsity field hockey and lacrosse. She loves to play with her dog Beau and hang out with her friends.
Ethan Talbot is a senior at Lake Forest who is a member of the boys varsity volleyball team as well as a captain of his intramural team, the KFC Buckets. You can find his writing in the In Between the Lines Section.
John Deering is a senior at Lake Forest High School who is involved with chess club and football. He likes debating political topics, as well as challenging the common belief.
Jillian Fontana is a senior at Lake Forest High School who plays varsity volleyball and JV soccer. She loves tacos, animals and reading. You can find her writing in the In LFHS section of the Forest Scout.
Catherine Nicholson is a senior at Lake Forest High School who plays Field Hockey and Lacrosse. She enjoys cooking in her free time as well as playing with her dog, Maya.
John Wanninger teaches English, directs some plays, coaches Debate, sponsors Alliance, and throws the parties for the faculty. He's a lifelong Cubs fan, a film buff and a music fanatic, and some days he dreams of revisiting the glory of his past life as DJ Wang.
Beau Waligora is a senior at Lake Forest High School. He enjoys participating on the Diving and Varsity Water Polo teams. He loves watching and reviewing movies and hopes to write in the In Hollywood column.
Owen Clarke is a senior at Lake Forest High School who is a varsity Scout for both swim and lacrosse. An enthusiast of all sports, Owen writes for the In Between the Lines. A proud Lake Forest resident, you can find him with his dog or at Foodstuffs downtown.
Kylie Murray is a senior at LFHS who plays varsity soccer. She enjoys flying, snowboarding and all things outdoors.
Duncan Ward is a senior who runs cross country, plays golf, and is a huge fan of the Cubs and Blackhawks. I enjoy target shooting, rap music, and spending quality time with my friends.
Cameron Redding Cameron Redding is a senior a LFHS. He enjoys singing, running, playing games, watching movies, all that good stuff. He is proud to be involved at LFHS in many ways, including Choir and New Media. Fancying himself a thinker, he encourages you to start a conversation with him about anything on your mind; he is always listening for new perspectives.
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David Tanna is a senior at Lake Forest High School. He plays baseball and intramural basketball and is the vice president of the French Club. David loves a good burger and some dairy free Cherry Garcia. David also enjoys listening to music and hanging out with friends.
Dewar Prom is a senior at Lake Forest High School. He is a captain of JV tennis and his Intramural basketball, the KFC Buckets. He writes for the In Between the Lines…
Will Gescheidle is a senior at Lake Forest Highschool who plays varsity volleyball. He would rather be outside than in doors and loves spending quality time with Drew Foley.
Tommy Block is a freshman at the University of Illinois. A 2017 graduate of Lake Forest High School, Tommy is a movie fanatic and maintains his website, The Block Review, which is comprised of the many film reviews he has written over time.
Cade Coughlin is a writer for The Forest Scout who specializes in sports writings. He is the Lake Forest High School varsity baseball manger, a flag football captain, and an intramural basketball superstar. You can find the majority of his work in the In Between the Lines section.
Danny Carollo is a 2016 graduate of LFHS and a quarterback at Purdue University. He is a proud Lake Bluff resident and is the world's most outspoken supporter of the Doug's Club at Bluffington's Cafe.
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Catherine Thoms is an alumna of Lake Forest High School ('14) and a student at the University of Washington in St. Louis where she studies English Literature. In high school, she competed in varsity tennis and badminton for the Scouts. She was published in the Young Idea literary magazine on multiple occasions.
Alumni Feature: “Legacy” by Catherine Thoms (09.22.17)
Ainslie Homan is a spirited student at lfhs who dedicates her time to both academic and athletic activities, participating in Volleyball and Track & Field. A cellist in the concert orchestra, her inextinguishable love for music is displayed in most everything she does. As a self proclaimed literature enthusiast and history buff, she enjoys writing non-fiction and opinion pieces.
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“Revelation” by Matthew Lemay (01.18.17)
Will Ryan is an avid outdoorsman and a soon-to-be senior at the University of Louisville. He is a 2014 graduate of Lake Forest High School with an affinity for travel, exploration, and challenge.
Alumni Feature: “A Size That Doesn’t Fit” (05.24.17)
Taylor Glicksberg is a 2015 LFHS grad currently studying business and advertising at CU-Boulder and is somehow the marketing director of her sorority. She loves nannying, practicing yoga, getting froyo with friends, and hanging out with her dog. You can always find her, coffee in-hand, running really late and wearing no color whatsoever. Her favorite place to hang out in LFHS was either wherever Integrated Wellness was, or the student lounge.
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Ray Del Fava is a guest author of The Forest Scout and the Varsity Baseball Head Coach at LFHS. As a lifelong Cubs' fan, this baseball postseason will test his emotions as he views the sport he loves through the lens of his parents, both lifelong Cubs' fans, and his family, Elizabeth, Peter, Kate, and Maggie, who he brought into this mess of fandom.
Teacher Feature: This Year May Be Different (10.07.16)
Brian Boruszak is a Social Studies teacher, soccer coach, and all around nerd. He can brag that he has successfully completed playing both Axis and Allies: The Board Game and The Game of Thrones Board Game. In the words of the great Han Solo, “Never tell me the odds”
Teacher Feature: Star Wars–Time for an Episode 4 Reboot? (10.14.16)
Casey Murray is a quirky sophomore with an affinity for Latin, thinking deeply about things others passively ignore, and what he likes to call "Casey Science." He is a guest author of The Forest Scout.
Satire: Scientists Unveil the Inner Workings of Mole-ting (10.27.17)
Jessie Cole is a Business Education teacher at LFHS. She teaches Marketing, Law, and Sports Management classes of upperclassmen. She attended Deerfield High School and New York University and now resides in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.
Teacher Feature: Choosing the Right College–A Personal, Advisory Narrative (12.16.16)
Maikal Yamauchi is a 2016 graduate of LFHS and a freshman at Santa Clara University in California. With a guy's name and a girl's game, Maikal is the former pioneer of the business incubator product, High School Hired, who firmly believes that you can never be overprepared or overdressed.
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Maliha Yousuf is a freshman at Lake Forest High School. Her piece "Best of Both Worlds: Pakistan and Lake Forest" was published in the Daily North Shore newspaper.
Best of Both Worlds: Pakistan and Lake Forest (04.07.17)
Mark Osing is an English Teacher at LFHS who teaches AP-Language and English 3-Honors. Mr. Osing is beloved at LFHS for his offbeat humor, unmatched vocabulary, and one-of-a-kind quips and anecdotes regarding pop culture, literature, and everything in between.
Teacher Feature: The 2007 Vietnamese Adventures of Mr. Mark Osing (03.03.17)
Jill Barrere is a freshman at the University of Illinois and a 2016 graduate of Lake Forest High School. In high school, she participated in Varsity Cheerleading and Student Council (and a lot of other things), talked everyone's ear off, and watched too many episodes of The Bachelor. At U of I, she is studying Communications, is an active member of the Delta Gamma sorority, is talking everyone's ear off, and watching too many episodes of The Bachelor.
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John Brumund-Smith is the Boys Varsity Track and Field Head Coach at LFHS. A Wisconsin native, he is a Packer fan by birth and a Wisconsin high school track and field and basketball historian.
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Keegan Thoranin is a junior at Lake Forest High School. Find him rolling dice at Gamer’s Club, geeking out over podcasts, or arguing about whether or not hairless cats deserve love (spoiler alert: they do).
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John Schlosser is a sophomore at Illinois State University in Bloomington, Illinois studying Business Administration and Insurance. He is a 2016 graduate of LFHS. While in high school, John ran track for the Scouts. He is an Eagle Scout and a Beach Manager at the Lake Forest Beach during the summers.
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Lauren Stanton is a freshman student at LFHS who uses her unique curiosity to drive her exploratory writing. She is a contributor at large for The Forest Scout.
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Dr. Matt Dewar is an English Teacher at LFHS who also enjoys researching health, wellness, and emotional well-being. He is the author of "Education and Well-Being: An Ontological Inquiry," and spoke at TEDxLFHS on the topic of wellness.
Teacher Feature: It’s Time for CrossFit to Come Clean (09.01.17)
Francesca Mancini is a senior at Lake Forest High School and guest author of The Forest Scout.
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Olivia Murphy is a junior Professional Writing major at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and the Editor-in-Chief of the Miami University branch of The Odyssey. A former IHSA State Champion tennis player for the Scouts, Olivia also dabbles in Diet Coke, meticulously captioned Instagram posts, and obsessing over the character of Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe's coming-of-age film Almost Famous.
Kayla Key is a freshman student at LFHS who is an active member of the cheerleading team and a contributor at large for The Forest Scout.
Peter Ferry is a former teacher at LFHS who is now a professional writer and editor. He has written textbooks for Rand McNally and travel pieces for the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. His short stories have appeared in StoryQuarterly, Overtures, the New Review of Literature, and McSweeney's. He has also won the Illinois Arts Council Literary Award for Short Fiction. His latest novel, Old Heart, is in stores now.
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Michael Kopsick is a 2007 graduate of LFHS and a former contributor to The Forest Scout newspaper. A once-published journalist (never forget, people), Michael is now a graduate of Clemson University and the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He is currently a personal injury lawyer at Goldberg Weisman Cairo, Chicago's largest personal injury law firm, and holds the position of Substitute Teacher Emeritus at LFHS. He was also a CROYA leader and enjoys music.
Meaghan Laughlin is a guest author of The Forest Scout. She is an English teacher at Lake Forest High School who enjoys properly placed commas, polka dotted accessories. and the television show Golden Girls.
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Jenny McKendry is a soon-to-be sophomore student at the University of Illinois. As a student-athlete at LFHS, she helped the Varsity soccer team win their first ever IHSA State Championship and also played tennis for the Scouts.
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Charlie Moss is a soon-to-be senior at Miami University in Ohio and 2014 graduate of Lake Forest High School. As an LFHS student, he competed as a cornerback for the Varsity football team. He is a proud resident of the town of Lake Bluff.