Eleanor Asma, Brett Chody, and Elizabeth Porter share their final reflections on high school–both positive and negative–in their last edition of Critical Dialogue.
Tomorrow, April 27, is the National Day of Silence for students and teachers alike across the United States. The day has been held every April since 1996 and is an effort to spread awareness about the harassment and bullying of LGBTQ students and symbolically represent how they are silenced. Students and teachers who choose to participate take a day-long vow of silence in solidarity with the Lake Forest High School’s LGBTQ community.
The day is publicized by LFHS Alliance, our school’s LGBTQ club that is run by English teacher Mr. Wanninger. All LFHS teachers are aware of the Day of Silence, so students who choose to participate will be observed and respected in their classes. Furthermore, LFHS Alliance will be offering Day of Silence stickers and speaking cards available for those who are choosing to be silent for the school day so that they are easily recognized by their peers and educators. For students who would like to show support but not remain silent and are interested in temporary tattoos or stickers, they may visit Mr. Wanninger’s room before school tomorrow. Alternatively, allies can also stand in unity with the LGBTQ community by wearing purple.
Those participating in the Day of Silence are encouraged to join Alliance at the front doors at 3:25 PM tomorrow afternoon to Break the Silence, which is a big group scream.
Please be respectful of all participating in the Day of Silence tomorrow and be cognizant of your peers.
Sarah Spain, Lake Forest High School Class of 1998, took the stage in the Raymond Moore Auditorium last Friday with fellow Wall of Fame recipient, Matt Grevers. Grevers, an Olympian swimmer, clearly excels in one specified area that has brought him to prominence–swimming. Sarah, on the other hand, is not nuanced specifically in one skill, but rather has an eclectic, wide-ranging skill set that has been omnipresent her entire life. She referenced the superlative she was voted as her senior year at LFHS- “Senior Superlative”– which means she was voted for the most superlatives, but didn’t receive enough votes in any particular category in order to win one. This breadth of talent was also present in her track career: she didn’t specialize in one event, but was talented at multiple, so she decided to participate in the heptathlon.
Spain left Lake Forest High School behind to study and be a heptathlete at Cornell University in New York. She chose to major in English at the prestigious Ivy League institution, where she also graduated in the top 15% of her class. After college, she moved to Los Angeles to and do improv and stand-up comedy and pursue her then dream of being a comedian on Saturday Night Live. It wasn’t until was her mid-twenties when she went to an audition in which she had to read the part of a sportscaster that the casting agent told her she had a natural knack for the duty. Spain then began to put the pieces together. She used her English degree from Cornell alongside her comedy and improv background coalesced with her love of sports to create her dream job–the one she has excelled at for 11 years and counting.
Since that fateful, serendipitous audition, Spain has become a trailblazer for women in sports journalism. “When I was growing up, there weren’t a lot of women in sports writing or reporting, so I watched and read about sports but never thought that’s what I wanted to do because I wasn’t exposed to it. There used to be an occasional anchor who was hot and bubbly, but that’s not me,” she explained. LFHS also didn’t offer a journalism class when Spain attended the school, so when she came to speak to one of the journalism classes, she gushed, “They didn’t have this when I was here… I’m jealous!” In fact, Cornell didn’t even offer sports journalism classes when she was studying there, either. Because of this, Spain admits that she may have discovered her path earlier had she had the same journalistic opportunities students have today.
At the precipice of her sports journalism career, Sarah had moved back to Chicago to work at ESPN and was mostly covering local teams, such as the Bulls, Cubs, and Blackhawks. Nowadays, she is “national”, meaning she covers all sports. “I have to know all the teams, the seventh player off the bench–pretty much everything,” she explained. “It’s interesting because when I did local [news] I was scared of national [coverage] because you have to know everything about everything, but now that I’m national it’s harder to know the details about the local teams. It’s funny how that changes.” Spain has a radio show she hosts with another journalist weeknights for three hours, so it’s at that time when they get to choose what they discuss and, perhaps most importantly in today’s journalism world, how they discuss it. On the other hand, she also makes appearances on Around the Horn, an ESPN afternoon program where she is told beforehand what topics she will be discussing and prepares her opinions accordingly. Throughout the years, Spain has acquired a great deal of knowledge that she steadily employs to her advantage in the myriad unique situations in which she now finds herself as a sports reporter. “I’m not caught off guard as much anymore,” she explained, in reference to questions about certain players or coaches that she may have been unfamiliar with at the beginning of her career.
As far as being a female in sports journalism during the #MeToo and #TimesUp eras goes, Spain acknowledged that it was tough at the beginning, but has since grown better as she made a name for herself through her relentless work ethic and drive. “When I first moved here I didn’t really know anybody, so unfortunately I was not treated well early on,” Spain admitted. “I think in sports women are assumed to not know their stuff until they prove otherwise, and it’s the opposite for men.” Once, early on in her career, she was in the Blackhawks locker room when she heard an older, male reporter say to a colleague that she was, “probably sleeping with the players because [Spain] was getting better stories.” She also was once told that her “boobs were distracting,” but laughed it off as she told the story further, explicating, “Well, what did they want me to do, hang them up at the door and grab them on my way out?” She believes that her presence was mostly a problem for the older, male reporters that thought, “it was their male space” she was invading. But Sarah has a perfect retaliation: “There are always going to be guys that don’t give me the same respect as a male, but all I can do is be the best I can be so they have no choice but to respect me.” Throughout the entirety of her career, she has done just that and will continue to. “A lot of my success in life is because I’m extremely competitive; I want to be the best at everything,” she told me. Spain also firmly believes that the prevalence of women in sports journalism has helped the sexism problem in the industry. “Nowadays, you walk into a clubhouse and there are way more women than there used to be,” Sarah told me.
As a professional, Spain understands that with her status comes responsibility, and she has used her title for good by starting a charity called Hear the Cheers, which raises money for the Chicago Hearing Society to provide hearing aids to those who can’t afford them. “Hearing aids aren’t typically covered by insurance, and they can be $3,000 to $4,000,” she explained. “We do a month-long campaign every year to raise money and provide hearing aids for the kids whose families can’t pay for them on their own.”
When asked how much LFHS has changed since she graced the hallways twenty years ago, she responded with her dry sense of humor, “Well the weirdest part is that when people ask me that, I’m like, ‘Twenty years ago? I’m old.’” Jokes aside, Spain is mostly intrigued by how we learn now with the internet and its multitude of resources at our fingertips. “We had the internet, but not the way you guys do.” She advises our generation to take advantage of it, but still relish the relationship building that happens in high school. “The Parkland students and the way they have utilized social media… it’s so amazing that you guys can do that now and people your age are already doing pretty big things.”
As for her own ‘big’ things, Spain currently sits on the threshold of being one of the sports world’s foremost reporters and female influencers, which is a title that carries a significant amount of weight. But Spain is ready for the responsibility, perhaps because of her past–both as an accomplished athlete and a diligent student. “I’m hard-working and educated,” Spain added, which more than rationalizes her ascent in the cutthroat world of mass media. And with those habits–and perhaps because of them–she continues to make LFHS proud as they now boast her on their fabled Wall of Fame.
Safe & Sound Spray, an LFHS Business Incubator startup company, is hosting another event to educate LFHS students and residents tomorrow, April 19.
There will be a viewing of “The Hunting Ground” at CROYA at 5:30 PM. “The Hunting Ground” is a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses. The viewing is free and the Safe & Sound Spray team will be present selling their product.
Safe & Sound Spray is a pepper spray with a one-touch safety alarm to use for protection against attackers. Visit their website here for more information.
For the first fifteen years of his life, Thomas Dixon was a normal boy. After school, his afternoons were filled with sports such as hockey, tennis, and soccer. He describes himself as a “super athletic kid.” But along with his athleticism came symptoms of what he, his family, and his doctors alike counted as a mixture of run-of-the-mill asthma and allergies. “I had been getting allergy shots because that’s what the doctors thought it was,” Dixon said.
It wasn’t until the winter of his freshman year when his symptoms become “terrible” as he described them. “I was sick all the time, we didn’t know what was wrong with me.”
Thomas and his mom went on a spree of visits, seeing four or five doctors, none of which could diagnose him with anything other than the common cold. They visited a naturopathic doctor and even considered acupuncture to try and aid his symptoms. It wasn’t until they came across Dr. Lasker, a pulmonologist at Lake Forest Pediatrics, when their seemingly inexplicable question was answered.
“Dr. Lasker looked at the big picture and told us it was one of three things: tuberculosis, cystic fibrosis, or some other disease,” Dixon mentioned. They decided to run a test for CF on Monday; on Tuesday, Thomas was diagnosed, and on Wednesday night he was in Lurie Children’s Hospital because his symptoms had become so severe. Thomas got a PFT, or pulmonary functioning test, which is a noninvasive test that shows how well one’s lungs are functioning. Thomas’ PFT revealed something alarming. “A normal, active adult’s PFT would be 110. Mine was 40. At that point, they had no idea how I was alive.” After these stressful few days and an avalanche of life-altering information, Dixon spent two weeks at Lurie’s and made a full recovery and his PFT was back to “normal.”
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that is normally diagnosed in infancy. In 2008, Illinois made pre-screening for genetic diseases mandatory for pregnant women so that they’re aware if their unborn baby has one. Had screening been available in 2001, Thomas’ family would have known he had CF. “Normally, with babies, if they aren’t diagnosed within the first five months of their lives, they die.” Dixon shared. But then there was Thomas, who, despite constantly feeling a bit under the weather, miraculously had a led a normal life.
Though his world had seemingly turned upside down, Thomas returned to school, lacrosse, and regular high schooler activities after his bout in the hospital. The flood of help from the school was “incredible,” he added with a smile. “My counselor, Ms. Stetson, and all my teachers just told me to focus on my recovery and that we would figure everything out when I got back.”
The pieces began to come together after Thomas’ diagnosis. Ironically, cardiovascular activity often helps CF patients, so his body subconsciously compensated for his symptoms because of his athletic nature. “Looking back on it, I was constantly sick,” he joked, “but it just became normal for me.”
Last summer, Thomas was invited to speak at the 57th annual Pro Amateur Golf Championship Dinner at Shore Acres, an event that raises money for Lurie Children’s Hospital every year. “They asked me to come and speak to an audience of 250 people and tell my story.” Normally, the speakers are a couple with a baby who talk on behalf of their child who was treated at Lurie’s, but I think my story resonated with the audience because I was a full grown, well spoken teenager who could speak for myself.”
It was at this event when Thomas’ idea of having a fundraiser for Lurie’s at Lake Forest High School popped into his head. He talked to his mom about possibly planning a charity event to donate to Lurie Children’s Hospital, and she mentioned a dance marathon. “My mom went to Northwestern, which has the longest running philanthropic dance marathon of any college. And it’s really ironic because one of the years she did it with her sorority, they raised money for the CF Foundation. It’s like it’s come full circle.”
At the beginning of this year, Dixon imagined planning a dance marathon at LFHS, but just couldn’t see it materializing until he met with Mrs. Tomek in January. “She kind of told me, ‘Okay, well this is what we’re gonna have to do and this is how we’re going to have to do it,’ and that’s when I started to gather the committee to being planning it.”
Planning has been going well, as Thomas, Mrs. Tomek, and the committee have finalized a date and time: May 19, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and a location: the gym at West Campus. The website to sign up is going live soon, and LFHS students will be able register and choose whether or not to join a team for the event. Once registered, students will go out and find sponsors, whether they be parents, friends, neighbors, or strangers. A sponsor can donate a flat rate or an hourly fee for how many hours their particpant dances. There are four 4-day Lollapalooza tickets for the four students who raise the most money, as well as a raffle for Hamilton tickets, and more prizes.
Thomas admits it has been a lot of work, as it’s been one of his main focuses his junior year, the year many dub as the most difficult of all of high school. But he’s enjoying it because he’s benefitting both the hospital that saved his life and Lake Forest High School. “[The dance marathon] is an imprint on the high school that could be my legacy,” he said. “The ultimate goal would be for it to be an annual thing… maybe one day it will be prom one weekend, the dance marathon the next.”
This Wednesday at 10 a.m., Lake Forest High School students will have the opportunity to walk out of class in solidarity with the students, victims, and entire community of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Because of the safety implications involved in leaving the secure building during school hours, our administration has intervened by sanctioning the event with faculty supervision, both inside the Commons and cafeteria (for those who choose not to walk out) and on the front lawn (for those who do). However, the school’s decision to implement these policies and procedures has caused students to react in varying ways.
Some Lake Forest High School students think that by acknowledging the walkout prior to the event taking place, the school has diluted the purpose of the event and its meaning as a demonstration. They feel as if the protest aspect of the walkout has been taken away from students and that, with supervision and specific organization, it’s not as exciting. But I can assure you that this is not the case. If you are planning to walk out but feel this way, know that what you are doing is meaningful and the message will still be loud and clear when you stand on the front lawn in silence for seventeen minutes with your fellow classmates. Senior David Tanna says, “I think that this is a really good way of showing support for the tragedy and a good way to show people in general that students have a voice and care about our nation as whole.”
On the other hand, some students feel conflicted. One student, who asked to remain anonymous, told me that they believe the walkout is an organized response to gun violence. Because of that, they don’t want to display their stance on the topic for their peers to see. Furthermore, Lake Forest students who do not want to walk out are worried they will be judged for their decision, insofar as the majority of the student body will elect to walkout. Some may go as far in saying the sanctioning of the walk out is “dumb”, “blows the situation out of proportion”, and that students are being “forced to walk out.” For students who feel this way, understand that the school is only intervening because they care about the safety of the student body and in turn have made the Commons and cafeteria a place for you to go because they support any decision you make. Lake Forest High School has always been a place that advocates for individuality and the freedom to make your own choices. It is my belief that this walkout does not disrupt this and the school will support any decision you may make.
I can’t speak for everyone, but I know that many students believe that the walkout has political ties and thus has gained dissent and disconnect from the student body. I’d be lying whether I said it doesn’t have any political undertones or if I said it is completely, one-hundred percent politically charged. How you view it is up to you. There will be students who make political demonstrations on the front lawn, and there will be students who remain silent, electing only to support the seventeen students who lost their lives. Regardless of your stance on gun control, arming teachers, or other growing political issues, you can still walk out to honor the victims. Don’t let your political stance on this issue affect your judgement on doing what you believe is morally right.
This situation is not black or white; it is a unique, nationwide event we are experiencing–the first in LFHS history. I am of the belief that we should embrace the walkout and let students speak their minds in whatever way they see fit. Whatever you do decide to do on Wednesday at 10 a.m., don’t let anyone else make the decision for you.
Business Incubator startup Safe & Sound Spray is sponsoring a self defense seminar on March 13 from 6 to 7 PM in the LFHS Competition Gym. Safe & Sound is a personal safety device; a pepper spray with a one-touch safety alarm.
Tim Rochford, a professional self-defense instructor from Empower Training Systems, Inc, will be leading the seminar. He will discuss the four types of awareness – mental, emotional, environmental and physical – and will share with attendants four steps to personal safety (Recognition & Avoid, Recognition & Exit, Recognition & Communicate, Interact & Defend), and how to use Safe & Sound Spray safely. Some wellness classes will be offering extra credit for attending, so ask your gym teacher if that is the case for your class.
The event is free for students of all ages, parents, and community members, and a perfect chance to be educated about self defense and how to keep yourself safe. At the event, Safe & Sound Spray devices will be available for purchase for $25.
For more information about Safe & Sound Spray, please visit their website: http://safeandsoundspray.com.
Join popular columnists Brett Chody, Elizabeth Porter, and Eleanor Asma as they discuss some of their experiences at LFHS over the course of four years. The three young women, each uniquely qualified in their own right, have parlayed their success with the written word into an informative, discussion-oriented podcast designed to both affirm what LFHS is doing well for young women in 2018, and how its curriculum could be amended to help women prepare for high school and beyond.
Over the past year, turmeric has taken the health-food world by storm. The anti-inflammatory, healing spice known for its bright golden-orange hue is being added into almost everything — smoothies, oatmeal, roasted vegetables, quinoa, you name it. Turmeric has been a staple in Indian food for thousands of years, and emerged as a vital part of Ayurvedic medicine in 500 BC. They used it for relieving congestion and to make a tumeric paste to help wounds and clear blemishes. Nowadays, countless studies have been done to discover the benefits of turmeric. Along with being anti-inflammatory, the spice has been found to improve brain function, protect against heart disease, helps arthritis, and is effective as an antidepressant. Here are ways to incorporate this healing spice into your daily routine.
Add it to a green smoothie – Smoothies are one of my favorite ways to sneak in nutrients that you won’t taste. Turmeric can be added to a smoothie easily and you won’t even know it’s in there. Here’s a quick, easy one you can throw together in minutes!
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 banana
- 1 handful spinach
- 1 handful of frozen mango and/or pineapple
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter (optional)
- Ice if needed for blending
Put it in your scrambled eggs – Turmeric tastes delicious when combined with eggs. Next time you decide to have them for breakfast, add some salt, pepper, and a teaspoon of turmeric to add an anti-inflammatory benefit to your breakfast.
Add it to quinoa, rice, or cauliflower rice – Whenever I make one of these grains for lunch or dinner, I add turmeric to the water it’s cooking in. For the cauliflower rice, I fold it in after it’s cooked. It adds more taste and once again you’re getting all of turmeric’s benefits.
Sprinkle it on your veggies before you roast them – Next time, before you throw your sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, or any other vegetable you’re roasting in the oven, sprinkle on some turmeric for extra flavor and nutrients.
Make golden milk – You may have seen the yellow-orange milky beverage on health food Instagrams like Shut The Kale Up or Balance with B. That drink is called golden milk, and it’s made with turmeric. Countless health practitioners and yogis alike swear by golden milk for its healing abilities and calming taste. I personally love to make it before I go to bed to relax me. Here is a golden milk recipe below.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric, 2 teaspoons if you’d like it a bit stronger
- 1 pinch of black pepper (this is key for absorbing the turmeric in the milk and for unlocking all of its nutrients, read more about that here)
- 1 dash of ginger
- Lots of cinnamon (I normally don’t measure, I just do a ton)
- Warm the almond milk over the stove, then add in the spices and pepper and whisk to make sure everything combines. Let simmer for 5 to 10 minutes to enhance the flavor.
Throw it on any fish or chicken – My family and I are definitely going through a turmeric craze and have been for quite a while, so we started putting the spice of our fish and chicken before we baked or grilled it. It’s another great way to get the spice into your diet!
Make this soup. My mom and I discovered this turmeric-y, coconutty, gingery soup in December and it has become our go to when we want a warm, light dinner. I highly recommend making it as it is very simple and easy and does not take long to prepare!
While many high schoolers classify themselves as environmentalists–for a week, or even merely a day–because they use reusable water bottles or throw paper into the recycling instead of the garbage, senior Caroline Hardy takes it to a different level. She went vegan freshman year after being a vegetarian for six months. “At the beginning, I cut out animal products because of how much they negatively affect the environment,” she told me. “Methane emissions and runoff from factory farms are horrible for the environment.” However, she evolved into being a vegan for humanitarian reasons as well. “The conditions for those animals are horrible.”
Throughout her high school tenure, she has become increasingly more invested in her veganism, which she dubs a lifestyle. “When you’re a vegan, it includes every aspect of your life.” Along with her food, Caroline’s clothes and beauty products are also vegan. “No wool, no leather, no products tested on animals,” she stated. No exceptions. Furthermore, her clothing choices go further than just wearing vegan clothing. In fact, she told me about a phenomenon I had never heard of: Fast Fashion. She described it as constant shopping, buying new clothing every week, and especially buying it from big manufacturers such as Forever 21 or H&M.
“You don’t need to buy new clothes every season,” Caroline told me. “I get things from thrift stores that are cheap and just as good.”
Using reusable containers is second nature to Caroline. “I always use reusable bags when I go grocery shopping, it’s so easy to do and so much better for the environment.” You will never see her carrying a plastic Scout Fuel water bottle either. She does not endorse the school’s reliance on plastic and also focuses on food sustainability. Moreover, the school’s cafeteria food is far from her standards. She purchases organic food as much as possible, and mainly eats “whole foods,” which can be explained as unprocessed products that never see a factory. Still, she understands that not eating anything with a wrapper is not realistic for everyone. So, she says, “A vegan protein bar is way more sustainable than a non-vegan protein bar, so when in doubt, buy the vegan one.”
She appreciates that going vegan has turned into a fad the past few years. “The vegan diet trend is a good thing, in my opinion.” She started. “Even if you aren’t doing it for humanitarian or environmental reasons, that’s fine because you’re helping the environment and being more sustainable without even trying. It’s very beneficial to the world.”
Caroline has chosen Reed College for her next four years of school, a private liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon that fully suits Hardy’s academic and lifestyle interests. She’ll be majoring in what she’s most passionate about: environmental science and biology.
Caroline’s dedication to her lifestyle is inspiring, and should serve as motivation for the young women at LFHS to follow their passions with vigor, regardless of whether their passions are athletic, fashionable, or have the capacity to alter their lifestyle choices. Hardy, who is well-known by teachers and students alike at LFHS, answered all my questions with such passion and zeal; she takes being a vegan to the next level.
According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted during their college careers, and more than 90 percent of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assaults.
A business team from the Lake Forest High School’s Business Incubator class is taking the problem head on and developing a solution to arm vulnerable college students. Gwendolyn Driscoll and Jenelle Frevert, founders of Safe & Sound Spray, developed an affordable hand-held protective device that includes an alarm and pepper spray with UV dye that will expose and frighten attackers, and make them easily identifiable.
“While I’m really excited to be in college, I’m worried about it too, and so is my dad,” said Driscoll. “The facts are crazy: every 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted. So this is a big problem for all of us. Because of the built-in alarm and UV-dye, we’re hoping this unique pepper spray could be part of the solution.”
Just this year, the company hired four new interns: Annie Aberle, Mary Doheny, Taylor Rappeport, and Su Yardimci to help run the company while the girls are away. The four are current seniors at Lake Forest High School. Member Annie Aberle says, “I had no idea what a huge issue safety is on college campus,” The interns are also very passionate about this product, because they themselves, will be going onto college campuses next year.
Safe & Sound Spray is a two-switch system. The bottom button activates a loud safety sound to scare a potential attacker and alert others nearby of the danger. The top button releases UV and blue dyed pepper spray, and activates the alarm simultaneously. Safe & Sound Spray is the only multi-functional device available at an affordable price of $25 per unit.
To learn more about Safe & Sound Spray, go to www.safeandsoundspray.com.
Four years ago, the idea of a male varsity dancer on Lake Forest High School’s nationally-renowned dance team was far from possible. Former pommer, Kathleen Kurschner, a 2013 graduate of LFHS, can attest to this. “At Nationals we competed against a team that had a boy on it, and they were amazing. We’d talk about how it’d be great to have a boy on our team because boys can add to dance, but I didn’t know if it’d ever be possible at Lake Forest.”
This year, Ben Reinkemeyer made this vision a reality.
After impressing the talented dancers that make up the varsity team, the girls, as group, wholly embraced the idea of having a male member. “Ben’s a really talented dancer and is very hard-working,” senior Caroline Martino gushed. “His jumps are incredible and his leg holds are really good too– he is definitely going to improve our jazz dance as a whole.”
Anyone who enjoys eating healthy knows that a large amount of nutritious, organic, or “clean” products are expensive. Often times, you aren’t sure if that bar is worth three dollars, if there’s a better price somewhere else, or if there’s really a difference between organic and normal berries. Well, here’s everything you need to know about where to get the best prices for healthy items around Lake Forest, and what you should and shouldn’t spend the extra money on.
Kombucha is one of my favorite drinks. I drink one every day not only because I love the taste but also because of the amount of probiotics. However, the drink can be pricey– up to three dollars a bottle. Here are the best places to get my three favorite brands of booch!
- GT’s– At Jewel, Heinen’s, and Whole Foods. If you buy an entire case of GT’s Kombucha (12 bottles), you get a 10% discount.
- Kevita– At Fresh Market and Heinen’s. Kevita drinks are often on sale for 2 for $6.
- HealthAde– HealthAde is definitely on the pricier side, almost $5 a bottle. I wouldn’t buy it for that much. You can sometimes find it on sale at Heinen’s for 2 for $7, a much better deal than the former.
In my opinion, kombucha is worth the extra money. You get a refreshing beverage along with a dose of probiotics. Definitely use the tips above to find the cheapest price for booch!
Bars are great to have handy for a snack at any time of day, an on-the-go breakfast, or part of your lunch. My favorites are RxBars, Fig Bars, Perfect Bars, GoMacro bars, and GoRaw bars. I also believe that the bars that are a bit pricier are worth it because they have clean ingredients. Often times, bars that are cheap are full of ingredients you can’t pronounce and don’t even know what they are. I only eat bars that I can read the every ingredient and know what it is, more or less.
- Heinen’s is the best place to buy bars. They offer the best deals– 5 bars for $10, sometimes even 10 bars for $10. They have an entire half of an aisle dedicated to countless brands, including all the ones I just listed.
- Perfect Bar is a brand of bars that needs to be refrigerated because it is made of real, whole foods. I absolutely love Perfect Bars, they taste amazing and they are perfect for a quick and easy breakfast. Fresh Market offers the lowest price for them at $2.49, but you can sometimes find them on sale at Heinen’s and Whole Foods for 2 for $4.
- If you find an expensive bar that has weird, artificial, processed ingredients, I would not recommend buying it. Stick to bars with good, whole food ingredients if you want to spend that extra dollar or two.
I absolutely love gluten-free pretzels and popcorn for when I need a salty snack. I prefer Glutino gluten-free pretzels over Snyder’s because they’re crunchier and more satisfying. However, fellow health writer Catherine Nicholson does make a good argument for Snyder’s if you’re indifferent. I also am obsessed with Buddha Bowl coconut oil popcorn, but the only place that sells it around here is Fresh Thyme in Deerfield. My mom and I also make our own popcorn at home using non-GMO Tiny but Mighty unpopped kernels and two servings of coconut oil in a big top over the stove.
I often have yogurt and muesli or granola for breakfast, along with some berries and peanut butter. My favorite brand of yogurt is Siggi’s, because of its high protein content and low sugar content. I usually have a cup of the plain flavor, which boasts 16 grams of protein with only 4 grams of sugar. I buy Siggi’s at Heinen’s or Whole Foods. Sometimes they’ll be 4 for $5 or even 10 for $10. I usually only buy Siggi’s when it’s on sale so that I have a bunch on hand in case I want it for breakfast, a snack, or for a recipe. For granola, my favorite brand is Purely Elizabeth. Fresh Market has it on sale sometimes, but it is so good, I think it’s worth the $6.99 even if it’s not. I use Bob’s Red Mill muesli, which is raw rolled oats along with raisins, nuts, and seeds. I buy mine at Fresh Market in the biggest size possible so it lasts me a while.
I also love peanut butter and other nut butters and have an entire cabinet full of them. I often have one on top of toast, in a smoothie, or mixed into a yogurt bowl. My favorite is Nuttzo, which is a blend of seven nuts and seeds. I also love Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter and Wild Friends, they have the simplest ingredients and taste the best to me!
Now, for produce. My mom and I think Mariano’s and Heinen’s are the best places to get fruits and veggies. We also follow the “Clean 15” and “Dirty Dozen”– lists that consist of the 15 least pesticide contaminated produce and 12 most contaminated produce. Click here to see the lists.
Finally, I recommend downloading the Whole Foods app and getting a Heinen’s card. On the Whole Foods app, you can find what’s on sale at the Deerfield store and there are also electronic coupons that are only accessible to those who have the app. Heinen’s also has electronic coupons that automatically are applied if you have a Heinen’s card.
I know shopping for healthy food can be tedious and hard to know what is worth it and what is not, but I hope this article guides you on where to shop and what to buy!
Last Wednesday, the 13th of September, the 2018 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists were announced. Four of them are our very own Lake Forest High School students: Elizabeth Porter, Caroline Skinner, Isabel Rosa, and Victoria Walsh. 1.6 million high school students in more than 22,000 high schools across the United States entered the National Merit Scholarship program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT, and 16,000 students qualified to be semifinalists.
Though 16,000 may sound like a large number at first mention, it represents less than 1% of the nationwide Class of 2018. Semifinalists are selected based on their PSAT score, and now have the opportunity to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.
To say being a finalist is impressive is a dramatic understatement. Simply put, it’s like being an All-American for academics, and by no means should be treated casually.
But here’s the catch: all four of Lake Forest’s finalists took the PSAT cold. No practice, no knowledge of the test’s content, no nothing. They accredit keeping up with their strenuous schedule consisting of multiple APs for their success on the test. All four girls are, naturally, Magna Cum Laude and challenge themselves in the classroom.
Elizabeth Porter went into the test unaware there would be scholarship opportunities. “I knew when I got my score back later in the year that there was a good chance I’d be a finalist, but going into the test, I didn’t even know that scholarships were possible.” Isabel Rosa, another scholar, also was in the dark about the scholarship possibilities. “I didn’t really know why we were taking the PSAT, but I found out afterwards I could possibly be a semifinalist.”
Now that they’re semifinalists, all four girls are going to proceed with the application to qualify to be a finalist. The application must include a recommendation from a Lake Forest High School administrator, a written essay, and one additional SAT score to validate their PSAT performance. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation also evaluates semifinalists’ academic records, participation in extracurricular activities, leadership roles, employment, and all honors and awards received during their high school tenure. “It’s essentially another college application, but it’s worth it.” Skinner mentioned, “Since we’ve made it this far, we might as well proceed with the process.”
This February, 15,000 finalists will be announced and half of them will receive scholarships based on the same application they previously submitted. Scholarships vary in funding from the National Merit Corporation to corporate or college sponsored scholarships.
School is back in session which means Friday Night Lights are back for the Scouts as well. After much conversation over the past few years, Scout Nation has made the decision to move our student section from the far left (south) end of the bleachers to directly next to the LFHS Band on the far north side of Varsity Field at West Campus.
Most schools’ student sections are, in fact, adjacent to the band, as it heightens the energy and pumps up the crowd and the players alike. Senior Kyle Wix, a seasoned Scout Nation member, is a fan of the move. “This move combines all of our student groups together into one cohesive unit,” Wix says. “Scout Nation, Band, and Cheer can now all connect to cheer on the team which has never happened at West Campus before.”
The moving of the student section should not be approached with whining or complaint as another change that the school is implementing; rather, this change should be met with excitement and enthusiasm. LFHS Friday night football games are about to get a lot more exciting now that the band and students will be in sync.
This Friday’s theme is a white out sponsored by Scout Nation. All students with a valid student ID attending the football game will receive a free white-out t-shirt. “We made white ‘We Are Scouts’ shirts for students to wear as they embody the togetherness that the student section move is all about.” Wix proclaimed. All other fans without ID can still purchase the shirt for $5.00 to help “White Out” the stands of West Campus.
Per Lake Forest High School tradition, the senior girls arrived in color coordinated t-shirts with “seniors” emblazoned on the front in order to demonstrate their pride in the class of 2018 on Wednesday morning. Check out some of the best photos from the first regular attendance day at LFHS that are always popular on social media sites like Instagram and Facebook.
It’s official: the first rite of passage of senior year has been crossed by the class of 2018.
Now that May is finally warming up, we can bring out the shorts, dresses, skirts, and other summery items, and also start shopping for new summer closet staples. Here are the best stores to update your wardrobe for the summer.
I’ve written about Zara’s wide variety of clothing multiple times this year, and rightfully so. They carry everything from dresses to wear to dinner at a country club to shorts and a top to wear on the Fourth of July.
One of my favorite destinations for jean shorts and bathing suits, PacSun never disappoints. They carry popular brands such as Brandy Melville, Levi’s, and Kendall and Kylie, and all for reasonable prices.
Urban is my go-to for rompers, casual dresses, and linen shorts. It’s a bit of trek to go all the way to Evanston, but it’s worth it. With two levels full of clothes ranging from festival choices to activewear, Urban offers so many fashionable choices for summer.
Aritzia is another go-to of mine because all of their items are comfortable and easy to wear. Also, its convenient location at Northbrook Court makes it the perfect place to go if I need a new dress or pair of shorts. Also, they’re having a spring/summer clothing sale now both online and in stores, so be sure to check it out if you’re interested!
The following is an op-ed by junior columnist Brett Chody. All of the opinions and viewpoints expressed within the article are solely that of the author.
Last week the 2017 Lake Forest High School Prom Court was announced. That much you likely already know. The first thing many people saw when the names were announced was the imbalance between males and females elected onto this year’s court of nominees. The uneven court is a result of a change of ways here at LFHS. Starting in 2017, there will no longer be a Prom King and Queen. Instead, students of the Junior Class were asked to vote for twelve individuals that they felt deserved to be on Prom Court and best embody the core ideas and values of a leader at Lake Forest High School. From there, twenty-seven names with the most votes were compiled and a second round of voting was conducted to determine the final court. The result? Eight boys and four girls. In a week or two, the Juniors will be asked to vote for two of their peers–regardless of gender–who will become our school’s very first Prom Royalty representatives.
The decision to remove the King and Queen titles from the Prom festivities has not exactly gone without controversy. Many hold reservations about the subject, calling the change “dumb” and “uncalled for” either behind closed doors or candidly amidst conversation with their high school peers. I cannot necessarily blame them. As a member of Student Council, I was told about the change in October. I’m not going to lie, it took me a bit to digest the information at first. But a week later Mr. Wanninger came to a meeting to talk to us about the reasoning behind this change and his simple yet profound words resonated with me. He said, “This is a small change that doesn’t really affect you guys that much, but could literally change somebody else’s life.” He went on to explain why this modification has a larger meaning than just removing the King and Queen titles that some of us placed on a pedestal with other time-honored school traditions; soon after hearing him speak, I became a supporter of the change myself.
Any change to a tradition is going to require time to process, especially at Lake Forest. Our school is one rooted in tradition, from its picturesque entrance to its venerated academic and athletic reputations, and everywhere in between. But there are concrete reasons why everyone in the Lake Forest High School community should not only accept, but embrace this change.
To begin, there is a stereotype behind Prom King and Queen shown in movies and TV shows that we have been exposed to our entire lives. The quarterback of the football team is King, his girlfriend who happens to be the head cheerleader is Queen, and the rest of the court are their best friends–all the “popular” kids. But here’s the thing: Lake Forest High School already does not follow that stereotype. For as long as I can remember, Prom Court has been filled with the kids who are nice, the ones who are friendly and affable to their peers and teachers alike; they are the ones who may or may not go out every weekend, but have such a presence between the hours of 8:15 and 3:20 that their peers feel like they deserve the nomination.
Many of these traits were written in Student Council’s mission statement that was printed on each voting ballot. You may have skimmed it or disregarded it completely, which is fine, but I find it important to say it here and note something about what it outlines.
“Prom court members possess positive energy and embody Scout pride in both words and actions. These students have a great spirit and can be found competing on the field, cheering in the stands, acting on the stage, studying in the library, playing chess in the commons, or simply saying “hi” in our hallways.”
The characteristics listed in this mission statement are not ones that are subject to a certain gender–they are human. So why is it so ingrained in society that one girl and one boy have to win? What if our grade feels like two of our peers who don’t fit the standard boy-girl partnership should be crowned? The solution: remove the labels of King and Queen and leave it up to any two nominees the students believe should be crowned. It seems simple.
Anyone who feels like this change is so drastic that it should be overturned, I’m sorry, but it’s not. Being a member of Prom Court myself, I can assure you that none of the nominees care that there are more boys than girls or that there won’t be a named King and Queen. In fact, I am truly flattered to be recognized in such an esteemed group of my peers. Every single individual on the court was chosen by the Class of 2018 because they embody what it means to be a Scout. Any two of us that win–no matter which two it ends up being–I am confident will be a completely accurate representation of our grade, our school, and our community.
Change is inevitable. We are living in a generation where the norm no longer exists; life is no longer black or white. Our world is changing every day to be more accepting, more tolerant, and more open to new ideas and ways of thinking. We should be proud of that change, not condemn it. I am so proud that our school is trailblazing a new path and breaking the long-established tradition set forth by a process with an out-of-date purpose that perpetuates an archaic stereotype.
Our generation is growing up in a unique time. We are blessed with myriad opportunities to truly amend the way we view the people around us who were once outcasted and accept those different schools of thought into our lives without judgment. This, in my own opinion, is our first real defining moment to showcase our capacity for open-mindedness. This is our generation. We are the change, and from now on we will be forever linked to it. Let us be proud to be among the pioneers in a trend that will one day become the standard.
I know them as my sisters, as you probably know, but when people hear Elle and Hannah Chody, their minds often think: fashionable, trendy, and solid sources of creative outfit inspiration.
With a large age gap separating us–five and eight years respectively, to be exact–I have watched my sisters’ styles evolve throughout the course of their lives. I look up to both of them, of course, in countless arenas, but style has always been a passion we all could agree on. Although I already know a lot about both of their store, brand, and inspiration preferences, I decided to compile their favorites since they are such trailblazers in fashion, and find out more about what style means to them.
The brand IRO tops both of Hannah and Elle’s favorites list. The French label is notable for its leather jackets, jeans, and tees. Along with IRO, Elle loves RE/DONE, a denim brand, and Sandro, another French brand based in Paris. Hannah’s other favorites are Gucci and Rag and Bone. By no coincidence, denim is what most of these brands are known for. “I like finding good quality jeans because they last long and complement any top,” Hannah said. Elle agrees, she could wear a pair of Levi’s with any shirt and call it a completed outfit.
Zara is another all-around favorite with the Chody women, my mom and I included. “It has everything,” Hannah mentioned, “It has always been a favorite store of mine. They are constantly getting new items across a variety of styles and it’s a perfect place to go for anything I need– casual or for work.” While Hannah’s love for Zara increased because its versatility in supplying her with both work and everyday clothes, Elle’s obsession with the store grew during her time abroad. “I’ve always loved Zara, but it became my go-to when I studied in Madrid in the second semester of my junior year of college. It’s a Spanish brand and its flagship store was a block away from my apartment, so I found myself there a lot. Also, Zara has decent prices in the first place, but it was even more affordable in Spain because that’s where their clothing is made.”
Hannah and Elle’s styles are certainly unique to them, but they do get inspiration from sources like fashion bloggers on Instagram, designers’ collections, and Zara editorials. Recently, the stylish pair attended Coachella together, otherwise recognized as a fashion-oriented music festival. Elle got her outfit inspiration from Revolve and Free People while also incorporating looks she knew she already loved. Hannah, on the other hand, resorted to her previous experiences at Coachella. “I had been twice before, so I was familiar with the looks and trends that are popular at the festival,” Hannah assured me. “This year, I channeled my signature style, but also incorporated some bohemian accessories I had seen on Instagram and on a few online shopping sites.”
As far as everyday clothing goes, their wardrobe is not as complicated as you may think. Elle describes her daily style as comfortable, with lots of dark colors and high-waisted jeans or leggings. Hannah classifies hers as minimal and structured, with dark colors also being a staple focus. “I don’t overthink my everyday outfits,” Elle admitted. “Like I said, most of my clothes are dark so they all go well together. I usually just throw on a pair of high waisted joggers, a graphic tee, and a bomber and I’m ready for class.”
As for what they don on their feet, their shoe tastes are also similar. In fact, the majority of the time you will find them in sneakers or slides. “I gravitate towards a simple pump for work, but also love finding a good pair of slides or sneakers that I know are comfortable. Nothing is worse than getting halfway through your day and having blisters.” Hannah hinted. Elle added that walking around campus at Wisconsin can be a cumbersome task with numerous hills, so she needs solid shoes to wear every day. “My high top Adidas are my go-tos, or Timberlands in the winter. Like Hannah said, your shoes have to be comfortable and reliable.”
It has been four and six years since my sisters last attended the high fashion hallways of Lake Forest High School, and they both agree that the style at our school has changed a lot. “We both went through super preppy phases,” Elle acknowledged. “Mine being freshman year, Hannah’s being basically all four years she went to the high school.” It’s true: Hannah’s Senior Superlative was Most Lake Forest-y, which is always associated with dressing preppy. They both believe that being “trendy” has a new meaning in the high school today. “When I was in high school, Instagram did not exist and online shopping wasn’t prevalent, so basically everyone got their style inspiration from what they saw at the mall or in magazines,” Hannah explained. “I think that social media platforms and style influencers have impacted what high schoolers wear now, so for the most part, most are very fashion-forward.”
Over time, I have learned so much about fashion through my sisters–from finding the best places to shop, to staying on top of trends. They have imparted on me that, when in doubt, a pair of ripped jeans, a graphic tee, and a leather jacket make a perfect outfit. Through watching their styles and tastes change from Vineyard Vines and Rugby to LF and IRO, I have watched them develop into the fashion pioneers they have solidified themselves as today.
Juniors Trisha Bhagat and Brett Chody deliver the school-wide announcements for April 21, 2017. Also, they highlight the multiple sporting events Scouts will be participating in this weekend!