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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Lake Forest High School
Sociology assignment on white privilege draws controversy
News

Connor Boyle | May 23, 2022

The nationwide debate over how to teach race in the classroom came to LFHS this spring when online newspaper The Daily Caller published an article April 26 headlined “Illinois Teacher Reportedly Forced…

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Sea of Red Welcomes Senior Dance Captain Home From Surgery
Features

Elsa Dahlgren | May 18, 2022

A sea of red flooded the hallways last week as students showed their support for senior Ava Douglass who underwent two open heart surgeries in just 10 days.

The avid dancer and pom team captain, who…

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Students Worry About Families Overseas Amid Russia-Ukraine War
News

Lauren Atchley | May 3, 2022

Growing up in Lake Forest, senior Isabella Kohout was never far from her Ukrainian roots.  Her grandparents were immigrants from former Soviet republic, and Kohout grew up speaking the language and going…

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Day of Silence protests spark community conflict
News

Sarah Patel | April 26, 2022

A small group of conservative parents gathered in front of Deerpath Middle School Thursday morning to protest the Day of Silence. They were met with opposition from LGBTQ+ allies who wanted to show support…

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Super Scout Has Been in the Stands for 40 Years
Sports

Nick Winebrenner | April 25, 2022

He’s not the loudest fan. He doesn’t paint his face. Or scream at refs. Instead, he enjoys bringing friends and colleagues along with him to support the Scouts, win or lose.

For almost 40 years,…

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Scheidler to follow his brother to dream school, Notre Dame
Sports

Louise Brickman | March 17, 2022

One day, during what seemed to be a normal basketball practice, senior Leo Scheidler’s lifelong dream finally came true. After a brief call, he learned he was offered a spot on the Notre Dame football…

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Naomi Miles Becomes First All-State Girls Wrestler in School History
Sports

Charlotte Andress | March 15, 2022

It started as a joke. During her sophomore year lifeguarding course, senior Naomi Miles always listened to her teacher, Mr. Fiordirosa, tell stories about his wrestling days and his experience as a pro…

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Age restriction placed on ‘Gender Queer: A memoir’ in school library
News

Anna Pierson | March 3, 2022

After complaints about the graphic novel, Gender Queer: A Memoir, Principal Dr. Erin Lenart announced last Friday that the text will remain in the school library’s general collection, but “due to graphic…

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Learn 2 Lax 4 Jack offers training in honor of Jack Adams
Sports

Ben Winebrenner | February 16, 2022

Rich Adams still remembers the day his son Jack, a star Lake Forest lacrosse player, first exclaimed his love for coaching.

“I remember he came home one day and said, ‘Dad, I really enjoy working…

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Most students remove masks after lawsuit puts Governor mandate in question
News

Anna Pierson | February 15, 2022

In light of the ruling in the class action lawsuit Austin v. Pritzker, most LFHS students are maskless in school for the first time in nearly two years.

First period teachers played a video from Principal…

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Varsity Dance Captain Battles Rare Heart Condition in Final Season
Sports

Elsa Dahlgren | February 15, 2022

In December, senior Ava Douglass was preparing  for the Varsity Poms Christmas party when she received a phone call from her doctor that changed the course of her life.

The call was a follow up for…

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Districts await legal decision that could overturn mask requirement
News

Anna Pierson | February 3, 2022

In early January, a Sangamon County judge heard arguments from the DeVore Lawsuit seeking to overturn mask requirements in schools across Illinois. A ruling is anticipated to be released next week at the…

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One Senior’s Journey from El Salvador 
Features

Ben Winebrenner | December 13, 2021

Born in El Junquillo, El Salvador, Cristhian Perla moved to Lake Forest the week before his freshman year.

At just 14 years old, he was the new kid at a school in a foreign country, without his parents…

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Lawn Boy,Gender Queer shouldn’t be banned, they should be celebrated
Opinions

Sarah Mack | December 9, 2021

In the wake of nation-wide debates about the content taught in schools, books have taken the brunt of the criticism. What started as a complaint in Fairfax County, Virginia over two books in the school…

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Symbols Matter: Removing Club’s Mural Erased Important Message of Inclusivity
Opinions

Alia Attar | December 3, 2021

For the celebration and return of homecoming, students spent the weekend before the festivities painting and decorating the windows of businesses in downtown Lake Forest. Window painting, an LFHS homecoming…

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Life Advice with Vince Vaughn: His Return to New Media
Features

Henry Bailey | October 18, 2021

With a leather jacket, a brain full of sci-fi references, and a killer sense of humor, actor and comedian Vince Vaughn started his acting career early on while he attended Lake Forest High School.

As…

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‘I hate to say this, but I was bullied for my race’
Opinions

Carley Walker | June 3, 2021

Charlie Kiernan says the students, some of them his friends, would point their fingers like a gun at him and yell,“Hands up, don’t shoot.”

Kiernan, class of 2017, would say, “Oh, you got me,”…

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A Year Without Patrick
Opinions

Carolyn Kaefer | May 21, 2021

A year without Patrick: It’s an unreal sentence to write.

On Mother’s Day last year, only a couple of days after he passed, I met with Patrick Roemer’s mom, Fronzie, who agreed to share her first…

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The Masked Struggle with Anxiety
Features

Sarah Patel | April 27, 2021

TW: This article contains mentions of anxiety, self-injury, and disordered eating 

Fever, cough, body aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell. 

Many of us have experienced these physical symptoms…

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Fear: The Asian-American Experience
Opinions

Margot Pierce | March 29, 2021

About a month ago, my family was sitting down to dinner when my mom asked, “Do you think I need to be more careful when I’m out? Because of the violence that’s been going on?” 

The question…

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‘It’s a Culture, Not an Incident’: One Lake Bluff Native Continues to Fight for Answers
News

Kailey Albus | March 19, 2021

John Bollman considers a defining childhood memory of his to be one that he misremembered: the production of Robert Redford’s Ordinary People.

“From what we gathered at the time, Robert Redford…

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Harm and No Good: Sia’s ‘MUSIC’ Hurts Autistic Community
Arts & Entertainment

Carley Walker | March 12, 2021

Putting the cherry on top of a timeline of controversy, singer-songwriter Sia’s musical drama “MUSIC” shines a light on the misrepresentation of the autistic community in Hollywood.

“MUSIC”…

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The Departure and Legacy of Superintendent Mike Simeck
Features

Will Elliott | February 8, 2021

Shortly after Mike Simeck was hired as Superintendent in 2012, he faced a daunting test of his leadership: the Lake Forest Education Association — the LFHS teachers’ union — had gone on strike. 

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District investigating online claims against staff member
News

Peter Elliott | January 15, 2021

After the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week, law enforcement agencies immediately undertook a full-scale effort to track down rioters who may be guilty of crimes, by combing through troves of…

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Column: BLM Protests and the Raid on Capitol Hill are Not the Same
Opinions

Sarah Patel | January 14, 2021

The United States Capitol has housed Congress since 1800. It is where the legislative branch of the federal government writes the laws of our nation and where presidents are inaugurated and deliver a State…

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Paws for Patrick: Providing Love and Support to the Community
Features

Carley Walker | October 27, 2020

Man’s best friend does not fully define nor do justice to describe what a dog means to its owner. Regardless of size or breed, all dogs provide two unique, one-of-a-kind values to their human companions:…

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Coronavirus a “Major Threat” to LFHS Operations, Superintendent Says
Coronavirus

Casey Murray | March 12, 2020

This is a developing story. The Forest Scout will publish updates on our site as frequently as we are able.

“This is a major threat,” Superintendent Michael Simek said of the coronavirus outbreak…

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Guns Kill People
Opinions

Billy Gardner | March 10, 2020

Guns kill people.

It seems that this simple fact is often disregarded or even denied when the debate over gun control occurs, but it’s quite simple: guns kill people. A gun is a tool, true enough,…

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The Iran Resolution: A Good First Step
Opinions

Casey Murray | March 9, 2020

The last several years have seen a dramatic expansion of presidential power in the face of an increasingly dysfunctional Congress. The War Powers legislation passed by the House of Representatives and…

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It Affects More than the Infected
Coronavirus

Carley Walker | March 5, 2020

Ever since news broke of the COVID-19 outbreak in China and South Korea, senior Emmeline Bae and her family have been nervous to send their grandparents back to Korea, especially since their visas will…

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ELS Basketball Game Brings School Together
Video

Peter Elliott | February 26, 2020

Lake Forest hosted New Trier for the 24th annual ELS basketball game last Thursday, a game that once again proved to be one of the best all-school events of the year. Watch how it unfolded in this game…

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Lake Bluffer is Youngest to be Diagnosed with Rare Genetic Disorder
Features

Ben Rosa | February 21, 2020

A Lake Bluff family is finding support in fellow community members after its youngest member became the youngest patient ever diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic disorder characterized…

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The Political Case for Amy Klobuchar
Opinions

Kelsey Marx | February 20, 2020

With New Hampshire behind us and Illinois’ own primary coming up next month, the process of selecting a Democratic presidential candidate is well underway. This cycle brings the broadest, and arguably…

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Despite Uncertain Caucus Results, Elizabeth Warren Still Hopeful
News

Casey Murray | February 5, 2020

DES MOINES, IOWA — While the results of the Iowa Caucuses were in doubt at the time, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) nevertheless declared that the night had already shown Americans’ “deep hunger…

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In a Nutshell: Andrew Yang
News

Casey Murray | February 3, 2020

DES MOINES, IOWA — Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang was elaborating on his plan for universal basic income, a system where the federal government would provide $1,000 a month to every American….

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Katie Sowers To Break Records and Glass Ceilings In Super Bowl LIV
Sports

Kiera Burns | January 30, 2020

It’s no surprise to many that the San Francisco 49ers are headed to the Super Bowl, but the name of their Offensive Assistant coach might be more of a shock – Katie Sowers.  She will be the first woman…

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In Defense of Colin Kaepernick
Opinions

Kiera Burns | December 17, 2019

Colin Kaepernick has been out of the NFL for three years, but says he is ready to return.  In early November, he held his own workout, with seven teams in attendance, giving NFL fans and his supporters…

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Wrestling Team Ready for the ‘Spotlight’
Sports

Peter Elliott | December 13, 2019

Wrestling head coach Matt Fiordirosa would be the first person to tell you that WWE has distorted our perception of the sport.

Real wrestling is tactical, fundamental, and gritty; the favorite sport…

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Northwestern Protesters: Another Sad Example of Cancel Culture
Opinions

Ryan Peters | November 26, 2019

Controversy struck the idyllic lakeside campus of Northwestern University on Nov. 10. Following an urgent staff meeting, the editors of The Daily Northwestern released an editorial apologizing for posting…

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Impeachment Proceeding is a Necessary Defense of Our Democratic Principles
Opinions

Isabella Graf | November 21, 2019

Impeachment was never meant to be political. However, the impeachment scandal currently enveloping our country seems to be anything but non-partisan. The grave mischaracterization behind the motivation…

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A Voice for the Voiceless
Opinions

Laine Gamrath | November 11, 2019

Last spring, three LFHS teachers went to see a play. Eager to find a show to put on as the freshman/sophomore production for the 2019-2020 school year, they went in with an open, but still critical,…

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Lifelong friends will play together at Northwestern
Sports

AJ Shaw | November 4, 2019

From a young age, seniors Bridget Mitchell,  Nicole Doucette, and Ingrid Falls had something special about them.

Not only were the three girls immensely talented on the soccer field, but they had a…

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A Week In The Tunes
Arts & Entertainment

Caroline Zeeman | October 25, 2019

As always, the end of the week means new music. Here is a look at five standout projects released this past week, and five projects to be on the lookout for over this upcoming week. To keep up with the…

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The Feminist Files: Sexism in Sports
Opinions

Kiera Burns | October 22, 2019

As a kid, I always looked forward to watching college football on Saturdays with my family. Whenever Holly Rowe was reporting, my dad made an effort to remind me that girls could be sports reporters, and…

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Vaping illness sends alum to ICU
Vaping

Molly Burgener | October 2, 2019

Marketed as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes, the e-cigarette has come under intense federal scrutiny after being linked to 12 deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations this year.

Alum Frank…

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She Speaks for All of Us
Opinions

Casey Murray | October 2, 2019

In Washington the storm of impeachment is strengthening. In London the boisterous thunderhead of Brexit is looming. And in New York’s City the world’s leaders are gathering to discuss the steadily-warming…

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The Flag Is Patriotic, Not Political
Opinions

Catherine Greub | September 19, 2019

For the remembrance of 9/11, Young Americans for Freedom, a national club with a chapter at Lake Forest High School, lined the sides of McKinley Road with thousands of American Flags. Why? To commemorate…

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In Defense of Institutional Political Neutrality at LFHS
Opinions

Kelsey Marx | September 18, 2019

On the 18th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on our nation, local residents awoke to the sight of 2,977 miniature American flags lining the street in front of Lake Forest High School. The…

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Foam In The Streets: Paranoia Leads to Declaration of War Among Senior Class
News

Aidan Block | April 19, 2019

LAKE FOREST — When it arrives in this usually quiet, sleepy town, springtime tends to be a chaotic time, especially for seniors attending Lake Forest High School. It’s filled with sports, studying…

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Ripples Abound at TEDxLFHS 2019
News

Casey Murray | April 9, 2019

Behind the curtains at Lake Forest High School’s annual TEDx event, something wasn’t working as expected.

The agenda had called for showing “Hot Ones of LFHS,” a New Media flick created by junior…

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