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North Teams Finish On Top in National Competitions

Niles North High School had two of the top Mathematical Modeling teams in the United States in the High School Mathematics Contest in Modeling (HiMCM), an annual national math modeling competition run by the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP). Schools from the United States, as well as across the world, competed in November 2020, selecting one of two problems, and then had two weeks to construct, research, and communicate a mathematical model to solve the selected problem. Over 775 teams from around the world competed in HiMCM this year.

Team 11098 of Maddie Burroughs, Lisa Duan, Kalliope Kobotis, and Ana Vuckovic were named one of 56 Finalist Teams, placing them in the top 8% overall and one of the top 25 teams in the United States.

Team 10961 of Dominick Bogdan, Kyle Kenmotsu, Liam Perrault, and Hassam Uddin were named one of 94 Meritorious Teams, placing them in the top 20% overall and one of the top 50 teams in the United States.

You can view full results from HiMCM 2020 here.

Both Niles North teams were invited to participate in the second round of the competition, where teams from the U.S. construct, research, and communicate a mathematical model to solve the modeling problem for the International Mathematics Modeling Challenge (IMMC). This problem is not yet public, as the top two papers from the United States are selected to represent the United States in this international competition. Students are given 5 consecutive days to complete the challenge.

Niles North was one of only three schools in the United States to have multiple teams compete in this second round of this competition.

Team 10961 of Dominick Bogdan, Kyle Kenmotsu, Liam Perrault, and Hassam Uddin were named one of 4 Finalist Teams, placing them in the top 6 modeling teams in the United States.

Team 11098 of Maddie Burroughs, Lisa Duan, Kalliope Kobotis, and Ana Vuckovic were named one of 17 Successful Participant Teams, placing them in the top 25 modeling teams in the United States.

You can view full results from the United States Regional of the IMMC 2021 here.

Maddie Burroughs, Lisa Duan, Kalliope Kobotis, and Ana Vuckovic were joined by Lindsey Saxe and competed as Team 15083 in the MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge (M3C) in March 2021, an annual math modeling competition run by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Teams from across the United States were given 14 hours to construct, research, and communicate a mathematical model for this problem. Over 530 teams from across the United States competed in M3C this year.

Team 15083 was one of 35 teams awarded an Honorable Mention Team Prize, which means they were awarded $1,000 to share as a team. Team 15083 finished in the top 10% overall of the competition, and was one of the top 50 teams in the United States.

You can view full results from M3C 2021 here.

Congratulations to these students on their amazing results and all of their hard work!

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North ECE Students Earn Gateway Credentials

Forty-three students in Julie Lear’s Niles North Family and Consumer Sciences courses have earned the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Level 1 Credential and Dual Credit from Oakton Community College.

Gateways Credentials are symbols of professional achievement that show knowledge, skills and experience in caring and educating for children. Credentials are awarded and recognized by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Bureau of Child Care and Development. Some Circles of Quality in ExceleRate Illinois require Gateways Credentials and employers can use Credentials to help them in their hiring decisions. 

High School students who achieve this credential have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois Gateways Scholarship Opportunity upon graduation. North students were fortunate to continue working toward the credential through remote learning. 

The following students stayed engaged and committed to earned their Early Childhood Level 1 Gateways credential: Sarah Akbari, MayLee Ang-Henrikson, Liliana Alaj, Maia Armstrong, Aida Ataeidizaji, Jason Cabael, Chloe Delos Reyes, Hailey Holtzman, Aneeka Jain, Amreen Jalal, Angelina Jean, Jana Judi, Anna Kougias, Malory Joseph, Amar Kulic, Kendra Le, Alyssa Melegrito, Grace Min, Jazlyn Nixon, Lizie Nguy, Ariana Palmer, Shivani Parekh, Paula Posadas, Hareem, Riaz, Mallory Richter, Nicole Sanchez, Reeba Shafiq, Alexandra Sikoral, Makayla Sutton, Hafsa Syeda, Evelyn Umana, Esmeralda Vazquez , Brianna Williams, Kaia Wolfe, Michelle Zamora.

The following Niles North Early Childhood Education Level 2 Students have successfully completed the course and will receive 3 college credits for Child Growth and Development ECE 102 at Oakton Community College.  The Dual Credit earners are: Skylar Baker, Jake Gabriel Bartilad, Selma Besic, Amanda Hansen, Desyree Marin, Lesley Moreno, Amaiya Pennant, Nahomi Pineda-Benitez.

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April Stallworth, Milo Cejovic Step Up to New Roles at D219

April Stallworth has been named D219’s new Director of Strategic Partnerships & Community Relations, effective immediately, and Milo Cejovic will become Niles West High School’s new Assistant Athletics Director, effective June 1. The Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education approved both appointments at its May 18 special board meeting.

Stallworth will succeed Jim Szczepaniak and Cejovic will succeed Terri Laux, both of whom are retiring at the end of this school year.

Stallworth has served D219 as Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Recording Secretary to the Board of Education since she joined the district in 2017. She serves as co-sponsor for Niles North Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR) and Student Government as well as a frequent visitor to the Muslim Student Association (MSA).  She founded and co-facilitates WeLead, the leadership program for women administrators at D219. She also leads the HEART Program (which stands for Helping Empower Administrative support professionals through Resources & Training) for the district’s administrative support professionals.

Stallworth created the HEART Program when she served Waukegan Public Schools as Executive Team Assistant.  She worked for the Waukegan schools from 2013 to 2017. The HEART Program won the American Society of Administrative Professionals (ASAP) 1st Annual  Eureka Award in 2015. The award is presented to an administrative professional who has conceived and executed an initiative that produced a substantive and innovative contribution to the organization for which they work.

Stallworth is also the Founder and CEO of Strong Women Strong Lives (SWSL), which provides training, coaching and consulting services for nonprofit organizations, corporations, and educational institutions throughout the nation.  Through her work at SWSL, she was approached by LinkedIn to become a Learning Instructor on their global training platform. She now has authored and created two popular courses for Administrative Support Professionals that have been viewed over 400K times.

Stallworth earned a Master of Arts in Management & Leadership from Liberty University, and she holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Phoenix University.

Cejovic has served Niles West High School as the BAC Supervisor since 2017. He taught mathematics at Niles North during the 2016-17 school year, after serving as a math paraprofessional from 2011 to 2016. He is the head boys soccer coach and the girls head soccer coach at Niles West High School. He has also served as sponsor of the ACE Club, which focuses on student-athlete leadership.

Before coming to D219, Cejovic taught math at Proviso Township High School District 209. He earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education as well as a Master’s in Secondary Education from National-Louis University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from DePaul University.

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D219 Will Continue Mask Requirements, pending further guidance 5.14.21

May 14, 2021

Dear D219 Parents/Guardians, Students and Staff Members,

As you may know, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday that anyone who is fully vaccinated may, with exceptions, participate in indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask or physical distancing. The exceptions require wearing masks while on buses, trains, planes and public transportation.

We are awaiting direction and guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Village of Skokie Department of Health and Human Services regarding this significant change and how we may implement it in a school setting. Given that, coupled with the fact that we have no way of knowing who on our campuses has been vaccinated, masks will still be required for everyone on our campuses, including students, staff, parents and visitors. Once we receive further direction from IDPH, ISBE and Skokie Health, we will evaluate and adjust our practices as warranted.

As we wrap up this 2020-21 school year, we look forward to keeping our students, their families and our staff members safe, as we have been able to do all year. Thank you for your continuing support and patience!


Tom Kim
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

Dr. Karen Ritter
Niles West Principal

Dr. James Edwards
Niles North Principal

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Niles North Music Concert on May 19

Haven’t we all missed live concerts? Join us in the Niles North Parking Lot on May 19 to hear the first & last live music concert of the school year!

Niles North presents a live concert from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19 in the North Parking lot of the High School, 9800 North Lawler, Skokie. This concert will feature the recent DownBeat award-winning Take One, as well as senior members of Viking Strings, The Jazz Band, and all three vocal jazz ensembles, Harmonic Motion, Sound Check and Take One. This will also be the last concert for Choir Director, Dan Gregerman, who is retiring after 30 years at Niles North. 

Bring your own chair or listen from your car. There will be a rain date of Thursday, May 20.

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Dance Marathon on May 22, Raising Funds for I Grow Chicago

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Dance Marathon is a student-run charitable organization that raises money each year (sometimes upwards of $80,000) for a different charity.

This year, DM has selected I Grow Chicago as the primary beneficiary in order to end violence, poverty, hunger, and unemployment in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. 

A percentage of donations goes towards the Education Foundation–an organization that pays for everything from college trips to calculators, scholarships, and free breakfast for those in Niles Township who cannot afford those things.

DM’s annual fundraising efforts reach their peak on Saturday, May 22, when students dance together for many hours and to celebrate their impact. That evening, the total sum of the year-long fundraising efforts, will be announced.

If you would like to help I Grow Chicago, as well as students in Niles Township, CLICK HERE to donate.

Teacher of the Year | Support Staff of the Year

Congratulations to Niles North business teacher Jean Attig on being selected by the student body as Teacher of the Year. Attig has been a teacher in District 219 for 24 years, the last four at Niles North High School.

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Jon’ta Frazier, Textbook Manager, was named as the Support Staff Member of the Year. She was presented with the award by Marlon Felton, Assistant Principal for Operations, who spoke movingly of her enduring support for staff and students, especially during this challenging year.

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DECA IL State Champions

DECA State Champions Honored at Board Meeting

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Pictured:  Simran Mithrani, Alicia Fabella, Kamran Khan, Romesa Amiwala, Hassam Uddin, Manu Deva

Niles North DECA National Finalists and State Champions were honored at the May 4 Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education Meeting.

DECA students Romesa Amiwala, Kamran Khan, and Hassam Uddin are ranked Top 10 in the World in this year’s International Career Development Conference (Nationals) as well as state champions for their Project Management Career Development Project in which they planned and hosted nine career development speaker panels. They are one of the Top 18 projects out of the approximately 200 qualifying projects competing at this level, in the world. Only two other schools in Illinois made it to this next level of competition with a written project which includes planning events for the past two years, writing a 20-page paper, and executing a professional presentation.

DECA sponsor Jean Attig said, “This is our first national finalist in recent memory!  These students worked incredibly hard these past two years to create a Career Development project that I knew had the chance to make it to the national stage.  They never gave up and even improved their project during remote learning and a worldwide pandemic.  Sponsor Nick Pahl, Kara Mielke, and I are so proud of them and want to thank you for your support of our students!  Fingers crossed that they bring home The DECA Glass!  Have a great day!” 

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Also honored at the meeting were Illinois State Champions Alicia Fabella, Project Management Business Solutions, Manu Deva, Project Management Business Solutions, and Simran Mithani, Project Management Sales Project.  Both of these projects included a culmination of two years worth of work to improve our student-run business, DECAdent Delight, but from different points of view.  PMBS worked on improving the marketing strategies and PMSP worked on improving revenue streams.  Even in the middle of a pandemic and remote learning, they were still able to raise money for the chapter by including all NNDECA members!  

DECA is a career and technical student organization composed of more than 228,000 students who are interested in careers in marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality or management.  DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.  DECA student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community-oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.  For more information about DECA, visit