Sharing stories to create a movement of outrospection and empathy.
Cheyanne Daniels is a sun kissed caramel senior here at Stagg. She enjoys long walks to the fridge and How to Get Away With Murder marathons. Her favorite color is aquamarine. Since her freshman year, she has been a part of band, drama, lit mag, and speech. As a sophomore she earned the title of Editor in Chief of Lit Mag and has held it ever since. Every thought she has is pure poetry and she strives to be a hard core cat lady. She’s honestly the utmost existence of perfection and will be an amazing teacher when she grows up. She is impossible to sum up in one word but if I had to choose one it would be “determined”.
James enjoys hanging out with his friends. Much of his involvement in extracurriculars, like drama or choir, are because he wanted to be with his friends. He does a lot of community work with his Boy Scout troop.
“I don’t understand why people hate people. I think people are awesome and that they are all special in their own way.”
Erin O’Leary is a very involved high school senior as she participates in both basketball and soccer. She is very appreciative about the many friends she has made throughout her high school career and is thankful for the close bond she has developed with both her brother and sister. Her favorite TV show is Grey's Anatomy, and she plans to pursue a career in nursing (she was influenced by her mother and father). She is going to cherish and appreciate every last moment of high school while she can.
Natalie Miller is a senior at Stagg. She is very involved with her community like she has choreographed her church's play and her middle school's play. Her greatest accomplishment throughout high school was receiving 200 hours of community service. 3 words to describe her is she is a loyal friend, understanding, and independent just like her mother. She lives a very balanced life because she keeps her friends and family happy.
Hayley Gartner is an ambitious senior at stagg high school. She participates in both volleyball and basketball, and is thankful for all of the close friendships she has made in athletics. Hayley loves spending time at Starbucks, having fun with her friends, and spending time with her family. She is excited to attend a university next fall and plans to pursue a career in pharmacy. Hayley knows that she will always hold the memories she made at stagg close to heart, as they shaped her into the person she is today.
“Maybe I’m being too optimistic for the world, but, you know, whatever, that’s how I am”. Ever since she was little, Grace Garbrecht has wanted to become a teacher because of her love of English and desire to make a difference in the world. Her most definitive quality is her consistently cheery demeanor, which is impossible to not notice. Currently, Grace is part of NHS and Teaching Internship, and has been class president since freshman year, so she’s kind of a big deal. In her free time she enjoys baking cinnamon rolls and coming up with odd analogies, such as “I’m like texas toast, plain with a dab of butter”.
MARCOOOOOOOcoco puffs: a deep thinker and a poet, tries to see things from all views, cares about others and the world, tries to do adventurous things, be aesthetic, live life and devote time to himself and people important to him
Helena is a Senior at Stagg. She is an outgoing and lovable person. Helena loves to live her life to the fullest and try new things. Helena is a great artist and has many great pieces of work. Her favorite vegetable is zucchini. She is known for her binge watching. Some of her favorite TV series are Game of Thrones, The Office, and Parks and Rec. Helena is a great baker and loves to eat food. Some of her short term goals are not to be so awkward all the time, but that is just who she is. She wants to become a pharmaceutical scientist so she can create new drugs, helpful medications, and find cures for people. She enjoys the sciences and hopes to one day have an art studio in her house.
Saja is an incredibly sweet, hardworking, and fashionable as heck person. She has a talent for interior design and loves zucchini. She also loves a lot of colors which reflects her beautiful and sponcutious (made that word up) personality. She’s shy but once you get to know her she is absolutely insane. Some of Saja’s favorite TV shows are Switched at Birth, Gossip Girl and The Fosters. She also loves to sing even though she is bad at it. Some of her short term goals are to pass AP Chemistry and eat lots without becoming large. Her goal is to become a Cosmetic Dentist and one day in the future have an amazing family. To end with a quote, Saja says, “If I had a dollar for every cousin I have, I’d probably be a millionaire.” -Saja 2k15
In one year from now how do you think your life will be different?
"It will be..really different. Just going to college obviously is a different environment, a new place. The biggest change will be being away from all the people I’ve been with for so long. But I hope to keep the friendships I made."
Goharrah (Go-Go) Saleh
AA: If your life was turned into a movie who would play you?
Go-Go: Ellen Degeneres
If you see a small person whose personality can fill a room despite the fact that she is only a staggering 4’11 you are most likely meeting Goharrah Saleh aka Go-Go. Can quote almost any TV show and her favorite is Ellen. Go-Go is one of the first people who welcomed me warmly into her graduating class. She is from Yemen and came here when she was 8 years old. She speaks both Arabic and English. She has the cutest style and always wears a hijab that matches her outfits that are always on fleek.
Life Philosophy: be cheesy but, if you don’t give new experiences a shot, you might never figure out something that could be out there for you. Trying new things could lead you to finding passions you haven't thought of before. Whethers it's through talking to new people daily or picking up a hobby, any hobby, there’s always something you’ll learn from it. You’ll always gain something that will help shape your personality and even your future.
Fun Facts: I’m bilingual, English and Spanish. Enforcer of positive thinking and enjoys new adventures. Recent adventures? Probably in the summer because I haven’t had any time. Probably the most recent one is visiting my friend in Iowa, and it was the first road trip I drove myself on. and she was like “oh you drove yourself here”.
Chris is a 2012 Conrady grad that is interested in going into chemical engineering at Indiana University. He comes from a separated family and has an older sister and an older half brother. Most of his family is from Crown Point, Indiana and is still living there today. He has a passion for gaming and works at the local burger king. He can hook you up with some sweet deals. Chris is very personable and an interview feels like a conversation with him.
Jenny Stamos is a bright, kind-spirited individual. She is a senior at Stagg who is involved in tennis and Social Action Club. She enjoys working closely with special needs students in the P.E.O.P.E.L. program at school. In her free time, she enjoys watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians and spending time with her friends and family. Jenny plans to go to a four-year university and later pursue a career as either a dentist or orthodontist.
Life Philosophy: Do whatever makes you happy. Why put yourself through something if it's not gonna make you happy? I was always the type of person who followed the rules, did what I was told, had a plan. You know, I’m still like that, but I’ve learn that you should take chances and do something you’ll enjoy rather than do something someone’s telling you to do. Because, as the kids say, YOLO.
Emily Olson is a senior at Stagg and couldn’t picture herself at any other high school (unless it’s East High because she loves High School Musical). Some of her best memories of high school come from being involved in the Orchesis Dance Company. Stagg helped her come out of her shell throughout her four years here. She is looking forward to her last semester at Stagg and will cherish every last moment.
Ismail Abu Hayyeh
Ismail Abu Hayyeh is very involved in the community. He works for many charity organizations and helps at the local mosque. In his free time, he enjoys writing long stories that may take upwards of a few weeks to finish. “It is not a nation we inhabit, but a language. Make no mistake, our native tongue is our true fatherland.”
A caring person who tries to be openminded. He is a runner, gamer, a calm person who works a lot with his family. Loves dogs and animals. Activities include long-boarding, listening to music, and just spending quality time with friends.
Violette Kolach is an involved senior at Stagg High School. She enjoys spending time with friends, binge-watching Friends on Netflix, and loves Stagg’s accepting environment. She stands up for herself and what she believes in, and is often the person to say what everyone’s thinking. She is going to miss Stagg a lot and hopes to make lasting memories in her last months of high school.
Aiste Drukteinyte resembles a diamond shimmering in raw sunlight. A kindness so amplified, dancing at the tune of her heart. A supporting motivator. The vibration of her endless love emitting into the universe. The compassion poured into the lives of ones roaming near. Empathically grasping onto souls. A nurturer lies within. Aiste is amazing and inspiring. She is always very kind and loving and her laugh makes you feel happy. She is always supporting anyone who is around her. She is very strong in her mind, and speaks from it. Inside and out, beauty shines.
All around great guy. Loves to spend time with friends, disc golf, and game. Really laid back chill individual that is hard to get worked up. Plays trumpet in the Stagg wind symphony. Always tries to make the best out of every day.
Michelle Rentauskas, best known for being the tallest girl in our senior class, is usually always busy and probably stressed out at this very moment. She will serenade the closest person with her magical bassoon playing. ”I’m in an orchestra and made IMEA for bassoon, which is like Regionals for band. Over the summer I went to bassoon camp, because I’m a nerd. I went to engineering camp too, because I’m a nerd. Also, I went to band camp (for marching band)... because I’m a nerd. I will probably go to Georgia Tech for engineering but I don’t know what I want to do with that degree. I just know I want to help people.”
Myah is the pure definition of ambition and grace. Her smile has the the power to light up even the darkest cloud. As a 17 year old, her maturity level is outstanding. Her heart is full of compassion and love for her family and others around her. Myah never gives up- she’s been dancing on an injured ankle but pulls through for herself and for the rest of her team. Her first priority is taking care of others and worrying about their happiness above her own. She’s committed and has a natural curiosity for the well-being of others. Myah is the type of woman that will leave a positive mark on others as she continues her life.
Despite being tragically emo, Hannah Bean is probably saying something stupid and laughing at her own jokes at this very moment. ”Most of the time I sound like a big ‘ol idiot.” Her hair matches her personality, and she’s wearing at least two shades of black at any time. Friends describe her as energetic, over-caffeinated, and ‘a literal Golden Retriever.’ You can most likely catch her working her part-time job at Once Upon a Child. Hannah doesn’t have the slightest idea as to what she wants to do with her life, but knows it’ll all be okay.
Amber Alfriend is a junior/senior. She is very intelligent and hardworking, so much so that she is graduating high school in 3 years and starting college next year at Elgin Community College in Elgin. She wants to major in physical therapy. If you see an independent African American lady at Homegoods, it's Amber. She puts other before herself and is very optimistic and confident.
John Kladis is a senior at Stagg High School he is involved with the Varsity bowling team and other activities here at Stagg. He also played basketball and volleyball here. On the weekends John hangs out with his best friends Mike and Eric. They play a lot of sports and video games, Super Smash Bros 4 is their favorite. John plans to attend college to study Computer Animation.
Gabby Zemaitis is an hard-working Stagg senior. She has attended public english school, while attending a private Lithuanian cultural school for 13 years. She is the first-born generation in America from her family. She returns to Lithuania every summer to make sure she does not lose connection with her roots (culture and native language). Gabby has cheered for 7 years, did ballet for 3 years, and took drawing classes when she was younger. She enjoys drawing in her free time. Her parents are divorced which causes her to be the oldest in her dad's family and the baby in her mom's. She is currently focusing on her future and planning for college.
Kelli Thielmann is an independent and passionate student. She dedicates herself to achieving her academic goals because she hopes to become a Pharmacist one day in order to help a wide array of people with their health. Kelli loves spending time with her three younger siblings, particularly her twelve year old brother. In her free time, she likes going to concerts, finding new places to eat, and volunteering at a local VA hospital. Her first priority is making sure her friends and family are happy.
I want you to know about Joy Williams. Joy is a senior in high school. She wants to pursue her dream has becoming a journalist. She wants to be a news anchor and report the news with truth and integrity. As of right now she is working at Pete's Market and even thought she's not a fan of it, she will stick through it. When Joy started at Stagg has a freshman she was scared because when she went to Conrady she would get bullied, but she has made new friends that she is super close with. Joy's parents have separated so without one another times can get pretty hard. Good thing Joy is a strong girl and takes on the world with her stories.