Humans of Libertyville
"At first I was scared to be a freshmen, but now I love it. I got this!" Freshman, Mark Plunkett
When asked what makes her happy, Layan Abdo responded cheerfully, "My friends and family. I enjoy spending time with them and surrounding myself with positive people." Sophomore, Layan Abdo
“I’ve always been a storyteller, but I’m not very good at expressing how I feel. Writing is so much easier because you get to have a structure and you get to organize your thoughts on one piece of paper...I love everything that has to do with literature. It’s just an art. I’ve been writing since I’ve known how to write” Junior Vanesa Stoynova, has kept a journal including an entry ev...
"Horses have basically become my life. Riding gave me my best friend. It pointed me in the right direction for college; I'm going to a school that has an equine based major. It also in general has made me a happier person. It kind of motivates me to keep going and it always puts me in a better mood". Senior Charlotte Jarrett has been riding horses since she was six years old.
“Ignorance is bliss. If you don’t know about something then you can’t worry about it”. Freshman Mia Vla states this about her first few months of high school, and just life in general.
"There are so many people at other areas other than Libertyville that are in harms way that are so hurt. We can talk about it and how wrong it is forever and ever but I just want to be able to start doing things instead of just saying what is wrong. I want to be able to start working towards fixing it" Sophomore, Olivia Gauvin is excited about what the future holds and the impact she wants to have...
“Well I like reading because you can learn the things that you want to learn, I like school but I think I like learning things more than I like school, because I don’t really like the structure of school...Specifically right now I want to be a computational astrophysicist, which means that you use computers, you use physics, and you use astronomy to make charts and graphs and simulations of stuff,...
“I like to show off my dancing, like at homecoming I just had a big crowd around me”, Stone states when asked if many people know about his skills. Kevin Stone is a hip-hop dancer at Dance Academy Libertyville. He is one of the very few male dancers at LHS. Not only does Stone dance, but he participates in cross country and gymnastics too.
Sophomore, Taylor Heimert was adopted and years later, she found a new gift, her sister. Through a series of emails, exchange of pictures, and a DNA test, Iris McLean was found to be Taylor’s biological sister. Taylor states her feelings reflecting back on the outcome of that chance,“I just feel really blessed by that happening to me and it’s just a gift that I was given and I don't know why....
"I feel the happiest probably here (at school). I'm not in the hospital surrounded by all negative things in my life. Here I just feel positive and I have a huge support system: my friends, my family, even my teachers are so understanding. I guess I am just my happiest when I'm here," junior Tomassetti stated.
“I love it!”, Hirons states when asked about her talent. Anna Hirons is a freshman harpist at LHS, one of the two that currently attend LHS. She has been playing this instrument for about five years, along with the cello since fourth grade.
"[It was] definitely when I scored the winning goal to win the sectional semis with 10 seconds left. I don’t remember some of it because I was just too hyped up," stated sophomore Evan Rasmussen, when reflecting on his favorite memory from the varsity boys soccer team's season.
“I've always wanted to make varsity, it's always been something I wanted to do," says Emma Peterson who is a Freshman at LHS. Peterson has been dancing since she was three years old-with the goal to make varsity ever since. Along with academic success, she is proud of being the only freshman on the varsity dance team!
"I definitely feel like an outsider. I mean sometimes I feel cool being black, because I am the only different person in the class. I am the one black person out of all these white people. I mean it's hard though. It was definitely hard moving here. My mom didn't tell me at all what kind of district or what type of community we would be living in. It was definitely a slap in the face and I feel like...
“You feel excited, you feel the rush. I mean, same with any other sport. You win a medal and you just feel proud. You feel like you’re doing something right,” freshman Claudia Moxo says about winning a karate tournament. Moxo started doing karate when she was six years old for self defense, and because it was one of the only sports girls could do in Spain. She is now a black belt.
“Even if something really bad is happening in your life like at that moment like big that affects your everyday life, it won’t be the same in 5 or 10 years, it’ll be different. There’s always change. You can’t use other people to make you happy, you have to be happy yourself.” Sophomore Gigi Ori always is known for having a smile and a positive attitude daily. She explains her mindset on con...
“Right now I really like hanging out with my friends because they are what keep me going when I am stressed out. They take away some of the pressures of everyday life. Whenever I am nervous I just call one of my friends over and we just hangout,” junior Neira said, who recently moved to Libertyville from Singapore.
"When I found out I was gay it was weird because before I was really shy. In elementary and middle school I spoke like five words. I hated being up in front of people or just with individuals, but for some reason when I came out, I became so much more confident with myself. Now I have no problem speaking out in front of class [or speaking] out of turn, which is not always the best. I do ge...
Annie Obereiner & Steven Donovan
"[Steven and I] have a Wednesday tradition. We go get breakfast before late start. I was eating a bagel from Einstein’s and he’s never been there before, so I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, we have to go!’ But this was before we were dating, and then we went, and then we just went ever since,” senior Annie Obereiner says. Obereiner and her boyfriend, Steven Donovan, have been dating for over a ye...
Ethan and Jared Robbins
Ethan - “You kind of have always someone to [to be] your own personal friend" Jared - "They know everything about you ‘cause they’re basically the same person” Ethan and Jared Robbins express their favorite and least favorite parts of being twins. The two Sophomores are identical twins. ...
“So my sister told me the night before about [the women’s march]. So, I thought it was going to be in front of Donald Trump’s building. But I realized how big the thing was actually going to be. So, I get there and I saw everyone from LHS and there’s like 20,000 people there and I was like oh my gosh, this is humongous. It was just such an amazing event and I felt called to do things for my...
“I basically have no life outside of animation, I just go home and just sit in my room and watch YouTube all night while animating,” shared senior Brandon Kolaczewski...“It all started [in 2015] when (animator) Monty [Oum] died and then I got into 3D animation. Then my grandpa died… Most recently my friend Josh Church died, so I've just been trying to use their memories to motivate me…When...
“[Cheer] really is a sport. I thought before I tried out that it wasn’t. But then, once I tried out, I realized that there’s a lot more to it than just cheering for a team.” Freshman Maguire Marth started cheer this past school year.
"It’s very tactile and fun to do with your hands. It’s also fun to see how fast you can go and try to improve yourself. You can set goals [for] how fast or what way you want to do it. The prestige in doing a Rubik's cube is regarded as that you have to be a genius to do it which is pretty cool." Sophomore Jake Duffy solves Rubik's cubes as a hobby and has never been unable to solve a cube. ...
"When we went to China, well for one I had people asking to take pictures with me because of my blond hair. Then, we went to go see this Chinese play and as we were walking out, I was walking with my dad, and my sister and my mom were behind me and apparently this Chinese lady came up from behind me and pet my head because she wanted to touch the blond hair -- it was really weird and funny… I’m...
"One of my morals is to just be nice to people," explained senior, Vicky Zygmunt. [Positive actions] really come back to you [and] make people’s days."
“[Theater] is a really unique way to express yourself and perform for others. And I love singing and dancing and acting; it’s just what I really like to do in life… I love it because you get to meet so many different people, and they’re not afraid to be themselves.” Freshman Sarah Donofrio started acting when she was six years old and has been in over 20 plays and musicals....
“Freshman year I was kind of like I’m trying everything out and I did Starlight Express, I did basketball that year and I also did track. I found that the most fun was the musical. Yes, it’s also stressful but it’s also fun - stressful, it gives you a rush and everything. Singing has always been my favorite thing to do so I decided I guess I’ll just pursue that because I found more joy out o...
"I love using art to send messages and tell stories and not just doing random pieces of art; those are cool, but I find no meaning in it sometimes. So this is a cool way to start using all my ideas about how angry I am about everything right now...It’s something I want to show without verbally saying it...For me, art just means the success you put into getting the point across. Whatever goal you...
"The top two things you need to succeed are motivation and determination," noted senior, Jonathan Rogin. "I think that kind of just speaks for itself because if you’re motivated to complete something and you’re determined [you can] block out any things that might stop you from getting things done."
“Some days you really feel like playing violin and you’re really excited to play it, and then other days you just don’t want to practice because you’d rather be hanging out with your friends or whatever. But if you want to get better, you really have to put in the time and find time every day.” Freshman George Harvey has been playing the violin since he was 4 years old and was concertmas...
“Moving here was absolutely the most [life changing experience]. I’ve been at the same school for my whole life. Then, suddenly moving here has changed my perspective on everything. Firstly, I had preconceived ideas of how it would be here because of movies. Also, online there was this girl that said ‘don’t move and go to school senior year, everyone is super cliquey and unfriendly.’ So,...
“I’m extremely passionate about music, specifically the band Twenty One Pilots. I’m currently in band and the golf team. I play the flute and piccolo. [Band] is a fun opportunity to play many different genres of music.” Freshman Lily Hieronymus has already joined a few clubs this year. She's trying to be involved and find things she's interested in.
“I get inspired by nice people, being positive, and being a good overall person. When people give me a nice gesture or say something that is nice in class, it goes a long way,” said sophomore Scott Johnston.
“I would be the first person in my family to actually go to college because my parents didn’t go because they’re from Mexico, and they didn’t receive the best education, so they came [to America]...I was the only one in my family born here. So they really encourage me and push me to do well just so I can go to college and just so I can actually graduate college, and in a way achieve my parent...
Mr. Jonathan Kim
"[My motivation to come to school everyday is] always about a passion for students and for people. Even for me, I like my content areas and the things that I teach, but the thing that makes it something that I want to come back to every single day is the people," said Mr. Jonathan Kim. Social studies teacher, Mr. Kim, is currently teaching his first year at Libertyville High School. ...
“So, I came out on this day a year ago. I was trying to do it on Bisexual Visibility Day. But, I lost the nerve. I was kind of nervous about it, because my parents and my family didn’t seem super accepting. They seemed pretty accepting of gay people, but not super accepting of bi[sexual] people. Some thought it was a phase or they didn’t think it was a real thing. So, I was a little nervous about...
“I am inspired by the teachers at LHS. They have a passion to create fun lesson plans for their students that make me excited to go to class Monday through Friday,” said Colin Furlong, a freshman at Libertyville High School.
“I got a detached retina when I was five. Basically, there was a tear in [my] retina. That wrecked my eye. They had to put a buckle around [my retina]. After both surgeries, I can see without glasses. Sometimes it’s hard to see in class, so I have to talk to somebody next to me [to see] what it says on the board,” said sophomore Zach Zaslavsky.
“My dog makes me happy because she is so cute and friendly and loves to cuddle. She even sits down with me when I do my homework. She is such a stress reliever,” said freshman Mia Vernasco.
Zach El Ghatit
“I love [AP U.S. History]. There are just so many different aspects and different perspectives you can look at. I feel like there’s still so much that we’re not taught [in AP U.S. History] like...John Hanson. [He was] technically the first elected president of the United States, but he was just president of the Congress Assembly, so we don’t count him as president. But I was never taught that; I ...
Mr. Christopher Thomas
“I am the director of our theater program here at LHS and that’s honestly one of my greatest joys. One thing I tell students often is, the one thing I love more than theater is theater education. I love the process of putting a show on, rather than just the product. The product is what audiences see, but the process is what we do day in and day out in order to get to that performance,” express...
"In elementary school, I started doodling and stuff and I realized I was kinda good at it. I kinda had a knack for it I guess. Then, I started doing it more and I really enjoy[ed] it. It’s easier to express myself through images than through words for me. It just comes to me. It’s just something that is natural for me," senior Alex Niemann expressed. **Below are some of Neimann's art pieces. ...