D219 Board Honors Tech Innovators
Niles North junior Elizabeth Henderson and Niles West sophomore Zakariya Sattar were honored with the Technology Innovators Award by the Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education at its December 18 meeting.
Elizabeth Henderson, Niles North
Ellie Henderson has grown up in a family of four and has been working with cameras and video equipment since the fourth grade. As a middle schooler, she started a YouTube channel and began her journey into project-based learning about broadcasting. As a freshman at Niles North, she interviewed Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, which opened her eyes to the world of live interviews. When former North alum Marc Silverman of the “Silvy and Waddle Show” spoke at North last year, she was further inspired to consider the different options available in a media-based career.
This year, she interviewed North alum and former Minnesota Vikings football player, Brent Novoselsky, which taught her the importance of background research, and approaching live interviews as a conversation.
Henderson is currently the President of Viking Media and bases her storylines from trending stories on Twitter, or current national events that have the potential to impact students. She then researches the topic, contributes to the news production angle, and gets out on the interview trail to broadcast the topic and gauge student voice on the subject.
According to her Broadcasting teacher Ivan Silverberg, “Ellie writes timely, relevant, student-focused stories for our online and print publications and is doing some exciting lay-out work with our forthcoming winter edition. She also serves as our Junior Executive Producer for Broadcast Production, a role in which she mentors our novice crew members, helps develop program elements, and produces broadcasts for our tri-weekly broadcast schedule.”
After high school, Henderson plans to get her general education credits from Oakton Community College so she can focus the rest of her undergraduate work primarily on broadcasting classes.
Zakariya Sattar, Niles West
Zak Sattar is president of the App Development Club, and his enthusiasm for the club has helped increase student participation and retention.
He helped organize the Computer Science Education Week activities that just took place at Niles West. Multiple speakers from companies including Google, United Airlines, Tempus, and Stroz Friedberg came to the school to talk about topics ranging from software engineering to data science and cybersecurity. Approximately 200 Niles West students participated in CS Ed Week activities.
He is currently helping Math teacher Kate Buttitta by creating an app that tracks students activity in class.
“Zak is incredibly talented at coming up with innovative and useful computer applications,” said Niles West Principal Jason Ness. “And the best part is, he’s only a sophomore. I’m sure he’s going to be a speaker at future CS Ed Weeks.”