DECA IL State Champions

DECA State Champions Honored at Board Meeting

DECA IL State Champions

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

PPB: Bridges Students

Powerful Partnerships Video

This year’s Powerful Partnerships Breakfast was broadcast live from Bridges Adult Transition Center on April 28. The annual breakfast celebrates student accomplishments as well as the partnerships between the schools, parents, businesses, and the community.

Please watch the video here.

PPB: Bridges Students

PPB Breakfast - Student Kiana

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Covid Vaccinations for Students 16+

May 1, 2021


Dear D219 Students and Families,


We are pleased to announce that the Skokie Health Department will be offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination free of charge to all D219 students who are 16 or older.  The vaccinations require two doses. The shots will be administered in the Niles West Fieldhouse. 


The vaccinations will be administered on the following days:


Dose 1 = Tuesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 12   (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Dose 2 = Tuesday, June 1 and Wednesday, June 2   (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)


We will likely designate one day for Niles West students and the other for Niles North, and will communicate the details later. 


Any student who is 16 on or before May 11 and May 12 is eligible to be vaccinated.

They MUST NOT receive any other vaccine in the previous 14 days and must wait until 14 days after dose 2 to receive any other vaccine. Basically, no other vaccines may be administered April 27 through June 17 (preferably longer). 


We will be sending a survey to the families of all students who are 16 (or who will turn 16 by May 11) in Campus Parent Portal asking them to tell us if they would like their child to receive the vaccination at Niles West through the Skokie Health Department. Families should respond to the survey by Tuesday, May 4.


For those families who say yes, we will follow up with consent forms and additional details. 

If you have questions about the vaccination, please call D219 Certified School Nurse Destiny Sadoski at 847.626.2941 or email her at 

Thank you.

Dr. Karen Ritter
Niles West Principal

Dr. James Edwards
Niles North Principal

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4/27 Board Meeting – Additional Public Comments

Due to time constraints, not all public comments submitted for the April 27 Special Board of Education meeting were read aloud at the meeting. All of the comments received for the meeting are posted here. Those comments that were not read aloud at the April 27 meeting will be read aloud during the Public Comments section at the D219 Board of Education’s May 4 meeting.

Additional Comments 4.27.2021

Virtual Coffeehouse

Viking Strings Presents Virtual Coffee House

Members of the Niles North Viking Strings, directed by Jennifer Page, recently participated in a Virtual Coffee House experience. Over the past several weeks, students in the ensemble composed or arranged a song of their choice and set it to a video. Students recorded their parts using the web-based music recording program Sound Trap. Please click the link below to watch our presentation, which was put together by Senior, Tom Henry. Enjoy!

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D219 Cabinet Supporting Our Black Community 4.20.21

Today, the verdict for the murder of George Floyd was released. It is important to keep these points in mind:

  • George Floyd was wrongfully murdered; this was a racial hate crime;
  • Anti-Blackness is a struggle for all people, and we must all begin to dismantle anti-Blackness if we are going to be anti-racist;
  • Check-in on the mental health of your Black students and Black Staff; this is not a celebration in any way. The Black community is mourning;
  • Take the time to listen to your students and staff; this is not an intellectual discussion. It is a human-to-human connection.

Until every Black person feels safe, supported, and valued, we are not an anti-racist organization. There’s work that needs to be done to fight for justice and racial equality.

We are calling on White people and non-Black people of color to continue to fight or begin to fight with us and acknowledge the humanity of Black people.

There is no going back; we must live daily to fight anti-Blackness. The members of our Black community deserve it.


District 219 Cabinet:

Dr. Sandra Arreguín

Dr. Antwan Babakhani

Laura Bolech

Ray Chung

Bridget Connolly

Dr. Jim Edwards

Marlon Felton

Oyindamola Idowu

Tom Kim

Tim Neubauer

Steve Parnther

Dr. Karen Ritter

April Stallworth

Jim Szczepaniak

Dr. La Wanna Wells

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4/20/2021 Board of Education Meeting Postponed

April 20: Tonight’s scheduled meetings of the Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education will not take place and will be rescheduled. This includes the 6:30 p.m. Finance Committee of the Whole meeting and the 8 p.m. Special Board Meeting. The district will announce a rescheduled date in accordance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act.