GRADUATION UPDATE: Ceremonies Rescheduled for Monday, May 27 at 11:00am

Due to forecasts of severe weather on Sunday, the graduation ceremonies for Niles West and Niles North High Schools have been rescheduled for Monday, May 27 at 11:00am. District 219 staff have carefully monitored the weather forecasts. Changing the date and time of the graduation events will provide the most optimal conditions for our students and their families to celebrate graduation together. 

Graduates should arrive by 10:00am on May 27.

Live Streaming

Friends, family, and supporters may watch the graduation ceremonies online. The graduation ceremonies will be streamed live on YouTube:

Niles West Graduation Live Stream

Niles North Graduation Live Stream

FCCLA Sectional Competition Results

The following students recently competed in our FCCLA Section 5 Leadership Competition on Friday, February 9, 2024 at Harper College in Palatine, IL. Students competed in one of 28 national STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) and Proficiency events. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has over 190,000 members and over 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945. 

45 Niles North students earned 10 Most Outstanding Medals, 21 Gold medals, 12 Silver medals, and 2 Bronze medals. Thirty-Four of these students have qualified and will advance to the Illinois Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State Competition on April 11 & 12, 2024 in Springfield, IL. The Niles North FCCLA sponsors are Amy Koda, Julie Lear, Leah Steinfeld, and Mike Swaitkiewcz. We are proud of all of our FCCLA Members and congratulate all the State Qualifiers! 

In the Early Childhood Education events, Jessie Byron and Camille Claudon, Elyssa Heredia and Lindsey Klaus, Bella Matarelli and Ahmed Syed, Denna Pritzker and Alison Patyk earned a Gold medal in the Children’s Literature Presentation Team. Riha Jaweed and Mehek Bhurya earned a Silver medal in the Children’s Literature Presentation Team. Tabitha Scott earned a Most Outstanding medal in Personal Child Care Provider Individual. Oyinkansola Ajana earned a Most Outstanding Medal in the Educational Toy Event.

North Early Childhood Education FCCLA Members 

Back Row:(L- R) Elyssa Heredia, Ahmed Syed, Alison Patyk, Denna Pritzker, Oyinkansola Ajana, Makaila Manirat 

Front Row: (L-R) Lindsey Klaus, Riha Jaweed, Mehek Bhurya, Bella Matarelli, and Mehek Bhurya 

In Culinary Arts events, Kenan Kopic earned a Most Outstanding Medal in Salads. Ivan Shalaev, Kiefer Copon, Raymond Costales, Louise Blades, Ryan Zdeenran earned Gold medals in Salads.

Maxwell Racela earned a Silver Medal in Salads. Colin Sucherman earned Most Outstanding in Charcuterie board. Mohamed Alsaleh earned a gold medal in Charcuterie Board. The Team of Dylan Sopanarat, Abbas Alofeidi, and Saifullah Tahir earned a Most Outstanding Medal In the Food Truck Design Team Event. Layla Shannon earned a Most Outstanding Medal In the Food Truck Design Individual Event. The teams of Alejandro Halter, Ava Parsell and Nela Hanic, Alexandra Discepolo earned a Silver Medal In the Food Truck Design Team Event. 

In the STAR culinary competition at Dupage College Ryan Zdentan and Ivan Shalaev earned a Silver Medal and both qualified to advance to the State Level. Louise Blades earned a Silver Medal in the STAR Baking and Pastry Competition and Qualified to advance to the State level. 

In Fashion Events, Jola Adebiyi earned a Gold medal in Fashion Apparel Display Presentation Individual. Grace Marcos earned a Silver Medal in Fashion Apparel Display Presentation Individual. Sophia Gordon and Emma Husnic earned Silver Medals in Fashion Apparel Display Presentation Team. Janat Rana and Grace Michaels earned bronze Medals in Fashion Apparel Display Presentation Team. Yasmine Sumagin and Lily Vanaelst earned a Most Outstanding Gold Medal for Professional Career Image. Penelope Roewe and Mary Ishak earned a Gold Medal for Professional Career Image and Makaila Manirat earned a Silver Medal for Professional Career Image. Zainab Ali, Ruby Loza, Gia Yfantis and Cassandra Molina earned a Gold Medal in Fashion Construction. Presley Sarpong earned a Silver Medal in Fashion Construction. 

Congratulations to all of our amazing Niles North students!

Takumi Iseda has been named Director of Communications!

Takumi Iseda has worked in the field of school district communications since 2011 and served as the Director of Communications at Evanston Township High School District 202 from 2018-2023. She has extensive experience overseeing the day-to-day communications operations of a school district and has collaborated with multiple leaders and departments to positively impact student outcomes. Takumi has worked in areas of digital communication, school publications and marketing, news media relations, crisis communications, maintaining brand guidelines, and public relations strategies. Previously, Takumi worked in the nonprofit sector in a variety of roles, including public relations and project management, community outreach and advocacy, and marketing and event coordination.

Takumi earned a B.S. in Communication from Northwestern University. As part of her equity work in education, she is a trained facilitator for SEED (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity). She received the Those Who Excel Award of Excellence from the Illinois State Board of Education in 2018. Takumi enjoys traveling, especially with her husband and two daughters, and trying new foods.

Richard Ardisana has been named Director of Information Services

With a robust background in Information Services, Richard has spent the last 16 years dedicated to enhancing the IT landscape at Niles Township High School, focusing on student information systems (SIS), IT processes, infrastructure, software development, and administrative support functions. Previous to that, he spent 6 years in the United States Marine Corps working in Systems Administration. Richard has a Masters of Information Services Management and a Bachelors of Science in Networking Management.

His journey has been marked by leading dynamic teams of professionals, steering innovative programs, IT security, and database enhancements. He prides himself on advocating for the end-user experience, ensuring projects empathetically align with the needs of school staff, students, and parents alike.

Beyond his professional endeavors, he is a family man, happily married to his wonderful spouse Brandy for 12 years, with whom he shares three amazing children: Ricky (17), Rocco (11), and Selena (5). Outside the office, you can find him enjoying fishing, camping, boating, or dedicating his time to volunteer work. These activities not only bring joy and balance to his life but also keep him grounded and connected to the community.

Sebastian Manu has been named Director of Infrastructure and Cyber Security

A proud Niles West alumni, Sebastian has served in District 219 for more than 20 years and considers it to be his second family. Over the years, he has worn various IT hats, including as Lead Computer Technician, Telecommunications Specialist, and most recently as the District’s Systems and Network Coordinator. In these roles, Sebastian has forged relationships across departments while spearheading infrastructure refresh projects.

Sebastian has been a Certified Network Associate by Cisco, and holds multiple GIAC Cyber Security certifications, as well as a Project Management certification from Harper College.

In his personal time, Sebastian is dedicated to his family. He is happily married to his wife for 15 years and is the proud father of two wonderful kids. Sebastian’s hobbies include traveling the world with his family, and building Lego cities with them when staying home.

NNDECA Did Amazing at Their Regional Competition!

More than 1,800 students attended and competed at the North Suburban Regional DECA Conference held on January 26th at the Donald J. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. DECA students participate in DECA’s Emerging Leader Series to attain 21st Century Skills in the areas of collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity. This is done by preparing/presenting in various industry-validated competitive role play events through one-on-one interaction with community and industry business leaders. These are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of Marketing, Business Management and Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism.

Niles North continues to be a leader in the North Suburban Area by winning multiple medals in Career Cluster Testing and Role Play Presentations.  We congratulate all of our students and especially the following students:

2024 NILES NORTH

ILDECA NORTH SUBURBAN AREA

OVERALL & MINI-AWARD MEDAL WINNERS 

Back row: Abel Stephen, Andre Hrisca, Mitchell Tuchten, Tamir Al-Saimary, Rishi Malhorta, Spencer Pearl, Shrey Dalal, Safan Khan, Alexander Boukalis, Jack Jaminski

Middle row: Mohammad Makda, Samiy Durrani, Hassan Ahmed, Aarav Jain, Angelo Fernando, Cesar Vargas, Dylan Kang, Saif Salman, Sam Dababneh, Maxwell Rappaport, John Park

Front row: Rehana Abjani, Meera Sahrawat, Armana Rizvi, Avery Ermel, Jolie Vukic, Farah Tawfik, Yuvika Patel, Edessa Khamis, Destiny Hatfield, Minha Khan

2023-24 NILES NORTH DECA MEMBERS

Niles North DECA is very proud of the over 80 students who competed on this year’s Regional Competition Roster:  

Rehana Abjani, Hassan Ahmed, Tamir Al-Saimary, Noor Ali, Nicholas Boukalis, Alex Boukalis, Max Campos, Rumesa Chowhan, Sam Dababneh, Shrey Dalal, Eya Carmela Dalangin, Shubh Dalia, Askash Darji, Saloni Dave, Jadon Dobschuetz, Emily Duong, Samiy Durrani, Nathan Erdelyi, Avery Ermel, Angelo Gabriel Fernando, Edward Florian, Joslyn Frommelt, Paul Fuja, Maya Garcia, Christian Gavrilas, Jaden George, Filip Guzina, Destiny Hatfield, Uruj Hazara, Corban Hood, Kelsey Howard, Andre Hrisca, Daniela Ivanova, Joanna Jacob, Aarav Jain, Jack Jaminski, Diego Juarez-Prado, Amina Jusic, Dylan Kang, Edessa Khamis, Safan Khan, Minha Khan, Joshua Lam, Myla Angeline Laroza, Luke Lubin, Umair Mahmood, Mohammad Makda, Rishi Malhotra, Jiselle Maningat, Mark Marcos, Ali Merchant, Sameer Mian, Ayaan Mirza, Omri Mulla, Brandon Nguyen, Stacey Nguyen, John Nueva, Richard Panarese, John Park,  Yuvika Patel, Spencer Pearl, Maxwell Rappaport, Armana Rizwi, Meera Sahrawat, Saif Salman, Marcus Savoy, Grant Seitz, Mary Shamaon, Nikolas Sikoral, Abel Stephen, Daria Szczypta, Farah Tawfik, Janet Tsogoo, Mitchell Tuchten, Evan Urbanski, Cesar Vargas, Jacob Voeller, Jolie Vukic, Jordin Vukic, Laila Williams, Oriana Youmara, Paul Youssef, Abbas Zaidi

Sixty-five of these students have been named to this year’s state roster and we couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishment thus far and know that many more accolades are yet to come.

The Niles North DECA sponsors are Jean Attig, Kara Mielke, Nick Pahl, and Sara Torres. The next level of competition will be the Illinois State Career Development Conference held February 29-March 2, 2024 in Rosemont, Illinois. The competitive season will culminate at the DECA International Career Development Conference/Competition which will be held in Anaheim, California in April 2024. We hope that many of our students qualify for this very prestigious competition with over 21,000 of their high school peers from around the globe.

Niles West Orchestra Participated in the Collective Composition Project!

Niles West Orchestra students completed an amazing project back in September with Collective Conservatory. During this project, students from the Niles West Orchestra program came together in a non-hierarchical setting to create their own original and impactful piece of music. Through improv and innovative group activities, they strengthened their community and individual voices as they developed their ideas to create a collectively conceived piece of music.

See the recap video here!

Thank you to Dan Trahey and Pete Tashjian from the Collective Conservatory for facilitating the music-making!

Niles West’s Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony taking place on Thursday, 2/1!

We cordially invite you to join us on Thursday, February 1st, 2024. as we honor and celebrate eight incredible athletes, coaches, and distinguished service recipients into the prestigious Niles West Athletic Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at Niles West High School in the South Lobby.

This year’s honorees include:
Dave Shelton (Soccer) ‘74, Rick Van Roeyen (Wrestling) ’82, Lou Atsaves (Boys Basketball) ’85, Simone Kung (Tennis) ’97, Jewell Loyd (Girls Basketball) ’12, Pat Savage (Coach), Terri Laux, and Jerry Turry – recipients of the Distinguished Service Award.
If you would like to nominate any new athletes, coaches, and distinguished service award recipients who made an impact during their time at Niles West High School, please fill out this form below:
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our athletic director Dr. Dana Krilich. We want to ensure that you have all the information you need for this special occasion.

Student Career Resource Fair @ Niles North on Thursday, 2/8!

Niles North is excited to host our 2024 D219 Focus on Your Future: Career Resource Fair, so mark this date on your calendar, and if you have an after-school job then ask your supervisor to please adjust your schedule so that you can attend. Additionally, students can have a professional headshot taken, so if interested, dress accordingly for this photoshoot. This is open to ALL STUDENTS, not just Niles North Students.