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Sandburg alumni return as staff

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Throughout the years, there have been many District 230 alumni that come back to continue to contribute to the schools legacy as faculty. Whether they came back to coach, teach or mentor, they all strive to make an impact on the students, other faculty and the community as well. The love for their school and the community has only become stronger since they graduated from District 230. Many express that the impact that the school and faculty had on them, inspired them to come back.

 

SANDBURG HIGH SCHOOL ALMUNI

Colleen Mulcahy

How has Sandburg HS changed from when you were a student there?

Sandburg was much smaller when I attended between 1984-1988.  There were only around 2000 students.  Also, the population was not very diverse.  The southernmost boundary was 151st street!

What was your favorite thing about Sandburg HS as a student?

I had moved the summer before my freshman year, so I knew very little about Sandburg before I walked through the doors.  I think that I always loved that there were so many ways to become a part of the school.  I also was fortunate to have amazing teachers that made learning interesting and fun, so I really enjoyed school.  

What is your favorite thing about Sandburg HS now?

I think my favorite thing about Sandburg now is working with such amazing students.  There are so many individuals with unique talents, students who show an unbelievable amount of caring and compassion, students who are just so brilliant and students who can just make you smile when you see them.

Why did you decide to return?

I was lucky that my first job offer was from Sandburg.   I loved my time here, so it wasn't a hard decision!  It was a little awkward at first calling all of your former teachers and coaches by their first names.

What is your best memory from Sandburg (past or present)?

My favorite memory was when I was an assistant basketball coach, and we made it downstate in 2005.  My teams in high school never made it that far, so it was awesome to be a link between the old days and the new ones. 

Did you participate in any sports, clubs or extra-curricular?

I was an athletic trainer, a girls basketball player, and an NHS officer

 

Joseph Gieger

How has Sandburg HS changed from when you were a student there?

Besides the obvious structural features, the class sizes have expanded so much.  My graduating class was just over 500 and since I've returned, I have seen classes over 1,000.

What was your favorite thing about Sandburg HS as a student? 

The activities.  Many of the student body attended the football and basketball games.  Furthermore, we had activities like, Mr. Carl Sandburg, a Lip Sync contest and other items in that nature that brought out a variety of students to either participate or support those who were performing. 

What is your favorite thing about Sandburg HS now?

The success that is seen with academics, athletics and co-curricular.  We are competitive in each of these categories and people know the name Carl Sandburg High School throughout the state.

Why did you decide to return?

I enjoyed growing up in the area and knowing the community.  Sandburg is a solid school in all aspects of what a school should be.  Being part and contributing to the success was part of the reason why I entered education and wanted to return.

What is your best memory from Sandburg (past or present)?

Tough to nail down just one, but it would be a combination of my two first days.  As a student, I remember the first day of school walking into the old commons hearing the song "Your Love" by the Outfield and the slide show examples being played of the past student  experience at Carl Sandburg High School.  The other first day, was my first staff institute day when we were greeted by dimmed lights, someone playing the piano and the introduction activity of "Remember Me" where they had alumni from each school behind stage speaking about their memories at their District 230 school and naming their favorite teacher.  Both are embedded and are great memories of what I had to expect as a student and later a teacher.

Did you participate in any sports, clubs or extra-curricular? 

Yes, I was in Cross-Country, Basketball and Track and Field.  Furthermore, I was a member of the Student Counci

 

Caroline Jarosik

How has Sandburg HS changed from when you were a student there?

We were a school with a population of 2000.  There was no East or Central Buildings.  The north building ran the air conditioning too high and south building had no air conditioning at all.  You want from hot to cold to hot all day long.

What was your favorite thing about Sandburg HS as a student? 

I loved the size of the school.  Small enough to know most but big enough to be incognito if need be.  I loved pretty much everything about high school.  I was here more than home (by choice).

What is your favorite thing about Sandburg HS now?

It has so much more to offer students, classes, clubs, sports, technology.

Why did you decide to return?

It was always my intention to return to Sandburg.

What is your best memory from Sandburg (past or present)?

I have so many!  I was a jock but also a big band geek.  I loved hanging out in the band hallway before school and during lunch.  I am still best friends with 1/2 my softball team 25 years later.

Did you participate in any sports, clubs or extra-curricular?

I participated in Swimming/Diving, softball, band, symphonic orchestra, swim guard, and varsity club

 

Nicholas Kolliniatis

How has Sandburg HS changed from when you were a student there?

There has been a complete makeover of the building. The structure of the school is very different now that from when I attended CSHS

What was your favorite thing about Sandburg HS as a student?

I Loved playing soccer here- we had very good teams that competed for a trophy every year. I also liked a lot of the teachers I had during that time. 

What is your favorite thing about Sandburg HS now?

The school offers such a wide range of classes. There are so many different options as far as our curriculum goes, that a student should be able to find classes that he/she is interested in. 

Why did you decide to return?

I always enjoyed the culture of the school and community. The school excelled both in the classroom and on the sports field. You would open a Tribune or Southtown and would see multiple sports being ranked #1

What is your best memory from Sandburg (past or present)?

Our team my junior year was able to win state title. It was the first in school history so the school and community put on a celebration that seemed to last over a month. It was an honor to be apart of that history. I have a lot of great memories from that experience.

Did you participate in any sports, clubs or extra-curricular?

Soccer

 

Desi Vuillaume

How has Sandburg HS changed from when you were a student there?

Biggest change in Sandburg over the last twenty years is that it has gotten much larger.  When I graduated in 1997 the school was close to 3,000 students.  It had not gone through its renovation and expansion.  There are halls now that did not exist when I was a students and major parts of the building have moved locations.  

What was your favorite thing about Sandburg HS as a student?

My favorite thing at Sandburg as a student was how encouraging and invested teacher were in students lives.  They had a genuine interest in your success.  

What is your favorite thing about Sandburg HS now?

The atmosphere of the school.  There is so much student pride, which makes a great environment to work in.  Students love coming to school and seeing their school succeed in every aspect.  

Why did you decide to return?

I returned because I was so inspired by a Psychology Teacher, Jim Matiya, I wanted to be just like him.  He encouraged me to apply.

What is your best memory from Sandburg (past or present)?

Mud Fest, when I was a sophomore and Junior Sandburg hosted a party called "Mud Fest" It took place on the practice football fields.  There was mud volleyball, mud tug-o-war and much more.  At the end, the fire department helped hose down students.  

Did you participate in any sports, clubs or extra-curricular?

Three Years of soccer

 

Meredith Sheriff


How has Sandburg HS changed from when you were a student there?

I graduated in 1994, so the new building is definitely the biggest change.

What was your favorite thing about Sandburg HS as a student? 

I was in Band, and the music program was my favorite part of being a student at Sandburg.  I had great friends, a wonderful director, and such an awesome experience being part of the music family all four years.

What is your favorite thing about Sandburg HS now?

The school spirit!  I love seeing the students so excited at events and wearing their Blue and Gold on Fridays!

Why did you decide to return?

Returning to the community in which I grew up was such a great opportunity to give back.  My interest in becoming a teacher/counselor started here, and I am grateful to be part of this staff.

What is your best memory from Sandburg (past or present)?

I was named one of the Drum Majors in the marching band for my senior year.  I absolutely LOVED performing at football games, but most especially when I was able to lead the band in the National Anthem before the game began. The first night I was able to do this, it was a beautiful night, and our band sounded awesome.  I remember feeling very proud to be an Eagle at that moment.

Did you participate in any sports, clubs or extra-curricular?

Band

 

Derrick Smith

How has Sandburg HS changed from when you were a student there?

The building has definitely changed. The East Building was not here when I was a student. The Fitness Center is where we ate lunch and had school dances. At the same time, many things remain the same: great students and great teachers.

What was your favorite thing about Sandburg HS as a student? 

All the connections and friends I made throughout my time as a student. Participating in athletics teams fostered some of my favorite memories as well. Being able to sort of "grow up" with a group of fellow athletes on a team is definitely something that I will never forget. 

What is your favorite thing about Sandburg HS now?

The outstanding students and staff. Everyone at Sandburg makes it easy to be excited about each day. 

Why did you decide to return?

My experiences as a student motivated me to pursue a career in education. I had many outstanding teachers that made it easy to see how influential a great teacher can be for students. My hope was to try offer and influence similar experiences for current students. 

What is your best memory from Sandburg (past or present)?

It's hard to choose just one. One days kind of stands out: I was able to win a baseball game for the sectional champions; watch the Boys Volleyball team win the state championship, and attend the Senior Party all in the same day. It was a pretty cool experience to check all of those boxes in a single day.

Did you participate in any sports, clubs or extra-curricular?

Baseball, Basketball, Varsity Club, First Class Leaders. First Class Committee. NHS. Mu Alpha Theta.  I'm sure there are some others I am missing. 

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