Congratulations to NTHS Senior Alexandra Gjaja – 2019 Crowley Award Recipient

2019 Crowley Award Winner Alex Gjaja flanked by Dean Maragos and Judy Mandel.

New Trier High School senior Alexandra (Alex) Gjaja of Wilmette received the ninth annual Wilbert F. Crowley Citizenship Award for exemplary community awareness, involvement, leadership and scholarship.  The non-partisan honor is named for retired New Trier Township Democratic Committeeman Wilbert “Bill” Crowley and was presented byDean Maragos. 

Alex Gjaja has among the highest ratings in grade point average, ACT and SAT, is a National Merit Scholar and will attend Princeton University this fall.  She attended New Trier at Oxford to study Shakespeare, traveled to six continents, rowed on the Women’s Crew Team, sang in the school choir and plays piano and guitar.  In addition, she was National Spanish Award Recipient for three years and won the gold medal. 

Because the Crowley Award acknowledges exemplary public service, Dean Maragos cited her involvement with the Wilmette League of Women Voters in interning and being an Emerging Leader, strengthening the chapter, registering students to vote and planning to create other chapters at Princeton and nearby universities.

Advisors, teachers and Crowley Award reviewers were highly impressed with her qualifications and spirit.                                                        

Congratulations to NTHS Senior Jaine Archambeau – 2018 Bill Crowley Award Recipient

New Trier High School senior Jaine Archambeau received the eighth annual Wilbert F. Crowley Citizenship Award for exemplary community awareness, involvement, leadership and scholarship.  The non-partisan honor is named for retired New Trier Township Democratic Committeeman Wilbert “Bill” Crowley and was presented by current committeeman Dean Maragos.

According to her advisor, Jaine Archambeau is extremely intelligent taking five AP courses, integrated studies, tutoring other students, an Oxford experience, and having ultimate respect for learning and independence, and intense intellectual curiosity.  She also overcame devastating family financial struggles to attend and commute to NTHS.

Advisors, teachers and Crowley Award reviewers were absolutely impressed with her qualifications and spirit.

New Trier Dems’ Endorsements For The March 2018 Democratic Primary

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in New Trier Dems Endorsement Meeting! We had an energizing afternoon of grassroots politics and civic participation. We were very happy to welcome many new members as well as many familiar faces and friends.

A special thank you to all of our volunteers who made this event a success, and to all the candidates who took time out of their busy schedules to speak to our membership!

For New Trier Dems’ membership to endorse, a candidate had to receive at least 60% of the votes of all members present. Congratulations to all of the candidates who received our endorsement!

Here are our endorsements in the contested races for the March 2018 Democratic Primary:  Continue reading New Trier Dems’ Endorsements For The March 2018 Democratic Primary

2018 Illinois Democratic Primary Candidates

Here’s a list of local and statewide Democratic candidates (so far) seeking your vote in the 2018 Primary Election. Below, we provide links to the candidates’ campaign websites. Not all candidates have campaign websites at this time.  We will try to update this information as it becomes available
 
Governor:

Eric Zorn’s Column: “In New Trier, is a right wing plot unfolding?”

From Eric Zorn in the Chicago Tribune:

“I went to the Wilmette Theatre on Wednesday evening to catch the premiere of “New Trier: Tip of the Spear,” an insta-documentary on the controversy that broke out in advance of New Trier High School’s Feb. 28 Seminar Day on Race.

It wasn’t because I wanted to revisit or relive the parochial debate about whether the high school in Winnetka had included enough political conservatives in its lineup of guest speakers.

But it was because filmmaker Paul Traynor, 46, a New Trier parent, said it was about more than that. He said his movie argues that the dust-up is a window into a vast yet stealthy effort by the right wing to take control of government at the community level, and that this effort is manifesting itself in the upcoming April 4 municipal elections.”

Continue reading Eric Zorn’s Column: “In New Trier, is a right wing plot unfolding?”

In Memory of Nancie Blatt, a Tenth Dems Founder

On February 23, Nancie Blatt passed away. Here is an excerpt from a tribute to Nancie from fellow Tenth Dems founder and leader Lauren Beth Gash:

” I first met Nancie when I was walking door-to-door in one of my early campaigns. The next day, she started to work with us, and quickly became one of our best volunteers. She later worked in my State Rep office and was a very valued member of my staff, as well as a very cherished friend. A few of us talked about starting a group like Tenth Dems, and we consider our “formal” beginning to be on October 14, 2003, when ten of us met in a living room in Highland Park. That living room was Nancie Blatt’s. We sure have grown from that time — into a “real group,” as some of us have said — and Nancie was a critical part of that growth. Because Tenth Dems was such an important part of Nancie’s life, her daughters have asked that contributions in her memory be made to the Tenth Dems Nancie Blatt Memorial Fund.” Nancie and I were were very close, and I loved and will miss her very much.