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Updated: December 19, 2011 8:10AM


Documentary Part: Last November, Bradley Wilinski spoke to a crowd of over 300 attendees about the challenges he faces as someone with Tourette’s Syndrome. The following month the Woodland Intermediate School student, now a fifth-grader, was asked to be part of a documentary about Tourette’s Syndrome. Nearly one year later, “Different is the New Normal,” will air the story of Bradley’s mentor, Ariel Small, a senior at Highland Park High School. The film focuses on the stigma of the neurobiological disorder as it loosely follows Ariel’s overcoming of obstacles while busting the misconceptions surrounding Tourette’s. It will air on PBS nationally in May 2012. To learn more about “Different is the New Normal,” visit


Food Drive: Carmel Catholic High School’s Student Council currently is sponsoring the school’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive that runs through Nov. 22. Join in by donating any canned or boxed food items. All food donations will be sent to the Holy Family Food Pantry in Waukegan. Items most needed are canned goods of all varieties, rice, beans, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, noodles, oatmeal and juice. Donations should be brought to the tables outside of the Attendance Office in the 400 hallway or to the Carmel Catholic’s main entrance, One Carmel Parkway, off of Route 176, anytime during normal school hours. Details, (847) 388-3438.

Competition: Nine student members of the Mundelein High School music department were selected to represent the school at the Illinois Music Educators’ Association (IMEA) district festivals. Auditions took place in early October and students auditioned against hundreds of other students in this highly selective process. Two of the students that participated in the choir festival recently at New Trier High School were Caitlyn Cappuccilli and Tyler Saunders. Participants in the band at the same festival were Joel Gitskin, Harrison Richards, Wes Farmer and Andrew Westgate. Representing MHS at the Jazz Festival held at Evanston Township High School recently were Tyler Sierzega, Ryan Eifert, Walter Kasmer and Joel Gitskin, senior, guitar.

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