The long, strange trip that was the final third of the 2019-20 Evanston High School academic year culminated last weekend with the Class of 2020 celebrating graduation at Kay Fackrell Stadium.
“It was a very cool event,” said EHS Activities Director Bubba O’Neill. “What I like about it most of all was that we used a venue that’s usually just thought of as a football stadium and showed that it can be used for so much more.”
Two EHS graduates were recognized for their achievements on the playing fields (and courts) and in the classroom: Lauren Ellingford and Dawson Crofts were named Outstanding All-Around Athletes for the Class of 2020.
Ellingford was a nominee for Southwest District Senior Student-Athlete of the Year, an award based on athletic achievements, academic success, and leadership within a school and community. She was an All-Conference volleyball player for the Lady Devils this past season.
“Lauren is a great competitor, as well as an excellent student in the classroom,” O’Neill said. “She was a fierce competitor on the volleyball court, and she played basketball at one time, as well. She’s also a very good golfer — I don’t think many people realize what a great golfer she is. Had volleyball season been in the winter, I think she would have been an All-State golfer for the Red Devils. She has that kind of ability. She grew as a leader, and she’s a girl that a lot of our young ladies should look up to.”
Crofts was also a nominee for Southwest District Senior Student-Athlete of the Year, and was three-time All-State selection in cross country. He also excelled on the basketball court, earning All-Conference and second-team All-State honors his senior season.
“Dawson is one of the top cross country kids in the state — he’s an excellent runner, and would have been a fantastic track kid, had he taken on that role,” O’Neill explained. “He loved the game of basketball, and spent a great deal of time preparing for the season. He’s extremely intelligent, and he’s proven that if you’re passionate about something you can work and get better and put yourself in a position to be extremely successful. What I like about Dawson is his willingness to work at whatever he was passionate about, whether it was sports or academics.”
EHS recognized for sportsmanship
Evanston High School was recognized this week as one of 11 Class 4A schools that did not have a single player or coach ejected from a sporting event during the 2019-20 academic year.
“Our kids are going to play hard, do what they have to do and do it in a respectful way,” O’Neill said. “I am proud of that — one of the very few teams in the state that can say that.”