Southeast High School

This I Believe: The Cathartic Power of Crying

Feb 23, 2018

I am a cry baby and I am unashamed. Despite the stigma that those who cry a lot are weak or emotionally unstable, I am neither of those things. If anything, I feel all the stronger because I completely accept the fact that sometimes my eyeballs are just gonna have to look like leaky faucets.

This I Believe: Pens and Paper

Feb 21, 2018

"You've sure changed a lot since freshman year, huh?" This is a question I get asked a fair amount. I usually reply with something along the lines of a polite smile or a laugh. The truth is, I have changed a lot. I've never really told anyone about this except the select few, but I'm almost 18 now, so it's time to come clean and leave this behind me. It's finally time for me to face my fears and embrace who I was ­ no matter how much I didn't like her. Have you ever met a drama queen? You know, that one person who always has to have all the attention on them? A few years ago, I was one of the worst ones out there. And I hated her just as much as everyone else did. 

This I Believe: Home is Abstract

Feb 20, 2018

Growing up, I learned that the words “home” and “house” were synonymous. While the words are similar, I believe that “home” has a more personal, positive connotation. As I grew older, I began to experiment with out­-of-­the-­box concepts and realized that home is not just a location, but rather the people I love and hold near and dear to my heart.

This I Believe: In Confusion

Feb 19, 2015
Larissa Mulch in studio
Rachel Lattimore / NPR Illinois

People have often asked me why I’m not straight, and I like to tell them the following: When I was four years old I sneezed and no one said “bless you” and at that moment the devil entered my soul. 

District 186

An unloaded gun was discovered at Southeast High School today.   District officials say the gun was not found on a person, but suspects have been detained.   An investigation is continuing.  

The district also says the discovery came after a tip was given to the school.  That prompted what's known as a soft lock down as a precaution.  

Increased security is planned for tonight.  Southeast hosts Chatham Glenwood in a football game this evening.
It was just over two weeks ago that a Lanphier student was arrested for bringing a loaded gun to school.

Leaping into Action

Feb 20, 2013
Callista Suarez – Southeast High School
Randy Eccles / WUIS/Illinois Issues


When I was younger, someone told me a story. Once there were three frogs sitting on lily pads. One day, one of them made a decision to jump off. How many frogs were left? Three. I thought this story was really stupid and obnoxious at the time, but now I understand its true meaning. I believe in the power of doing. It sounds like a very simple concept, but it is much more powerful than most people realize. Like the story of the frogs, making a decision means nothing if nothing is done to act upon it.

I Am History

Feb 26, 2012
Joshua Cleaver - Southeast High School
Randy Eccles / WUIS/Illinois Issues


I believe in History. Not the kind you read about in books, or learn in class, but pure History, no interpretations, just facts. You see, I am History; we are all History.  Each of us has a story to tell and the past is the key to the future.

Stroke Me a Key or Two

Feb 22, 2012
Terea Tran - Southeast High School
Randy Eccles / WUIS/Illinois Issues


They say that what does not kill us makes us stronger.  I have learned this is true, but a keyboard and a passion for music certainly don’t hurt either.  Making music is what makes me feel entirely unique and special.  When I sit in front of a piano I no longer feel helpless.  Unlike the rest of my often-hectic life, I can dictate what happens and what is played.  I have found that music is the greatest way to release my emotions.  In the hardest period of my life I found great beauty.  I believe in music. I believe in what music can do for a soul.

True Love Takes Effort

Feb 24, 2011
Rachel Pasko - Southeast High School
WUIS/Illinois Issues

My grandmother was a fairy. One look at the wispy silver-grey hair that held various clips to make a crown would banish all doubts of this fact from her mythical domain. I remember listening to her vibrant stories while sitting in the over-grown and wild garden that was the back yard. She would throw her hands this way and that while changing the tone and tempo of the tale accordingly. Yes, she was certainly a fantastic creature who seemed to pop out from a child’s book. 

"The Fear of Ourselves"

Feb 15, 2011
Luke Buscher - Southeast High School
Randy Eccles / WUIS/Illinois Issues

I believe that fear hinders our ability to be completely open and honest with one another. It drives us mad, forcing us to contain ourselves, to hold back. The fear of judgment and embarrassment silences our expressions, even when what we most want is for someone to understand us on the most fundamental level.


Mar 20, 2009
Angie Martin - Southeast High School
WUIS/Illinois Issues

I believe in miracles. Miracles are happening around us each and every day. Miracles come in all sizes. There are the small trivial ones, like getting an A on the vocabulary quiz you forgot to study for, but then there are the big ones, like the times when life gives you a second chance. I believe when you wish upon a star, your wish might just come true.


Mar 19, 2009
Jarrod Hill - Southeast High School
WUIS/Illinois Issues

I believe jazz music can be called the "music of America." America was founded on the principles of freedom, liberty and happiness. Also, America is a democracy. It is a place where you have the right to choose what you do, where you go and who you go with. The same privileges are given to each American no matter who you are or how much money you make. As I continue to learn and explore the theories of jazz music, it is obvious to me that the structure of jazz music is like America, free and full of possibilities.

Beauty is Found in Unexpected Places

Mar 17, 2009
Caitlin Kienzler - Southeast High School
WUIS/Illinois Issues

Beneath the circular stained glass window of the First Presbyterian Church sits a pipe organ not only of enormous size, but enormous renown. I would know nothing of it if not for my grandma. She spoke of it many times, but it was not until she died that I finally got to see it. I first laid my eyes on it at her funeral. Before then, I had been dreading the deep, depressing sounds of the slow, sad tunes. Then I met the organist. He was an old friend of my grandma's, seeing her every Sunday when she would come before church just to hear the organ while he practiced.

This I Believe: In Childhood

Mar 16, 2009
Anthony Cohen headshot
NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Perhaps you have heard the saying “everything I need to know, I learned in Kindergarten”.  I believe that that is true. All of the traits that can make us better, more worthwhile people can be rediscovered by following the examples of children. In short, I believe in the simple purity and boundlessness of childhood, where tolerance, hope and excitement for life come naturally.