Glenbrook North and South students organize rally to support school board candidates

  • Glenbrook North High School senior Sophia Marasco speaks during a rally to support candidates in Northbrook on Tuesday.

    Glenbrook North High School senior Sophia Marasco speaks during a rally to support candidates in Northbrook on Tuesday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • State Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, a Glenview Democrat, speaks during a rally for the Glenbrook as 1 and the Glenbrook Education Association endorsed candidates, held on the field behind the Northbrook village hall and the library Tuesday.

    State Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, a Glenview Democrat, speaks during a rally for the Glenbrook as 1 and the Glenbrook Education Association endorsed candidates, held on the field behind the Northbrook village hall and the library Tuesday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • A crowd of around 150 people gathered during a rally for the Glenbrook as 1 and the Glenbrook Education Association endorsed candidates, held on the field behind the Northbrook village hall and the library Tuesday.

    A crowd of around 150 people gathered during a rally for the Glenbrook as 1 and the Glenbrook Education Association endorsed candidates, held on the field behind the Northbrook village hall and the library Tuesday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Members of the crowd, which included students from both Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South high schools, clap for a speaker during a rally for the Glenbrook as 1 and the Glenbrook Education Association endorsed candidates, held on the field behind the Northbrook village hall and the library Tuesday.

    Members of the crowd, which included students from both Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South high schools, clap for a speaker during a rally for the Glenbrook as 1 and the Glenbrook Education Association endorsed candidates, held on the field behind the Northbrook village hall and the library Tuesday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Democratic state representatives from left, Jonathan Carroll, Bob Morgan and Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz take the stage during a rally for the Glenbrook as 1- and the Glenbrook Education Association-endorsed candidates in Northbrook on Tuesday.

    Democratic state representatives from left, Jonathan Carroll, Bob Morgan and Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz take the stage during a rally for the Glenbrook as 1- and the Glenbrook Education Association-endorsed candidates in Northbrook on Tuesday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 4/1/2021 3:05 AM

About 150 people, including students and their families, rallied around four Glenbrook District 225 school board candidates Tuesday.

Held in the field behind the Northbrook Village Hall and organized by Glenbrook South student Drew Duffy and Glenbrook North student Sophia Marasco, members of the community were asked to support candidates for the Glenbrook District 225 school board who have been endorsed by Glenbrook as 1 and Glenbrook Education Association: Bruce Doughty, Peter Glowacki, Michelle Seguin and Matt O'Hara. Glowacki and Doughty are incumbents running in the April 6 election, while O'Hara and Seguin are challengers running for open seats.

 

The balance of candidates includes Sonia Kim, an incumbent, and challengers David Hochberg, plus the TEAM 225 slate: Albert "Bo" Herbst III, Mai Lin Noffke, Dr. Carol Schmidt and Paul Kelly.

In addition to the student speakers and a parent of a LBGTQ+ student, state Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, a Glenview Democrat, also addressed the crowd during the hourlong rally.

Gong-Gershowitz, a third generation Chinese American, has brought a bill before the general assembly requiring a unit on Asian American history.

"One of the core issues at stake in this election is the role of diversity in our schools," Gong-Gershowitz said. "Empathy comes with understanding. We simply cannot do better unless we know better."

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