District 214 Recognitions
The extraordinary talent of High School District 214 students is amazing. At Thursday's Board of Education meeting students from across the District were recognized for their achievements in academics, athletics and fine and performing arts. To see photos, click here.
ILMEA All-State Honors
Eleven District 214 students were awarded the top honor in band or orchestra in Illinois and were recognized as the finest musicians in the state. This honor was earned through an audition process at the District, and then at the All-State Music Convention in Peoria in January where they competed against thousands of students from across Illinois.
Student musicians recognized included:
* Tiffany Chung, violin, John Hersey High School
* Kevin Kapinos, jazz trombone, John Hersey High School
* Nick Keriazakos, trombone, Buffalo Grove High School
* Paul Kim, bass clarinet, John Hersey High School
* Peter Kotecki, clarinet, Buffalo Grove High School
* Matthew Kulczak, flute, Wheeling High School
* Samantha Lapid, clarinet, John Hersey High School
* Josh Popovici, trumpet, John Hersey High School
* Ronald Roth, trumpet, Wheeling High School
* Serena Voltz, tuba, John Hersey High School
* Max Ulbert, bass trombone, John Hersey High School
* Scott Casagrande, John Hersey High School
* Ed Jacobi, Buffalo Grove High School
* Brian Logan, Wheeling High School
Josh Stewart, John Hersey High School
2013 Midwest Clinic and Jazz in the Meadows Grand Champions
The Wheeling High School Jazz Band has represented its school and community by performing at the prestigious 2013 Midwest Clinic. The finest bands in the world are selected to perform at this annual conference, which features more than 17,000 attendees. In addition to the Midwest Clinic, the Wheeling Jazz Band 1 was awarded the 2014 Jazz in the Meadows Grand Champions Award. This is the fourth Jazz in the Meadows Grand Champion award for the Band. More than 100 jazz bands and
combos, representing 60 schools and five states, attended this year's Festival, the largest jazz festival in the Midwest.
The Wheeling High School Jazz Band is led by Band Director Brian Logan and includes the following members:
Dani Anderson, Jacob Bachorski, Bill Broms, Matt Browne, Isabel Chan, Cole Dammeier, Lia DeCoursey, Kyle Dorcey, Gillian Garnowski, Anthony Gonzalez, Angela Jordan, Forrest Kiehm, Matthew Kulczak, Bryan Marban, Skyler McLenahan, Kyle Meier, Cesar Mendoza, Lewis Monaxios, Erika Pogorzelska, Ronald Roth, Patrick Ryan, Jesse Villalobos, Paul Wagner, Steven Wagner and Eugene Yakubovich.
ILMEA All-District and All-State Vocal Jazz Ensembles
Jesse Brooks and Brian McCallister from Buffalo Grove High School auditioned in October for the ILMEA All-District and All-State Vocal Jazz Ensembles. They both were selected to the All-District Vocal Jazz Ensemble, where they had to re-audition for the All-State Ensembles. Both Jesse and Brian were selected by representatives across the state to represent Illinois in the Honors Vocal Jazz Ensemble, joining an elite group of only nine singers across the entire state. They are coached by Debora Utley.
All-State Honors Jazz Band
Nick Keriazakos, trombonist from Buffalo Grove High School was selected by audition to go to the ILMEA All-State Music Festival in January where he then auditioned again and was selected for the All-State Honors Jazz Band. This is a remarkable achievement as only 11 trombone players from the state of Illinois are selected to participate at the jazz level and of those 11, Nick placed among the top three.
Golden Apple Scholars
The Golden Apple Scholars award is a tremendous achievement for Illinois students who want to become teachers. The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois has a highly competitive selection process that seeks the best and brightest Illinois youth interested in a teaching career and strengthens their teacher preparation through internships, financial assistance and Summer Institutes, giving them early practice and exposure to the art of teaching. More than 1,600 nominations were received this year, and 175 scholars were chosen for the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Class of 2014. Among the 175, five District 214 students were selected. They are:
* Angela Bilancia, Prospect High School
* Paulin Darganova, Wheeling High School
* Megan Frintner, Elk Grove High School
* Felix Saji, Prospect High School
* Hugo San Roman, Rolling Meadows High School
IHSA State Chess
Rolling Meadows High School senior Jon Phillips won 6th place at first board in chess at the IHSA State Chess meet in Peoria, finishing with six wins, 1 draw and no losses.
All-State Tech Crew
Elk Grove High School senior Yasmin Mitchel was selected as a member of the Tech Crew for the 2014 All-State production of "The Grapes of Wrath." Students from all over Illinois audition to work on the All-State show each year. To be selected, technicians go through a portfolio review process. Yasmin was chosen because of her outstanding work as stage manager and was recognized at the Theater Festival in January at Illinois State University.
IHSA State Speech Competition
Buffalo Grove junior Georgette Voss placed 5th in Dramatic Interpretation at the IHSA State Speech Competition. The State Speech Competition takes place over three grueling weekends of elimination rounds. Placing 5th in the state is an accomplishment of talent and endurance.
IHSA State Cheerleading Championship
The Buffalo Grove High School Cheerleaders finished the year as the 2014 IHSA State Sectional Champions for the third year in a row. They placed second in the IHSA State Championship in the Coed Varsity Division. Buffalo Grove has been in the top four in the IHSA State Finals, better than any other team in state, the last four years. In the nine years that the IHSA has formally recognized cheerleading as a sport, Buffalo Grove teams have brought home eight trophies - six of which were first place.
Bailey Arcillas, Ashley Blumenthal, Lauren Castleman, Stephanie Chavoulev, Megan Coan, Ryan Drum, Brian Fuertes, Brandon Gooden, Lauren Hintzman, Caleb Jones, Daniel Kabakov, Karson McEwen, Edgar Melgoza, Faviola Mendoza, Christian Miguel, Monica Misch, Monica Moore, Rachel Nehring, Rachel Picciola, Daniel Ramirez, Sarah Ricciardi, Adrian Rodriguez, Kailee Tasca, Samantha Theodore, Amy Walter, Gorgis Yelda, Jaclyn Zirngibl, Justine Zirngibl.
Erin O'Donnell, Matthew Meyer, Steven Nolte, Jeff Siegal