High School District 214
Highlights from the Board of Education Meetings
 
The following is a summary of the District 214 Board of Education meetings held in the spring of 2017.
 
New board members seated
 
The Board of Education seated four recently elected boardmembers and elected a new board president and vice president.
 
Mark Hineman, Mildred (Millie) Palmer, Leonard (Lenny) Walker and Todd Younger were sworn in by Associate Judge Hyman I. Riebman of the Cook County Circuit Court's Third Municipal District. Hineman and Younger ran as incumbents in this spring's election. All four will serve four-year terms.
 
The Board of Education also elected Younger president and Dan Petro vice-president, both for one-year terms.
 
For more information on the newly seated boardmembers, click here. To view pictures, click here.
Board recognizes student achievement 
 
The Board of Education honored students who have been recognized at the state and national levels in arts, academics and athletics. Click here to view pictures.
 
Richard W. Calisch Arts Unlimited Award
Each year, the Richard W. Calisch Arts Unlimited Award is presented to the high school senior who best exemplifies creative excellence in the arts. This award is District 214's way of honoring Mr. Calisch's spirited commitment to and support of the fine and performing arts program when he was a teacher in our district.
 
This year's award recipient is senior Jamie Wiener. Jamie is a straight-A student who has a passion for creative writing and the arts. Jamie has performed at Carnegie Hall as part of the John Hersey band program, received super ratings at the Illinois High School Association's solo and ensemble contest and is a three-year member of Orchesis. Her poetry has been published in Teen Ink, the District 214 Arts Unlimited Anthology and the Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans.
 
The honorable mentions from the District's five other schools include the following seniors:
 
Michael Sauer - Michael has served as a co-concertmaster of the Buffalo Grove chamber and symphony orchestras and transcribed an entire musical for the combined school orchestras, giving every member a chance to be involved.
Emily Franke - Emily has served as student director for Elk Grove's One Acts production, was the lead actress for the Illinois High School Theater Festival performance of "She Kills Monsters"and has twice qualified for the state's speech team prose competition.
Margaret Ward - Margaret is involved in Prospect's show choirs, Madrigal Singers, Speech team, marching band and several school productions. She is a four-time state finalist in the Performance in the Round speech competitions.
Kailynn Muhr - Kailynn has been selected to numerous honors ensembles in band, orchestra and choir, including the ILMEA District VII Honors Jazz Band and Concert Band. She is a leader among at Rolling Meadows who constantly offers guidance to other musicians.
Gillian Garnowski - Gillian belongs to band, orchestra, choir, theatre and Interact with Africa, an after-school service club that raises money to build schools in Angola. She is a member of the school's Jazz Band 1, one of the state's top jazz bands.
 
Howard Lester Award
Howard Lester devoted a lifetime to youth and worked 42 years in the field of education. This award is presented annually to District 214's most outstanding male and female senior athlete for exemplifying ability, truthfulness, energy, training and effort.
 
Brooke Wilson and Grant Whitebloom are this year's Howard Lester Award recipients. 

Brooke participated in cross country and track for four years and holds Prospect's school record for both home and state meet cross country courses. Brooke finished in 24th place as a sophomore, third place her junior year, and fifth at the IHSA Cross Country State Meet this year. She holds a 5.58 GPA and scored a perfect 36 on her ACT. Brooke will attend the University of South Carolina.

Grant participated in soccer, basketball and baseball at Prospect for four years. Grant was an All Conference Player for the soccer team in 2016, All Conference and All Area Baseball Player in 2016 and 2017 and was a vital team member for the basketball team that won the MSL East Division Championship in 2015 and 2016. He holds a 5.58 GPA. Grant will attend the University of Georgia.
 
Stephen D. Berry Award of Excellence
Dr. Stephen Berry is a former District 214 superintendent who has impacted the lives of thousands of students throughout his nearly 40 years in education. The Stephen D. Berry Award of Excellence, given to our National Merit Finalists, recognizes dedication to study and sacrifice of free time; recognition of parental support and encouragement; and acknowledgement of their future academic and leadership potential.    
 
Recipients are Lauren Anfenson, Katelyn Baudouin, Joshua Blankenship, Camilla Branas, Colin Groh, Patrick Doyle, Robert Heck, Matthew Hoffman, Amanda Jarosik, Matthew Kowalski, Riley Langefeld, Kelly McCarthy, Anne Plecki, Kelsey Philipps, Sarah Smith, Michael Stanford, Emily Stegmeier and Ravi Trivedi
 
National Merit Semifinalists
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Of the 1.5 million entrants, about 50,000 with the highest PSAT Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. About 16,000 students - approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers - are qualified as Semifinalists, meaning they are the highest scoring entrants in each state.

Semifinalists from District 214 include Benjamin Justie, John Nelson and Maximilian Weiss.   
 
National Hispanic Recognition Scholars 
The College Board created the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) to identify and recognize outstanding Hispanic high school students. Students are considered for this recognition if they are of Hispanic/Latino descent, achieve a high PSAT/NMSQT score in the fall of junior year, have a B+ average GPA and complete an application. Every year, the NHRP recognizes about 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT.
 
National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars from District 214 include Katelyn Baudouin, Sean Dulkoski, Liset Garcia Pena, Alex Guerra and Jorge Jamie-Rivera.
 
Redefining Ready Scholarship Winners
This spring, District 214 seniors told the world, using a 30-second Twitter video, how they are college and career ready beyond a test score. This project aligns with the Redefining Ready! initiative, launched in 2015 by District 214 and AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

Redefining Ready! is a multi-metric, research-based approach to readiness, based on the belief that students learn differently and should be able to demonstrate readiness in a variety of ways. Five of 75 entries were chosen to receive scholarships funded by the District 214 Education Foundation. Recipients include Rhegan Graham, Jake Hackl, Jimmy McDermott, Katherine Ponzi and Karolina Rusiniak.
 
Buffalo Grove High School
 
Bassmaster High School All-American Team
The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) is a premier sport fishing organization with more than half a million members. It recognizes student anglers for their performance in tournaments, leadership in their communities and involvement in conservation efforts. Buffalo Grove junior Tyler Lubbat was chosen as one of only two students to represent Illinois on the all-state team and then was selected as one of only 12 students nationally to be on the All-American team. Tyler is the first District 214 student to ever receive this honor.
 
IHSA State Badminton Doubles
Seniors Megan Gamber and Katie Jarosz earned fourth-place medals in the IHSA State Badminton Doubles Tournament on May 13. Katie and Megan amassed a record of 48 wins and four losses for the season. During this run they were IHSA Sectional Champions. The duo also finished in the top eight at the state tournament in 2016. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Bison Badminton players have brought home state medals.   

National French Contest 
Each year the National French Contest, "Le Grand Concours," is administered to students throughout the country. The national exam models the Advanced Placement test and assesses students' abilities to read and listen to authentic French. Jesus Barraza received a gold medal in level 3; Evangelos Apostolopoulosearned a silver medal in level 2; and Loretta Ewert, Jaseena Syed and Annie Waz received silver medals in level 3.
 
Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering state competition
Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) is a competition sponsored by the University of Illinois. The topics covered are mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, computer science, engineering graphics and English. Alex Morain achieved a second-place finish in Chemistry. This is Alex's second trip to the state finals in Chemistry, improving upon his sixth-place finish last year. To qualify for the state finals is commendable; to place in the finals notable; and to do it twice is extremely impressive.
 
Elk Grove High School
 
IHSA State Journalism Competition
The IHSA State Journalism Competition took place at Eastern Illinois University. For the second consecutive year, Szymphoni Jahne Harris won first place in Caption Writing at sectionals and later captured third place at the state level. In Copy Writing, Tiffany Kajiwara received third place in the state for her attention to detail and incredible knowledge of this area.
 
National French Contest
Each year the National French Contest is administered to students throughout the country. The national exam models the Advanced Placement test and assesses students' abilities to read and listen to authentic French.
 
This spring, in Elk Grove's inaugural administration of the test, junior Tyler Galovich finished in fourth place at the National French Contest, which put him in the top five percent of the country. Believe Bahun-Wilson, Diego Cruz and Raechel Zoellick are silver medal winners and finished in the top 15 percent of the country; and Ramses Gonzalez, Alexia Galicia, Benjamin Jaeger and Grace McDonough are bronze medal winners and finished in the top 25 percent of the country.
 
National Spanish Exam
Each year the National Spanish Exam is written and administered by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. This national exam models the Advanced Placement test and assesses students' abilities to read and listen to authentic Spanish. This spring, in Elk Grove's inaugural administration of the test, students Nelson Garcia and Daniel Salgado-Alvarez are gold medal winners; Carmela Aldea, Itzel Diaz, Evita Ferrariand Brandi Middendorp are silver medal winners; and Hector Alvarado, Ingrid Bahena, Jackelyn Campos, Jose Guemez, Caleigh Pelrine, Vanesa Ramirez, Emiliano Rivera, Yocelyn Sanchez-Lopez, Stephanie Vazquez-Vallejo and Luis Zamarron are bronze medal winners.
 
Skills USA State Competition
Six Elk Grove students competed in the Skills USA Automated Manufacturing Technology State Competition in Springfield. Students were tasked with creating 3-D models of various parts using design software, developing the manufacturing layout and simulating the creation of the designed parts.
 
Jonathan Faughn, Maram Safi and Kacper Migaczreceived the second-place team score while the team of Anna Connelly, Oscar Chavez and Oscar Gonzalez was state champion, receiving a nearly perfect score from the judges.
 
IHSA Girls State Track
Elk Grove's Emily Stegmeier competed in the IHSA girls state track and field meet in May at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. She outran 37 other runners that afternoon and became the 3A State Champion in the 800 meter. Emily is the first runner in Elk Grove High School history to win a girls track and field event at the state meet. As a senior, Emily qualified for both cross country and track state meets for five of her eight running seasons, the highest accomplishment of any Elk Grove High School female distance runner.
 
John Hersey High School
 
IHSA State Journalism Competition
At the IHSA State Journalism Competition, senior Zoe Strozewski wrote four captions for four photos in a wide variety of topics. Zoe was named the state champion in Yearbook Caption Writing after beating 20 of the state's top entries. She also took first place in this category at the sectional meet. 

Juniors Heidi Frietag and Caroline Stiefbold designed a theme for the front cover and title page of a yearbook in 90 minutes after being given the theme "Honoring Traditions" for a school celebrating 100 volumes of a yearbook. Heidi and Caroline placed sixth out of 21 of the state's top entries in Yearbook Theme Development. They also took first place in this category at the sectional meet.

Senior Danielle Eriksson submitted three of her top stories that were published this year for The Correspondent school newspaper. She also wrote an essay on the impact of journalism in her life. Danielle was named to the All-State Journalism Team at the IHSA Journalism competition at Eastern Illinois University. Only one student per publication can be nominated for this honor, and only one student per school can be named to the team. Danielle is the 11th member of The Correspondent to be named to this team since it began in 2005.

National Spanish Exam
The National Spanish Exam is administered each year in grades 6 through 12 and is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Attaining a medal is prestigious, as more than 160,000 students participated in 2017. Hersey World Language students Ninely Gaeta, Cristian Reyes-Ochoa andJaqueline Valdez are gold medal winners; Edson Bahena, Alexis Delgado, José Rafael Gutierrez, Luis Martinez, Jovany Melchor, Katherine Nuñez and Rebecca Robles are silver medal winners; and Brian Arevalo, Leslie Bahena, Cynthia Martinez, David Reyes and Leslie Ramirez Sanchez are bronze medal winners.
 
IHSA State Girls Track 
Senior Sarah Harden began her running career as on the junior varsity team. At this year's IHSA state girls track meet, she ran 1600 meters in four minutes and 57 seconds to qualify for the state finals. At the state level, she earned fifth place. In the state high jump event, sophomore Alessia Olhava jumped 5 feet 5 inches and earned sixth place. She also broke the school record. Only a sophomore, Alessia has already proven herself to be one of the best high jumpers in Hersey history.
 
Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival
Hersey High School's Symphonic Band earned Honor Band recognition in Class AAA at the Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival at the University of Illinois in May. A record 110 bands applied this year for Superstate, and Hersey was among 35 high school and middle school bands to compete at the invitation-only event. The Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival invites only the finest wind band programs in the state of Illinois based on competitive application, which includes a recorded audition.

Band members include Hanaa Barakat, Mady Cohodes, Michael Doulas, Adrian Florea, Nina Gillespie, Stephen Hahn, Amy Hobo, Sachina Hobo, Kyle Janmohammed, Evan Johnson, Michal Juscinski, Lorelei Junkel, Frank Karigan, Lauren Kleve, Nicholas Koutris, Patrick Koutris, Albert Kwan, Jonathan Lapid, Chris Lee, Joseph Lee, Caroline Lubbe, Asia Luboyeski, Jake Lukawski, Katie Lundgren, Michael Lyskawka, Anna Markevych, Tara Markovic, Abigail Maslanka, Alyssa Maslanka, Colin McElmeel, Peter McElmeel, Jason Messer, DJ Meyers, A.J. Mikkelson, Misha Nikiforov, Nick Nocita, Kristen Paraskevas, Sam Pauwels, Luke Podvrsan, Jamie Popp, Jesse Popp, Jimmy Rodriguez, Chris Sable, Benjamin Sanetra, Robert Scherer, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Brennan Sheridan, Kathryn Simpson, Jack Slania, Monika Smaga, Emily Swiderski, Ryan Szymanski, John Treppa, Eve Vavilis, Danny Voltz, Alexandra Widomska, Max Weiss, Jamie Wiener and Michael Wostmann.
 
Prospect High School
 
IHSA State Journalism Competition
Prospect senior Flynn Geraghty was named the state champion in Yearbook Double-Page Spread at the IHSA State Journalism Meet in Charleston. Competing against 20 other top journalists from around the state, Flynn creatively put together a cohesive design that wowed the judges, earned her first place recognition and, in the process, brought home an individual state title to Prospect for the second consecutive year.
 
National Italian Exam
Each year the American Association of Teachers of Italian offer the National Exam to high schools students learning Italian. More than 1,800 students across the nation take the exam, which is offered in Levels 1 through 5. Natalie Byrne finished in third place in the Midwest in Italian 3H; Michelle Rojas Garay earned third Place in the Midwest in Italian 2; Alexis Gravagna was awarded third place in the Midwest in Italian 3H; Grace Johannesen earned first place in the Midwest in Italian 5/AP; and Adeline DiChristofano was awarded second place in the Midwest in Italian 5/AP.         
 
IHSA Boys State Track
Sophomore Michael Shafis finished fifth in the class 3A IHSA state track and field high jump last month for the second consecutive year. Michael cleared an incredible height of 6'6" at the state meet and flew over 6'7.25" during the season to set Prospect's school record. For any high school student, this is an incredible accomplishment, but for a sophomore it is truly amazing. Michael out-jumped 36 competitors to earn his second straight All-State medal.
 
Seniors Jeff Snell, Sean Sanaghan and James Riordanand juniors Nate Cozine and Jack Terry finished fifth in the class 3A 4x800 meter relay at the IHSA state finals in May. Prospect has qualified for the 4x800 relay at the state track and field meet for 15 consecutive years. The team ran 7:51 in the preliminaries to qualify for the finals, where they ran a 7:48 time.
 
IHSA State Girls Track
Seniors Molly Heil, Molly Leeney and Brooke Wilson, junior Mikayla Olsen, sophomore Sydney Kitzmiller and freshman Lia Skoufos competed in the 4x800 meter relay at the IHSA state track and field finals in Charleston in May. They ran a time of 9:21.52 to place sixth in the state. The team's time also is a top 10 running time in Prospect history.
 
Rolling Meadows High School
 
Illinois High School Dance Festival
Dancers from across the state audition for the chance to perform in the Gala performance of the Illinois High School Dance Festival. Rolling Meadows' dance "Mahima" was selected to close the show at this year's performance. Of the 38 years the festival has been in existence, Rolling Meadows' Orchesis has been selected to perform 37 times.
 
Orchesis members include Kyra Amundson, Ana Cinch, Katie Dellorto, Emma Drezen, Sandra Ladzik, Heather Lancaster, Gwen Lichte, Bella Long, Rachel Mackey, Anna Martens, Stephanie Peric, Jessica Rutkowskiand Nidhi Thakkar. The national exam models the Advanced Placement test and assesses students' abilities to read and listen to authentic French.
 
National Spanish Exam
More than 157,000 students from across the country competed in the 2017 National Spanish Exam this spring, including 6,000 from the Chicago area. Rolling Meadows sophomore Sinai Marrón and freshman Hector Quiñonez Jasso earned gold medals in the Level 2 Bilingual category.
 
National French Contest 
Each year the National French Contest is administered to students throughout the country. The national exam models the Advanced Placement test and assesses students' abilities to read and listen to authentic French. 

Lucia Skuldt earned a gold medal in level 3A; silver medals were awarded to Audrey Bixby in Level 2A, and Grace Dolia, Audrey Moos and Myra Namojlik in Level 3A; and Joseph Demaria, Alexis Medina, Stephanie Montesinos and Leena Shah received bronze medals in Level 2A.   

Illinois Energy Efficient Vehicle Competition
Project Lead the Way Engineering students from Rolling Meadows competed and won first place at the first annual Illinois Energy Efficient Vehicle Competition held at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet in May. Students worked tirelessly designing and manufacturing three high mileage vehicles, each reaching more than 300 miles per gallon (mpg). The first-place vehicle averaged an outstanding 450 mpg, competing against 20 other vehicles from Wisconsin, Iowa, District 211 and District 214 high schools.

Team members include Gustavo Archundia, Patrick Crilly, Willis Goodwin, John Kane, Zachary Klancnik, Zachary Krawczyk, Edwin Lennon, Seth Martin, Konrad Materna, Matthew Off, George Paraskevopoulos, Sagar Patel, Victor Petrov, Jose Perez, John Pollard, Jake Pors, Benjamin Ridler, Matthew Tanny, Justin Thompson, Jack Toljanic, Vivek Vintha, Noah Walter and Michael Wulfram.    

Wheeling High School
 
National Italian Exam
The American Association of Teachers of Italian National Contest Exam is comparable to the Advanced Placement exam and is made up of several components - listening, reading, grammar and culture - created by Italian native speakers. Wheeling junior German Bautista placed third in the state and received honorable mention at the national level. Sophomore Ana Quiroz-Mocino placed first in the state and also first at the national level.
 
Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair
In May, six students from Wheeling High School's Nanotechnology classes competed in the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair at Northern Illinois University. To compete at the state fair, students had to earn a qualifying score at the regional competition.
 
Students Katherine Chong, Sean Dulkoski, Hala Fakhoury and Matthew Hoffman earned a Gold Award in Environmental Science; Edward Hernandez received a Gold Award in Material Science; and Andy O'Gradyearned a Gold Award and Best in Category in Zoology.
 
Board authorizes lawsuit challenging validity of Mount Prospect TIF
 
Following months of trying to work with the Village of Mount Prospect, the Board of Education authorized the filing of a lawsuit challenging the establishment of the Village of Mount Prospect's new Prospect and Main Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District.
 
The Board has significant concerns about the validity of this new TIF district, which will have many properties in a TIF for 55 years and will shift the tax burden for schools and all other taxing bodies from parcels within a TIF district to those residents and businesses not included in a TIF district, thus forcing tax rates to rise. Residents in all of District 214 - not just Mount Prospect residents - will see their property tax bills further increase as a result of this newly-created TIF district.
 
District leaders sent a proposal to the Village of Mount Prospect in late March with terms for a proposed intergovernmental agreement regarding the new TIF district. The District followed up several times but the Village did not respond until June 16, almost three months from the time the proposal was made.
 
The District has a history of collaborating with its municipal partners, and looks forward to continued discussions in the hope of reaching a mutually acceptable and equitable resolution.
 
For more information on the Board's concerns of the eligibility of this TIF, and how it will impact all District 214 residents, click here.
About High School District 214
We are the second largest high school district in Illinois, serving 
more than 12,000 students from eight communities. Our nationally recognized district includes six comprehensive high schools and four alternative programs, offering more than 600 academic courses and 140 co-curricular opportunities.
 
 
Monday, July 24, 2017
 
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