High School District 214
Highlights from the Board of Education Meetings
2016-2017 Budget Assumptions
The Board of Education discussed the budgetary guidelines and assumptions for the 2016-2017 school year. Assumptions and estimates include a slight increase in enrollment, $6 million in General State Aid and a 2 percent to 3 percent increase in transportation costs. 
Redefining Ready! Scholarship
Board President Alva Kreutzer announced the new $1,000 Redefining Ready! Scholarship, open to High School District 214 seniors this spring. 
The Twitter-based competition asks seniors to tell the world, using a video posted to Twitter, why they are college or career ready beyond a standardized test score.
The scholarship is funded by an anonymous community donor through the District 214 Education Foundation, and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and is part of the Redefining Ready! initiative that is already endorsed by District 214, AASA, the Consortium for School Networking, the villages of Arlington Heights and Elk Grove Village and school leaders across the nation. 
The effort - created by AASA and District 214 and launched nationally at AASA's National Conference in Education in February - offers a new set of metrics to determine whether a student is college, career and life ready, with the belief that because our students learn in a variety of ways, they should be able to be demonstrate readiness in a variety of ways. For more on Redefining Ready, visit For scholarship rules, details and more information, The deadline is April 15.
Student Recognition in Academics, Athletics and Fine and Performing Arts
The Board recognized more than 100 students on Thursday for excellence in academics, athletics and fine and performing arts. To view pictures, click here.
IHSA Individual State Bowling Champion
Buffalo Grove High School's Jessica Soskich is the IHSA Individual State Bowling Champion. She finished third in the conference, averaging 200. Jessica has advanced to the sectional tournament every time since her freshman year. She finished the event averaging 233 and became the first bowler in Buffalo Grove history to become a state champion. Jessica also rolled the 5th highest series in IHSA history.
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Scholarship
Wheeling High School's Aide Hernandez received a $2,000 Joseph Adams Scholarship from the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. She was one of only 12 students chosen from a large pool of applicants from around the country who have shown evidence of high achievement in Spanish throughout high school. 
Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Honors 
Students were selected to participate in All-State ensembles based on the result of their All-District auditions, which took place in October. 
Buffalo Grove High School
Buffalo Grove's Jake Hackl was selected as a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) All-State Honors Choir after a rigorous audition process. Jake is an extremely talented and hard-working student. His achievement puts him in the top 150 choir students in the state. 
John Hersey High School
John Hersey's Samantha Taylor was selected as a member of IMEA's All-State Honors Choir. Samantha is extremely involved in the Hersey Choir Program. She is a member of Chamber Singers, Charles Dickens Carolers, Heart & Soul, Heartbreak and OnStage.
Hersey's Peyton Huene, Sachina Hobo, Adam Johnson, Yuki Nojima, Jamie Popp, Brendan Stonequist and Michael Wostmann were selected as members of the IMEA All-State Honors Band. Hersey had seven band students selected this year - the most since 1999.
Prospect High School
Following a competitive audition process, Prospect'sMatthew Gordon was selected for the IMEA All-State Honors Band. Matthew was principal euphonium in the IMEA District 7 Band. At the All-State conference, he earned second chair in the top concert ensemble.
Rolling Meadows High School
Rolling Meadows had several students selected as IMEA All-State Honors members: Wes Carroll and Martin Czernicki for Honors Band, Colin Priller for Honors Orchestra and Jacob Rosenberg and Kailynn Muhr for Honors Choir. 
Senior Leslie Garcia won third place in the IMEA Cover Art Contest. Students submitted artwork that incorporated the use of color, composition and appropriate use of the theme "Building the Future of Music Education."  
Wheeling High School 
Wheeling's Jacob Bachorski, Anthony Gonzalez andBryan Marban were selected to perform in the All-State Honors Jazz Band at the IMEA Conference in Peoria. The three seniors represent the top 20 jazz musicians in the state. 
Senior Teresa Correa was selected to perform in the IMEA's All-State Honors Orchestra and represented the top string musicians in the state. Teresa had the opportunity to play viola on Respighi's "Pines of Rome" under the direction of Northern Illinois University faculty member Lucia Matos. 
2016 Illinois Music Education Conference All-State Performance
The Rolling Meadows Symphony Orchestra was selected by the IMEA to perform at the IMEA Conference in January. Groups are selected by audition to perform at this event, which features some of the best musical groups and performances from throughout the state. Rolling Meadows High School's Symphony Orchestra was the only full high school orchestra from the state to be selected to perform.
Students include Khaylen Abraham, Ilirida Ajroja, Neil Albavera, Bradley Allgire, Larissa Allison, Jasmin Bolanos, Robert Brigham, Jasmin Carrillo, Grace Carroll, Wesley Carroll, Megan Clark, Martin Czernicki, Michael DeRango, Luke Fava, Lesley Garcia, Jessica Garrity, Ainsley Gercken, Robert Heck, Philip Heck, Kaj Holobud, Elizabeth Hynes, Samm Judd, Rachel Kereszturi, Noah Kiel, Jordan Kiel, Paul Kiel, Celline Kim, Kai Kramer, Andrew Kuczek, Andrew Kukielka, John Lichtenstein, Anguel Lopez,Tracy Marasigan, Tommy Mathias, Madison Mayer, Megan Mayer, Donovan McGill, Sarah McMahon, Justin Miranda, Alana Monterrosa, Charlotte Mueller, Kailynn Muhr, Kendall Muhr, Nora Neville, Madeline Paoli, Taylor Plantan, Andrea Prchal, Colin Priller, Yoshie Rabottini, Christian Rettig, Juan Rivas, Katherine Rohde, Kaleigh Roselli, Jacob Rosenberg, Andrea Serna, Rahul Shah, Ellis Shalton, Olivia Skwerski, Joshua Toussaint, Katherine Trybula, Grace Urban, Caroline Waltman, Jennifer Whidden, Brooke Whitman, Ethan Wills, Emily Winterstein and Jared Zeglin.
IHSA State Coed Cheerleading Champions
Buffalo Grove's Varsity Coed Cheerleaders won their second consecutive IHSA State Championship. This is Buffalo Grove's third State Championship in the past four years, and the sixth straight year the squad has made it to the finals. These Bison also were recognized for their sportsmanship at the state series by the IHSA. 
Students include Bri Archer, Bailey Arcillas, Christopher Benson, Isabella Bucaro, Ashley Blumenthal, Kaitlin Coan, Ryan Drum, Abigail Grenz, Hannah Julian, Iryna Kidyk, Milena Laera, Ashley McBride, Karson McEwen, Kennedy McEwen, Christopher Melgoza, Monica Misch, Erin Obuchowski, Rachel Picciola, Daniel Ramirez, Adrian Rodriguez, Young Shim, Kailee Tasca, Samantha Theodore, Kristi Tognarelli, Manny Vazquez, Gorgis Yelda, Justine Zirngibl and Danny Zickert.
Coach Jeff Siegal's teams have won eight IHSA State Championships in the 11 years the IHSA has recognized cheerleading as a sport. He is the winningest coach in the state in the sport of Cheerleading.
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.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 

After the Gavel
The Board of Education approved an educational tour to China for Hersey students and an exchange visit to Austria, Germany and Italy for Buffalo Grove students. Both tours will take place in 2016.
The Board appointed Julie Laskowski as the executive administrative assistant to the superintendent for the 2016-2017 school year. She will replace Diane Hecht, who is retiring from the District after 26 years.
The Board approved four administrative appointments: Bruce French as Wheeling's division head of math and science, Patty Merris Grow as Hersey's division head of English and fine arts, Mary Kemp as Elk Grove High School's division head of math and science and Jenna Korakakis as Hersey's dean of students. To learn more about the appointments, click here

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