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Stand Up 4 Public Schools Resolution 


The Board of Education adopted a Stand Up 4 Public Schools resolution to support the mission and message  

of public schools, which provide an essential foundation for social- and merit-based mobility to bolster a vibrant democracy and leading world economy.

The National School Board Association launched this initiative in 2014 as a sounding board for individuals and organizations that want to see public education grow.


Board recognizes 100+ student achievements


The Board of Education honored students on Thursdaywho were recognized at the state level in arts, academics and athletics. Click here to view pictures.


Honored students were:

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 Elk Grove High School senior Pascal Pahl. Pascal has been a model in the musical theatre program, holding lead roles in every show since his freshman year. He was selected as the Drum Major for the marching band this year and most recently named a 2015 Jazz Voice Honorable Mention Scholar.  

He was in the top 13 Jazz Voice artists out of all applicants in the nation.


The honorable mentions from the District's five other schools include the following seniors:


Jessica Brooks - a national award-winning vocalist in the choral and theater programs at Buffalo Grove High School

James Farquharson - a four-year speech, theater, choir and show choir performer at Prospect High School

Athena Kopulos - a member of the theater, choral and dance programs at Rolling Meadows High School

Maggie Monaxios - a singer, actress and dancer at Wheeling High School who has played an integral role in the theater program

Calvin Tran - a state qualifier in speech and a successful orchestra member at John Hersey High School 


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.


John Hersey's Anne Korff and Prospect's James Fordare this year's Howard Lester Award recipients.


Anne is a three-sport athlete, a 10-varsity letter winner and an energetic, powerful leader. She earned all-conference and all-area the past two years in soccer and in basketball. She is a two-time Daily Herald player  

of the week in basketball and has twice led her soccer team to the soccer cup. The basketball team voted her team captain and Most Valuable Player this year.   


James is a three-sport athlete who has provided  

strong leadership to the football, wrestling and track programs. James was a three-year starter on the varsity football team. In wrestling, he has been a two-time state qualifier, a two-time regional champion and a two-time MSL Conference finalist, including 2015 MSL Champion. James has been the captain of two MSL East Division Champions and 2015 Regional Champions. 


Stephen D. Berry Award of Excellence National  

Merit Scholars

Several students across the District received the  

Stephen D. Berry Award of Excellence National  

Merit Scholarship. Dr. Berry is a former District 214 superintendent who impacted the lives of thousands of students throughout his nearly 40 years in education. Recipients demonstrate exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies and are also 2015 National Merit Finalists.


Recipients are Selena Groh, Grace Hong, Logan Kelly, Andrew Callahan, Christopher Clarizio, Jason Kalafatis, Paul Kim, Sheila Naughton, Eleanor Richardson, Morgan Treppa, Michael Almisry,  

Ruchika Darapaneni, Michael Morikado, Mei Poy, Theodore Reimann, Benjamin Schreiber, Nathan Walters and Eduard Popa.


National Merit Semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Of the  

1.5 million entrants, some 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 in District 214 include Rosalie Barrette,Christopher Kivlahan and Serena Mackey.  


National Achievement Scholarship

The National Achievement Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for African-American high school students, honoring them for outstanding achievement. Of the more than 160,000 students who entered the 2015 National Achievement Program, about 4,700 qualified as honorees. John Hersey High School students Karthik Ravi and Norris Smith were named Outstanding Participants.


The Daily Herald Northwest Suburban Academic Team

Annually, the Daily Herald celebrates the academic success of students by recognizing seniors from area public and private schools. Each nominee's grades and coursework for seven semesters are examined, as are their co-curricular activities, awards and honors. Of the 10 students selected, four are from High School District 214.


They are Selena Groh of Buffalo Grove High School,Michael Morikado of Prospect High School, Michael Nimerfroh of Buffalo Grove High School and Eduard Popa of Wheeling High School.


Perfect ACT Score - Buffalo Grove High School

Junior Jesse Tabak earned a perfect score on the ACT, making him part of the 0.076 percent of students who  

take the exam and receive a 36. Those who know  

Jesse say nothing can stand in his way when he wants  

to accomplish something.


IHSA State Journalism Competition - Buffalo Grove High School

Sarah Cottone and Elizabeth Lipka participated in the IHSA State Journalism Competition. After taking first place in a tough sectional, the two placed second in the state inthe yearbook theme development category.


Elizabeth, a senior, has been a member of the Buffalo Grove Yearbook throughout high school and has served as editor-in-chief the last two years. Sarah has been a member of yearbook since freshman year and will be editor-in-chief next year as a senior.


IHSA State Journalism Competition ­- Elk Grove  

High School

Senior Katie Morrill placed in the IHSA State Journalism Competition and was named to the All-State Team.  

Katie has been a four-year member of The Flash Mob - the name she created for Elk Grove's yearbook staff - and served as editor-in-chief the past two years. Her books have won numerous regional and national awards, including Golden Eagle at NISPA and a Gold Circle at CSPA. This year, Katie won fourth place at state for yearbook caption writing.


University of Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival - Elk Grove High School

More than 70 bands applied for the University of Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival this year. Ten bands were selected in the Class AAA category, which includes schools with a student population of 1,600 to 2,500 students. This marks the second time in more than a decade that Elk Grove High School has been selected  

to perform.


Band members include Sean Angara, Inga Augustaitis, Lukas Augustaitis, Ryan Baird, Angelo Bastas, John Bialorucki, Sydney Chan, Marc Christopher, Andrew-James Coleman, Alejandro DeJesus, Melissa DeLaCruz, Alexander Diez, Adam Doruff, Christopher Doruff, Cailin Dwyer, Lauren Eilers, Basilios Frentza, Sean Frintner, Estefania Gonzalez, Hannah Gray, Safia Hattab, Christina Hendren, Maria Hernandez, Matthew Jarosch, Elizabeth McDaniel, Laila Mitchel, Matthew Nowak, Megan Oglesby, Pascal Pahl, Melina Papadakis, Neeca Penaflor, Douglas Petrik, Arkadiusz Piechowski, Kathryn Riopel, Kelly Rogers, Nick Rosenorn, Juan Rojas, Gregory Rynne, Cassandra Sanchez, Gretchen Schneider, Elijah Silva, Katie Skoufes, Barbara Szynal, Steven Tompary, Miranda Wagner, Andrew Witmer and Frederick Ziegle.


IHSA State Journalism Competition - Hersey  

High School

Senior Brian Boyle took fourth place among 21 qualifiers in review writing at the state journalism competition at Eastern Illinois University on May 1. He qualified for state after ranking second in the sectional meet on April 25. Brian had a review in every issue of The Correspondent during his sophomore, junior and senior years.


Senior Caity Strozewski took sixth place in editorial cartooning among 21 students who qualified for the state competition. She also placed third at the sectionals held  

at Hersey High School on April 25. Caity is a four-year journalism student.


Illinois Journalism Education Association's All-State Journalism Team - Hersey High School

Senior Isabella Murray was selected as one of 10 journalism students to make the Illinois Journalism Education Association's All-State Journalism

team. Isabella submitted three published newspaper stories from this school year and an essay about 
her interest in journalism, along with a letter of recommendation from her advisor. The Correspondent has had nine members make the All-State team in the 
11 years of the honor.


IHSA State Journalism Competition - Prospect  

High School

Five members of the Prospector staff performed exceptionally well at the IHSA State Journalism Meet, leading Prospect to an 11th place finish in the state.


Competing against the very best journalists in Illinois, these five finished in the top six in their categories, tying the Prospect record for most state medalists set in 2009.


Lauren Miller - second place in feature photography

Molly Mueller - fourth place in sports writing

Mary Kate Moloney - fifth place in yearbook copy writing

Devin Prasad - fifth place in yearbook caption writing

Beth Clifford - sixth place in broadcast news


Illinois Journalism Education Association's All-State Journalism Team - Prospect High School

Senior Ellen Siefke is one of 10 students named to this year's Illinois Journalism Education Association's All-State Journalism Team. Ellen is an unsung hero at the Prospector, where she writes outstanding stories and designs great pages. But she has made the biggest impact through mentoring her peers at writing conferences, editing stories and proofreading pages  

late at night before they go to press.


FIRST Robotics Competition, Dean's List - Rolling Meadows High School

Junior Veronica Boratyn is a Dean' List Finalist for the FIRST Robotics Competition - an international high school robotics competition that gives students real-world engineering experience. Only 110 students worldwide are recognized with this award.


Veronica has worked tirelessly to promote FIRST and the WildStang Robotics Team, and led the effort to develop the Miss Maker Fair to interest middle school girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


FCCLA State Competition - Rolling Meadows  

High School

Rolling Meadows' FCCLA Club was successful at the state competition. Seniors Abby Spiwak and Maggie Schellreceived a score of 99 out of 100 on their preschool lesson presentation. Freshman Madison Mayer received a perfect score and Most Outstanding in the cookie decorating competition - a first for Rolling Meadows. Overall, the club came home with three gold medals and seven silver medals.


The following students received gold and silver medals:


Abby Spiwak and Maggie Schell - gold in preschool lesson

Gabby Frank - gold in cookie decorating

Madison Mayer - gold in cookie decorating

Kelly Golbeck - silver in preschool lesson

Gabi Jedrjewska and Wiktoria Kozlowska - silver in preschool lesson

Paulina Brzenski and Megan Izadyar - silver in fashion display


IHSA State Journalism Competition - Wheeling  

High School

Three members of Wheeling High School's student newspaper, The Spokesman, demonstrated poise,  

sharp thinking and writing and professionalism at  

the state journalism competition on May 1 at Eastern Illinois University.


They are:

Annalisa Baranowski - sixth in yearbook layout double-page spread

Kelly McKewin - third in editorial writing

Megan Provost - second in headline writing


FCCLA State Competition - Wheeling High School

At the FCCLA State competition, five Wheeling High School students went above and beyond with their presentations and received gold medals at the sectional and state competitions.


Colleen Keefe - gold in preschool lesson plan - occupational

Daniela Alvarez and Marie Mendoza - gold in preschool lesson plan

Caroline Marmel and Wiktoria Rzeszowska - gold in preschool storytelling - occupational


The National Exam in Spanish - Wheeling High School

Each spring, thousands of students take a National Exam in Spanish to determine their level of the language in regards to reading and listening comprehension.


Wheeling High School seniors Aide Hernandez andStefany Lima won gold medals; Joanna Acosta, 

Irene Cruz, Alexis Ojeda and Maria Salgado won silver medals; and Vanessa Vivas won a bronze medal. 


Illinois Junior Academy of Science's State Science Fair Competition - Wheeling High School

Wheeling High School participated in the State Science Fair hosted by the Illinois Junior Academy of Science.


The fair's purpose is to present science as a rational observation and systematic investigation of natural phenomena and to encourage students to view science  

as an interdisciplinary study applicable to society and its interactions with the environment.


Award-winning seniors include Isabel Chan, Phillip Cozariuc, Brian Lorey, Hiba Fakhoury, Eric Rivas, Jieun Kim, Ashley Talken, Kyle Levy, Vincent Parra, Victor Santamaria and Alyx Villada.


The team of teachers advising these students won the 
Dr. Lyell J. Thomas Memorial Award for supporting
outstanding student research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 
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.

Tuesday May 27, 2015 

After the Gavel

The Board named Dustin Seemann as Director of Professional Learning and Student Services. He will report to Marni Johnson, the District's new Assistant Superintendent for Student Services. 


The Board also approved  

an internet safety policy, the 2016-2017 school year and fiscal calendars and bids for District art, photography,  health and trainer supplies.

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