2010-2011 Accomplishments - Township High School District 113


2010-2011 Accomplishments - Township High School District 113

District 113

Deerfield &

Highland Park

High Schools

Aliza Gilbert, a college counselor at

HPHS, was selected to receive the

2010 Human Relations Award by the

National Association for College

Admission Counseling (NACAC). She

was especially recognized for her

assistance to underrepresented

students and families.

This past year commemorated

the 50th anniversary of

Deerfield High School.

The 2009-2010 HPHS Literary

Magazine, Sojourn, earned an

All American rating with four

marks of distinction from the

National Scholastic Press


As part of First Lady Michelle

Obama‟s initiative “Chefs Move

to Schools”, DHS partnered with

Chef Gale Gand to improve

school nutrition.

Gale, from TRU restaurant in Chicago, is host of

the Food Network‟s “Sweet Dreams,” and has

appeared on “Iron Chef America”, “Martha

Stewart”, “Baking With Julia (Child)”, and

judged Bravo‟s “Top Chef”.

An artificial turf surface was

installed at Wolters Field.

Installation of turf at DHS

took place this summer.

Thanks Donors!

DHS students, Elias Wygodny,

Logan Bloom and Matt Nadler,

participated in the 36 th Annual

Illinois High School Theatre

Festival All-State Production of

Into the Woods.

Several members of the District 113

staff were recognized by the Illinois

State Board of Education program,

Those Who Excel, for their outstanding

contributions to education.

Bonnie Shlensky − Board President

Sonia Ayala − Support Staff Member

Lilly Brandt − School Administrator

Stacey Halpern − Student

Support/Intervention Specialist

Parents. The Anti-Drug − District Team

DHS student, Jonathan Korey,

was recognized by the

Northern Special Education

District (NSSED) for his

outstanding growth in

communication and building

social relationships with peers

at DHS.

HPHS student, Dana Schwartz,

received an Achievement Award in

Writing from the National Council

of Teachers of English (NCTE).

She earned distinction for

“Superior” performance, one of

only 34 in the state!

The DHS Student Congress

team won the Illinois

Congressional Debate

Association tournament.

Many students on the team

also won individual awards.

District 113 received the highest

mark for financial stewardship and

merited award recognition based

on the annual audit.

The District received a 4.0 Financial

Recognition Award, recognizing

that District 113 is in excellent

financial condition.

The DHS library staff and members of

the Social Studies Department were

recognized for their outstanding

collaboration on information literacy

projects. Together, they won the

American Library Association‟s

Collaborative School Library Award.

Seven students from the HPHS

Junior Board volunteered

their time and efforts to help

fundraise for Lambs Farm.

Members of the Transportation

Department voluntarily

transported over 300 sailors from

Great Lakes to Highwood to

participate in Highwood for the


Eleanor (Cissy) Singleton and

many HPHS volunteers sent over

150 care packages to troops

serving abroad. Over the last five

years, Cissy and friends have sent

over 32 shipments.

The District 113 Student Equity

Team attended their first field

trip by going to the DuSable

Museum to see the exhibit,

“African Presence in Mexico:

From Yanga to the Present”.

Jeff Hoyer, DHS science teacher,

and his AP Environmental

Science students sponsored the

2 nd Annual DHS Rummage Sale.

The sales benefit their Arial Home

construction project where

homes are built in Mexico.

HP^3 hosted the Fall

24 hour Lock-In over Veteran‟s

Day where students and staff

participated in race-focused

community building.

Nathan Fertig, DHS student,

was named a Young Arts

finalist in voice. He was

chosen from over 5000

applicants for this distinct


156 DHS and 181 HPHS

students were named

Illinois State Scholars.

DHS alum, Rachel Saltzman,

„07, was featured on the

television show “The Sing

Off” on NBC with the group

called The Backbeats.

The 2010 HPHS Model UN team

took first place (Best Overall

Delegation) at the Chicago

International Model United

Nations (CIMUN) conference.

DHS students, Haley Kaplan

(violin) and Nathan Fertig (jazz

vocal), were named All-State

musicians by the Illinois Music

Educators‟ Association (IMEA).

Nathan Fertig and Rahm

Silverglad, also a DHS student,

were recognized in the IMEA

composition competition.

HPHS head football coach, Hal

Chiodo, was selected by the

Illinois High School Football

Coaches‟ Association to be

the 2011 recipient of the Ray

Eliot Award, based on his

service and contributions to

high school athletics.

Six HPHS students were

selected as finalists in the

Art is Alive juried art


Both DHS and HPHS earned

their highest ACT score in

all disciplines tested.

Equity and Excellence in


DHS, a host of the Special

Olympics Event, earned the

Illinois Special Olympics

Maggiano‟s Hero Award.

The HPHS Robotics team, the

Beastie Bots, won the

Wisconsin State FTC

Championship in January.

They went on to take 3 rd place

overall in the Global FTC

Robotic Tournament.

DHS earned the Academic

Excellence Award from the

Illinois Board of Education.

Four DHS and two HPHS seniors

were named as candidates for

the United States Presidential

Scholars Program.

Dana Schwartz, an HPHS

student, was named one of

the 141 U.S. Presidential

Scholars for 2011.

Students who qualify for this award have

demonstrated outstanding academic

achievement, artistic excellence,

leadership, citizenship, service, and

contribution to school and community.

DHS had 5 National Merit


HPHS had 8 National Merit


Several DHS and HPHS students

succeeded with top-three finishes at

the DECA Area Competition.

DHS Science & Engineering (WYSE) team

won the Academic Challenge Regional

Tournament in February.

College Bound Opportunities (CBO)

provides students who have academic

potential and financial need the

opportunity to earn college degrees,

pursue careers of choice, and

productively serve in their local


Five students were selected for the DHS

CBO Class of 2016.

Fifteen students were selected for the

HPHS CBO Class of 2016.

Alicia Akers (DHS) and Sheri

Owens (HPHS), members of the

Chicago Symphony Chorus, won

Grammy Awards for both Best

Classical Album and Best Choral


The HPHS Congressional

Debate team placed first at

the invitational Wheeling


Jonathan Kogen, a DHS

student, was one of 40

Illinois students ages 7-18

to be named a 2010 Illinois

Chess Association Junior

Chess Scholar.

The DHS Drill Team placed 3 rd

in the Hip Hop category and

7 th in the Kick category at

the state competition.

Yucheng Pan and Emma Martin, DHS

students, advanced to the US

Biology Olympiad semi-finals.

The US Biology Olympiad is the

premier biology competition for

high school students.

HPHS students, Alex Foster

and Parker Rijos, placed

1 st in a year-long Stock

Market Game competition.

Fifty-five HPHS students

competed at the SCDC (State

Career Development

Conference) in March.

DHS students and staff donated

items for the Glass Slipper Project

sponsored by the DHS PTO. The

Glass Slipper Project gives away

free prom dresses and accessories

to high school students in the

Chicagoland area.

Kunal Pujara, HPHS science

teacher, was awarded the

Highland Park/Highwood

Golden Apple Award.

Evelina Yarmit, an HPHS

junior, won first place at the

IHSA State Debate


The DHS Mathletes team

qualified for the ICTM

State Meet in April.

Thirty-one HPHS students were

honored by the Highland Park

Chamber of Commerce based

upon their academic and

extracurricular performances.

12 students from the Class of

2011 earned the top score of 36

on the ACT. The class as a whole

earned the highest scores in the

history of District 113!

Six students in the class of

2012 have already earned a

top score of 36 on the ACT.

Alana Lidawer, an HPHS

student, earned a perfect SAT,

scoring a 1600!

Lucas Greenebaum, an

HPHS student, won the

North Suburban Special

Recreation Association‟s

(NSSRA) “Participant of

the Year” award.

A team of five DHS students

placed 1 st in the

Northeastern Illinois

Envirothon, North America‟s

largest environmental

education competition.

All state orchestra members from

HP are Zach Moore, Jonas Tarm,

and J.J. Sechan. In vocal music,

Emily Rosenberg was selected as

an IMEA all-stater.

Kristen Piggott, a science

teacher at DHS, was named

the Illinois Science Teachers‟

Association (ISTA) New

Teacher of the Year.

HPHS presented its 23 rd

biennial arts festival, Focus

on the Arts, in April. Over

250 artistic workshops took

place at HPHS.

Kristen Wallrab, an HPHS World

Language Teacher of French,

was selected to represent

HPHS in the Fulbright Teacher

Exchange Program. Kristen

will be teaching in Paris,

France and her exchange

partner from Paris, Caroline

Schneider, will be teaching at


Eric Fisher, a senior pianist

at HPHS, was awarded the

Morton Gould Young

Composers Award by the

American Society of

Composers, Authors and


Delsy Ramirez and Jenna

Spathis, HPHS students,

received the 2011

recognition award from the

Illinois Principals‟ Association

for the Lake County Region.

The Illinois Association for

Health, Physical Education,

Recreation, and Dance

named Victoria Otto, HPHS

teacher, as the 2011 Illinois

Secondary School Educator

of the Year.

Aaron Rosen and Sam Lazar, DHS

students, were awarded crystal

pillars (Student Television

Award of Excellence) by The

Academy of Television Arts and


Jeremy Schmetterer was also

awarded an Honorable Mention

in two categories.

Brett Schwartz, media

production and social

studies teacher at DHS,

wrote, directed, produced,

filmed, and edited a

documentary film entitled

Mashed Media which

debuted on WTTW in May.

Jonny Cohen, an HPHS

student, was selected as a

winner in the Technology

for a Better World

campaign presented by

Ashoka‟s Youth Ventures

and Best Buy Co., Inc.

Green School Initiative, an

HPHS student club, was

granted wind turbine

funds from the Sheridan

Foundation in Highland

Park. The turbine was

installed in June.

District 113 staff members

and students are truly


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