|Class of 2013 has picture-perfect day for graduation
High School said goodbye to the class of 2013 on May 19 as 294 graduates
crossed the stage to receive their diplomas on a beautiful, warm evening.
included Alex Otter, who urged her classmates not to be afraid to make the big decisions and make their dreams come true in her speech titled "Circling The Wagons."
Recalling the experiences of George Bailey and Homer Simpson, faculty speaker Michael Riggs told the graduates that they affect the world and the people in it in ways impossible to predict or understand in his speech titled "The Butterfly Effect."
The senior class formally presented its gift to the school: two new water fountains that allow for easy use with water bottles. The advanced wind
ensemble and the aCapella choir also performed during the
seniors earned cum laude status, while another 30 qualified as honor graduates (click here for a complete list). The ceremony was emceed by Sarah Mucha and Mitchell Everett, voted outstanding senior girl and boy.
Click here to view the commencement program.
photos of each graduate receiving his or her diploma will be available for purchase
online. Click here to view photos and buy prints or other items.
The entire ceremony is available for viewing on High School Cube. Click here to watch.
|District’s technology tools & resources about to evolve
Significant changes are in the works on the technology front for the 2013-14 school year. District 117 students and staff will arrive in August with a new array of tools and resources to help them meet the demands of today.
Google Apps will be the centerpiece of these new tools. Gmail will provide text, voice, and video messaging. Google Calendar will enable school and class event scheduling. Google Docs allows creation and sharing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more with online storage hosted by Google. Teachers can create rich websites with Google Sites, which allows easy integration of video, calendars and more.
In addition, the district is installing six Google Chromebook mobile labs each at Antioch and Lakes High Schools. These will replace 250 aging desktop computers, and the shift will allow three times more students to have access to technology as before at virtually the same cost.
District 117's three websites will be consolidated into one web portal and use a content management system that will allow for multiple contributors to publish news and other information. When it becomes live on August 1, web visitors will start at www.CHSD117.org and select the content they wish to view. The new site is being developed by A&M Media.
Finally, the district will unveil a new logo that incorporates the interconnectivity of its communities and schools. Students and staff will receive new email addresses with a consistent naming convention. Single Sign On will offer a single password for student access to district workstations and applications. Memorizing multiple passwords will be a thing of the past.
Much more information about the upcoming evolution of our technology systems is available in a special edition of our newsletter. Click here to read it.
|From teacher to principal, Whitehurst gave us 35 years
Few educators have spent as much of their career at Antioch High School as Principal John Whitehurst, who is retiring at the close of the current school year. Whitehurst came to ACHS in 1977 after teaching elsewhere for his first two years and spent the next 35 tackling every job from English teacher, to department chair, to assistant principal before becoming Antioch High School's 15th principal in 2011.
Along the way he served on numerous state, local, and national committees to set benchmarks for reading and language arts standards. He also led workshops on innovative teaching methods for state and national teaching associations and wrote articles published in journals for the National Council of Teachers of English.
In the classroom Whitehurst taught Advanced Placement and honors English courses. He developed the Creative Writing course and advised the literary magazine, Finesse, which earned top ratings and high marks from national press associations under his leadership.
"I've enjoyed working in education for 37 years," Whitehurst said. "I admire the (ACHS) staff greatly. I hope that I helped my students and staff grow at least half as much as they helped me grow."
|128 individuals recognized at monthly YMAD breakfast
One hundred twenty-four students were recognized for a variety of contributions and achievements
in school at the You Make A Difference breakfast held May 9 in
recipients included Mikayla Abbeduto, Brooke Aldersebaes, Bogdan Anghel, Megan Arntzen, Meghana Atre, Erika Nicole Balagot, Jesse Balay, Taylor Barzowski, Heather Beckman, Vincent Belcher, Megan Bering, Zachary Besson, Joel Betke, Hannah Bohn, Trichia Bravi, Jessica Bryski, Delaney Burke, Andrew Burkhart, Haley Capek, Courtney Carley, Thomas Castino, Leroy Chapman, Mikayla Christian, Alexandra Cook, Julia DeBoer, Sandra Emmerling, Ozan Emsun, Amanda Forman, Thomas Furlong, Amy Gabriel, Cassie Giamarusti, Rachel Gowland, Mitchell Greany, Michael Gussarson, Ryan Gutowski, Anna Gwozdz, Joseph Haras, Madeline Hart, Daniel Helgesen, Kyle Heywood, Jessica Hoffelder, Isabella Hoffman, Jamie Huber, Jordan Jacob, Emily Jacobsen, Brandon Karpiel, Ian Keller, Sage Keyes, Danielle Koch, Kaitlyn Koski, Jack Kovach, Ryan LaCroix, Ryan Lannert, Carl Lindgren, Kasandra Lochhead, Carlos Lopez, Raymond Luc, Shane Lundin, Amber Luptak, Mark Lyman, Shaylene McCue, Abigail McIlhany, Anna McIlhany, Maxwell McKeough, Madeline Miklautsch, Daniel Miller, Jason Mrkonich, Madalyn Murillo, Sydney Nielsen, Lauren Novick, Marina Palmieri, Jeremy Pasterz, Jessica Pedersen, Meghan Petrowski, Kaitlin Phillips, Dakota Phillips, Grace Pifke, Simon Piltz, Matthew Powers, Collin Prather, Keely Przyborski, Michelle Quero, Jacob Regan, Nicholas Reid, Daniel Ressler, Megan Resurreccion, Brandon Richmond-Schwarz, Michael Richter, Courtney Rieb, Jared Rodriguez, Richard Ruano, Bradford Russell, Christopher Ruth, Taylor Schiltz, Rachel Schwabe, Louisa Schweigel, Shane Simonini, Hannah Skoog, Wesley Skym, Travis Slywka, Wyatt Smith, Vanessa Solis, Dexter Sommerfeldt, Samantha Spierling, Linsey Stiglic, Natalie Summerfelt, Alan Taylor, Mackenzie Thomas, Tyler Thorn, Kristina Truong, Jaclyn Ukleja, Frances Uy, Emily Waldbart, Ryan Weber, Caroline Westrate, Holly White, Hailey Wilson, Giovanni Winters, Gianlucas Winters, Chase Wolden, Morgan Yankee, Jessica Zawistowski, Nathan Zeien and Bailey Zibble
In addition, staff members Marni Polokow, Rick Fredricksen, Lou Porreca and Todd Soukup were also recognized at the breakfast.
– Memorial Day: No School - May 27
– Last Day of School - May 28
– Summer School Classes Begin - June 3
– Independence Day Holiday: No Summer School - July 4 & 5
– Teacher Institute Day - August 16
– First Day of School - August 19
Andrew Fauble (Quincy) d. Braden Ward 6-1, 6-1
Varsity 10, Grayalake Central 0
Lake Zurich d. Varsity 25-20, 25-22
Varsity: 4th Place (8 teams)
State Qualifiers: Tyler Facey (high jump), Jacob Craft (shot put), Alan Taylor (discus), Leroy Chapman (400 meter), 4x400-meter relay
4x100-meter relay team: 7th place, heat #2
Varsity 0, Lake Forest 5
Varsity 9, Lake Forest 8
SAT: June 1
· ACT: June 8