Lay down their locks

Lay down their locks

  The students and faculty of Chicago Christian High School in Palos Heights raised more than $5,500 for childhood cancer research Wednesday last week by participating in St. Baldrick’s.
  St. Baldrick’s raises money to fund research in finding a cure for cancer. Several teachers agreed to give up their own hair to motivate students. The students started the day coloring their hair green, and by lunch time, all the hair was shaved off.

In addition to going bald for St. Baldrick’s, this year four girls cut their long hair for Locks for Love, an organization that makes wigs for those with hair loss as a result of cancer treatment. One female student, who has been brave enough to shave her head, inspired other girls to give of their locks.
  This is the fourth consecutive year that Chicago Christian has participated in the St. Baldrick’s event.

Art by elephant

Art by elephant

  St. Louis de Montfort School Assistant Principal Terry Lonergan (back, from left), Principal Arlene Baumann and Carey Westberg, producer of “My Lucky Elephant,” are seen here with students Daniel McKeown (front, from left), Anna Fitzpatrick, Layla Moyer, Mackenzie Hill and Reginald Sykes III as they look at art made by an elephant, above.
  Students and teachers met Westberg and spoke to them about his movie, “My Lucky Elephant.” Westberg talked about Thailand and some of its customs, as well as Asian elephants that are trained to paint pictures. Students screened a trailer of the movie and watched the whole production the next day.
  Seen with Westberg creating their own works of art are Jacob Hernandez Diaz (back, from left), Arianna Nelson, Noah Jennings and Gwyneth Gertonson; and Skylar Greene (front, from left), Robyn White, Kait Hughes and Yamira Thomas.

Bulldogs jazz it up to two wins

From Bob McParland
Comm. High School Dist. 218

  The jazz ensemble from Richards High School wins awards in competitions each year; but no group has won trophies like the current edition.
  After claiming the Grand Champion award for best performance at the Herscher Swing and Sing Festival, the ensemble earned top honors at two more contests — on the same day and 150 miles apart.
  The jazz ensemble and jazz combo each earned Division I ratings, the highest possible, at the Chicago Area Jazz Festival at TF South High School. Later the same day, the bands traveled to Illinois State University in Normal to perform at the Illinois State University Jazz Invitational. The jazz band won first place in Class AAA and won the Grand Champion award as the top performing group among all divisions. Junior Madeline Doon was selected as one of the five outstanding soloists
  The band also received the honor of performing as the opening act for the Saturday Night Grand Finale concert at Illinois State. Richards students performed with the university’s jazz band and guest jazz trumpet artist Wayne Bergeron.
  Richards band director Charles Martin, an accomplished professional musician who has taught three decades, always has proved a tough grader. He did not qualify his praise for his current group of students.
  “They are some of the most dedicated and hardest working and committed students that I have ever had the pleasure to teach in my over 30 years of being a music educator. They are a joy to teach,” said Martin.
  Aside from the Grand Champion trophy at Herscher, jazz ensemble and Encore, the Richards show choir, combined to win The Sweepstakes Awards for the second year in a row. This trophy goes to the school with the choral and instrumental groups that combine for the most points together.

High schools host science fair

Winners from the 2nd annual Mother McAuley and Brother Rice Jr. High Science Fair were LaShon Walker (standing, from left), Adam Popper, Erin Donovan, Ryan Kaczynski, Stacey Padilla, Michelle Ptak, Jessica Escobedo, Carley Perovic, Sean Kirchman, Brigid Stewart, Hannah Heppner, Nina Zheng, Caeli Day and Marisa Morgan; and Savannah Gilgenberg (kneeling, from left), Melissa Madrangca, Mayra Vasquez and Emma Salzman. Submitted Photo

  Mother McAuley and Brother Rice high schools hosted a Junior High Science Fair last month that featured more than 60 girls and boys in grades six through eight.
  Students were invited to enter an investigation or invention project. The investigation projects uses scientific methodology including experimentation to carry out an investigation; while invention projects are original designs that serve a purpose, solve a problem or improve an object invented by someone else. The judges consisted of McAuley science teachers and alumnae, and each participant was evaluated on their presentation, question or invention, background research, hypothesis, variables, materials, procedure, data, analysis, conclusion, and their ability to sum up the project.
  The top three students for each grade level in both categories were selected winners. In the eighth-grade investigation category, Ryan Kaczynski of St. Christina won first place for his project, “Best Wood for Campfire;” Erin Donovan of St. Christina took second with her project, “Does color-blindness differ from person to person?” and Carley Perovic of St. Christina took third with her project, “Which materials melt ice fastest?”
  At the seventh-grade level, Marisa Morgan of St. Joseph-Lockport won first place for “Hardest Nail Polish;” Melissa Madrangca and Myra Vasquez of St. Albert the Great took second with “How does exercise affect a diabetic adult?” and Sean Kirchman of St. Albert the Great took third with his project, “How do different types of music affect blood pressure?”
  In the sixth-grade category, Savannah Gilgenberg, Stacey Padilla and Michelle Ptak of St. Albert the Great won first place for investigating how tornadoes form; Emma Salzman from Healy School won second for “Soapy Suds and More;” and Brigid Stewart, Jessica Escobedo and Nina Zheng of St. Albert the Great won third for their project “Montgolfier Ping-Pong Experiment.”

  In the eighth grade invention category, Adam Popper from St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick won first place for his water droplet generator.

  In the seventh-grade invention category, Hannah Heppner of St. Christina won first place for her music tube, Caeli Day from St. Christina won second place for her light saver, and LaShon Walker from St. John DeLasalle took third place for her emergency alert system.

NHS inductions

Oak Lawn High School Superintendent/Principal Michael Riordan congratulates Baily Kean on her induction into the school's chapter of the National Honor Society.

Kean was one of 65 students inducted. The others were Jacob Allen, Brooke Annerino, Tesneim Awadallah, Natalia Bak, Melissa Barragan, Steven Boetscher, Randel Bracken, Julia Bugaj, Rachel Burba, Cathal Burke, Fajjar Butt, Sarah Cafagna, Nicholas Chovancek, Weronika Ciezczak, Noor Dakhlallah, Nicholas Demas, Stephanie Dominguez, Julie Eble, Colleen Fahy, Jamie Fionda, Natalia Gawelda, Fidencio Gonzalez, Miranda Gray, Melissa Greiman, Bushra Hamad, Marc Hansen, Kyle Hayes, Jordan Hepburn, Haley Hiljus, Tara Hill, Isabella Ibarra, Yara Ismail, Morgan Jozsa, Daniel Kalinin, Bailey Kean, Marcin Krzysiak, Kyle Kuzur, Brittani LaRusso, Amanda Leone, Rebecca Mackowiak, Kathleen Mancillas, Lauren Misner, John Morgan, Kayed Nofal, Kristen O'Connor, Hana Odeh, David Oliver, Bayan Ouri, Andrea Pacetti, Megan Pacetti, James Pattara, Kathleen Plutz, Megan Pripusich, Kayla Reichert, Dominika Rosinska, Victoria Roti, Emma Roza, Emily Salomone, Derek Schapiro, Adam Smith, Jason Snyder, Mitchell Swatek, Nayfah Thnaibat, Shelby Trybula and Kamila Zaremba.