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Paw Prints

News and Information from Community High School District 128 Spring 2005


Working together for success!

District 128 Information


Superintendent's Message

Volunteers abound in District 128

Administrative Offices 940 W. Park Ave. Libertyville, Illinois 60048 847-367-3159 Libertyville High School 708 W. Park Ave. Libertyville, Illinois 60048 847-327-7000 Vernon Hills High School 145 N. Lakeview Parkway Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061 847-932-2000

Board of Education

Jan Foreman, President John Snow, Vice President Anne Landgraf, Secretary Scott Adams Dennis Ryan George Sachs Judy Sugarman Student Representatives Madeline Tebon,Libertyville High School Tom Ginakakis, Vernon Hills High School


District Dr. David L. Clough, Superintendent Dr. Catherine Finger, Assoc. Superintendent Yasmine Dada, CPA, Asst. Superintendent for Business Mary Todoric, Director of Communications Libertyville High School Dr. Joseph Wojtena, Principal Eric Maroscher, Assistant Principal Diane Phillips, Assistant Principal Ron Bjurstrom, Director of Student Support Services Vernon Hills High School Dr. Ellen Cwick, Principal Jon Guillaume, Assistant Principal Deborah Larson, Assistant Principal Community Education Program Dr. Lester "Buzz" Perry, Director of Community Education and Grants

Paw Prints is published quarterly during the school year for District 128 families. Questions and concerns should be addressed to Paw Prints Editor Mary Todoric, Director of Communications at 847-327-7186.

District 128 parents and community members support their two high schools in many ways. The most obvious is the substantial tax dollars paid by our community in order to ensure that our students receive the finest possible programs and are taught, coached and led by the very finest teachers, administrators and support staff. In addition to the generous support of our taxpayers, another critical component in helping us to have great high schools is the "spirit of volunteerism" that exists throughout our entire school community. In my nearly seven years of serving as your Superintendent, this spirit is one of the most striking impressions I have of our District. The volunteerism begins with our wonderful students who give of themselves in so many ways both in and out of school. Nearly every issue of Paw Prints provides powerful examples of our students' service involvement through food drives, blood drives, assisting senior citizens, etc. It continues with our staff members, who give countless hours beyond their paid time to be involved with our students and community in worthy projects. Our parent and community volunteers are incredible. You cannot attend a fine arts, student activity or athletic event in our District without seeing parents working concessions, selling booster items, conducting raffles, chaperoning a dance, selling bricks for the "Pathway of Pride" or the "Entrance to Remember," serving pie at Cabaret, helping manage a swim meet, working with our Special Olympians and much more. They are everywhere! Three recent volunteer projects are helping to upgrade facilities at each school. The baseball fields at both campuses are being improved and rehabbed entirely through volunteer efforts. The latest volunteer effort is the "Give Ground" campaign, in which a group of LHS parents and community members have set a goal of raising nearly $700,000 to install a synthetic surface on the stadium field. This new surface would impact nearly every student at LHS by allowing daily use by physical education classes, the marching band and school and community athletic teams. If their efforts are successful, a 2.5 acre parcel of the "cramped for space" LHS campus will be turned into one that can be utilized 85% of the available time rather than the current 7%. See page 18 for more information about this particular effort. On behalf of our students, staff, administration and School Board in District 128, I extend a huge "THANK YOU" to our many volunteers. Your presence and impact on our high schools, as well as the wonderful role modeling you provide our students, is immense.

D av id L . C l o u g h , Ph . D. S u p e rintendent

Parents: Make your source for District 128 news and information

Parents are encouraged to visit the Community High School District 128 web site at for a wealth of information about the District. The site contains links to both high schools, as well as links to the District budget, Board of Education meeting dates, meeting minutes, school calendar, news, publications and more.


District News

District financial update

by Yasmine Dada, Assistant Superintendent for Business In June 2004, the Board of Education approved a five year capital plan for the District. Included in the plan is the construction of a new gymnasium at Libertyville High School. The gymnasium will be located at the southwest corner of the existing building, adjacent to the field house and wrestling gymnasium. Members of the District construction committee, which included representatives from the athletic and physical education departments and administration, have been working with architectural firm STR Partners to complete the design phase of the new gymnasium. Architects have met with high school staff repeatedly to develop and finalize plans. On April 20, 2005, the District will release the bid specifications for the new gym and will be accepting bids through May 18, 2005. An alternate bid for a wrestling gym addition will be included in the bid specs. If the bid climate is favorable, the Board of Education may choose to construct the wrestling gymnasium on the lower level. Construction is expected to start in June 2005 and completed by August 2006. The project is being funded through the general operating fund. The new gymnasium will be 11,425 square feet and will be built to accommodate a competition basketball court. Overlays on the basketball court will be two practice basketball courts, and one competition and two practice volleyball courts. The gym will have seating for spectators and a team locker room. In addition to basketball and volleyball, the gym will be used by other teams, including pom poms, cheerleaders and physical education classes. Due to the proximity of the new gym to the fitness room and the wrestling gym, the construction plans call for minor renovations to these spaces. During the construction period, every effort will be made to minimize impact on the school and neighborhoods. Construction fences will be erected to keep students, staff and the general public out of the construction areas, and parking areas may be reconfigured to accommodate construction traffic. At VHHS the bleacher expansion project at the stadium recently approved by the Board of Education will be underway this spring. When completed, the project will increase the seating capacity by 800 seats. Plans for a maintenance building at VHHS are also being developed. The District is reviewing various options and locations for the building, which will be used primarily to store machinery and equipment. Other projects to be addressed during the summer of 2005 at LHS include remodeling student lockers; replacing portions of the roof; installing new flooring and ceiling tile; and commencing with phase one of installing sprinklers in LHS. Due to heavy construction traffic at LHS, we are developing a resurfacing plan for the LHS parking lot that would address the existing conditions at a minimal cost to the District. An extensive resurfacing project is planned for 2006. Summer projects at VHHS include replacement of flooring and resurfacing of parking lots.

Summer school in District 128

Students from Libertyville and Vernon Hills High Schools interested in taking classes in Summer School should see their counselor to make those plans. The following courses will be offered if a sufficient number enroll: Consumer Management, Keyboarding/Typing, English, Film Studies, Introduction to Critical Reading, Algebra 1, Geometry, Informal Geometry, Trigonometry, Computer Science Honors-Visual Basic, Astronomy, Government, United States History, Research and Writing Skills for Social Studies, and Spanish Bridge Program. Class enrollment will be determined on a first come, first served basis. The starting date will be Monday, June 20, and the ending date will be Friday, Aug. 5. There will be no school on Monday, July 4. Summer School brochures are available in the main offices of both Libertyville High School and Vernon Hills High School. Students from outside of District 128 should check with their own schools prior to enrolling at LHS. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Trudy Kulefsky at 847-327-7006. A wide variety of athletic summer camps are also available to students from Libertyville and Vernon Hills High Schools. Many camps are designed for younger students as well. Athletic camps are offered at each high school and run throughout the summer, starting June 13. Information about these camps is available on each school's athletic web-site, and brochures are available in the main office and athletic office at each building. Parents are encouraged to register their students online for summer athletic camps by visiting the District 128 community education web-site:

Parents may qualify for transportation reimbursement

Parents and guardians who must provide transportation to and from school because free transportation is not available for their children may be eligible to receive money from the state to help offset some of the cost. Claim forms for the 2004-2005 school year are available for pick-up in the main offices of Libertyville High School and Vernon Hills High School. Parents/guardians must complete their claim no later than June 30, 2005.

District News


District 128 students honored at IHSA music contest

District 128 student musicians participated in last month's IHSA State Solo and Ensemble Contest at Grayslake High School. District 128 soloists and ensembles earned 181 Division One ratings and 13 "Best of Day" honors. The following students received 'Division I' ratings: Libertyville High School: Alto Sax - Tom Engstrom, Brian Paplaski Baritone - Aaron Austin, Chas Clow Bass Clarinet - Brent Kalman Bass Ensemble - Dan Schory, Jay Fischl, Max Mauer, Harris Covington Bassoon - Katie Jarosz Clarinet - Kristina Grenier, Andrew Hur, Tracy Wood, Sarah Garren, Kaitlin Pucci Tenor Sax - Marty Gierczyk Clarinet - Jon Ulanday Clarinet Duet - Lena Michel, Emily Peterson Clarinet Ensemble - Gloria Yen, Katie Zorc, Katie Mroz, Lauren Hurst Clarinet Ensemble - Nick Julia, Nicole Briatta Double Reed Ensemble - Carolyn Kozak, John Liu Double Reed Ensemble - Carolyn Kozak, Katie Jarosz, Megan Keirans, Angela Ames - BEST OF DAY Voice - Lisa Cotey, Kristy Lowell Flute - Dana Joras, Stephanie Burke, Lauren Giannini Flute - Alison Duffy - BEST OF DAY Flute - Becky Garrison, Jina Kwak, Brittney Larsen, Amy Salvatore, Michelle Taylor, Carly Jones, Elizabeth Davis, Laura Cocks French Horn - Kevin Ross, Emma Kaplan, Natalie Douglass Horn Ensemble - Emma Kaplan, Natalie Douglass, Jason Bridges, Ellen Williams Keyboard Ensemble - James Pessin, Andrew Shultz Madrigal Group - Master Singers - Voice - David Woodbridge, Nick Snow, Tim Try, Jay Fischl, Max Mauer Voice - Jon Weppler - BEST OF DAY Membrane Percussion - Shaun Lowecki, Lucas Mellang Mixed Brass Ensemble - Joe Aiello, Heather Blazevich, Gracie Christerson, Joe Davey, Karl Mamaat Mixed Brass Ensemble - Sandor Barr, Matt Chapman, Dan Sweeney, Andie Hail, Tyler Dahlke Mixed Brass Ensemble - Jamie Wozniak, Jason Kontny, Emily Mayer, Jay Fischl, Jon Weppler Mixed Brass Ensemble - Heather Blazevich, Alysha Summers, Emma Kaplan, Dan Close, Jessica Beyer Mixed Brass Ensemble - Jonathan Hein, Joe Doss, Chas Clow, Jason Bridges, Laura Semmelman Mixed Brass Ensemble - Alex Parker, Megan Liaboe, Peter Finkel, Erik Anderson, Eric Spanton Mixed Percussion Ensemble - John Lorenz, Lauren Bell, Pat Fischl, Corey Richardson Mixed Percussion Ensemble - David Bedell, Scott Geryol, Ian Steele,Colleen Ross Mixed Percussion Ensemble - Shaun Lowecki, Lucas Mellang, Dan Schory, James Pessin, Andrew Shultz, Dave VerLee, Jared Moore Mixed Wind Ensemble - Gloria Yen, Brittney Larsen, Corinne Butzen, Katie Jarosz, Ashley Porter Mixed Wind Ensemble - John Liu, Alison Duffy, Kristina Grenier, Carolyn Kozak, Natalie Douglass Mixed Wind Ensemble - Sarah Garren, Sarah Pfluger, Jina Kwak, Ellen Williams, Reed McCann Mixed Wind Ensemble - Megan Keirans, Kevin Ross, Tracy Wood, Dana Joras, Amanda Shepard Oboe - Amanda Shepard, John Liu Piccolo - Anna Christerson Saxophone Ensemble - Brian Paplaski, Brian Arnold, Tyler Peacock, Colin Marquardt Saxophone Ensemble - Brian Paplaski, Tom Engstrom Saxophone Ensemble - Jaclyn Patulo, April Cho, Chris Than, Steve Clow Saxophone Ensemble - Dan Tanner, Steve Revis, Steve Sullivan, Matt Karnstedt Snare Drum - Jared Moore Soprano Sax - Brian Paplaski - BEST OF DAY Tenor Saxophone - Brian Arnold Timpani - James Pessin, Pat Fischl, Andrew Shultz Treble Ensemble - Kaitlyn Williams, Dena Goldberg Treble Ensemble - Bridget Carr, Angie Sylvester, Kylee Eyre, Erin Lowell, Shannon McKercher, Kendall Covek Treble Ensemble - Kristy Lowell, Sam Shultz Trombone - Erik Jensen, Laura Semmelman, Dan Close Trumpet - Jonathan Hein, Jason Kontny, Kyle Moomey, Alex Parker Trumpet - Heather Blazevich - BEST OF DAY Trumpet - Joe Doss, Megan Liaboe, Taylor Elrod, Lauren Kay, Steve Branham, Alysha Summers Tuba - Erik Anderson, Tyler Dahlke Voice - Camille Malecha, Kaitlyn Williams, Dena Goldberg Voice - Katie Phillips - BEST OF DAY Voice - Amanda Nipper, Elisabeth Augsburger, Jenny Kamins, Clare Colao, Erin Lowell, Allison Jamison, Lindsay Schwartz, Carly Miller, Liz Rinella, Angie Sylvester, Jen Chen, Matt Chapman, Carly Jones, Shannon McKercher, Marina McCarthy Xylophone - Colleen Ross Vernon Hills High School: Clarinet Soloists - Kristen Meylor, Sam Rothstein, Melissa Sher Trumpet Soloists - Bobby Kelly, Nathaniel Olson, Michael Ladror Bassoon Solo - Ryan Cederoth Cello Soloists - Haeran Lee, Dmitriy Rapoport Cello Solo - Kevin Kunkel - BEST OF DAY Vocal Soloists - Cersten Brusenbach, Shaina Farwell, Melanie Kibbler, Sandy Kim, Chelsea Magary, Goli Rahimi, Valerie Szwaya, Zak Galaboff, Matt Nuernberger, Nathaniel Olson, Andrew Piotrowski Flute Soloists - Kaitlin Brooks, Zina Shulman Flute Solo - Sandy Kim - BEST OF DAY French Horn Soloist - Matt Nuernberger French Horn Solo - Aaron Kibbler - BEST OF DAY Oboe Solo - Becky Wolff Piano Solo - Michael Ladror Piano Solo - Melissa Chua - BEST OF DAY String Bass Solo - Sam Silverstein Viola Soloists - Amanda Metzger, Lisa Moritz, Scott Rubin

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District News

District 128 speakers available for community meetings

Consider inviting a representative from the Community High School District 128 Speakers Bureau to the next meeting of your business, civic or social organization. The Speakers Bureau was developed as an additional means of communicating with members of the District 128 community. District 128 administrators are available to speak on a variety of topics about Libertyville and Vernon Hills High Schools, including: Athletics Community Education Opportunities Community/School Partnerships District 128 Overview Fine Arts LHS Overview Making the Transition from Jr. High to High School Federal "No Child Left Behind" legislation School Finance Standards Student Activities Technology VHHS Overview And more . . . Please contact Mary Todoric at 847-327-7186 or [email protected] for more information on this program or to schedule a speaker.

IHSA honors

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District 128 hosts Lake County Education Job Fair at VHHS

Twenty-six high school, elementary and unit districts participated in the Fourth Annual Lake County Education Job Fair held March 12 at Vernon Hills High School. The fair, held annually at VHHS, was the combined idea of District 128 and Libertyville School District 70. District 128 staff members are seen above interviewing some of the nearly 900 applicants seeking teaching positions for the 2005-06 school year. (photo courtesy of District 70)

Violin Soloists - Lauren Bryant, Melissa Chua, Shaun Fernandes, Ashley Grebe, Yelena Khavkhalyuk, Michael Mui, Zhouyu Wu Mallet Percussion Soloists - Mary Keister, David Kempf Vocal Ensemble - Devon Kondziela, Ryan Griffiths, Casey Skeens, Zak Galaboff - BEST OF DAY Vocal Ensemble - Shaina Farwell, Cersten Brusenbach, Iris Perley Vocal Ensemble - Michelle Krueger, Colleen Grimes, Alyssa Eastman Clarinet Ensemble - Sarah Brooks, Lauren Schorsch Clarinet Ensemble - Kristen Meylor, Sam Rothstein Vocal Ensemble - Sandy Kim, Heidi Gosen, Shaina Farwell, Chelsea Magary, Cersten Brusenbach, Kelsey Peterson, Iris Perley, Melanie Kibbler, Devon Kondziela, Casey Skeens, Zak Galaboff, Ryan Griffiths, Cory Weinberg Vocal Ensemble - Heidi Gosen, Chelsea Magary, Casey Skeens Clarinet Ensemble - Kris Kania, Sarah Goldberg, Jeff Wang Horn Ensemble - Aaron Kibbler, Andrew Tamasauskas Horn Ensemble - Erin O'Donnell, Blair Bauman Horn Ensemble - Erin O'Donnell, Blair Bauman, Emily Macy, James Hallendorff Keyboard Percussion Ensemble - Jesse Schaar, Mike Quarrato, Meaghan Luczanich-Kirkpatrick, Tom Proepper, Jeff Fujiu - BEST OF DAY Brass Ensemble - Aaron Kibbler, Andrew Tamasauskas, Nathaniel Olson Brass Ensemble - Andrew Tamasauskas, Nathaniel Olson, Jeff Springer, Michael Ladror, Eric Han Woodwind Ensemble - Ally Rumzis, Gina Kim Woodwind Quintet - Andrew Tamasauskas, Zina Shulman, Melanie Kibbler, Sam Rothstein, Ryan McKeown Saxophone Ensemble - Josh Brickman, Anastasia Guletsky, Nisha Sutaria String Ensemble - Vanessa Bordo, Ashley Grebe String Ensemble - Michael Mui, Shaun Fernandes String Ensemble - Dmitriy Rapoport, Kevin Kunkel String Ensemble - Matt Zhang, Eric Lee, Dan Yi String Ensemble - Lauren Bryant, Joy Wu, Nichole Knighton, Haeran Lee String Ensemble - Ashley Grebe, Goli Rahimi, Amanda Metzger, Vanessa Bordo String Ensemble - Goli Rahimi, Elisa Visick, Heidi Gosen, Yelena Khavkhalyuk String Ensemble - Scott Rubin, Kevin Kunkel, Shaun Fernandes, Michael Mui String Ensemble - Shaun Fernandes, Michael Mui, Amanda Metzger, Scott Rubin, Ashley Grebe, Vanessa Bordo, Kevin Kunkel, Melissa Chua Trombone Ensemble - Michael Ladror, Jeff Springer Trumpet Ensemble - Nathaniel Olson, Michael Ladror - BEST OF DAY

SAP News



by Margaret Pither, VHHS SAP Coordinator

LHS hosts Starfish Breakfast

by Diane Busch, LHS SAP Coordinator The Libertyville High School Student Assistance Program hosted the Starfish Awards Breakfast on Feb. 16. The Awards Breakfast honored the students, staff and community members who make a difference in the lives of the LHS community. Students and staff nominated recipients for the award. Along with individual award winners, the breakfast also recognized several school organizations dedicated to helping students. This year a special award was given to Dr. Joe Wojtena. He was recognized for his tremendous commitment to the Libertyville community and the culture of caring that he has created at LHS. He accepted the award with his wife, Jane. The keynote speaker was Ron Rivera, the Defensive Coordinator for the Chicago Bears. The following students, faculty, community members and organizations were honored at the Starfish Breakfast: Sherry Bauschke, Todd Bauschke, Mike Belmares, Adriana Bonewitz, Derick Bonewitz, Donna Brzezinski, Doug Brzezinski, Tom Byelick, Bob Davis, Carolyn Dellutri, Mark Dennis, Sandra Derks, Jim Fehling, Pam Fiedler, Nancy Flaherty, Patsy Foley, Karen Fretzin, L.C.P.C., Jon Griparis, Heather Hale, Larry Jelinek, Katie Kerrigan, Phil Kirschbaum, Robert Kleinheinz, Les LaFollette, Duane Laska, Nikki Lazzaretto, C. J. Locke, Kim Lowrie, Karna Opeka, Carol Plumer, Dorothy Renton, Peter Renton, Ned Ricks, Bill Sands, Derl Sarby, Pamela Saxelby, William Saxelby, Jerome Saxon, Pamela Saxon, Edward Sindles, John Teichman, Jim Thornton, Paul Vander Weele, Suzanne Walker, Karla Werchek, Mike Werchek, Bill Reichert, Tim Albers, Ray Albin, Chuck Beach, Esther Beezley, Ron Bjurstrom, Scott Bogumil, Marie Brausam, Willie Brown, Sue Bruett, Diane Busch, Connie Carlson, Leasha Carp, David Clough, Kathy Colon, Shelley Comstock, Sandy Cottrell, Doreen Craffey, Joe Cragan, Yasmine Dada, Pete Dawson, Rhoda Drije, Ann Durkin, Mary Therese Durkin, Dale Eggert, Lynn Eves, Sean Ferrell, Catherine Finger, Diane Fischer, Tasha Fitzgibbons, Dyan Flood, Sue Gallivan, Kathy Geryol, Wanda Gongol, Jim Goodwin, Marti Gorun, Amy Gratta, Christine Grindel, Barb Groskopf, Larry Grubb, Christophe Guiard, Laura Guiard, Kristin Gumkowski, Kathy Haan, Sally Hauck, Kurt Hironimus, Amy Holtsford, Nancy Hornung, Katie Hyla, Willa Innis, Kim Johnson, Sarah Kelly, Rosie Kick, Melodie Kinnee, Mickie Kirschbaum, Sandra Kruckman, Kristin Krueger, Thelma Krupp, Trudy Kulefsky, Andrea Lara, Minerva Lara, Alice Leafblad, Mary Pat Lemanski, Cindy Macdonald, Mike Mansell, Gwen Markson, Eric Maroscher, Amy Marske, Patti Mascia, Marilyn McBride, Jeff McKenzie, Bill Mix, Cheryl Monken, Diana Murphey, Temple Murphy, Judi Neuberger, Laura Oilschlager-Bogumill, Nikki Olszewski, Kevin O'Neill, Jennifer Paul, Ethel Pechulis, Liz Perlman, Diane Phillips, Barb Plohr, Diane Potter, Susan Price, Bill Recihert, Tim Reilly, Maryjo Robins, Steve Rochon, Liz Rose, Sherri Rukes, Christy Sarby, Patty Scherrer, Karen Schnobel, Dawn Shannahan, Patti Ann Sharp, Don Shupe, Donna Smith, Mike Smith, Marc Spacone, Laura Splinter, Ole Stevens, Sharon Stevens, Shelley Stoiber, Michele Talley, Meredith Tarczynski, Andrew Thomson, Mary Todoric, Andrea Townsend, Cameron Traut, Chris Trzyna, Lynda Turner, Bob Uliks, Ruth Vasquez, Andrea Walls, Kate Walters, Lynda Ward, Janet Weber, Tom Webster, Bryan Wilcox, Betty Williams, Kathleen Witt, Joe Wojtena, Jim Zale, continued on page 24

Compulsive gambling topic for learn at lunch

Did you know that teens are two to three times more likely than adults to develop a gambling problem? Students at Vernon Hills High School had an opportunity to learn about the pitfalls of compulsive gambling at a March 8 Learn at Lunch. Two compulsive gamblers spoke during all the lunch hours, and addressed the dangers of gambling and the early warning signs for a compulsive gambling addiction.

Staff lunch and learn speaker

"Controlling Classroom and Hall Conflicts," was the topic of a faculty/staff Lunch and Learn held at VHHS on Feb. 11. Dr. Sherri Misrac, a licensed clinical psychologist and faculty member at Roosevelt University, spoke during the lunch periods on how to "connect with adolescents in a different voice," addressing concerns of harassment and bullying behavior in the classroom and in the hall/locker room. Dr. Misrac presented the issues of adolescents in the new millennium and the social norms teachers must face that are dramatically different than a decade ago. She defined bullying behavior that necessitates intervention by staff and faculty, and described the characteristics of the bully and the victim. In addition to closer monitoring and increased awareness by all school personnel, staff were given intervention strategies for classroom incidents of inappropriate behavior and an opportunity to problem solve specific situations. A complete copy of strategies and resources presented by Dr. Misrac can be accessed on the Community District 128 web site,, Vernon Hills High School/Home/ Information/Student Assistance Program.

VHHS parent focus groups

VHHS hosted two parent groups in January and two followup groups for interested parents will be offered in April. We have two months of school left and many things to talk about ­ avoiding the fourth-quarter slump, prom, graduation, and graduation parties. Junior and senior parents are invited to discuss these topics at a luncheon meeting to be held on April 6, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., in the school's library classroom. The freshman and sophomore parent group will meet on the same day in the evening from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in room 1516. The discussion topics will include: Do I still need to be involved in my child's progress at school? How much do I need to structure my child's free time? Are the behaviors my child is showing part of normal adolescence or a warning sign of possible trouble? Dessert and beverages will be offered at both groups. Call Margaret Pither at 847-932-2158, or Priscilla Sienko at 847932-2029 to sign up.

Turnabout Bracelets

S.P.A.R.K. (Supporting Peers and Reaching Kids), the drug and alcohol prevention club at VHHS, seized the moment to spread the no-use message to the entire school community by selling plastic, brightly-colored bracelets during Spirit Week. While purchasing Turnabout tickets for the dance, students could also purchase a colorful wrist band with an anti-drug message for only a quarter. Three hundred bracelets were sold.


CRC News

What is the best college for my major?

by Vic Capron, VHHS College Career Counselor When making a college search, students often ask me what the best schools are for their intended major. When parents ask colleges if their school has a strong major, with few exceptions, the response is usually yes. So, if most schools tell you they have a strong major in your area of interest, what can you do to distinguish one school from another? How can you compare apples to apples? Before attempting to answer this question, my first piece of advice to students is to be cautious about selecting a college based solely on the major. However, let's say you are one of those students who does know what you want to major in. How can you find out if your intended major is a quality program? What are some resources available to help you with your search? Many students often turn to the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report and web sites that rank the most competitive schools. Keep in mind that rankings can't convey many of the features of a college and that a ranking may be based on factors that are not very important to you. Before you put too much emphasis on a ranking, try to find out what the ratings were based on. A popular resource available in the CRC and one used as a starting point in your search is Rugg's Recommendations of Colleges. Rugg's recommends colleges based on majors ranging from art to zoology. It does not rank the schools, but suggests a variety of schools ranging in size, location, and admission difficulty. An informative but often under-utilized resource to explore majors is the college catalog. The college catalog is an excellent way to compare curriculums of schools. It contains information on course offerings, requirements, goals of the department, and credentials of the faculty. Many schools have their catalog online. Catalogs can also be checked out of the CRC. When scheduling a campus visit, ask if it is possible to sit in on one or two classes in your intended major. This can help you get a sense of the instructional level and student/teacher interaction. Also, try to talk to college students enrolled in your major. A meeting with the dean or a faculty member in the department of your interest can be helpful. Be sure to ask a lot of questions. Your questions need to probe beyond that often asked question stated above: "do you have a strong......major?" Check out the following questions which may be applicable to many majors. Is the program(s) accredited? What internships/hands-on opportunities will I get? What is the placement rate of your students? Which companies recruit on campus? Where are students employed after graduation? What courses are necessary for graduation? Do I begin my major in freshmen year, or are students taking core requirements and then applying to their intended major later? Who teaches the classes? What kinds of experiences have the professors had? Are they simply classroom instructors or are they out in the "real world?" What are the admission requirements to graduate with this major? What are the facilities (classrooms, labs, computer rooms, etc.) like? Is there any opportunity to do research in my freshman year? Hopefully, these questions will help you find colleges with good programs in majors of interest to you. Remember that most students change their intentions regarding a major at least two or three times before graduation. So, when narrowing down your list of schools, try to focus not only on a particular department but also on big-picture issues like, Do I like the location? What's the academic climate? How big are the freshman classes? and Do I like it here?

Educational rights of individuals with disabilities at the postsecondary level

by Steve Rochon, District 128 Transition Counselor

The progression of educational rights for individuals with disabilities has both paralleled and benefited from the civil rights movements seeking equity based upon race, gender and national origin. These rights are the result of decades of struggle, persistence and commitment to a cause. Particularly at that level of training or education that follows high school, it is the individual's responsibility to know his/her rights and to take an active role in exercising these in a higher education setting. Following graduation from the public school system, legislation dictating the rights of students with disabilities changes. This may result in a change in eligibility, range of services or due process. While many parents are familiar with their child's educational rights under Section 504 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), it is important to realize that IDEA does not apply to higher education and Section 504 applies differently in a college setting. For instance, once in college, there are no IEP's ( The Americans with Disabilities Act takes on great importance as governance over higher education. In addition, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 continues as important legislation in the guarantee of educational rights at the postsecondary level. Yet no law can protect the uninformed. Students seeking admission to colleges or universities are under no obligation to identify themselves as individuals with a disability. However, if that student wishes to seek accommodations, it is in his/her best interest to contact the office or department that offers services to students with disabilities in order to determine: continued on page 8

CRC News


A look at the alternative grade option

by Ole Stevens, LHS College Counselor One of the most popular questions that a guidance counselor gets is, "What will the colleges think if I take a class pass/fail?" What they are referring to is our Alternative Grade Option (AGO) which is our version of the traditional pass/fail. This seems like an easy question, but it's more complicated than it looks because some students seem to be using the AGO for purposes other than what it was truly intended. This has led to some interesting discussions based on this question, "Would colleges rather see an NG (No Grade- the mark used for AGO) or would they rather see a grade?" According to our handbook, the AGO was developed to encourage students to take more rigorous courses without the fear of bringing their grade point average down. I strongly encourage all students who are thinking of taking a class AGO to refer to the handbook where specific requirements and conditions can be found. Basically, if a student takes a class AGO and earns an A, B or a C then they will earn credit toward graduation, but the class will not affect their GPA. In all respects, a D is a D and an F is an F. To help our students better understand how colleges view our AGO, I sent out a mass email to college representatives throughout the country and in return I received some very thoughtful responses. Here are some examples of what the colleges said about LHS students taking the AGO. Each quote is followed by the school's Princeton Review Selectivity Rating (PRSR #) to help the reader identify with the type of college they may be interested in. "We do not encourage pass/fail in the core courses we evaluate English, math, science, history/social science or foreign language. As a senior, we would not have a problem with a student opting for pass/fail in an elective..." PRSR 99 "I am almost ALWAYS suspicious when I see students taking classes for NG or for P/F. It is a big red flag that says the student is protecting GPA at all costs - forget love of challenging classes, forget wanting to stretch yourself, etc. The exception would be for students who are already taking 5 academic solids and who maybe want to take a 6 or 7 class courseload - they pick up a second language, or a stats class along with Calculus because they love math. In an overload situation, it seems that it CAN be a reasonable choice. In most other cases though, it is a sure sign that the student is strategizing. While I know there are a million ways to strategize the college application process, this is an obvious one that signals to me that a student is so wrapped up in the numbers game, that he/she has lost the forest for the trees...I'm less inclined to look favorably on those who are less genuine in the quests for the holy college grail." PRSR 99 "In almost every instance, we would prefer to see a grade as opposed to no grade on the transcript. Even if it does negatively impact the GPA, a complete record of the student's performance is much more useful to us." PRSR 98 "We can't evaluate what we don't know. It is probably more negative than positive and we would favor the student with the grades." PRSR 98 "It may be alright though if a student has obviously struggled with a class, but still opts to continue to take it the following year. For example if a student struggles with math, but chooses to take AP Calc senior year. In this case, it would be better to stay in math with the AGO than to drop math altogether." PRSR 98 "I would probably advise students who are applying into business, engineering or a science major to stay away from the Pass/Fail in math or science courses as that could negatively affect their chances, since we really want to see grades in those courses." PRSR 93 "We would always rather see a grade. A P/F sends a message that they weren't doing very well and that they were struggling. We would recommend that a student call the schools they are interested in and speak to an admissions counselor before making a decision." PRSR 88 "... from our perspective, it is fine for students to take courses on a pass-fail basis, especially if that encourages them to challenge themselves by taking more rigorous courses. Therefore, your students who take AGO courses will not be penalized when we consider them for admission." PRSR 88 "So long as the student has completed the course with a passing status ... we will recognize it as a full completed credit for that course. Our core class requirements for admission are based on the student's adequate competency in core units, not necessarily their specific letter grade for a course." PRSR 80 To summarize, I would say that schools with a Princeton Review Selectivity Rating of 90-99 (the most highly selective schools you can think of) generally do not look favorably on students who choose to take a class AGO. In other words, if you think you have what it takes to attend a prestigious university, then you had better be able to back up your coursework with strong grades. The colleges with a Princeton Review Selectivity Rating below 88 seem to be more comfortable with students taking a class AGO. Still, it is not a black and white issue, so the best advice is to call the colleges you are interested in and ask how they would review your transcript if you take a class AGO.

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if they meet eligibility guidelines for support, and; the nature of support that will be made available. It should be noted that these students will be expected to meet general admission criteria, essential physical program requirements, and the general code of behavioral conduct, regardless of the presence of a disability. It is critical that students have a working knowledge of their rights at various levels of the educational system, becoming a self-advocate is an important life skill. Students must be comfortable with and willing to take on the role of their own advocate. Research shows that the primary contributing factor to success at the postsecondary level for people with disabilities is character and determination (Gerber, et. al.) For more information on educational civil rights for individuals with disabilities, please refer to A Guide to Disability Rights Law from the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, available at


Fine Arts

VHHS musicians perform at Capitol

Art show season is here!

Art Shows are an opportunity for students to exhibit their works. Most shows have awards for works selected as exceptional. These works can be selected by students, educators or even a panel of judges selected for the event. The following are some of the upcoming art shows highlighting the works of District 128 student artists: LHS L.I.S.A. Show April 5 VHHS L.I.S.A. Show April 21 This show is sponsored by the Great Frame Up in Vernon Hills. L.I.S.A. stands for the "Life Is Simply Art" and is currently offered to approximately 25 area schools. Great Frame Up prepares an average of 20 pieces of art to showcase at each L.I.S.A. Show by framing or fashioning a stand to display them to the public for an entire week. During that time, they decide the grand-prize winners in each of five categories, presenting ribbons and cash awards at an hors d' oeuvre evening reception. The selected works then move on to the Best of Show. All this work is done free of charge for the students. VHHS Student Art Show May 24 The VHHS Art Show will feature works created by student artists throughout the year. In addition, the evening will include a concert beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the studio theater. The VHHS chamber orchestra will perform Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8, which the composer dedicated "to the victims of fascism and war." This is a cross-curricular project between the music and art departments. Art students have created visual pieces based on the Shostakovich piece, as well as the history of Russia and the world during the reign of Stalin and Hitler in WWII. These works will be displayed in the foyer before the performance and during the performance in an iMovie. LHS Student Art Show May 26 The annual student art show, held in the gymnasium, will feature more than 1,000 works of art created by students throughout the year. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the LHS Jazz Combo will provide entertainment and FAST parents will provide refreshments. Students will also provide demonstrations of printmaking and wheel throwing. The following day, the art show will be open to the public from 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. LHS musicians will perform throughout the day. Combined events for both LHS and VHHS artists: North Suburban Conference Art Show April 22 at Grant High School All schools in the North Suburban Conference combine for this show. Student art work is selected for this show and there are awards in different categories. On the day of the show, select art students will participate in workshops. continued on page 24

The Illinois Music Educators Association held the Thirteenth Annual Music Education Day on March 2 in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. The Vernon Hills High School Woodwind Quintet, under the direction of Randy Sundell, were one of three ensembles who performed as part of the rally. Woodwind Quintet members are Melanie Kibbler, Ryan McKeown, Sam Rothstein, Zina Shulman and Andrew Tamasauskas. The purpose of this annual event is to increase awareness among elected state officials of the importance and value of music education for all students in Illinois and showcase three outstanding performing ensembles. The Rally also included speakers representing the Governor's Office, Illinois State Senate, Illinois House of Representatives, Future Music Educators of Illinois, and the Illinois Music Educators Association. The VHHS Woodwind Quintet was formed last year by the members of the group to provide themselves with the opportunity to play chamber music. They rehearse weekly before school year round. The Quintet has performed at school concerts, open houses, for the Lake County, IL superintendents, and the IHSA Solo and Ensemble contest. The members of the Quintet have received many individual honors including Division I solo ratings at IHSA contests, concerto competition finalists, and placement in the IMEA District VII honor bands, orchestras, and the All-State pit orchestra.

LHS News


From the Principal's Desk . . .

by Dr. Joe Wojtena, Libertyville High School As we turn our attention to spring (finally!), I want to update you on what has happened since the winter edition of Paw Prints. Teachers Honored The National Association of Geoscience Teachers named Matt Leone (Science) 2004 "Outstanding Earth Science Teacher of the Year" Wendy Mills (Business Education) was honored with the Who's Who award by an LHS consumer education student. The Illinois Directors of Student Activities nominated Chuck Beach (Social Studies) for the Distinguished Service Award. PSAE Testing ­ April 27-28 Juniors will take this "high stakes" test on Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28. It is important for our students and school to do well. The ACT test is very important for college-bound students. PSAE test scores are listed on the permanent transcript. Schools and programs are evaluated by the achievement of students. Schools are compared in the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald. Please encourage your son/daughter to do well ­ a little pep talk never hurts. Honors Night The annual Honors Night Award Program is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. Everyone is invited to attend. Graduation Graduation is scheduled for Friday, June 10 at Northwestern University in Evanston at 7:00 p.m. Starfish Breakfast On Wednesday, Feb. 16 we celebrated our Third Starfish Breakfast honoring those who make a difference in the lives of LHS students. Libertyville Mayor Duane Laska, Fire Chief Bob Zamor, and Police Chief Pat Carey were our special guests. See the article on page 6 for more details. First Class News We continue to work on our school improvement goals of reading comprehension skills and life skills. Holocaust survivors were our guest speakers for a presentation during periods 1, 2 and 3 on March 8. This was a collaboration of NCA, SAP and First Class. Students and staff listened to the eyewitness perspectives of several Holocaust survivors. Students and staff used this opportunity to discuss the topic and make interdisciplinary connections prior to and after the presentation. Following the recommendation of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois Speakers' Bureau, students and staff members read a series of articles to prepare for the presentation. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963. As one remembers the legacy of the six million victims who were Jews and the millions of victims who were non-Jews during the Third Reich in World War II 1939 ­ 1945, our mandate is one of vigilance to prevent such atrocities from happening in our time. Yet, similar atrocities have happened before and since, even invading our own times. Students will study a chronicle of additional holocausts and acts of genocide in the 20th and 21st centuries. These areas include: Armenia, China, Cambodia, Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. Entrance to Remember ­ Become a part of Libertyville High School history. LHS Parent CATS is sponsoring another fund raiser to give parents and our community an opportunity to purchase a personalized brick which will be part of the main outdoor entrance to the new academic addition at LHS. continued on page 24

January students of the month

Congratulations to the following students who were named January Students of the Month: Zach Yordy, Jon Weppler, Nicole Thomas, Danielle Spinabella, Michael McDowall, Erick Ratzer, John Klaess, Dena Boulieris, Jenna Guerriero, Dan Dickson, Ellen Williams, Pauline Ripchik, Sarah Pfluger, and Emily David.

February students of the month

Congratulations to the following students who were named February Students of the Month : Justin Klassman, Brian Johns, Julia Nee, Erin Hildebrandt, Jessie Horgan, Kayla Davellis, Jonathan Oleksinski, Elizabeth Prinz, Jim Stiller, Justin Dietz, Nikolaus Ebert, Becky Horwitz, Heidi Josenhans, Alexander Hohner, and Jen Ruppert.


LHS News

St u d e n t a c t i v i t i e s u p d a t e

by Diane Phillips, Assistant Principal

Academic Bowl The JV Academic Bowl team took second place at the Carmel Invitational. Team members were Siena Baldi, Kristy Treven, Brett Albright, Sharon Lo. Karen Li and Adam MacTaggart were named to the All-Tournament Team. The JV team is coached by Karen Schnobel. Terry Hanlon and Raj Patel were named to All-Sectional Honorary Team. Raj Patel was ranked in the top five, so his name will be submitted for All-State Honors. Academic Bowl hosted the IHSA Regional Competition on March 7. The varsity team is coached by Kristi Robertson. Academic Decathlon In Academic Decathlon every student competes in all 10 academic disciplines: essay, art, speech, math, interview, economics, language/literature, music, social science, and super quiz. This year's team members are: Mike Ding, Peggy Chiou, Ken Young, Kevin Ross, Chris Molitor, Chris Girardo, Scott Rumple, David Parrish, Mike Liberman, Marko Savatic. The team is coached by Mark Buesing. The team competed at the Regional competition on Feb. 19 at Richards High School and took second place, which qualified them for the State competition on March 12 at Malcolm X College. The team earned a school-record 23 medals at Regionals. Medal winners were Mike Ding, Peggy Chiou, Ken Young, Chris Girardo, Kevin Ross, Scott Rumple, and Mike Liberman. In addition, Mike Ding, Kevin Ross and Scott Rumple finished third overall in their respective GPA categories. The team also finished second overall in the super quiz competition. CAT-TV On Jan. 16, CAT-TV held a fund raiser concert. The concert featured Mike Beck and Big Eyed Beans from Venus. On Jan. 29, CAT-TV added some honorary members. While the CAT-TV crew taped the Lady Cats Basketball game, members of local Tiger Scout Den 8 from Cub Scout Pack 71, observed the taping to earn their "Go See It" merit badges. The scouts got a first-hand tour and explanation of how CAT-TV puts together a broadcast for the Internet and cable television. Scout Leader Patrick Kempler said, "It was interesting for the kids as well as the parents to see alternative electives, other than the traditional electives like auto mechanics and woodshop." The scouts were particularly interested in the number of television screens that the director has to watch. CAT-TV is sponsored by Don Johnson. Fine Arts Jazz Band ­ In competition at the North Shore Jazz Festival, the Libertyville High School Jazz Bands had a clean sweep, placing first among Class AA bands in all categories. Jazz Band II, under the direction of Mike Pendowski, placed first in the Jazz II category with freshman saxophonist Steve Sullivan earning a special solo award. The LHS Jazz Combo won the combo division for the second year in a row. The combo performed a piece composed by senior bassist Doug Stuart. The combo members included: Dan Pierson on piano, Shaun Lowecki on drums, Marty Gierczyk on tenor sax, Doug Stuart on bass and guitarists Drew Brown and Chris Goranson. Jazz Band I, under the direction of Don Shupe, took first place in Class AA for the sixth time in a row and, for the first time in three years, won the Grand Championship against bands of all sizes. Senior alto saxophonist Brian Paplaski also earned a special solo award for his performance with the first jazz band. Co-curricular Vocal Groups ­ Master Singers, Belle Choir, Treblemakers and Cleftomaniacs performed on March 10 in the LHS Cafeteria for the annual Choral Cabaret Concert. This year's theme was Hollywood and musical selections were performed from "Phantom of the Opera," "Lord of the Rings," "Harry Potter," "Sister Act," "Pearl Harbor" and "Moulin Rouge." Baker's Square pie and coffee were sold by the Fine Arts Support Team. Future Business Leaders of America FBLA attended the Northern Area Conference on Feb. 5 at Whitney Young High School in Chicago. The 15 club members were accompanied by their advisor, Bill Reichert. The students were quite successful in the competitions they entered, earning numerous awards. Award winners were Stephen Woldridge, Garrett LaForce, Mehdi Syed, Andrea Hail, Richard Metschke, Sarah Chang, Neil Beltchenko, Travis Jordan, Amanda Rupsch, Malcolm Vandrevala, and Derek Kaiser. The students have qualified to compete at the state competition in Decatur. Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) The first-ever LHS Gay-Straight Alliance meeting was held Dec.16, 2004 and was well attended by over 30 students and eight faculty and staff. The club, which works toward celebration and advocacy of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, will focus this year on increasing awareness of GLBT issues in our school community. The GSA attended the performance of The Laramie Project on March 6 and will participate in the National Day of Silence in April. The club is sponsored by Dyan Flood. Interact Interact collected books for a book drive. The books were donated to local needy schools as well as an international organization that provides books to struggling countries/societies. The club also sold red bracelets to support the tsunami recovery efforts. The bracelets said "RELIEVE, RECOVER, REBUILD". Interact is working on developing a program at Winchester House that is something like "buddy time." The program involves students being paired with residents, meeting regularly, playing games, reading books, and getting to know each other. In the spring, Interact will host their annual Senior Citizen Prom at Winchester House. Interact and First Class would like to thank everyone who generously helped with the Adopt-A-Family Dinner Night. Interact is a community service organization dedicated to making the lives of others better and helping in whatever way continued on page 12

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possible. Tasha Fitzgibbons and Jennifer Paul are the co-sponsors. Library Club On Feb. 24, the Library Club hosted a school-wide invitational meeting. A presenter discussed the appeal, value and history of graphic novels. Students gave book talks on mango (anime), showed an anime video and displayed new graphic novels. Model United Nations Terry Hanlon won the Best Delegate award at the Model UN Conference at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Taylor O'Brien won honorable mention, Jon San and Chris Molitor won verbal commendation at the University of Chicago Model UN Conference in February. The team is sponsored by Sarah Kelly. Peer Mediation Peer Mediation has expanded its services to include an online email advice column. It is a confidential site handled by the peer mediators themselves. Students can email any concerns they have regarding peers, family, and school. Since their peers answer all the emails, they will get a peer's perspective rather than an adult's view on their concerns. The email address can be accessed through the LHS web site under student organizations or use the address: [email protected] Ping Pong The Ping Pong Club has risen in popularity since its beginning three years ago. Over the past few months, 210 members have shown interest to play at least once and the weekly average number of participants is 38. The club has raised enough money to supply the members with five high quality tournament level ping pong tables (bringing their total number of tables to seven) as well enough paddles and ping pong balls to last a lifetime. The club's executive board, consisting of Jon Lo, Jon San, Alex Causey and Evan Lackie held the First Annual LHS Ping Pong tournament in January. Many students attended and enjoyed playing other ping pong enthusiasts. The club is sponsored by Christophe Guiard and Jeremy Marino. Science Bowl LHS students competed in the Regional Science Bowl sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy held at Milwaukee School of Engineering on Jan. 29. The team won the second-place trophy after 10 rounds covering astronomy, chemistry, general science, computers, biology, earth science, math and physics. The team was led by Captain Raj Patel along with Brian Arnold, Mitchell Ji, James Pessin and Irvin Wang. Patricia Sharp coaches the team. Science Olympiad The Science Olympiad Team earned second place out of 11 teams at the Lake County Regional Competition held on Feb. 26. The 15-member team competed in 23 events. Team members received medals in 14 of 23 events and finished in the top five in 19 of 23 events. Medal winners were Mike Ding, Mitchell Ji, Xin Chen, Joju Varghese, Ellen Marra, Vivek Raman, Candice Swift, Raj Patel, Amy Zhang, Ron Hsiao, John Liu, Billy Ridgeway, Maggie Sledd, Sharon Lo, and John Liu. The team will advance to the State Competition at the University of Illinois on April 9. The team is coached by Mike Bush and Monica Nordstrom. Special Olympics Area Winter Games ­ The Area Winter Games were held in Bartlett. All athletes competed in Snowshoeing. We had our first girl to qualify for the state games ­ Katie Ulwelling, who received three gold medals! Other LHS winning athletes are: Doug Ardito ­ gold and two silvers; Bobby Borgula ­ gold and bronze; Alison Coleman ­ bronze; Ian Copeland ­ gold and two bronze; Joe Cossio ­ three golds; Mitchell Glazer ­ silver and bronze; James Pahl ­ silver and two golds; Jason Silsdorf ­ gold and two silvers. State Winter Games ­ All athletes competed in Snowshoeing. Katie Ulwelling won two golds and a silver. Katie was the fastest female on snowshoes on the mountain. This means she was the fastest female in the state in the 100m and 200m races. Other big winners were: Doug Ardito ­ silver and bronze; Bobby Borgula ­ two golds and a bronze; Ian Copeland ­ gold and bronze; Jose Cossio ­ two silvers and a bronze; James Pahl ­ two golds and a silver; Jason Silsdorf ­ gold and two silvers. Speech/Forensics Team The Speech/Forensics Team had a stellar performance at the Crystal Lake South speech tournament: Kaitlyn Williams and Karin Hudak placed sixth in humorous duet acting; Melanie Ursua placed fifth in oratorical declamation; Annie Jaeger took fourth place in prose reading; and Megan Castle and Kristina Grosspeitsch took first place in humorous duet acting, which qualifies them for a Special Invite-Only Speech Tournament at the end of the year. The team is coached by Tom Bizosky, Sarah Hake, and Robin Giegelhausen. Joo Lee placed third in original oratory at the IHSA Regional Speech Competition. Joo placed high enough to qualify for the Sectional Tournament held at Warren High School. Student Council Student Council's final number of food items collected for the Annual Food Drive held in November was 51,780 items. Student Council raised a total of $5,444.08 in four days for the Tsunami Relief Fund. All proceeds were sent to OxFam America in Boston to aid the victims of the tragic events in the Indian Ocean basin that followed the earthquake and tsunamis. Thank you to everyone who generously contributed to this cause. On Feb. 22, Student Council held its annual Winter Blood Drive. 97 pints of blood plus eight platlet donations were collected by LifeSource Blood Services. On Feb. 25, Student Council organized an energetic Winter Recognition/ Turnabout Assembly. Clubs and activities presented information about their organization. Performances included: girls' gymnastics team, poms, orchesis and the faculty/student basketball game. The Turnabout "17" were introduced: Steve Revis, Andy Russell, Delfino Parra Sanchez, Peter Finkel, Alex Alfaro, Jacques Beezley, Steve Ok, Dan Sweeney, Jeff Thomas, Kyle Rhoades, David Moosman, Bert Wang, Blake Peacock, Kevin Burns, Dan Hahn, Eujin Kwak, and continued on page 13


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Alex Parker. The 2005 Turnabout King was David Moosman. Wildcat Guard There are 160 children from the community taking swimming lessons on Saturday mornings at LHS. The instructors are members of the Wildcat Guard. Aquatic Director John Fischl is very proud of the fact that there are more senior instructors than ever before involved in the program. Lessons are going great. Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) WYSE did a fantastic job at the Regional Academic Challenge competition held on Feb. 5 at the College of Lake County. Teams competed in seven subject areas and LHS won the event in the unlimited division. The 14-member team took a total of 28 tests and won medals in 14. Medal winners are Xin Chen, Irvin Wang, John Liu, James Pessin, Ellen Marra, Caleb Ng, Nader Awni, Raj Patel, and Nora Krinitsky. Other team members contributing to the team's firstplace trophy are: Brian Arnold, Tracy Branding, Ron Hsiao, Mitchell Ji, and Allison Moomey. The team is coached by Patricia Sharp. Students/Staff You Should Know Jenny Byelick and Madeline Tebon received honorable mention from the Daily Herald Leadership Team selection. Christopher Girardo placed second in the Illinois Chess Coaches Association High School Championship, grade 12 section. Christopher also beat chess expert, Ilya Korzhenevich, at Mundelein High School's first exhibition tournament. Caleb Ng was named a regional finalist in the Siemens Westinghouse Competition. Danielle Viens-Payne, Yecca Zeng, Zehra Kanji, Morgan Finerty, Angie Ortega, Amanda Dayton, Kimmy Bruett, Ashley Juntunen, Lisa Peterson and Andrea Lambert sold bracelets that they made to raise money for the tsunami relief efforts. As part of a requirement for his Eagle Scout Award, Kyle Cashman installed a fountain at Winchester House in honor of all the veterans who live there. Hanah Stuart played the Korngold Violin Concerto, Opus 35, D Major for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Symphony Center. The Girls' Varsity Basketball Team bake sale raised $117 for tsunami victims. Shaun Lowecki received a Merit Award in Jazz from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Other news: There is a sign board located outside of the Student Center, Room 1103 that displays the daily announcements and a sign board located outside of the College Resource Center (CRC) that displays information regarding colleges. Dates to Remember: 4/4 Classes resume 4/8 Mr. LHS Contest 4/13 NHS Induction Ceremony 4/15 Half-Day In-service ­ Students in attendance in morning 4/20 Late start/First Class, Honors Breakfast, Senior Class meeting 4/27 Full-day institute ­ Juniors must report for PSAE testing 4/28 PSAE testing continues, all students in attendance 4/29 Spring Recognition Assembly, Spring Play 4/30 Spring Play 4/2-3 Prom bids on sale 5/4 Spring Band Concert 5/11 Spring Choral Concert 5/19 Spring Orchestra Concert 5/20 Pre-Prom Assembly 5/21 Prom -- Saturday, May 21 5:30 p.m. Coach buses leave LHS for Palmer House, Chicago 5/26 Art Show, evening 5/27 Art Show, morning 5/31 Honors Night 6/1 Spring Athletic Awards Night 6/2 Cap and gown distribution 6/6-6/8 Final exams Monday, June 6 periods 1, 2, 4 Tuesday, June 7 periods 3, 5, 6 Wednesday, June 8 periods 7, 8 6/9 6/10 Graduation practice at LHS 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Mandatory for graduates Graduation at Northwestern University, Evanston Senior Party, 11:00 p.m. Field House Summer School begins


Attention senior parents and graduating seniors!

Graduation is swiftly approaching! The parents of the Libertyville High School senior class will host a graduation party for all graduating seniors on June 10, 2005 from 11:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. in the field house. (Students will not be admitted after midnight.) It will be an evening of music, food, games, dancing, and prizes. The party gives seniors a safe, substance-free way to celebrate their big accomplishment! What a way for the class of 2005 to create a final fabulous, lasting memory of their high school experience. Ticket forms and waiver forms for this event are available at LHS in the Main Office. Each student must have a signed waiver form. Tickets are $40. Checks should be made payable to "LHS Senior Party" and should include the student's name on the memo line of the check. Additional donations to the party will be gladly accepted. All tickets will be distributed at graduation practice. Tickets are non-refundable and will not be available the night of the party. For further information, please contact Marcia Cole at 847-362-2259.



News from the Hills

VHHS Class of 2005:

Principal's Report

by Dr. Ellen Cwick During my years as an administrator, I've often heard seniors making the statement, "Wow, my senior year flew by!" March, April and May are busy months in the school calendar and I want to encourage the senior class to be safe, have fun and enjoy all these special activities (see corresponding senior dates to remember located on this page). You all have grown quite close as a class and that bond will become even stronger over these next couple of months. I also want to remind students to remain focused on their academic classes during this busy season. In addition to our senior class events, there are several important activities that I would like to highlight for this spring. We enjoyed a wonderful Tea in the Hills with senior citizen residents of the District on Feb. 23. This event kicked off our opening night dress rehearsal for our winter musical, "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying." Congratulations to Frank Lestina, our fine arts director, his staff and the students involved on a spectacular performance! Our Spotlight Fashion Show was held on Saturday, March 12. Club Sponsors Sandy Gerbasi, Elissa Gong and their students are to be commended for the hard work and effort they put into this show. Lastly, mark your calendars for our Spring Play, "Julius Caesar," on May 12-14. On Tuesday, Feb. 15 a group of motivating business professionals (also VHHS parents) shared their life lessons and experiences in the business world with classes throughout the day at VHHS. This highly energized group of parents planned and coordinated the program with Department One Supervisor Nancy Shipley and her staff. The purpose was to show the relevance of classes students take in high school to their future. I was most pleased with the environment the parents created for our students and they interacted with our students on such a personal level. The title of their presentations, "How To Succeed In Business...Lessons Learned Along The Way," had a creative tie-in with our musical. See the front cover for a photo of these enthusiastic parents. Athletically, special congratulations go out to senior Beth Kliver who had an outstanding state gymnastics meet where she placed fourth in state in vault and third in state in floor exercise! Way to go, Beth! We are also excited to have been selected to host the girls' and boys' water polo sectional on Saturday, May 3-5. Further, be sure to get out and watch our girls' soccer team as they attempt to repeat as NSC champions! We have several capital projects getting underway this spring. Additional permanent bleachers will be added on to the home section at Cougar Stadium this April/May. Varsity baseball dugouts are also being donated and put in this spring/summer. Softball dugouts are in preliminary planning stages. Special congratulations go to seniors Stephanie Hebda and Tom Ginakakis on their selection to the Daily Herald Leadership Team which recognizes high school students who excel in volunteerism and community service. VHHS is also proud of English Teacher Paul Reiff who became our first teacher to receive National Board certification. Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all juniors to do their best on our state ACT/PSAE testing, April 27 and 28. Our District has always been proud of our strong scores and we wish the juniors well in their effort to continue this standard of excellence.

Important dates to remember

Monday, May 16 Senior Class Meeting 8:50 a.m. - 9:40 a.m., Period 2, Auditorium Saturday, May 21 Prom 6:30 p.m. Coach buses, European Crystal Ball Banquets, Arlington Heights Wednesday, June 1 Cap and Gown distribution, lunch periods Friday, June 3 Senior Breakfast 7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., Cafeteria, seniors will not attend their 1st period class Honors Day Assembly 9:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m., Contest Gym, Parents welcome to attend parent/community reception in foyer after assembly. Seniors will attend classes 2-8 on this day. Final Exams: Monday, June 6 Tuesday, June 7 Wednesday, June 8 Periods 1, 2, 4 Periods 3, 5, 6 Periods 7, 8

Wednesday, June 8 Graduation Rehearsal 11:30 a.m. 12:45 p.m., Auditorium after 8th period exam, MANDATORY Practice-All Seniors must be present. Seniors will pick up graduation tickets and senior party tickets at this time. All fees/obligations must be paid at this time in order to receive graduation tickets. Thursday, June 9 Graduation 7:00 p.m. Contest Gym Seniors need to report to the field house (staging area) by 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 10 Senior Party 10:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.

Cougar Class Act winners

Congratulations to the following VHHS students who were named Cougar Class Act Award winners in March: Robert Wood, Bryan Cornelius, Andrea Liu, Mina Park, Kelsey Peterson, Scott Keena, Caitlin Natsch, Summer Adi, Molly Brennan, Ashley Amidei and Amanda Garcia.



St u d e n t a c t i v i t i e s u p d a t e

by Deb Beagle, VHHS Student Activities Coordinator

American Mathematics Competition Eight VHHS students competed in the American Mathematics Competition and qualified to take the American Invitational Examination. Congratulations to Shaun Fernandes, Tim Fong, Tom Ginakakis, Jimmy Spigner, Gordon Scharf, Meenal Patel, Anjalika Gandhi and Alan Xu. Continuum - Yearbook The VHHS 2003-04 yearbook Continuum was evaluated by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). NSPA awarded the yearbook its First Class rating, with a score of 3,300 out of a possible 4,000. CSPA awarded the yearbook its Gold Medalist certificate, awarding it 925 points out of a possible 1,000. Staff members included Brooke Abercrombie, Cersten Brusenbach, Alyssa Cohen, Jessica Feld, Melissa Gray, Emily Heiser, Irene Kim, Myriah Landesman, Alison Mascort, Kristen Pope, Kate Smith, Natalie Stevens, Jacci Stier and Shira Zider. Patricia Nora is the advisor. DECA VHHS DECA competed at the Area 14/15 Illinois Association of DECA Career Development Conference held on Feb. 2 at Oakton Community College. Over 500 students from surrounding high schools were involved in competition. The Illinois Association of DECA Competitive Events Program provides students with opportunities to demonstrate individual and/or team achievement. Students competed in one category and within that category there were three separate events: economics, communications and human relations. At the awards session, students earned the following awards: Clayton Anderson, first place in economics, communications, and restaurant management; Tom Bahnick and Casey Fijalkowski, first place in economics and public relations, second place in sports and entertainment marketing team decision making; Amanda Garcia, first place in human relations; Tom Ginakakis and Jared Batson, first place in economics, travel and tourism team decision making event; Jack Nora, first place in economics, retail merchanding event, and second place in human relations. FBLA FBLA just completed the Area Competition at Whitney Young High School on Feb. 5. Several FBLA members were successful in a variety of competitions. Melissa Silverberg placed first in the visual basic programming competition; Neel Bhat placed second in the visual basic programming competition; Matt Geiger and Nabeel Ali placed second in web site development; Azam Farooqui placed first in technology concepts; Sarah Romberg placed second in accounting II (missing first by one point); Marissa Granados placed first in introduction to business communications. Way to go VHHS FBLA! Let's get ready for state.

FBLA held it annual Kiss the Pig contest again this year. The final three contestants were: Ross Caton, Sean Healey and Joshua Ravenscraft. The students/faculty/staff voted by placing money in piggy banks. In the end, Mr. Caton was the lucky teacher to kiss Fancy the pig at the Winter Recognition Assembly. The proceeds from this event go to March of Dimes and to help fund student costs at the state competition. International Club International Club, along with advisor Rebecca Page, spent a Friday night watching "Amistad" in honor of black heritage month. They also enjoyed some delicious sundaes during the movie. Intramurals Intramural basketball has come to an end. This year's champions are the Legit Ballers. Members of the team consisted of Chris Cotrone, Shannon Green, Juan Jasso, Alex Marvin, Steve Mustari, Tim Rice, Steve Schwaba, and Jordan Vinson. Finishing in second was Academic Anonymous that consisted of team members Chris Lackie ­ Captain, Mike Capasso, Tim Geske, Mike Mazza, Nick Morreale and Ryan Quinn. Junior Class Council The Junior Class Council, along with advisor, Megan Alex, sponsored a book drive for Project RATS (Reading Across the State) the week of Jan. 10. Over 700 books were donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Books were collected in each 3rd period class and there were prizes for first, second, and third place. First-place honors went to Paul Brettner's class, second place to Laura Bertermann's class, and third place to Kedric Greenawalt's class. Thanks to all who participated in the St. Jude book drive. Model UN Congratulations to Alan Xu who received an honorable mention at the University of Chicago's National Model United Nations competition. Congratulations to Ryan Hamilton who won the Best Delegate Award at the Model United Nations meet at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Robotics Team - Pilot Our basketball team (The Storm) went 3-1 in the regular season, highlighted by a second-place finish at the Lambs Farm Tournament. They then won a bronze medal at the Area Tournament held at VHHS. At this Tournament the VHHS student body gave a gold-medal performance. Many of our students volunteered their time for the entire day and were a great help. Most of these students, led by Paul Brettner, Vince DeLuca, Matt McCarty and the boys' basketball staff, stayed to the very end of the tournament which closed our team's dramatic overtime loss to Wauconda. As wonderful as the game was, it was overshadowed by the sportsmanship shown by the students and our team. Truly a moment we should all be proud of. While this was taking place, we had four individuals competing at the Individual Basketball Skills Contest at Deerfield High School. Each athlete won a medal and Mitchell Glazer won gold, qualifying him for the state competition in March. To date, District 128 Olympians have earned 58 medals and seven ribbons in their first four events of the year. Team members will also compete in the upcoming Individual Basketball Skills Competition, Area Spring Games (which includes track and powerlifting), Area Bocce Tournament (which is unified, meaning anyone can compete with one of our athletes), Area Bowling Tournament and State Summer Games. Good things happen when the athletes give it their all, and just giving their best in practice and at the events is what our athletes are all about. (Although, the athletes still enjoy winning their medals!) Thank you to everyone for your support. Remember, practices are open to anyone who would like to volunteer their time. Check out our web site which is included on the VHHS home page under athletics. The Special Olympians are led by Andy Compton. Student Council Student Council decided to team up with Best Buy to support the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which provided immediate relief and long-term support to those affected by the recent tsunamis in Asia and Africa. Donation boxes were placed in the cafeteria by the registers and the main office. In addition, students were available during lunch hours in the foyer to collect donations. Student council's goal was for every student and faculty/staff member to donate $2. They exceeded their goal and raised $3,500. The Student Council Executive Board donated the total amount of money to Best Buy, who in turn matched the donation to give to the American Red Cross International Response Fund. Turnabout Dance This year's theme for Turnabout was "Grease." The dance was a success with over 460 students in attendance. The following students represented the Turnabout Court: Freshman representatives: Tyler Mooney, Brian Peterson, David Siegel; Sophomore representatives: Jesse Schaar, Andrew Tamasauskas; Junior representatives: Brian Chrysler, Kenny Mooney, Grant Perkins;

The VHHS Robotics team builds and programs robots made of Legos for monthly competitions all year long. Building and programming is done primarily at school. However, the team travels to Abbott Laboratories twice a month and meets with professionals from Abbott. The team learns about the different aspects of robotics and engineering carriers. Since September, VHHS has entered robots in seven competitions and has taken first place four times! Senior Class Council Senior Class Council, led by advisor Leslie Nardini, sponsored a blood drive on Feb. 3. The blood drive was a success. Students donated blood during their physical education period or study hall and faculty/staff/community members helped fill the other available time slots. Donations totaled 70 pints of blood, which could potentially save 210 lives. Thanks to everyone who donated. Sophomore Class Council Sophomore Class Council, led by Kelley Brausam, participated in the 2005 Lake County Food Drive from March 7 16. They collected 2,000 nonperishable items from the 3rd period classes. The food will be distributed to 20 pantries and soup kitchens throughout Lake County. Special Olympics This has been a tremendous year for District 128 Special Olympians, and we are only at the halfway point. Sixteen athletes practice at VHHS every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. So far the practice has paid off. They competed in snowshoeing at the Area 2 Winter Games, winning 30 medals. Out of the 12 athletes that competed in these games, nine qualified for the State Winter Games in Galena, Ill. This is the most the team has ever qualified for in the Winter Games in the history of the District 128 program. They came through in a big way in Galena, winning another 20 medals. Katie Ulwelling established herself as a force to be reckoned with in snowshoes as she became the fastest girl in Illinois in the 100m and 200m races.

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Senior representatives: Clayton Anderson, Jared Batson, Jimmy Bedolla, Tom Ginakakis, David Kempf, Robbie Kolton, Kevin McLoughlin, Ben Rothstein, Gordon Scharf, Dan Shaevel, Matt Smith. Senior Kevin McLoughlin was crowned king. WYSE The VHHS WYSE team placed second at the regional competition held at the College of Lake County on Feb. 5. The team is advancing to the Sectional competition that will be held on March 17 at Notre Dame High School for Boys. Along with the team advancing, six individuals are advancing for their first- or second-place rank in a particular subject: Anjalika Gandhi, biology and chemistry; Paul Kornbluh, chemistry and math; Alex Skryl, physics and computer science; Jacob Block, computer science; Tim Kennedy, math; and Akansha Kumar, physics. DECA and FBLA go to Hollister

The two business clubs DECA and FBLA, were invited to tour Hollister in Libertyville on Feb. 16 by Hollister Director of Planning and Analysis Frank Gorski. The speakers represented the fields of marketing, customer service, human resources, and finance/accounting. Students had an opportunity to tour each department of the company and see the reallife setting. Students were encouraged to explore different options, to find what they like to do, and what they feel good about before choosing a career. Club members are pictured above at Hollister. Thanks to Hollister for a great learning experience!

Clubs working together . . . .

No Name Calling Week

No Name Calling Week was a great success this year at VHHS. Students from International Club, Voices in Prevention, National Honor Society, Anime, Whispers and Best Buddies all worked together with the Gay-Straight Alliance to make this week happen. There was an exhibit in the foyer at VHHS all week displaying a stack of shoes. Underneath this display a sign read "Take a Walk in Our Shoes." On Wednesday, Feb. 9, tables were set up by GSA, International Club and VIP to discuss the effects of name calling, bullying, the real definitions of some hurtful words and how people feel when they are called names. The goal

of this week was to raise awareness about how names hurt and how all kinds of people are affected by name calling. Kevin McLoughlin, Kelsey Peterson, Christine Cisneros, Daniella Scalzitti, Britanny Barranco, Angelique Simonpietri and Heather Sim worked on this project representing GSA. Sara Hasan, Natalia Bulzsa, Kosha Parikh, Heather Sim, Jessy Joseph and Abilash Fernandes worked with International Club. Sam Spinell, Dan Sherling, Vanessa Cebballos, Marguerite Fischer, Katie McDonnell and Drew Aichele worked with VIP. Many clubs came together to make this week powerful and successful!

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Multi-purpose field would be utilized by many LHS students

by Tim Albers, LHS Athletic Director

Many people in our community have heard about the possibility of installing synthetic turf on the Libertyville High School stadium field. There have been letters to the editor in the local papers about this possibility and our offices have received many phone calls. It is very important that we provide accurate information to our community regarding this project. The "Give Ground Campaign" is being led by community members who have strong ties to Libertyville and to LHS. The capital committee, directed by Greg Pritchard, includes Kevin Swan, Les LaFollette, Tom Tunnicliff, Kevin Burns, Jim Shanks, Bob Schachner and Bill Saxelby. This year's football state championship was certainly some of the impetus behind the project, but by all means was not the sole reason for exploring the possibility. You will note on the graphic to the right that the new field will be lined to accommodate soccer and lacrosse as well as football. Before last year's stadium field renovation, we explored the new and improved artificial turfs being installed in professional, college and high school stadiums. We concluded that it was a direction in which we wanted to head. The savings, as well as the favorable reports concerning injuries, was intriguing. Unfortunately, artificial turf was too costly for our District in light of the many other pressing needs in our schools. After hearing the "Give Ground" committee's plan, and sharing my input with them, we presented the plan to both the District 128 Board of Education Finance and Facilities Committee, and the full Board of Education. The Board gave its approval to authorize the LHS "Give Ground Campaign" to begin fund raising efforts. The information that follows provides answers to many of the questions we have received about this project. Rather than writing my own column about this topic, I have decided to utilize excerpts from the Give Ground Campaign brochure. Please do not hesitate to contact me (847-3277065) or Greg Pritchard (847-867-2822) with any additional questions you may have.


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LHS Winter athletic team accomplishments

Boys' Basketball: Tie Third Place NSC Girls' Basketball: Jamie Freese - 3 Point Shot Contest State Qualifier; Tie Fourth Place NSC Bowling: Fourth Place NSC Cheerleading: Varsity, Sophomore and Frosh Qualified for State Tournament; Varsity qualified for the Nationals Girls' Gymnastics: Fifth Place NSC Hockey: Varsity Tenth Place Metro Central Conference; JV Team - State Playoffs Poms: Regional Champions; Super Sectional Champions State Qualifiers continued on page 24

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LHS teams receive IHSA Team Academic Achievement Award

The Illinois High School Association gives special recognition to those varsity teams that have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 unweighted grades on a 4.0 scale and are varsity athletes only. LHS fall teams not only did an outstanding job in our athletic programs, but also did an outstanding job in the classroom. Out of nine teams, plus cheerleading and poms, LHS produced seven IHSA Team Academic Achievement Awards. These teams and their overall team GPA are: Boys' Golf, 3.170; Girls' Volleyball, 3.452; Girls' Tennis, 3.269; Girls' Swimming/Diving, 3.508; Girls' Golf, 3.31; Girls' Cross Country, 3.52; and Boys' Cross Country, 3.137.

LHS NSC All-Conference Athletes and Tournament Medalists 2004-05

NSC All-Conference Boys' Basketball: Matt Hogan, Anthony Jennings Girls' Basketball: Samie Balmes NSC Medalists Girls' Bowling: Natalie Chase Boys' Swimming and Diving: Ben Leboza, Michael Hedge, Joe Palac, Dunk Nigro, Jordan Liss, Andrew Skoog, Rob Emerson, Scott Brzezinski Wrestling: Trey Ayala, Peter Mazzetta, Trevor Hall, Ted Strychalski, Jon Henslee, Alex Grant, Dave Paramski, Jeff Keske, Vinnie Sapienza, Jack Danilkowicz All-Conference Honorable Mention Boys' Basketball: Kyle Johnson Girls' Basketball: Jamie Freese

Athletic signings and honors

Jeff Fontana, an All-Conference, All- Area and All-State football player, has signed a letter of intent to play football for Northern Illinois University. Alyssa Gintant, an All Conference, All Area and All State volleyball setter, has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Iowa State University. Heather Kiluk, four-time All-American and All-State swimmer, has signed a letter of intent to swim at Michigan State University. David Moosman, an All Conference, All Area and All State Player, has signed a letter of intent to play football for University of Michigan fall. Matt Norcia, an All Conference and All Area Football Player, has signed a letter of intent to play football at Wofford College. Alex Rahe, another All- Conference player, signed a letter of intent to play lacrosse at Robert Morris University. Along with all the other accolades, Coach Randy Kuceyeski has been selected as The Nike 2005 Illinois High School Coach of the Year. With this honor, he has also been invited as a key note speaker and will present at the National Nike Coaches Clinic in Louisville, Ky. on Feb. 8. Coach Kuceyeski has also been named the 2005 Illinois High School Football Coach of the Year by EDGYTIM.COM, an online high school football information site.

LHS NSC All AcademicAthletes Winter 2004-05

Boys' Basketball: Ryan Laine, Wes Moran Girls' Basketball: Mae Armer, Samie Balmes, Jamie Freese, Kelli Goodwin, Carolyn Kozak, Anne Lubicky, Allison Van Beek Girls' Bowling: Natalie Chase Cheerleading: Lauren Milbourne, Haley Spaulding Girls' Gymnastics: Rebecca Garrison, Cassandra Herman Pom Pons: Tracy Branding, Annelyse Freyman, Darcy Loeb, Samantha Mattimiro, Ashley Mayworm Boys' Swimming: Ben Leboza, Charles Clow, Ken Mullane, Joe Palac, Jon Schlesinger Wrestling: Steve Arendt, Aaron Austin, Richard Fantus


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Fro m th e H i l l s . . .

by Al Janulis, VHHS Athletic Director My world was shocked last month when I, as an attendee of the National Athletic Director's Conference, heard a presentation entitled, "Ethics in High School Athletics." Like most high school athletic directors, I'm proud with the way our athletic program represents the school community. We hang our hats upon words such as those from former Supreme Court Justice Byron White: "Sports . . . provide educational experiences which cannot be duplicated in the classroom. In any athletic activity we are thrown upon our resources to succeed in the face of a strong and immediate challenge. Sports resemble life in capsule form. Participants quickly learn that their performance depends upon the development of strength, self-discipline, stamina, and a sure and steady judgment." We pride ourselves in the positive benefits that participation in high school athletics provides. In the mid 1990s, Herbert Marsh conducted a study which touted significant correlations between involvement in high school interscholastic athletics and the development of positive social, as well as academic, self-concept. Recent polls, however, show approximately 90 percent of Americans believe there is a significant "moral decline" in our country. According to a new report by the Josephson Institute of Ethics, cheating, stealing, and lying by high school students have continued their alarming decade-long upward spiral. A survey of 12,000 high school students showed the following: Students admitting they cheated on an exam at least once in the past year jumped from 61% in 1992, to 71 % in 2000, and to 74% in 2002. The number who stole something from a store within the past 12 months rose from 31% to 38%. The percentage who say they lied to their parents and teachers also increased substantially. Those who said they'd be willing to lie to get a good job jumped from 28% to 39%. Closer to home, an eight-year study of more than 10,000 athletes from the ninth grade through college revealed the following: Athletes score lower than their non-athlete peers on moral development. Male athletes score lower than female athletes in moral development. Moral reasoning scores for athletic populations steadily decline from the ninth grade through university age, whereas scores for non-athletes increase. Furthermore, there is a general belief that to be good in sports you have to be bad. You must be willing to take an unfair advantage and be overly aggressive if you want to win, and the winning at all costs mentality is used to justify all behaviors, regardless of how negative they may be. While good sportsmanship may be a product of sport, unfortunately so may poor sportsmanship. What then, is the purpose of athletics in the school environment? There is much sound evidence to suggest that athletic programs in general support the academic mission of schools; that competition teaches valuable life lessons such as self reliance, decision making, and cooperative group interaction. Involvement in athletics also fosters success later in life. A survey of executives in 75 Fortune 500 companies revealed that 95% participated in sports during high school. So, as we read about the antics of professional sport figures, from fighting with spectators in the stands to using (or suggesting that others use) performance enhancing drugs, know that we recognize some of the potential roadblocks, we see society's signs, and we will actively promote the positive aspects of competition within our school environment. The VHHS athletic department will provide leadership and assume responsibility to assure our sports program is consistent with the mission of the school, to set our priorities, and to establish standards of excellence. Our coaches will continue to work with their athletes to help form appropriate character, to inspire confidence, to teach teamwork, and to provide excellent role models for our athletes to follow. We ask our parents to be supportive of the players, coaches, and officials, to serve as exemplary role models by being positive and respectful, and to help their sons and daughters keep athletics in proper perspective. When the urge to be vocally and openly critical of the 14- to 18-year-old athletes on the field, court or floor rises in you, be it your child or someone else's, remember what we're all working together to accomplish, and hold back your comment. Our kids aren't professionals, but they're doing their best. Our coaches sometimes purposefully put winning or losing behind, helping our athletes learn a valuable lesson about themselves, about the right way to compete, or about the nature and value of teamwork. The officials are parents just like you who are here doing their best for kids, and their pay is truly a pittance. With all that in mind, think about words of encouragement for the kids, the officials, and the coaches. It'll do wonders for everyone involved. I welcome comments/ideas/suggestions from our readers to help us maintain and move to higher levels of ethical behaviors within the athletic program. Those interested may e-mail me at [email protected]

Randall signs with Western Michigan

VHHS senior James Randall signed a letter of intent to play NCAA Division IA football at Western Michigan University. He is pictured here at his signing with his parents, Pamela and James Randall and (standing) Coach Bill Bellecomo, Principal Ellen Cwick and Coach Tony Monken. (photo by M. Todoric)

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Cougar featured athlete: Beth Kliver

by Alan Janulis, Athletic Director Even as a child, Beth Kliver was destined to become a gymnast. Her mother, Sandy, a dance instructor, had to regularly interrupt her lessons to pull Beth off the ballet bar in front of the mirrors from which she was hanging. Her father, Bob, remembers Beth as a toddler walking between him and his wife with Beth performing back flips while holding their hands. Back walkovers over furniture were commonplace in the Kliver household. Beth started dance instruction at a very early age, but had difficulty with the pace. "It was just too slow for me," she stated. "My parents then enrolled me in gymnastics classes. I began at All-Star Gymnastics Academy in Vernon Hills and competed first when I was seven. My first competition was a `mock meet' to prepare us for an upcoming event. I think I scored the lowest score ever recorded on vault, a zero. I didn't know I got two vaults. On the first vault I jumped right over the horse. Then I went under it on my second attempt." She's come a long way since the early days. This year she won the Lake County Championship on Floor Exercise; the North Suburban Conference Championships on Bars, Vault, and AllAround; IHSA Regional Championships on Vault, Floor Exercise, Beam, and All-Around; an IHSA Sectional Vault Championship; and in the IHSA State Final Competition, Beth set new school records by taking fourth place in Vault and third place on Floor. It didn't come easy for her, however. In the fall of her sophomore year when she committed to compete for the high school, she suffered a major setback. "I was at the club on bars, doing a Cal hop and only caught with one hand. I peeled off and sorta' monkey swung down. There was a mat in the pit a little off-center and one of my legs hit, but the other didn't and I tore my A.C.L. I remember the pain being excruciating. Fortunately, one of the coaches was also a paramedic. It was just before Homecoming, and my first thoughts were that I wouldn't be able to wear my new heels I bought for the dance." She did attend the dance ­ on crutches ­ and had a great time. The season, however, was difficult to get through. "I was sort of the manager, just helping out wherever I could. Sometimes I'd sit and cry, feeling sorry for myself, but my good friend Ricky, our team manager, a former gymnast himself, really helped me out and encouraged me." Beth's signature, a stuffed teddy bear, was given to her by Ricky for her birthday, and it's never left her side at competitions. "I was so excited to compete for the high school, and then suddenly it was taken away from me. There's a huge difference between club and high school. Club meets are generally at least an hour's drive and the meets take forever. There's not much camaraderie because it's everyone against everyone else for the top scores. I really enjoy competing for the high school. There are people in the stands and you have teammates who share a common goal. It really is a team thing because of the scoring, but also because of the close relationships you build. I know I'll miss the pasta parties and all the sleepovers. High school gymnastics was a great experience for me." For those who claim that gymnastics isn't a "real sport," Beth offers her point of view. "A lot of people see what's on the surface: hair in place, the march-in, music, flowers, girls dancing, and in my case, Ricky Bear. But it's much more than that. Similar to golf and bowling, gymnastics requires a great deal of concentration, mental training. It also takes kinesthetic sense and muscle memory development. Through conscious repetitious action, you train your body to first perform tricks. Then you link them together to form routines. It's not as easy as it looks. It requires years and years of practice and patience. It's a great spectator sport. I even think I recently read that gymnastics was the most watched Olympic sport. If I could say one thing to potential gymnasts, it would be to practice hard, trust yourself and your coaches, and not to give up. Just when you think you're at an all-time low, something good often happens to you." Beth credits her parents and her coaches for her success. "My mom and dad have been wonderfully supportive of me and the things I've done. I've had great coaches too. Brandi and Steve at Ultimate, as well as J.R. (Halek) have been terrific. Coaches Houda and Piland have been awesome this year; I'm so happy for the other girls that they're here at VHHS. I really feel they've prepared me to compete at the college level." First year VHHS coach and former Illinois State University standout Denise Houda touts her star by stating, "Beth is an intense competitor. She comes to the gym every day ready to work hard and improve herself. As a captain, she expects others to work hard as well. She has a lot of passion for the sport and has established a benchmark of excellence for others to follow. She holds the school records for vault and floor, and I'm told has the highest state individual performance finish in VHHS history." College gymnastics is in her plan, as Beth is narrowing down her options. At this writing, the University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois State University, and the University of Iowa are on her `short list.' She plans to pursue a course of study in physical therapy and not necessarily with an emphasis on athletic training, just in helping people in general.

VHHS All-Academic Selections

The following juniors and seniors have achieved a 3.5 G.P.A. (on a 4.0 weighted or unweighted scale) in addition to earning a Varsity Letter in their respective sports: Boys' Basketball: Alex Brown, Patrick McKenna Girls' Basketball: Carrie Brandt, Amanda Goldberg, Lauren Hansen, Stephanie Hebda Boys' Bowling: Bradley Barber, Brian Chrysler, James Spigner Girls' Bowling: Dianna Soenksen Cheerleading: Alina Bogdanov, Carly Krizmanich, Sara Stiles Pom Pons: Tiarrah Jackson, Melinda Thommes Boys' Swimming and Diving: Zeeshan Ali, Jason Mitchell, Ben Rothstein Wrestling: John Marshall, Thomas Rams, Gordon Scharf, Alayna Puccinelli


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VHHS winter sports 2004-05 individual awards

Boys' Basketball: Bob Coy, All-North Suburban Conference- Honorable Mention Girls' Basketball: Stephanie Hebda, All-North Suburban Conference- Honorable Mention, All-Lake County Team, Waukegan News Sun Boys' Bowling: Charles Rosset, IHSA Individual State Qualifier; James Spigner, IHSA Sectional Champion, IHSA Individual State Qualifier; Jordan Weaver, IHSA Individual State Qualifier Girls' Bowling: Brooke Abderholden, North Suburban Conference fifth Place Medalist, All-Lake Shore- First Team, Pioneer Press; Laura Holtz, North Suburban Conference Sixteenth Place Medalist; Lori Livas, North Suburban Conference Eleventh Place Medalist Gymnastics: Beth Kliver, North Suburban Conference: First Place Medalist- Vault, First Place Medalist- Uneven Bars, First Place Medalist- Allaround, IHSA Regional: First Place Medalist- Vault, First Place Medalist- All-around, IHSA Sectional First Place Medalist- Vault, IHSA State: Third Place Medalist- Floor Exercise, Fourth Place MedalistVault Boys' Swimming and Diving: Tom Ahlbrandt, North Suburban Conference Fourth Place Medalist200 Med. Relay; Kacper Minda, North Suburban Conference Fourth Place Medalist- 200 Med. Relay; Jason Mitchell, North Suburban Conference: Fourth Place Medalist- 200 Med. Relay, First Place Medalist- 50 Freestyle, First Place Medalist- 100 Freestyle, Fourth Place Medalist- 400 Free Relay, IHSA Sectional: First Place Medalist- 50 Freestyle, First Place Medalist- 100 Freestyle, Fifth Place Medalist- 400 Free Relay, IHSA State: Fifth Place Medalist- 100 Freestyle- All-State Selection, Tenth Place Medalist- 50 Freestyle- All-State Selection; Brian Reese, North Suburban Conference Fourth Place Medalist- 400 Free Relay, IHSA Sectional, Fifth Place Medalist- 400 Free Relay; Ben Rothstein, North Suburban Conference: Fourth Place Medalist- 200 Med. Relay, Sixth Place Medalist- 100 Butterfly, Fourth Place Medalist- 400 Free Relay, IHSA Sectional: Fifth Place Medalist400 Free Relay; Luke Wojciechowski, North Suburban Conference: Fourth Place Medalist- 400 Free Relay, IHSA Sectional: Fifth Place Medalist400 Free Relay Wrestling: Kwang Baek, IHSA Regional- Second Place, IHSA Sectional Qualifier; Gordon Scharf, All-North Suburban Conference- Second Place, IHSA Regional Champion, IHSA Sectional Qualifier

All LHS Cheers qualify for state

All three Libertyville High School cheerleading squads qualified to compete at the State cheer competition in Springfield. This is the second year in a row that all three squads qualified. LHS is one of only three schools in the state to have qualified all three of their squads. The Wildcat varsity squad is coached by Shannon Doyle with members Elise Butrym, Andrew Carmen, Jackie DeRam, Shauna Flesch, Liz Gortz, Stacey Gullo, Christine Himmelsbach, Katie Jachec, Lauren Kasdorf, Jasmine Lark, Lauren Milbourne, Jessica Painter, Nikki Petersen, Heather Peterson, Callie Potts, Sara Roux, Haley Spaulding, Heather Spaulding, and Natalie Stone. The junior varsity is coached by Debbie Dicker with members Stevie Azzato, Emily Cashman, Becky Deutschmann, Amy Drehobl, Kelsey Engle, Emily Halbert, Lauren Heimert, Stephanie Janczak, Ilan Khilevich, Ashley Lawrence, Jessica Norman, Rachel Parr, Hillary Perry, Kylie Potesta, Jenny Rake, and Chaz Stewart. The freshman squad is coached by Aimee Peek with members Amanda Adams, Caroline Argall, Brooke Beres, Cassandra Causey, Emily Dworkin, Alyssa Gifford, Jessie Horgan, Melanie Huonker, Alexis Kadonsky, Taylor Konigseder, Aubrey Landers, Becka Lugge, Hannah Mory, Carissa Notaro, Cori O'Brien, Taylor Potts, Hannah Rodbro, Amanda Sheaffer, Kristen Schmitt Carly Spicer, Hannah Stemper, Ashley Watson, and Megan Wood.

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Art shows continued from page 9

The 4x5 Show May 11 at Fremd High School They host this show every year for artwork that measures 4 inches by 5 inches. Our District is one of many that participate in this unique event. L.I.S.A. Best of the Best May 15 at Botanic Gardens The top five winners from each school that participated in its own L.I.S.A. Show have their artwork displayed at the Botanic Gardens. They go on to compete for scholarships to the American Academy of Art. The development of this Great Frame Up Educational program is dedicated to the memory of the owners' daughter, Lisa, who died of cancer while pursuing her career in Art.

Winter teams continued from page 19

Boys' Swimming: Third place NSC; Second place IHSA Sectional; 20th place State; seven individual state qualifiers: Michael Hedge, Second place 100 Back; Joe Palac, Ben Leboza, Andrew Skoog, Jordan Liss, Scott Brzezinski, Rob Emerson

Wrestling: First NSC Lake Division; Second NSC Tournament; IHSA Regional Champions; IHSA Sectional Champions, Top 8 Team in State; Dave Paramski - All-State/Fourth Place 135 lbs.; Pete Mazzetta - State Qualifier; Ted Strychalski - State Qualifier; Jeff Keske - State Qualifier; Jack Danilkowicz - State Qualifier

Starfish Awards continued from p. 6

Tracy Zavarello, Andrew Aichele, Keely Bannon, Kelly Begley, Kristen Bischoff, Brenna Bohl, Lisa Branding, Tracy Branding, Nicole Briatta, Kevin Burns, Matt Carlin, Matt Clark, Sebastian Coates, Alison Coleman, Jake Conrad, Michael Culberson-Fehling, Jack Danilkowicz, Nicole DeFrancisco, Dana Eklund, Kirsten Eriksen, Jeffrey Fontana, Ryne Gavigan, Alex Gilman-Smith, Steven Gissing, Jenna Guerriero, Daniel Hahn, Blake Hamilton, Jacqueline Hamlin, Terrence Hanlon, Tim Harwood, Melissa Hill, Ruth Holzman, Dennis Hoyle, Ashley Huerta-Mack, Adis Husidic, Heidi Josenhans, Zehra Kanji, J.P. Kenley, Ryan Kennedy, Jeff Keske, Kelly Kowalski, Kevin Koza, Peter Krosnjar, Hanna Kruckman, Kelley Krumtinger, John Kuceyeski, Todd Labrum, Ryan Laine, Brett Lancaster, Greg Larsen, Brian Laspisa, Mariah Marvin, Samantha Mattimiro, Eister McShane, Andrew Mitchell, David Moosman, Lauren Moss, Brian Paplaski, Seth Parker, Matt Partain, Sammy Peters, Heather Peterson, Eric Pickell, Kendall Ramai, Melanie Renton, Kyle Rhoades, Kevin Robertson, David Romito, Bill Saxelby, Stephanie Sergenian, Glenn Simpson, Thomas Sitz, Anthony Spinabella, Goda Steponaviciute, Megan Sturgeon, Daniel Sweeney, Candice Swift, Madeline Tebon, Cyrus Vandrevala, Jonathan Verkler, Katlin Wall, Kelly Wallace, Kristen Wedell, Adam Weller

Principal's Report

continued from p. 10

Funds raised will be used to purchase a new LHS illuminated entrance sign. Only 400 bricks remain for sale and will be installed this summer. Ordering deadline is June 1, 2005. This is a wonderful way to show your pride in LHS's tradition of excellence. Please refer to our web page ( to print the order form. Please complete and include the order form with your check made payable to Libertyville Parent CATS. Send forms to: Paulette Young 14101 W. Braemore Green Oaks, IL 60048 847-573-7310 NOTE: Please complete one form per brick. However, you may write one check for all of your orders.

Front Cover: (clockwise from upper left) Members of the VHHS FBLA club show their awards from the Area Competition at Whitney Young High School in Chicago; LHS Academic Decathlon members give a high five for taking fifth in state; VHHS and LHS Poms qualified for state competition; LHS Principal Joe Wojtena gives Chicago Bear Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera an LHS cap at the recent Starfish Breakfast; VHHS parents, students and staff who participated in the parent-led program, "How to Succeed in Business . . . Lessons Learned in Business" included (clockwise from back left) Sean O'Donnell, Tom Ginakakis, Dennis Donelon; Wayne Lyons, Bill Skeens, Angelita Vinson, Jared Batson and Nancy Shipley.

Community High School District 128 940 W. Park Ave. Libertyville, Illinois 60048

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