District 214 students recognized by Board of Education for accomplishments

The following students were recognized by the District 214 Board of Education on Thursday, February 21 for their academic, community service and cocurricular accomplishments. To view pictures, click here.

Daily Herald Northwest Suburban Leadership Team

Annually, the Daily Herald celebrates students whose volunteerism and participation goes way beyond the classroom. This year, seniors Jack Knott and Zoe Robertson were selected from our surrounding public and private schools as members of the 2018-19 Daily Herald Northwest Suburban Leadership Team.

Prospect High School’s Jack Knott was selected for his commitment to volunteerism, community service and school leadership. In addition to being a four-year member of the golf team and “rocking the mic” at pep assemblies, he is a founding member of the “Life of a Knight” organization which promotes healthy choices for Prospect students. Jack participated this past summer on a mission trip to Mexico and provided humanitarian care along migrant trail routes at food shelters.

Buffalo Grove High School’s Zoe Robertson was selected from 29 nominees from the entire northwest suburbs. Zoe serves as National Honor Society president, DECA secretary and Board member of BG’s new Political Club. Her sponsor Karen Roberts says, “Zoe knows exactly who she is and what she stands for; she is not afraid to be herself, nor show her values. Her honesty and openness are two of her most admirable traits.”

Buffalo Grove High School

Illinois Music Education Association All-State Honors

Bufflalo Grove’s Christian Bellantuono, Tristan Klein, Meghan Griffin, Sydney Paunan, Sydney Sadler and Janelle Finton were selected to the Illinois Music Education Association (IMEA) All-State Honors after a rigorous audition process.

Senior Christian Bellantuono was selected to the IMEA All-State Honors Chorus. Christian’s achievement puts him in the top 150 choir students in the state.

Senior Tristan Klein was selected to the IMEA All-State Honors Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Only nine students across the entire state were selected to this very elite ensemble.

Senior Meghan Griffin was selected to play bass in the All-State Honors Band. This is Meghan’s third year being selected to perform at the IMEA. She has performed with the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and as an individual bass player.

Senior Sydney Sadler and sophomore Sydney Paunan were selected to the IMEA All-State Honors Orchestra, making them one of the top instrumentalists in the state. Sydney Sadler was placed as third chair in the second violin section of the ensemble; and Sydney Paunan was selected as the principal chair of the second violin section at the District IMEA level, and as second chair, second violin at the state level.

Senior Janelle Finton performed with the National Youth Orchestra Jazz Orchestra at Carnegie Hall last summer and with the IMEA All-State Honors Orchestra in January where she was named first chair. She also was selected Student Composition Contest winner, earning first place in the Arranging category and second Place in the Jazz Instrumental/Vocal Ensemble category. Additionally, Janelle joined the “best of the best” for the National Association for Music Education’s 2018 All-National Honors Ensemble last November in Orlando, FL. The selection followed Janelle's hard work throughout the 2017-18 school year, gaining a chair in her local, district, state and national music honor ensembles. This is the second time she has been named to the National Ensemble, recognizing her as a top high school trumpet player in the country.

Illinois Music Educators Conference

The Jazz Ensemble has been a flagship ensemble for Buffalo Grove's band program ever since the school’s beginning. This is the first time the group was selected to perform at the Illinois Music Educators Conference, which is one of the highest honors a music ensemble can receive in the state. The Jazz Ensemble performs at school and community events such as the BG Music Department Pops Concert, Jazz Showcase Dinner and Spring Band Concert, as well as several jazz festivals annually including Jazz in the Meadows, Northshore Jazz Festival, Mundelein Jazz Festival and Northern Illinois University Jazz Day.

Members include Ryan Allegretti, Jason Barrette, Josh Cihlar, Kayla Cutler, Janelle Finton, Meghan Griffin, Gabriella Goldstein, Andrew Gontko, Cameron MacMahon, Abigail Maciaszek, Samantha Mattison, Connor MacMahon, Dale McFarlane, Phillip Muscarnero, Cameron Obrecht, Sean Oiumet, Zach Olbur, Andy Siegel, Nolan Son, Jake Spies, Jeremy Stenger, Hannah Sternberg, Hannah Tessier, Mitchell Trubitt, Issac Wahout, Benjamin Wellisch and Laurynas Zavistanavicius.

Elk Grove High School

Illinois Music Education Association All-State Honors

Being selected as a member of the IMEA all-state honors is a tremendous honor. Members are selected based on the results of strict and demanding auditions throughout the state.

Elk Grove senior Nick Benjamin, a tenor, was among those selected to the IMEA All-State Honors Choir. Additionally, Nick was selected as the number one tenor 1 in IMEA District 7. This is Nick's third year in a row making the all-state choir. He rehearsed and performed with fellow top choral musicians in Peoria at the all-state conference January 23-26.

Elk Grove senior Tomoko Sakurayama was selected to the 2019 IMEA All-State Honors Orchestra, placing her in the top 24 violists in the state. Over the course of the three-day experience, Tomoko rehearsed with the Honors Orchestra and its nationally renowned conductor, Kayoko Dan. Additionally, Tomoko was named to the National Association for Music Education’s 2018 All-National Honors Ensemble. Her selection to this very prestigious ensemble places her as one of the top violists in the country.

Illinois Music Educators Conference

On January 24, the Elk Grove Chamber Orchestra performed at the 2019 Illinois Music Educators Conference. The group was one of only three high school orchestras from across the state selected to perform at this year’s conference. Being selected to perform at this prestigious conference is highly competitive and a great honor, and this is the first time that an Elk Grove High School orchestra has been accepted to perform.

Chamber orchestra members include Chris Baac, Ben Jablonski, Christian Janick, Nicole Kozbiel, Alexandra Mazur, Jessica Murillo, Ryan Nguyen, Katia Pendowski, Grace Ritter, Kaelyn Rittle, Kylie Rittle, Alex Ross, Tomoko Sakurayama, Natasha Sevilla and Amy Walaszek.                    

John Hersey High School

Illinois Music Education Association All-State Honors

Being selected as a member of the IMEA all-state honors is a very prestigious honor. Members are selected based on the results of strict and demanding auditions throughout the state.

John Hersey sophomore Kyle Chung was selected to be a part of the 2019 All-State Honors Orchestra. Kyle was placed fifth chair in the second violin section. The All-State Honors Orchestra performed in January at the Illinois Music Educator’s Conference in Peoria.

Hersey junior Dominic Borrelli and senior Kyle Janmohammed were selected to participate in the All-State Music Festival based on the results of their All-District auditions. They traveled to Peoria where they auditioned for chairs and All-State or Honors designation and participation in the weekend-long festival. Both Dominic and Kyle were chosen to participate in the Honors Band. Dominic was first chair tenor and Kyle first chair bass clarinet.

Special Olympics Floor Hockey

Last November, Hersey’s Special Olympics Floor Hockey Team traveled to Northeastern University in Chicago for the state tournament. They beat Vernon Hills 7-0 and Lambs Farm 6-4 to win the state title. An interesting and "appropriate" fact -- in the 50th year of Hersey High School and the 50th year of Special Olympics, this was Hersey’s 50th team state championship.

Team members include Malik Bradley-Henderson, John Buffini, Ryan Cichon, Nick DeChoudens, Kyle Holm, Sam Kent, Patrick Lyons, Matt Mullady, Sindi Sadiku, Chris Schulz, Peter Shteynberg  and Nick Tiahnybok.                     

Prospect High School

Illinois Music Education Association All-State Honors

Following a competitive audition process, Prospect sophomore Daniel Oczko was selected for the IMEA All-State Honors Band, where he placed third chair tuba. Daniel performed in the IMEA District 7 Band, where his chair placement advanced him to the State Conference. Once there, he completed another successful audition, after which, he was placed third chair in the top concert ensemble.  

Rolling Meadows High School

Illinois Music Education Association All-State Honors

Rolling Meadows’ David Kiaupa, Grace Carroll, Madeline Kerr and William Brice auditioned in early October at the IMEA District 7 level. Based on their scores at the October audition, these musicians were then selected for the All-State Honors. David Kiaupa, on euphonium, was selected for All-State Band; seniors Grace Carroll, alto 1, Madeline Kerr, alto 2, and junior William Brice, tenor 1, were selected for All-State Chorus. They joined with other top student musicians from the other nine districts across the state to perform at the All-State Festival in Peoria last month.

Wheeling High School

Illinois Music Education Association All-State Honors

Wheeling’s Kyle Mesa, Anabel Perez-Brennan and Kyle Splett were selected among the top musicians in the entire state to perform in the IMEA Honors Jazz Band and Honors Concert Band based on their auditions. These are the most selective groups and highest honor an individual musician can achieve in Illinois. Senior Kyle Mesa was lead trumpet and sophomore Anabel Perez-Brennan was top drummer in the Honors Jazz Band; and sophomore Kyle Splett, selected for Honors Band, is among the state's top tuba players.

Illinois Music Educators Conference

Wheeling's Jazz Band 1 was one of four jazz bands selected from across the state to perform in January at the Illinois Music Education Conference, which took place at the Bradley University Civic Center. They performed for a large audience of professional musicians, music teachers and college professors. Performing at the IMEA Music Education Conference is one of the highest honors for a musical group to achieve in the state.

Musicians include Roman Chapkis, Anthony Cruz, Estephania Diaz, Erick Garduno, Marco Gonzalez, Alexandra Kaprak, Nicki Koutun, Ali Kron, Gustavo Leyva, Angel Lopez, David Martinez, Kyle Mesa, Andrea Moreno, Fernando Moreno, Anabel Perez-Brennan, Leo Quintana, Javier Romano, Valencia Smith, Julia Staniszewski, Kyle Splett and Emily Wachter.

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