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Kaneland Krier wins Golden Eagle

Photo: The Krier staff shows off its awards outside the College of DuPage, where the NISPA conference was held. Front row: Editors Elaine Cannell, Julia Angelotti, Jessica Corbett, Kylie Siebert, Amanda Schiff, and Rachael Clinton. Second row: Krier adviser Cheryl Borrowdale, reporters Emily Gulanczyk, Emily Ferrell, Alex Vickery, Sara Laurie, Kaprice Sanchez, Taylor Phillips, Casey Jacobson, Heather Shelton, Kaley Martens, and Kelsy Goodwin. Back row: Reporters Lexi Roach, Lanie Callaghan, Jake Razo, Tyler Keenum, Matt Wahlgren, Shane Fergus, Brittany Larsen, Kate Anderson, Ryan Noel, Morgan Buerke, Nick Phillips, and Nick Stollard. Courtesy Photo

by Kaneland Krier staff
Kaneland—The Kaneland Krier took home the Golden Eagle, a trophy for best student newspaper in its class, for the second year in a row at the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association conference.

The NISPA conference represents high school journalism programs located north of I-80 in Illinois, including all Chicago-area schools, and is the most competitive region in the state.

“We’re very proud to have won the Golden Eagle again this year,” said Cheryl Borrowdale, journalism teacher at Kaneland High School. “We had some stiff competition, and the judges looked at seven consecutive issues from this year, which was virtually everything the staff had written thus far this year when we entered in February. To win two years in a row is an indication that the Krier staff is doing consistently excellent work.”

The staff scored 370 out of 400 possible points, the highest of any newspaper in its division, and received a perfect score in the advertising category.

The judges praised the publication for having “lots of good reporting and research in your cover stories, where the quotes went beyond just a one-sentence response to a question, which is great reporting,” for its use of documentary photography, and for the appearance of the paper. “You obviously spend a lot of time and put a lot of effort into making every page look good,” one judge wrote. “Really great use of graphics and alternative story forms. The design of your publication has personality.”

Krier staff members also took home individual awards in several categories.

Individual winners were sophomore Maggie Brundige in news writing; freshman Morgan Buerke in news writing; senior Maria Kernychny in editorial writing; sophomore Heather Shelton in editorial cartooning; senior Jessica Corbett in column writing; sophomore Julia Angelotti in feature writing; junior Kylie Siebert in feature photography; freshman Casey Jacobson in individual in-depth; senior Jessica Corbett and freshmen Kelsy Goodwin, Kaley Martens, Morgan Buerke and Sara Laurie in team in-depth; freshman Alexis Roach in sports writing; senior Amanda Schiff in graphics; and senior Megan Nauert in advertising.

“The Krier did well in many different categories, from the writing ones to the photography, graphics, and cartooning ones. It shows that the Krier is a well-rounded publication and that the students on staff have a wide variety of talents,” Borrowdale said.

When the Golden Eagle was announced, the Krier staff let out a huge cheer at NISPA, which was held at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

“We’re number one,” junior Ryan Noel, a reporter, shouted as he high-fived those around him.

Scholarship winners

by Kaneland Krier staff
Kaneland—These four Kaneland seniors earned over $600,000 in academic scholarships between them. Here’s how they did it:

Taylor Andrews
Senior Taylor Andrews chose the college he will be attending next fall for reasons most don’t: the history, the challenge and the leadership position.

Andrews will be attending the West Point Military Academy in the fall on a full scholarship that covers tuition, room, board and fees.

“While I was looking for colleges, I was looking at the service academies mainly because of the benefits that followed, but as I got to researching, I found that it wasn’t all about the benefits. It was something deeper: the legacy that follows and all the history behind it. I also want to challenge myself and my leadership abilities. What better way to do that than as a US Army officer?” Andrews said.

West Point has an acceptance rate of just 15 percent, which makes acceptance there as competitive as at many Ivy League universities. Candidates must be academically, physically and medically qualified and must receive a nomination from an approved source, such as a member of Congress.

“I think (Taylor’s) academics were above average, his athletics were above average and so was his interview. He also had glowing recommendations. It is very difficult to get into West Point; it’s a huge achievement,” counselor Cynthia Violett said.

Andrews has not yet selected a major, since West Point cadets don’t choose a major until the second semester of their sophomore year. He has an eight-year commitment after schooling, which includes five years of active duty in the Army and three years on reserve. He will become an Army second lieutenant after graduation, with a starting salary of $69,000.

“I feel that this is the best thing for Taylor, but I will miss him a lot because we’re so close to each other. We’re like best friends,” said sophomore Tanner Andrews, Taylor’s brother.
–Emily Gulanczyk, reporter

Abby Michels
With a huge smile on her face, senior Abby Michels gave her mom a hug after finding out that she received the Golden Apple Scholarship.

The Golden Apple, a scholarship awarded to 110 education majors in Illinois, is designed to provide scholarship funds for bright future educators. The Golden Apple provides $2,500 in financial assistance for the first two years of college and $5,000 for the final two years.

“(It’s) the perfect scholarship for a perfect student,” said Michelle Jurcenko, Spanish teacher.

Michels has been interested in being a teacher since elementary school.

“I like helping other people. The one way to stay young internally is to be surrounded by kids,” Michels said.

Michels, who is a senior this year, will attend the Lewis University next fall. Lewis has supplemented her Golden Apple Scholarship with a scholarship of its own—and Michels will attend there on a scholarship worth $33,000 a year.

Golden Apple Scholars enter the classroom with three times the experience that graduates of traditional education programs do. The program watches students for seven years and provides training over the summer.

“Scholars are surrounded by professionals and mentors. They’re like a big happy family. They also work in poor districts that are economically challenged, and they are committed to work in (a high-needs) district,” Counselor Andrew Franklin said.

Michels, who is majoring in special education, was a good candidate for the Golden Apple because she has done so much, from early childhood occupation classes to P.E. Leadership classes, Franklin said.

“It’s a huge blessing. I am so excited. It will open more doors for me to become a better teacher,” Michels said.
–Emily Ferrell, reporter

Hannah Schuppner
Senior Hannah Schuppner has been awarded a Northwestern University Scholarship. The scholarship is worth around $30,000 per year, and she has also been awarded grants to pay for the remaining tuition, room and board, including $2,000 in work study and private grants from the school. Her estimated family contribution is only $5,000 per year.

“The scholarship made it possible to go to my dream school. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to go there,” Schuppner said.

Northwestern was her first choice, over DePaul University or the University of Chicago. She plans to study psychology and then possibly attend law school.

“It’s not the number-one psychology school, but it’s ranked highly in the nation,” Schuppner said.

“I’m happy that she’s going to stay in Illinois, so she’ll be relatively close,” said Kaleb Schuppner, Hannah’s brother. “I was very excited for her, but I was not surprised at all. She is a very excellent student and works very hard.”

AP Literature teacher Patty Welker said she is certain that Schuppner will be very successful because of her great analytical skills and critical thinking skills.

According to both Schuppners, their father was extremely excited at the news that Hannah would have the money to go to a good school.

“Northwestern has always been my dream school,” Schuppner said. “After I visited the campus, I just fell in love with it. It just felt right.”
–Brianne Strobel, reporter

Jessica Corbett
It’s what all high school students strive for: receiving a full-ride scholarship to a dream college. Many students work hard to meet this ultimate goal, but ordinarily it never progresses past a tedious application process. What happens when things take a turn for the extraordinary?

Senior Jessica Corbett received a full scholarship, worth $51,000 a year, that covers tuition, room, board and fees, to Ithaca College in New York. Corbett found out she was a finalist for the scholarship when she received a phone call from Dr. Matt Fee at Ithaca, who invited all 26 finalists to the campus for a two-day interview process.

“I later found out that there were over 500 applicants,” Corbett said.

Corbett, who has worked on the Krier for four years, including two years as an editor, is an exceptional journalism student, journalism teacher Cheryl Borrowdale said.

“She has developed a lot of poise in interviewing and thinks critically enough to ask tough questions,” Borrowdale said. “She has also developed into an excellent writer, capable of taking on in-depth pieces and difficult subjects. She knows every part of producing a paper inside out, and beyond those journalistic skills, she is an outstanding student with a strong work ethic. In every way, she was the perfect candidate for a journalism scholarship.”

On March 30, Corbett found out that she was one of the lucky 13 who had received the scholarship.

“I was really excited for Jess because she deserved it. Then it finally hit me that she was going to be leaving,” said freshman Taylor Corbett, Jessica’s younger sister.

Although her family was ecstatic, Corbett could not actually share the news with friends and other relatives for several days, until all candidates were contacted about the scholarship.

Corbett will double major in journalism and politics at Ithaca, where she is also a member of the honors program.

“They have all of the opportunities that I wanted, such as dance groups, Model UN and a lot of different volunteer opportunities,” Corbett said.

D302 Board honors Illinois State Scholars

The Kaneland School Board on Monday evening honored 31 students who were recognized as Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission for outstanding academic achievement.

The honored students are Grant Alef, Elaine Cannell, Jessica Corbett, Lauren Crites, Lacey Eberle, Collin Ellingwood, Ariana Espino, Brock Feece, Drew French, Danielle Frost, Emily Heimerdinger, Lindsay Jurcenko, Joseph Kenkel, John Kintz, Jordan Krawczyk, Amanda Lamp, Alexandra Leonhard, Jessica Lubic, Mark Merfeld, Katie Meuer, Sarah Morgan, Keara Palpant, Karissa Pitstick, Amber Platt, Hannah Schuppner, Danielle Thomas, Holly Thomas, Samantha Wantuch, Amanda Whiteside, Thomas Whittaker and Carl Zagel

Students must be ranked in the top 10 percent of their class (based on ACT/SAT score and class rank) to be eligible for the Illinois State Scholar honor.

Krier places 1st at NSPA

Photos: The Krier editorial board. Executive editors Jessica Corbett (front row), Sarah Arnold, Maria Kernychny, and Megan Nauert. Photos: Editors Diana Nuno (center row), Elaine Cannell, and Amanda Schiff. Editors Rachael Clinton (back row), Maggie Brundige, Jordan Jones, Julia Angelotti and Kylie Siebert. Courtesy Photo

by Alex Vickery and Taylor Phillips
Krier reporters

KANELAND—The Kaneland Krier, the student newspaper of Kaneland High School, won a first-place award from the National Scholastic Press Association, which gave the publication two marks of distinction for exemplary work: one in coverage and content and the other in leadership.

Erika Berg, who judged the Krier on behalf of the NSPA, wrote that the Krier’s “voice is creative, intelligent and interesting.”

The paper was judged in five areas, and Berg awarded the staff 950 of 1,000 possible points in content, giving the paper a mark of distinction because of what she described as “superb” topic choices.

“I really got a feel for Kaneland as a community through each feature piece, and I was especially impressed with the depth of feature coverage of some of the stories. The juxtaposition between more serious features and light-hearted, human interest ones give the publication as a whole a great variety,” Berg said.

The paper earned 900 out of 1,000 points in writing and editing, an “excellent” rating; 750 out of 800 points in photos, art, and graphics, an “excellent” rating; and 650 out of 800 points in layout and design, a “very good” rating. The paper also earned a perfect score of 500 points in leadership, for which Berg gave the staff a second mark of distinction.

“The news staff is very invested in the well-being of the school and community,” Berg said. “They are respectful to the student body and the staff and offer constructive information, research and opinion throughout the publication … the staff exhibits school pride while still pursuing journalistic excellence. On the whole, this group seems to take chances and get to the heart of whatever topic is being discussed.”

She commended the staff for adhering to standards of professional journalism, press law and ethics.

“This is a group with integrity and a clear sense of honesty and truth,” Berg wrote in the evaluation.

The NSPA award is the third major award the Krier staff has received for the 2009-10 publication. Last April, the Krier staff won the Golden Eagle from the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association, which is awarded to the best student newspaper in the division, and in September, Quill and Scroll gave the Krier an International First Place ranking.

It’s also the first time in three years the Krier has competed in the NSPA competition, and journalism teacher Cheryl Borrowdale said she was pleased with the results.

“For a judge to give us a first-place ranking indicates that the Krier staff is producing an exemplary paper and is doing a really excellent job of covering the Kaneland area, ” she said. “I was particularly pleased the judge pointed how ethical and responsible the Krier’s editorial board is in their coverage, because this is a staff that holds itself to high standards and really tries to make good decisions.”

Executive Editor Sarah Arnold said she was proud of the staff’s accomplishments.

“We’ve worked really hard as a staff to put out the best paper we can, and it’s not easy. Producing an issue takes more work than most people realize, so it’s exciting when someone else recognizes everything we put into it,” she said. “I really feel proud of the work that I’ve done and the work the rest of the staff has done.”

Although the judge’s comments were mostly positive, Berg did suggest some areas for future improvement in the categories of writing and editing and in page layout and design.

“A few of the news stories were cluttered with too many quotes or different voices, and they didn’t always bring relevance to the story,” she said.

Berg suggested the staff delete interviews that did not add interest to a story, even if the story contained fewer than three sources, and that the staff be more careful with bleeding elements off the edge of the page and with layering type.

“Using more creative elements would help break up the page layouts,” she suggested.

Arnold said that this year’s Krier staff has been working to improve in these areas.

“Design has been one of our pushes this year, and while we’re still developing in terms of our graphic design and look, we have definitely made some strides this year,” she said. “We’ve been studying the feedback we’ve gotten back from the judges, both here and in our other competitions, and we’re trying to include more visual elements and a wider variety of layouts in the Krier, among other things.”

The first round of competitions for the 2010-11 Krier staff begins in late April. This year’s NISPA competition will be held on April 29 at the College of DuPage, where more than 20 Krier editors and reporters will compete in individual categories. It will be quickly followed by the Illinois Woman’s Press Association’s High School Communications Contest in May.

With sky-high college dropout rates, more students need to prepare

by Jessica Corbett
Kaneland Krier Executive Editor

KANELAND—Here’s a shocking fact: 73 percent of current Illinois high school seniors are unprepared for college-level science classes.

What does that mean?

It’s all in the ACT scores: Each subject has a benchmark, or a minimum score a student needs to achieve to be successful in college. A student who meets the benchmark score has about a 75 percent chance of passing first-year, college-level courses with a C, and about a 50 percent chance of passing the courses with a B, according to the College Board.

The science benchmark, set at 24, is the most difficult to achieve—only 27 percent of Illinois students met the benchmark. At Kaneland, only 24 percent of seniors who took the ACT in April met the science benchmark.

The mathematics benchmark is slightly lower—a score of 22 indicates college readiness—but only 40 percent of Illinois students met the benchmark score. In reading, the benchmark is set at 21, and 48 percent of Illinois students met it. In English, the benchmark is 18, and with 64 percent of Illinois students meeting the benchmark, the level of preparedness in the subject was the highest.

These statistics may be scary, but seniors Danielle Thomas and Bobby Thorson weren’t surprised.

Thomas, who took the ACT twice, said students have to prepare themselves to meet benchmarks. Thomas said she prepares for college-level work by taking the advanced classes at KHS.

“The people that take those classes are thinking about college,” she said. “I took AP Chemistry and AP Calculus.”
Thorson, who is enrolled in Honors Accounting, AP French V and AP Statistics, also said he’s making sure he’s prepared for college by taking challenging classes.

“Pick classes that will teach you to think at a higher level, because in college they’re not going to sugarcoat any of the information they’re giving you,” Thorson said. “You’re going to have to analyze the information all by yourself.”

What happens when students don’t challenge themselves enough in high school?

Often, when they reach college, they struggle. The dirty little secret about college is that nearly half of students never graduate—they drop out either because the courses were too difficult or the tuition was too costly. The other shocker? That 60 percent of two–year college students need to take remedial coursework, gaining no college credit and paying as much as $350 per class, according Michael Kirst, a Stanford University professor.

JEA names Charles McCormick ‘Administrator of the Year’

Maple Park—Dr. Charles McCormick was named Administrator of the Year by the national Journalism Education Association on Sept. 27.

According to Linda Drake, the JEA Awards Committee Chair, McCormick was one of eight top-notch candidates from across the country who the committee considered, and he was selected for his strong support of scholastic journalism education and students’ free speech rights. McCormick stood out particularly because of his open support of Tinker rights, which give student publications free speech without administrative prior review.

While the high school’s student newspaper, the Kaneland Krier, has always had Tinker rights in practice, one of McCormick’s final acts at Kaneland was to work with the District 302 School Board to officially change the publications policy to match the practice, thus codifying student’s free speech rights. The school board voted to implement a Tinker policy at Kaneland in April, 2010.

McCormick, who retired from his position as District 302’s superintendent on July 1, has also promoted a culture of openness within the district. Editors described McCormick as having an open-door policy, always making time to explain district policies to them, and creating an atmosphere of mutual trust between the administration and the various editorial boards over the years.

“He trusted the editorial board to make responsible editorial choices and therefore allowed us to continue with our Tinker practices, even when the School Board policy said we were Hazelwood,” Jessica Corbett, Kaneland Krier executive editor, said. “That level of trust, combined with his continuous support of all students in the district, pushed us to make ethical choices and encouraged us to capture the culture of Kaneland in the Krier. As he’s watched the Krier grow in his own time at Kaneland, he’s seen it evolve into a very professional atmosphere. He helped create that atmosphere by always encouraging other administrators and staff to welcome reporters into their offices, and his own office was always an open door. He always made time for students from the Krier to interview him. His consistent presence in our stories added to the quality of our work as student journalists. Not only did his quotes answer my interview questions, they challenged my own beliefs and allowed me to better grasp all the topics I interviewed him about.”

That open-door policy created learning opportunities for the students of Kaneland High School.

“Instead of having an adversarial relationship with the student newspaper, as so many administrators do, Dr. McCormick instead cultivated a strong relationship with student editors over the years, always extending a helping hand,” said Cheryl Borrowdale, journalism teacher. “He values students’ journalistic rights, and he saw supporting those rights as a way he could enhance their learning, develop their judgment, and encourage them to think critically. He has been a model of the kind of strong relationship administrators everywhere should try to build with student journalists, and in doing so, he also provided extraordinary and authentic learning opportunities for the students of Kaneland.”

McCormick’s support of student journalism remained steady, even during times of controversy, which is one of the things both Borrowdale and retired Kaneland journalism teacher Laurie Erdmann wrote about in their letters of recommendation to the JEA.

In her letter, Erdmann praised McCormick for his unflagging support, even when news cameras appeared outside Kaneland High School after a cover photo considered controversial was published. Borrowdale also praised McCormick for helping students cover controversial content in responsible ways, rather than trying to inhibit it, by providing students with resources, putting them in contact with expert sources they might not otherwise be able to reach, and offering background and perspective during interviews.

“His philosophy was always to provide students with as much information as possible, under the idea that giving students access to background, facts and expert sources would inform them, challenge them and encourage them to make thoughtful and responsible decisions,” Borrowdale said. “It has been an extraordinarily successful approach at Kaneland, and it shows that Dr. McCormick was always, first and foremost, an educator who had students’ best interests at heart.”

McCormick will speak at the JEA’s national convention in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 13, where he will lead a session for advisers and administrators on how to support students’ free speech rights, critical thinking and responsible decision-making.

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Charles McCormick, Kaneland superintendent, retires

by Jessica Corbett
Kaneland Krier Editor

It was 1997, just before 9 a.m. on a Tuesday morning—an ordinary day in the Kaneland district office. Dr. Charles McCormick, then the Associate Superintendent for Business, sat in Dr. Dennis Dunton’s office, curious about why he had been called in to speak with the superintendent.

Dunton instructed McCormick to return to his office, because the School Board president, Richard Samuelson, would be calling him. At exactly 9 a.m., the phone on his desk rang.

The purpose of Samuelson’s call was simple: Dunton planned to retire, and McCormick would be offered the position of superintendent. McCormick was surprised by the offer, as he didn’t have the proper certification for the job.

“I was in the program to get the certificate,” McCormick said.

He asked Samuelson if the district planned to conduct interviews for the position, but Samuelson assured him, “we feel we’ve interviewed you for three years.”

McCormick accepted and was operatively in charge of the district, though until his administrative certification was complete, the director of the Fox Valley Career Center was available to sign the paperwork and consult, if necessary.

McCormick’s background
Just as his rise to superintendent came unexpectedly, McCormick’s career path had also changed course. He had begun his college career with aspirations of becoming clinical psychologist, and he credits his background in business and psychology with providing him with an “alternate perspective” when faced with tough decisions.

In June of 1971, he graduated cum laude from the University of Rochester in western New York, near his childhood home and the Finger Lakes.

“(The University of Rochester is the) smallest research university in the country and has high academic standards,” McCormick said. “I was a competitive golfer in high school, and they put me on the golf team. I got a great education there.”

McCormick said that when he received his bachelor degree in psychology, he didn’t realize how difficult it was to be accepted into graduate school for that area of study. He chose to attend Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, because his advisor at Rochester had graduated from NIU and “he knew I could get in there.”

In June 1973, he received a Masters’ Degree from NIU and became a volunteer in the residential youth home for boys for DeKalb County Special Education Association, where he “did classroom management.”

From there, he worked for the DuPage County Health Department, and in 1975, he began work with the Northwestern Illinois Association, where he developed behavior management programs for public schools, and he continued to work for NIA, through the Sycamore school district, until 1986. As a behavior management specialist, and with his clinical psychology background, he developed behavior management protocol and programs.

He moved into school administration in 1986, when he began working for DeKalb Community School District as Associate Superintendent for Business, and then moved to Kaneland in 1994.

Flash-forward to present day: McCormick has served as Kaneland’s superintendent for the last 12 years and has worked for the district since July 1, 1994. And as this school year comes to a close, so will McCormick’s superintendency. He will be succeeded by Dr. Jeff Schuler, the current Associate Superintendent.

“My last day of work is June 11, and my last day of pay is June 30,” McCormick said. “I’ve told Dr. (Jeff) Schuler that at 3:31 on June 11, he’s in charge.”

“I would rather know now then on June 11,” Schuler said, smiling. “Come June 11, at 3:31 p.m., we will be ready for the transition.”

McCormick’s Legacy
The man who oversaw the rapid expansion of Kaneland has left behind a legacy that has shaped the district. Yet despite all the changes the district has seen in the past 12 years, McCormick said he couldn’t claim sole responsibility or credit.

“In this job, there isn’t anything you really accomplish on your own,” he said. “You can’t say (these accomplishments happened) because I was here, it happened while I was here. It’s really the work of the whole Kaneland community working together—including citizens.”

Though McCormick is modest about his role in Kaneland’s growth and development over the years, Schuler and his colleagues doled out praise.

“I think any leader in a school system is measured by the legacy that they leave behind,” Schuler said. “Dr. McCormick has left behind a legacy.”

Schuler said that there are five major developments McCormick has accomplished in his time as superintendent, ranging from the expansion of the district to the development of student programs.

When McCormick came to Kaneland in 1994, there were two school buildings in the district, and students of all ages–from kindergarten to high school seniors–rode the same sets of buses at the same time. Today, the district has six buildings on six separate campuses, and the elementary bussing is kept separate from the middle and high school bussing.

“There were only two buildings when I came here and now we have six. That’s really pretty exciting,” Sharon Sabin, the superintendent’s secretary, said.

Schuler credited McCormick with the successful expansion of the district.

“He really has had a hand in either building infrastructure or (he has) led the process in the renovation of our facilities, and he was instrumental in securing the funding (for this construction) through referendums,” Schuler said.

“That also connects to another aspect,” Schuler said “He has built partnerships with parents and community members who have taken leadership roles in passing referendums. He’s been incredibly instrumental in building key partnerships with the School District, that help us do what we do.”

Those partnerships are created with local governments, as well as other educational groups.

“He was instrumental in helping to secure an intergovernmental agreement, which brought consistency to how each of our municipalities assess fees which help educate new students,” Schuler said.

The Kaneland district is unique in the amount of land and variety of towns it serves. Maple Park, Elburn, Sugar Grove, Virgil, Kaneville, Montgomery and parts of North Aurora are all included in the district. As subdivisions were built, new students entered the district, and the growth during McCormick’s tenure has been explosive.

“We’ve got to be prepared to educate these students,” Schuler said.

A good portion of that preparation is financial, which was a concern because “each of the municipalities worked with their own fee structure,” Schuler said. He said “we’re going to revisit this topic every couple years, but the tough work was done getting everybody on board with it.”

Schuler also credited McCormick with developing student programs.

“Any student program that has evolved in the last 12 years has happened with his support,” Schuler said. “He lets principals and key administrators take risks and develop things for kids; it all happens with his stamp of approval.”

Schuler described McCormick as “an avid supporter of the arts. He supports the development of a lot of the fine arts programs in our schools,” he said.

Through this support, and the support of the community, the Fine Arts Festival has been developed.

“I think the Fine Arts Festival is important because it showcases the talents of art in our community, but it also reminds the community that even in tough economic times, we need to continue to support those programs,” Schuler said.

The fifth element, and the one Schuler said he personally considers the biggest part of McCormick’s legacy, is that McCormick “invests a lot in building the capacity of other people. He invests a lot of time in people, and our effectiveness has a direct correlation to the quality of people we have.”

A focus on people
That focus on people has extended through McCormick’s professional relationships, including his work as a mentor.

“He has certainly been a mentor for me for the last four years. He really is a great mentor for people,” Schuler said.

Beyond district administration, McCormick has been a mentor for many teachers and students, as well. He said he enjoys “working directly with students—that can be very rewarding.”

He emphasized that an important part of his job is “making sure the citizens’ perspective is taken into account.” McCormick enjoys working with the board and the citizens advisory committees, and said, “I think I’m pretty good at processing information and listening.”

Though there are enjoyable aspects, no career is without its difficulties—especially in positions of leadership.

“There are things that become difficult,” McCormick said.

He said the most difficult situations he has experienced in his 12 years as superintendent include accidents involving student deaths and expelling students. Other difficulties are handling parent and community complaints.

“It’s not so much the substance of the issue, but the way the people are behaving,” he said.

Another challenge for the superintendent, especially in the Kaneland district, is communication.

“You have to repeat things a lot more in our setting, because we are so dispersed,” he said. “We have the phone blast, but that has tended to be only for emergencies.”

However, despite the difficulties, McCormick’s method of addressing the district leaves his peers eager to praise.

“I know that he believes very much that the success of our School District depends on the quality of people we have working here—on all levels. That’s a core belief of his, and it works all the way through the system,” Schuler said.

“He’s a great person to work for,” Sabin added. “He’s my favorite superintendent by far, and I wouldn’t say that about just anyone. He’s intelligent, kind and a good leader.”

McCormick has also worked with many teachers through his years at Kaneland, including Patty Welker, the English department head at Kaneland High School.

“The area I’ve worked with him most closely is in regards to student publications, so my experience there is that he has been a huge champion of students’ rights to responsible and free expression,” Welker said. “He really was instrumental in moving the Krier into a Tinker publication. I don’t know whether we’d be there if he wasn’t behind that.”

Welker’s other experiences with McCormick were on a more personal level.

“We’re both great readers, so we share book recommendation and swap books,” she said.

A change in leadership
Ken Dentino, math department head at Kaneland High School, said he is optimistic about the transition from McCormick’s superintendency to Schuler’s.

“Anytime there is a change in leadership, there’s always new challenges,” Dentino said. “Hopefully, the school continues to run effectively. I’m optimistic about our new leadership.”

The change in leadership set for June was not the original plan. With McCormick’s original contract, he would have retired at the end of the last school year. However, because Tom Runty, former Assistant Superintendent for Business, retired last year, McCormick and the School Board decided that extending the contract and putting off retirement for a year was best for the stability of the administration and the transition to the incoming superintendent, Dr. Jeff Schuler.

“I don’t know if I’m going to feel any more comfortable than I do right now,” McCormick said. “(The administration) is stable, well-staffed, and well-positioned for the future.”

McCormick expressed high hopes for the future of Kaneland.

“It’s all going to be growth and resource driven, other than aspects for us to get better at what we do,” he said. “I hope that the financial mess and the economy—which is affecting Kaneland—will improve, and we get more resources to work with,” he said.

McCormick also said a focus will be raising standards, politically and economically.

Future plans
McCormick currently resides in Sycamore, with his wife, Jennifer, and said he plans to spend a lot more time with the family he has scattered among Colorado, California, Illinois and New York.

“I’ve got a lot of plans,” he said. “I’ll catch up on some reading, fishing, golfing … and I do a lot of genealogical research. It’s fascinating to find the family history.”

Schuler also expressed high hopes for the future of both Kaneland and McCormick.

“I’m happy for him. Dr. McCormick has worked hard, and he deserves all the opportunities that retirement will offer him,” Schuler said. “I just have tremendous respect for him—as a quality person, and he has really been a quality mentor for me. My hopes are going to be to continue to build on the legacy that he has left.”

Photo: Dr. Charles McCormick (center) has represented Kaneland schools at school board meetings and community forums throughout his 12 years as superintendent. Krier File Photo

Kaneland Krier: Unmasking Prom 2010

by Jessica Corbett
Kaneland Krier Editor
Kaneland News Bureau

Long, elegant dresses, black tuxedos, roses, limousines and— a mask? This year’s prom theme, Unmasking the Night, will add another item to the typical prom checklist: a mask.

The theme choice, as well as all other prom-related decisions, was made by a group of 20 junior girls who make up the prom committee.

“The committee got together and looked through the catalogs for decoration ideas they liked,” prom committee adviser Lorna Code said. “The vote was not unanimous, but it definitely leaned towards the one idea.”

Prom committee adviser Patty Welker said she thinks the seniors will be pleasantly surprised with the masquerade theme.

Code agreed.

“I think the committee took the suggestions and requests they heard ahead of time and took that into consideration when choosing the theme,” Code said.

“The girls on the committee came there with an idea of how they wanted to roll,” Welker said.

“After we chose the theme, we took a field trip to NIU in order for the committee to get an idea of the venue for prom,” Code said.

Prom will be held May 1 in the Duke Ellington Ballroom at NIU.

Junior Caitlyn Young, a member of prom committee, said that holding prom at NIU makes it more special, instead of just having it at the high school.

“Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m. and coronation is at 9 p.m. The entire thing goes from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.,” Code said.

There will be a change in the coronation plans this year.

“There will only be a King and Queen, not a Prince and Princess,” Code said.

The tickets and invitations will be printed by the Graphics Department at Fox Valley Career Center, and “we hand-deliver invitations to all the juniors and seniors,” Welker said.

Ticket sales will take place April 14-16 and April 20-23 during STEN in the commons area, and cost $60 for a single and $120 for a couple.

That’s a $5 increase from last year. Ticket prices have increased because the actual food cost stayed the same, but some of the other things have gone up, Welker said.

Food will be provided by NIU, so the menu was decided on the field trip. Code said the food will be suited to everyone’s taste.

Prom attendees will find out the menu “when we sell the tickets. They’ll get a little insert on the schedule of the evening and what the menu will be,” Code said.

Bigsy’z Audio will provide music, which is the same DJ that played at last year’s prom.

The prom committee has met each Tuesday during STEN to plan 2010’s prom.

“As prom gets closer, we’ll be working a lot of after-school hours. (The girls) have been so agreeable; they’ve worked together really well, and they’re accepting of each other’s ideas. It’s been a really great collaborative effort,” Code said.

Young said she enjoys being a part of prom committee.

“It’s really fun making all the decisions, plus my friends are in it, so that’s cool, too,” she said.

She also said the committee has functioned well because they stay open-minded and remember that everyone has good ideas.

Code expressed high hopes for the 2010 prom.

“Every year, the prom committee thinks the prom they put on is the best,” Code said. “I always hope that the people who were on the prom committee the previous year will be overwhelmed by what the next group does for them, because they know how much work goes into it.”

Photo: sxc.hu

Kaneland Krier: Apple introduces breakthrough ‘must-have’ technology : the iPad

by Jessica Corbett
Kaneland Krier Editor
Kaneland News Bureau

Kaneland—Much like the iPhone craze of 2007, the unveiling of Apple’s newest “must-have”—the iPad—has created a frenzy in the world of technology. From its place in Yahoo’s Top 10 Trends to the sudden surplus of iPad-related tweets on Twitter, this ultramodern, multi-touch screen computer has taken the Internet by storm.

“The iPhone pretty much controls the technology market because it’s simple and it just works,” web administrator Nathan Johnston said.

Johnston said he foresees the same popularity for the iPad.

“The iPhone created its own economy,” he said. “The iPad is just going to jack that up more.”

Johnston said he believes there will be educational and medical uses for the iPad, much like the iPhone, which is used in the medical field to store large amounts of patient information.

However, the iPad has yet to win over some Kaneland students.

“It’s cool, but I have better things to spend my money on,” senior J.T. Webb said.

Webb said his 12-year-old brother wants an iPad.

Senior Meghan Britz said she does not plan to purchase the iPad.

“Obviously, it’s going to be popular, but the laptop is fine. We just become lazier and lazier with new technology,” she said.

Johnston said the iPad would be a good choice for those who are new to computers or seeking simplicity.

“There’s no computer stuff,” he said. “You use your finger and point to what you want, and then it happens.”

According to a January press release by Apple, there are 12 new applications designed specifically for the iPad.
The device can also run almost all of the 140,000 apps available through Apple’s App store.

One new “multi-touch” app is iBooks and the iBookstore, which allows users to read and purchase books directly on the device. The user is able to virtually turn the pages, and the iBooks are stored on what appears to be a virtual bookshelf, Johnston said.

For users in school or business, Johnston said that a renovated version of iWork, Apple’s office tool, has been designed specifically for the iPad.

According to the press release, the three programs offered by iWork—Numbers, Keynote and Pages—will all be available through Apple’s app store for $9.99 each.

With all the buzz about the iPad, some wonder what it can’t do.

“People are complaining a lot about compatibility,” Johnston said. “The computer on your desk was a machine designed for universal purposes. This was a machine designed to go to Facebook.”

Johnston explained that most computers are capable of much more than what they are typically used for, whereas the iPad is capable of the tasks an average person uses on a daily basis.

Also, the iPad does not have Adobe Flash, due to conflicts between Adobe and Apple, Johnston said. Adobe Flash is most commonly used to add animation, audio or video to web pages.

“You can’t play Flash games on the iPad, but it plays YouTube videos,” he said.

As for the physical features, the iPad has the appearance of a super-sized iPhone, Johnston said. He compared the iPad to breaking his Macbook in half and using only the screen, as the iPad has a touch-screen keypad built into it.

“It’s just like a giant iPhone, but it doesn’t make calls—theoretically,” Johnston said. “We don’t know because it’s not out yet.”

Johnston said there is also speculation as to whether or not the iPad has a camera.

It boasts a 178-degree viewing angle, and measures a half-inch thick and 9.7 inches diagonally.

For those interested in learning more about the iPad, Apple CEO Steve Jobs hosted an hour and a half-long instructional keynote on how the iPad works. The keynote is available through the Apple website.

Apple has also created pages on its website detailing the iPad’s features, design applications, technical specifications and pricing, and a photo gallery, complete with a 3D model.

“iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price,” Jobs said in the January press release. “iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”

Johnston said the iPad is unique because it is the first Apple device to be powered by an Apple chip, so “the processor is made by Apple.”

“The new A4 chip provides exceptional processor and graphics performance, along with long battery life up to four hours,” the press release said.

Two models of the device will soon become available: the Wi-Fi model and the Wi-Fi plus 3G model. Each model has three options for memory: the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.

Prices for the Wi-Fi begin at $499 and increase to $599 and $699 respectively. The Wi-Fi plus 3G model starts at $629 and increases to $728 and $829. The 3G data plans will be sold separately, and Apple has collaborated with AT&T to create “breakthrough 3G prepaid data plans for iPad with easy, on-device activation and management,” the press release said.

The press release also stated that the iPad is scheduled for shipment in the coming months, but dates will vary depending on the desired models. The Wi-Fi model is set to ship in late March, and the Wi-Fi plus 3G model in April.

Photo: Courtesy Apple.com

2000-09: Looking back at the decade that changed Kaneland

by Jessica Corbett and Zach Brown
Kaneland Krier Editors

Kaneland—Over 3,300 students have graced the halls of Kaneland High School in the last decade. They have witnessed skyrocketing class sizes, resulting in a sudden increase in cultural diversity.

They have heard the pounding of hammers and nail guns as the high school made the transition from an 800-student capacity to a 1,600-student capacity building.

Classes have been cut, expanded upon and added to the curriculum. Teachers and principals have come and gone. New clubs have been formed, and various sports teams have experienced successful seasons.

A lot has happened in 10 years, and a lot has changed.

“Change, no matter what kind of change, is hard for everyone,” history teacher Scott Parillo said.
Looking back on the last 10 years at Kaneland High School, some may not even recognize what it once was.

New principals

Dr. Dan Bertrand, Mike Davis, Tony Valente and Dr. Greg Fantozzi: four principals in 10 years.
These four men have all served as KHS principals in the last decade.

Bertrand, Davis and Valente have all moved on to administrative positions at other districts, and Fantozzi has just joined KHS for the 2009-10 school year, as well as being the interim principal continuing through the 2010-11 school year.

Bertrand served as principal from 1995 to 2005, and went on to become superintendent of Marengo School District.

“He had advanced his degree and wanted a superintendent position,” Sayasane said.

Following Bertrand was Davis, who served as principal from 2005 to 2007, after which he “moved to a place where he had deep family roots,” McCormick said.

In 2007, Valente entered the scene, but only served as principal from 2007-09, resigning to become the principal at Springhill High School in Roselle, Ill.

“Mr. Valente decided to resign later in the year, when he was offered the position,” McCormick said.

His place was filled by the newest principal, Fantozzi.

Although this is Fantozzi’s first year at Kaneland, he did have a special connection to the school before accepting the position as interim principal.

“Dr. Fantozzi had been Mr. Valente’s mentor,” McCormick said.

Typically, interim principals only stay for one year, but not in Kaneland’s case.

“With the budget situation that we’re in, we felt that stability in the staffing pattern was important,” McCormick said. “So Dr. Fantozzi decided to stay another year.”

It is the plan that, next year, a new principal will be hired for the 2011-12 school year.

Steininger said that changing principals definitely impacts the high school.

The principals have “different views on how things should be done,” she said.

Steininger said that, as principals change, there are also changes made within the school.

“There haven’t been drastic changes,” she said. “They’re smaller, but they add up.”

There is some concern among the administration with frequent changes in administrators.

“The length of time an administrative system is in the district is usually correlative with test scores,” McCormick said. “So it is difficult to get a consistent improvement effort at the high school.”

But McCormick was optimistic, and expressed hope of “building things back up” with the incoming principal.

Size and diversity
The high school enrollment has grown by leaps and bounds, from 803 students enrolled in 2000 to 1,300 students for the 2009-10 school year.

“I think we’re starting to see more cultures coming into the School District,” Parillo said. “As any growth happens, there’s always going to be diversity.”

Diversity impacts schools in different ways.

“In theory, it ought to bring a broader perspective to a setting,” McCormick said.

Sayasane and Parillo said that increased diversity has not affected their classrooms, but it may impact how students interact with each other.

“Increased diversity can sometimes lead to racial jokes or slurs, but for the most part, students at Kaneland seem to get along,” junior Michael Caballero said. “People are more accepting of other cultures (when diversity is increased).”

Students can also learn from their classmates’ varied cultural backgrounds.

“Learning about other cultures and their belief systems is very good for everybody,” Parillo said.

Also, as growth and diversity increase, classes and the curriculum have more options.

“The bigger population helps us offer a broader curriculum,” McCormick said. “We can offer more sections of a class.”

As growth continues, the school may become even more diversified.

“We have become a more diverse school district,” McCormick said. “(But) compared to other schools, our number of students with diverse ethnic backgrounds is still relatively small.”

Sports teams
From memorable games to some teams competing at state, Kaneland sports has had quite a decade.

With the exception of 2007, Kaneland varsity football qualified for the playoffs every year in the last decade.

In 2006, with All-State players like Casey Crosby and Boone Thorgesen, the team won conference.

In the last 10 years, wrestling became a AA school in the 2000-01 season, which former wrestling coach Gary Baum described as the “big school class.”

In 2006, Kaneland wrestlers reset the record for most wins in dual matches and had both conference champions and regional champions, as well as three additional state qualifiers.

Baum gives most of this credit to the fact that most Kaneland wrestling coaches were former Kaneland graduates.

In basketball, senior David Dudzinski recently scored his 1,000th point in a game against Burlington.

Last year, the boys’ varsity basketball team won a tournament in Plano, against 16 other teams.

A variety of teams at the high school have achieved great success in their seasons over the last 10 years.

As of 1997, District 302 consisted of only two buildings on one campus. The district has since grown to seven buildings spanning the 140-square-mile district.

Up until that point, elementary and middle school students attended school at the former
middle school, and high school students were taught at the current high school.

The Kaneland School District expanded in 1998, with a total of four schools in the district. Two identical elementary schools were opened, located in Elburn and Sugar Grove. The new elementary schools were named Kaneland North and Kaneland South.

The district has expanded even more in the last decade, constructing two more elementary schools, one in Elburn and another in Montgomery. This year marked the opening of a new middle school, which is located on Harter Road in Sugar Grove. This building took the place of the former middle school, which is located on the same campus as the high school.

KHS has also experienced building changes in the last 10 years. Due to extensive additions and reconstruction, the high school has doubled in size, McCormick said.

Such expansions include the auditorium and the current cafeteria, as well as the music wing, which houses the band and choir rooms.

Junior Kendall Renaud, who is involved in band and the school plays, has personally experienced the effects of the additions.

“I think (the additions) are helping the arts programs, now that we have new band and choir rooms,” Renaud said.

The fitness and wrestling rooms were also added, and the library was gutted and renovated, McCormick said.

Since the library was renovated, the book collection has doubled in size, librarian Lorna Code said.

“It looks like a college library,” she said. “You almost had to see it before to know how lucky we are.”

Discipline and rules
The frequent administrative staffing changes have impacted a particular aspect of the high school: rules.

Senior Matt Larsen said that, as Kaneland has transitioned from principals Davis to Valente to Fantozzi, things seem to have gotten much stricter.

Superintendent Dr. Charles McCormick said that it’s more the enforcement of certain rules that changes, rather than altering the rules or policies.

“Principals vary on how things are interpreted and how things are emphasized,” McCormick said.

“If a rule is not communicated enough to students or parents, then it will be changed or altered,” McCormick said. “But I don’t think there has been a huge change in topics.”

He said that changes are often due to changes in state or federal laws, or specific circumstances.

“Look at the way cell phones have changed in the last 10 years,” McCormick said.

“We’ve been all over the map on the cell phone policy,” English teacher Jennifer Sayasane said.

In an effort to remove the distraction posed by cell phones, the current policy states that students must leave cellular phones off and in lockers while school is in session, McCormick said.

The ID policy, which requires all students and staff to wear IDs, has also been implemented.

“I don’t think it’s a huge deal, having to wear IDs,” junior Charlene Steininger said. “But I don’t think students like wearing them.”

KHS announces students of the term

Kaneland—The Kaneland High School (KHS) administration and staff announced that the following students were named students of the term for the second term in the 2009-10 school year: Elizabeth Smith, CTE (Business); Elizabeth Kennedy, CTE (Orientation to Family Consumer Science); Jessica Corbett, English; Stephanie E. Lanute, Fine Arts (Chorus/Band); Danielle Anderson, Fine Arts (Foreign Language); Anthony Sperando, Math; Thomas Whittaker, Physical Education/Health; Francesco Cimmarrusti, Science; Lauren E. Allen, Social Studies and Mariella Zavala, Student Services/Special Education.

The goal of the program is to recognize KHS students who exemplify the type of effort, commitment, character and leadership qualities and academic effort, including achievement, improvement and contributions, that are desired of all Kaneland students.

KHS honor roll 2009

High Honor Roll
9th grade
Upashruti Agrawal, Lauren Allen, Abby Bend, Brianna Brehm, Taylor Buri, Lauren Companiott, Brian Edwards, Eric Eichelberger, Kelly Evers, Tyler Fabrizius, Jacob Ginther, Kristen Glover, Noelle Goodine, Kelsey Gould, Adam Grams, Malory Groen, Courtnie Holland, Christina Janes, Nicole Ketza, Thomas King, Benjamin Kovalick, Stelios Lekkas, Austin McElderry, Anna Novotny, Athanasios Pesmajoglou, Drew Peters, Alexa Reger, Nathan Rehkopf, Karyn Ribbens, Kayla Rivera, Nicholas Rodriguez, Stephanie Rosenwinkel, Maria Rossi, Margaret Ruppel, Alejandra Salinas, Connor Sandquist, Melissa Schmidt, Dana Schultz, Ashley Shearer, Kylie Siebert, Ashlyn Slamans, Molly Speckman, Anthony Sperando, Brandon Stahl, Trevor Storck, Katherine Taylor, Mackenzie Theisen, Valerie Tockstein, Catherine Tolan, Kalani Tovar, Delani Vest, Marissa Villafuerte, Mercedes Walper, Nicholas Wielgos, Isaac Williams, Anders Winquist-Bailey, Elliot Witt
10th grade
Priscilla Aguilar, Grant Alef, Taylor Andrews, Stephanie Breen, Jocelyn Cabral, Elaine Cannell, Cory Clausen, Jessica Corbett, Emily Darrow, Lacey Eberle, Caitlin Ellefsen, Collin Ellingwood, Ariana Espino, Amy Fabrizius, Brock Feece, Drew French, Danielle Frost, Allison Grossmann, Emily Heimerdinger, Amanda Helfers, Guillermo Hernandez, Andrew Hladilek, Lindsay Jurcenko, Joseph Kenkel, Jordan Krawczyk, Amanda Lamp, Corey Landers, Alexandra Leonhard, Christian Limbo, Jessica Lubic, Bernice Marsala, Katie Meuer, Danielle Micek, Abby Michels, Richard Miller, Sarah Morgan, Brian Olson, Nicole Ott, Keara Palpant, Brooke Patterson, Karissa Pitstick, Amber Platt, Alyson Rehr, Mackenzie Rich, Alicia Robinson, Linnea Scherer, Joshua Schuberg, Hannah Schuppner, Elizabeth Smith, Andrea Strang, Danielle Thomas, Holly Thomas, Brooke Thompson, Samantha Vazquez, Samantha Wantuch, Breanna White, Amanda Whiteside, Thomas Whittaker, Michael Wille, Caitlyn Young, Cara Zagel
11th grade
Jenna Bartel, Andrea Bruce, Danilo Bruno, Scott Burgholzer, Derek Bus, Emily Butts, Kristyn Chapman, Megan Cline, Stephen Colombe, Lindsey Dodis, Eric Dratnol, David Dudzinski, Joseph Garlinsky, Lily Garrison, Megan Gil, Trever Grimoldby, Tara Groen, Rebecca Hauge, Kevhlub Her, Joseph Herzer, Kevin Hodge, Katlin Howard, Angela Humphrey, Amy Husk, Haley Johnson, Samantha Johnson, Elizabeth Kennedy, Brett Ketza, Kevin Krasinski, Taylor Krause, Micaela Lane, Kelsey Lenhardt, Logan Markuson, Melanie Mazuc, Vincent Micek, Alexandra Morefield, Brianne Myers, Joss Nicholson, Zachary Nolte, Alyse Olson, Tara Olson, Kasey Ostarello, Kylen Pattermann, Justin Phillips, Lisa Roberson, Chelsea Roberts, Michelle Rodgers, Danielle Rose, Paula Ross, Patrick Ruffolo, Kelly Shaw, Nikki Smith, George Spirakis, Natalie Swieca, Kevin Szatkowski, Edgardo Valle, Elizabeth Webb
12th grade
Angelica Acosta, Emma Anderson, Kimberly Anderson, Daniel Arnold, Jessica Arnold, Lindsay Bartel, Kathryn Bergman, Ryan Blake, Emily Curran, Kelly Davies, Stacey Davis, Margaret Dawe, Lindsay Douglas, Samantha Eichelberger, Matthew Galica, Ashley Girard, Lauren Gould, Caitlin Haag, Matthew Haffner, Erica Hankes, Erin Hanold, Sarah Harant, Samantha Hauser, Devin Mae Heath, Jordan Herra, Alexa Hill, Rebecca Holloman, Michael Jenny, Hayden Johnson, Leina Kameyama, Emily Kenkel, Casey Komel, Kathleen Kuhar, Angeline Tracy Limbo, Anna Limbrick, Curtis Lubic, Chassidy Mangers, Briana Minogue, Kathleen Moravcik, Evan Olson, Madeline Osman, Christopher Ott, Sarah Otterness, Perren Palpant, Kelaine Patterson, Jordan Pinkston, Emiliano Ponce, Michael Pritchard, Nicole Prusinski, Jacqueline Ream, Bryan Renaud, Brody Root, Anna Rossi, John Rotella, Kristen Rusnok, Kristen Sanecki, William Schaid, Meghan Schiber, Christine Schieve, Jeffrey Smith, Daniel Spence, Emily Tockstein, Zachary Tolan, Santiago Tovar, Cristofer Vargas, Yasintorn Wongwoottisaroch, Victoria Yurachek, Joanna Zielinski, Jennifer Zmrhal

Honor Roll
9th grade
Erin Arndt, Rebecca Arnold, Dhurata Azemi, Raymond Barry, Madison Bluml, Jordyn Boley, Zachary Brown, Acalia Cleaver, Andrew Correll, Ashley Cottier, Ashley Diddell, Alex Dorado, Zachary Douglas, Katelyn Dudzinski, Mitchell Gemini, Ariel Geraghty, Ryan Goodenough, John Goodrich, Matthew Grimm, Samantha Hansen, Samantha Heinle, Austin Henkelman, LaQuanda Hood, Seleana Isaacs, Jordan Jones, Sarah Kitz, Denitza Kolev, Ryan Kolk, Kelly Kovacic, Alec Krueger, Amber-Rose Lano, Cesar Lazcano, Ashton MacKenzie, Aracelli Magana, Jacob Mazuc, Nicholas McCarney, Kayley McPhee, Julianne Miller, Brendan Morgan, Amelia Napiorkowski, Diana Nuno, Konstantin Paraskevov, Austin Paulson, Sierra Perteete, Jordan Phillips, Edker Pope, Jari Ramos-Orbe, Sawyer Rego, Courtney Reiss, Josias Rodriguez, Angela Schramer, Grace Snyder, Erica Sorensen, Meggen Southern, Dalton Stewart, Michael Tattoni, Carolina Tovar, Amber Urich, Bryan Van Bogaert, Savannah Webb, Taylor White, Joshua Williams, Jordyn Withey, Maverick Wojciechowski, Erin Woodill
10th grade
Athina Ajazi, Yesenia Ayala, Kristina Bowen, Taylor Bradbury, Patrick Bratschun, Kayla Burns, Tyler Callaghan, Josiah Camiliere, Shaela Collins, Lauren Crites, Jonathon Delgado, Cali Dickerson, Andrea Dimmig Potts, Brian Dixon, Nicholas Dodis, Michelle Dugan, Tyler Esposito, Zachary Ganz, Angelica Garza, Damien Gilbert, Hayley Guyton , Michael Hammermeister, Megan Hanlon, Anna Henrichs, Elizabeth Hylland, Kelsey James, Kellie Johnson, Morgan Johnson, Allison Jones, Pamela Katsigiannis, Dylan Keith, Maria Kernychny, Skyler King, John Kintz, Kristen Krajewski, Nathan Krauz, Cameron LeBlanc, Mark Merfeld, Kaitlin Munyon, Joshua Nahley, Derek Nordine, Angela Parillo, Angelica Perez, Jimmy Ramirez, Stewart Ream, Kendall Renaud, Keith Runde, Colleen Ryan, Nicole Rymarz, Curtis Secrest, Briana Stark, Charlene Steininger, Bethany Swartz, Robert Thorson, Erich Turk, Alexander Vallejo, Logan Vines, Christian Williams, Ryan Wozniak, Robert Zachara, Kelsey Zollinger
11th grade
Danielle Anderson, Randi Bader, Ryley Bailey, Brittany Bauer, Robert Bergstrom, Chloe Bluml, Dennis Brettman, Edgar Celaya, Jaclyn Diehl, Scott Dienst, Brock Dyer, Andrew Eberle, Olivia Fabrizius, Angela Filippin, Kalina Flamand, Sabrina Gabriele, Lauren Gallucci, Colleen Gebauer, Jeffrey Gillett, Dylan Good, Tyler Hamer, Aaron Hayman, Matthew Ikemire, Jaclyn Isham, Lindsay Kahl, Tessa Kuipers, Caitlin Larson, Brandie Mattice, Jessica McHenry, Donald McLennan, Thomas Orr, Sean Paulick, Brenda Petersen, Izatmar Quiroz, Jordan Rego, Matthew Reusche, Connor Risch, Erin Rocha, Erin Rodway, John Scholl, Alyssa Snyder, Bradley Staker, Daniel Steinmiller, Cody Stults, James Tarchala, Benjamin Tennant, Kayla Thompson, Jacob Tickle, Xavier Torres-Valdovinos, Abigayle VanDerHeyden, Katie Walton, Nicholas Zimmer
12th grade
Cecelia Anderson, Jacob Astin, Garrett Austin, Kathryn Banbury, Joshua Bloome, John Brennan, Michael Chavez, Paul Davies, Laney Deligianis, Samantha Dixon, Alycia Donais, Kevin Durrenberger, Kelsey Fletcher, Alyssa Galvan, Eric Geiger, Lindsay Gierke, Mallory Gigl, Sally Gorenz, Kristen Hamer, Laura Hansen, Kathryn Hatch, Adrian Hernandez, Erin Heyob, Amanda Hilton, Mallory Huml, Brianna Hurst, Sonja Isaacs, Jenna Ivkovich, Krista Johnson, Lydia King, William King, Christopher Kovacic, Meghan Krajewski, Robert Kuti, Nathan Lewis, Robert Locke, Dylan Luse, Grant Mooney, Brittany Nelson, Michael Nguyen, Alexandra Olson, Daniela Parra, Benjamin Paulus, Troy Pritchard, Scott Proctor, Frank Reyes, Leah Richards, Paige Rogers, Sara Rose, Luis Ruiz, Joseph Ruppel, Samantha Sills, Kyle Slamans, Joseph Spitzzeri, Zachary Stavinsky, Jessica Stebbins, Kyle Stryczek, Annelise Weiss, Rick White, Lauren Whittaker, Cassandra Wilson, Mariella Zavala, Dana Zimmer

DECA—Taking care of business

by Jessica Corbett
Kaneland Krier

How would you like to spend time with your friends, develop business skills, and meet people from all around the world?

“(DECA is) a club where members learn about business (and) marketing,” Advisor Tammi Conn said.

Members can have many different reasons for joining. Whether they want to pursue a career in business, or they just want to have a good time working with friends, members agree DECA is a great club.

“I’m interested in business, and (DECA) is a good opportunity to learn,” junior Liz Kennedy said.

“I was a new student and I wanted to learn abut business,” sophomore Hayley Guyton said.

On Jan. 29, 27 members of DECA attended a competition at Charlestowne Mall. Twenty-four schools attended this competition in preparation for state, which will be held in March.

If any DECA members from Kaneland qualify at state, they will have the opportunity to travel to the international competition in Anaheim, Calif.

DECA members from all around the world attend the international competition. These participants come from Canada, Mexico, Germany, Japan, Puerto Rico, and other countries in Europe and Central America, Conn said.

“Last year, Beth Smith and I got fourth in a written event,” Guyton said.

The girls wrote about the Mr. Kaneland event.

Members who received awards at the competition on Jan. 29 were Jake Astin for Food Marketing Management, Christian Dillon for Accounting Applications, Lacey Eberle and Hanna Schuppner for Hospitality Marketing, Paul Davies and Dalton Fowler for Internet Marketing, Maddy Osman and Nikki Prusinski in Internet Marketing, Kathleen Kuhar and Lindsay Douglas in Sports and Entertainment Marketing, and Joe Ruppel for winning the Marketing Management Event.