Highland Park High School notes
Updated: March 7, 2013 12:28PM
All-school charity drive under way
Highland Park High School kicked off its annual Charity Drive fund-raising on Feb. 1 with an all-school opening assembly. Students and staff chose Children’s Oncology Services – One Step at a Time Camps as this year’s fund-raising recipient. Children’s Oncology Services provides hundreds of children who are battling cancer the opportunity to attend a summer camp experience. Campers often say, “Chemotherapy cured my cancer but camp cured my spirit.” Students have been planning activities for the fund-raising event since the beginning of the year.
Some of this year’s highlights will include:
• Silent Auction/Art Bazaar – Feb. 8 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
• Neiman Marcus Fashion Show – Feb. 13
• Shop and Share – A percentage of all sales from Claim Company, Frost, Sunset Foods, 4Keepsies.com and Piero’s will be donated to HPHS Charity Drive. Coupons for those businesses that require one can be found on the HPHS website, www.hphs.dist113.org.
• Blue Bucks (HPHS’s Groupon-like discount cards for local businesses)
The 2012 HPHS Charity Drive raised $167,000 for Leukemia Research Foundation.
Debate team wins multiple awards
Highland Park High School recently hosted the Tournament of Champions Qualifier and Invitational; over 400 competitors from 25 schools competed in the two divisions.
The HPHS Debate Team placed 1st in the invitational divisions with Caleb Goldstein receiving the highest achievement as the 3rd place Quality Speaker (3rd out of 250).
Individual awards also went to: Claire Rafson, Cari Kraus, Andy Kaufmann and Isaac Lasko, who won Critic’s Choice Awards. 1st Place Speaker went to Corey Novak and Alex Froy. 2nd Place Speaker went to Ben Karp. Best Presiding Officer went to Claire Rafson, Ben Karp, Cameron Deahl and Andy Kaufmann.
In the TOC division Alex Gordon placed 7th, Matt Kaufmann placed 11th, and Daniel Nussbaum placed 15th (out of 500 season competitors). Runners-up included Alex Foster, Eli Ruffer, Marty Schatz, Jacob Zionts and Alexa Soren. The varsity team placed 2nd overall in the upper division.