Highland Park High School news & notes
Updated: March 7, 2013 12:28PM
Merit semifinalists advance to finals
The National Merit Scholarship Program has named its 2013 finalists, which includes 18 students from District 113.
Established in 1955, National Merit Scholarship Corporation identifies and honors academically talented high school students. About 1.5 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of program entrants.
The nationwide pool of finalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
NMSC recently narrowed its 16,000 semifinalists down to 15,000 finalists. NMSC will select 8,300 Merit Scholarship winners from this group and announce them in March.
Nine Deerfield High School students and nine Highland Park High School students were named semifinalists in September and all of them have also been named finalists.
Highland Park High School: Scott Beck, Anne Charnes, Alex Gordon, Emilie Greenberg, Matthew Kaufmann, Cari Kraus, Melissa Peters, Micah Silberstein and Elliot Weiss.
Mock trial team finish 2nd
The Highland Park High School Mock Trial team took 2nd place at the Lake County Invitational.
The team had two outstanding trials Feb. 2 at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan. The prosecution battled Carmel Catholic High School while the defense took on Morgan Park Academy.
Sara Hospodarsky, Ariel Leavitt and Colin Miller were each named an outstanding attorney. Rachel Jacobsohn and Julia Spathis were honored as outstanding witnesses.
Students appointed commissioners
At the Jan. 28 Highland Park City Council meeting, members appointed a select group of high school students to serve on various city boards, task forces and commissions.
These special student commissioners are Highland Park residents and current high school juniors. They were selected in an application process that began in November, and they will serve until their high school graduation.
“This is the second year of the program, and we are delighted to offer students the opportunity to be a part of democracy in action,” said Mayor Nancy Rotering. “We feel strongly about supporting the education of tomorrow’s leaders by providing an opportunity for high school juniors to serve on a city board, task force or commission.”
While student members do not vote, they have the opportunity to participate in policy creation meetings, adding their perspectives and learning from city staff and commissioners.
The students represent Highland Park High School, Loyola Academy and North Shore Country Day School. For more information about the student commissioner program, contact the city manager’s office at (847) 926-1000.
Business and Economic Development: Mishika Narula, HPHS
Cultural Arts: Caroline Hughes, Loyola Academy
Design Review: Daniel Weil and Nelson Cury, HPHS
Healthy Highland Park Task Force: Ruth Libowsky, Joanna Sun and Elyssa Kaufman
Historic Preservation: Alexandra Theodosakis, North Shore Country Day School, and Clara Carlson, HPHS
Housing: Drew Gerber, HPHS
Human Relations: Dara Canchester and Emily King, both HPHS
Human Services Task Force: Noa Ohcana, HPHS
CPC: Ryan Steves, HPHS
Library Board: Jacob Lisoos and Josh Lidawer, both HPHS
Natural Resources: Renee Facchini, HPHS
Plan: Josh Goodman, HPHS
Ravinia Community Relations: Charlie Karmin and Alec Deer, both HPHS
Sister Cities Foundation: Natalie Sereda and Jeremy Frisch, both HPHS
Transportation: Chip Kass, HPHS
Film editor connects with students
Fourteen Highland Park High School students are participating in the first “Artist in Residence” program for HPHS’ FOCUS on the Arts 2013.
Bradley Ross, HPHS alumnus and award-winning film editor and producer, is spearheading a filmmaking project that will produce five documentaries. Some of these documentaries, possibly all, will premiere at FOCUS’ Movie Night on April 5. Currently residing in New York, Ross meets with the students and Tim Conway, the faculty advisor for the project, by Skype weekly.
The students, all of whom have studied filmmaking at HPHS, expressed excitement to create documentaries that will be seen by the local community during the FOCUS week. The students hope that the films will eventually have national and international audiences as well.
The 10-15 minute films address a range of subject matter. Some films touch on health issues that impact many high school students, such as eating disorders, sleep deprivation and ADHD, while others focus on niche arts including comic books and the high school’s “Playback Theatre” program.
During the next few months, the students will work with Conway, Ross and award-winning filmmaking experts that Ross has recruited to act as expert lecturers for the project.
The students will learn how to turn their subjects into stories that touch audience emotions.
In addition to learning technical filmmaking and editing techniques, students will design posters and make trailers for their films. They will also use social media to build excitement and submit the finished projects to U.S. and international film festivals.
Ross developed his filmmaking interests and skills while at HPHS. He proposed this project as a way to give back to the community.
The residency is funded by a grant from the District 113 Education Foundation. The District 113 Education Foundation raises funds to support innovative and unique programs at Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools.