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CLC Woods Class Builds Habitat for Humanity Home
Kari Firak

Mr. Bacak's industrial tech class has been building a portion of a house for Habitat for Humanity. After carefully constructing to specs, this segment will be delivered to the Habitat site in Crystal Lake and assembled with the rest of the house.

Maine East also constructed a portion of this home, providing many construction students with real-world, hands-on experience.

"This class is a great opportunity for students thinking about a trades related career while giving them a chance to give back to their community," said Mr. Bacak. "It exposes them to real world project-based problem solving while reinforcing their already acquired skill set in math and english."

CLC Junior Selected as Honorary Youth Board Member of NAMI McHenry County
Kari Firak

Junior Grace Moore was selected as an Honorary Youth Board Member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for McHenry County, the only D155 student to to currently claim this honor.

According to Moore, she will be focusing on political advocacy and legislation support, "I really want to go into political science, I see this as a way to help my community and support under-served areas and help change the world a little bit."

After graduating from the Leadership of Greater McHenry County Youth Program, Grace saw this as her next opportunity to help the community. Through her new position, she advocates for NAMI in schools and supports the director's decisions regarding which bills to support in the Illinois State Senate.

Congratulations, Grace, we can't wait to see the impact you make at NAMI! 

District 155 Art Students Receive $5.6 Million in IHSAE Scholarships
Kari Firak

Art students throughout the district received $5,695,000 in art scholarship offers this year from the Illinois High School Art Exhibition/Art ConnectED. Thirteen D155 seniors were also selected to showcase their artwork in the 2022 Senior Scholarship Exhibition at the Bridgeport Art Center on March 13, an honor extended only to select scholarship recipients. 

“This is an incredible opportunity for our students to have their artwork reviewed by a large number of colleges,” said Crystal Lake Central art teacher Kerry Parrish. “The scholarship money students have been offered can change a student's college choice.”

The Senior Scholarship Exhibition brought together elite student artists from 130 Illinois high schools to compete and celebrate their artist achievements; it is the state's most prominent student scholarship exhibition. In addition to the Senior Scholarship Exhibition, IHSAE hosted two other programs.

The Northern Regional Exhibition “Best of the Best” featuring over 500 works of art competing for prestigious awards, and “The Art Throwdown”, a visual arts contest where students compete in a timed art challenge. These programs offer additional scholarship opportunities for competing students. Twenty-one D155 students were selected to exhibit in the Best of the Best show and five competed in The Art Throwdown.

The mission of IHSAE, now Art ConnectED, is to advance art education for young people by providing art exhibition and education opportunities that celebrate students' artistic achievement, promote mastery and ingenuity in learning, and facilitate post-secondary opportunities. To date, Art ConnectED has provided $360 million in senior scholarship offers and $500,000 in early college program scholarships since 2013.