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D155 Art Students Earn Over $2.1 Million in Scholarships
Alex LeMoine

Fifteen District 155 students earned over $2.1 million in scholarships from various colleges and institutions through the 9th Annual Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE). Six Cary-Grove students were awarded just over $1,000,000 in scholarships, three Crystal Lake Central students received $396,000, and five Prairie Ridge students earned $748,000. Several District 155 students also had their work displayed at the General Illinois High school Art Exhibition, which featured the best student artists from more than 100 Illinois high schools. 

Collectively, these students across the district earned scholarships to multiple institutions, including Northern Illinois University, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, the Art Academy of Cincinnati and more. They also had their artwork displayed online through the Senior Scholarship Exhibition which recognized 350 senior artworks and scholarship offers totaling over $60 million dollars. The following students were honored at the event: Nicki Carpatiuc, Andrea Holden, Jay Miller, Sophia Rosene, Kelsey Seibert and Charlie Wojdyla from Cary-Grove High School; Erin Ruddy, Liam Prendergast and Samuel Schauer from Crystal Lake Central High School; Natalie Eubanks, Katherine Godfrey-Mikkelson, Morgan Johnson, Kaitlin Martin and Morgan Quinn from Prairie Ridge High School.

Several students also had their artwork selected for the General Exhibition and Northern Regional Exhibition, featuring over 800 works of art in 8 categories of design. Artwork from the following student artists was featured: Addisyn Donfris, Bianca LaFin, Casey Olsen and Christina Pierce from Cary-Grove High School; Adam Bengston, Kaitlyn Ellison, Mackenzie Opal, Angel Phan and Ashley Whittington from Crystal Lake Central High School; Savana Claxton, Victoria Daszynski, Ashley Niesen, Molly Devine and Emma Kay from Prairie Ridge High School

Molly Devine, a junior at Prairie Ridge, was also awarded an early college scholarship to the Cleveland Institute of Art. Samuel Schauer, a senior at Crystal Lake Central, was awarded the IHSAE Visionary Award for his work.

Approximately four thousand students, teachers, college representatives and school district administrators virtually attended the state's largest high school student art exhibition which is presented by Art ConnectEd.

The Illinois High School Art Exhibition is a not-for-profit corporation with a mission to advance visual arts education through exhibition. It was developed by teachers for students in 2014 and the organization is run by full-time art educators who collaborate with corporate sponsors, art colleges and universities and high school students.

CLC Head Football Coach Named Chicago Bears “Coach of the Week”
Alex LeMoine

Crystal Lake Central High School’s head varsity football coach, Jon McLaughlin was named the Chicago Bears high school “Coach of the Week”. He was announced as “Coach of the Week” on Friday, April 9 after Crystal Lake Central’s overtime win against Prairie Ridge High School on April 1. 

The 14-13 victory marked the Tiger football team’s first win over Prairie Ridge since 2012. In honor of the award, the Chicago Bears will make a $2,000 donation to the Crystal Lake Central High School football program.

“I was honored to be selected for this award. It is really more of a statement for our program and all of the hard work that the players and coaches have put into this season. Nonetheless, we still have more work to do," said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin has served as Crystal Lake Central’s head football coach for 12 years. He also currently serves as a social science teacher.

The Chicago Bears “Coach of the Week” program was launched in 1996 and “High School All-Star” program in 2011. The “Coach of the Week” program honors outstanding Illinois high school coaches who develop players’ football skills and knowledge, character, leadership, discipline and teamwork abilities. 

Deserving high school coaches and players are nominated by a panel of local prep authorities and the winning player is selected each week from March 25-April 29. Since the program’s inception, the Bears have donated more than $311,500 to Illinois high schools in support of their football programs. For more information, please visit

Class of 2021 Graduation Updates
Alex LeMoine

Dear Seniors,

As we prepare to celebrate the Class of 2021 at this year’s graduation ceremony, we are asking for some feedback from you and your families to plan for a safe and appropriately distanced commencement. This year, graduation will be split into two outdoor ceremonies in our football stadium on Saturday, May 15:

  • Morning ceremony: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • Afternoon ceremony: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please complete this survey: indicating your plans to attend graduation in-person and your preferred ceremony time. Please discuss your selection(s) with your parents/guardians and complete this survey by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 18. We will use this information to ensure safe physical distancing in our stadium for all graduates and guests in attendance.

We will do our best to accommodate your selection, but please know that due to strict capacity limitations and space restrictions in our stadium, not all students will be able to attend their preferred ceremony. If space does not allow us to schedule you for graduation during your preferred session, you will be scheduled for the alternate session. You will receive an email verifying your scheduled ceremony time on Wednesday, April 21. 

Thank you for your cooperation as we plan to commemorate your time at Crystal Lake Central High School together!



Dr. Eric Ernd


Estimados estudiantes de cuarto año (Seniors):

Mientras nos preparamos para celebrar la Clase Graduanda del 2021 en la ceremonia de graduación de este año, les pedimos a ustedes y sus familias que nos brinden sus comentarios para planificar una ceremonia de graduación segura y con una distancia adecuada. Este año la graduación se dividirá en dos ceremonias al aire libre en nuestro estadio de fútbol el sábado 15 de mayo.  

  • Ceremonia de la mañana: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • Ceremonia de la tarde:  12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Por favor complete esta encuesta: indicando sus planes para asistir a la graduación en persona y su horario preferido para la ceremonia. Por favor, discuta su (s) selección (es) con sus padres/tutores y complete esta encuesta antes de las 11:59 p.m. el domingo 18 de abril. Usaremos esta información para asegurar un distanciamiento físico seguro en nuestro estadio para todos los graduandos e invitados que asistan. 

Haremos todo lo posible para adaptarnos a su selección, pero tenga en cuenta que debido a las estrictas limitaciones de capacidad y las restricciones de espacio en nuestro estadio, no todos los estudiantes podrían asistir a su ceremonia preferida. Si el espacio no nos permite programar su graduación durante su sesión preferida, se le programará para la sesión alternativa. Recibirá un correo electrónico verificando la hora programada para la ceremonia el miércoles 21 de abril. 

¡Gracias por su cooperación mientras planeamos conmemorar su tiempo en la Escuela Secundaria Crystal Lake Central juntos!


Dr. Eric Ernd

Crystal Lake Central Presents "Working"
Alex LeMoine

Crystal Lake Central presents the Spring Musical, "Working"! Purchase tickets below and stream a recording of the show on the following dates:

April 16 - April 25, 2021 at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM 

Tickets go on sale on March 22, 2021.

Purchase Tickets Here

CLC Nominates Students for "SpringComing" Court
Alex LeMoine

This year, Crystal Lake Central is showing their tiger pride with a new take on the classic homecoming festivities: "SpringComing". The students below have all been selected to the Spring-Coming court by their peers. Congratulations!

Pictured from left to right: Liam Prendergast, Sara Heffernan, Jack Swichtenberg, Alexandria Holtkamp, Austin May, Ryan Atkinson, Rylee Anderson, Quinn Welder and Phoenix Devrie

Not Pictured: Sydney Ankenbrand