Academics (North) for June 16, 2013
June 14, 2013 8:42AM
Shepard High School teacher Kelly Karstrand appears with students who qualified for induction into the French National Honor Society. | Supplied photo
Updated: July 17, 2013 6:05AM
Here is a look at what Southlanders from the SouthtownStar’s North region are accomplishing in school.
News includes Palos Heights and Chicago.
Shepard High School
More than 30 students from Shepard High School in Palos Heights were inducted into the French National Honor Society.
Criteria for admission included completing three semesters of French language study, a grade-point average of 3.6 in French classes and an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Advanced placement French students qualifying included Dania Ballout, Matthew Cabel, Caroline Dunn, Rylea Fanning, Scout Garbaczewski and Amanda Potenberg.
French IV students qualifying included Sabina Choragwicki, Bridget Curry, Jacqueline Evans, Jenifer Fitzgerald, Brendan Hermann, Kaley Lorch, Christian Wallace and Natasha Wierzal.
French III students qualifying included Eva Adomaityte, Kourtney Bledsoe, Jilianna Bliss, Patricia Clohessy, Calie Edwards, Jamie Frederick, Caleb Goggins, Natalia Goryl, Rhonda Habbal, Nicholas Heidinger, Cesar Jimenez, Rachel Libera, Nora McMahon, Brian Piszczek, Scarlett Quiroz, Lizette Rodriguez, Dulce Santoyo and Stephanie Washington.
French II students who qualified included Dana Dooley, Elizabeth Gallegos, Briana Haugh, Sydney Horton, Terence Jones, Jonathan Kalabich and Brianna Padecky.
Mother McAuley and Brother Rice high schools hosted a combined Junior High Science Fair for more than 60 students in sixth through eighth grades.
Students were invited to enter an investigation or invention project. The investigation projects use scientific methodology to carry out an investigation, while invention projects are original designs that serve a purpose, solve a real problem or improve an object invented by someone else.
The judges consisted of McAuley science faculty and alumnae, and each participant was evaluated on presentation, question or invention, background research, hypothesis, variables, materials, procedure, data, analysis, conclusion, and their ability to sum up the project.
The top three students for each grade level in both categories were selected as winners.
In the eighth-grade investigation category, Ryan Kaczynski, St. Christina, won first place for his project titled “Best Wood for Campfire;” Erin Donovan, St. Christina, took second with her project, “Does colorblindness differ from person to person?” and Carley Perovic, St. Christina, won third with her project, “Which materials melt ice fastest?”
For the seventh-grade level, Marisa Morgan, St. Joseph-Lockport, won first place for “Hardest Nail Polish;” Melissa Madrangca and Myra Vasquez, who worked together and are both from St. Albert the Great, won second with “How does exercise affect a diabetic adult?” and Sean Kirchman, also of St. Albert the Great, took third with his project, “How do different types of music affect blood pressure?”
In the sixth-grade category, Savannah Gilgenberg, Stacey Padilla and Michelle Ptak, St. Albert the Great, won first place for investigating how tornadoes form; Emma Salzman, from Healy School, won second for “Soapy Suds and More;” and Brigid Stewart, Jessica Escobedo and Nina Zheng, a second trio from St. Albert the Great, won third for their project “Montgolfier Ping-Pong Experiment.”
In the eighth-grade invention category, Adam Popper from St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick won first place for his water droplet generator, with no contenders. In the seventh-grade invention category, Hannah Heppner, from St. Christina, won first place for her music tube, Caeli Day, from St. Christina, won second place for her light saver and LaShon Walker, from St. John DeLasalle, won third place for her emergency alert system. There were no sixth-grade invention projects.
Oak Lawn High School
Oak Lawn Community High School student Maynard Madriaga earned first place in editorial cartooning and fourth place in the advertising events at the IHSA sectional journalism tournament.
The All-American Boy and Girl Award Ceremony for seventh and eighth grade students was hosted at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills.
The goal of the 40-year--old program is to recognize commitment to education and community by students and their families, teachers and coaches.
A total of 106 finalists were selected from several thousand applicants to appear before a panel of judges for formal interviews. Following the interviews, 12 winners were selected representing each grade and gender.
The winners are:
Seventh grade boys — Niko Anaya, Bridgeport Catholic Academy, Chicago; Joe Storti, St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School, Lemont; Frank Gomulka, S.S. Cyril and Methodius School, Lemont.
Seventh grade girls —Ashley Kikos, St. Christina Catholic School, Chicago; Elise Viz, S.S. Cyril and Methodius School, Lemont; Michelle Lenz, Koraes Elementary School, Palos Hills.
Eighth grade girls — Brooke Gawel, Charles J. Sahs, Stickney; Susan Marie Westman, Montessori School of Lemont; Emily Bober, St. Christina Catholic School, Chicago.
Each finalist was awarded a certificate for their hard work and essays. The 12 winners were awarded a special plaque and other prizes.