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Board of Education recognizes excellence within district

FBLA State winners are recognized by the school board (J. Polit).

On Thursday, April 17 the Board of Education had a social night as they congratulated the students of District 158 for their state recognitions. The first to shake hands, say their thanks, and smile for the camera were the Young Author winners. One memorable winner was Zachary Leitzke from Martin Elementary. His book was about a snowman who came to life and the creator went on a journey to find him. He eventually found him at a guacamole restaurant, and they went back home together.

The Marlowe Middle School wrestling team was up next for their recognition. The team had placed second at the IESA State Wrestling. This is the first time they have place in the top three. Their star competitor was Zach Spencer who was named State Champion.

The last of the students to be congratulated were Huntley High School’s Future Business Leaders of America. Tricia Eibl introduced each member proudly and gave an explanation on why this competition was especially important. This year they had 18 competitors, about eight more than previous years, and 11 had qualified for state. The most recognized student was Parth Patel who had placed first for Business Plan.

After the student recognition, the Teacher of the Month winners were recognized. Katie Goss was awarded for her dedication and commitment towards her 15 years at the high school.

Finally, when the last of the claps and smiles faded, Huntley’s renovations and graduation plans were discussed. The renovation discussion was whether to accept prices for carpet replacements and a new chiller unit, the vote being approved. For graduation, it was debated whether or not board members should wear caps and gowns with the students.

“I don’t like the idea because the caps and gowns represent the students,” said Board President Donald Drzal. “We also have to consider the prices.”

The majority of the board approved to wearing the graduation robes.

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