2006 High School Winners
Special Ed Students Record Students
Special Ed students will interview and take pictures of hundreds of their fellow students to help create a unique web site that will serve as a teen page at chicagosoundmuseum.org.
Eric Markowitz, William Spain, Jennifer Morse
Emergency Survival Planning
Students will create a viable survival model for our school and for their families addressing natural or man-made disasters.
Michael Cannon, Kim Williams
The goal of the project is to teach students how to build a stringed instrument, and to gain some insight into the American folk music tradition. In addition, their instruments can be used in a fundraiser.
Faces of History
Students will work collaboratively to design a mural of historic figures with text for the school grounds, exploring the concept of public art, meaning, and history.
Kristin Oversmith, Elizabeth Robbins
Gwendolyn Brooks Memorial Garden
Students will create a garden memorializing Chicago Nobel Poet Laureate, Gwendolyn Brooks which will enhance the school and the community.
Elizabeth Pizza, Stephanie Buford, Luke Anderson, Julia Beatty
Special Ed students will learn the value of work through an artistic expression. They will create, print and provide a valuable service to many of the unique programs at the Chicago H.S. for Agricultural Science.
Jane Klunk, Susan Schlitz, Phil Freiberg
Students will acquire knowledge about important historical figures and events through research and presentation of a dramatic project.
Andrea Anders, Joanne McCriston
A combination of bridging the generation gap and giving voice to young people - 'My Life' will take a snapshot in time of two generations - students and their parents/guardians.
Roger Badesch, Ashleigh Tighe
We will create artists' books on the computer, using text and imagery to document our lives and our community.
Through the Eyes of Children
Spanish 1 students will create bilingual children
Community Documentary Project
The objective of this project is to prepare students to be informed and active members of their community. The creation of the documentary will allow students to take an active role in the community.
Have students explore different printmaking techniques while creating a personalized booklet of prints.
Impulse Magazine and Trojannaire
Impulse is a literary magazine that contains student and faculty writing and art designed for and by the students at Corliss High School. The Trojainnaire will be a quarterly student-run newspaper.
Gina Caneva, Sammie Smith, Linda Therriault
Emmett Till: Exhuming Injustice
Students will relate a required freshmen fiction reading assignment to a current event in America. Students will practice forensic science, research trial documentations, and express opinions about Till's exhumation.
Megan McDonnell, Natasha Clifton, Brian Wittenwyler, Harjinder Dhaliwal, Amy Shanker, Ayodeji Griffin
Attire for Katrina Victims
The Advanced Girls Chorus students will raise funds for performance attire for an Advanced Girls chorus in Louisiana.
Janice Carpenter, Maria Ovalle, Julia Cheefus
Rocking In The Garden
Students will carve colorful abstract forms from alabaster stone to be permanently placed in their school courtyard. This challenging project will give them respect for historical and contemporary stone carving tradition.
Spring Dance Concert
Through participation in Curie High School's Spring Dance Concert, all dance students will understand and be recognized for presenting eclectic, innovative and classical repertoire while promoting an appreciation for performing.
The Classics of Shakespeare
Scenes from Shakespeare's classics will be performed by participating students.
Patricia Jones, Pearl Foucher, Don Gibson, Deborah Lewis, Kevin Wise, Nicole Kupper, Louise Dearman, Frank DeVuono, Patricia Anderson
What is a Neighborhood? Our America
Students will read a book about a poor neighborhood in Chicago to understand current issues affecting neighborhoods in Chicago. They will have a chance to meet with the author.
Martha Cox, George Pearsons, Deborah Lewis
Students of Englewood High School will create a documentary about the history of their school and community.
Jackson Potter, Armond Murchison, Napoleon Montgomery, Tiffany Saye, Zeidre Foster
Farragut's advanced art students will create three types of books: how-to, short story and a poem, with original writings and illustrations.
Mexican Folk Dance and Latin Dance
Students will learn about the culture of Mexico and Latin America using music and dance as a medium. They will wear traditional costumes, styles which date back to the fifteen century.
Susana Yepez, Kirsch Lorelei
The BIGGER City
Students and the community will become aware of the enormous amounts of
John Ambrose, Eram Alam, Brennan Young, Joshua Vanderjagt, Scott Gonzalez, Marsha Philips, Sandra Foggs
Greenhouse & Garden
Our goal is to sustain a greenhouse and garden that has become the milieu for a rich variety of fun, hands-on, inquiry-based technology driven student learning experiences.
S.J. McConner, Jr., Lori B. Parker
The World of Motion
This project integrates mathematics and science to encourage students to apply math & science principles to resolve real-life engineering problems.
Claudette Terry, Susany Satish
The Digiting Digits
Our project is to provide our students with digital and traditional photographic skills that will improve their self-image, thus making a positive life changing experience.
Donn Simon, Susan Chinnock, Joan Saieva
What's In The Water?
Students, teachers, and community members will collaborate to raise the quality of their environment through monitoring the water quality of the 57th Street Beach and Cal Sag's Tinley Creek.
Patricia Parsons, Barbara Musial, Miguel Davis, Michael Williams
Barbie & GI Joe: Icons of Identity?
Each student will create a Barbie or GI Joe mixed media art piece as a part of an installation that challenges and/or reinforces conventional ideas about these images as icons of popular culture.
Susan Dardar, Patrick Miceli
Students will create a mural of digital images taken of important features of their community.
Nancy Biederman, Claudia Lozano
Adopt an Animal Gift Cards
Special Ed students will create animal gift cards to sell. Proceeds from the cards will be used to adopt animals at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Louise Johnson, Anna Stanek
Learning Job Skills
Special Ed students will increase job skills by creating seasonal silk floral arrangements and crafts. Students will also design a newsletter that markets their products to friends, family and staff.
Raleigh Gnodde, Nicole Olson
Art of Stained Glass
Students will develop an appreciation of the art of stained glass and create at least three pieces of stained glass. In addition, one large window for the school will be created using the talents of all the students.
Sarah Spector, Audrey Weissler
Hyde Park Presents
This is a student directed and performed production of Stephen Schwartz's "Godspell."
Meg Olson, Jacqueline Snoody
Our project is a fun, uplifting, inspiring original jam of poetry which will be composed and presented by the Hyde Park Academy Creative Writing Team!
Traveling By Brush!
Using classical painting techniques each student will create a collage and then paint an imaginary landscape setting based on real images from a particular area of the world.
Infinity M / S & Tech
Infinity STARS on TV
Students are invited to participate in an exciting and new Film & Television Club that meets primarily after school.
Don Asher, Renee Dolezal
Planted on Solid Ground
Students will participate in a school-wide science fair with their sights set on winning the city science fair.
Brent Hanchey, Mary Rizzo, David Horton, Romeo Meadows, Daniel Dillion
High School Opera Showcase
Faculty and students come together to learn, create, and perform fully costumed and staged scenes from grand opera for the school community.
Gaye Klopack, Christine Malebranche, Ray Lesniewski, Frank Menzies, Kevin Berner, Jeff Wright
The Politics of The Crucible
The JCP Spring Theatre Production Company will use Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" together with the playwright's reflective political writings to create a thought-provoking treatment of the play.
Robin Bennett, Sandra Reed, Charles Mills, Nicolas Labowski
Memory & Identity
Students will create an approximate 100 square foot mosaic mural about Memory and Identity: A History of Latino Immigration in Pilsen. The mural will be installed in the Benito Juarez High School
Patricia Sotarello, Steve Vidal, Margaret Unger, Jennifer Snell, Victor Sanchez, Russ Kaminski, Peter Pero, Richard Gelb, Enrique Romero
This Just In...Making a TV Newscast
Students in TV Production class will explore issues of news broadcasting while learning how to produce their own live newscast.
Mary Winfield, Victor Sanchez
Zona Libre, a Spanish Newspaper
The project will pioneer the student Spanish newspaper at Kelley High School. Topics will vary focusing on a wide variety of student interests and needs.
Elga Maritza Castillo, Maria Gaytan, Efrain Gonzalez, Luis Gonzalez
Ft. Dearborn Drum & Fife Corps
An early-American style drum and fife corps will learn about and perform music of the period.
Allegra Podrovsky, Henry Reichert, Robert Sylvan
Art from Art IV
Art from Art teaches students practical and marketable skills in art. They learn to transform furniture into art objects. Through their experiences, they may discover that it is possible to have a career in art.
Deborah Ryder, Jennifer Richter-Trejo, Jennifer Barron
Shaping Space II
Students will create a model or architectural plan of a park design to transform an underused place in their neighborhood into a creative, appropriate and visually exciting public space.
Jennifer Barron, Jennifer Trejo, Deborah Ryder
Global Society? State Your Position
This multi-disciplinary project will allow math students to use GPS receivers to apply their prior and new knowledge of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and physics to real-world situations.
Students will share and collect information to create a Life Histories booklet and create a lasting partnership with a neighborhood nursing home.
Judith McDowell, Michelle Brumfield
The Beat Goes On
Students will learn about the cardiovascular system in terms of heart rate at rest and during exercise.
This Is Not Your Teacher's Pet!
Autistic students will research, purchase, and care for hamsters to learn about responsible pet ownership.
Megan Megall, Taryn Chrapkowski
Arsenic and Old Lace
The Lake View Drama Club will produce Arsenic and Old Lace. As part of this production, students will build interior scenery, complete with staircase.
Lauren Biegert, Jennifer McGee, Harry Hoynes, Toney Vast-Binder, Sarah Noreen
C.S. I. Lane
Students will experience a crime scene through the eyes of professional forensic investigators, interacting with real police/evidence technicians while using scientific methods to observe/analyze data.
Jill Wayne, Karen Lewis
Images and Words
Students will learn how a visual image can be further enhanced by using word images.
Lion's Pause Literary Magazine
An annual, student-produced literary magazine, culminating in a year-end public reading at Barnes & Noble bookstore in early June, to which parents and faculty are invited.
Barton Hanson, Mark Falkenberg, A. Kosari, Beth Drake
Home Grown and Chicago Fresh
To expand the production of chemically free produce and other farm products for distribution to the community. To increase student education and awareness of Agricultural Science through urban farming.
Carol Williams, Brenda Hartzol, Sandra Payne
Renaissance Life and Culture
Students will experience authentic Renaissance music and dance through research, listening, performing and analyzing a piece from the Renaissance dance treatise Orchesography.
Afro-Carribean Percussion Ensemble
The project will focus on the teaching and performance of Afro-Caribbean percussion music.
Filmmaking: Script to Screen
Students script, storyboard, cast, scout locations, film, edit, and enroll their own films in contests.
Barry McRaith, Chris Santiago
Education Vs. Incarceration
Education Vs. Incarceration
In Their Own Words
In Their Own Words develops literacy skills through the medium of rap. Students have an opportunity to express themselves through writing and live performance, building self-esteem while collaborating with others.
Students will design, plant and tend an organic vegetable garden. The produce they grow in the garden will be highlighted in nutrition class and at lunch in the school cafeteria.
Stephen Menyhart, Maggie Beattie, Aleksandra Weldon-Linne, Hugo Navas, Cara Blesch
Small Witnesses/ Human Rights Watch
Phoenix students will research and discuss human rights and what it means around the world. Phoenix students will tour exhibitions that represent eyewitness accounts of individuals who recount their personal experiences.
Kassandra Cosby, Robert Edwards
Hands on Algebra Trig and Physics
Learning by doing and guiding students into learning will increase the retention levels of the students and of the material presented. Designing the experiments themselves will allow the students to learn to use science.
Richard Santoro, Michael Kroski, Robert Forst
Video Conference in Korean Class
This project will promote cultural understanding and international collaborations between students in South Korea and students in Korean World Language classes in CPS using video-conferencing.
Seon hwa Eun
Community Links Literary Magazine
The project is a student-run literary magazine containing the writing, photography and artwork of students from Community Links High School.
Rebecca Milos, Tim Ruby, Kate Kreinbring
Courtyard Classroom Mosaic
The aim of this endeavor is to transform Taft's blighted courtyard entrance into an inspiring outdoor classroom with a seating area and a beautiful mosaic wall mural designed and created by the students.
Modern Set Construction
This project will improve student knowledge of stagecraft and set construction.
Carlos Ruiz, Nilda Pauley, Edith Pauley
The Great Hall of Composers
The Great Hall of Composers will create a colorful medium for students to learn about composers using portraits and biographies. It also will help music and art students learn more about each others' craft.
Alan Demski, Susan Kwon
Why is Kente More Than a Cloth?
Students will use their computer skills to investigate Kente cloth and then leave the tools of the modern world to weave Kente style or color cloth strips on cardboard hand looms.
Annette Dluger, Christine Minella
UPLIFT students will publish a creative writing magazine, editing the magazine in an after-school program.
Assisting Senior Citizens
High school special education students accompanied by their teachers go into the school community and assist seniors with chores around their homes. Landscaping, painting, and household chores are included.
Gerard Slania, Patricia Bonness
Special ed students will create a wall mural as a reflection of their knowledge gained and the community they live in.
Seventh Annual Film Fest
Students, with advice from teacher mentors, write, film, edit and act in their own films, which are then screened for the Von Steuben community during our film festival--April 28th, 2006 at 7pm.
Carlo Trovato, David Bradburn, Jessica King, Ellen O'Keefe, Tim Toner
Incarcerated students will participate in indoor/outdoor gardening projects, fish farming and fish eco-systems.
Barbara Horwick, Myri G. Pearson-Jeanty, Shawn Coffey, M. D. Price, Arliss Lisner, Ollie Gordan
Exploring Feelings Through Fine Art
Incarcerated Special Education students with learning disabilities, emotional disorders will be motivated through Fine Arts to create their own expression of feelings through art, music, and poetry as a creative outlet.
Myri G. Pearson-Jeanty, James Himpler, Cassie Wilson, Todd Bowers, Gizelle Vernon
On The Edge
Incarcerated students will read "On the Edge" by Alex Correa. After thoroughly working with the novel, students will be able to hear the author, Alex Correa, speak and then will be able to ask him pertinent questions.
Melissa Papa, Stephen Welsch, Scott Anderson, Kelly Kerr
Science Fair 2005
Students detained at the Cook County Department of Corrections will have the opportunity to create, develop, and present a project at a local, area, and city science fair.
Kelly Kerr, Aryliss Lisner, Michael Allen, Warren Blough, Ben Johnson, Richard Brazier
Traditions is a project that supports both the dance history component of our dance curriculum as well as the long-standing traditions of the Whitney Young dance department.