2014 High School Winners
Chefs in the Community!
Special needs students will practice skills to help them to be independent adults as they go into the community to make purchases, learn to handle money and interact with vendors. Cooking together, they learn social skills, to follow instructions, read and measure ingredients for recipes.
Dye Running for a Cause
Students will learn what it is like to have a generous heart and run a 5k to help support a non-profit organization of their choice, as they donate their time and money for a righteous cause.
Art For Art Festival 2
Students will learn to organize, create and work towards Amundsen's second annual art festival, as they present a joyous event of art making, games, music and student performances.
Students will learn how to establish and maintain bee hives for pollination. They will also learn how to harvest honey and bees wax. The students will use the honey and wax to create useful products.
Panels of Diversity
Students will design and paint 8 panels that represent the beautiful diversity of Amundsen, as they continue to instill school pride among our current and future students.
Denise Barba - Camille Johnson
Students with disabilities will learn the essential life skills needed to work independently and safely in a kitchen setting.
Emily Barnowsky - Linda White
This is our story.
Students with special needs will write or draw "their story" about the struggles and triumphs they have had in school. They will share their stories with the school, community and an elementary school.
Chicago HS / Arts
Performing Arts - Music
Students will communicate their original ideas using jazz improvisation in an ensemble format. The group will interact with instrumentalists by singing and playing problem solving activities.
Gaye Klopack - Catie Hickey
A Child's Mind: Animated
High school Visual Art and Music students will use stop-animation and music to bring stories to life written by 1st and 2nd grade students at Frazier International.
Amanda Nadig - Jasmine Carpenter, Sandra Ochoa, Bart Bates, Joseph Nuzzo, Stephanie Hansen, Kimberly Lebovitz
Students will research, write & create prints based on their findings about the community as part of a service learning, interdisciplinary project with Chicago International Hostel & their guests.
Grease: The Musical
Students will study, rehearse, & perform the musical, Grease. The show is student led with explicit peer mentoring, student created costumes and choreography, and fully student directed tech support.
Eric Skalinder - Jenelle Hicks, Chani Buchic, Edward Miller
Our Voices. Our Stories.
Students will use photography, interviews, poetry and personal narratives to create a book and gallery exhibition to overcome misconceptions and share the stories of the “voiceless” in Chicago.
A Good Man Charlie Brown
The Drama Club will produce "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" as part of its efforts to grow and strengthen the drama program. Students will participate in all aspects of theatre production.
Kathleen Parent - Annette Olszewski, Renae Stone
Stained Glass Windows
Students in the upper level course, Mixed Media, will be creating large collaborative stained glass window panes to be installed in the breezeway, the arts wing of our school.
Students will learn old photo techniques that use chemicals and other materials to create images. As photographic science develops more and more into a digital art, this project will teach the original art of photography.
Lane Tech Robotics Team
Students will have 6 weeks to design, program and build an industrial grade robot which Lane Tech's robotics team will enter in the 2014 FIRST Robotics FRC Competition.
Ben Durham - Jeff Solin, Dan Law, Jennifer Smit
Art, Rhythms, & Parades
Thousands of students, along with the community, will celebrate New Orleans and West African traditions with handmade instruments, banners and dance as we lead a drum line and second line parade.
Amy Moore - Adele Friedman, Bradley O'Brien, Miles Comiskey, Austin Flygt
Murals and Public Art
Students from two different painting classes will design and paint several murals that will be permanent installations in Lane Tech High School.
Elizabeth Chisholm - Sarah Wain
Lion's Pause Literary Mag
Students create showcase works for the The Lion's Pause Literary Magazine, a publication designed to celebrate and honor the works of many talented young authors and artists at Lincoln Park High School.
Barton Hanson - Paulette Savage, Ahoo Kosari, Melinda Stinnett
Students will plan and build two Optimist sailboats to donate to the Judd Goldman Sailing Center to help the sailing center increase access to sailing for under-served communities.
Nicole Anderson - Melissa Osquist
Quilt Codes of Glass
Students will identify, research and apply the steps necessary to design and create stained glass windows. They will write a proposal and create windows to inspire the entire school.
N Lawndale - Collins
Students will learn how to use their phones as art-making tools, using free art apps to transform their photos from the everyday instagram-style images into artistic renderings of their lives.
SoBu Artist Project
Students will learn how to promote violence reduction and healthy lifestyle through growing their business. They will expand their business projects to include creating art furniture, positive message tee shirts and jewelry.
The Arabian Nights
Students will research, design, and construct props and costumes for Payton Player's spring production of The Arabian Nights. Skills will include: research, design, presentation, sewing and construction.
Kerry Catlin - Kevin Wasielewski
Peace & Education
Students will learn about sustainable living by designing and building one raised vegetable garden. They will also learn about ecosystems by building a butterfly garden.
Lora Abraham - Nicole Kravis
Prosser Community Garden
Students have proposed a three year project to transform an un-used soccer field on Prosser’s north property into a learning/community garden. The C3 ecology club will lead the effort.
Marnie Ware - Marcia Dorfman, Barbara Kanakaraj, Frank Lagodny, Dan Gawne
World language students will design and create a Mardi Gras festival with activities that focus on the intersection of African, French, Spanish, Latin American and Native American cultures.
Marcia Dorfman - Sandra Dejesus
Junior class and special needs students, using math, chemistry and writing skills will work together to create gardens around the school. They will promote school spirit and environmental awareness.
Megan Mccaffrey Morris - Rebecca Zera
On Joue au Kinball!
On Joue au Kinball! will introduce French and Physical Education students to the game of Omnikin/Kinball. This game, highly popular in Quebec, will develop both skills in French and teamwork in a fun match.
Samantha Godden - Nancy Gonzalez
Students will build their own large format pinhole cameras and use them to develop 4 x 5 inch negatives and positive photographs, learning the methods of 19th Century pioneers of photography.
Senn-tennial Arts Fest
Students will create their own works and plan their presentations in an end of year diverse and exciting program, The Senn-tennial Arts Festival.
Robert Schroeder - Brendan Koch, Jesse Wyss, Adriana Durant, Joel Ewing
Students will design and create mosaic stepping stones for the school's learning garden. They will use hand-building skills and glazing skills. They will collaborate with their peers to install the finished project.
Bridget Doherty Trebing
The Art Club students will beautify the hallways for the music department by transforming the stained and depressing cement block walls with mosaics and murals. Students will use and learn mathematics, design, blending acrylic paints and carpentry skills to complete this project.
Art students will work collaboratively to beautify our hallways as they design and paint 20 arched niches throughout our school.
Jennifer Trejo - Rachel Fenker-Vera
Ready! Set! Romeo!
Students will research clothing, jewelry, weaponry, art and theater from the Elizabethan Era to design and create props, artifacts and a set for a production of scenes from Romeo and Juliet.
Assisting Senior Citizens
Teachers and special education students will assist seniors with seasonal landscaping chores. Students and seniors will work together to plant annuals and perennials in our school garden.
Gerard Slania - Patricia Bonness
Students will create group shadowboxes based on British Literature and Drama they have read in class, as well as individual, personal shadowboxes depicting something that they cherish.
The 3D World
Students will learn how to plan, design, create and mentor other students as they study 3D modeling software and printing. They will create school spirit items such as charms, awards, badges to unite our diverse school.
Jazz em' Up!
Students will learn about the origins of jazz, how to perform jazz on their instruments and how to improvise solos.
Student authors write, edit and design Project Atlas, a publication created from inside the Cook County Jail. Their work is shared with at-risk Chicago youth.
John Boggs - Karl Schenk, John Foley
"An Hymn to Hope"
Students will construct a quilt that will focus on the theme of HOPE. Students will study the Civil War/Reconstruction period and art techniques to create quilt blocks that symbolize overcoming life struggles and persevering.
Daniela Veljkovic - Gergana Tamamdjieva, Julia Campoverde
Journey to Wild Divine
Students will engage in the first "inner-active" computer adventure that combines breathing and meditation with modern biofeedback technology for total mind-body wellness/stress relief. It will offer an option of possible new life skills for students.
Abraham Watson - Chelsea Armstrong, Renee Wisniewski, Pamela Patterson, Gizelle Vernon, Dr. Nate Robinson, Lynn Perry, Smitha Mathen