2015 High School Winners
Hispanic Heritage Garden
Students in our school's Spanish language classes will
design and build a Hispanic Heritage Garden to highlight
the importance of the Crops and Flowers from Mexico and
James Doyiakos - Elvia Lopez, Sonia Barillas, Dora Soberanis
Students in our physic's classes will design and build
sculptures to be placed in our school garden to measure
time using the sun and the stars.
James Doyiakos - Thomas Kinkus
Art For Art Festival 3
Students create the third annual Art for Art Festival where visitors can
experience and experiment with a variety of methods for creating art.
Let's Bench It!
Amundsen students use imagery to create cut out benches that represent
inspirational, uplifting, comforting and relaxing moments. The benches
will provide welcoming sanctuaries around the school.
Denise Barba - Camille Johnson
Students with disabilities will learn the essential life skills
needed to independently shop at a grocery store.
Emily Barnowsky - Kimberly Mellenthin, Linda White
Brooks College Prep
Spartan Race Brooks Style
Students in the diverse learning community will train and participate in a
modified version of the Spartan race in physical education class as
preparation for the Special Olympics competition.
Brooks College Prep
Laugh, Cry, Learn Arts Festival
Students from the Film Study and Chorus classes will come together to
collaborate on a film produced in the film class with a score done by the
Eugene Hazzard - Carrie Seavoy
Brooks College Prep
In a collaboration between film studies and general music classes,
students will write and direct a silent film, accompanied by an original
score written by students.
Carrie Seavoy - Eugene Hazzard
Chicago HS / Arts
Jazz Recording Project
Students in our vocal jazz group will cut a professional sound
recording at our school in the Spring. This would be the first time we have
attempted this on our own.
Curie students will experience the complexity of all art forms through a
collaborative performance where students and faculty create a fully
connected piece of art through musical theater. All students will work
together to present and perform in "ELF- The Musical."
Melinda Wilson - Dawn Pavloski
Growing Inside and Out
U.S. History and World Geography students will mentor diverse learners by
helping them learn how to use public transportation through studying
climate and vegetation patterns of the US. This will also be a service
Mary Beth Bell - Maria Prado, Brian Luecht
Students will create concrete mosaic sculptures for Curie's
courtyard/sculpture garden. The collaborative project will be based on the
Surrealist game "Exquisite Corpse" and will be assembled on site.
SoBu Artist Project
Exploring the idea of positive peer pressure, students will replicate the
Grameen model of strong, collaborative groups who create social
businesses while cultivating supportive peer networks. Hancock students
will create furniture, t-shirts and up cycled jewelry for sale.
The Karma Garden is a May to October garden where incarcerated CPS
youth bond with each other and nature as they harvest and produce crops
that are donated to soup kitchens on the south and west sides.
Regina Hanks - Jennifer Johnson
Free When I'm Writing
Free Write promotes literacy and creative self-expression for incarcerated
youth. We are widening publishing and digital media opportunities for
youth by expanding our print anthology and websites that feature student
work. Published works are featured at the Summer gallery event at the
Chicago Art Department in Pilsen.
Our Voices. Our Stories.
Students will use publishing skills to write a book and develop a gallery
exhibit to challenge stereotypes and tell the "real stories" of their
neighborhoods, communities and cultures.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Drama Club, collaborating with the IB Theatre Arts classes, will be
producing Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" where students will be
involved in all aspects of production.
Kathleen Parent - Renae Stone, Annette Olszewski
Students enrolled in a dance elective will participate in learning the
ancient mind-body practice of yoga in order to become more aware of
their physical and emotional well-being.
The Lane Play Festival
Lane students will create a unifying community of writers, directors,
designers and actors who will learn to work together as they take
ownership and pride in putting on their own one act plays.
Kirsten Hanson - Kate Laroche, Molly Meacham, Brian Telles, Monico Yadao
Students will learn about the lasting effects of conflicts by interviewing
veterans and developing both written and visual narratives that share the
Didi Grimm - Jesse Marquez
Lion's Pause Literary Mag
Students create a literary magazine that showcases the many literary and
fine arts talents among our amazing students at Lincoln Park High school
and provides a venue to share their work in creative ways.
Barton Hanson - Ahoo Kosari
Environment: Culture & Nature
Students will create a mosaic mural project through a study of cultural
groups who promote the environment through their beliefs and
traditions, through a study of the environment and a connection
between cultures that embrace nature.
The purpose of this project is to foster a sense of
community as students work in design teams to develop
their vision and create their stained glass windows based
on historic African American Quilts.
Sound Ways of Knowing
Color guard students will create choreography of one work for the band
repertoire using the facts model for interdisciplinary arts education. Color
guard and band will perform together in recital.
Shemeka Nash - Yafah Levy
N Lawndale - Christiana
Promoting Peace Murals
Art students will work together to conceptualize, design and create a large
mosaic mural panel. They will study the nonviolence policy of Dr. Martin
Luther King and create the murals to promote peace in our school culture.
Murals will be unveiled at a Peace Celebration.
Noble St - UIC
Community Urban Garden
We aim to increase student awareness of healthy living, sustainability,
science and community giving through construction and maintenance of
our school’s very first urban garden.
Theresa Nguyen - Kristen Engle
Peace & Education
The Peaceable Kingdom
After studying African, French and U.S. animal welfare
laws as well as French Impressionism, students will
create a Peaceable Kingdom mural illustrating how humans
and animals can live in peace.
Anne Maclaren - Nancy Salas
Prosser Garden Expansion
Prosser students are building and expanding the wildly successful
teaching/community garden on our north property. We will make a
new entrance and install the pollinator garden this year.
Marnie Ware - Marcia Dorfman, Dave Kulasik, Barbara Kanakaraj, Dan Gawne, Frank Lagodny, Noah Lederach, Jimmy Diloernzo
STEM Featuring Aquaponics
Students will work in groups to design and build their own aquaponic
systems. Students will explore first hand how energy and chemicals
flow between organisms in an ecosystem.
Photography and Digital Media students will learn about Director-
Producer Oscar Micheaux and the Silent Film Era, while creating, editing,
digitizing and screening their own vintage Super8mm movies.
Journey of the Monarch
Students will learn about the migration of monarch butterflies throughout
Spanish & French-speaking areas of North America. They will create a
“butterfly garden” and present in Spanish and French the life-cycle
of the butterfly and the endangerment of the monarch butterfly.
Samantha Godden - Valerie Wadycki, Christine Salerno, Vania Lopez
Senn Arts Spring Season
Continuing its student productions of highly ambitious plays, Senn artists
will produce two plays, "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer
Diaz" and "I & You" by Lauren Gunderson, as part of our 2015 theatrical
season. These will be the first high school productions of these plays.
Students will use their community as a point of departure to create and
inform large-scale portraits that map their personal, school and
neighborhood communities. There will be a formal gallery show.
Color Me with Kindness
Students will create “anti-coloring books” using digital vector drawings,
cartoons and stylized text and will deliver these interactive compositions
to children in local hospitals and shelters.
Digital Photography Gala
Students will be learning about digital photography as an art form.
Themes such as identity, community, famous artists and our digital society
will be explored using smart phones and other technology.
Marching Drum Corps
Students will learn to read music notation, marching technique and
choreography and audition to participate in a marching drum corps. As
members of the corps, they will perform cadences while marching and
they will participate in a Chicago parade.
Solorio Music Initiative
The Solorio Music Initiative is a program designed to promote student
involvement in the performing arts, focusing on developing an after
school club that teaches guitar and mandolin skills.
South Shore International
On Our Own 2015
The Life Skills Center will provide necessary vocational training, social
skills training and independent living for students with mild to moderate
disabilities. Students will learn skills such as preparing a bed and simple
meals, washing dishes, clerical skills and hosting events.
Lisa Ousley - Jordan Rice, Kathryn Dippold
Thirty Sullivan students are moving from traditional music classes to
starting the first ever Sullivan rock band. After 2 months of practice, the
band will perform for its peers, students at Kilmer Elementary and at a
Erik Dace - Andrew McGuire
Urban Prep Aca
West African Drumming!
Students will play and learn about the djembe drum and
the cultures from which it emanates, including
history, language, geography and historical/modern
culture of this area of West Africa.
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
Totes for Toting Produce
Vaughn students will create and donate reusable tote bags to Warren Park
Mobile Food Pantry to use in food distribution to clients.
Patricia Bonness - Debra Yarovsky
Students will learn to report, edit and publish news stories via an online
newspaper. Students will gain broadcasting and multimedia production
skills by packaging content for multiple platforms.
Juan Carlos Zayas - Larry Waites, Montgomery Gabor, John Wallace, Johnnie Walker, Christopher Picinich
Von Steuben students will host a robot competition for Peterson
Elementary students. The competition will be designed by the Von
Steuben students who will serve as mentors on the competition day.
Project Atlas is a publication written, edited and designed by student
authors attending York Alternative from inside the Cook County Jail.
Project Atlas is shared with at-risk Chicago youth.
John Boggs - April Clark
York students in the Cook County Day Reporting Center
will use the writing process and experiences from present
and past to write poetry and prose in an effort to end
recidivism and improve writing.
Jennifer Gabby - Daniel Cieslik, Angelita Ballesteros, Monica Murray, Loretta Fields
Lilypad Turn Signal
Students wanted to create a safe and inexpensive invention to help with
the sudden influx of bikers on the Chicago roads. They will create an LED
jacket that will allow bikers to signal a left or right turn when in traffic,
increasing visibility and thus reducing car accidents.
Students learn how energy spikes and lows result in energy waste in the
home. Students learn how to control the energy flow as they design a
more energy efficient home system.