WHS was one of only 19 HSTW schools in the nation to receive the 2013 Outstanding School Award. To be recognized as an Outstanding HSTW School, a school had to be nominated by the HSTW state coordinator or by an SREB director for a noteworthy accomplishment such as improving achievement, improving graduation rates, improving college and career readiness, improving the quality of CTE offerings and robust assignments, fully implementing the HSTW design, implementing a signature feature, or extensively implementing the Gates’ Literacy Design Collaborative and/or Mathematics Design Collaborative.
Andrew Davis - not pictured
Zachary Bellavia - Semi Finalist
Mallory Bellairs - Commended
Graham Ellinghausen - Commended
Evan Berg, Erica Finke, and Natalie Zoia will perform with other All-State Musicians at the Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria later in January. Evan, Erica, and Natalie were chosen from over 25,000 of the finest music students who auditioned throughout the state.
Evan Berg, Tenor 1 - All-State Choir
Erica Finke, Soprano 1 - All-State Choir
Natalie Zoia, Piccolo - All-State Orchestra
District VII is made up of the top band, choral, and orchestra students in the entire Northeastern part of the state and is considered the most competitive of the nine districts in the state. The auditions took place in October; the selected students performed a concert on Saturday, November 9, at Crystal Lake High School after an intensive day of rehearsal.
The WHS Band Program had two students selected to the IMEA District VII Honor Orchestra and Band:
Kathryn Dawdy, Bassoon, with the District VII Band
Natalie Zoia, Piccolo, with the District VII Orchestra
The WHS Choral Program had 13 students selected to the IMEA District VII Honor Choir:
Elizabeth Acosta, Soprano 1
Evan Berg, Tenor 1
Emma Browne, Soprano 1
Christian Cross, Bass 2
Graham Ellinghausen, Bass 1
Erica Finke, Soprano 1
Caleb McKenzie, Tenor 2
Samuel Peiffer, Bass 2
Alex Riak, Tenor 2
Zachary Stone, Bass 2
Maggie Sturm, Alto 2
Jonathan Zoia, Tenor 1
Natalie Zoia, Soprano 1 - Natalie is so talented that she was selected to both the Honor Choir and the Honor Band. Natalie chose to perform with the Honor Band at the Honor Festival.
On a special note, Sarah Baier was selected to participate in the Future Music Educators Seminar that will also be held in Peoria in January. Sarah was selected based on a faculty recommendation as well as an essay that she wrote about her future palns in music.
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