D211 National Merit Scholars

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High School District 211 has 20 students that were awarded prestigious National Merit Scholarships for their outstanding academic and extracurricular accomplishments. Scholarships are based off of corporate-sponsored awards financed by roughly 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations. To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists had to fulfill requirements to advance to finalist standing, including high test scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, or PSAT. Each semifinalist was asked to complete a ...

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D211’s Three Golden Apple Scholars

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For high school students aspiring to be teachers in the future, there is one distinction many of them hope to receive — to be a part of the Golden Apple Scholars Foundation. Lizbeth Arreola of Palatine High School, Jae Eun Ship and Maya Lane of James B. Conant High School, were selected as Golden Apple Scholars for the Illinois Class of 2012. They were chosen from more than 1,200 nominees this year. Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois is a competitive program that seeks the best Illinois youth interested in a teaching career. Those selected receive advanced teacher ...

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Three D211 Schools Make ‘Best High Schools’ List

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The annual U.S. News and World Report “Best High Schools” ranking was recently released, and three District 211 schools made the list at both the state and national level. James B. Conant High School was ranked at No. 35 in the state and No. 848 nationally, William Fremd High School was No. 40 in the state and No. 922 nationally, and Palatine High School was No. 50 and No. 1,340 nationally. The rankings are conducted by U.S. News in conjunction with American Institutes for Research. The report included 21,776 U.S. public high schools, and 155 Illinois schools to ...

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Student-Run Cafe Perks Up CHS Faculty, Staff

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On select Fridays during second semester at Conant High School, a group of students arrive at school at 6:30 a.m. dressed in bright blue uniforms ready to open and prepare for Cougar Perk, a student-run café that serves coffee and baked goods to faculty and staff. Cougar Perk is part of the Business Education and Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) departments modeled after the same course at Schaumburg High School. Students are part of the year-long course and learn about entrepreneurship and all aspects of running a business. “One of the best things about ...

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CHS Student Competes in National Speech Competition

Athena Saldanha
When Conant High School senior Athena Saldanha joined the speech team, she was less than enthusiastic about it, and wanted to quit at first. With her parent’s encouragement and an open mind, Saldanha continued practicing and competing, and realized this is an important skill she enjoys. Recently, Saldanha was a semifinalist representing the state of Illinois in The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program – “A Constitutional Speech Contest,” which is a national-level competition. She competed against 19 students at the state competition to make ...

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K-9 Units Search D211 Schools, Deter Drug Possession

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Combating and deterring illegal drug possession within a high school is a problem that school districts often face.  In an effort to discourage students from drug violations, High School District 211 has partnered with Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, and Palatine police departments to use police dogs to search for drugs on campus. The searches began at the start of the 2011-2012 school year, with police dogs checking student lockers within the school.  Now, the District is planning to expand its searches to include student parking lots, as well. “We recognize ...

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Upcoming District 211 Honors Choir Concert

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The best singers from Township High School District 211 will combine their voices for the 211 Honors Choir concert on Saturday, April 14 at Holy Family Church in Inverness. One hundred vocalists from Conant, Fremd, Hoffman Estates, Palatine and Schaumburg High Schools will perform under the direction of Cheryl Frazes Hill, director of Music Education and director of Choral Activities at Chicago College of Performing Arts. Dr. Frazes also holds the position of associate conductor of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. on April 14 at Holy Family ...

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