Hoops for Hope Proceeds Presented to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Hoops for Hope Presentation
As a result of the Hoops for Hope event hosted by Fremd and Palatine High Schools, students presented the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with a check for $2,600 raised by the event at the beginning of the year. The presentation was held at PHS on May 24. The Hoops for Hope event was created in the memory of Brian Larsen, a FHS student and Palatine native who passed away on Nov. 21, 2011 from Cystic Fibrosis. Orange T-shirts were sold to raise money during a basketball game. Students from each school expressed the importance of being part of this event and giving back ...

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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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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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FHS Symphony Band Earns Top Honors

Fremd Wind Symphony 2012
The Fremd High School Wind Symphony recently earned top honors and first place of the 6A Division at the "State of Illinois Concert Band Contest" hosted by Illinois State University on Saturday April 28. The band received straight "Superior/Division 1" ratings from all three collegiate judges representing the University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, and Bowling Green State University. The band also was awarded the fourth-highest point total out of 24 bands participating in the two-day festival. The festival took place in the ISU Center for the Performing Arts ...

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Teacher Feature: Jim Guest

Jim Guest
“In life, we are constantly challenged. I try to break down those challenges into small parts. As the student starts to have success, they become motivated to continue to accomplish more.” Since he was 10 years old, Fremd High School teacher Jim Guest said he knew he wanted to work in athletics, and when he was in high school he knew he wanted to teach at the high school level. That’s exactly what he did. In fact, when he was offered a position to teach at the collegiate level, he respectfully declined and stayed true to himself by continuing to teach high ...

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Student Spotlight: FHS’ Edward Samson

Edward Samson
Fremd junior Edward Samson hasn’t had your typical high school experience. His enthusiastic and contagious school spirit thrives as he serves the FHS faithful as Victor E. Viking, the school mascot, and emcee at school functions. He’s a driven writer and photographer, enthusiastic about doing celebrity impersonations, and what teachers call a pleasure to have in the classroom. “He is a great addition to a classroom. Teachers love him, and there are a lot of smiles from Ed Samson,” said his teacher TJ Valacak. Although Samson is admired for his school ...

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Three D211 Students Named Presidential Scholars Semifinalists

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After 3,000 of the nation’s most distinguished high school seniors were selected by the United States Presidential Scholars Program, semifinalists were narrowed down to 500 students across the country, and three District 211 students made the cut. Seniors Andrew Song and William Shih from William Fremd High School, and Mengran Liu from Hoffman Estates High School, are awaiting the May announcement to see if they will be named a Presidential Scholar to represent Illinois. “I’m not coming into this with any sorts of expectations, so I am not too nervous,” ...

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