D211 Post: Palatine Booster Club Announces 2020-2021 Scholarships

The Palatine High School Booster Club has announced that they are accepting applications for their 47th annual scholarship program.  The program will award scholarships of $1,000 to approximately 14 members of the Palatine High School Class of 2021.  

To qualify for the scholarship, the applicants must be attending either community college, a 4-year college or university, or a certified trade or vocational school and must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average.  If an applicant does not meet the GPA requirement, but has extenuating circumstances, they are encouraged to apply and include a statement explaining their situation.  All applications must be submitted to Marla Morrissey in the PHS main office no later than 3:45 p.m., March 15, 2021.

The booster club’s scholarship committee stated that they are looking for students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, academic excellence, and have a history of service and volunteerism both at PHS and surrounding community.  

Among this year’s scholarships are the Charlotte M. and Robert  C. Donahue Millennium Scholarship, which as donated by Palatine alumni Andy and Patrick Donahue in honor of their late parents; the Legacy Scholarship, which was donated by the Palatine High School Class of 1979; and 12 scholarships which have been named in honor of Mr. Fred Zajonc, a long time community leader, village trustee, and long-time member of the Palatine Booster Club.

For more information and to download the application visit https://tinyurl.com/PHSBoosterScholarship2021.

D211 Post: Palatine High School Sets Date for Cupcakes for a Cause


          The Palatine High School Special Education Department has scheduled its biennial “Cupcakes for a Cause” on March 7 in the school’s cafeteria from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Entry to the event is free and cupcakes will be available for $2.00 each or $20.00 for a dozen. 

            In addition to cupcake sales, the event features raffles and cupcake judging contests.  Funds raised will be used for special education programs such as Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and Pep Club.  Included in the day is free entertainment for children, including face painting. 

            Community members are invited to donate cupcakes for the event by going online to: http://www.palatinecupcakes2020.com/about.html.  Bakers can also submit cupcakes for the day’s cupcake judging contest.  All entries must be submitted by March 6.

Palatine High School Football Player Starts Flood Relief Fundraiser for Colorado High School

(Left to Right) PHS football players Jason Lemonidis, River Crane, and EJ Miller sell raffle tickets during lunch to raise money for a high school in Colorado affected by devastating floods.

(Left to Right) PHS football players Jason Lemonidis, River Crane, and EJ Miller sell raffle tickets during lunch to raise money for a high school in Colorado affected by devastating floods.

Palatine High School senior and football player River Crane lived in a town called Lyons, Colo. When he heard news about devastating floods that happened in his town and throughout Colorado, he knew he needed to help.

Crane launched fundraising efforts at PHS to send to Lyons Middle/Senior High School in Colorado. With the help of the Varsity Club, the PHS Football team will be selling raffle tickets to raise money for the community. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 during the school day and at the football games through homecoming.

“The flood happened and a lot of people my family know were affected,” Crane said. “I felt like I owed the town something. I left friends there, and my football team, and I feel bad because I don’t know if they will even get to play a season. I just wanted to help out.”

After brainstorming with his family and other students via Twitter, he came up with a fundraising idea to help out a high school in Lyons, Colo. The goal is to sell 1,000 tickets, and raise roughly $5,000 for students. While Crane’s family is safe and was not directly affected from the flooding, the town is still in disarray. All money raised will be given to a relief fund that has been set up for Lyons Middle/Senior High School.

“I hope this gets the school back on its feet and helps buy new equipment,” River said. “I just hope this fundraiser can help get things up and running again out there.”

At half time of the homecoming football game, five raffle winners will be selected to kick an extra point and field goal to earn prizes. If they make the extra point, they will win $25 and attempt a kick from the 30-yard line to win $250.

“We are trying to make a donation direct from our kids to their kids, and our school to their school because they have lost athletic fields, equipment, and stuff they will need to replace,” said Mark Johnson, Varsity Club sponsor and social studies teacher at PHS. “If we can do something at PHS to help out, River’s idea is a way we can do it.”

For any questions, please contact Mark Johnson (varsity club sponsor) or Coach Rick Splitt at Palatine High School.





Palatine High School Band Featured on Music Education Magazine


During band camp at Palatine High School, a photographer from the music education magazine The Instrumentalistvisited the students and took some pictures of the band. Palatine High School has learned that the band was selected for the cover image of the September 2013 issue. The featured student is Cora Jacobsen, a current band sophomore.  Each day during camp the band had a theme, and the theme for that day was Hawaiian.