Prudential Spirit of Community Award Winner
Misha Ahmad, Auburn High School senior, is one of the eight Distinguished Finalists in Illinois for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. This awards program, a partnership between Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, honors students for outstanding volunteer service. Misha was recognized for her work with UNICEF, raising funds to support the installation of clean water wells in underserved countries. For more information, see:
Auburn High School's Scholastic Bowl Team won the sectional Masonic Academic Bowl on February 15, 2014. The are attending the state Masonic Academic Bowl in Springfield on March 1, 2014. The IHSA Scholastic Bowl regional is March 10, 2014 and the sectional tournament is March 15, 2014. Good luck, Knights!
The Rockford Area Minority Management (RAMM) Scholarship 2013-2014 recipients have been announced. Renaissance Academy students Precious Nwaoha and Marrisha Devereueawax-Coates are RAMM Scholars for this year's graduating class.
Congratulations to Lucas Turner! Lucas finished first in the Individual and Countdown Round categories of the Northern Illinois Math Counts Regional. The competition was held at Rock Valley College on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Other individual winners: Joseph Rock third, Andrew Baxter fifth, and Ethan Strombeck sixth. The Marshall Team, which consisted of Lucas, Ethan, Elie Shiro, and Mary Kate Anderson finished in 2nd place! Good luck at the state competition on March 8 in Lisle, Illinois.
Auburn Speech Team
They're on a roll!! At the UW-Whitewater Speech Bowl on Saturday, February 22, the Auburn Speech Team finished in first place! Individual winners: Theresa Garner, Phillip Fox, Allison Pitman, Nick Cordonnier, Jacob Herrmann, Sydney Stewart, and Quan Herron.
The Auburn Speech Team competed at the IHSA Regional competition in Freeport on February 8. The team finished in 4th place overall, Auburn's highest rank ever! Congratulations Theresa Garner, Phillip Fox, Sarah Bliss, Jacob Herrmann, Sydney Stewart, Chase McIntoush, D'Sire Floyd, Sarah Pfleiderer, Asia Ward, Sebastian Giakas, Benji Bear, Isaiah Davis, Allison Pitman, Ellie Dudeck, Sunny Dolan, John Stanford, Dennis Littlejohn, Valerie Stenerson, Jess Mubirigi, and Lozha Downthard.
The Auburn Team finished in 3rd place at the State Speech Competition on February 1, 2014. Team members participated in many, many categories including Humorous Duet Acting, Improvisational Duet Acting, Dramatic Interpretation, Informative Speaking, Poetry Reading, Radio Speaking, Prose Reading and more! Our winners included: Theresa Garner, Phillip Fox, Jacob Herrman, Nick Cordonnier, D'Sire Floyd, Allison Pitman, Asia Ward, Chadi Soufan, Sebastian Giakas, Broderick Hooker, Benji Bear, Sierra Jones, Sydney Stewart. Congratulations!!
Congratulations to Washington's Spelling Bee finalists and winners. Our champion is Kodai Speich and our alternate is McKenna Anderson. Kodai will participate in the Regional Spelling Bee on March 18 at Harlem High School. Both Kodai and McKenna will receive a free online subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica. Our semi-finalists included: Nazlee Harunani, Mical Ragan, Isaac Bernsten, Taylor Wartell, Eleanor Waldorf, Grant Egler, Daniel Ryan, Sedona Yehling, Nicholas Magdadaro, and Mary Armoska.
Congratulations to our middle school Geography Bee winners: Ethan Strombeck, Christian Rouse, and Ty Kiatathaticom. Good luck, Ethan, on the state qualifier!
We wish our middle school History Bee finalsts the best at the upcoming Regional Finals in Chicago: Zane Clevenger, Ty Kiathathikom, Ethan Strombeck, and Yusuf Zahurullah.
Technology Update for Washington!
Thanks to the hard work of the Washington PTO and the generosity of our families, Washington Academy has 100 new I-Pad minis to use in the classroom! Dawn Durkin spearheaded our Race for Education from kick-off to follow-up. The PTO raised nearly $50,000 as a result!! Students at every grade level are already using the new I-Pad minis for research and engaging learning activities.
The Renaissance Academy is very proud to learn of the newest Golden Apple finalists. At Washington Academy, two of our teachers have moved on to this next round: Joshua Rollins, 5th grade, and Erin Klaren, 4th grade. They are very deserving and we wish them the best. In addition, we'd like to recognize the Golden Apple finalists that are graduates of our program. They are Joshua Rollins, Sarah Christensen Shaw, Windsor Elementary, and Jackie Schumaker Weerda, Ledgewood School. To see all the finalists, click here.
Illinois State Scholars
Congratulations to Auburn's 2014-15 Illinois State Scholars for their outstanding academic achievement! Students honored with the Illinois State Scholar distinction perform in the top half of their high school class and/or score in the 95th percentile on the ACT, SAT or Prairie State Achievement Exam. Auburn's scholars:
Elizabeth Ady, Misha Ahmad, Logan Benink, Sarah Bliss, Sara Blomgren, Andrew Boettcher, Sophie-Claire Braman, Chandler Chockalingam, Makenzie Clayburg, Alexander Day, Derick Edgren, Camille Garvida, Sara Gay, Andreas Giakas, Sebastian Giakas, Logan Gorsuch, Kathryn Gorzek, Haseeb Haroon, Broderick Hooker, Serena Korkmaz, Yamari Lewis, Daniel Li, Trevor Mulick, Tri Nguyen, Precious Nwaoha, Erin O'Connor, Aidan Osborne, Priyanka Patel, Arjun Prasanna, Nolan Pratt, Ashwin Puri, Ethan Riffle, Katrianna Ruiz, Tatianna Salisbury, Siddhant Shah, Chadi Soufan, Rayomand Tata, Brett Tomkus, Marc Trautmann, Joseph Watts, Nathaniel Westholder, and Zijian Zeng.
QuestBridge Match Scholarship
For the 2nd time in the last few years a Renaissance Academy student has been chosen for the QuestBridge Match Scholarship. Precious Nwaoha, a Renaissance Program senior, has just been matched with the University of Southern California. The match scholarship covers all costs of attendance (tuition, room and board and fees) for a student for four years. Auburn's previous Questbridge recipient currently attends Princeton.
For more information, see: QuestBridgeQuestBridge at the University of Southern California
Congratulations to our Top Illinois Schools
Washington Academy - Seventh highest ranked elementary school in Illinois!
Each year, the State Board of Education releases school report cards for each public school in the state. The Chicago Sun-Times analyzes these scores using a statistical method called standardizing to analyze the “scale score” of every reading and math test statewide. Then, schools are ranked based on average scores on state achievement tests - not on the percentage who meet state standards. When several schools, such as ours, have 100% of their students who meet or exceed state standards, this statistical analysis yields more accurate rankings.
Of those, about 16,000 students qualify as Semifinalists. Semifinalists are designated on a state representational basis, with Illinois being one of the most competitive states. These students need to meet further requirements to become Finalists. Finalists are announced in February.
The National Achievement Scholarship Program is an academic competition created to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. Of the 160,000 students who entered, 3,100 are named Semifinalists. Students learn in January if they have been selected as Finalists.