Updated: December 13, 2012 4:15PM
School Chest Fundraiser Offers Savings, Encourages Local Shopping
Deerfield H.S. School Chest ‘12 is kicking off sales of their annual Gift-checkbook fundraiser that enables the community to take advantage of great savings when shopping and dining locally.
Containing over $650 in valuable offers, the School Chest ‘12 Gift-checkbook is on sale for $35. The Gift-checkbook produced by BoosterShot Fundraising + Promotions features 30 gift-checks that can be used like cash at local restaurants and merchants.
“Each December, Deerfield High School organizes School Chest, a three-week-long charity drive that unites students and residents behind an organization with roots in the surrounding area. This year’s beneficiary is LUNGevity Foundation, a local non-profit committed to the eradication of lung cancer.” states Brian Verisario, Student Activity Director. “One of the ways we raise funds is through sale of the Gift-checkbook. We like the Gift-checkbook because we feel it provides real value to Deerfield area residents who buy a book while enabling us to support local merchants who generously support us.”
Gift-checkbooks may be purchased by contacting Brian Verisario at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participating merchant offers included in the Gift-checkbook can be viewed online and books may also be purchased at www.goboostershot.com/store/.
Student Nominated for Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Deerfield High School has selected DHS senior Elizabeth Zwart as its Local Honoree for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Prudential has been recognizing students since 1995 for their volunteer community service.
Zwart has dedicated her time and compassion to a number of causes including: Relay for Life as a fundraiser and participant, Good News Partner’s Food Kitchen as a server, United Planet as an English tutor, and her church’s Missions Council. Zwart also went on a week-long mission trip to Haiti and is currently organizing an alternative spring break mission trip to Mexico to build cisterns and run an after-school program.
Zwart is now in the running for up to $5,000 and another $5,000 grant for the charity of her choice.
DHS would also like to congratulate junior Talia Worth and sophomore Alec Lopata for being named runners-up.
District 113 Dominates Robotics Regional Tournament
District 113 Robotics dominated the Batavia Regional Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 17. After 42 rounds of play, District 113 robotics teams held four of the top six positions.
DHS’s Warbots held the number one position; they played a perfect game. HPHS’s team 3785-Beastie Bots came in third place and posted the highest score in the tournament. The HPHS freshman team (Robot to the knee) placed fourth. Team 5451, The Big Meks, came in sixth place. Girls gone wired, the all-girls team at Highland Park High School, held the twelfth position.
District 113 teams then claimed three important awards. Beastie Bots (3785) won the Inspire award. This award is the most prestigious FTC award, and is given to the team that truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program. The team that receives this award is chosen by the judges as having best represented a role model FIRST Tech Challenge Team. The team that receives this award is a top contender for all other judging categories and is a strong competitor on the field. The Big Meks (5451) was a runner up in the Inspire Award Category. Girls Gone Wired won the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award. This award celebrates a team that not only thinks outside the box, but also has the ingenuity and inventiveness to make their designs come to life. This award is given to the team that has the most innovative and creative robot design solution to any or all specific field elements or components in the FIRST Tech Challenge game. Elements of this award include elegant design, robustness, and ‘out of the box’ thinking related to design.
All five teams from District 113 will be represented at the State Championship on Dec 8th.
Grandparents’ Day at Deerfield High School was a huge success this year thanks to a massive turnout.
Almost 250 grandparents joined 140 senior students at school on November 20th to get an inside look at what high school life is like.
The day kicked off with a reception in the cafeteria for students and their grandparents. Grandparents then followed their grandchildren to several classes.
DHS Spanish teacher Ryan Rockaitis put his students’ grandparents to the test by making them answer Spanish questions using a classroom clicker. One question revolved around how many text messages grandparents had sent or received in the past 24 hours. Grandparents responded by punching their answers into clickers that instantaneously formulated the data and created a graph that the classroom could analyze. The goal was to show grandparents the different kinds of ways technology is being used in the classroom.
Grandparents’ Day ended with a special Fine Arts performance. You can watch a video of Grandparents’ Day on the Deerfield High School website at dhs.dist113.org.
Spanish Honor Society Inducts New Members
The Deerfield High School Spanish Honor Society inducted new members at a candle-lighting ceremony Nov. 14 in the Auditorium. Students are selected to be members of the Salvador Dalí chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica on the basis of outstanding academic performance in Spanish. Student performances and presentations included poetry, music, drama, video, and dance. The ceremony was conducted by President Kevin Brenner, Vice President Sami Horwitz, Secretary Ashley Babcock, and Treasurer Meg Ackerson. Following the ceremony, inductees and guests enjoyed a reception. Other activities planned for the year are the West Deerfield Township Holiday Wish Program and Basketball Concession Stand.
Newly inducted members include: Julia Addis, Graham Ambrose, Jonathon Arbaugh, Joseph Barr, Dylan Barth, Karly Bast, Lillianne Becker, Allison Behling, Jessica Birg, Caroline Bleser, Phoebe Block, Lily Booker, Brett Bornstein, Alyssa Brill, Natalie Brown, Patrick Burns, Anne Carney, Ryan Cenek, Ryan Church, Emily Cohen, Samuel Cohen, Claire Davis, Alyssa Domash, Mitchell Doppelt, Anna Epstein, Suzanne Feinstein, Monica Fishbein, Andrew Fisher, Emily Fradin, Ricki Gilman, Nicholas Gleason, Sarah Glieberman, Matthew Gold, Christianna Goldman, Natalie Goldman, Samantha Gottstein, Adam Grobart, Myles Grossman, Josephine Guagliardo, Sara Gubin, Emily Hansen, Jonathan Heiser, Jordan Hersh, Jordan Hirsch, Kathryn Hoffmann, Evan Horwitz, Samantha Horwitz, Richard Jacobson, Addison Jacoby, Patrick Johnson, Marisa Kaplan, Emelia Karkazis, Nicholas Kenyon, Sarah Kirby, Tim Klabjan, Cassidy Klein, Lauren Klein, Jonathan Kogen, Nicholas Korompilas, Abbey Kruse, Natalia Krzosek, Benjamin Kugelman, Madeline Lallanilla, Jayson Lehrman, Sophie Leib, Mac Levin, Zoe Levin, Jacob Levy, Robert Levy, Jamie Lopata, Aiko Lovejoy, Jenna Lustig, Allison Manella, Adam Nadler, Jessica Neal, Joseph Newhall, Taisuke Okada, Eliot Padzensky, Joseph Palmer, Benjamin Perez, Kiley Pohn, Jacob Price, Jeffrey Rabin, Jessica Rappin, Michael Rascati, Jessica Resnick, William Rivlin, Abby Rosenbaum, Jaime Rosenberg, Nicholas Roseth, Leslie Ross, Molly Ross, Natalie Salk, Brian Schmidt, Jacob Schultz, Sari Schwartz, Ryan Singh, Samantha Soloway, Brian Spinello, Jeffrey Spinello, Lauren Spungen, Edward Stein, Adam Steinberg, Allison Sutton, Jessica Swill, Alana Szilagyi, Jacob Taub, Matthew Tometz, Allison Wasserman, Samuel Weiner, Tyler Westrich, and Julia Zazove.~.