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Points of Pride, 01.11.12

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High Schools Named Grammy Semifinalists

The Grammy Foundation announced that Metea Valley, Neuqua Valley, and Waubonsie Valley High Schools are among the 125 schools nationwide that have been selected as Grammy Signature Schools semifinalists for 2012. Finalists will be announced in mid-March and the selected schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to benefit their music program.

The Grammy Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education. Both Neuqua Valley and Waubonsie Valley have previously won multiple Grammy awards, including Neuqua Valley being recognized as the top music program in the country.

The complete list of semifinalists is online at 2012 Grammy Signature Semifinalists.

Drafting Teacher of the Year

Neuqua Valley High School drafting teacher Corey Duzan has been named the Drafting Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Drafting Educators of America. His work in curriculum writing and his leadership position in bringing the Project Lead the Way program to District 204 helped him earn this honor. Duzan also taught Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) at Joliet Junior College, which gives him a unique understanding of the relationships that must be forged with higher education to help students succeed beyond high school.

SchoolSearch 2011 Bright A+ Award

District 204 was selected as one of only 59 Illinois school districts (out of 868) to receive the SchoolSearch 2011 Bright A+ Award. The award identifies the top 5 percent of Illinois school districts academically. Selection is based on student performance with the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and the ACT composite scores. SchoolSearch is an educational research and consulting firm that publishes rankings of school districts.

Students Selected for All-State

The Illinois Music Educators Association selected 56 Indian Prairie high school students to perform at this year's All-State conference. The student musicians are from all three high schools. In addition, the following groups have also been selected to perform: the Neuqua Valley Chamber Singers, conducted by Jay Kellner and Ryan Rimington; the fifth-grade choir from Fry Elementary, under the direction of Mary Whitney; and the third-grade choir from May Watts, under the direction of Cathy Dunafin.



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