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Two US Students on DH Leadership Team

Congratulations to Seniors Amelia Deering and Maisy Feeley who made the Daily Herald's Fox Valley Leadership Team for Academics! Every spring, the Daily Herald recognizes top academic students from high schools in the Fox Valley. Amelia and Maisy were recognized by a DH panel of judges after submitting an application that included academic credentials, activities, an essay, and a letter of recommendation.

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National Honor Society Induction
Congratulations to the six newest members of the National Honor Society (NHS). They were inducted on Tuesday night, May 23 in a special ceremony in the Rider Center. NHS is open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12 who have demonstrated by application and review outstanding performance in all four criteria of NHS--scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

The 2017 inductees are: senior Helen Borchart, juniors Arman Gueyikian and Pranav Sai, and sophomores Madigan Boborci, Neha Karna, and Muskaan Siddique.

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Amelia Deering Named National Merit Scholar

Senior Amelia Deering has been named a National Merit Scholar and is a recipient of $2,500 scholarship. She is one of approximately 2,500 Merit Scholar designees who were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state's percentage of the nation's graduating high school seniors.

Amelia will be attending Dickinson College in the fall, double majoring in History and German. She has been a student at Elgin Academy since the sixth grade.

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Nicholas Kathrein Receives Rotary Scholarship

On Tuesday, May 2nd, the Dundee Township Rotary Club awarded Senior Nicholas Kathrein the "Jack Roeser, OTTO Engineering Scholarship" in the amount of $5000. Nicholas was 1 of 25 scholarship recipients to receive awards by several different foundations through the Rotary Club. Nicholas will attend the University of Miami in the fall. Nicholas is pictured to the left with Rotary Club President Glenn Morgenroth.

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The Upper School Mock Trial Team won their case at the annual Kane County Mock trial competition sponsored by the Kane County Bar Foundation. The trial simulation was held at the Geneva Courthouse in downtown Geneva and presided over by a Kane County judge.

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LS Immersion is a Wrap!

The sounds of African drums filled the air when Kenya came to Elgin Academy. Lower School students and faculty spent the morning participating in various activities related to their month-long study of Kenya.

The students tasted typical Kenyan foods and learned unique meal customs, such as, removing shoes before a meal, eating with feet facing away from the table, and using only the right hand to eat. Students also learned how to play cricket, Kenya's most popular sport. A Kenyan game called Shisima (Body of Water) required the young learners to use some math skills to align the game pieces (water bugs). A variety of artistic challenges were presented. Students made colorful masks similar to those used in ceremonies in Kenya and used colorful beads to create Maasai necklaces. Students learned different songs from Kenya and learned dance moves as well as drumbeats. Wooden sticks were used in variations to create rhythms. There was even some stick flipping to go along with all the music.

We greatly appreciate the team of parent volunteers who were on hand to assist at various learning stations set up around campus.

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0n Friday, April 21st, the Upper School held a Day of Silence event to bring awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying, and harassment. Students who elected to participate took a vow of silence during the morning time frame typically used for socializing and club activity. The non-verbal behavior helps to illustrate the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBTQ students and those perceived to be LGBTQ.

The event, part of a nationwide LGBTQ awareness campaign, was organized by the EA chapter of Student Alliance for Equality (S.A.F.E.). The club also sold bracelets to support the Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. For anyone in need, a call or text will be received 24/7 at the Trevor hotline number: 1-866-488-7386.

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