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Jacob Van Surksum Performs in Omega Psi Phi’s Talent Hunt Competition

North Chicago High School’s very own Jacob Van Surksum performs his rendition of Sonata #2 by George Frideric Handel.
He learned and MEMORIZED all of this music in less than a month for the Omega Psi Phi’s Talent Hunt competition at Lake County College. The competition is adjudicating his performance this coming week and we will know his results on the 27th.  We could not be more proud of how much he has done in such a short amount of time.

Lady Hawks Strike it Big!

Congratulations Lady Hawks!
Coming off the heels of a 2nd place finish last week at Zion, These Lady Hawks took first place at the Libertyville JV Wildcat Baker Classic!

Taveanna Beal won first place for best individual game with a 208, becoming the first bowler over 11 years to bowl over 200! Kimberly Herrera took home medals for two top ten finishes as well. Other girls on the team include: Evelyn Sanchez, O’Laila Walker, Anahi Alcoser, Violeta Cardenas

Congratulations Joyce Coleman!

North Chicago High School’s Joyce Coleman was chosen to be on the 2018-19 State Board’s Student Advisory Council.  The purpose of the council is to research and present to the State Board on topics affecting students’ success in Illinois. Established 1975, Illinois is one of a few states to have a student advisory council.

Check out the news release below to learn more about the State Board’s Student Advisory Council and our very own Joyce Coleman!

State Board’s Student Advisory Council welcomes 13 new members

Students to meet for the first time at Governor’s Mansion tonight

SPRINGFIELD – Twenty high school students from across Illinois will meet for the first time as the State Board’s Student Advisory Council for the 2018-19 school year. The teens will convene tonight at the newly renovated Illinois Governor’s Mansion in Springfield. The council provides diverse student perspectives on Illinois education issues and has a front-row seat to observe how the State Board formulates policy.

The council will research and present to the State Board on topics affecting students’ success in Illinois. The students’ interests and the agency’s priorities and needs over the course of the year will drive the council’s research topics. Additionally, the council will continue to develop the Student Voices microsite at, launched by the 2017-18 Student Advisory Council this past spring. The Student Voices site provides space for students to ask and answer questions and access resources about preparing for college and career.

“Every year I am more and more impressed with the creativity and dedication the Student Advisory Council brings to the State Board,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “I admire these young people for taking the initiative to help shape Illinois’ education system to benefit their peers and communities. I look forward to getting to know this year’s council members and hearing their ideas.”

The council will meet with Smith Tuesday morning and be introduced to the members of the State Board during the Board’s public annual planning retreat Tuesday afternoon.

“We are one of the few states and few state agencies with a Student Advisory Council,” said State Board of Education Chairman James T. Meeks. “This year we are creating even greater opportunities for these students to contribute and for us to learn from each other.”

The 2018-19 Student Advisory Council includes 13 new members and seven returning members. The new members of this year’s council are:

  • Faith Drescher, a sophomore at Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale
  • Joyce Coleman, a senior at North Chicago Community High School in North Chicago
  • Domenica Ferdinardo, a junior at Ridgewood Community High School in Norridge
  • Anna Foster, a sophomore at PORTA High School in Petersburg
  • Dylan Hu, a junior at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire
  • Corlin Leonard, a senior at Victor J. Andrew High School in Orland Hills
  • Anna Oettinger, a senior at Deerfield High School in Deerfield
  • Zaporah Price, a senior at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy in Chicago
  • Z’Sanique Sanders, a sophomore at East St. Louis Senior High School in East St. Louis
  • Carter Schockey, a junior at Freeport High School in Freeport
  • Joshua Slavin, a senior at Yorkville High School in Yorkville
  • Weirui (Nicole) Tong, a junior at Naperville North High School in Naperville
  • Christiana Wang, a senior at Normal Community High School in Normal

The returning members of this year’s council are:

  • Neha Arun, a senior at Carterville High School in Carterville
  • Emma Gatz, a junior at Metea Valley High School in Aurora
  • Bryce Massey, a senior at Anna-Jonesboro High School in Anna
  • Gatlin Miller, a senior at Mount Vernon Township High School in Mount Vernon
  • FanXuan (Carina) Peng, a senior at Northside College Preparatory Academy in Chicago
  • Levi Siebers, a junior at Liberty High School in Liberty
  • Abbigail Thurman, a junior at Rochester High School in Rochester

In previous years, the council has examined topics ranging from school safety and cyberbullying to grading scales and mental health.

The State Board selected the members of the 2018-19 council from more than 100 applications. The students exhibited strong interpersonal skills; the ability to work well in groups, think creatively, and come up with innovative solutions to policy challenges; and an interest in public service.

ISBE will make applications for the 2019-20 council available in the spring of 2019.

The State Board established the council in 1975. Learn more at

NCCHS Students Help at Local Food Pantry

Students from the high school volunteered at the Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Pantry! They helped serve 62 seniors with food and helped deliver food at other locations for any seniors that were not able to come down while they were there. The students plan to continue volunteering throughout the year.

Jeremiah Duty Wrestles his way to State

This past weekend, Jeremiah Duty became the first all-state wrestler that North Chicago has seen in 39 years.  Jeremiah finished the season with a 44-7 record and a fourth place finish in state!

Congratulations Jeremiah!

NCCHS Faculty and Students Bowl in their Spare Time

On Friday, February 2nd,  North Chicago Community High School hosted its 9th annual Faculty Versus Students Bowling Event. The girl’s varsity bowling team took-on the staff in a friendly challenge in preparation for the IHSA Regional Bowling Tournament. At the event, seniors Jackie Salazar, Cesiah Flores, and Daziyr Tyler were honored with pins that were painted and designed by the art department and signed be members of the staff.

North Chicago Student Featured in Lake County News-Sun

North Chicago Community High School student Oliver Barrera volunteered to serve on a statewide student advisory council. The director of North Chicago’s Schuler Scholars program, Stephanie Oettinger, chose Oliver after being asked to find a North Chicago student to serve on the Illinois State Board of Education’s Student Advisory Council.

Click here to read the full article.

Growing a Passion for Science

North Chicago High School students visited AbbVie as part of a partnership involving North Chicago Community High School, the Illinois Science & Technology Institute and the AbbVie Foundation, North Chicago High School teens were paired with employee mentors and challenged to come up with a new way to improve the lives of cancer patients.

Read the full post on the AbbVie website

North Chicago Community High School – Field trip to Lake Forest College

On Saturday, February 11, North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) took men from the North Chicago Community High School (NCCHS) basketball team and NCCP Quiet Zone Program at NCCHS to Lake Forest College (LFC) for a campus tour and Forester Men’s Basketball Game. While on campus, students had the opportunity to tour student dorms, activity centers, academic buildings and more, and ask questions to LFC students about what it’s like to be in college. Following the campus tour, North Chicago students got to cheer on the Foresters against Cornell and shoot some hoops on LFC’s main court.

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