Greetings Eagle Families & Friends:
Recently, crews began the landscaping project down LaGrange Road, including the stretch in front of Sandburg High School. Besides the trees that will line both LaGrange Road and 131st Street, construction of our new State Championship wall also began on the corner of 131st & LaGrange Road. We are delighted that this work has begun so that we can more prominently display our pride in the fact that we have earned 26 State titles in the last 23 years.
At our all-school winter recognition assembly on March 24th, we celebrated and recognized a number of winter season achievements, including the two most recently earned State titles, which made school history. First, our Debate Team, coached by Lainee and Scott McGraw, not only earned their 6th State title in Public Forum, but also won back to back State Championships. What a feat!
For the last three years, strengthening school spirit and improving connectedness have been a part of our school improvement plan. We have seven student advisories who give voice to student issues and needs and share ideas about how to improve many aspects of student life here at Sandburg. Among the seven student advisories are our Superfanz, students who have engendered school spirit by building an energized fan base. Their efforts earned the school its first-ever IHSA State Title in the annual Student Section Showdown. Check out the Superfanz’s video submission that illustrates their enthusiasm, loyalty, and Eagle pride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRoUF_c5QfM
Other history-making moments this past winter included Sophia Jablonski’s capture of the State title as first girls’ wheelchair bowler, not only for Sandburg but also for the entire State of Illinois. Sandburg wrestler Patrick Brucki made history by earning a succession of State trophies over the last three years: 3rd place as a sophomore; 2nd place as a junior; and as a senior, he took State in the 195 pound class.
Outside of the athletic arena, two of our student artists, Sophie Lopez and Sydney Rastrullo, earned Gold Key awards at the Regional Scholastic Art competition. Sydney’s piece titled “Coney Island” won a national Gold Key. She will receive her medal at Carnegie Hall this June and her work will be part of a nation-wide traveling exhibition. To put this history-making moment in perspective, this award places Sydney’s work in the top 1% of over 300,000 submissions.
Senior Amer Hasan is one of 120 teenage musicians who made it through a rigorous audition process to be selected to tour with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. The tour kicks off with a performance at Carnegie Hall (the second Sandburg student to travel to New York this summer!) and then onto a number of Latin America stops to perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and other commissioned pieces by Latin composer, Gabriela Lena Frank. More history for our Fine Arts programming.
These stories that made history for our school exemplify that success takes time, patience, grit, and strategy. In these stories are also lessons of loyalty toward a common goal and faith in each other to reach that goal. Thank you for your partnership in helping our students understand the power of yet.
On behalf of everyone here at Sandburg, we wish you a restful and enjoyable Spring Break.
Best wishes and Go Eagles!
Deborah D. Baker